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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   



Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria name five home-base for final preparation - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The coaching crew of the Nigeria senior men national team has released names of five home-based players who will join their foreign counterparts to fight for shirts as the country get set for it final preparation ahead the 27th African Cup of Nations Afrobasket slated for Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from August 20 through 31.

The Nigerian technical crew led by Coach Ayo Bakare made the names public after a rigorous four days scrimmage held few weeks ago in Abuja.

The players according to a release from the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation include two players who were part of the bronze winning effort of the FIBA Africa Zone-III giant as Stanley Gumut of Mark Mentors basketball club of Abuja and Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars basketball club, others are Michael Ohiero (Mark Mentors BC), Abdulwahab Yahaya (Mark Mentors BC) and Nkem Ojougboh (Comets BC).

The next phase of camping we reliably gathered will be held in China before the team round off its preparation as the country searches for it first win at the biggest stage of Africa basketball in the United States of America.

Nigeria is in group-D alongside Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Mali
Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86)



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  ARGENTINA   


Torneo Federal awards - by Facundo Iatzky

After a new succesful edition of Torneo federal (third division of pro basketball in Argentina), it's time to report the best of the season.
The champion was Union Santa Fe, who beat in the finals to Barrio Parque. The MVP of the finals was Roman Rodriguez (192-G-85)

The MVP of the season was: Juan Kelly (190-F-88) of Barrio Parque
Best 5 of the season:
Juan Rodriguez Suppi of Atletico Tala
Juan Kelly of Barrio parque
Hernan Faletto (193-G/F-80) of Santa Rita
Marcelo Piuma of Velez Sarsfield
Alejandro Burgos (206-C/F-78) of Firmat FC

Best coach: Osvaldo Arduh of Barrio PArque

Best 5 of U21 players:
Sergio Mora (182-PG-93) of Penarol Tala
Federico Dayer (197-F-94) of Sportsmen
Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) of Sportsmen
Pablo Alderete (195-F-92) of Firmat FC
Pablo Mecoli (C-92) of Sportsmen

Top scorer: Roman Rodriguez of Union
Top rebounder: Juan Abeiro (198-C) of Facundo
Top Assistant: Juan Kelly of barrio parque
Best 3P%: Manuel Luna (183-G-75) of Olimpia
Best FT%: Facundo Ortiz (180-PG-92) of Ferro



Penarol extend contract with Martin Leiva - by Eurobasket News

Penarol Mar del Plata ensured the services of Martin Leiva (209-C-80) for the upcoming season. The centre has agreed on terms of one-year contract extension with the team. Martin Leiva thus will enter his fifth straight season with Penarol. Last season the centre notched 10.0 points and 5.1 boards per game in LigaA. He also tallied 7.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in Liga Sudamericana. The centre previously had stints with Ferro Carril Oeste, Boca Juniors, Burgos and Baloncesto Leon. He was the member of Argentinean U21 National Team. He joined the Argentinean National Team back in 1999. Martin Leiva traveled with Argentina to London last year. The centre posted 1.0 point and 3.0 boards per game at the Olympic Games basketball tournament.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Taulava named 2013 ABL MVP - by Aris Ignacio

San Miguel Beermen's Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) by the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Taulava averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Beermen but his impact to the team's rise in the current season proved to be a factor in the voting process which includes nominees Sports Rev Thailand Slammers' Froilan Baguion (170-G-80), Saigon Heat's Jai Reyes (173-G), Indonesia Warriors' Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) and SMB teammate Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific).

The selection process for the player awards began with ABL officials selecting nominees for each category based on statistics from the regular season. Nominees are required to have played in at least 16 games in order to be eligible. The list of nominees was then sent to each team. Votes were then cast based on a ranking system. The league collects the ballots to determine the winners.

Taulava and the rest of the Beermen will have their chance to capture the franchise's first ABL crown when they battle the defending champions, the Indonesia Warriors, in a rematch of last year's ABL Finals. Game one of the best-of-five series will be held on the 7th of June at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 9-1 
 2. Waverley F. 8-3 
 3. Corio Bay S. 8-3 
 4. Diamond V.E. 7-2 
 5. Ringwood H. 7-4 
 6. Werribee 5-6 
 7. Eltham W. 4-7 
 8. Hume City 3-8 
 9. Melbourne 1-9 
 10. Sherbrooke S. 1-10 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 8-1 
 2. Woodville W. 7-2 
 3. C.District L. 6-3 
 4. Forestville E. 6-3 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 5-4 
 6. Southern T. 4-5 
 7. Sturt S. 4-5 
 8. Norwood F. 4-5 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 1-8 
 10. Eastern M. 0-9 
QBL
 1. Gladstone P. 5-1 
 2. Rockhampton 4-1 
 3. Cairns M. 4-1 
 4. Mackay M. 4-3 
 5. Brisbane C. 3-1 
 6. Gold Coast R. 2-2 
 7. Northside W. 2-2 
 8. Suncoast 2-2 
 9. Townsville H. 2-3 
 10. SW Metro P. 1-3 
 11. Ipswich F. 1-4 
 12. Toowoomba 1-4 
 13. Bundaberg B. 0-4 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 15-1 
 2. East Perth E. 11-4 
 3. Perth R. 10-7 
 4. Perry Lakes H. 9-4 
 5. SW Slammers 9-7 
 6. Geraldton B. 9-7 
 7. Mandurah M. 9-7 
 8. Wanneroo W. 8-7 
 9. Willetton T. 8-7 
 10. Goldfield G. 5-11 
 11. Rockingham F. 4-11 
 12. Stirling S. 4-11 
 13. Cockburn C. 4-12 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 3-12 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 13-2 
 2. Bendigo B. 12-3 
 3. Dandenong R. 7-5 
 4. Frankston B. 7-7 
 5. Sandringham S. 6-8 
 6. Canberra G. 6-9 
 7. Brisbane S. 5-8 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 11-4 
 2. Hobart C. 9-5 
 3. Nunawading S. 7-6 
 4. NW Tasmania 6-9 
 5. Ballarat M. 6-9 
 6. Kilsyth C. 4-9 
 7. Albury W.B. 4-11 
 8. Knox R. 4-12 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 12-1 
 2. Sydney C. 10-3 
 3. Cent.Coast C. 9-3 
 4. Hornsby S. 9-5 
 5. Norths Bears 8-5 
 6. Colonial Hotel 7-6 
 7. Bankstown B. 6-5 
 8. Newcastle H. 6-7 
 9. Hills H. 6-8 
 10. Illawarra H. 4-7 
 11. Parramatta W. 4-9 
 12. Maitland M. 1-11 
 13. Sutherland S. 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 12

BIG V

Jun. 1: Ringwood H. - Corio Bay S. 94-60
Jun. 2: Waverley F. - Werribee D. 84-83
Jun. 1: Sherbrooke S. - Bulleen B. 73-86
Jun. 1: Eltham W. - Hume City 101-83

Central ABL

Jun. 1: N.Adelaide R. - Eastern M. 88-74
Jun. 1: Sturt S. - W.Adelaide B. 86-92
Jun. 1: S.Adelaide P. - C.District L. 75-90
Jun. 1: Southern T. - Woodville W. 72-78
Jun. 1: Forestville E. - Norwood F. 101-62

QBL

Jun. 1: Cairns M. - Townsville H. 82-72
Jun. 1: Rockhampton - Mackay M. 79-69
Jun. 1: Toowoomba M. - Gladstone P. 79-110
Jun. 2: SW Metro P. - Suncoast C. 73-92
Jun. 1: Northside W. - Brisbane C. 62-80
Jun. 2: Ipswich F. - Gladstone P. 61-95

SBL

Jun. 1: Lakeside L. - Goldfield G. 95-93
Jun. 2: Perry Lakes H. - Geraldton B. 92-83
Jun. 1: Willetton T. - Geraldton B. 90-105
Jun. 1: Cockburn C. - Mandurah M. 83-90
Jun. 1: Stirling S. - Perth R. 81-99
May. 31: Mandurah M. - SW Slammers 81-101
May. 31: Rockingham F. - Stirling S. 78-94
Jun. 2: Perth R. - Goldfield G. 112-69
Jun. 1: Wanneroo W. - East Perth E. 112-118
Jun. 2: Kalamunda E.S. - Cockburn C. 105-100

SEABL

May. 31: Hobart C. - NW Tasmania 94-80
Jun. 1: Albury W.B. - Frankston B. 93-98
Jun. 1: Sandringham S. - Canberra G. 93-76
May. 31: Mt Gambier - Nunawading S. 78-76
Jun. 1: Knox R. - Brisbane S. 75-79
Jun. 1: Kilsyth C. - Bendigo B. 72-73
Jun. 2: Nunawading S. - Brisbane S. 108-74
Jun. 2: Geelong S. - Canberra G. 107-64
Jun. 1: Ballarat M. - Dandenong R. 101-103
Jun. 2: Bendigo B. - Sandringham S. 100-79

WARATAH

Jun. 2: Cent.Coast C. - Colonial Hotel 99-88
Jun. 2: Hills H. - Illawarra H. 93-58
Jun. 2: Manly Warr. - Bankstown B. 86-73
Jun. 2: Sutherland S. - Maitland M. 84-59
Jun. 1: Bankstown B. - Hills H. 81-67
Jun. 1: Manly Warr. - Sydney C. 80-76
Jun. 1: Colonial Hotel - Maitland M. 80-75
Jun. 1: Newcastle H. - Norths Bears 71-82
Jun. 1: Parramatta W. - Illawarra H. 70-54
Jun. 1: Sutherland S. - Hornsby S. 58-60

Regular Season: Round 13

QBL

Jun. 7: Ipswich F. - Bundaberg B.
Jun. 8: Brisbane C. - Northside W.
Jun. 8: Toowoomba - Bundaberg B.
Jun. 8: Cairns M. - Gladstone P.
Jun. 8: Gold Coast R. - Rockhampton
Jun. 9: Townsville H. - Gladstone P.
Jun. 9: SW Metro P. - Rockhampton

SBL

Jun. 7: Perth R. - Cockburn C.
Jun. 7: East Perth E. - Stirling S.
Jun. 7: Perry Lakes H. - Rockingham F.
Jun. 8: Geraldton B. - SW Slammers
Jun. 8: Goldfield G. - Wanneroo W.
Jun. 8: Mandurah M. - Perry Lakes H.
Jun. 8: Cockburn C. - Lakeside L.
Jun. 8: Rockingham F. - East Perth E.
Jun. 8: Kalamunda E.S. - Willetton T.


Australia U19 lose exhibition series versus Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Australian U19 National Team continued their tour of Europe. They played three exhibition encounters versus Lithuanian U19 selection in Kaunas.
The Emus claimed a 72:56 victory in the opener. Australia ensured a 38:34 halftime lead. The Emus kept on extending the lead throughout the second half claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) produced 14 points for the winners. Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) added 11 points each for the Emus.
The second game turned into a thriller. The teams went neck and neck throughout fourty minutes. The Emus allowed the hosts to take a narrow lead in the final minute and then missed a jumper at the buzzer as the hosts got away with an 83:81 victory at the end. Mirko Djeric (191-PG-95) and Felix Von Hofe notched 17 points each to pace the Emus. Nicholas Duncan provided 14 points in the loss.
Australia also suffered a narrow defeat in the third game. The Emus arrived at the final break up by a single point but Lithuania pulled ahead in the fourth frame and held on to win it 81:78. Mirko Djeric delivered 18 points to lead the visitors. Pineau scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the losing case.



May Kickz101 Perth Newcomers of the Month - by Eurobasket News

The May Kickz101 Perth Mens Newcomer of the Month has been awarded to Stirling Senators guard Nikolas Iliadis (183-G-94).

The SBL gave the fans the ability to decide the winner via a voting ballot displayed on the SBL Facebook page. Nikolas Iliadis edged out brother Trian Iliadis of the Wanneroo Wolves by thirty votes when the poll was closed at 9:00am today.

Rising star Nikolas Iliadis has been impressive for Stirling this season which included a double-double in week eight where he finished with 13 points and 11 assists to go with 3 rebounds.

Stirling fans are in for some exciting times as Iliadis develops into one of the elite guards of the Mens SBL.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Austrian National Team 2013
#s#
Benedikt Danek
Danek
Thomas Schreiner
Schreiner
Jason Detrick
Detrick
Romed Vieider
Vieider
Tomislav Gaspar
Gaspar
#e#5
31Benedikt Danek 176-PG-86 BC Vienna Austria
5Thomas Schreiner 195-PG-87 Andorra Spain
13Jason Detrick 195-SF-80 Bauru Brazil
20Romed Vieider 195-SF-91 Wels Austria
33Tomislav Gaspar 198-PF-83 BC Vienna Austria
42Thomas Klepeisz 185-PG-91 Gussing Austria
35Sebastian Koch 202-F-88 Gussing Austria
7Davor Lamesic 205-PF-83 Wels Austria
34Moritz Lanegger 190-PG-90 Klosterneub. Austria
24Rasid Mahalbasic 211-C-90 Asseco Prok. Poland
43Anton Maresch 191-SG-91 Andorra Spain
Maximilian Hopfgartner 206-PF-92 John Brown USA
Filip Kramer 200-SF-92 Kapfenberg Austria
Hannes Ochsenhofer 185-PG-85 Oberwart Austria
Hermann Opoku 205-F/C-86 Kapfenberg Austria
Benjamin Ortner 206-F/C-83 Montepaschi Italy
Kevin Payton 196-G-86 Klosterneub. Austria
Richard Poiger 202-SF-87 Gmunden Austria
Jesse Seilern 190-G-90 USC Aiken USA
Florian Trmal 193-G/F-89 BC Vienna Austria
Bernhard Weber 201-C/F-87 Gussing Austria

Werner Sallomon Head Coach Klosterneub. Austria



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  BAHRAIN   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 4

Jun. 3: Muharraq - Al Hala 78-83
Jun. 3: Sitra - Issa Town 69-79
Jun. 3: Al Manama - Al Ahli 67-64

Second Stage: Round 5

Jun. 6: Al Ahli - Issa Town
Jun. 6: Al Manama - Muharraq
Jun. 6: Al Hala - Sitra



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  BELARUS   


Miss Cheerleader Veronika Teplyakova of Minsk - by Timur Tolokh

The first-ever final round of the Miss Cheerleader League of Beauty Contest was held yesterday.

