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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Cibona 0-0 
 4. Crvena Zv. 0-0 
 5. Igokea 0-0 
 6. Krka 0-0 
 7. Mega Vizura 0-0 
 8. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 9. Partizan 0-0 
 10. Radnicki KG 0-0 
 11. Siroki WWin 0-0 
 12. Szolnok 0-0 
 13. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 14. Zadar 0-0 



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 12-2 
 2. Ringwood H. 11-4 
 3. Waverley F. 11-4 
 4. Corio Bay S. 11-4 
 5. Diamond V.E. 8-5 
 6. Eltham W. 7-8 
 7. Werribee 5-10 
 8. Hume City 3-12 
 9. Sherbrooke S. 3-12 
 10. Melbourne 2-12 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 11-2 
 2. Woodville W. 10-3 
 3. Forestville E. 8-5 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 8-5 
 5. C.District L. 8-5 
 6. Southern T. 7-6 
 7. Sturt S. 7-6 
 8. Norwood F. 5-8 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 1-12 
 10. Eastern M. 0-13 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 9-1 
 2. Cairns M. 8-2 
 3. Northside W. 7-2 
 4. Brisbane C. 6-3 
 5. Townsville H. 6-4 
 6. Mackay M. 6-4 
 7. Gladstone P. 6-5 
 8. Gold Coast R. 3-6 
 9. Toowoomba 3-7 
 10. Ipswich F. 3-7 
 11. Suncoast 2-5 
 12. Bundaberg B. 2-8 
 13. SW Metro P. 1-8 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 19-3 
 2. Geraldton B. 15-7 
 3. Perry Lakes H. 14-6 
 4. Perth R. 13-9 
 5. East Perth E. 12-10 
 6. Wanneroo W. 12-10 
 7. Mandurah M. 12-10 
 8. SW Slammers 11-10 
 9. Willetton T. 10-12 
 10. Rockingham F. 9-13 
 11. Cockburn C. 9-13 
 12. Stirling S. 8-13 
 13. Goldfield G. 5-17 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 3-19 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 17-3 
 2. Geelong S. 16-4 
 3. Dandenong R. 9-9 
 4. Frankston B. 9-12 
 5. Brisbane S. 8-11 
 6. Sandringham S. 8-11 
 7. Canberra G. 8-13 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 14-5 
 2. Nunawading S. 12-8 
 3. Hobart C. 12-8 
 4. NW Tasmania 9-11 
 5. Kilsyth C. 9-11 
 6. Albury W.B. 6-14 
 7. Ballarat M. 6-14 
 8. Knox R. 6-15 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 16-2 
 2. Sydney C. 13-4 
 3. Norths Bears 13-5 
 4. Hornsby S. 11-7 
 5. Cent.Coast C. 10-8 
 6. Colonial Hotel 9-8 
 7. Hills H. 9-9 
 8. Newcastle H. 9-9 
 9. Bankstown B. 8-8 
 10. Illawarra H. 7-10 
 11. Parramatta W. 6-11 
 12. Sutherland S. 2-16 
 13. Maitland M. 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

BIG V

Jul. 13: Corio Bay S. - Eltham W.
Jul. 13: Ringwood H. - Bulleen B.
Jul. 13: Melbourne - Werribee

Central ABL

Jul. 12: Norwood F. - S.Adelaide P.
Jul. 12: Woodville W. - C.District L.
Jul. 13: Eastern M. - S.Adelaide P.
Jul. 13: Norwood F. - W.Adelaide B.
Jul. 13: Southern T. - Sturt S.
Jul. 14: Woodville W. - Sturt S.
Jul. 14: Forestville E. - N.Adelaide R.

QBL

Jul. 12: Suncoast - Northside W.
Jul. 12: Cairns M. - SW Metro P.
Jul. 13: Ipswich F. - Gold Coast R.
Jul. 13: Northside W. - Toowoomba
Jul. 13: Gladstone P. - Mackay M.
Jul. 13: Townsville H. - SW Metro P.
Jul. 13: Bundaberg B. - Brisbane C.

SBL

Jul. 12: SW Slammers - Perry Lakes H.
Jul. 12: Lakeside L. - Kalamunda E.S.
Jul. 12: Mandurah M. - East Perth E.
Jul. 13: Geraldton B. - Wanneroo W.
Jul. 13: Perry Lakes H. - Goldfield G.
Jul. 13: Perth R. - SW Slammers
Jul. 13: East Perth E. - Willetton T.
Jul. 13: Stirling S. - Cockburn C.
Jul. 13: Rockingham F. - Mandurah M.
Jul. 14: Willetton T. - Goldfield G.

SEABL

Jul. 11: Canberra G. - Sandringham S.
Jul. 12: Knox R. - Mt Gambier
Jul. 12: Hobart C. - Ballarat M.
Jul. 13: Brisbane S. - Knox R.
Jul. 13: Geelong S. - Mt Gambier
Jul. 13: NW Tasmania - Ballarat M.
Jul. 13: Frankston B. - Kilsyth C.
Jul. 13: Albury W.B. - Sandringham S.
Jul. 13: Nunawading S. - Dandenong R.
Jul. 14: Dandenong R. - Bendigo B.
Jul. 14: Kilsyth C. - Geelong S.

WARATAH

Jul. 13: Illawarra H. - Bankstown B.
Jul. 13: Manly Warr. - Cent.Coast C.
Jul. 13: Colonial Hotel - Hornsby S.
Jul. 13: Sutherland S. - Sydney C.
Jul. 13: Newcastle H. - Hills H.
Jul. 13: Norths Bears - Parramatta W.
Jul. 14: Sydney C. - Maitland M.


2013 University Games: Canada beat Australia in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Canada-Australia 92:83

Canada beat Australia in Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. Canada enjoyed a 92:83 win for a perfect 3-0 record. Australia meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Australia scored the first 6 points in the game, but Brady Heslip (188-G-90) brought 21:8 for Canada. The latter won the first period 27:15, but Australia replied with a 31-14 surge. Only due to the second half Canada managed to win the game. Canada posted a 24-21 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-16 burst.
Brady Heslip led the way with 18 points and Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) notched 15. Dwight Powell (208-F-91) scored 10, whilst Kevin Pangos (188-G-93), Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) and Owen Klassen (208-F-91) netted 9 each. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Jason Cadee (186-G-91) nailed 16. Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) brought 14 points apiece in a loss.

Canada: Brady Heslip 18, Daniel Mullings 15, Dwight Powell 10, Kevin Pangos 9, Melvin Ejim 9, Owen Klassen 9
Australia: Cameron Bairstow 19, Jason Cadee 16, Clint Steindl 14, Mitchell Young 14



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Azerbaijani Orhan Haciyeva inks with Usak Universitesi - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijani Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) inks with Usak Universitesi . He played last time at Aliaga Petkim. He has a double citizenship as he also holds Turkish passport. In 16 TBL games he was third best scorer with 7.0ppg and recorded 5.1rpg (#2 in the league) last season.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by Turk Telekom. In 2010-11 season Haciyeva played at Pi Koleji Ankara (TB2L). In 16 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.4spg that season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Haciyeva ended the previous season at Darussafaka (TB2L). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Center of the Year. But the most of that year he spent at Pertevniyal (TB2L). In 22 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.9ppg and averaged 12.8rpg (leader !!!), 1.5apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Haciyeva also represented Azerbaijan at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (12.5rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 71.9%.



Spencer Nelson leaves Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Spencer Nelson (202-F/C-80, college: Utah St.) will not continue with Gran Canaria. The forward exercised the clause in his contract and left the team. Spencer Nelson joined Gran Canaria back in 2010. Last year he resigned with the team for two more seasons. Last season Spencer Nelson averaged 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in ACB. The US forward who also holds Azerbaijan passport earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Previously Spencer Nelson had stints in Greece, Italy and Germany. He was named All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year in 2006. Spencer Nelson was also trumped Italian Cup MVP in 2007. He has been the member of the Azerbaijan National Team since 2010.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


BBL set for format changes and expansion - by Eurobasket News

The Baltic Basketball League (BBL) will enter the 10th anniversary season with some adjustments to its own competition system. Having drawn plenty of interest both from previous participants and new teams, the league is set up to 24. Last year, clubs from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and one guest team from Kazakhstan competed in the BBL. For the upcoming season, there is a high possibility of the geography of the league expanding to include teams from Finland and Sweden, as well as extending the co-operation with clubs from Kazakhstan. The Lithuanian Basketball Leagues decision to play four rounds resulted in us having to make modifications in the BBL competition system. In the regular season, teams will play in four groups with six clubs in each. The difference from last year is that there wont be a Top 16 round. Playoffs will commence immediately after the regular season. If we had to play the full system, there simply would be too many games, said the BBL director Romualdas Brazauskas. The four best teams in each group will qualify for the BBL Playoffs, which will begin with Eight-finals and then subsequently proceed to Quarter-finals, Semi-finals before reaching the BBL Finals. Throughout all stages of the playoffs, teams will play two games home and away, with the team with the best cumulative score advancing to the next round. The deadline for teams to submit their applications to compete in the 2013/14 BBL season is August 20th, after which the competition system can be confirmed. Even before the start of the BBL Regular Season, the Baltic basketball season will begin with four teams stepping on the floor to compete in the BBL Cup 2013, which will be held in the end of September.
Courtesy of: bbl.net



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  BOSNIA   


Emir Sulejmanovic joins Barcelona! - by Nedzad Kladusak

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95), the young Bosnian top prospect signs with Barcelona. According to several sources
the young PF from Srebrenica will join the spanish powerhouse. Sulejmanovic is currently in Bosnia where he is still
waiting for his letter of clearance which would make him eligible to play for his home country Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Born two days after the genocide in Srebrenica (Bosnia-Hercegovina) Emir Sulejmanovic had a tragic youth and barely escaped with his mother to Finland.
Years after this young men has developed in one of the best players of his generation and is considered to be next Bosnian NBA player.
Sulejmanovic is a ferocious rebounder, with great post- up moves, quickness and a shooting range reaching beyond the arc.



Basketball business: OKK Spars owner Nihad Selimovic asked Serbia to steal Djoko Salic? - by Nedzad Kladusak

According to agent Aleksandar Raskovic (Tracey Mc Grady, Aleksandar Maric, Nedim Buza,Adin Vrabac...) the founder and general manager of OKK Spars Nihad Selimovic
actively pursued the aquisition of Djoko Salic (209-C-95) by the Serbian basketball association (KSS) despite it has not been possible due to FIBA regulations.
He thwarted the KSBIH initiative aiming to get the best Bosnian players and get players back which have played in youth generations for foreign countries.
Selimovic presents his team as a crucial basketball project pointing out the importance for BIH NT selections. It seems that KSBIH and its NT selections are only second class
promotion teams for Selimovic who would have sold Bosnian kids to everyone who can help him to maximise his profit.




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  BRAZIL   


2013 University Games: Brazil opens Day 4 with the win over Chile - by Eurobasket News

Brazil-Chile 106:40

Brazil opens Day 4 with the win over Chile at the 2013 University Games. Brazilian team improved to 3-0 record in Group D after a comfortable 106:40 win. Chile remained winless at the tournament.
Brazil took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. The favorites grabbed 27:11 after the first 10 minutes and added 25-9 surge in the second frame. Moreover Brazil limited Chile to just 3 points in the third period and produced 26 points. They finished the game with 28-17 rally for the final result.
Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) paced all the winners with 28 points and DEODATO Guilherme added 18. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) delivered 15, whilst Joao Bernardi (F-90) and Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) had 10 each. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) answered with 12 points in defeat, whilst Rolando Arteaga (178-G-92) poured in 9. Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) and Gabriel Sanino (201-C-92) scored 5 points each in a loss.

Brazil: Cristiano Felicio 28, DEODATO Guilherme 18, Leonardo Meindl 15, Joao Bernardi 10, Lucas Mariano 10
Chile: Osven Ledezma 12, Rolando Arteaga 9, Tomas Alvarez 5, Gabriel Sanino 5



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Smith brings poise, maturity to NU hoops - by David Edole

By BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star
In watching my first Nebraska basketball team workout this summer, I came away impressed with the athleticism and agility of Leslee Smith (200-F), a 6-foot-8, 250-pound junior college transfer.

Hes more nimble than I expected, and he carries his weight well. Look for him to challenge for a starting position at forward, where Tim Miles says Smith can play in screen-able situations and play out of the high post.

Hes got a good enough shot, where right now I feel really good about his 15-foot, 17-foot shot, and I would expect hes going to need to stretch that in time, Miles said.

This is the third collegiate program for Smith, a native of the British Virgin Islands who began his career at SMU and played last season at Seward County (Kan.) Community College. Not surprisingly, hes still getting acclimated to yet another new system; hes going a tad too fast sometimes and making mistakes.

But Miles loves Smiths poise and maturity.

Hes a really poised guy. Hes got a savvy-ness about him, Miles said. You like being around him. Hes a real magnetic personality.

Miles also likes Smiths strength.

He did a full workout the other day, and then he put 225 on the bar and did it nine times, and probably couldve kept going, Miles said. Hes just got a real powerful presence about him. That usually translates well into basketball.

Smith averaged 8.3 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds last season, but over Seward Countys final six games, he averaged 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Hes also had a knee injury, and that knee still causes problems and swells up at times, Miles said. Smith also isnt yet where he needs to be conditioning-wise, but the same could be said of most new players at this stage.



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  BULGARIA   


U20 European Championship: Spain silence Bulgaria in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Spain U20 64:78

Spain silence Bulgaria in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship. The Spanish side needed a 78:64 win for 2-0 record in Group C. Bulgaria meanwhile started with 0-1 record.
Spain were half a step ahead for most of the first half but Bulgaria employed successfully a zone defence to close down the lane, control the battle on the glass and prevent them from ever pulling away. Spain started the game with 17:15 lead and had 4-point advantage at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Spain erupted with a 21-11 surge. Bulgaria and Spain notched 19 points each in the last quarter for the final result on the board.
Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) tops-cored for the winners with 21 points and Daniel Diez (203-F-93) as well as Alejandro Suarez (205-C-93) netted 13 each. Mikel Motos (194-F/G-93, college: Lan Mobel ISB) followed them with 9 points. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points in defeat, whilst Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) delivered 10. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) and Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) brought 7 points each in a loss.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 15, Deyan Karamfilov 10, Dimitar Dimitrov 7, Aleks Simeonov 7
Spain U20: Jaime Fernandez 21, Daniel Diez 13, Alejandro Suarez 13, Mikel Motos 9



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  CANADA   


Storm Announces Location For 2013-14 - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com The Summerside Storm is announcing that the team signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with the Charlottetown Civic center to play there begining in 2013. " our first responsibility as owners is to put the business in a position to succeed and sustain itself,"said Duncan Shaw. "It was a difficult complicated decision but we feel that in the end the circumstances in Charlottetown are the best situation for the Storm to succeed in Prince Edward Island." The Storm emphasizes this is a pure business decision a very challenging one made to ensure the Storm continues as part of the island community for more years too come.


2013 University Games: Canada beat Australia in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Canada-Australia 92:83

Canada beat Australia in Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. Canada enjoyed a 92:83 win for a perfect 3-0 record. Australia meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Australia scored the first 6 points in the game, but Brady Heslip (188-G-90) brought 21:8 for Canada. The latter won the first period 27:15, but Australia replied with a 31-14 surge. Only due to the second half Canada managed to win the game. Canada posted a 24-21 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-16 burst.
Brady Heslip led the way with 18 points and Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) notched 15. Dwight Powell (208-F-91) scored 10, whilst Kevin Pangos (188-G-93), Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) and Owen Klassen (208-F-91) netted 9 each. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Jason Cadee (186-G-91) nailed 16. Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) brought 14 points apiece in a loss.

Canada: Brady Heslip 18, Daniel Mullings 15, Dwight Powell 10, Kevin Pangos 9, Melvin Ejim 9, Owen Klassen 9
Australia: Cameron Bairstow 19, Jason Cadee 16, Clint Steindl 14, Mitchell Young 14



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  CHILE   


2013 University Games: Brazil opens Day 4 with the win over Chile - by Eurobasket News

Brazil-Chile 106:40

Brazil opens Day 4 with the win over Chile at the 2013 University Games. Brazilian team improved to 3-0 record in Group D after a comfortable 106:40 win. Chile remained winless at the tournament.
Brazil took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. The favorites grabbed 27:11 after the first 10 minutes and added 25-9 surge in the second frame. Moreover Brazil limited Chile to just 3 points in the third period and produced 26 points. They finished the game with 28-17 rally for the final result.
Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) paced all the winners with 28 points and DEODATO Guilherme added 18. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) delivered 15, whilst Joao Bernardi (F-90) and Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) had 10 each. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) answered with 12 points in defeat, whilst Rolando Arteaga (178-G-92) poured in 9. Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) and Gabriel Sanino (201-C-92) scored 5 points each in a loss.

Brazil: Cristiano Felicio 28, DEODATO Guilherme 18, Leonardo Meindl 15, Joao Bernardi 10, Lucas Mariano 10
Chile: Osven Ledezma 12, Rolando Arteaga 9, Tomas Alvarez 5, Gabriel Sanino 5



2013 University Games: Norway outscore Chile in the start of Day 5 - by Eurobasket News

Chile-Norway 48:62

Norway outscore Chile in the start of Day 5 of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Norway improved to 2-2 record after a 62:48 victory. Chile meanwhile fell at 0-4 record in Group D.
Norway scored the first eight points in the game and led 14:7 after 10 minutes. They added 18-11 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 32:18 halftime advantage. Chile looked better in the second half and managed for a short comeback. They produced a 9-8 run in the third period and trailed 13 points with 10 minutes to go. Norway however did not allow the opponents to come closer and after 22-21 increased to the final 62:48 victory.
Karamo Jawara (201-F-91) stepped up with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Magnus Midtvedt (182-PG-90) and Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-F-89, college: Manhattan) delivered 8 each. LUNDESTAD Oevind and Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) followed them with 7 points each in a loss. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) poured in 11. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) followed them with 10 points in defeat.

Chile: Osven Ledezma 20, Tomas Alvarez 11, Francisco Pena 10
Norway: Karamo Jawara 10+13 rebs, Magnus Midtvedt 8, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 8, LUNDESTAD Oevind 7, Aksel Bolinz 7



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  CHINA   


2013 University Games: Lithuania overwhelm China in Basket Hall - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-China 129:52

Lithuania overwhelm China in Basket Hall in Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. The Baltic State posted a 129:52 win for a perfect 3-0 record. China remained without victories after three games played.
Lithuanian team won the first period 34:20 and added massive 34-6 surge in the second frame. The board showed 68:26 at the halftime, but Lithuania did not even think of slowing down in the rest of the game. The favorites won the third quarter 23-16 and finished the game with 38-10 burst.
Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) stepped up with 22 points and Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) notched 17. Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) delivered 13, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) had 12. Liu Zihao (183-PG-92) ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Sun HeFeng (204-F-92) notched 10. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) poured in 7, whilst Cui Jinming (193-G-92) had 6.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 22, Eimantas Bendzius 17, Vytenis Lipkevicius 13, Vaidas Cepukaitis 12
China: Liu Zihao 16, Sun HeFeng 10, Dai Huaibo 7, Cui Jinming 6



NBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. The Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Sichuan BW - Guangzhou L. 97-88 (2-0)

The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-23 Guangzhou L.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 97-88 at the end of the game. Sichuan BW brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Guangzhou L. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 21 rebounds and 8 blocks to lead the effort and forward Jing Wang (197-78) supported him with 22 points. Even 29 points by guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) did not help to save the game for Guangzhou L.. Forward DaWei Chen (203-85) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Guangzhou L.'s coach XuLin Wang rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: W.Jing 22+2reb+2ast, W.Hassan 21+21reb, C.XiaoDong 17+4reb+2ast, W.Yong-Ren 12+4reb+10ast, H.XiaoBin 11+3reb+2ast, W.YingLiang 9+1ast
Guangzhou L.: D.ChengLong 29+1reb+3ast, C.DaWei 18+5reb+1ast, T.Chao 13+6reb+4ast, B.ZhiChao 13+6reb, L.Gani 11+5reb, G.Liye 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 243393


Jiangsu TX - Hong Kong 97-95 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Jiangsu TX forced 20 Hong Kong turnovers. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 24 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and power forward XinLei Shi (205-89) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Five Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) responded with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and forward JiuLong Liu (197-83) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: E.Chinemelu 28+24reb+2ast, M.Zhuang 18+1reb, S.XinLei 17+3reb+3ast, Y.ZhiYong 15+3reb+1ast, F.Xin 12+3reb+3ast, S.JianYe 4+1reb+1ast
Hong Kong: S.Craig 37+16reb+1ast, L.JiuLong 18+7reb+4ast, W.MingLiang 14+2reb+2ast, C.ZhaoShen 8, L.YiDing 8+5reb, W.DaYong 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 243392


Changsha Bank - Heilongjiang 136-74 (2-0)

The game without a history. Changsha Bank led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 106 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang's 54. They outrebounded Heilongjiang 49-19 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Changsha Bank players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Center Cheng Jia (207-91) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Bo Feng (188-90) supported him with 21 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Changsha Bank's coach MingZhu Pu felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by forward Mengxin He (200-90) did not help to save the game for Heilongjiang. Forward JinYang Li (198-91) added 17 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Changsha Bank: J.Cheng 26+12reb, F.Bo 21+4reb, A.Hilton 17+7reb+1ast, J.JunQi 16+7reb+2ast, B.Jiguang 13+2reb+3ast, L.Lin 12+2reb
Heilongjiang: H.Mengxin 18+8reb+3ast, L.JinYang 17+6reb+3ast, W.DaPeng 13+1reb+2ast, J.Ming 12+1reb+4ast, Z.JunXiong 12+2reb+3ast, Y.XueLin 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 243391


Chongqing FD - Nanjin Army 107-86 (2-0)

The game without a history. Chongqing FD led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Chongqing FD outrebounded Nanjin Army 42-26 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Liang Yu (209-86) supported him with 15 points. Coach Dragan Raca's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals by point guard Jun Li (180-90) did not help to save the game for Nanjin Army. Forward LiPeng An (199-90) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Four Chongqing FD and five Nanjin Army players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 34+21reb+1ast, Y.Liang 15+2reb, Y.KaiFu 10+3reb+1ast, L.XueSong 10+6reb+1ast, S.TianGang 9+1reb+2ast, Y.Peng 8+4reb+2ast
Nanjin Army: L.Jun 16+1reb+7ast, A.LiPeng 16+5reb, F.ChengLin 16, T.JiaFu 14+4reb+2ast, D.QinShuo 14+4reb+1ast, W.ShouWei 6+10reb
gschID: 243390



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Buva in HKK Siroki - by Ivo Vukojevic

HKK Siroki WWin agreed terms with young Croatian center Ivan Buva (208-C-91, agency: Homeland Sports Group) for the next two season. 22 year old Buva played a first part of the last season in Cedevita's development team Mladost and he was one of the best A2-center divison players. He spent second part of the season in Cedevita where he played just few minutes. Buva also played for KK Krizevci in season 2011/12. It's a first reinforcement after financial problems in a small Herzegovian town.


