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  ARGENTINA   



Quimsa tab Christian Schoppler, close to Darren Phillip - by Eurobasket News

Quimsa are building their roster for the next season. They added Christian Schoppler (185-G/F-86). The guard spent the last season with Union Progresista. He notched 9.3 points, 1.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in LigaA. Christian Schoppler became the TNA champion with Union Progresista in 2011/12 season. Previously he played for San Martin Marcos Juarez, Associacion Espanola, San Martin de Junin.
Quimsa are also in talks with Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fairfield). The sides have been reportedly close to finalizing the deal. The forward is currently playing in Puerto Rico. He started the season with Quebradillas posting 15.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Later he moved to San German. He notches 12.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per appearance in BSN. Darren Phillip became LigaA Import Player of the Year last season. He tallied 19.1 points, 10.8 boards and 1.4 assists per game for Union Progresista in LigaA.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ASEAN League: Petron Blaze open win count in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 75:70

The Petron Blaze registered the first victory in the ASEAN League championship series. They held off the visiting Indonesia Warriors. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) provided 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Filipino team.
The Warriors took off quickly in this one. The visitors rallied t a 23:18 lead after the opening frame. The Beermen slowed down the visitors in the second term. The hosts tied things up at 38 after the first half. The Petron Blaze pulled in front in the third term. The home side nailed 21 points and gained a 4-point lead before the fourth stanza 59:55. The Warriors got within three points with just over three minutes remaining 68:71. The teams went scoreless for more than two minutes before Pauliasi Taulava made it 73:68 for the hosts. Pringle gave hope for the visitors with a bucket 70:73 but Pauliasi Taulava scored another jumper to seal the victory for the Blaze. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) posted 15 points, while Val Acuna (188-F-86) added 13 points for the winning side. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) netted 15 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Pauliasi Taulava 22+10 boards, Chris Banchero 15, Val Acuna 13
Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 20+17 boards, Stanley Pringle 15



Beermen stop Warriors, leads ABL Finals - by Aris Ignacio

The San Miguel Beermen, led by Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), drew first blood by edging the defending champions, the Indonesia Warriors, 75-70 in the first game of the title showdown for the ASEAN Basketball League title at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City, Philiipines.

Taulava, the newly-named ABL Most Valuable Player (MVP), anchored the Beerrmen's offense in by scoring the team's last six baskets. SMB also got a huge contribution from reserve forward Val Acuna (188-F-86), who converted 3-of-4 beyond the three-point arc, totaled 13 points off the bench. The Beermen lead the best-of-five series, 1-0.

San Miguel will try to go up 2-0 as they battle in Game Two on June 9, still in Pasig City. Games Three, and if necessary Game Four, will be played in Jakarta, Indonesia. If it will go the full route, Game Five will shift back to the Beermen's home turf.

Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) had 15 points, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) added 12 including two triples for the Beermen, who trailed by as much as eight points early in the game.

Acuna converted a triple that made it a 64-56 lead in the fourth period. He added another deuce in the 6:50 mark to push San Miguel's lead to 69-60.

The Warriors refused to yield as Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) converted two free throws to cut the deficit to 66-69 before Taulava took over entering the homestretch.

San Miguel had a slow start as Indonesia led, 17-9. The Warriors were still on top, 36-29, but the Beermen went on a 9-2 to end the second period and tied the game at 38-38 at the half.

Thomas led the Warriors with 20 points, while Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) had 15 but had a relatively off-night shooting behind a 7-of-18 clip from the field.

The scores:

San Miguel Beermen (75) - Taulava 22, Banchero 15, Acuna 13, Avenido 12, J. Williams 6, Fortuna 5, B. Williams 2, Hubalde 0, Cawaling 0.

Indonesia Warriors (70) - Thomas 20, Pringle 15, Daniels 14, Wuysang 13, Canada 4, Sitepu 2, Smith 2.

Quarterscores: 18-23; 38-38; 59-55; 75-70.

*Some credits to R. Terrado



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  AUSTRALIA   


China defeats Australia at Perth Arena - by Eurobasket News

Australia-China 55:61

China defeats Australia 61:55 at Perth Arena. The Asian side grabbed the first victory at the Sino-Australia Challenge.


Both teams scored 9 points each in the opening tip and then China finished the first quarter at 17:13. They had 21:17 lead early in the second frame and won the first half 26:23. China increased to 36:37 midway through the third period and enjoyed 46:33 advantage after the third period. Australia did everything they could and managed to catch up with the opponents. They could not however win the game.
Zhizhi Wang top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Zhe Ji posted 7. Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) led the Boomers with 10 points. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) notched 9, while Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) and Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) had 8 each.

Game 2 to be played on June 9th.



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  AUSTRIA   


Klosterneuburg hire Robert Langer - by Eurobasket News

Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg announced the hiring of Robert Langer . The specialist will replace Werner Sallomon . Robert Langer has previously worked with Gussing, Danube City Timberwolves. Robert Langer is not new to Klosterneuburg. He worked as assistant coach with the team in 2000/03 seasons. Robert Langer guided Austrian U18 National Team in 2008/09 seasons.


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  BOTSWANA   


First Round Games coming to a close - by Peter Ubakar

The first round of the Botswana Basketball League will be coming to a close on the 15th June. Before that games will be played this weekend at the SSKB and Francistown courts. In the first game tomorrow warriors will square up against Cadets at 2pm while Spartans will lock horns against BC Saints. The last game of the day will see BDF V up against Troopers. That game will decide how teams will be placed in the standings going in to the final week of games. At present Spartans is first on the table with 17 points, Troopers with 14 point and BDF V at number three also with 14 points.
In Francistown Splinters will face Dolphins.



First Round Games coming to a close - by Peter Ubakar

The first round of the Botswana Basketball League will be coming to a close on the 15th June. Before that games will be played this weekend at the SSKB and Francistown courts. In the first game tomorrow warriors will square up against Cadets at 2pm while Spartans will lock horns against BC Saints. The last game of the day will see BDF V up against Troopers. That game will decide how teams will be placed in the standings going in to the final week of games. At present Spartans is first on the table with 17 points, Troopers with 14 point and BDF V at number three also with 14 points.
In Francistown Splinters will face Dolphins.



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  BRAZIL   


Murilo Becker heads to Bauru - by Eurobasket News

Bauru made a strong market move. They secured the services of Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) for the next season. One of the strongest frontcourt players in NBB will definitely add depth and talent to Bauru roster. Murilo Becker spent the last season with Sao Jose/Vinac. He notched 17.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in NBB. In Liga Sudamericana the centre averaged 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance. Murilo Becker also delivered 20.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 block per game in Liga Americas. It was the fifth straight season with Sao Jose for the centre. Previously he had stints with Minas, Franca and Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Murilo Becker is not new to Bauru. He played for the team back in 2002/03 season. The centre was named All-Brazilian League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2004. He made it into All-Brazilian 1st Team in 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2012.


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  CBL   


Weekly Report - by John Guy


Storm, Hornets fighting for final title game spot

06/07/2013, 7:15am CDT

By Butch Cooper
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. The race to the postseason is upon us as one team has already qualified for the Central Basketball League championship game and two more are fighting for that second spot.

Those two teams, Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, will meet on Saturday in a contest that will go a long way in determing who will face the St. Louis Hawks in the CBL title game.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Middle Tennessee Storm (4-0) at Bowling Green Hornets (2-3)

Game Time: 8:00 p.m. (CST)

Location: Russellville High School, Russellville (Ky.)

Last Meeting: Storm won, 119-116 (May 19)

It will be the final home game of the season for the Hornets, who have had good followings and support at their home court in Russellville.

These two teams last met at Fisk University in Nashville with Demarco Polk's (5-foot-11, Stratford High School) 30 points and Myles Thrash's (5-11, Stillman College) 26 leading the way for the victorious Storm. Meanwhile, the Hornets had eight players score in double-figures, led by Justin Taylor's (6-3, Tennessee Tech) 22 point effort.

A Storm win will not only clinch a championship game berth, but will see Middle Tennessee play host to the inaugural title contest. Bowling Green, meanwhile, will need a win this weekend to keep its championship game hopes alive.

Panthers, Pride to meet again in Peoria

The River City Panthers will take on the Galesburg Pride in the second contest between the two teams. The Pride are seeking a spot in the League this fall and are using these games to help prepare for that goal.

Galesburg and Peoria, the home city of the Panthers, are separated by less than 50 miles, giving the two teams an excellent opportunity. They faced each other in their first affair at Peoria Academy on May 18 with River City winning 130-75. Josh Wagner (6-8, Eureka College) had 29 points in the win, while Steffen Spinks (6-0, Illinois-Springfield) added 15 as eight Panthers scored double-digits.

Marquis McClain led Galesburg with 21 points, while Austin Johnson pitched in with 19.

Demarco Polk (5'11''-PG) Mike Gills (6'6''-PF-89, college: Illinois Valley CC) Marquis McClain (5'7''-PG)



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Guangzhou FM 6-0 
 2. Changan Group 5-1 
 3. Jiangsu TX 4-2 
 4. Sichuan BW 4-2 
 5. Hong Kong 4-2 
 6. Guangzhou L. 4-2 
 7. Nanjin Army 2-4 
 8. Heilongjiang 1-5 
 9. Hebei S. 0-6 
 10. Jiang Xi 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 5

Jun. 5: Changan Group - Nanjin Army 97-82
Jun. 5: Hebei S. - Guangzhou L. 93-99
Jun. 5: Jiang Xi - Guangzhou FM 78-95
Jun. 5: Hong Kong - Jiangsu TX 146-139
Jun. 5: Sichuan BW - Heilongjiang 102-80

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 9: Heilongjiang - Guangzhou L.
Jun. 9: Jiangsu TX - Changan Group
Jun. 9: Hong Kong - Guangzhou FM
Jun. 9: Jiang Xi - Hebei S.
Jun. 9: Nanjin Army - Sichuan BW


China defeats Australia at Perth Arena - by Eurobasket News

Australia-China 55:61

China defeats Australia 61:55 at Perth Arena. The Asian side grabbed the first victory at the Sino-Australia Challenge.


Both teams scored 9 points each in the opening tip and then China finished the first quarter at 17:13. They had 21:17 lead early in the second frame and won the first half 26:23. China increased to 36:37 midway through the third period and enjoyed 46:33 advantage after the third period. Australia did everything they could and managed to catch up with the opponents. They could not however win the game.
Zhizhi Wang top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Zhe Ji posted 7. Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) led the Boomers with 10 points. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) notched 9, while Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) and Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) had 8 each.

Game 2 to be played on June 9th.



NBL Round 6: Guangzhou takes 6-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News

NBL top team - Guangzhou FM (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Heilongjiang (1-5) 94-64. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou FM. Heilongjiang managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou FM dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 36 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Guangzhou FM forced 24 Heilongjiang turnovers and outrebounded them 48-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Guangzhou FM have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Guangzhou FM are looking forward to face Hong Kong (#5) on the road in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Guangzhou L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Jiang Xi (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Guangzhou L. (4-2) 102-79. American Ariel Williams notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Chao Tian supported him with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Even a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds by American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for Jiang Xi. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Jiang Xi at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Hebei S.. Guangzhou L. will play against Heilongjiang (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Jiang Xi will play against Hebei S. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to second ranked Changan Group (5-1) 79-60 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was XiaTi Re who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Tom Burns who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Changan Group have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader Guangzhou FM. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Jiang Xi. Changan Group will meet Jiangsu TX (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hebei S. will play against Jiang Xi (#10) in Jiangxi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 6 Nanjin Army lost to Jiangsu TX on the opponent's court 100-113. Sichuan BW managed to outperform Hong Kong in a home game 109-95.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 21 rebounds and 9 blocks by Hassan Whiteside of Sichuan BW.


Guangzhou L. - Jiang Xi 102-79

Bottom-ranked Jiang Xi (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Guangzhou L. (4-2) 102-79. It looked good early as Jiang Xi took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Guangzhou L. had a 30-23 second period charge getting the lead and Jiang Xi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-102. They outrebounded Jiang Xi 56-38 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guangzhou L. players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American Ariel Williams notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Chao Tian (183-89) supported him with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds by American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for Jiang Xi. Guard Jiawei Liu (193-85) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Jiang Xi at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Hebei S.. Guangzhou L. will play against Heilongjiang (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Jiang Xi will play against Hebei S. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: C.DaWei 18+3reb, W.Ariel 17+12reb+1ast, B.ZhiChao 15+7reb+1ast, J.Lei 15+5reb+1ast, D.ChengLong 12+4reb+5ast, G.Liye 11+7reb+3ast
Jiang Xi: H.Herbert 23+17reb, L.Jiawei 21+5reb+4ast, Z.ChaoLong 8+2reb, W.Chi 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Hengrui 7+2reb, X.Yulin 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 242190


Hebei S. - Changan Group 60-79

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to second ranked Changan Group (5-1) 79-60 on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Changan Group. Hebei S. managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changan Group dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei S.'s 34. Changan Group forced 24 Hebei S. turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward XiaTi Re (202-89) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Changan Group players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian forward Tom Burns (201, college: USF) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and ZiBo Wu added 9 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Changan Group have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader Guangzhou FM. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Jiang Xi. Changan Group will meet Jiangsu TX (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hebei S. will play against Jiang Xi (#10) in Jiangxi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: R.XiaTi 18+7reb, A.Hilton 12+10reb+2ast, L.Lin 11+2reb+1ast, G.Yan 10+5reb+2ast, L.Yang 10+2reb, L.Peng 10+2reb
Hebei S.: B.Tom 17+11reb, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 12+6reb, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 9+1reb+1ast, W.ZiBo 9+1reb+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 8+2reb, Z.Lei 5+1reb
gschID: 242189


Guangzhou FM - Heilongjiang 94-64

NBL top team - Guangzhou FM (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Heilongjiang (1-5) 94-64. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou FM. Heilongjiang managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou FM dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 36 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Guangzhou FM forced 24 Heilongjiang turnovers and outrebounded them 48-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Guangzhou FM players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and center Gang Yu (208-92) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangzhou FM have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Guangzhou FM are looking forward to face Hong Kong (#5) on the road in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Guangzhou L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.TianGang 15+2reb+3ast, Y.KaiFu 15+6reb+3ast, H.Josh 14+21reb+1ast, Y.Liang 14+5reb, Y.Peng 10+6reb+1ast, L.XueSong 9+2reb+1ast
Heilongjiang: P.Kevinn 20+17reb+3ast, Y.Gang 19+6reb+4ast, Y.XueLin 6+1reb, J.Ming 5, H.Mengxin 5, Z.JunXiong 4+6reb
gschID: 242188


Jiangsu TX - Nanjin Army 113-100

Very expected game when 7th ranked Nanjin Army (2-4) was defeated on the road by third ranked Jiangsu TX (4-2) 113-100 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu TX. Nanjin Army managed to win fourth quarter 33-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Xin Feng (187-92) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward LiPeng An (199-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Han Ge added 20 points respectively. Five Jiangsu TX and four Nanjin Army players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Jiangsu TX have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 4-2 record having just two points less than leader Guangzhou FM, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Nanjin Army keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Jiangsu TX will meet at home league's second-placed Changan Group in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nanjin Army will play against Sichuan BW (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: M.Zhuang 19+3reb+2ast, G.MingYang 15+5reb+2ast, F.Xin 14+5reb+7ast, N.QingQing 13+4reb+1ast, W.Chen 12+6reb+2ast, H.Othello 11+4reb+1ast
Nanjin Army: G.Han 20+4reb, D.QinShuo 15+4reb+2ast, A.LiPeng 14+10reb+2ast, T.JiaFu 13+4reb+1ast, R.PengPeng 10+2reb+2ast, L.Dong 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 242187


