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  AUSTRALIA   



SEABL: Chargers dealt a big blow - by Eurobasket News

THE Hobart Chargers' surge in the SEABL South Conference has hit a major hurdle with the club forced to release former Sydney Kings big man Graeme Dann.

Just hours before the huge intrastate clash with North-West Thunder at Aurora Sports Stadium tonight, the Chargers will announce the versatile tall will not be suiting up.

The Mercury understands Dann has recently obtained work as a bookmaker in his home state, with the club fearing his job would conflict with a Government sponsorship.

Hobart signed a deal to help promote the "Know Your Odds" campaign on the eve of the 2013 season.

It is a huge blow for the group, who have overcome a slow start to win seven of their past nine games and move into second position in their conference.

The 29-year-old, who stands 202cm, has averaged just 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in his first year with the Chargers but has provided coach Anthony Stewart with additional depth to his star trio of Deba George (183-PG-85), Brandon Polk (200-F/C-84, college: Butler) and Jordan Gregg (201-F/C-88, college: E.Oregon).

Dann had his best offensive game of the season last weekend on the road against Albury-Wodonga in scoring 18 points, while he had 10 in the first half against Frankston the following day before getting into foul trouble early in the third quarter.

The decision now leaves Stewart frantically searching for another big man to assist import Polk, with former captain Corey Davie believed to be a chance to return tonight.
Courtesy of: http://www.themercury.com.au



SEABL: Dann forced to quit Hobart - by Eurobasket News

PREPARING for life after basketball was the motivating factor behind NBL journeyman Graeme Dann (202-F-83)'s decision to accept a job in the gambling industry which effectively ended his SEABL contract.

Graeme Dann and the Chargers parted company yesterday just hours before the blockbuster intrastate derby between Hobart and the North-West Thunder, after the southern club learned of his change of employment.

A former personal trainer and 225-game NBL veteran, Graeme Dann accepted a job as a bookmaker back home in Sydney and it was decided the move could jeopardise Hobart's sponsorship with the State Government.

The Chargers signed a $35,000 deal with the Government to help promote the Know Your Odds campaign on the eve of the 2013 season and had no alternative but to release the 29-year-old.

"It was very hard. As my basketball career is coming to an end I was looking to something for the future and this opportunity arose and it was pretty much too good to turn down," Graeme Dann said.

"When taking it I didn't realise it would be at the detriment of playing with the Hobart Chargers.

"When I went for the interview they knew I played on weekends and they were fine to let me go, and I never really did the background check with the full sponsorship with the Chargers.

"But once realising the Know Your Odds campaign ... I knew it was going to be too hard going forward.

"I feel terrible. I feel like I'm letting them down now by leaving but you have a career and family to look after and I had to make that decision."

After a slow start to the year Graeme Dann was beginning to hit his straps, scoring a season-high 18 points on the road last weekend against Albury-Wodonga and backing up with another 10 in the first half against Frankston before landing in foul trouble in the third quarter.

Although his averages of 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds were modest, he was providing another option to the group's big three of Jordan Gregg, Deba George and Brandon Polk and played a big part in helping the side move to second in the South Conference.

Club president Brett Johnstone said: "He has taken a job in the gambling industry so it is not really a position where we can maintain his contract for his own benefit and the Chargers' benefit.

"The possibility of implied problems, whether they be true or not, with someone in the gaming and gambling industry and playing sport as well is a bit difficult."
Courtesy of: http://www.themercury.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Vieider signs new contract in Wels - by Stefan Prager

After signing a new head coach with Philipp Dejworek and resigning captain Davor Lamesic, WBC Raiffeisen Wels made another important move towards the upcoming season. The ball club from Upper Austria resigned Guard/Forward Romed Vieider (195-SF-91). The national team player signed a new 2 year contract. Vieider played a more than solid season not to say his breakout season averaging 8.5 ppg along with 2.4 rpg while beeing the leagues best three point shooter at 51% from downtown.


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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 3

May. 31: Issa Town - Muharraq 65-90
May. 31: Al Ahli - Sitra 63-58
May. 31: Al Hala - Al Manama 62-63

Second Stage: Round 4

Jun. 3: Muharraq - Al Hala
Jun. 3: Sitra - Issa Town
Jun. 3: Al Manama - Al Ahli


Round of 6: Al Manama edges Al Hala by one point - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Premier League.

The most exciting game of round 3 in the Premier League took place in Muharraq. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Al Hala (1-2) to leader Al Manama (3-0) 63-62 on Friday evening. Al Manama have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Muharraq. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Al Manama is looking forward to face Al Ahli (#3) in Manama in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Al Hala will play on the road against the league's second-placed Muharraq in Al Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Issa Town supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Muharraq (3-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Issa Town (0-3). Muharraq smashed Issa Town 90-65. Muharraq have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Manama. Issa Town at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Sitra. Muharraq will play against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq in the next round. Issa Town will play on the road against Sitra and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 3 winless Sitra was defeated by Al Ahli in Manama 63-58.


Places 1-6
Issa Town - Muharraq 65-90

The game in Issa Town supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Muharraq (3-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Issa Town (0-3). Muharraq smashed Issa Town 90-65. Muharraq have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Manama. Issa Town at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Sitra. Muharraq will play against Al Hala (#4) in Muharraq in the next round. Issa Town will play on the road against Sitra and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 241972


Al Hala - Al Manama 62-63

The most exciting game of round 3 in the Premier League took place in Muharraq. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Al Hala (1-2) to leader Al Manama (3-0) 63-62 on Friday evening. Al Manama have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Muharraq. Defending champion Al Hala keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Al Manama is looking forward to face Al Ahli (#3) in Manama in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Al Hala will play on the road against the league's second-placed Muharraq in Al Muharraq and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 241971


Al Ahli - Sitra 63-58

There was no surprise in Manama where bottom-ranked Sitra (0-3) was defeated by third ranked Al Ahli (2-1) 63-58. Al Ahli maintains third place with 2-1 record behind leader Nuwaidrat. Sitra at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Issa Town. Al Ahli will play against league's leader Al Manama on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sitra will play against Issa Town (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 241970



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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Eagles
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Eagles21.5 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel19.9 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.0 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch15.5 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.14.6 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.3 
 7. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.14.2 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Charykau, Sozh G.12.3 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Konate, Svisloch11.5 
 2. Rutkauskas, Eagles10.2 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.0 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.9.1 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki-.9.0 
 6. Plivda, Rubon8.8 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.8.3 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.6 
 9. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.5 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 4. Polyulyak, Svisloch4.7 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch4.5 
 6. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.4 
 7. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.3.8 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.1 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.8 
 2. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.5 
 3. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.3 
 4. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 5. Charykau, Sozh G.2.2 
 6. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.1 
 7. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.0 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
 9. Konate, Svisloch2.0 
 10. Malkov, Grodno-932.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Fedor KRYUKOV
  Borisfen
  (181-PG-88)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 4. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 5. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 6. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 
 7. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 
 8. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Kopylov, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Strukau, Svisloch0.0 



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  BELIZE   


Marlon Garnett wins the title in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) wins the title in Slovakia as his Inter are back on top after 17 years of waiting. The Bratislava team nipped Komarno 82:80 on the road in the decisive seventh game of the championship series and clinched the Extraliga crown. They celebrated the title last in 1995/96 season.
Inter started the game strong. They dropped 26 points in the first period to gain a 3-point lead at the first break. The Bratislava team exploded with 27 points in the second period to open a 53:42 halftime advantage. But Komarno turned things around in the third period. They went on a 14:3 run early in the quarter to gain a 56:55 advantage. Komarno arrived at the final intermission up by six points 66:60. Inter denied the deficit and Graham put the visitors up by one 71:70 midway through the period. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Nenad Milosevic, Alando Tucker and Martin Rancik gave the visitors a 76:72 lead. Amin Stevens pulled Komarno within two 80:82 but the hosts simply ran out of time and lost the game. Martin Rancik fired 20 points to pace the winners. Alando Tucker added 19 points, while Nenad Milosevic had 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Amin Stevens responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Komarno. Martin Bilik chipped in 15 points in the loss.
In Feb.'13 Marlon Garnett signed at BK Inter Bratislava (Slovakia-Extraliga) and averaged 10.3 points per game.



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  BOSNIA   


Ivan Opacak finished outstanding season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Opacak (201-SG-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) finished outstanding season abroad with his Polish PGE Turow. The team won the Regular Season but lost the Finals series to Stelmet ZG. The latter swept the championship series against PGE Turow. Quinton Hosley fired 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Stelmet ZG to the decisive fourth win in the series tonight.
Stelmet ZG exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 4-point lead at the first break. The hosts raised the pressure in the second term. Stelmet ZG established a 55:44 halftime lead. PGE Turow adjusted defensively and tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. But the visitors cut the deficit by just one point trailing by 10 at the final break. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened the fourth period with five straight points and never looked back again. Walter Hodge delivered 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 14 points for the winners. Russell Robinson responded with 22 points for PGE Turow. Aaron Cel netted 13 points in the loss.
In 2012-2013 for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-TBL) Bosnian Ivan Opacak averaged 11.5 points per game.



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jun. 1: Bullets - BDF V 73-53
Jun. 1: Flames - Spartans 63-77
Jun. 1: Flames - Warriors 63-35
May. 31: Dolphins - Saints 113-48

Regular Season: Round 18

Jun. 7: BDF V - Troopers
Jun. 3: BDF V - Dolphins



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  COLOMBIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Thomas, Piratas22.9 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.0 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.2 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 7. Gilbert, Bucaros18.5 
 8. Crawford, Academia18.4 
 9. Brooks, Bucaros18.3 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.9 
 2. Crawford, Academia11.4 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.7 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.5 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Blue, Academia8.3 
 8. Newsome, Bambuque.7.9 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.8 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.2 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 6. Bacci, Aguilas3.9 
 7. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.4 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Pomare, Caribbea.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moreno, Piratas1.9 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.6 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 5. Jordan, Once Cald.1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Bacci, Aguilas1.3 
 10. Thomas, Piratas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.9 
 3. Newsome, Bambuque.0.8 
 4. Farley, Academia0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 7. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 8. Hernandez, Bucaros0.5 
 9. Smith, Aguilas0.5 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League 1st Team 2013
Jakub Sirina
Sirina
Michael Deloach
Deloach
Corey Muirhead
Muirhead
John Fields
Fields
Jan Tomanec
Tomanec


Finals MVP: Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of CEZ Nymburk
Player of the Year: Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy
Guard of the Year: Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy
Forward of the Year: Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) of BK Pardubice
Center of the Year: Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) of J.Hradec
Import Player of the Year: Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy
Bosman Player of the Year: Boris Meno (203-F-83) of USK Praha
Domestic Player of the Year: Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) of J.Hradec
Defensive Player of the Year: Boris Meno (203-F-83) of USK Praha
Coach of the Year: Ronen Ginzburg of CEZ Nymburk

1st Team
G: Jakub Sirina (185-G-87) of B&W Opava
PG: Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy
F: Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) of BK Pardubice
F: John Fields (205-F-88) of Chomutov
C: Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) of J.Hradec

2nd Team
G: Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) of BC Kolin
G: Demarius Bolds (190-G-84) of BC Kolin
F: Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-88) of NH Ostrava
F: Boris Meno (203-F-83) of USK Praha
F/C: Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79) of CEZ Nymburk

Honorable Mention
Showron Glover (180-PG-87) of Chomutov
Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82) of Levice
Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava
Brandon Fields (193-G-88) of Levice
Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) of Svitavy
Matej Venta (188-PG-84) of J.Hradec
Brad Reese (199-F-88) of Usti n/Labem
Levell Sanders (189-G-75) of BK Decin
Kamil Svrdlik (206-PF-86) of BK Prostejov
Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of CEZ Nymburk

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Jakub Sirina (185-G-87) of B&W Opava
SG: Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) of CEZ Nymburk
PF: Kamil Svrdlik (206-PF-86) of BK Prostejov
F: Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava
C: Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) of J.Hradec

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of BK Pardubice
SF: Dusan Pandula (196-SF-84) of BK Prostejov
F: Boris Meno (203-F-83) of USK Praha
F/C: Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79) of CEZ Nymburk
C: Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) of Svitavy

All-Imports Team
PG: Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of CEZ Nymburk
G: Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) of BC Kolin
PG: Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy
F: Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) of BK Pardubice
F: John Fields (205-F-88) of Chomutov



Ginzburg leaves Nymburk - by Greg

After seven years Israeli coach Ronen Ginzburg is leaving the club CEZ Basketball Nymburk. He entered the team as the assistant coach of his countrymen Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). Together they won four titles in Mattoni NBL. Ginzburg took over the role of head coach in 2010 and captured three other titles with the team. Together he made it to seven titles in a row and led the team to the 10th consecutive title of CEZ Basketball Nymburk. In his first season as the Nymburks head coach he led the team in the Adriatic League. A year later, under his leadership, Nymburk joined the prestigious VTB League for the first time and will be entering its third season in the VTB League this autumn. Ginzburg also made a great success in the Eurocup getting all the way up to the last sixteen for three times. In the 2011/2012 season the team advanced to the quarterfinals. Ronen Ginzburg led Nymburk in three consecutive Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, while making it to the qualification finals in 2011. Also, under his leadership the team was winning games against the powerhouses like CSKA Moscow, Partizan Belgrade, Khimki Moscow, Spartak St.Petersburg and many others. Together with Ginzburg also his 3 seasons assistant Oren Amiel is leaving the team.


Serbia U19 posts two victories against Czech Republic U19 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 posts two victories against Czech Republic U19 in the preparation for the World Championship.
In Game 1 Serbia U19 won 91:60 and dominated the whole game. They started with 25-13 in the first period and never looked behind after. Jankovic top-scored for the winners with 15 points, Novak delivered 14 and Dusan Kutlesic (195-SG-94) netted 13. Trohlar replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) netted 11.
In Game 2 Serbia U19 smashed Czech Republic U19 118:62. Although Serbia won the first period 28-24, they erupted with 31-11 in the second frame and finished the game with 38-9 surge in the last stanza. Jovanovic stepped up with 26 points and Nikolic scored 23. Novak and Andusic followed them with 13 points apiece. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort, while Petr Safarcik had 14. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) produced 9 points in the losing effort.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Bucaneros land Kavon Lytch, ex Bameso - by Eurobasket News

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) tabbed 26-year old American forward Kavon Lytch (199-109kg-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management). He played recently at Bameso in District National in Dominican Republic. This season Lytch played at Argentino (TNA) in Argentinian league. In 47 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg this season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention. The last (2012) summer he played at Centro (San Pedro RL) in Dominican Rep. league. In 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 22.5ppg, 14.3rpg and 1.7apg. Lytch's team made it to the PBL Semifinals in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax Rainmen) and Colombia (Patriotas).
Lytch attended Oklahoma City University until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
He is described as: A streetball specialist who can collect big numbers in a true basketball game too. He's tough inside and has soft hands. A promising PF.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray6.0 
 10. Drozdov, Budiveln.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.2 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 4. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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  FRANCE   


Sorgues BC announced Tafari Toney - by Eurobasket News

Sorgues BC announced Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) for the next season. The player will leave Etoile Charleville-Mezieres and will continue with his new squad.
Tafari Toney has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 33 NM1 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season he played also at Charleville-Mezieres. In 36 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Among other achievements Toney received Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010. He was a member of British Senior National Team in 2009.
Toney has played previously professionally in USA and United Kingdom (Sheffield One Health Sharks, Newcastle Eagles and Liverpool Mersey Tigers).