KK Cedevita Zagreb add young Lovro Mazalin - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb add young Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket). The 16-year old played last time at KK Cibona VIP Zagreb. In two games he recorded 2.0ppg last season. Mazalin won Croatian A1 League championship title. The previous season he played at KK Petrinja (B Liga).
Despite young age Mazalin had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 2nd Team award in 2012. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U16 in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-4 (15.9ppg), 6.1rpg, 4.1apg, 1.0spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 59.6%. This summer he will help Croatia U16 at the European Championship.



U20 European Championship: Croatia needs overtime to beat Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Ukraine U20 77:75

Croatia needs overtime to beat Ukraine at the U20 European Championship. Croatia improved to 1-1 record after a 77:75 win.
After a 73:74 loss from Turkey in Day 1, Croatia had another thriller. They trailed 16:17 after the first period, but posted a 21-10 surge in the second frame. Moreover Croatia added 24-9 burst in the third period and had a 16-point fourth-quarter lead. Ukraine however managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period but could not win the game. Luka Panduric scored three free throws at the end of overtime for the final result.
Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Luka Vlaic (208-PF-93) notched 19. Matej Buovac (200-G/F-93) brought 8, while Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) added 7. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) answered with 24 points in the losing effort and Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) netted 16. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) had 12.

Croatia U20: Luka Panduric 22, Luka Vlaic 19, Matej Buovac 8, Marko Ramljak 7,
Ukraine U20: Maksym Lutsenko 24, Klym Artamonov 16, Vladyslav Koreniuk 15+11 rebs, Anatoliy Shundel 12



Coach Vrankovic moves to Turkey - by Dajana Karl

Turk Telekom Ankara and Croatian coach Josip Vrankovic (agency: Alti Sport ) signed a two-year deal.

Vrankovic was most recently coaching Croatian national basketball team and KK Cibona VIP Zagreb which position he has left in late November of 2011.
His coaching carrier has begin in February of 2007 when he was hired by HKK Siroki WWin.
Before becoming a coach, Vrankovic was a basketball player who played with some domestic teams such as Alkar, Split, Cibona, as well as international - Prokom Trefl Sopot, HKK Siroki WWin, EnBW Ludwigsburg, Montana Forli.





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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


2013 University Games: Czech Republic outscore United Arab Emirates in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-United Arab Emirates 100:54

Czech Republic outscore United Arab Emirates in Kazan in the start of Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. The European side enjoyed a 100:54 win for 1-2 record.
Peterka and ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh exchanged the early baskets, while Czech Republic took 19:13 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover the European side added massive 28-11 surge and took 47:24 halftime advantage. Czech Republic also dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 21-16 and added 32-14 in the last stanza.
Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) paced all the winners with 18 points and Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) notched 14. Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) brought 13, whilst Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) had 11 and Adam Zampach (197-SF-90) added 10. OMAR ALAMERI Omer replied with 13 points in the losing effort and AL BRAIKI Mohamed had 11. ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh notched 10, whilst KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid added 9.

Czech Republic: Jan Jiricek 18, Adam Ciz 14, Martin Gniadek 13, Michal Mares 11, Adam Zampach 10
United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 13, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 11, ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh 10, KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid 9



U20 European Championship: Well-balanced Italy roll over Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Italy U20 75:89

Well-balanced Italy roll over Czech Republic for the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. Six players scored in double digits as Italy celebrated an 89:75 victory.
Italy took 23:13 lead in the first period and never looked behind after. Italy added 27-19 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 50:32 halftime advantage. Czech Republic managed to show their best in the second half and won the last period 21-16. They reduced to final 14 points at the end of the game.
Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) netted 13. Eric Lombardi (200-PF-93) delivered 12, whilst Michele Ruzzier (178-PG-93) had 11. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) ended up with 21 points in defeat and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) poured in 19. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) followed them with 18 points in a loss as started the campaign with 0-1 record.

Czech Republic U20: Samuel Faifr 21, Martin Kriz 19, Tomas Kyzlink 18,
Italy U20: Stefano Tonut 14, Matteo Imbro 13, Eric Lombardi 12, Michele Ruzzier 11



And then there were 12....Levharti Chomutov Pulls Out of NBL for Upcoming Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

On the heels of the announcement that Astrum Levice of Slovakia will not play in the Mattoni NBL, it was announced this afternoon that Czech club Levharti Chomutov have also withdrawn from the upcoming season. So for 2013-14 there will be 12 teams in the Mattoni NBL, with JBC Brno being the only newcomer.
Similar to Levice, Chomutov also mainly faced financial troubles which would not allow them to field a team in the NBL this season. But, unlike Levice which still hopes to at least field a team in their domestic Extraliga, Chomutov more than likely will not have a senior men's team at all in 2013-14. Still with open debts after the end of last season, and unable to form a stable operating budget for the upcoming season, the club formally announced during today's meeting of NBL clubs that they will not participate next season. For head Coach Tomas Eisner this is a sad day as he quoted to www.nbl.cz, about his feelings after the decision "So definitely sad, because for me Chomutov is a matter of the heart and probably always will be, so I have a feeling of huge disappointment".

Also at today's meetings in preparation for the season, director Zdenek Ringsmuth announced that Nymburk would only play in half of the for part season, totaling 22 games, one home and one away versus each NBL team. The remaining 11 clubs will each play 42 games each.
At the end of this season, the last place team in the NBL will face off against the top two teams from the 1.Liga for the right to play in the NBL in 2014-15.
This format and number of teams will be fixed for the next three years to maintain a sense of continuity for the league.



On Financial Brink, Astrum Levice Pulls out of Mattoni NBL for 2013-14 Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

A huge shock to the Slovak / Czech basketball landscape as perennial Slovakian powerhouse Astrum Levice have pulled out of the Mattoni NBL competition for 2013-14 and may have to forego the Slovak Extraliga as well. All due to the announcement of Mr. Miroslav Gazov of Astrum Group, that the main supporter of the club for the past six seasons, would be pulling its nearly 80% support of the basketball operations. This due to the overall financial situation in the surrounding region and country as a whole. Levice, as a club, had enjoyed a run of success over the past few seasons that was the envy of many, including 2010-11 - Extraliga Champion, two year participation in the Czech NBL and Slovak Cup Finalists.
Due the unexpected crisis, Levice informed the NBL that they will not be able to field a large enough operating budget to warrant play next season. Even the clubs participation in the Extraliga will not be fully confirmed until the end of July at which time they will have a better idea of exactly how much money can be pulled together.
A sad state of affairs for the fan base of a club which had seen some of its greatest successes under the sponsorship of Astrum.
Zdenek Ringsmuth, sporting director of the NBL sent a letter to the management of Levice and their fans, expressing his thanks for their participation in the NBL the past two seasons, their professionalism and quality of basketball brought to the league.
Hopefully the club will be able to find the sponsorship and support necessary to restore itself to former status in both the Extraliga and maybe even the NBL.



BK Prostejov Looking to Duplicate Last Seasons Success with Similar Roster in 2013-14 - by Surujh Roopnarine

Coming off a 4th consecutive trip to the NBL Finals many would believe that the formula for success for BK Prostejov has remained the same the past few years. That could be further from the truth, as both coaching, roster and budget changes have dramatically impacted the makeup of the club over four seasons. Where at the beginning of the run you had Peter Balint as head coach and the likes of Eugene Lawrence, Benas Veikalas and Travis Peterson on the roster, this past season saw Zbynek Choleva leading a roster with a reduced budget and a wholly Czech/Slovak roster to end the season. However, success breeds success and four silver medals are still the envy of any club not named Nymburk.
With that in mind, the club has already worked hard to secure the services of key members from last seasons squad. Already signed for the 2013-14 season are Roman Marko (194-SG-86), Vojtech Bratcenkov (198-F-91), Rudolf Polasek (200-F-92), Kamil Svrdlik (206-PF-86, college: Fair Dickinson), Dusan Pandula (196-SF-84), Pavel Slezak (186-G-84) and Ondrej Kohout (204-F-91). Reserve Filip Smid (194-SG-92) will not re-join the team next season, deciding to focus on his studies in Brno. Rumored additions focus around three names, again from the domestic market. They are veteran forward Radek Necas (205-F-80) formerly of Nymburk, Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) whom played last season for MBK Rieker Komarno and another forward to help ease the burden of Kohout and Svrdlik.
The frontcourt combination was a huge boost for the team last season, as the duo averaged 30.8 points and 14.3 rebounds while each logging 27 minutes per game.



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IOWA ENERGY BEGIN SEARCH FOR NEXT HEAD COACH - by Serafim Karaiskakis

The Iowa Energy will begin a national search for their next Head Coach effective immediately.

Our primary goal is to bring another championship to the city of Des Moines, and our coaching search will reflect that goal, said Energy General Manager Chris Makris.

The Energy made the playoffs in four consecutive seasons (2009-2012), culminating with an NBA D-League Championship in 2011 as the Energy defeated Rio Grande Valley in front of league record crowds.

We will take our time to ensure we make the right decision, said Makris. This is a very important time in our franchises history, as we expect to leave no stone unturned as we search for our next coach.

Season tickets for the Energys 2013-14 season are now on sale. For more information, visit www.IowaNBA.com. Season tickets start at just $199 per seat, and include a number of special benefits.

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



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Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SFM 4-3 
 2. Metros STGO 4-3 
 3. Huracanes PP 4-3 
 4. Reales LV 2-4 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 5-1 
 2. Leones SD 4-3 
 3. Cocolos SPM 3-4 
 4. Caneros LR 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

Jul. 9: Leones SD - Metros STGO 86-79
Jul. 9: Indios SFM - Caneros LR 101-70
Jul. 10: Titanes DN - Huracanes PP
Jul. 10: Reales LV - Leones SD



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  EGYPT   


William Jones Cup: Egypt shock Lebanon for third victory - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Lebanon 64:62

Egypt eked out a narrow win over Lebanon to improve at 3-2 record at the William Jones Cup. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Lebanon fell at 2-3 record after the loss.
Lebanon got to a confident start to the game. They accumulated a 19:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Egypt took over in the second frame. The African powerhouse held Lebanon to just 9 points in the period to claim a 30:28 halftime lead. Lebanon regained the lead in the third period. They snatched a 48:45 advantage before the fourth quarter. But Egypt recovered well once again. They dropped 19 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a tough win at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) and Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) notched 12 points each for the winners. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Ali Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 14, Sherif Gindy 12, Haytham Kamal 12
Lebanon: Ali Kanaan 13, Ali Haidar 12



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  ESTONIA   


2013 University Games: Estonia beat Oman in Day 5 opener - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Oman 77:52

Estonia beat Oman in Day 5 opener at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Estonian team improved to 3-1 record at the 2013 University Games. Oman remained winless at the tournament and fell at 0-4 record.
Estonia won the first period 32-18 and led 11 points at the halftime. The European team limited Oman to just 4 points in the third quarter and enjoyed a 60:37 lead after three quarters. Estonia added a 17-15 rally in the last quarter for the final result.
Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) as well as Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) had 12 each. Taavi Hamarsalu (200-C/F-89) poured in 8 points in the winning effort. AL AAMRI Nouh finished the game with 14 points in defeat and AL HALHALI Ahmed notched 13. AL ASMI Mohamed and AL FARRAJI Hassan poured in 7 points each in a loss.

Estonia: Toomas Raadik 20, Jaan Puidet 12, Kristjan Keres 12, Taavi Hamarsalu 8
Oman: AL AAMRI Nouh 14, AL HALHALI Ahmed 13, AL ASMI Mohamed 7, AL FARRAJI Hassan 7



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Las Vegas almost to capacity and registration closing today! - by ESL News

Eurobasket is excited to announce that both Eurobasket Summer League events in Las Vegas from July 15-17 and July 18-20 are close to capacity and registration is now closed as we are only taking payments at this point from players who have already been approved. We look forward to two great events in Las Vegas as the talent level of players is high. Also, these two events are directly across the parking lot to the Thomas and Mack center where the NBA Summer League will be held and Eurobasket has confirmed the attendance of a great number of teams, agents, scouts and general managers for both events in Las Vegas. Team personnel and players, please email Chris Warren at esl@eurobasket.com if you have any questions in regards to registration, payment or attendance.


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  EUROCUP   


Khimik in Eurocup with wild-card - by Igor Obradovic

After BC Azovmash another team from Ukraine will be playing in Eurocup this year and this team is last yeard fourth placed team in Ukraine, Khimik.

Ukrainian team Khimik announced that they go in Eurocup with wild card, and they announced today on their official website.
Last year in Ukraine league they finished season in fourth place and in quarterfinals defetead by Politekhnika-Halychyna with 4-0 in series. In Europe they played in EuroChallenge they managed to forward to quarterfinals and in that round they defeated by EWE Baskets Oldenburg with 2-1 in series.



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Budivelnyk keep Artur Drozdov - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk kept Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) on the roster. The captain re-signed with the Kyiv team. The forward will enter his second straight season with Budivelnyk. Last season Artur Drozdov notched 10.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Superleague. The forward posted also 11.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per EuroCup appearance. He was named onto Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team. He was also trumped All-Ukrainian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year. Drozdov led Budivelnyk to the Superleague title. Previously Artur Drozdov played for Azovmash, Cremona, Budivelnyk, BC Donetsk, BC Kyiv, Pau-Orthez and Autodorozhnik Saratov. He was named All-Ukrainian Superleague Forward of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Artur Drozdov was also trumped All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2003. He has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2003.


Mavrokefalidis: Adaptation and assistance - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Panathinaikos made yet another important move in the transactions' period, penning Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84). The Greek international player signed a two-year contract.
"I am happy that the transaction issue came full circle in such a manner" stressed Loukas Mavrokefalidis, only to add at the official site of the team: "I had certain propositions, but my choice was Panathinaikos, because it offered me the best possible conditions. I am not a man of many words; it is not fitting to my character. Everyone knows and we all know who Panathinaikos is and that it always aims high. But if we gaze out towards the finishing line right from the start, we will have already lost the game. The logic is this: Start off, one step at a time and proceed through hard work, which will be taking place on a daily basis. The team has maintained quite a respectable back bone from the previous season, it has proved its potential; and what we, the new guys, must do, is to adapt as fast as possible and assist Panathinaikos from our side, to the maximum of our ability".



Anadolu Efes Istanbul signs Tutku Acik - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul signs Tutku Acik (194-G-80) for the next season. He played last time at Besiktas Istanbul. In 20 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.9apg last season. He helped them to win the cup.
The previous season Acik played at Galatasaray. In 26 games he averaged 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.3apg that season. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Acik also played 13 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements Tutku Acik was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game back in 2007 and 2009. Acik was a member of Turkish Senior National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He has played previously for three other Turkey teams: Trabzonspor, Turk Telekom and TED Kolejliler.



Galatasaray Istanbul keep Puerto Rican Carlos Arroyo - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Istanbul keep Puerto Rican Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU). In 27 TBL games he had 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous season Arroyo played at Besiktas. In 27 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.4apg that season. He contributed to his team winning the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. Arroyo also played 9 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.6apg.
He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Celtics in NBA. In fifteen games he recorded just 2.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg. But the most of that year Arroyo spent at the Heat in NBA. In 49 games he recorded 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg.
The former Florida International University star is in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball. Carlos Arroyo also represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 33.3%.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv), Spain, NBA (Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).



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Ronny Turiaf will miss EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Ronny Turiaf (208-C-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) will miss EuroBasket 2013. The French side will be without experienced bug man.
Last season he Los Angeles Clippers in NBA. But in 70 games he had just 2.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season. He helped them to win the Pacific Division title.
The previous (11-12) season Turiaf played at the Heat in NBA. In 25 games he recorded 2.7ppg and 3.6rpg that season. He also spent pre-season at the Nuggets in NBA that year. The other team Turiaf played shortly were the Wizards in NBA. In four games he recorded only 1.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He was tried-out by the Knicks in NBA that season. Another team he played briefly was ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) in French league. In four games he recorded 9.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8bpg. Turiaf also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2005 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former Gonzaga University star is in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted All-WCC Player of the Year and NABC All-NCAA District 14 1st Team back in 2005 at his college time.
Turiaf was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. Turiaf also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 5.2rpg.
Ronny Turiaf has played also professionally in NBA (Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards), CBA (Yakama S.) and France (Centre Federal du Basket-Ball).



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Germany1-1
4. Georgia0-1
5. Serbia0-2
Group B
1. Turkey2-0
2. Montenegro.1-0
3. Croatia1-1
4. Sweden0-1
5. Ukraine0-2
Group C
1. Spain2-0
2. Latvia2-0
3. Israel0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1
5. Russia0-2
Group D
1. Italy2-0
2. Slovenia1-1
3. France1-1
4. Czech Rep.0-1
5. Estonia0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 10: GRE - SRB 79-73
Jul. 10: LTU - GER 74-62

B

Jul. 10: CRO - UKR 77-75 OT
Jul. 10: SWE - TUR 73-80

C

Jul. 10: RUS - LAT 85-89 OT
Jul. 10: BUL - ESP 64-78

D

Jul. 10: CZE - ITA 75-89
Jul. 10: FRA - SLO 61-53

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 11: GER - GRE
Jul. 11: GEO - LTU

B

Jul. 11: MNT - CRO
Jul. 11: UKR - SWE

C

Jul. 11: ISR - RUS
Jul. 11: LAT - BUL

D

Jul. 11: SLO - CZE
Jul. 11: EST - FRA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bogdan RADOSAVLJEVIC
  SRB
  (213-C-93)
  Avg: 22
 1. Radosavljevi., B.M.22.0 
 2. Vecvagars, Lietkab.21.0 
 3. Candan, Olin Edirne21.0 
 4. Jakovics, Liepaja20.0 
 5. Kariniauskas, Zalg.19.5 
 6. Diez, Lagun A.18.0 
 7. Fernandez, Asefa17.5 
 8. Mitrovic, Crvena Z.17.5 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera17.0 
 10. Lutsenko, Azovma.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  (202-C-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Grazulis, Ventspils11.0 
 2. Silins, Grissin10.0 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.0 
 4. Gudumak, CSKA9.5 
 5. Tolksdorf, Connect.8.5 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.8.5 
 7. Mitrovic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 8. Samac, Denver7.0 
 9. Koreniuk, Dnipro7.0 
 10. Ramljak, Zadar7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erbil EROGLU
  (194-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Eroglu, Erdemir4.5 
 2. Imbro, Oknoplas.4.5 
 3. Panduric, Darda4.0 
 4. Vives, FIATC J.4.0 
 5. Artamonov, BC Od.4.0 
 6. Fernandez, Asefa4.0 
 7. Rupnik, Un.Olimpija3.5 
 8. Blessig, Florid.3.0 
 9. Ramljak, Zadar3.0 
 10. Turpin, Pau-Lacq.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  (196-SG-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hrovat, Helios4.0 
 2. Jakovics, Liepaja3.0 
 3. Mitrovic, Crvena Z.2.5 
 4. Eroglu, Erdemir2.5 
 5. Lagana, Angelico2.0 
 6. Paliukenas, Staty.2.0 
 7. Ramljak, Zadar2.0 
 8. Erulku, Pertevniyal2.0 
 9. Fernandez, Asefa2.0 
 10. Lapornik, Zlatorog2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  (202-C-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Grazulis, Ventspils2.0 
 2. Jean-Charles, AS.2.0 
 3. Zagreba, Dnipro1.5 
 4. Kacinas, S.Carolina1.5 
 5. Marinkovic, OKK B.1.0 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.1.0 
 7. Geyik, Tofas1.0 
 8. Vlaic, Jolly1.0 
 9. Richter, Baunach1.0 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera1.0 


Day 2 in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Lithuania - Germany 74-62
Lithuania earned the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany in Group A today. Vaidas Kariniauskas nailed 16 points to lead the charge. Germany got to the better start. Kenneth Ogbe (196-SG-94) and Merz gave them a 14:11 lead at the end of the first quarter. However Lithuania opened the second period on a 9:0 run to surge ahead. Soon Lithuania opened a double digit lead and registered a 34:23 halftime advantage. The Baltic team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Lithuania posted a 50:41 advantage heading into the fourth period. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) and Merz dragged Germany within 6 points early in the fourth frame. But Lithuania quickly jumped to an 18-point distance and never looked back en route to the win. Mindaugas Kacinas posted 11 points, while Laimonas Chatkevicius (213-C-93) had 9 points in the victory. Bogdan Radosavljevic answered with 19 points for Germany. Kenneth Ogbe had 9 points in the loss.

Greece - Serbia 79-73
Greece victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They defeated Serbia in the opener. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) had 18 points to lead the Hellenes. Serbia ensured a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) gave Serbia a 10-point lead midway through the second term. But Greece answered with 11 straight points to jump in front. Eleftherios Bochoridis capped the first half with a three-pointer to give Greece a 38:35 lead. Serbia regained the lead in the third term. Luka Mitrovic made it 55:44 for the Balkan team late in the third term. But Greece were able to trim the deficit at 5 points at the final break 54:59. The Hellenes used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 68:63 advantage. Andric and Miljenovic put Serbia within one 67:68. But Greece kept it calm in the dying minutes. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Eleftherios Bochoridis sealed the victory for Greece with four late points. Giannoulis Larentzakis nailed 17 points, while Eleftherios Bochoridis added 16 points in the win. Ivan Marinkovic answered with 17 points for Serbia. Luka Mitrovic banked 15 points in defeat.

Group B
Sweden - Turkey 73-80
Turkey posts the second straight win in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The team grabbed an 80:73 win against Sweden in Day 2. The Scandinavian team started the campaign with 0-1 record. Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period and added 18 apiece in the second frame. Geyik Samet sent the teams to the lockers at 38:38. Turkey however pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 23-19 and finished the game with 19-16 rally. Candan Berkay top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) added 18. Geyik Samet followed them with 13 points in a win. Person Jonathan produced 21 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) notched 14. Borg Tobias scored 13, whilst Dokuyan Ugur and Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 7 apiece.