Sichuan BW - Hong Kong 109-95

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Sichuan BW (4-2) defeated at home 6th ranked Hong Kong (4-2) 109-95 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Sichuan BW. Hong Kong managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sichuan BW dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Hong Kong's 46 and made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Hong Kong only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hong Kong 48-30 including a 41-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 21 rebounds and 9 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and forward MingLiang Wei (195-82) added 18 points respectively. Four Sichuan BW and five Hong Kong players scored in double figures. Hong Kong's coach ZhaoShen Chen rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Sichuan BW moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Hong Kong. Sichuan BW will meet Nanjin Army (#7) on the road in the next round. Hong Kong will play against the league's leader Guangzhou FM (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: C.XiaoDong 35+11reb+1ast, W.Hassan 24+21reb+2ast, Z.ZhenHu 17+1reb+2ast, W.Yong-Ren 15+4reb+4ast, W.YingLiang 8+1reb+2ast, H.XiaoBin 6+3reb+2ast
Hong Kong: S.Craig 22+12reb+2ast, W.MingLiang 18+1reb+3ast, C.ZhaoShen 12+2reb+2ast, L.JiuLong 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Chao 10+2reb+2ast, C.Zhixin 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 242186



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  COLOMBIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tayron THOMAS
  Piratas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Thomas, Piratas22.9 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros22.0 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.2 
 4. Rayson, Aguilas20.0 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.1 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros18.7 
 7. Northern, Rafael B.18.6 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros18.5 
 9. Crawford, Academia18.4 
 10. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros12.8 
 2. Crawford, Academia11.4 
 3. Northern, Rafael B.10.9 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.7 
 5. Smith, Aguilas9.5 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.8.8 
 7. Blue, Academia8.3 
 8. Newsome, Bambuque.7.9 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas7.1 
 10. Baquero, Halcones6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.8 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.2 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.4 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.4 
 6. Bacci, Aguilas3.9 
 7. Nelson, Halcones3.8 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.4 
 9. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 10. Jordan, Once Cal.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Moreno, Piratas1.9 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros1.6 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 5. Jordan, Once Cald.1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.4 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.4 
 8. Renteria, Halcones1.3 
 9. Bacci, Aguilas1.3 
 10. Thomas, Piratas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  Rafael B.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Northern, Rafael B.2.2 
 2. Newsome, Bambuque.0.9 
 3. Farley, Academia0.8 
 4. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.6 
 6. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 7. Hernandez, Bucaros0.5 
 8. Smith, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Cuero, Aguilas0.5 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 



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Dario Saric pulls out of draft, agent says - by Eurobasket News

We told you this was likely coming, but now it looks official. The agent of Dario Saric (6'10''-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) told Bourbon Street Shots that his client is pulling out of the draft. Saric has until June 17 to change his mind again, that is the deadline to withdraw from the draft. Saric was projected to be a first round pick, DraftExpress had him going No. 21 although others think he could be as high as a late lottery selection. Hes a vintage European big man 610 but he plays like a small forward. He sees the court well, is a great ball handler and passer. His jump shot could use to be steadier and he needs to get stronger, but there is potential there. That potential appears headed back to Croatia for another season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



20 years without him - by Eurobasket News

Every year, the morning of 7th June, every basketball fan, every Croatian, every teammate and opponent of Drazen Petrovic (196-G-64) feels a shiver remembering what happened on the 7th June 1993. Twenty years later, Eurohoops pays tribute to the basketball legend who left so early by presenting his last interview and what says an opponent and one of his heirs and back then a fan of him.

Five days before his death, Drazen Petrovic spoke to renowned Greek journalist, Vassilis Skountis and revealed his plans for the next season. I have decided to come back in Europe for the next two years cause I want to search a new contract in 1995 as unrestricted free agent. Then I want to play in the NBA for two more years and then come back in Europe to finish my career playing for Cibona. I will get married also, then was his words about he had in mind for his future!

He was searching for a contract in Europe and he admitted in the interview that he was close to Panathinaikos. I want to win again titles. I want to play again in a European team that will win the European trophy. I told that to Stojan Vrankovic: You, me and Galis will win the European trophy with Panathinaikos. Im already waiting the final in Tel Aviv.

Its obvious that when when you make your plans, God laughs

Jamchy: A huge player, a funny person, a great man

Doron Jamchy met Petrovic many times with Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israeli national team. My first memory from Drazen was in 1983. He was only 19 years old, but everyone had been talking about him. We met Yugoslavia in the European Championship, and it was his very first big game in the national team. He scored 20 points, but weve won (99-88, as Jamchy himself also scored 20). Drazen seemed arrogant to some people, maybe because of some moves that he used to make on the court. But he wasnt like it at all. In 1987, Mickey Berkowitz and I played for the European Selection team with Drazen, Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Rik Smits, Richard Dacoury and others. At first, we played against them in Tel Aviv, playing for Maccabi in Lou Silvers farewell game. Two days later, we faced Greece in Thessaloniki, and then we had a long ride in a bus to Sofia, where we met Bulgaria. Everybody was trying to catch some sleep, except for Drazen. And every half an hour, he started saying out loud We are there!, just to wake everyone up. Thats the guy he was. A huge player, a funny person, a great man.

Popovic: Jordan and Drazen

Marko Popovic is one of the best Croatian guards of the last decade. He was just starting his journey as a basketball player in Zadar, while Petrovic was at his prime: He is not the reason why I started playing basketball, but he was and still is my idol. Workoholic, winner, killer. He did everything on the court. Along with Toni Kukoc and Duno Radja, he spoiled the Croatian basketball nation. Back then, there were only two players for us Drazen and Michael Jordan. There was nobody else. At 1992, I was only 10 years old, and I had the honor to watch with him the NBA finals between the Bulls and the Blazers, while he was preparing for the Olympic Games with Croatia. Ill never forget June 7th, 1993. It was morning, I went to school. A teacher told me that one of basketball players died in a car crash, but didnt have a clue who it was. When I came back home, my dad Petar told me that it was Drazen, and I was shocked. Drazen was his teammate in Yugoslavian national team, and roommate as well. So looking at him, I was upset too.
Courtesy of: http://www.eurohoops.net



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Changing of the New (Old) Guard, Pardubice Brings in Levell Sanders - by Surujh Roopnarine

What once was old is now new again. For BK JIP Pardubice that is exactly the case as the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with 37-year old point guard Levell Sanders (189-G-75, college: Seton Hall). Ell is familiar with his new team, having played for Pardubice from 2207-2009. He spent the past three seasons in Decin where this past season averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 50.0% on two-point field goals and 30.1% from three, as Decin fell to his new club Pardubice 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Levell Sanders has been named to the Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention Team for the past two seasons. The Brooklyn, New York native joins Pardubice as the club announced a pair of moves surrounding his position, extending the contract of Michael Michal Carnecky (184-PG-85) and not re-signing import guard Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88).
Michal Carnecky, 27, appeared in 40 games this past season, averaging 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Evaldas Zabas spent one season in Pardubice, and by all measure, was very productive, however GM Martin Marek decided to go in a different direction with the veteran Sanders. Zabas, 25, a Lithuanian national, came to Pardubice with a reputation as a big time scorer and he proved his worth in the NBL, averaging 15.1 points per game to go with 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 54.2% on two-point field goals and 23.9% from three, earning Eurobasket.com Czech Rep. League All-Bosmans Team honors for his efforts.



QANTO Turi Svitavy Will Not Return Three Key Components for Next Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

Entering their fourth season in the Mattoni NBL Turi Svitavy are hoping to build on their past performances. The team has claimed 36 victories in last three seasons, 7, 18 and 11. For 2013-14 the club will retain its head coach, Lubomir Ruzicka , who remains the youngest head coach in the league, but one full of promise and support of GM Pavel Spacek to lead the club up the ladder.
However, for next season the club will enter the completion minus ex-captain Pavel Milos (200-F-79) as well as foreigners Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) and Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Player of the Year Michael Deloach (183-PG-86, college: Norfolk St.).
The trio combined last year to account for nearly 40 points and 16 rebounds per game, so their production and leadership will be hard to replace.
The foundation of the team, which will be supplemented as the offseason moves forward, will consist of the following players;

Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87)
Jakub Sedlak (209-C-89)
Pavel Harcar (202-PF-89)
Tomas Macela (178-PG-88)
Lubos Moravec (185-PG-89)
Tomas Teply (193-G-87)
Petr Andres (177-PG-93)
Lukas Sindelar (200-F-86)



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Rajakovic Grows Through Thunder Playoff Experience - by Serafim Karaiskakis

In his first season as the Tulsa 66ers head coach, Darko Rajakovic coached and developed young talent that included five Oklahoma City Thunder players on a record number 40 NBA D-League assignments. After leading his squad to a 27-23 record and a trip to the 2013 NBA D-League Semifinals, Rajakovic recently continued to develop Thunder players by moving down the Turner Turnpike to Oklahoma City.

The first-year head coach joined Scott Brooks and the Thunder coaching staff for Oklahoma Citys playoff run, providing his insight while using the experience to develop himself as a coach.

Following Tulsas season-ending loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas, Rajakovic began a whirlwind 48-hour period of flying back to Tulsa, packing his belongings, conducting a day of exit interviews with players and staff and heading to OKC. Once in Oklahoma City, Rajakovic aided the Thunder staff and players throughout the teams series against Houston and Memphis.

It was a really quick transition, but it was great to join the team during the playoffs, said Rajakovic. It was great to follow how our coaching staff and the whole team is functioning, what it looks like for game preparation. Just to follow the process in the playoffs. It was a great honor and a great opportunity for me to learn. I participated in all of the coaches meetings, practices and game preparations. It helped me continue to learn the Thunder way and the Thunder system.

This wasnt the first time the 66ers head coach has been on the Thunder sidelines. Rajakovic drove the 110 miles from Tulsa to Oklahoma City for numerous home Thunder games that didnt conflict with the 66ers schedule this season, joining other Thunder assistant coaches on the team bench.

This time, Rajakovic was able to take part in a much more advanced experience, traveling with the team to all of the Thunder road games and learning additional insight that comes during the postseason.

The playoffs are a completely different type of competition, said Rajakovic. You have one team that youre playing every two nights and you need to make quick adjustments. You dont have a lot of time for practice. At the best case you have one or two shootarounds with possibilities to tweak something and learn what players can pick up quickly that can make a difference in a game situation.

Rajakovic contributed by working with the Thunder players during their preparation, meeting with Oklahoma City coaches and giving advice whenever possible, all while taking in the experience and growing as a coach.

I felt like a participant, said Rajakovic. Scott Brooks is doing a great job as the leader of our team and the whole coaching staff. He does a great job of giving the assistants freedom. Everyone is supposed to give their opinion. I was asked to give my opinion on several things.

One way that Rajakovic assisted the Thunder was through furthering developing the core group of assignment players he had coached throughout the 66ers season.

I tried to be involved more with the younger players that were a part of our team in Tulsa, said Rajakovic. I know those guys really well and they know me. We have a pretty good relationship so I tried to be around them and help them, offering them advice and any help that I could offer.

With the conclusion of both the Thunder and 66ers seasons, Rajakovic now turns his focus to reviewing this past season and working with developing Thunder players who are spending their offseason in Oklahoma City. The upcoming summer with Oklahoma City will only continue to help Rajakovic grow as a coach and a developer of future Thunder talent.

Its a great opportunity, said Rajakovic. I think it has helped me become a better coach and to learn new things that I will try to implement with our team in Tulsa next season.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/tulsa/



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Jeremy Pargo heads to Russia - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) heads to Russia as he will play for CSKA. The Russian Champions announced the loud transfer for 2013/2014 season.
CSKA Moscow signed 27-year old American point guard Jeremy Pargo. The player just finished the season with Philadelphia 76ers in NBA. In 14 games he recorded 4.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg this season. Pargo also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA earlier that year. In 25 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.6apg. The most of last season he spent at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 41 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.3apg. Pargo was tried-out by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel earlier that season.
Among other achievements he won Israeli Premier League championship title for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Pargo received also Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team award in 2011.He has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa). Pargo attended Gonzaga University until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.



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Lille to sign Ville Kaunisto - by Eurobasket News

Lille is close to officiating the deal with Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82). The Finnish forward spent the previous season with Blois Basket. He posted 17.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in NM1. Ville Kaunisto became the All-French NM1 Player of the Year for the second straight season. Previously Ville Kaunisto played in Finland, Spain, Italy, France and Switzerland. He was trumped All-Finnish Korisliiga Domestic Player of the Year in 2011. Ville Kaunisto earned All-French N1 Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2006. The forward participated at the N1 All-Star Game in 2006. Ville Kaunisto was the member of the Finnish National Team in 2003-12 seasons. He also played for the Finnish U18 and U20 selections.


INTERNATIONAL: Ray Ailus next to Sweden - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish Basketball Coach Ray Ailus , 40, has been named the new Head Coach of Solna Vikings in Stockholm, Sweden. Ailus will replace Greek Coach Aris Likogiannis (agency: FCM ), who led Solna into 20-13 record and position # 6 in regular season 2012-13. In Quarterfinals Solna lost 2-3 vs becoming Swedish Champion Sodertalje.
After a long playing career Ailus started coaching 2004-05, when his team was Aura Basket (Turku) in top league in Finland. Then followed Korihait, Uusikaupunki (2005-06), KTP, Kotka (2006-08 and 2009-11), Kataja (Joensuu) 2008-09) and last season YMCA Turku in Division 1 B. Ailus has also been the Head Coach of Finland U18 and U20 teams.
Solna will get a Coach, where there will be no lack of energy or enthusiasm! "I'm glad to get this kind of chance to coach on top level in Sweden. We will play with big heart and brain", says Ailus.



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  FRANCE   


Limoges add Paul Rigot and Antoine Pesquerel - by Eurobasket News

Limoges added two players to the squad. They are namely Paul Rigot (201-SF-95) and Antoine Pesquerel (214-C-94).
Paul Rigot spent the last several seasons with Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. Last season the forward averaged 9.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in NM1. He was the member of U16, U17 French National Teams. Paul Rigot is expected to play for France at the upcoming U18 European Championship this summer.
Antoine Pesquerel spent the last season with Cholet U21 team. Previously he played also played for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. His stats read 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in 2011/12 season. He was the member of U18 French National Team.



Saint Quentin confirm Vincent Fandelet - by Eurobasket News

Saint Quentin have confirmed the signing of Vincent Fandelet (197-F-92). The forward spent the last season with Dijon. He appeared in just one EuroChallenge game during the season. Vincent Fandelet mainly played for Dijon U21 team. He posted 13.3 points, 3.0 boards and 1.5 assists per game for U21 squad.


Lille to sign Ville Kaunisto - by Eurobasket News

Lille is close to officiating the deal with Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82). The Finnish forward spent the previous season with Blois Basket. He posted 17.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in NM1. Ville Kaunisto became the All-French NM1 Player of the Year for the second straight season. Previously Ville Kaunisto played in Finland, Spain, Italy, France and Switzerland. He was trumped All-Finnish Korisliiga Domestic Player of the Year in 2011. Ville Kaunisto earned All-French N1 Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2006. The forward participated at the N1 All-Star Game in 2006. Ville Kaunisto was the member of the Finnish National Team in 2003-12 seasons. He also played for the Finnish U18 and U20 selections.