40 cheerleaders two each from the 20 VTB United League clubs participated. The finalists were selected over five qualifying rounds via voting on the Leagues Facebook and Vkontakte pages.

The six charming finalists Alissa Montes (Kalev cheerleader), Daria Avdeeva (Enisey), twin sisters Anastasia and Natalia Mezentseva (Enisey), Maria Drozdova (Triumph) and Veronika Teplyakova (Tsmoki-Minsk) - took the floor at the USH CSKA during halftime of Game 2 in the CSKA Lokomotiv-Kuban Finals.

They were surprised to find that the winner would be selected not based on dance or a panel of judges, but, instead, on their basketball ability at the free-throw line. Veronika Teplyakova from the Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus) cheerleading team placed first, converting her second attempt. Tsmoki-Minsk general director Konstantin Shereverya celebrated her win along with the fans in the stands.

In addition to being named Miss Cheerleader, Teplyakova won the grand prize a vacation trip for two from official League sponsor Akademservis.

The remaining finalists didnt go home empty handed they each received gifts from Valentina Yudashkinas Fashion House.

- Im very happy that I won today, - admitted an excited Veronika Teplyakova. I finished first in the extra round and made the final that gave me a boost. Id like to say a big thank you to my club Tsmoki-Minsk, whose staff supported and cheered for me whole-heartedly. Im full of emotions right now my hearts ready to leap out my chest. It hasnt really sunk in yet that today is my day.

- Have you already decided where youll go to relax?
- I havent decided for sure, but Id really like to go to the sea.

VTB-league.com



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  BELGIUM   


Antwerp Giants Roster News - by Peter Buyse

Port of Antwerp Giants today announced the addition of 5 new foreign players to their 2013-2014 roster.
First off Center Marko Spica (205-C/F-86, college: Cent.Michigan) a Serbian who played college ball at Central Michigan.
Spica played in Hungary for Kaposvari this past season averaging 18.2ppg and 6.7 rpg.

Next up is shooting guard Barry Stewart (191-SG-88, college: Mississippi St.) from Mississippi State who already played in Europe for among other Trier and Giessen.
At Trier in 2012-2013 he had averages of 12.5 ppg and 3.0 rpg in 32 games.

Third name released is another forward Scott Thomas (200-F-89, college: Bowling Green), from Bowling Green. Had his first European experience in Germany playing for D2 Cuxhaven. He averaged 19.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg for ProA team Cuxhaven.

Next up point guard Frank Turner (178-PG-88, college: Canisius) who also has experience in Europe playing and winning the championship in Holland with Den Bosch. He also played in Poland for Trefl Sopot. At Sopot he scored 13.4 ppg and dished out 5.3 apg in 36 games.

Last player is Clayton Vette (206-C-88) who will serve as back-up center. The former NCAA D2 player of the year played at Winona State U.
During his senioir year he averaged 20.5 ppg and 7.7 rpg, earning him besides PoY all kinds of other awards such as All American and NSIC Player of the Year.

The following Belgian players will still be on the Giants roster, Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87), Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91), Yannick Driesen (215-C-88), Dorian Marchant (198-F-93), Roel Moors (190-G-78) and Jean-Marc Mwema (195-F-89, agency: Court Side).
The coaching team consists of head-coach Paul Vervaeck and assistant coach Brian Lynch . Leo De Rycke stays on as team manager.



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  BOSNIA   

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Hot, Vogosca17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost16.6 
 8. Aleksic, Leotar16.0 
 9. Peljto, Spars S.15.9 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Timisoara
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Tuljkovic, Timisoa.9.4 
 2. Goranovic, Radnik8.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Sakic, Siroki WWin7.8 
 5. Josilo, Radnik B.7.6 
 6. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 7. Damjanovic, Servit.6.9 
 8. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.8 
 9. Rizvic, Bosna6.4 
 10. Bijelic, Mladost5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.1 
 2. Peljto, Spars S.6.2 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina5.1 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 5. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 6. Hammonds, Igokea4.6 
 7. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
 8. Hodzic, Bosna4.1 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost3.9 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina1.8 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 6. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 7. Peljto, Spars S.1.5 
 8. Stemberger, Igokea1.4 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea1.4 
 10. Bakovic, Posusje1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.1 
 2. Ramljak, Cedevita1.0 
 3. Rikic, Siroki WWin0.6 
 4. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 5. Suljagic, Bosna0.5 
 6. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 7. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 8. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 9. Radanovic, Mladost0.4 
 10. Jones, Siroki WWin0.4 


Igokea earn Division I title - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Siroki WWin 74:69

Igokea clinched Division I title. They broke Siroki WWin hegemony in the championship snapping their four-season title streak. Igokea earned a tough home win in the decisive fifth game of the series tonight. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) provided 25 points to lead the Aleksandrovac team.
Both teams started the game aggressively. They traded baskets eagerly as Igokea snatched a narrow 25:24 lead after ten minutes. Igokea stretched the advantage in the second frame. The hosts held their opponents at 12-point mark in the period to take a 45:36 halftime lead. Siroki WWin however struck right back after the big break. The visitors fired 21 points and cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the final break 57:59. Bosnjak gave Siroki WWin a 67:65 lead with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Corsley Edwards converted a three-point play to regain the lead for Igokea. Boris Barac (205-F-92) tied things up at 68 but Stemberger and Jorovic made it 71:68 for the home side with 24 seconds remaining. Bocka and Sakic exchanged free throws and then Corsley Edwards sealed the win for the hosts from the stripe. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) accounted for 14 points, while Milan Dozet (203-SF-79) netted 8 points for the winners. Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88, agency: TSS Management, college: Oakland) answered with 17 points for Siroki WWin. Boris Barac had 16 points in the loss.

Igokea: Corsley Edwards 25, Clifford Hammonds 14, Milan Dozet 8
Siroki WWin: Johnathon Jones 17, Boris Barac 16



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  BULGARIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Awards 2013 - by Valentin Anguelov

Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team 2013
Brandon Heath
Heath
Marko Marinovic
Marinovic
Branko Mirkovic
Mirkovic
Veselin Veselinov
Veselinov
Darryl Watkins
Watkins


PLleyer of the Year: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik
Guard of the Year: Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia
Forward of the Year: Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83) of Lukoil Academik
Center of the Year: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik
Most Improved Player of the Year: Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) of Rilski Sportist
Newcomer of the Year: Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93) of Levski Sofia
Bosman Player of the Year: Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia
Import Player of the Year: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik
Domestic Player of the Year: Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83) of Lukoil Academik
Defensive Player of the Year: James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets
Coach of the Year: Konstantin Papazov of Levski Sofia

1st Team
G: Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik
PG: Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia
G: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist
F: Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83) of Lukoil Academik
C: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik

2nd Team
G: Will Walker (183-G-87) of Beroe
PG: Terry Smith (185-PG-86) of Cherkasy
SG: Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) of Rilski Sportist
C: James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets
C: Mladen Pantic (209-C-82) of Levski Sofia

Honorable Mention
Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90) of Lukoil Academik
Reginald Holmes (193-G-87) of Beroe
Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Balkan
Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven
Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) of Lukoil Academik
Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89) of Rilski Sportist
Nemanja Milosevic (204-C/F-87) of Tundja Yambol
Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93) of Levski Sofia

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Asen Velikov (185-PG-86) of Cherno More
G: Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Balkan
SG: Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) of Rilski Sportist
F: Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83) of Lukoil Academik
C: Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85) of Levski Sofia

All-Imports Team
G: Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik
PG: Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia
G: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist
C: James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets
C: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ross, Jolly20.6 
 2. Budimir, Osjecki18.4 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.15.9 
 4. Saric, Cibona15.4 
 5. Radic, Kvarner 201014.8 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.5 
 7. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 8. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.4 
 9. Brnas, Djuro D.14.3 
 10. Strawberry, Cibona14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Sobin, KK Split8.9 
 2. Trepalovac, Darda8.8 
 3. Saric, Cibona8.5 
 4. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 5. Mrva, Jolly7.3 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita7.1 
 7. Jakolis, Dubrovnik7.0 
 8. Travis, Zadar6.7 
 9. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.6 
 10. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Cibona
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Blassingame, Cibona5.3 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner5.1 
 3. Car, KK Zagreb4.0 
 4. Tomeljak, Osjecki3.9 
 5. Glavinic, Sloboda3.8 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci3.6 
 7. Ross, Jolly3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.4 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.4 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 3. Saric, Cibona1.9 
 4. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 5. Car, KK Zagreb1.8 
 6. Budimir, Osjecki1.6 
 7. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 8. Ramljak, Zadar1.5 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 10. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Bilan, Cedevita1.1 
 3. Saric, Cibona1.0 
 4. Bubalo, Jolly1.0 
 5. Nurkic, Zadar0.9 
 6. Najev, DOSK0.9 
 7. Trepalovac, Darda0.8 
 8. Ramljak, Zadar0.7 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.7 
 10. Sobin, KK Split0.7 


Cibona celebrate second straight A1 title - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - KK Zadar 101:83

Cibona claimed the third straight win against Zadar in the title series and clinched A1 crown. It was the second straight A1 title for the team. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) nailed 20 points to lead the winners tonight.
Cibona set the tone early in this one. The hosts exploded with 35 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. Cibona stayed in charge throughout the second period. The home team arrived at halftime up by 7 points 49:42. Cibona did not allow Zadar any closer in the third period. The defending champions accounted for a 72:64 lead at the final intermission. Cibona poured in 29 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the triumph at the end. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) finished with 19 points, while D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) contributed 18 points in the victory. Ante Delas (200-G/F-88, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 17 points for Zadar. Toni Prostran (181-G-91) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Cibona: Jerel Blassingame 20, Dario Saric 19, D.J. Strawberry 18
Zadar: Ante Delas 17, Toni Prostran 13



Ante Tomic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Croatian players, who play currently abroad.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 79-70 in the Spanish ACB in Tuesday night's game. Tomic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tomic is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.4rpg. He also averaged so far 11.6ppg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 62.2%(196-315) and FT: 61.6% in the 39 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Khimky (14-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Loncar's good performance the first-placed Khimky was crushed 87-64 at home by the second-ranked CSKA Moscow in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 14 points. This season Loncar averages: 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 60.8%(76-125) and FT: 84.3%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania. Delas was not able to help Zalgiris (16-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Zalgiris was crushed 84-62 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Lokomotiv in the group B of VTB United League. Delas was the second best scorer with 10 points in 20 minutes. It's Delas' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 57.9%(11-19) and FT: 57.7% in the 25 games. Delas played for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #4. Guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mario Delas. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Popovic was not able to secure a victory for Zalgiris (16-2) in their game against Lokomotiv (12-6). He scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Zalgiris was defeated 82-72 in Kuban by the lower-ranked Lokomotiv (#3) in the group B of VTB United League. Popovic's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2011.

Damjan Rudez
Damjan Rudez
   #5. International forward Damjan Rudez (203-86, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (21-13) in their game against Real Madrid (30-4) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance last Thursday. Rudez was the top scorer with 16 points in 25 minutes. But CAI Zaragoza lost 76-84 in Madrid to the leading Real. Rudez has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg in the 39 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #6. Point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (21-13) crushing them 93-65 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Draper scored 6 points. Real Madrid (30-4) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Draper's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team two years ago. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #7. An experienced former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-10) 81-70 in the Belgian Ethias League in Monday night's game. Stojic scored 14 points in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (20-8) is placed first in the Ethias League. This year Stojic has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Andrej Stimac
Andrej Stimac
   #8. Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79, currently plays in Switzerland) led Geneve Lions to a victory over the closely-ranked Lugano Tigers (16-10) 74-64 in the Swiss LNA last Friday. Stimac was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lions de Geneve (22-4) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Stimac has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 1996.

Nenad Delic
Nenad Delic
   #9. Former U21 international power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to a 2-point Inter Bratislava's victory against the closely-ranked Komarno (24-11) 82-80 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points and added 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Inter Bratislava (20-15) is placed fourth in the Extraliga. Delic's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U21 national team nine years ago.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #10. Center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a victory against the fifth-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) 78-72 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Planinic scored only 1 points in 5 minutes on the court. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (22-5) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. This year Planinic's total stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.3rpg in the 23 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have Croatian passport but never been selected to any of Croatian national teams:

   #1. Experienced Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) led AZS Koszalin to a victory against the fifth-ranked Anwil (18-14) 75-64 in the Polish TBL on Wednesday night. Milicic scored 11 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. AZS Koszalin (18-14) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Milicic has been at the team for five years. This season his total stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 28 games he played so far. Milicic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Polish.

   #2. Marin Bavcevic (182-PG-88, college: TCU, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA could not help Lugano Tigers (16-10) to beat Geneve Lions (22-4). Bavcevic cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Lugano Tigers were defeated 74-64 on the road by the leading Geneve Lions. It was Lugano Tigers' first loss after four consecutive victories. Bavcevic has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Swiss.



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Robert Glenn will return with Indios for the LNB 2013 - by Kerwin Abreu

S.F.M: Well known and last year LNB MVP, Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) signed contract with Los Indios to return for another season, after last year success, Glenn is willing to return and help the team.

Right now Glenn is playing in National District Regional League but he will join Indios next 16th to start training with the team.

"We are very happy he is returning with us, he was our MVP last year and we couldnt pass that", said Matrille, team operation manager.

Also with Glenn, the Brazilian Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) will be Los Indios center for the upcoming season and Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) will be the shooting guard.

"Everybody knows the strenght Hatila has, he is a strong guy that nows how to play basketball", said Diaz the coach.

Ralph Mims is a very atlethic player, we know he will like the team and we will be able to put him to play and show what he is capable.

For more log on: masterdeportes.com



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Alexander Kaun is out of EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) is out of EuroBasket 2013. The Russian Center had very serious personal problems that forced him to withdraw from the national team. Earlier Kirilenko and Khryapa announced that they could not help the National Team.
Sasha Kaun managed to play in three leagues this year for CSKA. In 13 PBL games he had 10.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0bpg. He also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Sasha Kaun also played 25 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.0bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team in 2011. Sasha Kaun also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 54.0%, FT: 33.3%.



