EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/7/2013 4:04:01 AM

Copyright 1997-2013 Eurobasket
WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site!
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the report, nor will you attempt to do so.
More info:www.eurobasket.com


Men News

*****************************************************
  ABA   



Chicago Steam Names GM/Gead Coach - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Chicago Steam has named former Bradley University star and assistant coach Willie Scott as its new head coach and general manager. A first team All-Defensive All-American at Hillsdale College, Scott transferred to Bradley, where he led the team to an NIT Championship in 1982 and he also played professional basketball in Canada, Europe and Argentina.
Scott was the assistant men's basketball coach at Bradley from 2010-12 and most recently was the head coach this past season at Dyett High School in Chicago leading the team to a 19-10 record, its best performance in seven years.
"I am honored and very excited to become the new head coach and GM of the Steam," said Scott. "I thank Ron Hicks for choosing me over many candidates who I know would love the opportunity. This organization has been up and running for five seasons and ranked in the Top 5 ABA teams in the country. So, to be a part of this great establishment is a blessing and I look forward to working for the Steam. My goal is to make sure the players have a great experience and win championships."
"We are very happy to have Willie as the new GM and head coach," added Hicks. "He brings a ton of basketball experience to the Steam andalso was a great player at King, Bradley and the pros. I feel he will do a great job with these young men. The Steam plays its home games at South Suburban College in South Holland...for more information, visit www.chicagosteambasketball.com



*****************************************************
  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Rumors - Vlada Jovanovic new head coach of MZT Skoplje? - by Zoran Popovic

According to rumors Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) will be new head coach of MZT Skoplje. Management of Macedonian team part ways with Ales Pipan and ''closest and the best ofption for MTZ Skoplje'' is former Partizan coach. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was assistant coach of Dusko Vujosevic and after him spent two seasons on the Partizan bench. With Partizan Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) won to two Serbian titles, two National cups and one Adriatic league. After Partizan Jovanovic moves to BC Doneck, but few months after beginning of he season terminate contract with Ukrainian team. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was head coach of Serbian U20 and U18 National team. This summer Jovanovic is head coach of Serbian U20 National team on European Championship.


*****************************************************
  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Fact File of Afrobasket: Focus on Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Senegal has had the most appearance in the history of the Africa biggest basketball competition Afrobasket with twenty-five previous appearance, five titles (gold), six silver medals and three bronze medals to its credit.

The Senegalese Lions will be making it twenty-sixth appearance when the sixteen nations whose flags will be hoisted at the 27th edition of the African Cup Nations in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire missing out only at the maiden edition in Cairo, Egypt in 1962.

Senegal first outing at the FIBA Africa Championship (Afrobasket) was a fifth place finish in 1964 when the competition was staged in Casablanca, Morocco, the FIBA Africa Zone-II giant followed up with fourth place finish in 1965 in Tunisia after losing the losers final to Algeria by 57-46 points.

The Lions finally stamped it authority in African basketball in 1968 when it defeated host Morocco by 67-60 points to win it first title and thus began a robust journey in African basketball as it stepped out to be counted among the sixteen top nations that will fight for honours from August 20 through 31 at the stage of the Abidjan (Cote dIvoire) 27th Afrobasket.

Senegal joined the world basketball community in 1962 and is ranked fourth in Africa and 37th in the world and will look to better it fifth place finish at the 26th edition in Antananarivo, Madagascar after being considered as one of the title favourite after perennial champion Angola.

Senegal will play in group-B at the 27th Afrobasket in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire alongside host Cote dIvoire, Algeria and Egypt.

FIBA Africa Championship Records: Previous Appearances 25
Medals: Gold - 1968, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1997. Silver - 1970, 1974, 1975, 1992, 1995, 2005. Bronze - 1983, 1989, 1993.

African Championship record: 1962: Did not participate. Morocco 1964: 5th. Tunisia 1965: 4th. Morocco 1968: Champion. Egypt 1970: 2nd. Senegal 1972: Champion. Central African Republic 1974: 2nd. Egypt 1975: 2nd. Senegal 1978: Champion. Morocco 1980: Champion. Somalia 1981: 5th. Egypt 1983: 3rd. Cte d'Ivoire 1985: 4th. Tunisia 1987: 6th. Angola 1989: 3rd. Egypt 1992: 2nd. Kenya 1993: 3rd. Algeria 1995: 2nd. Senegal 1997: Champion. Angola 1999: 7th. Morocco 2001: 7th. Egypt 2003: 4th. Algeria 2005: 2nd. Angola 2007: 9th. Libya 2009: 7th. Madagascar 2011: 5th.
Malick Badiane (211-C/F-84)



*****************************************************
  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Draw held in Manila - by Eurobasket News

The 27th Fiba Asia Championship Draw has been held in Manila today. Sixteen teams have been drawn into four preliminary round groups. The top three teams from each pool will advance into the Second Round. The top four teams from the Second Round groups will qualify for the quarterfinal stage. The championship is slated to be held in Manila from August 1 through 11.
Here are the draw results:

Group A: Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Philippines
Group B: Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, Qatar
Group C: China, Iran, South Korea, SEABA 2 Qualifier
Group D: Bahrain, India, Kazakhstan and SEABA 1 Qualifier.

Two qualifiers from the SEABA zone will be decided during the 10th SEABA Championship. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Medan, Indonesia from June 20-23. The 27th Fiba Asia Championship will serve as the qualifying event for the 2014 FIBA World Championship. The top three teams in Manila will get their tickets to Spain.



*****************************************************
  BAHRAIN   

Standings

Premier Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Al Manama 4-1 
 2. Muharraq 4-1 
 3. Al Ahli 3-2 
 4. Al Hala 3-2 
 5. Issa Town 1-4 
 6. Sitra 0-5 
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 5

Jun. 6: Al Manama - Muharraq 79-89
Jun. 6: Al Hala - Sitra 73-66
Jun. 6: Al Ahli - Issa Town 69-51


Salman Ramadhan takes over Bahrain National Team - by Eurobasket News

Salman Ramadhan will take over Bahrain National Team. The specialist will guide the team at the 27th Fiba Asia Championship in Manila. Salman Ramadhan is one of the most renowned Bahraini coaches. He worked with Manama, Kadhma. He led his teams to GCC Club Championship title. Salman Ramadhan worked with the Bahrain National Team. Salman Ramadhan also guided the Kuwait National Team in 2010-11 seasons. Ramadhan will be assisted by Hussain Qaheri and Hassan Makki.
Bahrain got into preliminary Group D at the Fiba Asia Championship. They will face India, Kazakhstan and SEABA Qualifier at the preliminary round.



*****************************************************
  BELGIUM   


Brussels Basketball: Hockins hired for two seasons and limited-time offer for 2013-14 season tickets - by Bert Larsimont

Geoffrey Hockins (188-PG-88) has signed a two-year contract with Brussels Basketball. Arriving from Liege Basket, Hockins should play for the Belgian capital's team in the next two season. The Belgian Lion (member of the Belgian NT) was already present at the Brussels Basketball press conference held last week at the King Baudouin Stadium. Hockins averaged 5.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.0 apg and 0.8 spg last season with Liege Basket.

During the press conference of last Thursday, Brussels Basketball also announced a special offer for 2013-14 season passes/tickets at a price of 110.00 EUR (for all games played home, Ethias League, Belgian Cup, scrimmage, etc.). This special offer is valid only until Jun. 14th, 2013 and for the first 100 money transfers to the club's account. More information on conditions of payment can be obtained from the club (get in touch with the Mr. Felix Vandenplas, the Brussels Basketball's Marketing and Sponsoring Assistant, via fv@excelsiorbrussels.be).



*****************************************************
  BOSNIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team 2013
Clifford Hammonds
Hammonds
Sinisa Stemberger
Stemberger
Branko Jorovic
Jorovic
Boris Barac
Barac
Filip Goranovic
Goranovic

Player of the Year: Branko Jorovic (204-F-81) of Igokea
Guard of the Year: Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea
Forward of the Year: Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Siroki WWin
Center of the Year: Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85) of Radnik B.
Newcomer of the Year: Drasko Knezevic (185-PG-93) of Mladost
Most Improved Player of the Year: Djordje Ninkovic (210-C-93) of Leotar
Import Player of the Year: Branko Jorovic (204-F-81) of Igokea
Domestic Player of the Year: Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Siroki WWin
Defensive Player of the Year: Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) of Igokea
Coach of the Year: Dragan Bajic of Igokea

1st Team
PG: Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea
G: Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Igokea
SF: Branko Jorovic (204-F-81) of Igokea
F/C: Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Siroki WWin
C: Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85) of Radnik B.

2nd Team
PG: Drasko Knezevic (185-PG-93) of Mladost
G: Mario Filipovic (196-G/F-88) of Vogosca
F: Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Bosna
F: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Siroki WWin
C: Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84) of Igokea

Honorable Mention
Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) of Cedevita
Igor Bijelic (207-C/F-88) of Mladost
Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88) of Siroki WWin
Amin Hot (192-G-92) of Vogosca
Zeljko Kljestan (198-F/G-92) of Igokea
Novak Popovic (207-C-81) of Capljina

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Drasko Knezevic (185-PG-93) of Mladost
G: Dino Hodzic (190-PG-90) of Bosna
F: Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Bosna
F/C: Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Siroki WWin
C: Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84) of Igokea

All-Imports Team
PG: Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea
G: Mario Filipovic (196-G/F-88) of Vogosca
F: Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Igokea
FC: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Siroki WWin
C: Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85) of Radnik B.

All-Defensive Team
G: Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea
SF: Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) of Igokea
F: Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Bosna
F: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Siroki WWin
C/F: Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85) of Radnik B.



*****************************************************
  CENTROBASKET U17   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Dominican R.0-0
2. El Salvador0-0
3. British Vir.0-0
4. Mexico0-0
Group B
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Costa Rica0-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-0
4. P.Rico0-0



*****************************************************
  CROATIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Awards 2013 - by Ivo Vukojevic

Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team 2013
Jerel Blassingame
Blassingame
D.J. Strawberry
Strawberry
Dario Saric
Saric
Romeo Travis
Travis
Andrija Zizic
Zizic

Player of the Year: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Cibona
Guard of the Year: Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Cibona
Forward of the Year: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Cibona
Center of the Year: Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cibona
Import Player of the Year: Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Cibona
Domestic Player of the Year: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Cibona
Defensive Player of the Year: Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93) of Zadar
Most Improved Player of the Year: Ante Delas (200-G/F-88) of Zadar
Coach of the Year: Daniel Lutz of Cibona

1st Team
G: Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Cibona
SG: D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona
F: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Cibona
PF: Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar
C: Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cibona

2nd Team
G: Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly
G: Ante Delas (200-G/F-88) of Zadar
F: Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita
C: Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split
C: Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita

Honorable Mention
Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) of Zadar
Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88) of Zadar
Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93) of Zadar
Marko Tomas (201-G-85) of Cedevita
Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95) of Jolly
Toni Katic (188-PG-92) of KK Split
Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) of KK Split

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) of KK Split
G: Ante Delas (200-G/F-88) of Zadar
F: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Cibona
F: Marko Tomas (201-G-85) of Cedevita
C: Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita

All-Imports Team
G: Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly
PG: Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Cibona
G: D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona
G: Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita
PF: Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar

All-Defensive Team
G: Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly
G: D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona
PF: Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93) of Zadar
PF: Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95) of Jolly
C: Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita



*****************************************************
  CZECH REPUBLIC   


SLUNETA Usti nad Labem Begins to Start Over After Dissapointing 2012-13 Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

SLUNETA Usti nad Labem and their fans have endured worse in the past week (flooding) than the team's disappointing 11th place finish last season, but time moves on and the inhabitants of the city and the club must move on. With that in mind, the club announced the current preparations with the roster and coaching position heading into next season. GM Zdenek Rytir announced firstly that though they would have liked to have home back, head coach Peter Balint will not return next season, due to family reasons which will require him to be close to home as he continues his career. Additionally, the club has in place just four returning players from last season, Jan Dvoracek (180-PG-92), Vladimir Hejl (199-F-81), Tomas Hruby (206-C-78) a Marek Slunecko (193-G-89) as all imports and other players have not been re-signed and the club will shape the roster further once a new coach is in place.
Additionally, veteran forward Antonin Pistecky, 28, will retire from professional play and pursue a career in coaching, beginning with being head coach of the clubs youth team.



Interview with Coach Ronen Ginzburg - by Surujh Roopnarine

Originally joining CEZ Basketball Nymburk in 2006-07 as an Assistant Coach under Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ), Ronen Ginzburg has been part of one of the most historic runs in recent European basketball history. Head Coach for the past three seasons Ginzburg just piloted his squad to their 10th consecutive Czech league title, defeating BK Prostejov 3-0 in an abridged Finals series last week. Now after seven years of extraordinary success both in the Czech NBL as well as internationally in Eurocup, Adriatic League and VTB United League competitions, Ginzburg is moving on, leaving his position at CEZ Basketball Nymburk to take the next step in his coaching career. The Israeli native spent some time to speak with Eurobasket.com about his time in Nymburk and what he will remember and take away from his time with the undisputed kings of Czech Basketball.

Q. After leading CEZ Basketball Nymburk to a remarkable 10th consecutive NBL title, why leave now?
A. After spending the most challenging years of my life in Nymburk with great achievement in Europe, I have decided to move on to the next stage of my career. I think it is beneficial for both sides.

Q. Being with CEZ Basketball Nymburk for seven seasons, four as an assistant and now the last three as head coach, what has been the most memorable part of your time here and what lessons learned will you take away as you continue your career?
A. It is very difficult to point to a specific moment because I enjoyed nearly every day here, but still the greatest moment would have to be defeating CSKA Moscow (2012, VTB United League), when 10,000 people went crazy and cheered for us. Also the win against Bilbao this year was very memorable. I am taking with me for the future the belief that the quality of good people and commitment can lead you forwards towards great success.

Q. I think when people read or hear about the repeated success of Nymburk they assume that the winning comes easy or is because the league is not competitive. But, you being there for the past seven seasons, tell me how hard and how much more work did it take to keep the team constantly focused on the task at hand which at the end of the day was defending your title?
A. From the outside it ma look easy, but we were confronted with a lot of pressure during the season because we played three times a week and our opponents in the NBL did not. We were the team with something to lose. I think that in Czech league play we faced several good teams during the season, but we came to every game focused to win.

Q. Over the past several seasons Nymburk has gained notoriety across European basketball by their competitive showings in Eurocup, Adriatic League and VTB United League competitions. In 2012 the team nearly played an entire NBA 82 game schedule (when you combine all of the competitions), which is unheard of in European basketball. Of all the competitions the team took part in, which was the most challenging and for you personally, was one or another most rewarding to compete in?
A. Like you said its unheard of to play three times a week in Europe. It was a great experience for me to compete in such high levels of competition. I think that the Eurocup and VTB United leagues where the most challenging.

Q. Despite Nymburk's incredible consistency over the past decade, the team did go through a lot of roster turnover each year. Whether it was changing import players or seeing mainstays like Pavel Pumprla go abroad, the club maintained its consistent winning ways. What was your main focus when assembling the team each season and then getting them to be such a cohesive group right from the start?
A. This is the problem of small, successful teams; that the players go to bigger money clubs. So, every year we start from the beginning, but most of the years we have the top domestic players which help us to get the new players fit into our system. It was always the task of players, coaches and spirit of the Nymburk organization.

Q. As you move on in your career, what are some of the missed opportunities you would go back and hope to change? Barely missing out on qualifying for the Euroleague regular season?
A. I don't think that we missed some target. During the years we achieved the goals that we aimed for. Of course we were disappointed after we lost in the qualification stage for the Euroleague regular season, but it wasn't our goal and I am not sure that the club was ready to play in Euroleague in 2012.

Q. Prior to joining CEZ Basketball Nymburk you spent several seasons at home coaching in both the Israeli National and Premier leagues. What led you to decide that coming to the Czech Republic, as an assistant, was the right career choice?
A. I think it was a great decision from my side. I fulfilled my dream of coaching in Europe. I was lucky enough to work with Muli (Katzurin) and to work in a professionally organized club like Nymburk.

Q. Finally, as a parting message to the fans of CEZ Basketball Nymburk and the Mattoni NBL, what would you like to say to the fans and how would you like them to remember "Neno" Ginzburg?
A. I came to Nymburk 7 years ago with Muli and Nymburk was a small club on the European level. I leave Nymburk now when Nymburk is on the cusp of the Euroleague; I feel proud about my achievements.
I would like to thank a few people who have helped make my time at Nymburk as successful as it has been;
I give thanks to Muli who chose me to be on his staff back in 2006.
I want to thank my assistant for the last 3 years Oren Amiel who did a great job.
Thanks to all of the staff in Nymburk and the management which showed faith in me as Head Coach.
And of course, to thank all of the fans, who probably had the hardest job, traveling with us throughout Europe to support the club no matter where we went to play.