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  GERMANY   


Slovenia U20 edge German U20 in Sentjur - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Germany U20 64:46

Slovenian U20 National Team overcame their German counterparts in the first game of the exhibition series in Sentjur. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) stepped up with 19 points to pace the hosts.
Slovenia jumped to a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. The home side accumulated a 37:23 halftime lead. Slovenia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They grabbed a comfortable 19-point lead heading into the fourth frame 53:33. Germany held the hosts to just 11 points in the final period but could not escape a heavy loss at the end. Erjon Kastrati (198-F/G-94) and Matej Rojc (198-G-93) netted 10 points apiece for Slovenia. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) delivered 11 points for Germany. David Brembly (197-G/F-93) chipped in 9 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia U20: Miha Lapornik 19, Erjon Kastrati 10, Matej Rojc 10
Germany U20: Leon Tolksdorf 11, David Brembly 9



Alba Berlin Sign Israeli Guard Bar Timor - by David Pick

German power ALBA Berlin has signed 21-year-old guard Bar Timor (Agency: Avi Zilberman) to a three-year deal, the team announced earlier today.

Timor, an Israeli native with German roots from his mother's side, played the last two seasons with Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv, averaging 7.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds in just under 25 minutes in the elite division.

Timor, who used his out-clause to pen a deal in Germany, left Israeli soil yesterday to officially sign the paperwork and become familiar with Alba's Serbian coach Sasa Obradovic.




NBC Hold Cornelius Adler, Ahmad Smith, Juan Reile And Ronald Thompson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


One thing was obvious during the Pro A playoffs last season was that NBC stuck together at all times even in harder times and one could sense a feeling of team on the court. NBC head coach Martin Ides must of also sensed it as today the club announced that they will keep consistency within the club and have held on to four players with Cornelius Adler, Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: St.Bonaventure), Juan Reile and Ronald Thompson. "I am happy that these four players will play here this season despite having other offers even from the Beko BBL. We have a very good foundation with these guys to build around and continue to go from where we ended last season", stressed ehad coach Martin Ides. After a short stint with Gotha, American Ahmad Smith came to Nurnberg and was a big factor for the success of the team as he played 19 games: 9.6ppg, Reb-4 (8.5rpg), Assists-2 (6.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 77.6%. He registered two triple doubles. Cornelius Adler had a very solids eason playing 35 games: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 77.1%. Especially in the playoffs against Duesseldorf, he played very well scoring in double figures three times and registered two double doubles. 32 year old big man Ronald Thompson didn't always have any easy time being the only real true big man, but he had a solid season as well playing 35 games: 10.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 60.2%, FT: 57.0%. Juan Reile also will stay on board playing his fifith season with NBC. he is the typical energy bundle from the bench as he played 30 games: 4.2ppg, 1.1rpg. He recorded four double doubles.

Source: NBC




Corey Hassan retires - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

New Beko BBL team SC Rasta Vecta will go into their first season at the top German level without Corey Hassan (193-G/F-87, college: Sacred Heart) who announced his retirement. Hassan is a 25 year old 193cm swing man from Merrimack, New Hamphsire that played three seasons as a professional. Last season for SC Rasta Vechta, he played 40 games: 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 74.7%. The main reason for his retirement was to be able to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his job future. He will get married this summer and his future off the court will be involved with basketball. Hassan started his basketball career at Boston University in 2005 where he played 28 games: 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, FG: 36.1%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 80.8%. He then moved to Sacred H Heart from 2007-2010. In his senior year he played 28 games: 19.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 69.5%. He turned professional in 2010 and got atry out with Maine (D league). In 2011-2012 he came to Germany and played fro BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: Score-5 (17.6ppg), 4.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 77.9%.

Source:SC Rasta Vechta




The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Name Sean Mccaw Youth Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL team New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have named Sean McCaw (205-F-73, college: S.Utah) as youth coach giving him a two year deal with an option for a third year. Mccaw is a 39 year old American with an Austrian passport that was an assistant coach last season with Pro A club Cuxhaven Bascats. He started his coaching career with Science City Jena and then was three seasons youth coordinator with BBC Bayreuth. With the Phantoms Mccaw will serve as head coach for the NBBL and JBBL teams as well as an assistant coach for pro B team Spot Up Medien Baskets. "This position is a great challenge for me. I see many opportunites to extend the youth work and want to be a part of it. I will bring much energy and try to bring excitement for the youths", stressed Sean McCaw. The Phantoms are pleased to have gained a talented basketball instructor with Mccaw. "He brings competence and quality. He is an ex basketball player that knows the league, but also comes from a country where you live basketball. His basketball mentality will support our development and give us a new perspective. I am sure he will help us much and I am looking forward to working with him", added Liviu Calin.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig





Michael Fleischmann Joins NBC And Wil Chavis Remains - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO A team NBC was very busy today building their roster by keeping American Wil Chavis and bringing in Michael Fleischmann (205-F-86). Fleischmann is a 26 year old 205cm forward that will be playing for his fifth team in the last five seasons and eighth team in the last nine seasons. Last season the German played for the Finke Baskets Paderborn (ProA, starting five): 28 games: 12.3ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 81.7%. "He has an untypically good shot for his size. That makes him very versatile. He will help us very much at the big positions and with his size be able to defend in the low post. I know him since some years and he has experience and I am happy that we have him", stressed NBC head coach Michael Fleischmann. Fleischmann started his basketball career in 2005 with TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (Regionalliga). In 2006-2007, he played for RSV Stahnsdorf (Regionalliga): 23 games: 9.2ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for SG BG/MTV Wolfenbuettel (Regionalliga North):15 games: 15.1ppg, FT: 75.5%; also had a license for WolfenbuettAwards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06German U20 National Team -06, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -06, 07, World Military Championships in Klaipeda (Lithuania) -09, German Military National Team -09el Dukes (Pro B): 20 games: 7.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 63.2%. From 2008-2010 he played for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB). NBC also announced that Wil Chavis will remain with the team. He is a 32 year old 182cm point guard that will be playing his fifth season for NBC. Last season he played 26 games: 8.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 89.4%.

Source: NBC




Noma Iserlohn Scoop Up Niklas Geske - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Regionaliga team Noma Iserlohn have brought in Niklas Heinrich Geske (184-PG-94). Geske is a 19 year old 184cm point guard that also will have adouble license with Phoenix Hagen. Last season the young German played for the Bochum Astro Stars (Regionalliga): 22 games: 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 26.3%, FT: 78.8%, played also at SVD 49 Dortmund (2.Regionalliga), played also at Phoenix Hagen Juniors (NBBL). "We are happy that we finally could get him. We now have one of the best young guards from Germany on our team", stated head coach Mathias Grothe. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Newcomer of the Year -12, German NBBL Championships Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga West Most Improved Player of the Year -13, and German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -13

Source: NOMA Iserlohn





Alba Berlin Bring In Bar Timor - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Alba Berlin who exited the Beko BBL playoffs for the second straight season early got busy today signing their first new player for the upcoming season with Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) giving him a three year deal. Timor is a 21 year old 190cm point guard that was born in Haifa, Israel, but has the German citzenship. He is a NBA prospect. Has good vision on the court. Outstanding passer. An exclusive Point Guard who put energy and aggressiveness on the court. A Point Guard that can run the offence at any tempo. Very good in his defensive side. Can score during penetration. Steales a lot of balls. Very good Rebounder for his size. Can become a top League material. Last season he played for Hapoel Tel Aviv playing 30 games and averaging 7,6ppg, 2,5rpg and 2,9apg. "He had a very good season in Israel where he played well against top teams. I like his intensity and aggressiveness in his game that will help us at the point guard and shooting guard position. He is very talented that brings the ambition and will to work hard", expressed Alba Berlin Sasa Obradovic. He started his basketball career for Hapoel Haifa (National League) in 2009. "I always wanted to play in Germany. It was an easy decision for me to come when Alba called despite some other offers. I am very happy to be able to prove myself with this team", added bar Timor. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Israeli U16 National Team -08, European Championships U16 in Italy -08: 6 games: 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.2%, Israeli U18 National Team -09-10, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 6 games: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 64.7%, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team -10, European Championships U18 Division B in Israel -10 (Semifinals): 8 games: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-1 (5.8apg), Steals-5 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 72.7%, Israeli U20 National Team -11-12, European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -11: 8 games: 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 51.4%, Balkan League Quarterfinals -12, Israeli National League Regular Season Champion -12, Israeli National League Champion -12, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention -12, European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) -12 (Bronze): 5 games: 15.6ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.4apg), Steals-5 (2.8spg), FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 73.3%, and Israeli National Team -12


Source: Alba Berlin



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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.13.0 
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. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR5.9 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.8 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.2 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.7 
 4. McGrath, Zalgiris3.8 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.3.7 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.5 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.1 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.0 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. 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. Lasme, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 8. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 9. Chrysikopoul., PAOK0.7 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos0.7 


Theodoros Papaloukas retires on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM) wins the title and retires. The Greek player won the title with CSKA in Russia and decided to finish his professional career.
Theodoros Papaloukas CSKA defend VTB League title as they won the fourth game against Lokomotiv. CSKA posted a 59:54 defensive win and sealed the trophy of the League again.
It was another thriller in the court. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 32-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sokolov and Savrasenko were sent off the court because of the fight in the third period. CSKA Moscow dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiv to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American swingman Sonny Weems fired 24 points for the winners. Andrey Vorontsevich chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Derrick Brown added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mantas Kalnietis followed them with 7 points in a loss.



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  HOLLAND   


Toon van Helfteren remains with ZZ Leiden - by Eurobasket News

Toon Van Helfteren (agency: R.H.Consultancy ) remains with ZZ Leiden for the next season. The Dutch Specialist will take his Champions also for 2013/2014 season.
Last season Van Helfteren coached at Leiden (Eredivisie) in Dutch league and helped them to win the league title and the supercup. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Coach of the Year.
His Leiden swept the Finals 4-0 against Leeuwarden and won 2012/2013 Play-offs. The second team of the Regular Season posted a 65:59 win in Game 4 to become the Champions of the country.
Leeuwarden had nothing to lose in the game and started with 14-11 lead. Leiden however replied with a 21-16 burst in the second frame and added 12-11 rally in the third period. They also won the last quarter 21-20 and sealed a 2012/2013 title.
Van Helfteren took over Dutch Senior National Team this year.He has coached also professionally for other Dutch teams like Den Bosch, ABC Amsterdam, Werkendam and Rotterdam.



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  HUNGARY   


ZTE KK signed some new players - by Tamas Deri

The management of ZTE KK published yesterday, that several new players will arrive to the Club during the summer. Three hungarian players, David Gaspar (196-SF-82, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), David Puszta (187-G-90) and Adam Kovacs (200-SF-93) decided to stay in Zalaegerszeg and agreed with the club for one more season.
Tamas Kaman (200-G/F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) is returning to his hometown after two seasons playing in Paks. The hungarian forward was a key player of ZTE KK winning the Championship and Cup in 2010, but left the club during the summer 2011. In the last season he played 40 games for ASE adding 6.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4spg.
Jozsef Lekli (206-F/C-87, agency: TSS Management) might be one of the starting five players of coach Volgyi's team. The hungarian big man just won the Hungarian Championship and Cup with Albacomp this season, but decided to leave the club for getting more minutes on the court. The 206 cm tall power forward helped his team with 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in only 14 minutes on the court.
There are also some domestic players leaving the club: Csaba Borszeki (208-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), Daniel Koma (202-F-79, agency: TSS Management), Gergely Baki (195-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Adam Vertetics (187-PG-87) will leave Zalaegerszeg.
The management also published, that they found their first import player for the coming season. Canadian guard, Doug Plumb (193-G, college: Minnesota St.) signed his first professional contract - including a month trial period - with the club. The 193 cm tall guard just graduated on the University of British Columbia and had a great senior season in the CIS averaging 15.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.8spg.



Branislav Dzunic returns to Paks - by Levente Szabo

This year was a very successful season for Alba Fehervar. The club won the regular season, the Hungarian Cup and last week they became the Hungarian League Champions too. Only one week after the season ended as we already reported they lost their starting center, Akos Keller (208-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who left to join the Adriatic League participant Szolnok and now they lost their head coach, Branislav Dzunic (agency: Laszlo Vinko Group ) also, who penned a 2 year deal with Atomeromu SE Paks.

Coach Dzunic spent 3 very successful seasons with Alba Fehervar. In 2011, in his first year with the club, he led his team to the Finals and lost the series 3-2 against a very strong Szolnok team. Last year he helped his team to the semifinals of the Hungarian Cup and the Hungarian League also, but felt short in both competitions. In this season he took revenge with his team against close rival Szolnok as they manage to beat them in both the Hungarian Cup and Hungarian League Finals to win it all.

Coach Dzunic felt that he needs an environment change and signed a 2 year deal with his former club Atomeromu SE Paks.





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  IBA-PBL   


Flex grab the lead in PBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Bloomington Flex - Rochester RazorSharks 106:86

The Bloomington Flex grabbed 1-0 lead in the PBL best-of-three Finals. They held off the Rochester RazorSharks 106:86 at home court. Jemal Farmer (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners.
The Flex were dominant in the first half. They reeled off to a 30:18 lead at the first break. Bloomington boosted the gap in the second period. The hosts piled up a 65:42 halftime lead behind 22 points from Jemal Farmer. The RazorSharks narrowed the deficit at just 7-point mark in the third term. The Flex were able to claim a 12-point lead heading into the final period. They quickly opened up a 24-point lead in the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the victory. Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) and Todd Peterson (6'8''-F-84, college: N.Illinois) added 16 points each for the Flex. Nayal Koshwal (6'10''-F/C-87, college: De Paul) and Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) responded with 15 points each for the RazorSharks.

Bloomington Flex: Jemal Farmer 24, Ryan Anderson 16, Todd Peterson 16
Rochester RazorSharks: Nayal Koshwal 15, Keith Friel 15



Buffalo 716ers join the IBA - by Eurobasket News

The Independent Basketball Association will welcome a new team for the 2013 Winter season. The Buffalo 716ers are a new team, owned and operated by Western New York native Tawan Slaughter. Tawan Slaughter is no stranger to the basketball world. Slaughter played at Christian Central Academy where she averaged 40 points per game resulting in a career total of 2,256, marking her as fifth in Western New York history. Her hard work and dedication earned herself tryouts with the WNBA's Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks. A staple in the IBA is community involvement, something Slaughter takes very seriously. She organizes a weekly program at Harvey Austin Elementary School and also provides tutoring, mentoring and motivational speaking programs in the inner city. Slaughter and her team visit local schools and assist teachers with after school programs, demonstrating again that it's not just about basketball in the IBA. Tryouts for the 716ers are scheduled for September 28, 2013. The 716ers are scheduled to play regular season home games at the Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo, NY.
Courtesy of: iba-pbl.com



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 10-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 10-4 
 3. Portland C. 7-5 
 4. Salem S. 7-6 
 5. Nippon T. 1-7 
International
 1. Olympia R. 0-0 
 2. East Bay PB 0-1 
 3. Seattle F. 0-1 
 4. Kitsap A. 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 7: Nippon T. - Portland C. 92-185
Jun. 7: East Bay PB - Salem S. 111-146
Jun. 8: Nippon T. - Vancouver V.
Jun. 8: East Bay PB - Vancouver V.
Jun. 9: East Bay PB - Bellingham S.
Jun. 9: Portland C. - Nippon T.
Jun. 9: Salem S. - Kitsap A.
Jun. 11: Bellingham S. - Portland C.
Jun. 11: Olympia R. - Nippon T.



