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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Igokea add Michael Fraser - by Igor Obradovic

Igokea signed first player for the new, upcoming season in Adriatic league.

Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist) is first signing for club from Aleksandrovac. Fraser played last season in Lebanon, in club Byblos and with this club eliminated in quater-final with 3-2 lose in series against Moutahed. Fraser can play on two posistion, power forward and center.
He is 203cm tall and have 111kg. In last season he score 20.1 points per game, have 16.9 rebounds, 1.2 steal, 1.4 block, 3.6 torunovers and index 33.5 per game.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Tunisia2-0
2. Madagascar1-1
3. Ivory Coast1-2
4. Algeria0-0
5. Gabon0-1
Group B
1. Egypt2-0
2. Angola1-0
3. DRCongo1-1
4. Mozambique0-1
5. Comoros0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jun. 30: TUN - IVO 69-34
Jun. 30: MAD - ALG

B

Jun. 30: COM - COD 37-65
Jun. 30: MOZ - EGY 37-102



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  ARGENTINA   


Stankovic Cup: Argentina earn third straight win beating Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Puerto Rico 71:61

Argentina celebrated the third straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in Lanzhou. They held off Puerto Rico to improve at 3-1 record. Puerto Rico fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Argentina snatched a narrow 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The Puerto Rican team erased the deficit in the second frame. They tied things up at 32 after twenty minutes. But Argentina stunned their opponents in the third period. They went on a massive 27:11 run in the quarter to gain a 59:43 lead with ten minutes left. Puerto Rico outscored their opponents in the fourth period but just managed to sweeten the pill at the end. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead Argentina. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) added 13 points, while Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) contributed 9 points for the winners. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) answered with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Argentina: Nicolas Richotti 17, Juan Gutierrez 13, Facundo Campazzo 9
Puerto Rico: Derick Beltran 13, Carlos Lopez-Sosa 9



The Rockets released Delfino - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) released 31-year old Argentinian international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-104kg-82). He is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. In 72 NBA games he had 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg this season.
The last (11/12) season he played at the Bucks. In 54 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.
In 2003 Delfino was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (25th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he played in the final of Russian A Superleague in 2009. Delfino was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention in 2012.
He was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Delfino played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001. He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Delfino's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 65.2%.
Delfino is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain, other NBA team (Toronto Raptors), Italy (Reggio C. Redel and Biancoblu Basket Bologna), Argentina (Olimpia and La Union) and Russia (Khimky).
Delfino could be described: Has shooting range of more than 8 metres, some which could allow him to play even the 2 position in future, but now he plays forward 3 or 4, because is yet enough strong to battle under tthe boards, but above all he has the typical mental skills of S.American players, never surrenders. Mostly a scorer and able to play both wing spots, but not a great shooter with range, yet. He is still very young and has a big upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Test - by Ernest

test: PATRICK SANDERS


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  AUSTRALIA   


Crocs sign first import - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Townsville Crocodiles have signed their first import for the 2013-14 season, 6'6" power forward Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis).

Conklin is currently playing in the NZ NBL for the Southland Sharks, where in his first professional season he is averaging 21.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 1.3 spg.

Before playing in the NZ NBL, Conklin played his college ball at St Louis where during his senior year averaged 13.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

Conklin joins a Townsville roster that includes: Jacob Holmes, Peter Crawford, Todd Blanchfield, Russell Hinder, Mitch Norton, Steven Markovic and Mirko Djeric.

Sharks coach Paul Henare, who recruited Conklin to New Zealand, was delighted for his young charge.

"It's great, I'm really happy for him. I'm sure the Townsville fans and the Townsville Crocs organisation won't be disappointed at all."

Having Conklin remain in this part of the world increases the chances of him returning for a second season with the Sharks.

"Obviously, we'd love to have him back but it all depends on the timing of the season and his personal situation whether it's something he wants to do."



SBL: Lightning secure top spot, Wolves celebrate Williams (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Lakeside Lightning extended their lead atop the men's SBL standings while the Wanneroo Wolves did the same on Saturday night in women's action and celebrated Suzanne Williams' 500th game in the process.

The Lakeside Lightning made a mockery of its tough schedule of two games within 18 hours against fellow finals bound teams backing up its win on the road over the East Perth Eagles with a nail biting 101-98 victory over the Perry Lakes Hawks at Lakeside Recreation Centre on Saturday afternoon.

The win sees the Lightning just about lock up top spot on the ladder with a 18-3 record to be four games clear of the Hawks and Lakeside also now remains unbeaten at home after 11 matches.

Ben Beran once again led the way for the Lightning with a massive game of 31 points, 20 rebounds and five assists against Perry Lakes. Justin Cecil (203-F-88, college: Mercer) also scored 22 points to go with six blocked shots while Darrel Morgan scored 17 points and Jarrad Prue pulled in 21 rebounds.

Adrian Majstrovich had 25 points and 16 boards for the Hawks with Ben Purser (198-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.) scoring 19 points, Corey Easley 14, Tevin Jackson 13, Michael Lay 13 and Rob Cassir 12.

The defending champion Cockburn Cougars continued their late season charge as well winning their fifth straight match beating the Goldfields Giants 85-79 at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium.

That improves Cockburn to a 9-12 record on the season and up into 10th position in the standings to be closing in on a top-eight spot.

David Reichel had a big night for the Cougars with 33 points with Damien Scott adding 15 and Seva Chan 11. Brian Carlwell also had 10 points and 17 rebounds.

Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, agency: TSS Management, college: SE Missouri St.) hit 26 points for the Giants with Markhuri Sanders-Frison adding 19 points, 20 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Matthew Leske also scored 14 points.

The Geraldton Buccaneers maintained its spot in third position with a 114-93 win over the bottom-placed Kalamunda Eastern Suns at Ray Owen Sports Centre.

Carter Cook finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Buccaneers. Rob Kampman added 28 points and eight boards with Aaron Ralph scoring 22 points to go with 13 rebounds.

Daniel Thomas also had 14 points and four assists, and Shamus Ballantyne 10 points, nine boards and seven assists.

Luke Nevill missed Kalamunda's loss to South West on Friday but played against Geraldton on Saturday and had 27 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists and three blocked shots.

Ben Smith scored 19 points for the Suns, Kerrod Horn 15 and Louis Timms 10 to go with nine boards.

The Wanneroo Wolves improved to an 11-10 record in seventh position with a 105-95 win over the Rockingham Flames at Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Saturday.

Rob Huntington finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves with Trian Iliadis adding 23 points, seven boards and five assists. Damian Matacz also had 15 points and eight boards.

Cooper Land led the way for the Flames with 31 points while hitting 5-of-8 from three-point territory. Steven Bennett added 20 points, 13 assists and seven boards for Rockingham with Ryan Godfrey scoring 17 points.

The Mandurah Magic scored a crucial 89-81 win over the Willetton Tigers at Willetton Basketball Stadium to improve to a 12-8 record in fourth spot while the Tigers are struggling at 10-10 in eighth.

Taylor Mullenax led the way for the Magic with 34 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Rhett Della Maddalena added 16 points and 12 boards with Taylor Land finishing with 11 points and 10 assists, and Andrew Bowman 11 points and six rebounds.

Quinn McDowell hit 33 points and eight rebounds for Willetton with Brandon Adams adding 20 points and 13 boards.

The Lakeside Lightning women's team made sure that their team won all four matches on the weekend when they beat the Perry Lakes Hawks on Saturday afternoon by 19 points, 69-50.

Emily Fielding hit 23 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Lightning with Courtney Bayliss adding 15 points, Krystal Stoneking 11 and Jessica Beran 10.

Gabriella Clayton did all she could for the Hawks with 30 points on the back of 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range.

The Wanneroo Wolves maintained their lead atop the women's SBL standings with a 66-48 victory over the Rockingham Flames to celebrate Suzanne Williams' 500th match in the league. She celebrated the occasion with six points on the back of two threes.

Nikita-Lee Martin top-scored for the Wolfpack with 15 points with Ainsleigh Sanders adding 11 and Casey Lockwood 12.

Samantha Whitcomb had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Flames.

The Willetton Tigers also consolidated second spot on the table with a 61-41 win over the Mandurah Magic.

Antonia Edmondson had 19 points for the Tigers with Melissa Marsh scoring 12 points and Lisa Wallbutton 11.

Casey Mihovilovich top-scored for Mandurah with 19 points to go with 13 rebounds and five assists.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SEABL: Walker back but Miners lose - by Eurobasket News

THERE was little mistaking Lucas Walker (203-F-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) was back on court for the Ballarat Miners on Saturday night.

Walker arrived home from a three-week break in the United States and scored a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against South East Australian Basketball League powerhouse Geelong.

His National Basketball League experience and taste for big games showed amid the Miners 22-point loss at the Minerdome.

Take out the first two or so minutes of this match and it might have been a completely different game for the Ballarat Subaru Miners.

The Supercats hit hard and fast in their trademark flashy style and scored 10 points before the Miners started to match them and claw back. The Supercats hit two three-pointers to open play but Miners point guard Kris Blicavs soon replied with two straight three-pointers to get the margin back within four points about three minutes into the clash.

Then it was a real battle.

Fast forward to the final break and the Miners were facing a nine-point deficit.

They had won the second and third quarters to keep the game alive.

Miners coach David Flint said his team played well but you could see the difference between the teams as the score blew out.

Keep in mind Geelong are 15 and three (wins/losses) now and have a core group in place this year theyve got a nice group, Flint said.

We played well but it was hard when we lacked that depth that might have helped.

The Miners run of five missed free throws leading into half-time with a couple of almost chipped-in shots proved costly Geelong pounced on everything.

At the same time, Walker combined with Miners captain Matt Hanson to create headaches for the Supercats on the boards.

Blicavs kept a tight rein on the dangerous Mike Mercer, who he contained to 10 points to three-quarter-time. Thats what won us the second and third quarters, Flint said.

We did a real good job on their main threats.

We forced other guys to try and get things done for them.

Flint was also impressed with young guard Ash Constable for stepping up to the challenge as a starter, with Shaun Bruce and Anthony Fisher unavailable.

Fellow young guards Sean Massey, Jack Saunders and developing forward Lindsay Cole each showed promise when exposed to the competition heavyweight. Massey clocked 20 minutes in a solid effort at both ends of the floor.

The Miners will regroup for a road trip next week against bottom south conference team Knox, in a bid to break a six-game losing streak.
Courtesy of: http://www.thecourier.com.au



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  BELGIUM   


Tomas Van Den Spiegel announced retirement - by Eurobasket News

Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) announced retirement. The 35-year old Belgian ex-international center played last time at Telenet Oostende in Belgium. Van Den Spiegel won Belgian League championship title in 2102 and 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague 2nd Team back in 2006. Van Den Spiegel also represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 70.0%.
Van Den Spiegel was quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Armani Milano, Lottomatica Roma and Biancoblu Basket Bologna), Poland (Asseco Prokom Gdynia), Spain (Real Madrid), Ukraine (Azovmash), Russia (CSKA Moscow).
He started his career early in 1995-1996 for Aalst (D1, starting five).



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  BOSNIA   


BC Igokea adds Michael Fraser - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea adds Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist) for the next season. The Canadian player will come from Byblos in Lebanon. In 34 Division A games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.1ppg, 16.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg. Fraser also played at Soles (LNBP) in Mexican league earlier that season. In 5 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.0spg. The last season he was tested by DniproAzot (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 9 games he averaged 14.0ppg and 8.9rpg.
The season 2010/2011 Michael Fraser played at Gravelines-Dunkerque (ProA) in French league. But in 7 games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 3.7rpg (leader !!!). He also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg. The other team Fraser played shortly was Al Kuwait (D1) in Kuwaiti league.
In 2009-10 season he played at Hoverla (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 30 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg and 11.4rpg (leader !!!). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Fraser won Austrian Bundesliga A championship title in 2008. He was also voted All-Sooner Athletic Conf. Co-Defensive Player of the Year back in 2007 at his college time.



Bosnia U18 outscore Sweden U18 in London - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia U18 outscored Sweden U18 62:59 in London. Bosnia took 15:14 lead after the first period and added 15-13 in the second frame. Moreover Bosnia won the third period 16-12 and led 7 points after 30 minutes of the game. The Scandinavian team managed to win the last period 20-16 and reduced to the final result. Ludvig Hakanson scored 14 points for Sweden, while Alexander Larsson netted 9. Martin Hyberg delivered 8 and Caleb Musie had 7.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is ready for the Division A this year. The team won 2012 Gold at home tournament at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts overcame Czech Republic 76:64 as both teams will play in Division A. More than 700 fans came to support the local team in Sarajevo. Nedim Buza (203-F/G-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds a year ago.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U20 silence Georgia U20 at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Georgia U20 85:54

Bulgaria victoriously finished their Torneo di Domegge campaign. They knocked down Georgian on the final day of the competition. Velislav Galabov (207-C-94) dropped 15 points to lead the winners. Both teams finished at 1-2 record at the tourney.
Bulgaria used a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to pull ahead. They secured a 29:14 lead after ten minutes. The tempo dropped the drastically in the second period. Georgia managed to cut the deficit by three points to trail 26:38 at halftime. Bulgaria retained control in the third period. They used another 12:0 run to take a massive 65:38 lead at the end of the quarter. Bulgaria never looked back to claim a comprehensive victory at the end. Dimitar Stoyanov (187-G-93) posted 13 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) had 11 points each for the winners. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) answered with 14 points for Georgia. Shota Gelazonia (205-C-94) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Bulgaria U20: Velislav Galabov 15, Dimitar Stoyanov 13, Dimitar Dimitrov 11, Deyan Karamfilov 11
Georgia U20: Revaz Rogava 14, Shota Gelazonia 12



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Boston C.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Boston32.0 
 2. Douby, Sagesse31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Dallas M.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Rio G.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, Austin T.27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Boston14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Ponce12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.4 
 8. Daniels, Rio G.11.3 
 9. Siler, Ponce11.2 
 10. Singleton, New Y.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Olympiacos6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. McGrady, San A.5.1 
 7. Jeter, Shandong FB5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Olympiacos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Olympiacos2.6 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Douby, Sagesse2.4 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Hudson, Austin T.2.1 
 9. Abbas, Shandong FB2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Ponce2.3 
 4. Jones, New York K.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Rio G.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Chongqing FD 13-3 
 2. Changsha Bank 12-4 
 3. Sichuan BW 11-5 
 4. Jiangsu TX 11-5 
 5. Hong Kong 10-6 
 6. Guangzhou L. 10-6 
 7. Heilongjiang 6-10 
 8. Nanjin Army 4-12 
 9. Jiang Xi 3-13 
 10. Hebei S. 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 30: Guangzhou L. - Heilongjiang 87-72
Jun. 30: Changsha Bank - Jiangsu TX 82-76
Jun. 30: Hebei S. - Jiang Xi 69-92
Jun. 30: Sichuan BW - Nanjin Army 106-89
Jun. 30: Chongqing FD - Hong Kong 102-82

Regular Season: Round 17

Jul. 3: Sichuan BW - Changsha Bank
Jul. 3: Heilongjiang - Jiang Xi
Jul. 3: Hebei S. - Jiangsu TX
Jul. 3: Chongqing FD - Nanjin Army
Jul. 3: Hong Kong - Guangzhou L.


4 Nations Event - by Robert Wang

The All-Tournament team for the Four Nations Challenge, in which Womens USA All-Star team went undefeated, has been announced. The USA won all their nine games of the event. Heres the Four Nations All-Tournament team:
MVP: Aulani Sinclair, USA. Sinclair averaged 11 points and three rebounds over the tour. She was the MVP in the first stop,, and was on the All-Tournament team. She had a high game of 22 points in the first game against Hungary in which she hit 6-of-12 three-pointers.

Aulani Sinclair
All-Tournament Team:
Tijana Krivacevic, Hungary. The 66 center averaged 13 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Hungarians. Krivacevic demonstrated a solid game with the ability to step out to 15 feet and strong post moves. She had a 22-pooint, 12-rebound effort in the first game against the USA.
Xiaojia Chen, China. The 511 guard was the most consistent player for China averaging 11.6 points with a high game of 20 points. She made two of the All-Tournament teams.
Talia Caldwell, USA. Of all the American posts, Caldwell was the most consistent, averaging 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds showing quick feet and jumping ability in helping the USA dominate the boards in their nine wins.
Alexis Gray-Lawson, USA. Gray-Lawson averaged 11 points and 3.4 rebounds. She was the MVP in 2nd stop where she lead the USA past China for the third time as she made a key late steal and score in overtime.
Olivia Thompson, Australia. The 62 forward averaged 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. She had her best game in Australias first win over Hungary in which she totaled 19 points and seven rebounds, connecting on 9-of-13 from the field. Thompson showed a nice face-up game to 15 feet.



Stankovic Cup: Nigeria upset China in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Nigeria 57:60

Nigeria opened win count at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in China. They defeated the hosts to snap three-game losing skid. China fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Nkem Ojougboh (206-C-87, agency: David Lee services, college: Northeastern) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Nigeria grabbed a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. China picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts fired 19 points in the period and cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 30:33. China eventually spurred ahead in the third term. The Asian team grabbed a 51:46 lead into the fourth period. But Nigeria limited the hosts to just 6 points in the final quarter and snatched victory. KC Anuna (193-PG-89, college: Pfeiffer) had 11 points, while Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) and Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81) chipped in 10 points for the African side. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) responded with 15 points for China. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

China: Zhao TaiLong 15, Zhai Xiaochuan 14
Nigeria: Nkem Ojougboh 12, KC Anuna 11, Richard Oruche 10, Olumide Oyedeji 10



NBL Round 16: Changsha Bank defeats Jiangsu TX in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL.

An interesting game for Changsha Bank (12-4) which hosted in Guangdong their biggest opponent Jiangsu TX (11-5). Third ranked Changsha Bank managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jiangsu TX. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Jiangsu TX won third quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changsha Bank forced 21 Jiangsu TX turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Yan Gao (190-93) contributed with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard ZhiYong Yan (195-86) replied with 16 points for Jiangsu TX. Changsha Bank have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Jiangsu TX at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW. Changsha Bank are looking forward to face Sichuan BW (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Jiangsu TX will play against Hebei S. and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Chongqing FD (13-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Hong Kong (10-6) in Guangzhou 102-82. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and KaiFu Yao who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side forward MingLiang Wei (195-82) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chongqing FD have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Hong Kong at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Guangzhou L.. Chongqing FD will play against Nanjin Army (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hong Kong will play against Guangzhou L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Hebei S. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to ninth ranked Jiang Xi (3-13) 92-69 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Bryan Davis who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by Chan Zong did not help to save the game for Hebei S.. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jiang Xi maintains ninth position with 3-13 record. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings. Jiang Xi will meet higher ranked Heilongjiang (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hebei S. will play against Jiangsu TX and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 16 Heilongjiang was beaten by Guangzhou L. on the road 87-72. Sichuan BW won against Nanjin Army on its own court 106-89.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 25 points, 28 rebounds and 7 blocks by Hassan Whiteside of Sichuan BW.