Croatia - Ukraine 77-75 OT
Croatia needs overtime to beat Ukraine at the U20 European Championship. Croatia improved to 1-1 record after a 77:75 win. After a 73:74 loss from Turkey in Day 1, Croatia had another thriller. They trailed 16:17 after the first period, but posted a 21-10 surge in the second frame. Moreover Croatia added 24-9 burst in the third period and had a 16-point fourth-quarter lead. Ukraine however managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period but could not win the game. Panduric scored three free throws at the end for the final result. Panduric Luka stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Luka Vlaic (208-PF-93) notched 19. Buovac Matej brought 8, while Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) added 7. Lutsenko Maksym answered with 24 points in the losing effort and Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) netted 16. Koreniuk Vladyslav collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) had 12.

Group C
Bulgaria - Spain 64-78
Spain silence Bulgaria in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship. The Spanish side needed a 78:64 win for 2-0 record in Group C. Bulgaria meanwhile started with 0-1 record. Spain were half a step ahead for most of the first half but Bulgaria employed successfully a zone defence to close down the lane, control the battle on the glass and prevent them from ever pulling away. Spain started the game with 17:15 lead and had 4-point advantage at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Spain erupted with a 21-11 surge. Bulgaria and Spain notched 19 points each in the last quarter for the final result on the board. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) tops-cored for the winners with 21 points and Diez Daniel as well as Suarez Alejandro netted 13 each. Mikel Motos (194-F/G-93, college: Lan Mobel ISB) followed them with 9 points. Ivanov Pavlin nailed 15 points in defeat, whilst Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) delivered 10. Dimitrov Dimitar and Simeonov Aleks brought 7 points each in a loss.

Russia - Latvia 85-89 OT
Latvia bend Russia's resistance at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side needed overtime for a 89:85 victory in Day 2. Latvia improved to 2-0 record, while the Russian team suffered their second straight loss. Latvia took 19:16 lead at the end of the first period, but Russia reduced to 1 point at the halftime. Zakharov scored for 47:44 and then Trushkin Vladislav and Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) brought 59:58 later in the third period. Latvia dominated the fourth quarter and led 5 points several times. Sokolov Kirill and Komolov Artem tied the game at 75:75, but then Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) and Jakovics Ingus gave Latvia their last points in overtime. Kaspars Vecvagars top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Berzins Janis netted 19. Jakovics Ingus scored 14, whilst Grazulis Andrejs collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Trushkin Vladislav answered with 21 points and Komolov Artem scored 14. Aleksandr Gudumak collected 10 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Sokolov Kirill had 10.

Group D
Czech Republic - Italy 75-89
Well-balanced Italy roll over Czech Republic for the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. Six players scored in double digits as Italy celebrated an 89:75 victory. Italy took 23:13 lead in the first period and never looked behind after. Italy added 27-19 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 50:32 halftime advantage. Czech Republic managed to show their best in the second half and won the last period 21-16. They reduced to final 14 points at the end of the game. Tonut Stefano stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Imbro Matteo netted 13. Eric Lombardi (200-PF-93) delivered 12, whilst Ruzzier Michele had 11. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) ended up with 21 points in defeat and Kriz Martin poured in 19. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) followed them with 18 points in a loss as started the campaign with 0-1 record.

France - Slovenia 61-53
France outpower Slovenia in Tallinn at the second day of the U20 European Championship. The finalist of 2012 year posted a 61:53 win as both teams are tied with 1-1 record. France looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories. They started the game with 14-10 rally and added 13-12 run in the second period. Slovenia remained alive right after the break and came up with 20-18 run in the third quarter. France however needed a 16-11 finish to seal the initial victory. Jean-Charles Livio stepped up with 18 points and Dallo Boris nailed 13. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) poured in 11, whilst Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) collected 10 points and 12 boards. Rupnik Luka answered with 18 points in the losing effort, while Hrovat Gregor and Dimec Ziga netted 8 each.



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2013 University Games: Finland wins over Norway - by Eurobasket News

Finland-Norway 60:55

Finland wins over Norway in Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. The Finnish side improved to 2-1 record in Group D after a 60:55 win. Norway meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Norway won the first period 16:9, but could not keep the advantage t the halftime. Finland replied with a 21-10 run and took 30:26 lead after two quarters. Again Norway grabbed a lead in the end of the third quarter when they won the quarter 13-8. Finland however needed a 22-16 rally at the end to seal the victory.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) as well as Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) had 12 each. Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) followed them with 7 points in a win. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89), NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka and Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-F-89, college: Manhattan) poured in 12 points each in a loss. Anders Stien (195-G-90) ended up with 6 points in the losing effort.

Finland: Roope Ahonen 15, Carl Lindbom 12, Antto Nikkarinen 12, Jesse Niemi 7
Norway: Stian Mjos 12, NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka 12+13 rebs, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 12, Anders Stien 6



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Ronny Turiaf will miss EuroBasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Ronny Turiaf (208-C-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) will miss EuroBasket 2013. The French side will be without experienced bug man.
Last season he Los Angeles Clippers in NBA. But in 70 games he had just 2.0ppg and 2.3rpg last season. He helped them to win the Pacific Division title.
The previous (11-12) season Turiaf played at the Heat in NBA. In 25 games he recorded 2.7ppg and 3.6rpg that season. He also spent pre-season at the Nuggets in NBA that year. The other team Turiaf played shortly were the Wizards in NBA. In four games he recorded only 1.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He was tried-out by the Knicks in NBA that season. Another team he played briefly was ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) in French league. In four games he recorded 9.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8bpg. Turiaf also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2005 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former Gonzaga University star is in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted All-WCC Player of the Year and NABC All-NCAA District 14 1st Team back in 2005 at his college time.
Turiaf was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. Turiaf also represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 5.2rpg.
Ronny Turiaf has played also professionally in NBA (Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards), CBA (Yakama S.) and France (Centre Federal du Basket-Ball).



U20 European Championship: France outpower Slovenia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Slovenia U20 61:53

France outpower Slovenia in Tallinn at the second day of the U20 European Championship. The finalist of 2012 year posted a 61:53 win as both teams are tied with 1-1 record.
France looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories. They started the game with 14-10 rally and added 13-12 run in the second period. Slovenia remained alive right after the break and came up with 20-18 run in the third quarter. France however needed a 16-11 finish to seal the initial victory.
Livio Jean-Charles (203-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 18 points and Boris Dallo (194-PG-94) nailed 13. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) poured in 11, whilst Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) collected 10 points and 12 boards. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) answered with 18 points in the losing effort, while Gregor Hrovat (196-SG-94) and Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) netted 8 each.

France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 18, Boris Dallo 13, Hugo Invernizzi 11, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 10+12 rebs
Slovenia U20: Luka Rupnik 18, Gregor Hrovat 8, Ziga Dimec 8



Aurimas Adomaitis (ex Jena) joins Saint-Brieuc - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Brieuc Basket (NM2) agreed terms with 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Aurimas Adomaitis (206-107kg-87, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played last season at Science City Jena in German ProA. In 37 games he had 9.7ppg and 6.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Adomaitis played at Nevezis (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 22 games he recorded 8.7ppg and 5.8rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. Adomaitis also played 20 games in Baltic League where he recorded 8.0ppg and 5.1rpg.
In 2010-11 season he played at Juventus (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 30 games he recorded 6.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Adomaitis also played 16 games in Baltic League where he recorded 7.9ppg and 4.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship.
In 2009-10 season Adomaitis played at Dzukija (NKL) in Lithuanian league. In 23 games he recorded 10.3ppg and 7.1rpg. He also played 7 games in Baltic League where he recorded 8.3ppg and 5.7rpg.
Adomaitis was a member of Lithuanian U18 National Team back in 2004.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris-Sabonio).
Adomaitis attended Long Island University until 2009 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania beat Germany for second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Germany U20 74:62

Lithuania earned the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany in Group A today. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Germany got to the better start. Kenneth Ogbe (196-SG-94) and Merz gave them a 14:11 lead at the end of the first quarter. However Lithuania opened the second period on a 9:0 run to surge ahead. Soon Lithuania opened a double digit lead and registered a 34:23 halftime advantage. The Baltic team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Lithuania posted a 50:41 advantage heading into the fourth period. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) and Merz dragged Germany within 6 points early in the fourth frame. But Lithuania quickly jumped to an 18-point distance and never looked back en route to the win. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) posted 11 points, while Laimonas Chatkevicius (213-C-93) had 9 points in the victory. Bogdan Radosavljevic answered with 19 points for Germany. Kenneth Ogbe had 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Vaidas Kariniauskas 16, Mindaugas Kacinas 11, Laimonas Chatkevicius 9
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19, Kenneth Ogbe 9



Reggie Redding To Strap On Wings Of Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The amount of players that have fled from Alba Berlin in the last few months has been as rampant as the potential NBA players heading in and out of the Orlando Magic training facility the last days, but the 8 time Beko BBL chmapion got some good news as the signing of Reggie Redding (196-SF-88, college: Villanova) finally became official something that had been rumoured for weeks to happen. Redding is a 25 year old 196cm forward that possess a great feel for the game, can move well without the ball and can play many positions. He hails from Philadelphia and has developed rapidly the last two years in Tuebingen and last season played 34 games: 14.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 81.1%. "He has shown his qualties in Germany the last two years and now is ready to make the next step. He is a very versatile player that can help us on offense and defense at many positions. He is a team player, great athlete and has motivation and attitude that I want to see", stressed Alba Berlin head coach Sasa Obradovic.

Redding started his basketball career in 2006 at Villanova (NCAA) and in his senior year played 23 games: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 63.8%. he played a total of 124 NCAA games. As a rookie he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A): Cyprus League: 16 games: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 73.9%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 62.5%. In his first season in Tuebingen he played 34 games: 13.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3 (1.4spg), FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 69.0%. "I am very happy that Alba Berlin decided to take me and I can play for ateam that can play for the title. I will do whatever the coach wants and team needs. I am looking forward to working together with everyone and I can hardly wait to play for the home team and not a sthe oppponent any longer in the O2 arena", stressed REggie Redding. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS first team All-Philadelphia Catholic League -06, NCAA Sweet 16 -08
Big East Tournament Semifinals -09, Big East Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, Cyprus Cup Winner -11, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention -11, Cyprus League Champion -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team -12, 13, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -12
Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -12, and German Bundesliga All-Star Game -13

Source. Alba Berlin



German National Team Start Preparation For 2013 European Championships - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The German national basketball team started their preparation for the 2013 European chmapionships in Kienbaum near Berlin on monday. The club isnt complete at the moment, but wll geta dded help from palyers like Tibor Pleiss, Elias Harris and 2013 NBA Draft pick Dennis Schroeder in the next weeks as well as Robin Benzing. "The atmosphere and terms are great here. All are happy that it has finally began again and that we can start a steeping stone for a successful summer. Yesterday we had intensive meetings and today we are working on defense and in the next day on offensive things", stressed head coach Frank Menz. Players that are on the roster are Robin Benzing (FC Bayern Munich), Bastian Doreth (FC Bayern Munich), Niels Giffey (University of Connecticut/USA), Per Gunther (ratiopharm ulm), Elias Harris (Summer League Los Angeles Lakers /USA), Patrick Heckmann (Boston College/USA), Alex King (weALBA Berlin), Johannes Lischka (WALTER Tigers Tuebingen), Philipp Neumann (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Tibor Pleiss (Laboral Kuxta Vitoria/ESP / Oaklahoma City Thunder /USA), Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA Berlin), Philipp Schwethelm (ratiopharm ulm), Dennis Schroeder ( Atlanta Hawks/USA), Andreas Seiferth (TBB Trier), Nicolai Simon (medi Bayreuth), Lucca Staiger (FC Bayern Munich), Karsten Tadda (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: LUMANI 10.7) (Brose Baskets Bamberg) and Philip Zwiener (Eisbren Bremerhaven)

Source:: DBB





Tyler Kepkay ( I more than held my own against many Euroleague level point guards, so I am confident I can play in the BBL.) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87, college: Utah)y is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Vancouver, Canada that has been a professional basketball player since 2009. He played at College of E. Utah (JUCO) from 2005-2007 and then transfered to Utah (NCAA) where he played from 2007-2009. In his senior year he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 84.5%. In 2009-2010 as a rookie he played for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 26 games: Score-1 (21.5ppg), 4.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT-2 (89.8%). In 2010-2011 he played for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga), try-outs, in Oct.'10 moved to LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 15 games: 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg; in Feb.'11 signed at Science City Jena (Germany-ProA, starting five): 8 games: 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 90.0%. In 2011-2012, he played for Science City Jena (Germany-ProA, starting five): 31 games: 15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 85.2%. Lasts eason he was with the Artland Dragons in pre season. The American spoke to Eurobasket.com about basketball.

Tyler thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

Thanks for having me, I am currently living in Hong Kong. Summer has been very good so far.

You started the 2012-2103 season with the Artland Dragons, but only for the pre season. How difficult a situation was it not being able to continue with the Artland Dragons?

Well I went to Artland to help with training camp because they had an injury at the point guard position. The plan was that my agent at the time and Artland were supposed to have found a good level club like Artland for me to join once training camp was over. Unfortunately that never happened. I did think I was going to stay with Artland as I fit in very well with the guys and proved I could help the team.

I was a bit surprised as were you as well that you didnt catch on to a team especially in Germany after your stay with Artland. You were the Pro A scoring leader in 2009-2010 with Essen and had a good season with Science City Jena. Is there any way you can explain that?

After Artland not working out as planned, I went home and handled some personal things. While I was home I did have a couple offers but I felt I was being under valued and some of them were to countries I didn't want to go play in. I also felt that I needed time away from the game to get a new perspective on things and life.

What did you do in the last season and how did you stay fit?

I moved to Hong Kong and started a company/business. I always train like a professional, no matter what that will never change, so still lots of basketball and off court training.

You have had some experience in the German Beko BBL with Braunschweig, Giessen and Artland. What had been your best experience and what was the most important thing you have learned in the Beko BBL?

I had many good experiences so it's hard to pick just one. I would say the relationships I built with people were the best experiences. The most important thing I learned is in basketball there are a lot of things that happen off the court that you can't control as a player and you just have to accept that.


When one looks at your stats one can see that you are a scorer, but seem to be able to do other things well also. What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

Definitely my ability to create for other people. When I am put in a situation to be a facilitator I can take on that role well, but so far my main role on the teams I have been on is to score. Another strength is my ability to guard one on one.


You have had very strong seasons in Germany in the Pro A, but havent really had a chance in the Beko BBL except with the Giessen 46ers. How confident are you that you can play at the Beko BBL level?

I am very confident. I have played against Europe's best many times internationally during my 3 years with the Canadian Mens Sr. Team. I more than held my own against many Euroleague level point guards, so I am confident I can play in the BBL.


As a rookie you had a very strong season with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. You didnt seem to need any getting adjusted to, but what memories do you have from ex German national player Gerrit Terdenge?

It was an easy transition, mainly because my coach Igor Krizanovic really believed in me. My memories from Gerrit were that he was a leader and always trying to help everyone. He was always encouraging me to play my game. He was a really good person.


When you look back at you short stay with the Giessen 46ers, were there just too many other strong guards like Ryan Brooks and Chase Griffin?

I came to Giessen late to replace Chase when he got hurt. It wasn't a serious injury and it was only going to be 4-6 weeks. During that time I played more the two position. When he came back, they extended me so I thought I would get a chance more at the point guard position because there was only one other real point guard. In practice I started playing point guard a lot more when Chase came back and everyone knew I was the best point guard we had but I never got a chance to really play it. It was a frustrating situation.


With Science City Jena, you played together with highly talented German Johannes Voigtmann. He made a big step in the Beko BBL with Frankfurt. How much potential does he have?

He has a lot of potential because of his size and skill level. He can do so many different things. I wish him all the best.

If you could describe in a few sentences why you could help any team now, then how would you describe your play?

I can help a team immediately because I can create and make people better. I would describe my play as simple and efficient.


How does a normal Tyler Kepkayy work out day look like in the summers?

Every day it's basketball skill work and then either weights or off court speed and agility work.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Top Gun


Thanks Tyler for the chat.




Jan Zawadzki Joins SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team SSV Lok Bernau have added Jan Zawadzki (198-F-91). Jan Zawadzki is a 22 year old 198cm forward that found his love as a ten yearold. The German played in the States last season for Goshen (NAIA): 27 games: 2.9ppg, 1.4rpg. "We have been in contact since a year. He had already practiced with us since last summer. He is a young talented player that is hungry for success. He is very flexible and makes us deeper on offense and defense", stressed SSV Lok Bernau head coach Rene Schilling.


Source: SSV Lok Bernau




FC Bayern Munich And Yotam Halperin Go Separate Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to sportando, FC Bayern Munich and Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) have gone their separate ways. Halperin is a 29 year old 193cm shooting guard that came to FC Bayern Munich last season with high expectations and wasnt always able to fulfill them. The Israli national player played 41 games averaging 6.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 86.2%. The great shooter who could also be called Mr Euroleague because he has played 154 Euroleague games in his career was able to score in double figures in 10 games. His best effort was a 16 point game in the playoffs against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Sign German Talents Johnny Malu And Jeffrey Martin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have signed two young German talents with Jonathan Malu (198-PF-93) and Jeffrey Martin in hopes that they can continue to develop and make the next step. Malu is a 20 year old 198cm forward that has played with the team the last two seasons and last season saw action in one game against Wurzburg. He had a monster season with Regionaliga team BSG Bremerhaven averaging 18,6ppg and 14,3rpg. Un the NBBL he averaged 11,1ppg. Martin is a 189cm guard that started his basketball acreer in 2010 for Bramfelder SV Hamburg (2.Regionalliga). Lasts eason he played for BSG Bremerhaven (2.Regionalliga): 13 games: 7.5ppg. He also had expereince playing for SC Rist Wedel. "Our talents should not only practice with the pro's, but also play in games. They wont get any guifts. They have to work hard in practice", stressed Bremerhaven assistant coach Hamed Attarbashi.


Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven






Gerrit Terdenge named new coach at Giants Duesseldorf - by Moritz Korff

Gerrit Terdenge (205-F-75, college: Fresno St.) has accepted his first position as a head coach, taking over 1. Regionalliga side Giants Duesseldorf. The 38-year-old also spent this past season with the Giants, on the court though, averaging 15.3 points through 21 RLW games.
During his playing career Terdenge received 82 caps for the German Men's National Team between 1996 and 2005. He participated in two European champioship tournaments with the German NT and played for Bundesliga clubs Leverkusen, Frankfurt, Koeln and Giessen.



BG Dorsten completes signing of Bulgarian forward - by Moritz Korff

BG Dorsten (1.Regionalliga West) has wrapped up the signing of Bulgarian forward Konstantin Koev (195-F-91). The 22-year-old former junior international arrives from NBL side Chernomorets Burgas. He averaged 9.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game for Burgas last season with a personal season-high 27 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the three point line.
Koev represented his country on the international stage on several occasions. He attended the 2009 18 Under European Championships in France and scored 9.1 points a contest for the Bulgarian 20 Under National Team at the Euro in Bosnia two years ago.



Thuelig back in Rhoendorf - by Moritz Korff

Fabian Thuelig (196-F-89) will strengthen the roster of the Dragons Rhoendorf in the upcoming 2. Bundesliga Pro B season.
From 2008 to 2011 he had 53 Pro B appearances for the Dragons and played in 15 Pro A games for the club. He had helped Rhoendorf capturing the 2010 Pro B championship title. Thuelig averaged 3.3 points per contest for BBL team Telekom Baskets Bonn last season and scored a personal season-best 13 points in the playoffs quarterfinals against Oldenburg. He left Bonn to pursue his university studies.



Tim Schwartz departs Jena, heads to Karlsruhe - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro A team BG Karlsruhe has confirmed the signing of Tim Schwartz (199-F-87). The 25-year-old wing player comes off a two-year stint at Science City Jena. Schwartz added 7.4 points per contest on the way to a Pro A semifinal appearance last season. The former member of the German A2 National Team was fourth on the team in threes made (40) and pulled down 3.1 rebounds a game. He spent a single season in the BBL with the Giessen 46ers before moving to Jena.


Tanner Smith and Austin Dufault signed by Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Moritz Korff

BBL team Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg has secured two players for the 2013-14 season. Tanner Smith (195-G-90, college: Clemson) and Austin Dufault (205-F-90, college: Colorado) have joined the squad.
Smith played four seasons at Clemson in NCAA Division One basketball before a stint in the Netherlands. The 23-year-old Norcross, Georgia, native ranked second in the Dutch Eredivisie in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per contest for Landstede Basketball Zwolle. He was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team following his first year in Europe.
Dufault spent the 2012-13 season playing in the Czech Republic. He averaged 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds a contest for NBL side BK Prostejov and transferred to BK Nova Hut Ostrava in January. The 2012 graduate of the University of Colorado (NCAA D1) appeared in 21 NBL encounters for Ostrava, adding 13.8 points as well as 6.0 boards per outing.



Ljubisa Markovic becomes Aschersleben's next summer signing - by Moritz Korff

The Aschersleben Tigers have snatched Ljubisa Markovic (212-F/C-91) from Regionalliga North rival Bodfeld Baskets. "Ljubisa was on the top of our wish list of big men", Aschersleben head coach Michael Opitz stated and expressed his confidence that Markovic will be the right fit. After letting go of Everage Richardson (191-G-85, college: Co.Carolina) the Bodfeld Baskets lost another key player with the departure of their starting center. Markovic averaged 15.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and close to two blocked shots per contest last season. "He is familiar with the league and has already proven that he can be a dominant player on his position, despite his young age", GM Alexander Rolle said.


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U20 European Championship: Greece start campaign with win over Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Serbia U20 79:73

Greece victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They defeated Serbia in the opener. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) had 18 points to lead the Hellenes.
Serbia ensured a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) gave Serbia a 10-point lead midway through the second term. But Greece answered with 11 straight points to jump in front. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) capped the first half with a three-pointer to give Greece a 38:35 lead. Serbia regained the lead in the third term. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) made it 55:44 for the Balkan team late in the third term. But Greece were able to trim the deficit at 5 points at the final break 54:59. The Hellenes used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 68:63 advantage. Andric and Miljenovic put Serbia within one 67:68. But Greece kept it calm in the dying minutes. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Eleftherios Bochoridis sealed the victory for Greece with four late points. Giannoulis Larentzakis nailed 17 points, while Eleftherios Bochoridis added 16 points in the win. Ivan Marinkovic answered with 17 points for Serbia. Luka Mitrovic banked 15 points in defeat.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 18, Giannoulis Larentzakis 17, Eleftherios Bochoridis 16
Serbia U20: Ivan Marinkovic 17, Luka Mitrovic 15



American guard Marc Antonio Carter heads to Panionios - by Eurobasket News

American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85, college: NC-Wilmington) heads to Panionios. The last season Carter played at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1) in Greek league. In 34 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.
The previous season Carter played at Phoenix Hagen (BBL) in German league. In 32 games he had 14.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg that season.
In 2010-11 season he was tested by Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol (Division A) in Cypriot league. In only one game he recorded 13 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
In 2009-10 season Carter played at Duesseldorf Baskets (ProA) in German league. In 34 games Marc Antonio Carter had 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements his college team won CAA Tournament in 2006. Carter received also All-CAA 1st Team award back in 2008. Carter graduated from Univ. of N.Carolina-Wilmington in 2008 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.