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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Petron Blaze open win count in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 75:70

The Petron Blaze registered the first victory in the ASEAN League championship series. They held off the visiting Indonesia Warriors. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) provided 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Filipino team.
The Warriors took off quickly in this one. The visitors rallied t a 23:18 lead after the opening frame. The Beermen slowed down the visitors in the second term. The hosts tied things up at 38 after the first half. The Petron Blaze pulled in front in the third term. The home side nailed 21 points and gained a 4-point lead before the fourth stanza 59:55. The Warriors got within three points with just over three minutes remaining 68:71. The teams went scoreless for more than two minutes before Pauliasi Taulava made it 73:68 for the hosts. Pringle gave hope for the visitors with a bucket 70:73 but Pauliasi Taulava scored another jumper to seal the victory for the Blaze. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) posted 15 points, while Val Acuna (188-F-86) added 13 points for the winning side. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) netted 15 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Pauliasi Taulava 22+10 boards, Chris Banchero 15, Val Acuna 13
Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 20+17 boards, Stanley Pringle 15



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  ISRAEL   


Alba Berlin Sign Israeli Guard Bar Timor - by David Pick

German power ALBA Berlin has signed 21-year-old guard Bar Timor (Agency: Avi Zilberman) to a three-year deal, the team announced earlier today.

Timor, an Israeli native with German roots from his mother's side, played the last two seasons with Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv, averaging 7.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds in just under 25 minutes in the elite division.

Timor, who used his out-clause to pen a deal in Germany, left Israeli soil yesterday to officially sign the paperwork and become familiar with Alba's Serbian coach Sasa Obradovic.




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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.6 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.18.4 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi17.4 
 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. Jelovac, JuveCase.8.0 
 5. Akindele, Champvil.8.0 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.4 
 7. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.4 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas7.3 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.4 
 4. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.3 
 5. Green, EA7 Armani4.3 
 6. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Di Bella, Sutor M.3.6 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi3.6 
 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. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Green, Cimberio VA1.9 
 9. Barbour, Pesaro1.8 
 10. James, Poitiers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. 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 


SerieA Round 7 of Semi-Finals. Montepaschi and Acea Virtus Roma reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio VA - Montepaschi 69-82

Montepaschi shot down Cimberio Varese on the road and advanced into Finals. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-69. Montepaschi Siena made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) answered with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Estonian Janar Talts (207-83) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Hackett 23+5reb+9ast, D.Moss 19+6reb+2ast, B.Brown 14+1reb, B.Ortner 9+6reb, T.Ress 9+4reb, K.Kangur 5+6reb
Cimberio VA: M.Green 20+2reb+6ast, D.Sakota 12+2reb+1ast, E.Ere 11+5reb+2ast, J.Talts 8+10reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 7+5reb, A.Banks 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 242147


Acea Virtus RM - Cantu 89-70

Acea Virtus Roma gave no chance for viting Cantu cruising into SeriaA Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Cantu was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cantu 40-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American point guard Jordan Taylor (185-89, college: Wisconsin) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) scored 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: J.Taylor 18+5ast, P.Goss 16+4reb, G.Lawal 15+11reb, B.Jones 14+6reb, L.Datome 9+6reb+3ast, L.D'Ercole 8+3reb
Cantu: P.Aradori 20+7reb+1ast, J.Ragland 16+3reb+1ast, M.Scekic 8, M.Leunen 8+3reb, J.Brooks 6+5reb+2ast, N.Mazzarino 5+2ast
gschID: 242128



Cimberio Varese Arena banned for two games - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese Arena banned for two games after an accident last night. Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, agency: Beo Basket) suspended for three Serie A Games after the ejection in Game 7.
The Semifinal series between Cimberio Varese and Mens Sana Siena needed a decisive 7th game last night. Siena managed to steal an 82:69 road win. Montepaschi shot down Cimberio Varese on the road and advanced into Finals. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-69. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals.
Mens Sana Siena finally left the arena at 00:40am in Italy. It was two hours after the end of the game. The reason of it was not a safe situation in front of the Arena.



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Lithuania U19 stump Ukraine U20 in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Ukraine U20 92:53

Lithuanian U19 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. They clashed with the Ukrainian U20 National Team in Druskininkai. The hosts claimed a comprehensive victory at the end. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) scored 12 points each to lead the Baltic team.
Lithuania stunned their opponents in the opening frame. Lithuania fired 30 points to grab a 15-point lead. Lithuania added 30 more points in the second term. They established a 60:31 halftime lead. Lithuania finished off Ukraine with a 20:8 run in the third term. The visitors outscored Lithuanian in the fourth frame but to no avail. Martinas Gebenas chipped in 11 points, while Denisas Krestininas (202-F-94) and Simas Raupys (195-SF-94) had 10 points each in the victory.



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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Jones, Obregon25.6 
 2. Monroe, Cananea24.8 
 3. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas22.4 
 5. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 6. Elliott, Navolato21.3 
 7. McCullough, Nogales20.9 
 8. Sperling, Obregon19.8 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana19.5 
 10. Allen, Guaymas19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 2. McNeal, Los Mochis9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Penny, Tijuana8.4 
 5. Jones, Obregon8.3 
 6. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 7. Toombs, Navolato8.1 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea7.8 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 10. Selleaze, Navolato6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Stallings, Guasave7.0 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.8 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.9 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.2 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 6. Morrison, Tijuana4.8 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana4.6 
 8. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.4 
 9. Insunza, Navolato4.4 
 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. Stallings, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.9 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 6. Allen, Guaymas1.5 
 7. Insunza, Navolato1.4 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
 9. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 10. Abdul-Awwel, Noga.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.7 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Penny, Tijuana1.4 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 6. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Cananea0.9 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Nogales - Tijuana 85-87

Tijuana snatched a narrow road win over Nogales to cut the deficit in the quarterfinal series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fuerza Guinda Nogales won fourth quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Fuerza Guinda Nogales 41-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Fuerza Guinda Nogales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points. Forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) helped adding 22 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Cheyne Gadson (192-80, college: Oklahoma St.) with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) scored 23 points. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 31+3reb+2ast, J.Penny 22+14reb, O.Quintero 19+3reb+7ast, M.Thomas 9+15reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 4+3reb+2ast, S.Sanchez 2+1reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 23+4reb+1ast, C.Gadson 21+5reb+7ast, A.Izaguirre 11+4reb, J.Griffin 9+3reb+3ast, R.Moss 6+2reb, C.Estrada 6+2reb
gschID: 242162


Guasave - Navolato 94-72

Guasave shot down Navolato to get within a single win from their opponents at 1-2. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 43-28 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Frayles de Guasave players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Adrian Villalobos (183) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Guasave: N.Stallings 29+10reb+9ast, S.Pettigrew 21+12reb, E.Phelps 11+8reb+7ast, J.Farrera 11+4reb+1ast, V.Buelna 10+1reb+1ast, F.Harris 5+6reb+3ast
Navolato: J.Gonzalez 17+3reb+1ast, A.Villalobos 15+3reb+4ast, M.Elliott 15+1reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 11+10reb+5ast, F.Verdugo 6+7reb, B.Toombs 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 242161


Cananea - Guaymas 101-72

Cananea cruised past Guaymas to grab 3-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Mineros de Cananea outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 32-17 including 21 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was an exceptional evening for forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) came up with 26 points and forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ostioneros de Guaymas in the defeat. 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:
Cananea: S.Monroe 27+5reb+3ast, K.Austin 22+5reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 17+5reb+2ast, G.Giron 17+3reb+7ast, Q.Gonzalez 11+10reb+2ast, K.Arias 3+1reb
Guaymas: S.Shorter 26+4reb+3ast, J.Habel 19+6reb, H.Hernandez 7+2reb+3ast, F.Benitez 6, A.Pedroza 5+2reb+1ast, A.Zarco 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 242160


Obregon - Hermosillo 55-80

Hermosillo left no chance for Obregon and claimed the third straight win in the series. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jorge Salcedo (194-85) added 11 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 18+5reb+2ast, S.Monreal 13+3reb+5ast, J.Lopez 11+6reb, E.Little 8+3reb+2ast, J.Villanueva 8+4reb, J.Esteva Hernandez 7+9reb
Obregon: K.Jones 22+10reb+3ast, J.Salcedo 11+4reb, L.Pulido 5+2reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 5+3reb+1ast, L.Davis 4+5reb+2ast, N.Carter 2+7reb
gschID: 242159



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  MONTENEGRO   


Teodo extended contract with Manuel Johnson for 2013/2014 season - by Darko Pekic

The management of Teodo Tivat and Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) agreed terms for 2013/2014 season and the power forward from Houston, Texas will stay in Tivat for another year although he had offers from Portugal and Luxembourg. The 30 year old American arrived to Tivat last summer and convinced the coaching staff and club management to offer him an improved financial deal for the next season. He played 13 games in Balkan League and averaged 8.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg leading the League in field goal percentage with 72.0%. In Erste Basketball League Johnson averaged 12.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1spg.

Manuel Johnson, who also has playing experience from Portugal (Sampaense and Academica de Coimba) is expected to return to Montenegro in early September.



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  NBA   


Dario Saric pulls out of draft, agent says - by Eurobasket News

We told you this was likely coming, but now it looks official. The agent of Dario Saric (6'10''-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) told Bourbon Street Shots that his client is pulling out of the draft. Saric has until June 17 to change his mind again, that is the deadline to withdraw from the draft. Saric was projected to be a first round pick, DraftExpress had him going No. 21 although others think he could be as high as a late lottery selection. Hes a vintage European big man 610 but he plays like a small forward. He sees the court well, is a great ball handler and passer. His jump shot could use to be steadier and he needs to get stronger, but there is potential there. That potential appears headed back to Croatia for another season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NCAA1   


Oregon and Georgetown to tip off in South Korea - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com

The idea went into action last season. Two college basketball teams playing on foreign soil, on an American military base, at the start of the season
and on or near Veterans Day. UConn and Michigan State played,
and pretty much everyone loved it; UConn won 66-62. The 2012 affair was held in Germany,
at Ramstein Air Base, inside an airplane hangar (above).

Now comes word that the 2013 version will be feature Oregon and Georgetown.
The Oregon men's basketball Twitter account tweeted on Thursday that the game would take place in South Korea.
That tweet has since been deleted. Nevertheless, the official site will be released soon,
and the teams will face each other on Nov. 8 in the Armed Forces Classic.

Georgetown was a 25-7 team last season that fell to Florida Gulf Coast in the Round of 64.
Oregon went 28-9 and lost to eventual national champs Louisville in the Sweet 16.

We're excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Armed Forces Classic and for the opportunity to play Oregon,
Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said in a statement. I think it's important as we prepare for league play to compete against top-flight opponents.
At the same time, it's an honor for Georgetown to be involved in the Veteran's Week festivities and to recognize the contributions of the United States military.

When first conceived, some were wondering how the event would go off
It really was quite a sight to see so many women and men in uniform,
cheering on college kids in an airplane hangar. Cool setting and must-watch for any hoops fan.
I'm guessing this year will be more of the same -- yet different.



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 3: Wellington S. - Waikato P. 90-77
Jun. 3: Hub Jets - Taranaki MA 79-72
Jun. 7: Southland S. - Hub Jets 110-81
Jun. 8: OceanaGold N. - Hub Jets
Jun. 8: Waikato P. - Taranaki MA
Jun. 8: Nelson G. - HBS Bank Hawks
Jun. 9: Super City R. - Waikato P.



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  NIGERIA   


Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Karsiyaka (23-7) in their last game. Despite Aminu's good performance Karsiyaka was edged 79-77 at home by the leading Galatasaray. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.7%(165-255) and FT: 67.4% in the 33 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Ere was not able to help Cimberio Varese (23-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Cimberio Varese was edged 78-77 on the road by the lower-ranked Montepaschi Siena (#5). Ere was the top scorer with 22 points. It's Ere's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 73.8%. Ere has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). He was the major contributor in Leones' victory against the seventh-ranked Caciques (13-15) 90-79 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Friday night's game. Diogu recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 11 rebounds. Leones de Ponce (12-0) is placed in the BSN. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. Diogu belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Diogu averages: 21.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 78.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Diogu is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #4. Power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the league leader Cimberio Varese (23-7) 72-59 in the Italian SerieA last Thursday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Eze is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.4bpg. This year he also averages: 5.8ppg and 5.1rpg in the 36 games. Eze has both Nigerian and Italian nationalities. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #5. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Pall.Trento (14-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pall.Trento lost 79-87 on their home court in Trento to the higher-ranked (#5) C.de Latte BRE. Umeh was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 35 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Umeh used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain Oguchi
   #6. Shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help G.Canaria 2014 (19-15) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (23-11) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Oguchi scored only 2 points. G.Canaria 2014 was crushed 84-62 on their home court in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3). This season Oguchi averages just 0.8ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Lottomatica Roma (20-10) in their last game. Despite Lawal's very good performance Lottomatica Roma lost 73-81 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Cantu. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Lawal also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Lawal belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5bpg in the 42 games he played so far. Lawal has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Indios to a victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (14-14) crushing them 100-73 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Saturday night. 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 and 2.1apg. Efejuku is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican.

Other top Nigerian players, who play abroad:

Etinosa Erevbenagie (183-G-95) plays for Panathinaikos in Greek A1
Festus Ezeli (210-C-89) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) plays for Dallas Mavericks in the NBA
Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) plays for Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA
Emeka Okafor (206-F/C-82) plays for Washington Wizards in the NBA
Michael Efevberha (197-G-84) plays for CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic NBL
Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) plays for Azovmash in Ukrainian Superleague
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) plays for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA
Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) plays for Tofas in Turkish TBL
Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81) plays for Cholet in French ProA

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



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Beermen stop Warriors, leads ABL Finals - by Aris Ignacio

The San Miguel Beermen, led by Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), drew first blood by edging the defending champions, the Indonesia Warriors, 75-70 in the first game of the title showdown for the ASEAN Basketball League title at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City, Philiipines.

Taulava, the newly-named ABL Most Valuable Player (MVP), anchored the Beerrmen's offense in by scoring the team's last six baskets. SMB also got a huge contribution from reserve forward Val Acuna (188-F-86), who converted 3-of-4 beyond the three-point arc, totaled 13 points off the bench. The Beermen lead the best-of-five series, 1-0.

San Miguel will try to go up 2-0 as they battle in Game Two on June 9, still in Pasig City. Games Three, and if necessary Game Four, will be played in Jakarta, Indonesia. If it will go the full route, Game Five will shift back to the Beermen's home turf.

Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) had 15 points, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) added 12 including two triples for the Beermen, who trailed by as much as eight points early in the game.

Acuna converted a triple that made it a 64-56 lead in the fourth period. He added another deuce in the 6:50 mark to push San Miguel's lead to 69-60.

The Warriors refused to yield as Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) converted two free throws to cut the deficit to 66-69 before Taulava took over entering the homestretch.