Guangzhou L. - Heilongjiang 87-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Guangzhou L.'s (10-6) home victory over 7th ranked Heilongjiang (6-10) 87-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou L.. Heilongjiang managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. forced 21 Heilongjiang turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Shawne Williams (206-86, college: Memphis) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 29 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Heilongjiang. Forward JunXiong Zhang (204-85) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Guangzhou L. have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hong Kong. Loser Heilongjiang keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Guangzhou L. will meet Hong Kong (#5) on the road in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Jiang Xi in Jiangxi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: P.Kevinn 29+15reb+4ast, Z.JunXiong 20+5reb+4ast, J.Ming 9+11reb+5ast, Y.Gang 7+3reb+2ast, L.JinYang 4+5reb, W.DaPeng 3+1reb+1ast
Guangzhou L.: W.Shawne 27+11reb+2ast, D.ChengLong 19+8reb, J.Lei 10+1reb+1ast, M.JinRong 9+3reb+1ast, C.DaWei 6+3reb+1ast, G.Liye 5+9reb
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Changsha Bank - Jiangsu TX 82-76

An interesting game for Changsha Bank (12-4) which hosted in Guangdong their biggest opponent Jiangsu TX (11-5). Third ranked Changsha Bank managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jiangsu TX. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Jiangsu TX won third quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changsha Bank forced 21 Jiangsu TX turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Yan Gao (190-93) contributed with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard ZhiYong Yan (195-86) replied with 16 points and guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) added 14 points and 5 steals in the effort for Jiangsu TX. Changsha Bank have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Jiangsu TX at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW. Changsha Bank are looking forward to face Sichuan BW (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Jiangsu TX will play against Hebei S. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 20+17reb, Y.ZhiYong 16+2reb, M.Zhuang 14+1reb+2ast, F.Xin 10+2reb+4ast, N.QingQing 9+1ast, S.XinLei 3+1reb
Changsha Bank: A.Hilton 21+18reb+5ast, G.Yan 18+4reb+5ast, R.XiaTi 18+4reb+1ast, L.Lin 8+1reb+1ast, S.Jian 4+2reb, J.JunQi 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 242239


Chongqing FD - Hong Kong 102-82

NBL top team - Chongqing FD (13-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Hong Kong (10-6) in Guangzhou 102-82. The game was mostly controlled by Chongqing FD. Hong Kong was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-34 charity shots (85.3 percent) during the game. Hong Kong was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side forward MingLiang Wei (195-82) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Chongqing FD and five Hong Kong players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chongqing FD have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Hong Kong at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Guangzhou L.. Chongqing FD will play against Nanjin Army (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hong Kong will play against Guangzhou L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: W.MingLiang 17+5reb+1ast, S.Craig 13+7reb, L.JiuLong 11+5reb+1ast, C.ZhaoShen 10+1reb, W.DaYong 10+1reb+1ast, Y.XiaoHang 9
Chongqing FD: Y.KaiFu 22+1reb+2ast, H.Josh 21+15reb+2ast, L.DaPeng 16+1reb+1ast, L.XueSong 15+3reb+5ast, Y.Peng 9+1reb+1ast, S.TianGang 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 242238


Sichuan BW - Nanjin Army 106-89

Very expected game when 8th ranked Nanjin Army (4-12) lost on the road to fourth ranked Sichuan BW (11-5) 106-89 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sichuan BW. Nanjin Army managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sichuan BW dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Nanjin Army's 50. They outrebounded Nanjin Army 57-22 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sichuan BW looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 7 blocks. The winners were led by American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 28 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) supported him with 23 points and 4 assists. Five Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) did not help to save the game for Nanjin Army. Forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) added 17 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sichuan BW moved-up to third place, which they share with Jiangsu TX. Nanjin Army lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Sichuan BW will meet at home league's second-placed Changsha Bank in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nanjin Army will play against the league's leader Chongqing FD (#1) in Guangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 20+5reb+2ast, T.JiaFu 18+1ast, F.ChengLin 17+3reb+1ast, A.LiPeng 8+3reb+2ast, G.Han 7+4reb+1ast, L.Dong 6+1ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 25+28reb, C.XiaoDong 23+2reb+4ast, W.YingLiang 11+5reb+5ast, W.Yong-Ren 11+4reb+6ast, H.XiaoBin 11+9reb+3ast, M.Long 10+1reb
gschID: 242237


Hebei S. - Jiang Xi 69-92

Bottom-ranked Hebei S. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to ninth ranked Jiang Xi (3-13) 92-69 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-69. Jiang Xi dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei S.'s 26. Jiang Xi forced 22 Hebei S. turnovers and outrebounded them 53-37 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and forward Yi Ma (197-88) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by center Chan Zong (213-89) did not help to save the game for Hebei S.. point guard GuoQiang Zhou (185-91) added 12 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jiang Xi maintains ninth position with 3-13 record. Loser Hebei S. still closes the standings. Jiang Xi will meet higher ranked Heilongjiang (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hebei S. will play against Jiangsu TX and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hebei S.: Z.Chan 16+6reb, Z.GuoQiang 12+3reb+1ast, D.ZhiMing 11+3reb, C.YuNan 10+3reb, Z.Xun 6+7reb, W.ZiBo 4+3reb
Jiang Xi: M.Yi 19+5reb+1ast, D.Bryan 17+14reb+2ast, L.Jiawei 14+2reb+1ast, Z.Nan 12+5reb, X.Yulin 6+1reb, W.Chi 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 242236



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U16 AfroBasket: DR Congo outscore Comoros - by Eurobasket News

Comoros U16-DR Congo U16 37:66

DR Congo outscore Comoros in Day 3 of the U16 AfroBasket. They posted a comfortable 66:37 win for 1-1 record. Comoros suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
DR Congo opened the game with a 21-8 lead and added 21-10 surge in the second frame. Comoros however started to play better in the second half and managed to win the third period with a 9-8 rally. DR Congo meanwhile finished the game with a 16-10 surge and clinched the victory.
Munanga Shekinah top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Dialembokembi Maloka added 15. SANTU PINDI notched 9, while MPOLO JEAN scored 7. Ahmed Ben Chaabene (84) ended up with 19 points in defeat, whilst Allaouia Anisse poured in 7. AWAD OULEID scored 5 and MALIK ABDOUL added 4.

Comoros U16: Ahmed Ben Chaabene 19, Allaouia Anisse 7, AWAD OULEID 5, MALIK ABDOUL 4
DR Congo U16: Munanga Shekinah 23+15 rebs, Dialembokembi Maloka 15, SANTU PINDI 9, MPOLO JEAN 7



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Spain U20 fire past Croatia U20 to clinch title in Logrono - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Croatia U20 86:60

Spain marched to the victory at the international friendly tournament in Logrono. They completed their perfect campaign with a comfortable win over Croatian counterparts on the final day of the tourney. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) came up with 16 points to pace the hosts.
Spain quickly spurred ahead taking a 16:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. They secured a 27:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain boosted the gap in the second frame. The hosts ensured a 53:26 halftime lead. Things got just worse for Croatia in the third term. Spain dominated every facet of the game and registered a 73:48 lead before the final period. They did not slow down in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Mikel Motos (193-F/G-93, college: Lan Mobel ISB) and Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Luka Panduric (192-G-93) and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) had 9 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 16, Mikel Motos 11, Alejandro Suarez 11
Croatia U20: Marko Ramljak 19, Luka Panduric 9, Henrik Sirko 9



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Apoel renews Tonis Constantinides - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Antonis Konstantinides who led Etha to historical titles in the years 2008-2012 and has led Apoel to last year's finals, has renewed his contract with Apoel for next season.

The Cypriot coach, along with assistant coach Christophoros Livadiotis, have officially signed a one year contract and have started scheduling for next year.

Tonis, as we call him, is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline. So we expect Apoel to be among next year's contenders.

We wish both of them all the best.



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Slovenia U20 cruise past Czech Republic U20 in Logrono - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 82:59

Slovenian U20 National Team registered their first win at the international friendly tournament in Logrono. They knocked down Czech counterparts in the final round in Spain. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) nailed 15 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia grabbed an early lead. They posted a 22:13 advantage ten minutes into the game. Czech Republic cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 37:30. But Slovenia shifted the gear in the third term. They exploded with 25 points in the third term and opened up a 16-point lead before the fourth period. Slovenia fired 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Aleksandar Tomic (184-G-93) and Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) produced 13 points each for Slovenia. Domen Bratoz (186-PG-93) contributed 12 points for the winners.



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Reno Bighorns name Jason Glover new head coach - by Eurobasket News

Jason Glover , who served as interim head coach of the Reno Bighorns for the final 12 games of this last season, has been named head coach, the team announced. Glover served as associate head coach for four of five Bighorn season. He also worked as player development coach for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, the team said. Coach Glover has been a part of the Reno Bighorns since its inception, Reno Bighorns owner Herb Santos, Jr. said in a statement. In addition to his four years as associate head coach with the Bighorns, he has coached at the collegiate, NBA and WNBA levels. Jason puts his heart and soul into developing basketball players. When you take into account his work ethic and knowledge of the game, he will be a superb head coach. Glover previously served as Pat Fosters top assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1993 to1999. He also worked as an assistant coach to Dave Rose at Dixie College in St. George, Utah.
Courtesy of: rgj.com



Vipers Nick Nurse headed to Toronto - by Eurobasket News

Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach Nick Nurse will be hired to be an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, a league source confirmed with The Monitor Sunday. The Raptors are expected to officially announce the move in the next few days. Immediate efforts to reach Nurse on Sunday were unsuccessful. Nurse has coached the Vipers the last two seasons and led them to the NBA Development League Championship in April. Nurse arrived in the Valley in 2011 after he led the Iowa Energy to the D-League title over the Vipers that season. Nurse coached in the D-League for six seasons and is the only coach in league history to lead two separate teams to championships. Nurses move to Toronto isnt unexpected. Several members of the Toronto and NBA media have reported the Raptors interest in Nurse for about a month. The Toronto Sun reported Sunday on Twitter that Nurse would be in charge of the Raptors offense. The Raptors ranked 16th (97.21 points) in the NBA in points scored per game last season. Running the Raptors offense would seem to be a perfect fit for Nurse. During his six seasons in the D-League, he had two teams lead the league in scoring, including the 2012-13 Vipers. Nurse is no stranger to working with NBA-caliber talent. Hes had 23 players called up to the NBA during his six years in the D-League. Thirteen Vipers landed on NBA rosters this season alone. Nurse was largely responsible for getting point guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) back to NBA form after he was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers before the season. Goudelock, who played with the Lakers for the 2011-12 season, was with the Vipers for most of the season until he was called up by the Lakers one game into the D-League playoffs. Goudelock was named the D-Leagues MVP. Nurse also had a hand in the development of Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr., who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and then traded to the Washington Wizards on Thursday. The Vipers drafted Rice in the fourth round of the D-League draft several months after he was dismissed from the Georgia Tech basketball team. In addition to his D-League experience, Nurse has served as an assistant to Chris Finch with Great Britains national team, a squad they coached in the 2012 London Olympics. Nurse took Finchs spot with the Vipers after Finch was hired as an assistant with the Houston Rockets. Including postseason, Nurses career D-League record is 192-123. The Vipers were 35-15 during the regular season in 2012-13 and finished with a 16-game winning streak.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



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Standings - District National

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Jun. 29: Indios SFM - Huracanes PP 95-86
Jun. 30: Leones SD - Caneros LR 90-82
Jun. 29: Cocolos SPM - Titanes DN 82-84
Jun. 30: Reales LV - Metros STGO 74-99

Regular Season: Round 4

Jul. 2: Metros STGO - Huracanes PP
Jul. 2: Caneros LR - Cocolos SPM
Jul. 3: Cocolos SPM - Leones SD
Jul. 3: Huracanes PP - Indios SFM



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U16 AfroBasket: DR Congo outscore Comoros - by Eurobasket News

Comoros U16-DR Congo U16 37:66

DR Congo outscore Comoros in Day 3 of the U16 AfroBasket. They posted a comfortable 66:37 win for 1-1 record. Comoros suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
DR Congo opened the game with a 21-8 lead and added 21-10 surge in the second frame. Comoros however started to play better in the second half and managed to win the third period with a 9-8 rally. DR Congo meanwhile finished the game with a 16-10 surge and clinched the victory.
Munanga Shekinah top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Dialembokembi Maloka added 15. SANTU PINDI notched 9, while MPOLO JEAN scored 7. Ahmed Ben Chaabene (84) ended up with 19 points in defeat, whilst Allaouia Anisse poured in 7. AWAD OULEID scored 5 and MALIK ABDOUL added 4.

Comoros U16: Ahmed Ben Chaabene 19, Allaouia Anisse 7, AWAD OULEID 5, MALIK ABDOUL 4
DR Congo U16: Munanga Shekinah 23+15 rebs, Dialembokembi Maloka 15, SANTU PINDI 9, MPOLO JEAN 7



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U16 AfroBasket: Egypt coast past Mozambique for second win - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16 - Mozambique U16 102:37

Egypt earned the second straight win at the start of U16 AfroBasket. They stamped Mozambique to stay on top of Group B. Muhammed Saadeldin nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Mozambique fell at 0-1 after the loss.
Mozambique led midway through the opening quarter but Egypt strongly finished the period to gain a 20:12 lead. Egypt cleared off in the second term. They built a 54:25 halftime lead. Egypt extended their dominance in the third term. They accumulated a massive 80:33 advantage at the final intermission. Egypt opened the fourth frame on a 10:2 run and never looked back. Mugif Abdel netted 15 points and made 8 steals, while Mohamed Salem contributed 13 points for the winning side. Chuma Octavto responded with 13 points for Mozambique. Langa Loren chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Egypt U16: Muhammed Saadeldin 20, Mugif Abdel 15, Mohamed Salem 13
Mozambique U16: Chuma Octavto 13, Langa Loren 11



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Estonian U20 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
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Mihkel Schleicher
Schleicher
Kent-Kaarel Vene
Vene
Martin Jurtom
Jurtom
Martin Paasoja
Paasoja
Rait-Riivo Laane
Laane
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4Mihkel Schleicher 204-C/F-93 Tarvas Estonia
5Kent-Kaarel Vene 197-SF-94 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
6Oliver Metsalu 197-G-93 Tarvas Estonia
7Sander Saare 185-PG-94 Hito/Johvi Estonia
8Kevin Tapp 193-SF-94 Tarvas Estonia
9Kristen Meister 193-G-93 TU/Rock II Estonia
10Tiit Talumaa 201-SF-94 TTU Estonia
11Martin Jurtom 201-PF-94 Rapla Estonia
12Taavi Leok 195-F/G-93 Valga Estonia
13Rauno Nurger 210-C-93 Rapla Estonia
14Martin Paasoja 193-G-93 Rapla Estonia
15Rait-Riivo Laane 182-PG-93 Rapla Estonia
Igor Arandash
Kaarel Traumann 192-SG-94 Rapla Estonia

Andreas Sober Head Coach Tarvas Estonia



Lithuania U20 posts two victories against Estonian players - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 posts two victories against Estonian players. In Game 1 Lithuania U20 celebrated a 65:61 win. They trailed 6 points after 30 minutes of the game, but needed a final 25-15 push to win the game. Vaidas Kariniauskas top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Mindaugas Kacinas (201-F-93) nailed 9. Simonas Lekys and Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-F-93) delivered 6 each, whilst Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) netted 4.
Last night Lithuania U20 posted an 84:53 win. They looked very confident in the start of the game and led 49:21 at the halftime. The teams exchanged the wins in the second half as Lithuania reached 31-point victory. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-F-93) scored 18 points, while Sigismund Riauka netted 15. Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) and Mindaugas Kachin delivered 9 points each.



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Goodwill game won by red team in ESL Madrid! - by ESL News

Red 99 - Black 68

A goodwill game preceding the championship game has been won by the read team. The red team seemed to be in control from the beginning and stretched the lead period after period. At the half the score was 58-42 in favor of team red. The black team tried to make a comeback in the 3rd period, but the red team quickly disrupted this charge and pulled ahead even further for good with a final of 99-68. Leading scorer for both teams was Fran Urli (203-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Pacific) with 19 points and grabbing 7 rebounds with 4 assists. For the black team Andrew Gabellieri (188-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Chadron St.) had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist.


To view official FIBA stats of this game click on link below:
http://www.baloncestofuenlabrada.com/doc/fuenlaoe/20.pdf



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CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is ready for Eurocup - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is ready for Eurocup 2013/2014 season. The team accepted the tournament offer.
In the beginning of June Ploiesti celebrated the Liga Nationala title. They overcame Targu Mures in the sixth game of the championship series to claim the trophy for the second season in a row. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) stepped up with impressive 38 points to pace Ploiesti.
Targu Mures snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughtout the second period. Targu Mures ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. They remained in front after thirty minutes of action. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by two points 59:57 lead at the final intermission. However Ploiesti turned things around in the fourth stanza. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 72:68 lead. Alhaji Mohammed gave the hosts a 79:71 lead with under two minutes remaining. Targu Mures ran out of steam in the dying minutes as Ploiesti marched to the victory. Vladimir Tica posted 13 points, while Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) added 12 points for the winners. Vaidotas Peciukas responded with 23 points for Targu Mures. Branko Cuic (197-G-78) netted 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists in the loss.
In season 2012/2013 CSU Asesoft Ploiesti played in EuroChallenge.



Lokomotiv Kuban keep American Richard Hendrix - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban keep American Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) for the next season. In 7 PBL games he had 10.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4bpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.4bpg. Hendrix also played 20 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The season 2011/2012 Hendrix played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 28 Winner League games he recorded 11.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Richard Hendrix also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and 3rd Team. Hendrix also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 9.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Adriatic League championship. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.



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Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv officially announced Alex Tyus - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv officially announced Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) for the next season. The 25-year old player will move from FoxTown Cantu in Italy. In 43 SerieA games he averaged 9.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1bpg this season. He helped them to win the supercup and make to league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Tyus also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 8.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0bpg. Before he played at Maccabi Ashdod. In 30 Winner League games he had 12.6ppg, 8.5rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. A very impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Sixth Man of the Year and selected to 2nd Team. Tyus also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 12.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 73.2%, FT: 31.6%.
Tyus graduated from University of Florida in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.



Itoudis is new head coach of Banvit - by Ugur Turker

Banvit Basketbol Kulubu which will play in Euroleague Qualifications for 2013/2014 season hired Dimitris Itoudis as head coach. Itoudis is going to sign 2+1 years contract and also will be first foreign coach who works for Banvit in club history. Itoudis had worked as assistant coach of Zeljko Obradovic in Panathinaikos and won 5 Euroleague Championships and many domestic cups. He is known as defensive mind behind Panathinaikos' success. Greek coach will try to qualify for Euroleague Group Stage for first time in cub history. Banvit had finished TBL Regular season in top three last three years and lost against Galatasaray Play-Off Final.

interview with Dimitris Itoudis www.eurobasket.com/Turkey/basketball.asp?NewsID=304994



Stephane Lasme will remain Green!! - by Chris Mammides

Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) will be wearing the green jersey of Panathinaikos for the next two year (at least). The Gabonese center decided to remain in the Green team of the six star and even though took him more than 15 days to decide (and the team of CSKA to agree financial terms with Kyle Hines) he decided that there is nowhere else better than the team that actually added value to his game and made him among the top centers in the European courts.

Stephane is expected (according to most Greek media) to sign his new two years contract in the next couple of days. Furthermore, it is expected -officially - later today to have the announcements of the renewals of the contract of the captain and spirit of the team, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) his last contract (probably) as a player in Panathinaikos as his new contract will be a 3 years contract. Together with Diamantidis, another player will sign his last contract (probably) as a player as Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81) will put his signature to his new three years contract with Panathinaikos. This will be his third return to the team of his heard.

With these signatures, the team of Panathinaikos is expected to add another two Greek players and one of them might be a big surprise as nobody expects a transfer like that... Within the next few days we will be able to know the official site of the story...



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Finnish U20 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Niko Mattila
Mattila
Julius Rajala
Rajala
Topias Palmi
Palmi
Joonas Lehtoranta
Lehtoranta
Joonas Caven
Caven
#e#5
5Joni Herrala 191-G-94 Tapiolan Honka Finland
6Niko Mattila 192-SG-94 Kauhajoki Finland
7Sebastian Booker 190-G-93 Namika Lahti Finland
8Julius Rajala 205-PF-94 HBA-Marsky Finland
9Topias Palmi 190-SG-94 Pyrinto Finland
10Joonas Lehtoranta 194-SG-94 KTP Finland
11Kristofer Clement 186-G-93 Kauhajoki Finland
12Joonas Caven 211-C/F-93 Prat Juventud Spain
13Orlando Taylor 205-C-94
14Mika Nuolivirta 210-C-94 HBA-Marsky Finland
15Daniel Dolenc 205-C-93 Tapiolan Honka Finland
21Tommi Huolila 198-PF-93 Salon Vilpas Finland
Mikael Kauhanen 202-F-94 HBA-Marsky Finland
Juuso Kauppinen 188-G/F-94 HBA-Marsky Finland
Marcel Moore 200-F-94

Pekka Salminen Head Coach Tapiolan Honka Finland
Greg Gibson Assistant Nilan Bisons Finland
Petri Virtanen Assistant



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  FRANCE   


Gedeon Pitard remains with STB Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

Gedeon Pitard (188-PG-89) remains with STB Le Havre in France. In 30 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. Pitard's team made it to the French Cup Final Four in 2012.
He was a member of French U18 National Team back in 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Strasbourg IG announced Antoine Diot - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg IG announced Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) for the next season. The 24-year old domestic ex-international point guard Antoine Diot played last time at Paris-Levallois. In 30 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Diot also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (11-12) season Diot was tested by Le Mans Sarthe Basket. In four games he recorded 3.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.8apg that season.
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Diot played for French Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. He also represented France at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 66.7%, FT: 10.0%.



Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-France U18 81:74

Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games and added 81:74 victory against France. The latter ended up on the second place with 1-2 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Serbia grabbed 20:17 lead at the end of the first period and then erupted with 28-14 in the second frame. The hosts led 17 points at the halftime but the victory was not too easy for them. France replied with a 19-17 rally in the third quarter and posted a 24-16 win in the last stanza.
Brano Dukanovic (196-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) nailed 18. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) delivered 13, whilst Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) posted 6. Damien Inglis finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Charly Pontens poured in 14. Guerschon Yabusele notched 9, whilst Nguana and Butej had 8 each.

Serbia U18: Brano Dukanovic 22, Rade Zagorac 18, Ognjen Jaramaz 13, Milenko Veljkovic 6
France U18: Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) 19, Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) 14, Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) 9, Ngouana 8, Butej 8



Senegalese Maleye N'Doye re-upped with Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) re-upped with Paris-Levallois. In 29 games he had 5.2ppg and 2.2rpg last season. He helped them to win the cup. N'Doye also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous season N'Doye played at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) in French league. In 35 games he recorded 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Semifinals.The list of the past achievements is quite long as N'Doye was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He was also a member of Senegalese international program for some years. N'Doye played for Senegalese Senior National Team between 2003 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2001. He represented Senegal at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 27.8%, 3PT: 25.8%.



Lille lands Vincent Pourchot - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) landed 21-year old center Vincent Pourchot (222-92). He has played for the last two years at the junior team of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA). Pourchot's team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2012. He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. Pourchot's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 66.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Pourchot has played previously for two other France teams: Centre Federal du Basket-Ball and Metz-Thionville.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Boulazac bring in David Monds - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with David Monds (205-C/F-83, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Oklahoma St.). The centre spent the last season with Bourg. He tallied 14.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Previously the centre played for Orleans, Kolossos, Humacao, Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Gelisim Koleji, Gwinnett Ravia-Rebels and Gary Steelheads. He was named into All-French ProB 3rd Team in 2011. David Monds also earned WBA All-League Honourable Mention in 2007.


Turgut Atakol Tournament: France cruise past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Sweden U20 81:47

France finished the Turgut Atakol Tournament in Turkey on a winning note. They breezed past Sweden to accumulate 4-1 record. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) paced Les Bleus with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
France started the game on an 11:2 run. They piled up a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. France opened the second period on a 14:0 rally to boost the margin. They eased to a 43:20 halftime advantage. Les Bleus ensured an unassailable 65:32 lead at the final break. Sweden could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Kevin Harley (201-G/F-94) finished with 11 points, while Paul Turpin (192-G-93) added 10 in the victory. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) responded with 13 points for Sweden. Niklas Larsson (198-SG-94) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

France U20: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 12, Kevin Harley 11, Paul Turpin 10
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 13, Niklas Larsson 7



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Georgian U20 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Georgian U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Beka Burjanadze
Burjanadze
Shota Gelazonia
Gelazonia
Nodar Gogodze
Gogodze
Levani Grdzelidze
Grdzelidze
Kakhaber Jintcharadze
Jintcharadze
#e#5
Beka Burjanadze 203-PF-94 Cajasol Spain
Shota Gelazonia 205-C-94 Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia
Nodar Gogodze 191-PG-94 Olimpi Georgia
Levani Grdzelidze 189-SG-94 Kutaisi Georgia
Kakhaber Jintcharadze 195-F/G-93 Sokhumi Georgia
Valeri Kvantaliani 204-C/F-94 Sokhumi Georgia
Irakli Mikeladze 182-PG-94 Olimpi Georgia
Giorgi Ormotsadze 193-G-93 Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia
Otar Pkhakadze 190-PG-93 Fairmont St. USA
Temuri Phkhakadze 203-C-94 Olimpi Georgia
Nika Ramishvili 182-PG-94 Batumi Georgia
Revaz Rogava 191-G-93 MIA Academy Georgia
Giorgi Tsirekidze 204-C-94 Olimpi Georgia




Bulgaria U20 silence Georgia U20 at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Georgia U20 85:54

Bulgaria victoriously finished their Torneo di Domegge campaign. They knocked down Georgian on the final day of the competition. Velislav Galabov (207-C-94) dropped 15 points to lead the winners. Both teams finished at 1-2 record at the tourney.
Bulgaria used a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to pull ahead. They secured a 29:14 lead after ten minutes. The tempo dropped the drastically in the second period. Georgia managed to cut the deficit by three points to trail 26:38 at halftime. Bulgaria retained control in the third period. They used another 12:0 run to take a massive 65:38 lead at the end of the quarter. Bulgaria never looked back to claim a comprehensive victory at the end. Dimitar Stoyanov (187-G-93) posted 13 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) had 11 points each for the winners. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) answered with 14 points for Georgia. Shota Gelazonia (205-C-94) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Bulgaria U20: Velislav Galabov 15, Dimitar Stoyanov 13, Dimitar Dimitrov 11, Deyan Karamfilov 11
Georgia U20: Revaz Rogava 14, Shota Gelazonia 12



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  GERMANY   


Turgut Atakol Tournament: Russia wrap up campaign on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Germany U20 83:62

Russia capped their Turgut Atakol Tournament campaign on a winning note. They held off Germany to improve at 1-4 record. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) accounted for 21 points and 6 assists to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game on a 9:1 run. They kept Germany at bay building a 25:15 lead at the first intermission. Gudumak and Karpenko gave Russia a 14-point lead early in the second period. Germany managed to narrow the deficit at 9 points at the interval 33:42. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. Germany got as close as 8 points at the final intermission. Russia opened the fourth frame with 15 straight points and never looked back en route to the win. Artem Komolov (194-SF-93) netted 15 points, while Andrey Loginov (204-PF-93) contributed 11 points for the winners. Mauricio Marin (192-G-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) responded with 14 points for Germany. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) netted 9 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 21, Artem Komolov 15, Andrey Loginov 11
Germany U20: Mauricio Marin 14, Bogdan Radosavljevic 9



German University National Team 2013 - by Ernest

German U22 National Team 2013
#s#
Anthony Canty
Canty
Till-Joscha Joenke
Joenke
Florian Koch
Koch
Konstantin Klein
Klein
Stefan Schmidt
Schmidt
#e#5

Anthony Canty 183-PG-91 TBB Trier Germany

Till-Joscha Joenke 190-PG-92 Ratiopharm Germany

Florian Koch 197-SF-92 Telekom Baskets Germany

Konstantin Klein 187-PG-91 Fraport SKY Germany

Stefan Schmidt 206-C-89 TBB Trier Germany

Mathis Monninghoff 199-G/F-92 TBB Trier Germany

Dennis Kramer 211-F-92 San Diego USA

Peter Zeis 196-G/F-89 Bayreuth Germany

Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 208-C-90 ALBA Germany

Johannes Voigtmann 208-C-92 Fraport SKY Germany

Ole Wendt 190-PG-92 Phoenix Hagen Germany

Malte Ziegenhagen 193-G-91 Hawaii-Pacific USA


Olaf Stolz Head Coach Telekom Baskets Germany



Dominik Malinowski Remains With The Schwelmer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Schwelmer Baskets will keep Dominik Malinowski (198-SG-91) for a third season. Dominik Malinowski is a 22 yera old 198cm shooting guard and last season played 1 games: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 86.4%. "He will play his third season with us and I hope that he will stay injury free. I await that he becomes a leader this season and increases his stats. I am convinced that he can do that. Now it is time for him to prove that. I am happy that he will play with us again", stressed Schwelm head coach Raphael Wilder. The German scored in double figuers five times including a 15 point game against Recklinghausen.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets



Johnathon Jones (The Atlanta Hawks Should Bring In A Veteran To Help Him Along, But It Will Be Dennis Schroeders Team Within The Year - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88, college: Oakland) is a 25 year old 183cm guard from Lansing, Michigan that played recently for the Fraport Skyliners and finished the season for HKK Siroki WWin (Bosnia-Division 1) where he reached the final losing in five games. He played 15 games: 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT-3 (85.0%); Adriatic League: 11 games: 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT-1 (52.0%), FT: 71.4%. He played at Oakland from 2006-2010 playing a total of 125 NCAA games. In hiss enior year, he played 35 games: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 84.8%. He broke numerous school records like Set school record in minutes played (4,846) and tied school record as the all-time winningest player over four-year career, 85 wins . Ranks third all-time in school history in steals (196) and 11th in league history . Stands 10th all-time in OU history in points (1,674) and 18th on the league all-time scoring list . His career .816 free throw percentage ranks 10th in league history and T4 in school history . First OU player to surpass 1,300 points and 800 assists. In 2010-2011, he started his professional basketball career with MBK Rieker Komarno (Slovakia-Extraliga) and played there for two seasons. Last season he played 42 games: 16.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 80.2%. He was Slovakian League Finalist -12, Slovakian League Regular Season Champion -12, and Slovakian Cup Finalist -12. He spoke to eurobasket about his season, Dennis Schroeder and the 2013 NBA draft.

You had an up and down last season playing first for the Fraport Skyliners and being released, but finishing strong in Bosnia reaching the final losing in five games. How do you describe your season summary?

Germany was a great experience, I had some solid games but we weren't winning. Going to Bosnia and playing in the Adriatic league was a good second start to the season.

You might feel like a Jim Kelly of the 90s Buffalo Bills because like him, you only have reached finals in your career losing in Slovakia and Bosnia. How tough has it been not being able to win a title yet?

It's always tough losing in the finals but its great experience for me and hopefully wherever I go next year I can finally win a title.

In Bosnia you played played 15 games: 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT-3 (85.0%); Adriatic League: 11 games: 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT-1 (52.0%), FT: 71.4%. How happy were you with your stats and individual play?

My Bosnian league numbers are misleading I didn't play a lot in those games because we were winning by so much so my coach would play younger players and people who didn't get a lot of playing time. As for the Adriatic league I think I played well, coming into a team half through is always tough but I think I put up solid numbers.

You shot 52% from outside in the Adriatic league. Did you do extra shooting from downtown in Bosnia?

No I didn't do anything different just playing more and getting into a rhythm. It was tough when I was in Germany going in and out of the game and not finding a flow.

How did you spend the NBA draft evening? Were there any surprises in your mind?

I just hung out with some of my friends and watched the draft, Bennett going #1 was a surprise to me. All week they have been talking about taking a 5 man.

When you were with the Fraport Skyliners, you contributed to a 61-59 win against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What do you remember most from Dennis Schroeder?

Dennis Schroeder was a good player, he really knows how to use his speed. He uses the pick and roll well and has a great change of pace to his game.

Schroeder improved rapidly last season. You saw him in late October 2012. Did he look like a potential NBA player to you?

When the coaches told me about him and his age I knew he had NBA potential.

What did you like most about his game?

I liked how he creates and gets into the lane. With his speed he can put a lot of pressure on the defense

How did you do against him on the court? What do you remember most from that night?

I think I did a good job on him when I was in there, that game I think Devin Gibson played him a lot but when I was matched up against him it was a good battle.

Schroeder is most compared to Rajon Rondo, but if you could pick another player that he reminds you of who would you say? Could one compare him to a Darren Collision in the body of Rondo?

I think the Darren Collision is a good comparison they are both quick and very active on the defensive end.


What do you like most about watching the NBA Draft?

I like seeing people dreams coming true and seeing people you played against getting their chance to be in the NBA

Were you surprised that Anthony Bennett was picked at number one?

I was surprised I thought the Cavs would take a big


Were you surprised how late Nerlens Noel was taken? Did it seem like NBA teams had Sam Bowie and Greg Oden disease?

No I think Noel will be solid he is athletic and that will translate well in the NBA

German Dennis Schroeder was chosen at #17 with the Atlanta Hawks. They have many free agents and Jeff Teague. Do you see the Hawks building around the 19 year old or bring in some free agent guards?

I think the Atlanta Hawks will bring in a veteran and help bring him a long but within the year it will be his team.

What is something you want to do this summer at home in the States that you havent been able to do for a while?

I just like spending time with my family and seeing friends I haven't seen in awhile. But the main thing is having some of my moms cooking.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Last movie I saw was Identity theft


Thanks John for the chat.





Dennis Nawrocki Joins The Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Cuxhaven Bascats announced the arrival of Dennis Nawrocki (190-G-92). Nawrocki is a 20 year old 192cm guard that will play his first season in Cuxhaven. He played for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (ProB) the last three years and last season played 21 games averaging 10.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 64.4%."Dennis is still at the begining and has much potential. Now is the time to build on that. His positive way to develop makes me certain that he will be an important part of the team", stated head coach Kristis Plendiskis. The German started his basketball career in 2008 with the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB) where he played together with NBA player DEnnis Schroeder and German national player Daniel Thies with the NBBL team.

Source: Cuxhaven Bascats



German junior international Nkemazon moves to Oldenburg - by Moritz Korff

The Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems, youth program of BBL team EWE Baskets Oldenburg, has landed two prospects from Hamburg. Erwin-Ngueffe Nkemazon (203-C-97) and Jan-Frederick Rohde (198-PG-96) will leave the Hittfeld Sharks to move to Oldenburg, according to the club's website.
Both Nkemazon and Rohde represented the Sharks in this past NBBL season. Nkemazon, who made his debut on the German 16 Under National Team just recently, averaged 8.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per contest. The 15-year-old post player also appeared in eight JBBL games, averaging 14.3 points, 20.6 boards and 3.3 blocks a contest in the 16 Under-Bundesliga. Rohde added 7.0 points per game in the 19 Under-Bundesliga NBBL.



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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, Panathin.16.8 
 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. Petway, Olympiacos13.3 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.2 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.5 
 4. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.6 
 6. Jankovic, Panathin.6.5 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.0 
 8. Haritopoulos, Luko.5.9 
 9. Petway, Olympiacos5.9 
 10. Charissis, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 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, Panathin.3.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.0 
 3. Pappas, Panathin.1.9 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 6. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.4 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Liakopoulos, Pane.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  Olympiacos
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petway, Olympiacos2.4 
 2. Faye, Ikaros1.4 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.2 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Achara, Kavala1.1 
 8. Charissis, Aris1.0 
 9. Chrysikopoul., PAOK0.7 
 10. Hines, CSKA0.7 


Stephane Lasme will remain Green!! - by Chris Mammides

Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) will be wearing the green jersey of Panathinaikos for the next two year (at least). The Gabonese center decided to remain in the Green team of the six star and even though took him more than 15 days to decide (and the team of CSKA to agree financial terms with Kyle Hines) he decided that there is nowhere else better than the team that actually added value to his game and made him among the top centers in the European courts.

Stephane is expected (according to most Greek media) to sign his new two years contract in the next couple of days. Furthermore, it is expected -officially - later today to have the announcements of the renewals of the contract of the captain and spirit of the team, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) his last contract (probably) as a player in Panathinaikos as his new contract will be a 3 years contract. Together with Diamantidis, another player will sign his last contract (probably) as a player as Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81) will put his signature to his new three years contract with Panathinaikos. This will be his third return to the team of his heard.

With these signatures, the team of Panathinaikos is expected to add another two Greek players and one of them might be a big surprise as nobody expects a transfer like that... Within the next few days we will be able to know the official site of the story...



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Savic returns to Hungary - by Levente Szabo

Brane Savic (181-PG-79, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) signed for the next season with TOP COP Security Jaszbereny. The veteran Point Guard is a well-known player in our country as he played for 5 seasons in Hungary from 2006 until 2011. He spent his last one in Hungary with NYKK when he recorded 17.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.5apg and 3.5spg (FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 81.0%).

The Slovenian player spent his last two seasons in France at lower division teams, and helped this year hi club, Saint-Brieuc Basket to reach the France NM2 semifinals.

After keeping from last season both Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) and Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: BeoExcell) and with the signing of Brane Savic, the management of TOP COP Security Jaszbereny filled their imports slots already for next season.




Anthony Olah signed with Alba Fehervar - by Tamas Deri

The Australian-Hungarian dual-citizen Anthony Olah (195-G/F-90, college: Simon Fraser) is now a member of the Hungarian Champion Alba Fehervar as he signed with the EuroCup particpant club for the 2013/2014 season. The 198 cm-tall forward was born in Hungary, but he was raised in Australia, where he grew up with the youth system of Gold Coast. After it he played in the Second Division of the NCAA and Olah was an important player of Simon Fraser University as he posted 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest in 2012/2013. Watch his amazing highlights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWtFC21qkZM



Market news - by Tamas Deri

Mate Mohacsi (192-F-90) had a lot of options to leave Nyiregyhaza and to sign with another team from the Hungarian First League, but he eventually decided to stay with his first and only club, NYKK. The 23 year-old forward had his best season of his life in 2012-2013 as he posted 14.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 17 VAL with 49% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc. The 192 cm-tall Hungarian player had already spent 5 seasons among the professionals and he penned a new deal with NYKK before the summer.

Laszlo Simon (190-SG-86) will stay in Szombathely, because the Hungarian NT player signed a new deal with the SZOVA KC. The 193 cm-tall guard averaged 5.2 points and 1.2 assists with 63% from the floor in 2012/2013. The 27 year-old combo guard grew up with the junior team of Zalaegerszeg and he became a pro as the member of ZTE, but he decided to continue his career in Szombathely 2 years ago. Simon is now with the Hungarian National Team and he will stay in Szombathely for one more year according to his new contract.

Norbert Takacs (197-G/F-90) penned a new deal with Sopron, where he had his breakthrough year in 2012/2013. The 22 year-old swingman started his professional career in Sopron two years ago, but he had great seasons in the Hungarian Second League with MAFC and he also had some international experience from Greece. The 197 cm-tall youngster scored 8.3 points, collected 2.3 rebounds and had 0.8 steal per game this season with 46% from the field and 79% from the line in 2012/2013.

Balazs Horvath will be the assistant coach of Kormend, the Hungarian-Romanian dual-citizen Roland Torok (202-C-90) has also just signed with the club. Both the coach and the player came from Jszberny where they finished 5th in 2012/2013. The 21 year-old forward posted 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 7 VAL per contest with 54% from the field in his first Hungarian season as a professional. Horvth was the head coach of JKSE when the team made the Hungarian First League and he was an assistant there in the last year.



Hungary U20 lose first game at Tondela Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian U20 National Team traveled to Portugal to take part at the international tournament in Tondela. They faced the British counterparts in the opener. Hungary lost the clash 68:78. Hungary will next take on Portugal.
Great Britain firmly opened the game. They posted a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Hungary struck right back in the second period. They went on a 26:10 run to take a 6-point halftime lead. But Great Britain turned things around once again. The Brits ignited a 29:15 rally in the third term to enter the fourth period up by 8 points. Great Britain outscored Hungary in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Luka Markovic (196-SG-93) led Hungary with 26 points. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 12 points, while Mate Pongo (185-G-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Peter Jakab (200-F-93) had 6 points each in the loss.



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 16-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 14-5 
 3. Portland C. 14-5 
 4. Salem S. 9-10 
 5. Nippon T. 1-18 
International
 1. Olympia R. 2-0 
 2. Kitsap A. 1-4 
 3. Seattle F. 1-4 
 4. East Bay PB 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 27: Nippon T. - Portland C. 94-143
Jun. 26: Seattle F. - Nippon T. 136-109
Jun. 30: Nippon T. - Vancouver V. 127-154
Jun. 30: Bellingham S. - Seattle F. 117-104
Jun. 28: Nippon T. - Salem S. 114-124
Jun. 29: Salem S. - Bellingham S. 109-125
Jul. 1: Salem S. - Portland C.



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  ISRAEL   


Omri Casspi will become unrestricted free agent since July 1st - by Idan Seggev

As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided not to renew the contract of Omri Casspi (204-SF-88), who will become unrestricted free agent since July 1st. Last year was his weakest among his 4 years in the NBA, when he played in 43 games only and he had an average of 4 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 12 mpg. The Cavs could pay 3.3 million dollar and to compare any other offer which will be given to Casspi, but they decided to release the player. Omri, who will play in the 2013 Eurobasket with Israel, still didn't give up on the possibility to play in the NBA and will review other options before he will decide to check offers overseas.