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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.9 
 4. Rice, B.Muenchen15.8 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.1 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Redding, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.7 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 6. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
 10. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.9 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.5 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.2 
 7. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 8. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Burtschi, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.6 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. King, Art.Dragons0.9 


Blanchard Obiango Joins The Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club Cuxhaven Bascats continue to be busy in the off season buikding their team for the 2013-2014 season and announced their second new player with Blanchard Obiango (202-F-88). Blanchard Obiango is a 25 yera old 202cm forward that has the German/Congo citzenship and last season played for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA): 30 games: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg. "I have been watching him for a while and I am thrilled about his good defesne. He is quick and athletic and isnt near the end of his development", stressed Cuxhaven head coach Krists Plendiskis. Obiango who is known as a defensive specialist started his basketball career with the TV Langen youth team. In 2006-2007 he played for SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer (Germany-Regionalliga): 11 games: 0.4ppg, also had a license for BIS Speyer (Germany-NBBL): 16 games: 7.5ppg 5.8rpg, FG: 57.8%, 3FG: 33.3%, FT: 57.5%. He then played for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (Germany-ProB) from 2006-2009. He then played for Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-ProA) from 2010-2012 playing 51 games.

Source: Cuxhaven Bascats






Ratiopharm and Bayern Muenchen tied Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

B.Muenchen - Brose Bask. 80-71 (2-2)

Brose Bask. was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Bayern Muenchen, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Brose Bask. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Israeli Yotam Halperin (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont) replied with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Brose Bask.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 17+2reb+3ast, Y.Halperin 16+6reb+1ast, R.Benzing 11+3reb+2ast, B.Thomas 10+6reb+5ast, S.Hamann 6+2reb+2ast, C.Troutman 6+5reb+1ast
Brose Bask.: S.Ford 14+5reb+1ast, A.Gavel 12+3reb, A.Renfroe 11+5reb+4ast, B.Nachbar 10+6reb, M.Zirbes 9+4reb, C.Jacobsen 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 241994


Ratiopharm - EWE Baskets 81-79 (2-2)

EWE Baskets were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. ratiopharm Ulm made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded EWE Baskets 36-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Lance Jeter (190-88, college: Nebraska) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: K.Nankivil 15+7reb, J.Bryant 14+10reb+1ast, A.Ray 14+3reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 11+2reb, L.Jeter 10+8reb+7ast, S.Esterkamp 10+2reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: J.Jenkins 29+5reb+1ast, A.Chubb 14+6reb+1ast, R.Paulding 11+2reb+1ast, R.Burrell 9+5reb, D.Joyce 6+3reb+3ast, C.Kramer 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 241993



Chemnitz Niners complete Bellscheidt deal - by Moritz Korff

BV Chemnitz 99 (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has confirmed to have completed the signing of Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-G-90) who played for BSV Wulfen in the last two Pro B seasons. The 23-year-old guard averaged 14.4 points and 5 rebounds for BSV in 2012-13. Before moving to Wulfen in 2011 he turned out for the Grevenbroich Elephants in the 1. Regionalliga West, spent one year at Westminster High School in Georgia, and played for Bayer Leverkusen as well as for Adler Frintrop as a youngster.


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Ghanaian Kojo Mensah wins the title in Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Ghanaian Kojo Mensah (193-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Buffalo St.) wins the title in Brazil as his Flamengo are crowned NBB champions! They defeated Uberlandia 77:70 in the title clash at the HSBC Arena. Caio Silveira stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Flamengo jumped to an early lead. They grabbed an 18:7 advantage midway through the starting quarter. Flamengo ensured a 21:15 lead after the opening frame. But Uberlandia straightened up their game in the second frame. Robert Day helped them to narrow the deficit at a single point 33:34 at halftime. Flamengo capped the third period with a strong rally to open a 58:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Caio Silveira and Marquinhos Vieira kept Flamengo in charge throughout the fourth frame as they cruised to the victory. Marquinhos Vieira delivered 16 points, while Olivinha Rodriguez added 10 points for Flamengo. Luis Felipe Gruber answered with 20 points for Uberlandia. Lucas Cipolini added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
The season 2012-2013 Kojo Mensah started for Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazil-NBB, starting five) and in Liga Sudamericana showed 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 62.1%. In Liga Americas he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 32.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 54.5%. Then he moved to Buffalo St. (NCAA3) and in Apr.'13 signed at Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazil-NBB, starting five). He showed 10.2 points per game.



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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.2 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.2 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.8 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.7 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Pappas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Perist.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Petway, AGOR2.6 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 8. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 
 10. Powell, Olympiacos0.7 



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Netherlands U18 exchange victories with Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

The Dutch U18 National Team played two exhibition encounters against their Czech counterparts. The first game ended with Netherlands claimed a 90:82 victory in Zwolle. Yannick Franke (185-G-96) stepped up with 23 points to lead the hosts. Netherlands were up 21:16 after the starting quarter but Czechs turned things around in the second frame. The visitors gained a 44:42 lead at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. The scoreboard read 68:68 at the final break. The hosts managed to surge ahead in the fourth frame and snatched a tough win at the end.
The second game had a difference scenario. Czech Republic dominated right from the start. They grabbed a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Czechs fired 25 points in the second period to gain a 48:31 halftime lead. Czech Republic kept the hosts at bay throughout the third term. The visitors posted a 64:44 lead before the fourth frame and never looked back en route to a 77:53 victory. Julius van Sauers (196-F-95) netted 11 points to lead Netherlands in scoring. Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-PF-95) added 10 points in the loss.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle AUSTIN
  Cananea
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Austin, Cananea20.9 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.5 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos20.1 
 4. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari19.2 
 6. Copeland, San G.18.8 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.7 
 8. Wood, Albacomp18.6 
 9. Shaw, Fribourg18.5 
 10. Nelson, Marso N.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Falco-Sz.
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Zagorac, Falco-Sz.10.7 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.3 
 3. Davis, Santurce8.9 
 4. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 5. Barovic, Soproni8.5 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.1 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.8.1 
 8. Buljan, Keravnos7.8 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari6.5 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.3 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.2 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.5 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.5 
 7. Copeland, San G.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.1 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.7 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos2.3 
 5. Davis, Santurce2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.0 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.8 
 10. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Santurce
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Davis, Santurce1.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 3. Barovic, Soproni0.9 
 4. Shaw, Fribourg0.7 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 9. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.0.6 
 10. Lekli, Albacomp0.6 


Albacomp defeat Szolnok to claim A Division title - by Eurobasket News

Albacomp - Szolnok 75:66

Albacomp registered the victory in the decisive fifth game of the championship series and celebrated A Division title. Ronald Moore (183-PG-88, college: Siena) nailed 17 points to lead Albacomp past Szolnok.
The teams stayed close in the intense first quarter. The scoreboard read 12:12 after the opening frame Albacomp pulled in front in the second frame. The hosts held Szolnok to 10 points in the period and gained a 29:22 lead at the interval. Szolnok narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the third term. But Albacomp finished it strong to gain a 54:44 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Akos Horvath and Sead Sehovic dragged the visitors within 5 points early in the fourth frame. The hosts answered with a 7:2 rally to restore a 10-point advantage 61:51. Ronald Moore and Jarrod Jones gave the home team a 74:61 lead within the final two minutes of regulation. Szolnok could not recover in the dying minutes as Albacomp rolled to the triumph. Brandon Wood (187-G-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Michigan St.) provided 15 points, while Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Two Points, college: G.Washington) added 13 points in the win. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 15 points for Szolnok. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Albacomp: Ronald Moore 17, Brandon Wood 15, Damian Hollis 13
Szolnok: Marton Bader 15, James Florence 11



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Bloomington Flex and RazorSharks reach PBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

The Bloomington Flex entered the PBL Finals. The defending champions swept the semifinal series versus the Indiana Diesels. The Flex claimed a 112:96 victory at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum to complete the sweep. Nate Fuqua (6'2''-G/F-88, college: Iowa Wesleyan) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. The Flex finished the first half strong and posted a 52:41 lead. They went on a 21:10 rally in the third term to open up a massive 29-point advantage. The Diesels cut the deficit in the fourth frame but never seriously threatened the gap. Daniel Ruffin (5'10''-G-84, college: Bradley) provided 15 points and 8 assists for the Flex. Jemal Farmar and Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) had 14 points each in the win. David Inabnit (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Chicago St.) responded with 24 points for the Diesels.
The Rochester RazorSharks join the Flex in the Finals. They swept the series versus the Sauk Valley Predators. The RazorSharks claimed a comfortable 113:98 victory in the second game of the series to complete the sweep.



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 10-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 10-4 
 3. Portland C. 6-5 
 4. Salem S. 6-6 
 5. Nippon T. 1-6 
International
 1. East Bay PB 0-0 
 2. Olympia R. 0-0 
 3. Seattle F. 0-1 
 4. Kitsap A. 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 31: Salem S. - Vancouver V. 96-125
Jun. 1: Seattle F. - Bellingham S. 91-105
Jun. 1: Nippon T. - Salem S. 114-135
Jun. 2: Portland C. - LoneStar S. 113-112
Jun. 1: Portland C. - LoneStar S. 108-99
Jun. 2: Nippon T. - Vancouver V. 105-118

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 7: East Bay PB - Salem S.
Jun. 7: Nippon T. - Portland C.
Jun. 8: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
Jun. 8: East Bay PB - Vancouver V.
Jun. 9: East Bay PB - Bellingham S.
Jun. 9: Portland C. - Nippon T.
Jun. 9: Salem S. - Kitsap A.
Jun. 11: Bellingham S. - Portland C.
Jun. 11: Olympia R. - Nippon T.


Chinooks Strike Early In The Lone Star State - by Kip Leonetti

There was no jet lag when the Portland Chinooks took the floor at John Cooper Gymnasium in a suburb of Houston on Saturday night for the first of two weekend games versus the Lone Star Strikers. Portland showed the host team why they're the veteran IBL squad. Lone Star is competing as a 2013 branding team playing a five-game trial schedule.

The Chinooks struck early, building a 31-13 lead after the first period. The second frame was much closer with both teams hitting for 28 points. Portland led by that same 18-point margin at halftime, 59-41.

The lead for Portland grew to as much as 20, at 81-61, as the third period ended. Portland gave up 38 points to the home team in the fourth quarter, and Lone Star got as close as 9 before running out of time. The Chinooks held on for a 108-99 victory, ending their two-game skid and improved to 4-5 on the season.

Portland's second win in five road contests was key in the Continental Conference standings, as Portland was able to keep within one game of Salem. They have a chance to re-take third place with a win on Sunday afternoon. The Chinooks and Strikers meet again at 5pm local time at John Cooper Gymnasium before Portland comes home for the remaining nine regular season games and playoffs.



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Jovan Zdravevski calls it quits - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Stjarnan forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) has decided to call it quits, hang up his shoes and focus on other things in life.

Jovan has been an instrumental player at Stjarnan since he joined them in 2008 and has helped in winning two cup finals. He has also advanced to the finals twice with Stjarnan, totalling 170 games in just over five seasons with the team. A team representative was quoted saying: "We will miss him, any team would miss a player like that. He was a great teammate and very popular amongs fans."



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India begin SABA campaign with easy win - by Eurobasket News

India - Nepal 109:26

India victoriously opened the SABA Qualifying Round for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship. India thrashed Nepal in New Delhi. Narender Kumar (195-G/F-88) scored 14 points in the winning effort from the hosts. India dominated in every facet of the game. The hosts quickly surged ahead and never looked back en route to the victory. Joginder Singh and AmritPal Singh (201-F-91) also chipped 14 points each for the winners. Sushil Gurung answered with 9 points for Nepal. Sanjay banked 7 points in the losing effort. Nepal will face Afghanistan tomorrow. India will finish the qualifying round against Afghanistan on Tuesday.



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  ISRAEL   

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.9 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.0 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.2 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.7 
 9. Calathes, Maccabi16.3 
 10. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.0 
 3. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.6 
 4. Thomas, Maccabi9.5 
 5. Calathes, Maccabi9.5 
 6. Uter, Humacao9.4 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.7 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
 8. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 10. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.3 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Jones, Bnei H.1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Datome, Acea V.16.7 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.6 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Steele, Hapoel J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.2 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 8. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 8. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 2. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.4 
 3. Young, Upea CdO19.5 
 4. Marigney, Prima V.18.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.8 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.18.6 
 7. Green, Novipiu Cas.18.2 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.18.1 
 9. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.6 
 2. Todic, Khimik9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.1 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.4 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.1 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.0 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Juan FERNANDEZ
  C.de L.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Fernandez, C.de L.5.1 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.6 
 4. Gay, Aget S.4.3 
 5. Roderick, LeGamber.4.3 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO4.3 
 7. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.2 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Prima V.3.3 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.3 
 3. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 4. James, FCM F.2.3 
 5. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 6. Guarino, FCM F.2.1 
 7. Forray, Pall.Trento2.1 
 8. Battle, Upea CdO2.0 
 9. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.0 
 10. Vitali, Biancobl.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. James, FCM F.1.1 
 6. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.0.9 
 9. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 10. Brkic, C.de L.0.9 


Lega2 Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Pistoia and Brescia reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Pall.Trento - C.de Latte BRE 79-87

Brescia stole a road win over Trento to advance into Finals. Pall.Trento was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 51-42 second half run of C.de Latte BRE. They made 28-of-31 charity shots (90.3 percent) during the game, while Pall.Trento only scored seven points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for C.de Latte BRE especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 steals (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five C.de Latte BRE players scored in double figures. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: B.Elder 24+5reb+3ast, M.Umeh 16+4reb+1ast, L.Dordei 11+9reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 9+4reb+3ast, M.Spanghero 8+1reb+1ast, A.Forray 5+3reb+2ast
C.de Latte BRE: M.Jenkins 23+4reb+1ast, D.Brkic 19+7reb+1ast, N.Barlos 14+6reb+1ast, J.Giddens 14+3reb+1ast, G.Cuccarolo 10+5reb, J.Fernandez 4+5ast
gschID: 242025


Novipiu Casale - Giorgo Tesi PT 54-67

Pistoia outgunned Novipiu Casale to claim 3-1 win in the semifinal series. The game without a history. Tuscany Pistoia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tuscany Pistoia outrebounded Novipiu Casale 39-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Novipiu Casale.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 16+5reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 10+8reb, R.Green 8+7reb+3ast, S.Pierich 7+4reb, M.Malaventura 7+2ast, G.Ferrero 6+1ast
Giorgo Tesi PT: F.Toppo 14+11reb+1ast, A.Graves 13+3reb+5ast, M.Hicks 12+3reb, D.Fajardo 11+3reb+3ast, R.Cortese 6+5reb, G.Galanda 4+5reb
gschID: 242024



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Royal 8-3 
 2. Jaguars 7-2 
 3. Page-Dynamo 6-5 
 4. Seigneurs 4-5 
 5. Revolution 4-6 
 6. Monteregie 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 2: Page-Dynamo - Revolution 97-100
Jun. 2: Royal - Seigneurs 93-91
Jun. 1: Royal - Jaguars 71-84
May. 30: Monteregie - Seigneurs 71-70
Jun. 1: Page-Dynamo - Monteregie 64-46

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 9: Seigneurs - Jaguars
Jun. 5: Seigneurs - Page-Dynamo
Jun. 8: Jaguars - Monteregie
Jun. 8: Revolution - Royal
Jun. 9: Page-Dynamo - Royal
Jun. 9: Monteregie - Revolution



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Lithuania U19 avenge starting loss to Australia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Australia U19 83:81

Lithuanian U19 National Team took a revenge on the starting loss to Australian counterparts in Kaunas. This time the Baltic team snatched a narrow two-point victory at the end. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Australia started the game confidently. They jumped to a 19:17 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts adjusted their offence in the second frame and managed to pull ahead. They grabbed a 31:27 advantage at halftime. Lithuania boosted the lead in the third quarter. They rallied to a 6-point advantage before the fourth frame 69:63. The Emus tried to bounce back in the fourth frame but came up just short of win at the end. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17 points, while Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) added 14 points in the win.