San Miguel had a slow start as Indonesia led, 17-9. The Warriors were still on top, 36-29, but the Beermen went on a 9-2 to end the second period and tied the game at 38-38 at the half.

Thomas led the Warriors with 20 points, while Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) had 15 but had a relatively off-night shooting behind a 7-of-18 clip from the field.

The scores:

San Miguel Beermen (75) - Taulava 22, Banchero 15, Acuna 13, Avenido 12, J. Williams 6, Fortuna 5, B. Williams 2, Hubalde 0, Cawaling 0.

Indonesia Warriors (70) - Thomas 20, Pringle 15, Daniels 14, Wuysang 13, Canada 4, Sitepu 2, Smith 2.

Quarterscores: 18-23; 38-38; 59-55; 75-70.

*Some credits to R. Terrado



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  POLAND   


Three new players in AZS Kutno - by Maciej Paszyn

Third team of Polish 1st Liga from last season made very quick moves on players market. As many as seven players from last season extended the contracts with the club from Kutno. These are: Dawid Brk, Jakub Duski, Krzysztof Jakbczyk, Hubert Mazur, Maciej Poznanski, Szymon Rduch oraz Mateusz Szwed.
In addition, the team has signed three new contracts for players last week. New players in AZS will be: Jakub Garbacz (196-SF-94) from SMS Wladyslawowo, Sebastian Laydych (203-F/C-87) from Astoria Bydgoszcz and Hubert Pabian (202-F-89, agency: Promotex) from Spojnia.

19 years old Jakub Garbacz in Polish 2nd league was scoring in average over 10 points per game. Trade do 1st league is natural step for this talented small forward. Laydych which was and a leading figure in the club from Astoria should be the strongest reinforcement of all three.

In connection with these trades, the team needs only to strengthen post up roster.




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  RUSSIA   


Pargo Agrees as CSKA begin summer rebuilding - by Vladimir Lobanov

CSKA Moscow has won the VTB League for the fourth time in an away win 59-54 in Krasnodar but plans to reshape the squad in the summer.
Last night CSKA Moscow General manager Andrey Vatutin has confirmed that Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) has agreed terms with CSKA Moscow and the official signing will be after he will pass all medicals.
Pargo will fly to Moscow next week to implement those medicals:"I hope that by Wednesday he will officially sign".Vatutin said.The deal is 1+1 deal around 2 million euros per year.
Vatutin also said that in the past week teams tried to hijack the deal:"PAO and Maccabi tried to bring him to their clubs,but we already agreed most of the contract back in London during the Final four".
And what about rest of the squad? CSKA Moscow are planning to reshape the squad with Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM) who is retiring from Bsaketball.Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87),who has another year in his contract is most likely to leave the team.after two years in main point guard position,the CSKA Moscow top brass were very disappointed with him after his performance in the Final four in London and Istanbul.
Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) is in question mark,CSKA Moscow thinks that they won't get a better center than him but after two years the club and player may think of mutual farewell.CSKA Moscow are monitoring Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.).
Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) has another year in his contract,but with a $1M contract who is going to raise next season.its too much for a role player like him and he also may leave.Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85) is a big disappointment and also with a big contract and will also leave.
Rest of the squad are most likely to stay with the likes of Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas),Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket),Sasha Kaun (211-C-85),Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82),Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87)




Jeremy Pargo heads to Russia - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) heads to Russia as he will play for CSKA. The Russian Champions announced the loud transfer for 2013/2014 season.
CSKA Moscow signed 27-year old American point guard Jeremy Pargo. The player just finished the season with Philadelphia 76ers in NBA. In 14 games he recorded 4.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg this season. Pargo also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA earlier that year. In 25 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.6apg. The most of last season he spent at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 41 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.3apg. Pargo was tried-out by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel earlier that season.
Among other achievements he won Israeli Premier League championship title for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Pargo received also Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team award in 2011.He has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa). Pargo attended Gonzaga University until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.



CSKA defend VTB League title - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - CSKA 54:59

CSKA defend VTB League title as they won the fourth game against Lokomotiv. CSKA posted a 59:54 defensive win and sealed the trophy of the League again.
It was another thriller in the court. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 32-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sokolov and Savrasenko were sent off the court because of the fight in the third period. CSKA Moscow dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiv to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) fired 24 points for the winners. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 16, Nick Calathes 11+6reb+7ast, Mantas Kalnietis 7
CSKA: Sonny Weems 24, Andrey Vorontsevich 9+9rebs, Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) 9



Alexey Savrasenko announced retirement - by Eurobasket News

Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79) announced retirement after the last VTB League game for his Lokomotiv. The player could not however play until the end of the game as together with Sokolov were sent off the court because of the fight in the third period.
Savrasenko managed to play in three leagues this year. But in 11 PBL games he recorded just 1.0ppg and 1.1rpg. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged only 1.3ppg and 1.9rpg. Savrasenko also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 2.1ppg and 1.7rpg.
The last season he played at Unics Kazan. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Savrasenko was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games he averaged 5.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Savrasenko also played 16 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.9ppg and 3.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Defensive Team back in 2007. Savrasenko also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 83.3%.
Savrasenko is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Hungary, Italy, Greece (Olympiacos).



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  SERBIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Bojan BAKIC
  Metalac
  (195-SG-83)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Bakic, Metalac18.6 
 2. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 4. Sibalic, LF Basket17.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Mega V.16.9 
 6. Rakocevic, Crvena16.4 
 7. Radovic, KAOD15.5 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina14.5 
 10. Nesovic, AEK13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.11.7 
 2. Radovic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Dasic, Metalac8.4 
 4. Savovic, Crvena Z.7.5 
 5. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 6. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 7. Lauvergne, Partizan6.6 
 8. Kljajevic, C Afric.6.4 
 9. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 10. Marelja, UCAM M.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 4. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, AEK4.2 
 7. Nelson, Crvena Z.4.0 
 8. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 9. Westermann, Parti.3.8 
 10. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Nesovic, AEK2.1 
 3. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Nelson, Crvena Z.1.8 
 6. Dasic, Metalac1.8 
 7. Jeftic, OKK Beogr.1.6 
 8. Seferovic, Jagodina1.6 
 9. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 10. Zivanovic, Metalac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Metalac
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vranes, Metalac2.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.7 
 3. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 4. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 5. Bertans, Partizan1.3 
 6. Radovic, KAOD1.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 8. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 9. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 10. Lauvergne, Partiz.0.7 


Partizan again better than Crvena zvezda - by Igor Obradovic

Partizan as a formal guest won a victory in the Pionir Hall with the score 69:71 (22:16, 21:17, 11:19, 15:19).

Zvezda started great, the first half ended with +10 at one point they had +14 but great second half for Partizan solve the winner. At the last minute Partizan close to -1 and 20 seconds before the game ended Davis Bertans (210-SF-92) hit the three-point shot, and so led his team to +2. Crvena zvezda then failed to use their attack, the match went into a penalty finale in which the black and white was better. 2 seconds left when the Rakocevic attempted strike from half court but Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) blocked him. Partizan recorded their second win in the final series. To regain the title they will need one more win.

Crvena zvezda : Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) 17pts, 2rbd, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 10rbd, 1ast, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 17pts, 3rbd, 1ast, DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 9pts, 6rbd, 8ast.
Partizan : Davis Bertans 13pts, 5rbd, Dragan Milosavljevic 9pts, 5rbd, 4ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) 11pts, 2rbd

Third game is on Monday.



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Slovenia U20 edge German U20 in Sentjur - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Germany U20 64:46

Slovenian U20 National Team overcame their German counterparts in the first game of the exhibition series in Sentjur. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) stepped up with 19 points to pace the hosts.
Slovenia jumped to a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. The home side accumulated a 37:23 halftime lead. Slovenia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They grabbed a comfortable 19-point lead heading into the fourth frame 53:33. Germany held the hosts to just 11 points in the final period but could not escape a heavy loss at the end. Erjon Kastrati (198-F/G-94) and Matej Rojc (198-G-93) netted 10 points apiece for Slovenia. Leon Tolksdorf (203-F-93) delivered 11 points for Germany. David Brembly (197-G/F-93) chipped in 9 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia U20: Miha Lapornik 19, Erjon Kastrati 10, Matej Rojc 10
Germany U20: Leon Tolksdorf 11, David Brembly 9



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Theodore, Guaynabo15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Elonu, Tofas7.5 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 6. Prince, Guaynabo7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.0 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 3. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 4. Theodore, Guaynabo4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.2 
 10. Holston, Mersin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Guaynabo
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Guaynabo1.9 
 2. Theodore, Guaynabo1.7 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 5. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 6. Markoishvili, Gala.1.4 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 8. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
 9. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 6. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 7. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 
 8. Prince, Guaynabo0.8 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 10. Plisnic, TED K.0.8 


Galatasaray takes 2-0 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - Banvit BK 80-66 (2-0)

Galatasaray takes 2-0 Final lead. The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Banvit BK managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international Furkan Aldemir (207-91, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) produced 16 points and American point guard Kalin Lucas (185-89, college: Michigan St.) added 13 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: M.Markoishvili 17+2reb+2ast, J.Gordon 16+6reb+3ast, F.Aldemir 15+8reb+2ast, E.Dagli 11+7reb+2ast, C.Arroyo 9+1reb+4ast, E.Arslan 5
Banvit BK: C.Davis 16+3reb+3ast, K.Lucas 13+2reb+3ast, S.Erdogan 11+1reb, K.Simmons 7+2reb, I.Turkyilmaz 7+2reb+1ast, S.Mejia 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 242148



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  UKRAINE   


Igor Chumakov joins Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy strengthened their frontcourt. They added Igor Chumakov (207-C-90) to the roster. The centre spent the last season with Mykolaiv. Igor Chumakov posted 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Igor Chumakov had stints with Ferro-ZNTU and BC Donetsk. He was the member of U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Schomers back to Al Ahli?? - by Ali Ahmed

Al Ahli Dubai looking to renew the contract of coach Peter Schomers for the upcoming season .

coach Peter won the league and the cups with Al Ahli Dubai in 2011/2012 and in 2012/2013 .

Awards/Achievements:
Coach Assistant: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -05
Austrian Cup Finalist -07
Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year -08
Romanian League All-Star Game -08
Romanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Romanian League Semifinals -08, 09
WABA Club Championships -10
Lebanese League Semifinals -10
Kuwait League Regular Season Runner-Up -11
Kuwait League Cup Winner -11
Head Coach: Lebanese National Team -11
United Arab Emirates Regular Season Champion -12
United Arab Emirates Champion -12
United Arab Emirates President Cup Winner -12
Dubai International Tournament runner UP -12 (best result for United Arab Emirates Team in tournament history)
United Arab Emirates Federation Cup Winner -12
Gulf Club Championships Finalist -13



Schomers back to Al Ahli - by Ali Ahmed

Al Ahli Dubai looking to renew the contract of coach Peter Schomers for the upcoming season .

coach Peter won the league and the cups with Al Ahli Dubai in 2011/2012 and in 2012/2013 .

Awards/Achievements:
Coach Assistant: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -05
Austrian Cup Finalist -07
Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year -08
Romanian League All-Star Game -08
Romanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Romanian League Semifinals -08, 09
WABA Club Championships -10
Lebanese League Semifinals -10
Kuwait League Regular Season Runner-Up -11
Kuwait League Cup Winner -11
Head Coach: Lebanese National Team -11
United Arab Emirates Regular Season Champion -12
United Arab Emirates Champion -12
United Arab Emirates President Cup Winner -12
Dubai International Tournament runner UP -12 (best result for United Arab Emirates Team in tournament history)
United Arab Emirates Federation Cup Winner -12
Gulf Club Championships Finalist -13



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  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. Cader 3-3 
 6. Urunday Univ. 3-3 
 7. Stockholmo 3-4 
 8. Verdirrojo 3-4 
 9. 25 de Agosto 2-3 
 10. Colon 2-4 
 11. Marne 2-5 
 12. Yale 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 7: Verdirrojo - Yale 86-83
Jun. 7: Stockholmo - Marne 56-70
Jun. 8: 25 de Agosto - Larre Borges
Jun. 8: Cader - Urunday Univ.
Jun. 8: Capitol - Colon
Jun. 8: Guruyu Waston - Welcome



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 5-1 
 2. Bucaneros 3-1 
 3. Trotamundos 0-6 
Group B
 1. Gigantes 3-2 
 2. Gaiteros 2-2 
 3. Cocodrilos 2-3 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
2013 Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Jun. 7: Gigantes - Cocodrilos 74-83
Jun. 7: Trotamundos - Marinos 72-76
Jun. 6: Trotamundos - Marinos 69-72
Jun. 8: Gigantes - Cocodrilos


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Huracanes21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Gaiteros21.0 
 5. Maye, Bayamon20.4 
 6. Martinez, Guaros19.3 
 7. Bailey, Panteras19.3 
 8. Rodgers, Marinos18.2 
 9. Flores, Guaiqueries18.1 
 10. Johnson, Toros17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Guaros
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Guaros12.1 
 2. Santana, Gaiteros10.1 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Toros9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 9. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 10. Colmenares, Cocod.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PENA
  Huracanes
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Pena, Huracanes6.1 
 2. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos5.9 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.7 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.6 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.4 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Riley, Bucaneros3.0 
 2. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 4. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.2 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 6. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 7. Johnson, Toros2.1 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 9. Pena, Huracanes2.0 
 10. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Marinos1.0 
 7. Massie, San German0.9 
 8. Santana, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Adams, Guaros0.8 
 10. Bayona, Bucaneros0.8 



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   

Standings

VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Khimky 14-4 
 2. Unics 14-4 
 3. Krasnie Krilya 12-6 
 4. Spartak SP 12-6 
 5. BC Astana 10-8 
 6. BC Donetsk 9-9 
 7. Lietuvos rytas 9-9 
 8. PGE Turow 4-14 
 9. Azovmash 3-15 
 10. Kalev/Cramo 3-15 
Group B
 1. Zalgiris 16-2 
 2. CSKA 15-3 
 3. Lokomotiv 12-6 
 4. VEF Riga 11-7 
 5. N.Novgorod 10-8 
 6. Triumph 9-9 
 7. Enisey 6-12 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 5-13 
 9. Neptunas 3-15 
 10. Tsmoki-Minsk 3-15 

Finals: Round 4

Jun. 7: Lokomotiv - CSKA 54-59


Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Awards 2013 - by Simas

Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 1st Team 2013
Nick Calathes
Calathes
Vitaliy Fridzon
Fridzon
Sonny Weems
Weems
Viktor Khryapa
Khryapa
Paul Davis
Davis

Final Four MVP: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
Player of the Year: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
Guard of the Year: Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Lokomotiv
Forward of the Year: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
Center of the Year: Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Khimky
Defensive Player of the Year: Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of Khimky
European Player of the Year: Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) of Zalgiris
Import Player of the Year: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
Coach of the Year: Evgeny Pashutin of Lokomotiv

1st Team
PG: Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Lokomotiv
G: Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of Khimky
F: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
F: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
C: Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Khimky

2nd Team
PG: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA
G: Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga
F: Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) of Zalgiris
F: Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv
F/C: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA

Honorable Mention
Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) of Lokomotiv
Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Khimky
Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya
Chuck Eidson (203-F-80) of Unics
Aaron Miles (186-PG-83) of Krasnie Krilya
Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77) of Zalgiris
David Simon (208-C-82) of BC Astana

All-Europeans Team
G: Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Lokomotiv
F/G: Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) of Zalgiris
F: Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA
F: Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) of Lokomotiv
C: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA

All-Imports Team
PG: Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga
G: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of CSKA
G: Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya
F: Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv
F/C: Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Khimky



CSKA defend VTB League title - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - CSKA 54:59

CSKA defend VTB League title as they won the fourth game against Lokomotiv. CSKA posted a 59:54 defensive win and sealed the trophy of the League again.
It was another thriller in the court. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 32-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sokolov and Savrasenko were sent off the court because of the fight in the third period. CSKA Moscow dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiv to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) fired 24 points for the winners. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 16, Nick Calathes 11+6reb+7ast, Mantas Kalnietis 7
CSKA: Sonny Weems 24, Andrey Vorontsevich 9+9rebs, Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) 9




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Women News


Reze Tournament: Russia open winning account - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Argentine U19 63:56

Russia U19 open winning account at the Reze Tournament. The European side overcame Argentine U19 63:56 and improved to 1-1 record.
Russia opened the game with a 10-6 lead and then had 18:12 advantage. The European side added 11-10 rally in the second quarter and enjoyed a 29:22 halftime deficit. Argentine was too far to give up and reduced to 48:43 at the end of thirty minutes in the court. Russia however needed a 9-3 run early in the fourth period to seal the victory.
Polina Sych (183-SF-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) notched 11. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) poured in 7 and Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) scored 6. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Magali Armesto (165-PG-95) had 11. Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) scored 10 and Sofia Aispurua (185-C-95) netted 7.

