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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Strawberry will not stay in Cibona! - by Dani Erceg

By the informations from agent of D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) , Mr Scott Nichols, player did not sign new contract with Cibona and chances he will stay in Cibona are low. Strawberry played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg, In 18 Croatian A1 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. he also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg and 2.2spg.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Tunisia1-0
2. Ivory Coas.1-1
3. Madagascar.1-1
4. Algeria0-0
5. Gabon0-1
Group B
1. Angola1-0
2. Egypt1-0
3. Mozambique.0-0
4. DRCongo0-1
5. Comoros0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jun. 29: MAD - TUN 48-74
Jun. 29: GAB - IVO 41-47

B

Jun. 29: COM - ANG 30-91

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 30: TUN - IVO
Jun. 30: MAD - ALG

B

Jun. 30: MOZ - EGY
Jun. 30: COM - COD


Day 2 in Antananarivo, Madagascar - by Eurobasket News

Madagascar U16-Tunisia U16 48:74

Gannouni Achref leads Tunisia past Madagascar in the last game of Day 2 U16 AfroBasket. Tunisia started with a confident 74:48 win for 1-0 record. Madagascar meanwhile dropped at 1-1 record after two games played.
Both teams nailed 8 points each in the opening tip, while Tunisia won the first period 19:11. They increased to 26:16 midway through the second period and led 34:25 at the halftime. Madagascar cut it to 42:37 in the third frame but Tunisia needed another push for 52:42 after thirty minutes. They team erupted in the last stanza and managed to win by 26 points.
GANNOUNI ACHREF top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while JAOUADI JAOUHAR netted 14. HAJRI MAHMOUD and SAIDANI YOUNES brought 10 point each as the latter also added 14 rebounds. RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Orlando Rahajaniaina poured in 7. Eddy Franco Ramanampisoa, Kenny Steephen Randrianarivelo and Kiady Mahery Rabarijoelina collected 6 points each.

Madagascar U16: RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 15, Orlando Rahajaniaina 7, Eddy Franco Ramanampisoa 6, Kenny Steephen Randrianarivelo 6, Kiady Mahery Rabarijoelina 6+12 rebs
Tunisia U16: GANNOUNI ACHREF 25+10 rebs, JAOUADI JAOUHAR 14, HAJRI MAHMOUD 10, SAIDANI YOUNES 10+14 rebs

Gabon U16-Ivory Coast U16 41:47

Ivory Coast posts the initial win at the U16 AfroBasket. The team overcame Gabon U16 47:41 for 1-1 record. Gabon meanwhile just started the campaign and has 0-1 record.
It was a slow start from both teams as Ivory Coast grabbed 5:3 lead after the first 5 minutes of the game. The latter increased to 13:8 at the end of the first period and later had 27:16 after 15 minutes. Ivory Coast enjoyed 33:16 at the halftime, but was scoreless in the first five minutes of the third period. Gabon managed to reduce to 39:31with 10 minutes to go. Moreover the team came closer but had to admin 6-point loss.
LATH HENRI top-scored for the winners with 11 points and GUEDE GNAHORE nailed 9. KEITA BEN ALAMY and KONE FABRICE delivered 8 points each in a win. SARAHN STEPHANEL ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and DINGA JERIEL had 6. EDOU N'DUI MAHONY followed them with 5 points in the losing effort.

Gabon U16: SARAHN STEPHANEL 12, DINGA JERIEL 6, EDOU N'DUI MAHONY 5
Ivory Coast U16: LATH HENRI 11, GUEDE GNAHORE 9, KEITA BEN ALAMY 8, KONE FABRICE 8

Comoros U16-Angola U16 30:91

Angola rout Comoros in Day 2 opener of the U16 AfroBasket. Angola posted a comfortable 91:30 win for 1-0 record.
Angola won the opening tip 12-2 and never looked behind in the game. The team won the first period 22:9 and then had 32:10 midway through 32:10 midway through the second frame. Angola reached 46:11 lead at the halftime and continued their dominance in the second half as well. They won the third period for 65:22 and ended up with a 59-point victory.
JUNGO ALEXANDRE JOAO and VALENTE MILTON BANDE top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while DE SOUSA SILVIO SAMUEL netted 12. MANUEL DANIEL AMILTON.F and CABANGA CLEY WAGNER delivered 11 points each in a win. AHMED BEN YOUSSOUF replied with 13 points in defeat, whilst ALLAOUIA ANISSE added 7. HASSANE YAHAYA ALI and OULEID AWAD SOILIHI brought 4 points each in a loss.

Comoros U16: AHMED BEN YOUSSOUF 13, ALLAOUIA ANISSE 7, HASSANE YAHAYA ALI 4, OULEID AWAD SOILIHI 4
Angola U16: JUNGO ALEXANDRE JOAO 14, VALENTE MILTON BANDE 14, DE SOUSA SILVIO SAMUEL 12, MANUEL DANIEL AMILTON.F 11, CABANGA CLEY WAGNER 11



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  ANGOLA   


U16 AfroBasket: Angola rout Comoros in Day 2 opener - by Eurobasket News

Comoros U16-Angola U16 30:91

Angola rout Comoros in Day 2 opener of the U16 AfroBasket. Angola posted a comfortable 91:30 win for 1-0 record.
Angola won the opening tip 12-2 and never looked behind in the game. The team won the first period 22:9 and then had 32:10 midway through 32:10 midway through the second frame. Angola reached 46:11 lead at the halftime and continued their dominance in the second half as well. They won the third period for 65:22 and ended up with a 59-point victory.
JUNGO ALEXANDRE JOAO and VALENTE MILTON BANDE top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while DE SOUSA SILVIO SAMUEL netted 12. MANUEL DANIEL AMILTON.F and CABANGA CLEY WAGNER delivered 11 points each in a win. AHMED BEN YOUSSOUF replied with 13 points in defeat, whilst ALLAOUIA ANISSE added 7. HASSANE YAHAYA ALI and OULEID AWAD SOILIHI brought 4 points each in a loss.

Comoros U16: AHMED BEN YOUSSOUF 13, ALLAOUIA ANISSE 7, HASSANE YAHAYA ALI 4, OULEID AWAD SOILIHI 4
Angola U16: JUNGO ALEXANDRE JOAO 14, VALENTE MILTON BANDE 14, DE SOUSA SILVIO SAMUEL 12, MANUEL DANIEL AMILTON.F 11, CABANGA CLEY WAGNER 11



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  ARGENTINA   


Stankovic Cup: Argentina defeat Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Nigeria 71:54

Argentina claimed the second straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in Lanzhou. They knocked down Nigeria for 2-1 record. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) stepped up with 14 points for the winners. Nigeria fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Argentina eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Nigeria erased the deficit in the second frame. The African powerhouse tied things up at 31-all after twenty minutes of action. Argentina regained control in the third term. The Latin American team limited Nigeria to 14 points in the period and surged ahead for a 53:45 advantage. Argentina outgunned their opponents 18:9 in the fourth quarter and secured the win at the end. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) accounted for 13 points, while Selem Safar (190-SG-87) and Marcos Delia (206-C-92) added 7 points each for the winners. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, agency: Interperformances) and Abubakar Usman (192-G-86) responded with 15 points each for Nigeria.

Argentina: Adrian Boccia 14, Juan Gutierrez 13, Selem Safar 7, Marcos Delia 7
Nigeria: Stan Okoye 15, Abubakar Usman 15



U19 World Championship: Lithuania wins Group B - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-Argentina U19 76:66

Lithuania wins Group B of the U19 World Championship. The defending champions overcame Argentina U19 76:66 in Day 3 and finished with 3-0 record. Argentina also managed to advance to the Second Stage and left the hosts of the campaign out of the Final 12.
Lithuania started the game with 19-15 and added 20-17 before the halftime. The defending champions also won the third period 17-14 for 10-point lead after three quarters. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the last stanza for the final result.
Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Donatas Tarolis (201-F-94) stepped up with 12 points each, while Martin Geben (206-C-94) collected 9 points and 10 rebounds. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) also scored 9 points in a win. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) delivered 15 points in defeat, while Gaston Whelan (189-G-94) poured in 12. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) and Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) scored 8 points each in a loss.

Lithuania U19: Tomas Dimsa 12, Donatas Tarolis 12, Martin Geben 9+10 rebs, Lukas Lekavicius 9
Argentina U19: Matias Bernardini 15, Gaston Whelan 12, Gonzalo Torres 8, Pedro Barral 8



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  AUSTRALIA   


U19 World Championship: Australia fire past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Brazil U19 73:45

Australia gained the second victory at the U19 World Championship Group C. They overcame Brazilian counterparts to improve at 2-1 record. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Both teams have qualified into the Second Stage of the competition.
The Emus ensured a quick start. They opened the game with 17 unanswered points. Australia secured a 21:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil struggled offensively throughout the second quarter. The Latin American team nailed just 7 points in the period to trail by 19 points at the interval 35:16. Australia did not loosen the grasp in the third term. The Emus stretched the margin to as many as 23 points at the final break. Brazil scored just 13 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) delivered 16 points, while Dante Exum (193-PG-95) dropped 12 points for the winners. Danilo Fuzaro (193-G-94) and Lucas Dias Silva (204-C-95) responded with 8 points each for Brazil.

Australia U19: Nicholas Duncan 18, Emmett Naar 16, Dante Exum 12
Brazil U19: Danilo Fuzaro 8, Lucas Dias Silva 8



Ingles leaves FCB Regal - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Australian international small forward Joe Ingles (203-98kg-87, agency: Priority Sports) left Regal FC Barcelona (ACB). In 32 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg this season. He helped them to make it to both league and supercup final. Ingles also played 29 games in Euroleague where he had 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four. Ingles played there also last season. In 38 ACB games he had 5.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the supercup. Ingles also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention award in 2012. Ingles represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 62.8%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.7%.
Ingles has played previously professionally in Australia (Bulleen Boomers, Noarlunga City Southern Tigers, Australian Institute Sport and S.Dragons).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: The typical "point forward", who improves every team game thanks to his court vision and great passing skills. He's also a great offensive player, who brings leadership on the court and who wants the ball in the clutch moments of any game. Runs very well the court and he's almost unstoppable when he goes inside. Thanks to his long arms, he is very effective at the defensive side, and can grab a lot of rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Stankovic Cup: Australia earn third straight win in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Puerto Rico 72:68

Australia registered the third straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in China. They held off Puerto Rico to stay perfect. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) topscored for the Emerging Boomers once again with 14 points. Puerto Rico fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Australia dominated in the first half. The Aussies built a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The Emerging Boomers maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 39:31 halftime lead. Australia deepened the margin in the third period. They held Puerto Rico to just 12 points in the quarter to gain a 14-point lead before the fourth frame. Puerto Rico went on a desperate rescue rally in the final stanza but came up short at the end. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) had 12 points, while Mick Young contributed 11 points for the winners. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) responded with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) and Gary Browne (185-G-92) chipped in 14 points each in the loss.

Australia: Cameron Bairstow 14, Jason Cadee 12, Mickey Young 11
Puerto Rico: Derick Beltran 16, Carlos Lopez-Sosa 14, Gary Browne 14



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Manama clinch thriller - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA drew first blood in their best-of-five championship series against Muharraq last night in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

In an affair that lived up to the immense pre-game hype, Manama escaped with a nail-biting 62-61 victory over their arch-rivals to take a 1-0 lead in this electrifying finals match-up.

Mohammed Hassan sank a pair of pressure-packed free-throws with just about a minute remaining to give Manama their first and only lead of the contest. The slim one-point advantage was also eventually the final score.

Teammate Hussain Mohammed (PG) had a chance to his team ahead by three with just under 10 seconds remaining, but he missed both his charity shots to allow Muharraq one last chance to steal the win. Ahmed Al Derazi's driving jumper clanked off the rim, however, and time expired as Manama captured a resounding come-from-behind victory after Muharraq controlled virtually the entire contest.

Manama battled back from eight points down on the back-end of the final quarter to claim the stunning result. After a Mahmood Ghuloom fast-break lay-up got Manama to within a basket, 51-53, Muharraq strung together six unanswered points to go ahead 59-51 with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

That signaled the Manama resurgence. A slam dunk by Senegalese professional and ex-NBA player Pape Sow made it 55-61, and then a pair of Sow free-throws and a Hassan offensive rebound and put-back got them back to within two, 59-61.

Sow was later fouled once again and he managed to make one out of two charity shots, and then after a Muharraq turnover, Hassan was sent to the line and he coolly made both free-throws to gift Manama the 62-61 lead.

Good, hard-nosed defence from both teams kept the score intact over the final minute of play.

Sow and Hassan Nairouz finished with 17 points apiece to spearhead Manama in the win. They had only five players on the score sheet, with Hassan contributing 13, Hussain adding 12 and Ghuloom scoring three points.

Manama, coached by Serbian Tony Vujanic, were once again without injured forward Mohammed Qurban, who was in uniform on the bench.

Naturalised Bahraini CJ Giles, a former American, led all scorers in the contest with 23 big points, although his fine effort was not enough to help lead Muharraq over the finish line. Giles had to play much of the second half with four fouls.

Ahmed Al Derazi contributed 12 points for Muharraq, Bader Abdulla Malabes had nine and Mohammed Abdulmajeed had seven.

Muharraq, guided by American Charlie Parker, will be looking to bounce back in game two of the championship series, which is scheduled to take place on Monday. Game three will then be held on Thursday, with games four and five, if needed, sometime during the week after.

Muharraq failed to capitalise on their fine start to the game when they led by as many as 12 points in the first half.

An emphatic two-handed put-back slam by Giles gave his team a 9-3 lead early in the first quarter, when Manama were completely out of sync. Muharraq held a 19-9 advantage at the end of the period. Sow registered seven of Manama's points as the rest of the team could not find a basket despite getting some good looks.

Manama found their groove in the second quarter but Muharraq did well to hold on to their lead despite having to close out the half without Giles, who was whistled for his third foul.

A Nairouz lay-up made it 23-29, but ageless veteran Ahmed Malallah answered for Muharraq with a three-pointer and he later made a driving basket to make it 34-25.

Following another Nairouz basket, Abbas closed out the half with a cold-blooded three-pointer that put his team up by 10, 37-27, heading into the locker rooms.

A Giles dunk gave Muharraq a 51-43 lead after three, paving the way for the thrilling final frame.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com



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  BELARUS   


Unics keep Belarusian Vladimir Veremeenko - by Eurobasket News

Unics keep Belarusian Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) for the next season. The player will enter his 8th straight season with the team. In 13 PBL games he averaged 8.5ppg and 4.6rpg. Veremeenko also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 8.0ppg and 4.4rpg. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he had 8.2ppg and 5.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Similarly like in the last season, Khimky also played in three different competitions in year 2011, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games he had 10.6ppg and 6.6rpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Veremeenko also played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 8.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Veremeenko also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 7.8ppg, 4.2rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Vladimir Veremeenko was also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Veremeenko played for Belarusian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2007 and previously for U18 National Team in 2000. He also represented Belarus at the European Championships U20 in Brno nine years ago.



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U19 World Championship: Australia fire past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Brazil U19 73:45

Australia gained the second victory at the U19 World Championship Group C. They overcame Brazilian counterparts to improve at 2-1 record. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Both teams have qualified into the Second Stage of the competition.
The Emus ensured a quick start. They opened the game with 17 unanswered points. Australia secured a 21:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil struggled offensively throughout the second quarter. The Latin American team nailed just 7 points in the period to trail by 19 points at the interval 35:16. Australia did not loosen the grasp in the third term. The Emus stretched the margin to as many as 23 points at the final break. Brazil scored just 13 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) delivered 16 points, while Dante Exum (193-PG-95) dropped 12 points for the winners. Danilo Fuzaro (193-G-94) and Lucas Dias Silva (204-C-95) responded with 8 points each for Brazil.

Australia U19: Nicholas Duncan 18, Emmett Naar 16, Dante Exum 12
Brazil U19: Danilo Fuzaro 8, Lucas Dias Silva 8



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Ukraine U20 roll past Bulgaria U20 at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Bulgaria U20 84:68

Ukrainian U20 National Team celebrated the first win at the international friendly tournament in Italy. They knocked down Bulgaria to improve at 1-1 record. Sergiy Zagreba (213-C-94) banked 16 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Ukraine confidently opened the game. They went on a 23:13 run in the first ten minutes. Ukraine kept their opponents at distance throughout the second period. They accumulated a 40:27 halftime advantage. Ukraine exploded with 28 points in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 24 points. Bulgaria dropped 24 points in the fourth period but it was too late to save the game. Anatoliy Shundel (190-PG-93) and Oleksandr Furs (202-PF-93) netted 14 points each for Ukraine. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) answered with 14 points for Bulgaria. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) dropped 12 points in the losing effort.

Ukraine U20: Sergiy Zagreba 16, Anatoliy Shundel 14, Oleksandr Furs 14
Bulgaria U20: Aleks Simeonov 14, Tencho Tenchev 12



Italy victoriously open Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Bulgaria U20 82:69

Italy claimed the opening win at the international friendly tournament in Domegge. They held off Bulgarian counterparts in the opener. Aristide Landi (200-F-94) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Italy grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Azzurri stretched the gap in the second frame. The hosts accumulated a 46:37 halftime advantage. But Bulgaria recovered well in the third term. The visitors erased the deficit as the teams entered the fourth period tied at 60. Italy switched to more aggressive defence in the final quarter limiting Bulgaria to just 9 points. Italy capitalized stealing a comfortable win at the end. Marco Lagana (197-G-93) and Eric Lombardi (200-F-93) netted 14 points each for the winners. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) responded with 14 points for Bulgaria. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) tossed in 11 points in the loss. Bulgaria will take on Ukraine, while Italy will face Georgia next.