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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Jones, Obregon26.3 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.8 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.6 
 5. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 6. Elliott, Navolato21.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales20.2 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana19.1 
 10. Allen, Guaymas18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Penny, Tijuana8.4 
 5. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 6. Toombs, Navolato8.3 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea8.1 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Stallings, Guasave7.2 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.0 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.7 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.4 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 6. Insunza, Navolato4.8 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.8 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.4 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana4.4 
 10. Elliott, Navolato4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 3. Stallings, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.5 
 6. Insunza, Navolato1.5 
 7. Buelna, Guasave1.4 
 8. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 9. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Mercado, Nogales1.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 


Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas ink Edward Ayileke - by Daniel Poerschke

Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas (Regional) agreed terms with 29-year old naturalized Nigerian power forward Edward Ayileke (197-110kg-84). He just played at Panteras (LNBP). In 47 games he had 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg this season. Part of last summer Ayileke spent at Madereros in CIBANE. Ayileke also played at Pioneros that season. He helped them to make it to the Chihuahua Vive final. He represented Mexico at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
Ayileke has played previously for two other Mexico teams: Halcones Rojos and Tijuana Zonkeys.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mineros de Fresnillo lands Timothy Latiker - by Daniel Poerschke

Mineros de Fresnillo (Regional) tabbed 31-year old American swingman Timothy Latiker (198-93kg-82, college: Mississippi Valley State). He played last summer at Pioneros in the regional league Chihuahua Vive. He helped them to make it to the final.
Latiker is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., Mexico (Algodoneros, Lobos UAD Mazatlan and Guerreros), WBA (Mississippi HH), WBA Western Conf. (Tunica G.) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
Latiker attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
He attended Mississippi Valley State until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas sign Elijah Flores - by Daniel Poerschke

Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas (Regional) signed naturalized American swingman Elijah Flores (202-100kg). He just played at Nogaleros in Mexican Regional league Chihuahua Vive. Flores also played at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA) this season. In three games he had 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0bpg. In 2012-13 he played at Gigantes. In 18 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.1rpg. The last (11-12) season Flores was tested by Norman Express in U.S. semi-pro league UBA.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Abejas (LNBP). In 22 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.6rpg.
Flores has played also professionally in UBA (Houston Express).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas sign Elijah Flores - by Daniel Poerschke

Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas (Regional) signed naturalized American swingman Elijah Flores (202-100kg). He just played at Nogaleros in Mexican Regional league Chihuahua Vive. Flores also played at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA) this season. In three games he had 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0bpg. In 2012-13 he played at Gigantes. In 18 games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.1rpg. The last (11-12) season Flores was tested by Norman Express in U.S. semi-pro league UBA.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Abejas (LNBP). In 22 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.6rpg.
Flores has played also professionally in UBA (Houston Express).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Madereros ink Antoine Watson - by Daniel Poerschke

Madereros de Durango (Regional) signed 26-year old American point guard Antoine Watson (193-102kg-87, college: FIU). He just played at Oklahoma Impact (ABA) in the U.S.. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 25.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 8.0apg this season. The last season Watson played also at Oklahoma in ABA.
He graduated from Florida International University in 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.
Watson could be described: Watson is a talented guard who will be able to put points on the board at any level. His jumper is strong, his ability to operate off the dribble is very good, and he is an aggressive player whose presence is always felt. Plays with aggressiveness, and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. He is a clever finisher around the rim with a Great 1st step and the ability to knock down the long range 3. Watson is excellent in transition and likes to push the ball down the defenses throat before they can get set. Also is an intense competitor, who plays with passion, really vocal on the court, and has leadership qualities. Extremely adamant defender with the ability to SHUT DOWN whomever he is guarding. His defensive intensity shows he takes pride on defense and wants to be the best defender on the floor at all times.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rumor: Spurs to play regular season game in Mexico City - by Carlos Chapa

According to national newspaper Reforma, the San Antonio Spurs would play a regular season game in Mexico City on Wednesday, December 4. The game would take place at newly built 'Arena Ciudad de Mexico', which hosted an NBA preseason game last October between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic. A press conference is scheduled next week to announce the NBA Mexico Game 2013, which will be the first regular season game held in Mexico since 1997.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks or the Los Angeles Clippers where mentioned as possible rivals to the Spurs.

With information from Reforma.



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FUS Rabat wins the first Semifinal - by Eurobasket News

FUS Rabat wins the first Semifinal. The team overcame RSB Berkane 75:66 in the opener. Game 2 is scheduled for June 8.
In another Semifinal PCS Plazza will take on Wydad Casablanca. Their first game is planned for tomorrow, June 3rd. The second game will be played also on June 8th.



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  NBA   


Pistons eyeing Maurice Cheeks as coach - by Eurobasket News

The Detroit Pistons are giving strong consideration to Maurice Cheeks to become their next head coach and have set up a third interview with the Oklahoma City Thunder assistant, according to sources. The consensus in coaching circles is that the Pistons' job will come down to Cheeks and Nate McMillan . Cheeks likely has the support of Joe Dumars. Cheeks has posted a career mark of 284-286 in stints coaching the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  NEPAL   


Nepal went down 26 - 109 to India in South Asian Qualifiers for FIBA ASIA Championship - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepal went down to SABA Giant India 26 - 109 in the opening match of the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifiers for 27th FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP for MEN, here at Thyagraj Indoor Stadium in the Indian capitol, New Delhi.

Nepal without the regular 3 National team players including the skipper Shooting Guard Sadish Pradhan, Centre Bikram Joshi and Power Forward Binod Maharjan, was no match for the SABA giant India. The three players are most probably the best 3 players currently in Nepal.

India lead Nepal 24-8 at the end of the first quarter while Nepal were down to India 61-12 at the halftime. It was a one way traffic from India and there was no way coming back to Nepal in the game.

Narender Kumar Grewal, Joginder Singh and Amritpal Singh were the top scorers for India with 14 points each in the one-sided encounter while Sushil Gurung and Sanjay Byanjankar scored nine and seven points, respectively, for Nepal.

Afghanistan play Nepal Monday while India take on Afghanistan in the final match Tuesday. Only three countries of South Asia are participating in the qualifiers to qualify one team from the region to the FIBA ASIA Championship.



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. OceanaGold N. 9-1 
 2. Nelson G. 8-2 
 3. Wellington S. 8-2 
 4. Hub Jets 5-3 
 5. Southland S. 5-3 
 6. Taranaki MA 3-7 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 2-7 
 8. Super City R. 1-8 
 9. Waikato P. 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 30: Waikato P. - OceanaGold N. 80-97
May. 31: Hub Jets - Nelson G. 77-89
Jun. 2: Super City R. - Nelson G. 70-91
Jun. 1: HBS Bank Hawks - Wellington S. 67-102
May. 28: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N. 102-93

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 3: Hub Jets - Taranaki MA
Jun. 3: Wellington S. - Waikato P.
Jun. 7: Southland S. - Hub Jets
Jun. 8: OceanaGold N. - Hub Jets
Jun. 8: Waikato P. - Taranaki MA
Jun. 8: Nelson G. - HBS Bank Hawks
Jun. 9: Super City R. - Waikato P.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  OceanaGo.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Anthony, OceanaGo.22.1 
 2. Pace, Nelson G.21.7 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.21.2 
 4. Atkinson, Waika.20.6 
 5. Tait, Wellington S.20.4 
 6. Conklin, Southland20.3 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.19.7 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.19.0 
 9. Warren, Wellington18.9 
 10. Greene, HBS B.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets14.8 
 2. Atkinson, Waika.13.8 
 3. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.6 
 4. Conklin, Southland9.4 
 5. Tisby, OceanaGo.9.0 
 6. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.8 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.1 
 8. Maxey, Nelson G.8.0 
 9. Greene, HBS B.7.9 
 10. Markson, Wellingt.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.2 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.8 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 5. Buck, Super City R.5.0 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 8. Webster, Waika.3.9 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.8 
 10. Frank, Wellington3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Braswell, Southlan.3.1 
 2. Hagan, Hub Jets3.0 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.9 
 4. Boucher, Wellingt.2.6 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.5 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.3 
 7. O''Riley, Super C.2.1 
 8. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 9. Wright, OceanaGo.2.0 
 10. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.0 
 3. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.8 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.4 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.2 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.0.9 
 9. Dawson, Southlan.0.9 
 10. Prewster, HBS B.0.8 



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  NIGERIA   


Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas ink Edward Ayileke - by Daniel Poerschke

Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas (Regional) agreed terms with 29-year old naturalized Nigerian power forward Edward Ayileke (197-110kg-84). He just played at Panteras (LNBP). In 47 games he had 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg this season. Part of last summer Ayileke spent at Madereros in CIBANE. Ayileke also played at Pioneros that season. He helped them to make it to the Chihuahua Vive final. He represented Mexico at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
Ayileke has played previously for two other Mexico teams: Halcones Rojos and Tijuana Zonkeys.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  PANAMA   


Former NBA beat Panama All Stars in a exhibiton game - by Robert OConnell

The Former NBA players beat the Panama All Star Team in a exhibition game Saturday afternoon in the Kiwanis Gym in Chorillo, Panama. The game was closed all the way to the third quarter when the score was 73-73. But in the fourth quarter the Panamanian team ran out of gas and also coach Enrique Grenald wanted to give the young players a taste of playing with former NBA players. The NBA players were a group named Sports Power International leaded by his president Bill Alexson. The final score was Sports Power International 95 Panama All Stars 83, the visiting team made 8 threepointers and the local team 12 from downtown. This game was sponsored by the Panama's City Hall. Mr. Alexon was a little disappointed in the admin side of the game because the gym and the amount of people he expected were not what the city major promised him, but in the technical aspect of the game he was impressed with the local team knowing the average age was 21.
The top scorers for the Sports Power International were Thomas Torrance with 18 points, former Lakers swingman Laron Profit (196-G/F-77, college: Maryland) with 24 pts and Chase Adams (178-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) with 15.
For the Panamanian team were swingman Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) with 19 points, Nicanor Rivas with 17 pts including 4 three pointers, and power forward Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) of Marinos de Anzuategui with 16 points and also with a monster dunk.
The Panamanian team was put together by former player Jair Peralta (178-G-76, college: Tenn-Martin), Carlos Arauz and Robert Oconnell.




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  PARAGUAY   


Bruno Zanotti tastes Brazilian Gold - by Eurobasket News

Bruno Zanotti (198-SF-82, college: Merrimack) tastes Brazilian Gold as his Flamengo are crowned NBB champions! They defeated Uberlandia 77:70 in the title clash at the HSBC Arena. Caio Silveira stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Flamengo jumped to an early lead. They grabbed an 18:7 advantage midway through the starting quarter. Flamengo ensured a 21:15 lead after the opening frame. But Uberlandia straightened up their game in the second frame. Robert Day helped them to narrow the deficit at a single point 33:34 at halftime. Flamengo capped the third period with a strong rally to open a 58:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Caio Silveira and Marquinhos Vieira kept Flamengo in charge throughout the fourth frame as they cruised to the victory. Marquinhos Vieira delivered 16 points, while Olivinha Rodriguez added 10 points for Flamengo. Luis Felipe Gruber answered with 20 points for Uberlandia. Lucas Cipolini added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
The season Bruno Zanotti played for Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazil-NBB, starting five) and in Liga Americas averaged 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 54.5%. In Brazil League his stats read 3.6 points per game.



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG17.8 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 8. Cel, PGE Turow6.9 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Fos Ouest5.3 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 7. Hodge, Stelmet ZG4.5 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 9. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.4 
 10. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.0 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.5 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.6 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.2 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno14.9 
 6. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, SKK14.6 
 9. Wilczek, Start Lub.14.5 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.1 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.8.9 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.7 
 6. Hyzy, Slask W.7.6 
 7. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.3 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.2 
 9. Wyka, Polonia6.8 
 10. Luszczewski, Star.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  P.Cuk.
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wilczek, P.Cuk.7.0 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.6.0 
 3. Grochowski, MKS D.6.0 
 4. Laczynski, Rosa R.5.8 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 7. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.4.9 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.8 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pawel HYBIAK
  AZS P.
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.3 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 4. Wilczek, P.Cuk.2.0 
 5. Grochowski, MKS D.2.0 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Hyzy, Slask W.1.9 
 8. Flieger, Slask W.1.9 
 9. Zytko, P..1.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.4 
 4. Gabinski, Slask W.1.1 
 5. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.1 
 6. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.1 
 7. Metelski, AZS P.1.1 
 8. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.1.0 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojn.0.8 


Stelmet Zielona Gora claim PLK title - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora - PGE Turow 87:78

Stelmet ZG are the new PLK champions. They swept the championship series against PGE Turow. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) fired 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Stelmet ZG to the decisive fourth win in the series tonight.
Stelmet ZG exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 4-point lead at the first break. The hosts raised the pressure in the second term. Stelmet ZG established a 55:44 halftime lead. PGE Turow adjusted defensively and tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. But the visitors cut the deficit by just one point trailing by 10 at the final break. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened the fourth period with five straight points and never looked back again. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) delivered 16 points, while Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for the winners. Russell Robinson (185-PG-86) responded with 22 points for PGE Turow. Aaron Cel (203-F-87) netted 13 points in the loss.

Stelmet ZG: Quinton Hosley 22, Walter Hodge 16, Oliver Stevic 14
PGE Turow: Russell Robinson 22, Aaron Cel 13



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

Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 1st Team 2013
Walter Hodge
Hodge
Lukasz Koszarek
Koszarek
Michal Chylinski
Chylinski
Filip Dylewicz
Dylewicz
Ben McCauley
McCauley

Finals MVP: Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84) of Stelmet ZG
Player of the Year: Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG
Guard of the Year: Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG
Forward of the Year: Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot
Center of the Year: Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86) of Polpharma
Most Improved Player of the Year: Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83) of Siarka Jezioro
Bosman Player of the Year: Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Stelmet ZG
Import Player of the Year: Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG
Domestic Player of the Year: Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Stelmet ZG
Defensive Player of the Year: Krzysztof Szubarga (182-PG-84) of Anwil
Coach of the Year: Miodrag Rajkovic of PGE Turow

1st Team
PG: Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG
PG: Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Stelmet ZG
G: Michal Chylinski (196-G-86) of PGE Turow
F: Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot
F/C: Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86) of Polpharma

2nd Team
PG: Krzysztof Szubarga (182-PG-84) of Anwil
G/F: Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89) of Trefl Sopot
F/G: Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84) of Stelmet ZG
F: Aaron Cel (203-F-87) of PGE Turow
F/C: Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Stelmet ZG

Honorable Mention
Nic Wise (178-PG-87) of Rosa Radom
Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) of Start Gdynia
Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83) of Siarka Jezioro
Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84) of AZS Koszalin
Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84) of AZS Koszalin
Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of Energa Czarni
Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-SG-86) of Asseco Prok.
Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) of Asseco Prok.
Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Stelmet ZG
Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Fos Ouest

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Stelmet ZG
SG: Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-SG-86) of Asseco Prok.
G: Michal Chylinski (196-G-86) of PGE Turow
F: Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83) of Siarka Jezioro
F: Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot

All-Imports Team
PG: Nic Wise (178-PG-87) of Rosa Radom
PG: Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG
F/G: Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84) of Stelmet ZG
F/C: Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86) of Polpharma
C: Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of Energa Czarni

All-Bosmans Team
SG: Ivan Opacak (201-SG-80) of PGE Turow
F/C: Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Stelmet ZG
F/C: Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Stelmet ZG
C: Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) of Asseco Prok.
C: Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) of Start Gdynia



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 19-8 
 2. Santurce 17-11 
 3. Mayaguez 16-12 
 4. Quebradillas 16-12 
 5. Arecibo 14-13 
 6. Guaynabo 14-13 
 7. Humacao 13-14 
 8. Guayama 12-15 
 9. San German 8-19 
 10. Bayamon 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 33

Jun. 2: Quebradillas - Mayaguez 98-81
Jun. 2: Guaynabo - Guayama 92-79
Jun. 2: Humacao - Santurce 77-67
Jun. 3: San German - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Ike DIOGU
  Ponce
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Diogu, Ponce22.1 
 2. Harris, Ponce20.9 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.3 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.9 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.9 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Ramos, Arecibo16.9 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.2 
 2. Harris, Ponce11.1 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo9.8 
 4. Phillip, San German8.9 
 5. Diogu, Ponce8.9 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Graterol, Arecibo8.3 
 8. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.1 
 10. Carmona, Humacao8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.5 
 2. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 3. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.7 
 5. Coronado, Guayama4.0 
 6. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 8. Garcia, Quebradill.3.4 
 9. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 2. Coronado, Guayama2.0 
 3. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayama1.4 
 5. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Villegas, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 9. Harrellson, Guaya.1.2 
 10. Rivera, Ponce1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Penn, Humacao2.2 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 6. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Graterol, Arecibo0.9 
 9. Nichols, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Harris, Ponce0.9 


Christophe Massie gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) put on an amazing game in the last week for San German and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 32.
The 35-year old had a double-double of 22 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Ponce (#1, 19-8) 81-86. San German maintains the 9th position in Puerto Rican BSN. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. San German have already lost 19 games and recorded just eight victories. Massie just recently signed at San German, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Christophe Massie averages this season 15.8ppg and 8.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 27-year old American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Arecibo. Ramos impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Arecibo lost that game 73-100 to slightly higher-ranked Mayaguez (#3, 16-11). Arecibo managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ramos is one of the most experienced players at Arecibo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#9). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last week was Panamanian Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Guaynabo (#6). Lloreda scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Guaynabo, leading his team to a 89-84 win against the lower-ranked Bayamon (#10, 8-20). Guaynabo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Lloreda has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Mayaguez - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Ponce - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Mayaguez - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88) of Bayamon - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Caciques-Gigantes sign Uter and Byars - by Luis Modestti


Caciques-Gigantes signed forward Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra) and swingman Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) to replace Jamelle Horne and Gilbert Brown.