Russia U19: Polina Sych 18, Polina Fedorova 11, Zhanna Byazrova 7, Yuliya Gladkova 6
Argentine U19: Victoria Llorente 18, Magali Armesto 11, Micaela Sancisi 10, Sofia Aispurua 7



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  AUSTRALIA   


Reze Tournament: Australia breeze past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Poland U19-Australia U19 37:59

Australia U19 breeze past Poland U19 in Day 2 of the Reze Tournament. The Australian team posted an easy 59:37 win for the second straight win.
Australia erupted with a 15-2 lead in the first period and never looked behind in the game. They led 29:7 in the middle of the second frame and reached 33:11 halftime advantage. Poland started to play better in the second half and managed to be a decent competitor in the court. The European side won the third period 14-13, while Australia replied with a 13-12 rally in the last stanza.
Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) paced all the winners with 15 points and Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) added 9. Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) nailed 8 points each in a win. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort and Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) had 7. Nikola Kacperska (167-PG-93) and Kaworska followed them with 4 points each.

Poland U19: Karolina Puss 9, Julia Adamowicz 7, Nikola Kacperska 4, Kaworska 4
Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 15, Darcy Garbin 9, Vanessa Panousis 8, Stephanie Talbot 8



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  BELARUS   


Belarus triumphs at Khalipski Cup - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Ukraine 74:64

Belarus triumphs at Khalipski Cup with 4 participating teams. The home side overcame Ukraine 74:64 in Day 3 of the action and finished with a perfect 3-0 record. Ukrainian team suffered their first loss and ended up on the second position.
Both teams entered the game with two victories and showed a real game that was deserved in the Final. They both scored 17 points each in the first period, while Ukraine looked better before the halftime. The guests won the second frame 24-19 and took 5-point lead after 20 minutes of the game. Belarus however dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third quarter 16-10 and finished the game with a 22-13 surge.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) collected 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the pace. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) notched 14, Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91, agency: IPSA) scored 13 and Marina Kress (193-C-80) as well as Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 9 each. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) replied with 21 points in the losing effort, while Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) netted 11. Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) added 10 and Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) brought 6.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 15+15 rebs, Anastasiya Veremeenko 14, Alexandra Tarasova 13, Marina Kress 9, Katerina Snytsina 9, Anufryenka 7
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21, Olexandra Kurasova 11, Olena Ogorodnikova 10, Katerina Dorogobuzova 6



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  BELGIUM   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Skobel leads Poland past Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Belgium 79:60

Poland celebrated an important victory over Belgium at the start of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held Belgium in Helsinki at the start of Group C action. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) stepped up with 24 points to lead Poland.
Poland set the tone in the first half. They limited Belgium to 10 points in the opening ten minutes to post a 5-point lead. Poland stretched the lead in the second quarter. They cleared off to a 39:23 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They were able to cut 11 points 43:54 at the final intermission. But Poland went on a 13:2 run to tip off the fourth period and never looked back en route to the victory. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) netted 9 points, while Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) and Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) netted 8 points each for the winners. Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Belgium. Jana Raman (187-PF-91) dropped 12 points in the loss.

Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 24, Joanna Walich 9, Dominika Owczarzak 8, Weronika Idczak 8
Belgium: Sofie Hendrickx 17+12 boards, Jana Raman 12



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  BRAZIL   


Reze Tournament: Brazil tastes the initial success - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-Brazil U19 42:62

Brazil U19 tastes the initial success at the Reze Tournament. The Latin American team overcame Senegal U19 62:42.
Brazil erupted with an 11-2 run in the opening tip and led 20:9 at the end of the first period. The team grabbed 31:16 midway through the second frame and enjoyed a 35:21 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to Brazil that posted two narrow victories. Brazil won the third quarter 14-12 and finished the game with a 13-9 rally.
Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Estella GREGORIO netted 11. Caria LUCCHINI brought 9, while Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) nailed 7. Elma Kinta MALOU ended up with 10 points for the African team, whilst Ndeye Siry DIAGNE notched 9. Ndeye Rose FALL and Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye (94) delivered 5 points each in a loss.

Senegal U19: Elma Kinta MALOU 10, Ndeye Siry DIAGNE 9, Ndeye Rose FALL 5, Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye 5
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 16, Estella GREGORIO 11, Caria LUCCHINI 9, Izabella Sangalli 7



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  BULGARIA   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Bulgaria edge Slovenia in Samokov - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria-Slovenia 57:52

Bulgaria edge Slovenia in Samokov at the start their EuroBasket Women 2015 First Qualification Round campaign. The home side posted a 57:52 in the first game. On Saturday Bulgaria have a rest whilst Slovenia look to get off the mark when they take on Switzerland.
Bulgaria took 18-16 lead at the end of the first period in a game where the lead changed 9 times. After 10-10 in the second frame the hosts led 28:26 and then added 17-16 in the third quarter. Moreover Bulgaria finished the game with 12-10 rally and sealed the victory.
Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) as well as Radostina Dimitrova scored 12 each. Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) followed them with 7 points. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) answered with 13 points in the losing effort, while Sandra Pirsic (197-C-84) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) delivered 9, whilst Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) and Eva Rupnik (177-F-92) had 8 apiece.

Bulgaria: Milena Tomova 18, Daniela Peteva 12, Radostina Dimitrova 12, Dimana Makarieva 7
Slovenia: Teja Oblak 13, Sandra Pirsic 12+11 rebs, Rebeka Abramovic 9, Tina Trebec 8, Eva Rupnik 8



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  CANADA   


France roll over Canada in Tournoi EuroEssonne - by Eurobasket News

France -Canada 55:35

France roll over Canada in Tournoi EuroEssonne opener. The French side needed an 11-0 push in the start of the second half to seal 55:35 victory.
France and Canada scored 12 points in the first period and then Canada managed to post narrow 7-5 rally in the second frame for 2-point lead at the halftime. Only due to 11-0 run in the start of the third period the European side got the confidence and dominated the rest of the game. France finished the game with 19-10 and won their opener of the tournament.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) led the way with 15 points and Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) as well as Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) netted 6 each. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86), Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88), Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) and Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) delivered 5 each. Justine Colley (175-G-91) scored 12 points in the losing effort and Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) brought 8. Krysten Boogaard (195-C-88, college: Kansas) poured in 6, while Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) posted 4.

France: Sandrine Gruda 15, Gaelle Skrela 6, Emmeline Ndongue 6, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 5, Nwal-Endene Miyem 5, Edwige Lawson-Wade 5, Marielle Amant 5
Canada: Justine Colley 12, Kia Nurse 8, Krysten Boogaard 6, Miranda Ayim 4



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  CHINA   


Reze Tournament: France achieve the second straight win at home - by Eurobasket News

China U19-France U19 48:62

France U19 achieve the second straight win at home tournament. The French side overcame China U19 62:48 in Day 2 of the Reze Tournament.
Both teams started well and stayed close to each other. France managed to take 9:7 lead and then pushed the tempo for 20:9 in the end of the quarter. The European side increased to 27:15 midway through the second frame and had 34:21 lead at the halftime. France reached 51:32 advantage after three quarters when they won the third period 17-11 and then did not mind a narrow loss in the last stanza. China finished the game with a 16-11 rally and reduced to final 14 points.
Aby Gaye (193-C-95) stepped up with 15 points and Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) nailed 11. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) brought 10, whilst Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) added 9. Gong Li (187-F-95) poured in 10 points in the losing effort, while Yang LiWei (175-G-95) and Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) had 8 each. Hu Yaoming (191-F/C-95) delivered 7 points in a loss.

China U19: Gong Li 10, Yang LiWei 8, Yang Hengyu 8, Hu Yaoming 7
France U19: Aby Gaye 15, Lidija Turcinovic 11, Olivia Epoupa 10, Marieme Badiane 9



Latvia post second win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - China 69:67

Latvia wrapped up their Karlovy Vary international tournament campaign with victory. They held off pesky China in a tough battle tonight. Latvia thus improved at 2-1 record in the ladder. Ieva Krastina (174-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 16 points to lead the winners.
China surprised Latvia in the opening frame. The Asian powerhouse jumped to a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Latvia adjusted their game in the second quarter. They held China to 11 points to period and got within 2 points at halftime 29:31. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. China maintained the lead and entered the fourth period up by two points 49:47. But Latvia managed to prevail at the end. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) drained a three-pointer late in regulation to give the Baltic state a 68:65 lead. Zhao Shuang (188-F-90) put China within one 67:68 but Liene Jansone sank a free throw and sealed the victory for Latvia. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Liene Jansone added 12 points each for Latvia. Chen Nan (197-C-83) responded with 20 points for China. Zhao Shuang chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Latvia: Ieva Krastina 16, Kristine Karklina 12, Liene Jansone 12
China: Chen Nan 20, Zhao Shuang 15



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Russia defeat Czech Republic to win tournament in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Russia 59:64

Russian National Team claimed the title at the international friendly tournament in Karlovy Vary. They defeated hosting Czech Republic for the third straight win at the tournament. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 after the loss.
The teams traded baskets throughout close first frame. The teams were tied at 15 after ten minutes. Czech Republic pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts held Russia to just 13 points in the period to post a 33:28 halftime lead. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout intense third term. The hosts entered the fourth period up by five points 47:42. But Russia turned things around in the fourth period. They went on a 22:12 rally in the final ten minutes and snatched a tough victory. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) netted 11 points, while Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) finished with 10 points for the winning team. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) and Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Czech Republic: Tereza Peckova 11, Veronika Bortelova 10, Jana Vesela 10
Russia: Irina Osipova 14, Marina Kuzina 11, Eugeniya Belyakova 10



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  DR CONGO   


Pauline Akonga Nsimbo joins Union Saint-Amand du Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Hainaut Basket bolstered their frontcourt. They added Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) to the roster. The DR Congolese forward spent the last season with Arras Pays dArtois Basket. She notched 11.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in LFB. In EuroLeague her stats read 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Pauline Akonga Nsimbo had spells in France, Belgium, Portugal, Mozambique and Angola. She was named All-Portuguese League Player of the Year in 2008. Next year Pauline Akonga Nsimbo made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo was also trumped All-French LFB Forward of the Year in 2011. She was the member of DR Congo National Team in 2000-2005.


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  ESTONIA   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Estonia too good for Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Estonia - Luxembourg 79:53

Estonia claimed the opening win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Luxembourg in Group A opener for both teams. Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) scored 16 points and distributed 6 assists to lead the Baltic state.
Estonia stunned Luxembourg in the opening ten minutes in Bertrange. The visitos went on a 24:7 run to get a breathing space. Estonia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 41:22 halftime advantage. Estonia kept the hosts at bay throughout the third term. They enterd the fourth frame up by 21 points and marched to a comfortable win at the end. Pirgit Puu (168-G-88) and Viive Kai Rebane (182-F-89, college: Binghamton) delivered 14 points each for the winning side. Magaly Meynadier (17-SG-91) responded with 13 points for Luxembourg. Lisy Hetting (172-G-90) had 10 points in the loss.

Estonia: Mirjam Nikolai 16, Pirgit Puu 14, Viive Kai Rebane 14
Luxembourg: Magaly Meynadier 13, Lisy Hetting 10



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  FRANCE   


Pauline Akonga Nsimbo joins Union Saint-Amand du Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Hainaut Basket bolstered their frontcourt. They added Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) to the roster. The DR Congolese forward spent the last season with Arras Pays dArtois Basket. She notched 11.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in LFB. In EuroLeague her stats read 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Pauline Akonga Nsimbo had spells in France, Belgium, Portugal, Mozambique and Angola. She was named All-Portuguese League Player of the Year in 2008. Next year Pauline Akonga Nsimbo made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo was also trumped All-French LFB Forward of the Year in 2011. She was the member of DR Congo National Team in 2000-2005.


Ardennes confirm signing of Jacinta Monroe - by Eurobasket News

Ardennes have confirmed the signing of Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88, college: Florida St.). The forward spent the previous season in Spain. She played for Uni Girona. Jacinta Monroe tallied 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in LFB. She was named All-Spanish LFB Forward of the Year. Previously Jacinta Monroe had stints in Spain, Turkey, Latvia, China and WNBA. Monroe was trumped All-Turkish TKB2L Forward of the Year in 2012. She participated at the WCBA All-Star Game in 2011.


Nice land Alice Nayo - by Eurobasket News

Nice recruited Alice Nayo (186-C-93). The centre spent the last two seasons with Villeneuve D'Ascq. Last season Alice Nayo posted 3.4 points and 1.3 boards per game in LFB. Alice Nayo was the member of U16, U17, U18 and U20 French National Teams. She posted 6.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at the U20 European Championship in Hungary last year.


France roll over Canada in Tournoi EuroEssonne - by Eurobasket News

France -Canada 55:35

France roll over Canada in Tournoi EuroEssonne opener. The French side needed an 11-0 push in the start of the second half to seal 55:35 victory.
France and Canada scored 12 points in the first period and then Canada managed to post narrow 7-5 rally in the second frame for 2-point lead at the halftime. Only due to 11-0 run in the start of the third period the European side got the confidence and dominated the rest of the game. France finished the game with 19-10 and won their opener of the tournament.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) led the way with 15 points and Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) as well as Emmeline Ndongue (192-C-83) netted 6 each. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86), Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88), Edwige Lawson-Wade (168-PG-79) and Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) delivered 5 each. Justine Colley (175-G-91) scored 12 points in the losing effort and Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) brought 8. Krysten Boogaard (195-C-88, college: Kansas) poured in 6, while Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) posted 4.