Italy U20: Aristide Landi 17, Marco Lagana 14, Eric Lombardi 14
Bulgaria U20: Tencho Tenchev 14, Aleks Simeonov 11



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: Canada gain crucial win over South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - South Korea U19 93:75

Canada recorded the first win at the U19 World Championship in Prague. They toppled South Korea to claim the third position in Group A. South Korea in the meantime suffered the third straight loss and got eliminated from the title race. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) nailed 26 points to lead the North Americans.
Canada exploded with 27 points in the first period to surge ahead. They led by four after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Canada managed to secure a 4-point lead at the interval. The remained within striking distance throughout the third period. Canada entered the fourth period with a slim 4-point advantage. But they quickly boosted the margin to double figures and marched to the win at the end. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) notched 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) and Junghyeon Park (202-C-96) dropped 12 points each for South Korea.

Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 26, Trey Lyles 21+11 boards, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 11
South Korea U19: Heo Hoon 12, Junghyeon Park 12



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Chongqing FD 12-3 
 2. Jiangsu TX 11-4 
 3. Changsha Bank 11-4 
 4. Sichuan BW 10-5 
 5. Hong Kong 10-5 
 6. Guangzhou L. 9-6 
 7. Heilongjiang 6-9 
 8. Nanjin Army 4-11 
 9. Jiang Xi 2-13 
 10. Hebei S. 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 28: Hong Kong - Sichuan BW 96-83
Jun. 28: Changsha Bank - Hebei S. 92-69
Jun. 28: Nanjin Army - Jiangsu TX 91-102
Jun. 28: Jiang Xi - Guangzhou L. 78-89
Jun. 28: Heilongjiang - Chongqing FD 77-97

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 30: Hebei S. - Jiang Xi
Jun. 30: Sichuan BW - Nanjin Army
Jun. 30: Chongqing FD - Hong Kong
Jun. 30: Changsha Bank - Jiangsu TX
Jun. 30: Guangzhou L. - Heilongjiang


U19 World Championship: China rout Cote d'Ivoire in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Cote d'Ivoire U19 81:48

China rout Cote d'Ivoire in Day 3 of the U19 World Championship. The Asian team needed an 81:48 win for 2-1 record in Group D. Cote d'Ivoire finished the group with 0-3 record and could not make it to the next stage.
China started the game with 20-7 and dominated the rest of the game. The team added 27-16 in the second frame and had 47:23 lead at the halftime. Moreover China won the third period 25-9 and did not mind to slow down a bit in the last stanza. Cote d'Ivoire posted a 16-9 rally in the final period to reduce to the final score.
Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) paced all the winners with 23 points and Yuan nailed 20. Zhao delivered 12, whilst Zhao Tianyi (208-C-95) poured in 6. Alpha Toure (187-F-94) ended up with 13 points in defeat, whilst Ousmane Toure (197-F-94) delivered 11. Cyril Adjei (188-F-95) followed them with 8 points.

China U19: Gao Shang 23, Yuan 20, Zhao 12, Zhao Tianyi 6
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Alpha Toure 13, Ousmane Toure 11, Cyril Adjei 8



Stankovic Cup: China edge Germany in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Germany 60:51

China claimed the second win at the Stankovic Cup. The hosts prevailed against Germany in Lanzhou for 2-1 record. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) and Ma Kan (196-F-92) dropped 15 points each to lead the hosts. Germany fell at 1-2 record after the defeat.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. They were locked at 15-all after ten minutes. Germany pulled ahead in the second frame. The Europeans grabbed a 35:30 halftime advantage. China reacted with a stifling defence in the third period. They held the visitors to just 5 points in the quarter and snatched a 4-point lead before the fourth stanza. China went on a 16:11 run in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) contributed 8 points for China. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) responded with 15 points for Germany. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92) and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) had 8 points each in the loss.

China: Zhai Xiaochuan 15, Ma Kan 15, Zhao TaiLong 8
Germany: Mathis Monninghoff 15, Ole Wendt 8, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 8



NBL Round 15: Top-ranked Chongqing FD wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

NBL top team - Chongqing FD (12-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Heilongjiang (6-9) 97-77. The game was mostly controlled by Chongqing FD. Heilongjiang managed to win fourth quarter 34-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chongqing FD dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 46 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Chongqing FD forced 19 Heilongjiang turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Heilongjiang. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chongqing FD have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Chongqing FD are looking forward to face Hong Kong (#5) at home in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Guangzhou L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 15th consecutive match to second ranked Changsha Bank (11-4) 92-69. It was a great evening for American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds. JunQi Jiang helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was forward YiLong Jia (201-88) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Changsha Bank have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-4 record behind leader Chongqing FD, which they share with Jiangsu TX. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Changsha Bank will play against league's second-placed Jiangsu TX at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei S. will play against Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Nanjin was also quite interesting. Third ranked Jiangsu TX (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Nanjin Army (4-11). Jiangsu TX defeated Nanjin Army 102-91 on Friday. It was an exceptional evening for Xin Feng who led the winners and scored 19 points and 5 assists. Shengyue Sun came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Nanjin Army in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Jiangsu TX. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Changsha Bank. Loser Nanjin Army keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Jiangsu TX will meet Changsha Bank (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nanjin Army will play against Sichuan BW (#4) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Hong Kong was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Sichuan BW (10-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Hong Kong (10-5). Hong Kong defeated Sichuan BW 96-83. The best player for the winners was Craig Smith who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Hong Kong moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Sichuan BW. Hong Kong's next round opponent will be league's leader Chongqing FD in Guangzhou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sichuan BW will play at home against Nanjin Army.

In the last game of round 15 Guangzhou L. beat Jiang Xi on the road 89-78.


Nanjin Army - Jiangsu TX 91-102

The game in Nanjin was also quite interesting. Third ranked Jiangsu TX (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Nanjin Army (4-11). Jiangsu TX defeated Nanjin Army 102-91 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu TX. Nanjin Army managed to win third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu TX dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Nanjin Army's 42. They outrebounded Nanjin Army 44-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Xin Feng (187-92) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 5 assists. Forward JianYe Song (198-91) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) added 22 points respectively for Nanjin Army in the defeat. Four Nanjin Army players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Jiangsu TX. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Changsha Bank. Loser Nanjin Army keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Jiangsu TX will meet Changsha Bank (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nanjin Army will play against Sichuan BW (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 27+18reb+2ast, S.JianYe 19+6reb, F.Xin 19+4reb+5ast, Y.ZhiYong 18+5reb+1ast, F.Hui 8+5reb, M.Zhuang 4+1ast
Nanjin Army: F.ChengLin 22+2reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 17+10reb+2ast, A.LiPeng 13+3reb+1ast, L.Jun 12+3reb+6ast, T.JiaFu 12+1reb, D.QinShuo 6+4reb
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Jiang Xi - Guangzhou L. 78-89

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Guangzhou L. (9-6) beat 9th ranked Jiang Xi (2-13) in Jiangxi 89-78. The game without a history. Guangzhou L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guangzhou L. outrebounded Jiang Xi 34-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks. Forward DaWei Chen (203-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Nan Zhao (195-84) added 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Guangzhou L. and five Jiang Xi players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 9-6 record. Jiang Xi lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Guangzhou L.'s next round opponent will be Heilongjiang (#7) at home. Jiang Xi will play against Hebei S. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: W.Shawne 23+12reb+1ast, C.DaWei 16+4reb+5ast, W.Yang 13+1reb+1ast, T.Chao 10+4reb+5ast, G.Liye 6+5reb+2ast, D.ChengLong 5
Jiang Xi: D.Bryan 16+10reb+1ast, Z.Nan 16+2reb, W.Chi 14+1ast, Z.ChaoLong 13+2reb, L.Jiawei 12+2reb+4ast, X.Yulin 5+1reb
gschID: 242234


Hong Kong - Sichuan BW 96-83

The game in Hong Kong was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Sichuan BW (10-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Hong Kong (10-5). Hong Kong defeated Sichuan BW 96-83. The game was mostly controlled by Hong Kong. Sichuan BW was better in third quarter 37-31. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Forward JiuLong Liu (197-83) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Hong Kong players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds and center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) added 21 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Hong Kong moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Sichuan BW. Hong Kong's next round opponent will be league's leader Chongqing FD in Guangzhou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sichuan BW will play at home against Nanjin Army.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: S.Craig 40+17reb+3ast, W.MingLiang 16+3reb+1ast, F.Zhou 15+2reb+2ast, L.JiuLong 12+6reb+6ast, Y.Chao 6, C.ZhaoShen 5+4reb+2ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 24+17reb+2ast, C.XiaoDong 21+4reb+1ast, W.Jing 18+2reb+1ast, W.Yong-Ren 8+2reb+4ast, H.XiaoBin 8+6reb+1ast, L.Chenyao 2+2reb
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Heilongjiang - Chongqing FD 77-97

NBL top team - Chongqing FD (12-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Heilongjiang (6-9) 97-77. The game was mostly controlled by Chongqing FD. Heilongjiang managed to win fourth quarter 34-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chongqing FD dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 46 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Chongqing FD forced 19 Heilongjiang turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Chongqing FD players scored in double figures. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Ming Jin (185-90) added 6 points and 7 assists in the effort for Heilongjiang. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chongqing FD have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Chongqing FD are looking forward to face Hong Kong (#5) at home in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Guangzhou L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 17+20reb+4ast, L.XueSong 17+5reb+1ast, Y.KaiFu 17+4reb+3ast, Y.Liang 14+4reb+1ast, S.TianGang 10+3reb+4ast, Y.Peng 9+2reb+1ast
Heilongjiang: P.Kevinn 20+14reb, W.Nan 10+1reb+3ast, H.ZhiQiang 10+1reb, Y.Gang 8+3reb, J.Ming 6+3reb+7ast, Y.XueLin 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 242232


Changsha Bank - Hebei S. 92-69

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 15th consecutive match to second ranked Changsha Bank (11-4) 92-69. The game was mostly controlled by Changsha Bank. Hebei S. was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changsha Bank dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei S.'s 38. Changsha Bank forced 22 Hebei S. turnovers. It was a great evening for American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds. Center JunQi Jiang (202-90) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was forward YiLong Jia (201-88) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and center Xun Zhang (204-91) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Changsha Bank and five Hebei S. players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Changsha Bank have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-4 record behind leader Chongqing FD, which they share with Jiangsu TX. Hebei S. at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Changsha Bank will play against league's second-placed Jiangsu TX at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hebei S. will play against Jiang Xi (#9) in Jiangxi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Changsha Bank: A.Hilton 20+19reb+3ast, S.Jian 17+2reb+1ast, J.JunQi 14+8reb, L.Lin 13+5reb, G.Yan 9+2reb+5ast, R.XiaTi 5+2reb+2ast
Hebei S.: Z.Xun 10+10reb, D.ZhiMing 10+3reb+2ast, Z.GuoQiang 10+3reb+2ast, S.DeShuai 10+1reb+1ast, J.YiLong 10+11reb+3ast, C.YuNan 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 242231



Josh Harrellson claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Chongqing FD and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team outclassed Jiang Xi (#9, 2-12) with 32-point margin 118-86. It allowed Chongqing FD to consolidate first place in the Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chongqing FD has a very solid 11-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Harrellson had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Chongqing FD, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harrellson. Harrellson is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.7ppg) and averages solid 2.8bpg and 2.4spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Heilongjiang. Pinkney impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 18 rebounds. Of course Heilongjiang cruised to a 93-86 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Sichuan BW (#4, 10-4). Heilongjiang's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Pinkney is one of the most experienced players at Heilongjiang and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.2ppg (#2). He also registered 13.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Shawne Williams (206-F-86) of Guangzhou L. (#6). Williams showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Guangzhou L., leading his team to a 92-73 easy win against Hebei S. (#10, 0-14). Guangzhou L. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Williams has a very solid season. In 5 games in China he scored 17.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Craig Smith (201-F-83) of Hong Kong - 26 points and 15 rebounds
5. JinRong Mei (208-F-90) of Guangzhou L. - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Hassan Whiteside (213-C/F-89) of Sichuan BW - 24 points and 15 rebounds
7. KaiFu Yao (196-G-83) of Chongqing FD - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Xin Feng (187-PG-92) of Jiangsu TX - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Zhuang Ma (194-G-88) of Jiangsu TX - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Jiangsu TX - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Comoros U16 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

4Allaouia Anisse COM U16 NT Comoros
5Abdoul Malik Yassine COM U16 NT Comoros
6Tadjiddine Omrane COM U16 NT Comoros
8Ahmed Youssouf COM U16 NT Comoros
9Yamaya Youssouf Mbae COM U16 NT Comoros
10Hassane Yahaya Ali COM U16 NT Comoros
11Ouleid Awad Soilihi COM U16 NT Comoros

Abdou Ibrahim Hassany Head Coach COM U16 NT Comoros
Ali Med Elhad Assistant COM U16 NT Comoros



U16 AfroBasket: Angola rout Comoros in Day 2 opener - by Eurobasket

Comoros U16-Angola U16 30:91

Angola rout Comoros in Day 2 opener of the U16 AfroBasket. Angola posted a comfortable 91:30 win for 1-0 record.
Angola won the opening tip 12-2 and never looked behind in the game. The team won the first period 22:9 and then had 32:10 midway through 32:10 midway through the second frame. Angola reached 46:11 lead at the halftime and continued their dominance in the second half as well. They won the third period for 65:22 and ended up with a 59-point victory.
JUNGO ALEXANDRE JOAO and VALENTE MILTON BANDE top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while DE SOUSA SILVIO SAMUEL netted 12. MANUEL DANIEL AMILTON.F and CABANGA CLEY WAGNER delivered 11 points each in a win. AHMED BEN YOUSSOUF replied with 13 points in defeat, whilst ALLAOUIA ANISSE added 7. HASSANE YAHAYA ALI and OULEID AWAD SOILIHI brought 4 points each in a loss.

Comoros U16: AHMED BEN YOUSSOUF 13, ALLAOUIA ANISSE 7, HASSANE YAHAYA ALI 4, OULEID AWAD SOILIHI 4
Angola U16: JUNGO ALEXANDRE JOAO 14, VALENTE MILTON BANDE 14, DE SOUSA SILVIO SAMUEL 12, MANUEL DANIEL AMILTON.F 11, CABANGA CLEY WAGNER 11



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Strawberry will not stay in Cibona! - by Dani Erceg

By the informations from agent of D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) , Mr Scott Nichols, player did not sign new contract with Cibona and chances he will stay in Cibona are low. Strawberry played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg, In 18 Croatian A1 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. he also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg and 2.2spg.


Croatia post second straight win at Logrono Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20 - Czech Republic U20 67:58

Croatian U20 National Team stayed unbeaten after two rounds of action at the international friendly tournament in Logrono, Spain. They shot down Czech Republic in the second game. Juraj Segaric (183-PG-93) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Croatia will now take on Spain for the trophy tonight. Czech Republic will look for the initial win when they face Slovenia next.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Croatia pulled in front in the second period. They held Czech Republic to 8 points in the period and ensured a 36:25 halftime lead. Croatia mounted the pressure in the third term. They cleared off to a comfortable 20-point lead before the fourth period. Czech Republic went on a 21:10 run in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Dom Samac (206-F-93) netted 13 points, while Antonio Boban (200-F/G-93) added 10 points for the winners. Martin Kriz (201-F-93) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Juraj Segaric 16, Dom Samac 13, Antonio Boban 10
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 14+10 boards, Tomas Kyzlink 12



U19 World Championship: Spain beat Croatia to win Group A - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Croatia U19 86:76

Spain clinched the top position in Group A of the U19 World Championship in Prague. They overcame Croatia today to enter the Second Stage with a perfect record. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 14 points to lead the winners.
Spain set the tone early in the game. They capped the opening quarter on a 17:5 rally to take a 25:15 lead at the first break. Croatia quickly erased the deficit and Mustapic put them in front 33:32. Croatia ensured a 40:39 halftime advantage. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term before Spain ignited a 12:2 rally and pulled ahead. They claimed a 64:57 advantage at the final intermission. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) dragged Croatia within one 71:72 midway through the fourth period. However Spain capped the regulation on a 10:3 run to seal the victory. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) netted 12 points, while Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) dropped 13 in the win. Dario Saric answered with 23 points and 14 boards for Croatia. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) had 22 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U19: Dario Brizuela 14, Edgar Vicedo 13, Josep Perez 12
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 23+14 boards, Mislav Brzoja 22



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Croatia post second straight win at Logrono Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20 - Czech Republic U20 67:58

Croatian U20 National Team stayed unbeaten after two rounds of action at the international friendly tournament in Logrono, Spain. They shot down Czech Republic in the second game. Juraj Segaric (183-PG-93) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Croatia will now take on Spain for the trophy tonight. Czech Republic will look for the initial win when they face Slovenia next.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Croatia pulled in front in the second period. They held Czech Republic to 8 points in the period and ensured a 36:25 halftime lead. Croatia mounted the pressure in the third term. They cleared off to a comfortable 20-point lead before the fourth period. Czech Republic went on a 21:10 run in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Dom Samac (206-F-93) netted 13 points, while Antonio Boban (200-F/G-93) added 10 points for the winners. Martin Kriz (201-F-93) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Juraj Segaric 16, Dom Samac 13, Antonio Boban 10
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 14+10 boards, Tomas Kyzlink 12



U19 World Championship: Czech Republic outscore visiting Iran - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19-Czech Republic U19 50:60

Czech Republic outscore visiting Iran in Day 3 of the U19 World Championship. The home side needed a 60:50 win to finish with 1-2 record. Iran also has the same record after three games played. The Czechs won by lower margin than 17 and they must hope that Argentina beat Lithuania, meaning Argentina can likely expect some strong fan support in their group finale.
Czech Republic had a great start with 20-9 after the first period. They also led 11 points at the halftime, but could not increase the lead in the second half for the necessary margin. Iran lost the third quarter 8-10, but needed a 21-18 rally in the last period for the final 10-point loss.
Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) and Jan Krivanek (203-PF-94) added 11 each. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 10 points in the winning effort. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, while Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) added 10.