Horne averaged 15,5 points in 23 games for Caciques-Gigantes. He left the team for personal reasons. Brown scored 17,17 points in 24 games.

Uter played in Israel for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion where he averaged 15,3 points and 9,4 rebounds in 32 games. He played college in Hofstra and has many years of experience in Europe including stops in Austria, France, and Portugal. Since 2008 he has played in Israel. Uter has a Jamaican passport so he can play as a Latin-American import.

Byars played this year in Germany for ALBA Berlin with averages of 9,2 points in the German League and 6,7 points in the Euroleague. He was a second round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by Portland and has moved between the NBA and many European Leagues.

Caciques-Gigantes own a 12-14 record and play today in Carolina against Cangrejeros de Santurce.



Leones solid in first place, secure playoff spot - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce defeated Atleticos de San German 86-81 to continue in first place with a 19-8 record and at the same time became the first team to secure a spot in the 2013 playoffs.

Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) led Ponce with 19 points while Manuel Fortuna added 15, Carlos Rivera and Mike Harris 14 each and Carlos Emory 12.

Ponce dominated the first half 43-29 led by Harris and Diogu. San German reacted in the second half by stopping both imports and shooting well from outside. In the final minutes Fortuna made eight points in a row to seal the win.

Leones have a six games winning streak and their next game is Thursday at Guaynabo.

Also on Saturday Indios de Mayaguez crushed Capitanes de Arecibo 100-73. Gary Wilkinson netted 19 points for the winners. In Bayamon, Mets defeated Vaqueros 89-84 as Larry Ayuso scored 20 points.

The games for Sunday, June 2 are:

4:00 p.m. Cangrejeros at Caciques-Gigantes in Carolina
7:00 p.m. Indios de Mayaguez at Piratas de Quebradillas
7:00 p.m. Brujos de Guayama at Mets de Guaynabo



Caciques de Humacao brings in Adrian Uter - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao brings in Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra) to the roster.
Adrian Uter just finished the season with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion in Israel. In 32 Winner League games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg and 1.6bpg this season. The last season Uter played also at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League) in Israel. In 32 games he had 13.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg (in top 3) and 1.4bpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 3rd Team and All-Defensive Team.
In 2006 Uter was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) in third round (22nd overall).The former Hofstra University star is in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Uter won Israeli National League championship title in 2010. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Center of the Year award in 2009,2010 and 2011.
Uter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), France (Saint Vallier), Portugal (Illiabum) and Israel (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Lev Hasharon and B.C. Habikaa).



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  ROMANIA   


Cornel Alexiu and Lucian Chirof will stay at BCM U Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Young prospects Cornel Alexiu (197-C-92) and Lucian Chirof (202-C-91) will stay at BCM U Pitesti. Both Romanian players are under contract with the squad.
In 2011-2012 the 1992-year-born Cornel Alexiu appeared for BCM U Pitesti (Div.A) but played mostly for junior team. As a member of the Romanian U16 National Team he participated at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -08. In 8 games his stats read 8.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.2%, FT: 67.7%.
Lucian Chirof is a 1991-year-born Romanian Center. In 2010-2011 he appeared for BC Arges Pitesti (Div.A) and after 10 games averaged 0.6ppg. In 2011-2012 moved to BCM U Pitesti (Div.A) and had 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg. Last season for BCM U Pitesti Lucian Chirof played in EuroChallenge and had 1.5ppg. In 2011 he was a member of the Romanian U20 National Team.



CSU Atlassib Sibiu will keep Devon Austin and Christopher Lee - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu will keep Devon Austin (198-F-87, college: Manhattan) and Christopher Lee (206-C-84, agency: Duran International, college: S.Carolina St.) for the next season. Two American players will continue with the Romanian squad.
Devon Austin recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Austin played also at CSU Sibiu (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 25 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won MAAC Regular Season in 2006. Austin was also voted All-MAAC 3rd Team back in 2007 at his college time.
Christopher Lee had also very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg and 1.5bpg this season. Lee also played at Guerreros (Regional) in Mexican league earlier that season. In 12 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. The last season he played at Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) in Portuguese league. In 24 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. The most of previous (10-11) season Lee spent at Planasa Navarra (LEB Gold) in Spanish league. In 18 games he recorded 7.2ppg and 5.4rpg. The other team he played that season for was Malvin (LUB) in Uruguayan league. In 13 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.5bpg. Lee also played 3 games in Liga Sudamericana where he recorded 12.0ppg, 10.3rpg (#3 in the league), 1.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg. His team was regular season runner-up in Portuguese League in 2010.



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  RUSSIA   


CSKA closing in on Jeremy Pargo,monitoring Fridzon - by Vladimir Lobanov

The VTB final series will start tonight,but CSKA Moscow are already working around the clock for next season.
Rumors around Europe are linking American guard Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) to CSKA Moscow,According to a senor source from Moscow the deal is not done,or sealed at all:"Pargo is a name that we are following,nothing has agreed,we are talking with players,hearing plans but nothing is singed with Pargo,its just rumors".
But info we got from Pargo's camp,his most likely destination will be ,indeed, Moscow,The two parties had a meeting in London during the Euroleague Final Four,in that meeting most of the clauses were agreed. Pargo was highly wanted by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv,but the team from Israel couldn't compete with the Financial package that was offered by CSKA Moscow.
Other player that CSKA Moscow is very interested in is Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport),Who officialy left BC Khimky Moscow Region last night.But according to sources close to the player,he has a big offer from Lokomotiv Kuban and also from Turkish giants Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.Fridzon wants to remain in Russia,and probably will end between Moscow (CSKA Moscow) or Krasnodar.



Vitaliy Fridzon leaves Khimky, next stop CSKA? - by Eurobasket News

Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) has left Khimky. His agent confirmed the news on twitter. The previous report linked Vitaliy Fridzon to CSKA. The guard has played for Khimky since 2004. Last season Vitaliy Fridzon notched 11.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EuroLeague last season. His stats read also 15.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in PBL. Vitaliy Fridzon also tallied 11.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in VTB League. Vitaly Fridzon has been the member of Russian National Team since 2005. The guard participated at the 2012 Olympic Games. Fridzon posted 11.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in the Bronze effort for Russia in London.


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  SERBIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 2. Bakic, Metalac18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Rakocevic, Crvena18.1 
 5. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 7. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.5 
 10. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.7 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Dasic, Metalac8.4 
 4. Savovic, Crvena Z.7.7 
 5. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 6. Lauvergne, Partizan6.8 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 8. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 9. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 10. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Westermann, Parti.4.0 
 8. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 9. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.9 
 10. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 3. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Nelson, Crvena Z.1.8 
 6. Dasic, Metalac1.8 
 7. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 8. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 9. Jereminov, Tamis1.6 
 10. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Metalac
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vranes, Metalac2.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.7 
 3. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 4. Bertans, Partizan1.3 
 5. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 6. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 8. Lauvergne, Partizan0.8 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Mijovic, Duhok0.7 


Crvena zvezda in the final against Partizan - by Igor Obradovic

In a game that decided who is going to the finals Serbian Superliga, the winner was experienced team of Red Star, which is the third game of the semifinals defeated Mega The view of the score 77:68 (20:24, 16:19, 17:11, 24:14).

Mega have a great opening match, with a 0:8 lead at the start and throughout the entire first half controlled the game not allowing the Crvena zvezda players to find a single moment in a big lead. At one point Mega have lead with 11 points in advance. Only time when the Zvezda had an advantage in the first half was in the 8th minutes of the first quarter when it was 15:13, then they wait until to 31 minute for lead when Scott score 2 point for 55:54. After that, a great game for Crvena zvezda, which has made several series and played great defense. The biggest advantage they had in the 37th minutes when it was 70:58. In a series made by the most distinguished themselves was Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke).
By the end of the game Mega made a few quick fouls and there was a free-throw for the "Red&Whites" and the match ended with final score of 77:68.

Crvena zvezda Telekom : DeMarcus Nelson 20tps, 7rbd, 6ast, 3steals, index 34 (MVP of the game)
, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 15pts, 5rbd, 3ast, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 12pts, 10rbd, 2ast, Marko Simonovic 14pts, 4rbd, 3ast.
Mega Vizura : Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 1rbd, 4ast, Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 21pts, 10rbd, Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) 9pts, 4rbd

In final of Serbian Super league will be played "eternal derby" between Crvena zvezda and Partizan.
Series will start on Wednesday, 5. June. Home team will be Partizan.



Dejan Borovnjak and Oliver Stevic lift the Polish title - by Eurobasket News

Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) lift the Polish title as their Stelmet ZG are the new PLK champions. They swept the championship series against PGE Turow. Quinton Hosley fired 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Stelmet ZG to the decisive fourth win in the series tonight.
Stelmet ZG exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 4-point lead at the first break. The hosts raised the pressure in the second term. Stelmet ZG established a 55:44 halftime lead. PGE Turow adjusted defensively and tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. But the visitors cut the deficit by just one point trailing by 10 at the final break. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened the fourth period with five straight points and never looked back again. Walter Hodge delivered 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 14 points for the winners. Russell Robinson responded with 22 points for PGE Turow. Aaron Cel netted 13 points in the loss.
The season 2012-2013 Dejan Borovnjak started for Enel Brindisi and then signed at KAO Dramas (Greece-A1). In Dec.'12 moved to Stelmet Zielona Gora (Poland-TBL, starting five) and averaged 15.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 75.0% in EuroCup. In Polish League his stats read 12.1 points per game.
Oliver Stevic appeared in the team from the very beginning and in EuroCup had 13.8ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 72.1%. In Polish League his stats read 12.4 points per game.



Serbia U19 posts two victories against Czech Republic U19 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 posts two victories against Czech Republic U19 in the preparation for the World Championship.
In Game 1 Serbia U19 won 91:60 and dominated the whole game. They started with 25-13 in the first period and never looked behind after. Jankovic top-scored for the winners with 15 points, Novak delivered 14 and Dusan Kutlesic (195-SG-94) netted 13. Trohlar replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) netted 11.
In Game 2 Serbia U19 smashed Czech Republic U19 118:62. Although Serbia won the first period 28-24, they erupted with 31-11 in the second frame and finished the game with 38-9 surge in the last stanza. Jovanovic stepped up with 26 points and Nikolic scored 23. Novak and Andusic followed them with 13 points apiece. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort, while Petr Safarcik had 14. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) produced 9 points in the losing effort.



Nenad Milosevic tastes Slovakian Gold - by Eurobasket News

Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83) tastes Slovakian Gold as his Inter are back on top after 17 years of waiting. The Bratislava team nipped Komarno 82:80 on the road in the decisive seventh game of the championship series and clinched the Extraliga crown. They celebrated the title last in 1995/96 season.
Inter started the game strong. They dropped 26 points in the first period to gain a 3-point lead at the first break. The Bratislava team exploded with 27 points in the second period to open a 53:42 halftime advantage. But Komarno turned things around in the third period. They went on a 14:3 run early in the quarter to gain a 56:55 advantage. Komarno arrived at the final intermission up by six points 66:60. Inter denied the deficit and Graham put the visitors up by one 71:70 midway through the period. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Nenad Milosevic, Alando Tucker and Martin Rancik gave the visitors a 76:72 lead. Amin Stevens pulled Komarno within two 80:82 but the hosts simply ran out of time and lost the game. Martin Rancik fired 20 points to pace the winners. Alando Tucker added 19 points, while Nenad Milosevic had 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Amin Stevens responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Komarno. Martin Bilik chipped in 15 points in the loss.
The season 2012-2013 Nenad Milosevic started forChin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five) and averaged 14.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg. In Oct.'12 moved to BK Inter Bratislava (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) and showed 9.1 points per game.



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.9 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.3 
 8. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal6.4 
 4. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
 9. Kendall, Blusens M.5.9 
 10. Norel, CAI Zarago.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Rodriguez, Real M.4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 8. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 9. Huertas, FCB Regal3.5 
 10. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 4. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 5. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Mad-Croc
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 2. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 7. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 8. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  San G.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, San G.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Blanch, Andorra15.6 
 4. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 5. Barbour, Ourense15.3 
 6. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 7. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.3 
 9. Otegui, Palencia14.1 
 10. Ruiz de Gala., Cl.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan8.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.2 
 7. Ogide, Ourense7.0 
 8. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 9. Otegui, Palencia6.7 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Perez, Andorra5.2 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo5.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.7 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.1 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Schreiner, Andorra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario HEZONJA
  FCB Regal
  (201-G/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 2. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 3. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 4. Uriz, Clavijo1.7 
 5. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 6. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 7. Otegui, Palencia1.7 
 8. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 9. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 10. Xavier, A.Ford B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Flis, Andorra1.2 
 3. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 4. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. Olmos, A.Ford B.0.7 
 10. McDermott, Palen.0.7 


ACB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Barcelona and Real gain second wins - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - G.Canaria 2014 77-73

FCB Regal gained the second straight win over Gran Canaria. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But G.Canaria 2014 won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Regal FC Barcelona won last quarter 19-16. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. International guard Victor Sada (192-84) chipped in 7 points. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual used entire bench in such tough game. Australian swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) added 20 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: J.Carlos Navarro 22+2reb+5ast, M.Huertas 9+2reb, E.Lorbek 9+1reb+1ast, B.Oleson 9+1reb+2ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 8+3reb, V.Sada 7+4reb+1ast
G.Canaria 2014: R.Toolson 20+1reb+1ast, B.Newley 17+9reb, S.Nelson 10+6reb+3ast, T.Bellas 9+1reb+3ast, U.Slokar 7+1ast, E.Baez 5+10reb
gschID: 241936


Real Madrid - CAI Zaragoza 93-65

Real Madrid eased to a 2-0 lead in the semifinal series versus CAI Zaragoza. The game without a history. Real Madrid led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by CAI Zaragoza's players. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) who scored 11 points and 8 assists. American-Azerbaijani guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) produced 10 points and 5 rebounds and Belgian point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: J.Carroll 18+2reb+1ast, S.Rodriguez 11+2reb+8ast, N.Mirotic 10+6reb+2ast, C.Suarez 10+3reb+2ast, R.Fernandez 10+2reb+5ast, M.Begic 8+6reb
CAI Zaragoza: P.Llompart 12+1reb+1ast, V.Golubovic 11+4reb, P.Aguilar 10+3reb, S.Van Rossom 10+4reb+1ast, M.Roll 10+5reb+2ast, D.Rudez 5+1reb
gschID: 241935



LEB Gold Round 4 of Finals. Andorra claim road win, force decider - by Eurobasket News