*****************************************************
  ESTONIA   


TU/Rock win friendly tournament in Xuzhou - by Eurobasket News

TU/Rock continued their successful tour of China. They celebrated victory in the friendly tournament in Xuzhou. They overcame the Jiangsu Lions team to celebrate the title. Andre Parn (202-F-77) scored 16 points to lead the Estonian team to a 99:88 victory. TU/Rock dominated throughout the first half. They recorded a 54:36 halftime lead. The Chinese team cut the deficit in the second part of the game. But TU/Rock hung on in the dying minutes to escape with the victory. Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) and Kaido Saks (205-F-86) delivered 14 points each for the winners. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) added 12 points for the visitors.


*****************************************************
  EUROCUP   


Rafael Pueyo takes control of Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Pueyo takes control of Bilbao Basket for the next season. The Spanish Specialist who worked as a Coach Assistant: at Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket will become a head Coach.
Yesterday it was announced that Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) is no longer the head coach of Bilbao Basket. The team announced his resignation. The ACB does not allow coaches to combine work in the League and with the National Teams. So after Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) has taken over Russian National Team his work with Bilbao Basket became questionable. Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) took over Bilbao Basket back in 2010. He led the team into ACB Finals in 2011. Katsikaris also reached EuroCup Final in 2013. He was trumped All-EuroCup Coach of the Year. He will lead Russia at the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket.
Rafael Pueyo started as a Coach Assistant at Lagun Aro Bilbao (ACB) and worked there for 4 years. In 2010 he was already a Head Coach of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket but later became an assistant of Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ).



*****************************************************
  EUROLEAGUE   


Rumors: Barcelona targets David Moss - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to Greek Hoopfellas.blogspot.gr, Barcelona targets Montepaschi's David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) in order to replace Pete Mickeal. Moss is probably the ideal choice for Paqual's team. The 30 year-old "wing" is considered as one of the top defensive perimeter players in Europe today due to his ability to defend from "1" to "4" spot with the same effectiveness. His discipline offensive style (this year he improved his shot selection under Banchi's up tempo offense, not an "easy" situation..) and hard nosed presence on the court could convert him as a balancing tool (between backourt and frontcourt) in Barcelona's game. Moss has one year left in his contract with the Italian champs, so his case is not so easy for Barcelona.



The best and most successful twin in the European courts is ready for the finals - by Chris Mammides

Finals: Olympiakos Vs Panathinaikos - first game tomorrow the 7th of June, 2013, in SEF @ 20:00 local time

The most successful European twin in the European courts having won the 9 out of the last 16 Euroleague finals is opening the Hellenic finals tomorrow the 7th of June, 2013. Both teams are ready for the best and their thousands of supporters are ready to give their own fight in both SEF and OAKA courts. The first three games are nearly sold-out and all the Basketball world is expecting to watch a series (which probably will end up in five games) of great games between the two most successful teams, diachronically and for the last two decades.

This is the original el classico of Europe since these are the two most known and successful teams in Europe!!

Is it going to be VSpan or 3D, nobody can tell for sure. Olympiakos of Coach Giorgos Bartzokas repeated his European success this season and is better than ever with a solid Hellenic and full of youth team which is running all over and can turn around all the defensive mechanism of their opponents in the one side and on the other side the newly established (after Obradovic) team of Panathinaikos which surprised many Basketball experts this season, with Diamantidis leading the team and Ramel Curry being the change factor of the six star, Panathinaikos is expected to fight until the end against the favorite team of Olympiakos. In fact in these games the first game of the series is always the most crucial one since the statistics (for those following them) are simply saying that 9 out of 10 times the winner of the first game is always the one to win the title.

Olympiakos or Panathinaikos, Panathinaikos or Olympiakos no one can tell but everybody admits that this is the most successful duet in the European courts, it is not a coincidence that the last 5 years the two Greek contenders won the Euroleague trophy four times (two per team), and also is not a coincidence that since 1996 the two teams together won 9 European titles! With players that can play in any team in Europe the two Greek rookie (in Greek finals) Coaches, Giorgos Bartzokas and Argiris Pedoulakis will try their best to prove that they belong to the crme de la crme of the European coaching.

No matter if Greece is suffering and already entered in the fourth year of tough recession with unemployment being more than 30%, Basketball is getting better and better and is obviously the national sport of the country.

The Greek players playing abroad are mostly champions or belong to the top tier players in the local leagues playing, from Bulgaria to Spain and from Israel to Sweden, the Greeks are stand outs in the local leagues and the coaches are following too, there is no coincidence in these figures and the new generation of Greek basketball players are keeping the same paste as the older generation, players like Pappas, Jankovic, Papanikolaou, Mantzaris and Sloukas followed by Adetokoubo, Charalampopoulos, Bohoridis, Agravanis and many others soon will be the new elements of the Hellenic National team ready to follow the steps of their older team-mates like Diamantidis, Spanoulis, Big Sofo, Pritnezis and the other guys who had some glorious days with the Hellenic emblem in the previous years.
Basketball was and will remain the core sport in Greece, the most successful sport on a temporal basis.

Eurobasket is wishing all the best to the best European duet and may the best team wins the championship trophy



Unicaja close to signing Ryan Toolson - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja has provisionally agreed on terms of contract with Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley). The reports indicate that Unicaja has been in talks with the guard for some time now and the deal may be officiated soon. Ryan Toolson spent the previous season with Gran Canaria. He posted 14.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game in ACB. The guard helped Gran Canaria into ACB semifinals. Previously Ryan Toolson had spells in Turkey and Italy. He made it into All-Turkish League 2nd Team in 2012. The guard participated at the Turkish League All-Star Game in 2010. Ryan Toolson had a quite successful college career. He was named All-Independent Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 while playing for the Utah Valley State Wolverines.


*****************************************************
  FINLAND   


First camp - by Pekka Salminen

Finnish U20 NT camp has started.

After three days of practicing I have to say that I am really happy, all the players are in great shape, we have a lot of size and good guards,life is smiling!

Off the 21 players camping at the moment only 12 will make the team, and it will be a tough decision. This is my fourth U20 national team and I have never had this many good players to choose from. Age group -86 was close:

Gerald Lee, Mikko Koivisto, Petteri Koponen, Samuel Haanp and Vesa Mklinen have been playing with senior NT, and Ilkka Vuori just got an invitation to next camp and a lot of other guys from that group have had a great career in b-ball. But these new guys: there are so many good ones, hopefully they keep on working hard and make right decisions about their careers.

We have been working on offense first three days, have not been doing like this before, normally it is D first for me, but decided to try like this this year. A good experiment, but to be honest, I have been waiting for this day, todays sessions will be about DEFENSE, intensity.

Excited and ready to go.

Respect the game

P





*****************************************************
  FRANCE   


Florent Corneo joins Prisse Macon - by Eurobasket News

Etoile Sportive Prisse Macon (NM2) agreed terms with 22-year old guard Florent Corneo (180-91). He started the season at St Vallier (ProB). But in 26 games he had just 1.2ppg this season. The last season Corneo played also at Saint Vallier (ProB). In 19 games he recorded only 0.4ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Evreux signs Bryan Pamba-Juille - by Eurobasket News

ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) signed 21-year old naturalized Ivorian guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (185-92). He started the season at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). In 13 games he had just 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg this season. Pamba-Juille also played 1 game in Eurocup but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. The last season he played also at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). But in 9 games he recorded only 0.4ppg. Pamba-Juille's team made it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Final Four in 2012.
He was a member of French U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Pamba-Juille has played previously for another French team Pau-Lacq-Orthez.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ES Chalon-Sur-Saone tab Jon Brockman - by Eurobasket News

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone tab Jon Brockman (201-F-87, college: Washington) that was just released from Limoges. The American Forward will continue his career again in France.
In 23 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.5apg this season. Brockman also spent pre-season at the Rockets in NBA earlier that year. The last season he played at the Bucks in NBA. But in 35 games he averaged just 1.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
In 2009 Brockman was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (38th overall). He attended University of Washington and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Brockman's team won Pac-10 Regular Season in 2009. He received also Pac-10 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Brockman was a member of USA U18 National Team between 2004 and 2005. He has played previously for another NBA team Sacramento Kings.



Union La Rochelle signs Romain Malet - by Eurobasket News

Union La Rochelle signs Romain Malet (191-G-84) for 2013/2014 season. The French Guard will come to the team from Orchesien BC.
Last season he had 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg. He helped Orchesien BC to win the regular season. The previous season Malet played also at Orchesien BC. In 33 games he recorded 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Malet won French NM1 championship title in 2009. He has played previously for four other France teams: Cholet, Mulhouse, Chalons-Reims and Lille Metropole.
Romain Malet recorded 13 points last season in the game against CFBB. His team did not have any difficulties and won 116:53.



Parker's Manic Final Shot Helps Give Spurs Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

MIAMI The play should have been over, two, three, four times. It should have died when Tony Parker (188-PG-82) nearly lost the ball driving past Chris Bosh. Or when he nearly lost it again trying to evade LeBron James. Or when he slipped to the floor, his left knee down, his legs splayed awkwardly. Or when he launched a shot that maybe maybe beat the 24-second buzzer by a hundredth of a second.

Like an alley cat spending all nine lives at once, Parker flirted with disaster at every turn late Thursday, before sinking the most improbable of jump shots, helping the San Antonio Spurs secure a 92-88 victory over the Miami Heat in the opener of the N.B.A. finals.

The ball barely slipped past James outstretched hand, 16 feet from the basket. It struck the backboard, struck the front of the rim, bounced up and dropped through with 5.2 seconds left. Replays would show that the ball left Parkers hand just as the shot clock expired.

The play seemed to take forever, like a 26-second possession, Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The longest 24 seconds Ive been a part of, James said with a rueful smile.

It felt forever, too, Parker said.

It was a dizzying, chaotic, fantastic sequence that effectively showed what this series will come down to: inches, microseconds, happenstance.

Tony did everything wrong, James said, and did everything right in the same possession.

The Heat had held the lead nearly all night, by as many as 9 points, and by 3 early in the fourth quarter. James delivered a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade produced 17 points. And yet the night ended with the Heat losing home-court advantage, after an unusually sloppy finish.

Miami had five turnovers in the final quarter and converted just 5 of 18 shots, while being outscored 23-16.

So for the second straight year, the Heat are facing a 1-0 deficit in the finals. Game 2 is Sunday, also at American Airlines Arena, before the series shifts to San Antonio for three games.

The last time the Spurs appeared on the finals stage, six years ago, they were walking off with a four-game sweep of Jamess Cleveland Cavaliers. Parker left clutching the finals M.V.P. trophy.

Parker was still magnificent Thursday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 10 points in the final quarter. James himself checked Parker down the stretch, to little effect. Tim Duncan added 20 points and 14 rebounds.

The Spurs seized control with an 11-3 run, sparked by Parker and capped by a Danny Green 3-pointer, for an 88-81 lead. The Heat got few good looks after that, but they cut the deficit to 90-88 on Jamess two free throws with 31.3 seconds to go.

The game then came down to Parker, dribbling for an entire possession, dribbling to his left, then back to his right and then right into the heart of the Heat defense and into trouble.

It was a crazy play, Parker said. I thought I lost the ball three or four times. And it didnt work out like I wanted it to. At the end, I was just trying to get a shot up.

Wade missed a layup at the other end, finishing a scoreless fourth quarter.

Because the Spurs rested their stars in November and the Heat did the same in March, these teams had not faced each other at full strength in two years, leaving no road map for what the night, or the series, would bring.

You dont have no rhythm of what theyre going to do, James said before tipoff. They dont have a rhythm of what were going to do. So its like the first test weve had with one another in a while.

Really, there were few surprises as the game unfolded. Miami did what it does best, spreading the floor with shooters, letting James orchestrate and, whenever possible, taking advantage in transition. The Heat hit 8 of 25 3-pointers and scored just 9 points on the fast break.

The Spurs did what they do best, scoring inside (40 points in the paint) and on second-chance points (21), essentially picking up where the Indiana Pacers left off in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Spurs had not played in nearly 10 days, since sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals. There figured to be a little rust in their game.

The Heat had the opposite concern, having survived a taut, seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers that ended just three nights earlier. There figured to be a little fatigue in their game.

As it turned out, rest proved to be a more critical factor than rust. Wade and James both cited fatigue as a factor in the Heats poor finish.

We looked like a team that came off a seven-game series, Wade said. I thought we got some shots we wanted, but we were a little careless at times as well.

The Spurs, by contrast, committed just four turnovers for the game, tying a finals record set by the Detroit Pistons (against the Spurs) in the 2005 finals.

By the end of the first quarter, the Spurs had already used three players, of varying sizes, to check James: Kawhi Leonard (6 feet 7 inches, 225 pounds), Danny Green (6-6, 210) and Boris Diaw (6-8, 235).

When James easily backed down Green, the Spurs sent two more bodies, leaving half the floor open. Later, James plowed right through Green, driving for the layup and then looking at Green as if to say, You cannot possibly guard me.

James had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by halftime, methodically building toward his third triple-double in a finals.

Duncan had a rough start, missing his first five shots and picking up two fouls in the first 11 minutes, sending him to the bench. He recovered nicely, however, hitting 5 of 7 shots in the second quarter, including a 20-footer at the halftime buzzer that cut the Heats lead to 52-49.

It was a promising start to what promised to be a compelling finals, pitting the leagues premier glamour team (the Heat) against its greatest small-market success story (the Spurs). Between them, the Spurs and the Heat have six championships, nine finals appearances and at least five probable Hall of Famers.

You could call it a matchup made in N.B.A. heaven, a nice send-off to David Stern before he steps down as commissioner next February.

A heck of a series, Stern said in his pre-finals address, probably the best that I could possibly expect for my last finals.

REBOUNDS

LeBron James has scored 3,712 points in the postseason, moving into 11th on the career postseason list, passing Magic Johnson (3,701). ...Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan have 99 playoff victories as a threesome, the second most in N.B.A. history, behind the Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper, who won 110. ... Teams that have won Game 1 of the finals are 47-19 in the series.
Courtesy of: http://www.nytimes.com



Chalon-Sur-Saone officially confirm A.J. Slaughter - by Eurobasket News

Chalon-Sur-Saone officially confirm A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky) for the next season. The French teams remain active in the transfer marker as yesterday they also announced Jon Brockman.
Last season A.J. Slaughter spent with Cholet Basket. He posted 7.7 points, 2.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. The guard also notched 13.5 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance in ProA. The earlier season he played at Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 36 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Slaughter also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.
The 2010-11 season he was tested by Angelico Biella (SerieA) in Italian league. In 27 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg that season. Slaughter was voted NABC Division I All-District 24 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Slaughter graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.



Golfe Juan lands Kevin Kunata - by Eurobasket News

AC Golfe Juan Vallauris (NM2) tabbed 26-year old center Kevin Kunata (202-87). He started the season at La Charite (NM2).
Kunata has played previously for three other France teams: Rueil, Stade Clermont and Saint Vallier.

By Eurobasket Data Center



JL Bourg Basket brings in Kevin Corre and Xavier Gaillou - by Eurobasket News

JL Bourg Basket brings in Kevin Corre (202-C/F-85) and Xavier Gaillou (192-G-89) for the next season. The French team announced two more players.
Xavier Gaillou played last at Denain ASC Voltaire. In 31 games he had 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.6apg this season. The last season Gaillou played also at Denain Voltaire. In 33 games he recorded 7.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.7apg. He won French NM1 Play-Offs championship title in 2011. Gaillou has played previously for two other France teams: STB Le Havre and Saint-Etienne.
Kevin Corre will come from Chalons-Reims. It is actually his comeback to JL Bourg as he played here before. In 38 ProB games he had 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg this season. He helped them to make it to the final. The last season Corre played also at Chalons-Reims. In 36 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Corre represented France at the 3x3 Mixed World Championships in Greece last year.
He has played previously professionally in Switzerland (Boncourt) and France (Le Mans, Nantes, JSF Nanterre and Charleville-Mezieres).