Iran U19: Saleh Foroutannik 13, Sajjad Mashayekhi 12+13 rebs, Vahid Dalirzahan 10
Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 19+15 rebs, Petr Safarcik 11, Jan Krivanek 11, Prokop Slanina 10



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SISU tab Joe Benjamin - by Eurobasket News

SISU bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Joe Benjamin (200-F/C-83, college: W.Virginia St.). The centre spent the last season with Naestved. He averaged 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in Ligaen. Previously Joe Benjamin had stints with Horsholm, Virum, Aabyhoj. He made it into Danish Ligaen All-Imports Team in 2012. Joe Benjamin participated at the Ligaen All-Star Game in 2009 and 2012.


Naestved re-sign Mathias Christensen - by Eurobasket News

Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) will stay with Naestved. The forward has agreed on terms of contract prolongation with the team. The new deal is meant for two seasons. Mathias Christensen averaged 1.6 points per game in Ligaen last season. The forward is the member of the Danish U18 National Team.


Randers keep Bonell Colas - by Eurobasket News

Randers secured the services of Bonell Colas (205-F-82, college: Florida). The player has reached an agreement on terms of contract extension with the team. Bonell Colas will sign a new two-year deal with Randers. Bonell Colas joined Randers Cimbria at the start of the previous season. He tallied 24.3 points, 14.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in Ligaen. The centre became the top scorer in the League. He was trumped All-Danish Ligaen Import Player of the Year. Bonell Colas was also named All-Danish Ligaen Centre of the Year. Previously Bonell Colas had stints with Vaerlose, Horsholm, Atomeromu Paks, Randers, the Portland Chinooks and Eugene Chargers. He was trumped All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year back in 2009. The centre participated at the Ligaen All-Star Game in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.


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Standings - District National

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Jun. 27: Cocolos SPM - Caneros LR 81-76
Jun. 27: Reales LV - Huracanes PP 77-91
Jun. 28: Titanes DN - Leones SD 76-74
Jun. 28: Metros STGO - Indios SFM 75-83

Regular Season: Round 3

Jun. 29: Indios SFM - Huracanes PP
Jun. 29: Cocolos SPM - Titanes DN
Jun. 30: Leones SD - Caneros LR
Jun. 30: Reales LV - Metros STGO


Titanes and Cocolos start new LNB season with wins - by Eurobasket News

Titanes and Cocolos have grabbed the leading position in their respective divisions at the start of the LNB season. They both enjoy 2-0 records at the start of the campaign.
Titanes narrowly defeated Leones 76:74 in their latest game. Having built a 23:15 lead after ten minutes Titas however saw their advantage shrink to just two points heading into the fourth frame. Titanes held on to the lead and eked out a narrow win at the end. Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) fired 35 points to lead the winners. James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points in the victory. Sadiel Rojas (193-G/F-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan) responded with 19 points for Leones as they fell at 0-2 record.
Cocolos shot down Caneros 81:76 to stay perfect. Cocolos dominated the first half building a 36:27 halftime advantage. Caneros exploded with 28 points in the third term to narrow the gap. But Cocolos slowed their opponents down and marched to the victory at the end. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85, college: Oklahoma City) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Anthony Johnson (203-F/C-88, college: Fairfield) accounted for 13 points for Cocolos. Caneros responded with 19 points from Dominique Keller (203-F-88, college: Illinois). Bobby Pandy (198-F-84, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) chipped in 13 points in the loss.



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BC Kalev/Cramo confirm to play in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News

BC Kalev/Cramo confirm to play in EuroCup for the next seaosn. The Eastonian Champiosn will play in the second improtant tournament in Europe.
In May 2013 BC Kalev/Cramo became the Estonian champion for the third year in a row. They beat TU/Rock 81:69 and clinched the series 4:0. For the third consecutive year the series ended with a 4:0 sweep. Kalev/Cramo is the first team since 1990 to win three back-to-back championships. Tanel Sokk (182-G-85) was voted the MVP of the Finals. He averaged 11.3 pts in finals.
Last season BC Kalev/Cramo played in Baltic league and VTB League. The Estonian team finished with 3-15 record in VTB League and could not make it to the Play-offs. Kalev/Cramo meanwhile clinched bronze medals of the Baltic League 2012/2013. The Estonian side needed a confident 73:58 in the second game for the third place.
Barons kvartals won the first game 79:71, but could not win the series.



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ESL Madrid Day 5 morning games decide teams for the championship! - by ESL News

La Avanzada 87 El Arroyo 70

The first match of the morning that pitted La Avanzada vs. El Arroyo and it offered a great show. A split start (25-16 first quarter end) that has La Avanzada on the winning side with progressively increasing separation from El Arroyo. The 50% accuracy in 2 point shots in the first half has served La Avanzada to go above the lead (44-32 at halftime) despite the contribution of Alexis Elsener (194-G/F-88) in the opponent's box (1st half: 15 min ., 11 pts., 6 reb., 1 as.).
In the last twenty minutes the situation has not changed much, maintaining a difference in the score of about 10 points for the La Avanzada, which has defined the final score of 87-70. For Arroyo, 18 points from Elsener as he was top scorer of the match, with 18 points and 8 rebounds, 4 assists. The victory for La Avanzada get them in the Championship of the Eurobasket Summer League Madrid as they were led by Duane James (196-F-83, agency: Duran International, college: Binghamton) with 15 points and 3 rebounds.

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

http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/18.pdf

La Serna 97 El Naranjo 59

The second game belonged to La Serna and El Naranjo. A match that seemed to start with only 2 points scored by each team in the first four minutes, but left behind were the visitors of El Naranjo 97-59. The end result of the first quarter (24-15) did not indicate what was going to happen in this match. The game was perfectly coordinated on all parts of the game for La Serna which made it very difficult for the defensive players of El Naranjo despite being equal in percentage of success is marked a part of a 22-7 second quarter to leave the score to 46-22 in twenty minutes. The second half began with no chance to spot a possible comeback, the score of both teams continued to grow but at a distance of 20 that swelled to 38 points difference of the final result (97-59). This time the top scorer if corresponded with picture winner, Borja Arevalo (193-G-91) scored 19 points in 25 minutes on the court, grabbed 7 rebounds and 5 assists. As in previous games of note is the "dirty" work of Moussa Diagne (210-C-94) who had 13 rebounds in this game, in addition to score 10 points.

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

http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/19.pdf



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BC Kalev/Cramo confirm to play in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News

BC Kalev/Cramo confirm to play in EuroCup for the next seaosn. The Eastonian Champiosn will play in the second improtant tournament in Europe.
In May 2013 BC Kalev/Cramo became the Estonian champion for the third year in a row. They beat TU/Rock 81:69 and clinched the series 4:0. For the third consecutive year the series ended with a 4:0 sweep. Kalev/Cramo is the first team since 1990 to win three back-to-back championships. Tanel Sokk (182-G-85) was voted the MVP of the Finals. He averaged 11.3 pts in finals.
Last season BC Kalev/Cramo played in Baltic league and VTB League. The Estonian team finished with 3-15 record in VTB League and could not make it to the Play-offs. Kalev/Cramo meanwhile clinched bronze medals of the Baltic League 2012/2013. The Estonian side needed a confident 73:58 in the second game for the third place.
Barons kvartals won the first game 79:71, but could not win the series.



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Great Britain U20 wins two games against Finland U20 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20 wins two games against Finland U20. At first Great Britain U20 posted a 96:92 win in overtime. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top scored with 27 points, while Nick Lewis had 17 and Rowell Graham (197-F-94) added 19 points and 12 rebounds.
In the second game Great Britain U20 posted a 77:63 win. They won the first period 17-7 and led 34-23 at the halftime. Van Oostrum top scored again with 21 points, followed by Don with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Graham contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Hart also added 9 points for GB. Topias Palmi, Joonas Caven and Joonas Lehtoranta scored 13 points each in defeat Joni Herrala nailed 6 and Orlando Taylor (205-C-94) brought 5.



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Turgut Atakol Tournament: France hand Serbia first defeat - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Serbia U20 59:52

France claimed the third victory at the Turgut Atakol Tournament. They outgunned as both teams are now tied at 3-1 record on top of the standings.
France opened the game on a 12:2 rally. Serbia cut the deficit but still trailed 14:18 at the end of the first frame. France maintained the lead throughout the second period. Les Bleus went into the dressing room leading by 9 points 35:26. Serbia used a 10:0 run late in the third term to gain a 43:42 lead. However Paul Turpin capped the quarter with a jumper to make it 44:43 for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) and Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) extended the margin to 6 points early in the fourth frame. Serbia never got closer than five points throughout the final period and surrendered at the end. Livio Jean-Charles finished with 20 points to pace France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh added 15 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) answered with 20 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points in the defeat.

France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 20, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) 9
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 20, Nenad Miljenovic 15



Mourad Benkloua remains with Etoile Charleville-Mezieres - by Eurobasket News

Mourad Benkloua (206-C-92, agency: Fusion Sports) remains with Etoile Charleville-Mezieres in France. Benkloua represented France at the European Championships U16 in Italy five years ago. In 2012-2013 for Etoile Charleville-Mezieres he averaged 1.4ppg, 2.5rpg His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 6.4rpg.
Benkloua has played also professionally for other French teams like Chorale de Roanne and Centre Federal du Basket-Ball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



France U18 rout Ukraine U18 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

France U18-Ukraine U18 80:62

France U18 rout Ukraine U18 in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Bor. France improved to 2-0 record after an 80:62 win.
In another game Serbia U18 posts the second straight win in Bor at the International Tournament with 4 teams. The home side overcame Russia U18 79:56 for 2-0 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.



Pierric Poupet signs with Denain - by Eurobasket News

Pierric Poupet (191-G-84, agency: Fusion Sports) signs with Denain for the next season. The 29-year old guard will leave Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket. Poupet played in the final of French ProB.
In 2012-2013 for Chalons-Reims (ProB) his stats read 7.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 81.0%. Earlier he played for SPO Rouen Basket. In 2010-2011 he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 71.1%. Later in 2011-2012 Pierric Poupet showed 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 77.5%.
Pierric Poupet started his career in 2001-2002 for Golbey-Epinal U21 team. In 2002-2003 he played for Golbey-Epinal (ProB) and showed 1.2ppg, 1reb, 3ast. The team also announced Valentin Bigote (196-F-92), Mory Corea and Jimmy Djimrabaye (204-C/F-92).



Mykal Riley moves to JDA Dijon Bourgogne - by Eurobasket News

Mykal Riley (198-F/G-85, college: Alabama) moves to JDA Dijon Bourgogne for the next season. The 28-year old American swingman Mykal Riley will come from Bucaneros (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 41 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.4apg and 2.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won French ProB championship title in 2011. Riley was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Naturhouse Ferrara and Aget Service Imola). Riley attended University of Alabama until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
JDA Dijon Bourgogne also announced keeping TJ T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) and Zach Moss (201-F-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Mountain St.). The latter joined Dijon back in April 2011. Last season the forward posted 10.4 points and 5.5 boards per game in ProA. He also delivered 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance in EuroChallenge. Previously Zach Moss played for Melilla Baloncesto, Orleans, Vichy, Givat Shmuel, Challons and Antibes. He was named All-French ProB Centre of the Year in 2005.



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U16 AfroBasket: Ivory Coast posts the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Gabon U16-Ivory Coast U16 41:47

Ivory Coast posts the initial win at the U16 AfroBasket. The team overcame Gabon U16 47:41 for 1-1 record. Gabon meanwhile just started the campaign and has 0-1 record.
It was a slow start from both teams as Ivory Coast grabbed 5:3 lead after the first 5 minutes of the game. The latter increased to 13:8 at the end of the first period and later had 27:16 after 15 minutes. Ivory Coast enjoyed 33:16 at the halftime, but was scoreless in the first five minutes of the third period. Gabon managed to reduce to 39:31with 10 minutes to go. Moreover the team came closer but had to admin 6-point loss.
LATH HENRI top-scored for the winners with 11 points and GUEDE GNAHORE nailed 9. KEITA BEN ALAMY and KONE FABRICE delivered 8 points each in a win. SARAHN STEPHANEL ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and DINGA JERIEL had 6. EDOU N'DUI MAHONY followed them with 5 points in the losing effort.

Gabon U16: SARAHN STEPHANEL 12, DINGA JERIEL 6, EDOU N'DUI MAHONY 5
Ivory Coast U16: LATH HENRI 11, GUEDE GNAHORE 9, KEITA BEN ALAMY 8, KONE FABRICE 8



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Italy gain second win at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Georgia U20 82:53

Italy celebrated the second straight win at the international friendly tournament in Domegge. The hosts shot down Georgia to stay undefeated. Marco Lagana (197-G-93) nailed 16 points to lead the Azzurri. Georgia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Italy unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. They boosted the margin in the second quarter. Italy established a comfortable 47:28 halftime buffer. Italy kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. The hosts accumulated a 67:45 lead heading into the fourth period. The Azzurri did not slow down in the final ten minutes and sealed a comfortable victory. Alessandro Paesano (203-F-93) finished with 15 points, while Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) added 13 points for the winners. Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) answered with 12 points for Georgia. Irakli Mikeladze (180-PG-94) and Valeri Kvantaliani (202-PF-94) chipped in 7 points each in the loss.

Italy U20: Marco Lagana 16, Alessandro Paesano 15, Matteo Imbro 13
Georgia U20: Giorgi Tsirekidze 12, Irakli Mikeladze 7, Valeri Kvantaliani 7



Georgia U20 roll past Ukraine U20 in Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U20 - Ukraine U20 63:55

Georgia U20 opened the Torneo di Domegge with victory. They prevailed against Ukraine in the opener. Otar Pkhakadze (183-PG-93) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Georgia will next take on hosting Italy, while Ukraine will face Bulgaria.
Georgia got to a confident start. They cleared off to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine slowed down their opponents in the next period. But the gap remained the same as Georgia led 34:26 at the interval. Ukraine cut the deficit by one point heading into the fourth period down by 7 points. Georgia and Ukraine exchanged baskets throughout the fourth term as David Ustiashvili team marched to the victory. Revaz Rogava (185-G-93) netted 11 points, while Irakli Mikeladze (180-PG-94) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Oleksandr Furs (202-PF-93) responded with 14 points for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) and Anatoliy Shundel (190-PG-93) had 10 points each in the loss.

Georgia U20: Otar Pkhakadze 24, Revaz Rogava 11, Irakli Mikeladze 9
Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Furs 14, Klym Artamonov 10, Anatoliy Shundel 10



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Germany U18 lose two in a row in Greece - by Eurobasket News

German U18 National Team traveled to Greece to take part at the international friendly tournament in Vonitsa. They suffered bitter defeats in the opening two games.
Germany surrendered against Slovenia 65:67 in the opener. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 36:36 at the interval. Germany put their noses in front in the third term. They gained a narrow 52:51 lead into the fourth period. But Slovenia used a 16:13 rally in the final ten minutes to escape with the victory. Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-G-96, agency: Pro One Sports) knocked down 11 points for Germany. Lukas Meisner (201-SF-95) connected for 10 points in the loss.
Next Germany faced the hosts. The visitors dominated throughout the first half. Germany accumulated a 36:26 halftime lead. But the Hellenes bounced back after the big break. They cut the deficit at a single point before the fourth term. Greece sparked a 21:15 run in the final frame to seal the victory. Jan Niklas Wimberg dropped 14 points for Germany. Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) and Daniel Mayr (216-C-95, agency: LUMANI 10.7) finished with 10 points apiece in the defeat.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Bogdan Radosavljevic leads Germany past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Sweden U20 77:74

Germany claimed the second win at the prestigious Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They held off Sweden for 2-2 record. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) came up with 19 points to lead the winners. Sweden fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Germany used a 10:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 20:13 lead. They secured a 24:18 advantage after ten minutes. Sweden erased the deficit early in the second period but Germany recovered and posted a 38:35 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third term however Germany ensured a 54:49 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Max Merz and David Brembly (197-G/F-93) opened a double-digit lead for Germany early in the fourth frame. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) dragged Sweden back into the contest. The Scandinavian team tied things up at 68 with under two minutes remaining. Marcus Eriksson put Sweden in front 70:68 but Bogdan Radosavljevic hit three free throws to regain the lead for Germany. Max Merz followed with two more freebies to give Germany a 73:70 lead. Tobias Borg narrowed the gap with a pair of free throws however Max Merz and Bogdan Radosavljevic went perfect from the line in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Germany. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) finished with 10 points, while David Brembly added 9 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson responded with 17 points for Sweden. Nick Spires (209-PF-94) and Tobias Borg had 15 points each in the losing effort.

Germany: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19, Leon Tolksdorf 10, David Brembly 9
Sweden: Marcus Eriksson 17, Nick Spires 15, Tobias Borg 15



Stankovic Cup: China edge Germany in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Germany 60:51

China claimed the second win at the Stankovic Cup. The hosts prevailed against Germany in Lanzhou for 2-1 record. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) and Ma Kan (196-F-92) dropped 15 points each to lead the hosts. Germany fell at 1-2 record after the defeat.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. They were locked at 15-all after ten minutes. Germany pulled ahead in the second frame. The Europeans grabbed a 35:30 halftime advantage. China reacted with a stifling defence in the third period. They held the visitors to just 5 points in the quarter and snatched a 4-point lead before the fourth stanza. China went on a 16:11 run in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) contributed 8 points for China. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) responded with 15 points for Germany. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92) and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) had 8 points each in the loss.

China: Zhai Xiaochuan 15, Ma Kan 15, Zhao TaiLong 8
Germany: Mathis Monninghoff 15, Ole Wendt 8, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 8



Giants Noerdlingen hand coach Matic contract extension - Marco Miklos signs two-year deal - by Moritz Korff

The Giants Noerdlingen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have given their head coach Mario Matic a contract extension through the 2015-16 season. The 34-year-old has been at the helm coaching the Giants since 2010 and led the team to the 2011 Regionalliga South-East championship. He guided the Giants to two straight Pro B playoff-appearances since returning to the league in 2011. During his playing career Matic also spent two and a half years on the Giants' roster. Despite receiving offers to coach higher league teams, Matic didn't think twice, when the Noerdlingen executives offered him a contract extension. "The Giants are more than an employer to me", Matic stated on the club's website, "and I am eager to continue to build what we have started three years ago."
Meanwhile, the Giants have revealed their latest summer signing, capturing Marco Miklos (195-G-89) from the Coocoon Baskets Weiden. He inked a two-year deal with the Pro B side. Miklos spent the past three years playing for Weiden in the Regionalliga South-East, averaging 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists a contest last season.