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KORISLIIGA: Coach Poikola back to Tampere - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Head Coach Pieti Poikola , 35, and Pyrinto (Tampere) have signed a 1+1 year contract, that says, Poikola will be Pyrinto's new Head Coach. Acrtually Poikola will return back to Tampere, where he was coaching Pyrinto "reds" four seasons 2008-2012. Poikola led then Pyrinto into two Finnish Championships (2009-10 and 2010-11) and was named The Coach of the Year 2010 and 2011. Poikola is nowadays also The Head Coach of Denmark Men's NT.


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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.0 
 3. King, Selcuk Univ.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.1 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. Williams, Paris-.15.7 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.4 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.5 
 5. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 6. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg6.9 
 10. Ajinca, Strasbourg6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Selcuk Univ.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. King, Selcuk Univ.7.4 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon5.2 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.8 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.7 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg4.6 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.4 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Amagou, Roanne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.2 
 2. Washington, Le Ma.2.0 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 5. Greene, Orleans1.7 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Eldridge, s.Oliv.1.6 
 10. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.6 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 4. Sy, AS.1.2 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.8 
 9. Fall, Poitiers0.8 
 10. Plaisted, Limoges0.8 


Angers BC 49 add Antoine Belkessa - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 add Antoine Belkessa (186-G-88) for the next season. The player will come from Orchesien BC. In 20 games he had 7.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. The last season Belkessa played also at Orchesien BC. In 31 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Belkessa's team was regular season runner-up in French NM1 in 2011.


ProA Round 3 of Finals. Nanterre earn second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Strasbourg 70-60

Nanterre claimed the second straight win and grabbed 2-1 lead in the best-of-five championship series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Jeremy Nzeulie (187-91) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 13 points and 5 steals and naturalized Central African forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: J.Nzeulie 14+6reb+1ast, T.Meacham 13+3ast, C.Warren 12+1reb+5ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 12+3reb+1ast, D.Lighty 8+6reb+3ast, S.Brun 6+6reb+1ast
Strasbourg: R.Greer 13+3reb+1ast, M.Zianveni 10+5reb, L.Campbell 9+3reb+3ast, A.Ajinca 9+4reb+1ast, R.Duport 6+3reb, J.Shurna 4+3reb
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Chartres sign Damien Pistre - by Eurobasket News

Chartres bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Damien Pistre (190-G-83). The guard spent the last season with Charleville. He posted 7.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. Previously Damien Pistre played for Mulhouse, Lievin, Basket Le Puy. He was named into N1 All-Newcomers Team in 2007. He also made it into All-French NM1 2nd Team in 2011.


Limoges bring in Lucas Paoletti - by Eurobasket News

Limoges added a talented player to their roster. They penned deal with Lucas Paoletti (202-F-95). The forward has recently played for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. Lucas Paoletti posted 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds per game in NM1 last season. The forward the member of French U16 National Team. He is expected to play for the French U18 National Team at the upcoming European Championship in Latvia.


Angelo Tsagarakis joins Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

Boulogne bolstered their roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with sharp-shooter Angelo Tsagarakis (190-PG-84). The point guard penned a two-year deal with the team. Last season Angelo Tsagarakis spent with Chalons-Reims. He averaged 12.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in ProB. The guard helped Chalons-Reims reach ProB Finals. Previously Angelo Tsagarakis had stints with Bourg, Saint Vallier, Paris Levallois. He earned All-French ProB Honourable Mention in 2012. Angelo Tsagarakis used to play for French U18 and U20 National Teams. He also tasted basketball overseas as he studied and played for the Oregon State University basketball team.


Charleville name Cedric Heitz head coach - by Eurobasket News

Charleville announced the name of their new head coach. Cedric Heitz will guide the team in the next season. Cedric Heitz will replace Francis Charneux . Cedric Heist has been working as assistant coach with SLUC Nancy since 2006. He celebrated ProA title in 2008 and 2011 with the team. Cedric Heitz will try to guide the team back into ProB after they got relegated finishing the season as the bottom of the ladder.


Cholet Basket tab Lamine Kante - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Lamine Kante (200-SF-87, agency: Fusion Sports). The forward signed a two-year deal with the team. Last season Lamine Kante spent with Poitiers. He posted 11.3 points, 2.3 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously Lamine Kante had spells for Denain Voltaire, Boulogne, Le Mans and Chalon-Sur-Saone. Lamine Kante was ProB champion in 2008. The forward was named into French ProB All-Domestic Players Team in 2012. Lamine Kante was the member of U18 and U20 French National Teams.
Cholet have previously landed Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) and Steeve Ho You Fat (203-PF-88).



Roanne add Damien Inglis - by Eurobasket News

Roanne added talent to their roster. They signed Damien Inglis (203-PF-95). One of the top prospects of the French basketball has recently played for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. He notched 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game in NM1 last season. The forward earned All-French NM1 Honourable Mention. Damien Inglis was the member of U16 French National Team. He is expected to lead U18 French National Team at the upcoming European Championship in Latvia.


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Nils Mittmann Moves To The Walter TIgers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Some players just cant get enough of the orange basketball as a guy like Bernd Kruel of Phoenix hagen keeps coming back year after year and another guy who is well into his 30s and still has enough gas in his tank is Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79). Mitmann will play for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and enter his 16th professional season. Tuebingen will be his sixth team in Germany and he heads back to south Germany where he spent five seasons combined with Ulm and Ludwigsburg. The German who is a 34 year old 201cm forward played the last five seasons in Braunschweig where he was captain and in total eight years there as he started his career there in 1998 and playing until 2001 in his first tour of duty. Last season for the Phantoms he played 28 games averaging 4,1ppg and 3,2rpg. He scored in double figures three times and saved his best for the last regular season game where he scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in a 104-75 victory. Mittmann also played two seasons in Wurzburg. "He is a role model for discipline and attitude for our players. We will play him at the positions three and four. His shot and defense will help us", stressed Tigers head coach Igor Perovic.

Source: Walter Tigers Tuebingen




Mathias Fischer Wont Return To The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a turbulent first season in the Beko BBL for Matthias Fischer as head coach for the LTi Giessen 46ers, it was announced today that he wont be reurning. Both sides agreed to a separation in their working relationship. Giessen had a record of 4-30 and will play in the German Pro A this coming season. Despite so many problems during the season, Fischer did the best job that he could and when the team had to say farewell to many Americans on account of financial difficulties, he had no other alternative but to give much trust to young German players. "I want to thank the club and fans for the working relationship. Giessen will always have a place in my heart. I wish that Giessen can soon play in the Beko BBL again", stressed mathias Fischer. Recently Fischer was named as head coach of teh German A-2 national team.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers





Herten Bring In Carsten Bartels - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Herten have announced the arrival of Carsten Bartels (198-F-89) Bartels is a 23 year old 198cm forward that last played for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. Last season he played 27 games averaging 1,8rpg. His best game was a 11 point effort against Heidelberg. "He is a hard worker on the court and we are sure that he will fit well to us. He is a palyer that doesnt shy away from the dirty work always full fills his tactical work 100% and has a good shot. He will get more playing time with us", stressed Herten ehad coach Tobias Trutzenberg. In five seasons with essen he played a total of 105 Pro A games.

Source: Herten



SC Rasta Vechta Keep Dirk Madrich And Daniel Krause - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL newcomer SC Rasta Vechta have announced that Germans Dirk Madrich (211-C-83) and Daniel Krause (196-G-88) will remain with the team as they recieved contract extension today. Madrich is a 29 year old 211cm center that turned professional in 2000 and just completed his second season in Vechta where he played 36 games: 12.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 74.8%. Madrich who has played for top Beko BBL teams Bamberg and Artland and also gathered experience in countries like France and Greece has got the total trust from head coach Patrick Elzie "I am happy for the club, fans and Dirk that he will stay and shows his faithfulness to the team by taking a two year contract. It wasnt self evident that a player of his calibur would move to the Pro B. But I am sure that Vechta was a big help for him back then. Then he was a difficult juncture in his career, but we have both helped each other and now we are at the pinnacle to make the next step. He is a great player that has all to be a great player. He is a great guy and fits well in my concept. He will get the chance to be a starter", stressed Pat Elzie.

The club also kept German Daniel Krause. He is a 22 year old 196cm forward that will play his fourth season for SC Rasta Vechta. Last season he played : 37 games: 3.8ppg. "Daniel and Vechta just belong together. He comes from teh area and was a part of our success the last years. I am very excited to see how he will develop in the enxt 10 months. One thing was clear the first time I saw him was that he finds the basket and can score. He will be a full time professional and partcipate in each practice. He wasn't able to practice at aregular basis in the last years, but he still played well. I am sure that he will make the next step and be an importnat back up at the position two", added Patrick Elzie

Source: SC Rasta Vechta





Fabian Bleck remains With The Noma Iserlohn Kangaroos - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Regionaliga team Noma Iserlohn Kangaroos announced that U-20 German national player Fabian Bleck (198-F-93) will remain with the team for another season as well as playing for Phoenix Hagen using his double license. Last season the 20 year old 198cm forward played 10 Beko BBl games for Phoenix Hagen registering six points against Wurzburg and for NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (Regionalliga): 20 games: 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 15.8%, FT: 63.2%. "We are happy that he stayed with us and didnt move to a Pro B team", added head coach Matthias Grothe. The young german is also thrilled that he can still play for both teams. "The working condition between Hagen and Iserlohn is ideal for my further development as a player. I can concentrate 100% on the game", stressed Fabian Bleck.

Source: NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos



Mathias Fischer Named Head Coach Of The Telekom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The coaching life of Matthias Fischer has been very hectic the last months with his time at Giessen and then being named coach of teheGerman A-2 national team and now he has been named to replace the recently departed Michael Koch. Last season Fischer coached the LTi Giessen 46ers not having much luck there as the club had financial difficulties and he never really could show his coaching talent with a complete roster as he played the last three months with mainly young German players. Now he will have the chnane to show his talent with a strong Bonn roster. Fischer started his coaching career in 2000 and was an assistant for six years with teams like Rhondorf, Hagen and Cologne. In 2007, he got his first ehad coaching job with Black Star Mersch (Luxembourg-DBBL). He then went to Austria where he was very successful coaching teams kelag Worthersee Piraten (Austria-A Bundesliga) and Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga). The club also announced that Michael Wichterich will be the sport manager for the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Awards/Achievements for Fischer as a coach have been
German Bundesliga Cup Winner -05, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -06, German Bundesliga Champion -06, Head Coach Luxembourg National Team U16, U18 -07
Head Coach: Luxembourg National Team -07, Head Coach: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -10, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Champion -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -11, 12
Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -11, 12, Austrian Cup Winner -12, and Head Coach: German A2 National Team -13


Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn



Borgia Mbala Back With BG Aschersleben Tigers e.V. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Borgia M'Bala (191-G-89, college: Bluefield) is back with BG Aschersleben Tigers e.V. Mbala is a 23 year old 191cm guard from France. Last season he played for : BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga): 2 games: 20.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0spg, left in Nov.'12, then moved to BC Nord Ardeche (France-NM2). "We already liked him last season, but we were in middle of restructuring and he also didnt have the easiest family situation. We are happy that he has come back and are convinced that he will help us on offense and defense with his stabilty", added head coach Michael Opitz. Mbala spent a lot of time in the States going to high school in Florida and then to Bluefield college (NAIA) in Virginia. "I am happy that we found together and that I can return to Aschersleben. I want to thank the club and coach for the trust. I think we will have a great team and season and make the fans happy", stressed Borgia Mbala.

Source: BG Aschersleben Tigers e.V.







Nikita Khartchenkov Moves To Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Journey man Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87) will play for his eighth German club this season as he will lace up his sneakers for Phoenix Hagen. Nikita Khartchenkov is a 25 year old 200cm forward that has been knwon for his deadly jump shoot. Last season he split time with teams Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProA): 13 games: 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 36.6%, FT: 78.9%, in Jan.'13 moved to Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA, starting five): 18 games: 14.6ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.6%. "We have been involved with Nikita Khartchenkov for some time. Already last season he wa son our mind and we are so much happier that we could get him now", stressed Phoenix Hagen manager Oliver Herkelmann.

He started his basketball career in 2003 for TV Lagen. He then played two seasons for BC Khimki-2 Moscow reg.In 2006 he returned back to Germany where he played for Braunschweig. In 2008-2009 he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: Score-5 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 49.3%, In 2009-2010 he played in the Beko BBL for Bjoern Harmsen and the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 6.8ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 75.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for Murat Didin and the Duesseldorf Giants (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 16 games: 4.1ppg, 1.2rpg; in Feb.'11 moved to USC Freiburg (Germany-ProA): 11 games: 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 34.9%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.0%. In 2011-2012 he got experience playing for CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Romania-Div.A, starting five): 27 games: 17.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 83.1%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -03-05, Albert Schweitzer Tournament (Unofficial U18 World Championships) -04: 15.5ppg, 5rpg, 1.8apg, Russian Superleague B Runner-Up -05, Russian All-Superleague B Coach of the Year -05, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06, German U20 National Team -06, 07, European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 15.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3FGP: 41.1%, FT: 78.6%, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Newcomer of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team -07, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Newcomers Team -07
European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07 (Semifinals): 7 games: 15.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 45%, FT: 71.4%
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -08, German A2 National Team -08-09, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -09.

Source: Phoenix Hagen








Olaf Stolz Named A-2 German Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The German basketball federation announced today that Olaf Stolz will jump in as German A-2 national coach for the departed Mathias Fischer who has moved on to coach the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Stolz is no unknown face in the German basketball community especially with the German basketball federation as he coached the women from 2003-2006. "We have sympathy for Mathias Fischer in that we dont want to stand in the way of his chance in the Beko BBL. Fischer has to put together a new team in Bonn and now isnt able to coach teh A-2 team. I am happy that we were able to quickly geta replacement with Olaf Stolz . He was in our candidate pool and we are convinced that with his experience that he will do a good job", stated German basketball federation vice president Dr Wolfgang Hilgert.