Hapoel Tel Aviv re-upped with two players - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Tel Aviv re-upped with two players for the next season. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83, agency: Ronsport) and Yotam Shiran (198-SF-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) will continue with the team.
Jonathan Skjoldebrand averaged 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg last season. Among other achievements he won Israeli National League championship title in 2012. Skjoldebrand received also Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2008. He represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 1.0ppg.
Yotam Shiran had 3.6ppg and 1.7rpg last season.The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shiran won Israeli National League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention back in 2010. Shiran represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 60.0%.
Shiran has played also professionally for other Israeli teams like Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Holon, Lev Hasharon, Hapoel Beeri and Kiryat Tivon.



Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv officially announced Alex Tyus - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv officially announced Alex Tyus (205-C-88, college: Florida) for the next season. The 25-year old player will move from FoxTown Cantu in Italy. In 43 SerieA games he averaged 9.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1bpg this season. He helped them to win the supercup and make to league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Tyus also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 8.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0bpg. Before he played at Maccabi Ashdod. In 30 Winner League games he had 12.6ppg, 8.5rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. A very impressive season as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Sixth Man of the Year and selected to 2nd Team. Tyus also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 12.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 73.2%, FT: 31.6%.
Tyus graduated from University of Florida in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.



Israel U18 steal narrow win in Gizycko - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Israel U18 65:66

Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) hit a free throw late in regulation to give Israeli U18 National Team a narrow road win over Polish counterparts in the first friendly encounter between the sides in Gizycko. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
Poland enjoyed a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. Israel cut the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 37:35. Israel fired 22 points in the third term to take a 4-point lead before the fourth period. Poland tried hard to rescue the game in the final period. The hosts erased the deficit but Itay Segev sealed the victory for Israel late in regulation. He finished with 8 points in the victory. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) nailed 19 points for Poland. Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) notched 13 points in the losing effort.

Poland U18: Mikolaj Witlinski 19, Damian Jeszke 13
Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 21, Itay Segev 8



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  ITALY   


Italian U20 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Dario Cefarelli
Cefarelli
Marco Lagana
Lagana
Aristide Landi
Landi
Eric Lombardi
Lombardi
Michele Ruzzier
Ruzzier
#e#5
Awudu Abass 196-G/F-93 Cantu Italy
Stefano Bossi 185-PG-94 Pall.Trento Italy
Tommaso Carnovali 199-PF-93 Treviglio Italy
Dario Cefarelli 199-PF-93 JuveCaserta Italy
Matteo Chillo 202-PF-93 Aget Service IM Italy
Amedeo Della Valle 196-F/G-93 Ohio St. USA
Matteo Fallucca 195-SG-93 Ferrara Italy
Edoardo Giovara 199-F/G-93 Novipiu Casale Italy
Matteo Imbro 192-PG-94 Oknoplast BO Italy
Marco Lagana 195-G-93 Angelico BI Italy
Aristide Landi 203-F/C-94 Oknoplast BO Italy
Eric Lombardi 200-F-93 C.de Latte BRE Italy
Alessandro Paesano 203-F/C-93 Roma S.Azzurra Italy
Michele Ruzzier 190-PG-93 AcegasAps TR Italy
Gaetano Spera 209-F/C-93 Chieti Italy
Stefano Tonut 194-SG-93 AcegasAps TR Italy
Mirco Turel 192-SG-94 Aget Service IM Italy




Italy U20 earn title at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Ukraine U20 76:71

Italy celebrated victory at the Torneo di Domegge. The hosts shot down the Ukrainian counterparts in the final day of the competition. Awudu Abass (196-G/F-93, agency: Players Group) and Amedeo Della Valle (196-F/G-93) stepped up with 15 points each to pace the Azzurri.
Ukraine stunned the hosts in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 25:10 run to clear off. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated a comfortable 45:29 halftime lead. Italy however turned things around in the third term. They held the visitors to 8 points in the period and surged ahead for a 57:53 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Italy did not surrender the lead in the final ten minutes and raced to the victory. Dario Cefarelli (199-PF-93) and Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) netted 8 points each for the winners. Anatoliy Shundel (190-PG-93) responded with 21 points for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Awudu Abass 15, Amedeo Della Valle 15, Dario Cefarelli 8, Matteo Imbro 8
Ukraine U20: Anatoliy Shundel 21, Vladyslav Koreniuk 15



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  IVORY COAST   


Boncourt keep Ismael N'Diaye - by Eurobasket News

Boncourt have agreed on terms of contract extension with Ismael N'Diaye. The new deal is meant for the next season. The Ivorian forward will enter his third straight season with the Red Team. Last season Ismael N'Diaye tallied 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game in LNA. Previously Ismael N'Diaye played for Lausanne. He has been the member of the Ivorian National Team since 2007. The forward participated at the 2009 and 2011 African Championships. N'Diaye tallied 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in the latter event.


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Japan sweep exhibition series versus Philippines - by Eurobasket News

Japan swept the exhibition series versus Philippines. They earned an 88:61 victory in Game 3 in Tokyo tonight to complete the sweep. Japan wrapped up their preparations for the upcoming William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The event is scheduled to tip off on July 6. Japan led from start to finish in this one. Their defence limited Philippines to just 37.5 percent accuracy from the field. It should be also mentioned that Philippines brought the reserves team to Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) nailed 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Japan. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) netted 12 points for the winners. Chris Blake (201-F) answered with 16 points for Philippines. Reynel Hugnatan (194-F-78) had 15 boards in the losing effort.


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Latvian U20 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Andrejs Grazulis
Grazulis
Roberts Krastins
Krastins
Roberts Krumins
Krumins
Arturs Lusis
Lusis
Peteris Rekis
Rekis
#e#5
Andrejs Grazulis 202-F-93 Ventspils Latvia
Roberts Krastins 194-G-94 Liepaja Latvia
Roberts Krumins 200-F/G-93 Liepaja Latvia
Arturs Lusis 197-F-93 LU Latvia
Peteris Rekis 197-C-93 LU Latvia
Kaspars Vecvagars 193-PG-93 Lietkabelis Lithuania
Janis Berzins 202-F-93 Valmiera Latvia
Elvis Endzels 186-PG-94 Liepaja Latvia
Rihards Ginters 193-SF-93 RSU Latvia
Ilja Gromovs 207-C-94 Ventspils Latvia
Ingus Jakovics 185-PG-93 Liepaja Latvia
Toms Leimanis 188-PG-94 Ventspils Latvia
Rihards Paze 199-F-93 Barons kvartals Latvia
Elvis Saulitis 208-C-93 Valmiera Latvia
Ojars Silins 202-F/G-93 Trenkwalder RE Italy
Klavs Strazdins 192-F-93 LU Latvia
Roberts Stumbris 198-F-93 Jurmala Latvia
Edgars Stelmahers 187-PG-94 Ventspils Latvia

Arturs Stalbergs Head Coach Liepaja Latvia
Raimonds Feldmanis Assistant Turiba Latvia
Jevgenijs Kosuskins Assistant Jurmala Latvia



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Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Awards 2013 - by Rabih Khoury

Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team 2013
Jasmon Youngblood
Youngblood
Andre Emmett
Emmett
Fadi Khatib
Khatib
Julian Khazzouh
Khazzouh
Michael Fraser
Fraser

Player of the Year: Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit
Guard of the Year: Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos
Forward of the Year: Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit
Center of the Year: Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Byblos
Newcomer of the Year: Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Sagesse
Import of the Year: Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit
Domestic Player of the Year: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville
Defensive Player of the Year: Loren Woods (218-C-78) of Al Riyadi

1st Team
G: Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos
F: Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit
F: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville
F: Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Sagesse
F/C: Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Byblos

2nd Team
PG: Rodrigue Akl (187-PG-88) of Sagesse
G: Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Moutahed
F/G: Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) of Al Riyadi
F/C: Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89) of Moutahed
C: DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Sagesse

Honorable Mention
Elie Roustom (197-F-87) of Sagesse
Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83) of Al Riyadi
Philip Tabet (205-F-87) of Sagesse
Rony Fahed (184-PG-81) of Moutahed
Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) of Champville

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Rodrigue Akl (187-PG-88) of Sagesse
F/G: Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) of Al Riyadi
F: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville
F/C: Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89) of Moutahed
C: Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Sagesse

All-Imports Team
G: Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Moutahed
F/G: Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Amchit
F: Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Byblos
F: DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Sagesse
F/C: Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Byblos



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Lithuania U20 posts two victories against Estonian players - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 posts two victories against Estonian players. In Game 1 Lithuania U20 celebrated a 65:61 win. They trailed 6 points after 30 minutes of the game, but needed a final 25-15 push to win the game. Vaidas Kariniauskas top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Mindaugas Kacinas (201-F-93) nailed 9. Simonas Lekys and Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-F-93) delivered 6 each, whilst Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) netted 4.
Last night Lithuania U20 posted an 84:53 win. They looked very confident in the start of the game and led 49:21 at the halftime. The teams exchanged the wins in the second half as Lithuania reached 31-point victory. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-F-93) scored 18 points, while Sigismund Riauka netted 15. Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) and Mindaugas Kachin delivered 9 points each.



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Hermosillo beat Navolato on the road, force sixth game - by Eurobasket News

Navolato - Hermosillo 71:90

Hermosillo are staying in the CIBACOPA title hunt. They fired past Navolato in the fifth game of the championship series to cut the deficit at 2-3. The series are now moving back to Hermosillo. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) nailed 27 points to lead the Rayos to a vital road win yesterday.
Hermosillo gained a 25:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second period. Hermosillo accumulated a 48:35 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. The visitors ensured a 13-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The Rayos did not slow down in the final stanza and celebrated a key victory at the end. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) posted 18 points and 13 boards, while Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist) added 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) responded with 29 points for Navolato. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) chipped in 21 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the loss.

Navolato: Marcus Elliott 29, Ronald Selleaze 21
Hermosillo: Patrick Sanders 27, Emmanuel Little 18+13 boards, Jesus Lopez 12



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  MOROCCO   


Wydad Casablanca wins Morocco Basketball League 2012/2013 - by Eurobasket News

Wydad Casablanca wins Morocco Basketball League 2012/2013. The team overcame Renaissance de Berkane 70:55 in the Final game.
Earlier Renaissance de Berkane and Wydad Casablanca advanced to the Final after the Semifinal series against their opponents. Wydad Casablanca won the first game against Sport Plazza Casa 69:61 and then lost the second 79:80. As a total it gave them 148:141 total win.
Renaissance de Berkane smashed FUS Rabat 90:65 in Game 2. In Game 1 Rabat celebrated a 75:66 victory.



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  MOZAMBIQUE   


U16 AfroBasket: Egypt coast past Mozambique for second win - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16 - Mozambique U16 102:37

Egypt earned the second straight win at the start of U16 AfroBasket. They stamped Mozambique to stay on top of Group B. Muhammed Saadeldin nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Mozambique fell at 0-1 after the loss.
Mozambique led midway through the opening quarter but Egypt strongly finished the period to gain a 20:12 lead. Egypt cleared off in the second term. They built a 54:25 halftime lead. Egypt extended their dominance in the third term. They accumulated a massive 80:33 advantage at the final intermission. Egypt opened the fourth frame on a 10:2 run and never looked back. Mugif Abdel netted 15 points and made 8 steals, while Mohamed Salem contributed 13 points for the winning side. Chuma Octavto responded with 13 points for Mozambique. Langa Loren chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Egypt U16: Muhammed Saadeldin 20, Mugif Abdel 15, Mohamed Salem 13
Mozambique U16: Chuma Octavto 13, Langa Loren 11



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  NBA   


The Celtics let Williams go - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics cut 26-year old swingman Terrence Williams (198-100kg-87, college: Louisville). In 29 NBA games he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg this season. Williams also played at Guandong Tigers (CBA) in Chinese league earlier that season. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg. He also spent pre-season at the Pistons earlier that year.
The most of last (11/12) season Williams spent at the Kings. In 18 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 3.1apg. The other team he played that season for were the Rockets. In 12 games he had 4.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Williams played at the Nets. In 10 games he had 6.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg.
In 2009 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets in first round (11th overall). Williams attended University of Louisville and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won Big East Tournament in 2009. Williams received also All-Big East 1st Team award back in 2009.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Springfield Armor).
Let's have closer look into Williams' outlook: He is a defensive stopper who is able to guard multiple positions on the floor which should help him at the next level ... His vision and ability to pass are standout for a wing player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Vipers Nick Nurse headed to Toronto - by Eurobasket News

Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach Nick Nurse will be hired to be an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, a league source confirmed with The Monitor Sunday. The Raptors are expected to officially announce the move in the next few days. Immediate efforts to reach Nurse on Sunday were unsuccessful. Nurse has coached the Vipers the last two seasons and led them to the NBA Development League Championship in April. Nurse arrived in the Valley in 2011 after he led the Iowa Energy to the D-League title over the Vipers that season. Nurse coached in the D-League for six seasons and is the only coach in league history to lead two separate teams to championships. Nurses move to Toronto isnt unexpected. Several members of the Toronto and NBA media have reported the Raptors interest in Nurse for about a month. The Toronto Sun reported Sunday on Twitter that Nurse would be in charge of the Raptors offense. The Raptors ranked 16th (97.21 points) in the NBA in points scored per game last season. Running the Raptors offense would seem to be a perfect fit for Nurse. During his six seasons in the D-League, he had two teams lead the league in scoring, including the 2012-13 Vipers. Nurse is no stranger to working with NBA-caliber talent. Hes had 23 players called up to the NBA during his six years in the D-League. Thirteen Vipers landed on NBA rosters this season alone. Nurse was largely responsible for getting point guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) back to NBA form after he was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers before the season. Goudelock, who played with the Lakers for the 2011-12 season, was with the Vipers for most of the season until he was called up by the Lakers one game into the D-League playoffs. Goudelock was named the D-Leagues MVP. Nurse also had a hand in the development of Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr., who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and then traded to the Washington Wizards on Thursday. The Vipers drafted Rice in the fourth round of the D-League draft several months after he was dismissed from the Georgia Tech basketball team. In addition to his D-League experience, Nurse has served as an assistant to Chris Finch with Great Britains national team, a squad they coached in the 2012 London Olympics. Nurse took Finchs spot with the Vipers after Finch was hired as an assistant with the Houston Rockets. Including postseason, Nurses career D-League record is 192-123. The Vipers were 35-15 during the regular season in 2012-13 and finished with a 16-game winning streak.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



Raptors, Knicks close to Andrea Bargnani trade - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks are close to a trade with the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85). The Knicks would send Marcus Camby (6'11''-C/F-74, college: Massachusetts), Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette), a first round pick and a second round pick to the Raptors. The Raptors have attempted to trade Bargnani for several months and several other teams have expressed interest recently. A handshake deal between the Raptors and Knicks could come shortly. Bargnani is owed $22.5 million over the next two seasons.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



The Rockets released Delfino - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) released 31-year old Argentinian international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-104kg-82). He is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. In 72 NBA games he had 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg this season.
The last (11/12) season he played at the Bucks. In 54 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.
In 2003 Delfino was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (25th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he played in the final of Russian A Superleague in 2009. Delfino was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention in 2012.
He was also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Delfino played for Argentinian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001. He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Delfino's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 65.2%.
Delfino is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain, other NBA team (Toronto Raptors), Italy (Reggio C. Redel and Biancoblu Basket Bologna), Argentina (Olimpia and La Union) and Russia (Khimky).
Delfino could be described: Has shooting range of more than 8 metres, some which could allow him to play even the 2 position in future, but now he plays forward 3 or 4, because is yet enough strong to battle under tthe boards, but above all he has the typical mental skills of S.American players, never surrenders. Mostly a scorer and able to play both wing spots, but not a great shooter with range, yet. He is still very young and has a big upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The 2012-13 Asterisk * Awards Go To: ... By Tim Shea - by Tim Shea

Try to be pure at heart
They arrest you for robbery.
Mistake your shyness for aloofness
Your silence for snobbery.
Got the message this mornin'
The one that was sent to me.
About the madness of becomin'
What one was never meant to be.
West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar
I see the turning of the page, curtain risin' on a new age
See the grooms still waitin' at the altar.

- BOB DYLAN -

2012-13 Asterisk * Awards Go To:

*Lebron James. He is the great Oscar Robertson and the great MJ all rolled up in one. He's the best. Everything he does, even his, "Im taking my talents to South Beach Show", comes with an asterisk. Its simply not fair to the rest of the league (world). So, Who's better? is not a question. MJ could never guard a PF/C.

*Coach Greg Popovic gets the * next to his great coach label for NOT using two "Bigs" simultaneously, at any moment, during the Finals. Pops was too conformist and never proactive in forcing the Miami Heat to change its M.O. SAS always played the "Miami game". The Duncan-Splitter combination, a la Robinson-Duncan, was a possible valuable tactic SAS never used and one that could have changed things around and forced Miami's hand. In addition, his sixth game, post game response to a journalists question: "Oh you mean that European tactic rule of fouling to prevent a three point shot from being made? " (which may have cost him the sixth game (and the championship). His comment demonstrated little tact and from where I sit, poor taste, a shot of ignorance and deliberate snobbery. Very uncool.

*The Refs get the * because either my eyesight is going bad (or I dont know what) but... too many playoff games were sometimes, no, often-times, no, too many times seemed to be about them and not the game or the players. I'm referring to both here in Spain ACB and in the NBA. Examples? The officials time out taken by the crew of the sixth game of the NBA Finals with 6 seconds remaining which stopped the game after Ray Allens game tying three. Whatsupwitthat? Its not allowed!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch here in the ACB, basketballs clearly bouncing off of an offensive players knee and out of bounds didn't go as a turnover. Something stinks in Denmark.

*Doc Rivers gets one just because he's The Doc. Its that simple.

*Jason Kidd gets the * because calling yourself a coach from one day to the next is just not kosher. The "Coach" entitlement is an earned, school of hard knocks title that is rooted in merit and not arbitrarily given to oneself. Just because one spends time in the company of The great masters of painting does not make a novice a master. If I run into Jason I will respectfully salute him as Mr. Kidd and not Coach ... ... at least not yet, hes gotta earn that.

*Goes to ACB Championship Winners: Like almost every year for the last I dont know how many years, there was no doubt or drama as to who was going to win the title. From Day 1 it was to be Real Madrid or Barcelona, or Barcelona or Real Madrid. Duuhhh.

*Goes to the Sub Champion San Antonio Spurs as the epitome of team basketball in this day and age of the one on five, look at me posing, screaming, shouting, fronting, individualist basketball culture. SAS - The TEAM that came "this close" to being champions while the separation between them and the champion Miami Heat is the distance between these two dots.. Three cheers for team basketball, hip hip _.

*Goes to the FIBA and the National leagues under their jurisdiction as any individual or team offensive records that were set during this past season receive the asterisk because: By allowing moving blocks (both on and off the ball)
operational man to man defense is negated 100%, making it impossible to use and therefore corrupting any individual or team offensive records that may have been set during this season. End of story.

A big * goes to 13!! NBA Coaching changes .... and counting.

*And finally, sadly an * goes to the day, June 19, 2013, the day James John Gandolfini AKA Tony Soprano left us... we will miss him.
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Since I don't have the time nor mind to figure out
The nursery rhymes that helped us out in making sense of our lives.
The cruel, uneventful state of apathy releases me
I value them but I won't cry every time one's wiped out.


- The Shins -
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Tim "Doc" Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




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  NEPAL   


Nepal U16 Boys team off to Dhaka to take part on SABA U16 Qualifiers - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepali Boys U-16 basketball team left for Dhaka, Bangladesh today to participate in the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) U-16 Basketball Qualifiers to be held there from July 3-5, 2013 at Dhaka, Bang;adesh. The U-16 team comprises 12 players and four officials. Four teams Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and India will compete in the qualifying round to be held in round robin format to qualify one team from SABA for the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Tehran, Iran from 25 Sept to 4 Oct 2013.

Keshang Thokya Thakuri is the captain of the team while Saugat Singh Baniya is the vice-captain. Ajay Kunwar, Anish Magar, Sohrat Shah, Suraj Lama, Sujan Century, Denjo Gurung, Prayus Shrestha, Chhewang Jhankri, Sandesh Tamang and Sudip Acharya are the other members of the squad. Subrat Rajopadhaya is the Manager of the Nepali team while Biku Maharjan and Prem Sundar Hona are the coach and assistant coach. FIBA referee Raj Kumar Maharjan will referee matches during the qualifiers. National Sports Council Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama and others officials of Nepal Basketball Association bade farewell to the team.



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Crocs sign first import - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Townsville Crocodiles have signed their first import for the 2013-14 season, 6'6" power forward Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis).