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Greece U18 claim back-to-back wins in Vonitsa - by Eurobasket News

Greek U18 National Team victoriously opened the international tournament in Vonitsa. The hosts outgunned Bulgarian and German counterparts to take 2-0 record on top of the standings.
Greece opened their campaign against Bulgaria. The Hellenes trailed throughout the bigger part of the game. Bulgaria enjoyed a 35:28 halftime advantage. They entered the fourth frame up by eight points 53:45. But Greece responded with a furious comeback surge in the final ten minutes and snatched a 70:68 victory. Vasileios Toliopoulos (185-PG-96) came up with 14 points to lead the hosts. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) and Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) added 12 points each in the win.
Next Greece took on Germany. And once again the home team got to a slow start. Germany gained a 36:26 halftime advantage. Greece were able to narrow the deficit at a single point 47:48 at the final intermission. They pulled ahead in the final frame and ensured a 68:63 victory at the end. Papadionysiou netted 15 points for the hosts. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) added 9 points in the victory.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 15-2 
 2. Portland C. 14-5 
 3. Vancouver V. 13-5 
 4. Salem S. 9-10 
 5. Nippon T. 1-17 
International
 1. Olympia R. 2-0 
 2. Seattle F. 1-3 
 3. Kitsap A. 1-4 
 4. East Bay PB 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 27: Nippon T. - Portland C. 94-143
Jun. 26: Seattle F. - Nippon T. 136-109
Jun. 28: Nippon T. - Salem S. 114-124
Jun. 29: Salem S. - Bellingham S. 109-125
Jun. 30: Bellingham S. - Seattle F.
Jun. 30: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
Jul. 1: Salem S. - Portland C.



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IRI - U19 victory, NBA Draft give Iran special basketball night - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

PRAGUE (FIBA U19 World Championship) - The opening night of the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship was special for Iran. Not only did Iran beat Argentina 84-73 to all but guarantee their best finish in tournament history, but 2009 U19 alum Arsalan Kazemi was chosen by the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft.

Sajjad Mashayekhi poured in 32 points and Behnam Yahkchalidehkordi added 10 points, five rebounds and two assists as Iran knocked off Argentina in Group B play in Prague.

"The most important thing that helped us win was unity," said the Iranian captain Mashayekhi.

"We are friends. We showed that we are united."

The victory - in which Iran led by as many as 28 points late in the third quarter - also sent a message to the rest of the world.

"We are part of basketball. Basketball has improved everywhere. We wanted to do something, and we did. We wanted to show that we have basketball and show our motivation," Mashayekhi explained.

Iran coach Mehran Hatami elaborated on his player's point.

"From our side, we want to show that we have basketball. We are from Asia, and everybody thinks that Asia is nothing," he said.

"Okay we know that we are far from a high level of basketball. But we should show that we want to do something and try to improve our basketball. And tonight we did it. I hope that will continue and we will get better and better."

The Iranian Basketball Federation spoke on its website of an 'unforgettable' and 'epic' night.

Iran have put themselves in a great position of improving on their best showing at a U19 World Championship.

Iran took 16th place at the 2003 tournament with a 1-7 record - beating Malaysia - with future senior national team members Amir Amini, Jaber Rouzbahani and Oshin Sahakian. And the Asians finished 15th in 2009 at 1-5 - with a victory over Syria - on the strength of future senior players Kazemi and Mohammad Hassanzadeh.

With one more victory, Hatami's men will have secured the countrys best finish in the tournament history.

"I told my players I appreciate that they did today what they wanted to do," said the coach.

One of the keys to Iran's success is the professional experience that Mashayekhi and Yahkchalidehkordi have to call upon. Mashayekhi reached the finals of the Iranian Super League with his club Mahram, losing to Petrochimi, which is coached by Hatami and also includes Yahkchalidehkordi.

"I played with better players on my team and that helped my improvement. And now when I play with the players from my same age group I feel a lot better and can help them," said Mashayekhi.

Mashayekhi and Yahkchalidehkordi definitely have a figure to look up to in Kazemi, the Oregon power forward who was selected with the 54th pick in the second round and hopes to become the second Iranian to play in the NBA following Hamed Haddadi.

Mashayekhi and Yahkchalidehkordi are already on equal footing with Kazemi in one regard - number of victories at a U19 World Championship - in what was a special night all around for basketball fans in Iran.
Source : www.fiba.com



U19 World Championship: Czech Republic outscore visiting Iran - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19-Czech Republic U19 50:60

Czech Republic outscore visiting Iran in Day 3 of the U19 World Championship. The home side needed a 60:50 win to finish with 1-2 record. Iran also has the same record after three games played. The Czechs won by lower margin than 17 and they must hope that Argentina beat Lithuania, meaning Argentina can likely expect some strong fan support in their group finale.
Czech Republic had a great start with 20-9 after the first period. They also led 11 points at the halftime, but could not increase the lead in the second half for the necessary margin. Iran lost the third quarter 8-10, but needed a 21-18 rally in the last period for the final 10-point loss.
Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) and Jan Krivanek (203-PF-94) added 11 each. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 10 points in the winning effort. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, while Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) added 10.

Iran U19: Saleh Foroutannik 13, Sajjad Mashayekhi 12+13 rebs, Vahid Dalirzahan 10
Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 19+15 rebs, Petr Safarcik 11, Jan Krivanek 11, Prokop Slanina 10



Phoenix Suns waive Haddadi - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns (NBA) waived 28-year old Iranian international center Hamed Haddadi (218-115kg-85). In 17 NBA games he recorded 4.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2bpg this season. Haddadi also spent pre-season at the Raptors earlier that year. The other team he played that season for were the Grizzlies. But in 13 games he averaged just 1.2ppg and 1.8rpg.
The last season Haddadi played at Melli Haffari Ahvaz (Superleague) in Iran.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Haddadi was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Championships 1st Team in 2009 and 2011.
He was also a member of Iranian international program for some years. Haddadi has been playing for Iranian Senior National Team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. He represented Iran at the Asian Championships in Wuhan (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (11.4rpg), 3.6apg, Blocks-1 (2.9bpg), FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.5%.
Haddadi has played previously professionally in D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors) and Iran (Sanam, Paykan, Saba and M.H.Ahvaz).
The scouts decsribe him following way: An inside player with great instinct for the rebound and two very strong hands. He's very coordinated, knows ho to do with the ball and loves to work in practice. Can score from inside and can hit a shot from mid-range, needs to improve his defense and his toughnees, at present he seems a little too soft fro the NBA battles in the paint. Also, he is smaller than the 7-2 he is listed at..

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Hapoel Holon inks Isaac Rosefelt - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Holon inks their first player for the upcoming season - Isaac Rosefelt (204-C/F-85, college: St.Thomas), the forward who played last season in Bnei Hertzeliyya. Rosfelt signed for two years and will be considered as a citizen and not a foreign. In 25 games he had an average of 7.2 ppg & 3.6 rpg in Hertzeliyya. He came to Israel 4 years ago and played also in Bnei HaSharon, Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan and Hapoel Lev Hasharon.
Also, the team appointed Elad Hasin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) as the assistant coach of Lior Lubin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) and he will also be in charge on the youth department.



Great Britain appointed Guy Goodes as the national team assitant coach - by Idan Seggev

Guy Goodes (agency: Avi Zilberman ) will be the new assitant of Great Britain coach, Joe Prunty , simultaneously to his job as the assistant coach of David Blatt (agency: Beo Basket ) in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Goodes will join Prunty in the Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia where GB has been drawn to group 1 alond with Israel. Goodes was very excited and said:"I'm very happy to join the GB national and to work with Joe Prunty . I would like to thank Maccabi for giving me the opportunity to take this job also and I'm looking forward to succee with the national team". Goodes retired in 2004 and coached Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion before he joined Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in 2006 as an assistant coach. In 2008 he was appointed to be the head coach of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, but didn't do so well and return to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv as an assistant coach once again in 2010.


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Italy gain second win at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Georgia U20 82:53

Italy celebrated the second straight win at the international friendly tournament in Domegge. The hosts shot down Georgia to stay undefeated. Marco Lagana (197-G-93) nailed 16 points to lead the Azzurri. Georgia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Italy unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. They boosted the margin in the second quarter. Italy established a comfortable 47:28 halftime buffer. Italy kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. The hosts accumulated a 67:45 lead heading into the fourth period. The Azzurri did not slow down in the final ten minutes and sealed a comfortable victory. Alessandro Paesano (203-F-93) finished with 15 points, while Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) added 13 points for the winners. Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) answered with 12 points for Georgia. Irakli Mikeladze (180-PG-94) and Valeri Kvantaliani (202-PF-94) chipped in 7 points each in the loss.

Italy U20: Marco Lagana 16, Alessandro Paesano 15, Matteo Imbro 13
Georgia U20: Giorgi Tsirekidze 12, Irakli Mikeladze 7, Valeri Kvantaliani 7



Italy victoriously open Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Bulgaria U20 82:69

Italy claimed the opening win at the international friendly tournament in Domegge. They held off Bulgarian counterparts in the opener. Aristide Landi (200-F-94) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Italy grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Azzurri stretched the gap in the second frame. The hosts accumulated a 46:37 halftime advantage. But Bulgaria recovered well in the third term. The visitors erased the deficit as the teams entered the fourth period tied at 60. Italy switched to more aggressive defence in the final quarter limiting Bulgaria to just 9 points. Italy capitalized stealing a comfortable win at the end. Marco Lagana (197-G-93) and Eric Lombardi (200-F-93) netted 14 points each for the winners. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) responded with 14 points for Bulgaria. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) tossed in 11 points in the loss. Bulgaria will take on Ukraine, while Italy will face Georgia next.

Italy U20: Aristide Landi 17, Marco Lagana 14, Eric Lombardi 14
Bulgaria U20: Tencho Tenchev 14, Aleks Simeonov 11



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U16 AfroBasket: Ivory Coast posts the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Gabon U16-Ivory Coast U16 41:47

Ivory Coast posts the initial win at the U16 AfroBasket. The team overcame Gabon U16 47:41 for 1-1 record. Gabon meanwhile just started the campaign and has 0-1 record.
It was a slow start from both teams as Ivory Coast grabbed 5:3 lead after the first 5 minutes of the game. The latter increased to 13:8 at the end of the first period and later had 27:16 after 15 minutes. Ivory Coast enjoyed 33:16 at the halftime, but was scoreless in the first five minutes of the third period. Gabon managed to reduce to 39:31with 10 minutes to go. Moreover the team came closer but had to admin 6-point loss.
LATH HENRI top-scored for the winners with 11 points and GUEDE GNAHORE nailed 9. KEITA BEN ALAMY and KONE FABRICE delivered 8 points each in a win. SARAHN STEPHANEL ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and DINGA JERIEL had 6. EDOU N'DUI MAHONY followed them with 5 points in the losing effort.

Gabon U16: SARAHN STEPHANEL 12, DINGA JERIEL 6, EDOU N'DUI MAHONY 5
Ivory Coast U16: LATH HENRI 11, GUEDE GNAHORE 9, KEITA BEN ALAMY 8, KONE FABRICE 8



U19 World Championship: China rout Cote d'Ivoire in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Cote d'Ivoire U19 81:48

China rout Cote d'Ivoire in Day 3 of the U19 World Championship. The Asian team needed an 81:48 win for 2-1 record in Group D. Cote d'Ivoire finished the group with 0-3 record and could not make it to the next stage.
China started the game with 20-7 and dominated the rest of the game. The team added 27-16 in the second frame and had 47:23 lead at the halftime. Moreover China won the third period 25-9 and did not mind to slow down a bit in the last stanza. Cote d'Ivoire posted a 16-9 rally in the final period to reduce to the final score.
Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) paced all the winners with 23 points and Yuan nailed 20. Zhao delivered 12, whilst Zhao Tianyi (208-C-95) poured in 6. Alpha Toure (187-F-94) ended up with 13 points in defeat, whilst Ousmane Toure (197-F-94) delivered 11. Cyril Adjei (188-F-95) followed them with 8 points.

China U19: Gao Shang 23, Yuan 20, Zhao 12, Zhao Tianyi 6
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Alpha Toure 13, Ousmane Toure 11, Cyril Adjei 8



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Japan topple Philippines in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Philippines 83:76

Japan overcame Philippines in the exhibition clash at the Sendai Xebio Arena. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Japan ensured a quick start. The hosts jumped to a 23:9 lead after ten minutes. But Philippines narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at halftime 25:32. Philippines dominated the boards and kept Japans lead in jeopardy. But the hosts managed to eke out a tough win at the end. Naoto Tsuji (185-G/F-89) provided 14 points for the hosts. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) had 11 points in the victory. Chris Blake (201-F) responded with game-high 27 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for Philippines.
It was the second game of the exhibition series. Japan celebrated 86:67 victory on Friday. The teams are scheduled to meet again tomorrow.



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Latvia U18 beat Turkey U18 in Nida - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18-Turkey U18 68:63

Latvia U18 beat Turkey U18 in Nida as both teams continue their preparation for European Championship. The Baltic side had a good start and finished with a 68:63 win.
Latvia U18 won the first period 21-10 and led 9 points at the halftime. Turkey looked better in the second half and did their best to catch up with the opponents. They won the third period 14-11 and finished the game with 21-20. It was not however enough to seal the victory.
Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) nailed 14. Davis Geks (191-SG-95) delivered 11, whilst Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) added 7. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) notched 15 points in defeat and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) scored 12.

Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 21, Kristaps Porzingis 14 Davis Geks 11, Kristaps Gluditis 7
Turkey U18: Okben Ulubay 15, Emircan Kosut 12



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U19 World Championship: Lithuania wins Group B - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-Argentina U19 76:66

Lithuania wins Group B of the U19 World Championship. The defending champions overcame Argentina U19 76:66 in Day 3 and finished with 3-0 record. Argentina also managed to advance to the Second Stage and left the hosts of the campaign out of the Final 12.
Lithuania started the game with 19-15 and added 20-17 before the halftime. The defending champions also won the third period 17-14 for 10-point lead after three quarters. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the last stanza for the final result.
Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Donatas Tarolis (201-F-94) stepped up with 12 points each, while Martin Geben (206-C-94) collected 9 points and 10 rebounds. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) also scored 9 points in a win. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) delivered 15 points in defeat, while Gaston Whelan (189-G-94) poured in 12. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) and Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) scored 8 points each in a loss.

Lithuania U19: Tomas Dimsa 12, Donatas Tarolis 12, Martin Geben 9+10 rebs, Lukas Lekavicius 9
Argentina U19: Matias Bernardini 15, Gaston Whelan 12, Gonzalo Torres 8, Pedro Barral 8



Lithuania University Team beat Balearic Islands in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania University Team- Balearic Islands 86:79

Lithuania University Team beat Balearic Islands in Game 2 of the friendly campaign. The Baltic State posted an 86:79 win in the second appearance.
After a tough win in the first game (84:83), Lithuania looked better in the first half. Both teams scored 19 points each in the first period, while Lithuania produced a 26-20 rally in the second frame and had 6-point halftime advantage. Moreover they won the third quarter 24-21 and increased to 9 points entering the last stanza. Balearic Islands managed to reduce to the final 7 points as they won the last quarter 19-17.
Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) led the way with 14 points and Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) added 13. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) poutred in 12, whilst Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 11. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) scored 12.

Lithuania University Team: Gediminas Orelikas 14, Vytenis Lipkevicius 13, Vytenis Cizauskas 12, Augustas Peciukevicius 11
Balearic Islands: Sergio Llull 14, Rudy Fernandez 12



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U16 AfroBasket: Gannouni Achref leads Tunisia past Madagascar - by Eurobasket News

Madagascar U16-Tunisia U16 48:74

Gannouni Achref leads Tunisia past Madagascar in the last game of Day 2 U16 AfroBasket. Tunisia started with a confident 74:48 win for 1-0 record. Madagascar meanwhile dropped at 1-1 record after two games played.
Both teams nailed 8 points each in the opening tip, while Tunisia won the first period 19:11. They increased to 26:16 midway through the second period and led 34:25 at the halftime. Madagascar cut it to 42:37 in the third frame but Tunisia needed another push for 52:42 after thirty minutes. They team erupted in the last stanza and managed to win by 26 points.
GANNOUNI ACHREF top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while JAOUADI JAOUHAR netted 14. HAJRI MAHMOUD and SAIDANI YOUNES brought 10 point each as the latter also added 14 rebounds. RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and RAHAJANIAINA ORLANDO poured in 7. RAMANAMPISOA EDDY, RANDRIANARIVELO KENNY and RABARIJOELIN KIADY collected 6 points each.

Madagascar U16: RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 15, RAHAJANIAINA ORLANDO 7, RAMANAMPISOA EDDY 6, RANDRIANARIVELO KENNY 6, RABARIJOELIN KIADY 6+12 rebs
Tunisia U16: GANNOUNI ACHREF 25+10 rebs, JAOUADI JAOUHAR 14, HAJRI MAHMOUD 10, SAIDANI YOUNES 10+14 rebs



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CIBACOPA brief - by Alejandro Martinez

Garra Caera de Navolato is one game away from being crowned the 2013 CIBACOPA Champion. WIth one of the lowest payroll and showcasing a regular season record of 15-17, they have gotten on an unprecedented roll. They have been the underdog in every series they have played, including the quarterfinal vs. Guasave, the Semifinal vs. Tijuana and now in the final vs. 2012 Champion Rayos de Hermosillo? How are they doing it? They play hard nose defense (last two final games have been in the 60's), they play together and they take advantage of their home court advantage. Their home court is the Polideportivo, which is a semi outdoor arena packed with over 2000 fans. Their fans are very noisy and supportive of their home team, from the very tip off. With the series 3-1 in their favor, they will be looking to seal their championship tonight at that same floor. If Hermosillo is able to win tonight's game, games 6 and 7 will be played in Hermosillo. As one famous championship coach once said, "never underestimate the heart of a champion".