Lucentum - Andorra 60-77

Andorra outgunned Lucentum on the road to force the decider in the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. Meridiano Alicante managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. River Andorra dominated on the defensive end, holding Meridiano Alicante to just 6 points in first quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Meridiano Alicante helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marc Blanch (194-82) who helped to win the game recording 23 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Naturalized Russian power forward Dmitry Flis (203-84) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Meridiano Alicante. Meridiano Alicante's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: T.Coppenrath 15+5reb+1ast, R.Huertas 10+4reb+1ast, S.Green 10+7reb+2ast, G.Rejon 8+5reb+3ast, P.Rivero 5+1reb+1ast, A.Llorca 5+3reb+2ast
Andorra: M.Blanch 23+3reb+2ast, D.Flis 13+7reb, T.Schreiner 12+3reb+2ast, P.Sanchez 9+8reb, A.Moncasi 8+4reb, D.Wright 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 241881



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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.8 
 2. Owens, BBC Nyon20.0 
 3. Mladjan, Lugano T.19.9 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Ely, Boncourt18.3 
 6. O''Bannon, Hapoel17.8 
 7. Burrows, Starwings17.3 
 8. Dobbins, Larre B.17.2 
 9. Milisavljevi., Lug.16.9 
 10. Reid, Fribourg16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.4 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 4. Garrett, Fribourg8.1 
 5. Dobbins, Larre B.7.9 
 6. Volcy, Seigneurs7.5 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.5 
 8. Gordon, Lugano T.7.4 
 9. Barber, Lugano T.7.4 
 10. Dubas, Leuven7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, MBC7.3 
 3. Milisavljevi., Lug.6.3 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.3 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 7. Laroche, Monthey4.5 
 8. Draughan, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
 10. Stimac, Geneve L.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, MBC2.9 
 3. Laroche, Monthey2.5 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon1.8 
 7. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 8. James, Geneve L.1.7 
 9. Fergerson, Lugano1.7 
 10. Zivkovic, BBC Ny.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.6 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.5 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 5. Dobbins, Larre B.1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel0.9 
 8. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Barber, Lugano T.0.8 


Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Awards 2013 - by Luca Maffioli

Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team 2013
Branko Milisavljevic
Milisavljevic
Kelvin Parker
Parker
Dusan Mladjan
Mladjan
Andrej Stimac
Stimac
Justin Rutty
Rutty

Player of the Year: Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86) of Lugano Tigers
Guard of the Year: Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86) of Lugano Tigers
Forward of the Year: Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Geneve Lions
Center of the Year: Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon
Bosman Player of the Year: Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Lugano Tigers
Import Player of the Year: Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon
Domestic Player of the Year: Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86) of Lugano Tigers
Defensive Player of the Year: Darrius Garrett (205-F/C-90) of Fribourg
Coach of the Year: Ivan Rudez of Geneve Lions

1st Team
G: Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Lugano Tigers
G: Kelvin Parker (184-PG-82) of Geneve Lions
G/F: Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86) of Lugano Tigers
F: Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Geneve Lions
C: Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon

2nd Team
G: Tony Brown (193-G-79) of Geneve Lions
G: Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82) of Fribourg
F: Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) of Starwings
F/C: Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Fribourg
F/C: Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Geneve Lions

Honorable Mention
Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of SAM Massagno
Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) of Geneve Lions
Ronald Yates (201-F-83) of Fribourg
Richie Gordon (203-F-89) of Lugano Tigers
Korvotney Barber (201-F-87) of Lugano Tigers
Adnan Hodzic (203-F-88) of Monthey
Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91) of Leuven
Derek Stockalper (196-SG-84) of Lugano Tigers
Jules Aw (200-F-86) of Neuchatel
Shy Ely (194-G/F-87) of Boncourt
Jackson Capel (191-G-87) of Boncourt
Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87) of Larre Borges
Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings
Marvin Owens (196-G/F-86) of BBC Nyon
Jamelle Barrett (180-PG-88) of SAM Massagno

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Roberto Kovac (188-SG-90) of Fribourg
G: Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86) of Lugano Tigers
F: Derek Stockalper (196-SG-84) of Lugano Tigers
F/C: Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91) of Leuven
F/C: Jules Aw (200-F-86) of Neuchatel

All-Imports Team
G: Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82) of Fribourg
G: Kelvin Parker (184-PG-82) of Geneve Lions
F: Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) of Starwings
F: Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Fribourg
C: Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon

All-Bosmans Team
G: Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Lugano Tigers
G/F: Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77) of Starwings
F: Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Monthey
F: Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Geneve Lions
F/C: Adnan Hodzic (203-F-88) of Monthey



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
Eastern Conference
 1. Cary Invasion 11-0 
 2. Big Texas 8-2 
 3. Fayetteville C. 6-4 
 4. Wilmington SD 2-8 
 5. Nighthawks 1-7 
 6. Bull City L. 0-1 
Western Conference
 1. PT Players 10-0 
 2. HoopForLyfe 5-4 
 3. Greensboro C. 4-6 
 4. Queen City E. 3-8 
 5. Carolina G. 1-10 
 6. SC Allstars 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 2: Big Texas - Fayetteville C. 162-138
May. 31: PT Players - Queen City E. 131-114
Jun. 1: Big Texas - Wilmington SD 130-128
Jun. 2: HoopForLyfe - Queen City E. 125-124
Jun. 2: Cary Invasion - Greensboro C. 111-108
Jun. 1: Carolina G. - PT Players 104-157

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 8: Wilmington SD - Greensboro C.
Jun. 8: Hub City L. - Fayetteville C.
Jun. 8: Big Texas - PT Players
Jun. 9: Greensboro C. - Cary Invasion
Jun. 9: Wilmington SD - Big Texas
Jun. 9: Johnston County - Queen City E.
Jun. 9: PT Players - Hub City L.


Cary Slips By Greensboro, Improves to 11-0 - by Greg

June 2, 2013 - Greensboro, NC: The Greensboro Cobras had everything to play for on Sunday afternoon against the visiting Cary Invasion squad. At stake for the Cobras was the final playoff spot in the TRBL West. The Cary Invasion had clinched its playoff spot in the TRBL East 2 weeks earlier but still had eyes set on an undefeated regular season. The hot, stuffy, but charming Goode Gymnasium on the campus of Bennett College would prove to be a formidable sixth man for the Cobras that would make this game among the best of the year in the Tobacco Road Basketball League.

The heat slowed the normally up-tempo Invasion team out of the gate in a game where even fans were congregating at open doors for a breath of cooler air. The half court game suited the Cobras well, while the visitors struggled to find a rhythm. The teams played a nip-and-tuck opening quarter. More jumpers fell for Greensboro in the second, but the Invasion found a way to push the pace just a little more to earn a 53-48 halftime lead.

Early in the third quarter it looked as though Cary was going to blow the game open, jumping out to a quick 15 point lead. But, sharpshooting by the Cobras, coupled with scores of missed free throws and turnovers by the Invasion, brought the game to a dead heat in the final two minutes. Tied at 108, Invasion guard Corey Evans (6'7''-G-75, college: Life) (Cincinnati Christian) hit one of two free throws. Following a Greensboro turnover, Invasion Guard Freddie Little (Montivello) hit a short jumper in the lane to give Cary a 111-108 lead with 22 seconds left in the game. Cary's signature pressure defense closed the game by not allowing Greensboro to launch a tying shot.

Corey Evans finished with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Invasion forward Charles Ward (6'7''-F/G-80, college: St.Augustine) (St. Augustine's College) added 11 points and 19 rebounds. Norman Carter (6'5''-F-85, college: Winston Salem) (Winston-Salem State) had 27 points in the losing effort for Greensboro. Cary (11-0) plays next on June 9th at home against the same Greensboro team. Greensboro (4-6) is still in playoff contention and next hosts Wilmington on June 8th.



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Guaynabo15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK7.6 
 5. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 6. Prince, Guaynabo7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 3. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 4. Theodore, Guaynabo4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Holston, Mersin4.2 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Guaynabo
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Guaynabo1.9 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Theodore, Guaynabo1.7 
 4. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 5. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 6. Markoishvili, Gala.1.4 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 7. Prince, Guaynabo0.8 
 8. Besok, Hacettepe0.8 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 10. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 


Banvit shocks Anadolu Efes and advances to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Banvit BK - Anadolu Efes 76-65 (3-1)

Banvit shocks Anadolu Efes and advances to the Finals after a 76:65 win over Anadolu for 3-1 victory in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Banvit BK. Anadolu Efes managed to win fourth quarter 17-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Keith Simmons (196-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Banvit BK players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Semih Erden (211-86) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: C.Davis 23+3reb+4ast, S.Mejia 13+5reb+4ast, K.Simmons 12+9reb+2ast, S.Erdogan 11+2reb+1ast, K.Lucas 6+2reb+2ast, V.Stimac 4+8reb
Anadolu Efes: J.Farmar 15+2reb+2ast, S.Erden 13+5reb+1ast, K.Gonlum 9+3reb+1ast, B.Batuk 8+2reb, D.Savanovic 7+8reb+4ast, S.Guler 5+4reb
gschID: 242016



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Walter Hodge triumphs in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) and his Polish Stelmet ZG are the new PLK champions. They swept the championship series against PGE Turow. Quinton Hosley fired 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Stelmet ZG to the decisive fourth win in the series tonight.
Stelmet ZG exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 4-point lead at the first break. The hosts raised the pressure in the second term. Stelmet ZG established a 55:44 halftime lead. PGE Turow adjusted defensively and tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. But the visitors cut the deficit by just one point trailing by 10 at the final break. Stelmet Zielona Gora opened the fourth period with five straight points and never looked back again. Walter Hodge delivered 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 14 points for the winners. Russell Robinson responded with 22 points for PGE Turow. Aaron Cel netted 13 points in the loss.
The season 2012-2013 Walter Hodge started for Stelmet Zielona Gora (Poland-PLK) and in EuroCup became the top-scorer with high 21.1ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.6apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 83.6%. In Poland his stats read 17.8 points per game.



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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league (5th round)
Cader 78 - Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) 19 pts. 10 reb. 3 blocks, Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 19 pts.
Verdirrojo 77 - Nicolas Delgado (198-F-87) 24 pts. 7 reb. Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) 10 pts 12 reb. 1 block 4 assists
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Larre Borges 70 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 23 pts. 7 reb. 2 blocks, Andres San San Miguel (198-F-82) 16 pts. 7 reb.
Colon 69 - Jose Moure (185-G-89) 23 pts. Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 12 pts. 9 reb. 3 blocks
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Welcome 89 - Ivan Loriente 20 pts. 5 reb. Diego Romero (203-C-82, college: Florida St.) 15 pts. 13 reb. 2 blocks 3 asssits
Capitol 72 - Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) 14 pts. 4 reb. Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 10 pts. 6 reb.



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 2-0 
 2. Bucaneros 2-0 
 3. Trotamundos 0-4 
Group B
 1. Gigantes 3-1 
 2. Gaiteros 1-1 
 3. Cocodrilos 0-2 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
2013 Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Jun. 1: Gigantes - Gaiteros 80-65
Jun. 2: Gigantes - Gaiteros 77-79
May. 31: Trotamundos - Bucaneros 67-77
Jun. 1: Trotamundos - Bucaneros 102-104

Second Stage: Round 3

Jun. 3: Bucaneros - Marinos
Jun. 4: Bucaneros - Marinos
Jun. 4: Gaiteros - Cocodrilos
Jun. 5: Gaiteros - Cocodrilos


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Toros21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros21.0 
 5. Maye, Bayamon20.4 
 6. Bailey, Panteras19.3 
 7. Martinez, Guaros19.3 
 8. Rodgers, Marinos18.2 
 9. Flores, Guaiqueries18.1 
 10. Johnson, Toros17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.1 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.1 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Toros9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Sucre, Marinos7.7 
 8. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 9. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 10. Colmenares, Cocod.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Toros
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Toros6.1 
 2. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos6.0 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.7 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.6 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.5 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 4. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.2 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 6. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 7. Johnson, Toros2.1 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 9. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
 10. Pena, Toros2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Marinos1.0 
 7. Massie, San German0.9 
 8. Santana, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Adams, Guaros0.8 
 10. Bravo, Gigantes0.8 


Bucaneros land Kavon Lytch, ex Bameso - by Eurobasket News

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) tabbed 26-year old American forward Kavon Lytch (199-109kg-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management). He played recently at Bameso in District National in Dominican Republic. This season Lytch played at Argentino (TNA) in Argentinian league. In 47 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg this season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention. The last (2012) summer he played at Centro (San Pedro RL) in Dominican Rep. league. In 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 22.5ppg, 14.3rpg and 1.7apg. Lytch's team made it to the PBL Semifinals in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Canada (Halifax Rainmen) and Colombia (Patriotas).
Lytch attended Oklahoma City University until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
He is described as: A streetball specialist who can collect big numbers in a true basketball game too. He's tough inside and has soft hands. A promising PF.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Vitaliy Fridzon leaves Khimky, next stop CSKA? - by Eurobasket News

Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) has left Khimky. His agent confirmed the news on twitter. The previous report linked Vitaliy Fridzon to CSKA. The guard has played for Khimky since 2004. Last season Vitaliy Fridzon notched 11.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EuroLeague last season. His stats read also 15.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in PBL. Vitaliy Fridzon also tallied 11.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in VTB League. Vitaly Fridzon has been the member of Russian National Team since 2005. The guard participated at the 2012 Olympic Games. Fridzon posted 11.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in the Bronze effort for Russia in London.



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Women News


Maputo 2013: Host draw 10-time champion Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The stage is set for the Maputo 2013 Afrobasket for Women as the draw was held last Friday in Maputo Mozambique with the twelve countries that will take part in the championship were drawn into two groups of six countries each.

The draw by FIBA Africa top-shot set the tune for the continent biggest women basketball championship as host Mozambique is seeded in group-A where they will confront the likes of Africa most successful women basketball playing nation and ten-time winner of the Afrobasket for Women, Senegal.

Other countries in the group include Cote dIvoire, Egypt, Zimbabwe and representative of FIBA Africa Zone-1 whose qualifiers would be decided later in the month.

Group-A has defending champion Angola, 2007 champion Mali, Cameroon, two-time champion Nigeria, Cape Verde and Kenya.

The competition will from September 20 through September 29 in Mozambique with the two finalists qualifying for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Host Mozambique will take on Zimbabwe to tip-off the championship in group-A while defending champion Angola do battle against Nigeria in a group-B opener.

Group-A:
Mozambique, Senega, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Zone-1 Rep, Zimbabwe

Group-B: Angola, Mali, Cameroon, Kenya, Cape Verde, Nigeria



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  AUSTRALIA   


Rush dismantles another leading SEABL outfit - by Eurobasket News

COOL composure and focus from Ballarat Rush leaders reinforced why they deserve ranking against the competitions powerhouse teams.

For the second time in three weeks, Auslec Rush has dismantled a leading South East Australian Basketball League outfit.

First an undefeated Knox, this time Rush downed Dandenong by five points at the Minerdome to notch up a fourth consecutive win.

Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91), captain Kristy Rinaldi and Kate Willey (177-G/F-89) remained resolute against everything the Rangers served up on Saturday night.

Kunek starred with 34 points, eight rebounds after struggling with back soreness the past fortnight and suiting up on court despite still suffering a virus.

It was simply a tough, courageous effort.

Rinaldi shot 19 points with 72.7 per cent field goal accuracy and grabbed 11 rebounds but it was a couple of big, pivotal three-pointers and on-court leadership that really boosted her teams confidence.

Willey lined up on the dangerous Clare Papavs, containing her rival to three points, and delivering 10 points, six rebounds, six assists for Rush.

Rush coach Peter Cunningham said the Rush trio was formidable and knew what they had to do.

He said the true difference in the win was the players that followed their lead in support.

The young girls in our development team are helping the top side step up at training, making them play harder at training and be more accountable, Cunningham said.

The gap wasnt as big in the past, but theres a lot more competition at training ... training becomes like a game.

Rush import Nya Mason was relatively quiet this game but guards Sophie Alexander and Bronte Clark could add bite and maintain pressure up the floor when needed.

Cunningham said it was about team balance and finding what worked.

His Rangers counterpart Paul Flynn kept Cunningham on his toes, forcing him to continually make changes.

Cunningham later found out that Flynn felt the same about the Rush coaching moves.