Conklin is currently playing in the NZ NBL for the Southland Sharks, where in his first professional season he is averaging 21.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 1.3 spg.

Before playing in the NZ NBL, Conklin played his college ball at St Louis where during his senior year averaged 13.9 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

Conklin joins a Townsville roster that includes: Jacob Holmes, Peter Crawford, Todd Blanchfield, Russell Hinder, Mitch Norton, Steven Markovic and Mirko Djeric.

Sharks coach Paul Henare, who recruited Conklin to New Zealand, was delighted for his young charge.

"It's great, I'm really happy for him. I'm sure the Townsville fans and the Townsville Crocs organisation won't be disappointed at all."

Having Conklin remain in this part of the world increases the chances of him returning for a second season with the Sharks.

"Obviously, we'd love to have him back but it all depends on the timing of the season and his personal situation whether it's something he wants to do."



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  NIGERIA   


Stankovic Cup: Nigeria upset China in Lanzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Nigeria 57:60

Nigeria opened win count at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in China. They defeated the hosts to snap three-game losing skid. China fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Nkem Ojougboh (206-C-87, agency: David Lee services, college: Northeastern) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Nigeria grabbed a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. China picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts fired 19 points in the period and cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 30:33. China eventually spurred ahead in the third term. The Asian team grabbed a 51:46 lead into the fourth period. But Nigeria limited the hosts to just 6 points in the final quarter and snatched victory. KC Anuna (193-PG-89, college: Pfeiffer) had 11 points, while Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) and Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81) chipped in 10 points for the African side. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) responded with 15 points for China. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

China: Zhao TaiLong 15, Zhai Xiaochuan 14
Nigeria: Nkem Ojougboh 12, KC Anuna 11, Richard Oruche 10, Olumide Oyedeji 10



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  PHILIPPINES   


Japan sweep exhibition series versus Philippines - by Eurobasket News

Japan swept the exhibition series versus Philippines. They earned an 88:61 victory in Game 3 in Tokyo tonight to complete the sweep. Japan wrapped up their preparations for the upcoming William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The event is scheduled to tip off on July 6. Japan led from start to finish in this one. Their defence limited Philippines to just 37.5 percent accuracy from the field. It should be also mentioned that Philippines brought the reserves team to Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) nailed 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Japan. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) netted 12 points for the winners. Chris Blake (201-F) answered with 16 points for Philippines. Reynel Hugnatan (194-F-78) had 15 boards in the losing effort.


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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Rosa R.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Dloniak, Rosa R.20.1 
 2. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 3. Hodge, Caja Laboral17.8 
 4. Wise, Rosa Radom17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.4 
 7. Blassingame, Cibona14.5 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.14.3 
 9. Carter, Nantes14.2 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 2. Doaks, Siarka J.8.5 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.2 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Stevic, Gaziantep7.3 
 8. Cel, Stelmet ZG6.9 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Valencia6.8 
 10. Mahalbasic, Assec.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nic WISE
  Rosa Radom
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wise, Rosa Radom7.3 
 2. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 4. Blassingame, Cibona5.4 
 5. Turner, Antwerp5.3 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 7. Hodge, Caja Laboral4.5 
 8. Skibniewski, Inter3.7 
 9. Carter, Nantes3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Hodge, Caja Laboral1.6 
 7. Wise, Rosa Radom1.5 
 8. Trice, Energa C.1.4 
 9. Henry, AZS Koszalin1.4 
 10. Robinson, PGE T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty WALKER
  Kotwica
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Walker, Kotwica2.7 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.9 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.6 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.1 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.1.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mahalbasic, Asseco0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Israel U18 steal narrow win in Gizycko - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Israel U18 65:66

Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) hit a free throw late in regulation to give Israeli U18 National Team a narrow road win over Polish counterparts in the first friendly encounter between the sides in Gizycko. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
Poland enjoyed a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. Israel cut the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 37:35. Israel fired 22 points in the third term to take a 4-point lead before the fourth period. Poland tried hard to rescue the game in the final period. The hosts erased the deficit but Itay Segev sealed the victory for Israel late in regulation. He finished with 8 points in the victory. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) nailed 19 points for Poland. Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) notched 13 points in the losing effort.

Poland U18: Mikolaj Witlinski 19, Damian Jeszke 13
Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 21, Itay Segev 8



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  PORTUGAL   


Benfica land Mario Fernandes, renew Pedro Belo and Fred Gentry - by Eurobasket News

Benfica started to build their roster for the next season. The LPB champions started off with signing of Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82). The guard started the previous season with Jamtland in Sweden. He tallied 7.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in Basketligan. Later Mario Fernandes returned to Portugal to pen deal with Academica Coimbra. He notched 13.5 points, 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance in LPB. He was named All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Benfica also re-upped the deals with Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) and Frederick Gentry (201-F-77, college: McNeese St.). Pedro Belo tallied 1.6 points per game last season. The centre mainly played for Benfica B in Proliga. His stats read 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game there.
Frederick Gentry will enter the third straight season with Benfica. Last season the forward notched 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game for the Eagles.
In the meantime Benfica opted not to renew the contracts with Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky), Ricky Franklin (185-PG-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Miguel Minhava (195-G-83).



Lusitania keep Nuno Barroso at helm - by Eurobasket News

Lusitania and Nuno Barroso have agreed on terms of contract extension. The team prolong their cooperation with head coach for another season. It will be the fourth season with Nuno Barroso at helm. The specialist took over Lusitania in 2010. He led the team to the LPB semifinals in 2012. Previously Nuno Barroso worked with Terceira.


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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Harris, Ponce20.3 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.7 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.3 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.9 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Mayaguez17.4 
 9. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.2 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.5 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.4 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo9.3 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.6 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.5 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas8.2 
 9. Harrellson, Chongq.8.2 
 10. Balkman, Guayama8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.7 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.2 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.1 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Clemente, Humacao4.6 
 8. Rivera, Ponce4.6 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 4. Diaz, Arecibo1.5 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 8. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Santiago, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.5 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 6. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Stankovic Cup: Argentina earn third straight win beating Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Puerto Rico 71:61

Argentina celebrated the third straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in Lanzhou. They held off Puerto Rico to improve at 3-1 record. Puerto Rico fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Argentina snatched a narrow 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The Puerto Rican team erased the deficit in the second frame. They tied things up at 32 after twenty minutes. But Argentina stunned their opponents in the third period. They went on a massive 27:11 run in the quarter to gain a 59:43 lead with ten minutes left. Puerto Rico outscored their opponents in the fourth period but just managed to sweeten the pill at the end. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead Argentina. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) added 13 points, while Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) contributed 9 points for the winners. Derick Beltran (193-G, college: Southern) answered with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Argentina: Nicolas Richotti 17, Juan Gutierrez 13, Facundo Campazzo 9
Puerto Rico: Derick Beltran 13, Carlos Lopez-Sosa 9



Katz takes over as coach of Caciques-Gigantes - by Luis Modestti


Joel Katz , part-owner of Caciques-Gigantes, was named the head coach prior to game three of the quarterfinal series against Piratas.

Team owner Eugenio Vives said that the move was made to look for a reaction from the team who at that point was down 2-0 in the series.

Katz has prior coaching experience in BSN starting in 2008 where Gigantes went to the finals and lost in seven games to Arecibo. Then in 2009 he also took over during the regular season and lost in the semifinals to Piratas. His career coaching record is 49-35. He played at Syracuse and shortly in BSN for Capitanes during the late 80's.

Caciques-Gigantes finished seventh this year with an 18-18 record and lost the first two games of the Quarterfinals under Omar Gonzalez. He will now focus on coaching the women's national team this summer.



Piratas are one win away from the semifinals - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas are one win away from the semifinals after dominating Caciques-Gigantes 75-67. The series is now 3-0 and play on Monday in Carolina.

Quebradillas was just too much for Caciques-Gigantes as they took a 25-14 lead in the first quarter and held on the rest of the way.

Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, college: St.Louis) netted 21 points while Lorenzo Mata added 12, Shawn Redhage 11 and David Huertas 10.

Adrian Uter had 19 with 16 boards for Caciques-Gigantes.

In the other series, Brujos de Guayama took a 2-1 lead after beating Indios de Mayaguez 94-86. Renaldo Balkman scored 27 points and grabbed 10 boards for Brujos.

Guayama had a hot start led by Balkman, who scored 16 points and they ended up 34-20.

Gary Wilkinson had 16 points and Cliff Duran, Brandon Thomas and Danilo Pinnock netted 12 each.

The series continue Monday in Mayaguez.

Games for Sunday, June 30:

Leones de Ponce at Capitanes de Arecibo
Cangrejeros de Santurce at Mets de Guaynabo

Both games begin at 7:00 p.m.



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  ROMANIA   


CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is ready for Eurocup - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is ready for Eurocup 2013/2014 season. The team accepted the tournament offer.
In the beginning of June Ploiesti celebrated the Liga Nationala title. They overcame Targu Mures in the sixth game of the championship series to claim the trophy for the second season in a row. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) stepped up with impressive 38 points to pace Ploiesti.
Targu Mures snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed neck and neck throughtout the second period. Targu Mures ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. They remained in front after thirty minutes of action. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by two points 59:57 lead at the final intermission. However Ploiesti turned things around in the fourth stanza. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 72:68 lead. Alhaji Mohammed gave the hosts a 79:71 lead with under two minutes remaining. Targu Mures ran out of steam in the dying minutes as Ploiesti marched to the victory. Vladimir Tica posted 13 points, while Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) added 12 points for the winners. Vaidotas Peciukas responded with 23 points for Targu Mures. Branko Cuic (197-G-78) netted 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists in the loss.
In season 2012/2013 CSU Asesoft Ploiesti played in EuroChallenge.



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.4 
 2. Thompson, N.Nov.15.6 
 3. Gillenwater, Spart.15.2 
 4. Fridzon, CSKA15.1 
 5. Oguchi, G.Canari.15.0 
 6. Simmons, Krasnie14.5 
 7. Delaney, Khimik14.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph14.2 
 9. Kaimakoglou, Unics13.9 
 10. Eidson, Unics12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 2. Jefferson, Enisey7.6 
 3. Smith, Krasnie Kri.6.5 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.5 
 5. Maric, Lokomotiv6.4 
 6. Thompson, N.Nov.6.3 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Unics6.0 
 9. Gillenwater, Spart.5.9 
 10. Panin, N.Novgorod5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.6 
 2. McKee, Triumph5.2 
 3. Planinic, Khimky4.8 
 4. Delaney, Khimik4.6 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics4.3 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.4.2 
 8. Dowdell, Enisey3.9 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Lokomo.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksei SUROVTSEV
  Sparta.
  (202-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.4 
 2. McKee, Triumph2.3 
 3. Thompson, N.Nov.2.0 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.0 
 5. Eidson, Unics1.7 
 6. Fridzon, CSKA1.5 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Landry, Triumph1.5 
 9. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Monya, Khimky1.5 
 2. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.2 
 3. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 5. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 6. Mavrokefalid., FCB0.7 
 7. Thompson, N.Nov.0.6 
 8. Maric, Lokomotiv0.6 
 9. Veremeenko, Unics0.5 
 10. Sokolov, Unics0.5 


Lokomotiv Kuban keep American Richard Hendrix - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban keep American Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) for the next season. In 7 PBL games he had 10.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4bpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.4bpg. Hendrix also played 20 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
The season 2011/2012 Hendrix played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 28 Winner League games he recorded 11.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Richard Hendrix also played 21 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and 3rd Team. Hendrix also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 9.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team winning the Adriatic League championship. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.



Ukraine U18 beat Russia U18 to finish third - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18-Russia U18 63:60

Ukraine U18 beat Russia U18 to finish third at the International Tournament tin Bor, Serbia. The Ukrainian players celebrated the initial 63:60 win for 1-2 record. Russia finished winless with 0-3 record.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to taste the last success. Ukraine won the first period 25-16 and added 23-12 in the second frame. Although Ukraine led 20 points at the halftime, the victory was not easy for them. Russia replied with a 12-8 rally in the third period and posted a 20-7 surge in the last stanza for the final result. Sakhnyuk stepped up with 21 points for the winners, while Illia Sidorov (96) and Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) posted 7 each. Ivan Victorov (191-G-95) posted 16 points in the losing effort.
Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games and added 81:74 victory against France. The latter ended up on the second place with 1-2 record.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Russia wrap up campaign on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Germany U20 83:62

Russia capped their Turgut Atakol Tournament campaign on a winning note. They held off Germany to improve at 1-4 record. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) accounted for 21 points and 6 assists to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game on a 9:1 run. They kept Germany at bay building a 25:15 lead at the first intermission. Gudumak and Karpenko gave Russia a 14-point lead early in the second period. Germany managed to narrow the deficit at 9 points at the interval 33:42. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. Germany got as close as 8 points at the final intermission. Russia opened the fourth frame with 15 straight points and never looked back en route to the win. Artem Komolov (194-SF-93) netted 15 points, while Andrey Loginov (204-PF-93) contributed 11 points for the winners. Mauricio Marin (192-G-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) responded with 14 points for Germany. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) netted 9 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 21, Artem Komolov 15, Andrey Loginov 11
Germany U20: Mauricio Marin 14, Bogdan Radosavljevic 9



Serbia University Team pip Russia University Team in Smederevo - by Eurobasket News

Serbia University Team-Russia University Team 73:71

Serbia University Team pip Russia University Team in Smederevo in the second friendly game. After a 75:71 win in the first one, Serbia added 73:71 victory.
It was Russia to take the lead in the game and reached 15:8 after the first period. The guests added 19-18 rally in the second frame and enjoyed 8 points at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as Serbia erupted with a 28-13 surge to take control of the game. Russia University Team managed to win the last stanza 24-19 and reduced to 2 final points.
Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) nailed 16. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10, while Smiljanic poured in 8. Karasev ended up with 20 points in defeat, while Antonov notched 18. Balasov scored 17 and Zupkov brought 5.

Serbia University Team: Milos Dimic 22, Stefan Zivanovic 16, Darko Balaban 10, Smiljanic 8
Russia University Team: Karasev 20, Antonov 18, Balasov 17, Zupkov 5



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Senegalese Maleye N'Doye re-upped with Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) re-upped with Paris-Levallois. In 29 games he had 5.2ppg and 2.2rpg last season. He helped them to win the cup. N'Doye also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous season N'Doye played at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) in French league. In 35 games he recorded 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Semifinals.The list of the past achievements is quite long as N'Doye was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He was also a member of Senegalese international program for some years. N'Doye played for Senegalese Senior National Team between 2003 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team in 2001. He represented Senegal at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 27.8%, 3PT: 25.8%.



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Nikola Kuga Won the Championship with RLC Basketball Club - by Tamara Ruzic

Serbian small forward, the holder of Croatian passport Nikola Kuga (200-F/G-86) has won the title with RLC Basketball Club from Male. Kuga was the big impact to this team and he helped RLC to win the title after so many years. He was averaging 27.5pts,13.7 rbs and 4 asist. Kuga has worldwide experience, as 2012 he played in Colombia for Cannoneros Norte the Cucuta , ( Colombia Copa Federation) where he played total 24 games: 27min, averaging 15.3 pts , 5.4 rbs, 2.7 asist. He also played for Arabic Champion Sharjah ,UAE, Iceland , Slovenia , Maroco, Macedonia ,Cyprus , Vietnam etc. Also, Kuga participated in Santa Lucia Summer League Gran Canaria: 21.0ppg, 4.0rpg (MVP) European Clubs U20 Championship Champion with FMP -06, Eurobasket Summer League in Malaga (Spain) Winner -10.


Serbia University Team pip Russia University Team in Smederevo - by Eurobasket News

Serbia University Team-Russia University Team 73:71

Serbia University Team pip Russia University Team in Smederevo in the second friendly game. After a 75:71 win in the first one, Serbia added 73:71 victory.
It was Russia to take the lead in the game and reached 15:8 after the first period. The guests added 19-18 rally in the second frame and enjoyed 8 points at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as Serbia erupted with a 28-13 surge to take control of the game. Russia University Team managed to win the last stanza 24-19 and reduced to 2 final points.
Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) nailed 16. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10, while Smiljanic poured in 8. Karasev ended up with 20 points in defeat, while Antonov notched 18. Balasov scored 17 and Zupkov brought 5.

Serbia University Team: Milos Dimic 22, Stefan Zivanovic 16, Darko Balaban 10, Smiljanic 8
Russia University Team: Karasev 20, Antonov 18, Balasov 17, Zupkov 5



Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-France U18 81:74

Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games and added 81:74 victory against France. The latter ended up on the second place with 1-2 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Serbia grabbed 20:17 lead at the end of the first period and then erupted with 28-14 in the second frame. The hosts led 17 points at the halftime but the victory was not too easy for them. France replied with a 19-17 rally in the third quarter and posted a 24-16 win in the last stanza.
Brano Dukanovic (196-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) nailed 18. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) delivered 13, whilst Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) posted 6. Damien Inglis finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Charly Pontens poured in 14. Guerschon Yabusele notched 9, whilst Nguana and Butej had 8 each.

Serbia U18: Brano Dukanovic 22, Rade Zagorac 18, Ognjen Jaramaz 13, Milenko Veljkovic 6
France U18: Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) 19, Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) 14, Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) 9, Ngouana 8, Butej 8



Gurovic take charge of FMP - by Igor Obradovic

Milan Gurovic , former assistant coach of Crvena zvezda Telekom will leave that place and it will become for the first time in his career independent coach in FMP, second team of Crvena zvezda Telekom.

"It was big honor to take charge of FMP. I want to thanks previous coach, Milos Pejic who has done many things for this team. I will give my best and with my knowledge and experience, and with the hard work help in making good players" - Gurovic says.

With Crvena zvezda, Gurovic won Serbian cup in 2006, with Yugoslavia he won World championship in Indianapolis, 1999, won a bronze medal in Eurobasket in France, and in 2001 gold medal in Turkey.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia defeat Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 74:59

Serbia finished second at the international friendly tournament in Istanbul. They wrapped up their campaign with a comprehensive victory over the hosts. Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Turkey ended third at 3-2 record.
Turkey opened the game on a 7:1 run. But Serbia responded with a 16:2 rally to take a 20:15 lead at the first break. The lead changed hands for several times in the second frame before Nemanja Krstic made it 34:31 for Serbia at halftime. Serbia used a 10:0 run midway through the third term to take a 52:39 lead. Turkey struggled to get any closer throughout the fourth frame. Serbia kept the hosts at distance and marched to the victory at the end. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) notched 18 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Tayfun Erulku (193-SG-94) responded with 13 points for Turkey. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Krstic 22, Nemanja Bezbradica 18, Nenad Miljenovic 9
Turkey U20: Tayfun Erulku 13, Berkay Candan 10



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Slovenia U20 cruise past Czech Republic U20 in Logrono - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 82:59

Slovenian U20 National Team registered their first win at the international friendly tournament in Logrono. They knocked down Czech counterparts in the final round in Spain. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) nailed 15 points to lead the winners.
Slovenia grabbed an early lead. They posted a 22:13 advantage ten minutes into the game. Czech Republic cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 37:30. But Slovenia shifted the gear in the third term. They exploded with 25 points in the third term and opened up a 16-point lead before the fourth period. Slovenia fired 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Aleksandar Tomic (184-G-93) and Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) produced 13 points each for Slovenia. Domen Bratoz (186-PG-93) contributed 12 points for the winners.



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  SPAIN   


Spain U20 fire past Croatia U20 to clinch title in Logrono - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Croatia U20 86:60

Spain marched to the victory at the international friendly tournament in Logrono. They completed their perfect campaign with a comfortable win over Croatian counterparts on the final day of the tourney. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) came up with 16 points to pace the hosts.
Spain quickly spurred ahead taking a 16:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. They secured a 27:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain boosted the gap in the second frame. The hosts ensured a 53:26 halftime lead. Things got just worse for Croatia in the third term. Spain dominated every facet of the game and registered a 73:48 lead before the final period. They did not slow down in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Mikel Motos (193-F/G-93, college: Lan Mobel ISB) and Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Luka Panduric (192-G-93) and Henrik Sirko (198-F-93) had 9 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 16, Mikel Motos 11, Alejandro Suarez 11
Croatia U20: Marko Ramljak 19, Luka Panduric 9, Henrik Sirko 9



CAI Zaragoza renew Michael Roll - by Eurobasket News

Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) has extended the contract with CAI Zaragoza. The guard will enter the second straight season with the Spanish team. Last season Michael Roll notched 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in ACB. Michael Roll started his pro career back in 2010. He played for Bornova Bld. in Turkey. Later that season he moved to Belgium. Michael Roll had a stints with the Antwerp Giants. The guard earned All-EuroChallenge Honourable Mention in 2012. He also made it into All-Belgian League 2nd Team. Michael Roll participated at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas back in 2010.