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Buducnost extends Aleksa Popovic's contract - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost announced today that Montenegro National Team's shooting guard Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) had accepted contract extension with the club from Podgorica and will wear the white and blue colors of Montenegrin Championship for the next two years. His contract with Buducnost was scheduled to expire in May 2014 but after this extension he will get improved condition and stay in Podgorica until May 2015. Popovic averaged 11.9 ppg and 2.4 rpg in Adriatic League and 7.9 ppg and 3.4 rpg in Eurocup this season.

Aleksa Popovic started his career in Danilovgrad and after few successful years in Lovcen he moved to Montenegrin powerhouse Buducnost in 2010.



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Phoenix Suns waive Haddadi - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns (NBA) waived 28-year old Iranian international center Hamed Haddadi (218-115kg-85). In 17 NBA games he recorded 4.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2bpg this season. Haddadi also spent pre-season at the Raptors earlier that year. The other team he played that season for were the Grizzlies. But in 13 games he averaged just 1.2ppg and 1.8rpg.
The last season Haddadi played at Melli Haffari Ahvaz (Superleague) in Iran.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Haddadi was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Championships 1st Team in 2009 and 2011.
He was also a member of Iranian international program for some years. Haddadi has been playing for Iranian Senior National Team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. He represented Iran at the Asian Championships in Wuhan (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (11.4rpg), 3.6apg, Blocks-1 (2.9bpg), FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.5%.
Haddadi has played previously professionally in D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors) and Iran (Sanam, Paykan, Saba and M.H.Ahvaz).
The scouts decsribe him following way: An inside player with great instinct for the rebound and two very strong hands. He's very coordinated, knows ho to do with the ball and loves to work in practice. Can score from inside and can hit a shot from mid-range, needs to improve his defense and his toughnees, at present he seems a little too soft fro the NBA battles in the paint. Also, he is smaller than the 7-2 he is listed at..

By Eurobasket Data Center



LA Lakers waive Chris Duhon - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) waived 31-year old point guard Chris Duhon (186-86kg-82, college: Duke). In 48 NBA games he averaged 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.9apg this season.
The last season (11/12) Duhon played at the Magic. In 68 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg.
In 2004 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls in second round (38th overall). Duhon attended Duke University and it is his ninth season in pro basketball. he received All-ACC 1st Team award back in 2004 at his college time.
Duhon was a member of USA U21 National Team in 2001.
He has played previously for New York Knicks.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Udonis Haslem played through injury, needs surgery - by Eurobasket News

Heat forward Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) played through much of the second half of Miamis season with a torn right meniscus, and told The Associated Press that surgery will be required to repair the previously undisclosed injury. Haslem made the revelation Saturday after a promotional appearance where hundreds of Heat fans began lining up to see the Miami native five hours before he arrived. Surgery will occur soon, he said, and Haslem expects to be ready for training camp this fall. It forces me to be smart and take my time with recovery this summer, said Haslem, who just completed his 10th NBA season, all with Miami. Obviously, I dont heal like I used to so Ive got to be a lot smarter and this forces me to be smart. My bodys a little weary right now, a lot more weary than it was after last year.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Bulls cut ties with lead assistant coach Ron Adams - by Eurobasket News

In a surprising move, the Bulls will not renew the contract of lead assistant coach Ron Adams . Adams, in his second stint with the Bulls, came to Chicago following a successful run as Scott Brooks lead assistant in Oklahoma City. A longtime friend of Tom Thibodeau 's, Adams left the Thunder to be closer to his family, who remained in the Chicago area for school reasons following Adams first stint with the Bulls under Scott Skiles . According to sources, general manager Gar Forman made the decision, not Thibodeau. Forman informed Adams on Friday.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Cavs' Marreese Speights opts out of contract and will become free agent - by Eurobasket News

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting the Cavs' Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) has opted out of the last year of his contract and will test free agency. Speights, due to make $4.5 million in 2013-14, sparked a much needed resurgence from the Cavaliers bench when he was acquired along with Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) from Memphis back in January. In each of his first seven games as a Cavalier, Speights scored in double figures, including two double digit rebound games. He provided a much needed offensive option for Cleveland down in the paint, something Zeller and Thompson had been struggling to do consistently. Consistency also became Speights biggest issue. Speights would mentally check out for whole halves and even games at a time, constraining the talented big man to long stretches on the bench for Byron Scott. For as well as Speights started his career as a Cavalier he ended it equally as bad. While Speights was in double figures in each of his first seven games, he failed to hit that mark in any of his final seven games in the Wine and Gold.
Nonetheless Speights has shown he can play at a high level for extended stints and he should garner some interest on the free agent market. The $4.5 million he was set to make in the final year of his contract with the Cavs is most likely less than hell get on the open market. Also, with the Cavs using the first pick in the draft on power forward Anthony Bennett, Speights would have a hard time finding minutes in a rotation that is set to feature Bennett, Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas), Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82), and Tyler Zeller (7'0''-PF-90, college: N.Carolina). The Cavs still have a team option to decide on with CJ Miles and are expected to re-sign Wayne Ellington to a $3 million qualifying offer. With the departures of Speights and Miles, and the resigning of Ellington the Cavaliers would have just under $26 million in cap space this summer. Free agency begins Monday, July 1.
Courtesy of: waitingfornextyear.com



Wolves' Kirilenko opts out, becomes unrestricted free agent - by Eurobasket News

Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81) turned down $10.2 million guaranteed for next season for the right to negotiate, at age 32, a multi-year extension with any NBA team, including the Wolves. Kirilenko's agent, Marc Fleisher, said by text this morning that his client has decided to become a free agent. Kirilenko had until today to make up his mind on an option year for next season and he went down to the final day before deciding from the south of France. The Wolves still could re-sign their starting small forward from last season. Kirilenko is seeking a three- or four-year extension because he believes this might be the last chance to negotiate the last big contract of his career. You can bet Flip Saunders won't offer anything more than two years, and at a salary considerably less than $10 million. Kirilenko's decision now gives the Wolves the opton to use that money to pursue a starting small forward or shooting guard -- Dallas unrestrictred free agent O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) is a likely target -- through free agency or a trade. The team's selection of UCLA small forward Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-G/F-92) Thursday night was an indicator that Saunders believed Kirilenko would opt out. The NBA's free-agency period begins Sunday night at 11:01 p.m. Twin Cities time and Saunders has said the team's top priority is re-signing restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket). He also wants to re-sign unrestricted free agent Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona). Saunders said Friday he will be on the road Sunday recruiting and is expected to visit Budinger in San Diego early in the free-agency period. Don't be surprised if he's on the doorstep of Mayo or another free agent Sunday night. If Kirilenko had accepted the $10.2 million, Saunders said the Wolves said the Wolves would not have much money to improve the roster beyond trying to re-sign Pekovic and Budinger. Now he said it's possible the Wolves could clear enough money to make a free agent an offer beyond the $5 million mid-level salary exception slot. "There things that can be done," he said. "We're playing that out right now." They're trying to trade Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) and/or J.J. Barea to clear one of their $4 million-plus salaries and will waive backup center Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) before his $2.5 million contract becomes guaranteed for next season. If they can include Chris Johnson's contract -- David Kahn signed him for next season unannounced before he was fired in April -- they certainly will, too.
Courtesy of: startribune.com



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Former Charlotte 49er Clark transfers to Southern California - by Eurobasket News

Former Charlotte 49ers forward Darion Clark (6'6''-F), who left the program recently, is transferring to Southern California, Clark told the Observer. Clark will play for new Trojans coach Andy Enfield, who recruited him coming out of high school at Oak Hill (Va.) when Enfield was coach at Florida Gulf Coast. It was an easy decision for me, Clark said. I think USC is a place where I can really build a relationship with the coaches and I can work on my game and take it to the next level. Clark, who averaged 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds as a freshman last season, declined to get into specifics on why he elected to leave Charlotte, but did say his diminished playing time late in the season was a factor. Clark, a starter for much of the season, played a total of seven minutes in Charlottes two Atlantic 10 tournament games. That had something to do with it, Clark said. But from my end, Im not mad at anybody. A lot of stuff happened basketball-wise, and I knew I wasnt going to be as happy as I could be at Charlotte. It just wasnt as good a fit for me as I thought it would be. I got frustrated as the year went along. I just thought that if I was going to leave, I should leave early in my career so Ill have plenty of time to still play.Clark will sit out the 2013-14 season with the Trojans, who havent yet officially announced that Clark has signed with the program.
Courtesy of: charlotteobserver.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 12-2 
 2. OceanaGold N. 11-3 
 3. Nelson G. 11-4 
 4. Southland S. 10-3 
 5. Hub Jets 8-7 
 6. Taranaki MA 5-10 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 4-11 
 8. Waikato P. 2-12 
 9. Super City R. 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 28: Hub Jets - Southland S. 89-94
Jun. 29: HBS Bank Hawks - Nelson G. 86-88
Jun. 29: Taranaki MA - Super City R. 114-93
Jun. 25: Wellington S. - Super City R. 107-87
Jun. 28: Wellington S. - Nelson G. 104-99
Jun. 30: Waikato P. - Southland S.
Jun. 30: OceanaGold N. - Wellington S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Pace, Nelson G.22.8 
 2. Conklin, Southland21.7 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.21.7 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.21.3 
 5. Anthony, 36ers21.1 
 6. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Jones, Hub Jets19.9 
 8. Greene, HBS B.19.5 
 9. Hagan, Hub Jets19.3 
 10. Atkinson, Waika.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.7 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets13.9 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.7 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 5. Greene, HBS B.9.4 
 6. Anthony, 36ers8.7 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.6 
 8. Bailey, Super C.8.5 
 9. Markson, Wellingt.8.1 
 10. Vukona, Nelson G.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.1 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.9 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 5. Buck, Super City R.4.4 
 6. Webster, Waika.4.3 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.1 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.3.7 
 9. Boucher, Wellingt.3.4 
 10. Anderson, Taranak.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets3.1 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.8 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.5 
 4. Martin, Southlan.2.2 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.2.2 
 6. Webster, Waika.2.1 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 8. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 9. O''Riley, Super C.1.9 
 10. Buck, Super City1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.1 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.8 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
 5. Anthony, 36ers1.3 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.2 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.1 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.0.8 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.0.8 
 10. Dawson, Southlan.0.8 


Southland Sharks beat Waikato Pistons - by Monica Toretto

Waikato Piston played host to an on-fire Zero Fees Southland Sharks team earlier today as the Sharks faced their second game in as many days away from the safety of their vocal supporters in Invercargill's Shark Dome, although the team is currently showing the same brilliant form at home and away.
The starting 5 were Luke Martin (181-PG-81, college: UTEP), ReubenTe Rangi, Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown), James Paringatai (200-F-86) and Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis).
Coach Paul Henare has his team focused and ready to face anything that is thrown their way on the court and has created whispers in the halls of basketball around New Zealand as the Zero Fees Southland Sharks have shown everyone in recent months just what they are made of.
Although the Sharks trailed at the end of the first quarter, they came back fighting to be in front just after the start of the second quarter with Reuben Te Rangi (197-F-94) seemingly on a roll.
Leon Henry (202-F/G-85, college: S.Idaho JC) was not to be outdone and scored a 3 pointer to bring the Sharks lead to 36 against the Pistons' 32 with 4:08 left on the clock in the second quarter.
Reuben Te Rangi and Leon Henry both scored 10 points each in the first half of the game.
The beginning of the third quarter saw the score tied at 67 67.
Kevin Braswell, Leon Henry and Reuben Te Rangi quickly each made 2 points with Kevin Braswell following up with a 3 pointer. In the final quarter with 6.37 left, the Sharks lead by 11 points (Zero Fees Southland Sharks 82 - 71 Waikato Pistons).
3.07 left on the clock in the 4th quarter, Sharks are up 90 to 80 thanks to Brian Conklin's 2 point dunk.
With just 1:04 to go, the Zero Fees Southland Sharks lead increases to 14 to show 94 to 82. Dan Peck (196-G/F-88) got in on that action with a 2 point dunk.
The game finishes Waikato Pistons 85 - 96 Zero Fees Southland Sharks. Seven on the trot for this inform Zero Fees Southland Sharks team for which their home town of Invercargill will be very proud. Brian Conklin again showing his class with scoring 32, Reuben Te Rangi 20 and Kevin Braswell 19.




Sharks Sell Out & Win 6 In Row - by Monica Toretto

Much had been written in the main stream media about the game between Otago OceanaGold Nuggets and Zero Fees Southland Sharks. Not just because it was to be the Zero Fees Southland Sharks last home game for the season, but also because it was against their closest rivals in location. The media had been behind Otago OceanaGold Nuggets for the entire season, thankfully in Invercargill we do things a little different and we have just been concentrating on watching the Zero Fees Southland Sharks go from strength to strength, seen them play and watched them grow as a team. They are on a roll, with four straight wins behind them, and only one home loss this entire season. Not to mention the city of Invercargill got behind the team in the week leading up to this game with many businesses in town sporting orange window displays with a distinct Sharks theme. Several Zero Fees Southland Sharks players were seen walking around and visiting the businesses a few days prior to Friday nights thriller in the Shark Dome.
A sellout crowd filtered into Stadium Southland and the Otago OceanaGold Nuggets players got their first glimpses of what would await them. They werent just up against the in-form Zero Fees Southland Sharks team, they also had a rather vocal and buzzed up crowd to deal with a combination that soon proved to be lethal as the Zero Fees Southland Sharks took control early on and seemingly scored at will for the first two quarters. Otago OceanaGold Nuggets never got into their groove and by the end of the third quarter Sharks Reuben Te Rangi (197-F-94) had the crowd on their feet cheering with acrobatic slam dunks which was followed by team mate Leon Henry (202-F/G-85, college: S.Idaho JC)'s fantastic shot from well inside his own half that went in just as the buzzer went. The crowd of over 2,000 went absolutely mental.
Otago OceanaGold Nuggets on the other hand were left with mouths open wide in disbelief and failed to look anything remotely like the force to be reckoned with that they were made out to be by some in the main stream media in the weeks leading up to the game. According to the 'experts', the Zero Fees Southland Sharks should have been fish-food but instead they went on a feeding frenzy to finish the game a whopping 115-67.
Those who have been turning out game after game to watch and support the Zero Fees Southland Sharks were ecstatic but also able to say that they weren't actually too surprised that their team won in such grand style. If you had been watching, you would have seen the team grow stronger, in tune and operate as a unit long before this final home game - those who had faith and belief were able to walk out with their head held ever so proudly high. Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis) 27, Reuben Te Rangi 19, Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) 17.

And as for the other bit of 'expert' opinion, you know the one where the Zero Fees Southland Sharks find it difficult to win on the road? Yeah, right - look at the history and eat your words, if you don't the Sharks certainly will as the away game against the Manawatu Jets showed just a few days ago, and this is where the six in a row comes in:

The Zero Fees Southland Sharks proved how strong they are when they hit the road this weekend for another two away games. Their first stop in Manawatu proved lucrative and something of a boost for the team. Friday nights game was one of growth for the Zero Fees Southland Sharks as they had to come from behind to win in the last minute and a half of the game with 94 to 89. The Zero Fees Southland Sharks weren't too far behind the entire game, but had to play catch up the whole time. Their strength in character shone through though as at one stage they were behind by 16 points but didn't give up or lay down in defeat, they kept fighting. At the end of the first quarter the score line read Manawatu Jets 20 - 12 Zero Fees Southland Sharks. The fans at home no doubt biting their finger nails and shaking their heads as the gap opened up to have the Jets leading by 11. Those of stronger faith silently watching the score line creep up in favour of the Southland team knowing they're made of stern stuff and a comeback is not unheard of and by half time that faith proved correct with the Manawatu Jets 39 36 Zero Fees Southland Sharks. The gap had closed to Manawatu Jets 61- 55 Sharks. The Zero Fees Southland Sharks came out fighting at the start of the fourth quarter and quickly scored 3 points but the Jets also responded to keep their noses just in front.
When the score line was 89 - 89 with just 1.16 minute to go, it obviously could have gone either way, but that's when Zero Fees Southland Sharks Leon Henry scored 3 points with a mere 28 seconds left on the clock. From then it was as we say here "all over red rover". Oh, and that makes it six wins in a row for the Zero Fees Southland Sharks.
Kevin Braswell 20, Leon Henry 19, Brian Conklin 19.
The next away game is against the Waikato Pistons, June 30th, 2013.