Mavrokefalidis: Adaptation and assistance - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Panathinaikos made yet another important move in the transactions' period, penning Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84). The Greek international player signed a two-year contract.
"I am happy that the transaction issue came full circle in such a manner" stressed Loukas Mavrokefalidis, only to add at the official site of the team: "I had certain propositions, but my choice was Panathinaikos, because it offered me the best possible conditions. I am not a man of many words; it is not fitting to my character. Everyone knows and we all know who Panathinaikos is and that it always aims high. But if we gaze out towards the finishing line right from the start, we will have already lost the game. The logic is this: Start off, one step at a time and proceed through hard work, which will be taking place on a daily basis. The team has maintained quite a respectable back bone from the previous season, it has proved its potential; and what we, the new guys, must do, is to adapt as fast as possible and assist Panathinaikos from our side, to the maximum of our ability".



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Dutch U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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#e#2
Coen Stolk
Lars Krooshof
Menno Dijkstra 210-C-97
Mack Tanning
Nene Kiameso
Bart Shield
Shield Jules
Boris Egelie 193-SF-97
Dave Borsboom
Freek Fox
Terrence Bieshaar
Chiem Van Miltenburg

Andre Bout Head Coach UBALL Holland



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  HUNGARY   


Istvan Nemeth retires but remains in the basketball scene - by Levente Szabo

After 17 amazing years of professional basketball career, Istvan Nemeth (188-PG-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) announced his retirement. The versatile guard was selected 119 times as a Hungarian National Team member and was also captain of the team.

Istvan Nemeth was one of the biggest Hungarian talents ever. At the age of 20 he already was one of the best players in our country averaging 21.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.6apg and 2.4spg and was an NBA draft candidate. He wasn't drafted in the 2001 NBA-draft, but in 2002 he earned a contract with European powerhouse Benetton Treviso, where he became Italian Cup Winner under the hands of legendary coach Ettore Messina . In the second part of that season he came back home to join Kormend and boosted the 9th place team to win the league that year.

During his career the 6'3" guard spent three seasons in Serbia with NIS Vojvodina, he was member of Polish emblematic team Prokom Trefl Sopot for 2 years when he won 2 championships and polish cup also, he was key player for the legendary Greek team AEK Athen and he earned contracts with Spanish team Menorca and Italian club Ferrara before coming back to Hungary in 2010. He spent his last season before retiring with Hungarian top team and Adriatic League participant Szolnok.

In his 17 years of playing professionally in Europe he played Adriatic League and Euroleague in different countries, for different teams. He showcased his talent on the highest levels and proved his amazing skillset in very important games while he became fan favorite in different countries and different cities due to his friendly personality and spectacular play.

Istvan Nemeth retired from playing basketball after this season but at the same time announced that he will remain on the basketball scenes in Europe as an agent and will join the agency which managed his entire career: Laszlo Vinko Group.




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  IRAN   


William Jones Cup: Iran beat South Korea to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Iran - South Korea 71:68

Iran stepped closer to the William Jones Cup title. They sneaked past South Korea in the top-of-the-ladder clash tonight. Iran improved at 4-0 record, while South Korea fell at 4-1 record in the standings. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) stepped up with impressive 34 points and 15 rebounds to pace Iran.
Iran jumped to an early lead. They stayed aggressive throughout the starting quarter to build a 26:16 advantage into the second frame. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second period. They secured a 44:33 halftime buffer. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Iran led by 11 points entering the final frame. South Korea went on a furious comeback rally in the final quarter but came up just short of win at the end. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) netted 10 points, while Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-PF-83) added 7 points for the winners. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 14 points for South Korea. Seung-Jun Lee chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 34+15 boards, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 10, Hamed Sohrabnejad 7
South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 14, Seung-Jun Lee 11



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Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion brings in Dror Hagag - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion brings in Dror Hagag (178-PG-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) who played last time at Maccabi Ashdod. In 23 Winner League games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. In 2011-2012 for Maccabi Ashdod (Premier League) his stats read 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT-2 (91.4%). In 2010-2011 he played for Ironi Ashkelon (Premier League, starting five) and showed 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 67.3%.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hagag played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2004, 2007 and 2012. Dror Hagag was selected to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game in 2011. Hagag also represented Israel at the European Championships in Spain six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg.
Hagag has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Greece (AEK Athens) and Israel (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, B.C. Habikaa, Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Haifa).



Hapoel Eilat inks Nitzan Hanochi - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Eilat lands 27-year-old guard, Nitzan Hanochi (194-SG-86, agency: Ronsport), who played last season in Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. Hanochi will be Eilat's second signing after PG Niv Berkowitz (190-G-86, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Marquette) and despite many offers that he had, he chose to play under coach Oded Katash , who was thrilled and said:"Nitzan is an asset for every coach. we are ver pleased that he'll play for us this season". Hanochi played in the last three years in Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion, led them to the final four of winner league and to the final of the Israeli cup as a captain. Last year he had an average of 8 ppg, 4.1 rpg & 3.3 apg.


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Andrea Bargnani will continue for New York Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) will continue for New York Knicks in NBA, The Italian player was traded from Toronto in exchange for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson (via sign-and-trade). In 35 games Andrea Bargnani averaged 12.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
In 2006 the Raptors selected him as first overall pick in NBA draft. Among other achievements he won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2007. Bargnani received also Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention award in 2009 and 2012.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Bargnani has regularly played for since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002. He represented Italy at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (22.8ppg), 7.4rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Bargnani has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Benetton Treviso, Montepaschi Siena and Roma S.Azzurra.



Cimberio Varese keep Nigerian Ebi Ere - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese keep Nigerian Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma). He played there last season. In 39 SerieA games he averaged 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team.
In 2003 Ere was drafted by Oklahoma Storm (USBL) in fifth round (39th overall). Among other achievements Ere won Australian NBL championship title in 2004 and 2007. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention award back in 2010. Ere represented Nigeria at the African Championships in Libya four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 11.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 92.3%.
Ebi Ere is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Puerto Rico (Carolina), Spain (Blusens Monbus), USBL (Oklahoma S.), Australia (Melbourne Tigers and Brisbane Bullets) and ABA (Oklahoma C.B.).



U20 European Championship: Well-balanced Italy roll over Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-Italy U20 75:89

Well-balanced Italy roll over Czech Republic for the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. Six players scored in double digits as Italy celebrated an 89:75 victory.
Italy took 23:13 lead in the first period and never looked behind after. Italy added 27-19 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 50:32 halftime advantage. Czech Republic managed to show their best in the second half and won the last period 21-16. They reduced to final 14 points at the end of the game.
Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) netted 13. Eric Lombardi (200-PF-93) delivered 12, whilst Michele Ruzzier (178-PG-93) had 11. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) ended up with 21 points in defeat and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) poured in 19. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) followed them with 18 points in a loss as started the campaign with 0-1 record.

Czech Republic U20: Samuel Faifr 21, Martin Kriz 19, Tomas Kyzlink 18,
Italy U20: Stefano Tonut 14, Matteo Imbro 13, Eric Lombardi 12, Michele Ruzzier 11



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William Jones Cup: USA edge Japan for second consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

USA - Japan 64:56

The USA earned the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to improve at 2-2 record. Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Japan fell at 0-4 record after the defeat.
The North American team was in control throughout the first half. The USA posted a 16:11 lead at the first break. They boosted the gap in the second period. The USA accounted for a 35:25 halftime advantage. Japan finally adjusted their defence in the third term. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark heading into the fourth period. But the USA did not allow their opponents to capitalize. They fired 18 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) delivered 10 points and 10 rebounds for the USA. Haywood Owens (6'9''-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) added 9 points for the winning team. Kosuke Takeuchi (6'9''-C/F-85) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Makoto Hiejima (6'3''-G-90) had 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jermaine Dailey 14, Eric Hicks 10+10 boards, Haywood Owens 9
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 17+10 boards, Makoto Hiejima 10



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  JORDAN   


William Jones Cup: Jordan claim initial win, beat Taiwan B - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B - Jordan 77:86

Jordan finally opened win count at the William Jones Cup. The team snapped three-game losing skid and toppled Taiwanese B National Team. Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan.
Jordan claimed a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. Jordan ensured a 41:33 halftime advantage. Jordan kept Taiwan at distance throughout the third term. The visitors accumulated a 12-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Taiwan exploded with 31 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Mohammad Hadrab (203-PF-84) nailed 11 points, while Hani Al-Faraj (194-SG-87) netted 10 points for the winners. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (183-G-93) had 19 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chen Ying-Chun 19
Jordan: Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 13, Mohammad Hadrab 11, Hani Al-Faraj 10



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U20 European Championship: Latvia bend Russia's resistance - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Latvia U20 85:89 OT

Latvia bend Russia's resistance at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side needed overtime for a 89:85 victory in Day 2. Latvia improved to 2-0 record, while the Russian team suffered their second straight loss.
Latvia took 19:16 lead at the end of the first period, but Russia reduced to 1 point at the halftime. Zakharov scored for 47:44 and then Vladislav Trushkin (200-SF-93) and Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) brought 59:58 later in the third period. Latvia dominated the fourth quarter and led 5 points several times. Kirill Sokolov (195-PG-93) and Artem Komolov (195-SG-93) tied the game at 75:75, but then Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) and Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) gave Latvia their last points in overtime.
Kaspars Vecvagars top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) netted 19. Ingus Jakovics scored 14, whilst Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Vladislav Trushkin answered with 21 points and Artem Komolov scored 14. Aleksandr Gudumak collected 10 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Kirill Sokolov had 10.

Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 21, Artem Komolov 14, Aleksandr Gudumak 10+14 rebs, Kirill Sokolov 10
Latvia U20: Kaspars Vecvagars 25, Janis Berzins 19, Ingus Jakovics 14, Andrejs Grazulis 12+16 rebs, Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) 9+11 rebs



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William Jones Cup: Egypt shock Lebanon for third victory - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Lebanon 64:62

Egypt eked out a narrow win over Lebanon to improve at 3-2 record at the William Jones Cup. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Lebanon fell at 2-3 record after the loss.
Lebanon got to a confident start to the game. They accumulated a 19:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Egypt took over in the second frame. The African powerhouse held Lebanon to just 9 points in the period to claim a 30:28 halftime lead. Lebanon regained the lead in the third period. They snatched a 48:45 advantage before the fourth quarter. But Egypt recovered well once again. They dropped 19 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a tough win at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) and Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) notched 12 points each for the winners. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Ali Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 14, Sherif Gindy 12, Haytham Kamal 12
Lebanon: Ali Kanaan 13, Ali Haidar 12



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania beat Germany for second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Germany U20 74:62

Lithuania earned the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany in Group A today. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Germany got to the better start. Kenneth Ogbe (196-SG-94) and Merz gave them a 14:11 lead at the end of the first quarter. However Lithuania opened the second period on a 9:0 run to surge ahead. Soon Lithuania opened a double digit lead and registered a 34:23 halftime advantage. The Baltic team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Lithuania posted a 50:41 advantage heading into the fourth period. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) and Merz dragged Germany within 6 points early in the fourth frame. But Lithuania quickly jumped to an 18-point distance and never looked back en route to the win. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) posted 11 points, while Laimonas Chatkevicius (213-C-93) had 9 points in the victory. Bogdan Radosavljevic answered with 19 points for Germany. Kenneth Ogbe had 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Vaidas Kariniauskas 16, Mindaugas Kacinas 11, Laimonas Chatkevicius 9
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19, Kenneth Ogbe 9



2013 University Games: Lithuania overwhelm China in Basket Hall - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-China 129:52

Lithuania overwhelm China in Basket Hall in Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. The Baltic State posted a 129:52 win for a perfect 3-0 record. China remained without victories after three games played.
Lithuanian team won the first period 34:20 and added massive 34-6 surge in the second frame. The board showed 68:26 at the halftime, but Lithuania did not even think of slowing down in the rest of the game. The favorites won the third quarter 23-16 and finished the game with 38-10 burst.
Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) stepped up with 22 points and Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) notched 17. Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) delivered 13, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) had 12. Liu Zihao (183-PG-92) ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Sun HeFeng (204-F-92) notched 10. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) poured in 7, whilst Cui Jinming (193-G-92) had 6.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 22, Eimantas Bendzius 17, Vytenis Lipkevicius 13, Vaidas Cepukaitis 12
China: Liu Zihao 16, Sun HeFeng 10, Dai Huaibo 7, Cui Jinming 6



Aurimas Adomaitis (ex Jena) joins Saint-Brieuc - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Brieuc Basket (NM2) agreed terms with 26-year old Lithuanian power forward Aurimas Adomaitis (206-107kg-87, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played last season at Science City Jena in German ProA. In 37 games he had 9.7ppg and 6.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Adomaitis played at Nevezis (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 22 games he recorded 8.7ppg and 5.8rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. Adomaitis also played 20 games in Baltic League where he recorded 8.0ppg and 5.1rpg.
In 2010-11 season he played at Juventus (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 30 games he recorded 6.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Adomaitis also played 16 games in Baltic League where he recorded 7.9ppg and 4.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship.
In 2009-10 season Adomaitis played at Dzukija (NKL) in Lithuanian league. In 23 games he recorded 10.3ppg and 7.1rpg. He also played 7 games in Baltic League where he recorded 8.3ppg and 5.7rpg.
Adomaitis was a member of Lithuanian U18 National Team back in 2004.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris-Sabonio).
Adomaitis attended Long Island University until 2009 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - NBL

MNBL Standings
 1. Melaka Ch. 6-2 
 2. Segamat B.A. 5-3 
 3. Perak Farmc. 2-6 
 4. Bintulu R. 2-6 
 5. Crouching Tigers 0-0 
 6. Johor Tigers 0-0 
 7. Kuala Lumpur 0-0 
 8. Miri Fire Horse 0-0 
 9. Sabah 0-0 



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  NBA   


Andrew Bynum signs at The Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers landed 26-year old center Andrew Bynum (213-129kg-87, agency: David Lee services). He played most recently at Philadelphia 76ers. Bynum also spent pre-season at the Lakers that year.
In 2005 he was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers in first round (10th overall). Bynum has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
Among other achievements Bynum won NBA Pacific Division championship title for five years in a row (between 2008 and 2012). He received also All-NBA 2nd Team award in 2012.
Bynum was a member of USA U18 National Team back in 2005.
He is described as: Great size... Good hands... Already has a very decent low-post game..

By Eurobasket Data Center



Minnesota Timberwolves brings back 27-year old Corey Brewer - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves sign 27-year old Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) who played last time at Denver Nuggets. It is actually his comeback to the Timberwolves as he played here before. In 88 NBA games he recorded 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg last season.
The season 2011-2012 he appeared for Dallas Mavericks (NBA), but in Dec.'11 was traded to Denver Nuggets (NBA). In 66 games his stats read 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.1%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 69.6%.
Brewer ended the previous season at the Knicks. But the most of that year he spent at the Timberwolves. In 56 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg.
In 2007 he was drafted by the Timberwolves in first round (7th overall). The former University of Florida standout is in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received NABC All-NCAA District 6 2nd Team award and All-SEC 1st Team award back in 2007 at his college time.



Washington Wizards announced some changes - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards announced some changes for the next season. The team added free agent Eric Maynor (6'2''-PG-87, college: VCU) and re-signed Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) for backcourt depth behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Washington Wizards landed Eric Maynor (188-77kg-87, college: VCU) who played last time at Portland Trail Blazers. In 27 games he had 6.9ppg, 1.0rpg and 4.0apg last season. Maynor also played at the Thunder that season. In 37 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 2.0apg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Utah Jazz in first round (20th overall). Maynor attended Virginia Commonwealth University and it may be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2011. Maynor was also voted All-CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA 1st Team back in 2007,2008 and 2009 at his college time. Maynor represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago.
Garrett Temple will remain in the team. In 50 NBA games he averaged 5.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. Temple also played at Bighorns that season. In nine games he had 14.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg. He also spent pre-season at the Heat that year.
The previous season Temple played at Novipiu Casale (Lega2) in Italian league. In 28 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg.



Milwaukee Bucks agree with Luke Ridnour - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks agree with Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) for the next season. Ridnour spent the last three seasons in Minnesota and will return Milwaukee, where he spent two years from 2008-2010. In 82 NBA games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg last season. In 2011-2012 for Minnesota Timberwolves his stats read 12.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 89.1%.
In 2003 he was drafted by Seattle Supersonics in first round (14th overall). Ridnour attended University of Oregon and it may be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2005. Ridnour was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmores Team back in 2005.
He was a member of USA U21 National Team in 2000. Ridnour has played previously for Oklahoma City Thunder.



Houston Rockets landed Reggie Williams - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets landed Reggie Williams (6'5''-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: VMI) who played last time at Charlotte Bobcats. In 39 games he averaged 3.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg last season.
The previous season Williams was tested by Laboral Kutxa (ACB) in Spanish league. In 7 games he had 4.9ppg and 1.3rpg that season. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he had 5.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0spg.
In 2010-11 season Williams played at the Warriors. In 80 games he had 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009-10 season he played at Sioux Falls Skyforce. In 31 games he was third best scorer with impressive 26.4ppg and recorded 5.5rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2008-09 season Reggie Williams played at JDA Dijon (ProA) in French league. In 29 games he had 12.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.5apg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2008 Pittsburgh Xplosion selected him in fifth round (23rd overall) in the CBA draft. The former Virginia Military Institute standout is in his sixth season in pro basketball.



Richard Hamilton and the Bulls part ways - by Eurobasket News

Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) and the Bulls part ways. The 35-year old American guard Richard Hamilton left the team. In 54 games he had 9.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg last season. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals.
The season 2011-2012 he started for Detroit Pistons (NBA, starting five), but in Dec.'11 moved to Chicago Bulls (NBA). In 34 games his stats read 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 79.7% .In 2010-2011 for Detroit Pistons he showed high14.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 84.9%.
In 1999 Hamilton was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in first round (7th overall). The former University of Connecticut standout is in his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hamilton was selected to NBA All-Star Game back in 2006,2007 and 2008.



Andrea Bargnani will continue for New York Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) will continue for New York Knicks in NBA, The Italian player was traded from Toronto in exchange for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson (via sign-and-trade). In 35 games Andrea Bargnani averaged 12.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
In 2006 the Raptors selected him as first overall pick in NBA draft. Among other achievements he won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2007. Bargnani received also Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention award in 2009 and 2012.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Bargnani has regularly played for since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002. He represented Italy at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-2 (22.8ppg), 7.4rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.3%.
Bargnani has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Benetton Treviso, Montepaschi Siena and Roma S.Azzurra.



Miami Heat return Chris Andersen - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat return Chris Andersen (6'10''-C/F-78, college: Blinn JC) as the player has signed a $1.7 million, one-year deal. In 62 NBA games he averaged 5.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1bpg. He also spent pre-season at the Nuggets that year. Four earlier seasons he played with Denver Nuggets (NBA). In 2008-2009 he showed 6.4ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-2 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 72.0%. In 2009-2010 his stats read 5.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 56.8%, FT: 69.2%. In his last season with the Denver Nuggets Chris Andersen showed 5.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 54.6%, FT: 61.0%.
Andersen has played also in China, other NBA team (New Orleans Pelicans), IBA (Fargo-Moorhead B.), XBL (Sugarland S.) and D-League (Fayetteville P.).
Andersen attended Blinn JC until 1999 and it will be his 15th season in pro basketball. He averaged 10.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 4.7apg in his debut season.



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William Jones Cup: USA edge Japan for second consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

USA - Japan 64:56

The USA earned the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to improve at 2-2 record. Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Japan fell at 0-4 record after the defeat.
The North American team was in control throughout the first half. The USA posted a 16:11 lead at the first break. They boosted the gap in the second period. The USA accounted for a 35:25 halftime advantage. Japan finally adjusted their defence in the third term. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark heading into the fourth period. But the USA did not allow their opponents to capitalize. They fired 18 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) delivered 10 points and 10 rebounds for the USA. Haywood Owens (6'9''-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) added 9 points for the winning team. Kosuke Takeuchi (6'9''-C/F-85) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Makoto Hiejima (6'3''-G-90) had 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jermaine Dailey 14, Eric Hicks 10+10 boards, Haywood Owens 9
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 17+10 boards, Makoto Hiejima 10



2013 University Games: USA close Day 4 with the win - by Eurobasket News

USA-Sweden 83:65

USA close Day 4 with the win at the 2013 University Games. They won over Sweden 83:65 in the last game of the day and improved to 3-0 record. The Scandinavian team lost the third consecutive team and dropped at 0-3 record.
Although USA were the favorites of the game, the victory was not that easy. Sweden trailed only 1 point at the end of the first period and lost the second frame 10:19. USA managed to add 27-17 surge in the third period, but then Sweden closed the game with a 21-19 rally.
Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Treveon Graham (6'5''-G-93) notched 14. Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) and Adreian Payne (6'10''-C-91) produced 9 points apiece. Chris Czerapowicz (6'7''-G-91) finished the game with 12 points in defeat, while Sebastian Norman (6'9''-F-92) posted 8.

USA: Kevin Ferrell 20, Treveon Graham 14, Luke Hancock 9, Adreian Payne 9
Sweden: Chris Czerapowicz 12, Sebastian Norman 8



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2013 University Games: Norway outscore Chile in the start of Day 5 - by Eurobasket News

Chile-Norway 48:62

Norway outscore Chile in the start of Day 5 of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Norway improved to 2-2 record after a 62:48 victory. Chile meanwhile fell at 0-4 record in Group D.
Norway scored the first eight points in the game and led 14:7 after 10 minutes. They added 18-11 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 32:18 halftime advantage. Chile looked better in the second half and managed for a short comeback. They produced a 9-8 run in the third period and trailed 13 points with 10 minutes to go. Norway however did not allow the opponents to come closer and after 22-21 increased to the final 62:48 victory.
Karamo Jawara (201-F-91) stepped up with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Magnus Midtvedt (182-PG-90) and Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-F-89, college: Manhattan) delivered 8 each. LUNDESTAD Oevind and Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) followed them with 7 points each in a loss. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) poured in 11. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) followed them with 10 points in defeat.