Since 2006, Stolz has coached teams like
BBC Sparta Bertrange (DBBL), SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA), Paderborn Baskets (1.Bundesliga), and Bonn/Rhoendorf junior team (NBBL). "It is a big honor for me to coach with teh DBB team under German national coach Frank Menz. It has always been a big deal for me to coach at the international level. It will be exciting and I am looking forward to it. I am also happy for Mathias Fischer and that w eboth can work now even if it is at different ranks. Awards/Achievements in his basketball coaching career have been Head Coach: German Female U16-NT -03, European Female Championship U16 -03, Head Coach: German Female U18-NT -04, Head Coach: German Women National Team -05-06, European Championships in Turkey -05
Luxembourg League Champion -07, Head Coach: Belgian Women National Team -08, Luxembourg League Finalist -10, and Luxembourg League Semifinals -11

Source: DBB



Josh Parker (MBC) I Like The MBC Style Of Play And Also The Opportunity To Come In And Make An Impact Right Away - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adonte Parker (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that recently was a rookie for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and helped the team win the Pro B title. With Leverkusen he 33 games: Score-1 (28.5ppg), 4.5rpg, Assists-2 (7.1apg), 2.2spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 80.3%He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton (NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He scored in double figures 33 times scoring over 20 points 26 times, 30 points or more 15 times and 40 points or more four times including a 48 point explosion against Dresden. He cleaned out the Eurobasket awards as well getting Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Import Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -13, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -13. Many teams were aware of his stellar play in the pro B including the Mitteldeutscher BC who signed him for the 2013-2014 Beko BBL season. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Josh thanks for talking to Eurobasket.com Where are you currently and how have you been enjoying your summer vacation so far?

No problem thanks for the interview. I am currently home in Chicago. My summer vacation had been great just been enjoying my time with my family.

After a very successful season in Germany what was the first thing you did when you got back to Chicago? For some reason many basketball players go home craving a yummy Burrito.

The first thing I did when I arrived back in Chicago was get a pizza from Beggars Pizza it is my favorite pizza place here so I had to get it!

You were the best player in the Pro B, perhaps the best player the league has ever seen. Did it feel at times like you were a man playing with kids at a play ground in terms of the skill level?

No, not at all the competition level was very good and the Pro B really had some very skilled guys with a lot of talent. So I just was blessed to play the way that I did.

The Bayer Giants Leverkusen started the season slow at 3-4, but then got going. What was the deciding factor that got the team going?

Starting off the way we did was tough and no one would have thought that we would be Pro B champs not even me after the start we had, but we as a team stuck together, fought and worked hard every day and believed which led us to have the run that we had.


You led an underdog type of team to the Pro B title. Where did you get your leadership qualities from?

I would have to say my father. Just watching him on a day to day basis and him teaching me the ways of life as a man have really helped me translate those same qualities to the basketball court.

On many nights it was you and American Jack Eggleston that paved the way for the Leverkusen game. How important was he to the success of Leverkusen. He was in the shadow of your overwhelming success and play.

Jack was a huge part of our success if it was not for him I don't know where we would be. He played hard on both ends the whole season and always came with a will to win that rubbed off on us. He gets overlooked a lot but he was like the glue to our team that kept everything together, whatever we needed a rebound or a clutch bucket he was there. Glad I had the chance to play with him.

Besides winning the Pro B title, what was your fondest memory of this season in terms of your individual play? You scored 40 points plus four times including a 48 point explosion against Dresden.

I would have to say the Licher Baeren game right before Christmas break it was a huge game for us that really helped us to start coming together as a team!


What will you always remember from your last meeting with head coach Achim Kuczmann? You came to Leverkusen with a lot of talent, but I am sure the German head coach had some part in your dominating play.

It was tough saying goodbye to coach Achim. He definitely was a huge part of the success I had in my first year and words can't even express how much I appreciate him. He trusted in my ability and let me play the game the way I knew how. Not only on the basketball court but off the court as well he was always there for me. He is just a classy guy and a great coach! Glad I had the chance to play for him.

I never had any doubt that after such a big season that you would land at a higher level. The off season is still young, did you jump at that first good offer from MBC or what were the main reasons for taking the MBC offer?

MBC is a great club that followed me the whole season and really showed a lot of interest in me. I liked the style of play and also the opportunity to come in and make an impact right away. Just felt like they are a really great fit for me.

What do you know about the small town Weissenfels? It is very small, but the club did win a international tournament, only three German teams have ever won an international title and legend Wendell Alexis ended his career there?

I know a little bit about the town did some research on it. They have a good tradition there and I know they love their basketball there in Weissenfels so I'm excited to be a part of the family.


Head coach Silvano Poropat has you planned in as a combo guard. You obviously won't be as dominant as in the Pro B, but will it be a bit difficult having a new role and not always scoring 40 points?

I'm just looking forward to the opportunity and being able to play and compete at this next level. I'm willing to do whatever it takes for our team and anything Coach Poropat needs of me. Just going to focus on getting better everyday.


One Beko BBL club mentioned that athletic ability was lacking a bit and was one of the reasons why they didnt look at you further. Does criticism like that make you work even harder this summer? On what things will you work on most?

Of course it pushes you more just being a competitor but right now I'm just focused on getting better each and everyday and looking forward to getting to work with MBC. Being a complete player has been a focus this summer.

How does a typical Josh Parker work out day this summer look like?

A typical Josh Parker workout day consist of skill training in the morning and then weight training and playing in the evenings.

What is something that you will treat yourself to this summer? Something that you have been wanting to do but have never done before?

I have been wanting to treat myself to a little vacation somewhere. I want to go to a NBA Finals game I never been before.


Do you think that Derrick Rose will ever be the old Derrick Rose when he steps back into the NBA jungle?

Yes I believe he will be the old Derrick Rose! I know his competitive drive and believe in his ability he will be ready!

How did the Germany experience make you a better and stronger person on and off the court?

My German experience has really made me a better and stronger person on and off the court learning a new culture, experiencing a new way of life, and to overcome adversity.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Taken 2

Thanks Josh for the chat.





BV Chemnitz Keep Donald Lawson and Jorge Schmidt Departs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team BV Chemnitz announced today that Donald Lawson (208-C-88, college: W.Michigan) will remain in Chemnitz and play his fourth season and German Jorge Schmidt will depart. Lawson is a 24 year old 208cm center that last season played 26 games: 11.0ppg, Reb-2 (10.3rpg), 1.5apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (1.3bpg), FGP: 50.4%, FT: 47.5%. He had six double doubles in the season and four games with 16 rebounds. "Donald made a big jump in his play and got more interest from other teams. I am so much happier that he will remain with us as a leader and identity figure and help with integration. Losing Jorge Schmidt hurts. He was a total professional in his three seasons here and wish him all the best for the future", commented BV Chemnitz head coach Felix Schreier. Schmidt played 91 Pro A games in his three seasons in Chemnitz and last season played 30 games: 9.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 85.7%

Source: BV Chemnitz



Scott Thomas taking his game to Belgium - by Moritz Korff

Scott Thomas (200-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Bowling Green) is set to leave Cuxhaven, but will stay near the shores of the North Sea. The Antwerp Giants of Belgium have announced the signing of the Bowling Green grad who led the BasCats in scoring (19.7ppg) and rebounding (6.4rpg) last season. Thomas also received Eurobasket.com All-Pro B First Team honors and was named Pro A Forward of the Year following his first year as a professional basketball player. He ranked 10th in the Pro A in three pointers made (65 triples in 32 games played) and was the fourth best player in the league according to the efficiency rating (per game).


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Alhaji Mohammed wins the title in Romania - by Eurobasket News

Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) wins the title in Romania as his Ploiesti celebrated the Liga Nationala title. They overcame Targu Mures 83:76 in the sixth game of the championship series to claim the trophy for the second season in a row. Alhaji Mohammed stepped up with impressive 38 points to pace Ploiesti.
Targu Mures snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second period. Targu Mures ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. They remained in front after thirty minutes of action. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by two points 59:57 lead at the final intermission. However Ploiesti turned things around in the fourth stanza. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 72:68 lead. Alhaji Mohammed gave the hosts a 79:71 lead with under two minutes remaining. Targu Mures ran out of steam in the dying minutes as Ploiesti marched to the victory. Vladimir Tica posted 13 points, while Virgil Stanescu added 12 points for the winners. Vaidotas Peciukas responded with 23 points for Targu Mures. Branko Cuic netted 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists in the loss.



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Dimitris Haritopoulos wins the title with Lukoil Academik - by Eurobasket News

Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) wins the title with Lukoil Academik in Bulgaria. His Lukoil Academik clinch NBL 2012/2013 title in Bulgaria. The team won the decisive game against Levski 86:81 and won the series 3-2. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-10. But Levski Sofia won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brandon Heath orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import center Darryl Watkins contributed with 17 points for the winners. Serbian center Mladen Pantic answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Levski Sofia.
The season 2012-2013 Dimitris Haritopoulos started for PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1) and showed 8.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 36.8%, FT: 84.8%. InFeb.'13 moved to Lukoil Academik Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL) and had 13.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 65.1%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 64.6%.



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Szolnok is building the strongest roster ever - by Tamas Deri

Only two days after the lost finals the management of Szolnok published, that several new players will arrive to the highest budget team in our country. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) and Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: TSS Management) will stay on coach Asceric"s roster, who signed for one more season with the club. New Hungarian players on the roster will be: Akos Keller (208-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Miljan Rakic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell). Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) signed a pre-contract with the club which will get valid once the player will receive his Hungarian passport.
Keller is a very athletic power forward, who helped Albacomp with 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds to win the Hungarian Cup and Championship this season. David Vojvoda was the best Hungarian guard of the league helping Paks with 18.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Rakic is a naturalized point guard, he led his team JKSE with 18.0 points and 5.9 assists into the quarterfinals. Ivosev plays on the position 4 and had two good seasons in Hungary so far.



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Winner league best players nominees - by Idan Seggev

On June 10th, 3 days before the Winner league final, the 2012-13 traditional gala night will take place and the best players will be announced, among them also best five of the year. 10 players were chosen by 34 basketball jounalists. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Bazan Haifa sent 3 representatives each, Hapoel Eilat two, Hapoel Holon and Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion one each. And these are the 10 players who received the most votes:

Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) - Maccabi Bazan Haifa
Afik Nissim (186-PG-81) - Hapoel Eilat
Scotty Hopson (200-G-89, college: Tennessee) - Hapoel Eilat
Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) - Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) - Maccabi Bazan Haifa
Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) - Maccabi Bazan Haifa
Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) - Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) - Hapoel Holon
Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra) - Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion
Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) - Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv

Also will be announced coach of the year, 6th man of the year, defensive player of the year etc. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv already qualified for the final arter winning Hapoel Jerusalem 0-3, while Haifa and Eilat will go to game 4 when Haifa lead series 1-2.



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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.5 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Datome, Acea V.16.5 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 8. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 9. Cinciarini, Sutor15.3 
 10. Barbour, Pesaro15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Sidigas AV
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ivanov, Sidigas AV10.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.4 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 5. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.6 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 10. Steele, Hapoel J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  PGE T.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, PGE T.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.2 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 8. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 8. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 



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JaBA courts NBA players - by Eurobasket News

Jamaica's Senior Men's National Team 'JamRockerZ' have secured valuable international practice matches as they prepare for the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela, starting in late August. It was confirmed that the Jamaican team will gave three crucial warm-up events as they prepare for the tournament that will be a qualifier for the FIBA World Championships set for next year. According to Ajani Williams, president of the Jamaica Basketball Association, the Jamaican team will play a number of friendlies in Toronto, Canada in a tournament set for August 8-11 then in San Juan, Puerto Rica, August 12-14 before another in Venezuela, August 25-27, just prior to the start of the tournament. Jamaica have been drawn in Group A where they will face Canada and Uruguay on August 31, Puerto Rico on September 2 and Brazil on September 3. After this stage, the top-two teams will advance to the semi-finals and are guaranteed places in the World Championships.
Meanwhile, Williams said that they have managed to retain the core of their professional players who took them to a historic third place in the Centro tournament last year and are expected to significantly boost their team depth with new additions. Those returning from last year are Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville), Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa), Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence). Ryan Reid (203-C/F-86, college: Florida St.), who last played for Jamaica in 2011 and was a draft pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, has committed to returning, the Jamaica Observer has learnt.
Williams said JaBA was expecting to add more professional players, including 6' 5" New York-born point guard Durand Scott (196-G-90), formerly of the University of Miami. Also, the association is in discussion with 7' 0" centre Ryan Hollins (213-C-84, college: UCLA), who is presently playing for the Los Angeles Clippers after stints with several other teams in the NBA, including Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams said JaBA was still in dialogue with two additional NBA players "one of which is a legitimate burgeoning star" but said more would be said on those negotiations later.
Courtesy of: jamaicaobserver.com



Black's Three-Pointer Clinches Title For Jaguars - by Eurobasket News

A game-winning three-pointer from shooting guard Dave Black (180-G-85) gave Granville Jaguars a tense, yet exciting one-point (73-72) victory over Hoopers in Sunday's mid-season final at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. While Black's clutch shot sealed the win, it was the inside dominance by centre Leroy Lawrence that fired the Jaguars, despite them losing ground in the second half. Lawrence had a brilliant double-double, with a game-high 30 points and 16 rebounds, plus two assists. Black, who scored the winner with only 16 seconds left on the game clock, ended with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals. Hoopers, who beat Catherine Hall All-Stars and Lucea Flames (with similar record) to advance, failed to match Jaguars' firepower, with Lawrence dominating inside the paint. Forward Rayon Bolt (15 points) top-scored for Hoopers, who held a one-point lead with less than a minute remaining in the game. Nicholas Watson added 14 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Bolt also grabbed six rebounds. The Jaguars jumped in front for a first-quarter 19-9 lead and went into the half-time break up by eight points. But it was a different trend in the second half as Hoopers stormed back with a 22-19 third-quarter run and a 23-19 fourth-quarter blitz. However, their hard work was undone by the last-gasp, long three-pointer from Blake. League action resumes tomorrow with two games. Lucea Flames take the court against title favourites Montego Bay Cricket Club Knights at 6 p.m.. Then at 8 p.m., mid-season champions Granville Jaguars take on Railway Tigers. Both games will be played at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.
Courtesy of: jamaica-gleaner.com



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Opening game of 2013-14 season on BIBL may be played in Prishtina - by Onur Decani

The opening game of 2013-14 season of EUROHOLD Balkan League may be played in Prishtina who are joining the league by the new season, as it was told in the letter send by Balkan League Sports Director, Shay Shtriks to the president of Kosovo Basketball Federation, Fatmir Gashi.
Here is the complete letter received by the federation :

"Dear Mr. Gashi,

First of all I would like to thank the management of BC Sigal Prishtina for the warm hospitality which they gave to Mr. Toshev and Mr. Genov during the visit of the club on 19.05.2013. It was very good experience for them and they came back with good information regarding the game, club management and accommodation.