NBL round 11 wrap - by Mike Lacey

A remarkable final quarter meltdown by the Palmerston North Jets handed the Southland Sharks the last remaining semi final berth for the 2013 NBL season.
With 4:56 remaining, the Jets appeared to not only have the game completely under control but it also looked possible they could turn around the 29 points differential the Sharks had established by winning the first encounter 110-81 earlier in the month. Sharks coach Paul Henare called a time out at that point, his team trailing 84-68 and in need of some inspiration. Whatever was said had the desired effect as the Sharks piled in a remarkable 26 points in the remaining minutes and held the Jets to just 5 points of their own. Leon Henry (19pts) and Kevin Braswell (20pts) made nine points apiece during the run, the Sharks hitting a collective 82% (28/34) from the free throw line.
Earlier it looked as if Chris Hagan (27pts) and Marcel Jones (20pts) were pacing the home side to the win they required to keep their season alive but when the Jets key player Nick Horvath (11pts/15rebounds) fouled out with six minutes remaining the Sharks sensed an opportunity and pounced. The Sharks now look forward to a trip to the play-offs, the Jets reflect on a campaign that promised much but returned very little.
The other Friday night game pitched the third placed Nelson Giants up against the league leading Wellington Saints in the capital. The Saints were dealt a major blow before the game, point guard Lindsay Tait sidelined with a suspected broken thumb. Despite this set back the Saints were able to overcome the Giants, who had beaten them by a single point in round four.
The Giants were ahead by a single point at quarter time but it was the Saints with the advantage at the main break 55-48. Rick Rickert is looking like a terrific late season pick up for the Saints, he was virtually unstoppable in the low post scoring a game high 33 points at 81% from the field (13/16) plus 15 rebounds. Corey Webster (32pts/5 assists) more than covered the points shortfall created by the absence of Tait and Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) also had a strong game contributing 9 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists.
The Saints had built a healthy 99-84 advantage with just 3:30 remaining and appeared to be cruising to victory but Nelson caused a few anxious moments for the good crowd at TSB Arena by scoring a quick ten points courtesy of Mika Vukona (21pts) and Josh Pace (23pts) to reduce the deficit to four points entering the final minute. However, Webster and Frank scored a brace of free throws each to enable the Saints to close out the game.
The Giants travelled north to Napier for a game against the HBS Bank Hawks and despite their loss twenty four hours earlier started the stronger of the two teams, establishing a 24-18 first quarter advantage. Josh Pace (32pts/9rebounds) was a constant thorn in the side of the Hawks and aided by Mika Vukona (14pts/10rebounds) the visitors established a valuable 56-44 advantage. The Hawks, who had inflicted on Nelson their only home loss of the season back in round eight, had much the better of the third quarter as Everard Bartlett (17pts) and Brian Greene (19pts) found their range, The Bay slightly ahead, 68-66 with ten minutes to play. With 4:17 remaining they still lead 77-74 but baskets from Vukona, Pace and Erron Maxey re-established the Giants advantage. Brian Greene nailed a three with just over a minute left to tie the scores, Pace and Bartlett exchanged baskets before a typical athletic two points from Pace edged the Giants ahead in the closing seconds. Bartlett had the last shot of the game to win it for the Hawks on the buzzer but the near miss rather summed up the Hawks season, just four victories when much more was expected.
In New Plymouth Jack Leasure put on a show for the home fans scoring 33 points (14 from 22 from the field) to help his side to a 114-93 victory over the bottom placed James Blond Super City Rangers. Leasure was ably assisted by fellow import Kenny Gabriel (22pts/11rebounds). Brad Anderson and Ethan Rusbatch continued their recent fine form with 16 points each as the Taranaki Mountain Airs improved their record to 5-10.
Once again the Rangers had little trouble scoring, Duane Bailey had a season best 23 points, Carl Buck and Houston ORiley 18 points apiece and Patrich Bolstad 12 points and nine rebounds but their defensive frailty has been their achilles heal all season as they have given up 97.7 points per game.
The feature game of the round pitched first versus second on the ladder, the table topping Wellington Saints visiting the Otago Nuggets. The hosts shaded the first quarter 19-16, centre Antoine Tisby contributing eight early points, his battle with Saints big man Rick Rickert one of the key match ups of the encounter. Mark Dickel gifted Corey Webster a couple of free throws early in the second quarter courtesy of a technical foul and when Webster nailed a three point attempt followed by another pair of freebies the Saints had regained the initiative, 32-26. The Nuggets endured a barren four minutes in which they failed to score but the Saints collected eleven unanswered points before Akeem Wright broke the drought. The Saints were once again without injured playmaker Lindsay Tait but at half time they were travelling nicely without him, ahead 47-29, a massive twenty one points swing in just ten minutes. The Nuggets did make a better fist of things in the third quarter shading it by two points but they never looked like threatening the Saints who took out the win 97-72 and with it the regular season title. Tisby (22pts/13 rebounds) was outstanding for the Nuggets but the usually high scoring duo, BJ Antony and Akeem Wright were not at their best scoring 12 points and 11 points respectively. Once again Rick Rickert recorded a double double of 11 points and 16 rebounds, Casey Frank posted 18 points and Corey Webster had 21 points although his 6 from 18 from the floor was not up to his usual high percentage shooting.
In the final game of the round the lowly Waikato Pistons entertained the Southland Sharks in Hamilton. The Sharks, on a five game winning streak were trailing 41-38 at half time but had locked the scores at 67 all at three-quarter time before dominating the final quarter to win 96-85. A 13-2 surge by the Sharks to open the final stanza put paid to the Pistons resistance for whom Tai Webster scored twenty points. Fellow youngsters Anamata Haku (13pts/6rebounds) and Marco Alexander (14pts/8rebounds) also made useful contributions. Brian Conklin, a contender for this seasons MVP title scored 32 points at 86% from the field (12 from 14), Reuben Te Rangi was prominent with 20 points and Kevin Braswell and Leon Henry were also in double figures.
With just one round to go the semi finalists are already established, Wellington Saints (13-2), Otago Nuggets (11-4), Nelson Giants (11-4) and Southland Sharks (11-3). The Sharks play both the Saints and the Giants next weekend perhaps hoping they can move up into second or third spot thereby avoiding Wellington in the semi final a week later.




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Stankovic Cup: Argentina defeat Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Nigeria 71:54

Argentina claimed the second straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in Lanzhou. They knocked down Nigeria for 2-1 record. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) stepped up with 14 points for the winners. Nigeria fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Argentina eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Nigeria erased the deficit in the second frame. The African powerhouse tied things up at 31-all after twenty minutes of action. Argentina regained control in the third term. The Latin American team limited Nigeria to 14 points in the period and surged ahead for a 53:45 advantage. Argentina outgunned their opponents 18:9 in the fourth quarter and secured the win at the end. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) accounted for 13 points, while Selem Safar (190-SG-87) and Marcos Delia (206-C-92) added 7 points each for the winners. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, agency: Interperformances) and Abubakar Usman (192-G-86) responded with 15 points each for Nigeria.

Argentina: Adrian Boccia 14, Juan Gutierrez 13, Selem Safar 7, Marcos Delia 7
Nigeria: Stan Okoye 15, Abubakar Usman 15



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Japan topple Philippines in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Philippines 83:76

Japan overcame Philippines in the exhibition clash at the Sendai Xebio Arena. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Japan ensured a quick start. The hosts jumped to a 23:9 lead after ten minutes. But Philippines narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at halftime 25:32. Philippines dominated the boards and kept Japans lead in jeopardy. But the hosts managed to eke out a tough win at the end. Naoto Tsuji (185-G/F-89) provided 14 points for the hosts. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) had 11 points in the victory. Chris Blake (201-F) responded with game-high 27 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for Philippines.
It was the second game of the exhibition series. Japan celebrated 86:67 victory on Friday. The teams are scheduled to meet again tomorrow.



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Harris, Ponce20.2 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.9 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.6 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.9 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.6 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Mayaguez17.4 
 9. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.4 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.4 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.4 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo9.3 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.6 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.4 
 8. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 9. Mata, Quebradillas8.2 
 10. Balkman, Guayama8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.7 
 3. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.3 
 4. Hinson, Guayama5.2 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Clemente, Humacao4.6 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Diaz, Arecibo1.5 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Uter, Humacao1.5 
 6. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 7. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 9. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Stankovic Cup: Australia earn third straight win in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Puerto Rico 72:68

Australia registered the third straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in China. They held off Puerto Rico to stay perfect. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) topscored for the Emerging Boomers once again with 14 points. Puerto Rico fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Australia dominated in the first half. The Aussies built a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. The Emerging Boomers maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 39:31 halftime lead. Australia deepened the margin in the third period. They held Puerto Rico to just 12 points in the quarter to gain a 14-point lead before the fourth frame. Puerto Rico went on a desperate rescue rally in the final stanza but came up short at the end. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) had 12 points, while Mick Young contributed 11 points for the winners. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) responded with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) and Gary Browne (185-G-92) chipped in 14 points each in the loss.

Australia: Cameron Bairstow 14, Jason Cadee 12, Mickey Young 11
Puerto Rico: Derick Beltran 16, Carlos Lopez-Sosa 14, Gary Browne 14



Wins for Leones, Cangrejeros, Piratas and Indios - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce, Cangrejeros de Santurce, Piratas de Quebradillas and Indios de Mayaguez won on Friday as part of the Quarterfinals.

Leones defeated Capitanes de Arecibo 82-72 to put the series 2-1 in their favor. Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) scored 26 points, Ike Diogu 18 and Mike Rosario 17 for Ponce.

Capitanes started the game with an 8-0 run and dominated the first half 38-29. They made the extra pass offensively to find the open shooter and did a great job defensively to hold the hosts.

The second half was a different story as Ponce started making their long distance shots and Harris started to dominate in all aspects of the game. Harris made a three to give Ponce a 69-66 lead with 4:29 left and that basket started an 11-0 run that sealed the win.

Angel Daniel Vassallo scored 20 points and Guillermo Diaz added 15 for Arecibo. The series continue on Sunday in Arecibo.

Cangrejeros de Santurce edged Mets de Guaynabo 95-93 as Wilfredo Pagan made a bucket as time expired to give his team the win.

Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) netted 39 points, David Jackson 22 and Joseph Jones 11 for Santurce who takes a 2-1 series lead.

Mets were led by Christian Dalmau with 35 and Larry Ayuso who added 27. They continue Sunday in Guaynabo.

Piratas de Quebradillas took a 2-0 lead as they beat Caciques-Gigantes 67-62. Quebradillas made a 7-2 run in the final minute to close it out. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, college: St.Louis) scored 17 points and David Huertas 16 for Piratas.

Ricardo Marsh netted 16 for Caciques-Gigantes. It was reported after the game that their head coach Omar Gonzalez was fired.

Indios de Mayaguez tied the series 1-1 after dominating Brujos de Guayama 80-58. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) scored 20 points and Gary Wilkinson 11 with 11 boards for the winners.

The games for Saturday, June 29 are:

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



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BC Khimky announced Nikita Balashov for 2013/2014 season - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimky announced Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) for 2013/2014 season. The player will move from Krasnie Krilya Samara. In 15 PBL games he recorded 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the EuroChallenge championship. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention. Balashov also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.3ppg and 4.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The 2011/2012 season Balashov played also at Krasnie Krilya. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games he averaged 5.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup. Balashov also played 2 games in EuroChallenge but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 block. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg.
Nikita Balashov has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Balashov was a member of both Senior and University National Teams this year and previously for University National Team in 2013. He also represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago. Balashov's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 52.9%.



Spartak St.Petersburg brings back Evgeny Voytyuk - by Eurobasket News

Spartak St.Petersburg added Evgeny Voytyuk (200-F-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) for the next season. He played last at Severstal Cherepovec. It is actually his comeback to Spartak St.Petersburg as he played here before. He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 11 Superleague games he had 12.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. Voytyuk also played at Spartak St.Petersburg earlier that season.
Voytyuk also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded just 1.0ppg. He also played 4 games in VTB United League but he recorded only 0.8ppg. The other team Voytyuk played that season for was Spartak St.Petersburg U23 (U23 Youth League). In 11 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg. His team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2012. Voytyuk represented Russia at the European Championships U16 in Rethimnon (Greece) six years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg.



Serbia University Team beat Russia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Serbia University Team- Russia University Team 75:71

Serbia University Team beat Russia University Team in Belgrade. The home side won the first game 75:71. Both teams will meet again on Sunday in Smederev.
Serbia opened the game with 22:19, but Russia dominated the second frame. The guests needed an 18-10 surge to take 5 points lead at the halftime. Moreover Russia added 24-17 rally in the third period and enjoyed 12-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Serbia however managed to erupt with a 26-10 surge and grabbed the win.
Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Zivanovic netted 12. Dokic and Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) delivered 9 points each. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) finished the game with 11 points in defeat, whilst Kvostov and Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) had 10 each. Grigorjev followed them with 8 points.

Serbia University Team: Djordje Drenovac 19, Zivanovic 12, Dokic 9, Nikola Kalinic 9
Russia University Team: Semen Antonov 11, Kvostov 10, Dmitry Kulagin 10, Grigorjev 8



Unics keep Belarusian Vladimir Veremeenko - by Eurobasket News

Unics keep Belarusian Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) for the next season. The player will enter his 8th straight season with the team. In 13 PBL games he averaged 8.5ppg and 4.6rpg. Veremeenko also played 14 games in Eurocup where he had 8.0ppg and 4.4rpg. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he had 8.2ppg and 5.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Similarly like in the last season, Khimky also played in three different competitions in year 2011, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games he had 10.6ppg and 6.6rpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team. Veremeenko also played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 8.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Veremeenko also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 7.8ppg, 4.2rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Vladimir Veremeenko was also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Veremeenko played for Belarusian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2007 and previously for U18 National Team in 2000. He also represented Belarus at the European Championships U20 in Brno nine years ago.



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

Turkey U20 - Russia U20 82:61

Turkey improved at 3-1 record at the Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They rallied past Russian counterparts. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) chipped in 15 points to lead the winners.
Turkey opened the game with six straight points. Russia however answered with an 18:4 run to spur ahead. They ensured a 24:20 lead at the first intermission. However Turkey nailed seven straight points at the start of the second term to take the lead. The hosts boosted the margin quickly ensuring a 41:30 halftime advantage. Ramazan Tekin helped the home side to a 21-point lead midway through the third term. Turkey entered the fourth period up by twenty 66:46. The hosts never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Merthan Mutlu (94) and Bulut Altin (187-PG-93) nailed 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) notched 12 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) had 11 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 15, Merthan Mutlu 11, Bulut Altin 11
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 12, Denis Zakharov 11



Serbia U18 posts the second straight win in Bor - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Russia U18 79:56

Serbia U18 posts the second straight win in Bor at the International Tournament with 4 teams. The home side overcame Russia U18 79:56 for 2-0 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.
Both teams scored 18 points each in the first period. The second frame was decisive in the game as Serbia pushed the tempo and produced a 25-8 surge. Russia managed to win the third period 19-18, while Serbia closed the game with an 18-11 rally.
Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Veljkovic netted 11. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) delivered 10, while Bozidar Babovic (178-PG-95) notched 9. Martinov finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort and Zulkov had 7. Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Starateljev followed them with 6 points each.

Serbia U18: Vasilije Vucetic 17, Veljkovic 11, Rade Zagorac 10, Bozidar Babovic 9
Russia U18: Martinov 15, Zulkov 7, Ivan Viktorov 6, Starateljev 6



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U19 World Championship: Serbia thump Senegal to win Group C - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Senegal U19 80:49

Serbia claimed the third consecutive win at the U19 World Championship in Czech Republic. They defeated Senegal to occupy the top position in Group C. Senegal slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
It was all about Serbia in this one. The European side piled up a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Serbia extended the margin in the second quarter. They raced to a 44:26 halftime lead. Serbia kept Senegal at bay throughout the third period. They accumulated a 58:35 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points to pace the winners. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) nailed 12 points apiece in the victory. Abdoulaye Ndoye (210-C-95) responded with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Senegal. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) netted 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia U19: Mihajlo Andric 13, Vasilije Micic 12, Nikola Jankovic 12
Senegal U19: Abdoulaye Ndoye 11+10 boards, Pape Diatta 9+10 boards



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Serbia University Team beat Russia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Serbia University Team- Russia University Team 75:71

Serbia University Team beat Russia University Team in Belgrade. The home side won the first game 75:71. Both teams will meet again on Sunday in Smederev.
Serbia opened the game with 22:19, but Russia dominated the second frame. The guests needed an 18-10 surge to take 5 points lead at the halftime. Moreover Russia added 24-17 rally in the third period and enjoyed 12-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Serbia however managed to erupt with a 26-10 surge and grabbed the win.
Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Zivanovic netted 12. Dokic and Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) delivered 9 points each. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) finished the game with 11 points in defeat, whilst Kvostov and Dmitry Kulagin (197-F-92) had 10 each. Grigorjev followed them with 8 points.

Serbia University Team: Djordje Drenovac 19, Zivanovic 12, Dokic 9, Nikola Kalinic 9
Russia University Team: Semen Antonov 11, Kvostov 10, Dmitry Kulagin 10, Grigorjev 8



Serbia U18 posts the second straight win in Bor - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Russia U18 79:56

Serbia U18 posts the second straight win in Bor at the International Tournament with 4 teams. The home side overcame Russia U18 79:56 for 2-0 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.
Both teams scored 18 points each in the first period. The second frame was decisive in the game as Serbia pushed the tempo and produced a 25-8 surge. Russia managed to win the third period 19-18, while Serbia closed the game with an 18-11 rally.
Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Veljkovic netted 11. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) delivered 10, while Bozidar Babovic (178-PG-95) notched 9. Martinov finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort and Zulkov had 7. Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Starateljev followed them with 6 points each.

Serbia U18: Vasilije Vucetic 17, Veljkovic 11, Rade Zagorac 10, Bozidar Babovic 9
Russia U18: Martinov 15, Zulkov 7, Ivan Viktorov 6, Starateljev 6



Turgut Atakol Tournament: France hand Serbia first defeat - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Serbia U20 59:52

France claimed the third victory at the Turgut Atakol Tournament. They outgunned as both teams are now tied at 3-1 record on top of the standings.
France opened the game on a 12:2 rally. Serbia cut the deficit but still trailed 14:18 at the end of the first frame. France maintained the lead throughout the second period. Les Bleus went into the dressing room leading by 9 points 35:26. Serbia used a 10:0 run late in the third term to gain a 43:42 lead. However Paul Turpin capped the quarter with a jumper to make it 44:43 for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) and Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) extended the margin to 6 points early in the fourth frame. Serbia never got closer than five points throughout the final period and surrendered at the end. Livio Jean-Charles finished with 20 points to pace France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh added 15 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) answered with 20 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points in the defeat.