Chile: Osven Ledezma 20, Tomas Alvarez 11, Francisco Pena 10
Norway: Karamo Jawara 10+13 rebs, Magnus Midtvedt 8, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 8, LUNDESTAD Oevind 7, Aksel Bolinz 7



2013 University Games: Finland wins over Norway - by Eurobasket News

Finland-Norway 60:55

Finland wins over Norway in Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. The Finnish side improved to 2-1 record in Group D after a 60:55 win. Norway meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Norway won the first period 16:9, but could not keep the advantage t the halftime. Finland replied with a 21-10 run and took 30:26 lead after two quarters. Again Norway grabbed a lead in the end of the third quarter when they won the quarter 13-8. Finland however needed a 22-16 rally at the end to seal the victory.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) as well as Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) had 12 each. Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) followed them with 7 points in a win. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89), NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka and Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-F-89, college: Manhattan) poured in 12 points each in a loss. Anders Stien (195-G-90) ended up with 6 points in the losing effort.

Finland: Roope Ahonen 15, Carl Lindbom 12, Antto Nikkarinen 12, Jesse Niemi 7
Norway: Stian Mjos 12, NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka 12+13 rebs, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 12, Anders Stien 6



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2013 University Games: Estonia beat Oman in Day 5 opener - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Oman 77:52

Estonia beat Oman in Day 5 opener at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Estonian team improved to 3-1 record at the 2013 University Games. Oman remained winless at the tournament and fell at 0-4 record.
Estonia won the first period 32-18 and led 11 points at the halftime. The European team limited Oman to just 4 points in the third quarter and enjoyed a 60:37 lead after three quarters. Estonia added a 17-15 rally in the last quarter for the final result.
Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) as well as Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) had 12 each. Taavi Hamarsalu (200-C/F-89) poured in 8 points in the winning effort. AL AAMRI Nouh finished the game with 14 points in defeat and AL HALHALI Ahmed notched 13. AL ASMI Mohamed and AL FARRAJI Hassan poured in 7 points each in a loss.

Estonia: Toomas Raadik 20, Jaan Puidet 12, Kristjan Keres 12, Taavi Hamarsalu 8
Oman: AL AAMRI Nouh 14, AL HALHALI Ahmed 13, AL ASMI Mohamed 7, AL FARRAJI Hassan 7



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Anwil tabs Dusan Katnic - by Eurobasket Center

Dusan Katnic (193-85kg-89, agency: Beo Basket) will be the main point guard of Anwil Wloclawek (TBL). The club has just signed 24-year old Serbian for the upcoming season. He has played for the last three years at Telenet Oostende in Belgian Ethias League. In 22 games he averaged 5.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg last season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Katnic also played 5 gamse in EuroCup where he had 7.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg.

Katnic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Crvena Zvezda and Mega Vizura.




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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Harris, Ponce20.3 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.0 
 5. Carmona, Caner.18.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Mayaguez16.3 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 5. Phillip, San German8.6 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.5 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas8.5 
 9. Balkman, Guayama8.2 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hinson, Guayama5.4 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.3 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas5.2 
 5. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Rivera, Ponce4.5 
 8. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.8 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 9. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 



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Mandache re-signs at Gaz Metan - by Greg

CS Gaz Metan Medias (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 26-year old domestic international swingman Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He played there last season. In 38 Liga Nationala games he had 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg (in top 3). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Romanian League All-Star Game. Mandache also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Keravnos in Cypriot league. But in 6 EuroChallenge games he recorded just 1.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg that season.
Andrei iss also a member of Romanian international program for some years. He represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 75.0%.



Mandache re-signs at Gaz Metan - by Greg

CS Gaz Metan Medias (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 26-year old domestic international swingman Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He played there last season. In 38 Liga Nationala games he had 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg (in top 3). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Romanian League All-Star Game. Mandache also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 8.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Keravnos in Cypriot league. But in 6 EuroChallenge games he recorded just 1.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg that season.
Andrei iss also a member of Romanian international program for some years. He represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 75.0%.



Energia Rovinari signs Dalibor Djapa - by Eurobasket News

Energia Rovinari signs Dalibor Djapa (205-F/C-84, agency: Alti Sport) who played last time at CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. In 18 Liga Nationala games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.0apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The most of previous (2011-12) season Djapa spent at Kryvbasbasket (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 28 games he had 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2apg that season. He also spent pre-season at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) in Italian league that year.
The previous season Djapa played at Geoplin Slovan (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 26 games he had 14.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. The most of previous (09-10) season Djapa spent at Parklji (2SKL) in Slovenian league. In 22 games Dalibor Djapa had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg and 6.4rpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Bosmans Team. He was tried-out by Energa Czarni (TBL) in Polish league that season. In 12 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.1rpg.
Djapa has played previously professionally in Ukraine (Budivelnyk, BC Odessa and BC-93 Pulsar) and Slovenia (Krka).



BC Mures confirm Silviu Lupusavei - by Eurobasket News

BC Mures confirm Silviu Lupusavei (183-PG-81) for the next season. Earlier it was announced that Silviu Lupusavei will spend at least one more season with CSM Oradea, but Mures grabbed the player to their roster.
Lupusavei joined CSM Oradea last summer from Rovinari. For 31 games in the league Lupusavei averaged 9.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Oradea reached Playoff Quarterfinals, but failed against Ploiesti who won the title later. Oradea was No.5 in regular season with 20-8 record. They also reached Cup Semifinals. As mentioned above, before Oradea Silviu Lupusavei was a member of Energia Rovinari. He spent two years there. In 2009, Lupusavei reached Romanian league Finals with Timisoara. In the past, he played for Craiova, Ramnicu Valcea, Otopeni and Farul Constanca. He also has experience from Politehnica Iasi and Rapid Bucuresti.



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BC Nizhny Novgorod re-sign Ivan Savelyev - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod re-sign Ivan Savelyev (190-PG-87). He has played there for the last three seasons. In twelve PBL games he averaged 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. Savelyev also played 23 games in VTB United League where he had 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Savelyev's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2011. Ivan Savelyev received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2009 and 2010. Savelyev represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg.
Savelyev has played previously for two other Russia teams: Novosybirsk and NGU Novosybirsk.



U20 European Championship: Latvia bend Russia's resistance - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Latvia U20 85:89 OT

Latvia bend Russia's resistance at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side needed overtime for a 89:85 victory in Day 2. Latvia improved to 2-0 record, while the Russian team suffered their second straight loss.
Latvia took 19:16 lead at the end of the first period, but Russia reduced to 1 point at the halftime. Zakharov scored for 47:44 and then Vladislav Trushkin (200-SF-93) and Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) brought 59:58 later in the third period. Latvia dominated the fourth quarter and led 5 points several times. Kirill Sokolov (195-PG-93) and Artem Komolov (195-SG-93) tied the game at 75:75, but then Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) and Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) gave Latvia their last points in overtime.
Kaspars Vecvagars top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) netted 19. Ingus Jakovics scored 14, whilst Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Vladislav Trushkin answered with 21 points and Artem Komolov scored 14. Aleksandr Gudumak collected 10 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Kirill Sokolov had 10.

Russia U20: Vladislav Trushkin 21, Artem Komolov 14, Aleksandr Gudumak 10+14 rebs, Kirill Sokolov 10
Latvia U20: Kaspars Vecvagars 25, Janis Berzins 19, Ingus Jakovics 14, Andrejs Grazulis 12+16 rebs, Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) 9+11 rebs



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U20 European Championship: Greece start campaign with win over Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Serbia U20 79:73

Greece victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They defeated Serbia in the opener. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) had 18 points to lead the Hellenes.
Serbia ensured a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) gave Serbia a 10-point lead midway through the second term. But Greece answered with 11 straight points to jump in front. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) capped the first half with a three-pointer to give Greece a 38:35 lead. Serbia regained the lead in the third term. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) made it 55:44 for the Balkan team late in the third term. But Greece were able to trim the deficit at 5 points at the final break 54:59. The Hellenes used a 9:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 68:63 advantage. Andric and Miljenovic put Serbia within one 67:68. But Greece kept it calm in the dying minutes. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Eleftherios Bochoridis sealed the victory for Greece with four late points. Giannoulis Larentzakis nailed 17 points, while Eleftherios Bochoridis added 16 points in the win. Ivan Marinkovic answered with 17 points for Serbia. Luka Mitrovic banked 15 points in defeat.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 18, Giannoulis Larentzakis 17, Eleftherios Bochoridis 16
Serbia U20: Ivan Marinkovic 17, Luka Mitrovic 15



Anwil tabs Dusan Katnic - by Greg

Dusan Katnic (193-85kg-89, agency: Beo Basket) will be the main point guard of Anwil Wloclawek (TBL). The club has just signed 24-year old Serbian for the upcoming season. He has played for the last three years at Telenet Oostende in Belgian Ethias League. In 22 games he averaged 5.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg last season. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Katnic also played 5 gamse in EuroCup where he had 7.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg.

Katnic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Crvena Zvezda and Mega Vizura.




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On Financial Brink, Astrum Levice Pulls out of Mattoni NBL for 2013-14 Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

A huge shock to the Slovak / Czech basketball landscape as perennial Slovakian powerhouse Astrum Levice have pulled out of the Mattoni NBL competition for 2013-14 and may have to forego the Slovak Extraliga as well. All due to the announcement of Mr. Miroslav Gazov of Astrum Group, that the main supporter of the club for the past six seasons, would be pulling its nearly 80% support of the basketball operations. This due to the overall financial situation in the surrounding region and country as a whole. Levice, as a club, had enjoyed a run of success over the past few seasons that was the envy of many, including 2010-11 - Extraliga Champion, two year participation in the Czech NBL and Slovak Cup Finalists.
Due the unexpected crisis, Levice informed the NBL that they will not be able to field a large enough operating budget to warrant play next season. Even the clubs participation in the Extraliga will not be fully confirmed until the end of July at which time they will have a better idea of exactly how much money can be pulled together.
A sad state of affairs for the fan base of a club which had seen some of its greatest successes under the sponsorship of Astrum.
Zdenek Ringsmuth, sporting director of the NBL sent a letter to the management of Levice and their fans, expressing his thanks for their participation in the NBL the past two seasons, their professionalism and quality of basketball brought to the league.
Hopefully the club will be able to find the sponsorship and support necessary to restore itself to former status in both the Extraliga and maybe even the NBL.



Ruach and Brlit move in Prievidza - by Petr Marek

Official website of BC Prievidza announced today signings of two players. Branislav Brlit (207-C-85, agency: Promotex) returns in Slovakia after three seasons in Opava. In season 2011/2012 he suffered knee injury and tried to play again in January this year. Before he left in Czech played for Pezinok where won Championship twice (2008,2010). After signing of Danish combo guard Mikkel Plannthin. Prievidza brings another combo guard 28-years old Canadian Tut Ruach (188-PG-85). He played last season for Swedish team Nassjo where he scored in average 17.3 points and added 3.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists.


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U20 European Championship: France outpower Slovenia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Slovenia U20 61:53

France outpower Slovenia in Tallinn at the second day of the U20 European Championship. The finalist of 2012 year posted a 61:53 win as both teams are tied with 1-1 record.
France looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories. They started the game with 14-10 rally and added 13-12 run in the second period. Slovenia remained alive right after the break and came up with 20-18 run in the third quarter. France however needed a 16-11 finish to seal the initial victory.
Livio Jean-Charles (203-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 18 points and Boris Dallo (194-PG-94) nailed 13. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) poured in 11, whilst Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) collected 10 points and 12 boards. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) answered with 18 points in the losing effort, while Gregor Hrovat (196-SG-94) and Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) netted 8 each.

France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 18, Boris Dallo 13, Hugo Invernizzi 11, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 10+12 rebs
Slovenia U20: Luka Rupnik 18, Gregor Hrovat 8, Ziga Dimec 8



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William Jones Cup: Iran beat South Korea to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Iran - South Korea 71:68

Iran stepped closer to the William Jones Cup title. They sneaked past South Korea in the top-of-the-ladder clash tonight. Iran improved at 4-0 record, while South Korea fell at 4-1 record in the standings. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) stepped up with impressive 34 points and 15 rebounds to pace Iran.
Iran jumped to an early lead. They stayed aggressive throughout the starting quarter to build a 26:16 advantage into the second frame. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second period. They secured a 44:33 halftime buffer. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Iran led by 11 points entering the final frame. South Korea went on a furious comeback rally in the final quarter but came up just short of win at the end. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) netted 10 points, while Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-PF-83) added 7 points for the winners. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 14 points for South Korea. Seung-Jun Lee chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 34+15 boards, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 10, Hamed Sohrabnejad 7
South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 14, Seung-Jun Lee 11



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Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket brings back German Gabriel - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket brings back German Gabriel (207-C-80). He played last time at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid. It is actually his comeback to Bilbao as he played here before. In 30 ACB games he had 14.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8apg last season. In 2008-2009 he played for Unicaja Malaga (ACB), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 3 months. In Euroleague after 6 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg, while in Spanish League showed 3.8ppg, 1.5rpg.
In 2009-2010 moved to MMT Estudiantes Madrid (ACB, starting five) and averaged 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 81.8%. In 2010-2011 for Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (ACB) his stats read 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 72.5%. In EuroCup after 12 games he shwoed 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT-3 (90.9%). In 2011-2012 for Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (ACB, starting five) his stats read 12.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 68.9%.
He played in the final of Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) in 2009. Gabriel was a member of Spanish U21 National Team in 2001.He has played previously for two other Spain teams: Unicaja Malaga and Girona FC.



U20 European Championship: Spain silence Bulgaria in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20-Spain U20 64:78

Spain silence Bulgaria in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship. The Spanish side needed a 78:64 win for 2-0 record in Group C. Bulgaria meanwhile started with 0-1 record.
Spain were half a step ahead for most of the first half but Bulgaria employed successfully a zone defence to close down the lane, control the battle on the glass and prevent them from ever pulling away. Spain started the game with 17:15 lead and had 4-point advantage at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Spain erupted with a 21-11 surge. Bulgaria and Spain notched 19 points each in the last quarter for the final result on the board.
Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) tops-cored for the winners with 21 points and Daniel Diez (203-F-93) as well as Alejandro Suarez (205-C-93) netted 13 each. Mikel Motos (194-F/G-93, college: Lan Mobel ISB) followed them with 9 points. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points in defeat, whilst Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) delivered 10. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) and Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) brought 7 points each in a loss.

Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 15, Deyan Karamfilov 10, Dimitar Dimitrov 7, Aleks Simeonov 7
Spain U20: Jaime Fernandez 21, Daniel Diez 13, Alejandro Suarez 13, Mikel Motos 9



Three players left Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85), David Barlow (205-PF-83, college: Metro St.) and Andres Miso (199-G-83) became free agents. Murcia did not renew the contract with them for the next season.
David Barlow had 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Barlow won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention back in 2010. Barlow represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Andres Miso recorded 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg last season. Among other achievements Miso's team made it to the ACB Semifinals in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
He was a member of Spanish U20 National Team back in 2002. He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Asefa Estudiantes, Cajasol, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and CAI Zaragoza.
Juan Ignacio Jasen also left the team.



Antanas Kavaliauskas moves to Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) moves to Bilbao for the next season. The Lithuanian player was last time at VEF Riga in Latvia. In 22 games he had 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg last season. He helped them to win the league title. A very impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Kavaliauskas also played 20 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.3ppg and 5.5rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kavaliauskas was voted Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Defensive Team back in 2009.
He was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Kavaliauskas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team last year and previously for U21 National Team in 2005. He represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.6ppg, 3.2rpg.
Kavaliauskas has played also professionally in Italy (Juvecaserta and Prima Veroli), Greece (Panionios and Kavala) and Lithuania (Perlas).



Joventut keep Nacho Llovet - by Eurobasket News

Joventut have secured the services of Nacho Llovet (202-C-91) for another season. The centre re-signed with the Badalona team for one more year. Last season Nacho Llovet posted 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in ACB. Llovet is the product of Joventut basketball school. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Spanish National Teams. The centre earned All-European Championship U20 Honourable Mention in 2010.


Spencer Nelson leaves Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

Spencer Nelson (202-F/C-80, college: Utah St.) will not continue with Gran Canaria. The forward exercised the clause in his contract and left the team. Spencer Nelson joined Gran Canaria back in 2010. Last year he resigned with the team for two more seasons. Last season Spencer Nelson averaged 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in ACB. The US forward who also holds Azerbaijan passport earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Previously Spencer Nelson had stints in Greece, Italy and Germany. He was named All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year in 2006. Spencer Nelson was also trumped Italian Cup MVP in 2007. He has been the member of the Azerbaijan National Team since 2010.


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2013 University Games: Sweden pip United Arab Emirates in Day 5 - by Eurobasket News

United Arab Emirates-Sweden 69:79

Sweden pip United Arab Emirates in Day 5 of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Scandinavian team posted a 79:69 win to earn the initial win at the tournament. The United Arab Emirates remained winless and dropped at 0-4 record.
Both teams entered the game without victories and did their best to achieve the first W in Kazan. Sweden won the first period 20-13 and led 7 points at the halftime. Moreover Sweden pulled a 22-18 rally in the third frame and did not mind 21-22 loss in the last stanza.
Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) paced all the winners with 24 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 17. Richard Hartmann (201-F-89) delivered 11, while Odin Lindell (205-C-90) scored 10. OMAR ALAMERI Omer ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and AL BRAIKI Mohamed netted 17. ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh brought 15, whilst OBAID GHABISH Hamad had 4.

United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 25, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 17, ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh 15, OBAID GHABISH Hamad 4
Sweden: Alexander Lindqvist 24, Chris Czerapowicz 17, Richard Hartmann 11, Odin Lindell 10



2013 University Games: USA close Day 4 with the win - by Eurobasket News

USA-Sweden 83:65

USA close Day 4 with the win at the 2013 University Games. They won over Sweden 83:65 in the last game of the day and improved to 3-0 record. The Scandinavian team lost the third consecutive team and dropped at 0-3 record.
Although USA were the favorites of the game, the victory was not that easy. Sweden trailed only 1 point at the end of the first period and lost the second frame 10:19. USA managed to add 27-17 surge in the third period, but then Sweden closed the game with a 21-19 rally.
Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Treveon Graham (6'5''-G-93) notched 14. Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) and Adreian Payne (6'10''-C-91) produced 9 points apiece. Chris Czerapowicz (6'7''-G-91) finished the game with 12 points in defeat, while Sebastian Norman (6'9''-F-92) posted 8.

USA: Kevin Ferrell 20, Treveon Graham 14, Luke Hancock 9, Adreian Payne 9
Sweden: Chris Czerapowicz 12, Sebastian Norman 8



U20 European Championship: Turkey posts the second straight win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20-Turkey U20 73:80

Turkey posts the second straight win in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The team grabbed an 80:73 win against Sweden in Day 2. The Scandinavian team started the campaign with 0-1 record.
Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period and added 18 apiece in the second frame. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:38. Turkey however pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 23-19 and finished the game with 19-16 rally.
Berkay Candan (205-SF-93) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) added 18. Samet Geyik followed them with 13 points in a win. Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) produced 21 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) notched 14. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) scored 13, whilst Ugur Dokuyan (197-SF-93) and Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 7 apiece.

Sweden U20: Jonathan Person 21, Marcus Eriksson 14, Tobias Borg 13, Ugur Dokuyan 7, Ahmet Tuncer 7
Turkey U20: Berkay Candan 25+10 rebs, Ramazan Tekin 18, Samet Geyik 13



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Swiss U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swiss U16 National Team 2013
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Andrea Beretta
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Noah Burrell
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Mattia Cafisi
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Leo Fragniere
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Vedad Ibragic
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Theo Aeby 185-G-98 Fribourg Switzerland
Andrea Beretta 175-PG-97 SAV Vacallo Switzerland
Kevin Blaser 192-G-99 Fribourg Switzerland
Andrea Bracelli 191-F-97 SAM Massagno Switzerland
Fabrizio Bruschetti 157-PG-98 SAM Massagno Switzerland
Noah Burrell 180-PG-97
Mattia Cafisi 181-PG-97 SAM Massagno Switzerland
Jerome Corpataux 206-C-97
Victor Desponds 178-G-98
Jeremy Ebenda 195-F-98 Fribourg Switzerland
Leo Fragniere 195-SF-97
Gael Gillieron 196-F-98 Fribourg Switzerland
Vedad Ibragic 195-PF-97
Denilson Kiesse 181-G-98 Fribourg Switzerland
Alexandre Knof 201-C-98 Muenchen Nord Germany
Dusko Lukic 181-G-98 Lugano Tigers Switzerland
Darko Majstorovic 197-F-98 Pully Switzerland
Nelson Moke 183-G-98 Fribourg Switzerland
Kaanu Olaniyi 198-F-98 Blonay Basket Switzerland
Anthony Polite 190-SF-97
Christian Tukama 190-PF-97
Refik Zendeli 191-F-97

Romain Gaspoz Head Coach Fribourg Switzerland
Yamann Bayram Assistant GC Zurich Switzerland



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William Jones Cup: Jordan claim initial win, beat Taiwan B - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan B - Jordan 77:86

Jordan finally opened win count at the William Jones Cup. The team snapped three-game losing skid and toppled Taiwanese B National Team. Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan.
Jordan claimed a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. Jordan ensured a 41:33 halftime advantage. Jordan kept Taiwan at distance throughout the third term. The visitors accumulated a 12-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Taiwan exploded with 31 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Mohammad Hadrab (203-PF-84) nailed 11 points, while Hani Al-Faraj (194-SG-87) netted 10 points for the winners. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (183-G-93) had 19 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chen Ying-Chun 19
Jordan: Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 13, Mohammad Hadrab 11, Hani Al-Faraj 10



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Azerbaijani Orhan Haciyeva inks with Usak Universitesi - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijani Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) inks with Usak Universitesi . He played last time at Aliaga Petkim. He has a double citizenship as he also holds Turkish passport. In 16 TBL games he was third best scorer with 7.0ppg and recorded 5.1rpg (#2 in the league) last season.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by Turk Telekom. In 2010-11 season Haciyeva played at Pi Koleji Ankara (TB2L). In 16 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.4spg that season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Haciyeva ended the previous season at Darussafaka (TB2L). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Center of the Year. But the most of that year he spent at Pertevniyal (TB2L). In 22 games he was second best scorer with impressive 21.9ppg and averaged 12.8rpg (leader !!!), 1.5apg and 2.9spg (leader !!!). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Center of the Year. Haciyeva also represented Azerbaijan at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (12.5rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 71.9%.