Regarding the participation of BC Sigal Prishtina in EUROHOLD Balkan League season 2013 -2014 here I am sending you our decision according to the information which we have and after the decision of the Board meeting of the League from 20.04.2013.

BC Sigal Prishtina is not the champion of the Kosovo first division league, but will have the rights to play next season in EUROHOLD Balkan League according to the Kosovo Basketball Federation request with the following conditions:

1. To accept and respect the official regulations of the League along with the FIBA decisions (Issue of the national flag, anthem, etc. as it was agreed before);

2. To have in the gym 2 new stationary baskets according to FIBA regulations baskets from the ceiling are not permitted;

3. To renovate or to have new dressing room for the referees;

4. Financial terms
12,000 EUR Deposit will be send according the official regulations ( until 22.07.2013)
3,000 EUR Registration fee will be sent according the official regulations ( until 22.07.2013)
20,000 EUR Wild Card Fee (nonrefundable according to the decision of the Board meeting on 20.04.2013)
First payment 10,000 EUR until 14.06.2013
Second payment 10,000 EUR until 23.08.2013




We in the EUROHOLD Balkan League are taking a very important and historical decision and we are going to support the first ever professional basketball club from Kosovo that will play official in an international competition recognized by FIBA and FIBA Europe. We will need from your side and the clubs, a full cooperation and respect of our decision so that we can open the door for future cooperation and development of the basketball in Kosovo and the Balkan League.

We will also consider the option to make the opening game of season 2013 2014 in Prishtina but I will inform you about our final decision on 01.09.2013

I must receive your answer not later than Friday - 31.05.2013 in order to proceed further.


Sincerely Yours,

Shay Shtriks
Sports Director
EUROHOLD Balkan League "



From now on Superleague teams can sign 4 abroad players - by Onur Decani

Since Kosovo earned the rights to send one team to play in Balkan League, some more changes are going to be realized in Kosovan Basketball. Teams that play in Balkan League can have 4 abroad players on their teams, so the Basketball Federation of Kosovo decided to apply the same regulation in Kosovo.
With the new changes all teams in Superleague can contain in their team a maximum of 4 foreign players and as it seems the clubs have reacted well to the new changes.
The regulation is not official yet, so as it seems when teams play in the league they can use only 2 foreign players in a game at the same time, leaving other 2 of them in the bench.



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

Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 1st Team 2013
Earl Rowland
Rowland
Zanis Peiners
Peiners
Janis Berzins
Berzins
Tyler Cain
Cain
Todd O'Brien
O'Brien

Finals MVP: Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) of VEF Riga
Player of the Year: Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga
Guard of the Year: Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga
Forward of the Year: Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals
Center of the Year: Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils
Import Player of the Year: Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals
Domestic Player of the Year: Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals
Coach of the Year: Ramunas Butautas of VEF Riga

1st Team
G: Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga
G: Zanis Peiners (204-G-90) of LU
F: Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera
F: Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals
C: Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils

2nd Team
PG: P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87) of Jekabpils
SG: Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) of VEF Riga
F: Janis Timma (201-F-92) of Ventspils
F: Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Barons kvartals
C: Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-C-85) of Jekabpils

Honorable Mention
Raimonds Gabrans (185-G-84) of Valmiera
Will Daniels (203-F-86) of VEF Riga
Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils
Keith Chamberlain (204-F/C-87) of Jelgava
Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) of Jelgava
Artis Ate (191-G-89) of Liepaja
Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Jurmala
Matiss Rudmiezis (190-F-91) of Turiba
Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95) of VEF Riga

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) of VEF Riga
F: Janis Timma (201-F-92) of Ventspils
G: Zanis Peiners (204-G-90) of LU
F: Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera
F: Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Barons kvartals

All-Imports Team
G: Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga
PG: P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87) of Jekabpils
F: Will Daniels (203-F-86) of VEF Riga
F: Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals
C: Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils



Ivars Timermanis celebrate in Romania - by Eurobasket News

Ivars Timermanis (203-F-82) celebrate in Romania with his Ploiesti as latter grabbed the Liga Nationala title. They overcame Targu Mures in the sixth game of the championship series to claim the trophy for the second season in a row. Alhaji Mohammed stepped up with impressive 38 points to pace Ploiesti.
Targu Mures snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second period. Targu Mures ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. They remained in front after thirty minutes of action. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by two points 59:57 lead at the final intermission. However Ploiesti turned things around in the fourth stanza. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 72:68 lead. Alhaji Mohammed gave the hosts a 79:71 lead with under two minutes remaining. Targu Mures ran out of steam in the dying minutes as Ploiesti marched to the victory. Vladimir Tica posted 13 points, while Virgil Stanescu added 12 points for the winners. Vaidotas Peciukas responded with 23 points for Targu Mures. Branko Cuic netted 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists in the loss.
In 2012-2013 for CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania-Division A, starting five) Ivars Timermanis averaged 6.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 46.7% in EuroChallenge. In Romanian League hi stats read 8.8 points per game.



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Lithuania U19 hand second defeat to Australia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Australia U19 71:68

Lithuanian U19 National Team won the exhibition series versus their Australian counterparts. The hosts narrowly defeated the Emus in the third game in Kaunas. Paulius Satkus (201-C/F-94) posted 12 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Australia jumped to a slim 16:14 lead after ten minutes. The Emus boosted the gap in the second frame. Australia ensured a 38:29 halftime lead. But Lithuania turned things around in the third period. The hosts went on a 21:13 run to narrow the gap at a single point. Lithuania fired 21 points in the fourth frame to snatch a tough victory at the end. Donatas Tarolis (201-F-94) netted 11 points, while Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) and Benas Griciunas (210-C-94) had 9 points each for the winners.



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Ukrainian Vitaly Potapenko will be Assistant Coach in Cleveland Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian Vitaly Potapenko (208-F/C-75, college: Wright St.) will be Assistant Coach in Cleveland Cavaliers. The Ukrainian Man returns to the team but not as a player anymore.
Vitaly Potapenko is one of the loudest basketball names in Ukraine. He started his career in 1990-1991 for Budivelnik Kiev and then in 1994-1996 moved to Wright St. (NCAA, starting five). In 1996-1997 he was chosen by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA,1rd (12)) and in 1998 was traded to Boston Celtics (NBA). In 1999-2000 for Boston Celtics (NBA, starting five) he averaged 9.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1apg. In 2002 he was traded by Boston Celtics in 5-players deal to Seattle Supersonics (NBA).
The last season as a player he finished with MMT Estudiantes Madrid (Spain-ACB). In 6 games his stats read 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 34.0%, FT: 67.0%.
As a Coach Assistant he appeared in 2009-2010 for Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League).



Is Brian Shaw the frontrunner for the Brooklyn Nets coaching job? - by Eurobasket News

The former half of the famous Orlando Magic alley-oop combination, The Shaw-Shaq Redemption, is considered to be the favorite for the head coach vacancy in Brooklyn. The 47-year-old ex-NBA guard is currently the associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers, who lost in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night. Shaw has done a great job this postseason, as is evident by their success not only against Miami, but versus New York and Atlanta as well, earlier in the Playoffs. Theres no denying Shaws success as a player-coach. Players with character issues such as Lance Stephenson, have expressed their affection for Coach Brian Shaw as well as their star Paul George, who credits Shaw for his breakout season. This seems to be a good fit for the Brooklyn Nets, and their star point guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois). If you remember correctly, Deron Williams created a Me or Jerry Sloan situation in Utah, and also reportedly quit on Coach Avery Johnson , in Brooklyn last season. We will keep you up to speed as we track this story in the future.
Courtesy of: elitedaily.com



Clippers receive permission to interview Lionel Hollins - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers have received permission to interview Lionel Hollins . Hollins led the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals, but is unlikely to return. The Clippers are searching for a replacement for Vinny Del Negro . A source said, however, that Brian Shaw remains the leading candidate. Reports also indicate that the Brooklyn Nets have identified Shaw as their top candidate.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Brooklyn Nets, Philadephia 76ers contact Larry Brown - by Eurobasket News

If you google "Billy King" and "Larry Brown ," you'll come up with all sorts of connections. Brown hired King as an assistant coach in Indiana, where they worked together for four years. Then Brown helped get King a job in the Philadelphia front office. King is always quoting Brown on matters of life and the NBA. Now comes word from an anonymous source to Adam Zagoria that the Nets, along with the 76ers and possibly the Clippers, have contacted Brown, who's currently coaching SMU in Dallas. "Three NBA teams have talked to him," the source said, adding that he was not certain of the identity of the third team. "If one of those teams offered him I think he would [take it] but I dont think theyre going to offer him," the source said. Brown, 72, is the only coach ever to win an NBA and NCAA championship and has coached nine NBA teams. He is a member of the Hall of Fame. If hired by any NBA team, he would be the oldest NBA head coach ever. Brown's contract situation at SMU is unclear, but he just had his best recruiting year and his son has enrolled at the school, reports Zagoria. Meanwhile, Brian Shaw is reportedly the first choice of the Clippers.
Courtesy of: netsdaily.com



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Nepalese National Team 2013 - by Simas

Paresh Shrestha Golden Gate Nepal
Sanjay Byangankar Jr. Trinity Nepal
Sanjay Byangankar Jr. Trinity Nepal
Sanjan Pun
Manesh Rajopadhaya
Ashim Shrestha
Anish Shahi
Rajiv Joshi
Sushil Gurung
Siddhartha Maharjan
Binod Shrestha
Bibek Shrestha

Dinesh Nakarmi Head Coach
Rabindra Maharjan Assistant



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Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria name five home-base for final preparation - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The coaching crew of the Nigeria senior men national team has released names of five home-based players who will join their foreign counterparts to fight for shirts as the country get set for it final preparation ahead the 27th African Cup of Nations Afrobasket slated for Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from August 20 through 31.

The Nigerian technical crew led by Coach Ayo Bakare made the names public after a rigorous four days scrimmage held few weeks ago in Abuja.

The players according to a release from the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation include two players who were part of the bronze winning effort of the FIBA Africa Zone-III giant as Stanley Gumut of Mark Mentors basketball club of Abuja and Abubakar Usman of Kano Pillars basketball club, others are Michael Ohiero (Mark Mentors BC), Abdulwahab Yahaya (Mark Mentors BC) and Nkem Ojougboh (Comets BC).

The next phase of camping we reliably gathered will be held in China before the team round off its preparation as the country searches for it first win at the biggest stage of Africa basketball in the United States of America.

Nigeria is in group-D alongside Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Mali
Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86)



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Ron Billingslea takes over Sverresborg - by Eurobasket News

Ron Billingslea is named the new head coach of Sverresborg. The US specialist is among the top coaches working in Norway. He led Froya for the last three seasons. Ron Billingslea became BLNO champion in 2012. He was named All-Norwegian BLNO Coach of the Year in 2012. Previously the specialist worked with Kongsberg, Oslo, Ammerud, Asker and Tromso in Norway as well as Etzella in Luxembourg. Ron Billingslea also guided the Norwegian U18 National Team in 2011.


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Taulava named 2013 ABL MVP - by Aris Ignacio

San Miguel Beermen's Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) by the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Taulava averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Beermen but his impact to the team's rise in the current season proved to be a factor in the voting process which includes nominees Sports Rev Thailand Slammers' Froilan Baguion (170-G-80), Saigon Heat's Jai Reyes (173-G), Indonesia Warriors' Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) and SMB teammate Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific).

The selection process for the player awards began with ABL officials selecting nominees for each category based on statistics from the regular season. Nominees are required to have played in at least 16 games in order to be eligible. The list of nominees was then sent to each team. Votes were then cast based on a ranking system. The league collects the ballots to determine the winners.

Taulava and the rest of the Beermen will have their chance to capture the franchise's first ABL crown when they battle the defending champions, the Indonesia Warriors, in a rematch of last year's ABL Finals. Game one of the best-of-five series will be held on the 7th of June at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.



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Znicz Basket tab Dawid Mieczkowski - by Eurobasket News

Znicz Basket completed the first signing of the post-season. They ensured the services of Dawid Mieczkowski (188-G-89) for the next season. The guard played for Pulaski Warka last season. Dawid Mieczkowski tallied 11.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in 2Liga. He earned All-Polish 2Liga Honourable Mention. Previously the guard had stints with Slask Wroclaw and Energa Czarni. He was the member of Polish U20 National Team in 2009.


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Standings - D2

Liga I Stage Two Standings
 1. Steaua 3-0 
 2. Concordia 2-1 
 3. Stiinta B. 1-2 
 4. Politehnica 0-3 
Semifinals Standings

Finals: Round 3

Jun. 2: Steaua - Concordia 94-86
Jun. 2: Stiinta B. - Politehnica 101-90


Division B Stats Leaders

Liga I Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Milos Petkovic 22.5
2 Catalin Bordei 20.8
3 Mihai Alexandru Nuta 18.3
4 Radu Paliciuc 17.9
5 Grigore Vasilescu 12.6
6 Cosmin Barbu 11.8
7 Andrei Zarojanu 10.5
8 Oynur Musledin 10
9 Gabriel Tudosa 8.2
10 Dragos Branza 8.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Milos Petkovic 6.8
2 Grigore Vasilescu 6.6
3 Radu Paliciuc 6.5
4 Cosmin Barbu 5.8
5 Cosmin Radu 4.2
6 Catalin Bordei 4.0
7 Ferenc Biro 3.9
8 Oynur Musledin 3.6
9 Egor Baranovschi 3.5
10 Dragos Branza 3.5
Assists Per Game
1 Mihai Alexandru Nuta 4.8
2 Catalin Bordei 4.5
3 Dragos Branza 3.5
4 Radu Paliciuc 3.4
5 Gabriel Tudosa 1.9
6 Gheorghe Balmus 1.8
7 Cristian Apahidean 1.8
8 Alexandru Sofian 1.8
9 Grigore Vasilescu 1.5
10 Cosmin Barbu 1.5



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VTB League: CSKA outscored Lokomotiv in Moscow to take 2-0 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Lokomotiv 64:54

CSKA outscored Lokomotiv in Moscow to take 2-0 lead in the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Lokomotiv managed to win fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lokomotiv 36-20 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) produced 12 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) added 5 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Game 3 will be played in Krasnodar.