Rush had 25 more scoring shots than the Rangers and, while forcing the Rangers to make tough shots, Cunningham said his defence could be more frugal.

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Rangers 17-year-old Lauren Scherf (18 points) created headaches in the gap left by injured forward Catherine Guest.

Rush will break into individual work and coaching sessions this week in the break before regathering for tough back-to-back games against Sandringham and Canberra to continue consolidating a finals spot.
Courtesy of: http://www.thecourier.com.au



Chance to shine for Opals - by Eurobasket News

LAUNCESTON Tornadoes import Lauren Mansfield (170-G-89, college: Iowa St.) will mingle with some of Australia's best female basketballers when she joins the Emerging Opals squad in Canberra this weekend.

The 170-centimetre point guard, originally of Adelaide, has been selected in the 34-member squad and will train with the current Australian Opals at Basketball Australia's National Centre of Excellence from tomorrow until June 7.

From training, teams will then be selected for the Opals' upcoming tour of China in late June and July's World University Games in Russia.

''I'm very excited and can't wait to start training camp. I'm going to be nervous, but looking forward to the opportunity,'' Mansfield, 23, said yesterday.

''Playing with people I have looked up to and admired like Kristi Harrower is a huge honour.

''To be able to learn from her and other point guards in the business will be fantastic.''

Mansfield joined the Torns this season after a successful WNBL season with her home-town team Adelaide Lightning and said her ultimate goal would be to play at the 2016 Olympic Games, but would settle for a chance to play at this year's World University Games.

In comments on Basketball Australia's website, Opals coach Brendan Joyce said the camp would help identify potential Opals.

''These younger girls are going to have the experience of playing international basketball at a senior level,'' Joyce said.

''A lot of our senior players won't be going to China so this camp is a real opportunity for these younger emerging players to show us what they've got to offer.''

Mansfield will be back in Launceston to play the next home game against Frankston Lady Blues on June 15.
Courtesy of: http://www.examiner.com.au



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  BELGIUM   


Belgium Roster announced - by Bas Hendriks

After a preparation that saw them win twice on Israeli soil versus the national team of Israel Belgium seems to be ready for a bid for the semifinals in the qualification tournament for Eurobasket 2013. Headcoach Daniel Goethals announced the squad that will start by taking on heavily favorited Poland on thursday.

4 Inge Meylemans (164-PG-92)13/01/1992 1m64 GuardDeclercq Stortbeton Waregem
5 Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93)10/02/19931m68 GuardDeclercq Stortbeton Waregem
6 Jana Raman (187-PF-91)15/02/19911m87 Power ForwardDeclercq Stortbeton Waregem
7 Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) 03/04/19911m75 Small ForwardDeclercq Stortbeton Waregem
8 Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86)18/05/19861m87 Power Forward BBC Kangoeroes Boom
9 Vreny Van Driel (175-G-88) 30/04/1988 1m72 Guard BBC Kangoeroes Boom
10 Nele Deyaert (186-F-79)13/11/19791m87 Power ForwardBBC Kangoeroes Boom
11 Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management)10/02/19911m70 GuardPoint Chaud Sprimont
12 Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Colorado St.)h12/03/19901m78 ForwardCD Zamarat (Esp)
13 Sarah Dochez (181-F-89)23/07/19891m80 Forward Royal Castors Braine
14 Romina Ciappina (178-G/F-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports)15/01/19881m75 Small Forward SBK Samorin (Svq)



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  CANADA   


Canada edge Italy in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Italy 52:50

Canada victoriously capped their Belgrade Trophy 2013 international tournament campaign. The North American team snatched a narrow win over Italy to finish at 2-1 record. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) stepped up with 14 points to lead the winners. Italy fell at 1-2 record losing two in a row.
Canada grabbed an early lead. They secured a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The North American team stayed dominant in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by three points 23:20. Canada stretched their lead in the third frame. The North Americans piled up a 38:30 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. The Azzurri went on a furious comeback rally in the fourth frame 17:2 and grabbed a 47:40 lead. But Kia Nurse and Tatham stepped up for Canada to erase the deficit. Canada capitalized on free throw misses from Italy and snatched victory at the end. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) netted 11 points, while Krysten Boogaard (195-C-88, college: Kansas) added 10 points for Canada. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 14 points for Italy. Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Canada: Kia Nurse 14, Courtnay Pilypaitis 11, Krysten Boogaard 10
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 14, Giulia Gatti 9



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  CROATIA   


Krisztina Raksanyi joins Novi Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb keep on building the roster for the next season. They newest player on the squad is Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91). The Hungarian guard signed a one-year deal with the Croatian team. Last season Krisztina Raksanyi spent with UNI Gyor. She posted 8.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in A Division. Her stats read also 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in EuroLeague. Previously Krisztina Raksanyi played for Pecs 2010. She was named All-Hungarian League Newcomer of the Year in 2009. The guard was the member of U16 and U18 Hungarian National Teams. She joined the National Team back in 2011.


Rockwool Pula announces Ivana Blazevic - by Eurobasket News

Rockwool Pula announces Ivana Blazevic (182-PG-93) for 2013/2014 season. The Croatian player will move from Gospic.
Ivana Blazevic played last for Gospic Croatia Osiguranje. In four games she had just 2.8ppg and 1.3rpg this season. Blazevic also played at Otocac (A2) earlier that season. She also spent pre-season at Lupa Promotion. Blazevic's team was regular season runner-up in Croatian A1. She was voted Eurobasket.com Croatian League All-Newcomers Team in 2012. Blazevic represented Croatia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.3ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Blazevic has played previously for another Croatian team KK Zadar.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic U16 and Slovakia U16 start summer preparation - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16-Slovakia U16 66:70

Czech Republic U16 and Slovakia U16 start summer preparation as they played the first game against each other. Slovakia grabbed a 70:66 in Game 1 mostly due to the second half.
Czech Republic U16 opened the game better and won the first period 15-11. They also dominated the second period and reached 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter however were decisive in the game and allowed Slovakia U16 not only to catch up with the opponents but to take the lead. Slovakia enjoyed 51:46 at the end of the third period and led the game to a victory. Slovakia lost the last period 19-20, but won the game by 4 points.
Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jana Matejcikova (97) netted 9. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) and Tereza Sedlakova (180-F-97) scored 8 points each, while Miroslava Mistinova, Denisa Blanarova (184-F/C-97) and Julia Lelkes (170-PG-98) delivered 6 each.
The teams will meet again tonight.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Rivas Ecopolis announced Swedish International Frida Eldebrink - by Eurobasket News

Rivas Ecopolis announced Swedish International Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for the next season. The Spanish tem remains active on transfer market.
Frida Eldebrink played at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in France last season. In 11 LFB games she recorded 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg. Eldebrink also played 5 games in Euroleague where she averaged 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. The last season she played at USK Praha (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 38 games she averaged 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Eldebrink also played 16 games in Euroleague where she averaged 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg.
The previous season she played at IMOS Brno (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 29 games she averaged impressive 21.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Bosman Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Eldebrink also played 10 games in Euroleague where she was the best scorer with 13.7ppg and had 2.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre in French league. In 24 LFB games she averaged 13.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team winning the league title and they also made it to the cup final. It was a very successful season as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team. Eldebrink also played 9 games in Euroleague where she averaged 14.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
She has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Eldebrink has regularly played for since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. She represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: Score-1 (20.9ppg), 5.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 90.6%.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Lucas Mondelo cut Anna Cruz - by Eurobasket News

Mondelo Lucas cut Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) before the Eurobasket 2013. The Spanish Specialist announced that there will be some more changes before the Final roster. Cruz earlier sprained her ankle in the Spanish league finals.
Anna Cruz currently plays Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. In 23 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg this season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team. Cruz also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 14.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!). She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team. The last season she played also at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 28 games she had 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team. She also played 21 games in Euroleague where she had 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
Among other achievements Cruz received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2007.
She was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Cruz played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. She represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.2%.



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  FINLAND   


Finland post two victories against Germany in Wolfenbuttel - by Eurobasket News

Finland post two victories against Germany in the friendly campaigns.
In Game 1 Finland celebrated a 79:72 win. Germany started the game with 24-21, but Finland grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime. Although the hosts tied the game at the end of the third period, Finland needed a final 26-19 surge to win the game. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) scored 15. Reetta Piipari (170-PG-80, college: Xavier) delivered 12 and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) netted 11. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) replied with 24 points in the losing effort.
In Game 2 Finland celebrated a 74:67 victory. They started the game with 24-17 and added 13-11 in the second frame. Finland also posted a 18-14 in the third quarter, while Germany finished the game with a 25-19 rally. Reetta Piipari stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Taru Tuukkanen collected 16 points and 10 boards. Tiina Sten followed them with 12 points.



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  GERMANY   


Germany U16 will face France next week in Mulhouse - by Bas Hendriks

Germany U16 will face France U16 next week in Mulhouse. Both teams are preparing for the Europeans later this summer. Alexandra Maerz and Imre Szittya are leading a delegation of fourteen.

Kira Barra (TV 1872 Saarlouis), Flavia Behrendt (MTV/BG Wolfenbttel), Patricia Bromann (ASV Moabit Basketball / TuS Lichterfelde), Sunniva Ferri (TSV Theresianum Mainz), Johanne Grning (ChemCats Chemnitz), Cherina Kaiser (Osnabrcker SC / OSC Junior Panther), Jule Kassack (Herner Turn Club 1880), Johanna Klug (TSV 1861 Nrdlingen), Magdalena Krajinovic (TS Jahn Mnchen), Annika Kper (Metropol Girls / Citybasket Recklinghausen), Luana Rodefeld (TSV 1883 Grnberg / Team Mittelhessen), Satou Sabally (TuS Lichterfelde, Foto), Leonie Schtter (TSV Hagen 1860), Laura Zdravevska (TSV 1883 Grnberg / Team Mittelhessen).

Reserves: Saskia Beringer (SC Kemmern / Team Oberfranken), Anna Lappenkper (Herner Turn Club 1880), Lara Mller (SG 1886 Weiterstadt), Leonie Schiermeyer (Metropol Girls / Citybasket Recklinghausen).

12. June 2013, 20.00 Uhr: Germany - France
13. June 2013, 20.00 Uhr: Germany - France
14. June 2013, 20.00 Uhr: Germany - France



Germany U20 crushed the Brits and seems to become a serious outsider - by Bas Hendriks

Germany U20 won the second game of the doubleheader versus England with a clear and straight 89-46 victory.

The Harald Janson squad had three dominant quarters after allowing the Brits to score the first points of the game. It was birthday girl Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94)a who scored 8 points in a row to bring the Germans in the lead and never looked back. After 10-4 they saw Great Brittain close in to 10-8 but Isabelle Meinhart and Caroline van der Velde held off the run and put the Germans up 16-9. After then minutes it was 25-10 for the German team that went on to 53-22 at the break. Coach Janson went to his reserve unit without losing grip on the game so the team was quite satisfied with the output in the first half. After the break Germany kept on running England of the field, and with 82-34 at the 30 minutes mark the only question that remained was: 100 points or not.
It turned out to be not. In the final stanza Germany was not as eager as before, and England hardly was able to close in a little , going for the aforementioned final score.

Scores:
Carla Bellscheidt (BBZ Opladen, 6), Lena Bradaric (TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs, 8), Levke Brodersen (TV Saarlouis Royals), Keisha Carthhuser (Bender Baskets Grnberg, 8), Elisabeth Dzirma (Bender Baskets Grnberg, 10), Lena Gohlisch (Berlin Baskets/ASV Moabit Berlin, 6), Laura Hebecker (SV Halle LIONS, 9), Anna Heise (University of Maine/USA, 6), Ilka Hoffmann (Eisvgel USC Freiburg, 8), Isabell Meinhart (Bender Baskets Grnberg, 9), Mary Ann Mihalyi (Chemcats Chemnitz, 4), Caroline Van der Velde (Herner TV, 10).




Finland post two victories against Germany in Wolfenbuttel - by Eurobasket News

Finland post two victories against Germany in the friendly campaigns.
In Game 1 Finland celebrated a 79:72 win. Germany started the game with 24-21, but Finland grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime. Although the hosts tied the game at the end of the third period, Finland needed a final 26-19 surge to win the game. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) scored 15. Reetta Piipari (170-PG-80, college: Xavier) delivered 12 and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) netted 11. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) replied with 24 points in the losing effort.
In Game 2 Finland celebrated a 74:67 victory. They started the game with 24-17 and added 13-11 in the second frame. Finland also posted a 18-14 in the third quarter, while Germany finished the game with a 25-19 rally. Reetta Piipari stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Taru Tuukkanen collected 16 points and 10 boards. Tiina Sten followed them with 12 points.



Ramona Tews, Christina Krick and Birte Thimm stay with evo New Basket 92 Oberhausen - by Eurobasket News

Ramona Tews (173-PG-92), Christina Krick (169-G) and Birte Thimm (180-F-87) stay with evo New Basket 92 Oberhausen for 2013/2014 season. The German players will enter another season with the squad.
Birte Thimm plays for the team since year 2005. In 2012-2013 for evo New Basket Oberhausen she averaged 6.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 34.7%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 68.8%.
Christina Krick also played her whole career for evo New Basket Oberhausen. She appeared in the team in year 2009 and next year it will be her 5th straight season. In 2012-2013 for evo New Basket Oberhausen (DBBL, starting five) she averaged 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg.
Ramona Tews averaged 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg this season. The last season Tews played at Herner TC (2.Bundesliga) in German league. In 19 games she had 4.1ppg and 1.7rpg. She contributed to her team winning the group title. Tews represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0.5ppg, 2.5rpg.



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  GREECE   


Greece NT lost twice in Samokov - by Eurobasket News

Greece NT lost twice in Samokov to Bulgarian National Team.
In Game 1 Bulgarian NT won 57:47. The Bulgarian team had great run in the first quarter, gaining quick lead by 13 points. The lead reached 15 points by the end of the first 10 minutes, and both teams headed to the break with 37-19 on the scoreboard.
Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) scored 20 points for Bulgaria, Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 10 each. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 17 for Greece.
In Game 2 Bulgaria celebrated a 64:52 win. Greece started with 17-13 lead in the first period, but the hosts erupted with a 23-10 surge in the second frame and won the half 36:27. Moreover Bulgaria posted an 18-13 rally in the third period and did not mind 10-12 in the last stanza.



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  HUNGARY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brittainey RAVEN
  DKSK
  (182-G-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Raven, DKSK20.1 
 2. Milovanovic, UNIQA18.5 
 3. Johnson, S.Antoni.15.0 
 4. Balint, DKSK14.4 
 5. Hurst, Canberra C.14.3 
 6. Dorogobuzova, Bac.13.1 
 7. Kublina, Fenerbahce12.8 
 8. Mrozinska, Cegledi12.8 
 9. Karolyi, BSE-.12.5 
 10. Barbour, PE.12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit BARNAI
  MBK E.
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Barnai, MBK E.10.4 
 2. Sanford, DKSK8.8 
 3. Jaeschke, PE.7.0 
 4. Nagy-Bujdoso, PEA.6.9 
 5. Mrozinska, Cegledi6.1 
 6. Kublina, Fenerbahce6.0 
 7. Skoric, DKSK5.9 
 8. Brumermane, Bacsb.5.9 
 9. Shegog, Seattle S.5.7 
 10. Adamecz, BSE-.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zsofia FEGYVERNEKY
  UNIQA E.
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.4.6 
 2. Medgyessy, Cegledi4.5 
 3. Hurst, Canberra C.4.3 
 4. Ivanyi, Bacsbasket4.2 
 5. Szalay, ZTE N.3.5 
 6. Furesz, PE.3.1 
 7. Simon, UNI Gyor2.9 
 8. Bukovszki, DKSK2.9 
 9. Raven, DKSK2.9 
 10. Johnson, S.Antoni.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shenise JOHNSON
  S.Antoni.
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, S.Antoni.3.4 
 2. Raven, DKSK3.0 
 3. Szalay, ZTE N.2.5 
 4. Barbour, PE.2.4 
 5. Laczi, Bacsbasket2.3 
 6. Bukovszki, DKSK2.3 
 7. Furesz, PE.2.3 
 8. Cymmer, Cegledi2.2 
 9. Ivanyi, Bacsbasket2.2 
 10. Sanford, DKSK2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Judit BARNAI
  MBK E.
  (190-F/C-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barnai, MBK E.1.4 
 2. Teilane, Wasse.1.1 
 3. Svitlica, Atomeromu1.0 
 4. Hatar, MBK E.0.9 
 5. Brumermane, Bacsb.0.8 
 6. Jaeschke, PE.0.8 
 7. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.0.8 
 8. Sanford, DKSK0.8 
 9. Shegog, Seattle S.0.7 
 10. Kublina, Fenerbah.0.7 


Krisztina Raksanyi joins Novi Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb keep on building the roster for the next season. They newest player on the squad is Krisztina Raksanyi (181-G-91). The Hungarian guard signed a one-year deal with the Croatian team. Last season Krisztina Raksanyi spent with UNI Gyor. She posted 8.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in A Division. Her stats read also 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in EuroLeague. Previously Krisztina Raksanyi played for Pecs 2010. She was named All-Hungarian League Newcomer of the Year in 2009. The guard was the member of U16 and U18 Hungarian National Teams. She joined the National Team back in 2011.