Anadolu Efes Istanbul signs Tutku Acik - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul signs Tutku Acik (194-G-80) for the next season. He played last time at Besiktas Istanbul. In 20 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.9apg last season. He helped them to win the cup.
The previous season Acik played at Galatasaray. In 26 games he averaged 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.3apg that season. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Acik also played 13 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.7apg.
Among other achievements Tutku Acik was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game back in 2007 and 2009. Acik was a member of Turkish Senior National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He has played previously for three other Turkey teams: Trabzonspor, Turk Telekom and TED Kolejliler.



U20 European Championship: Turkey posts the second straight win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20-Turkey U20 73:80

Turkey posts the second straight win in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The team grabbed an 80:73 win against Sweden in Day 2. The Scandinavian team started the campaign with 0-1 record.
Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period and added 18 apiece in the second frame. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:38. Turkey however pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 23-19 and finished the game with 19-16 rally.
Berkay Candan (205-SF-93) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) added 18. Samet Geyik followed them with 13 points in a win. Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) produced 21 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) notched 14. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) scored 13, whilst Ugur Dokuyan (197-SF-93) and Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 7 apiece.

Sweden U20: Jonathan Person 21, Marcus Eriksson 14, Tobias Borg 13, Ugur Dokuyan 7, Ahmet Tuncer 7
Turkey U20: Berkay Candan 25+10 rebs, Ramazan Tekin 18, Samet Geyik 13



Galatasaray Istanbul keep Puerto Rican Carlos Arroyo - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Istanbul keep Puerto Rican Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU). In 27 TBL games he had 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous season Arroyo played at Besiktas. In 27 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.4apg that season. He contributed to his team winning the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. Arroyo also played 9 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.6apg.
He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Celtics in NBA. In fifteen games he recorded just 2.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg. But the most of that year Arroyo spent at the Heat in NBA. In 49 games he recorded 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg.
The former Florida International University star is in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball. Carlos Arroyo also represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 33.3%.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv), Spain, NBA (Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).



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Bobcats' Kemba Walker takes lead by being in Charlotte - by David Edole

By Rick Bonnell

CHARLOTTE For point guard Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut), flying to Charlotte this week was no big deal. It was a chance to get some summertime run on the basketball court and an opportunity to spend time with the coaching staff and rookie Cody Zeller.

To new Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford, it was huge.

It shows a commitment, a seriousness about getting better, Clifford said after morning practice Tuesday. Hes going to practice twice today, completely on his own. From both a basketball and leadership standpoint, it speaks volumes.

It will speed up the process for everybody.

Walker, the Bobcats leading scorer last season, volunteered to work out with the summer league team this week. As team president of basketball operations Rod Higgins sometimes says, Walker has been handed the keys to the car. This is his way of living up to that faith.

We have an opportunity to be really good this year, so I want to be around this coaching staff, just to get a feel, Walker said. The whole coaching staff is new. I know I can learn a lot.

Walker wont play with the summer league team in Las Vegas starting Friday, but he will be there later this month for a Team USA minicamp, as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski starts evaluating who should be in the mix for the next Olympic team.

Youre playing against the best for a few days, Walker said of the minicamp. I cant wait.

Walker has been with the Bobcats only two seasons, but with Tyrus Thomas about to be amnestied and Gerald Henderson not under contract, he has been on the roster as long as anyone else. He still finds it awkward thinking of himself as an NBA veteran, but he knows he needs to function as a leader.

Sometimes that means sticking up for teammates, as when he texted Higgins on draft night to endorse the team using the fourth pick on Indiana forward Cody Zeller. Walker and Zeller are learning how to play off each other in the pick-and-roll this week.

He can make the medium-range shot, he can roll, he can finish, Walker said of Zeller. Cody is a guy who will help us a lot. He plays so hard, he runs the floor. Hell rebound. Hell be a good teammate.

The Bobcats are expected to formally sign center Al Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million contract Wednesday. After running an offense that averaged just 93.4 points and 42.5 percent shooting from the field last season, Walker sees Jeffersons addition as a godsend.

Was I excited? I almost shed a tear, Walker said. Thats what we need: A guy we always can go to to get a bucket.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/10/3019707/bobcats-kemba-walker-takes-lead.html#storylink=cpy



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U20 European Championship: Croatia needs overtime to beat Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Ukraine U20 77:75

Croatia needs overtime to beat Ukraine at the U20 European Championship. Croatia improved to 1-1 record after a 77:75 win.
After a 73:74 loss from Turkey in Day 1, Croatia had another thriller. They trailed 16:17 after the first period, but posted a 21-10 surge in the second frame. Moreover Croatia added 24-9 burst in the third period and had a 16-point fourth-quarter lead. Ukraine however managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period but could not win the game. Luka Panduric scored three free throws at the end of overtime for the final result.
Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Luka Vlaic (208-PF-93) notched 19. Matej Buovac (200-G/F-93) brought 8, while Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) added 7. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) answered with 24 points in the losing effort and Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) netted 16. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) had 12.

Croatia U20: Luka Panduric 22, Luka Vlaic 19, Matej Buovac 8, Marko Ramljak 7,
Ukraine U20: Maksym Lutsenko 24, Klym Artamonov 16, Vladyslav Koreniuk 15+11 rebs, Anatoliy Shundel 12



Budivelnyk keep Artur Drozdov - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk kept Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) on the roster. The captain re-signed with the Kyiv team. The forward will enter his second straight season with Budivelnyk. Last season Artur Drozdov notched 10.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Superleague. The forward posted also 11.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per EuroCup appearance. He was named onto Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team. He was also trumped All-Ukrainian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year. Drozdov led Budivelnyk to the Superleague title. Previously Artur Drozdov played for Azovmash, Cremona, Budivelnyk, BC Donetsk, BC Kyiv, Pau-Orthez and Autodorozhnik Saratov. He was named All-Ukrainian Superleague Forward of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Artur Drozdov was also trumped All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2003. He has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2003.


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2013 University Games: Czech Republic outscore United Arab Emirates in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-United Arab Emirates 100:54

Czech Republic outscore United Arab Emirates in Kazan in the start of Day 4 of the 2013 University Games. The European side enjoyed a 100:54 win for 1-2 record.
Peterka and ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh exchanged the early baskets, while Czech Republic took 19:13 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover the European side added massive 28-11 surge and took 47:24 halftime advantage. Czech Republic also dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 21-16 and added 32-14 in the last stanza.
Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) paced all the winners with 18 points and Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) notched 14. Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) brought 13, whilst Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) had 11 and Adam Zampach (197-SF-90) added 10. OMAR ALAMERI Omer replied with 13 points in the losing effort and AL BRAIKI Mohamed had 11. ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh notched 10, whilst KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid added 9.

Czech Republic: Jan Jiricek 18, Adam Ciz 14, Martin Gniadek 13, Michal Mares 11, Adam Zampach 10
United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 13, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 11, ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh 10, KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid 9



2013 University Games: Sweden pip United Arab Emirates in Day 5 - by Eurobasket News

United Arab Emirates-Sweden 69:79

Sweden pip United Arab Emirates in Day 5 of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Scandinavian team posted a 79:69 win to earn the initial win at the tournament. The United Arab Emirates remained winless and dropped at 0-4 record.
Both teams entered the game without victories and did their best to achieve the first W in Kazan. Sweden won the first period 20-13 and led 7 points at the halftime. Moreover Sweden pulled a 22-18 rally in the third frame and did not mind 21-22 loss in the last stanza.
Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) paced all the winners with 24 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 17. Richard Hartmann (201-F-89) delivered 11, while Odin Lindell (205-C-90) scored 10. OMAR ALAMERI Omer ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and AL BRAIKI Mohamed netted 17. ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh brought 15, whilst OBAID GHABISH Hamad had 4.

United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 25, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 17, ZUWAYED KHALIFA Saleh 15, OBAID GHABISH Hamad 4
Sweden: Alexander Lindqvist 24, Chris Czerapowicz 17, Richard Hartmann 11, Odin Lindell 10



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Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league:
Guruyu Waston 105 - Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 29 pts, Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 23 pts. 8 reb. Abel Agarbado (172-PG-93) 13 assists
Urunday Universitario 75 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 12 pts 11 reb. 2 blocks
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Larre Borges 75 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 25 pts 13 reb. 4 assists
Marne 71 - Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 15 pts. 17 reb.
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Welcome 80 - Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 20 pts 6 reb. 5 assists, Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 14 pts 11 reb. 2 blocks
Capitol 78 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 31 pys. 7 reb. 2 blocks
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Stockolmo 76 - Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) 11 pts. 4 reb.
25 de Agosto 65 - Andres Ferres (197-F-85) 26 pts. 6 reb. Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 6 pts. 7 reb.



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  VENEZUELA   


Cocodrilos level championship series - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos - Marinos 77:63

Cocodrilos de Caracas earned the second straight win in the LPB Finals. They knocked down Marinos at home court to level things up at 2-2 in teh best-of-seven series. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) fired 27 points to pace the winners. The fifth game of the series is scheduled for tonight in Caracas.
Cocodrilos limited their opponents to just 8 points in the opening frame. The hosts built a 17:8 lead after the starting quarter. Marinos narrowed the deficit in the second period. They cut the distance to a single point at halftime 30:31. Cocodrilos picked up the tempo in the third stanza. They extended the gap at 6-point mark into the fourth frame. Cocodrilos did not slow down in the final stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) chipped in 22 points, while Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) added 11 points for the home team. Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) responded with 20 points for Marinos. Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) netted 10 points in the losing case.

Cocodrilos: Andre Emmett 27, Carl Elliott 22, Kristoffer Lang 11
Marinos: Leon Rodgers 20, Axiers Sucre 10



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


BC Nizhny Novgorod re-sign Ivan Savelyev - by Eurobasket News

BC Nizhny Novgorod re-sign Ivan Savelyev (190-PG-87). He has played there for the last three seasons. In twelve PBL games he averaged 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. Savelyev also played 23 games in VTB United League where he had 3.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements Savelyev's team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2011. Ivan Savelyev received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague Honorable Mention award back in 2009 and 2010. Savelyev represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg.
Savelyev has played previously for two other Russia teams: Novosybirsk and NGU Novosybirsk.



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   

Standings

Standings
1. Iran4-0
2. S.Korea4-1
3. Taiwan3-1
4. Egypt3-2
5. USA2-2
6. Lebanon2-3
7. Jordan1-3
8. Taiwan B1-4
9. Japan0-4

Regular Season: Round 3

Jul. 8: KOR - USA 85-79
Jul. 8: IRI - TAB 77-64
Jul. 8: TAI - LEB 63-83
Jul. 8: JPN - EGY 59-64

Regular Season: Round 6

Jul. 11: USA - EGY
Jul. 11: JOR - KOR
Jul. 11: IRI - JPN
Jul. 11: TAB - TAI


Results and Stats from Day 5 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Lebanon 64:62
Egypt eked out a narrow win over Lebanon to improve at 3-2 record at the William Jones Cup. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Lebanon fell at 2-3 record after the loss.
Lebanon got to a confident start to the game. They accumulated a 19:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Egypt took over in the second frame. The African powerhouse held Lebanon to just 9 points in the period to claim a 30:28 halftime lead. Lebanon regained the lead in the third period. They snatched a 48:45 advantage before the fourth quarter. But Egypt recovered well once again. They dropped 19 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a tough win at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) and Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) notched 12 points each for the winners. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Ali Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 14, Sherif Gindy 12, Haytham Kamal 12
Lebanon: Ali Kanaan 13, Ali Haidar 12

Taiwan B - Jordan 77:86
Jordan finally opened win count at the William Jones Cup. The team snapped three-game losing skid and toppled Taiwanese B National Team. Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan.
Jordan claimed a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. Jordan ensured a 41:33 halftime advantage. Jordan kept Taiwan at distance throughout the third term. The visitors accumulated a 12-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Taiwan exploded with 31 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Mohammad Hadrab (203-PF-84) nailed 11 points, while Hani Al-Faraj (194-SG-87) netted 10 points for the winners. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (183-G-93) had 19 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chen Ying-Chun 19
Jordan: Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 13, Mohammad Hadrab 11, Hani Al-Faraj 10

USA - Japan 64:56
The USA earned the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to improve at 2-2 record. Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Japan fell at 0-4 record after the defeat.
The North American team was in control throughout the first half. The USA posted a 16:11 lead at the first break. They boosted the gap in the second period. The USA accounted for a 35:25 halftime advantage. Japan finally adjusted their defence in the third term. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark heading into the fourth period. But the USA did not allow their opponents to capitalize. They fired 18 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) delivered 10 points and 10 rebounds for the USA. Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) added 9 points for the winning team. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) had 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jermaine Dailey 14, Eric Hicks 10+10 boards, Haywood Owens 9
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 17+10 boards, Makoto Hiejima 10

Iran - South Korea 71:68
Iran stepped closer to the William Jones Cup title. They sneaked past South Korea in the top-of-the-ladder clash tonight. Iran improved at 4-0 record, while South Korea fell at 4-1 record in the standings. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) stepped up with impressive 34 points and 15 rebounds to pace Iran.
Iran jumped to an early lead. They stayed aggressive throughout the starting quarter to build a 26:16 advantage into the second frame. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second period. They secured a 44:33 halftime buffer. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Iran led by 11 points entering the final frame. South Korea went on a furious comeback rally in the final quarter but came up just short of win at the end. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) netted 10 points, while Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-PF-83) added 7 points for the winners. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 14 points for South Korea. Seung-Jun Lee chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 34+15 boards, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 10, Hamed Sohrabnejad 7
South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 14, Seung-Jun Lee 11



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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Russia3-0
2. Estonia3-1
3. Germany3-1
4. S.Korea2-2
5. Ukraine0-3
6. Oman0-4
Group B
1. Romania3-0
2. Serbia3-0
3. Mexico2-1
4. Japan1-2
5. Mongolia0-3
6. Philippine.0-3
Group C
1. Canada3-0
2. USA3-0
3. Australia2-1
4. Czech Rep.1-2
5. Sweden1-3
6. United Ara.0-4
Group D
1. Lithuania4-0
2. Finland3-1
3. Brazil3-1
4. Norway2-2
5. Chile0-4
6. China0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Jul. 11: GER - KOR 93-69
Jul. 11: EST - OMA 77-52
Jul. 11: RUS - UKR

B

Jul. 11: SRB - JPN
Jul. 11: PHI - MGL
Jul. 11: ROM - MEX

C

Jul. 11: UAE - SWE 69-79
Jul. 11: USA - AUS
Jul. 11: CAN - CZE

D

Jul. 11: FIN - CHN 93-64
Jul. 11: LTU - BRA 77-69
Jul. 11: CHI - NOR 48-62




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Women News


U20 European Championship: Belarus shoot down Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20 - Slovak Republic U20 56:47

Belarus gained an important victory in Group E of the U20 European Championship to keep their playoff hopes alive. They defeated Slovak Republic as both teams are now tied at 2-3 record in the standings. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with 20 points and 11 boards to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 11:11 after ten minutes. The teams remained neck and neck throughout the second frame. Belarus and Slovak Republic were locked at 31-all at halftime. Belarus pulled in front in the third term. They held Slovak Republic at 6 points in the period to take an 8-point lead into the fourth frame. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the fourth period and secured a vital win at the end. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Katsiaryna Urbanovich (185-F-93) had 7 points for the winners. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) had 14 points in the loss.

Belarus U20: Maryia Papova 20+11 boards, Darya Lipinskaya 14, Katsiaryna Urbanovich 7
Slovak Republic U20: Zofia Hruscakova 15, Angelika Slamova 14



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium remained the only undefeated team - by Eurobasket News

Israel-Belgium 39:61

Belgium remained the only undefeated team at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team smashed Israel 61:39 for a perfect 5-0 record. Israel fell at 1-5 record.
Belgium took the lead in the beginning of the game and took 25:10 at the end of the first 10 minutes. They added defensive 16-5 surge in the second quarter as the game was done at that time. Israel managed to win the third period 18-10, but Belgium closed the game with a 10-6 run.
Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) notched 16. Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) delivered 6, while Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) netted 5. Mariam Hannoun (180-F-94) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, whilst May Dayan (171-PG-94) scored 7. Mor Eti Borodovski (185-C-93) and Eden Porat (176-F-96) nailed 6 each, while Shanie Fridman (170-SF-93) brought 4.

Israel: Mariam Hannoun 9, May Dayan 7, Mor Eti Borodovski 6, Eden Porat 6, Shanie Fridman 4
Belgium: Hanne Mestdagh 17, Julie Vanloo 16, Sien Devliegher 6, Heleen Adams 5



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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian University National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Ariani Silva
Silva
Monica Da Silva
Da Silva
Luana de Souza
de Souza
Thaissa Frediani
Frediani
Ingrid Vasconcellos
Vasconcellos
#e#5
4Ariani Silva 170-G-89 Rogers St. USA
5Monica Da Silva 191-C-91 Maranhao Brazil
6Luana de Souza 176-F-91 Sao Jose Brazil
7Leila Zabani 181-G/F-91 Americana Brazil
8Ana Fernandes 179-F-89
9Andressa Barbosa 183-C-91 Colegio Uniesp Brazil
10Thaissa Frediani 166-G-89 Guarulhos Brazil
11Leidy Ferreira 189-F/C-91 Divino/COC Brazil
12Ingrid Vasconcellos 185-F-94
13Jennifer Sirtoli 184-F-92 Rio Claro Brazil
14Maila Ciciardi 169-G-93 Sao Jose Brazil
15Dominick Rocha 185-C-89 Guarulhos Brazil




2013 University Games: USA stay perfect with win over Brazil - by Eurobasket News

USA - Brazil 105:75

USA claimed the third straight win at the University Games. They knocked down Brazil to win Group B. USA will now face Sweden in the quarterfinal clash on Friday. Brazil slipped at 1-2 record and would play in the classification round.
The USA exploded with 36 points in the first period to gain a 20-point lead. They slowed down a bit in the second frame but still gained a 24-point halftime advantage. The USA kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. The North American team recorded an 82:51 advantage at the final intermission. Brazil outscored their opponents in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Aaryn Ellenberg (5'7''-G) produced 19 points for the USA. Crystal Bradford (6'0''-G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Leila Zabani (5'11''-G/F-91) responded with 18 points for Brazil. Ariane Silva had 16 points in the losing case.

USA: Aaryn Ellenberg 19, Crystal Bradford 12, Jordan Hooper (6'2''-F-92) 11, Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) 11
Brazil: Leila Zabani 18, Ariane Silva 16



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bulgarian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Kalina Aksentieva
Aksentieva
Viktoria Valchinova
Valchinova
Iva Georgieva
Georgieva
Larisa Genova
Genova
Borislava Hristova
Hristova
#e#5
6Kalina Aksentieva 181-F-95 Champion 2006 Bulgaria
8Nicoletta Bandrova 172-G-96 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
9Viktoria Valchinova 164-PG-95 Champion 2006 Bulgaria
10Iva Georgieva 175-F/G-96 NSA Delta Bulgaria
11Larisa Genova 192-C-95 Academic PL Bulgaria
14Borislava Hristova 180-G-96 Cherno More Bulgaria
15Magdalena Nedelova 180-PF-96
17Teodora Dineva 178-SG-96 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
19Tanya Eneva 193-C-96 Neftochimic Bulgaria
Maria Kamburova 182-PF-96 Cherno More Bulgaria

Tsanko Tsankov Head Coach NSA Delta Bulgaria
Ventislav Getchev Assistant



U20 European Championship: The final push allows F.Y.R. of Macedonia to beat Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Bulgaria U20 64:60

The final push allows F.Y.R. of Macedonia to beat Bulgaria at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They grabbed a 64:60 victory due to 21-10 surge in the last stanza. F.Y.R. of Macedonia improved to 3-2 record, while Bulgaria tied its record at 3-3.
The hosts looked better in the first period and took 18:13 lead. F.Y.R. of Macedonia answered with 18-14 run in the second period and reduced to just 1 point at the halftime. Bulgaria again grabbed the control and needed a 18-12 rally for 7-point advantage at the end of the third period. The guests however erupted with a final 21-10 push and sealed the victory.
Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) also scored 12, whilst Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) nailed 11. Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) ended up with 12 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Iva Georgieva (175-F/G-96) poured in 11. Kristina Peychinova (176-G-94) and Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) followed them with 9 points each.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 20, Nena Trajchevska 12+11 rebs, Lefterija Temelkova 12, Aleksandra Stojanovska 11
Bulgaria U20: Gabriela Kostova 12+12 rebs, Iva Georgieva 11, Kristina Peychinova 9, Borislava Hristova 9



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  CANADA   


France U19 edge Canada U19 twice in Aix-en-Provence - by Eurobasket News

French and Canadian U19 National Teams played two friendly games in Aix-en-Provence. The hosts claimed back-to-back victories.
France earned a 69:54 victory in the first game between the sides. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. France held Canada to 11 points in the opening quarter. The hosts built a 3-point lead after ten minutes. Les Bleus stretched the lead in the second frame. France piled up a 29:23 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. France secured a 6-point buffer heading into the fourth period. The hosts unloaded 23 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) netted 16 points, while Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) contributed 15 points for the winners. Jamie Weisner (178-G) responded with 22 points for Canada. Wolffram had 5 points in the loss.
The next game was a much tougher contest. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout 40 minutes. France led by a single point at halftime 29:28. They managed to open a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Canada narrowed the distance in the final period but came up short of win at the end. Aby Gaye and Tourre netted 11 points each for France. Valeriane Ayayi and Turcinovic had 9 points apiece in the victory. Jamie Weisner and Emily Potter (195-C-95) responded with 17 points apiece for the North American team.



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2013 University Games: Czech Republic edge Mali to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Mali 59:44

Czech Republic will play at the quarterfinal stage of 2013 World University Games. They knocked down Mali to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) dropped 12 points for the winning side.
The teams finished the first period tied at 11-all. Czech Republic put their noses in front in the second quarter. They stole a 28:23 advantage at halftime. Czech Republic held their African opponents to just 6 points in the third frame to ensure an 11-point cushion before the fourth period. Czech Republic did not allow Mali anywhere near the striking distance and rushed to the victory. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) and Barbora Kasparkova (185-F/C-92) netted 8 points each for the winners. Aminata Mariko (90) answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Mali. Farima Toure (184-C-93) and Awa Diallo (192-C-92) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic: Petra Zaplatova 12, Alena Hanusova 8, Barbora Kasparkova 8
Mali: Aminata Mariko 18+12 boards, Farima Toure 9, Awa Diallo 9



U20 European Championship: Czech Republic hand Portugal their first loss - by Eurobasket News

Portugal -Czech Republic 51:58

Czech Republic hand Portugal their first loss at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic improved to 5-1 record after a 58:51 win. Portugal meanwhile fell from the top place with 4-1 record.
Portugal scored 11 points in the first two quarters and it was enough in the start of the game to take 11:10 lead. Czech Republic relied with 15 points in the second period and grabbed 25:22 halftime advantage. Moreover they added 16-12 rally in the third period and led 7 points after three quarters. Both teams scored 17 points each in the last stanza for the final result.
Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) stepped up with 18 points and Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Eliska Mircova (176-PG-96) brought 10 and Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) added 8. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) finished the game with 15 points in defeat, while Joana Jesus (173-G-93) delivered 10. Nadia Fernandes (176-SF-94) and Joana Canastra (174-F-94) replied with 7 points in a loss.