France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 20, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 15, Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) 9
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 20, Nenad Miljenovic 15



U19 World Championship: Serbia thump Senegal to win Group C - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Senegal U19 80:49

Serbia claimed the third consecutive win at the U19 World Championship in Czech Republic. They defeated Senegal to occupy the top position in Group C. Senegal slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
It was all about Serbia in this one. The European side piled up a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Serbia extended the margin in the second quarter. They raced to a 44:26 halftime lead. Serbia kept Senegal at bay throughout the third period. They accumulated a 58:35 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points to pace the winners. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) nailed 12 points apiece in the victory. Abdoulaye Ndoye (210-C-95) responded with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Senegal. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) netted 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia U19: Mihajlo Andric 13, Vasilije Micic 12, Nikola Jankovic 12
Senegal U19: Abdoulaye Ndoye 11+10 boards, Pape Diatta 9+10 boards



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  SLOVENIA   


Spain claim the second straight win at Logrono Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Slovenia U20 77:67

Spanish U20 National Team recorded the second straight win at the start of the international friendly tournament in Logrono. The hosts shot down Slovenian counterparts for 2-0 record. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Spaniards. Slovenia fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Spain quickly surged ahead in this one. They accumulated a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia responded with a 10:0 run to erase the deficit. The teams eventually arrived at halftime tied at 32. Spain went on an 11:0 run in the third term to open a double-digit lead. They kept Slovenia at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) produced 19 points, while Guillem Vives (190-F/G-93) finished with 11 points for the winners. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) and Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) answered with 16 points apiece for Slovenia.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 21, Jaime Fernandez 19, Guillem Vives 11
Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 16, Tomaz Bolcina 16



Slovenia U18 split first two games in Vonitsa - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian U18 National Team split opening games at the international tournament in Vonitsa, Greece.
Slovenia snatched a tough 67:65 victory over German counterparts in the opener. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) scored 16 points to lead the winners. The teams were knotted up at 36 after twenty minutes. Germany put their noses in front 52:51 at the final break. But Slovenia managed to eke out a narrow win at the end. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) delivered 13 points, while Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) and Jan Novak (185-PG-95) had 11 points each for the winners.
Next Slovenia took on Bulgarian counterparts. Bulgaria dominated throughout the first three quarters. They registered a 40:29 halftime lead. Bulgaria stretched the gap at 17-point mark at the final break. Slovenia erupted for 32 points in the fourth period but lost 75:82 at the end. Matic Rebec fired 33 points to lead Slovenia. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) had 14 points in the losing case.



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U19 World Championship: Canada gain crucial win over South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - South Korea U19 93:75

Canada recorded the first win at the U19 World Championship in Prague. They toppled South Korea to claim the third position in Group A. South Korea in the meantime suffered the third straight loss and got eliminated from the title race. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) nailed 26 points to lead the North Americans.
Canada exploded with 27 points in the first period to surge ahead. They led by four after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Canada managed to secure a 4-point lead at the interval. The remained within striking distance throughout the third period. Canada entered the fourth period with a slim 4-point advantage. But they quickly boosted the margin to double figures and marched to the win at the end. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) notched 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) and Junghyeon Park (202-C-96) dropped 12 points each for South Korea.

Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 26, Trey Lyles 21+11 boards, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 11
South Korea U19: Heo Hoon 12, Junghyeon Park 12



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  SPAIN   


Spain claim the second straight win at Logrono Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Slovenia U20 77:67

Spanish U20 National Team recorded the second straight win at the start of the international friendly tournament in Logrono. The hosts shot down Slovenian counterparts for 2-0 record. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Spaniards. Slovenia fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Spain quickly surged ahead in this one. They accumulated a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia responded with a 10:0 run to erase the deficit. The teams eventually arrived at halftime tied at 32. Spain went on an 11:0 run in the third term to open a double-digit lead. They kept Slovenia at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) produced 19 points, while Guillem Vives (190-F/G-93) finished with 11 points for the winners. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) and Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) answered with 16 points apiece for Slovenia.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 21, Jaime Fernandez 19, Guillem Vives 11
Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 16, Tomaz Bolcina 16



U19 World Championship: Spain beat Croatia to win Group A - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Croatia U19 86:76

Spain clinched the top position in Group A of the U19 World Championship in Prague. They overcame Croatia today to enter the Second Stage with a perfect record. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 14 points to lead the winners.
Spain set the tone early in the game. They capped the opening quarter on a 17:5 rally to take a 25:15 lead at the first break. Croatia quickly erased the deficit and Mustapic put them in front 33:32. Croatia ensured a 40:39 halftime advantage. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term before Spain ignited a 12:2 rally and pulled ahead. They claimed a 64:57 advantage at the final intermission. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) dragged Croatia within one 71:72 midway through the fourth period. However Spain capped the regulation on a 10:3 run to seal the victory. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) netted 12 points, while Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) dropped 13 in the win. Dario Saric answered with 23 points and 14 boards for Croatia. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) had 22 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U19: Dario Brizuela 14, Edgar Vicedo 13, Josep Perez 12
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 23+14 boards, Mislav Brzoja 22



Ingles leaves FCB Regal - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Australian international small forward Joe Ingles (203-98kg-87, agency: Priority Sports) left Regal FC Barcelona (ACB). In 32 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg this season. He helped them to make it to both league and supercup final. Ingles also played 29 games in Euroleague where he had 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four. Ingles played there also last season. In 38 ACB games he had 5.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the supercup. Ingles also played 21 games in Euroleague where he had 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention award in 2012. Ingles represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 62.8%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.7%.
Ingles has played previously professionally in Australia (Bulleen Boomers, Noarlunga City Southern Tigers, Australian Institute Sport and S.Dragons).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: The typical "point forward", who improves every team game thanks to his court vision and great passing skills. He's also a great offensive player, who brings leadership on the court and who wants the ball in the clutch moments of any game. Runs very well the court and he's almost unstoppable when he goes inside. Thanks to his long arms, he is very effective at the defensive side, and can grab a lot of rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Triguero left Cajasol - by Eurobasket News

30-year old center Juan Triguero (208-113kg-83) left Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (ACB). In 32 games he recorded 5.1ppg and 5.0rpg this season. Triguero also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.3ppg and 4.1rpg. He played there also last season. In 36 ACB games he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Triguero's team won Spanish LEB1 Cup in 2006. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB1 All-Defensive Team back in 2006.
Triguero was a member of Spanish U20 National Team in 2002.
He has played previously for four other Spain teams: UCAM Murcia, Gandia Basquet, La Palma and Plasencia Extremadura.
On Triguero: A solid inside player who who is finally reaching the performing level he was expected to, considering his physical and athletic skills. A late bloomer who can surprise again.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SWEDEN   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Bogdan Radosavljevic leads Germany past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Sweden U20 77:74

Germany claimed the second win at the prestigious Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They held off Sweden for 2-2 record. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) came up with 19 points to lead the winners. Sweden fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Germany used a 10:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 20:13 lead. They secured a 24:18 advantage after ten minutes. Sweden erased the deficit early in the second period but Germany recovered and posted a 38:35 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third term however Germany ensured a 54:49 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Max Merz and David Brembly (197-G/F-93) opened a double-digit lead for Germany early in the fourth frame. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) and Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) dragged Sweden back into the contest. The Scandinavian team tied things up at 68 with under two minutes remaining. Marcus Eriksson put Sweden in front 70:68 but Bogdan Radosavljevic hit three free throws to regain the lead for Germany. Max Merz followed with two more freebies to give Germany a 73:70 lead. Tobias Borg narrowed the gap with a pair of free throws however Max Merz and Bogdan Radosavljevic went perfect from the line in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Germany. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) finished with 10 points, while David Brembly added 9 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson responded with 17 points for Sweden. Nick Spires (209-PF-94) and Tobias Borg had 15 points each in the losing effort.

Germany: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19, Leon Tolksdorf 10, David Brembly 9
Sweden: Marcus Eriksson 17, Nick Spires 15, Tobias Borg 15



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  TUNISIA   


U16 AfroBasket: Gannouni Achref leads Tunisia past Madagascar - by Eurobasket News

Madagascar U16-Tunisia U16 48:74

Gannouni Achref leads Tunisia past Madagascar in the last game of Day 2 U16 AfroBasket. Tunisia started with a confident 74:48 win for 1-0 record. Madagascar meanwhile dropped at 1-1 record after two games played.
Both teams nailed 8 points each in the opening tip, while Tunisia won the first period 19:11. They increased to 26:16 midway through the second period and led 34:25 at the halftime. Madagascar cut it to 42:37 in the third frame but Tunisia needed another push for 52:42 after thirty minutes. They team erupted in the last stanza and managed to win by 26 points.
GANNOUNI ACHREF top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while JAOUADI JAOUHAR netted 14. HAJRI MAHMOUD and SAIDANI YOUNES brought 10 point each as the latter also added 14 rebounds. RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and RAHAJANIAINA ORLANDO poured in 7. RAMANAMPISOA EDDY, RANDRIANARIVELO KENNY and RABARIJOELIN KIADY collected 6 points each.

Madagascar U16: RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 15, RAHAJANIAINA ORLANDO 7, RAMANAMPISOA EDDY 6, RANDRIANARIVELO KENNY 6, RABARIJOELIN KIADY 6+12 rebs
Tunisia U16: GANNOUNI ACHREF 25+10 rebs, JAOUADI JAOUHAR 14, HAJRI MAHMOUD 10, SAIDANI YOUNES 10+14 rebs



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  TURKEY   


Latvia U18 beat Turkey U18 in Nida - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18-Turkey U18 68:63

Latvia U18 beat Turkey U18 in Nida as both teams continue their preparation for European Championship. The Baltic side had a good start and finished with a 68:63 win.
Latvia U18 won the first period 21-10 and led 9 points at the halftime. Turkey looked better in the second half and did their best to catch up with the opponents. They won the third period 14-11 and finished the game with 21-20. It was not however enough to seal the victory.
Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) nailed 14. Davis Geks (191-SG-95) delivered 11, whilst Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) added 7. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) notched 15 points in defeat and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) scored 12.

Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 21, Kristaps Porzingis 14 Davis Geks 11, Kristaps Gluditis 7
Turkey U18: Okben Ulubay 15, Emircan Kosut 12



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

Turkey U20 - Russia U20 82:61

Turkey improved at 3-1 record at the Turgut Atakol Tournament in Istanbul. They rallied past Russian counterparts. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) chipped in 15 points to lead the winners.
Turkey opened the game with six straight points. Russia however answered with an 18:4 run to spur ahead. They ensured a 24:20 lead at the first intermission. However Turkey nailed seven straight points at the start of the second term to take the lead. The hosts boosted the margin quickly ensuring a 41:30 halftime advantage. Ramazan Tekin helped the home side to a 21-point lead midway through the third term. Turkey entered the fourth period up by twenty 66:46. The hosts never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Merthan Mutlu (94) and Bulut Altin (187-PG-93) nailed 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-C-93) notched 12 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) had 11 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 15, Merthan Mutlu 11, Bulut Altin 11
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 12, Denis Zakharov 11



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  UKRAINE   


France U18 rout Ukraine U18 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

France U18-Ukraine U18 80:62

France U18 rout Ukraine U18 in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Bor. France improved to 2-0 record after an 80:62 win.
In another game Serbia U18 posts the second straight win in Bor at the International Tournament with 4 teams. The home side overcame Russia U18 79:56 for 2-0 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.



Ukraine U20 roll past Bulgaria U20 at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Bulgaria U20 84:68

Ukrainian U20 National Team celebrated the first win at the international friendly tournament in Italy. They knocked down Bulgaria to improve at 1-1 record. Sergiy Zagreba (213-C-94) banked 16 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Ukraine confidently opened the game. They went on a 23:13 run in the first ten minutes. Ukraine kept their opponents at distance throughout the second period. They accumulated a 40:27 halftime advantage. Ukraine exploded with 28 points in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 24 points. Bulgaria dropped 24 points in the fourth period but it was too late to save the game. Anatoliy Shundel (190-PG-93) and Oleksandr Furs (202-PF-93) netted 14 points each for Ukraine. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) answered with 14 points for Bulgaria. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) dropped 12 points in the losing effort.

Ukraine U20: Sergiy Zagreba 16, Anatoliy Shundel 14, Oleksandr Furs 14
Bulgaria U20: Aleks Simeonov 14, Tencho Tenchev 12



Georgia U20 roll past Ukraine U20 in Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U20 - Ukraine U20 63:55

Georgia U20 opened the Torneo di Domegge with victory. They prevailed against Ukraine in the opener. Otar Pkhakadze (183-PG-93) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Georgia will next take on hosting Italy, while Ukraine will face Bulgaria.
Georgia got to a confident start. They cleared off to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine slowed down their opponents in the next period. But the gap remained the same as Georgia led 34:26 at the interval. Ukraine cut the deficit by one point heading into the fourth period down by 7 points. Georgia and Ukraine exchanged baskets throughout the fourth term as David Ustiashvili team marched to the victory. Revaz Rogava (185-G-93) netted 11 points, while Irakli Mikeladze (180-PG-94) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Oleksandr Furs (202-PF-93) responded with 14 points for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) and Anatoliy Shundel (190-PG-93) had 10 points each in the loss.

Georgia U20: Otar Pkhakadze 24, Revaz Rogava 11, Irakli Mikeladze 9
Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Furs 14, Klym Artamonov 10, Anatoliy Shundel 10



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain U20 wins two games against Finland U20 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20 wins two games against Finland U20. At first Great Britain U20 posted a 96:92 win in overtime. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top scored with 27 points, while Nick Lewis had 17 and Rowell Graham (197-F-94) added 19 points and 12 rebounds.
In the second game Great Britain U20 posted a 77:63 win. They won the first period 17-7 and led 34-23 at the halftime. Van Oostrum top scored again with 21 points, followed by Don with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Graham contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Hart also added 9 points for GB. Topias Palmi, Joonas Caven and Joonas Lehtoranta scored 13 points each in defeat Joni Herrala nailed 6 and Orlando Taylor (205-C-94) brought 5.



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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jun. 29: Stockholmo - Colon 86-89
Jun. 29: Welcome - Yale 83-55
Jun. 28: Guruyu Waston - 25 de Agosto 79-72
Jun. 28: Verdirrojo - Urunday Univ. 78-69
Jun. 29: Cader - Capitol 115-96
Jun. 29: Marne - Larre Borges


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League 13th round
Guruyu Waston 79 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 25 pts. 17 reb. 4 assists, Abel Agarbado (172-PG-93) 13 pts. 2 reb. 9 assists, Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72) 13 pts. 3 reb.
25 de Agosto 72 - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 26 pts. 14 reb. Andres Ferres (197-F-85) 18 pts. 9 reb. 2 blocks 4 assists.
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Verdirrojo 78 - Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) 34 pts. 7 reb. Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) 20 pts. 10 reb. Nicolas Delgado (198-F-87) 16 pts. 9 reb.
Urunday Universitario 69 - Jose Mackiewicz (201-F-79) 16 pts 4 reb. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 13 pts. 8 reb. 2 blocks
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Tha game Marne - Larre Borges was posponed with 5.37 minutes sitill to be played due to humidity on the court. Marne was winning 59-58.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


BC Khimky announced Nikita Balashov for 2013/2014 season - by Eurobasket News

BC Khimky announced Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) for 2013/2014 season. The player will move from Krasnie Krilya Samara. In 15 PBL games he recorded 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the EuroChallenge championship. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention. Balashov also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.3ppg and 4.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The 2011/2012 season Balashov played also at Krasnie Krilya. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games he averaged 5.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup. Balashov also played 2 games in EuroChallenge but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 block. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg.
Nikita Balashov has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Balashov was a member of both Senior and University National Teams this year and previously for University National Team in 2013. He also represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago. Balashov's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 52.9%.



Spartak St.Petersburg brings back Evgeny Voytyuk - by Eurobasket News

Spartak St.Petersburg added Evgeny Voytyuk (200-F-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) for the next season. He played last at Severstal Cherepovec. It is actually his comeback to Spartak St.Petersburg as he played here before. He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 11 Superleague games he had 12.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. Voytyuk also played at Spartak St.Petersburg earlier that season.
Voytyuk also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded just 1.0ppg. He also played 4 games in VTB United League but he recorded only 0.8ppg. The other team Voytyuk played that season for was Spartak St.Petersburg U23 (U23 Youth League). In 11 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg. His team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2012. Voytyuk represented Russia at the European Championships U16 in Rethimnon (Greece) six years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg.



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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 28: Upsate Heat - Conyers CK 103-100
Jun. 28: Georgia Magic - Gastonia G.



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Spain3-0
2. Croatia2-1
3. Canada1-2
4. S.Korea0-3
Group B
1. Lithuania3-0
2. Argentina1-2
3. Iran1-2
4. Czech Rep.1-2
Group C
1. Serbia3-0
2. Australia2-1
3. Brazil1-2
4. Senegal0-3
Group D
1. USA3-0
2. China2-1
3. Russia1-2
4. Ivory Coast0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jun. 29: CAN - KOR 93-75
Jun. 29: CRO - ESP 76-86

Group B

Jun. 29: LTU - ARG 76-66
Jun. 29: IRI - CZE 50-60

Group C

Jun. 29: SEN - SRB 49-80
Jun. 29: BRA - AUS 45-73

Group D

Jun. 29: CHN - IVO 81-48
Jun. 29: USA - RUS 115-47

Second Stage: Round 1

13-16 Place

Jul. 1: SEN - IVO
Jul. 1: KOR - CZE

E

Jul. 1: ARG - CRO
Jul. 1: IRI - ESP
Jul. 1: LTU - CAN

F

Jul. 1: CHN - AUS
Jul. 1: USA - BRA
Jul. 1: RUS - SRB


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB4.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB3.5 
Assists Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Qian WU
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Wu, Zhejiang CB0.2 


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Canada - South Korea 93-75
Canada recorded the first win at the U19 World Championship in Prague. They toppled South Korea to claim the third position in Group A. South Korea in the meantime suffered the third straight loss and got eliminated from the title race. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) nailed 26 points to lead the North Americans. Canada exploded with 27 points in the first period to surge ahead. They led by four after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Canada managed to secure a 4-point lead at the interval. The remained within striking distance throughout the third period. Canada entered the fourth period with a slim 4-point advantage. But they quickly boosted the margin to double figures and marched to the win at the end. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) notched 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Heo Hoon and Junghyeon Park dropped 12 points each for South Korea.