Orleans agree on terms of contract with Abdoulaye Loum - by Eurobasket News

Orleans have bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Abdoulaye Loum (210-F-91, agency: Fusion Sports). The forward started the previous season with Gravelines. He posted 3.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In ProA his stats read just 0.6 boards per appearance. Abdoulaye Loum moved to Boulogne in December. He notched 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks per game in ProB. Previously Abdoulaye Loum played for Le Havre. He was the member of U18, U20 French National Teams. The forward was named French U21 Championship (Trophee du Futur) MVP in 2012.


Chalon close to A.J. Slaughter - by Eurobasket News

Chalon-Sur-Saone is the frontrunner in the pursuit of A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky) (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky). The point guard has reportedly several offers on the table but he leans towards signing with Chalon. Last season A.J. Slaughter spent with Cholet Basket. He posted 7.7 points, 2.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. The guard also notched 13.5 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance in ProA. Previously the guard had stints with Belfius Mons-Hainaut, Angelico Biella.


Boulogne add Charly Pontens - by Eurobasket News

Boulogne added talent to their backcourt. They inked a deal with Charly Pontens (189-SG-95). The guard spent the last season with Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. He notched 8.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in NM1. Charly Pontens was the member of U16, U17 French National Teams. He is expected to play for France at the U18 European Championship this summer.


Jon Brockman leaves Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Jon Brockman (201-F-87, college: Washington) will not continue in Limoges. The team has not reached an agreement on terms of new contract with the forward. Jon Brockman joined Limoges in November. He posted solid 11.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in ProA. Jon Brockman started the season on the Houston Rockets squad. Previously he spent two seasons playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.


Evreux land B.A. Walker - by Eurobasket News

Evreux tabbed B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU). The guard joins Evreux after the season in Israel. B.A. Walker played for Hod Hasharon. He notched 17.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in National League. He was named into All-Israeli National League 2nd Team. Previously B.A. Walker had spells in Finland, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Iceland. He earned All-Finnish Korisliiga Honourable Mention in 2012. The guard also made it into All-Icelandic League 2nd Team. B.A. Walker participated at the Dutch All-Star Game in 2009. He was Icelandic League and Finnish Cup winner in 2008 and 2012 respectively.


*****************************************************
  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Burrell, Bremerha.16.2 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen15.8 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.6 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.4 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.15.2 
 8. Brooks, Fraport SKY14.7 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons14.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.1 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets6.7 
 5. Linhart, TBB Trier6.5 
 6. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 9. Buckman, Art.Drag.6.3 
 10. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Renfroe, Brose B.4.9 
 3. Rice, B.Muenchen4.4 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.4.3 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.3 
 6. White, Phoenix4.2 
 7. Redding, Walter T.4.1 
 8. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.3.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. White, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Robertson, Fraport1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 4. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 5. Kramer, EWE B.1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, Le Mans1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Burtschi, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.6 
 2. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.1 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Chikoko, TBB Trier0.9 
 9. Frease, Walter T.0.9 
 10. King, Art.Dragons0.9 


EWE Baskets and Brose Baskets reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Brose Bask. - B.Muenchen 85-66 (3-2)

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Brose Bask. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Bayern Muenchen's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90, agency: LUMANI 10.7) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Bayern Muenchen. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: A.Gavel 18+5reb+5ast, M.Zirbes 14+6reb+2ast, C.Jacobsen 13+3reb+2ast, B.Nachbar 8+7reb+3ast, K.Tadda 6+1reb, A.James Ogilvy 6+4reb
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 16+2reb, J.Homan 12+6reb, R.Benzing 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 10+1reb+4ast, B.Thomas 7+3reb, L.Roberts 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 242052


EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm 80-75 (3-2)

The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 26-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. EWE Baskets made 20-of-21 charity shots (95.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio) responded with 24 points and center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) scored 5 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: J.Jenkins 27+7reb+2ast, A.Chubb 12+8reb, D.Joyce 9+1reb+6ast, R.Burrell 8+3ast, K.Wysocki 6+9reb, R.Paulding 6+2reb+1ast
Ratiopharm: S.Esterkamp 24+2reb, K.Nankivil 12+5reb, P.Guenther 9+3reb+1ast, L.Jeter 9+3reb, P.Schwethelm 6+6reb+2ast, J.Bryant 5+13reb+4ast
gschID: 242051



Herten Keeps Yannick Opitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B club Herten has announced that they will keep Yannick Opitz (186-G-90). Opitz is a 23 year old 196cm guard that will play his second season for Herten. Last season he played : 25 games: 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 71.4%. "We are happy that he will keep wearing our jersey. He brings the power and quality that we need", stressed Herten Lions president Gerhard Albers. Last season he scored in double figures four times including 21 points against the
Licher Baskets Baeren. "I am happy to be able to play at least one more season for them. I felt very comfortable in Herten. The home games were always a big highlight for me. I am sure that we will play attractive and successful basketball this season", added Yannick Opitz.


Source: Herten



Chris Alexander Returns To The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a season in Kirchheim, Chris Alexander (186-PG-83, college: Southern) returns to an old stomping ground returning back to the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. Alexander is a 29 year old 186cm point guard from Lawton, Oklahoma where Tubingen guard Josh Young also comes from and Alexander played in Essen from 2010-2012. Last season for Kichheim, the American played 30 games: 14.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 83.0%. "We are overjoyed to have Chris back on the team. The past has shown that the link between ETB Wohnbau and Chris Alexander functioned well. He fits perfect to essen as a hard worker and fighter", stressed Essen head coach Igor Krizanovic. Last season for Kirchheim, he scored in double figures 26 times and 20 or more points six times. "I am happy to be able to play for Essen again. I love the fans and club and my two years here were the absolute highlight in my career. I want that success again and ma lookingf orward to the season", added Chris Alexander. Before coming to Germany, the American played at Southern and in Romania.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets






Aden and Mackeldanz join BBL newcomer Vechta - by Moritz Korff

BBL newcomer SC Rasta Vechta has signed a pair of new players for the 2013-14 season, according to ov-online.de:
Faisal Aden (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) and Oliver Mackeldanz (212-C-90) will join the squad. Mackeldanz transfers from 2. Bundesliga Pro A team Cuxhaven BasCats to Vechta. He averaged 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds a game for the BasCats during the 2012-13 season. The 22-year-old post player notched a personal season-best 14 points against Heidelberg in March.

Aden was born in Somalia and moved to the US as a child. He spent his college career at Hillsborough Community College and NCAA D1 program Washington State. He averaged 14.5 points and 3.1 boards as a senior, before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in January 2012. Aden was set to join the Leuven Bears of Belgium for the 2012-13 campaign, but failed to pass the medical tests. He had a short stint with Italian Serie A outfit Virtus Roma later that season, but was waived after six games played (4.5ppg). In February he scored 59 points for the Somalian national team in a qualifier for the Afrobasket against Rwanda.



Geske set for Iserlohn switch - by Moritz Korff

Regionalliga West team NOMA Kangaroos has added Niklas Heinrich Geske (184-PG-94) to their roster for the 2013-14 season. Geske will also receive a license to play for BBL's Phoenix Hagen.
"I have been following Niklas' development with great interest over the past six years. It's exciting for our team that we have been able to sign Niklas, he has been on the very top of our wish list. The coaches Grothe and Freyer will take care of developing him further as a player, he will be a great asset", Iserlohn general manager Michael Dahmen stated.
Geske averaged 7.3 points and 3.0 assists a game for RLW champ Bochum AstroStars last season and was named Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Most Improved Player of the Year.



*****************************************************
  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos19.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.0 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.1 
 5. Dendy, Darussafaka14.9 
 6. Coleman, Kavala14.4 
 7. Kiritsis, Ikaros14.0 
 8. McGrath, Zalgiris13.3 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
 10. Printezis, Olympi.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios6.7 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Petway, AGOR5.9 
 9. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.8 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
 10. Pappas, Panionios3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 4. Pappas, Panionios1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 10. Liakopoulos, Pane.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petway, AGOR2.4 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 7. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 8. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 
 10. Powell, Olympiacos0.7 


The best and most successful twin in the European courts is ready for the finals - by Chris Mammides

Finals: Olympiakos Vs Panathinaikos - first game tomorrow the 7th of June, 2013, in SEF @ 20:00 local time

The most successful European twin in the European courts having won the 9 out of the last 16 Euroleague finals is opening the Hellenic finals tomorrow the 7th of June, 2013. Both teams are ready for the best and their thousands of supporters are ready to give their own fight in both SEF and OAKA courts. The first three games are nearly sold-out and all the Basketball world is expecting to watch a series (which probably will end up in five games) of great games between the two most successful teams, diachronically and for the last two decades.

This is the original el classico of Europe since these are the two most known and successful teams in Europe!!

Is it going to be VSpan or 3D, nobody can tell for sure. Olympiakos of Coach Giorgos Bartzokas repeated his European success this season and is better than ever with a solid Hellenic and full of youth team which is running all over and can turn around all the defensive mechanism of their opponents in the one side and on the other side the newly established (after Obradovic) team of Panathinaikos which surprised many Basketball experts this season, with Diamantidis leading the team and Ramel Curry being the change factor of the six star, Panathinaikos is expected to fight until the end against the favorite team of Olympiakos. In fact in these games the first game of the series is always the most crucial one since the statistics (for those following them) are simply saying that 9 out of 10 times the winner of the first game is always the one to win the title.

Olympiakos or Panathinaikos, Panathinaikos or Olympiakos no one can tell but everybody admits that this is the most successful duet in the European courts, it is not a coincidence that the last 5 years the two Greek contenders won the Euroleague trophy four times (two per team), and also is not a coincidence that since 1996 the two teams together won 9 European titles! With players that can play in any team in Europe the two Greek rookie (in Greek finals) Coaches, Giorgos Bartzokas and Argiris Pedoulakis will try their best to prove that they belong to the crme de la crme of the European coaching.

No matter if Greece is suffering and already entered in the fourth year of tough recession with unemployment being more than 30%, Basketball is getting better and better and is obviously the national sport of the country.

The Greek players playing abroad are mostly champions or belong to the top tier players in the local leagues playing, from Bulgaria to Spain and from Israel to Sweden, the Greeks are stand outs in the local leagues and the coaches are following too, there is no coincidence in these figures and the new generation of Greek basketball players are keeping the same paste as the older generation, players like Pappas, Jankovic, Papanikolaou, Mantzaris and Sloukas followed by Adetokoubo, Charalampopoulos, Bohoridis, Agravanis and many others soon will be the new elements of the Hellenic National team ready to follow the steps of their older team-mates like Diamantidis, Spanoulis, Big Sofo, Pritnezis and the other guys who had some glorious days with the Hellenic emblem in the previous years.
Basketball was and will remain the core sport in Greece, the most successful sport on a temporal basis.

Eurobasket is wishing all the best to the best European duet and may the best team wins the championship trophy



*****************************************************
  HOLLAND   


Ivica Skelin signed a 2-year deal with GasTerra Flames - by Eurobasket News

Ivica Skelin takes GasTerra Flames under control and signed a 2-year deal with the Dutch team. GasTerra Flames Groningen confirmed 40-year old Croatian coach Ivica Skelin .
As a Head Coach Ivica Skelin started last season with GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie). Last year he helped them to make it to the semifinals. Earlier Skelin coached at Spirou Charleroi (Ethias League) in Belgium. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Skelin was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2012. He has coached also professionally in Croatia (KK Split).
GasTerra Flames Groningen finished the Regular Season with 25-10. In the Play-offs they beat Den Helder 3-0, but then lost the Semifinals series to the Champion, Leiden.



*****************************************************
  IBL   


VOLCANOES HIT STRIDE LATE IN VICTORY - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com Chehales Tapscott had 33 points and 19 rebounds and triggered a fourth quarter onslaught for the Vancouver Volcanoes. The Volcanoes 10-3 pulled away over the last 8 minutes for a 118-105 Ibl victory over the Nippon Tornadoes at Clark College. That was a far cry from a 33point win over the Tornadoes nine days earlier. " We were basically without three starters," Vancouver coach Joe Navarro said. " They came out and hit shots, they played well." " They are well coached: among the missing Volcanoes were guard Andre Murray, ankle, and Gjio Bain knee. Navarro said he expects both players to return Saturday when the Volcanoes host the East Bay Pit Bulls.


*****************************************************
  ISRAEL   


Bar Timor may join ALBA Berlin - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Tel-Aviv guard, Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman), may join German club, ALBA Berlin for the upcoming season. Timor has a contract for another year in Hapoel, but he also has an exit clause for European clubs. Timor also has a German passport, which will be helpful for German clubs to sign him as a local player and not a foreign, thing that increase the chances for him to play in Germany. The 21-year-old played his first season in the 1st division this season and finished with an average of 7.6 ppg, 2.5 apg & 2.9 rpg, when his team lost to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in the quarter-final.


Interview with Coach Ronen Ginzburg - by Surujh Roopnarine

Originally joining CEZ Basketball Nymburk in 2006-07 as an Assistant Coach under Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ), Ronen Ginzburg has been part of one of the most historic runs in recent European basketball history. Head Coach for the past three seasons Ginzburg just piloted his squad to their 10th consecutive Czech league title, defeating BK Prostejov 3-0 in an abridged Finals series last week. Now after seven years of extraordinary success both in the Czech NBL as well as internationally in Eurocup, Adriatic League and VTB United League competitions, Ginzburg is moving on, leaving his position at CEZ Basketball Nymburk to take the next step in his coaching career. The Israeli native spent some time to speak with Eurobasket.com about his time in Nymburk and what he will remember and take away from his time with the undisputed kings of Czech Basketball.

Q. After leading CEZ Basketball Nymburk to a remarkable 10th consecutive NBL title, why leave now?
A. After spending the most challenging years of my life in Nymburk with great achievement in Europe, I have decided to move on to the next stage of my career. I think it is beneficial for both sides.

Q. Being with CEZ Basketball Nymburk for seven seasons, four as an assistant and now the last three as head coach, what has been the most memorable part of your time here and what lessons learned will you take away as you continue your career?
A. It is very difficult to point to a specific moment because I enjoyed nearly every day here, but still the greatest moment would have to be defeating CSKA Moscow (2012, VTB United League), when 10,000 people went crazy and cheered for us. Also the win against Bilbao this year was very memorable. I am taking with me for the future the belief that the quality of good people and commitment can lead you forwards towards great success.

Q. I think when people read or hear about the repeated success of Nymburk they assume that the winning comes easy or is because the league is not competitive. But, you being there for the past seven seasons, tell me how hard and how much more work did it take to keep the team constantly focused on the task at hand which at the end of the day was defending your title?
A. From the outside it ma look easy, but we were confronted with a lot of pressure during the season because we played three times a week and our opponents in the NBL did not. We were the team with something to lose. I think that in Czech league play we faced several good teams during the season, but we came to every game focused to win.

Q. Over the past several seasons Nymburk has gained notoriety across European basketball by their competitive showings in Eurocup, Adriatic League and VTB United League competitions. In 2012 the team nearly played an entire NBA 82 game schedule (when you combine all of the competitions), which is unheard of in European basketball. Of all the competitions the team took part in, which was the most challenging and for you personally, was one or another most rewarding to compete in?
A. Like you said its unheard of to play three times a week in Europe. It was a great experience for me to compete in such high levels of competition. I think that the Eurocup and VTB United leagues where the most challenging.

Q. Despite Nymburk's incredible consistency over the past decade, the team did go through a lot of roster turnover each year. Whether it was changing import players or seeing mainstays like Pavel Pumprla go abroad, the club maintained its consistent winning ways. What was your main focus when assembling the team each season and then getting them to be such a cohesive group right from the start?
A. This is the problem of small, successful teams; that the players go to bigger money clubs. So, every year we start from the beginning, but most of the years we have the top domestic players which help us to get the new players fit into our system. It was always the task of players, coaches and spirit of the Nymburk organization.

Q. As you move on in your career, what are some of the missed opportunities you would go back and hope to change? Barely missing out on qualifying for the Euroleague regular season?
A. I don't think that we missed some target. During the years we achieved the goals that we aimed for. Of course we were disappointed after we lost in the qualification stage for the Euroleague regular season, but it wasn't our goal and I am not sure that the club was ready to play in Euroleague in 2012.

Q. Prior to joining CEZ Basketball Nymburk you spent several seasons at home coaching in both the Israeli National and Premier leagues. What led you to decide that coming to the Czech Republic, as an assistant, was the right career choice?
A. I think it was a great decision from my side. I fulfilled my dream of coaching in Europe. I was lucky enough to work with Muli (Katzurin) and to work in a professionally organized club like Nymburk.