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Sweden U18 lost two friendly games in London - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18 lost two friendly games in London. At first England U18 beat Sweden U18 76:55 in London. The hosts started the game with a 17-6 surge and never looked behind after. England won the second period 21-10 and led 22 points at the halftime. Moreover England added 22-19 rally in the third quarter and did not mind 16-20 in the last period. Adam Ramstedt scored 14 points for Sweden and Martin Hyberg (202-C-95) netted 9. Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) and Erik Johansson poured in 6 apiece, whilst Andreas von Uthmann and Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) had 4 each.
Later Bosnia U18 outscored Sweden U18 62:59. Bosnia took 15:14 lead after the first period and added 15-13 in the second frame. Moreover Bosnia won the third period 16-12 and led 7 points after 30 minutes of the game. The Scandinavian team managed to win the last period 20-16 and reduced to the final result. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) scored 14 points for Sweden, while Alexander Larsson netted 9. Martin Hyberg delivered 8 and Caleb Musie had 7.



Turgut Atakol Tournament: France cruise past Sweden - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Sweden U20 81:47

France finished the Turgut Atakol Tournament in Turkey on a winning note. They breezed past Sweden to accumulate 4-1 record. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) paced Les Bleus with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
France started the game on an 11:2 run. They piled up a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. France opened the second period on a 14:0 rally to boost the margin. They eased to a 43:20 halftime advantage. Les Bleus ensured an unassailable 65:32 lead at the final break. Sweden could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Kevin Harley (201-G/F-94) finished with 11 points, while Paul Turpin (192-G-93) added 10 in the victory. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) responded with 13 points for Sweden. Niklas Larsson (198-SG-94) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

France U20: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 12, Kevin Harley 11, Paul Turpin 10
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 13, Niklas Larsson 7



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  SWITZERLAND   


Boncourt keep Ismael N'Diaye - by Eurobasket News

Boncourt have agreed on terms of contract extension with Ismael N'Diaye. The new deal is meant for the next season. The Ivorian forward will enter his third straight season with the Red Team. Last season Ismael N'Diaye tallied 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game in LNA. Previously Ismael N'Diaye played for Lausanne. He has been the member of the Ivorian National Team since 2007. The forward participated at the 2009 and 2011 African Championships. N'Diaye tallied 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in the latter event.


Roberto Kovac re-signs with Fribourg - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg secured the services of Roberto Kovac (188-SG-90). The guard has agreed on terms of contract extension with the team. The new deal is meant for two seasons. Roberto Kovac joined Fribourg back in 2011. Last season he tallied 9.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in LNA. He was named into Swiss LNA All-Domestic Players Team. Roberto Kovac previously played for Vacallo. He has beenthe member of the Swiss National Team since 2011. Roberto Kovac participated at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. He notched 1.7 points per game for Switzerland.


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NBAC wins school title! - by Albert-Lee Young

New Butler Associate College (NBAC) defeated East Mucurapo Secondary School, 97-70, to clinch the Secondary Schools Basketball League North Zone U20 title on Friday 28th June at the Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.

NBAC, guided by MVP Joel Theodore with a game high 28pts, controlled the contest 40-30 at the end of the first half. Despite all their efforts in the second period East Mucurapo was unable to match their opponents and eventually went under by a huge 27pts margin.

For NBAC, Theodore was ably supported by Kerri Clouden with 21pts, Shaquille Sylvester got 18 and Lorenzo Ferris chipped in with 13pts.

Meanwhile Jahmaul Graham led East Mucurapo with 26 points. Hakeem Morgan added 16 points and young Josiah Best contributed a hard fought 10pts, immediately after playing in the under-17 final.

In the first game, East Mucurapo scored a hard fought 55-45 win over Fatima College in the Boys Under-17 final. Mucurapo led by as much as 28-23 at the end of the first half.

Josiah Best, who was voted the MVP, led East Mucurapo with 21 points, and Stephen Boucaud added12 pts.

For Fatima College, Nicholas Kam had 15pts, while Johnathan Pantin scored 10pts in a losing effort.

Honor Roll
U-20 Male
1st: New Butler Associate College
2nd: East Mucurapo Secondary School
3rd: Fatima College
MVP: Joel Theodore (NBAC)

U-17 Boys
1st: East Mucurapo Secondary
2nd: Fatima College
3rd: South East PoS
MVP: Hakeem Morgan (EMSS)

U-15 Boys
1st: East Mucurapo Secondary
2nd: Queens Royal College
3rd: Fatima College
MVP: Josiah Best (East Mucurapo)

Open Girls
1st: International School of PoS
2nd: Russell Latapy Secondary
3rd: Mucurapo West Secondary
MVP: Sara Low (ISPS)

U-15 Girls
1st: Mucurapo West Secondary
2nd: Malick Secondary
3rd: Woodbrook Secondary
MVP: Empress Pivette (Mucurapo West)





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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. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 5. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 6. Theodore, Guaynabo15.8 
 7. Videnov, Olin Edir.15.7 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 5. Prince, Guaynabo7.2 
 6. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 7. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
 8. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
 9. Karadeniz, Mersin6.2 
 10. Stanojevic, TED K.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Guaynabo4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.2 
 9. Holston, Mersin4.2 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Guaynabo
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Guaynabo1.9 
 2. Theodore, Guaynabo1.7 
 3. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 6. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
 7. Collins, Gaziantep1.3 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 9. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
 10. Solomon, Mersin1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 7. Plisnic, TED K.0.8 
 8. Besok, Hacettepe0.8 
 9. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Prince, Guaynabo0.8 


Itoudis is new head coach of Banvit - by Ugur Turker

Banvit Basketbol Kulubu which will play in Euroleague Qualifications for 2013/2014 season hired Dimitris Itoudis as head coach. Itoudis is going to sign 2+1 years contract and also will be first foreign coach who works for Banvit in club history. Itoudis had worked as assistant coach of Zeljko Obradovic in Panathinaikos and won 5 Euroleague Championships and many domestic cups. He is known as defensive mind behind Panathinaikos' success. Greek coach will try to qualify for Euroleague Group Stage for first time in cub history. Banvit had finished TBL Regular season in top three last three years and lost against Galatasaray Play-Off Final.

interview with Dimitris Itoudis www.eurobasket.com/Turkey/basketball.asp?NewsID=304994



Turgut Atakol Tournament: Serbia defeat Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Turkey U20 74:59

Serbia finished second at the international friendly tournament in Istanbul. They wrapped up their campaign with a comprehensive victory over the hosts. Nemanja Krstic (198-SF-93) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Turkey ended third at 3-2 record.
Turkey opened the game on a 7:1 run. But Serbia responded with a 16:2 rally to take a 20:15 lead at the first break. The lead changed hands for several times in the second frame before Nemanja Krstic made it 34:31 for Serbia at halftime. Serbia used a 10:0 run midway through the third term to take a 52:39 lead. Turkey struggled to get any closer throughout the fourth frame. Serbia kept the hosts at distance and marched to the victory at the end. Nemanja Bezbradica (204-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) notched 18 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Tayfun Erulku (193-SG-94) responded with 13 points for Turkey. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Krstic 22, Nemanja Bezbradica 18, Nenad Miljenovic 9
Turkey U20: Tayfun Erulku 13, Berkay Candan 10



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The best 12 players for next season in High School Basketball - by David Edole

ST. CROIX--The Super 12 is something that is asked about by players all over the Virgin Islands. Gentlemen it is here and it is done. I know in the past it was posted a week after the All Star game but I was tied up. Here it is and enjoy. I have hired a secret agent who has seen many basketball players and the person gave me a break down of each player with what they do best and what they need to do to improve.

12) KERROL LAURENT, 6-1, FORWARD, EUDORA KEAN, CLASS 2015
COMMENT: Laurent better known as SK was the enforcer on the Devil Ray ball club. He used his strength and power he obtained on the football field to throw people around and haul down rebounds. The strong armed one averaged 8.5 rebounds per game at the Ivanna Eudora Kean Tournament. With two more years to go, he must concentrate on improving his offense.
NEEDS: He knows how to find the ball on the offensive end but has a tough time converting put backs. He should take the offseason to work on his offense and improve his knowledge of the game. SK has to get over the free throw hurdle.

11) ROMANI HANSEN, 6-5, FORWARD, CENTRAL HIGH, CLASS 2015
COMMENT: Potential is the word used to describe the 14 year old tenth grader. Hansen is young and tall and was forced into the fire because of all the missing players from the varsity team. Hansen rebounds well, and is good facing the basketball. If he didnt foul out of the St. Croix District title game we would have been calling Central Champs. Hansen was forced into the fire and Central had to live and die with his mistakes.
NEEDS: He needs strength and work on fundamentals. When he gets older it will enhance his overall. He doesnt understand the game but that comes with growth. He is a very good baseball and volleyball player.

10) TIKOY FELIX, 6-0, GUARD, EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: I remember Tikoy when he was the youngest member of the 12U junior national team. He was known for always facing the basket in the triple threat position. Now he is known as having so much potential. Felix would have been top ten if it wasnt for his penchant for disappearing. He is probably the best scorer in the territory when motivated. He could get to the basket against anyone and could knock down the three-ball. He plays like a smaller version of Carmelo Anthony, punishing defenders for playing defense.
NEEDS: I think he grew up too fast so he needs guidance on the court. His mind has wondered off and basketball is not something that has taken his preference. The funny thing is he is a walking scholarship waiting to happen.


9) JAHKEIBO JOSEPH, 5-9, GUARD, CENTRAL HIGH, CLASS 2015
COMMENT: From the time this guy played in 10-12 League all he has wanted to shoot the ball. He left that league three years ago and guess what he wants to do? For his credit he is a good outside shooter he is aggressive and fast. He and Rakeem Richardson form a speedy backcourt. He didnt fare to well in the all star game but with time should excel.
NEEDS: From talking to his coaches the problem he has is call know-it-all-itis. Joseph has created a block in his mind that he has learned everything there is to know about basketball. I have one question for him. Does he believe Tim Duncan knows everything in basketball and the answer will be he is still learning? After 16 years in the NBA he is still learning. Joseph need to say coach its my fault not blame the moon, the stars and the clovers. He needs to learn to take criticism. And on the basketball court, he needs to learn how to create space if he wants to shoot. He is a tremendous volleyball player.


8) KYU MATTHEWS, 6-4, FORWARD, EUDORA KEAN, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: He played great in the two games the Kean defeated Charlotte Amalie. It was his signature dunk at the end of the first game that put CAHS basketball team on notice. It was an empathic dunk. He is the best rebounder in the territory, he used his strong frame to seal out and haul down boards. From time to time he will surprise with an amazing back to the basket move. He is an athlete because he is also a member of Keans baseball and volleyball teams.
NEEDS: Need to improve midrange game facing the basket. Need to get better at the bounce and guarding on the ball.

7) SAMUEL JOSEPH, 6-5, FORWARD, EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: Extremely intelligent in the class room and on the court. He is similar to another Complex guy in Jose Santos but works harder and smarter. Joseph is very well disciplined and coachable. He understands plays and counters. All you have to do is set up a play once and he got it. When you go to the states you must bring it! You have to show that youre hungry but that is the opposite of Samuel. Joseph is laid back and could be over-ruled by other players. An example of this is during the all star game, I saw Sam catch the ball and was about to do a move and Rakeem Richardson demanded the ball. Then he gave him the ball. He is acting like Lebron James of two years ago. He needs to be more assertive and stop deferring.
NEEDS: He needs to get more vocal and a little bit tougher and stronger. But he has what it takes get there. He is a low D1 to a DII prospect; if he was several inches taller he would have been a high major.


6) AKIYO NEILLE, 5-8, GUARD, EUDORA KEAN, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: Could get to the basket at will. I call him Mr. Hustle, he keeps going and going. He finishes in or out of traffic. He reminds me of Tony Parker when he first came into the league. Parker worked on his jump shot I could see Neille doing the same. He also plays tough defense, he loves a challenge and is not afraid of taking on a tough assignment. Neille is also a great student and should finish high school at the age of 17.
NEEDS: Needs an outside jump shot to get to the next level.

5) JEVON PHILPOTT, 6-4, FORWARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: The most improve player from one year to the next. He came out from nowhere to be a major cog in CAHS basketball. He went from Charmin toilet paper to the rock in the middle. He is a quick leaper and uses his leaping skills to block shots. As of today he is a Dennis Rodman clone, he rebounds and blocks shots. Offensively it is a work in progress. All Philpott does is dunks, he need to develop some kind of an offensive repertoire. On the academic front, Philpott understands the importance of school. He is a great student.
NEEDS: Ball Handling, shooting, on ball defense.

4) RAKEEM RICHARDSON, 5-8, GUARD, CENTRAL HIGH, CLASS 2015
COMMENT: One of the smallest players in the territory but a great finisher. His strength is his will and drive. He is a high energy player and once I saw him dog tired during a practice run and the coach told him to do another. And guess what he did it. I believe he has what it takes to play Division I basketball despite his size. His work ethic is unparalleled in the Virgin Islands.
NEEDS: I wish he could get some size and need to work on ball and off the ball defense.

3) JOHNAJADE HODGE, 6-2, GUARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: Smooth as silk and plays the game under control. His understanding of the game is more impressive than a lot of young players. He never seems to be in a rush and goes to the basket effortlessly. Hodge seems to be gliding. I am going to say this now; his play is going to be the deciding factor is Charlotte Amalie regains the St. Thomas-St. John IAA title.
NEEDS: Needs to work on his shooting form, weight training, ball handling. Has lapse in defense allowing some people I think shouldnt get around him. That means get your feet in the proper defensive position at all times.

2) JAHMIAH SIMMONS, 6-2, GUARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2016
COMMENT: Simmons is the best young prospect coming out of the Virgin Islands in the last five years. He proved it when he was in Puerto Rico and single handily destroy three top Junior varsity teams. According to Simmons he was never given an opportunity to shine as a freshman on the varsity team. Well, big fella the team is all yours now and you will have an opportunity to show what you could do. For a young player he has all the tools to be a real good player. His athleticism is unmatched. He jumps out the gym and will always be difficult to contain because he is left handed.
NEEDS: One inconsistency is his jump shot. He needs to take 500 shot mid range and long range over the summer.

1) STEPHAUN ADAMS, 6-3, GUARD, EUDORA KEAN, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: Hands down, the best thing we have in the territory. The well traveled Adams started this past season in St. Louis then suited up for Ivanna Eudora Kean. He did something no other player from country has done in 13 years. He led the Rays to the STT-STJ championship. With Adams on the court the game got easier for Rays players. He is a point guard with great knowledge of the game and has the ability to score when needed. He is a definite Division I player.
FROM RAMEY Basketball: Adams is a very versatile guard that is comfortable playing off the ball or leading with. Adams is long and lean and has a vast knowledge of the game and outstanding playmaking ability. Adams constantly dominated as he was unguardable the majority of the time we saw him with the ball as he toyed with defenders to get his shot off. Adams doesnt waste a lot of dribbles as he does a great job getting to spots. Adams also is a good shooter.
NEEDS: We would have liked to see Adams be more vocal and more aggressive in getting the ball. An Elite level player at this point, Adams at times watched his teammates control the ball but he do an extremely great job when he had the ball in his hands and turned in a very top notch performance that really caught our eye.




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  UKRAINE   


Ukraine U18 beat Russia U18 to finish third - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18-Russia U18 63:60

Ukraine U18 beat Russia U18 to finish third at the International Tournament tin Bor, Serbia. The Ukrainian players celebrated the initial 63:60 win for 1-2 record. Russia finished winless with 0-3 record.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to taste the last success. Ukraine won the first period 25-16 and added 23-12 in the second frame. Although Ukraine led 20 points at the halftime, the victory was not easy for them. Russia replied with a 12-8 rally in the third period and posted a 20-7 surge in the last stanza for the final result. Sakhnyuk stepped up with 21 points for the winners, while Illia Sidorov (96) and Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) posted 7 each. Ivan Victorov (191-G-95) posted 16 points in the losing effort.
Serbia U18 wins Bor International Tournament with 4 participating teams. The hosts won all three games and added 81:74 victory against France. The latter ended up on the second place with 1-2 record.



Italy U20 earn title at Torneo di Domegge - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Ukraine U20 76:71

Italy celebrated victory at the Torneo di Domegge. The hosts shot down the Ukrainian counterparts in the final day of the competition. Awudu Abass (196-G/F-93, agency: Players Group) and Amedeo Della Valle (196-F/G-93) stepped up with 15 points each to pace the Azzurri.
Ukraine stunned the hosts in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 25:10 run to clear off. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated a comfortable 45:29 halftime lead. Italy however turned things around in the third term. They held the visitors to 8 points in the period and surged ahead for a 57:53 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Italy did not surrender the lead in the final ten minutes and raced to the victory. Dario Cefarelli (199-PF-93) and Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) netted 8 points each for the winners. Anatoliy Shundel (190-PG-93) responded with 21 points for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Awudu Abass 15, Amedeo Della Valle 15, Dario Cefarelli 8, Matteo Imbro 8
Ukraine U20: Anatoliy Shundel 21, Vladyslav Koreniuk 15



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


England U18 continue preparation for European Championship - by Eurobasket News

England U18 continue preparation for European Championship. The team recently played against Sweden U18. England U18 beat Sweden U18 76:55 in London. The hosts started the game with a 17-6 surge and never looked behind after. England won the second period 21-10 and led 22 points at the halftime. Moreover England added 22-19 rally in the third quarter and did not mind 16-20 in the last period. Adam Ramstedt scored 14 points for Sweden and Martin Hyberg (202-C-95) netted 9. Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) and Erik Johansson poured in 6 apiece, whilst Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) and Johan Lofberg had 4 each.
Last year England advanced to Division. The team overcame Finland 73:59 in the game for the third place in the last game of the competition. The victory gave England a third place finish in the U18 Men European Championship Division B and secured them a spot in Division A for next season.



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Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the 13th round Metro league
Cader 115 - Julio Panelli (180-PG-90) 27 pts. 5 assists, Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 18 pts. 18 reb.
Capitol 96 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 27 pts 11 reb. 2 blocks
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Welcome 83 - Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 18 pts. 9 assists, Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 9 pts 8 reb.
Yale 55 - Felipe Simoes 13 pts. 5 reb.
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Colon 89 - Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: Indiana St.) 21 pts. 9 reb. 2 blocks
Stockolmo 86 - Christopher Moore (203-F) 15 pts 8 reb. Mattia Giacometti (185-SG-85) 15 pts.