Portugal: Jessica Almeida 15, Joana Jesus 10, Nadia Fernandes 7, Joana Canastra 7
Czech Republic: Tereza Vyoralova 18, Monika Satoranska 16+12 rebs, Eliska Mircova 10, Beata Adamcova 8



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Spartak Moscow Region tab Nnemkadi Ogwumike - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region tab Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) for the next season. The player is currently in WNBA with her Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. In 12 games she has 13.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg.Last year Ogwumike was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) as #1 pick overall.
She attended Stanford University until 2012 and it may be her second season in pro basketball. Ogwumike won Polish PLKK championship title and the cup. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team in 2013. Ogwumike represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 64.6%, FT: 78.9%.
In 2012-2013 she appeared for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and became the top-scorer in Poland. Her stats read 18.3ppg, Reb-2 (9.3rpg), 1.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP-1 (58.9%), 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 74.3%. In Euroleague she showed 17.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 90.3%.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Serbia3-2
3. Slovakia2-3
4. Greece2-3
5. Belarus2-3
6. Holland1-4
Group F
1. Italy4-1
2. France4-1
3. Turkey4-1
4. Russia2-3
5. Sweden1-4
6. Germany0-5
Group G
1. Lithuania2-1
2. Poland2-1
3. Ukraine2-1
4. Hungary0-3

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Jul. 10: ESP - NED 60-39
Jul. 10: SRB - GRE 57-50
Jul. 10: SVK - BLR 47-56

F

Jul. 10: ITA - GER 77-64
Jul. 10: SWE - RUS 40-50
Jul. 10: TUR - FRA 38-32

G

Jul. 10: UKR - POL 57-48
Jul. 10: HUN - LTU 44-48

Quarter-Finals: Round 7

Jul. 12: SRB - ITA
Jul. 12: TUR - SVK
Jul. 12: ESP - RUS
Jul. 12: FRA - BLR


Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  SEN
  (196-C-94)
  Avg: 17
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria17.0 
 2. Vesterberg, MBK R.16.7 
 3. Spanou, Robert M.16.3 
 4. Papova, Olimpia15.0 
 5. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.15.0 
 6. Essenstam, CTO14.3 
 7. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.14.2 
 8. Tikhonenko, Sparta.13.3 
 9. Preskienyte, Kibir.13.3 
 10. Chek, Atomeromu13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ksenia TIKHONENKO
  KAZ
  (193-F/C-93)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Tikhonenko, Sparta.12.8 
 2. Spanou, Robert M.11.2 
 3. Bettonvil, Lekdete.10.8 
 4. Vesterberg, MBK R.9.2 
 5. Hruscakova, Good9.0 
 6. Preskienyte, Kibir.8.8 
 7. Papova, Olimpia8.7 
 8. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.7.8 
 9. Kavurmaciogl., Bes.7.7 
 10. Barnai, MBK E.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Stanacev, Crvena5.2 
 2. Nystrom, Northland4.7 
 3. Balintova, Good A.4.7 
 4. Owczarzak, CCC P.4.2 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.3.8 
 6. Krayevska, Tim-S.3.3 
 7. Slamova, Samorin3.2 
 8. Zanoguera, Toledo3.2 
 9. Adams, Saarlouis3.0 
 10. Cerneckyte, Fort.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Francesca DOTTO
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dotto, Lucca4.0 
 2. Nystrom, Northland3.3 
 3. Owczarzak, CCC P.3.0 
 4. Dotto, Umbertide2.7 
 5. Cora, Galatasaray2.7 
 6. Hebecker, Halle2.3 
 7. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.3 
 8. Bilgic, Botas2.0 
 9. Bettonvil, Lekdete.2.0 
 10. Zanoguera, Toledo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josefin VESTERBERG
  SWE
  (187-F/C-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vesterberg, MBK R.2.2 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.2.0 
 3. Papova, Olimpia1.8 
 4. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.7 
 5. Oroszova, E.Illino.1.5 
 6. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.1.5 
 7. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.5 
 8. Janoscikova, Cass.1.5 
 9. Sezer, Orduspor1.3 
 10. Markovic, IU.1.2 


Standings Div.B (Women) - by *AddMe

Standings Div.B
1. Belgium5-0
2. Czech Rep.5-1
3. Portugal4-1
4. Latvia3-2
5. FYR Macedo.3-2
6. Bulgaria3-3
7. Israel1-5
8. U.Kingdom0-5
9. Romania0-5

Preliminary Round: Round 6

Jul. 10: MKD - BUL 64-60
Jul. 10: ROM - LAT 55-93
Jul. 10: POR - CZE 51-58
Jul. 10: ISR - BEL 39-61

Preliminary Round: Round 7

Jul. 12: ENG - ISR
Jul. 12: CZE - MKD
Jul. 12: LAT - POR
Jul. 12: BEL - ROM


Division B: Day 6 in Albena - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia - Bulgaria 64-60
The final push allows F.Y.R. of Macedonia to beat Bulgaria at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They grabbed a 64:60 victory due to 21-10 surge in the last stanza. F.Y.R. of Macedonia improved to 3-2 record, while Bulgaria tied its record at 3-3. The hosts looked better in the first period and took 18:13 lead. F.Y.R. of Macedonia answered with 18-14 run in the second period and reduced to just 1 point at the halftime. Bulgaria again grabbed the control and needed a 18-12 rally for 7-point advantage at the end of the third period. The guests however erupted with a final 21-10 push and sealed the victory. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Trajchevska Nena collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) also scored 12, whilst Stojanovska Aleksandra nailed 11. Kostova Gabriela ended up with 12 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Georgieva Iva poured in 11. Peychinova Kristina and Hristova Borislava followed them with 9 points each.

Romania - Latvia 55-93
Latvia edge Romania in the end of Day 6 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Latvia was too good for the opponents in a 93:55 win. After a 9:8 lead, Latvia erupted with a 14-0 run as Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) brought 22:8 advantage. Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) closed the frame at 24:12, while Latvia continued their dominance in the second period as well. They added 27-16 rally for 51:28 halftime advantage. Latvia also brought 28-013 surge in the third period and kept the difference until the end of the game. Kreslina Kate top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Guna Lagzdina collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Fomina Asnate delivered 11, while Ilze Jakobsone and Tomsone Paula scored 10 each. Ursu Sonia answered with 15 points in the losing effort. Craciun Alina nailed 8, whilst Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) brought 6.

Israel - Belgium 39-61
Belgium remained the only undefeated team at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team smashed Israel 61:39 for a perfect 5-0 record. Israel fell at 1-5 record. Belgium took the lead in the beginning of the game and took 25:10 at the end of the first 10 minutes. They added defensive 16-5 surge in the second quarter as the game was done at that time. Israel managed to win the third period 18-10, but Belgium closed the game with a 10-6 run. Mestdagh Hanne top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Vanloo Julie notched 16. Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) delivered 6, while Adams Heleen netted 5. Mariam Hannoun (180-F-94) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, whilst Dayan May scored 7. Borodovski Mor Eti and Porat Eden nailed 6 each, while Shanie Fridman (170-SF-93) brought 4.

Portugal - Czech Republic 51-58
Czech Republic hand Portugal their first loss at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic improved to 5-1 record after a 58:51 win. Portugal meanwhile fell from the top place with 4-1 record. Portugal scored 11 points in the first two quarters and it was enough in the start of the game to take 11:10 lead. Czech Republic relied with 15 points in the second period and grabbed 25:22 halftime advantage. Moreover they added 16-12 rally in the third period and led 7 points after three quarters. Both teams scored 17 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Vyoralova Tereza stepped up with 18 points and Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Mircova Eliska brought 10 and Adamcova Beata added 8. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) finished the game with 15 points in defeat, while Jesus Joana delivered 10. Nadia Fernandes (176-SF-94) and Canastra Joana replied with 7 points in a loss.



Division A: Quarterfinalists are set in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Spain - Holland 60-39
Spain celebrated the sixth straight victory at the U20 European Championship. Two-time defending champions bruised Netherlands to enter the playoffs with a perfect record. Astou Ndour came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of Group E. Spain will now take on Russia in the quarterfinal stage. Spain jumped to a 5:1 lead early in the game but Netherlands bounced back. The Dutch team recorded a 12:9 lead midway through the first period. Spain quickly regained control and posted a 19:15 advantage at the first break. Spain went on a 9:0 run in the second frame to open a 34:24 lead. They boosted the gap at 15-point mark early in the third term. Spain entered the final quarter up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) and Andrea Vilaro (182-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 10 points each for Spain. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) responded with 12 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam had 6 points in the loss.

Serbia - Greece 57-50
Serbia claimed the second victory at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Greece to clinch the quarterfinal appearance. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Greece earned a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The Balkan team accounted for a 27:24 halftime advantage. Serbia extended the lead in the third term. They ensured a 43:38 advantage at the final break. Serbia limited Greece to 12 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) nailed 12 points, while Kristina Topuzovic added 11 points for the winners. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) responded with 13 points for Greece. Artemis Spanou and Eleanna Christinaki had 12 points each in the loss.

Slovakia - Belarus 47-56
Belarus gained an important victory in Group E of the U20 European Championship to keep their playoff hopes alive. They defeated Slovak Republic as both teams are now tied at 2-3 record in the standings. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with 20 points and 11 boards to lead the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 11:11 after ten minutes. The teams remained neck and neck throughout the second frame. Belarus and Slovak Republic were locked at 31-all at halftime. Belarus pulled in front in the third term. They held Slovak Republic at 6 points in the period to take an 8-point lead into the fourth frame. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the fourth period and secured a vital win at the end. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Katsiaryna Urbanovich had 7 points for the winners. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Angelika Slamova had 14 points in the loss.

Group F
Italy - Germany 77-64
Italy posted the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down German counterparts in Group F action. The Azzurri improved at 4-1 record, while Germany slipped at 0-5. Italy opened the game with eight straight points to set the tone. The Azzurri opened a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They built a 38:30 halftime advantage. Italy boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a 57:45 cushion heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the period and Italy cruised to the win at the end. Ilaria Milazzo (167-PG-94) posted 24 points to lead Italy. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Elisa Penna contributed 10 points apiece in the win. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) and Katharina Mueller had 10 points each in the defeat.

Sweden - Russia 40-50
Russia celebrated the second straight win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They outscored Swedish counterparts to clinch quarterfinal ticket. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Russia to the victory. Russia claimed a 12:10 lead after ten minutes of action. They limited Sweden at 4 points in the second frame to gain a 23:14 halftime lead. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Scandinavian team got within 8 points at the final break. Helena Kurt and Claesson hit from beyond the arc to pull Sweden within one 35:36 early in the final period. However Russia responded with a 6:0 spurt and never looked back en route to the win. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) had 8 points, while Alina Zamaraeva added 7 points for the winners. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Helena Kurt and Gabriella Frykbo chipped in 7 points each for the losing side.

Turkey - France 38-32
Turkey overcame France in a low-scoring battle in Samsun tonight. The victory allowed Turkey occupy the second position in Group F at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts will now take on Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal. France won the group despite the loss. They will take on Belarus in the playoffs. Les Bleus got to a perfect start. They held Turkey to only 5 points in the first quarter and gained a 7-point lead. Turkey however turned things around in the second frame. The hosts accumulated an 18:17 halftime lead. The teams combined for just 8 points in the third term. Turkey entered the final quarter up by a single point 22:21. The tempo grew in the fourth stanza. The hosts were just more accurate down the stretch and eked out an ugly win at the end. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) connected for 10 points to lead the hosts. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 9 points for the winning side. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) had 8 points for France. Romane Bernies delivered 5 points in the losing case.

Group G
Hungary - Lithuania 44-48
Lithuania claimed the second win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They overcame Hungary to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Both teams will now fight against relegation in the classification round playoffs. Lithuania shocked Hungary with a stifling defence in the opening quarter. The Hungarian team managed just two points in the first ten minutes to trial by 17 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Lithuania piled up a 30:13 halftime lead. Hungary stopped the rot in the third term. They improved their performance and narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark before the fourth quarter. Bernadett Horvath put Hungary within four points 42:45 with under two minutes remaining. But Dobrovolskyte and Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte produced 14 points, while Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) added 12 points for the Baltic team. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Hungary. Bernadett Horvath, Amadea Szamosi and Zsofia Licskai dropped 6 points each in the loss.

Ukraine - Poland 57-48
Ukraine recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Poland to win Group G. Ukraine and Poland will now fight in the classification round for 9th-16th places. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) and Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) produced 13 points each to lead the winners. Poland looked the better side in the opening quarter. They opened a 17:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 22:27. Ukraine took over in the third period. They opened the period with a 9:2 run to spur ahead. Ukraine posted a 41:35 lead into the fourth stanza. Lyudmyla Naumenko opened a double-digit lead for Ukraine midway through the final period 50:40. They kept Poland at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Miriam Uro-Nilie had 9 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko ripped down 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) responded with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas and Karolina Puss had 10 points each in the loss.



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U20 European Championship: France win Group F despite loss - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - France U20 38:32

Turkey overcame France in a low-scoring battle in Samsun tonight. The victory allowed Turkey occupy the second position in Group F at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts will now take on Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal. France won the group despite the loss. They will take on Belarus in the playoffs.
Les Bleus got to a perfect start. They held Turkey to only 5 points in the first quarter and gained a 7-point lead. Turkey however turned things around in the second frame. The hosts accumulated an 18:17 halftime lead. The teams combined for just 8 points in the third term. Turkey entered the final quarter up by a single point 22:21. The tempo grew in the fourth stanza. The hosts were just more accurate down the stretch and eked out an ugly win at the end. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) connected for 10 points to lead the hosts. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 9 points for the winning side. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) had 8 points for France. Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) delivered 5 points in the losing case.

Turkey U20: Pelin Bilgic 10, Ayse Cora 9, Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) 7
France U20: Sara Chevaugeon 8, Romane Bernies 5



France U19 edge Canada U19 twice in Aix-en-Provence - by Eurobasket News

French and Canadian U19 National Teams played two friendly games in Aix-en-Provence. The hosts claimed back-to-back victories.
France earned a 69:54 victory in the first game between the sides. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. France held Canada to 11 points in the opening quarter. The hosts built a 3-point lead after ten minutes. Les Bleus stretched the lead in the second frame. France piled up a 29:23 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. France secured a 6-point buffer heading into the fourth period. The hosts unloaded 23 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) netted 16 points, while Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) contributed 15 points for the winners. Jamie Weisner (178-G) responded with 22 points for Canada. Wolffram had 5 points in the loss.
The next game was a much tougher contest. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout 40 minutes. France led by a single point at halftime 29:28. They managed to open a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Canada narrowed the distance in the final period but came up short of win at the end. Aby Gaye and Tourre netted 11 points each for France. Valeriane Ayayi and Turcinovic had 9 points apiece in the victory. Jamie Weisner and Emily Potter (195-C-95) responded with 17 points apiece for the North American team.



Tiphaine Melois agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges ABC en Limousin (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old point guard Tiphaine Melois (170-94). She has played for the last three years at Nantes Reze Basket (LFB). But in only one game she did not score anything. Melois also played 2 games in Eurocup but she did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tiphaine Melois agreed terms with Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Limoges ABC en Limousin (LF2) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old point guard Tiphaine Melois (170-94). She has played for the last three years at Nantes Reze Basket (LFB).

By Eurobasket Data Center



France U19 squad announced - by Bas Hendriks

France will be one of the toughest teams to beat in Lithuania where WorldcupU19 is just a few days away. Headcoach Jerome Fournier announced his squad last week and very few surprises make the list.

One of the most eyecatching names will be Valeriane Ayayi who made the seniorsteam and clinched silver on Eurobasket 2013 in her homeland. Other standout players are multiple European Championship MVP Olivia Epoupa and tactical brain with the sweet touch from outside Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94). Imagine them all going for a spot on the U20 team that is in Samsun these days..

The roster:

AYAYI Valeriane
BADIANE Marime
DJALDI-TABDI Mousdandy
EPOUPA Olivia
FAGNEZ Elise
GAYE Aby
LITHARD Pauline
MARSAC Eva
PAGET Marie-Eve
SISSOKO Awa
TOURE Mamignan
TURCINOVIC Lidija




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U20 European Championship: The final push allows F.Y.R. of Macedonia to beat Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Bulgaria U20 64:60

The final push allows F.Y.R. of Macedonia to beat Bulgaria at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They grabbed a 64:60 victory due to 21-10 surge in the last stanza. F.Y.R. of Macedonia improved to 3-2 record, while Bulgaria tied its record at 3-3.
The hosts looked better in the first period and took 18:13 lead. F.Y.R. of Macedonia answered with 18-14 run in the second period and reduced to just 1 point at the halftime. Bulgaria again grabbed the control and needed a 18-12 rally for 7-point advantage at the end of the third period. The guests however erupted with a final 21-10 push and sealed the victory.
Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) also scored 12, whilst Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) nailed 11. Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) ended up with 12 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Iva Georgieva (175-F/G-96) poured in 11. Kristina Peychinova (176-G-94) and Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) followed them with 9 points each.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 20, Nena Trajchevska 12+11 rebs, Lefterija Temelkova 12, Aleksandra Stojanovska 11
Bulgaria U20: Gabriela Kostova 12+12 rebs, Iva Georgieva 11, Kristina Peychinova 9, Borislava Hristova 9



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German U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

German U18 National Team 2013
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Nele Aha
Aha
Birte Bencker
Bencker
Ama Degbeon
Degbeon
Alina Hartmann
Hartmann
Julia Heck
Heck
#e#5
Nele Aha 171-PG-96 Goettingen Germany
Birte Bencker 176-PG-95 Hagen Phoenix Germany
Ama Degbeon 183-F-95 Gruenberg Germany
Alina Hartmann 182-PF-95 Bamberg Germany
Julia Heck 182-G-95 Freiburg Germany
Cynthia Homburger 188-C-96
Lisa Janko 184-F-96 Rhein MB II Germany
Paulina Koerner 175-PG-96
Marija Krstanovic 173-SG-96 Wusterhausen Germany
Chantal Neuwald 180-G-95 Hagen Phoenix Germany
Noemie Rouault 180-F-95 Berlin Germany
Anneke Schluter 171-PG-95 Freiburg Germany
Winona Schoelei 188-G/F Herner 2 Germany
Clara Schwartz 177-SG-96
Sarah Stock 176-SF-96 Hagen Phoenix Germany
Anna Thalhofer 173-G Heli Girls Germany
Maj Vom Hofe 180-SF-96 Goettingen Germany
Alexandra Wilke 173-PG-96 Chemnitz Germany
Franziska Wolf 174-G-95 Wasserburg Germany

Alexandra Maerz Head Coach
Stefan Mienack Assistant Freiburg Germany



U20 European Championship: Italy edge Germany for fifth straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Germany U20 77:64

Italy posted the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down German counterparts in Group F action. The Azzurri improved at 4-1 record, while Germany slipped at 0-5.
Italy opened the game with eight straight points to set the tone. The Azzurri opened a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They built a 38:30 halftime advantage. Italy boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a 57:45 cushion heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the period and Italy cruised to the win at the end. Ilaria Milazzo (167-PG-94) posted 24 points to lead Italy. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) contributed 10 points apiece in the win. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) and Katharina Mueller (181-F-94) had 10 points each in the defeat.

Italy U20: Ilaria Milazzo 24, Francesca Dotto 10, Elisa Penna 10
Germany U20: Carla Bellscheidt 10, Katharina Mueller 10



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U20 European Championship: Serbia defeat Greece to punch quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Greece U20 57:50

Serbia claimed the second victory at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Greece to clinch the quarterfinal appearance. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory.
Greece earned a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The Balkan team accounted for a 27:24 halftime advantage. Serbia extended the lead in the third term. They ensured a 43:38 advantage at the final break. Serbia limited Greece to 12 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) nailed 12 points, while Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) added 11 points for the winners. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) responded with 13 points for Greece. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) and Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) had 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 16+11 boards, Dijana Stancic 12, Kristina Topuzovic 11
Greece U20: Anna Stamolamprou 13, Artemis Spanou 12, Eleanna Christinaki 12



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Dutch U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Dutch U18 National Team 2013
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Laura Cornelius
Cornelius
Esther Fokke
Fokke
Janine Guyt
Guyt
Elisabeth Heerschop
Heerschop
Emese Hof
Hof
#e#5
Laura Cornelius 173-PG-96 CTO Holland
Esther Fokke 184-PF-96 CTO Holland
Janine Guyt 173-SG-95 CTO Holland
Elisabeth Heerschop 173-G/F-95 CTO Holland
Emese Hof 190-C-96 CTO Holland
Chayenne Holband
Lisanne de Jonge 180-SF-95 Lekdetec.nl Holland
Charlotte van Kleef 189-C-96 CTO Holland
Isabella Slim 181-SF-95 CTO Holland
Janiek van Veen 172-PG-95 Den Helder Holland
Deborah Vos 179-SF-96 Grasshoppers Holland
Fenne van der Wielen 172-PG-96 Lekdetec.nl Holland
Britt Zappeij 182-PF-95 CTO Holland

Remy de Wit Head Coach CTO Holland
Quentin Hillsman Assistant Syracuse USA
Rob Nieboer Assistant



U20 European Championship: Spain cruise past Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Netherlands U20 60:39

Spain celebrated the sixth straight victory at the U20 European Championship. Two-time defending champions bruised Netherlands to enter the playoffs with a perfect record. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of Group E. Spain will now take on Russia in the quarterfinal stage.
Spain jumped to a 5:1 lead early in the game but Netherlands bounced back. The Dutch team recorded a 12:9 lead midway through the first period. Spain quickly regained control and posted a 19:15 advantage at the first break. Spain went on a 9:0 run in the second frame to open a 34:24 lead. They boosted the gap at 15-point mark early in the third term. Spain entered the final quarter up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) and Andrea Vilaro (182-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 10 points each for Spain. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) responded with 12 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) had 6 points in the loss.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 15, Inmaculada Zanoguera 10, Andrea Vilaro 10
Netherlands U20: Richelle Van Der Keijl 12, Maxime Essenstam 6



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania hold off Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Hungary U20 48:44

Lithuania claimed the second win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They overcame Hungary to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Both teams will now fight against relegation in the classification round playoffs.
Lithuania shocked Hungary with a stifling defence in the opening quarter. The Hungarian team managed just two points in the first ten minutes to trial by 17 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Lithuania piled up a 30:13 halftime lead. Hungary stopped the rot in the third term. They improved their performance and narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark before the fourth quarter. Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) put Hungary within four points 42:45 with under two minutes remaining. But Dobrovolskyte and Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte produced 14 points, while Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) added 12 points for the Baltic team. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Hungary. Bernadett Horvath, Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) and Zsofia Licskai (192-C/F-93) dropped 6 points each in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Agne Cerneckyte 14, Ieva Preskienyte 12, Vita Zilinskaite (190-F-93, college: UTEP) 8+14 boards
Hungary U20: Vivien Borondy 12, Bernadett Horvath 6, Amadea Szamosi 6, Zsofia Licskai 6



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U20 European Championship: Belgium remained the only undefeated team - by Eurobasket News

Israel-Belgium 39:61

Belgium remained the only undefeated team at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team smashed Israel 61:39 for a perfect 5-0 record. Israel fell at 1-5 record.
Belgium took the lead in the beginning of the game and took 25:10 at the end of the first 10 minutes. They added defensive 16-5 surge in the second quarter as the game was done at that time. Israel managed to win the third period 18-10, but Belgium closed the game with a 10-6 run.
Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) notched 16. Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) delivered 6, while Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) netted 5. Mariam Hannoun (180-F-94) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, whilst May Dayan (171-PG-94) scored 7. Mor Eti Borodovski (185-C-93) and Eden Porat (176-F-96) nailed 6 each, while Shanie Fridman (170-SF-93) brought 4.