Q. Finally, as a parting message to the fans of CEZ Basketball Nymburk and the Mattoni NBL, what would you like to say to the fans and how would you like them to remember "Neno" Ginzburg?
A. I came to Nymburk 7 years ago with Muli and Nymburk was a small club on the European level. I leave Nymburk now when Nymburk is on the cusp of the Euroleague; I feel proud about my achievements.
I would like to thank a few people who have helped make my time at Nymburk as successful as it has been;
I give thanks to Muli who chose me to be on his staff back in 2006.
I want to thank my assistant for the last 3 years Oren Amiel who did a great job.
Thanks to all of the staff in Nymburk and the management which showed faith in me as Head Coach.
And of course, to thank all of the fans, who probably had the hardest job, traveling with us throughout Europe to support the club no matter where we went to play.



*****************************************************
  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.5 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 6. Johnson, Angelico.16.4 
 7. Datome, Acea V.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. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 7. Dunston, Cimberio.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.2.1 
 3. Kinsey, Unicaja2.1 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.2.0 
 5. Shakur, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 6. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 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. Lawal, Acea V.1.5 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.3 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Akindele, Champvil.1.1 
 10. Cusin, Cantu1.0 


Trenkwalder keep American Troy Bell - by Eurobasket News

Trenkwalder keep American Troy Bell (186-PG-80, college: Boston Coll.) for 2013/2014 season. The Italian team announced the extending the contract for at least one more year.
In 18 Lega2 games he averaged 13.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2spg this season. Bell also played at Sigma Barcellona (Lega2) in Italian league earlier that season. In 15 games he had 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Texas Rim Rockers (USBL) in fifth round (43rd overall).Bell attended Boston and it may be his tenth season in pro basketball.Among other achievements he won Italian Lega Due Play-Offs championship title in 2009. Bell received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 3rd Team award in 2012.
He was a member of USA U21 National Team back in 2001.
Bell is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Entente Orleans 45), Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Spain, Italy (Angelico Biella, Novipiu Casale, Vanoli Cremona and Nuovo Napoli) and D-League (N.Mexico T. and Austin Toros).



*****************************************************
  IVORY COAST   


Evreux signs Bryan Pamba-Juille - by Eurobasket News

ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) signed 21-year old naturalized Ivorian guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (185-92). He started the season at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). In 13 games he had just 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg this season. Pamba-Juille also played 1 game in Eurocup but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. The last season he played also at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). But in 9 games he recorded only 0.4ppg. Pamba-Juille's team made it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Final Four in 2012.
He was a member of French U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Pamba-Juille has played previously for another French team Pau-Lacq-Orthez.

By Eurobasket Data Center



*****************************************************
  JAMAICA   


Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in an Indiana Pacers' victory against the Miami Heat (66-16) 91-77 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Hibbert had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 42 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 49-32 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4 with 2.5bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 12.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 76.1% in the 98 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League. He could not help Hapoel Jerusalem (13-14) in their last game on Monday. Despite Samuels' very good performance the fifth-placed Hapoel Jerusalem was defeated 78-72 on the road by the leading Maccabi T-A in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. Samuels has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.7%(54-97) and FT: 62.2%. He is in the roster of the Jamaican senior national team.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico). He led Indios to a victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (14-14) crushing them 100-73 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Saturday night's game. Efejuku was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Indios de Mayaguez (17-12) is placed fourth in the BSN. Efejuku has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 82.1%. Efejuku has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. He is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Mugabe Thomas
Mugabe Thomas
   #4. An experienced forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville, currently plays in Mexico) was not able to help Tijuana Zonkeys (15-17) in their game against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-17) in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Thomas scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys was defeated 86-77 in Nogales by the lower-ranked Fuerza Guinda (#5). Thomas' overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Puerto Rico), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Caciques (13-15) in their last game. Despite Uter's very good performance Caciques lost 93-99 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Indios. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Uter also added 5 assists in 33 minutes. Uter has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 11.0rpg and 2.5apg in the two games he played so far. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #2. Experienced Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in their game against Cantu (17-13) in the Italian SerieA. Bailey scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Lottomatica Roma lost 73-81 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#7) Cantu. This year Bailey's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American.

Other top Jamaican players, who play abroad:

Ryan Reid (203-C/F-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) plays for BK Pardubice in Czech Republic NBL
Garry Gallimore (192-G-84) plays for Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala
Andre Smith (188-G-80) plays for ES Sahel in Tunisian Division I
Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) plays for CSM Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala
Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) plays for TBB Trier in German BBL
Kevin Young (206-C-84) plays for Brujos in Puerto Rican BSN
Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83) plays for New Yorker Phantoms in German BBL
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83) plays for Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Jamaican playing currently abroad. Go to Jamaican Abroad Page to see completed list.



*****************************************************
  LATVIA   


Davis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Latvians who are currently playing abroad.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Davis Bertans (210-92, currently plays in Serbia). He contributed to an easy victory against the leader Zvezda (22-3) crushing them 82-54 in a derby game in the Serbian A League in Wednesday night's game. Bertans recorded 10 points in 17 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Superliga. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (12-2) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bertans is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.3bpg. He also averaged so far 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 65.7%(44-67), 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 75.7% in the 16 games he played so far. Bertans is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. He could not help Budivelnyk (28-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kuksiks' good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was edged 96-95 on the road by the lower-ranked Azovmash (#3). He scored 10 points and had 3 steals. This season Kuksiks averages: 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 81.3%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Hungary). Kalve contributed to Szolnok's victory against the leader Albacomp (8-2) 83-79 in the Hungarian A Division on Friday night. He recorded 6 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (8-2) is placed second. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Kalve's first season with the team. This year Kalve's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 60.6% in the 12 games. He played for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #4. Forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) managed to help CSU Asesoft Ploiesti to win against the 11th-ranked Targu Mures (8-19) 83-76 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Monday night's game. Timermanis scored only 3 points. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (23-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Timermanis' total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2007.

Other top Latvian players, who play abroad:

Janis Blums (191-SG-82) plays for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL
Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Ojars Silins (202-F/G-93) plays for Trenkwalder RE in Italian SerieA
Armands Skele (192-G-83) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian KML
Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Maris Laksa (205-F-81) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish ACB
Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish ACB
Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Latvian playing currently abroad. Go to Latvian Abroad Page to see completed list.



Bilbao Basket announced Dairis Bertans - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB) signed Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) who played VEF Riga in Latvia. Bertans managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 26 LBL games he averaged 12.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Bertans also played 12 games in Eurocup where he had 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He also played 24 games in VTB United League where he had 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg. The last season Bertans was tested by VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian league. The team played in five (record !!!) different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 9 LBL games he had 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.8apg. Bertans also played 1 game in Euroleague where he recorded 5 points and 1 rebound. He also played 11 games in Eurocup where he had 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg. Bertans also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. And finally he played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 12.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg.
Bertans was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Bertans also represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.3%.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Italy and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, BK Valmiera BSS and ASK Riga).



*****************************************************
  LBQ   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 5: Seigneurs - Page-Dynamo 93-97
Jun. 9: Seigneurs - Jaguars
Jun. 8: Jaguars - Monteregie
Jun. 8: Revolution - Royal
Jun. 9: Page-Dynamo - Royal
Jun. 9: Monteregie - Revolution



*****************************************************
  LITHUANIA   


Mantas Kalnietis selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Lithuanians who are currently playing abroad.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their last game. Despite Kalnietis' good performance the third-placed Lokomotiv lost 65-72 on the road to the second-ranked CSKA Moscow in the group B of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Kalnietis also added 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Kalnietis is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 4.6apg. He also averaged so far 12.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 60.1%(83-138), 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 80.9% in the 27 games he played so far. Kalnietis is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked AGOR (17-9) 87-72 in the Greek A1 last Friday. Gecevicius scored 8 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (25-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. This season Gecevicius averages: 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 93.1%(27-29). He played for the Lithuanian national team in 2011.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine). Anisimovas led Budivelnyk to a victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (25-14) 82-70 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He recorded 14 points in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (28-11) is placed first in the Superleague. It's Anisimovas' fourth season with the team. Anisimovas has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 53.0% and FT: 58.3% in the 55 games. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Former BC Siauliai starter played for the Lithuanian university national team six years ago.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #4. An experienced forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas and both played together in the last Ukrainian Superleague game. Salenga contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (25-14) 82-70. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Salenga's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2005.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #5. International point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Regal FC Barcelona in a victory against the seventh-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Jasikevicius scored only 3 points in 6 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. It's Jasikevicius' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 1.9apg in the 28 games. Jasikevicius plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #6. Small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Jasaitis was not able to help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their game against CSKA Moscow (15-3). He recorded 6 points. Lokomotiv (#3) was defeated 72-65 in Moscow by the second-ranked CSKA in the group B of VTB United League. Jasaitis' total stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #7. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader PGE Turow (23-9) 87-78 in the Polish TBL in Sunday night's game. Cesnauskis recorded 5 points in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third. This year Cesnauskis' total stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg in the 39 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

Gediminas Navickas
Gediminas Navickas
   #8. Guard Gediminas Navickas (180-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Targu Mures (23-7) in their game against Ploiesti (23-7) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Navickas scored 6 points. The league leader Targu Mures was defeated 83-76 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#3). Navickas has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team back in 2005.

Povilas Butkevicius
Povilas Butkevicius
   #9. Former U20 international forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) helped Novipiu Casale win their game against the closely-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (19-9) 85-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Friday night. Butkevicius scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Novipiu Casale Monferrato (18-10) is placed fourth in the Lega2. Butkevicius is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.4rpg. This year his other stats are: 6.9ppg in the 36 games. Butkevicius used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.



*****************************************************
  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Jones, Obregon25.7 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.7 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.2 
 5. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 6. Elliott, Navolato21.6 
 7. McCullough, Nogales20.8 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana19.1 
 10. Allen, Guaymas19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Moss, Nogales10.6 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.4 
 5. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 6. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 7. Penny, Tijuana8.2 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea7.9 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.8 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.9 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.9 
 7. Insunza, Navolato4.6 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana4.5 
 9. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.4 
 10. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo1.9 
 4. Stallings, Guasave1.9 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 6. Allen, Guaymas1.5 
 7. Buelna, Guasave1.4 
 8. Insunza, Navolato1.4 
 9. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.6 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.4 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 6. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 7. Toombs, Navolato0.9 
 8. Gonzalez, Cananea0.8 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Tijuana - Nogales 77-86

Nogales snatched the second straight road win over Tijuana. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Tijuana Zonkeys won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fuerza Guinda Nogales won last quarter 20-13. American swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales and four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 22+2reb, A.Izaguirre 20+7reb+2ast, C.Gadson 16+7reb+9ast, R.Moss 13+14reb, J.Griffin 12+4reb+2ast, C.Rojo 3+1reb
Tijuana: O.Quintero 20+10reb+7ast, M.Morrison 18+5reb+6ast, L.Ramirez 15+4reb+6ast, J.Penny 10+5reb, M.Thomas 7+7reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 5+2reb
gschID: 242042


Navolato - Guasave 87-65

Navolato prevailed agaisnt Guasave to take 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Garra Canera de Navolato. Frayles de Guasave managed to win fourth quarter 16-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 46-19 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Five Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) produced 25 points and guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Selleaze 22+7reb+3ast, B.Toombs 16+11reb, F.Verdugo 14+6reb+2ast, M.Elliott 13+4reb+2ast, A.Villalobos 12+1reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 6+8reb+2ast
Guasave: E.Phelps 25+4reb+1ast, N.Stallings 11+1reb+4ast, A.Cervantes 9+1reb, S.Pettigrew 9, J.Farrera 6+2reb, P.Castro 3+2reb
gschID: 242041


Hermosillo - Obregon 100-74

Hermosillo gave little chance to Obregon cruising to a comfortable victory. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Joaquin Villanueva (207-86) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 16+2reb+6ast, K.Spain 15+2reb+2ast, J.Villanueva 13+12reb+2ast, J.Lopez 12+4reb+1ast, J.Esteva Hernandez 11+5reb+1ast, E.Little 10+5reb+3ast
Obregon: K.Jones 19+8reb, L.Davis 12+4reb+3ast, L.Pulido 12+2reb+4ast, N.Carter 11, H.Carrillo 10+1ast, G.Preer 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 242040


Guaymas - Cananea 79-87

Cananea shocked Guaymas for the second straight time away from home. Ostioneros de Guaymas were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 28-13 third quarter run of Mineros de Cananea. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Ostioneros de Guaymas turnovers. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) notched 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) supported him with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds by the former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) did not help to save the game for Ostioneros de Guaymas. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 25 points for the hosts. Five Mineros de Cananea and four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Cananea: K.Austin 23+6reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 20+8reb+5ast, S.Monroe 19+7reb+2ast, G.Giron 13+6reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 12+7reb+2ast, J.Verdugo 0
Guaymas: M.Allen 25+3reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 17+16reb+1ast, S.Shorter 12+6reb+4ast, A.Pedroza 10+4reb+5ast, V.Avila 4+2reb, A.Zarco 3+1reb
gschID: 242039



*****************************************************
  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  New Y.
  (203-SF-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Anthony, New Y.28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Curry, Golden S.23.0 
 8. Irving, Cleveland22.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Parker, San A.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 2. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 4. Evans, Brooklyn N.11.2 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.0 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.10.7 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.4 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.0 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Minnesot.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.1 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Harden, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Young, Philadelph..1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Denver1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.2.7 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.5 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 9. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Spurs steal win in Miami to take the lead in title series - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - San Antonio S. 88-92
Seven months later, the San Antonio Spurs, all of the Spurs, at last arrived in Miami - healthy, rested and fully engaged, without dispute or controversy or any need for a scolding from the commissioner. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82), Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) and Manu Ginobili looked spry, and the Spurs looked more than ready for the task of dethroning the defending champion Heat, taking a 92-88 victory in the opener of the N.B.A. finals. Parker scored 21 points to lead the way, including a seemingly impossible leaning jumper that clinched the game in the final seconds. Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds in his first finals appearance since 2007. The Spurs struggled to score at times, shooting 41.7 percent from the field, but they dominated inside and overcame a triple-double from LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), who finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. This was presumably what the Spurs had in mind all those months ago, when Coach Gregg Popovich sent Parker, Duncan and Ginobili home rather than play them in a nationally televised regular-season game. He wanted them fresh for June, for a title chase and perhaps for a showdown with this Heat team. After trailing for most of the night, the Spurs seized control in the fourth quarter with an 11-3 run, sparked by Parker. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) capped the rally with a 3-pointer, giving the Spurs an 88-81 lead, their biggest of the night. Miami cut the deficit to 90-88 on James's two free throws with 31.3 seconds to go. Parker then put the game away with a basket on a possession that looked as if it should have died three times. Parker slipped but kept his dribble, rose and flung an awkward shot that bounced off the backboard and the rim before falling through at the shot-clock buzzer. Referees had to review the play on video to confirm that Parker released it in time. 'It seemed like a 26-second possession,' said Erik Spoelstra, the Heat's coach, adding: 'He made a tough play. You have to give him credit for that.' Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) missed a layup at the other end, effectively sealing the game. He finished with 17 points but did not score in the fourth quarter. The Heat were unusually clumsy in the fourth quarter, committing four of their eight turnovers in the period. 'It's elite basketball right now, and there's not a large margin for error either way,' Spoelstra said. The Heat shot 5 for 18 from the field in the fourth quarter. The Spurs committed only four turnovers, tying a record low in the finals set by the Detroit Pistons against San Antonio in 2005. 'We played an O.K. game,' Ginobili said. 'We didn't play great.' He added, 'I think the most important thing we did offensively is not turning the ball over.' Because the Spurs rested their stars in November and the Heat did the same in March, these teams had not faced each other at full strength in two years, leaving no road map for what the night, or the series, would bring. 'You don't have no rhythm of what they're going to do,' James said before tip-off. 'They don't have a rhythm of what we're going to do. So it's like the first test we've had with one another in a while.' There were few surprises as the game unfolded. Miami did what it does best, spreading the floor with shooters, letting James orchestrate and, whenever possible, taking advantage in transition. The Heat hit 8 of 25 3-pointers but scored only 9 points in transition. The Spurs did what they do best, scoring inside (40 points in the paint) and on second-chance points (21), essentially picking up where the Indiana Pacers left off in the Eastern Conference finals. This opener was as close as expected. Neither team led by more than 9, although the Heat held a continuous, modest lead through the second and third quarters. The Spurs pushed ahead, 77-76, with 7 minutes 46 seconds left on Parker's free throws, their first lead of the second half. Parker followed with a driving layup past Norris Cole and a 20-foot jumper, giving the Spurs an 85-79 advantage with 3:30 left. This series could come down to how well the Spurs contain, or at least challenge, James and Wade. It might take the entire roster. By the end of the first quarter, the Spurs had used three players, of varying sizes, to check James: Kawhi Leonard (6-foot-7, 225 pounds), Danny Green (6-6, 210) and Boris Diaw (6-8, 235). When James easily backed down Green, the Spurs sent in two more bodies, leaving half the floor open. Later, James plowed through Green, driving for a layup and then looking at Green as if to say, 'You cannot possibly guard me.' James had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by halftime, methodically building toward his triple-double. The Spurs had not played in nearly 10 days, since sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals. There figured to be a little rust in their game. The Heat had the opposite concern, having survived a taut, seven-game series against the Pacers that ended three nights earlier. There figured to be a little fatigue in their game. As it happened, the Spurs looked sharp in taking a 9-2 lead. And the Heat looked spry in roaring right back, tying the score at 9-9 and eventually taking a 5-point lead in the quarter. Duncan had a rough start, missing his first five shots and picking up two fouls in the first 11 minutes, sending him to the bench. He recovered nicely, hitting 5 of 7 shots in the second quarter, including a 20-footer at the halftime buzzer that cut the Heat's lead to 52-49. It was a promising start to what promised to be a compelling finals, pitting the league's premier glamour team (the Heat) against its greatest small-market success story (the Spurs). Between them, the Spurs and Heat have six championships, nine finals appearances and at least five probable Hall of Famers. You could call it a matchup made in N.B.A. heaven, a nice send-off to David Stern before he steps down as commissioner next February. 'A heck of a series,' Stern said in his pre-finals address, 'probably the best that I could possibly expect for my last finals.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com