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Final Stage
 1. Marinos 8-2 
 2. Bucaneros 6-4 
 3. Cocodrilos 5-5 
 4. Gigantes 1-9 
Places 5-6
 1. Gaiteros 3-5 
 2. Trotamundos 1-7 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
Stage Two Standings

Third Stage: Round 10

Jun. 29: Bucaneros - Cocodrilos 74-73
Jun. 29: Gigantes - Marinos 60-46

Third Stage: Round 11

Jul. 1: Marinos - Bucaneros
Jul. 1: Cocodrilos - Gigantes



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Spain3-0
2. Lithuania3-0
3. Croatia2-1
4. Iran1-2
5. Argentina1-2
6. Canada1-2
Group F
1. Serbia3-0
2. USA3-0
3. Australia2-1
4. China2-1
5. Russia1-2
6. Brazil1-2
Group Places 13-16
1. Czech Rep.0-0
2. Ivory Coas.0-0
3. S.Korea0-0
4. Senegal0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Second Stage: Round 1

13-16 Place

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

E

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

F

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler ENNIS
  CAN
  (188-G-94)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Ennis, Syracuse23.7 
 2. Saric, Cibona23.0 
 3. Lyles, High School20.0 
 4. Sangjae, Korea U.18.7 
 5. Brzoja, Villanova18.0 
 6. Gao, Changsha Bank17.5 
 7. Mashayekhi, Mahram17.0 
 8. Peterka, BK Pardu.15.7 
 9. Mavra, KK Split15.0 
 10. Vicedo, Asefa E.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Saric, Cibona13.7 
 2. Traore, IVO N.10.3 
 3. Mashayekhi, Mahram10.3 
 4. Saiz, Asefa E.10.0 
 5. Zhou, Liaoning H.9.3 
 6. Lyles, High School9.3 
 7. Brzoja, Villanova8.7 
 8. Peterka, BK Pardu.8.3 
 9. Ndoye, ASC Thies7.7 
 10. Jankovic, Spirou7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Saric, Cibona7.0 
 2. Gibeom, Yonsei U.5.7 
 3. Annaev, Khimky5.7 
 4. Whelan, Hindu Club5.3 
 5. Kouril, Lucentum5.3 
 6. Brizuela, Asefa E.4.3 
 7. Exum, High School4.0 
 8. Zhao, Bayi R.4.0 
 9. Ennis, Syracuse3.7 
 10. Gao, Changsha Ba.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SMART
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smart, Oklahoma.4.0 
 2. Adjei, Ermess3.7 
 3. Toure, IVO N.2.7 
 4. Mashayekhi, Mahram2.3 
 5. Pot, Vojvodina2.0 
 6. Soula, BK Pardubice2.0 
 7. Payton, La-Lafay.2.0 
 8. Pecos, Paulistano2.0 
 9. Kashin, Rodniki Iz.2.0 
 10. Ennis, Syracuse2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Zhou, Liaoning H.6.3 
 2. Foroutannik, Azad3.0 
 3. Traore, SOA2.3 
 4. Kanygin, Lok.Kuba.1.7 
 5. Bolden, High School1.5 
 6. Krestininas, Sakal.1.3 
 7. Yousof Vand, IRI1.3 
 8. Choi, Yonsei U.1.3 
 9. Choi, Kyong H.1.0 
 10. Slanina, Angelico.1.0 




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Women News


SBL: Big wins for last year's grand finalists (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Women's defending champions the South West Slammers scored a crucial SBL win on Friday night as did last year's runner's-up Rockingham while the Lakeside Lightning extended their lead atop the men's standings.

The Rockingham Flames men's side beat the Perth Redbacks 99-81 at Mike Barnett Sports Complex to see the Flames win their fourth straight match to improve to an 8-12 record in 11th spot.

Cooper Land (203-F-88, college: Wright St.) starred for the Flames with 29 points, 11 rebounds and six steals with Steven Bennett adding a triple-double with 25 points, 13 boards and 11 assists. Trent Gerovich also had 19 points and Travis Moore 12 to go with 10 rebounds.

Bennie Lewis had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Redbacks despite shooting just 1-of-8 from long range with Michael Vigor adding 15 points and 11 boards, Justin Brown 14 and 11, and Joel Wagner 12 and seven assists.

The South West Slammers beat the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 113-104 at Eaton Recreation Centre to move up to ninth spot at 10-10.

Jamahr Warren led the way for the Slammers with 31 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Clive Weeden also had 26 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots with Wade Hitchcock adding 19 points and Ty Harrelson 15 points, 11 boards and eight assists.

Ben Smith had a big game for the Suns in the absence of Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) finishing with 33 points. Louis Timms added 22 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists with Kerron Horn scoring 13 points and Joel Questel 12.

The Lakeside Lightning maintained their hold on top spot on the men's ladder with a 107-88 win over the East Perth Eagles at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

Ben Beran led the way for the Lightning with 25 points and eight rebounds with Jesse Dixon (192-G-89) scoring 21 points, Brad Jackson 18, Darrel Morgan 18 and Justin Cecil 13. Jarrad Prue had five points and 17 rebounds.

Tom Jervis had 32 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Eagles with Drew Williamson scoring 21 points, Jarrod Balcombe 14 and Michael Jones 12.

In women's action, the South West Slammers downed the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 78-60 to see the defending champions improve to an 8-9 record and up into eighth position in the standings.

Lauren Jeffers hit 16 points for the Slammers with Zoe Harper adding in 13 points and 17 rebounds. Kara Hargreaves also scored 15 points to go with six rebounds and three assists with Kimberly Sitzmann adding 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Jennie Rintala top-scored for the Suns with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Racehl Muenggenborg added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Kalamunda.

Last year's grand finalists Rockingham beat the Perth Redbacks 70-60 to move back into second position on the table.

Kaye Tucker hit 19 points and pulled in 10 rebounds and picked up five steals while dishing out three assists and blocking two shots for the Flames. Samantha Whitcomb also had 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals with Cortney Hargreaves adding 11 points, six boards and four assists.

Marita Payne had a huge game for the Redbacks with 19 points, 19 rebounds and four assists with Gabby O'Sullivan adding 12 points and five assists.

The Lakeside Lightning also shot up to fifth spot on the women's SBL ladder with their fifth straight win by beating the East Perth Eagles 66-57 on Friday.

Krystal Stoneking had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Lightning with Courtney Byrnes (G-93) adding 12 points and Jessica Beran 11.

Nicole Jorre St Jorre had 25 points for the Eagles with Denielle Lipscombe adding 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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Zdenka Kovacevic leaves Jedinstvo - by Eurobasket News

Zdenka Kovacevic (170-PG-87) leaves Jedinstvo. In 19 Division I games she averaged 10.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.6apg lastseason. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. The last season Kovacevic played also at Jedinstvo (Division I) in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. In 10 games she had very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 5.4apg and 2.8spg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team.
Among other achievements her team won Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup in 2008. Kovacevic represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.3apg.
Kovacevic has played previously professionally in Croatia (Jolly) and Bosnia (Mladi Krajisnik and Celik).



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.18.4 
 2. Dubljevic, USK P.17.7 
 3. Leedham, Bourges16.8 
 4. Torrens, Galatasa.16.2 
 5. Eldebrink, Rivas E.15.7 
 6. Sottana, Familia14.3 
 7. Milovanovic, Dynam.13.7 
 8. Lelas, Lattes M.12.8 
 9. Gruda, UMMC12.0 
 10. Perovanovic, Nade.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.11.1 
 2. Leuchanka, Atlan.8.9 
 3. Ress, Lucca7.6 
 4. Hollingswort., Fen.7.6 
 5. Dubljevic, USK P.7.5 
 6. Lelas, Lattes M.7.3 
 7. Leedham, Bourges7.3 
 8. Veremeenko, Fener.7.1 
 9. Perovanovic, Nadez.7.0 
 10. Kulichova, Good A.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  ENG
  (180-SF-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Leedham, Bourges4.5 
 2. Vardarli, Fener.4.2 
 3. Eldebrink, Cagliar.4.1 
 4. Skerovic, USK Praha3.5 
 5. Palau, USK Praha3.4 
 6. Bortelova, DSK K.3.4 
 7. Alben, Galatasaray3.4 
 8. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.3 
 9. Dubljevic, USK P.3.3 
 10. Radocaj, Partizan3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.9 
 2. Alben, Galatasaray1.9 
 3. De Forge, USK P.1.8 
 4. Baburova, MBK R.1.8 
 5. Kupcikova, Good A.1.8 
 6. Snytsina, Chevaka.1.7 
 7. Leedham, Bourges1.7 
 8. Skerovic, USK Praha1.7 
 9. Torrens, Galatasa.1.6 
 10. Dabovic, Partizan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Veremeenko, Fener.2.2 
 2. Kulichova, Good A.2.0 
 3. Ress, Lucca1.4 
 4. Lyttle, Atlanta D.1.3 
 5. Jurcenkova, IMOS1.0 
 6. Vynuchalova, Samor.0.8 
 7. Burgrova, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Lukacovicova, MBK0.8 
 9. Snytsina, Chevaka.0.7 
 10. Stewart, Bacsb.0.7 


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2013
Frida Eldebrink
Eldebrink
Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui
Yacoubou-Dehoui
Sancho Lyttle
Lyttle

Best Player: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83) of
of Spain
Best Guard: Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88)
of Sweden
Best Forward: Alba Torrens (188-F-89)
of Spain
Best Center: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83)
of Spain
Best Coach: Mondelo Lucas of Spain

1st Team
G: Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Sweden
G: Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of France
F: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
C: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of France
C: Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83) of Spain

2nd Team
G: Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Turkey
G: Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88) of Italy
SF: Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87) of England
C: Yelena Leuchanka (6'5''-C-83) of Belarus
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of France

Honorable Mention
Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) of Montenegro
Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Croatia
Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) of Slovakia
Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) of Czech Rep.
Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Sweden
Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) of Serbia
Kathrin Ress (196-C-85) of Italy
Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Belarus
Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) of Turkey
Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Turkey




Spain are crowned champions in Orchies - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
France - Spain 69-70
Spain are back on the European throne for the first time since 1993. They overcame France in the thrilling contest in Orchies tonight to clinch the EuroBasket title. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 21 points to lead the Spanish team to the triumph. The teams stayed close throughout the opening minutes. But Spain closed the first frame with six straight points to secure a 21:12 lead. France used a 13:0 run midway through the second term to take a 27:26 lead. Spain regained the lead and eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. The lead changed for several times throughout immensely intense third period. France capped the quarter with four straight points to snatch a 55:53 lead. Domingues and Marta Xargay Casademont hit from beyond the arc at the start of the fourth period to give Spain the lead. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) and Yacoubou brought Les Bleus back into the contest. Celine Dumerc drained a triple to put France within one 67:68 with under two minutes remaining. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) sank a crucial jumper to give the visitors a 70:67 lead with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. France set up a three-point attempt for Lawson-Wade but she missed it. Sandrine Gruda tipped the ball in but it was not enough for the hosts as Spain ran away with a historic victory. Sancho Lyttle produced 20 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont added 8 points for the new champions. Sandrine Gruda answered with 25 points for France. Celine Dumerc had 11 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Turkey - Serbia 92-71
Turkey stepped onto the podium at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Serbia got to a brisk start to the game. The Balkan team gained a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Turkey slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They cut the deficit at a single point at halftime 44:43. Turkey used a 14:0 run midway through the third term to take a 61:49 lead. Turkey entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 66:56. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the fourth period and Turkey cruised to the victory. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) notched 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Birsel Vardarli added 17 points in the win. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) answered with 23 points for Serbia. Tamara Radocaj, Cado and Sara Krnjic had 11 points each in the loss.

5-6 Place
Czech Republic - Belarus 50-64
Belarus claimed the fifth position at the 2013 EuroBasket. They wrapped up their campaign in France with a comfortable win over Czech Republic. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winning side. Belarus did not waste time to spur ahead. They held Czech Republic to 12 points in the first period to gain an 8-point lead. Czech Republic woeful offensive form continued in the second term. They accounted for only 7 points to face a 16-point deficit at halftime. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. However Belarus easily maintained the advantage throughout the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) netted 14 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Michaela Zrustova (186-F-87) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Ilona Burgrova had 9 points in the loss.

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



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  FRANCE   


EuroBasket 2013: Spain claim title in thriller - by Eurobasket News

France - Spain 69:70

Spain are back on the European throne for the first time since 1993. They overcame France in the thrilling contest in Orchies tonight to clinch the EuroBasket title. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 21 points to lead the Spanish team to the triumph.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening minutes. But Spain closed the first frame with six straight points to secure a 21:12 lead. France used a 13:0 run midway through the second term to take a 27:26 lead. Spain regained the lead and eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. The lead changed for several times throughout immensely intense third period. France capped the quarter with four straight points to snatch a 55:53 lead. Domingues and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) hit from beyond the arc at the start of the fourth period to give Spain the lead. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) and Yacoubou brought Les Bleus back into the contest. Celine Dumerc drained a triple to put France within one 67:68 with under two minutes remaining. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) sank a crucial jumper to give the visitors a 70:67 lead with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. France set up a three-point attempt for Lawson-Wade but she missed it. Sandrine Gruda tipped the ball in but it was not enough for the hosts as Spain ran away with a historic victory. Sancho Lyttle produced 20 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont added 8 points for the new champions. Sandrine Gruda answered with 25 points for France. Celine Dumerc had 11 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 25, Celine Dumerc 11
Spain: Alba Torrens 25, Sancho Lyttle 20+11 boards, Marta Xargay Casademont 8



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  GERMANY   


German U16 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Luana Rodefeld
Rodefeld
Patricia Brossmann
Brossmann
Satou Sabally
Sabally
Kira Barra
Barra
Leonie Schuetter
Schuetter
#e#5
4Luana Rodefeld 172-SG Gruenberg Germany
5Johanne Groening 173-G-97 Chemnitz 2 Germany
6Cherina Kaiser 175-PG-97 Quakenbrueck Germany
7Patricia Brossmann 181-SF-97 Berlin Germany
8Satou Sabally 183-G/F-98 Lichterfelde Germany
9Julie Kassack 170-G-98 Herner Germany
10Annika Kueper 184-F-97 Recklinghausen Germany
11Johanna Klug 185-C-98 Noerdlingen Germany
12Sunniva Ferri 181-F-97 Mainz Germany
13Laura Zdravevska 185-C-97 Gruenberg Germany
14Kira Barra 188-C-98 Saarlouis Germany
21Leonie Schuetter 177-F-98 Hagen TSV Germany


Alexandra Maerz Head Coach



Osnabrueck announce new signings - by Juliane Hoehne

The GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck announced the signings of five more players.
Heidi Heintz (177-G/F-88, college: Cal-Davis) comes from ChemCats Chemnitz, where she played last season in 2. DBBL. The 5'10 swingman averaged 11.3ppg, 4.3rpg, and 1.5apg in 28 games. The 25-year old American also holds an Irish passport, which comes in handy with the 3-American-restriction rule in the DBBL.
Another addition to the team will be Kendall Rodriguez (183-G/F). The 22-year old will play her first year overseas for the GiroLive Panthers Osnabruck, where she will help out on the forward position. The last four years, the American played for the Pacific Tigers at te University of Pacific, where she averaged her senior year 12.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.0apg in 35 games.
Michelle Mueller (186-F/C-92) and Alina Musiol (165-G) will keep playing for the Panthers also in 2013/14. Furthermore, the youth player Cherina Kaiser (175-PG-97) will join the first team and will make her first experiences in 1. DBBL.



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AO Ellinikou add Anna Spyridopoulou - by Eurobasket News

AO Ellinikou add Anna Spyridopoulou (184-F-88) for the next season. The 25-year old former Greek international forward will move from Solna Vikings in Sweden. In 24 games she recorded 8.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.0apg. She helped them to make it to the final. Spyridopoulou also played at Terpsithea (A2) earlier that season. In 9 games she averaged 9.2ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Earlier she played at Proteas (A2). She contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
The season 2010/2011 Spyridopoulou played at Aris. In 25 games she averaged 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. She contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Spyridopoulou also played 5 games in Eurocup where she averaged 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg. She won Greek A2 (North) championship title in 2009.
Anna Spyridopoulou was also a member of Greek international program for some years. She played for Greek Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Spyridopoulou also represented Greece at the European Championships in Poland two years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 75.0%.



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  HOLLAND   


Dutch U16 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
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Eveline Kallenberg
Kallenberg
Janis Ndiba
Ndiba
Laura Westerik
Westerik
Mirte Scheper
Scheper
Anne van Vlijmen
van Vlijmen
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4Eveline Kallenberg 170-PG-97
5Anne van Vlijmen 162-PG-99 Lekdetec.nl Holland
6Christy Buderman

7Yfke Hoek

8Janis Ndiba 180-PF-97
9Femke Slim

10Mardi Westenberg

11Laura Westerik 170-F-98 Lekdetec.nl Holland
12Marieke van Schie 178-SG-97
13Ella Bouman

14Danielle Pruijs

15Mirte Scheper 191-C-97




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  HUNGARY   


Hungary U20 and Slovak Republic U20 exchange victories in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian and Slovakian U20 National Teams traded wins in the exhibition series in Sopron.
The hosts came up victorious in the first game 73:60. Slovakia led throughout the opening one and a half quarter before Hungary took over. The hosts jumped to a 35:31 halftime lead and boosted it to 18-point mark at the final break. They never looked back cruising to the victory. Barnai nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) finished with 11 points, while Bernadett Hatar (208-C-94) dropped 10 points for the hosts. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) answered with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) netted 15 points in the loss.
Slovak Republic struck back in the second encounter. They posted a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Hungary narrowed the deficit at the interval 29:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Slovak Republic ensured a two-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Hungary managed only 5 points in the fourth period and had to yield at the end. Barbora Balintova posted 19 points for the winners. Zofia Hruscakova added 12 points for the visitors. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) chipped in 10 points for Hungary. Viktoria Fuisz (175-G/F-93) had 7 points for the home team.



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  JAPAN   


Japan hand third straight defeat to Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Japan swept the exhibition series versus Mozambique. They overcame the African powerhouse 78:61 in the third game held in Tokyo tonight to complete the sweep. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) nailed 17 points to pace the charge. She accounted for 15 points in the first half to set the tone for Japan.
Mozambique dominated the boards in this one but could not capitalize. Poor shooting from the African team did not allow then sticking around in this one. Japan quickly cleared off and raced to the victory at the end. Ramu Tokashiki (191-C/F-91) nailed 16 points for the hosts. Leia Dongue (185-F/C-91) responded with game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds for Mozambique.
Japan is getting ready for the FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Bangkok late in October. Mozambique will participate at the AfroBasket in Maputo in September.



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania U20 beat Lithuania U19 in a friendly game - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20-Lithuania U19 89:69

Lithuania U20 beat Lithuania U19 in a friendly game between two sides. The older players looked better and grabbed an 89:69 win.
Lithuania U20 started with a 26:17 lead and never looked behind. They added 20-13 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 46:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania U19 managed to reply with a 22-18 rally in the third period but could not come closer. The U20 team needed a 25-17 surge for the final 30-point victory.
Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) nailed 15. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) and Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) poured in 13 each, while Simona Dobrovolskyte (179-F-94) scored 10. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) answered with 13 points in defeat and Roberta Mizgeryte (188-PF-95) posted 11. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) and Evelina Mauraite (173-G-95) scored 10 points each in a loss.

Lithuania U20: Ieva Kazlauskaite 28, Laura Zelnyte 15, Ieva Preskienyte 13, Greta Tamasauskaite 13, Simona Dobrovolskyte 10
Lithuania U19: Daugile Sarauskaite 13, Roberta Mizgeryte 11, Austeja Sirsinaityte 10, Evelina Mauraite 10



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  MOZAMBIQUE   


Japan hand third straight defeat to Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Japan swept the exhibition series versus Mozambique. They overcame the African powerhouse 78:61 in the third game held in Tokyo tonight to complete the sweep. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) nailed 17 points to pace the charge. She accounted for 15 points in the first half to set the tone for Japan.
Mozambique dominated the boards in this one but could not capitalize. Poor shooting from the African team did not allow then sticking around in this one. Japan quickly cleared off and raced to the victory at the end. Ramu Tokashiki (191-C/F-91) nailed 16 points for the hosts. Leia Dongue (185-F/C-91) responded with game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds for Mozambique.
Japan is getting ready for the FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Bangkok late in October. Mozambique will participate at the AfroBasket in Maputo in September.



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EuroBasket 2013: Turkey thump Serbia to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Serbia 92:71

Turkey stepped onto the podium at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Serbia got to a brisk start to the game. The Balkan team gained a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Turkey slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They cut the deficit at a single point at halftime 44:43. Turkey used a 14:0 run midway through the third term to take a 61:49 lead. Turkey entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 66:56. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the fourth period and Turkey cruised to the victory. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) notched 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) added 17 points in the win. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) answered with 23 points for Serbia. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances), Cado and Sara Krnjic (195-C-91) had 11 points each in the loss.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 19, Quanitra Hollingsworth 18+16 boards, Birsel Vardarli 17
Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 23, Tamara Radocaj 11, Cado 11, Sara Krnjic 11



Sweden U20 leaves Belgrade with the win - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20-Sweden U20 63:67

Sweden U20 leaves Belgrade with the win against Serbia U20. After two losses the Scandinavian team posted a final 67:63 victory.
Serbia scored the first 10 points in the game and won the opening quarter with a 17-10 lead. They added 18-17 in the second frame and enjoyed 8-point halftime advantage. Moreover Serbia led 50:37 midway through the third period but could not win the game. Sweden however was too far to give up and posted a 20-17 rally in the third quarter. They needed a 20-11 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) and Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) led the way with16 points each, while Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) nailed 10. Holmkvist followed them with 5 points in a win. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) replied with 14 points for the hosts and Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) delivered 13. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) poured in 9 and Markovic scored 8.