France: Sandrine Gruda 15, Gaelle Skrela 6, Emmeline Ndongue 6, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 5, Nwal-Endene Miyem 5, Edwige Lawson-Wade 5, Marielle Amant 5
Canada: Justine Colley 12, Kia Nurse 8, Krysten Boogaard 6, Miranda Ayim 4



Reze Tournament: France achieve the second straight win at home - by Eurobasket News

China U19-France U19 48:62

France U19 achieve the second straight win at home tournament. The French side overcame China U19 62:48 in Day 2 of the Reze Tournament.
Both teams started well and stayed close to each other. France managed to take 9:7 lead and then pushed the tempo for 20:9 in the end of the quarter. The European side increased to 27:15 midway through the second frame and had 34:21 lead at the halftime. France reached 51:32 advantage after three quarters when they won the third period 17-11 and then did not mind a narrow loss in the last stanza. China finished the game with a 16-11 rally and reduced to final 14 points.
Aby Gaye (193-C-95) stepped up with 15 points and Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) nailed 11. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) brought 10, whilst Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) added 9. Gong Li (187-F-95) poured in 10 points in the losing effort, while Yang LiWei (175-G-95) and Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) had 8 each. Hu Yaoming (191-F/C-95) delivered 7 points in a loss.

China U19: Gong Li 10, Yang LiWei 8, Yang Hengyu 8, Hu Yaoming 7
France U19: Aby Gaye 15, Lidija Turcinovic 11, Olivia Epoupa 10, Marieme Badiane 9



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: FYR Macedonia beat Portugal - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia - Portugal 60:56

FYR Macedonia victoriously opened their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Portugal in Group D in Ramla. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) nailed 19 points to pace the Balkan team.
The teams stayed close throughout the first quarter. FYR Macedonia eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia boosted the lead in the second term. They held Portugal to 9 points and grabbed a 31:25 halftime lead. The margin kept on growing throughout the third term. FYR Macedonia secured an 11-point lead heading into the fourth term. But Portugal refused to give up easily. Correia and Oliveira came up with back-to-back three-pointers late in regulation to cut the deficit at 4-point mark 53:57. Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Slavica Dimovska nailed three freebies and calmed things down as FYR Macedonia got away with victory. Jelica Gavrilovska (85) posted 14 points and 13 boards, while Elena Radenkovic added 12 points and 9 boards for FYR Macedonia. Portugal answered with 14 points from Carla Freitas (170-G-80). Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) netted 10 points in the loss.

FYR Macedonia: Slavica Dimovska 19, Jelica Gavrilovska 14+13 boards, Elena Radenkovic 12
Portugal: Carla Freitas 14, Carla Nascimento 10



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  GERMANY   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Israel hold off Germany - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Germany 68:57

Israel victoriously opened their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign. They knocked down Germany in Ramla to improve at 1-0 record in Group D. Every game counts at this stage of the tournament as only the winner of the preliminary round will advance into semifinal stage. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) came up with 19 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the winners.
Germany snatched a narrow 17:15 lead after the opening frame 17:15. But Israel gained the lead in the second period. The hosts went on a 15:11 rally to eke out a 30:28 halftime advantage. Israel cleared off in the third term. They dominated in the period and posted a 52:46 lead into the fourth frame. Israel quickly boosted the lead to 10 points in the final term. They kept Germany at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and earned an important victory. Jennifer Fleisher (195-C-84, college: Pennsylvania) and Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) knocked down 12 points each for the winners. Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds for Germany. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) added 9 points in the loss.

Israel: Shay Doron 19, Jennifer Fleisher 12+10 boards, Katia Levitsky 12
Germany: Katharina Fikiel 9+12 boards, Anne Breitreiner 9



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  GREECE   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece eke out win against Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Netherlands 61:59

Greek National Team clinched a narrow victory over Netherlands in the opening game of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed game-high 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Hellenes to the first win in Group A.
The Dutch team dominated at the start of the game. Netherlands jumped at an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. Greece stiffened defensively in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by one 25:24. Greece boosted the lead in the third stanza. The Hellenes fired 20 points and claimed a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Netherlands got within striking distance in the fourth period. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) put the Dutch team within one 59:60 with 9 seconds to go. Zoi Dimitrakou split free throws and Kooij had a chance to win the game for the Orange. But her three-pointer missed the mark and Greece got away with victory. Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85) produced 9 points, while Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) had 8 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Maaike Klein and Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-F-89, college: St.Joseph's) dropped 19 points each for Netherlands.

Greece: Zoi Dimitrakou 22, Lolita Lymoura 9, Artemis Spanou 8
Netherlands: Maaike Klein 19, Chatilla Van Grinsven 19



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  HOLLAND   


Eurobasket: Holland forgets to win - by Bas Hendriks

The Dutch national team today proved themselves to sceptics in Holland, but forgot to take victory against Greece that profited of a hot red shooting Zoi Dimitrakou and won 61-59.

The Greeks , widely considered as favourites in the group taking place in Luxemburg, had a bad start. Holland opened with a 6-0 lead, extending it to 14-5 before the opponents had a way to come into the game. The dutch kept their cool and led after ten minutes 18-11.
In the second stanza the roles reversed. Greece took over on a 11-0 run and in the final part of the quart Holland managed to counter that effort: 25-24 advantage for Dimitrakou and her team.

After the break the Greek team extender their lead to as much as 45-33 in the final quarter before Holland pushed on the gas for a furious finish. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) and Chatilla van Grinsven connected on threepoint plays and with only 12 seconds to go it was a Klein jumper that closed the gap to 60-59. That was as close as it got for the Dutch team alltho they had a chance to win it all on a three by Leonie Kooij. That went wrong and the Greek held on to seal the win.

Scores:
Greece: Kalentzou 7 pnt, Stamati 0, Dimitrakou 22 pnt 7 rebounds, Chatzinikalaou 4 pnt, Spyridopoulou 4 pnt, Papamichail 4 pnt, Lymoura 9 pnt, Sotiriou 0, Kosma 3, Skiadopoulou DNP, SPanou 8 pnt 8 rebounds
Netherlands: Kasius 0, Donders 0, Kooij 2, Broring 6, de KLeijn 0, Kuijt 0, van Grinsven 19 pnt 9 rebounds; Ligthart 0, De Roos 9 pnt 6 rebs, van den Adel 4 pnt 5 rebs, Klein 19 pnt, van der Keijl DNP.




2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Greece eke out win against Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Netherlands 61:59

Greek National Team clinched a narrow victory over Netherlands in the opening game of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed game-high 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Hellenes to the first win in Group A.
The Dutch team dominated at the start of the game. Netherlands jumped at an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. Greece stiffened defensively in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by one 25:24. Greece boosted the lead in the third stanza. The Hellenes fired 20 points and claimed a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Netherlands got within striking distance in the fourth period. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) put the Dutch team within one 59:60 with 9 seconds to go. Zoi Dimitrakou split free throws and Kooij had a chance to win the game for the Orange. But her three-pointer missed the mark and Greece got away with victory. Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85) produced 9 points, while Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) had 8 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Maaike Klein and Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-F-89, college: St.Joseph's) dropped 19 points each for Netherlands.

Greece: Zoi Dimitrakou 22, Lolita Lymoura 9, Artemis Spanou 8
Netherlands: Maaike Klein 19, Chatilla Van Grinsven 19



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  ISRAEL   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Israel hold off Germany - by Eurobasket News

Israel - Germany 68:57

Israel victoriously opened their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign. They knocked down Germany in Ramla to improve at 1-0 record in Group D. Every game counts at this stage of the tournament as only the winner of the preliminary round will advance into semifinal stage. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) came up with 19 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the winners.
Germany snatched a narrow 17:15 lead after the opening frame 17:15. But Israel gained the lead in the second period. The hosts went on a 15:11 rally to eke out a 30:28 halftime advantage. Israel cleared off in the third term. They dominated in the period and posted a 52:46 lead into the fourth frame. Israel quickly boosted the lead to 10 points in the final term. They kept Germany at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and earned an important victory. Jennifer Fleisher (195-C-84, college: Pennsylvania) and Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) knocked down 12 points each for the winners. Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds for Germany. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) added 9 points in the loss.

Israel: Shay Doron 19, Jennifer Fleisher 12+10 boards, Katia Levitsky 12
Germany: Katharina Fikiel 9+12 boards, Anne Breitreiner 9



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  ITALY   


Serbia finished third at Khalipski Cup - by Eurobasket News

Serbia -Italy 73:62

Serbia finished third at Khalipski Cup that was held in Belarus. The Serbian team needed a 73:62 win over Italy for 1-2 record. The Italian side ended up winless with 0-3 record.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to finish the campaign with the victory. Serbia opened the game with 25-13 and never looked behind. They added a 15-9 burst in the second frame and led 40:22 at the halftime. Italy meanwhile looked better in the second half and managed to post two victories. They won the third period 16-15 and finished the game with a 24-18 rally.
Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Tamara Jovana Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11, while Jovanovic netted 7. Martina Fassina (182-G/F-88, agency: Two Points) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) notched 10. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) scored 8 and Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) added 5.

Serbia: Jovana Rad 13, Tamara Jovana Radocaj 11, Jovanovic 7
Italy:Martina Fassina 18, Giorgia Sottana 10, Alessandra Formica 8, Gaia Gorini 5



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  LATVIA   


Latvia post second win in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - China 69:67

Latvia wrapped up their Karlovy Vary international tournament campaign with victory. They held off pesky China in a tough battle tonight. Latvia thus improved at 2-1 record in the ladder. Ieva Krastina (174-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 16 points to lead the winners.
China surprised Latvia in the opening frame. The Asian powerhouse jumped to a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Latvia adjusted their game in the second quarter. They held China to 11 points to period and got within 2 points at halftime 29:31. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. China maintained the lead and entered the fourth period up by two points 49:47. But Latvia managed to prevail at the end. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) drained a three-pointer late in regulation to give the Baltic state a 68:65 lead. Zhao Shuang (188-F-90) put China within one 67:68 but Liene Jansone sank a free throw and sealed the victory for Latvia. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Liene Jansone added 12 points each for Latvia. Chen Nan (197-C-83) responded with 20 points for China. Zhao Shuang chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Latvia: Ieva Krastina 16, Kristine Karklina 12, Liene Jansone 12
China: Chen Nan 20, Zhao Shuang 15



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Contern tab Lena and Marie Hetto - by Eurobasket News

Contern bolstered their roster with Hetto sisters. Lena and Marie Hetto (173-F-90) will bolster Contern roster in the next season. They both played for Etzella Ettelbruck last season.
Lena Hetto (183-F/C-93) posted 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game in Diekirch League. Lena Hetto was the member U16 and U18 Luxembourg National Teams. The centre participated at the Diekirch League All-Star Game in 2011.
Marie Hetto tallied 2.0 points per game for Etzella last season. The forward was also the member of U16 and U18 Luxembourg National Teams.



2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Estonia too good for Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Estonia - Luxembourg 79:53

Estonia claimed the opening win at the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They defeated Luxembourg in Group A opener for both teams. Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) scored 16 points and distributed 6 assists to lead the Baltic state.
Estonia stunned Luxembourg in the opening ten minutes in Bertrange. The visitos went on a 24:7 run to get a breathing space. Estonia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 41:22 halftime advantage. Estonia kept the hosts at bay throughout the third term. They enterd the fourth frame up by 21 points and marched to a comfortable win at the end. Pirgit Puu (168-G-88) and Viive Kai Rebane (182-F-89, college: Binghamton) delivered 14 points each for the winning side. Magaly Meynadier (17-SG-91) responded with 13 points for Luxembourg. Lisy Hetting (172-G-90) had 10 points in the loss.

Estonia: Mirjam Nikolai 16, Pirgit Puu 14, Viive Kai Rebane 14
Luxembourg: Magaly Meynadier 13, Lisy Hetting 10



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  POLAND   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Skobel leads Poland past Belgium - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Belgium 79:60

Poland celebrated an important victory over Belgium at the start of the 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held Belgium in Helsinki at the start of Group C action. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) stepped up with 24 points to lead Poland.
Poland set the tone in the first half. They limited Belgium to 10 points in the opening ten minutes to post a 5-point lead. Poland stretched the lead in the second quarter. They cleared off to a 39:23 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They were able to cut 11 points 43:54 at the final intermission. But Poland went on a 13:2 run to tip off the fourth period and never looked back en route to the victory. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) netted 9 points, while Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) and Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) netted 8 points each for the winners. Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Belgium. Jana Raman (187-PF-91) dropped 12 points in the loss.

Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 24, Joanna Walich 9, Dominika Owczarzak 8, Weronika Idczak 8
Belgium: Sofie Hendrickx 17+12 boards, Jana Raman 12



Reze Tournament: Australia breeze past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Poland U19-Australia U19 37:59

Australia U19 breeze past Poland U19 in Day 2 of the Reze Tournament. The Australian team posted an easy 59:37 win for the second straight win.
Australia erupted with a 15-2 lead in the first period and never looked behind in the game. They led 29:7 in the middle of the second frame and reached 33:11 halftime advantage. Poland started to play better in the second half and managed to be a decent competitor in the court. The European side won the third period 14-13, while Australia replied with a 13-12 rally in the last stanza.
Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) paced all the winners with 15 points and Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) added 9. Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) nailed 8 points each in a win. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort and Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) had 7. Nikola Kacperska (167-PG-93) and Kaworska followed them with 4 points each.

Poland U19: Karolina Puss 9, Julia Adamowicz 7, Nikola Kacperska 4, Kaworska 4
Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 15, Darcy Garbin 9, Vanessa Panousis 8, Stephanie Talbot 8



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  PORTUGAL   


2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: FYR Macedonia beat Portugal - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia - Portugal 60:56

FYR Macedonia victoriously opened their 2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Portugal in Group D in Ramla. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) nailed 19 points to pace the Balkan team.
The teams stayed close throughout the first quarter. FYR Macedonia eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia boosted the lead in the second term. They held Portugal to 9 points and grabbed a 31:25 halftime lead. The margin kept on growing throughout the third term. FYR Macedonia secured an 11-point lead heading into the fourth term. But Portugal refused to give up easily. Correia and Oliveira came up with back-to-back three-pointers late in regulation to cut the deficit at 4-point mark 53:57. Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Slavica Dimovska nailed three freebies and calmed things down as FYR Macedonia got away with victory. Jelica Gavrilovska (85) posted 14 points and 13 boards, while Elena Radenkovic added 12 points and 9 boards for FYR Macedonia. Portugal answered with 14 points from Carla Freitas (170-G-80). Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) netted 10 points in the loss.

FYR Macedonia: Slavica Dimovska 19, Jelica Gavrilovska 14+13 boards, Elena Radenkovic 12
Portugal: Carla Freitas 14, Carla Nascimento 10



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  RUSSIA   


Russia defeat Czech Republic to win tournament in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Russia 59:64

Russian National Team claimed the title at the international friendly tournament in Karlovy Vary. They defeated hosting Czech Republic for the third straight win at the tournament. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 after the loss.
The teams traded baskets throughout close first frame. The teams were tied at 15 after ten minutes. Czech Republic pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts held Russia to just 13 points in the period to post a 33:28 halftime lead. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout intense third term. The hosts entered the fourth period up by five points 47:42. But Russia turned things around in the fourth period. They went on a 22:12 rally in the final ten minutes and snatched a tough victory. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85, agency: IPSA) netted 11 points, while Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) finished with 10 points for the winning team. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Veronika Bortelova (172-G-78) and Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Czech Republic: Tereza Peckova 11, Veronika Bortelova 10, Jana Vesela 10
Russia: Irina Osipova 14, Marina Kuzina 11, Eugeniya Belyakova 10



Reze Tournament: Russia open winning account - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Argentine U19 63:56

Russia U19 open winning account at the Reze Tournament. The European side overcame Argentine U19 63:56 and improved to 1-1 record.
Russia opened the game with a 10-6 lead and then had 18:12 advantage. The European side added 11-10 rally in the second quarter and enjoyed a 29:22 halftime deficit. Argentine was too far to give up and reduced to 48:43 at the end of thirty minutes in the court. Russia however needed a 9-3 run early in the fourth period to seal the victory.
Polina Sych (183-SF-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) notched 11. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) poured in 7 and Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) scored 6. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Magali Armesto (165-PG-95) had 11. Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) scored 10 and Sofia Aispurua (185-C-95) netted 7.