Nuggets won't bring back George Karl - by Eurobasket News

George Karl will not be brought back as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Karl had been pushing for a contract extension and ownership wasn't planning on giving one to him. Karl was entering the final season of his contract and was coming off a Coach of the Year season. The Nuggets feel that they can sign an elite head coach due to the strength of its roster and were reticent about dealing with an unhappy Karl in the final season of his deal. The Nuggets also lost Masai Ujiri this offseason. The Los Angeles Clippers are known as a team interested in Karl for their head coaching vacancy. The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers also have yet to fill their openings.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



*****************************************************
  NEPAL   


Draw for 27th FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP >> China, Korea & Japan in same group - by Dinesh Thapa

The draw for the 27th FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP for Men took place in Manila, Philippines today with China, Korea and Japan drawn in same group D. The championship is the highest level of championship in FIBA ASIA with 3 teams (first, second and third placed team of the championship) qualifying for the FIBA WORLD CUP 2014 in Spain.

The draw was conducted under the Pure Draw system using two bowls, where boxes with names of 15 teams were put into one bowl and boxes with names of the group into another. Each time a team was drawn along with the name of the group to determine which group they will play in. Philippines as the hosts had the luxury of drawing the 13th pick after three teams each had been drawn into the four groups. The remaining teams were filled into the other three groups after Philippines choice of group.

Preliminary round groupings

Group A: Chinese Taipei, Jordan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia
Group B: Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, Qatar
Group C: China, Iran, Korea, SEABA2
Group D: Bahrain, India, Kazakhstan, SEABA1

SEABA 1 and which team SEABA 2 will be qualified by the 10th SEABA Championship to be played in Medan (Indonesia) from June 20-23, 2013.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the Second Round in the following manner.

Second Round Groupings

Group E: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3

Group F: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3

Each team will play the three (3) new teams in its own group (the results of games played against the fellow qualifying teams in the Preliminary Round are valid for this round). The top four from each group in the Second Round will advance to the knockout quarterfinal stage.

QUARTERFINALS: QF1: F2 v E3. QF2: F4 v E1. QF3: E2 v F3. QF4: E4 v F1.

SEMIFINALS: SF1: Winner QF1 Vs. Winner QF2; SF2: Winner QF3 Vs. Winner QF4

MEDAL GAMES: Gold: Winner SF1 Vs. Winner SF2; Bronze: LoserSF1 Vs. Loser SF2.

Note: The two finalists along with the bronze medalists will qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Manila, the capital of Philippines, will play host to 16 top teams from six different FIBA Asia sub-zones to identify the Champion mens team of FIBA Asia. The FIBA Asia Championship, played every two years, is the most important event in FIBA Asia involving the top mens National Teams.

The 27th FIBA Asia Championship, also the qualifying event for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, will be held from Aug 1-11, 2013 at Manila, Philippines.

The top the three teams from Manila will all qualify directly for the biggest basketball event in the world.

The 27th FIBA Asia Championship is the third occasion when Manila will host this prestigious event, but the first in 40 years.



India wins SABA qualifiers; qualified for FIBA ASIA Championship for Men - by Dinesh Thapa

Favorites and Hosts India won the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifier held in New Delhi, India from 2-4 June 2013. India beat Afghanistan 64 46 in the last match of the qualifiers. India qualified from SABA for the 27th FIBA ASIA Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Manila, Philippines from 1 11 August 2013.

Complete results of SABA Qualifying

Nepal 26 109 India

Nepal 20 78 Afghanistan

India 64 46 Afghanistan



*****************************************************
  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Ponce 19-9 
 2. Santurce 17-12 
 3. Quebradillas 17-12 
 4. Mayaguez 17-12 
 5. Guaynabo 16-13 
 6. Arecibo 14-14 
 7. Humacao 13-15 
 8. Guayama 13-15 
 9. San German 9-20 
 10. Bayamon 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 35

Jun. 6: Guaynabo - Ponce 99-86
Jun. 7: Mayaguez - Guayama
Jun. 7: Arecibo - Santurce


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Harris, Ponce21.3 
 2. Diogu, Ponce21.3 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.1 
 4. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.7 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.1 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Ramos, Arecibo16.9 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.7 
 2. Harris, Ponce11.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo10.2 
 4. Phillip, San German9.1 
 5. Diogu, Ponce8.8 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Harrellson, Guaya.8.2 
 8. Graterol, Arecibo8.1 
 9. Carmona, Humacao8.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Guaynabo
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.5 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez4.9 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas4.9 
 4. Rivera, Ponce4.9 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.7 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 8. Coronado, Guayama3.9 
 9. Gonzalez, Santurce3.5 
 10. Hickerson, San G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.3 
 2. Coronado, Guayama1.9 
 3. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Rodriguez, Guayama1.5 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Williams, Santurce1.4 
 8. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 9. Villegas, Guaynabo1.3 
 10. Harrellson, Guaya.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Penn, Humacao2.1 
 2. Harrellson, Guaya.1.5 
 3. Mata, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 7. Scott, Humacao1.1 
 8. Harris, Ponce1.0 
 9. Graterol, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Nichols, Arecibo0.9 


Mata number one in Puerto Rico for week 34 - by Eurobasket News

American-Mexican center Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) had a great game in the last week for Quebradillas, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 34.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat San German (#9, 9-20) 84-76. Quebradillas is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebradillas will need more victories to improve their 17-12 record. Mata just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lorenzo Mata averages this season 9.1ppg and 7.4rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 28-year old Jamaican Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84) of Humacao. Uter had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Humacao lost that game 93-99 to the higher-ranked Mayaguez (#4, 17-12). Humacao managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Uter is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Arecibo (#6). Ramos scored 16 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Ramos' great performance Arecibo lost 82-86 to slightly lower-ranked Guayama (#8, 13-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Arecibo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Ramos has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (3rd best). Peter John Ramos has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77) of Guaynabo - 36 points and 2 assists
5. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Mayaguez - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of San German - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Arecibo - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Mayaguez - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Quebradillas - 22 points and 4 assists
10. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88) of Santurce - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Piratas beat San German, secures playoff spot - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas dominated Atleticos de San German 84-76, with this win Quebradillas secures a playoff spot with a 17-12 record. Also Cangrejeros and Indios are in the playoffs after this result.

David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) scored 22 points, Lorenzo Mata 18 with 13 boards and Ricardo Melendez 19 for the winners.

San German reached 20 losses this season. This is the first time since 1980 that this has happened to them.

Guayama edged Capitanes de Arecibo 86-82 to improve their record to 13-15 and are one game away from Arecibo in the standings.

Darnell Hinson and Yancy Gates led them with 14 points while Angel Figueroa, Renaldo Balkman and Josh Asselin added 10 each.

Angel Vassallo had 25 points, Carlos Escalera 20 and Peter John Ramos 16 points with 20 rebounds for Arecibo.

The only game scheduled today is Leones de Ponce at Mets de Guaynabo.



*****************************************************
  ROMANIA   


Vladimir Panic pens deal with BC Timisoara - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) pens deal with BC Timisoara for 2013/2014 season. The Serbian player will move to Romania.
Vladimir Panic just played for Balkan Botevgrad in Bulgaria. In 26 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 3.0apg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season Panic played at Zlatorog (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 17 games he had 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention. Panic also played 8 games in Adriatic League where he had very remarkable stats: 17.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements he won Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship title in 2008. Panic received also Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 1st Team award in 2011.
Panic has played also professionally in Greece (MENT Vassilakis), Iran (Kordestan), Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT), Serbia (Metalac, Masinac and Lavovi) and Slovenia (Luka Koper).



Mihai Silvasan confirm his stay at CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) confirm his stay at CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca for the next season. The Champion of the country will enter his 12th season with the squad.
In 29 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg this season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Silvasan won Romanian League championship title in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Silvasan was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. He played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2012 and previously for University National Team in 2009. Silvasan also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%.



*****************************************************
  RUSSIA   


Day 3 of Finals: Lokomotiv down CSKA in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - CSKA 69:58

Lokomotiv down CSKA in Krasnodar to remain alive in the Finals of VTB League. Lokomotiv posted a 69:58 victory and reduced to 1-2 in the series.
Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to CSKA Moscow's 24. The best player for the winners was American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) who scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds. Andrey Vorontsevich added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 19+8reb, Nick Calathes 15+6reb+8asts, Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) 9
CSKA: Vladimir Micov 16, Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) 8



Khimky will not keep Matt Nielsen - by Eurobasket News

Khimky will not prolong the contract of Matt Nielsen (208-F-78, agency: Beo Basket). The Australian forward is leaving the team. Matt Nielsen joined the team at the start of 2011/12 season signing a two-year contract. Last season the forward notched 1.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in EuroLeague. He posted 0.4 points, 1.0 board and 1.6 assists per game in PBL. Matt Nielsen also delivered 3.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance in VTB League. Previously the forward had stints in Australia, Greece, Lithuania, Spain. He was named All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year in 2006. Matt Nielsen was trumped All-Baltic League Forward of the Year in 2007. The Aussie was also named All-EuroCup Player of the Year in 2010. He has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2000.


*****************************************************
  SENEGAL   


Fact File of Afrobasket: Focus on Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Senegal has had the most appearance in the history of the Africa biggest basketball competition Afrobasket with twenty-five previous appearance, five titles (gold), six silver medals and three bronze medals to its credit.

The Senegalese Lions will be making it twenty-sixth appearance when the sixteen nations whose flags will be hoisted at the 27th edition of the African Cup Nations in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire missing out only at the maiden edition in Cairo, Egypt in 1962.

Senegal first outing at the FIBA Africa Championship (Afrobasket) was a fifth place finish in 1964 when the competition was staged in Casablanca, Morocco, the FIBA Africa Zone-II giant followed up with fourth place finish in 1965 in Tunisia after losing the losers final to Algeria by 57-46 points.

The Lions finally stamped it authority in African basketball in 1968 when it defeated host Morocco by 67-60 points to win it first title and thus began a robust journey in African basketball as it stepped out to be counted among the sixteen top nations that will fight for honours from August 20 through 31 at the stage of the Abidjan (Cote dIvoire) 27th Afrobasket.

Senegal joined the world basketball community in 1962 and is ranked fourth in Africa and 37th in the world and will look to better it fifth place finish at the 26th edition in Antananarivo, Madagascar after being considered as one of the title favourite after perennial champion Angola.

Senegal will play in group-B at the 27th Afrobasket in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire alongside host Cote dIvoire, Algeria and Egypt.

FIBA Africa Championship Records: Previous Appearances 25
Medals: Gold - 1968, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1997. Silver - 1970, 1974, 1975, 1992, 1995, 2005. Bronze - 1983, 1989, 1993.

African Championship record: 1962: Did not participate. Morocco 1964: 5th. Tunisia 1965: 4th. Morocco 1968: Champion. Egypt 1970: 2nd. Senegal 1972: Champion. Central African Republic 1974: 2nd. Egypt 1975: 2nd. Senegal 1978: Champion. Morocco 1980: Champion. Somalia 1981: 5th. Egypt 1983: 3rd. Cte d'Ivoire 1985: 4th. Tunisia 1987: 6th. Angola 1989: 3rd. Egypt 1992: 2nd. Kenya 1993: 3rd. Algeria 1995: 2nd. Senegal 1997: Champion. Angola 1999: 7th. Morocco 2001: 7th. Egypt 2003: 4th. Algeria 2005: 2nd. Angola 2007: 9th. Libya 2009: 7th. Madagascar 2011: 5th.
Malick Badiane (211-C/F-84)



*****************************************************
  SERBIA   


Dusan Djordjevic topscores and wins the title - by Eurobasket News

Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) topscores and wins the title with BC Telenet Oostende that claimed the second straight Ethias League title in Belgium. They overcame Mons-Hainaut 68:63 at home court to sweep the championship series. Dusan Djordjevic stepped up with 16 points to pace the hosts.
Mons-Hainaut entered the game with their backs against the wall. They aggressively started the encounter. The visitors grabbed a 15:13 lead ten minutes into the game. But Oostende soothed the tension in the Arena as they pulled ahead for a 30:25 halftime lead. But Mons-Hainaut were not about to give away. The visitors fired 20 points in the third term and pulled ahead for a narrow 45:43 lead before the fourth period. But it was not enough. Oostende exploded with 25 points in the final quarter and snatched a crucial win at the end. Matt Lojeski delivered 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Wesley Wilkinson contributed 10 points for the winners. Guy Muya responded with game-high 21 points for Mons-Hainaut. Josh Bostic had 16 points in the losing effort.



Dusan Ivkovic announce list of candidates for Serbian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Head coach of Serbian National team Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) announce list of candidates for Serbian National team: On the list are:

Milos Teodosic - CSKA
Stefan Markovic Valencia
Vasilije Micic Mega Vizura
Nemanja Nedovic Lietuvos Rytas
Bogdan Bogdanovic Partizan Beograd
Danilo Andjusic Virtus Bologna
Nemanja Dangubic Mega Vizura
Nemanja Bjelica Caja Laboral
Vladimir Lucic Partizan Beograd
Vladimir Micov CSKA
Novica Velickovic Mega Vizura
Dusko Savanovic Anadolu Efes
Milan Macvan Galagasaray
Zoran Erceg CSKA
Stefan Bircevic - Radnicki Kragujevac
Nenad Krstic CSKA
Rasko Katic Crvena Zvezda
Vladimir Stimac Banvit
Djordje Gagic Partizan Beograd
Dejan Musli Partizan Beograd

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) also select coaching staff: Vlada Vukoicic assistant coach, Aleksandar Kesar assistant coach, Sasa Nikitovic assistant coach, Predrag Zimonjic strength and condition coach, Dusko Markovic strength and condition coach, dr Dragan Radovanovic team Doctor, Nebojsa Mitrovic team Doctor, Dusan Sajic physiotherapeutic, Velibor Kosanovic physiotherapeutic, Nebojsa Ilic Team manager, Vladimir Sibinovic PR and Media representative, Jovica Anicic equipment staff.




Rumors - Vlada Jovanovic new head coach of MZT Skoplje? - by Zoran Popovic

According to rumors Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) will be new head coach of MZT Skoplje. Management of Macedonian team part ways with Ales Pipan and ''closest and the best ofption for MTZ Skoplje'' is former Partizan coach. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was assistant coach of Dusko Vujosevic and after him spent two seasons on the Partizan bench. With Partizan Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) won to two Serbian titles, two National cups and one Adriatic league. After Partizan Jovanovic moves to BC Doneck, but few months after beginning of he season terminate contract with Ukrainian team. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was head coach of Serbian U20 and U18 National team. This summer Jovanovic is head coach of Serbian U20 National team on European Championship.