Israel: Mariam Hannoun 9, May Dayan 7, Mor Eti Borodovski 6, Eden Porat 6, Shanie Fridman 4
Belgium: Hanne Mestdagh 17, Julie Vanloo 16, Sien Devliegher 6, Heleen Adams 5



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C.U.S. Cagliari inks Tamara Radocaj - by Eurobasket News

C.U.S. Cagliari inks Tamara Radocaj for 2013/2014 season. She played last time at ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd in Serbia. In 7 1 ZLS games she averaged 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg last season. Radocaj also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.8spg. She received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year award in 2009 and 2013.
Radocaj has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. Radocaj represented Serbia at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 57.1%.


In 2004-2005 she started her career in Hemofarm Vrsac (1A, starting five).


U20 European Championship: Italy edge Germany for fifth straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Germany U20 77:64

Italy posted the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down German counterparts in Group F action. The Azzurri improved at 4-1 record, while Germany slipped at 0-5.
Italy opened the game with eight straight points to set the tone. The Azzurri opened a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They built a 38:30 halftime advantage. Italy boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a 57:45 cushion heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the period and Italy cruised to the win at the end. Ilaria Milazzo (167-PG-94) posted 24 points to lead Italy. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) contributed 10 points apiece in the win. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) and Katharina Mueller (181-F-94) had 10 points each in the defeat.

Italy U20: Ilaria Milazzo 24, Francesca Dotto 10, Elisa Penna 10
Germany U20: Carla Bellscheidt 10, Katharina Mueller 10



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U20 European Championship: Latvia edge Romania in the end of Day 6 - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Latvia U20 55:93

Latvia edge Romania in the end of Day 6 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Latvia was too good for the opponents in a 93:55 win.
After a 9:8 lead, Latvia erupted with a 14-0 run as Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) brought 22:8 advantage. Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) closed the frame at 24:12, while Latvia continued their dominance in the second period as well. They added 27-16 rally for 51:28 halftime advantage. Latvia also brought 28-013 surge in the third period and kept the difference until the end of the game.
Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Guna Lagzdina collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) delivered 11, while Ilze Jakobsone and Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) scored 10 each. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) answered with 15 points in the losing effort. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) nailed 8, whilst Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) brought 6.

Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 15, Alina Craciun 8, Cristina Gavrila 6
Latvia U20: Kate Kreslina 15, Guna Lagzdina 13+16 rebs, Asnate Fomina 11, Ilze Jakobsone 10, Paula Tomsone 10



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  LITHUANIA   


U20 European Championship: Lithuania hold off Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Hungary U20 48:44

Lithuania claimed the second win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They overcame Hungary to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Both teams will now fight against relegation in the classification round playoffs.
Lithuania shocked Hungary with a stifling defence in the opening quarter. The Hungarian team managed just two points in the first ten minutes to trial by 17 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Lithuania piled up a 30:13 halftime lead. Hungary stopped the rot in the third term. They improved their performance and narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark before the fourth quarter. Bernadett Horvath (168-PG-96) put Hungary within four points 42:45 with under two minutes remaining. But Dobrovolskyte and Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte produced 14 points, while Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) added 12 points for the Baltic team. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Hungary. Bernadett Horvath, Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) and Zsofia Licskai (192-C/F-93) dropped 6 points each in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Agne Cerneckyte 14, Ieva Preskienyte 12, Vita Zilinskaite (190-F-93, college: UTEP) 8+14 boards
Hungary U20: Vivien Borondy 12, Bernadett Horvath 6, Amadea Szamosi 6, Zsofia Licskai 6



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  MALI   


2013 University Games: Czech Republic edge Mali to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Mali 59:44

Czech Republic will play at the quarterfinal stage of 2013 World University Games. They knocked down Mali to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) dropped 12 points for the winning side.
The teams finished the first period tied at 11-all. Czech Republic put their noses in front in the second quarter. They stole a 28:23 advantage at halftime. Czech Republic held their African opponents to just 6 points in the third frame to ensure an 11-point cushion before the fourth period. Czech Republic did not allow Mali anywhere near the striking distance and rushed to the victory. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) and Barbora Kasparkova (185-F/C-92) netted 8 points each for the winners. Aminata Mariko (90) answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Mali. Farima Toure (184-C-93) and Awa Diallo (192-C-92) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic: Petra Zaplatova 12, Alena Hanusova 8, Barbora Kasparkova 8
Mali: Aminata Mariko 18+12 boards, Farima Toure 9, Awa Diallo 9



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  MONGOLIA   


2013 University Games: Poland gain first win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Mongolia 117:44

Poland recorded the first win at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Mongolia to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Eight players scored in double figures for Poland. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) nailed 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. The European team unloaded 36 points in the starting quarter to take a 28-point lead. Mongolia slowed down Poland a bit in the second frame but not for too long. Poland erupted for 32 points in the third quarter and entered the final frame up by 58 points. Poland nailed 31 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Roksana Schmidt (180-SG-92) netted 15 points, while Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) added 13 points in the winning case. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo responded with 11 points for Mongolia. Jargalan Dugarsuren had 7 points in the losing case.

Poland: Martyna Stelmach 18, Roksana Schmidt 15, Agnieszka Sniezek 13
Mongolia: Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 11, Jargalan Dugarsuren 7



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  NCAA1   


2013 University Games: USA stay perfect with win over Brazil - by Eurobasket News

USA - Brazil 105:75

USA claimed the third straight win at the University Games. They knocked down Brazil to win Group B. USA will now face Sweden in the quarterfinal clash on Friday. Brazil slipped at 1-2 record and would play in the classification round.
The USA exploded with 36 points in the first period to gain a 20-point lead. They slowed down a bit in the second frame but still gained a 24-point halftime advantage. The USA kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. The North American team recorded an 82:51 advantage at the final intermission. Brazil outscored their opponents in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Aaryn Ellenberg (5'7''-G) produced 19 points for the USA. Crystal Bradford (6'0''-G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Leila Zabani (5'11''-G/F-91) responded with 18 points for Brazil. Ariane Silva had 16 points in the losing case.

USA: Aaryn Ellenberg 19, Crystal Bradford 12, Jordan Hooper (6'2''-F-92) 11, Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) 11
Brazil: Leila Zabani 18, Ariane Silva 16



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  POLAND   


2013 University Games: Poland gain first win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Mongolia 117:44

Poland recorded the first win at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Mongolia to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Eight players scored in double figures for Poland. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) nailed 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. The European team unloaded 36 points in the starting quarter to take a 28-point lead. Mongolia slowed down Poland a bit in the second frame but not for too long. Poland erupted for 32 points in the third quarter and entered the final frame up by 58 points. Poland nailed 31 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Roksana Schmidt (180-SG-92) netted 15 points, while Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) added 13 points in the winning case. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo responded with 11 points for Mongolia. Jargalan Dugarsuren had 7 points in the losing case.

Poland: Martyna Stelmach 18, Roksana Schmidt 15, Agnieszka Sniezek 13
Mongolia: Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 11, Jargalan Dugarsuren 7



U20 European Championship: Ukraine edge Poland for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Poland U20 57:48

Ukraine recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Poland to win Group G. Ukraine and Poland will now fight in the classification round for 9th-16th places. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) and Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) produced 13 points each to lead the winners.
Poland looked the better side in the opening quarter. They opened a 17:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 22:27. Ukraine took over in the third period. They opened the period with a 9:2 run to spur ahead. Ukraine posted a 41:35 lead into the fourth stanza. Lyudmyla Naumenko opened a double-digit lead for Ukraine midway through the final period 50:40. They kept Poland at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) had 9 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko ripped down 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) responded with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) and Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) had 10 points each in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Lyudmyla Naumenko 13+10 boards, Vita Gorobets 13, Miriam Uro-Nilie 9
Poland U20: Dominika Owczarzak 12, Magdalena Koperwas 10, Karolina Puss 10+10 boards



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  PORTUGAL   


U20 European Championship: Czech Republic hand Portugal their first loss - by Eurobasket News

Portugal -Czech Republic 51:58

Czech Republic hand Portugal their first loss at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic improved to 5-1 record after a 58:51 win. Portugal meanwhile fell from the top place with 4-1 record.
Portugal scored 11 points in the first two quarters and it was enough in the start of the game to take 11:10 lead. Czech Republic relied with 15 points in the second period and grabbed 25:22 halftime advantage. Moreover they added 16-12 rally in the third period and led 7 points after three quarters. Both teams scored 17 points each in the last stanza for the final result.
Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) stepped up with 18 points and Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Eliska Mircova (176-PG-96) brought 10 and Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) added 8. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) finished the game with 15 points in defeat, while Joana Jesus (173-G-93) delivered 10. Nadia Fernandes (176-SF-94) and Joana Canastra (174-F-94) replied with 7 points in a loss.

Portugal: Jessica Almeida 15, Joana Jesus 10, Nadia Fernandes 7, Joana Canastra 7
Czech Republic: Tereza Vyoralova 18, Monika Satoranska 16+12 rebs, Eliska Mircova 10, Beata Adamcova 8



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  ROMANIA   


U20 European Championship: Latvia edge Romania in the end of Day 6 - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Latvia U20 55:93

Latvia edge Romania in the end of Day 6 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Latvia was too good for the opponents in a 93:55 win.
After a 9:8 lead, Latvia erupted with a 14-0 run as Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) brought 22:8 advantage. Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) closed the frame at 24:12, while Latvia continued their dominance in the second period as well. They added 27-16 rally for 51:28 halftime advantage. Latvia also brought 28-013 surge in the third period and kept the difference until the end of the game.
Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Guna Lagzdina collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) delivered 11, while Ilze Jakobsone and Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) scored 10 each. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) answered with 15 points in the losing effort. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) nailed 8, whilst Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) brought 6.

Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 15, Alina Craciun 8, Cristina Gavrila 6
Latvia U20: Kate Kreslina 15, Guna Lagzdina 13+16 rebs, Asnate Fomina 11, Ilze Jakobsone 10, Paula Tomsone 10



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  RUSSIA   


Spartak Moscow Region tab Nnemkadi Ogwumike - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region tab Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) for the next season. The player is currently in WNBA with her Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. In 12 games she has 13.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg.Last year Ogwumike was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) as #1 pick overall.
She attended Stanford University until 2012 and it may be her second season in pro basketball. Ogwumike won Polish PLKK championship title and the cup. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team in 2013. Ogwumike represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 64.6%, FT: 78.9%.
In 2012-2013 she appeared for CCC Polkowice (Poland-PLKK, starting five) and became the top-scorer in Poland. Her stats read 18.3ppg, Reb-2 (9.3rpg), 1.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP-1 (58.9%), 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 74.3%. In Euroleague she showed 17.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 90.3%.



2013 University Games: Russia prevail against Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Sweden 74:68

Russia finished their World University Games preliminary round campaign on a high note. They knocked down Sweden to win Group A. Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Russia accounted for an 18:13 lead after the starting quarter. Sweden denied the deficit in the second period. The Scandinavian team knotted things up at 33 after twenty minutes of action. Sweden pulled ahead in the third quarter. The visitors silenced the crowd with a 22:19 run in the period. But Russia went on a 22:13 run in the fourth stanza to snatch the victory at the end. Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) chipped in 14 points for the hosts. Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90, agency: IPSA) added 13 points for the winners. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.), Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) and Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) responded with 15 points each for Sweden.

Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 16, Anastasia Logunova 14, Tatiana Grigoryeva 13
Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 15, Binta Drammeh 15, Kalis Loyd 15



U20 European Championship: Russia topple Sweden to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Sweden U20 50:40

Russia celebrated the second straight win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They outscored Swedish counterparts to clinch quarterfinal ticket. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Russia to the victory.
Russia claimed a 12:10 lead after ten minutes of action. They limited Sweden at 4 points in the second frame to gain a 23:14 halftime lead. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Scandinavian team got within 8 points at the final break. Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) and Claesson hit from beyond the arc to pull Sweden within one 35:36 early in the final period. However Russia responded with a 6:0 spurt and never looked back en route to the win. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) had 8 points, while Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) added 7 points for the winners. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Helena Kurt and Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) chipped in 7 points each for the losing side.

Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 19+13 boards, Darya Namok 8, Alina Zamaraeva 7
Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 11+10 boards, Helena Kurt 7, Gabriella Frykbo 7



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  SERBIA   


U20 European Championship: Serbia defeat Greece to punch quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Greece U20 57:50

Serbia claimed the second victory at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Greece to clinch the quarterfinal appearance. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory.
Greece earned a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The Balkan team accounted for a 27:24 halftime advantage. Serbia extended the lead in the third term. They ensured a 43:38 advantage at the final break. Serbia limited Greece to 12 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) nailed 12 points, while Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) added 11 points for the winners. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) responded with 13 points for Greece. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) and Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) had 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 16+11 boards, Dijana Stancic 12, Kristina Topuzovic 11
Greece U20: Anna Stamolamprou 13, Artemis Spanou 12, Eleanna Christinaki 12



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  SLOVAKIA   


U20 European Championship: Belarus shoot down Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20 - Slovak Republic U20 56:47

Belarus gained an important victory in Group E of the U20 European Championship to keep their playoff hopes alive. They defeated Slovak Republic as both teams are now tied at 2-3 record in the standings. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with 20 points and 11 boards to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 11:11 after ten minutes. The teams remained neck and neck throughout the second frame. Belarus and Slovak Republic were locked at 31-all at halftime. Belarus pulled in front in the third term. They held Slovak Republic at 6 points in the period to take an 8-point lead into the fourth frame. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the fourth period and secured a vital win at the end. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Katsiaryna Urbanovich (185-F-93) had 7 points for the winners. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) had 14 points in the loss.

Belarus U20: Maryia Papova 20+11 boards, Darya Lipinskaya 14, Katsiaryna Urbanovich 7
Slovak Republic U20: Zofia Hruscakova 15, Angelika Slamova 14



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  SPAIN   


U20 European Championship: Spain cruise past Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Netherlands U20 60:39

Spain celebrated the sixth straight victory at the U20 European Championship. Two-time defending champions bruised Netherlands to enter the playoffs with a perfect record. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of Group E. Spain will now take on Russia in the quarterfinal stage.
Spain jumped to a 5:1 lead early in the game but Netherlands bounced back. The Dutch team recorded a 12:9 lead midway through the first period. Spain quickly regained control and posted a 19:15 advantage at the first break. Spain went on a 9:0 run in the second frame to open a 34:24 lead. They boosted the gap at 15-point mark early in the third term. Spain entered the final quarter up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) and Andrea Vilaro (182-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 10 points each for Spain. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) responded with 12 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) had 6 points in the loss.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 15, Inmaculada Zanoguera 10, Andrea Vilaro 10
Netherlands U20: Richelle Van Der Keijl 12, Maxime Essenstam 6



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  SWEDEN   


U20 European Championship: Russia topple Sweden to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Sweden U20 50:40

Russia celebrated the second straight win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They outscored Swedish counterparts to clinch quarterfinal ticket. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Russia to the victory.
Russia claimed a 12:10 lead after ten minutes of action. They limited Sweden at 4 points in the second frame to gain a 23:14 halftime lead. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Scandinavian team got within 8 points at the final break. Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) and Claesson hit from beyond the arc to pull Sweden within one 35:36 early in the final period. However Russia responded with a 6:0 spurt and never looked back en route to the win. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) had 8 points, while Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) added 7 points for the winners. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Helena Kurt and Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) chipped in 7 points each for the losing side.

Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 19+13 boards, Darya Namok 8, Alina Zamaraeva 7
Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 11+10 boards, Helena Kurt 7, Gabriella Frykbo 7



2013 University Games: Russia prevail against Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Sweden 74:68

Russia finished their World University Games preliminary round campaign on a high note. They knocked down Sweden to win Group A. Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Russia accounted for an 18:13 lead after the starting quarter. Sweden denied the deficit in the second period. The Scandinavian team knotted things up at 33 after twenty minutes of action. Sweden pulled ahead in the third quarter. The visitors silenced the crowd with a 22:19 run in the period. But Russia went on a 22:13 run in the fourth stanza to snatch the victory at the end. Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) chipped in 14 points for the hosts. Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90, agency: IPSA) added 13 points for the winners. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.), Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) and Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) responded with 15 points each for Sweden.

Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 16, Anastasia Logunova 14, Tatiana Grigoryeva 13
Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 15, Binta Drammeh 15, Kalis Loyd 15



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  TURKEY   


U20 European Championship: France win Group F despite loss - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - France U20 38:32

Turkey overcame France in a low-scoring battle in Samsun tonight. The victory allowed Turkey occupy the second position in Group F at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts will now take on Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal. France won the group despite the loss. They will take on Belarus in the playoffs.
Les Bleus got to a perfect start. They held Turkey to only 5 points in the first quarter and gained a 7-point lead. Turkey however turned things around in the second frame. The hosts accumulated an 18:17 halftime lead. The teams combined for just 8 points in the third term. Turkey entered the final quarter up by a single point 22:21. The tempo grew in the fourth stanza. The hosts were just more accurate down the stretch and eked out an ugly win at the end. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) connected for 10 points to lead the hosts. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 9 points for the winning side. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) had 8 points for France. Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) delivered 5 points in the losing case.

Turkey U20: Pelin Bilgic 10, Ayse Cora 9, Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) 7
France U20: Sara Chevaugeon 8, Romane Bernies 5



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  UKRAINE   


U20 European Championship: Ukraine edge Poland for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Poland U20 57:48

Ukraine recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Poland to win Group G. Ukraine and Poland will now fight in the classification round for 9th-16th places. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) and Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) produced 13 points each to lead the winners.
Poland looked the better side in the opening quarter. They opened a 17:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 22:27. Ukraine took over in the third period. They opened the period with a 9:2 run to spur ahead. Ukraine posted a 41:35 lead into the fourth stanza. Lyudmyla Naumenko opened a double-digit lead for Ukraine midway through the final period 50:40. They kept Poland at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) had 9 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko ripped down 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) responded with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) and Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) had 10 points each in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Lyudmyla Naumenko 13+10 boards, Vita Gorobets 13, Miriam Uro-Nilie 9
Poland U20: Dominika Owczarzak 12, Magdalena Koperwas 10, Karolina Puss 10+10 boards



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 10-2 
 2. Chicago S. 9-4 
 3. New York L. 6-7 
 4. Washington M. 6-7 
 5. Indiana F. 4-7 
 6. Connecticut S. 3-8 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 9-3 
 2. L.Angeles S. 8-4 
 3. Phoenix M. 8-6 
 4. Seattle S. 5-8 
 5. S.Antonio SS 4-8 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jul. 9: Minnesota L. - Atlanta D. 94-72
Jul. 10: Chicago S. - Washington M. 89-85
Jul. 10: Phoenix M. - S.Antonio SS 80-88
Jul. 9: New York L. - Seattle S. 66-57
Jul. 11: Indiana F. - Minnesota L.
Jul. 11: Tulsa S. - L.Angeles S.


Atlanta Dream reinstates Sancho Lyttle, waives Anne Marie Armstrong - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Dream announced Monday that it has removed forward Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) from the suspended list, and has waived forward Anne Marie Armstrong (6'3''-G/F-91, college: Georgia). Lyttle will return to the lineup when the Dream (10-1) faces the Minnesota Lynx (8-3) on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Lyttle missed the past six games while leading Spain to the gold medal at EuroBasket Women 2013, a qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Championships. She was named the MVP of the tournament after averaging 18.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.3 blocks as Spain went 9-0 during the competition. Lyttle averaged 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals in five games for Atlanta prior to her departure, and the Dream won all six games during her absence, matching the longest winning streak in franchise history. Armstrong played in eight games for the Dream as a rookie in 2013. She scored three points and grabbed four rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Russia3-0
2. Sweden2-1
3. Poland1-2
4. Mongolia0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. Czech Rep.2-1
3. Brazil1-2
4. Mali0-3
Group C
1. Taiwan3-0
2. Ukraine1-2
3. Canada1-2
4. Japan1-2
Group D
1. Australia3-0
2. Hungary2-1
3. China1-2
4. Finland0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 10: RUS - SWE 74-68
Jul. 10: POL - MGL 117-44

B

Jul. 10: CZE - MLI 59-44
Jul. 10: USA - BRA 105-75

C

Jul. 10: TAI - CAN 72-67
Jul. 10: JPN - UKR 68-66

D

Jul. 10: AUS - FIN 95-46
Jul. 10: CHN - HUN 67-80

Quarter-Finals: Round 4

9-16 place

Jul. 12: CHN - JPN
Jul. 12: POL - MLI
Jul. 12: UKR - FIN
Jul. 12: BRA - MGL

Quarterfinal

Jul. 12: USA - SWE
Jul. 12: AUS - CAN
Jul. 12: RUS - CZE
Jul. 12: TAI - HUN