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  ICELAND   


Coaches in Domino's league 2013-2014 - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

All teams in Domino's league have hire coaches for upcoming 2013-2014 season. Four of the teams have new coaches.
Keflavik hire Andy Johnston , American coach who has coached in Europe before when he was coaching in Finland but comes now from Saint Francis College
Njardvik hired Nigel Moore who was teams assistant coach in the end last season, More will also keep on playing for the men's team of the Club
Grindavik hire Jon Halldor Edvaldsson, a former Keflavik women's team coach and last season men's team assistant coach.
KR sign Yngvi Gunnlaugsson as their head coach, Gunnlaugsson has coached Haukar and valur senir teams before moving to KR
Snaefell keep Ingi Thor Steinthorsson as their coach.
Haukar keep Bjarni Magnusson as their head coach
Hamar, the new team in Dominos league keep Hallgrimur Brynjolfsson as their coach




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  ITALY   


Canada edge Italy in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Italy 52:50

Canada victoriously capped their Belgrade Trophy 2013 international tournament campaign. The North American team snatched a narrow win over Italy to finish at 2-1 record. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) stepped up with 14 points to lead the winners. Italy fell at 1-2 record losing two in a row.
Canada grabbed an early lead. They secured a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The North American team stayed dominant in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by three points 23:20. Canada stretched their lead in the third frame. The North Americans piled up a 38:30 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. The Azzurri went on a furious comeback rally in the fourth frame 17:2 and grabbed a 47:40 lead. But Kia Nurse and Tatham stepped up for Canada to erase the deficit. Canada capitalized on free throw misses from Italy and snatched victory at the end. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) netted 11 points, while Krysten Boogaard (195-C-88, college: Kansas) added 10 points for Canada. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 14 points for Italy. Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Canada: Kia Nurse 14, Courtnay Pilypaitis 11, Krysten Boogaard 10
Italy: Giorgia Sottana 14, Giulia Gatti 9



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  LATVIA   


Latvia eke out win over Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Great Britain 56:54

Latvia earned the second victory at the Four Nations Cup in Sodertalje. They held off Great Britain on the final day of the competition. Anete Steinberga (188-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead the winners.
Great Britain enjoyed a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. The British side boosted the gap in the second frame. They poured in 22 points to accumulate a 34:31 halftime lead. Great Britain kept Latvia at distance throughout the third term. Latvia managed just 9 points in the period and faced a 4-point deficit before the fourth term. Latvia denied the deficit and the lead changed hands for several times late in the game. Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall) made it 54:53 for Great Britain with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation. But Krastina drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the win for Latvia. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) and Anda Eibele (170-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finished with 12 points each for Latvia. Chantelle Handy responded with 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia: Anete Steinberga 13, Aija Brumermane 12, Anda Eibele 12
Great Britain: Chantelle Handy 18, Kimberly Butler 17+10 boards



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania finalize EuroBasket roster - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian NT head coach Algirdas Paulauskas has named 12 player to travel to France for 2013 EuroBasket. The last two cuts were Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) and Lina Pikciute (192-F-90). The Baltic team has just finished the preparation tournament in France. Lithuania lost all three encounters at the tourney. They will now host the final preparatory tournament in Klaipeda later this week.
Lithuanian roster now stands at:
Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91), Rasa Zemantauskaite (176-G-81), Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90), Greta Sniokaite (180-G-91), Mante Kvedaraviciute, Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel), Kristina Vengryte (186-C-81), Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92), Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90), Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89), Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) and Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91).



Kaipeda and Panevezys will host FIBA U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

Kaipeda and Panevezys will host FIBA U19 World Championship from July 18-28. The Lithuanian cities are fully prepared for the excited event.
Lithuania will host the U19 World Championships in 2013. The Baltic State was chosen earlier in Brazil. Chile farewell to the Championship in 2011 and the tournament moves back to Europe.
In 2011 USA cruised past Spain 69:46 in the Big Final of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. USA defended the Gold from the 2009 championship and they also celebrated at the same event four years ago. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (190-C-93) and Stefanie Dolson also helped with 15 points each, while Ariel Massengale (168-G-93) followed them with 10 points and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Astou Ndour collected 10 points and 6 boards.
Brazil grabbed 70:67 win against Australia winning the Bronze at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Etzella tab Telia McCall - by Eurobasket News

Etzella announced the signing of import player. Telia McCall (185-F) inked contract with the team. The forward will begin her pro career in Luxembourg. Telia McCall has just graduated from the University of Virginia. The forward notched 8.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game in the senior season with the Cavs.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Belgrade Trophy 2013 , Round 3. : First place for Montenegro , Dubljevic MVP - by Dragan Scepanovic

MONTENEGRO - SERBIA 73:72 (14:14, 19:18, 17:16, 23:24)
Belgrade . SC Sumice , Spect 1.000 .
For 2 points : MONTENEGRO 48/24 (50%) , SERBIA 42/18 (42%)
For 3 points : MONTENEGRO 12/4 (33%) , SERBIA 24/7 (29%)
Rebb. : MONTENEGRO 37 (26+11) , SERBIA 27 (18+9)
Ass. MONTENEGRO 16 , SERBIA 18
Still : MONTENEGRO 7 , SERBIA 7
Lose : MONTENEGRO 15 , SERBIA 12

SERBIA: Radocaj 8, Vulic 7, Cadjo, Krnjic 7, Jovanovic 2, Butulija 4, Ajanovic 2, M. Dabovic 12, Rad 3, Ajdukovic, A. Dabovic 27, Baltic. Not play for Serbia : Milovanovic, Matic, Crvendakic, Popovic.
MONTENEGRO : Skerovic 5, De Forge 20, Bajic, Popovic 3, Aleksic, Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) 21, Bjelica 2, Perovanovic 19, Turcinovic, Jovanovic 3, Culafic, Rakovic.





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  MOZAMBIQUE   


Maputo 2013: Host draw 10-time champion Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The stage is set for the Maputo 2013 Afrobasket for Women as the draw was held last Friday in Maputo Mozambique with the twelve countries that will take part in the championship were drawn into two groups of six countries each.

The draw by FIBA Africa top-shot set the tune for the continent biggest women basketball championship as host Mozambique is seeded in group-A where they will confront the likes of Africa most successful women basketball playing nation and ten-time winner of the Afrobasket for Women, Senegal.

Other countries in the group include Cote dIvoire, Egypt, Zimbabwe and representative of FIBA Africa Zone-1 whose qualifiers would be decided later in the month.

Group-A has defending champion Angola, 2007 champion Mali, Cameroon, two-time champion Nigeria, Cape Verde and Kenya.

The competition will from September 20 through September 29 in Mozambique with the two finalists qualifying for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Host Mozambique will take on Zimbabwe to tip-off the championship in group-A while defending champion Angola do battle against Nigeria in a group-B opener.

Group-A:
Mozambique, Senega, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Zone-1 Rep, Zimbabwe

Group-B: Angola, Mali, Cameroon, Kenya, Cape Verde, Nigeria



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Anna Kuncewicz inks with Basket ROW Rybnik - by Eurobasket News

Anna Kuncewicz (186-F-88, agency: Promotex) inks with Basket ROW Rybnik for the next season. The team that folded last year brings another player in the roster.
Anna Kuncewicz played for AZS Rzeszow in Poland. In 12 games she averaged 8.1ppg and 5.7rpg this season. The last season Kuncewicz played at Tecza Leszno (PLKK, starting five) in Polish league. In 33 games she had 10.1ppg and 5.1rpg.
It was the third signing of the Basket ROW Rybnik for the next season. Earlier Basket ROW Rybnik announced Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) and Joanna Labuz (174-G-93).Martyna Stelmach can play as a power forward and as a center as well. Martyna Stelmach had been playing for Polish U16 and Polish U18 national teams. Currently she is the part of Polish U20 NT.
Joanna Labuz started her career for Arcus SMS PZKosz Lomianki (1Liga) in 2010 and averaged 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 34.0%, FT: 71.0%. In
2011-2012 she moved to SMS PZKosz Lomianki (1Liga). The last season Joanna Labuz started for KK ROW Rybnik (PLKK) but the team withdrew from PLKK in Nov.'12.



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Montenegro edge Serbia to win Belgrade Trophy 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Montenegro 72:73

Montenegro triumphed at the Belgrade Trophy 2013 international tournament in the Serbian capital. They claimed two wins in three games played. Montenegro snatched a narrow win over Serbia on the final day of the tourney. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. She was named the MVP after the game.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first period. Serbia and Montenegro were tied at 14 after ten minutes. Montenegro put their noses in front 33:32 at halftime. The visitors managed to take a 50:48 lead before the fourth period. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) gave Serbia a 72:71 lead late in regulation. But Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) sank a jumper to seal the victory for Montenegro. Anna De Forge finished with 20 points, while Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) added 19 points for the winners. Ana Dabovic answered with 27 points for Serbia. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Serbia: Ana Dabovic 27, Milica Dabovic 12
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 21, Anna De Forge 20, Iva Perovanovic 19



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Slovak Republic claim third win over Japan - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic - Japan 65:63

Slovakian National Team played the fourth exhibition encounter versus Japan in Ruzomberok. The hosts claimed the third victory in the friendly series. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) nailed 11 points each to pace the winners.
Japan led by a single point after the opening frame 17:16 but Slovak Republic managed to pull ahead for a 37:35 halftime lead. Japan regained the lead in the third frame. They surged ahead to ensure a 49:45 advantage at the final break. But Slovak Republic triggered a 20:14 run in the fourth frame to eke out victory. Zuzana Brezaniova (171-PG-87) netted 7 points for the winners.
Slovak Republic head coach Ivan Vojtko named 12 players to participate at the 2013 EuroBasket following the game. These are: Timea Sujova (173-G-84), Zuzana Brezaniova, Gabriela Kubatova (171-G-84), Lucia Kupcikova, Katarina Tetemondova, Dominika Baburova (182-F/G-91), Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Youngstown St.), Eva Kmetova (188-C-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports), Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85), Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90), Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Penn St.), Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-F-89).



Czech Republic U16 and Slovakia U16 start summer preparation - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16-Slovakia U16 66:70

Czech Republic U16 and Slovakia U16 start summer preparation as they played the first game against each other. Slovakia grabbed a 70:66 in Game 1 mostly due to the second half.
Czech Republic U16 opened the game better and won the first period 15-11. They also dominated the second period and reached 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter however were decisive in the game and allowed Slovakia U16 not only to catch up with the opponents but to take the lead. Slovakia enjoyed 51:46 at the end of the third period and led the game to a victory. Slovakia lost the last period 19-20, but won the game by 4 points.
Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jana Matejcikova (97) netted 9. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) and Tereza Sedlakova (180-F-97) scored 8 points each, while Miroslava Mistinova, Denisa Blanarova (184-F/C-97) and Julia Lelkes (170-PG-98) delivered 6 each.
The teams will meet again tonight.



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Itziar German will stay with Recreativo Conquero - by Eurobasket News

Itziar German (184-F/C-86) will stay with Recreativo Conquero for the next season. The Spanish player will continue with her team she entered in 2010.
Itziar German averaged 7.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season German played also at Conquero (LF2) in Spanish league. In 32 games she recorded 12.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. German represented Spain at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region (Russia) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 66.7%.
German has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Ros Casares, Jopisa Burgos, Maquinaria Ensino, Extremadura and CB Pio XII Santiago de Compostela.



Rivas Ecopolis announced Swedish International Frida Eldebrink - by Eurobasket News

Rivas Ecopolis announced Swedish International Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for the next season. The Spanish tem remains active on transfer market.
Frida Eldebrink played at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in France last season. In 11 LFB games she recorded 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg. Eldebrink also played 5 games in Euroleague where she averaged 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. The last season she played at USK Praha (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 38 games she averaged 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Eldebrink also played 16 games in Euroleague where she averaged 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg.
The previous season she played at IMOS Brno (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 29 games she averaged impressive 21.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Bosman Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Eldebrink also played 10 games in Euroleague where she was the best scorer with 13.7ppg and had 2.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre in French league. In 24 LFB games she averaged 13.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team winning the league title and they also made it to the cup final. It was a very successful season as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team and All-Bosmans Team. Eldebrink also played 9 games in Euroleague where she averaged 14.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
She has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Eldebrink has regularly played for since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. She represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: Score-1 (20.9ppg), 5.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 90.6%.



Lucas Mondelo cut Anna Cruz - by Eurobasket News

Mondelo Lucas cut Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) before the Eurobasket 2013. The Spanish Specialist announced that there will be some more changes before the Final roster. Cruz earlier sprained her ankle in the Spanish league finals.
Anna Cruz currently plays Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. In 23 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg this season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team. Cruz also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 14.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!). She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team. The last season she played also at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 28 games she had 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team. She also played 21 games in Euroleague where she had 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
Among other achievements Cruz received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2007.
She was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Cruz played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. She represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.2%.



Laura Gil will play in Rivas Ecopolis - by Lino Lopez


Rivas Ecopolis announces recruitment for the next season of Laura Gil. The player with most international medals in Spanish basketball history reinforce the interior of Rivas, it continues to strive in this way for the best young nationals to continue to grow based on the hunger and enthusiasm.

Rivas Ecopolis has secured the signing of Laura Gil to be part of your inner game next season. The pivot, a native of Murcia (April 24, 1992) and 1'91 cm tall, comes from Beroil Burgos, with which last season averaged 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He previously played in Hondarribia Irun Siglo XXI and Perfumerias Avenida

This is a high center on which both her good ability to shoot from positions away from the hoop, opening opposing defenses like a nose for rebounds done with either basket

Rivas Ecopolis will be the new stop for a player who is still growing and now have the chance to be important in a Euroleague team, a natural step for a player who entered this summer for the first time in the first list of the senior team. A new step for the great collector of Spanish basketball medals, however, is the most decorated player ever for medals with different selections of training with a total of nine medals. Female record holder, only Pau Gasol, Felipe Reyes and Juan Carlos Navarro will outnumber males.
Laura Gil began his collection achieved Silver medal in the U16 European Letonia'07 next to Vega Gimeno and Rivas Ecopolis new coach, Jose Ignacio Hernandez. In 2008 won the gold medal at the U16 World. In 2009, European U18 Gold and Silver in the U19 World Cup in Thailand. In 2010 he hung two silver medals at U18 and U20. In 2011 came the silver medal at the European U18 and U19 World Cup in Chile. He closed his formative achieving the gold medal at the U20 European Championship in Hungary last summer 2012, with Queralt Casas and Nacho Martinez coach.