CSKA: S.Weems 13+5reb+3ast, N.Krstic 12+5reb+1ast, Z.Erceg 9+1reb+1ast, V.Khryapa 9+5reb+3ast, V.Micov 8+2reb+3ast, A.Jackson 7+2reb+2ast
Lokomotiv: D.Brown 12+2reb, A.Zubkov 9+3reb, V.Likhodey 8+1ast, R.Hendrix 6+2reb, M.Grigoryev 5, N.Calathes 5+1reb+7ast



Fotis Katsikaris:No one will cry for the absence of Kirilenko, Khryapa and Kaun - by Athanasios Ntinas

Head Coach of the Russian National team Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) expressed his respect for the team, despite the absences of Andrei Kirilenko, Victor Khryapa and Alexander Kaun.We remind you that in the preliminary roster for the upcoming 2013 Eurobasket these players were not included.It is a great honour to play for the national team. Each player has to understand that he is defending the colors of his country, but we have to respect the player's decision- said Katsikaris. The situation in the clubs and the national team is different. The season is long, the players get tired.Every player should remember not only what he gives to the National team, but also what the National team gives to him.Our team will suffer three losses. First, Kirilenko, who has long abandoned the team. We were ready for it, Andrey is a very important individual for the team, but we have to put up with it. Second, Alexander Kaun, who had very serious personal problems that forced him to withdraw from the national team. Third,Victor Khryapa. It's no secret: Victor, two years in a row played almost non-stop. We met and discussed the situation and decided that he should not play for the team this year. We must respect our players and their health.Undoubtedly, these are the three strongest players in the team, but no one will cry for the absences of Kirilenko, Khryapa and Kaun. This is not the first challenge in my life, I will treat it the same way as the others.


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Basketball League Postponed to June 15 - by Eurobasket News

Rwanda Basketball Federation has postponed the national basketball league to June 15. The development was confirmed by the Rwanda Basketball Federation's Secretary General Richard Mutabazi.
He said initially, the league was expected to start today but since all teams have not finished registration, a decision was taken to postpone the league to mid June.
"We only have a few teams that have registered and we have given the other teams a grace period of fifteen days such that they can respond," Mutabazi said.
Defending champion Espoir, second-placed APR, Rusizi basketball, United Generation and newcomers Gisenyi Basketball Club are the only teams that have registered to compete in the men's league.
In women's league, Ubumwe is the only team that has registered.
In last season's edition, the men's league was made of eight teams while four clubs only featured in the women's league.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Espoir target Gisembe Memorial tournament - by Eurobasket News

ESPOIR BASKETBALL CLUB are aiming to win this years Gisembe Memorial tournament which is scheduled for June 6, 7 and 8 at Amahoro Indoor stadium.
According to the head coach Jean Bahufite, the organisers are keen to add the forthcoming tournament title to the league and playoffs success to wrap up what would be the clubs most memorable season.
We are determined to win this tournament, we have been prepared well and we hope we will do better than we have done in recent years, Bahufite told Sunday Sport on Friday.
The league champions have already strengthened their squad with point guard Lionel Hakizimana from archrivals APR and forward Olivier Shyaka from last years champions Kigali Basketball Club.
The 10 teams will take part in this years edition, including three from Rwanda in mens category and two for the women category, while other five teams will come from Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.
The Rwandan teams will include Espoir, APR and defending champions Circle Sportif de Kigali, Muzinga and Urumuri from Burundi and Warriors from Uganda in the mens category.
The womens category will have APR and National University of Rwanda, Berco Stars from Burundi and Promotion Jeunesse Basketball from DRC.
Emmanuel Ntarugera aka Gisembe, was killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Espoir will also be honouring other players and officials who were killed during the Genocide.

Contact email: peter.kamasa[at]newtimes.co.rw
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Ousmane Barro finished outstanding season abroad - by Eurobasket News

Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84, college: Marquette) finished outstanding season abroad with his Targu Mures.His team advanced to the Finals but lost the series last night to Ploiesti. Alhaji Mohammed stepped up with impressive 38 points to pace Ploiesti.
Targu Mures snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second period. Targu Mures ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. They remained in front after thirty minutes of action. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by two points 59:57 lead at the final intermission. However Ploiesti turned things around in the fourth stanza. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 72:68 lead. Alhaji Mohammed gave the hosts a 79:71 lead with under two minutes remaining. Targu Mures ran out of steam in the dying minutes as Ploiesti marched to the victory. Vladimir Tica posted 13 points, while Virgil Stanescu added 12 points for the winners. Vaidotas Peciukas responded with 23 points for Targu Mures. Branko Cuic netted 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists in the loss.
Ousmane Barro averaged 9.0 points per game in Romania.



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Bojan Popovic wins title in Bulgaria - by Ivan Milenkovic

Four Serbians played in the final of Bulgarian League - Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport), Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) and Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) for Levski Sofia and Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) for Lukoil Academic. Lukoil had the best record in regular season and used home court advantage throughout playoffs to win another Bulgarian trophy. This is their 23rd title in history and 11th title in a row!
Bojan Popovic, who signed for Lukoil in January, scored 8 points and added 4 assists in deciding game 5 of the finals. Experienced point guard played 27 games in total and averaged 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 turnovers.
Mladen Pantic played great for Levski since joining them in March. He scored 15 points and added 9 rebounds in final game of the season. His season's averages were 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds (19 games). Nemanja Protic signed for Levski in March, too. He averaged 9.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.3 steals and 1.5 turnovers for them (19 games). In game 5 of the finals, 26-year-old point guard had 10 points and 4 assists. Only
Marko Marinovic was in Levski from the start of the season. He had averages of 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.8 turnovers. In deciding game, experienced point guard had 15 points, 6 rebs, 2 assists and 5 turnovers.


Serbian Legion win the title with Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Legion win the title with Ploiesti in Romania as Ploiesti celebrated the Liga Nationala title. Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84), Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) and Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) s team overcame Targu Mures in the sixth game of the championship series to claim the trophy for the second season in a row. Alhaji Mohammed stepped up with impressive 38 points to pace Ploiesti.
Targu Mures snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second period. Targu Mures ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. They remained in front after thirty minutes of action. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by two points 59:57 lead at the final intermission. However Ploiesti turned things around in the fourth stanza. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 72:68 lead. Alhaji Mohammed gave the hosts a 79:71 lead with under two minutes remaining. Targu Mures ran out of steam in the dying minutes as Ploiesti marched to the victory. Vladimir Tica posted 13 points, while Virgil Stanescu added 12 points for the winners. Vaidotas Peciukas responded with 23 points for Targu Mures. Branko Cuic netted 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists in the loss.
Predrag Miletic averaged 10.2 points per game, while Vladimir Tica had 13.9 points per game. Aleksandar Vlahovic showed 10.3 ppg.



Good start for Dragan Raca in China - by Zoran Popovic

Raca Dragan ,head coach of Changqing Flying Dragon started NBL season wining first 3 games in a row making him only undefedet team in the leauge.Last win against Hubei on the road Josh Harrlleson was best scocer with 23points and 14rebounds (4/6 3pts) and Yao following with 22points and 6rebounds (3/4 3pts).This season Raca Dragan and his team are favorite to win NBL championship.Last month Raca Dragan was invited on Dallas Maverics veteran camp this summer.


Serbian Legion win the title in Bosnia - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Legion win the title in Bosnia as their Igokea clinched Division I title. They broke Siroki WWin hegemony in the championship snapping their four-season title streak. Igokea earned a tough home 74:69 win in the decisive fifth game of the series. Corsley Edwards provided 25 points to lead the Aleksandrovac team.
Both teams started the game aggressively. They traded baskets eagerly as Igokea snatched a narrow 25:24 lead after ten minutes. Igokea stretched the advantage in the second frame. The hosts held their opponents at 12-point mark in the period to take a 45:36 halftime lead. Siroki WWin however struck right back after the big break. The visitors fired 21 points and cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the final break 57:59. Bosnjak gave Siroki WWin a 67:65 lead with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Corsley Edwards converted a three-point play to regain the lead for Igokea. Boris Barac tied things up at 68 but Stemberger and Jorovic made it 71:68 for the home side with 24 seconds remaining. Bocka and Sakic exchanged free throws and then Corsley Edwards sealed the win for the hosts from the stripe. Clifford Hammonds accounted for 14 points, while Milan Dozet (203-SF-79) netted 8 points for the winners. Johnathon Jones answered with 17 points for Siroki WWin. Boris Barac had 16 points in the loss.
Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) averaged 9.7 points per game in the League, while Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) had 5.2ppg. Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) showed 5.5 points per game and Milan Dozet averaged 6.6 ppg. Bojan Radetic (203-F-88, agency: BeoExcell) had 2.0 points per game, while Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) showed 4.6 ppg.



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Baya keep the pressure on leaders Heat as Hawks fly again - by Eurobasket News

Baya won a hard-fought battle against Premium Cobras to stay in touch with league leaders Beau Vallon Heat who beat MBU Rockers on Friday.
Beau Vallon Heat extended their unbeaten start to the season with another victory. This time it was MBU Rockers who succumbed to the Heat on an 86-76 score at Victoria Gymnasium.
On Saturday, three games were scheduled with the match of the day being Premium Cobras encounter with Baya. It took overtime to decide a winner and it was Baya who prevailed in the end by three points. Baya made a good start by winning the first quarter 12-7, but Cobras came back to tie the game at 32 apiece at the end of the first half with a 25-20 second-quarter performance.
The two teams battled it out in the third and fourth quarters only to find themselves tied at 70 points each at the end of normal time, thus needing overtime to decide who would win all the points. Baya showed more determination and with a 9-6 overtime score, they won the game 79-76.
Dan Come scored a game-leading 24 points while Amadou Sylla added 21 for the Cobras. Dave Roseline led the scoring for Baya with 17 points.
Defending champions PLS Hawks took on Mont Fleuri Dawgz. Coached by Nigel Ah-kong, the Dawgz provided little resistance against the more experienced Plaisance-based team.
Hawks had a 10-point lead by the end of the first half 33-23 and they managed to maintain their superiority to claim a 73-45 victory.
Rodney Loz scored 19 points for the Hawks while Cyril Agrippine had 13 for the Dawgz.
RC Dynamics failed to register their first win of the campaign as they suffered yet another defeat. Anse Boileau-based Angels were their opponents this time and they proved to be too good for Dynamics who lost 64-85.
Barry Dubignon scored 24 points for Angels, while a 15-point effort by Jean-Paul Lesperance was not enough to prevent Dynamics from losing again.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Carl ENGLISH
  Asefa E.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. English, Asefa E.17.2 
 2. Feldeine, Mad-Croc15.9 
 3. Doellman, Valencia15.9 
 4. Martin, Blancos15.6 
 5. DeVries, Assignia.15.4 
 6. Gabriel, Asefa E.14.9 
 7. Toolson, G.Canari.14.3 
 8. Fisher, FIATC J.13.8 
 9. Vasiliadis, Gescr.13.8 
 10. Nocioni, Caja Lab.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nacho MARTIN
  Blancos .
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Martin, Blancos7.1 
 2. Hunter, Blancos6.8 
 3. Nelson, G.Canari.6.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal6.4 
 5. Lewis, UCAM M.6.2 
 6. Kurz, Mad-Croc6.1 
 7. Donaldson, CB Cana.6.0 
 8. Gaffney, FIATC J.5.9 
 9. Norel, CAI Zaragoza5.9 
 10. Kendall, Blusens5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Bluse.
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Bluse.5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.3 
 3. Renfroe, Brose B.4.5 
 4. Satoransky, Cajasol4.2 
 5. Rodriguez, Real M.4.1 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.1 
 7. Uriz, CB Canarias4.1 
 8. Heurtel, Caja L.3.5 
 9. Zisis, Gescrap BB3.5 
 10. Huertas, FCB Reg.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin DOELLMAN
  Valencia
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Doellman, Valencia1.9 
 2. Kirksay, Asefa E.1.7 
 3. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.6 
 4. Finley, Lagun A.1.6 
 5. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.6 
 6. Rost, CB Canarias1.5 
 7. Markovic, Valencia1.4 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 9. Uriz, CB Canarias1.3 
 10. Rodriguez, UCAM M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Blusens M.
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Mejri, Blusens M.1.5 
 2. Kurz, Mad-Croc1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Gaffney, FIATC J.1.3 
 5. Vazquez, Unicaja1.3 
 6. Sene, Mad-Croc1.1 
 7. Nogueira, Asefa E.1.1 
 8. Hunter, Blancos1.1 
 9. Barnes, Asefa E.1.0 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.0 


Spanish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Spanish U16 National Team 2013
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Daniel Melian
Melian
Sergi Garcia
Garcia
Santiago Yusta
Yusta
Xabier Lopez
Lopez
Jonathan Barreiro
Barreiro
#e#5
Daniel Melian 186-PG-97 CB Canarias Spain
Carlos Hidalgo PG-97 Cajasol Spain
Sergi Garcia 184-PG-97 Islas Baleares Spain
Pablo Perez 181-PG-97 Valencia Basket Spain
Santiago Yusta SG-97 Real Madrid Spain
Xabier Lopez SG-97 FIATC Joventut Spain
Rodrigo Deus 97
Jonathan Barreiro 201-F-97 Real Madrid Spain
Pedro Fanjul F-97 Cajasol Spain
Jose A. Blazquez 97 Real Madrid Spain
Rafael Blanco 97 Real Madrid Spain
Samuel Rodriguez F/C-97 FIATC Joventut Spain
Juan Oliva F/C-97 UCAM Murcia Spain
Alvaro Reyes 97 FIATC Joventut Spain
Ramon Vila C-97 FCB Regal Spain

Jose Silva Head Coach
Javier Zamora Assistant
Jose Maria Panadero Assistant



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Thomas Massamba tastes Bulgarian Gold - by Eurobasket News

Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) tastes Bulgarian Gold as his Lukoil Academik clinch NBL 2012/2013 title in Bulgaria. The team won the decisive game against Levski 86:81 and won the series 3-2. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-10. But Levski Sofia won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brandon Heath orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import center Darryl Watkins contributed with 17 points for the winners. Serbian center Mladen Pantic answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Levski Sofia.
In 2012-2013 for Lukoil Academik Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL) Thomas Massamba averaged 6.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 81.9%. In EuroCup his stats read 2.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1reb, 1steal.



Boras Basket extend with Fredrik Andersson - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket have extended the contract with Fredrik Andersson (199-G/F-93). The guard averaged 2.1 points and 1.0 rebound per game in Basketligan. He also played for the junior team. Fredrik Andersson used to play for U16, U18 and U20 Swedish selections. He posted 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia last year.


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Turkish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Turkish U18 National Team 2013
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Cedi Osman
Osman
Tolga Gecim
Gecim
Dogukan Sanli
Sanli
Kartal Ozmizrak
Ozmizrak
Ediz Oktay
Oktay
#e#5
Cedi Osman 195-SG-95 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Tolga Gecim 202-PG-96 Bandirma Kir. Turkey
Dogukan Sanli 191-G-95 Besiktas Turkey
Kartal Ozmizrak 186-PG-95 Besiktas Turkey
Ediz Oktay 192-G-96 Darussafaka Turkey
Kerem Kanter 203-PF-95 High School USA
Berk Ugurlu 191-G-96 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Mehmet Sanli 205-C-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Mert Ciner 196-F-95 Darussafaka Turkey
Metecan Birsen 205-SF-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Ege Arar 200-C-96 Galatasaray Turkey
Muhsin Yasar 204-F/C-95 Tofas Turkey
Berk Demir 203-F-95 Pertevniyal Turkey
Emircan Kosut 216-C-95 Pertevniyal Turkey
Ogulcan Baykan 195-SG-96 Pertevniyal Turkey
Okben Ulubay 200-F-97 Pertevniyal Turkey
Akif Guven 206-C-96 Karsiyaka Turkey
Kenan Sipahi 198-PG-95 Tofas Turkey

Taner Gunay Head Coach
Hasan Serbest Assistant
Fatih Elbas Assistant Tofas Turkey
Tufan Sabah Assistant



Turkish U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Turkish U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Ramazan Tekin
Tekin
Hasan Erdogan
Erdogan
Merthan Mutlu
Mutlu
Metin Turen
Turen
Erbil Eroglu
Eroglu
#e#5
Ramazan Tekin 212-C-93 Anadolu Efes Turkey
Hasan Erdogan 93 Ankara Basket Turkey
Merthan Mutlu 94 Darussafaka Turkey
Metin Turen 205-PF-94 Darussafaka Turkey
Erbil Eroglu 195-PG-93 Erdemir Turkey
Abdullah Cem Kocal 94 Final Genclik Turkey
Deniz Cevik 190-SG-94 Turk Telekom Turkey
Ahmet Tuncer 193-G-93 Istanbul B.B. Turkey
Ugur Dokuyan 197-G/F-93 MG Spor Turkey
Berkay Candan 204-F-93 Olin Edirne Turkey
Bulut Altin 187-PG-93 Pertevniyal Turkey
Efekan Cosar 192-SG-94 Pertevniyal Turkey
Onur Calban 211-C/F-93 Karsiyaka Turkey
Ismail Gulmez 191-SG-94 MG Spor Turkey
Samet Geyik 205-F-93 Tofas Turkey

Erhan Toker Head Coach Tofas Turkey
Polat Kaya Assistant
Abdullah Becer Assistant
Semih Soguksu Assistant Banvit BK Turkey



Turkish NT close to Messina, Erdenay says - by Ugur Turker

Harun Erdenay who is Responsible of Turkish Basketball Natiaonal Team and Board Member of Turkish Basketball Federation said TBF is close to sign a contract with Ettore Messina . Erdenay "There are only some details left for a deal but i can not say it's done for sure since Messina is looking for a club and if he terminates his contract with CSKA Moskow and leaves for NBA, contract will not be signed"
Erdenay also talked about Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) who had banned 20 games by NBA for doping and is edge of facing another 2 years ban from FIBA if he comes back to FIBA organisations "I believe it will not fair if FIBA bans Hidayet Turkoglu again since he faced his penalty in NBA. System sould not give two penalty for same problem but FIBA had asked explanation from Hidayet. We are waiting for decision of Discipline Comittee of FIBA"
Erdenay also stated that Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) who had operation from shoulder will not be in National Team but other NBA players, Omer Asik (213-C-86) and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) is going to play in Slovenia



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Results of the Draw for the Centrobasket U17 - by David Edole

San Juan, Puerto Rico In the afternoon the groups for the Centrobasket U17 were drawn, the tournament will be played from the 14th to the 18th of August in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

The draw was celebrated in the offices of the Federation of Basketball of Puerto Rico in San Juan and the Athletic Director of FIBA Americas, Anibal Garcia was in charge.

The groups were set as follows:

Group A: Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, El Salvador, Mexico

Group B: Bahamas, United States Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico

Centrobasket U17 qualifies three teams to the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

All information about the tournament and pre-tournament news you can see in www.fibaamericas.com.



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Blick and Afidra see off Ndejje - by Eurobasket News

Isaac Afidra scored 13 points in a game that propelled DMark Power to the top of the log. Photo by Michael Nsubuga.
By Julius Senyimba
Airtel National Basketball League
Women
Magic Stormers 68 Gladiators 34
KCCA Leopards 52 A1 Challenge 29
Men
Falcon 85 Miracle 27
Ndejje Univ. Angels 67 DMark Power 76
A history of playing together on club and national duty in the past seemed to be fuelling the chemistry between Norman Blick and Isaac Afidra when they combined to devastating effect to dispatch Ndejje and lift DMark Power to yet another win in the Airtel National Basketball League.
The two seasoned campaigners flourished against Ndejje, with Blick scoring 19 while Afidra chipped in with 13 points. The pair also registered seven assists and five steals combined in the game played on Sunday evening at YMCA, Wandegeya.
It was not an easy game especially at the start but I guess our experience helped us to overcome the threat in time. Our chemistry helped us a lot, Blick explained after the win.
Ndejjes best player on the night Jonathan Otim who scored a team high 14 points was ejected with 38 seconds left in third quarter after he fouled out. Interestingly, 4 of the 5 fouls were conceded off Blick and Afidra.
We were close but after fouling out, it all went south though the fifth foul was not mine even if the referee insisted it was off me, a disappointed Otim explained after the painful loss.
The win saw Power leapfrog UCU Canons at the top of the table and like the Mukono based side, remain unbeaten in five games.
In the other mens game, Galaxy Falcons thrashed Miracle 85-27 in a one sided encounter. Abdulahi Ramadhan scored a game and season high 19 points and was ably assisted by Steven Omony with 17.
In the ladies category, KCCA recaptured top spot with a 52-29 win over plucky A1 Challenge while in-form Magic Stormers won their third game in a row with a resounding 68-34 victory over Gladiators.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Ukrainian Vitaly Potapenko will be Assistant Coach in Cleveland Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian Vitaly Potapenko (208-F/C-75, college: Wright St.) will be Assistant Coach in Cleveland Cavaliers. The Ukrainian Man returns to the team but not as a player anymore.
Vitaly Potapenko is one of the loudest basketball names in Ukraine. He started his career in 1990-1991 for Budivelnik Kiev and then in 1994-1996 moved to Wright St. (NCAA, starting five). In 1996-1997 he was chosen by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA,1rd (12)) and in 1998 was traded to Boston Celtics (NBA). In 1999-2000 for Boston Celtics (NBA, starting five) he averaged 9.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1apg. In 2002 he was traded by Boston Celtics in 5-players deal to Seattle Supersonics (NBA).
The last season as a player he finished with MMT Estudiantes Madrid (Spain-ACB). In 6 games his stats read 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 34.0%, FT: 67.0%.
As a Coach Assistant he appeared in 2009-2010 for Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League).



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Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

results for the Metro League (6th round)
Colon 81 - Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 20 pts, 20 reb. 7 nlocks, 2 assists, Nicolas Ibarra (192-F-82) 26 pts. 7 reb.
25 de Agosto 74 - Emiliano Suarez (182-PG-91) 20 pts. 10 reb. Rashad Chase (201-F/C-87, agency: Promotex, college: Georgia St.) 2 pts. 11 reb. 2 blocks
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Guruyu Waston 78 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 15 pts. 24 reb. 1 block 2 assits. Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 18 pts. 5 reb.
Marne 73 - Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 15 pts. 10 reb. 2 blocks
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Welcome 100 - Diego Oviedo 22 pts. Diego Romero (203-C-82, college: Florida St.) 19 pts. 16 reb.
Stockolmo 56 - Fernando Baudine (195-F-84) 11 pts. 3 reb.



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Day 2 of Finals. CSKA step closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Lokomotiv 64-54

CSKA outscored Lokomotiv in Moscow to take 2-0 lead in the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Lokomotiv managed to win fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lokomotiv 36-20 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) produced 12 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) added 5 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: S.Weems 13+5reb+3ast, N.Krstic 12+5reb+1ast, Z.Erceg 9+1reb+1ast, V.Khryapa 9+5reb+3ast, V.Micov 8+2reb+3ast, A.Jackson 7+2reb+2ast
Lokomotiv: D.Brown 12+2reb, A.Zubkov 9+3reb, V.Likhodey 8+1ast, R.Hendrix 6+2reb, M.Grigoryev 5, N.Calathes 5+1reb+7ast
gschID: 242009




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Women News


SBL: Wolves come out on top (Week 12 Women's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Womens State Basketball League has a new ladder leader for the first time in a month after Rockingham suffered a shock loss to Stirling in round 12.

The Flames defeat opened the door for Wanneroo, who leapt into top spot on the back of a comprehensive win over East Perth on Saturday.

The Wolves had four players reach double figures on the scoreboard in their 68-45 win.

Casey Lockwood (185-F-85, college: Princeton) top-scored with 13 points, while Nikita-Lee Martin, Shani Amos and Meghan DArcy scored 11 points each.

Denielle Lipscombe was the Eagles best with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

On Friday night, Rockingham returned to action after a bye in round 11 and were caught on the hop by the Senators, who dominated the final quarter to rack up an 82-78 win.

Amber Land (188-F/C-85, college: E.Michigan) registered 29 points and 11 rebounds in a stellar display for the Senators, while Tegan Walker scored 21 points and Taylor Lilley added 12.

The Flames dropped to third place, with Willetton moving into second place on the back of a superior percentage despite having the bye in round 12.

In Fridays other game, reigning champions South West Slammers coasted to an 86-57 win away to Mandurah Magic.

Kimberly Sitzmann (22 points) and Donnelle Wallam (19) were unstoppable as the Slammers dominated the middle periods to run out easy winners.

Mandurahs week got worse on Saturday when they were beaten 78-67 by Cockburn at home.

Stirling were brought back to earth by Perth, going down 58-53 in a tight contest on Saturday.

Cockburn also split their double header after losing 87-66 to Kalamunda.

Article by Shayne Hope
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au
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Capitals gets bigger with Carley Mijovic - by Eurobasket News

Capitals gets bigger with Carley Mijovic (197-C-94). The 19-year old center will come from Kilsyth Lady Cobras.
Carley Mijovic played for Kilsyth Lady Cobras in n SEABL. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. This season Mijovic played at Dandenong Rangers. In 23 games she recorded 6.1ppg and 3.6rpg this season. The last season she played at Australian Institute of Sport. In 16 WNBL games she averaged 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg. Mijovic represented Australia at the World Championships U19 in Chile two years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 3 games: 4.3ppg, 3.7rpg.



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Silver Stars add Julie Wojta - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Silver Stars added Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) to the roster. She is meant to strengthen the roster weakened by injuries of Becky Hammon (5'9''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) and Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor). Julie Wojta started the pre-season with the Silver Stars. However the Belgian forward was waived before the start of the season. Last season Julie Wojta spent with Belfius Namur Capitale. She posted 15.7 points, 11.1 boards, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. In EuroCup her stats read 14.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. She was named All-Belgian League Forward of the Year. Julie Wojta graduated from Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2012. The forward was trumped All-Horizon League Player of the Year in 2012.


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Rockwool Pula announced another signing - by Eurobasket News

Rockwool Pula announced another signing for 2013/2014 season. The Croatian side got bigger with Karmen Cicic (181-F-94).
In 2011-2012 she appeared for ZKK Mursa Osijek (A2, starting five) and stayed there until last season. In 2010 she was a member of the Croatian U16 National Team. At the European Championships U16 for Women in Greece Karmen Cicic won Silver. Last year she was a member of the
Croatian U18 National Team -12. At the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) -12 she showed 1.8ppg, 1.5rpg.
Earlier the team announced Ivana Blazevic (182-PG-93) for 2013/2014 season. The Croatian player will move from Gospic.
Blazevic has played previously for another Croatian team KK Zadar.



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Good Angels keep Tijana Krivacevic - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels have agreed on terms of contract extension with Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90). The Hungarian player will spend one more season with the Slovakian powerhouse. Last season Tijana Krivacevic posted 13.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game in Extraliga. She also delivered 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per EuroLeague appearance. The forward also came up with 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game at the Middle Europe League. Previously Tijana Krivacevic had stints with Rivas Ecopolis, UNIQA Euroleasing and MiZo Pecs. Tijana Krivacevic was named into Hungarian League All-Domestic Player Team in 2011. She also earned All-Hungarian League Honourable Mention in 2010. She was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Hungarian National Teams. The forward debuted for the Hungarian National Team in 2008.


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Germany feeling good going to Israel - by Bas Hendriks

Germany may have lost their both games versus Finland in the Wolfenbttel but they left the court feeling great after a vote of confidence from their homecrowd. Headcoach Alexandra Maerz stated: 'Lets take it all game by game. We've had a tremendous boost in Wolfenbttel and especially our 'Leistungstrger' like Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) did very well'

The squad
Lea Mersch (170-G-87)
Anne Breitreiner
Birte Thimm (180-F-87)
Finja Schaake (179-F-92)
Julia Schindler (165-G-90)
Stephanie Wagner (182-F-90)
Tina Menz (174-G/F-88)
Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92)
Ama Degbeon (183-F-95)
Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87)
Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91)
Margret Skuballa




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  HOLLAND   


Dutch National Squad ready to rock Luxemburg - by Bas Hendriks

Sure, no Myrthe Beld, no Naomi Halman, no Zera Butter, no Anouk Biesters, and so on, but still: Dutch headcoach Meindert van Veen has a solid team that will travel to Luxemburg later this week for the Qualifying Mission for Eurobasket 2015.