Vasilije Micic extends contract with Mega Vizura - by Eurobasket News

Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Mega Vizura. Talented point guard signed a two-year contract extension with the team. Vasilije Micic joined Mega Vizura back in 2010. Last season the guard notched 11.8 points, 5.0 assists, 3.6 boards and 1.0 steal per game in A League. Vasilije Micic was the member of U16 and U18 Serbian National Teams. He was trumped All-European Championship U18 Best Guard in 2011.


*****************************************************
  SLOVENIA   


Slovenian Dragisa Drobnjak brings the glory from Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) brings the glory from Belgium as his BC Telenet Oostende that claimed the second straight Ethias League title in Belgium. They overcame Mons-Hainaut 68:63 at home court to sweep the championship series. Dusan Djordjevic stepped up with 16 points to pace the hosts.
Mons-Hainaut entered the game with their backs against the wall. They aggressively started the encounter. The visitors grabbed a 15:13 lead ten minutes into the game. But Oostende soothed the tension in the Arena as they pulled ahead for a 30:25 halftime lead. But Mons-Hainaut were not about to give away. The visitors fired 20 points in the third term and pulled ahead for a narrow 45:43 lead before the fourth period. But it was not enough. Oostende exploded with 25 points in the final quarter and snatched a crucial win at the end. Matt Lojeski delivered 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Wesley Wilkinson contributed 10 points for the winners. Guy Muya responded with game-high 21 points for Mons-Hainaut. Josh Bostic had 16 points in the losing effort.
Dragisa Drobnjak averaged 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 63.9%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 66.7%, 2reb, 1ast, 2steals in EuroCup. In Belgium League his stats read 9.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 76.1%.



*****************************************************
  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Anthony WINCHESTER
  San G.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Winchester, San G.15.9 
 2. Sanchez, Melilla15.6 
 3. Blanch, Andorra15.6 
 4. Starosta, Plana.15.5 
 5. Zengotitaben., Cor.14.7 
 6. Barbour, Ourense14.6 
 7. Hezonja, FCB Regal14.5 
 8. Samuels, Lobe H.14.3 
 9. Otegui, Palencia14.1 
 10. Ruiz de Gala., Cl.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej STAROSTA
  Plana.
  (215-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Starosta, Plana.9.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Melilla9.0 
 3. Sikma, A.Ford B.8.1 
 4. Diouf, Breogan8.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.7.6 
 6. Hernandez-S., Cor.7.2 
 7. McDermott, Palen.6.9 
 8. Ogide, Ourense6.8 
 9. Otegui, Palencia6.7 
 10. Kale, Coruna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Andorra
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Perez, Andorra5.2 
 2. Uriz, Clavijo4.9 
 3. Rodriguez, Forca L.4.7 
 4. Marco, Melilla4.5 
 5. Lopez, A.Ford B.4.3 
 6. Forcada, Palencia4.1 
 7. Creus, Assignia M.3.3 
 8. Aguilar, A.Ford B.3.2 
 9. Perez, FCB Regal3.1 
 10. Schreiner, Andorra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lucas SIKMA
  A.Ford B.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.9 
 2. Hezonja, FCB Regal1.9 
 3. Samuels, Lobe H.1.7 
 4. Toledo, A.Ford B.1.7 
 5. Otegui, Palencia1.7 
 6. Blanch, Andorra1.7 
 7. Perez, Andorra1.7 
 8. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.7 
 9. Castro, Melilla1.6 
 10. Hobbs, Caceres1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Breogan
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Breogan1.9 
 2. Hernandez-S., Cor.1.1 
 3. Flis, Andorra1.1 
 4. Mbaye, FCB Regal1.1 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.1.1 
 6. Starosta, Plana.1.0 
 7. Sikma, A.Ford B.0.9 
 8. Leonavicius, Breog.0.8 
 9. McDermott, Palen.0.7 
 10. Coppenrath, Luce.0.7 


Fotis Katsikaris leaves Bizkaia Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) is no longer the head coach of Bilbao Basket. The team announced his resignation. The ACB does not allow coaches to combine work in the League and with the National Teams. So after Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) has taken over Russian National Team his work with Bilbao Basket became questionable. Some reports now send Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) to Russia as Spartak Saint Petersburg has reportedly strong interest in signing the Greek specialist. Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) took over Bilbao Basket back in 2010. He led the team into ACB Finals in 2011. Katsikaris also reached EuroCup Final in 2013. He was trumped All-EuroCup Coach of the Year. He will lead Russia at the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket.


Bojan Dubljevic extends contract with Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Valencia have agreed on terms of contract extension with Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket). The Montenegrin forward signed a new two-year deal with the Spanish team. Bojan Dubljevic joined Valencia at the start of the season. He posted 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. The forward also notched 12.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in ACB. Previously Bojan Dubljevic played for Buducnist and Niksic. He was named All-Montenegrin League Player of the Year in 2012. Last season the player earned All-EuroCup Honourable Mention. He used to play for Montenegrin U18 and U20 National Teams. Bojan Dubljevic has been the member of the Montenegrin National Team since 2012.


Unicaja close to signing Ryan Toolson - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja has provisionally agreed on terms of contract with Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley). The reports indicate that Unicaja has been in talks with the guard for some time now and the deal may be officiated soon. Ryan Toolson spent the previous season with Gran Canaria. He posted 14.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game in ACB. The guard helped Gran Canaria into ACB semifinals. Previously Ryan Toolson had spells in Turkey and Italy. He made it into All-Turkish League 2nd Team in 2012. The guard participated at the Turkish League All-Star Game in 2010. Ryan Toolson had a quite successful college career. He was named All-Independent Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 while playing for the Utah Valley State Wolverines.


Lucentum Alicante win LEB Gold playoffs - by Eurobasket News

River Andorra - Lucentum Alicante 71:95

Lucentum Alicante finished their LEB Gold playoff campaign in style. They stunned River Andorra on the road to claim 3-2 victory in the Finals. Lucentum Alicante thus booked the one remaining qualifying ticket to the ACB. Rafael Huertas (189-G-84, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 22 points to lead the visitors.
Alicante started strong and dominated the first half. The visitors fired 21 points in the first period to take a 6-point lead. They erupted for 32 points in the second frame. Alicante gained a 53:42 halftime advantage. River Andorra collapsed in the third term. The hosts scored just 7 points and saw Alicante gain a massive 26-point lead before the final period. River Andorra improved offensively in the fourth quarter but it was too late to save the game. Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81, college: Vermont) notched 15 points, while Roma Bas (192-G-83) contributed 14 points for the winners. Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 18 points for River Andorra. Marc Blanch (194-F-82) had 13 points in the loss.

River Andorra: Thomas Schreiner 18, Marc Blanch 13
Lucentum Alicante: Rafael Huertas 22, Taylor Coppenrath 15, Roma Bas 14



Bilbao Basket announced Dairis Bertans - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (ACB) signed Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) who played VEF Riga in Latvia. Bertans managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 26 LBL games he averaged 12.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Bertans also played 12 games in Eurocup where he had 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He also played 24 games in VTB United League where he had 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0apg. The last season Bertans was tested by VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian league. The team played in five (record !!!) different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 9 LBL games he had 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.8apg. Bertans also played 1 game in Euroleague where he recorded 5 points and 1 rebound. He also played 11 games in Eurocup where he had 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg. Bertans also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. And finally he played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 12.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg.
Bertans was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Bertans also represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.3%.
Bertans has played previously professionally in Italy and Latvia (Valmiera, Ventspils, ASK/Juniors, BK Valmiera BSS and ASK Riga).



Rafael Pueyo takes control of Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Pueyo takes control of Bilbao Basket for the next season. The Spanish Specialist who worked as a Coach Assistant: at Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket will become a head Coach.
Yesterday it was announced that Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) is no longer the head coach of Bilbao Basket. The team announced his resignation. The ACB does not allow coaches to combine work in the League and with the National Teams. So after Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) has taken over Russian National Team his work with Bilbao Basket became questionable. Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) took over Bilbao Basket back in 2010. He led the team into ACB Finals in 2011. Katsikaris also reached EuroCup Final in 2013. He was trumped All-EuroCup Coach of the Year. He will lead Russia at the upcoming 2013 EuroBasket.
Rafael Pueyo started as a Coach Assistant at Lagun Aro Bilbao (ACB) and worked there for 4 years. In 2010 he was already a Head Coach of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket but later became an assistant of Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ).



Unicaja Malaga announced Joan Plaza as a Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga announced Joan Plaza as a Head Coach for the next season. The Specialist will return to Spain.
Earlier Joan Plaza announced his departure from Zalgiris. The Spanish coach made the decision public during the press-conference today. Joan Plaza took over Zalgiris at the start of the season. He led the Kaunas to the LKL and Lithuanian SuperCup titles. Joan Plaza was named All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year. At the same time Zalgiris did not succeed in VTB League and EuroLeague. The Lithuanian powerhouse failed to reach EuroLeague playoffs. They also lost to Lokomotiv Kuban in VTB League quarterfinals.
Joan Plaza has previously worked with Cajasol, Real Madrid and Joventut U20 team. He was named All-ULEC Cup Coach of the Year in 2007.



*****************************************************
  SWEDEN   


Adrian Thorangen extends with Nassjo - by Eurobasket News

Nassjo Basket extended the contract with Adrian Thorangen (195-F-93). The forward joined the team at the start of the previous season. He tallied 1.7 points per game in Basketligan. Previously Adrian Thorangen played for Sanda Basket. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Swedish National Teams.


*****************************************************
  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Poole: Tim Duncan is the last of his kind - by David Edole

By Monte Poole

Out the door goes Jason Kidd, the last of his kind. And now on approach to the farewell door same door is Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest), also without an heir apparent.

Duncan is a rarity in 21st century basketball, a highly skilled big man with impeccable footwork and a variety of low-post offensive moves who is content to be precisely that.

He is, in short, a 6-foot-11 player with game.

He's also a major reason the San Antonio Spurs are in the NBA Finals and quite capable of knocking off the Miami Heat.

But Duncan is 37, near the end of his career. And a glance around the game of basketball reveals the line of those willing and able to grab the torch is very short. Though there are plenty of athletes 6-10 and taller, in all ages and ethnicities, none cares to emulate Duncan's smart and ruthlessly efficient offensive repertoire.

More to the point, few even try.

Sometime between discovering a basketball and getting through high school, so many tall young athletes lose interest in living on the low block. So, naturally, they do not nurture such fundamental moves as bank shots or hook shots, much less establish the footwork required to create easy shots near the hoop.

There are those who, perhaps influenced by highlight shows, fixate on poster-worthy dunks. And there are those who, likely entranced by the Jordan/Kobe/LeBron era, become preoccupied with "expanding their games," a euphemism for ball-handling and jumpers facing the
Advertisement
basket.

With youngsters fantasizing less about championship rings than getting their names on a shoe, Duncan's game emphasizes the opposite approach. It does not appeal to the folks who congregate outside sporting goods stores awaiting the newest release.

The result is an NBA in which the majority of big men have little to offer on offense beyond a simple dunk. Remarkable athletes, yes, but mostly stiffs on the offensive end.

Does Dwight Howard, conceivably the best big man in the league, have an offensive arsenal? No. Does Tyson Chandler? Not really. Blake Griffin? Please.

You won't find two more athletic 7-footers than JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan. Each is a superior specimen to Duncan, no matter his age. Each runs like a deer, jumps like a kangaroo and . . . shoots like a guppy. As the Clippers were bounced out of the playoffs in six, Jordan -- who was chased by the Warriors before the Clips handed him a four-year, $43 million contract -- averaged 3.7 points per game.

It's enough to make Hakeem Olajuwon, a two-time NBA champ, weep.

Duncan, chasing his fifth ring, probably shrugs.

Don't get me wrong. Duncan is not the only big man who uses strength and finesse to work the paint. Indiana's 7-2 Roy Hibbert is a vastly inferior athlete to McGee or Jordan but more effective because he gets it. So does Utah's Al Jefferson and, to a degree, Atlanta's Al Horford and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol make the effort in Memphis, though they were neutralized by Duncan and teammate Tiago Splitter in the Western Conference finals.

But none of these guys can get 30 when his team absolutely has to have 30. Moreover, none is the franchise player for a team built to contend for the duration of his career.

Duncan has been that guy in San Antonio. He grabbed the torch from Olajuwon, who grabbed it from Moses Malone and Kevin McHale, who grabbed it from Bill Walton, who grabbed it from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. That's six players, 18 championship rings and 100 ways to beat you on the block.

Following the examples of such predecessors as Walt Bellamy and Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell and Bob Pettit and George Mikan, Kareem fashioned his offensive game around the advantage presented by being 7-foot-2. Thus was born the Sky Hook.

And now that shot is extinct, unseen since Kareem retired in 1989. He'll teach it to those who are interested. His most recent student: female star Brittney Griner.

Olajuwon instructs those willing to mimic his footwork. But few go to Houston to learn Hakeem's "Dream Shake," which undressed the likes of Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O'Neal.

There are those who say the game has changed when in truth it's the players who have changed. Teams still crave a low-post threat. They can't seem to find one.

The Spurs still have their guy, though he's aging and dragging his left leg. But he's a jewel, still wonderful to watch.

Do not be surprised if Duncan and the Spurs find a way to beat the Miami Heat, delivering one last mighty roar from an endangered beast.



*****************************************************
  UKRAINE   


Jurijs Aleksejevs joins BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa bolstered their frontcourt. They landed Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-C-85). The Latvian centre spent the last season with Jekabpils. He notched 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in LBL. Previously Jurijs Aleksejevs had stints with Ostrava, Liepajas Lauvas, VEF Riga, Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK. He was the member of U20 Latvian National Team. Jurijs Aleksejevs was called up for the Latvian National Team in 2009. The centre participated at the LBL All-Star Game in 2009. He was named All-Latvian League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2009. Jurijs Aleksejevs earned All-Latvian LBL Honourable Mention in 2009 and 2011.


*****************************************************
  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larre Borges 6-0 
 2. Guruyu Waston 5-0 
 3. Welcome 4-2 
 4. Capitol 3-3 
 5. Stockholmo 3-3 
 6. Cader 3-3 
 7. Urunday Univ. 3-3 
 8. 25 de Agosto 2-3 
 9. Verdirrojo 2-4 
 10. Colon 2-4 
 11. Marne 1-5 
 12. Yale 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 6

Jun. 5: Yale - Cader 88-75
Jun. 5: Capitol - Urunday Univ. 87-70
Jun. 5: Larre Borges - Verdirrojo 84-72
Jun. 3: Colon - 25 de Agosto 81-74
Jun. 3: Guruyu Waston - Marne 78-73
Jun. 3: Stockholmo - Welcome 56-100

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 7: 25 de Agosto - Larre Borges
Jun. 7: Cader - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 7: Capitol - Colon
Jun. 7: Verdirrojo - Yale
Jun. 7: Stockholmo - Marne
Jun. 7: Guruyu Waston - Welcome


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League (6th. round)
Capitol 87 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 31 pts. 14 reb. 3 blocks, Luis De Leon (193-F-88) 20 pts. 4 reb.
Urunday Universitario 70 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 29 pts. 15 reb,
- - -
Larre Borges 84 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 25 pts. 6 reb. 4 assists, Renzo Lazzaroni (186-G-85) 22 pts. 3 reb. 6 assists
Verdirrojo 72 -Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) 27 pts 11 reb. Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) 18 pts 4 reb.
- - -
Yale 88 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 33 pts 4 reb. Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87) 17 pts 3 reb. 6 assists
Cader 75 - Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) 17 pts. 10 reb. 3 blocks




*****************************************************
  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Jun. 4: Bucaneros - Marinos 85-94
Jun. 4: Gaiteros - Cocodrilos 85-83
Jun. 3: Bucaneros - Marinos 81-68
Jun. 5: Gaiteros - Cocodrilos 80-96

Second Stage: Round 4

Jun. 6: Trotamundos - Marinos
Jun. 7: Trotamundos - Marinos
Jun. 7: Gigantes - Cocodrilos
Jun. 8: Gigantes - Cocodrilos



*****************************************************
  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Day 3 of Finals: Lokomotiv down CSKA in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - CSKA 69:58

Lokomotiv down CSKA in Krasnodar to remain alive in the Finals of VTB League. Lokomotiv posted a 69:58 victory and reduced to 1-2 in the series.
Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to CSKA Moscow's 24. The best player for the winners was American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) who scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds. Andrey Vorontsevich added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 19+8reb, Nick Calathes 15+6reb+8asts, Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) 9
CSKA: Vladimir Micov 16, Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) 8



Khimky will not keep Matt Nielsen - by Eurobasket News

Khimky will not prolong the contract of Matt Nielsen (208-F-78, agency: Beo Basket). The Australian forward is leaving the team. Matt Nielsen joined the team at the start of 2011/12 season signing a two-year contract. Last season the forward notched 1.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in EuroLeague. He posted 0.4 points, 1.0 board and 1.6 assists per game in PBL. Matt Nielsen also delivered 3.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance in VTB League. Previously the forward had stints in Australia, Greece, Lithuania, Spain. He was named All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year in 2006. Matt Nielsen was trumped All-Baltic League Forward of the Year in 2007. The Aussie was also named All-EuroCup Player of the Year in 2010. He has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2000.