Russia U19: Polina Sych 18, Polina Fedorova 11, Zhanna Byazrova 7, Yuliya Gladkova 6
Argentine U19: Victoria Llorente 18, Magali Armesto 11, Micaela Sancisi 10, Sofia Aispurua 7



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Reze Tournament: Brazil tastes the initial success - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-Brazil U19 42:62

Brazil U19 tastes the initial success at the Reze Tournament. The Latin American team overcame Senegal U19 62:42.
Brazil erupted with an 11-2 run in the opening tip and led 20:9 at the end of the first period. The team grabbed 31:16 midway through the second frame and enjoyed a 35:21 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to Brazil that posted two narrow victories. Brazil won the third quarter 14-12 and finished the game with a 13-9 rally.
Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Estella GREGORIO netted 11. Caria LUCCHINI brought 9, while Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) nailed 7. Elma Kinta MALOU ended up with 10 points for the African team, whilst Ndeye Siry DIAGNE notched 9. Ndeye Rose FALL and Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye (94) delivered 5 points each in a loss.

Senegal U19: Elma Kinta MALOU 10, Ndeye Siry DIAGNE 9, Ndeye Rose FALL 5, Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye 5
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 16, Estella GREGORIO 11, Caria LUCCHINI 9, Izabella Sangalli 7



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Serbia finished third at Khalipski Cup - by Eurobasket News

Serbia -Italy 73:62

Serbia finished third at Khalipski Cup that was held in Belarus. The Serbian team needed a 73:62 win over Italy for 1-2 record. The Italian side ended up winless with 0-3 record.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to finish the campaign with the victory. Serbia opened the game with 25-13 and never looked behind. They added a 15-9 burst in the second frame and led 40:22 at the halftime. Italy meanwhile looked better in the second half and managed to post two victories. They won the third period 16-15 and finished the game with a 24-18 rally.
Jovana Rad (187-PF-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Tamara Jovana Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 11, while Jovanovic netted 7. Martina Fassina (182-G/F-88, agency: Two Points) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Players Group) notched 10. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) scored 8 and Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) added 5.

Serbia: Jovana Rad 13, Tamara Jovana Radocaj 11, Jovanovic 7
Italy:Martina Fassina 18, Giorgia Sottana 10, Alessandra Formica 8, Gaia Gorini 5



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2015 EuroBasket Qualifying Round: Bulgaria edge Slovenia in Samokov - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria-Slovenia 57:52

Bulgaria edge Slovenia in Samokov at the start their EuroBasket Women 2015 First Qualification Round campaign. The home side posted a 57:52 in the first game. On Saturday Bulgaria have a rest whilst Slovenia look to get off the mark when they take on Switzerland.
Bulgaria took 18-16 lead at the end of the first period in a game where the lead changed 9 times. After 10-10 in the second frame the hosts led 28:26 and then added 17-16 in the third quarter. Moreover Bulgaria finished the game with 12-10 rally and sealed the victory.
Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82, college: FIU) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) as well as Radostina Dimitrova scored 12 each. Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) followed them with 7 points. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) answered with 13 points in the losing effort, while Sandra Pirsic (197-C-84) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Rebeka Abramovic (172-PG-93) delivered 9, whilst Tina Trebec (189-C-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) and Eva Rupnik (177-F-92) had 8 apiece.

Bulgaria: Milena Tomova 18, Daniela Peteva 12, Radostina Dimitrova 12, Dimana Makarieva 7
Slovenia: Teja Oblak 13, Sandra Pirsic 12+11 rebs, Rebeka Abramovic 9, Tina Trebec 8, Eva Rupnik 8



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Spain destroy Turkey at the start of the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain -Turkey 53:39

Spain destroy Turkey at the start of the International Tournament. One of the EuroBasket 2013 favorites smashed the Turkish side 53:39 in Tournoi EuroEssonne.
It was a slow start in the game as both teams posted 13 points each in the first period. Spain needed a 17-7 surge in the second period to take double-digit lead at the halftime. Moreover Spain added 10-8 rally in the third period and finished the game with 13-11 in the last stanza.
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 14 points and Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) added 9.Elisa Aguilar (172-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) notched 6, while Laia Palau (176-G-79) and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 5 each. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) finished the game with 11 points in a loss and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) brought 7. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) poured in 6, while Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88) scored 5.
In another game France overcame Canada 55:35.

Spain: Alba Torrens 14, Cristina Ouvina 9, Elisa Aguilar 6, Laia Palau 5, Marta Xargay Casademont 5
Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 11, Quanitra Hollingsworth 7, Saziye Ivegin 6, Begum Dalgalar 5



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Spain destroy Turkey at the start of the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain -Turkey 53:39

Spain destroy Turkey at the start of the International Tournament. One of the EuroBasket 2013 favorites smashed the Turkish side 53:39 in Tournoi EuroEssonne.
It was a slow start in the game as both teams posted 13 points each in the first period. Spain needed a 17-7 surge in the second period to take double-digit lead at the halftime. Moreover Spain added 10-8 rally in the third period and finished the game with 13-11 in the last stanza.
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 14 points and Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) added 9.Elisa Aguilar (172-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) notched 6, while Laia Palau (176-G-79) and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 5 each. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) finished the game with 11 points in a loss and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) brought 7. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) poured in 6, while Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88) scored 5.
In another game France overcame Canada 55:35.

Spain: Alba Torrens 14, Cristina Ouvina 9, Elisa Aguilar 6, Laia Palau 5, Marta Xargay Casademont 5
Turkey: Tugba Palazoglu 11, Quanitra Hollingsworth 7, Saziye Ivegin 6, Begum Dalgalar 5



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Belarus triumphs at Khalipski Cup - by Eurobasket News

Belarus - Ukraine 74:64

Belarus triumphs at Khalipski Cup with 4 participating teams. The home side overcame Ukraine 74:64 in Day 3 of the action and finished with a perfect 3-0 record. Ukrainian team suffered their first loss and ended up on the second position.
Both teams entered the game with two victories and showed a real game that was deserved in the Final. They both scored 17 points each in the first period, while Ukraine looked better before the halftime. The guests won the second frame 24-19 and took 5-point lead after 20 minutes of the game. Belarus however dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third quarter 16-10 and finished the game with a 22-13 surge.
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) collected 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the pace. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) notched 14, Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91, agency: IPSA) scored 13 and Marina Kress (193-C-80) as well as Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 9 each. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) replied with 21 points in the losing effort, while Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) netted 11. Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) added 10 and Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) brought 6.

Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 15+15 rebs, Anastasiya Veremeenko 14, Alexandra Tarasova 13, Marina Kress 9, Katerina Snytsina 9, Anufryenka 7
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21, Olexandra Kurasova 11, Olena Ogorodnikova 10, Katerina Dorogobuzova 6



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Jun. 7: S.Antonio SS - Chicago S. 81-69
Jun. 7: Atlanta D. - New York L. 75-56
Jun. 7: Connecticut S. - Washington M. 62-66
Jun. 7: Seattle S. - Tulsa S. 58-67

Regular Season: Round 7

Jun. 8: Indiana F. - Phoenix M.
Jun. 8: Washington M. - Minnesota L.
Jun. 8: L.Angeles S. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 9: New York L. - Atlanta D.
Jun. 9: Chicago S. - S.Antonio SS


Dream, Silver Stars, Shock and Mystics record wins on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut S. - Washington M. 62-66
UNCASVILLE If not for their health problems, the Connecticut Sun might have temporarily joined fans strolling along Sentimental Street Friday. After all, it's not every day the only coach in franchise history - until last November - returns for the first time as an enemy agent. Mike Thibault, now coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics, had to adjust his compass so he wouldn't accidentally sit in his old seat, now occupied by Anne Donovan. But there was no time for the Sun to chart his movement. Not before and not after he settled in and beat his old team, 66-62, before 6,150 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. "I liked seeing my friends and the fans," Thibault said. "I loved the atmosphere here. And I liked making Connecticut a little nervous for a couple of days." The Mystics wiped out a 60-51 deficit with 6:26 to play to take a 63-62 lead with 2:01 remaining. They had a chance to increase it after a Sun turnover, but Connecticut's defense responded by forcing a shot-clock violation. But the Sun, playing without their three top guards, could not get the ball to Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and could not convert their chances. Then Michelle Snow snuck in for a basket on just the sixth offensive rebound of the game for the Mystics to increase the lead to 65-62 with 24.2 to play. And with that, the Sun (1-3) lost their third straight game. "We'll take the road win," Thibault said. "Obviously, the Sun are really depleted now on the perimeter which put them in tough spot. But we are so offensively challenged right now that we tried to even it up." Charles took 25 of the Sun's 76 shots and led them with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Allison Hightower (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) chipped in 13. But the Sun had just one three-pointer after sinking 23 in their first three games. Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 17 points for the Mystics (2-1). This was not the team Thibault left. Three veteran guards, the core of their perimeter offense, Renee Montgomery (ankle), Tan White (broken finger) and Kara Lawson (back), did not play. "I am very proud of the effort considering we started the game with just eight," said Donovan, who was expecting Lawson to play until her back stiffened Friday morning. Without their top two point guards, Donovan turned to veteran Natasha Lacy to start the game. Lacy played 16 minutes in the first three games, 14 in Saturday's loss at Minnesota. "She gave us a valiant effort at the point," Donovan said. Lacy, who made the team as a free agent, brought a lot of energy to the floor by getting nine rebounds. The problem was that she missed her first seven shots and was just 1 of 14 in her first 34 minutes. "We are a perfect team to double-team right now," Donovan said. "Perfect." The Sun finally took a 10-point lead (45-35) with 3:42 to play in the third on a three-point basket by Ashley Walker (6'2''-F/C-87, college: California). That followed a hustle play that earned Walker and offensive rebound along the baseline just 16 seconds earlier. But the Mystics came right back with seven points that cut the lead to 45-42 before four foul shots increased the lead to 49-42 to start the fourth quarter. Then the Sun took another nine-point lead, 60-51, with 6:26 to play before Latta made two three-pointers to climb iwthin one point, 62-61, as the game moved into its final two minutes. "That's the time you need to lock in and lock down," said Donovan, who admitted the team is contemplating adding new players. Charles has had some early-season shooting troubles and they continued in the first half. She was 4-of-14 and scored just eight points as the Sun took a 30-29 lead at the half. The Mystics' biggest lead was four (26-22) and that came on the end a 14-4 run that erased the Sun's largest lead, 18-12. "It's tough," Kalana Greene said. "But we are not the only team in the league to have injuries." Courtesy of: courant.com

Seattle S. - Tulsa S. 58-67
Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) had 17 points and nine rebounds and the Tulsa Shock picked up their first win of the season with a 67-58 decision over the Seattle Storm on Friday. Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 13 points while Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame), the third overall pick of the 2013 WNBA Draft, recorded 12 points and three rebounds for the Shock, who snapped a six-game losing streak dating back to last season. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) scored 17 points and Temeka Johnson added 13 for the Storm, who shot 38.7 percent from the field and were 0-for-17 from beyond the arc. Tulsa had a 48-45 lead entering the fourth quarter. Despite shooting just 26.7 percent in the period, the Shock were a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Diggins scored six points in the final minutes. Courtesy of: foxnews.com

S.Antonio SS - Chicago S. 81-69
The Sky struggled without leading scorer Epiphanny Prince on Friday, suffering their first WNBA loss of the season. Danielle Marie Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 18 points, Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) and Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, agency: Ronsport, college: Texas A&M) each had 13 and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 10 to lead San Antonio to a 81-69 victory over the Sky at the AT&T Center. Prince, averaging 20.7 points through three games, is away much of June competing for Russia's national team in the upcoming EuroBasket tournament. In addition, Prince may be temporarily sidelined after suffering an ankle sprain Thursday in Russia's game against China. The Sky said that further medical evaluation would determine the extent of her injury. With Prince not available, the scoring load fell on rookie Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware), who scored 17 points. Allie Quigley added 14 while Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) collected a game-high 13 rebounds for the Sky (3-1). Robinson hit two free throws with 3 minutes 38 seconds left in the opening quarter to give the Silver Stars (2-1) the lead for good at 13-12. San Antonio led 22-18 after one quarter, 44-36 at halftime and 66-55 entering the final 10 minutes. The Sky closed to within seven points three times in the final quarter, the last on Delle Donne's running bank shot with 6:03 to play. But San Antonio quickly pushed the lead back to double-digits where it remained most of the final minutes. The teams meet again Sunday at Allstate Arena. Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com

Atlanta D. - New York L. 75-56
After making two straight trips to the WNBA Finals, the Atlanta Dream lost in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Dream have opened the 2013 season as if determined to make up for last year's disappointing finish. Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) had 15 points and a career high-tying 10 assists, and the Dream (4-0) took control with 12 consecutive points in the third quarter to beat the New York Liberty 75-56 on Friday night. Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) scored 18 points to lead the Dream, who are off to their best start since winning their first six games in 2010. "I think we have a great chemistry," McCoughtry said. "We've been through a lot, especially last year. It made us a lot stronger." Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) led the Liberty (2-2) with 14 points and was the team's only scorer in double figures. New York forward Essence Carson was carried off the floor after hurting her left knee with 3:56 remaining in the first half. Carson was driving on a fast-break attempt when her leg appeared to give way as she attempted to make a cut near the basket. Carson did not return to the game. "It didn't look positive, but I'm not a doctor so we'll wait and see what the doctors have to say," New York coach Bill Laimbeer said. Carson, who finished with four points, shared the team lead with her average of 17.7 points in the first three games. Alex Montgomery had six points and 12 rebounds for New York, which had 19 turnovers. "It was the same dilemma we've had for the first few games, turnovers and giving the other team second shots," Laimbeer said. "It came back to haunt us again. We can't win consistently doing that and it caught up to us tonight." McCoughtry had six of Atlanta's 14 steals, Lyttle shot 8 for 10 from the field and Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 13 points for the Dream. "I thought again we came out in the beginning with a game plan of really trying to establish ourselves on the offensive end with our running," Atlanta coach Fred Williams said. "We had 14 steals and some of that created offensive transition." A 3-pointer by rookie guard Alex Bentley gave Atlanta a 35-22 advantage in the second quarter, the Dream's big lead of the first half. Atlanta led 44-33 at halftime. New York's Kamiko Williams, who had nine points, hit back-to-back jumpers, including a 3-pointer, to cut the lead to 45-40. The Dream had a strong answer. McCoughtry sank two free throws to start a 14-2 run, capped by 12 straight points, as the Dream pushed the lead to 59-42. Lyttle hit three jumpers in the run. "It was just a great team effort," McCoughtry said. "Everybody was getting steals, playing good defense. "I make an effort to pass the ball every night. It was just fortunate that everybody was hitting the shots. It's a compliment to my teammates for their scoring." The teams will play again on Sunday in New York. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a front-row seat. Other celebrities in the crowd included former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia. Courtesy of: westport-news.com