Serbia U20: Aleksandra Stanacev 14, Kristina Topuzovic 13, Ivana Brajkovic 9, Markovic 8
Sweden U20: Abigail Asoro 16, Ellen Nystrom 16, Allis Nystrom 10, Holmkvist 5



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  SLOVAKIA   


Hungary U20 and Slovak Republic U20 exchange victories in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian and Slovakian U20 National Teams traded wins in the exhibition series in Sopron.
The hosts came up victorious in the first game 73:60. Slovakia led throughout the opening one and a half quarter before Hungary took over. The hosts jumped to a 35:31 halftime lead and boosted it to 18-point mark at the final break. They never looked back cruising to the victory. Barnai nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) finished with 11 points, while Bernadett Hatar (208-C-94) dropped 10 points for the hosts. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) answered with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) netted 15 points in the loss.
Slovak Republic struck back in the second encounter. They posted a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Hungary narrowed the deficit at the interval 29:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Slovak Republic ensured a two-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Hungary managed only 5 points in the fourth period and had to yield at the end. Barbora Balintova posted 19 points for the winners. Zofia Hruscakova added 12 points for the visitors. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) chipped in 10 points for Hungary. Viktoria Fuisz (175-G/F-93) had 7 points for the home team.



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EuroBasket 2013: Spain claim title in thriller - by Eurobasket News

France - Spain 69:70

Spain are back on the European throne for the first time since 1993. They overcame France in the thrilling contest in Orchies tonight to clinch the EuroBasket title. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 21 points to lead the Spanish team to the triumph.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening minutes. But Spain closed the first frame with six straight points to secure a 21:12 lead. France used a 13:0 run midway through the second term to take a 27:26 lead. Spain regained the lead and eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. The lead changed for several times throughout immensely intense third period. France capped the quarter with four straight points to snatch a 55:53 lead. Domingues and Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) hit from beyond the arc at the start of the fourth period to give Spain the lead. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) and Yacoubou brought Les Bleus back into the contest. Celine Dumerc drained a triple to put France within one 67:68 with under two minutes remaining. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) sank a crucial jumper to give the visitors a 70:67 lead with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. France set up a three-point attempt for Lawson-Wade but she missed it. Sandrine Gruda tipped the ball in but it was not enough for the hosts as Spain ran away with a historic victory. Sancho Lyttle produced 20 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont added 8 points for the new champions. Sandrine Gruda answered with 25 points for France. Celine Dumerc had 11 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 25, Celine Dumerc 11
Spain: Alba Torrens 25, Sancho Lyttle 20+11 boards, Marta Xargay Casademont 8



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Sweden U20 leaves Belgrade with the win - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20-Sweden U20 63:67

Sweden U20 leaves Belgrade with the win against Serbia U20. After two losses the Scandinavian team posted a final 67:63 victory.
Serbia scored the first 10 points in the game and won the opening quarter with a 17-10 lead. They added 18-17 in the second frame and enjoyed 8-point halftime advantage. Moreover Serbia led 50:37 midway through the third period but could not win the game. Sweden however was too far to give up and posted a 20-17 rally in the third quarter. They needed a 20-11 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) and Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) led the way with16 points each, while Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) nailed 10. Holmkvist followed them with 5 points in a win. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) replied with 14 points for the hosts and Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) delivered 13. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) poured in 9 and Markovic scored 8.

Serbia U20: Aleksandra Stanacev 14, Kristina Topuzovic 13, Ivana Brajkovic 9, Markovic 8
Sweden U20: Abigail Asoro 16, Ellen Nystrom 16, Allis Nystrom 10, Holmkvist 5



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Chante Black (ex Samsun) is a newcomer at San Antonio Silver Stars - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Silver Stars strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old center Chante Black (195-85kg-85, college: Duke). She just played at Samsun Basketbol in Turkish TKBL. In 15 games she recorded 12.7ppg, 11.7rpg (#4 in the league), 1.3apg, 1.1spg and 1.5bpg this season. Black ended the last (11/12) season at Shandong (WCBA) in Chinese league. In 19 games she averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg and 1.9bpg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA Honorable Mention. But the most of that year she spent at Tulsa. In 29 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 2.7rpg.
In 2009 Black was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (10th overall).
The former Duke University standoutis in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Black's team was regular season runner-up in Israeli League in 2011. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Black has played previously professionally in Israel (Ramat Hasharon).
The scouts decsribe her following way: a tremendous rebounder and shot-blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroBasket 2013: Turkey thump Serbia to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Serbia 92:71

Turkey stepped onto the podium at the 2013 EuroBasket. They fired past Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners.
Serbia got to a brisk start to the game. The Balkan team gained a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Turkey slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They cut the deficit at a single point at halftime 44:43. Turkey used a 14:0 run midway through the third term to take a 61:49 lead. Turkey entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 66:56. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the fourth period and Turkey cruised to the victory. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) notched 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) added 17 points in the win. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) answered with 23 points for Serbia. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances), Cado and Sara Krnjic (195-C-91) had 11 points each in the loss.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 19, Quanitra Hollingsworth 18+16 boards, Birsel Vardarli 17
Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 23, Tamara Radocaj 11, Cado 11, Sara Krnjic 11



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 10-1 
 2. Chicago S. 7-3 
 3. New York L. 5-4 
 4. Washington M. 5-6 
 5. Indiana F. 3-7 
 6. Connecticut S. 2-7 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 7-2 
 2. Phoenix M. 7-4 
 3. L.Angeles S. 5-4 
 4. Seattle S. 4-6 
 5. S.Antonio SS 3-7 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 29: Chicago S. - L.Angeles S. 94-82
Jun. 30: Atlanta D. - S.Antonio SS 93-67
Jun. 30: Washington M. - Tulsa S. 84-61
Jun. 30: Indiana F. - Seattle S. 71-63
Jun. 29: Connecticut S. - Phoenix M. 70-89

Regular Season: Round 17

Jul. 2: Connecticut S. - Tulsa S.
Jul. 2: Chicago S. - Seattle S.
Jul. 2: Phoenix M. - New York L.
Jul. 2: L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L.


Dream, Sky, Mercury, Mystics and Fever record latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta D. - S.Antonio SS 93-67
Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89, college: Connecticut) scored 19 points, Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) had 15 points and nine assists, and the Atlanta Dream beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 93-67 on Sunday to improve their WNBA-best record to 10-1. Jasmine Thomas added 15 points, and Aneika Henry had 12 to help the Dream win their sixth straight game and remain perfect in seven home games. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Management Group, college: Texas Tech) scored 19 points for San Antonio (3-7). The Silver Stars have lost five of their last six. San Antonio dressed just eight players, with DeLisha Milton-Jones (leg) and Shenise Johnson (knee) joining the team's lengthy injury list. The Silver Stars already were without Becky Hammon (finger), Jayne Appel (concussion) and Sophia Young (knee). Atlanta made its first six shots en route to a 24-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and was up 33-16 early in the second. San Antonio then ran off 12 straight points and cut it to 49-40 at halftime thanks to five second-quarter 3-pointers. The Dream, though, made nine of 12 shots while outscoring the Silver Stars 24-12 in the third quarter and were up 73-52 going into the fourth. McCoughtry had 13 of her points in the first half. Atlanta, the best defensive team in the WNBA, forced 21 turnovers, but committed 18 - eight in the first quarter. The Dream had 25 assists on 36 baskets and outrebounded San Antonio 38-24. The Dream, who had just one road game during the winning streak, will play the next four games away from Atlanta. The stretch starts at Minnesota on July 9. Atlanta's winning streak has come without Sancho Lyttle, the second-leading scorer and leading rebounder for the Dream. Lyttle, who averaged 15.4 points and 9.0 rebounds in the first five games, is playing with Spain's national team. Courtesy of: foxnews.com

Chicago S. - L.Angeles S. 94-82
"Big Syl" went down with a sprained ankle just before halftime Saturday and sat on the bench with an air cast on her foot for the entire second half. Big deal? It could have been colossal for the Chicago Sky. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), the team's 6-foot-5 center, was in beast mode at Allstate Arena, pounding the Los Angeles Sparks for 17 points before her right ankle buckled with about two minutes left before halftime. But even without Fowles, who had X-rays in the locker room and could miss Tuesday's game against Seattle, the Sky kept the pedal pressed firmly to the floor. Others picked up the slack and the Sky wound up cruising to a 94-82 victory over the Sparks, who got a game-high 23 points from former Naperville Central superstar Candace Parker. The Sky improves to 7-3 and 5-0 at home, which matches the best start at home in franchise history (5-0 in 2009). The fifth-largest Sky crowd ever (6,885) was in attendance. "I think they put on a show tonight and I'm proud of the way they handled themselves," Fowles said of her teammates after the game. "Even though L.A. made some runs, we didn't shake. We just made runs back. That's always a positive." The Sky was up by 6 at halftime and never relinquished the lead. But the Sparks (5-4) did cut their deficit to 70-68 with 8:10 remaining. Los Angeles scored on back-to-back moves in the post, one by Parker, and was clearly trying to take advantage of the absence of Fowles in the middle. "I did miss some chippies I shouldn't have missed, though," said the 6-foot-4 Parker, who was 9 of 21 from the field. "We need to go back to the drawing board to figure out what we can do better. I thought the energy was there, the effort was there. We just have to make plays." Guard Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) and rookie forward Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) made plenty of plays down the stretch for the Sky, finishing with a team-high 21 points and 20 points, respectively. They combined for 11 fourth-quarter points. "We all had to have that attack mindset (with Fowles out)," Delle Donne said. "Shots weren't always falling, but we were getting good looks and we knew they would fall at crucial points of the game." All five Sky starters scored in double figures as point guard Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89, college: Gonzaga) scored 12 points and forward Swin Cash added 10. "I thought our starters toted the mail today," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. "Sylvia established herself early and we executed down the stretch. When you put up 90-plus points against any team that's good, especially when you have Sylvia out there with a sprained ankle." Courtesy of: dailyherald.com

Connecticut S. - Phoenix M. 70-89
Phoenix coach Corey Gaines remembers the phone calls vividly from earlier this season when the Mercury were struggling to incorporate rookie Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) into the lineup. 'I got a call from (former Mercury and NBA coach) Paul Westhead and another from (former NBA coach) Flip Saunders and they both asked me, What are you doing?'' Gaines said Saturday night after his team's 89-70 victory over the Connecticut Sun. After losing their first three games, the Mercury (7-4) have won seven of their last eight. Phoenix has also won a franchise-record five straight on the road and completed a sweep of a three-game road trip for the first time in team history. 'They were right,' Gaines said. 'We haven't changed one thing, except going back to how we use to play.' After slowing down their pace in favor of the 6-foot-8 Griner, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's WNBA draft, the Mercury went back to playing the up-tempo style that was a trademark of two championship teams. 'We never had a big player of that caliber before,' Gaines said. 'Everybody else took a back seat and we weren't running. After the third game, we had a team meeting and said, forget all that and let's get back to run and gun, shoot the ball, jack it up.'' Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) added 18 points and Griner had nine points before fouling out. 'This was such a grind, but you looked up and you're up double digits,' Taurasi said. 'It didn't feel that way. The whole 40 minutes felt like we had to do a little more, but we looked up and we were up 12.' Penny Taylor, who missed more than a year with a knee injury, returned for the Mercury and scored eight points. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead Connecticut (2-7), which lost its fourth straight. Charles shot 3 for 18 from the floor, but made was 19 for 24 on free throws - franchise records for both makes and attempts. 'Connecticut was the first team that posted us up this year,' Gaines said. ' (LeBron James) doesn't even get calls like Charles did. Has he ever shot 24 free throws in a game? And he goes to the hole hard. I told Brittney that this was a learning experience and to start throwing your body into people.' Allison Hightower added 13 points for the Sun, who trailed by double digits most of the second half and finished 27 percent (18 for 67) from the field. Connecticut scored the last eight points of the first half and trailed 38-32 at halftime. Alexis Hornbuckle, who entered the game 0 for 5 from the field from 3-point range this season, made both 3s she attempted in the first half to help the Mercury open a 38-24 lead. 'We can't stop fighting and it felt like for stretches tonight we did,' Connecticut coach Anne Donovan said. 'We looked defeated defensively. Their 44 points in the paint weren't Griner. They had a lot of dribble penetration and we didn't fight hard enough sometimes. I think we're playing hard, but I think we're discouraged. We've go to fight and be competitive until we get bodies back.' Courtesy of: azcentral.com

Washington M. - Tulsa S. 84-61
The Washington Mystics opened the season in late May with a win over Tulsa, a pleasing start for first-year Coach Mike Thibault, who was brought in to try to improve one of the WNBA's struggling franchises. You could make the case, however, that the Mystics' 84-61 home victory over Tulsa on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center was just as important - if not more - as the win that started the season. Washington's most one-sided triumph in almost three years ended a five-game losing streak. It also - at least temporarily - stiff-armed any here-we-go-again thoughts that could have been creeping into the heads of players who have been through other briefly promising seasons in Washington. Playing their third game in four days, the Mystics (5-6) wiped out two recent weaknesses - rebounding and defense - by beating the Shock by 19 on the boards and limiting the last-place team in the Western Conference to 24.3 percent shooting. Four of the Mystics' previous five opponents had shot 49 percent or better from the floor. 'It was a must game for us,' Washington forward Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) said. 'Sometimes you can get discouraged when things like [losing streaks] happen. To come in here and play the way we played, I think that's given us a big boost, some energy, some positive thoughts to take into the second part of the season. ... I knew that we could turn this around.' 'This is huge,' said forward Crystal Langhorne, another veteran. 'We had a rough stretch. ... We were really aggressive. It was good for us.' All of Washington's starters scored at least nine points, and all 10 Mystics who played in the first half scored. The Mystics poured in the final nine points of the half - in a span of 73 seconds - to take a 44-34 lead and outscored Tulsa 21-9 in the third quarter. This after a first half that featured 11 ties and six lead changes. 'It's been a long two weeks,' said Thibault, who with the win tied Van Chancellor for first on the WNBA's all-time regular season victory list with 211. 'Our energy level was really, really good. Our players were really focused on the defensive end, and I think our offense came because of our defense.' 'We just got to learn that we have to be a defensive team,' guard Ivory Latta said. 'It's all about trust, and we've got to continue to build that trust. We've got to continue to build that chemistry out on the court. We've got to continue to trust and rely on each other that we're going to have each other's back.' There was a lot to be happy about on the offensive end as well. Thibault was particularly pleased about a trip down the court during the spurt that closed the first half. By his count, every Mystics player touched the ball during an approximately 11-second possession that began with a steal by Emma Meesseman and ended with a Matee Ajavon (5'7''-PG-86, college: Rutgers) three-point shot. 'When you see your team playing like that,' Thibault said, 'you know you're making some progress.' Latta, challenged by Thibault to keep shooting during a mild slump, opened the game with a three-pointer and finished with a team-high 15 points against her former franchise. 'We've been on her all week to be more aggressive,' Thibault said. 'I told her coming back [from Atlanta on Saturday] to push the tempo, run the ball up the court and make them have to backpedal and get us some easy baskets in transition.' 'I just felt I had to come out and start with a whole bunch of energy, and that's what I did,' Latta said. 'With that energy, I know everybody else will feed off of it. Just trying to come out with a bang.' Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Indiana F. - Seattle S. 71-63
Seattle's defensive scoring average looks good on paper the past two games, while its offensive numbers have been poor. Both aspects failed the Storm on Sunday in a 71-63 loss at defending champion Indiana in front of 6,355 at Banker's Life Fieldhouse. With the score tied after three quarters, the Fever (3-7) shot 70percent from the field in the fourth quarter, opening with a 10-2 run to take a 60-52 lead. 'We can't be disappointed with our defense,' said Seattle guard Tanisha Wright (5'11''-SF-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.). 'We can evaluate it down the stretch. Overall we've been good, but down the stretch when you really need to make a stop and get a stop, we've kind of let down.' The Storm cut the deficit to 65-61 with two minutes remaining. Indiana's Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) answered with a drive to the basket. On the next possession Catchings broke down Seattle's defense and found Jasmine Hassell for a layup, putting the Fever ahead 69-61 with 1:25 left. 'We've had people like (New York's Cappie) Pondexter hurt us down the stretch (in a loss Friday),' Seattle coach Brian Agler said. ' (On Sunday) it was Tamika Catchings. It's two of the elite players in the game taking over and getting one-on-one situations.' Indiana outrebounded the Storm 34-22, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds, with 10 of those in the second half. 'Tonight we compounded that by having 20 turnovers,' Agler said. 'We've been pretty good in the turnover situation, but over the last couple of games we've given up too many second shots.' Seattle (4-6) is averaging 65 points during its three-game losing streak. It follows a three-game winning streak in which the Storm averaged 88.3 points. 'That comes down to getting in the gym and making shots because a lot of our opportunities come down to making shots,' said Seattle guard Temeka Johnson, who scored eight points. 'Not a lot of them were wide open, but we're all basketball players and are able to make a lot of these shots we're missing.' Indiana nearly blew the game open early, taking a 17-4 lead midway through the first quarter, hitting three-pointers on three consecutive possessions, including a four-point play by Briann January. Seattle answered with a 12-0 run over the first and second quarters, forcing four turnovers. 'I think it started with us defensively and we weren't letting them be as comfortable as they were when they went on that 17-4 run,' Johnson said. 'I think we picked it up a notch defensively and we started to execute offensively, taking our time and seeing what it is they were giving us.' Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90, college: Tennessee) led Seattle with 11 points, while Camille Little added 10. Wright and Tina Thompson added nine points apiece. Catchings led all scorers with 18 points, while Jessica Breland added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Fever. Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) scored 14 and Karima Christmas added 12. The Storm forced 22 Indiana turnovers but turned those into just 13 points. Seattle finished with 11 assists, after not having one in the first quarter and just five during Friday's 67-62 loss to New York. Courtesy of: seattletimes.com



Chante Black (ex Samsun) is a newcomer at San Antonio Silver Stars - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Silver Stars strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old center Chante Black (195-85kg-85, college: Duke). She just played at Samsun Basketbol in Turkish TKBL. In 15 games she recorded 12.7ppg, 11.7rpg (#4 in the league), 1.3apg, 1.1spg and 1.5bpg this season. Black ended the last (11/12) season at Shandong (WCBA) in Chinese league. In 19 games she averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg and 1.9bpg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA Honorable Mention. But the most of that year she spent at Tulsa. In 29 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 2.7rpg.
In 2009 Black was drafted by Connecticut Sun (WNBA) in first round (10th overall).
The former Duke University standoutis in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Black's team was regular season runner-up in Israeli League in 2011. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Black has played previously professionally in Israel (Ramat Hasharon).
The scouts decsribe her following way: a tremendous rebounder and shot-blocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dantas, BRA 20.9
2 Takada, JPN 16.9
3 Roberts, AUS 15.9
4 Fields, CAN 15.9
5 Diaz, ARG 15.4
6 Plouffe, CAN 15.2
7 Motokawa, JPN 15
8 Gretter, ARG 13.8
9 Machida, JPN 12.3
10 Tikhonenko, RUS 12.2

Rebounds Per Game
1 Dantas, BRA 12.6
2 Tikhonenko, RUS 10.3
3 Cabrera, ARG 9.2
4 Ndour, ESP 9.1
5 Roberts, AUS 8.4
6 Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA 7.9
7 Stewart, USA 7.3
8 Allen, AUS 7.1
9 Machida, JPN 7
10 Gil, ESP 6.8

Assists Per Game
1 Machida, JPN 6.2
2 Cole, AUS 6
3 Gretter, ARG 5.6
4 Massengale, USA 4.3
5 Hartley, USA 3.2
6 Degorces, FRA 3.1
7 Ortiz, ESP 2.7
8 Takada, JPN 2.4
9 Chang, TAI 2.3
10 Martins, BRA 2.3

Steals Per Game
1 Carangelo, ITA 2.6
2 Allen, AUS 2.4
3 Ramona, BRA 2.4
4 Gretter, ARG 2.2
5 Plouffe, CAN 2.2
6 Fields, CAN 2.1
7 Carcavalli, BRA 2.1
8 Maffenini, ITA 2.1
9 Williams, CAN 2.1
10 Dantas, BRA 2

Blocks Per Game
1 Stewart, USA 1.7
2 Ndour, ESP 1.6
3 Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA 1.1
4 Tikhonenko, RUS 1.1
5 Tippett, AUS 1
6 Gil, ESP 0.9
7 Dolson, USA 0.8
8 Ma, CHN 0.8
9 Dantas, BRA 0.7
10 Efimova, RUS 0.7