*****************************************************

Women News


Reze Tournament: Poland prevail against Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Poland U19 - Argentina U19 46:40

Poland claimed the starting victory at the annual Reze international tournament in France. They defeated Argentina in the opener. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) stepped up with 12 points to lead the charge.
Poland jumped to an early lead. They secured a 17:8 lead after the opening quarter. Poland maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They arrived at the interval up by 8 points 25:17. Poland kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They ensured a 36:28 advantage at the final intermission. Argentina narrowed the gap early in the fourth period. But Poland hung on to escape with a narrow victory. Katarzyna Jaworska (188-F/C-94) provided 8 points and 13 boards, while Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) added 8 points for the winners. Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) answered with 11 points. Sofia Aispurua (185-C-95) fired 14 points to topscore for Argentina.

Poland U19: Magdalena Koperwas 12, Katarzyna Jaworska 8+13 boards, Karolina Puss 8
Argentina U19: Sofia Aispurua 14, Micaela Sancisi 11



*****************************************************
  AUSTRALIA   


Reze Tournament: Australia cruise past Russia - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Russia U19 79:29

Australia claimed a comprehensive victory over Russia at the start of the prestigious Reze international tournament in France. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) stepped up with 16 points to lead the Gems.
Australia got to a blustering start. They held Russia to just 5 points in the opening quarter to take a 17-point lead. Australia continued to get away in the second frame. The Gems arrived at halftime up by 31 points 42:11. Australia kept on dominating throughout the third term. They cleared off to a 36-point distance at the final break. Australia went on a 21:7 run in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Alex Wilson (94) and Casey Samuels (180-G-94) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) answered with 10 points for Russia. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 16, Alex Wilson 12, Casey Samuels 12
Russia U19: Anna Shchetina 10, Albina Razheva 7



Adelaide Link Lightning announced Jess Foley - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide Link Lightning announced Jess Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) for the next season. The player will come from Norwood Flames.
It is actually her comeback to Adelaide Lightning as she played here before. She helped them to make it to the final. In 2006 Foley was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in third round (38th overall).
She attended Duke University and it may be her seventh season in pro basketball.
Foley was also a member of Australian international program for some years. She played for Australian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for University National Team in 2007. Foley represented Australia at the Oceania Championships four years ago. Her team won Gold but her stats at that event were not that impressive as she did not score anything.
Foley has played previously professionally in Turkey (Ceyhan Bld) and Australia (Townsville Fire and Dandenong Rangers).



*****************************************************
  AUSTRIA   


BC Vienna claim back-to-back wins over USA Athletes - by Eurobasket News

BC Vienna 87 played two exhibition encounters with USA Athletes International selections.
The first game ended with the Austrian team claiming a narrow 91:88 victory. USA Athletes led 44:41 at halftime. However BC Vienna fired 29 points in the fourth frame and snatched a narrow win at the end. Agnes Roth (186-F/C-86) came up with 26 points to lead the winners. Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) contributed 20 points for the winners. Hankins answered with 26 points for USA Athletes. McPhearson delivered 23 points in defeat.
Next BC Vienna faced USA Athletes II team. This time the Austrian team jumped to an early lead. They piled up a 39:23 halftime lead. USA Athletes cut the deficit after the big break but BC Vienna held on to the advantage and clinched a 77:63 win at the end.



*****************************************************
  BELARUS   


Belarus rout Italy, will face Ukraine for the top place - by Eurobasket News

Italy- Belarus 67:75

Belarus rout Italy at the second Day of the International Home Tournament. The hosts posted a 75:67 win against Italy and will face Ukraine tomorrow in the game for the first place. Italy will take on Serbia in the game for the initial victory.
Although Belarus posted 18-10 rally in the first period, it was not enough to control the first half. Italy responded with a 26-14 burst in the second frame and took 36:32 lead at the halftime. Belarus meanwhile overcame their opponents 23-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with a 20-17 rally.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) nailed 13. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) brought 11, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 10. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) finished the game with 20 points in defeat, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) nailed 12. Nnena Wabara (183-F-81, agency: Two Points, college: Baylor) poured in 8 and Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) as well as Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) netted 6 each.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 20, Francesca Dotto 12, Nnena Wabara 8, Alessandra Formica 6, Kathrin Ress 6
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 13, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 11, Katerina Snytsina 10, Anufryenka 8



*****************************************************
  BRAZIL   


Reze Tournament: Liwei Yang leads China past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

China U19 - Brazil U19 60:56

China earned the first win at the Reze international tournament in France. They held off Brazil in the opening encounter. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) posted 16 points to carry the Asian team to the victory. China opened the game on a 9:2 run. But Brazil quickly bounced back. They capped the first period on a 12:2 rally to take a 14:11 lead. China answered with their own strong surge late in the first half to establish a 32:22 halftime lead. China maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The Asian side secured a 45:35 lead at the final break. Brazil tried hard to deny the deficit in the fourth period but came up short of victory at the end. Gong Li (187-F-95) had 9 points, while Huang Sijing (190-F-96) accounted for 6 points for the winning side. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) responded with game-high 26 points for Brazil. Maria de Oliveira chipped in 13 points in the loss.

China U19: Yang LiWei 16, Gong Li 9, Huang Sijing 6
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 26, Maria de Oliveira 13



*****************************************************
  CHINA   


Russia cruise past China in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Russia - China 103:72

Russia claimed the second straight win at the start of the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They fired past China for 2-0 record today. China in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) stepped up with 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia poured in 21 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second period. Russia accumulated a 44:33 halftime advantage. Russia just mounted the pressure in the third period. They exploded with 34 points to clear off. China faced a massive 18-point deficit before the fourth frame. Russia did not slow down scoring 25 points in the final period and sealing a comfortable win at the end. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) and Liudmila Sapova (186-F/C-84) notched 13 points each for the winners. Zhao Shuang (188-F-90) responded with 15 points for China. Liu JiaCen (193-C-89) had 11 points in the loss.

Russia: Anna Petrakova 15, Marina Kuzina 13, Liudmila Sapova 13
China: Zhao Shuang 15, Liu JiaCen 11



Reze Tournament: Liwei Yang leads China past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

China U19 - Brazil U19 60:56

China earned the first win at the Reze international tournament in France. They held off Brazil in the opening encounter. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) posted 16 points to carry the Asian team to the victory. China opened the game on a 9:2 run. But Brazil quickly bounced back. They capped the first period on a 12:2 rally to take a 14:11 lead. China answered with their own strong surge late in the first half to establish a 32:22 halftime lead. China maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The Asian side secured a 45:35 lead at the final break. Brazil tried hard to deny the deficit in the fourth period but came up short of victory at the end. Gong Li (187-F-95) had 9 points, while Huang Sijing (190-F-96) accounted for 6 points for the winning side. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) responded with game-high 26 points for Brazil. Maria de Oliveira chipped in 13 points in the loss.

China U19: Yang LiWei 16, Gong Li 9, Huang Sijing 6
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 26, Maria de Oliveira 13



*****************************************************
  CROATIA   


Croatia bounce back against Montenegro in Crikvenica - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Montenegro 77:72

Croatian National Team celebrated victory in the second game of the friendly series versus Montenegro. Croatia avenged of the loss in the first game to claim a 5-point win in Crikvenica. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners.
Croatia pulled ahead in the first period. The hosts built a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Croatia kept their opponents at bay throughout the second term. They arrived at the interval up by 10 points 35:25. Croatia fired 21 points in the third term to secure an 11-point buffer at the final intermission. Montenegro challenged the hosts in the fourth frame exploding with 27 points but Croatia did not yield and claimed a tough win at the end. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 18 points, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 10 points for the winning team. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Montenegro. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Croatia: Ana Lelas 24, Iva Sliskovic 18, Antonija Misura 10
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 25, Jelena Skerovic 14+12 boards



*****************************************************
  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Latvia eke out win over Czech Republic in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Czech Republic 65:63

Latvia celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They overcame hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-1 record. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) notched 17 points and 5 assists to lead the charge.
Czech Republic surged ahead in the opening frame and posted an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Latvia narrowed the gap in the second frame. Stifling defence helped them get within a single point at halftime 31:32. Latvia pulled ahead in the third term. The visitors dropped 21 points and grabbed a 52:48 advantage entering the fourth stanza. Burgrova gave Czech Republic a 62:61 lead with under two minutes remaining. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) put Latvia in front but Elhotova tied things up at 63 with 35 seconds remaining. Elina Babkina stepped up for Latvia at the moment sinking a jumper and sealing the victory. Kristine Karklina delivered 12 points, while Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for Latvia. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 17, Kristine Karklina 12, Liene Jansone 10
Czech Republic: Petra Kulichova 13, Veronika Bortelova 12



Slovakia U16 won the friendly series against Czech Republic U16 - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U16 won the friendly series against Czech Republic U16 2-1. Slovakia won the first and the third games, while Czech Republic managed to post the victory in Game 2.
After 70:66 win in Game 1, Slovakia U16 lost the second game 57:68. In that game Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) scored 12 points and Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) added 10.
In Game 3 Slovakia U16 produced a 72:64 win. They opened the game with 23-11 surge and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover Slovakia increased to 59:45 after 30 minutes and saved 72:64 win. Veronika Remenarova top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Jana Matejcikova (97) poured in 14. Lucia Striesova scored 13, whilst Denisa Blanarova, Alzbeta Bubenikova and Julia Lelkes (170-PG-98) netted 6 each.



*****************************************************
  DENMARK   


Lemvig keep Emily Hatch - by Eurobasket News

Lemvig is bringing Emily Hatch (185-F-89, college: San Diego) for the third straight season with the team. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. Emily Hatch notched 18.2 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in Dameligaen last season. She was named All-Danish Dameligaen Player of the Year. She also made it into All-Danish Dameligaen 1st Team for the second straight season. Emily Hatch started her pro career in Lemvig. She joined the team right after graduating from the University of San Diego. The forward posted 9.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in her senior season. She was Danish Cup finalist in 2013. Emily Hatch also led Lemvig into Danish Cup semis in 2012.


Lemvig and Ivana Udovalieva extend cooperation - by Eurobasket News

Lemvig have agreed on terms of contract extension with Ivana Udovalieva (172-PG-84). The Macedonian guard will spend another season in Denmark. Ivana Udovalieva joined Lemvig back in 2010. Last season she posted 14.2 points, 4.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in Dameligaen. She earned All-Danish Dameligaen Honourable Mention for the second season in a row. Ivana Udovalieva has been the member of the FYR Macedonian National Team since 2009.


*****************************************************
  EUROLEAGUE   


Famila Wuber Schio brings in Katalin Honti - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio brings in Katalin Honti (177-G-87). The Hungarian International will move from Rivas Ecopolis. In 23 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg this season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Honti also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg. The last season she played at Ros Casares (LFB) in Spanish league. In 27 games she had 4.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.7apg. She contributed to her team winning the league title (in both Spanish LFB and Euroleague !!!). Honti also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had just 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg. She contributed to her team winning the Euroleague championship.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Honti played at MKB Euroleasing (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 31 games she had 9.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.8spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Honti also played 13 games in Euroleague where she had 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements Katalin Honti received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Guard of the Year award back in 2010.
Honti has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2008 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. Honti represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 74.4%.



*****************************************************
  FINLAND   


Vilja Kesanen signs 1+1 year deal with ToPo - by Eurobasket News

Vilja Kesanen (179-G-91) signs 1+1 year deal with ToPo. The player will join her Vilma Kesanen (179-G-88) in the team.
Vilja Kesanen played for Honka Akatemia Espoo. In 34 1st Division games she recorded 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2spg this season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kesanen played in the final of Finnish League in 2011.
Vilma Kesanen meanwhile resigned with Torpan Pojat Helsinki. In 33 SM-sarja games she averaged 12.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.0apg (leader !!!) and 2.2spg. The last season Kesanen played at Catz Lappeenranta (SM-sarja) in Finnish league. In 36 games she had 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup.
Among other achievements Kesanen received Eurobasket.com Finnish League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
She has been also a member of Finnish international program for some years. Kesanen has regularly played for since 2009 and two years ago for U22 National Team. She represented Finland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 1.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg.
Kesanen has played also professionally for other Finnish teams like Aanekosken and S-Hameenmaa.



*****************************************************
  FRANCE   


Reze Tournament: France breeze past Senegal - by Eurobasket News

France U19 - Senegal U19 85:35

French U19 National Team victoriously opened the Reze international tournament campaign. They thumped Senegal in the opener. Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) stepped up with 14 points for the hosts.
France poured in 27 points in the first quarter to gain a 19-point lead. The home team stayed dominant throughout the second frame. They accounted for a 49:15 halftime advantage. Les Bleus did not slow down after the big break. France held Senegal to 11 points in the third period and piled up a 71:26 lead at the final break. France outscored Senegal 14:9 in the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) provided 12 points, while Marie-Eve Paget (168-G-94) added 10 points for the winners. Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye (94) responded with 18 points for Senegal. Aida Ndiaye had 10 points in the loss.

France U19: Lidija Turcinovic 14, Marieme Badiane 12, Marie-Eve Paget 10
Senegal U19: Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye 18, Aida Ndiaye 10



*****************************************************
  ISRAEL   


Alysha Clark wont continue with Ramat Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

Alysha Clark wont continue with Ramat Hasharon in the next season. She was named Blue Raider assistant coach.
Last season Clark played at Ramat Hasharon. In 22 games she averaged 11.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg this season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team. This summer Clark played at Seattle in WNBA. In two games she did not score anything.
Three years ago she was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) in second round (17th overall). Clark attended Middle Tennessee State until 2010 and it may be her third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her college team won Sun Belt Tournament for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Clark received also All-Sun Belt Player of the Year award back in 2010.
She has played previously for another Israeli team Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion.



*****************************************************
  ITALY   


Belarus rout Italy, will face Ukraine for the top place - by Eurobasket News

Italy- Belarus 67:75

Belarus rout Italy at the second Day of the International Home Tournament. The hosts posted a 75:67 win against Italy and will face Ukraine tomorrow in the game for the first place. Italy will take on Serbia in the game for the initial victory.
Although Belarus posted 18-10 rally in the first period, it was not enough to control the first half. Italy responded with a 26-14 burst in the second frame and took 36:32 lead at the halftime. Belarus meanwhile overcame their opponents 23-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with a 20-17 rally.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) nailed 13. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) brought 11, while Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 10. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) finished the game with 20 points in defeat, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) nailed 12. Nnena Wabara (183-F-81, agency: Two Points, college: Baylor) poured in 8 and Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) as well as Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) netted 6 each.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 20, Francesca Dotto 12, Nnena Wabara 8, Alessandra Formica 6, Kathrin Ress 6
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 16, Anastasiya Veremeenko 13, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 11, Katerina Snytsina 10, Anufryenka 8



Famila Wuber Schio brings in Katalin Honti - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio brings in Katalin Honti (177-G-87). The Hungarian International will move from Rivas Ecopolis. In 23 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg this season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Honti also played 15 games in Euroleague where she had 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg. The last season she played at Ros Casares (LFB) in Spanish league. In 27 games she had 4.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.7apg. She contributed to her team winning the league title (in both Spanish LFB and Euroleague !!!). Honti also played 16 games in Euroleague where she had just 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg. She contributed to her team winning the Euroleague championship.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Honti played at MKB Euroleasing (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 31 games she had 9.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.8spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Honti also played 13 games in Euroleague where she had 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements Katalin Honti received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Guard of the Year award back in 2010.
Honti has been also a member of Hungarian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2008 and previously for U21 National Team in 2007. Honti represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 74.4%.



*****************************************************
  LATVIA   


Latvia eke out win over Czech Republic in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Czech Republic 65:63

Latvia celebrated the first win at the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They overcame hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-1 record. Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) notched 17 points and 5 assists to lead the charge.
Czech Republic surged ahead in the opening frame and posted an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Latvia narrowed the gap in the second frame. Stifling defence helped them get within a single point at halftime 31:32. Latvia pulled ahead in the third term. The visitors dropped 21 points and grabbed a 52:48 advantage entering the fourth stanza. Burgrova gave Czech Republic a 62:61 lead with under two minutes remaining. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) put Latvia in front but Elhotova tied things up at 63 with 35 seconds remaining. Elina Babkina stepped up for Latvia at the moment sinking a jumper and sealing the victory. Kristine Karklina delivered 12 points, while Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for Latvia. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Latvia: Elina Babkina 17, Kristine Karklina 12, Liene Jansone 10
Czech Republic: Petra Kulichova 13, Veronika Bortelova 12



*****************************************************
  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania U20 surrender against Japan - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian U20 National Team played a friendly game versus Japan National Team in Panevezys. The Baltic team suffered a heavy defeat 57:103. Japan led from start to finish. The visitors grabbed a 28:13 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the margin to a 27-point mark at halftime 54:27. Lithuania struggled to pick up the tempo after the big break. The hosts faced a massive 38-point deficit heading into the fourth frame 40:78. Japan went on a 25:17 rally in the final period and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) added 11 points in the loss.


Lithuania lose to Japan - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian National Team surrendered against Japan in the exhibition encounter in Panevezys 80:88. The hosts got to a slow start and could not recover in the second part of the game.
Japan built a 23:21 lead after ten minutes. The Asian team boosted the lead in the second frame. They accounted for a 48:41 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third period. They got within six points at the final intermission. But Japan dropped 23 points in the fourth frame and got away with the victory. Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) notched 17 points for Lithuania. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) came up with 16 points, while Kamile Nacickaite (180-G-89, college: Drexel) had 14 points in the losing effort.



*****************************************************
  MONTENEGRO   


Croatia bounce back against Montenegro in Crikvenica - by Eurobasket News

Croatia - Montenegro 77:72

Croatian National Team celebrated victory in the second game of the friendly series versus Montenegro. Croatia avenged of the loss in the first game to claim a 5-point win in Crikvenica. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners.
Croatia pulled ahead in the first period. The hosts built a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Croatia kept their opponents at bay throughout the second term. They arrived at the interval up by 10 points 35:25. Croatia fired 21 points in the third term to secure an 11-point buffer at the final intermission. Montenegro challenged the hosts in the fourth frame exploding with 27 points but Croatia did not yield and claimed a tough win at the end. Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) netted 18 points, while Antonija Misura (178-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 10 points for the winning team. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Montenegro. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Croatia: Ana Lelas 24, Iva Sliskovic 18, Antonija Misura 10
Montenegro: Jelena Dubljevic 25, Jelena Skerovic 14+12 boards



*****************************************************
  POLAND   


Gorzow opens transfer market - by Eurobasket News

Gorzow opens transfer market and announces four first players to enter 2013/2014 season.Magdalena Szajtauer (190-F/C-95), Klaudia Czarnodolska (180-F-93), Katarzyna Dzwigalska (174-G-85) and Claudia Trebicka (175-G/F-90) will stay with the team.
Magdalena Szajtauer recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.9rpg this season. The last season Szajtauer played also at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (PLKK) in Polish league. In two games she did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Despite young age Szajtauer had impressive career. She received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 3rd Team award in 2011. She represented Poland at the European Championships U16 for Women in Cagliari (Italy) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.0ppg, Reb-3 (9.8rpg), 1.0spg, FGP: 52.5%, FT: 78.6%.
Klaudia Czarnodolska recorded just 1.6ppg and 2.0rpg this season. The last season Czarnodolska played also at AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (PLKK) in Polish league. In four games she averaged only 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Claudia Trebicka had 3.2ppg and 1.0rpg. Trebicka was a member of Polish U20 National Team in 2010.
Katarzyna Dzwigalska averaged just 2.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg this season. Dzwigalska was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game in 2010 and 2011. She also represented Poland at the European Championships in Poland two years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg.



Reze Tournament: Poland prevail against Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Poland U19 - Argentina U19 46:40

Poland claimed the starting victory at the annual Reze international tournament in France. They defeated Argentina in the opener. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) stepped up with 12 points to lead the charge.
Poland jumped to an early lead. They secured a 17:8 lead after the opening quarter. Poland maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They arrived at the interval up by 8 points 25:17. Poland kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They ensured a 36:28 advantage at the final intermission. Argentina narrowed the gap early in the fourth period. But Poland hung on to escape with a narrow victory. Katarzyna Jaworska (188-F/C-94) provided 8 points and 13 boards, while Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) added 8 points for the winners. Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) answered with 11 points. Sofia Aispurua (185-C-95) fired 14 points to topscore for Argentina.

Poland U19: Magdalena Koperwas 12, Katarzyna Jaworska 8+13 boards, Karolina Puss 8
Argentina U19: Sofia Aispurua 14, Micaela Sancisi 11



*****************************************************
  RUSSIA   


Reze Tournament: Australia cruise past Russia - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Russia U19 79:29

Australia claimed a comprehensive victory over Russia at the start of the prestigious Reze international tournament in France. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) stepped up with 16 points to lead the Gems.
Australia got to a blustering start. They held Russia to just 5 points in the opening quarter to take a 17-point lead. Australia continued to get away in the second frame. The Gems arrived at halftime up by 31 points 42:11. Australia kept on dominating throughout the third term. They cleared off to a 36-point distance at the final break. Australia went on a 21:7 run in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Alex Wilson (94) and Casey Samuels (180-G-94) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) answered with 10 points for Russia. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 16, Alex Wilson 12, Casey Samuels 12
Russia U19: Anna Shchetina 10, Albina Razheva 7



Russia cruise past China in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Russia - China 103:72

Russia claimed the second straight win at the start of the international tournament in Karlovy Vary. They fired past China for 2-0 record today. China in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) stepped up with 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia poured in 21 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second period. Russia accumulated a 44:33 halftime advantage. Russia just mounted the pressure in the third period. They exploded with 34 points to clear off. China faced a massive 18-point deficit before the fourth frame. Russia did not slow down scoring 25 points in the final period and sealing a comfortable win at the end. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) and Liudmila Sapova (186-F/C-84) notched 13 points each for the winners. Zhao Shuang (188-F-90) responded with 15 points for China. Liu JiaCen (193-C-89) had 11 points in the loss.

Russia: Anna Petrakova 15, Marina Kuzina 13, Liudmila Sapova 13
China: Zhao Shuang 15, Liu JiaCen 11



Dynamo Moscow gets bigger with Anastasiya Loginova - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow gets bigger with Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) for the next season. The Russian team added 23-year old center.
Anastasiya Loginova played last season for Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk. In 17 games she averaged 7.5ppg and 3.7rpg this season. Loginova also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 3.0ppg and 3.1rpg. The most of last season she spent at Spartak St.Petersburg (Superleague). In 24 games she had 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. Loginova also played at Spartak-SHVSM (Superleague) earlier that season. She represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) three years ago. Loginova's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 4.4rpg.
Loginova has played previously for two other Russia teams: BC Moscow and Gloria Moscow.



*****************************************************
  SENEGAL   


Reze Tournament: France breeze past Senegal - by Eurobasket News

France U19 - Senegal U19 85:35

French U19 National Team victoriously opened the Reze international tournament campaign. They thumped Senegal in the opener. Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) stepped up with 14 points for the hosts.
France poured in 27 points in the first quarter to gain a 19-point lead. The home team stayed dominant throughout the second frame. They accounted for a 49:15 halftime advantage. Les Bleus did not slow down after the big break. France held Senegal to 11 points in the third period and piled up a 71:26 lead at the final break. France outscored Senegal 14:9 in the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) provided 12 points, while Marie-Eve Paget (168-G-94) added 10 points for the winners. Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye (94) responded with 18 points for Senegal. Aida Ndiaye had 10 points in the loss.

France U19: Lidija Turcinovic 14, Marieme Badiane 12, Marie-Eve Paget 10
Senegal U19: Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye 18, Aida Ndiaye 10



*****************************************************
  SERBIA   


Ukraine continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Serbia -Ukraine 75:78

Ukraine continue their winning streak and won the second straight game at the International Tournament in Belarus. The Ukrainian side needed a strong second half to beat Serbia 78:75.
Serbia started the game better and won the first period 21-15. Moreover the Balkan side added 21-18 in the second period and led 42:33 at the halftime. Ukraine however dominated the second half and posted two victories to seal the total win. Ukraine erupted with a 25-16 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-17 in the last stanza.
Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 25 points and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) nailed 15. Mircheva delivered 13, whilst Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) notched 8. Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) and Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) delivered 14 points each in defeat, while Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 12. Ines Ajanovic (196-F/C-80) netted 11 and Sara Krnjic (195-C-91) finished the game with 10 points.

Serbia: Sasa Cadjo 14, Ana Dabovic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 12, Ines Ajanovic 11, Sara Krnjic 10, Jovanovic 9
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 25, Olexandra Kurasova 15, Mircheva 13, Olena Ogorodnikova 8



*****************************************************
  SLOVAKIA   


Slovakia U16 won the friendly series against Czech Republic U16 - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U16 won the friendly series against Czech Republic U16 2-1. Slovakia won the first and the third games, while Czech Republic managed to post the victory in Game 2.
After 70:66 win in Game 1, Slovakia U16 lost the second game 57:68. In that game Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) scored 12 points and Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) added 10.
In Game 3 Slovakia U16 produced a 72:64 win. They opened the game with 23-11 surge and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover Slovakia increased to 59:45 after 30 minutes and saved 72:64 win. Veronika Remenarova top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Jana Matejcikova (97) poured in 14. Lucia Striesova scored 13, whilst Denisa Blanarova, Alzbeta Bubenikova and Julia Lelkes (170-PG-98) netted 6 each.



*****************************************************
  UBA   

WUBA Standings

WUBA Standings
 1. Georgia D. 11-4 
 2. GIE Matrix 11-4 
 3. Southern G. 9-6 
 4. Atlanta A. 8-7 
 5. Tennessee D. 7-8 
 6. Metro A. Sparks 1-14 

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jun. 9: GIE Matrix - Atlanta A.
Jun. 9: Southern G. - Georgia D.



*****************************************************
  UKRAINE   


Ukraine continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Serbia -Ukraine 75:78

Ukraine continue their winning streak and won the second straight game at the International Tournament in Belarus. The Ukrainian side needed a strong second half to beat Serbia 78:75.
Serbia started the game better and won the first period 21-15. Moreover the Balkan side added 21-18 in the second period and led 42:33 at the halftime. Ukraine however dominated the second half and posted two victories to seal the total win. Ukraine erupted with a 25-16 surge in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-17 in the last stanza.
Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 25 points and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) nailed 15. Mircheva delivered 13, whilst Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) notched 8. Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) and Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) delivered 14 points each in defeat, while Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 12. Ines Ajanovic (196-F/C-80) netted 11 and Sara Krnjic (195-C-91) finished the game with 10 points.

Serbia: Sasa Cadjo 14, Ana Dabovic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 12, Ines Ajanovic 11, Sara Krnjic 10, Jovanovic 9
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 25, Olexandra Kurasova 15, Mircheva 13, Olena Ogorodnikova 8



*****************************************************
  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Jun. 6: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 99-79
Jun. 5: New York L. - Indiana F. 75-68 OT

Regular Season: Round 6

Jun. 7: Connecticut S. - Washington M.
Jun. 7: Atlanta D. - New York L.
Jun. 7: S.Antonio SS - Chicago S.
Jun. 7: Seattle S. - Tulsa S.


Indiana Fever tabs Erin Thorn - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Fever inked 32-year old guard Erin Thorn (178-65kg-81, college: BYU). She was tested at Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), but was not approved after all.
Among other achievements Thorn's team won WNBA Western Conference Regular Season in 2012. She was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2008.
Thorn is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Tarbes), Turkey (TED Ankara), other WNBA teams (New York Liberty, Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky) and Greece (Panathinaikos and Panionios).
Thorn attended Brigham Young University until 2001 and it will be her twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lynx and Liberty gain latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 99-79
Not even a dunk by Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) would have been enough to slow down the Minnesota Lynx's passing attack on Thursday night. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points and Seimone Augustus added 19 to lead the Lynx to an easy 99-79 win over the Phoenix Mercury. 'This is another one that I'm really going to enjoy watching back on video,' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. 'We're just embracing that notion of when you play hard, good things happen to you. We were hard to play against tonight.' Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) had 10 assists for the Lynx (2-0), who finished with 30 on 36 field goals, and Amber Harris (6'5''-C/F-88, college: Xavier) added a career high 18 points off the bench. The highlight of the night came when a no-look pass from Moore led to an alley-oop lay-in by Harris. 'It was a really sweet play,' Moore said. 'It's so fun to play like that. It builds everybody up.' Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points for the Mercury (0-3) and Griner added 16. The 6-foot-8 Griner attempted to dunk on a fast break late in the third quarter, but the ball clanked off the back of the rim. The Mercury locker room remained closed and coach Corey Gaines had yet to speak to the media 45 minutes after the game ended. Led by Moore's 19 points, the Lynx used crisp passes to dash around Phoenix and shoot 65 percent to build a 60-33 halftime lead. The first half looked more like a passing clinic instead of an actual game, and it carried through to the second half. 'Thirty assists, that's just a really fun way to play,' Whalen said. 'It's just great when we share the ball like we did.' The 30 assists tied a team high set in 2007. Minnesota only turned the ball over six times, which also tied a team-record low set in 2007. Harris, a 6-foot-5 forward in her second year out of Xavier, was assigned to Griner most of the night and held her own, even blocking two of the rookie star's shots. 'I just got in and just played hard,' Harris said. 'It feels good to finally get out and contribute and help my teammates out. I feel like I need to get better and better each game.' After drafting Griner, Phoenix had high expectations heading into this season. But the Mercury have been outscored by a combined 55 points in losing their first three games. Their last two losses have come on the road against Seattle and Minnesota, which won WNBA titles in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Phoenix's next game is Saturday at defending champion Indiana. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

New York L. - Indiana F. 75-68 OT
Three games into this WNBA season, the Liberty are becoming masters of putting in extra work to get a win. This victory was all the more satisfying, considering it came against the defending champion Indiana Fever. Despite falling behind by 16 points in the game's first ten-plus minutes, the Liberty battled all the way back, survived a late charge, and recorded their second consecutive overtime victory. The 75-68 win came in front of 7,617 at The Prudential Center, most of whom were children banging turquoise thundersticks as a part of 'School Day.' 'We're a work in progress. We're learning about confidence in ourselves, so if you're going to go overtime and win, that's a positive,' head coach Bill Laimbeer said. The Liberty trailed by 16 early and by 11 late in the third quarter before making a push and moving to 2-0 in overtime games, following Friday night's win against Tulsa. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers)'s three-pointer with 7:22 left in the fourth trimmed the deficit to 53-51, and after the teams traded three baskets apiece, Pondexter (17 points) drained a three-pointer right in front of the Liberty bench to give the team a 60-59 lead with 1:35 to play --- the team's first lead since it was 4-2. 'I don't know if I was struggling, but I just wasn't aggressive early,' Pondexter said. 'In the second half, coach called plays to create some opportunities for me. It's a challenge for me to get better.' After Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) (21 points) hit a pair of free throws to give Indiana a 61-60 lead with 22 seconds to go, Pondexter drove the lane, was fouled, and made one of two from the charity stripe to send the game into overtime. The Liberty scored the extra session's first four points to take a 65-61 lead, but Indiana stormed back to take a 68-67 lead on a Briann January basket with 2:34 to go. Just when it looked like the Fever would steal the victory, the Liberty got a boost from an unlikely source --- Alex Montgomery (6'1''-G/F-89, college: Georgia Tech). She scored a career-high 13 points on the day (six coming in overtime), including back-to-back baskets to give the Liberty a 71-68 lead with just over a minute left in overtime. From there, the Liberty iced the game at the free-throw line, with Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers) (21 points) and Pondexter making two free throws apiece. 'I thanked Alex in the locker room,' Laimbeer said. 'That was the best I've seen her play by far. She played strong and physical. She played to her strengths and it was a great boost for us.' Despite the win, the team is still searching for an offensive identity. They scored eight first-quarter points, shooting only 4-of-14 from the field and committing five turnovers while looking a step slow, possibly due to the 11 a.m. tip-off. 'In the first quarter, we were throwing the ball over the place,' Carson said. 'But once we settled down and got into our offense, you started to see the game slowly go in our favor, and we came out with a win.' Courtesy of: nypost.com


<<>><<>>