Dutch star center Naomi Halman might see Chatilla van Grinsven as her standin. The new signing of Bourges France had some good games in the tournament in Spain where she provided presence under the rim , grabbing lots of rebounds and she showed offensive potential in college last season, going for 14.9 points a game. Myrthe Beld has been a starting pointguard for several years but now is not available, and will probably see her shoes filled by Karin Kuijt who had a standout second half of the season with Lekdetec.nl where she led the team in double doubles.
Anouk Biesters has been a longtime stakeholder for the Dutch team but stepped down due to kneeproblems. Her minutes figure to be taken by Nathalie van den Adel and Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports). Both are strong enough to join the battle under the boards, are skilled offensively and as Dutch premier website Ibasketball.nl stated: This team could make a run at the semi-finals.

The Roster

Natalie van den Adel (De Wit-Grasshoppers),
Tanya Brring (Recreativo Conquero Huelva, Spanje),
Francis Donders (Girolive Panthers Osnabruck, Duitsland),
Chatilla van Grinsven (St. Josephs University, USA/bourges, Frankrijk)
Eline Kasius (Challenge Sports/Binnenland.Rotterdam),
Maaike Klein (Dozy BV Den Helder),
Marlou De Kleijn (Cadi ICG Software, Spanje),
Leonie Kooij (Challenge Sports/Binnenland.Rotterdam),
Karin Kuijt (Lekdetec.nl),
Fieke Ligthart (SV Halle Lions, Duitsland),
Rianne de Roos (Belfius Namur Capitale, Belgi),
Richelle van der Keijl (CTO Amsterdam Vrouwenbasketball)



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  HUNGARY   

Stats Leaders - Women

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



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  ISRAEL   


Bar Gilinski pens deal with Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) pens deal with Maccabi Ashdod for 2013/2014 season. Last season she played for Elitzur Holon and had 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0spg.
Despite young age Gilinski had impressive career. Gilinski's team made it to the Israeli Cup Final Four in 2009. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 2nd Team in 2011 and 2012.She was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Gilinski played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previously for U16 National Team between 2007 and 2008. She also represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Klatovy (Czech Republic) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: Score-1 (22.3ppg), Reb-2 (12.4rpg), 1.0spg, FGP: 49.0%, FT: 76.7%.
Maccabi Bnot Ashdod will also keep Noa Ganor (171-G-86). She was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Ganor played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2011 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006. She also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg.
Ganor has played also professionally for other Israeli teams like Ramat Hasharon, Maccabi Ramat Hen, Bnot Hasharon, B.Yehuda and Elitzur Netanya.



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  POLAND   


Malgorzata Misiuk remain with Gdynia - by Eurobasket News

Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) remain with Gdynia for the next season. The Polish Forward will enter another season with Basketball Investments Gdynia (PLKK). Last year she averaged 9.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 62.5%
In 2011-2012 she played for Lotos Gdynia and had 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg. Among other achievements Misiuk's team made it to the PLKK Semifinals for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). She received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team award in 2011. Misiuk represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 13.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Misiuk has played previously for another Polish team SMS Lomianki. She started her professional career in 2007.



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  RUSSIA   


Nadezhda Orenburg signs Spanish International Anna Cruz - by Eurobasket News

Nadezhda Orenburg signs Spanish International Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for the next season. The Russian team announced the signing last night.
Anna Cruz played for Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. In 23 games she recorded 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Domestic Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Cruz also played 15 games in Euroleague where she averaged 14.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!). Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team. The last season she played also at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 28 games she averaged 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team. Cruz also played 21 games in Euroleague where she averaged 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Cruz was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2007.
She has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Cruz has regularly played for since 2009 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. She represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.2%.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Good Angels keep Tijana Krivacevic - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels have agreed on terms of contract extension with Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90). The Hungarian player will spend one more season with the Slovakian powerhouse. Last season Tijana Krivacevic posted 13.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game in Extraliga. She also delivered 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per EuroLeague appearance. The forward also came up with 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game at the Middle Europe League. Previously Tijana Krivacevic had stints with Rivas Ecopolis, UNIQA Euroleasing and MiZo Pecs. Tijana Krivacevic was named into Hungarian League All-Domestic Player Team in 2011. She also earned All-Hungarian League Honourable Mention in 2010. She was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Hungarian National Teams. The forward debuted for the Hungarian National Team in 2008.


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  SPAIN   


Caja Rural land Nadirah McKenith - by Eurobasket News

Caja Rural announced the new signing. They agreed on terms of contract with Nadirah McKenith (170-G, college: St.John's). The guard is in her first pro season. Nadirah McKenith has graduated from St. Johns in 2013. She posted 13.2 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in her senior season. She was named into WBCA Division I All-Region 1st Team. Nadirah McKenith also earned WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honourable Mention. The guard was drafted by the Washington Mystics. She has already debuted for the Mystics in the WNBA. The guard issued one assist in 7 minutes on the court in the opener.


Spanish National Team 2013 - by Simas

Spanish National Team 2013
#s#
Laura Gil
Gil
Elisa Aguilar
Aguilar
Laia Palau
Palau
Silvia Dominguez
Dominguez
Cristina Ouvina
Ouvina
#e#5
Laura Gil 190-C-92 Burgos Spain
Elisa Aguilar 172-G-76 CCC Polkowice Poland
Laia Palau 176-G-79 CCC Polkowice Poland
Silvia Dominguez 166-PG-87 UMMC Russia
Cristina Ouvina 174-G-90 Wisla Can-Pak Poland
Amaya Valdemoro 183-F-76 Real Canoe Spain
Alba Torrens 188-F-89 Galatasaray Turkey
Anna Cruz 173-PG-86 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Marta Xargay Casademont 181-PG-90 Perfumerias Spain
Leonor Rodriguez Manso 180-G-91 Perfumerias Spain
Queralt Casas 178-G/F-92 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Lucila Pascua 195-C-83 Novi Zagreb Croatia
Cindy Lima 196-C-81 UNI Gyor Hungary
Laura Nicholls 189-C-89 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Sancho Lyttle 192-C-83 Atlanta D. USA




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  TURKEY   


Turkish National Team 2013 - by Simas

Turkish National Team 2013
#s#
Naile Cirak
Cirak
Quanitra Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth
Birsel Vardarli
Vardarli
Cansu Koksal
Koksal
Esmeral Tuncluer
Tuncluer
#e#5
Naile Cirak 185-C-85 Antakya Turkey
Quanitra Hollingsworth 196-C-88 Fenerbahce Turkey
Birsel Vardarli 175-G-84 Fenerbahce Turkey
Cansu Koksal 185-SF-94 Fenerbahce Turkey
Esmeral Tuncluer 175-G-80 Fenerbahce Turkey
Nevriye Yilmaz 194-C-80 Galatasaray Turkey
Olcay Cakir 182-PG-93 Fenerbahce Turkey
Bahar Caglar 186-F-88 Galatasaray Turkey
Isil Alben 170-G-86 Galatasaray Turkey
Saziye Ivegin 183-F-82 Galatasaray Turkey
Tugba Palazoglu 171-G-80 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
Aysegul Gunay 172-PG-92 Kayseri Turkey
Esra Ural 198-C-91 Kayseri Turkey
Pinar Demirok 182-SG-91 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
Ecem Guler 189-PF-92 Mersin Turkey
Begum Dalgalar 183-F-88 Kayseri Turkey
Tugce Canitez 187-F-90 Fenerbahce Turkey

Ceyhun Yildizoglu Head Coach Mersin Turkey
Erkan Metin Assistant Migros Turkey
Erman Okerman Assistant
Omer Buharali Assistant



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  UBA   

WUBA Standings

WUBA Standings
 1. Georgia D. 10-3 
 2. GIE Matrix 9-4 
 3. Southern G. 7-6 
 4. Tennessee D. 5-6 
 5. Atlanta A. 4-6 
 6. Metro A. Sparks 1-11 



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  UGANDA   


KCCA overcome A1s early challenge as Magic storm blows Gladiators - by Eurobasket News

Between a diverse offensive attack and an effective defense, KCCA Leopards looked a championship-caliber team on Sunday evening. KCCA used a strong defensive effort holding A1 Challenge without a basket in the second quarter and 13 points in the second half en route to a 52-29 win. They guys played very good defense a delighted KCCAs coach, Timothy Odeke said.

Leopards (6-0) got the points from usual sources. Flavia oketcho scored game high 12 points and Martha Soigi added 10 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Soigi was limited to 3 field goals all coming in the final quarter of 8 attempts and Oketcho waited till the third quarter for her first field goal. Hilda Naigaga had 8 points. We have got a good bench. If one or two top players are kept out they (bench) steps up Odeke added.

Challenge (1-4) ground and matched Leopards in the first half closing out the period trailing 17-16 but the third quarter scoring drought was the biggest undoing as KCCA ran away into double digit lead and ultimately a blow-out victory for the three time champions. I think the ladies got tired. They wore out as the game progressed A1s coach, Geoffrey Omondi told Kawowo Sports. Vickie Ntale scored 8 points and picked 5 rebounds to lead A1. Olivia Mulwana contributed 6 points.

Meanwhile Magic Stormers beat Gladiators 68-34 in the early Sunday womens game. Center, Carol Nyafwono scored game high 17 points and picked 19 rebounds to lead Stormers (3-2). Esther Awayo added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Belinda Feni and Sylvia Twesigye had 12 points each. Corneria Atuhaire and Joan Birungi led Gladiators (1-4) with 8 points each and Stella Nikuze chipped in with 6.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  WBCBL   


ST. LOUIS SURGE ANNOUNCES HOME GAME 2 - FATHER DAUGHTER DAY - by Willie McCray

St. Louis, Mo June 4, 2013 The St. Louis Surge Womens Semi-Professional Basketball Team will take on the Illinois Shooting Stars in its second home game of the 2013 season on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 3:05 p.m. The game will take place at the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) Mark Twain Center located at One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door: adults $8, students (with current high school student I.D.) $5, free for children 12 and under, and free for those in team uniforms. Season tickets are currently available for $49.99. Discounted tickets to all St. Louis Surge home games can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.com and Livingsocial.com. Additional information about Surge tickets and prices can be found online at www.stlsurgebasketball.com.

This game will be Surge Father-Daughter Day in honor of Fathers Day and all the dads that support their daughters basketball involvement. Larry Hughes St. Louis native, father, and former NBA player will be honored during half time. He will receive the St. Louis Surge Community Award for his involvement in the community, more specifically The Larry Hughes Foundation, which provides assistance to families with children in need of organ donation.

The Surge will host three additional regular-season games in St. Louis and will feature teams from across the Mid-West. Following the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on June 15, the Surge invites fans and race participants to Paint It Pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Also, the Surge confirmed that they will be proud hosts of the 2013 Womens Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) National Tournament August 3-4.

The St. Louis Surge 2013 team roster features local high school favorites, McDonalds All-Americans, and international professional players The roster includes the following players: The roster includes the following players: Jasmine Bailey (University of Illinois - Chicago), Bianca Beck (Southeast Missouri University), Jaleesa Butler (Georgetown University), Shanika Butler (University of Arkansas Little), Nicole Dames (Oklahoma Panhandle State University), Daria Frazier (Wichita State University), Tanisha Gilbert (Minnesota University), Gabriella Green (Lindenwood University), Jenna Higgins (Northern State University), Gillian Letsche (Iowa State University), KeiShell Paul (Oklahoma University), Kassidy Shuman (Quincy University), Ali Schwagmeyer (Quincy University) and Aneshia Starks (Culver Stockton College).

The team is led by a new coaching staff including head coach Melissa Young and assistant coaches Petra Jackson and Tony Condra.


About St. Louis Surge

The Saint Louis Surge is a member of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL), a semi-professional woman's league, which consists of 46 teams from cities across the United States. The mission of the St. Louis Surge Women's Semi-Professional Basketball Team is to become role models and act as mentors in the St. Louis community while fostering a team of sportsmanship, teamwork and excellence. The focus of the program is to promote sport participation and provide players the opportunity to transition into the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) or international professional basketball leagues.






About Women's Blue Chip Basketball League


The WBCBL's mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women age 20 and older. Players in the league include former college players, former National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) players, and current international professional players. The WBCBL acts as a primary Farm/Recruiting league for the WNBA. The WBCBL's strong networking relationship with professional international basketball scouts and agents increase the opportunity for players to move on to higher-level professional jobs.




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  WNBA   


Silver Stars add Julie Wojta - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Silver Stars added Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) to the roster. She is meant to strengthen the roster weakened by injuries of Becky Hammon (5'9''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) and Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor). Julie Wojta started the pre-season with the Silver Stars. However the Belgian forward was waived before the start of the season. Last season Julie Wojta spent with Belfius Namur Capitale. She posted 15.7 points, 11.1 boards, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. In EuroCup her stats read 14.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. She was named All-Belgian League Forward of the Year. Julie Wojta graduated from Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2012. The forward was trumped All-Horizon League Player of the Year in 2012.


WNBA announces Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) of the Atlanta Dream and Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played May 24 through June 2.
McCoughtry, the 2009 WNBA Rookie of the Year and the league's 2012 scoring champion, led Atlanta to its second 3-0 start in franchise history, which included a pair of road wins. This is McCoughtry's eighth Player of the Week award in her four WNBA seasons. McCoughtry erupted for 29 and led the Dream to an 86-77 win over the defending champion Indiana Fever on May 31. She also scored 16 points in a May 25 win over Tulsa, and 15 to beat Washington on June 2. McCoughtry is averaging 20 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals. She is tied for fourth in the league in scoring.
For Parker, who earned league MVP and Rookie of the Year accolades in 2008, the Player of the Week award is the eleventh of her career. Her 20 rebounds in the Sparks' 83-78 loss to San Antonio on Saturday were a personal single-game high and the second-most in Sparks history behind the 21 of Lisa Leslie (June 19, 1998). She also swatted four shots and dished out four assists. Parker also turned in a 10-point, five-rebound performance in Los Angeles' 102-69 win over Seattle on May 26. She ranks third in the league in rebounding with 12.5 per game. Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Chicago's Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), Connecticut's Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee), New York's Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), and Washington's Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) in the East, as well as Minnesota's Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) and Tulsa's Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) in the West.

Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com