Croatia - Spain 76-86
Spain clinched the top position in Group A of the U19 World Championship in Prague. They overcame Croatia today to enter the Second Stage with a perfect record. Dario Brizuela nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Spain set the tone early in the game. They capped the opening quarter on a 17:5 rally to take a 25:15 lead at the first break. Croatia quickly erased the deficit and Mustapic put them in front 33:32. Croatia ensured a 40:39 halftime advantage. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term before Spain ignited a 12:2 rally and pulled ahead. They claimed a 64:57 advantage at the final intermission. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) dragged Croatia within one 71:72 midway through the fourth period. However Spain capped the regulation on a 10:3 run to seal the victory. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) netted 12 points, while Edgar Vicedo dropped 13 in the win. Dario Saric answered with 23 points and 14 boards for Croatia. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) had 22 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Lithuania - Argentina 76-66
Lithuania wins Group B of the U19 World Championship. The defending champions overcame Argentina U19 76:66 in Day 3 and finished with 3-0 record. Argentina also managed to advance to the Second Stage and left the hosts of the campaign out of the Final 12. Lithuania started the game with 19-15 and added 20-17 before the halftime. The defending champions also won the third period 17-14 for 10-point lead after three quarters. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Dimsa Tomas and Tarolis Donatas stepped up with 12 points each, while Martin Geben (206-C-94) collected 9 points and 10 rebounds. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) also scored 9 points in a win. Bernardini Matias delivered 15 points in defeat, while Whelan Gaston poured in 12. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) and Barral Pedro scored 8 points each in a loss.

Iran - Czech Republic 50-60
Czech Republic outscore visiting Iran in Day 3 of the U19 World Championship. The home side needed a 60:50 win to finish with 1-2 record. Iran also has the same record after three games played. The Czechs won by lower margin than 17 and they must hope that Argentina beat Lithuania, meaning Argentina can likely expect some strong fan support in their group finale. Czech Republic had a great start with 20-9 after the first period. They also led 11 points at the halftime, but could not increase the lead in the second half for the necessary margin. Iran lost the third quarter 8-10, but needed a 21-18 rally in the last period for the final 10-point loss. Martin Peterka top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) and Krivanek added 11 each. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 10 points in the winning effort. Foroutannik ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, while Mashayekhi collected 12 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Dalirzahan added 10.

Group C
Brazil - Australia 45-73
Australia gained the second victory at the U19 World Championship Group C. They overcame Brazilian counterparts to improve at 2-1 record. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Both teams have qualified into the Second Stage of the competition. The Emus ensured a quick start. They opened the game with 17 unanswered points. Australia secured a 21:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil struggled offensively throughout the second quarter. The Latin American team nailed just 7 points in the period to trail by 19 points at the interval 35:16. Australia did not loosen the grasp in the third term. The Emus stretched the margin to as many as 23 points at the final break. Brazil scored just 13 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) delivered 16 points, while Dante Exum (193-PG-95) dropped 12 points for the winners. Danilo Fuzaro and Lucas Dias Silva (204-C-95) responded with 8 points each for Brazil.

Senegal - Serbia 49-80
Serbia claimed the third consecutive win at the U19 World Championship in Czech Republic. They defeated Senegal to occupy the top position in Group C. Senegal slipped at 0-3 record after the loss. It was all about Serbia in this one. The European side piled up a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Serbia extended the margin in the second quarter. They raced to a 44:26 halftime lead. Serbia kept Senegal at bay throughout the third period. They accumulated a 58:35 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points to pace the winners. Vasilije Micic and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) nailed 12 points apiece in the victory. Abdoulaye Ndoye responded with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Senegal. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) netted 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group D
USA - Russia 115-47
USA stun Russia in the last game of the Preliminary Round. The favorites won 115:47 and won Group D with 3-0 record. Russia advanced to the next stage with 1-2 record from the third place. Russia could not follow the US team from the very beginning. The favorites won the first period 30-17 and added 27-17 rally in the second frame. Moreover USA posted a 30-11 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with a 28-6 burst. Jahlil Okafor-Bentonl led the way with 15 points and Harrell Montrezl nailed 13. Tobey Mike, Frazier Michael and Gordon Aaron delivered 12 points each. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) answered with 19 points in defeat, whilst Maksim Voytov (207-C-94) had 7. Kanygin Igor and Desyatnikov Andrey scored 6 points each in a loss.

China - Ivory Coast 81-48
China rout Cote d'Ivoire in Day 3 of the U19 World Championship. The Asian team needed an 81:48 win for 2-1 record in Group D. Cote d'Ivoire finished the group with 0-3 record and could not make it to the next stage. China started the game with 20-7 and dominated the rest of the game. The team added 27-16 in the second frame and had 47:23 lead at the halftime. Moreover China won the third period 25-9 and did not mind to slow down a bit in the last stanza. Cote d'Ivoire posted a 16-9 rally in the final period to reduce to the final score. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) paced all the winners with 23 points and Yuan nailed 20. Zhao delivered 12, whilst Zhao Tianyi (208-C-95) poured in 6. Alpha Toure ended up with 13 points in defeat, whilst Ousmane Toure (197-F-94) delivered 11. Adjei followed them with 8 points.




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Women News


EuroBasket 2013: Belarus stun Czech Republic to clinch fifth place - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Czech Republic 64:50

Belarus claimed the fifth position at the 2013 EuroBasket. They wrapped up their campaign in France with a comfortable win over Czech Republic. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winning side.
Belarus did not waste time to spur ahead. They held Czech Republic to 12 points in the first period to gain an 8-point lead. Czech Republic woeful offensive form continued in the second term. They accounted for only 7 points to face a 16-point deficit at halftime. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. However Belarus easily maintained the advantage throughout the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) netted 14 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 9 points in the loss.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 18, Alexandra Tarasava 14, Anastasiya Veremeenko 11
Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 13, Ilona Burgrova 9



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  CROATIA   


Novi Zagreb signs Iva Cigic - by Eurobasket News

Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb added to their roster 19-year old point guard Iva Cigic (174-PG-94). The player will move from ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS. In 24 games she had 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. The last season Cigic played also at Jolly. She contributed to her team making it to the final and cup semifinals. Cigic represented Croatia at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) last year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg.
Early in 2009 she was a member of the Croatian U16 National Team. At the European Championships U16 for Women in Greece she won Silver medals with Croatia. Iva Cigic averaged 5.4ppg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.3%.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


EuroBasket 2013: Belarus stun Czech Republic to clinch fifth place - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Czech Republic 64:50

Belarus claimed the fifth position at the 2013 EuroBasket. They wrapped up their campaign in France with a comfortable win over Czech Republic. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winning side.
Belarus did not waste time to spur ahead. They held Czech Republic to 12 points in the first period to gain an 8-point lead. Czech Republic woeful offensive form continued in the second term. They accounted for only 7 points to face a 16-point deficit at halftime. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. However Belarus easily maintained the advantage throughout the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) netted 14 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Ilona Burgrova (194-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 9 points in the loss.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 18, Alexandra Tarasava 14, Anastasiya Veremeenko 11
Czech Republic: Michaela Zrustova 13, Ilona Burgrova 9



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.18.3 
 2. Dubljevic, USK P.17.7 
 3. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 4. Eldebrink, Rivas E.15.7 
 5. Torrens, Galatasa.15.6 
 6. Sottana, Familia14.3 
 7. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 8. Milovanovic, Dynam.12.5 
 9. Perovanovic, Nadez.11.8 
 10. Yacoubou-D., Fene.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.11.1 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.8.9 
 3. Ress, Lucca7.6 
 4. Dubljevic, USK P.7.5 
 5. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 6. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 7. Veremeenko, Fener.7.1 
 8. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.0 
 9. Kulichova, Good A.6.7 
 10. Hollingswort., Fe.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 2. Eldebrink, Cagliar.4.1 
 3. Vardarli, Fener.4.1 
 4. Alben, Galatasaray3.6 
 5. Skerovic, USK Praha3.5 
 6. Palau, USK Praha3.5 
 7. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.5 
 8. Bortelova, DSK K.3.4 
 9. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 10. Ciglar, Novi Zagr.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.8 
 2. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 3. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 4. De Forge, USK P.1.8 
 5. Alben, Galatasaray1.8 
 6. Snytsina, Chevaka.1.7 
 7. Skerovic, USK Praha1.7 
 8. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 9. Dabovic, Partizan1.6 
 10. Eldebrink, Rivas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.2.2 
 2. Kulichova, Good A.2.0 
 3. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.4 
 4. Ress, Lucca1.4 
 5. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 6. Lukacovicova, MBK0.8 
 7. Burgrova, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 9. Snytsina, Chevaka.0.7 
 10. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 



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  GERMANY   


Germany U16 prevail against Netherlands U16 in Gruenberg - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Netherlands U16 68:59

German U16 National Team registered the victory in the first game of the test series versus their Dutch counterparts. Patricia Brossmann (181-SF-97) nailed 17 points to pace the German side.
The hosts jumped to a narrow 13:12 lead after ten minutes. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 36:33 halftime lead. The home side limited the Dutch opponents to just 6 points in the third term to gain an 8-point lead before the fourth stanza. Germany fired 21 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome. Leonie Schutter had 13 points, while Johanna Klug (185-C-98) added 12 for the winners. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Netherlands. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) and Anne van Vlijmen (162-PG-99) dropped 8 points each in the loss.

Germany U16: Patricia Brossmann 17, Leonie Schutter 13, Johanna Klug 12
Netherlands U16: Janis Ndiba 15, Laura Westerik 8, Anne van Vlijmen 8



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  HOLLAND   


Germany U16 prevail against Netherlands U16 in Gruenberg - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Netherlands U16 68:59

German U16 National Team registered the victory in the first game of the test series versus their Dutch counterparts. Patricia Brossmann (181-SF-97) nailed 17 points to pace the German side.
The hosts jumped to a narrow 13:12 lead after ten minutes. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 36:33 halftime lead. The home side limited the Dutch opponents to just 6 points in the third term to gain an 8-point lead before the fourth stanza. Germany fired 21 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome. Leonie Schutter had 13 points, while Johanna Klug (185-C-98) added 12 for the winners. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Netherlands. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) and Anne van Vlijmen (162-PG-99) dropped 8 points each in the loss.

Germany U16: Patricia Brossmann 17, Leonie Schutter 13, Johanna Klug 12
Netherlands U16: Janis Ndiba 15, Laura Westerik 8, Anne van Vlijmen 8



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  HUNGARY   


Russia University Team post two victories against Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Russia University Team post two victories against Hungary University Team in Szeged.
At first Russia won 80:37 as they won all the quarters of the game. Russia started with 19-11 and added 25-10 before the halftime. Later on Russia remained tough and reached the easy victory.
In Game 2 Russia University Team celebrated a 70:35 win. The guests grabbed 19-10 lead after the first period and added 14-12 in the second frame. Russia erupted with 22-1 in the third quarter and finished the game with 15-12 rally. Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-C-89) and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) led the way with 12 points each, while Mayorova and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) added 8 apiece. Dorina Zele (185-F-92) replied with 9 points in the losing effort.



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EuroBasket 2013: Sweden finishes 7th, Italy drops one down - by Eurobasket News

Italy-Sweden 60:77

Sweden finishes 7th, Italy drops one down at the EuroBasket 2013. The Scandinavian team posted a final 77:60 win in the last game for both teams.
Sweden won the opening tip 14:5 and led 24:13 at the end of the first period. Italy managed to reduce to 3 points but could not stay on race with the opponents. With 45:42 in the third quarter, Sweden put their foot on the pedal and raced away again with a decisive 13-0 scoring run. Sweden won the third period 19-13 and added 13-9 in the last stanza.
Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 12. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 11 and Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) had 9. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort and Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) added 10. Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) poured in 8 points each in a loss, whilst Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) collected 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Italy: Ilaria Zanoni 11, Francesca Dotto 10, Giulia Gatti 8, Kathrin Ress 8, Raffaella Masciadri 7+10 rebs
Sweden: Elisabeth Egnell 15+10 rebs, Elin Eldebrink 12, Frida Eldebrink 11, Kadidja Andersson 9



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  JAPAN   


Japan claim back-to-back wins over Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Japan claimed two victories over Mozambique in the exhibition series in Sendai. The third game is scheduled for Sunday.
Japan opened the series with a convincing 105:39 victory. The hosts built a 21:12 lead but triggered a 30:5 rally in the second period to clear off. Japan never looked back to secure a comfortable win at the end. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) provided 23 points for Japan. Mutya Mori (181-C-88) added 13 points, while Wang Cenjing added 12 points in the victory.
Next day Mozambique started the encounter with a 20:13 run in the opening quarter. Japan turned things around in the second period and eked out a 31:29 halftime lead. Japan slowly increased the tempo and eventually ran away with a 74:55 victory. Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93, college: Queens, NY) netted 14 points for the hosts. Ramu Tokashiki (191-C/F-91) topscored with 18 points for Japan.



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Japan claim back-to-back wins over Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Japan claimed two victories over Mozambique in the exhibition series in Sendai. The third game is scheduled for Sunday.
Japan opened the series with a convincing 105:39 victory. The hosts built a 21:12 lead but triggered a 30:5 rally in the second period to clear off. Japan never looked back to secure a comfortable win at the end. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) provided 23 points for Japan. Mutya Mori (181-C-88) added 13 points, while Wang Cenjing added 12 points in the victory.
Next day Mozambique started the encounter with a 20:13 run in the opening quarter. Japan turned things around in the second period and eked out a 31:29 halftime lead. Japan slowly increased the tempo and eventually ran away with a 74:55 victory. Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93, college: Queens, NY) netted 14 points for the hosts. Ramu Tokashiki (191-C/F-91) topscored with 18 points for Japan.



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  RUSSIA   


Russia University Team post two victories against Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Russia University Team post two victories against Hungary University Team in Szeged.
At first Russia won 80:37 as they won all the quarters of the game. Russia started with 19-11 and added 25-10 before the halftime. Later on Russia remained tough and reached the easy victory.
In Game 2 Russia University Team celebrated a 70:35 win. The guests grabbed 19-10 lead after the first period and added 14-12 in the second frame. Russia erupted with 22-1 in the third quarter and finished the game with 15-12 rally. Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-C-89) and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) led the way with 12 points each, while Mayorova and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) added 8 apiece. Dorina Zele (185-F-92) replied with 9 points in the losing effort.



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  SERBIA   


Serbia U20 wins another game against Sweden U20 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20-Sweden U20 63:61

Serbia U20 wins another game against Sweden U20 at the Vizura Sport. The Serbian team added the second straight 63:61 win. The teams will meet for the third game on Sunday.
Sweden lost the opener of the teams appearance and started better in the game. They grabbed 19:15 lead and led two points at the halftime. Sweden also won the third quarter 12-11 and led 44: 41 after three quarters. Serbia however dominated the last period and needed a 22-17 burst to grab 2-point victory.
Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) nailed 10. Milica Toskovic (188-G-93) delivered 9 points, whilst Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had 7. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) poured in 20 points in the losing case and Gustavson notched 7.

Serbia U20: Ivana Brajkovic 20, Kristina Topuzovic 10, Milica Toskovic 9, Aleksandra Stanacev 7
Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 20, Gustavson 7



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  SWEDEN   


EuroBasket 2013: Sweden finishes 7th, Italy drops one down - by Eurobasket News

Italy-Sweden 60:77

Sweden finishes 7th, Italy drops one down at the EuroBasket 2013. The Scandinavian team posted a final 77:60 win in the last game for both teams.
Sweden won the opening tip 14:5 and led 24:13 at the end of the first period. Italy managed to reduce to 3 points but could not stay on race with the opponents. With 45:42 in the third quarter, Sweden put their foot on the pedal and raced away again with a decisive 13-0 scoring run. Sweden won the third period 19-13 and added 13-9 in the last stanza.
Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 12. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 11 and Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) had 9. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort and Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) added 10. Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) and Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) poured in 8 points each in a loss, whilst Raffaella Masciadri (188-F-80) collected 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Italy: Ilaria Zanoni 11, Francesca Dotto 10, Giulia Gatti 8, Kathrin Ress 8, Raffaella Masciadri 7+10 rebs
Sweden: Elisabeth Egnell 15+10 rebs, Elin Eldebrink 12, Frida Eldebrink 11, Kadidja Andersson 9



Serbia U20 wins another game against Sweden U20 - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20-Sweden U20 63:61

Serbia U20 wins another game against Sweden U20 at the Vizura Sport. The Serbian team added the second straight 63:61 win. The teams will meet for the third game on Sunday.
Sweden lost the opener of the teams appearance and started better in the game. They grabbed 19:15 lead and led two points at the halftime. Sweden also won the third quarter 12-11 and led 44: 41 after three quarters. Serbia however dominated the last period and needed a 22-17 burst to grab 2-point victory.
Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) nailed 10. Milica Toskovic (188-G-93) delivered 9 points, whilst Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had 7. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) poured in 20 points in the losing case and Gustavson notched 7.

Serbia U20: Ivana Brajkovic 20, Kristina Topuzovic 10, Milica Toskovic 9, Aleksandra Stanacev 7
Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 20, Gustavson 7



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  SWITZERLAND   


First off season transfers & signatures - by Melanie Nussbaumer

This week in Switzerland, the main event is the transfers of league's MVP and international player Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati). Last two seasons, she played for Helios VS Basket , where she averaged last season 21.7ppg, 5rpg, 2.1apg and won the three titles. She will bring her experience to home town's team Metanord Bellinzona.
Another transfers from Helios VS Basket is 20 years old swiss center Nadege Clement (184-C-93), who will be playing in Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket with her sister, international player Katia Clement. She played both first and second divisions last season.
Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket announced the prolongation of the contract of Jamila Studer-Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-E Shore) who averaged 18.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.5apg.
Earlier, BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket announced signature of U19 league's MVP Tamara Detraz (178-SG-94). She had 13.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg with Esperance Sportive Pully this past season.



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 29: Chicago S. - L.Angeles S. 94-82
Jun. 29: Connecticut S. - Phoenix M. 70-89
Jun. 30: Atlanta D. - S.Antonio SS
Jun. 30: Washington M. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 30: Indiana F. - Seattle S.