DEPARTMENT. COMMUNICATION Rivas Ecopolis



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Sweden thump Turkey to win Four Nations Cup - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Turkey 73:38

Sweden claimed the third straight win at the Four Nations Cup tournament. The hosts overcame Turkey in Sodertalje tonight to claim the title. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 14 points to lead the winners.
Sweden dominated from start to finish. They poured in 23 points in the first term to take an 8-point lead. The Scandinavian team limited Turkey to just 7 points in the second frame and gained a 15-point advantage 37:22. Sweden kept Turkey at distance throughout the third term. They accumulated a 23-point buffer before the fourth frame. Turkey scored just five points in the final quarter and surrendered at the end. Danielle Carter posted 10 points, while Stefanie Yderstrom (173-G-90) had 9 points in the win. Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) responded with 11 points for Turkey. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Elin Eldebrink 14, Danielle Carter 10, Stefanie Yderstrom 9
Turkey: Gizem Sezer 11, Pelin Bilgic 10



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Sweden thump Turkey to win Four Nations Cup - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Turkey 73:38

Sweden claimed the third straight win at the Four Nations Cup tournament. The hosts overcame Turkey in Sodertalje tonight to claim the title. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 14 points to lead the winners.
Sweden dominated from start to finish. They poured in 23 points in the first term to take an 8-point lead. The Scandinavian team limited Turkey to just 7 points in the second frame and gained a 15-point advantage 37:22. Sweden kept Turkey at distance throughout the third term. They accumulated a 23-point buffer before the fourth frame. Turkey scored just five points in the final quarter and surrendered at the end. Danielle Carter posted 10 points, while Stefanie Yderstrom (173-G-90) had 9 points in the win. Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) responded with 11 points for Turkey. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Elin Eldebrink 14, Danielle Carter 10, Stefanie Yderstrom 9
Turkey: Gizem Sezer 11, Pelin Bilgic 10



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Great Britain U20 lost two games to Germany - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20 lost two games to Germany in the friendly clashes.
In Game Germany U20 posted a 79:68 win. Leading 17-10 after the first stanza, Germany seemed to have a strict grasp of momentum, but the games switched and the Brits took over. England had a 0-12 run to close the half and had the game in their hands. After the break Germany fought back, amongst others thanks to the good play of shooter Carla Bellscheidt. It was 53-50 in favour of Germany after 30 minutes but the game remained open for a long time. Only when Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) made her mark scoring 74-68 with less than a minute to go the game was safe.
In Game 2 Germany U20 celebrated an easy 89:46 win. They started with 25-10 and never looked behind after. Caroline Van der Velde (183-PF-93) and Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94) paced all the winners with 10 points each. Isabell Meinhart (176-G-94) and Laura Hebecker followed them with 9 points apiece.



Latvia eke out win over Great Britain - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Great Britain 56:54

Latvia earned the second victory at the Four Nations Cup in Sodertalje. They held off Great Britain on the final day of the competition. Anete Steinberga (188-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead the winners.
Great Britain enjoyed a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. The British side boosted the gap in the second frame. They poured in 22 points to accumulate a 34:31 halftime lead. Great Britain kept Latvia at distance throughout the third term. Latvia managed just 9 points in the period and faced a 4-point deficit before the fourth term. Latvia denied the deficit and the lead changed hands for several times late in the game. Chantelle Handy (191-C-87, college: Marshall) made it 54:53 for Great Britain with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation. But Krastina drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the win for Latvia. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) and Anda Eibele (170-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finished with 12 points each for Latvia. Chantelle Handy responded with 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Great Britain. Kimberly Butler (186-PF-82, college: Oregon St.) had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia: Anete Steinberga 13, Aija Brumermane 12, Anda Eibele 12
Great Britain: Chantelle Handy 18, Kimberly Butler 17+10 boards



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 3-0 
 2. Chicago S. 3-0 
 3. Indiana F. 1-1 
 4. New York L. 1-1 
 5. Washington M. 1-1 
 6. Connecticut S. 1-2 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 1-0 
 2. L.Angeles S. 1-1 
 3. S.Antonio SS 1-1 
 4. Seattle S. 1-1 
 5. Phoenix M. 0-2 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Jun. 2: Chicago S. - Tulsa S. 92-71
Jun. 1: Minnesota L. - Connecticut S. 90-74
Jun. 1: S.Antonio SS - L.Angeles S. 83-78
Jun. 2: Seattle S. - Phoenix M. 75-72
Jun. 2: Washington M. - Atlanta D. 63-73

Regular Season: Round 5

Jun. 5: New York L. - Indiana F.
Jun. 6: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M.


Latest results and stats from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota L. - Connecticut S. 90-74
Defense was a point of emphasis during the Connecticut Sun's training camp. Saturday, Connecticut struggled to stop the Minnesota Lynx in its 90-74 WNBA loss before 9,223 at the Target Center. Minnesota shot 57.1 percent through the first three quarters of its season opener. It finished at 50 percent. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) scored a game-high 26 with seven rebounds and five assists for the Lynx. Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) made 9 of her 13 shots for 20 points. "They were very high energy," Sun coach Anne Donovan said about the Lynx. "They took it to us right from the start through the first three quarters." Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) (22 points, five 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists) were the only Sun players to score in double figures. Connecticut (1-2) missed 10 of its first 13 shots and fell behind, 21-10. The Sun ended the first quarter strong and trimmed their deficit to 21-18. Tan White had a 3-pointer, Charles a put-back, and Ashley Walker a three-point play for Connecticut. Minnesota started the first period with a 13-2 run, and the Sun never got closer than nine points the rest of the game. Back-to-back layups by Moore gave the Lynx their biggest lead of the game, 88-63, with over four minutes left in the game. The Sun played without reserve guard Renee Montgomery, who suffered a sprained left ankle during Friday night's loss to the Chicago Sky. Connecticut returns home and will play host to former coach Mike Thibault and the Washington Mystics Friday (7 p.m.). Courtesy of: theday.com

S.Antonio SS - L.Angeles S. 83-78
Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee)'s 20/20 effort wasn't enough for the Sparks on Saturday night against the San Antonio Silver Stars. Parker had 27 points and 20 rebounds, but the Sparks fell 83-78 to the Silver Stars, who were without injured All-Stars Sophia Young and Becky Hammon. Shenise Johnson (5'11''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) scored 19 points and Danielle Robinson had 18 for San Antonio, which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Sparks. Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 18 points and Ebony Hoffman had 13 for the Sparks. With Johnson leading the way, San Antonio's bench outscored the Sparks 36-19 to rebound from a 79-64 loss in its season opener. "We were scoring, but so were they," Sparks coach Carol Ross said. "The tone was set in a negative way on the defensive end, and we were just in a fight and in scramble mode pretty much throughout the game." The Sparks pulled to 80-78, but Robinson was 4 for 4 on free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory for the Silver Stars. Parker kept the Sparks within striking distance with an active first half. She had 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while playing 10 minutes in the first two quarters. One of the blocks came when the 6-foot-4 post ran down 5-11 Davellyn White from behind on a fast-break layup attempt. "Candace Parker is just a handful," Silver Stars caoch Dan Hughes said. "At least in that regard we made her take 22 shots, but she's just a hard guard in situations." Courtesy of: dailybreeze.com

Seattle S. - Phoenix M. 75-72
Tanisha Wright (5'11''-SF-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) scored 20 points to lead the Seattle Storm past the Phoenix Mercury 75-72 Sunday night. Camille Little scored 13 points and Shekinna Stricklen added 11 for the Storm (1-1). Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) had 18 points and Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) added 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Mercury (0-2). DeWanna Bonner scored 11 points and Diana Taurasi had 10. Seattle overcame an early 11-point deficit behind 8-for-19 shooting on 3s. After Taurasi's jumper pulled the Mercury to 68-67 with 2:31 to go, Noelle Quinn followed with a basket 20 seconds later. Little's late shot from beyond the arc with 57.6 seconds remaining stretched the lead to 73-67. Dupree's jumper pulled Phoenix within four with 7.2 seconds remaining, but Wright made two free throws 2 seconds later to seal the win. Bonner's 3 - the Mercury's first of the game - with less than a second left provided the final margin. Phoenix finished 1 for 4 on 3s. Griner, who had 18 points and two dunks in her WNBA debut in a loss to Chicago on Monday, had another dunk with 1:15 remaining in this game but it was waved off due to a charging foul on teammate Alexis Hornbuckle (5'11''-G-85, college: Tennessee). Little responded with her 3 at the other end. Griner had a game-high 12 points in the first half but got into foul trouble early in a third quarter that saw the Storm outscore Phoenix 25-18 while taking a 60-56 lead. Griner was whistled for two fouls in a span of 5 seconds early in the third quarter, including a flagrant on a hard screen, helping spark Seattle's 10-0 run. She was called for her fourth foul with 2 minutes left in the quarter, then added a technical when she spiked the ball in frustration off the media table behind the basket with 3:33 remaining in the game and Phoenix trailing 68-65. Griner's final point came when she made the front end of two free throws with 7:47 remaining in the game. Taurasi also struggled with foul trouble for most of the night. Seattle's Tina Thompson, a 17-year veteran who announced last week that this would be her last season in the WNBA, scored seven points in her final home opener. Thompson, 38, was the first overall pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997 and is the league's all-time leading scorer. Courtesy of: arizonasports.com

Chicago S. - Tulsa S. 92-71
Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) had her fans cheering her on. Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) and the Chicago Sky got the win. Delle Donne scored 15 points to help the Sky beat Diggins and the Tulsa Shock 92-71 Sunday in a matchup of two of the WNBA's top three draft picks. Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) had 19 points to help Chicago (3-0) extend its unbeaten start, which was of more importance to Delle Donne than any personal matchup with Diggins. 'I didn't even think about that. I mean, Skylar's a point guard, I'm a (forward) and it's the Chicago Sky versus Tulsa,' Delle Donne said. 'That doesn't even cross my mind.' Diggins, selected No. 3 by Tulsa after three Final Four appearances at Notre Dame and graduating from Washington High School in South Bend, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting and added three assists in almost 28 minutes. Playing in front of former college coach Muffet McGraw and a large contingent of Notre Dame fans, Diggins was cheered loudly during pregame introductions and whenever she scored or entered the game. 'They were great. Notre Dame has the greatest fan base in the country and they do a great job of traveling,' Diggins said. 'They're like my family so I'm not surprised they came out like that, they're always very supportive no matter where I am.' However, on the court, the night wasn't a success for Diggins, who's shooting 26.5 percent from the floor and has 17 turnovers in her first four professional games. Tulsa (0-4) trailed 40-38 at halftime but the Sky outscored the Shock 25-13 in the third, with Delle Donne scoring seven points during the quarter. 'I've still got a lot to work on,' Diggins said. Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg recognized that the transition from college to the WNBA won't always be an easy one for Diggins. That transition might not be made easier by the pressure and attention on the rookie point guard, who following the game took part in a question-and-answer session with a group of fans about a half hour after the game. 'There's a lot of other stuff going on with her,' Kloppenburg said. 'I prefer to try to protect her from a lot of that extra stuff because I know she wants to be focused in on basketball and there is a lot of stuff going on outside.' Things are going considerably better for Delle Donne and the Sky, who had Tamera Young score 16 points, Swin Cash 14 and Sylvia Fowles add 10 points and 13 rebounds. Delle Donne, drafted second overall by the Sky after two consensus All-America seasons at Delaware, shot 6 of 14 from the floor and is averaging 19.0 points. 'I think she's handled these first three games really well,' Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. 'She's going to continue to work. We challenge her defensively because she's out on the perimeter a lot more, and that's been top of mind for her.' Because of their different positions, any 1-on-1 confrontations were brief in front of an announced crowd of 6,811 that was there to see Diggins as much as the home team. 'I think that's awesome that there's that much attention,' Delle Donne said. 'It was great to have that many people filling the stands. Even if it's for the other team it's still cool to play in front of that atmosphere.' Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) scored 15 points to lead the Shock, who have lost their four games by a combined 45 points. 'We've got a lot of work to do still, but obviously four games in it's not like we're in the middle of the season,' Diggins said. 'We've got to stay positive at this point and we can't be hanging our heads and have bad body language and things like that. It's a long season, we've got to stay pushing.' Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Washington M. - Atlanta D. 63-73
Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) led Atlanta into postseason play the previous two seasons after overcoming slow starts for the opportunity. The Dream don't have to worry about that hurdle this year. McCoughtry scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half and Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 as undefeated Atlanta kept up its dominance over the Washington Mystics with a 73-63 win on Sunday. Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) had 12 points and Armintie Herrington 11 for the Dream (3-0), who overcame 20 turnovers for their sixth straight victory over the Mystics (1-1). McCoughtry, the WNBA scoring champion last season, missed her first five attempts from the floor and finished 4 of 13 overall, but had seven points in the fourth quarter. After having its 17-point lead trimmed to 54-48 after three quarters, Atlanta opened the fourth with a 10-0 spurt, including a layup and free throw from McCoughtry. "We really picked it up with getting in the passing lanes, getting a lot of run outs, exercise our transition game," Dream coach Fred Williams said after his team had 16 steals. "That third quarter, we really threw some bad passes and they turned into points for them, helped get them back in it. But, I was really pleased with our composure, sustaining the lead and getting some big baskets. I told McCoughtry to step it up and she did." Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) led the Mystics with 15 points and Ivory Latta had 14. Washington committed 21 turnovers, leading to 24 points for Atlanta. "You can't come out and play like that against a team like Atlanta that lives off of turnovers," Langhorne said. Tiffany Hayes scored 10 points for the Dream, off to their best start since winning six straight to open the 2010 season. Atlanta opened 4-7 last season, an actual improvement over the 3-9 start to the 2011 campaign. McCoughtry credits this year's record to a deeper roster, which includes ex-Mystic Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89, college: Duke), who had five of her seven points in the fourth quarter. Herrington had five steals off the bench. "We're so talented all the way down to the end of our bench," said McCoughtry, who led Atlanta with five assists and six turnovers. Trailing by 13 at halftime and 45-28 in the third quarter, the Mystics went on a 16-3 run. Langhorne had consecutive field goals as Washington trailed 48-44, but it would not get closer. McCoughtry's first basket came on a 3-pointer with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter. She finished 6 of 7 from the free throw line and Atlanta made 16 of 20 attempts. Washington made 9 of 10, but its first free throw did not come until 4:02 remained in the third quarter. Both teams shot 39.1 percent from the field, but the Dream had 20 assists on its 27 baskets. "We were just playing and trying to get our rhythm," McCoughtry said of the slow start. "We'll get it, it's early." The Mystics have split their first two games for the third straight season. The previous two years they finished with six and five wins, respectively. After ending last season at 5-29 with a franchise-record 13 straight losses, Washington hired former Connecticut coach Mike Thibault as its coach and general manager. Thibault directed the Mystics to a 95-90 overtime victory at Tulsa in the season opener last Monday. On Sunday, the Mystics reverted to old habits. Besides the turnovers and free throw discrepancy, they lost the rebounding battle 40-34. The Dream turned 16 offensive boards into 19 points. "The three things we've talked about to try to improve this team for the long haul, we lost all three today," Thibault said. Washington committed 10 turnovers in the opening quarter and finished the first half with more turnovers (14) than field goals (13). Using a lineup featuring three rookies brought the Mystics closer at 30-24, but the Dream scored nine points in 90 seconds and led 39-26 at halftime. "Watching the first quarter, it was hard to believe considering what the scouting report is and what you have to do to play against them," Thibault said. "Maybe the only way you become believers is to actually go through the experience. You would think with having seven veteran players from the league that we'd be better about that, but we obviously weren't." Courtesy of: ajc.com



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Kaipeda and Panevezys will host FIBA U19 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

Kaipeda and Panevezys will host FIBA U19 World Championship from July 18-28. The Lithuanian cities are fully prepared for the excited event.
Lithuania will host the U19 World Championships in 2013. The Baltic State was chosen earlier in Brazil. Chile farewell to the Championship in 2011 and the tournament moves back to Europe.
In 2011 USA cruised past Spain 69:46 in the Big Final of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. USA defended the Gold from the 2009 championship and they also celebrated at the same event four years ago. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (190-C-93) and Stefanie Dolson also helped with 15 points each, while Ariel Massengale (168-G-93) followed them with 10 points and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Astou Ndour collected 10 points and 6 boards.
Brazil grabbed 70:67 win against Australia winning the Bronze at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile.