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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



From Crvena zvezda Telekom to Buducnost VOLI - by Igor Obradovic

Buducnost VOLI is stronger for another player.

Bojan Subotic (203-F-90), last year member of Crvena zvezda Telekom signed for Buducnost and will playing in Adriatic league and Eurocup this season.
Subotic signed three year contract with Montenegrin club.
Last year Subotic in Crvena zvezda have 14.9 minute per game, 4.7 points per game, 2.6 rebounds and 0.3 asists, with 3.4 avarage index. Best game he bring in against Orleans in Eurocup where he scored 24 points 9/11 shooting from the game, 2rbd, 2ast and 25 index points.



Bojan Subotic moves from Crvena Zvezda to Buducnost Podgorica - by Zoran Popovic

According to information from Serbian sports news, Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) part ways with Crvena Zvezda Beograd. In the same time Management of Buducnost Podgorica decides to offer Bojan Subotic three years contract deal. Bojan Subotic started career in Tivat and with 14 years moves in FMP Beograd youth team, where he passed all selections all the way to senior team and last two seasons played for Crvena Zvezda Beograd. This season Subotic won Serbian National Cup Radivoj Korac with Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Bojan Subotic was member of Serbian U16, U18 and U20 National teams.


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  ARGENTINA   


Estudiantes Concordia adds Podesta to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (TNA) added to their roster 21-year old center Fernando Podesta (204-115kg-92). He played last season at Penarol (LigaA). He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Podesta played at Velez Sarsfield (Torneo Federal). His team won Argentinian Liga B Sur Regular Season in 2011. Podesta represented Argentina at the World Championships U19 in Latvia two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Estudiantes Concordia adds Podesta to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (TNA) added to their roster 21-year old center Fernando Podesta (204-115kg-92). He played last season at Penarol (LigaA). He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Podesta played at Velez Sarsfield (Torneo Federal). His team won Argentinian Liga B Sur Regular Season in 2011. Podesta represented Argentina at the World Championships U19 in Latvia two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRALIA   


2013 University Games: Australia surprise USA in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

United States of America-Australia 84:93

Australia surprise USA in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade. Australia needed a 93:84 win as both sides are now with 3-1 records.
Australia grabbed 20:19 lead after the first period, but USA replied with 24-20 rally in the second frame. Moreover USA needed a 21-19 rally in the third period to take 5-point advantage. Australia meanwhile dominated the last stanza and erupted with a massive 34-20 surge. SHEEHEY William gave USA 65:64 lead, but it was the last for them in the game. Australia created an 8-0 run for 72:64 and then Jason Cadee (6'1''-G-91) brought 87:79. He also scored the last points in the game.
Jason Cadee stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Cameron Bairstow (6'9''-F-90) nailed 22. Mitchell Young (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) posted 12, while Ryan Broekhoff (6'7''-F-90, agency: Priority Sports) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds. MCDERMOTT Douglas ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-G-93) had 14. Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) and Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93) followed them with 10 points each.

United States of America: MCDERMOTT Douglas 22, Spencer Dinwiddie 14, Sean Kilpatrick 10, Kevin Ferrell 10
Australia: Jason Cadee 23, Cameron Bairstow 22, Mitchell Young 12, Ryan Broekhoff 10+12 rebs



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  BRAZIL   


2013 University Games: Lithuania beat Brazil in the top game of Group D - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-Brazil 77:69

Lithuania beat Brazil in the top game of Group D at the 2013 University Games. The Baltic State posted a 77:69 win for 4-0 record. Brazil meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Lithuania opened the game with 22-16 and added 19-14 rally in the second frame. Brazil did their best to recover and posted two narrow victories in the second half. It was not however enough to seal the victory as Brazil reduce to final 8 points.
Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) paced all the winners with 17 points and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) nailed 13. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) poured in 11 points and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) added 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) notched 10. George Chaia (190-G-91) ended up with 8, while CORAZZA NETO Elio notched 7.

Lithuania: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 17, Simas Buterlevicius 13, Eimantas Bendzius 11, Adas Juskevicius 10
Brazil: Cristiano Felicio 20+12 rebs, Leonardo Meindl 10, George Chaia 8, CORAZZA NETO Elio 7



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


NBA players facilitate b/ball workshop for youth - by David Edole

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI -- Participants of a basketball workshop for children at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom have been getting the enviable opportunity of interacting with a couple of NBA players.

The workshop has been organised by the Save the Seed Energy Centre in collaboration with the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Bishop John I. Cline of the New Life Baptist Church disclosed that some of the facilitators included NBA players such as Michael James (Dallas Mavericks) and Anthony Bonner (NY Knicks). He also said the idea for the programme came from discussions with Rich Mahler of Xperience Outreach, which is based in the United States (US).

The one-week workshop is part of a month long camp that is also being hosted at the Centre.

The whole idea of the Centre is being realised in a programme like this, Bishop Cline said. One of the things we always wanted to do is make an impact in the lives of the kids by providing different avenues where they can come in and develop their skills whether it be in basketball [or] volleyball, learn some disciplines and just begin to impart some things into their lives that they will use for the rest of their lives.

Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser, RA commended Bishop Cline for having the vision to build the facility and called the camp a marvellous idea.

When I heard about the camp I enquired about what it would take to get the children in here and when I found out what it was, it was within my reach and I sponsored twenty kids for the camp, Hon. Fraser said.

The legislator expressed that after examining it, he wished it was something that could go all year round but said he knew the undertaking that Bishop Cline had to do in brining persons from the United States (US) and said he realised this couldnt continue.

Hon. Fraser said he hoped locals could be trained to run camps similar to the current one even as persons were brought from the US.

Bishop Cline expressed that the Third District Representatives sponsorship of some of the participants was a great help and said these were some of the first persons to be signed up for the camp. He also noted that many persons signed up at the last minute.

Reflecting on the Department of Youth Affairs participation, he said, Youth Affairs sent some people with some coaches and we realised that we had a good working relationship not only with the district but also with government and partnership with Youth Affairs. Thats what we hoped to achieve.

Bishop Cline further stated that even though the camp does not go on all year round, there were other avenues that allowed the Centre to be used to continue to develop persons such as the basketball league.

Hon. Fraser encouraged persons to join the camp to participate in other sports disciplines in future and added, In order for this facility to be successful, it has to be kept occupied and this is one of the avenues that we can use to make sure that it stays occupied. This is not just a Third District affair, the Bishop put it here, its a wonderful idea and I would hope everyone from across the entire BVI, if necessary [and] definitely Tortola will see the benefits in having this facility and use it.

Bishop Cline said he felt parents would begin to see the benefits of the camp after attending the closing ceremony of the basketball workshop on Friday night, We invite the parents to come. They will see some of the basketball drills that the kids have learnt and were going to have some exhibition games from some of the participants of the camp He also stated that each day is started with small devotions and expressed that there was also some amount of motivational speaking involved.

We want the parents to see the fruit of their investment by coming on Friday night, Bishop Cline said, and hopefully when we do it again, they will know that its beneficial.

He cited the importance of having facilitators such as James and said some of the local coaches have commented about not seeing similar levels of coaching and instruction since college. Bringing people from outside, especially professional athletes who have gone through the drills and know what it takes to achieve that level of success is very significant

Mahler has been participating in running the workshop as one of the coaches and said there were positive life changing experiences to be derived. The Xperience Outreach programme has also been executed in other places such as Israel, Colombia and Panama apart from the US.

The closing ceremony will be held on Friday, July 11, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.



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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil shortlisted 5 candidates for head coach - by Maria Mitzova

Lukoil Academik Sofia will choose from 5 top candidates for its new head coach. Three of them have already been approached by GM Sasho Vezenkov, while the other two are yet to be talked to.
The three named options are:
Slobodan Savovic
Dimitris Priftis
Jovica Arsic
The first one - Savovic has been in the mix earlier this year, but a deal wasn't reached. Prifits spent the last season in Greek Ikaros. Jovica Arsic led Lukoil Academik Sofia for three years, before released at the end of 2011.
The other two options, still unnamed, will be approached by Vezenkov in the upcoming days.
The final decision will probably come in the next 10 days, and is up to the word of team president Valentin Zlatev.
During the last 5 years Lukoil Academik Sofia has had 6 different coaches: Zeljko Lukajic, Lubomir Minchev, Georgi Mladenov, Marin Dokuzovski, Jovica Arsic and Sasho Vezenkov.



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  CANADA   


2013 University Games: Kevin Pangos leads Canada past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Czech Republic 87:56

Canada eased to the fourth straight win at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Czech Republic to earn 4-0 record in a highly contestant Group C. Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat.
Czech Republic got to a sizzling start. They accumulated a 19:10 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Canada slowly returned into contest. They trimmed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 28:34. The North American side exploded with 30 points in the third term to surge ahead. They piled up a 58:46 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic never recovered conceding 29 points in the final period. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) produced 15 points, while Dwight Powell (208-F-91) and Murphy Burnatowski (201-F-90) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

Canada: Kevin Pangos 17, Daniel Mullings 15, Dwight Powell 11, Murphy Burnatowski 11
Czech Republic: Michal Mares 13, Adam Ciz 12



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  CHINA   


2013 University Games: Finland keep China winless - by Eurobasket News

Finland-China 93:64

Finland keep China winless at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Finnish side improved to 3-1 record in Group D after a 93:64 win. China meanwhile dropped at 0-4 record.
Finland started the game with 20:12 and never looked behind after. The Nordic side added 18-14 rally in the second period and led 12 points at the halftime. Moreover Finland dominated the second half and posted two victories. They needed 25-19 in the third quarter and finished with 30-19 in the last frame for mo0re comfortable win.
Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) netted 17. Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) poured in 14, whilst Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) and Matias Ojala (197-F-89) had 10 each. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) finished the game with 14 points in a loss, whilst Lian Liu (200-F-91) brought 13. Liu Zihao (183-PG-92) had 9, whilst Sun HeFeng (204-F-92) notched 7.

Finland: Carl Lindbom 19, Antto Nikkarinen 17, Lauri Toivonen 14, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 10, Matias Ojala 10
China: Dai Huaibo 14, Lian Liu 13, Liu Zihao 9, Sun HeFeng 7



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  CROATIA   


U20 European Championship: Montenegro beat Croatia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Croatia U20 79:56

Montenegro registered the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Croatia in the Balkan derby in Group B. Montenegro thus improved at 2-0 record, while dropping Croatia at 1-2. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) posted 24 points to lead the winners.
Montenegro unleashed 26 points in the opening quarter to gain a 3-point lead. They held Croatia to just 9 points in the second frame to ensure a 12-point halftime advantage. Montenegro kept Croatia at distance throughout the third term. They secured a comfortable 21-point buffer before the fourth period. Croatia scored just 12 points in the fourth stanza and had to surrender at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) nailed 15 points, while Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) added 10 points in the victory. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) answered with 23 points for Croatia. Juraj Segaric (183-PG-93) dropped 6 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 24, Vukota Pavic 15, Milos Latkovic 10
Croatia U20: Antonio Boban 23, Juraj Segaric 6



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


2013 University Games: Kevin Pangos leads Canada past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Canada - Czech Republic 87:56

Canada eased to the fourth straight win at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Czech Republic to earn 4-0 record in a highly contestant Group C. Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat.
Czech Republic got to a sizzling start. They accumulated a 19:10 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Canada slowly returned into contest. They trimmed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 28:34. The North American side exploded with 30 points in the third term to surge ahead. They piled up a 58:46 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic never recovered conceding 29 points in the final period. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) produced 15 points, while Dwight Powell (208-F-91) and Murphy Burnatowski (201-F-90) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

Canada: Kevin Pangos 17, Daniel Mullings 15, Dwight Powell 11, Murphy Burnatowski 11
Czech Republic: Michal Mares 13, Adam Ciz 12



U20 European Championship: Slovenia beat Czech Republic for second win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 78:72

Slovenia registered the second victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to gain 2-1 record in Group D. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) nailed 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Slovenia and Czech Republic stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Slovenia eked out a 17:15 lead after the starting quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accounted for a 38:34 halftime advantage. Czech Republic turned things around in the third term. They surged ahead to enter the fourth period up by three points 58:55. However Slovenia used a 13:2 run early in the fourth period to take a 70:62 advantage. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) dragged Czech Republic within two 70:72 with just over two minutes remaining. Gregor Hrovat (196-SG-94) came up with a timely bucket for Slovenia and then Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93), Rojc and Tomic sealed the victory for Slovenia. Gregor Hrovat produced 11 points, while Luka Rupnik and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) added 10 points each for Slovenia. Tomas Kyzlink answered with 21 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) had 18 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 24, Gregor Hrovat 11, Luka Rupnik 10, Miha Lapornik 10
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 21, Martin Kriz 18



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  EGYPT   


William Jones Cup: USA knock down Egypt to earn third straight win - by Eurobasket News

USA - Egypt 88:83

The USA claimed the third consecutive victory at the William Jones Cup. They defeated Egypt for 3-2 record in Taipei. Curtis Marshall (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
The USA exploded with 25 points in the first frame to take a 5-point lead. Egypt matched the effort in the second period. The African team unloaded 30 points in the quarter and tied things up at 50-all. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. The USA eked out a 71:70 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The North American side held Egypt to just 13 points in the final period and snatch victory at the end. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) and Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) delivered 15 points apiece for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (6'2''-G-88) answered with 28 points for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (5'11''-PG-93) had 18 points in the loss.

USA: Curtis Marshall 22+10 boards, Eric Hicks 15, Mychal Kearse 15
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 28, Sherif Gindy 18



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  EUROCUP   


From Crvena zvezda Telekom to Buducnost VOLI - by Igor Obradovic

Buducnost VOLI is stronger for another player.

Bojan Subotic (203-F-90), last year member of Crvena zvezda Telekom signed for Buducnost and will playing in Adriatic league and Eurocup this season.
Subotic signed three year contract with Montenegrin club.
Last year Subotic in Crvena zvezda have 14.9 minute per game, 4.7 points per game, 2.6 rebounds and 0.3 asists, with 3.4 avarage index. Best game he bring in against Orleans in Eurocup where he scored 24 points 9/11 shooting from the game, 2rbd, 2ast and 25 index points.



Radnicki Kragujevac in Eurocup - by Igor Obradovic

Radnicki Kragujevac will be only team from Serbia who will play in Eurocup this season.

After Adriatic league cancelled participation of Vojvodina who has not pay all amount of money for ABA league wild-card (150.000 euros), board of Adriatic league offered wild-card to Radnicki and they paid this amount as soon as possible.
Because of last year results Radnicki got wild-card for Eurocup and in season 2013/14, Kragujevac will have chance to watch European games in their town.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Budivelnyk tab Micah Downs - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Micah Downs (203-G/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga). The swingman started the previous season in D-League. He played for the Maine Red Claws. Micah Downs posted 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He participated at the D-League All-Star Game. Later the swingman moved to Venezuela. He signed with Bucaneros de La Guaira. Downs notched 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance in LPB. Previously Micah Downs had stints in Spain and Croatia. He made it into All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team in 2011.


Maccabi Tel-Aviv sign Tyrese Rice - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv confirmed the signing of Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.). The guard inked a two-year deal with the Israeli powerhouse. Last season Tyrese Rice spent in Germany. He played for Bayern Muenchen. He notched 15.8 points, 4.4 assists, 1.9 rebounds per game in BBL. Tyrese Rice made it into All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team. Previously Tyrese Rice had stints in Lithuania, Germany, Greece. He was named into All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team. Tyrese Rice also made it into LKL All-Newcomers Team in 2012. The guard was named into All-VTB League 2nd Team in the same season.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania3-0
2. Greece2-0
3. Germany1-2
4. Georgia0-2
5. Serbia0-2
Group B
1. Montenegro.2-0
2. Turkey2-0
3. Sweden1-1
4. Croatia1-2
5. Ukraine0-3
Group C
1. Latvia3-0
2. Spain2-0
3. Russia1-2
4. Israel0-2
5. Bulgaria0-2
Group D
1. Italy2-0
2. Slovenia2-1
3. France2-1
4. Czech Rep.0-2
5. Estonia0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 11: GER - GRE 56-65
Jul. 11: GEO - LTU 49-107

B

Jul. 11: MNT - CRO 79-56
Jul. 11: UKR - SWE 70-76

C

Jul. 11: LAT - BUL 82-69
Jul. 11: ISR - RUS 60-78

D

Jul. 11: SLO - CZE 78-72
Jul. 11: EST - FRA 44-66

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Jul. 12: GRE - GEO
Jul. 12: SRB - GER

B

Jul. 12: SWE - MNT
Jul. 12: TUR - UKR

C

Jul. 12: BUL - ISR
Jul. 12: ESP - LAT

D

Jul. 12: ITA - SLO
Jul. 12: CZE - EST


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (198-PF-93)
  Avg: 27
 1. Mugosa, Buducnost27.0 
 2. Candan, Olin Edirne21.0 
 3. Vecvagars, Lietkab.19.7 
 4. Kyzlink, Asefa E.19.5 
 5. Kariniauskas, Zalg.19.5 
 6. Faifr, BK Pardubice18.5 
 7. Pavic, Mornar Bar18.5 
 8. Kriz, BC Kolin18.5 
 9. Radosavljevi., B.M.18.0 
 10. Diez, Lagun A.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ojars SILINS
  LAT
  (208-PF-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Silins, Grissin11.0 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils10.0 
 3. Solomon, Maccabi9.0 
 4. Gudumak, CSKA9.0 
 5. Nikolic, Buducnost9.0 
 6. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.8.0 
 7. Jaiteh, Boulogne8.0 
 8. Jean-Charles, AS.7.7 
 9. Koreniuk, Dnipro7.7 
 10. Kriz, BC Kolin7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Erbil EROGLU
  (194-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Eroglu, Erdemir4.5 
 2. Imbro, Oknoplas.4.5 
 3. Vives, FIATC J.4.0 
 4. Vrbica, Lovcen4.0 
 5. Fernandez, Asefa4.0 
 6. Maayan, Seton Hall4.0 
 7. Larentzakis, Ikaros3.5 
 8. Bochoridis, Aris3.5 
 9. Artamonov, BC Od.3.0 
 10. Vecvagars, Lietka.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  (196-SG-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hrovat, Helios4.0 
 2. Larentzakis, Ikaros3.0 
 3. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.2.7 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar2.5 
 5. Eroglu, Erdemir2.5 
 6. Mitrovic, Crvena Z.2.5 
 7. Antetokounmp., Fil.2.5 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja2.0 
 9. Dawson, Maccabi2.0 
 10. Erulku, Pertevniy.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rauno NURGER
  (209-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nurger, Rapla3.0 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils2.3 
 3. Fait, USK Praha2.0 
 4. Zagreba, Dnipro2.0 
 5. Silins, Grissin2.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Fil.1.5 
 7. Nikolic, Buducnost1.5 
 8. Jean-Charles, AS.1.3 
 9. Trushkin, Spart.1.0 
 10. Spires, FCB R.1.0 


Day 3 in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Georgia - Lithuania 49-107
Lithuania jumps to 3-0 record in Group A of the U20 European Championship. The Baltic State overcame Georgia 107:49 for the perfect record. Georgia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. The defending champions started the game with massive 33-12 run. They added 30-18 rally and enjoyed a 63:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Lithuania posted a 32-10 burst in the third quarter and added final 12-9 push in the last period. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Jogela Tauras nailed 15. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) delivered 12, whilst Kacinas Mindaugas and Vaitkus Ignas notched 10 each. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Tsirekidze Giorgi as well as Rogava Revaz had 9 each.

Germany - Greece 56-65
Greece earned the second straight win at the start of their U20 European Championship campaign. They knocked down Germany to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Giannis Antetokounmpo (208-G/F-94, agency: FCM) produced 20 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece held their opponents to 12 points in the opening frame and gained a 14:12 lead. Germany got limited to 4 points in the second stanza. They faced a 16:26 halftime deficit. Germany picked up the tempo in the third period. They trimmed the gap at 8-point mark at the final intermission. But Greece unloaded 21 points in the fourth period to cruise to the victory. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94), Michalis Kamperidis and Ioannis Papapetrou chipped in 12 points each for the winners. David Brembly (197-SG-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Leon Tolksdorf produced 13 points in the loss.

Group B
Ukraine - Sweden 70-76
Sweden tastes the first victory in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team overcame Ukraine 76:70 in the end of the third day for 1-1 record. Ukraine meanwhile fell at 0-3 record. Ukraine looked better in the first quarter and posted a 20-12 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden however took control in the second frame and dominated the rest of the game. Sweden won the second period 24-15 and added 21-16 rally in the third quarter. Both teams scored 19 points each in the last period for the final result. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) nailed 16. Spires Nicholas brought 13, whilst Larsson Niklas had 12. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) finished the game with 23 points in defeat and Artamonov Klym notched 16. Zagreba Sergiy brought 14 points, while Shundel Anatoliy had 13.

Montenegro - Croatia 79-56
Montenegro registered the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Croatia in the Balkan derby in Group B. Montenegro thus improved at 2-0 record, while dropping Croatia at 1-2. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) posted 24 points to lead the winners. Montenegro unleashed 26 points in the opening quarter to gain a 3-point lead. They held Croatia to just 9 points in the second frame to ensure a 12-point halftime advantage. Montenegro kept Croatia at distance throughout the third term. They secured a comfortable 21-point buffer before the fourth period. Croatia scored just 12 points in the fourth stanza and had to surrender at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) nailed 15 points, while Milos Latkovic added 10 points in the victory. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) answered with 23 points for Croatia. Juraj Segaric dropped 6 points in the loss.

Group C
Latvia - Bulgaria 82-69
Latvia prevail against Bulgaria at the U20 European Championship. Latvia posted an 82:69 win in Group B for 3-0 record. Bulgaria meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Although Latvia was the favorite of the game, the victory was not that easy for them. Latvia started with 18-16 rally and added 16-14 run in the second frame. Only in the third period Latvia managed to get the comfortable lead. They produced a 25-18 run and then finished with 23-21 rally in the last stanza. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) paced all the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Vecvagars Kaspars added 17. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) scored 14 points, while Silins Ojars collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Stoyanov Nikolay as well as Simeonov Aleks netted 14 each. Dimitrov Dimitar followed the with 7 points in a loss.

Israel - Russia 60-78
Russia claimed the opening win at the U20 European Championship. They fired past Israel to improve at 1-2 record in Group C. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Israel suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament. Russia led from the start. They opened the game with six straight points and finished the first quarter up by 7 points 20:13. Russia dominated in the second quarter. They stretched the margin at 17-point mark at halftime 41:24. Israel stopped the rot in the third term. Sharon Drucker team got within 13 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough as Russia went on a 21:16 rally and sealed the victory at the end. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) provided 14 points, while Maksim Sakharov, Andrey Loginov and Vladislav Trushkin added 10 points each in the win. Igor Mayor (198-SG-93) responded with 16 points for Israel. Tom Maayan chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Group D
Estonia - France 44-66
France closed Day 3 with the win over the hosts of the U20 European Championship. The 2012 year Finalist posted a 66:44 win for 2-1 record. Estonia fell at 0-2 record in Group D. France opened the game with 19-13 and led 5 points at the halftime. Estonia managed to score 10 points in the third and the last quarters and it was not enough to compete with the favorites. France won the third period 18-10 and finished the game with 19-10 rally. Livio Jean-Charles (203-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) netted 13. Invernizzi Hugo delivered 11, whilst Howard William added 8. Rauno Nurger (209-C-93) produced 14 points in defeat and Laane Rait-Riivo notched 11. Jurtom Martin chipped in with 6, while Saare Sander had 5 points.

Slovenia - Czech Republic 78-72
Slovenia registered the second victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to gain 2-1 record in Group D. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) nailed 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Slovenia and Czech Republic stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Slovenia eked out a 17:15 lead after the starting quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accounted for a 38:34 halftime advantage. Czech Republic turned things around in the third term. They surged ahead to enter the fourth period up by three points 58:55. However Slovenia used a 13:2 run early in the fourth period to take a 70:62 advantage. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) dragged Czech Republic within two 70:72 with just over two minutes remaining. Gregor Hrovat (196-SG-94) came up with a timely bucket for Slovenia and then Luka Rupnik, Rojc and Tomic sealed the victory for Slovenia. Gregor Hrovat produced 11 points, while Luka Rupnik and Miha Lapornik added 10 points each for Slovenia. Tomas Kyzlink answered with 21 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz had 18 points in the loss.



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A short one from Romania - by Pekka Salminen

At Pitesti; friendly people, GREAT hotel, only one telephone missing (not one of the players). Life is good.

After spending some time at the hotels gym and at the hotel lobby here is my scouting: lot of good players, seems that the teams have pretty much everybody with them. Note; this evaluation is done is after 45 mins in Pitesti, after the technical meeting will know for sure..

Still have two more days to work on our game before the games start (What did coach Popovich say about those anti turn-over drills?) and get the final pieces together. We know what to do and we can achieve, have to stay confident and disciplined and we will be ok.

So far so good and practise starts in an hour so will find out how the actual basketball facilities look like.

Wish us luck!

P



KORISLIIGA: Sefton Barrett back to Kotka - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Canadian F Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, college: Cent.Michigan) will return back to Kotka, Finland. Barrett and KTP-Basket GM Jyrki Lindstrom have signed a new contract concerning season 2013-14. Barrett will start thus his third season in Finland and KTP white/green colours/roster. Last season Barrett averaged 16,4 ppg (1 - 78,2%, 2 - 51,7%, 3 - 32,5%) and 6,0 rpg in 30:51 mpg and 47 contests. Barrett has played professionally earlier also in Poland, Germany and in France.


2013 University Games: Finland keep China winless - by Eurobasket News

Finland-China 93:64

Finland keep China winless at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Finnish side improved to 3-1 record in Group D after a 93:64 win. China meanwhile dropped at 0-4 record.
Finland started the game with 20:12 and never looked behind after. The Nordic side added 18-14 rally in the second period and led 12 points at the halftime. Moreover Finland dominated the second half and posted two victories. They needed 25-19 in the third quarter and finished with 30-19 in the last frame for mo0re comfortable win.
Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) netted 17. Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) poured in 14, whilst Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) and Matias Ojala (197-F-89) had 10 each. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) finished the game with 14 points in a loss, whilst Lian Liu (200-F-91) brought 13. Liu Zihao (183-PG-92) had 9, whilst Sun HeFeng (204-F-92) notched 7.

Finland: Carl Lindbom 19, Antto Nikkarinen 17, Lauri Toivonen 14, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 10, Matias Ojala 10
China: Dai Huaibo 14, Lian Liu 13, Liu Zihao 9, Sun HeFeng 7



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Roanne tab Mark Lyons - by Eurobasket News

Roanne bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Mark Lyons (185-G-89). The guard will start his pro career in France. He has just graduated from the University of Arizona. Mark Lyons posted 15.8 points, 2.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. He was named into USBWA All-District IX 1st Team. Mark Lyons also made it into All-PAC12 1st Team. The guard was also trumped to NABC Division I All-District 20 1st Team. Mark Lyons helped the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012. He participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament earlier this year.


Michel Morandais is a newcomer at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old swingman Michel Morandais (197-79, college: Colorado). He has played for the last two years at Paris-Levallois (ProA). In 32 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Among other achievements Morandais' team made it to the French Cup final in 2009. He was selected to Italian A1 All-Star Game back in 2006.
Morandais has played also professionally in Spain (Regal FC Barcelona and Asefa Estudiantes), Italy (Cantu, Cimberio Varese and Napoli).
He attended University of Colorado until 2004 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very explosive player who really takes the ball to the rack with authority. He may be the most athletic player on the team. He's capable of thunderous dunk, but improved his range and now he's a good shooter from behind the 3-pt arch. Defensively, he take the maximun advantage from his leaping ability, and can de a good ball stealer and shotblocker.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Strasbourg confirm Paul Lacombe - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg confirm Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The departure of Hugo Invernizzi was the final announcement in the team.
The last season Paul Lacombe played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) in French league. In 27 games he recorded just 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2011-2012 he played for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) and at the Euroleague Qualifying Round showed 5.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg. In EuroCup his stats read 4.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, while in French League he had 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg.
Among other achievements Lacombe played in the final of French U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2010. Lacombe represented France at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 80.6%.



The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed with Ronny Turiaf to a two-year deal - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed with Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) to a two-year deal. The French player that will miss EuroBasket 2013 moves to the Wolves.
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).



Hugo Invernizzi leaves the forces of Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News

Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) leaves the forces of Strasbourg. One of the reasons was the short stay on the floor during the season.
In 27 games he recorded just 2.4ppg last season. He helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. In 2011-2012 for Strasbourg IG (ProA) he had 3.8ppg.
Early in 2009-2010 he started for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball (NM1, starting five) and averaged 7.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 85.3%. In 2010-2011 for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball (NM1, starting five) he showed high 14.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.3%.
Despite young age Invernizzi had impressive career. His was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Honorable Mention back in 2009. Hugo Invernizzi represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. Invernizzi's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 47.8%.



Souleyman Diabate and Nancy part ways - by Eurobasket News

Souleyman Diabate and Nancy part ways. In 30 ProA games he had 13.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.7apg and 2.2spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous season Diabate played at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league. In 27 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg that season. He also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Diabate's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2010. He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. Diabate's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 68.8%.
Diabate has played also professionally for other French teams like JDA Dijon and Charenton.



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania jumps to 3-0 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U20-Lithuania U20 49:107

Lithuania jumps to 3-0 record in Group A of the U20 European Championship. The Baltic State overcame Georgia 107:49 for the perfect record. Georgia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
The defending champions started the game with massive 33-12 run. They added 30-18 rally and enjoyed a 63:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Lithuania posted a 32-10 burst in the third quarter and added final 12-9 push in the last period.
Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Tauras Jogela (202-PF-93) nailed 15. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) delivered 12, whilst Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) and Ignas Vaitkus (189-SF-93) notched 10 each. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Giorgi Tsirekidze (204-PF-94) as well as Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) had 9 each.

Georgia U20: Otar Pkhakadze 15, Giorgi Tsirekidze 9, Revaz Rogava 9
Lithuania U20: Martynas Paliukenas 20, Tauras Jogela 15, Osvaldas Olisevicius 12, Mindaugas Kacinas 10, Ignas Vaitkus 10



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2013 University Games: Germany prevail against South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Germany-South Korea 93:69

Germany prevail against South Korea at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The German team produced a 93:69 win at the 2013 University Games.
Both teams entered the game with 2-1 records. The European side started with 24-16 and only increased the lead in the game. They added 22-13 rally in the second period and enjoyed 17 points at the halftime. Moreover Germany erupted with a 28-15 surge in the third period and led 30 points after 30 minutes of the game. South Korea managed to win the last period 25-19 and reduced the game to 93:69.
Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) nailed 18. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) and Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) delivered 9 points each.

Germany: Johannes Voigtmann 20+11 rebs, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 18, Konstantin Klein 9, Till-Joscha Joenke 9
South Korea: DOO Kyung Min 20, PARK Jae Hyun 15, Lee Hyeon Seok (189-G-92) 9, Bae Soo Yone (196-F-92) 8



Atlanta Hawks sign 19-year-old Schroder - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks sign 19-year-old Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) who played last time at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in Germany. In 31 BBL games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.3apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
Despite young age he had impressive career. His team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup Final Four in 2012. Schroeder received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2012.
Dennis Schroeder has been also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team last year and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013. Schroeder represented Germany at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 63.6%.



Lee Jeka joins SC Rist Wedel - by Moritz Korff

SC Rist Wedel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has completed the signing of Lee Jeka (187-G-83). The 30-year-old Australian averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game for Pro A side Science City Jena last season. "I have made the decision to move to Hamburg and live with my fiancee while also working at a fitness club along side my basketball. Rist Wedel is a perfect fit", he said. "I will try my best to help the team in all areas needed but mostly with leadership."
In 2011, after guiding Wuerzburg to promotion to the BBL, Jeka was named Pro A Player of the Year and made the Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team. "I am looking forward to working with such a high caliber player. He will make everybody around him better", Rist head coach Sebastian Gleim stated.



BSW Sixers capture Wil Peters - by Moritz Korff

The BSW Sixers (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have got their first import player for the upcoming season with Wil Peters (185-G-88). The 24-year-old from Nashville, TN, graduated from NCAA D1 program Tennessee State in 2012. "Wil is exactly the type of player that we were looking for", Sixers' head coach Torsten Schierenbeck stated and added: "We needed a player who knows how to balance scoring and passing, somebody who's a team leader and who knows how and when to create open looks for his teammates." Peters averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game for TSU in his senior season (2011-12).


Bryce Taylor Arrives With FC Bayern Munich And Brandon Thomas Departs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One may not notice the similarties in intials at first glance, but FC Bayern Munich got a BT today, but also lost a BT as the club hauled in Bryce Taylor (196-SG-86) getting a two year deal, but said farewell to Brandon Thomas. Taylor is a 26 year old 196cm shoting guard that has developed very nicely in his professional career starting in Italy and then playing in Bonn, Berlin and Artland Dragons. The California native last season played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL): 32 games: 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 85.2%; EuroCup: 6 games: 10.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT 91.3%. "We are happy that we could get Bryce. His athletcism, intensity and personality convined us. His total package fits to our roster concept", stressed FC Bayern Munich director Marko Pesic.

Taylor who is the son of ex NBA player Brian Taylor started his career at Oregon (NCAA) in 2004 where he played until 2008 playing atotal of 118 NCAA games. In 2008 as a rookie he played for Premiata Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 30 games: 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.6%. In 2009-2001, he made the jump to the Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroCup: 6 games: 18.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.4%; German League: 34 games: 12.5ppg, He then played for Alba Berlin from 2010-2012. "I am totally excited to get the chance to play for FC Bayern and am looking forward to working with the team and coach. I also can hardly wait to get to know the city Munich. So far I hadn't ha dteh chance to", stressed Bryce Taylor. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been USA U21 National Team -04, Dallas Global Games U21 -04
NCAA All-American Freshmen Honorable Mention -05, Pac-10 All-Freshman Team -05, Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals -06, Pac-10 Tournament Winner -07
NCAA Elite Eight -07, Pac-10 All-Tournament Team -07, USA National Team -07, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07, German Bundesliga Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -12, 13, and German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -13


FC Bayern Munich also announced that Brandon Thomas will no longe rplay for the team. Thomas played 40 games: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3FGP: 39.0%, FT: 82.1%. "We thank Brandon for his effort. He showed important aspects last season and was always very professional. We wish him and his family all the best", added FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic.


Source: FC Bayern Munich





Herten Brings In Rebond Monster Blake Poole - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B team Herten have added experience in Germany with Blake Poole (195-C-88, college: St.Martin's). Poole is a 24 year old 195 cm center that will be playing his third professional season and third in Germany. Last season he played for : BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProB), injured in pre-seaon, in Oct.'12 moved to BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB): 10 games: 14.7ppg, 14.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.4%. This year he also got some added experience and practice with Bellingham Slam (IBL): 18 games: 19.8ppg, 11.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 0.5%, 3PT: 0.4%, FT: 0.8%. "Blake is exactly the player that we were looking for. He knows the league and region and wont have much time getting used to everything. He has shown in the last years what he can do and will give us much quality", stressed Herten head coach Dirk Ewald. Poole started his basketball career in 2007 with
St.Martin's (NCAA2) where he played until 2011. As a rookie in 2011-2012 he played for BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.9ppg, Reb-1 (12.9rpg), 2.8apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 70.1%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been , All-GNAC Co-Freshman of the Year -08
All-GNAC Honorable Mention -09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-West Region 1st Team -10, NABC Division II All-West Region 1st Team -10
All-GNAC 1st Team -10, 11, All-GNAC Player of the Year -11, Daktronics Division II All-America 2nd Team -11, NABC Division II All-America Team -11
NABC Division II All-Star Game -11, IBL All-Star Game -11, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -12, 13, IBL International Division Regular Season Champion -12, IBL Champion -12, 13, USBasket.com All-IBL Center of the Year -12, 13
USBasket.com All-IBL 1st Team -12, 13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Center of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -13, and USBasket.com All-IBL Finals MVP -13

Source: Herten








Charles Strowbridge Joins The Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Cuxhaven Bascats have reeled in Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon). Jay-R Strowbridge is a 25 year old 183cm point guard from Ardmore, Albama that has Beko BBL expereince. Back in the 2011-2012 season, he was added by the 2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg in February and he played 8 games averaging 2,0ppg. Last season he played for CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala): 4 games: 7.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg, left in Feb.'13, later that month moved to KK Danilovgrad (Montenegro-1A, starting five): 10 games: 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 80.0%. "We are awaiting a lot from Charles. He has gathered much experience and played for good teams. He is very quick, moveable, can shoot and penetrate to the hooop. Now he has to show it", stressed Bascats head coach Kristis Pleniskis. The American started his basketball career in 2006 for Nebraska (NCAA) where he played until 2008. He then played for Jacksonville St. (NCAA) playing 12 games: 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 32.8%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 78.7%. In his senior year in 2010-2011, he played for Oregon (NCAA, starting five): 39 games: 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.0%. As a rookie before coming to Oldenburg, he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League, starting five): 14 games: 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 76.0%. "I am thankfull for this chance and can hardly wait to play for the Bascats and be a part of the family. I am excited and will give all to be successful", stressed Charles Strowbridge.









The Finke Baskets Promote Niklas Kiel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If you havent heard of NNiklas Kiel (202-SF-97) yet then maybe it is about time, because this 15 year old 206cm power forward seems to be on his way of having a superb basketball career. Pro A team Finke Baskets have promoted the youngster to their roster. He was MVP of the JBBL league last season averaging 26,9ppg, 20,0rpg and 3,0apg. He started his basketball career in 2011 with the Paderborn Baskets U16 team. Last season he also played for BBG Herford (Regionalliga): 10 games: 4.4ppg, 3.8rpg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U15 National Team -11, Turk Telekom International U16 Tournament -12, German U16 National Team -12-13, and European Championships U16 in Lithuania -12: 8 games: 4.6ppg, 5.4rpg

Source: Finke Baskets





Ilian Evtimov (Malcolm Delaney Will Be One Of The Best, If Not The Best Player For FC Bayern Munich) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) is a 30 year old 201 cm forward that recently completed his third season in France for Chalon playing 30 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 86.5%; Euroleague: 9 games: 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 78.9%. He has the French-Bulgarian citzenships and played at North Carolina State from 2001-2006. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FG: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT. After a short stint with Estudiantes Madrid in 2006, he played at VidiVici Bologna in the 2006-2007 season. He played FIBA EuroCup playing 15 games averaging 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3FGP: 47.1%, FT: 72.2%; and playing15 games in the Italian league averaging 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg. In 2007-2008, he moved to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing 10 ULEB Cup games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 85%; and in the German League playing 44 games averaging 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 86.2%. In 2008-2009, he continued playing in Frankfurt playing 10 EuroChallenge: games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%; and in the German League playing 34 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Levski Sophia (Bulgaria-NBL): 1 game: 6pts, 5reb, 2ast, 3steals; Balkan League: 1 game: 3pts, 1reb, 1ast, 2steals; in Oct.'09 moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division EuroChallenge: 13 games: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 83.3%: FT-2 (90.9%). In 2010-2011, he played for Chalon playing 33 games: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 84.2%. In 2011-2012 he played French League: 35 games: 9.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT-1 (94.7%); EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT-1 (95.2% He spoke to Eurobasket about Chalon and his ex teammate Malcolm Delaney who will play for FC Bayern Munich.

Evti where are you at the moment and how have you been spending your summer?

Im in Bulgaria right now, we are about to have our second baby. My wife is due very soon. I went to the States for two weeks, and then have spent the rest of the summer in Bulgaria.

How was your time in North Carolina at North Carolina State working out? Did you have any good duels with Deon Thompson this summer?

I was in North Carolina for only two weeks, and it was right after the season so I didn't run into Deon as I took the time off from basketball right after the season.

How disappointing was the 2-0 sweep in the playoffs by Nanterre? Did you underestimate them a bit?

We were very upset, and both games came down to the last possession. We were the closest team to beat them. They just had a lot of luck, making crazy shots, improbable shots. If they would of missed two crazy shots that went in, we could of been in the finals. However they deserved their title, they played with incredible confidence and positive energy.

What was the secret to the strength of Naterre who slipped into the playoffs at 8th position with a record of 15-15?

Nanterre had up and downs throughout the whole season, but they arrived in the playoffs playing their best basketball. Each one of their players played their best basketball in the playoffs.

What can we expect for the future of Chalon? It will be difficult replacing Blake Schilb who will play for Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd (Serbia-A League)?

Of course it is difficult to replace such a player as Blake. We also lost our Coach and 70 % of our team. It us a new page turning, a new era.

Chalon has added three Americans like AJ Slaughter. Will Chalon be as strong as last season?

The team is almost fully rebuilt, so it is too early to speculate how good we will be.

Your ex teammate Malcolm Delaney has signed with German team FC Bayern Munich. Is that the perfect team for a player that has won two league titles in two seasons?

Yes. Munich will be very pleased with him. He is a great player. Everywhere he has been, he has won league titles, and been to the final 4 of both Eurochallenge and Eurocup. He is a winner period.

It is no secret that Delaney is a deadly shooter, but what else can he do that isnt noticed right away?

I think his best weapon is his ability to draw fouls whenever he wants. We used to always joke during the games, as soon as we were in the bonus for free throws, I used to tell him, get on the line and get your 6 extra points. Lol. The next play he would get fouled, and start shooting free throws.

What was your nicest memory with Delaney on and off the court?

The Championship game in the French cup and the Championship game for the league title. We were on the court having a lot of fun out there. Playing, smiling, making extra passes, killing the opponent.

Could Delaney become an impact player for FC Bayern Munich that is so deep with so many talented players?

I have no doubt Malcolm Delaney will be one of the best, if not the best player for Munich.

How does a 2013 normal summer work out day look like for illian Evtimov?



Lifting for 2 hours, followed by some aerobic work out. I am adding basketball to the mix now. So it is busy and fun. I love getting back to a team after the summer in shape.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I have not had time to watch a dvd but have been to the movies. The new Superman was very good, a bit long however.


Thanks very much for the chat Evti




Deon Mcduffie Moves To BG Karlsruhe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club BG Karlsruhe have announced the signing of Deon McDuffie (188-G-93, college: Rattelsdorf) Mcduffie is a 20 year old 188cm guard that will be playing for his sixth team. Last season he played for City Basket Recklinghausen (ProB, starting five): 13 games: 11.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 86.7%, played also at SpVgg Rattelsdorf Independents (Regionalliga): 7 games: 13.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg. "He comes as a young player to an experienced team and I hope that at times that he can carry the team with his energy", stressed BG Karlsruhe head coach Torsten Daume. Mcduffie started his basketball career in 2007 with TSV Troester II Breitengussbach (Regionalliga). In 2010-2011, he played for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB, starting five): 21 games: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 68.8%. In 2011-2012 he played for BG Dorsten (ProB, starting five): 13 games: 7.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 30.6%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 86.5%, in Dec.'11 moved to SpVgg Rattelsdorf Independents (Regionalliga, starting five): 13 games: 19.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2.5spg. "I like to work myself forward. I am 100% defense, offense and hard work. I am looking forward to BG Karlsruhe and Torsten Daume", stressed Deon Mcduffie.

Source. BG Karlsruhe




Tyrese Rice Departs Munich For Tel Aviv - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

FC Bayern Munich is trying to keep that consistency by holding on to players, but one guy that they couldnt keep was Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) Rice is a 26 year old 185cm guard from Virginia that will play his fifth professional season with Euroleague powerhouse Macabbi tel Aviv. The ex Boston College player last season for FC Bayern Munich played 40 games: Score-4 (15.8ppg), 1.9rpg, Assists-3 (4.4apg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 88.2%. "It is unfortunate that FC Bayern basketball and Tyrese Rice will go separate ways. The talks had trust and respect from both sides, but the expectations and future of the club didnt mesh with the personal intentions of the player. We wish him and his family all the best and success", stressed FC Bayern Munich director Marko Pesic. Rice belonged to the top guards in the Beko BBL scoring in double figures 35 times including a 30 point outburst agaisnt Phoenix Hagen.

Source. FC Bayern Munich





U20 European Championship: Greece roll past Germany for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Germany U20 65:56

Greece earned the second straight win at the start of their U20 European Championship campaign. They knocked down Germany to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Giannis Antetokounmpo (208-G/F-94, agency: FCM) produced 20 points to lead the Hellenes.
Greece held their opponents to 12 points in the opening frame and gained a 14:12 lead. Germany got limited to 4 points in the second stanza. They faced a 16:26 halftime deficit. Germany picked up the tempo in the third period. They trimmed the gap at 8-point mark at the final intermission. But Greece unloaded 21 points in the fourth period to cruise to the victory. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94), Michalis Kamperidis (204-F-94, agency: FCM) and Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) chipped in 12 points each for the winners. David Brembly (197-SG-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Leon Tolksdorf (202-SF-93) produced 13 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Giannis Antetokounmpo 20, Eleftherios Bochoridis 12, Michalis Kamperidis 12, Ioannis Papapetrou 12
Germany U20: David Brembly 20, Leon Tolksdorf 13



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U20 European Championship: Greece roll past Germany for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Germany U20 65:56

Greece earned the second straight win at the start of their U20 European Championship campaign. They knocked down Germany to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Giannis Antetokounmpo (208-G/F-94, agency: FCM) produced 20 points to lead the Hellenes.
Greece held their opponents to 12 points in the opening frame and gained a 14:12 lead. Germany got limited to 4 points in the second stanza. They faced a 16:26 halftime deficit. Germany picked up the tempo in the third period. They trimmed the gap at 8-point mark at the final intermission. But Greece unloaded 21 points in the fourth period to cruise to the victory. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94), Michalis Kamperidis (204-F-94, agency: FCM) and Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) chipped in 12 points each for the winners. David Brembly (197-SG-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Leon Tolksdorf (202-SF-93) produced 13 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Giannis Antetokounmpo 20, Eleftherios Bochoridis 12, Michalis Kamperidis 12, Ioannis Papapetrou 12
Germany U20: David Brembly 20, Leon Tolksdorf 13



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William Jones Cup: Iran clinch fifth straight win edging Japan - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Japan 60:55

Iran kept their perfect record intact at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to earn the fifth straight victory. Japan on the other hand suffered the fifth straight defeat at the tournament.
Iran and Japan traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. The teams were locked at 20-all after ten minutes. Iran stiffened defensively in the second frame. They limited Japan to 7 points in the period and grabbed a 6-point halftime lead 33:27. Iran maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They rallied into the fourth frame up by 7 points 47:40. Japan managed just 15 points in the final quarter which was not enough to recover. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 14 points for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) added 12 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) had 9 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 13 points for Japan. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 10 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 14, Mahdi Kamrani 12, Rouzbeh Arghavan 9+10 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 13, Yuta Watanabe 10



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.20.4 
 2. Beck, Ponce18.9 
 3. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 4. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.17.7 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi17.6 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.2 
 7. Collins, Guaros17.0 
 8. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.8 
 9. Calathes, BC Asta.16.3 
 10. Warren, Maccabi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.14.2 
 2. Jones, Guaynabo10.0 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.4 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.4 
 5. Thomas, Titanes DN9.3 
 6. Calathes, BC Asta.9.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi9.1 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.9.0 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Hapoel H.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Waters, Hapoel H.7.3 
 2. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.4 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.8 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 6. Collins, Guaros4.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.2 
 8. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 9. Bradley, Netanya4.2 
 10. Perry, Elizur A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deron WASHINGTON
  Netan.
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 2. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.4 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Jones, Guaynabo1.9 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.9 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 2. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.6 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Thomas, Chicago B.1.2 
 9. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.1 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.1.0 


U20 European Championship: Russia coast past Israel - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Israel U20 78:60

Russia claimed the opening win at the U20 European Championship. They fired past Israel to improve at 1-2 record in Group C. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Israel suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament.
Russia led from the start. They opened the game with six straight points and finished the first quarter up by 7 points 20:13. Russia dominated in the second quarter. They stretched the margin at 17-point mark at halftime 41:24. Israel stopped the rot in the third term. Sharon Drucker team got within 13 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough as Russia went on a 21:16 rally and sealed the victory at the end. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) provided 14 points, while Maksim Sakharov (195-SG-93), Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) and Vladislav Trushkin (200-SF-93) added 10 points each in the win. Igor Mayor (198-SG-93) responded with 16 points for Israel. Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 20, Alexander Zakharov 14, Andrey Loginov 10, Maksim Sakharov 10, Vladislav Trushkin 10
Israel U20: Igor Mayor 16, Tom Maayan 13



Maccabi Tel-Aviv sign Tyrese Rice - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv confirmed the signing of Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.). The guard inked a two-year deal with the Israeli powerhouse. Last season Tyrese Rice spent in Germany. He played for Bayern Muenchen. He notched 15.8 points, 4.4 assists, 1.9 rebounds per game in BBL. Tyrese Rice made it into All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team. Previously Tyrese Rice had stints in Lithuania, Germany, Greece. He was named into All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team. Tyrese Rice also made it into LKL All-Newcomers Team in 2012. The guard was named into All-VTB League 2nd Team in the same season.


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Enel Brindisi land Massimo Bulleri - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi land Massimo Bulleri (188-PG-77) who played last time at Umana Reyer Venezia. In 33 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg last season. Bulleri also spent pre-season at Givova Scafati (Lega2) that year.
The previous season he played at Benetton Treviso. In 28 games he had 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. Bulleri also played 8 games in Eurocup where he had 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Eurocup Semifinals in 2011. Bulleri received also Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2003,2005 and 2006. He represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 92.3%.
Massimo Bulleri has played previously for four other Italy teams: Armani Milano, Virtus 1934 Bologna, Mestre and Oknoplast Bologna.



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William Jones Cup: Iran clinch fifth straight win edging Japan - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Japan 60:55

Iran kept their perfect record intact at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to earn the fifth straight victory. Japan on the other hand suffered the fifth straight defeat at the tournament.
Iran and Japan traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. The teams were locked at 20-all after ten minutes. Iran stiffened defensively in the second frame. They limited Japan to 7 points in the period and grabbed a 6-point halftime lead 33:27. Iran maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They rallied into the fourth frame up by 7 points 47:40. Japan managed just 15 points in the final quarter which was not enough to recover. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 14 points for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) added 12 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) had 9 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 13 points for Japan. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 10 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 14, Mahdi Kamrani 12, Rouzbeh Arghavan 9+10 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 13, Yuta Watanabe 10



2013 University Games: A 17-0 start allows Serbia to stun Japan - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Japan 105:64

A 17-0 start allows Serbia to stun Japan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Balkan side improved to 4-0 record after a comfortable 105:64 win.
Serbia won the first period 27-13 and added 22-17 rally in the second frame. Serbia also grabbed 24-16 burst in the third period and erupted with 32-18 burst in the last stanza. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) brought three-digit number for the winners and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) scored the last points in the game.
Djordje Gagic top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) netted 13. Nikola Malesevic (201-F-89) delivered 11 points in a win. Yuma Fujii (91) replied with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Naoki Uto (91) netted 12. Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) ended up with 10 points in a loss.


Serbia will take on Romania tomorrow, while Japan will face Mongolia.

Serbia: Djordje Gagic 14, Dejan Djokic 13, Nikola Malesevic 11
Japan: Yuma Fujii 13, Naoki Uto 12, Kengo Nomoto 10



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Wiliam Jones Cup: South Korea better Jordan - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Jordan 67:57

South Korea claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan in Taipei today. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) nailed 15 points to lead the winning team. Jordan fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
South Korea silenced their opponents in the opening frame. The Korean team went on an 18:6 run to clear off. Jordan stopped the bleeding in the second period. They adjusted their offence and cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 21:29. South Korea did not allow Jordan to take over in the third term. The Korean team established a 9-point cushion at the final intermission. They exploded with 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91) produced 10 points, while Seung-Jun Lee dropped 9 points for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) responded with 14 points for Jordan. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 15, Kim Mingoo 10, Seung-Jun Lee 9
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 14, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 10



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  KENYA   


Lions Maul Mennonites As KPA Run Riot - by Eurobasket News

LIONS roared to a 77-53 win over Mennonites in their premier league basketball encounter at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium. The former champions led 18-15 at the first quarter. Mennonites took the second with a close 14-13 edge as the two teas retired to the break with Lions ahead 31-29. Away at the Makande Welfare hall in Mombasa, Kenya Ports Authority teams silenced the visiting sides to bag maximum points infront of their insatiable fans.
KPA men walloped Strathmore University 61-43 while KPA women thrashed Sprite Storms 62-38 behind Yvonne Akinyi's game high 27 points. Strathmore University women sides pipped NYTA Shimba 48-45 in a closely fought encounter that saw the lanky Manuela Biel score 12 while Tanya Ogwel and Grace Wanjiku managed 12 points each. Taudensia Peter scored the losers 16 points.
At Upper Hill school courts reigning women champions Eagle Wings torched Safe Spaces 54-37 while at the Police Canteen courts in Kakamega, Co-operative Bank of Kenya beat the home girls 49-24.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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The most important 3 hours in Lebanese Basketball History - by Elie Khoury

Three hours from now, and with things remaining as it looks , Lebanon will be banned from all FIBA related international event.
Three hours from now, more than 5 Million Lebanese will witness the end of a Dream.
Three hours from now, LEBANON will lose it's only real asset .
Three hours from now, Two Clubs will enter history as the clubs who destroyed the Lebanese Sports.

FIBA gave until 12 Pm Beirut Time for both Clubs to withdraw the lawsuits , and for all Division one Clubs to sign a MOU that FIBA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports agreed on .
As of now, Both Amshit and Mouttahed are refusing any kind of lawsuits withdrawal , which will lead into the most severe punishment in Lebanese Sports History.
On the Same hand, al Riyadi Beirut, Sagesse Beirut , Amshit, Mouttahed , Byblos and Hoops are all refusing to sign the MOU .

A fast explanation to our situation shows the following :

Amshit's president of honor, Dr. Charbel Sleiman is the Son of the President of the Lebanese Republic Michel Sleiman.
Mouttahed's president is Mr. Ahmad Safadi, who is the cousin of Minister Safadi.

and Since the Key of our salvation settles in these two Club's headquarters , We urge both " President Sleiman and Minister Safadi " , to take a manly enough decision RIGHT NOW .
Take this decision and save SPORTS.

To be Respect is EARNED .... earn it before 12 pm.





FIBA Issues Final Warning to the Lebanese Basketball Federation - by Elie Khoury

Reference : Suspension of the Lebanese Basketball Federation
Dear Mr. President,
Dear Mr. Secretary General,
I refer to my letter of 28 June 2013 whereby your federation was invited to take several measures to solve the important issues affecting the good governance of basketball in Lebanon.
As you know, the FIBA Central Board has indicated at its last meeting that should the situation in Lebanon not be restored immediately so as to allow your federation to function in an orderly way and in accordance with the FIBA General Statutes, the suspension of the Lebanese Basketball Federation shall be pronounced with immediate effect.
Indeed, it was made clear to you that the following steps needed to be taken by your federation:
1) As a matter of urgency and by no later than 5 July 2013
a) all court cases be withdrawn and the decisions taken annulled;
b) the MOU proposed by FIBA Asia and the Ministry of Youth & Sport signed by all parties involved;
2) As soon as possible
c) the national championship be continued and finalized without any further interference if the competition calendar allows so
d) Proper regulations for protests and appeals are enacted by the Basketball Federation in line with Article 9.5 of FIBAs General Statutes and with FIBAs approval within the next 3 months
With regards to the above conditions, I acknowledge with thanks receipt of your email of 8 July 2013 informing us that regretfully points a) and b) could not be fulfilled due to a number of clubs not willing to withdraw the court cases and to sign the proposed MOU.
On the other hand, within the past days some clubs have contacted FIBA directly to submit their position and confirm that they will not sign the MOU alleging inter alia -and to name just a few- that your federation is under political interferences with several board members being under heavy political influence, that the situation depicted by your federation to FIBA does not reflect the reality and that the federation does not abide by the FIBA General Statutes, in particular with regards to point d) above.
In view of all the above circumstances and following the clear instructions given by the FIBA Central Board, and after consultation with FIBA Asia, I have the regret to inform you that the Lebanese Basketball Federation is herewith suspended from FIBA with immediate effect.
As a result, your teams and officials may no longer participate in any official competitions or activities until the suspension is lifted by FIBA.
This decision is copied to FIBA Asia which will now make the necessary logistical adjustments for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championships, in particular the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championship in the Philippines.
In view of the fact that the decision to replace your team by another national team at the above event will need to be made as a matter of urgency, we strongly encourage you to sit with all basketball parties in Lebanon within the next hours in order to comply with points a) and b) above before 12:00 (noon) tomorrow Friday 12 July 2013.
Passed that deadline, FIBA Asia will automatically proceed with the replacement of your team.
I sincerely hope that the internal issues affecting your federation will be resolved very soon for the good development of basketball in Lebanon.
FIBA and FIBA Asia remain of course ready to assist you in this matter.
Yours faithfully,
Patrick Baumann
Secretary General
Cc.: FIBA President, Mr. Mainini
FIBA Asia President, Sheik Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani
FIBA Asia Secretary General, Mr. Hagop Khajirian
Lebanese National Olympic Committee
Lebanese Minister of Youth & Sports, Mr. Faisal Karami



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2013 University Games: Lithuania beat Brazil in the top game of Group D - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-Brazil 77:69

Lithuania beat Brazil in the top game of Group D at the 2013 University Games. The Baltic State posted a 77:69 win for 4-0 record. Brazil meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Lithuania opened the game with 22-16 and added 19-14 rally in the second frame. Brazil did their best to recover and posted two narrow victories in the second half. It was not however enough to seal the victory as Brazil reduce to final 8 points.
Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) paced all the winners with 17 points and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) nailed 13. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) poured in 11 points and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) added 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) notched 10. George Chaia (190-G-91) ended up with 8, while CORAZZA NETO Elio notched 7.

Lithuania: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 17, Simas Buterlevicius 13, Eimantas Bendzius 11, Adas Juskevicius 10
Brazil: Cristiano Felicio 20+12 rebs, Leonardo Meindl 10, George Chaia 8, CORAZZA NETO Elio 7



U20 European Championship: Lithuania jumps to 3-0 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U20-Lithuania U20 49:107

Lithuania jumps to 3-0 record in Group A of the U20 European Championship. The Baltic State overcame Georgia 107:49 for the perfect record. Georgia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
The defending champions started the game with massive 33-12 run. They added 30-18 rally and enjoyed a 63:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Lithuania posted a 32-10 burst in the third quarter and added final 12-9 push in the last period.
Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) paced all the winners with 20 points and Tauras Jogela (202-PF-93) nailed 15. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) delivered 12, whilst Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) and Ignas Vaitkus (189-SF-93) notched 10 each. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Giorgi Tsirekidze (204-PF-94) as well as Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) had 9 each.

Georgia U20: Otar Pkhakadze 15, Giorgi Tsirekidze 9, Revaz Rogava 9
Lithuania U20: Martynas Paliukenas 20, Tauras Jogela 15, Osvaldas Olisevicius 12, Mindaugas Kacinas 10, Ignas Vaitkus 10



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2013 University Games: Romania stay unbeaten with victory over Mexico - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Mexico 76:67

Romania maintains their perfect record at the 2013 World University Games. They knocked down Mexico to gain 4-0 record in Group B. Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) came up with 25 points to lead the winning side.
Mexico and Romania exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Romania pulled ahead in the second frame. They dropped 22 points to establish a 37:31 halftime lead. Mexico turned things around in the third quarter. They erased the deficit and posted a 49:47 lead before the final frame. Romania responded with a 29-point outburst in the fourth period and sealed the win. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) notched 22 points and 12 boards, while Vlad Corpodean (194-F-91) chipped in 8 points in the win. Jesus Felix (194-F-90) answered with 17 points for Mexico. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Romania: Adrian Gutoaia 25, Bogdan Tibirna 22+12 boards, Vlad Corpodean 8
Mexico: Jesus Felix 17, Fernando Benitez 16



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2013 University Games: Mongolia tastes initial success in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Philippines-Mongolia 79:92

Mongolia tastes initial success in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Mongolia overcame Philippines 92:79 for 1-3 record in Group B. Philippines meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Both teams desired to win their initial game at the tournament. Philippines opened the game with 26-23 lead, but the second frame was crucial for them. Mongolia needed a 24-12 surge in the second frame and added 20-17 rally in the third period. Mongolia grabbed the last 25-24 quarter-run and won the game by 13 points.
Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) netted 21. Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) produced 16, while Deigernyam Davaasambuu (194-G-90) netted 14. John Abad (90) replied with 30 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Chris Perolino (93) had 14. Hernal Escosio (90) ended up with 11 points in a loss, whilst Rhaffy Octobre (92) scored 10.

Philippines: John Abad 30+11 rebs, Chris Perolino 14, Hernal Escosio 11, Rhaffy Octobre 10
Mongolia: Bilguun Battuvshin 26, Sanchir Tungalag 21, Azbayar Tserendagva 16, Deigernyam Davaasambuu 14



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U20 European Championship: Montenegro beat Croatia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Croatia U20 79:56

Montenegro registered the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Croatia in the Balkan derby in Group B. Montenegro thus improved at 2-0 record, while dropping Croatia at 1-2. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) posted 24 points to lead the winners.
Montenegro unleashed 26 points in the opening quarter to gain a 3-point lead. They held Croatia to just 9 points in the second frame to ensure a 12-point halftime advantage. Montenegro kept Croatia at distance throughout the third term. They secured a comfortable 21-point buffer before the fourth period. Croatia scored just 12 points in the fourth stanza and had to surrender at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) nailed 15 points, while Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) added 10 points in the victory. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) answered with 23 points for Croatia. Juraj Segaric (183-PG-93) dropped 6 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 24, Vukota Pavic 15, Milos Latkovic 10
Croatia U20: Antonio Boban 23, Juraj Segaric 6



Buducnost added another big man - by Darko Pekic

After the signing of Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84) Buducnost announced today the signing of another big man with Montenegrin passport- Bojan Subotic (203-F-90). The 22 year old forward born and raised in Tivat, started his career in Montengro but moved early to FMP Zeleznik and won as a captain Euroleague for juniors against Barcelona and many other trophies in youth selections.

Subotic played last season for Red Star Belgrade and averaged 3.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg in Adriatic League while in Eurocup he averaged 5.8 ppg in 12 games. He is the third signing of Buducnost this summer after Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) and Milos Komatina.



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Chauncey Billups returns to Pistons for $5M over 2 years - by Eurobasket News

The Detroit Pistons have decided to bring back Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado). Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed the move Thursday morning. Billups has agreed to a two-year deal the first season is guaranteed for $2.5 million US a year. Detroit dealt Billups to his hometown Denver Nuggets early in the 2008-09 season and the team has struggled since making the unpopular trade. Billups was the NBA Finals MVP in 2004, when he led Pistons past the Los Angeles Lakers. The five-time all-star turns 37 in September. He bounced back last season to play 22 games for the Los Angeles Clippers after tearing his left Achilles tendon during the 2011-12 season.
Courtesy of: cbc.ca



Mikhail Prokhorov brings Andrei Kirilenko to Brooklyn - by Eurobasket News

Mikhail Prokhorov brings Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) to Brooklyn as the Nets landed 32-year old former Russian international forward Andrei Kirilenko (209-104kg-81) who played last time at Minnesota Timberwolves. In 64 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous season Kirilenko played at CSKA Moscow (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 PBL games he had 12.3ppg, 6.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.3spg (in top 5) and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Defensive Player of the Year. Andrei Kirilenko also played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 14.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.9bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year. Kirilenko also played 11 games in VTB United League where he had 11.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2010-11 season Kirilenko played at the Jazz. In 64 games he had 11.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.2bpg.
Among other achievements Kirilenko received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League European Player of the Year award in 2012. He also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Kirilenko's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 17.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), Blocks-3 (1.8bpg), FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.5%.



Atlanta Hawks sign 19-year-old Schroder - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks sign 19-year-old Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) who played last time at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in Germany. In 31 BBL games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.3apg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
Despite young age he had impressive career. His team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup Final Four in 2012. Schroeder received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2012.
Dennis Schroeder has been also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team last year and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013. Schroeder represented Germany at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 63.6%.



The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed with Ronny Turiaf to a two-year deal - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed with Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) to a two-year deal. The French player that will miss EuroBasket 2013 moves to the Wolves.
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).



LA Clippers sign Bullock just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) signed 22-year old guard Reggie Bullock (201-93kg-91). He just graduated from N.Carolina (NCAA). In 35 games he had 13.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to USBWA All-District III 1st Team, All-ACC 2nd Team and ACC All-Tournament Team. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Bullock's team won ACC Regular Season for two years in a row (2011 and 2012).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Los Angeles Lakers add Nick Young - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers add Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) who played last time at Philadelphia 76ers. In 59 games he had 10.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Young ended the previous (2011-12) season at the Clippers. In 33 games he recorded 9.2ppg and 1.5rpg that season. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at the Wizards. In 40 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2007 Young was drafted by Washington Wizards in first round (16th overall). The former University of Southern California standout is in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Nick Young played in the final of Pac-10 Tournament in 2007. He was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 15 1st Team back in 2007 at his college time.



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2013 University Games: Australia surprise USA in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

United States of America-Australia 84:93

Australia surprise USA in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade. Australia needed a 93:84 win as both sides are now with 3-1 records.
Australia grabbed 20:19 lead after the first period, but USA replied with 24-20 rally in the second frame. Moreover USA needed a 21-19 rally in the third period to take 5-point advantage. Australia meanwhile dominated the last stanza and erupted with a massive 34-20 surge. SHEEHEY William gave USA 65:64 lead, but it was the last for them in the game. Australia created an 8-0 run for 72:64 and then Jason Cadee (6'1''-G-91) brought 87:79. He also scored the last points in the game.
Jason Cadee stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Cameron Bairstow (6'9''-F-90) nailed 22. Mitchell Young (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) posted 12, while Ryan Broekhoff (6'7''-F-90, agency: Priority Sports) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds. MCDERMOTT Douglas ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-G-93) had 14. Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) and Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93) followed them with 10 points each.

United States of America: MCDERMOTT Douglas 22, Spencer Dinwiddie 14, Sean Kilpatrick 10, Kevin Ferrell 10
Australia: Jason Cadee 23, Cameron Bairstow 22, Mitchell Young 12, Ryan Broekhoff 10+12 rebs



Ole Miss nabs commitment from forward Marcanvis Hymon - by Rick Ross

Courtesy Of CBSSPORTS.COM
Andy Kennedy (agency: KMG Sports Management ) can relax just a little bit more heading into the July live period. He's picked up a pledge from forward Marcanvis Hymon.
While hundreds of players around the country will take the next three weeks to impress college coaches,
Marcanvis Hymon won't have to be one of them.

On the eve of the July recruiting period,
Hymon decided to end his recruitment. He's headed to Ole Miss.

Hymon, a 6-foot-8 forward from Whitehaven (Tenn.), is ranked No. 111 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2014.
Arkansas,
Auburn, Tennessee, Memphis and Mississippi State were also among his finalists.

Ole Miss seems like a good fit," Hymon told 247Sports' Ole Miss site over the weekend.
Right now, Ole Miss is hot. They won the SEC championship. I have the opportunity to come in and play early,
and you can't go wrong with the SEC."

Hymon is the first member of the Rebels' 2014 commitment class.



William Jones Cup: USA knock down Egypt to earn third straight win - by Eurobasket News

USA - Egypt 88:83

The USA claimed the third consecutive victory at the William Jones Cup. They defeated Egypt for 3-2 record in Taipei. Curtis Marshall (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
The USA exploded with 25 points in the first frame to take a 5-point lead. Egypt matched the effort in the second period. The African team unloaded 30 points in the quarter and tied things up at 50-all. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. The USA eked out a 71:70 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The North American side held Egypt to just 13 points in the final period and snatch victory at the end. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) and Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) delivered 15 points apiece for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (6'2''-G-88) answered with 28 points for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (5'11''-PG-93) had 18 points in the loss.

USA: Curtis Marshall 22+10 boards, Eric Hicks 15, Mychal Kearse 15
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 28, Sherif Gindy 18



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2013 University Games: Mongolia tastes initial success in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Philippines-Mongolia 79:92

Mongolia tastes initial success in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Mongolia overcame Philippines 92:79 for 1-3 record in Group B. Philippines meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Both teams desired to win their initial game at the tournament. Philippines opened the game with 26-23 lead, but the second frame was crucial for them. Mongolia needed a 24-12 surge in the second frame and added 20-17 rally in the third period. Mongolia grabbed the last 25-24 quarter-run and won the game by 13 points.
Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) netted 21. Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) produced 16, while Deigernyam Davaasambuu (194-G-90) netted 14. John Abad (90) replied with 30 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Chris Perolino (93) had 14. Hernal Escosio (90) ended up with 11 points in a loss, whilst Rhaffy Octobre (92) scored 10.

Philippines: John Abad 30+11 rebs, Chris Perolino 14, Hernal Escosio 11, Rhaffy Octobre 10
Mongolia: Bilguun Battuvshin 26, Sanchir Tungalag 21, Azbayar Tserendagva 16, Deigernyam Davaasambuu 14



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Mikolaj Witlinski is a newcomer at Anwil - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old power forward Mikolaj Witlinski (207-95). He played most recently at SMS PZKosz (2Liga). In 25 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to make it to the group final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Best Young Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team.
Witlinski ended the previous (2011-12) season at Rosa Radom. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at SMS PZKosz (3Liga). In 23 games he averaged 8.0ppg and 3.9rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Witlinski played at Meduza Gdynia (D3). He represented Poland at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mikolaj Witlinski is a newcomer at Anwil - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old power forward Mikolaj Witlinski (207-95). He played most recently at SMS PZKosz (2Liga). In 25 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to make it to the group final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Best Young Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team.
Witlinski ended the previous (2011-12) season at Rosa Radom. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at SMS PZKosz (3Liga). In 23 games he averaged 8.0ppg and 3.9rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Witlinski played at Meduza Gdynia (D3). He represented Poland at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 9.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tomasz Krzywdzinski signed a long term deal with Anwil. - by Julian Grucki

Tomasz Krzywdzinski - polish small forward (198 cm, born 16.01.1995) is a product of MKS Novum Bydgoszcz. He helped them to win a bronze medal in junior category in Poland.He contributed also in his regional team (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship) on the Polish Junior Olimpics when they finished second.

His first professional contract with Anwil Wloclawek is a starting point for his career and by the time of that 4 year deal he might develop significantly under coach Milija Bogicevic.



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Serbia U16 defeat Portugal U18 in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Serbian U16 National Team overcame Portuguese U18 selection 63:58 in friendly. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 24:18 advantage after ten minutes. Portugal shifted the gear in the second frame. The visitors grabbed the initiative and earned a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Serbia held their opponents to just 5 points in the third period to ensure a 53:47 advantage before the fourth quarter. Portugal outscored Serbia in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) nailed 12 points, while Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) and Nikola Cirkovic (190-G-97) had 8 points each for the winners. Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) and Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) responded with 11 points apiece in the loss.



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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. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Lisch, Quebradillas16.5 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.4 
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. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.6 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.5 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas8.5 
 9. Balkman, Guayama8.4 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.3 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.3 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas5.1 
 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. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 10. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
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 


Leones return the favor to tie series 1-1 - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce returned the favor by getting a road win over Cangrejeros de Santurce by the score of 87-71. The series continue Friday in Ponce.

Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) dominated the game with 31 points and 13 boards, Ike Diogu along with Rick Apodaca scored 13 each and Carlos Rivera 10.

Santurce started with a great offensive display from long distance thanks to Ricky Sanchez and Alex Galindo. The first quarter ended 24-17 for Santurce as Sanchez had 11 and Galindo 7.

The hosts were on top until Ponce reacted with a 19-0 run that put them up 47-38. The first half finished 47-40 as Harris had 16 and Apodaca 9.

In the second half Ponce pulled away by attacking the basket and making good choices offensively. On defense they forced Santurce to take long range shots and just could not make them.

Sanchez finished with 20 and Galindo 19 for Santurce.



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2013 University Games: Romania stay unbeaten with victory over Mexico - by Eurobasket News

Romania - Mexico 76:67

Romania maintains their perfect record at the 2013 World University Games. They knocked down Mexico to gain 4-0 record in Group B. Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) came up with 25 points to lead the winning side.
Mexico and Romania exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Romania pulled ahead in the second frame. They dropped 22 points to establish a 37:31 halftime lead. Mexico turned things around in the third quarter. They erased the deficit and posted a 49:47 lead before the final frame. Romania responded with a 29-point outburst in the fourth period and sealed the win. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) notched 22 points and 12 boards, while Vlad Corpodean (194-F-91) chipped in 8 points in the win. Jesus Felix (194-F-90) answered with 17 points for Mexico. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Romania: Adrian Gutoaia 25, Bogdan Tibirna 22+12 boards, Vlad Corpodean 8
Mexico: Jesus Felix 17, Fernando Benitez 16



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U20 European Championship: Russia coast past Israel - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Israel U20 78:60

Russia claimed the opening win at the U20 European Championship. They fired past Israel to improve at 1-2 record in Group C. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Israel suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament.
Russia led from the start. They opened the game with six straight points and finished the first quarter up by 7 points 20:13. Russia dominated in the second quarter. They stretched the margin at 17-point mark at halftime 41:24. Israel stopped the rot in the third term. Sharon Drucker team got within 13 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough as Russia went on a 21:16 rally and sealed the victory at the end. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) provided 14 points, while Maksim Sakharov (195-SG-93), Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) and Vladislav Trushkin (200-SF-93) added 10 points each in the win. Igor Mayor (198-SG-93) responded with 16 points for Israel. Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 20, Alexander Zakharov 14, Andrey Loginov 10, Maksim Sakharov 10, Vladislav Trushkin 10
Israel U20: Igor Mayor 16, Tom Maayan 13



2013 University Games: Russia thrash Ukraine for fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Ukraine 94:43

Russia gained the fourth straight win at the home University Games. They bruised Ukraine to remain undefeated on top of Group A. Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) nailed 17 points to lead the hosts. Ukraine fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Russia grabbed a 23:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the margin in the second frame. Ukraine managed just 10 points in the period to face a 21-point deficit before the second half. Russia finished the third period strongly and piled up a comfortable 29-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Russia limited Ukraine to only 6 points in the final quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) netted 15 points, while Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) added 11 points in the victory. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) answered with 13 points for Ukraine. Ivan Poliezhaiev (204-F-89) had 8 points in the loss.

Russia: Andrey Zubkov 17, Pavel Antipov 15, Vladimir Ivlev 11
Ukraine: Anton Rochnyak 13, Ivan Poliezhaiev 8



Mikhail Prokhorov brings Andrei Kirilenko to Brooklyn - by Eurobasket News

Mikhail Prokhorov brings Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) to Brooklyn as the Nets landed 32-year old former Russian international forward Andrei Kirilenko (209-104kg-81) who played last time at Minnesota Timberwolves. In 64 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous season Kirilenko played at CSKA Moscow (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 PBL games he had 12.3ppg, 6.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.9apg, 1.3spg (in top 5) and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Player of the Year, Domestic Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Defensive Player of the Year. Andrei Kirilenko also played 17 games in Euroleague where he had 14.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.9bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year. Kirilenko also played 11 games in VTB United League where he had 11.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.4bpg. He contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2010-11 season Kirilenko played at the Jazz. In 64 games he had 11.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.2bpg.
Among other achievements Kirilenko received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League European Player of the Year award in 2012. He also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Kirilenko's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 17.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-3 (1.9spg), Blocks-3 (1.8bpg), FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.5%.



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Unbeaten Espoir host KBC aim to maintain streak - by Eurobasket News

Last season, Espoir went through the entire season without losing a single game and they have continued to dominate opponents in the new campaign. Saturday Sport / P. Muzogeye.

Champions Espoir continue the defence of the national basketball league title against the 2012 winners Kigali Basketball Club at Kimisagara Youth Centre courts on Saturday evening.
It will be on fifth day of the 2013-14 league season and on the same day, former champions APR will play against United Generation Basketball Club.
On Sunday, Rusizi will host 30-Plus, CSK play with Espoir, while United Generation Basketball will host Kigali Basketball Club at Kimisagara.
Espoir coach Jean Bahufite said his team is determined to continue from where they finished last season, We will continue where we finished last year, we need to be as consistent as we were last season, and I am positive we would.
Last weekend, Espoir, who won both the regular season league title and the playoff trophy, beat 30-Plus 91-63, while the 2009 champions, Circle Sportif de Kigali beat another former winners, APR 63-58 in Over Time.
In other matches, UGB beat 30-Plus 58-30, KBC won 71-64 against CSK, and APR dominated 30-Plus 75-57.

In the women category, two games were played and the champions APR overcame Ubumwe 53-40 and 46-37 in the first and second games respectively.
Meanwhile, Rwandan referee Didier Shema Maboko was named to be a part of the referees for this years Afro-basket for men championships due to start in Ivory Coast in August.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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2013 University Games: A 17-0 start allows Serbia to stun Japan - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Japan 105:64

A 17-0 start allows Serbia to stun Japan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Balkan side improved to 4-0 record after a comfortable 105:64 win.
Serbia won the first period 27-13 and added 22-17 rally in the second frame. Serbia also grabbed 24-16 burst in the third period and erupted with 32-18 burst in the last stanza. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) brought three-digit number for the winners and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) scored the last points in the game.
Djordje Gagic top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) netted 13. Nikola Malesevic (201-F-89) delivered 11 points in a win. Yuma Fujii (91) replied with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Naoki Uto (91) netted 12. Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) ended up with 10 points in a loss.


Serbia will take on Romania tomorrow, while Japan will face Mongolia.

Serbia: Djordje Gagic 14, Dejan Djokic 13, Nikola Malesevic 11
Japan: Yuma Fujii 13, Naoki Uto 12, Kengo Nomoto 10



Radnicki Kragujevac in Eurocup - by Igor Obradovic

Radnicki Kragujevac will be only team from Serbia who will play in Eurocup this season.

After Adriatic league cancelled participation of Vojvodina who has not pay all amount of money for ABA league wild-card (150.000 euros), board of Adriatic league offered wild-card to Radnicki and they paid this amount as soon as possible.
Because of last year results Radnicki got wild-card for Eurocup and in season 2013/14, Kragujevac will have chance to watch European games in their town.



Bojan Subotic moves from Crvena Zvezda to Buducnost Podgorica - by Zoran Popovic

According to information from Serbian sports news, Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) part ways with Crvena Zvezda Beograd. In the same time Management of Buducnost Podgorica decides to offer Bojan Subotic three years contract deal. Bojan Subotic started career in Tivat and with 14 years moves in FMP Beograd youth team, where he passed all selections all the way to senior team and last two seasons played for Crvena Zvezda Beograd. This season Subotic won Serbian National Cup Radivoj Korac with Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Bojan Subotic was member of Serbian U16, U18 and U20 National teams.


Serbia U16 defeat Portugal U18 in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Serbian U16 National Team overcame Portuguese U18 selection 63:58 in friendly. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Serbia jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 24:18 advantage after ten minutes. Portugal shifted the gear in the second frame. The visitors grabbed the initiative and earned a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Serbia held their opponents to just 5 points in the third period to ensure a 53:47 advantage before the fourth quarter. Portugal outscored Serbia in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) nailed 12 points, while Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) and Nikola Cirkovic (190-G-97) had 8 points each for the winners. Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) and Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) responded with 11 points apiece in the loss.



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Heat continues hot streak, while supporters causes match to be abandoned - by Eurobasket News

Basketball fans one again saw themselves at the centre of things last weekend, where the match between Angels and Premium Cobras had to be abandoned due unsavoury scenes by the supporters. Meanwhile, Beau Vallon Heat maintained their unbeaten record with a win against Drifters.

Veteran Jim Domingue (left) and PLS Hawks looking to retain their league title
The match between Angels and Cobras had reached the fourth quarter; Cobras were leading 57-55, then the crowd decided they wanted to get in on the act too. Abusive taunt towards officials and disorderly conduct forced the match to be abandoned and again posed the question of when will action be taken to prevent such disrespectful acts from tainting the image of Seychelles basketball. Another blip in an otherwise enthralling basketball season.
In other first division matches, things did go on without a hitch. Beau Vallon Heat continued with their unbeaten record this season as they romped drifters on an 81-65 score and therefore remain at the top of the league standings.
Defending league champions PLS Hawks kept their chances of retaining their title alive as they beat MBU Rockers 64-55 while second placed Baya dominated RC Dynamics in a 104-47 victory. Earlier in the week, MBU Rockers suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Drifters.
In the second division, there were wins for Cascade Bullets who beat Razors 62-52 and Anse Etoile got a 57-56 victory over AAP Brothers.
In the womens league, Hotshot got an easy 89-43 win over Juniors.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Batka pens his future with Inter - by Michal Duchovic

BK Inter Bratislava has secured two interesting players - first, they extended contract with Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83) and second they signed first big name before the upcoming season. Michal Batka (204-PF-87) is joining his fifth slovak club in his career. The 26-years old power forward played last season for BC Prievidza, where he quickly adapted to one of the most valuable players. Michal has averaged in 35 games 12.3 ppg and 4.2 rpg. The member of Slovak National Team has told to official site of Bratislava that he got the best terms in Slovakia. He preferred going outside from Slovakia, but he could not wait, so he decided to play in Inter.


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Elektra makes Smiljanic its new coach - by Zeljko Zule

Elektra announced today that they have come to an agreement with 42-year old Serbian Ivan Smiljanic to be the head coach of the team for the 2013-14 season.
Smiljanic arrives from Gradanski Biljeljina after winning the championship of Republika Srpska. He also coached Serbian sides Radnicki Novi Sad and Zeleznicar Indija. Smiljanic served as assistant coach of U18 Serbian national team at 2008 European Championship in Greece.




U20 European Championship: Slovenia beat Czech Republic for second win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Czech Republic U20 78:72

Slovenia registered the second victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to gain 2-1 record in Group D. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) nailed 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
Slovenia and Czech Republic stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Slovenia eked out a 17:15 lead after the starting quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accounted for a 38:34 halftime advantage. Czech Republic turned things around in the third term. They surged ahead to enter the fourth period up by three points 58:55. However Slovenia used a 13:2 run early in the fourth period to take a 70:62 advantage. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) dragged Czech Republic within two 70:72 with just over two minutes remaining. Gregor Hrovat (196-SG-94) came up with a timely bucket for Slovenia and then Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93), Rojc and Tomic sealed the victory for Slovenia. Gregor Hrovat produced 11 points, while Luka Rupnik and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) added 10 points each for Slovenia. Tomas Kyzlink answered with 21 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) had 18 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 24, Gregor Hrovat 11, Luka Rupnik 10, Miha Lapornik 10
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 21, Martin Kriz 18



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Venezuela's national team fighting for a spot - by Wolfgang Lucena

Venezuela's senior national basketball team started their practices to earn one out of four spots available in the 2013 FIBA world Cup qualification tournament, which is going to be held in Caracas Venezuela from august 31 through September 11 of 2013.
The first cycle of practices of the Vinotinto basketball team is taking place in Caracas Venezuela leaded by the head coach Nestor Garcia
The second part of the teams preparation will be within both the USA and Europe, where the Venezuelan team is going to be playing some tough games. The Vinotinto team will later return to their home state Venezuela ready to face up nine more national teams, which all will also try to take one of the four spots available in the 2014 basketball world cup.

Group A:
Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Uruguay

Group B:
Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela




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2013 University Games: Germany prevail against South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Germany-South Korea 93:69

Germany prevail against South Korea at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The German team produced a 93:69 win at the 2013 University Games.
Both teams entered the game with 2-1 records. The European side started with 24-16 and only increased the lead in the game. They added 22-13 rally in the second period and enjoyed 17 points at the halftime. Moreover Germany erupted with a 28-15 surge in the third period and led 30 points after 30 minutes of the game. South Korea managed to win the last period 25-19 and reduced the game to 93:69.
Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) nailed 18. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) and Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) delivered 9 points each.

Germany: Johannes Voigtmann 20+11 rebs, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 18, Konstantin Klein 9, Till-Joscha Joenke 9
South Korea: DOO Kyung Min 20, PARK Jae Hyun 15, Lee Hyeon Seok (189-G-92) 9, Bae Soo Yone (196-F-92) 8



Wiliam Jones Cup: South Korea better Jordan - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Jordan 67:57

South Korea claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan in Taipei today. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) nailed 15 points to lead the winning team. Jordan fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
South Korea silenced their opponents in the opening frame. The Korean team went on an 18:6 run to clear off. Jordan stopped the bleeding in the second period. They adjusted their offence and cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 21:29. South Korea did not allow Jordan to take over in the third term. The Korean team established a 9-point cushion at the final intermission. They exploded with 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91) produced 10 points, while Seung-Jun Lee dropped 9 points for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) responded with 14 points for Jordan. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 15, Kim Mingoo 10, Seung-Jun Lee 9
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 14, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 10



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U20 European Championship: Sweden tastes the first victory in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20-Sweden U20 70:76

Sweden tastes the first victory in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team overcame Ukraine 76:70 in the end of the third day for 1-1 record. Ukraine meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
Ukraine looked better in the first quarter and posted a 20-12 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden however took control in the second frame and dominated the rest of the game. Sweden won the second period 24-15 and added 21-16 rally in the third quarter. Both teams scored 19 points each in the last period for the final result.
Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) nailed 16. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) brought 13, whilst Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) had 12. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) finished the game with 23 points in defeat and Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) notched 16. Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) brought 14 points, while Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) had 13.

Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Koreniuk 23, Klym Artamonov 16, Sergiy Zagreba 14, Anatoliy Shundel 13
Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 17, Marcus Eriksson 16, Nicholas Spires 13, Niklas Larsson 12



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BBC Monthey sign Myles McKay and Tony Gugino - by Luca Maffioli

BBC Monthey announced the signing of Myles McKay (193-G-86, college: Wisc.-Whitewater) and Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale). The American guard spent 2011-2012 season with Austin Toros (9.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg), Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (12.2ppg) and Pertevniyal Istanbul (14.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2.2spg). Gugino comes back to Swiss after two years in Bulgaria. Last season he played with Rilski Sportist Samokov. He averaged 8.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.0 blocks in Bulgaria-NBL; He had 10.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals in Balkan League.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. King, KKL24.0 
 2. Lamizana, Al Ahli21.8 
 3. Lin, KKL21.1 
 4. Taylor, Al Shabab20.8 
 5. Davis, Pure Youth18.9 
 6. Felix, Guaiqueries18.0 
 7. Allen, Taiwan Beer16.6 
 8. Tien, Dacin Tigers16.1 
 9. Howell, Dacin Tige.15.4 
 10. Chen, Bank o.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. King, KKL13.9 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth13.6 
 3. Lamizana, Al Ahli12.3 
 4. Howell, Dacin Tige.12.1 
 5. Taylor, Al Shabab12.0 
 6. Allen, Taiwan Beer10.4 
 7. Felix, Guaiqueries9.0 
 8. Zhou, Bank o.7.2 
 9. Tsai, Pure Youth6.9 
 10. Tien, Dacin Tigers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kuan-Lun LIN
  KKL
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Lin, KKL4.5 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 3. Lamizana, Al Ahli3.7 
 4. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.4 
 5. Wu, Sichuan BW3.1 
 6. Chen, Pure Youth3.0 
 7. King, KKL2.8 
 8. Taylor, Al Shabab2.8 
 9. Chen, Jiangsu TX2.7 
 10. Lai, Taiwan Beer2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Al Shabab
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Taylor, Al Shabab2.4 
 2. King, KKL2.1 
 3. Liu, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 4. Felix, Guaiqueries1.6 
 5. Ke, Pure Youth1.4 
 6. Chen, Pure Youth1.4 
 7. Davis, Pure Youth1.4 
 8. Zuo, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 9. Lo, Dacin Tigers1.3 
 10. Zheng, Bank o.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Al Ahli
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lamizana, Al Ahli3.3 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth2.4 
 3. Felix, Guaiqueries1.8 
 4. King, KKL1.6 
 5. Taylor, Al Shabab1.6 
 6. Lee, Yulon Luxgen1.1 
 7. Howell, Dacin Tige.1.1 
 8. Wu, Taiwan Mobile0.9 
 9. Liu, Taiwan Beer0.8 
 10. Allen, Taiwan Beer0.8 


William Jones Cup: Taiwan clinch fourth victory - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Taiwan B 90:89

Taiwan recorded their fourth victory at the William Jones Cup. They snatch a narrow win over their B selection. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) nailed 24 points and issued 7 assists to lead the effort. Taiwan B slipped at 1-5 record.
Taiwan B National Team got to the better start. They ensured a 16:13 lead after the opening stanza. Taiwan drained 28 points in the second frame to cut the deficit at a single point at halftime 42:41. The B selection exploded with a 28-point effort in the third term to ensure a 5-point lead before the final frame. But it was not enough. Taiwan National Team triggered a 25:19 run in the fourth period to snatch a tough victory at the end. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) had 14 points, while Yang Chin-Min (189-G-84) added 12 for the winners. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan B. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) tossed in 15 points in the losing case.

Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 24, Tsai Wen-Cheng 14, Yang Chin-Min 12
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chang Chia-Jung 15



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.4 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.5 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.3 
 4. Burtt, Avtodor17.9 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.7 
 6. Lewis, Guayama16.0 
 7. Theodore, Guaynabo15.8 
 8. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.7 
 9. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.3 
 10. Chalmers, Aliaga15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.11.1 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.9 
 4. Elonu, Jiangsu TX7.5 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 6. Prince, Guaynabo7.2 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.6.9 
 8. Parakhouski, Olin6.5 
 9. Vidmar, Besiktas6.3 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Woodside, TED K.7.1 
 2. Collins, Gaziantep4.9 
 3. Brown, Turk T.4.9 
 4. Theodore, Guaynabo4.7 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir4.4 
 8. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.2 
 10. Burtt, Avtodor4.2 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Guaynabo
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prince, Guaynabo1.9 
 2. Theodore, Guaynabo1.7 
 3. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.6 
 6. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 7. Markoishvili, Gala.1.3 
 8. Shumpert, Aliaga1.3 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.3 
 10. Lewis, Guayama1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.6 
 2. Bayav, Erdemir1.4 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.0 
 5. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Elonu, Jiangsu TX1.0 
 7. Heytvelt, Tofas0.8 
 8. Arnold, Aliaga0.8 
 9. Prince, Guaynabo0.8 
 10. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.8 


Banvit tabs Kuqo - by Efe Gorkem

One day after signing Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports), coach Dimitris Itoudis gets another local frontcourt player to his roster. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu sign Ermal Kuqo (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) to one year contract.

According to his agent Misko Raznatovic, veteran center will play in Banvit Basketbol Kulubu next season. 33 year-old Kuqo has an eight-year Euroleague experience.

Banvit Basketbol Kulubu will face CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Euroleague qualifiers.



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Trapped giants Falcons, Riham Warriors left to play catch-up - by Eurobasket News

KAMPALA-Warriors are finally moving in the direction that DMark Power and Falcons have treaded for years with relative success by acquiring sponsorship.

Yesterday, they became Riham Warriors to add to their partnerships with smsempire and NBS TV.

It changes their outlook significantly as they have significantly depended on club patron AmbroseTashobya for eternity.But, the champions from last year are yet to show the same brilliance and grit that won them their second Airtel National Basketball League title. A repeat date with Falcons, a first meeting since that 4-2 series victory last December, today at the Lugogo MTN Arena, is probably the best way to jumpstart their seaso
Neither team has done much so far but its too early to count any of the top six out of the running for the championship. This team is capable of winning the championship because we are balanced, Warriors coach Sam Samanya says, defiantly.
He completely ignored the departures of guard Cyrus Kiviri (UCU Canons), Norman Blick (201-F-83) (Power) and coach Mandy Juruni (City Oilers) to translate what Tashobya called positive energy to this roster.Plenty of that energy will be needed as Warriors have beaten just one of the top six teams in KIU Titans and are yet to face Power.
On the sidelines of the media briefing to unveil Riham, Tashobya confirmed the addiion of Tanzanian small forward Sylvian Yunzu Maige (Savio), former Charging Rhino guard Mark Opio (back from studies in India) and Rwandese point guard Aristide Mugabe (Espoir). Maige and Opio have been cleared to play tomorrow (today) but Mugabe will join us in August, Tashobya reveals.
Kenyan big man Michael Kariuki could also make his first appearance today to aid Sam Gombya and Henry Malinga. Warriors arent at peace though there seems to be a concerted effort to be organised.
Just like National Council of Sports (NCS) had not fixed the promised hoops valued at Shs76m by press time, Falcons are not at peace either.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Warriors' Kasewu in earlier game against UCUWarriors' Kasewu in earlier game against UCU - by Eurobasket News

Ronnie Kasewu scored season high 24 points, picked 3 rebounds and handed out 3 helpers to lead Riham Warriors to a 66-62 win over Galaxy Falcons Friday night at the MTN Arena in Lugogo. Henry Malinga had 15 points, Ivan Enabu added 11 points as the Warriors won a third consecutive game
Guys played as a team and were composed to earn the win Warriors coach, Emmanuel Samanya said.
Warriors (7-2) edged the opening quarter 14-11 and used a strong defensive display to hold the Falcons to a season low 9 points in the second quarter as they built a double digit lead that they took into the halftime break. Falcons (5-4) rallied back in the third quarter and tied the game at 34 with 3:13 after a 14-2 run.
Trailing 42-44 going into the final frame, center Philip Ameny (11 points, 9 rebounds) tied the game at 44 with a pair of throws. Mark Opio (6 points) took Warriors back up with a close look but Steven Omony (198-G/F-79) (25 points, 11 rebounds) responded from down town and added a harmer down to take Falcons up 49-46 with 7:40. There was a lot of will to win today compared to the other games we have lost which is a positive Falcons coach, Gad Eteu told Kawowo Sports.
Tied at 60 with 1:55 to the final buzzer, Opio and Kasewu pushed Warriors up 64-60 before Ameny was sent to the line to bring Falcons with-in 62-64 on a pair of throws with 26 seconds. On gaining possession, Warriors Guard, Enabu was sent to the line nailing both shots with 22 second to close the scoring on the night. I think we gave them 3 possessions (in the waning minutes) and we made a technical error putting Peter (Elungat) on ice who has been giving us points. Eteu added. Guard, Geoffrey Omondi (2 points, 7 rebounds & 7 assists) knows they had the game in their hands was it not for the mistakes as minutes faded out. We made silly mistakes in the end and they punished us with their speed he said.
Warriors big man, Micheal Kariuki was on the floor for the first time this season. He did not score but picked 5 rebounds and swiped 2 steals. Ronnie Kasewu had a hot shooting night from the field going 5-for-12 on 3-pointers and 4-for-5 from inside. I have been struggling with injuries since the start of the season and I was not attending training sessions regularly but Im getting well and been working out over the past two weeks. I am starting to get back on he said.
Steven Omony had another game high in a losing effort for Falcons. Abdullahi Ramadhan who had averaged 22 points in the previous two games before last nights game struggled to get his shot off. The Falcons guard went 4-for-14 from the field for 9 points.
Falcons out-rebounded Warriors 42-29 but the inability to shoot from the line was one of their biggest undoing as they shot 13-of-28 from the line.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Coleman Collins pens deal with Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash reinforced their roster. They inked deal with Coleman Collins (206-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket, college: Virginia Tech). The centre spent the last season in France. He played for Chorale de Roanne. Coleman Collins notched 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in ProA. Coleman Collins earned All-French ProA Honourable Mention. Previously Coleman Collins had stints in Bosnia, Germany, D-League and Germany. He was Germany Bundesliga Cup finalist in 2008. Coleman Collins led Siroki WWin to the Bosnian Cup title in 2012. Coleman Collins also celebrated Bosnia and Herzegovina League title in 2012.


Azovmash land Daniel Kickert - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). The deal is meant for one season. The Australian centre is not new to Ukraine. He started the previous season in Dnipro. Daniel Kickert tallied 17.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in Superleague. Later in the season Daniel Kickert moved to Budivelnyk Kyiv. He tallied 9.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in the capital. He helped Budivelnyk clinch Superleague title. Previously the centre had stints in Poland, Spain and Italy. He made it into Polish League All-Bosmans Team in 2011 and 2012. Daniel Kickert participated at the PLK All-Star Game in 2012.


2013 University Games: Russia thrash Ukraine for fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Ukraine 94:43

Russia gained the fourth straight win at the home University Games. They bruised Ukraine to remain undefeated on top of Group A. Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) nailed 17 points to lead the hosts. Ukraine fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Russia grabbed a 23:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the margin in the second frame. Ukraine managed just 10 points in the period to face a 21-point deficit before the second half. Russia finished the third period strongly and piled up a comfortable 29-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Russia limited Ukraine to only 6 points in the final quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) netted 15 points, while Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) added 11 points in the victory. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) answered with 13 points for Ukraine. Ivan Poliezhaiev (204-F-89) had 8 points in the loss.

Russia: Andrey Zubkov 17, Pavel Antipov 15, Vladimir Ivlev 11
Ukraine: Anton Rochnyak 13, Ivan Poliezhaiev 8



Budivelnyk tab Micah Downs - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Micah Downs (203-G/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga). The swingman started the previous season in D-League. He played for the Maine Red Claws. Micah Downs posted 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He participated at the D-League All-Star Game. Later the swingman moved to Venezuela. He signed with Bucaneros de La Guaira. Downs notched 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance in LPB. Previously Micah Downs had stints in Spain and Croatia. He made it into All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team in 2011.


U20 European Championship: Sweden tastes the first victory in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20-Sweden U20 70:76

Sweden tastes the first victory in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team overcame Ukraine 76:70 in the end of the third day for 1-1 record. Ukraine meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
Ukraine looked better in the first quarter and posted a 20-12 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden however took control in the second frame and dominated the rest of the game. Sweden won the second period 24-15 and added 21-16 rally in the third quarter. Both teams scored 19 points each in the last period for the final result.
Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) nailed 16. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) brought 13, whilst Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) had 12. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) finished the game with 23 points in defeat and Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) notched 16. Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) brought 14 points, while Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) had 13.

Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Koreniuk 23, Klym Artamonov 16, Sergiy Zagreba 14, Anatoliy Shundel 13
Sweden U20: Tobias Borg 17, Marcus Eriksson 16, Nicholas Spires 13, Niklas Larsson 12



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larre Borges 13-1 
 2. Guruyu Waston 12-3 
 3. Cader 11-5 
 4. Welcome 10-5 
 5. Verdirrojo 9-7 
 6. Urunday Univ. 8-7 
 7. Marne 7-8 
 8. Capitol 6-10 
 9. Stockholmo 5-10 
 10. Colon 4-11 
 11. 25 de Agosto 3-12 
 12. Yale 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jul. 12: 25 de Agosto - Colon
Jul. 12: Cader - Yale
Jul. 12: Marne - Guruyu Waston
Jul. 12: Welcome - Stockholmo
Jul. 12: Urunday Univ. - Capitol
Jul. 12: Verdirrojo - Larre Borges



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Final Stage
 1. Marinos 9-3 
 2. Cocodrilos 7-5 
 3. Bucaneros 7-5 
 4. Gigantes 1-11 
Places 5-6
 1. Gaiteros 3-5 
 2. Trotamundos 1-7 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-29 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-32 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
Stage Two Standings

Finals: Round 5

Jul. 11: Cocodrilos - Marinos 74-69

Finals: Round 6

Jul. 14: Marinos - Cocodrilos


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Caner.
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Caner.23.2 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP21.9 
 3. Fortson, Caneros21.5 
 4. Santana, Caneros20.6 
 5. Maye, Titanes DN20.4 
 6. Miller, Gaiteros20.2 
 7. Martinez, Arecibo19.3 
 8. Bailey, Cocolos19.3 
 9. Rodgers, Marinos18.3 
 10. Flores, Titanes DN18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Arecibo
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Arecibo12.1 
 2. Santana, Caneros10.0 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Cocolos9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Carmona, Caner.7.7 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 9. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 10. Bethelmy, Cocodri.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.1 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.8 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.4 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.3 
 8. Fortson, Caneros4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Titanes DN3.3 
Steals Per Game
 James MILLER
  Gaiteros
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Gaiteros2.9 
 2. Riley, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Fortson, Caneros2.5 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 6. Carmona, Caner.2.2 
 7. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 8. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Cocolos2.1 
 10. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 3. Lang, Cocodrilos1.5 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Cocolos1.2 
 6. Massie, San German0.9 
 7. Camara, Gaiteros0.9 
 8. Santana, Caneros0.9 
 9. Adams, Guaros0.8 
 10. Gadzuric, Marinos0.8 


Venezuela's national team fighting for a spot - by Wolfgang Lucena

Venezuela's senior national basketball team started their practices to earn one out of four spots available in the 2013 FIBA world Cup qualification tournament, which is going to be held in Caracas Venezuela from august 31 through September 11 of 2013.
The first cycle of practices of the Vinotinto basketball team is taking place in Caracas Venezuela leaded by the head coach Nestor Garcia
The second part of the teams preparation will be within both the USA and Europe, where the Venezuelan team is going to be playing some tough games. The Vinotinto team will later return to their home state Venezuela ready to face up nine more national teams, which all will also try to take one of the four spots available in the 2014 basketball world cup.

Group A:
Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Uruguay

Group B:
Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela




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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Azovmash land Daniel Kickert - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). The deal is meant for one season. The Australian centre is not new to Ukraine. He started the previous season in Dnipro. Daniel Kickert tallied 17.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in Superleague. Later in the season Daniel Kickert moved to Budivelnyk Kyiv. He tallied 9.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in the capital. He helped Budivelnyk clinch Superleague title. Previously the centre had stints in Poland, Spain and Italy. He made it into Polish League All-Bosmans Team in 2011 and 2012. Daniel Kickert participated at the PLK All-Star Game in 2012.


Coleman Collins pens deal with Azovmash - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash reinforced their roster. They inked deal with Coleman Collins (206-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket, college: Virginia Tech). The centre spent the last season in France. He played for Chorale de Roanne. Coleman Collins notched 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in ProA. Coleman Collins earned All-French ProA Honourable Mention. Previously Coleman Collins had stints in Bosnia, Germany, D-League and Germany. He was Germany Bundesliga Cup finalist in 2008. Coleman Collins led Siroki WWin to the Bosnian Cup title in 2012. Coleman Collins also celebrated Bosnia and Herzegovina League title in 2012.


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   

Standings

Standings
1. Iran5-0
2. S.Korea5-1
3. Taiwan4-1
4. USA3-2
5. Egypt3-3
6. Lebanon2-3
7. Jordan1-4
8. Taiwan B1-5
9. Japan0-5

Regular Season: Round 4

Jul. 9: TAB - USA 69-101
Jul. 9: JOR - TAI 61-91
Jul. 9: EGY - IRI 54-90
Jul. 9: LEB - KOR 52-61

Regular Season: Round 7

Jul. 12: LEB - JOR
Jul. 12: USA - IRI
Jul. 12: JPN - KOR
Jul. 12: TAI - EGY


Results and Stats from Day 6 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

USA - Egypt 88:83
The USA claimed the third consecutive victory at the William Jones Cup. They defeated Egypt for 3-2 record in Taipei. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
The USA exploded with 25 points in the first frame to take a 5-point lead. Egypt matched the effort in the second period. The African team unloaded 30 points in the quarter and tied things up at 50-all. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. The USA eked out a 71:70 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The North American side held Egypt to just 13 points in the final period and snatch victory at the end. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) and Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) delivered 15 points apiece for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) answered with 28 points for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) had 18 points in the loss.

USA: Curtis Marshall 22+10 boards, Eric Hicks 15, Mychal Kearse 15
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 28, Sherif Gindy 18

South Korea - Jordan 67:57
South Korea claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan in Taipei today. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) nailed 15 points to lead the winning team. Jordan fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
South Korea silenced their opponents in the opening frame. The Korean team went on an 18:6 run to clear off. Jordan stopped the bleeding in the second period. They adjusted their offence and cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 21:29. South Korea did not allow Jordan to take over in the third term. The Korean team established a 9-point cushion at the final intermission. They exploded with 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91) produced 10 points, while Seung-Jun Lee dropped 9 points for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) responded with 14 points for Jordan. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 15, Kim Mingoo 10, Seung-Jun Lee 9
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 14, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 10

Iran - Japan 60:55
Iran kept their perfect record intact at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to earn the fifth straight victory. Japan on the other hand suffered the fifth straight defeat at the tournament.
Iran and Japan traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. The teams were locked at 20-all after ten minutes. Iran stiffened defensively in the second frame. They limited Japan to 7 points in the period and grabbed a 6-point halftime lead 33:27. Iran maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They rallied into the fourth frame up by 7 points 47:40. Japan managed just 15 points in the final quarter which was not enough to recover. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 14 points for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) added 12 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) had 9 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 13 points for Japan. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 10 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 14, Mahdi Kamrani 12, Rouzbeh Arghavan 9+10 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 13, Yuta Watanabe 10

Taiwan - Taiwan B 90:89
Taiwan recorded their fourth victory at the William Jones Cup. They snatch a narrow win over their B selection. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) nailed 24 points and issued 7 assists to lead the effort. Taiwan B slipped at 1-5 record.
Taiwan B National Team got to the better start. They ensured a 16:13 lead after the opening stanza. Taiwan drained 28 points in the second frame to cut the deficit at a single point at halftime 42:41. The B selection exploded with a 28-point effort in the third term to ensure a 5-point lead before the final frame. But it was not enough. Taiwan National Team triggered a 25:19 run in the fourth period to snatch a tough victory at the end. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) had 14 points, while Yang Chin-Min (189-G-84) added 12 for the winners. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan B. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) tossed in 15 points in the losing case.

Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 24, Tsai Wen-Cheng 14, Yang Chin-Min 12
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chang Chia-Jung 15



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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Russia4-0
2. Estonia3-1
3. Germany3-1
4. S.Korea2-2
5. Oman0-4
6. Ukraine0-4
Group B
1. Romania4-0
2. Serbia4-0
3. Mexico2-2
4. Mongolia1-3
5. Japan1-3
6. Philippine.0-4
Group C
1. Canada4-0
2. USA3-1
3. Australia3-1
4. Czech Rep.1-3
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: RUS - UKR 94-43
Jul. 11: GER - KOR 93-69
Jul. 11: EST - OMA 77-52

B

Jul. 11: PHI - MGL 79-92
Jul. 11: ROM - MEX 76-67
Jul. 11: SRB - JPN 105-64

C

Jul. 11: CAN - CZE 87-56
Jul. 11: USA - AUS 84-93
Jul. 11: UAE - SWE 69-79

D

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

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 12: UKR - OMA
Jul. 12: KOR - EST
Jul. 12: RUS - GER

B

Jul. 12: JPN - MGL
Jul. 12: SRB - ROM
Jul. 12: MEX - PHI

C

Jul. 12: AUS - UAE
Jul. 12: CZE - SWE
Jul. 12: CAN - USA

D

Jul. 12: LTU - FIN
Jul. 12: CHN - CHI
Jul. 12: BRA - NOR


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

GROUP A

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

Germany-South Korea 93:69
Germany prevail against South Korea at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The German team produced a 93:69 win at the 2013 University Games.
Both teams entered the game with 2-1 records. The European side started with 24-16 and only increased the lead in the game. They added 22-13 rally in the second period and enjoyed 17 points at the halftime. Moreover Germany erupted with a 28-15 surge in the third period and led 30 points after 30 minutes of the game. South Korea managed to win the last period 25-19 and reduced the game to 93:69.

Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) nailed 18. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) and Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) delivered 9 points each.

Germany:
Johannes Voigtmann 20+11 rebs, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 18, Konstantin Klein 9, Till-Joscha Joenke 9
South Korea: DOO Kyung Min 20, PARK Jae Hyun 15,
Lee Hyeon Seok (189-G-92) 9, Bae Soo Yone (196-F-92) 8
Russia - Ukraine 94:43

Russia gained the fourth straight win at the home University Games. They bruised Ukraine to remain undefeated on top of Group A.
Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) nailed 17 points to lead the hosts. Ukraine fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Russia grabbed a 23:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They boosted the margin in the second frame. Ukraine managed just 10 points in the period to face a 21-point deficit before the second half. Russia finished the third period strongly and piled up a comfortable 29-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Russia limited Ukraine to only 6 points in the final quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) netted 15 points, while Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) added 11 points in the victory. Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) answered with 13 points for Ukraine. Ivan Poliezhaiev (204-F-89) had 8 points in the loss.

Russia:
Andrey Zubkov 17, Pavel Antipov 15, Vladimir Ivlev 11
Ukraine:
Anton Rochnyak 13, Ivan Poliezhaiev 8
GROUP B


Romania - Mexico 76:67

Romania maintains their perfect record at the 2013 World University Games. They knocked down Mexico to gain 4-0 record in Group B.
Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) came up with 25 points to lead the winning side.
Mexico and Romania exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Romania pulled ahead in the second frame. They dropped 22 points to establish a 37:31 halftime lead. Mexico turned things around in the third quarter. They erased the deficit and posted a 49:47 lead before the final frame. Romania responded with a 29-point outburst in the fourth period and sealed the win.
Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) notched 22 points and 12 boards, while Vlad Corpodean (194-F-91) chipped in 8 points in the win. Jesus Felix (194-F-90) answered with 17 points for Mexico. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Romania:
Adrian Gutoaia 25, Bogdan Tibirna 22+12 boards, Vlad Corpodean 8
Mexico:
Jesus Felix 17, Fernando Benitez 16

Serbia-Japan 105:64
A 17-0 start allows Serbia to stun Japan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Balkan side improved to 4-0 record after a comfortable 105:64 win.
Serbia won the first period 27-13 and added 22-17 rally in the second frame. Serbia also grabbed 24-16 burst in the third period and erupted with 32-18 burst in the last stanza.
Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) brought three-digit number for the winners and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) scored the last points in the game.
Djordje Gagic top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) netted 13. Nikola Malesevic (201-F-89) delivered 11 points in a win. Yuma Fujii (91) replied with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Naoki Uto (91) netted 12. Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) ended up with 10 points in a loss.

Serbia will take on Romania tomorrow, while Japan will face Mongolia.

Serbia:
Djordje Gagic 14, Dejan Djokic 13, Nikola Malesevic 11
Japan:
Yuma Fujii 13, Naoki Uto 12, Kengo Nomoto 10

Philippines-Mongolia 79:92
Mongolia tastes initial success in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Mongolia overcame Philippines 92:79 for 1-3 record in Group B. Philippines meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Both teams desired to win their initial game at the tournament. Philippines opened the game with 26-23 lead, but the second frame was crucial for them. Mongolia needed a 24-12 surge in the second frame and added 20-17 rally in the third period. Mongolia grabbed the last 25-24 quarter-run and won the game by 13 points.

Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) netted 21. Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) produced 16, while Deigernyam Davaasambuu (194-G-90) netted 14. John Abad (90) replied with 30 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Chris Perolino (93) had 14. Hernal Escosio (90) ended up with 11 points in a loss, whilst Rhaffy Octobre (92) scored 10.

Philippines:
John Abad 30+11 rebs, Chris Perolino 14, Hernal Escosio 11, Rhaffy Octobre 10
Mongolia:
Bilguun Battuvshin 26, Sanchir Tungalag 21, Azbayar Tserendagva 16, Deigernyam Davaasambuu 14
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GROUP C
United States of America-Australia 84:93

Australia surprise USA in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade. Australia needed a 93:84 win as both sides are now with 3-1 records.
Australia grabbed 20:19 lead after the first period, but USA replied with 24-20 rally in the second frame. Moreover USA needed a 21-19 rally in the third period to take 5-point advantage. Australia meanwhile dominated the last stanza and erupted with a massive 34-20 surge. SHEEHEY William gave USA 65:64 lead, but it was the last for them in the game. Australia created an 8-0 run for 72:64 and then
Jason Cadee (6'1''-G-91) brought 87:79. He also scored the last points in the game.
Jason Cadee stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Cameron Bairstow (6'9''-F-90) nailed 22. Mitchell Young (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) posted 12, while Ryan Broekhoff (6'7''-F-90, agency: Priority Sports) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds. MCDERMOTT Douglas ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-G-93) had 14. Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) and Kevin Ferrell (6'0''-G-93) followed them with 10 points each.

United States of America: MCDERMOTT Douglas 22,
Spencer Dinwiddie 14, Sean Kilpatrick 10, Kevin Ferrell 10
Australia:
Jason Cadee 23, Cameron Bairstow 22, Mitchell Young 12, Ryan Broekhoff 10+12 rebs

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

Canada - Czech Republic 87:56
Canada eased to the fourth straight win at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Czech Republic to earn 4-0 record in a highly contestant Group C.
Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat.
Czech Republic got to a sizzling start. They accumulated a 19:10 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Canada slowly returned into contest. They trimmed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 28:34. The North American side exploded with 30 points in the third term to surge ahead. They piled up a 58:46 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic never recovered conceding 29 points in the final period.
Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) produced 15 points, while Dwight Powell (208-F-91) and Murphy Burnatowski (201-F-90) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) netted 12 points in the loss.

Canada:
Kevin Pangos 17, Daniel Mullings 15, Dwight Powell 11, Murphy Burnatowski 11
Czech Republic:
Michal Mares 13, Adam Ciz 12
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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

Lithuania-Brazil 77:69
Lithuania beat Brazil in the top game of Group D at the 2013 University Games. The Baltic State posted a 77:69 win for 4-0 record. Brazil meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Lithuania opened the game with 22-16 and added 19-14 rally in the second frame. Brazil did their best to recover and posted two narrow victories in the second half. It was not however enough to seal the victory as Brazil reduce to final 8 points.

Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) paced all the winners with 17 points and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) nailed 13. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) poured in 11 points and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) added 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) notched 10. George Chaia (190-G-91) ended up with 8, while CORAZZA NETO Elio notched 7.

Lithuania:
Sarunas Vasiliauskas 17, Simas Buterlevicius 13, Eimantas Bendzius 11, Adas Juskevicius 10
Brazil:
Cristiano Felicio 20+12 rebs, Leonardo Meindl 10, George Chaia 8, CORAZZA NETO Elio 7

Finland-China 93:64
Finland keep China winless at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Finnish side improved to 3-1 record in Group D after a 93:64 win. China meanwhile dropped at 0-4 record.
Finland started the game with 20:12 and never looked behind after. The Nordic side added 18-14 rally in the second period and led 12 points at the halftime. Moreover Finland dominated the second half and posted two victories. They needed 25-19 in the third quarter and finished with 30-19 in the last frame for mo0re comfortable win.

Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) netted 17. Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) poured in 14, whilst Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) and Matias Ojala (197-F-89) had 10 each. Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) finished the game with 14 points in a loss, whilst Lian Liu (200-F-91) brought 13. Liu Zihao (183-PG-92) had 9, whilst Sun HeFeng (204-F-92) notched 7.

Finland:
Carl Lindbom 19, Antto Nikkarinen 17, Lauri Toivonen 14, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 10, Matias Ojala 10
China:
Dai Huaibo 14, Lian Liu 13, Liu Zihao 9, Sun HeFeng 7




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U20 European Championship: Latvia prevail against Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Bulgaria U20 82:69

Latvia prevail against Bulgaria at the U20 European Championship. Latvia posted an 82:69 win in Group B for 3-0 record. Bulgaria meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Although Latvia was the favorite of the game, the victory was not that easy for them. Latvia started with 18-16 rally and added 16-14 run in the second frame. Only in the third period Latvia managed to get the comfortable lead. They produced a 25-18 run and then finished with 23-21 rally in the last stanza.
Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) paced all the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) added 17. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) scored 14 points, while Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) as well as Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) netted 14 each. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) followed the with 7 points in a loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Berzins 19+10 rebs, Kaspars Vecvagars 17, Ingus Jakovics 14, Ojars Silins 12+13 rebs
Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 20, Nikolay Stoyanov 14, Aleks Simeonov 14 Dimitar Dimitrov 7



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D1 Standings

D1 Standings
North Group
 1. Los Leones 7-2 
 2. New Crusaders 7-2 
 3. Boston College 6-3 
 4. Club Sergio Ceppi 4-4 
 5. Univ.de Chile 2-7 
 6. Club Brisas 1-8 
South Group
 1. Castro 10-0 
 2. Univ. Austral 9-2 
 3. Puerto varas 7-3 
 4. Araucania 2-6 
 5. Espanol 1-8 
 6. Los Salesianos 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 9

North

Jul. 7: Club Sergio Ceppi - Los Leones 89-87
Jul. 7: Boston College - New Crusaders 86-70

Round 6

Jul. 3: Boston College - Club Sergio Ceppi 84-53

Round 7

Jul. 10: Boston College - Club Brisas 63-28

Round 8

Jul. 6: New Crusaders - Club Sergio Ceppi 80-75
Jul. 6: Club Brisas - Univ.de Chile 79-57
Jul. 6: Boston College - Los Leones 62-64

South

Jul. 7: Castro - Univ. Austral 74-69
Jul. 6: Puerto varas - Univ. Austral 56-97



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Spartak Moscow Region keep Nika Baric, Eugeniya Belyakova and Sonja Petrovic - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region keep Nika Baric (169-PG-92), Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) for the next season.
Nika Baric is a 21-year old Slovenian player. The last season Baric played also at Spartak Vidnoye. In 20 games she recorded 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg. Despite young age Baric had impressive career. She received FIBA Young Women's Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-WABA Guard of the Year award in 2011.
She was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Baric played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and two years ago for U22 National Team. She represented Slovenia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-3 (4.3apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 87.5%.
Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region re-signed 27-year old international small forward Eugeniya Belyakova. She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 PBL games she averaged 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg last season. Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team award in 2011.Belyakova has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2011 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007. Belyakova represented Russia at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 23.1%, 3PT: 40.0%.
Sonja Petrovic averaged 5.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. Petrovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007. Petrovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) four years ago.



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RIQUNA WILLIAMS EX RISHON LEZION SIGNS WITH VIRTUS EIRENE RAGUSA - by Gil Goshen



AN HUGE agreement:

The superb Tulsa Shock and EX Rishon Lezion combo guard
Riquna Williams signed with VIRTUS EIRENE RAGUSA - the new team in Div 1 in Italy.Riquna had many offers
this summer but she had decided to accept the offer from Virtus Eirene Ragusa as she thinks will be a challenge
for her. The team Coach ANTONIO MOLINO said: " Riquna will be very important part of our game and I do hope
she will continue with us for more seasons".

2012: Tulsa Shock (WNBA, starting five): 32 games: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 83.9%
2012-2013: Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 6 games: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 3.3spg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 71.4%; Euroleague: 2 games: 14.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.5spg, left in Nov.'12, in Jan.'13 moved to Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-D1, starting five): 9 games: 21.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 81.5%
2013: Tulsa Shock (WNBA)
Riquna Williams (170-PG-90, college: Miami, FL)



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Aviation shock KPA in Mombasa - by Eurobasket News

Nairobi Aviation College defied formbook to upset host Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, 58-48 in a national classic league match played on Sunday at the Makande gymnasium in Mombasa. This was the second win for Aviation this season and comes after a long winless spell.
Their other win was a 68-66 victory over Blazers in April. KPA had upset Strathmore University 61-43 on Saturday and hoped to replicate the same performance against Aviation.
It was a different case for the KPA ladies team which beat Storms 62-38 on Saturday and Strathmore University 47-41 on Sunday.
In Nairobi, United States International University- Africa, USIU-A, beat Mennonite Knights 72-56 to condemn them to their second loss of the weekend.
Mennonite had lost 77-53 to Lions on Saturday. Against USIU, they fell off the pace after losing the first three quarters 12-6, 22-11 and 22-15. Despite winning the fourth quarter 24-16, the damage had already been done for Mennonite and they ended up losing two precious points.
Yoni Wanambiro top scored for the students with 20 points while Kevin Macharia had 14. Kooshin Diliwe scored 19 points for Mennonite.
Their match against Lions was balanced in the opening quarters as they trailed 31-29 at halftime only to lose their momentum upon resumption. Chizza Aristote top scored for Lions with 19 points while Tobias Onyango had 18. Joseph Achega scored 21 points for Mennonite.
Wings fly past Spaces
Ladies defending champions Eagle Wings beat Safe Spaces 54-37 to keep up the pace with the leading pack. Janet Akoth scored 15 points for Wings with captain Silalei Shani adding 14.
Peninah Nthenya top scored for Spaces with 14. Spaces opened the game positively winning the first quarter 14-12 but Wings snatched away the second winning 15-6 to enjoy a 27-20 lead at halftime.
Wings extended their lead in the third quarter after a convincing 18-5 victory while Spaces won the fourth quarter 12-9.
On Sunday, Spaces made amends to the loss by beating Kenyatta University Oryx 54-50 in a tightly contested match.
Oryx was leading 18-13 at halftime. Nthenya called the shots again with 13 points while Betty Kananu scored 14 points for Oryx. Oryx won the first quarter 8-3 before the second tied at 10-10.
The second half was Spaces turning point winning the third and fourth quarters 20-18 and 21-14 to overturn the halftime deficit and win.
In division one, Zetech College beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, 57-46 on Saturday while Upperhill ran over Kenya Airports Authority, KAA, with a 87-68 win.
On Sunday, KCA-U beat Strathmore University 66-51, Equity Bank saw off Kenyatta University Pirates 64-50 and Little Prince was 64-54 winners over Parklands Baptist.
Collated Results: KPA 48 Nairobi Aviation 58 (men), KPA 47 Strathmore University 41 (ladies) KPA 62 Storms 38 (ladies), KPA 61 Strathmore University 43 (men), KU Oryx 50 Safe Spaces 54, Eagle Wings 54 Safe Spaces 37, Mennonite 53 Lions 77, Zetech College 57 KCA-U 46, KAA 68 Upperhill 87, Little Prince 64 Parklands Baptist 54, Equity Bank 64 KU Pirates 50, Strathmore University 51 KCA-U 66, USIU-A 72 Mennonite 56.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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U20 European Championship: Latvia prevail against Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Bulgaria U20 82:69

Latvia prevail against Bulgaria at the U20 European Championship. Latvia posted an 82:69 win in Group B for 3-0 record. Bulgaria meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Although Latvia was the favorite of the game, the victory was not that easy for them. Latvia started with 18-16 rally and added 16-14 run in the second frame. Only in the third period Latvia managed to get the comfortable lead. They produced a 25-18 run and then finished with 23-21 rally in the last stanza.
Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) paced all the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) added 17. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) scored 14 points, while Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) as well as Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) netted 14 each. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) followed the with 7 points in a loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Berzins 19+10 rebs, Kaspars Vecvagars 17, Ingus Jakovics 14, Ojars Silins 12+13 rebs
Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 20, Nikolay Stoyanov 14, Aleks Simeonov 14 Dimitar Dimitrov 7



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  RUSSIA   


Spartak Moscow Region keep Nika Baric, Eugeniya Belyakova and Sonja Petrovic - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region keep Nika Baric (169-PG-92), Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: IPSA) and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) for the next season.
Nika Baric is a 21-year old Slovenian player. The last season Baric played also at Spartak Vidnoye. In 20 games she recorded 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg. Despite young age Baric had impressive career. She received FIBA Young Women's Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-WABA Guard of the Year award in 2011.
She was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Baric played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and two years ago for U22 National Team. She represented Slovenia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-3 (4.3apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 87.5%.
Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region re-signed 27-year old international small forward Eugeniya Belyakova. She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 PBL games she averaged 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg last season. Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team award in 2011.Belyakova has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2011 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2007. Belyakova represented Russia at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 23.1%, 3PT: 40.0%.
Sonja Petrovic averaged 5.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. Petrovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007. Petrovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) four years ago.



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Grosuplje lands Nina Gabrovsek - by Eurobasket News

Grosuplje (SKL) landed 19-year old point guard Nina Gabrovsek (169-94). She has played for the last two years at Athlete Celje (SKL). In 24 games she averaged 6.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg last season.
Despite young age Gabrovsek had impressive career. She received Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention award in 2011. She represented Slovenia at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) last year. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 7.0ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-4(3.3apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 25.6%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 63.6%.
Gabrovsek has played previously for another Slovenian team Jezica.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Udominate bring in Kadidja Andersson and Klaudia Lukacovicova - by Eurobasket News

Udominate Basket Umea strengthened their roster. They penned deals with Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90).
Both players spent the last season with MBK Ruzomberok. Klaudia Lukacovicova tallied 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in Extraliga. She also posted 13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in Middle Europe League. The centre started the season with Faenza. She notched 8.1 points per game in A1. In EuroCup Klaudia Lukacovicova delivered 4.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. She earned All-Slovakian Extraliga Honourable Mention. Klaudia Lukacovicova played for Slovak Republic at 2013 EuroBasket. She averaged 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance.
Kadidja Andersson tallied 8.0 points, 2.2 boards and 1.1 assists per game in Extraliga last season. She also delivered 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per EuroCup appearance. The forward notched 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in MEL.



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Swiss U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swiss U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Sophie Carron
Carron
Nadia Constantin
Constantin
Nancy Fora
Fora
Chiara Gourdin
Gourdin
Marie Bridline
Bridline
#e#5
Flaklinda Busoku 178-F-98
Sophie Carron 173-G/F-97 Helios Switzerland
Sophie Chavaillaz 179-F-97 Pully Switzerland
Nadia Constantin 166-G-97 Helios Switzerland
Sara Equati 162-G-98 Riva Basket Switzerland
Nancy Fora 173-G-97 Bellinzona Switzerland
Meline Franchina 180-F-98
Chiara Gourdin 167-G-97 Helios Switzerland
Maude Gull 175-G-97
Evita Herminjard 98
Marie Bridline 175-F-97 Helios Switzerland
Alice Mauler 181-F-97 BBC Troist. Switzerland
Jenna Muller 180-F-98 Pully Switzerland
Alyson Perriard 172-G-97 Fribourg Switzerland
Melissa Rinolfi 168-G-97 Helios Switzerland
Eva Ruga 169-G-98 Ovronnaz-Mart. Switzerland
Marie Steiner 173-G-98 Pully Switzerland
Safie Tolusso 178-SG-97
Stefani Trajkova 172-G-97 Highflyers Switzerland
Manon Wisard 180-F-98 Bernex Switzerland
Elodie Zoccoletti 174-G-98

Ramon Acosta Head Coach GC Zurich Switzerland
Sophie Charlier Assistant Hope-GBA Switzerland



Swiss U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Swiss U18 National Team 2013
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Leila Gasser
Gasser
Brigitte Huguenin
Huguenin
Dafina Jashari
Jashari
Schirin Juon
Juon
Marina Lugt
Lugt
#e#5
Nour Ben Ayed 168-G-96 Pully Switzerland
Agnes Blanchard 180-F-96 Nyon Switzerland
Oceane Brugger 164-G-96 Hope-GBA Switzerland
Leila Gasser 176-F-96 Helios Switzerland
Brigitte Huguenin 172-G-96 Agaune Switzerland
Dafina Jashari 170-PG-95 Pully Switzerland
Schirin Juon 180-F-95 Muraltese Switzerland
Marina Lugt 187-PF-95 Fribourg Switzerland
Marjorie Manz 180-F-96 Fribourg Switzerland
Dijana Milenkovic 180-SF-96 Highflyers Switzerland
Eltiona Miroci 175-G-96 Highflyers Switzerland
Pearl Oti-Amoako 173-PG-95 Basel Switzerland
Coralie Rey 174-G/F-96 Ovronnaz-Mart. Switzerland
Annick Roth 181-G-96 Highflyers Switzerland
Veronika Sakica 168-G-95 Highflyers Switzerland
Miryam Sohm 181-F-95 Bellinzona Switzerland
Katarina Stupar 181-F-95 Bellinzona Switzerland
Merveilles Tshitenge 176-F-95 Pully Switzerland
Tiffanie Zali 182-PF-95 Pully Switzerland
Nicole Zilic 179-F-96 Bellinzona Switzerland

Mary Ann Dillier Head Coach
Billy Karageorgakis Assistant Hope-GBA Switzerland



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Tarsus Bld land Korel Engin - by Eurobasket News

Tarsus Belediyesi strengthened their frontcourt. They tabbed Korel Engin (200-C-80, college: Stanford). The centre spent the last season Botasspor. She averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 boards per game in TKBL. Korel Engin also notched 0.7 points per game in EuroCup. Previously the centre had stints with Besiktas, Mersin, Galatasaray, Gospic, BC Moscow, Fenerbahce, Migros, Apollon Kalamarias and Samsung Life Bichumi. Korel Engin was the member of the USA University National Team. Later she received the Turkish citizenship. Korel Engin was the member of the Turkish National Team in 2005-2007 seasons. She was EuroCup and Turkish President Cup winner in 2009. The centre became Turkish TBBL champion in 2005 and 2006.


Delisha Milton-Jones re-upped with Tarsus Belediyesi - by Eurobasket News

Delisha Milton-Jones (186-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) re-upped with Tarsus Belediyesi for the next season. She is playing currently at San Antonio Silver Stars in WNBA. In 11 WNBA games she recorded 10.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg last season. Milton-Jones was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention in 2013. In 2012-2013 for Tarsus Belediyesi (Turkey-TKBL) her stats read 16.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-4 (2.0spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 70.2%. In Euroleague after 12 games she shwoed 15.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 63.6%.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she won Czech Rep. D1 championship title in 2006, 2011 and 2012. Delisha Milton-Jones also represented USA at the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) five years ago. Milton-Jones' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.1ppg, 1.3rpg.
Milton-Jones is quite experienced player. She has played also in Czech Rep., Italy, Russia, Spain (Ros Casares), WNBA (Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks), Czech Republic (USK Praha and IMOS Brno) and Turkey (Tarsus Bld).



Turkish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Turkish U18 National Team 2013
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Busra Akbas
Akbas
Ezgi Manlaci
Manlaci
Serife Onar
Onar
Sinem Atas
Atas
Sehernaz Cidal
Cidal
#e#5
Busra Akbas 170-PG-95 Botas Turkey
Ezgi Manlaci 172-SF-96 Ceyhan Bld Turkey
Serife Onar 167-PG-96 Botas Turkey
Sinem Atas 182-PF-95 Antalya Koleji Turkey
Fahriye Bayraktar 185-SF-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Sehernaz Cidal 176-SF-95 Botas Turkey
Melis Gulcan 185-SF-96 Fenerbahce Turkey
Nurcan Basaran 176-F-95
Beylem Ilba 176-SF-96 Botas Turkey
Nazlican Olcek 186-PF-95 Antalya Koleji Turkey
Betul Erkoyuncu 186-C-96 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
Ilknur Yildizhan 186-PF-96 Tarsus Bld Turkey

Erkan Metin Head Coach Migros Turkey
Efe Guven Assistant
Hakan Talaslioglu Assistant Tarsus Bld Turkey
Ozgur Guvenc Assistant



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Lady Canons blow out Gladiators - by Eurobasket News

UCU Lady Canons are doing what they have done over the years - cruising through the league. With a game against the struggling Gladiators on the tap, the Lady Canons were always going to improve their record.
The university side blew out Gladiators 100-40 on Friday evening at the MTN Arena. Center, Peace Procovia, who is averaging league high 19.7 points and 9.7 rebounds returned with a bang. She poured in game high 26 points and picked 16 rebounds to lead the way for Lady Canons (8-0). Forward, Purity Adhiambo added 19 points and 16 boards, Moreen Amoding added 20 points and Francis Nabulobi had 10.
Guard, Stella Nikuze scored season high 16 points, picked 10 rebounds and made 6 steals against 11 turnovers to lead the way for Gladiators (2-8). Joan Muchiruku added 13 points in a losing effort as Gladiators lost a fourth successive game since the 37-27 win over MUK Sparks a month back. Charline Kirungi picked 12 rebounds.
Gladiators have let in an average of 74 points in the four losses (to Rangers, Stormers, Leopards and now Lady Canons) while scoring 34.8 points. Gladiators committed 52 turnovers and were crushed on the glass 58-40. Lady Canons scored 100 or more points for the third time this season.
Lady Canons play Magic Stormers next before facing off with KCCA Leopards in two weeks. Gladiators have A1 Challenge next on their schedule.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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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. 4-8 
 6. Connecticut S. 3-8 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 10-3 
 2. L.Angeles S. 9-4 
 3. Phoenix M. 8-6 
 4. Seattle S. 5-8 
 5. S.Antonio SS 4-8 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-12 

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. 11: Tulsa S. - L.Angeles S. 78-94
Jul. 9: New York L. - Seattle S. 66-57
Jul. 11: Indiana F. - Minnesota L. 62-69

Regular Season: Round 20

Jul. 12: Connecticut S. - Chicago S.
Jul. 12: S.Antonio SS - Washington M.
Jul. 13: New York L. - Indiana F.
Jul. 13: Tulsa S. - Minnesota L.
Jul. 14: Connecticut S. - S.Antonio SS
Jul. 14: Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S.
Jul. 14: Seattle S. - Atlanta D.


Latest results and stats from the League - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota L. - Atlanta D. 94-72
The Minnesota Lynx turned a meeting of the best teams in the WNBA into a mismatch. Monica Wright (5'11''-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia), playing in the place of injured Seimone Augustus, scored a season-high 22 points to help the Lynx rout the league-leading Atlanta Dream 94-72 Tuesday night. Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) added 20 points for Western Conference-leading Minnesota (9-3), which never trailed and extended its home winning streak to 15 games. ' (Wright) was great and it's not a surprise to us when she steps into the starting lineup and does this for us,' said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve. 'She was really pleased with her defense and her overall game.' Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) scored 16 points to lead Atlanta (10-2), which lost for the first time since June 9 and gave up a season-high point total. 'We're still number one in the league, and you can't take anything away from this team with the way we've played so far,' McCoughtry said. Courtesy of: seattletimes.com

New York L. - Seattle S. 66-57
After getting blown out in their last game two days earlier, New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer expected a much better effort from his team and he got it. For the most part. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) scored nine of her 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Liberty recovered after giving up nearly all of a 19-point lead in the third quarter and beat the Seattle Storm 66-57 on Tuesday night. Pierson came off the bench for the fourth straight game and shot 8 for 15 from the field and 6 for 8 on free throws. 'Before the game I thought we were in a better place today,' Laimbeer said. 'Our legs were with us from yesterday. Sunday we just weren't with it ... we just played awful. I thought we would come out and play a little better (tonight) and we did.' New York (6-7) was coming off a 29-point loss at home to Chicago on Sunday, their third straight defeat and fifth in the previous six. Laimbeer also made a lineup change, starting Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) at point guard for the first time this season. She finished with 13 points on 5-for-19 shooting from the field and had eight rebounds and four assists. Laimbeer had been thinking about the change for a while and decided to do it now. 'I wanted to see it now, I don't want to wait until the end of the year,' he said. 'I think in the long term, whether the long term is this year or for sure next year, I think that is her position. I think she learned in the last few games, in games that were out of control. Tonight she did very well in her first time. 'She didn't shoot well, but I think she's thinking more about other things. I'll get her back on thinking about scoring, too. But I thought for the most part she did pretty well handling the ball. She pushes the ball really well. Pondexter got off to a slow scoring start and didn't have any points until hitting a 3-pointer near midway through the second quarter. She missed her first four shots, including a last-second heave from more than three-quarters court at the end of the first quarter. However, she was also pleased with the way she ran the offense. 'I got everybody involved,' Pondexter said. 'We pushed the ball up the floor, the tempo was great. ... I was happy with our energy level from the beginning to the end of the game.' Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Management Group, college: USC) scored 13 points and Tanisha Wright added 12 for the Storm (5-8), losers of five of their last six. Seattle lost three of four on a road swing against Eastern Conference teams. Seattle, which bounced back from 14 points down in the first quarter of a victory at Chicago on July 2, trailed by 17 after one quarter against New York. 'We've been having poor starts for a while now,' Thompson said. 'It's something we're going to have to find a solution to. As the game continues to go, we get better, we're playing more efficient and executing. At the beginning of the game we're having rough starts. ... If we had an answer we probably would have fixed it by now.' After Toni Young (6'2''-F-91, college: Oklahoma St.)'s jumper in the opening possession of the third quarter extended the Liberty's lead to 38-19, the Storm went on a 20-2 run to pull within a point on Alysha Clark's layup with 2:58 remaining in the period. 'Seattle made some shots, turned the heat on us defensively,' Laimbeer said. 'We got a little rattled, started turning the ball over. It's unfortunate because that's been our downfall in games that we've lost this year. Something we always have to keep working on.' Pondexter made two free throws 14 seconds later and Pierson followed with a bank shot less than 30 seconds later to push the lead back to five. Noelle Quinn's 3-pointer in the opening minute of the fourth pulled Seattle within three, and the Liberty scored the next seven points to extend the margin to 10 on Pondexter's layup with 7:45 remaining. Seattle got no closer than six the rest of the way. 'We're a veteran group out there,' Pondexter said. 'We have players that know how to get it done at all costs. The last five minutes we really came in and played defense and executed.' Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) scored five points as the Liberty had 11 consecutive points to take an 11-3 lead just more than 4 minutes into the game. Thompson, who had opened the scoring with 3-pointer, had a layup to pull Seattle to 15-7 about 3 minutes later. However, the Liberty scored the next nine points - capped by Leilani Mitchell's 3 with 15.7 seconds remaining in the period - to take a 24-7 lead after 10 minutes. The Storm used a 7-2 run to pull within 12 less than 3 minutes into the second quarter. However, the Liberty scored the next seven points to take a 33-14 lead with 3:09 left in the first half. Pierson scored eight points to help New York to its 17-point advantage at halftime. Thompson led the Storm with eight points. Rookies Kelsey Bone, the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, made her first start of the season for the Liberty and finished with four points and four rebounds in about 25 1/2 minutes. Toni Young, selected No. 7, made her second start - first since the season opener - and had eight points and four boards in about 14 1/2 minutes. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Phoenix M. - S.Antonio SS 80-88
The Mercury's opponent Wednesday, the San Antonio Silver Stars, were without two of their best players, guard Becky Hammon and forward Sophia Young - both out for the year with knee injuries. The Mercury were without rookie Brittney Griner, out with a sprained left knee. But most of all, they played without verve in an 88-80 loss at their annual Camp Day matinee in front of 8,707 at US Airways Center. The Mercury, now 8-6 after two straight losses, didn't make it difficult for San Antonio, which shot 53 percent from the field and scored half of its points in the paint. 'They pretty much beat us today, easy,' guard Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) said. 'I don't think there was defense inside, outside, on the side, on the top, on the bottom. We didn't do anything. 'We have to find a way to step up in different ways. And I think today, no one did. No one really did much to help the cause.' Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) led the Mercury with 22 points. Taurasi had 20 points and five assists, but she also had six turnovers and fouled out with 2:39 left in the game while the Mercury were down 83-75. Mercury coach Corey Gaines said he isn't sure when Griner, who was ruled out for Wednesday's game after she practiced on Tuesday, will be able to play again. Even without Griner, the Mercury were expected to take care of San Antonio (4-8). The Silver Stars, who have just nine players available, were coming off a rough stretch. They were on a three-game losing streak, had lost seven of its previous eight games and were just 1-5 on the road. The 88 points the Silver Stars scored Wednesday is a season-high; they didn't score more than 78 in their previous four games. The Mercury didn't have any defensive presence inside as the Silver Stars, who had six players score in double figures, had their way to score on layups, whether it was the forwards cutting to the lane or the guards driving in. Gaines said the defense on San Antonio's pick-and-roll offense wasn't executed well and the defense down in the post wasn't effective enough. The Mercury still shot well, 49.1 percent for the game, and was still in the contest in the fourth quarter. But after Penny Taylor tied the game at 74 with 4:26 left, the Spurs went on a 10-3 run through the next 2:26 to pull away. Dupree said the Mercury's play was 'just bad' all around and there was no flow on offense. 'It just felt like we were at the wrong place at the wrong time on the court,' she said. 'We couldn't get any stops. We need stops to get out and run. I think we beat ourselves in this game. San Antonio didn't do anything special offensively or defensively. We just beat ourselves.' Courtesy of: azcentral.com

Chicago S. - Washington M. 89-85
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) and Sylvia Fowles led the Chicago Sky to victory to overcome a tough shooting game for Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware). Prince's jumper with 38.3 seconds left put the Sky ahead to stay in an 89-85 win Wednesday over the Washington Mystics. Fowles had 26 points and 18 rebounds and Prince scored 15 for Chicago, which has won five of six. Delle Donne shot 5 for 19 with 18 points but hit two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the win. Fowles had 10 offensive rebounds. ''She was in beast mode,'' Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. Prince, who missed three games in June while playing with the Russian national team, took a pass from Courtney Vandersloot and hit a shot from the right wing to break an 85-85 tie. ''When she needs to take over, she takes over,'' Fowles said, ''and today we needed her on that shot. And she didn't even second-guess about it. She let it go because she knew it was going in.'' Prince was confident she could hit the shot even though she struggled in the second half. ''I'm not worried about my last shot,'' Prince said. ''I always think about the next one.'' Washington had a chance to tie after Prince missed with 10.7 seconds left. But Ivory Latta and Monique Currie couldn't connect before Delle Donne pulled down the rebound. The Mystics had trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half but rallied to tie it when Currie hit a free throw with 44.4 seconds to go. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) scored 18 points and Latta had 17 for the Mystics, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. ''It is frustrating,'' Latta said. ''You fight back so hard and fall short.'' Fowles had at least 10 rebounds for the ninth time in her 12 games. ''I know rebounding has been something that I can pride myself on so I just try to stay focused,'' Fowles said. ''Offense just came naturally. The guards got me the ball. I got good looks.'' The Sky are 9-4 and in good position for their first playoff berth in franchise history after starting 7-1 last year but faltering. ''This team is a better team. We could tell that from the first day of training camp,'' Fowles said. ''We've been here before. We just can't get too comfortable, and you just take it one game at a time. You just can't let your feelings and your emotions get the best of you. ''You just have to keep a cool head and stay focused.'' Courtesy of: vegasinsider.com

Tulsa S. - L.Angeles S. 78-94
Candace Parker scored a season-high 30 points and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) added 25 as the Los Angeles Sparks won their fourth consecutive game with a 94-78 romp over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday night. The win was the first on the road this season for Los Angeles (9-4), which had dropped its first four games away from Staples Center. It was also the Sparks' third win by 16 or more points in their last four outings. "It's important to play well early when you want to win on the road," Parker said. "We got in front early and put our foot on the gas. We rebounded much better tonight and knocked down a lot of shots." Tulsa (3-12) dropped its fifth straight game and saw its modest two-game homecourt winning streak snapped. Rookie Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) paced the Shock with 19 points, including 11 in the first half. The Sparks used a 9-2 first-quarter run to jump to a 22-10 advantage at the end of the period and would not relinquish the lead. Toliver accounted for 12 of Los Angeles' first 18 points to pace the Sparks' offense early. Tulsa's Tiffany Jackson-Jones made her first appearance since 2011. She missed last season while pregnant with her first child. After participating in this preseason, Jackson-Jones missed the first 14 games with a stress fracture in her right tibia. She finished with nine points. Los Angeles would lead by as many as 21 points in the first half, with Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-F/C-82, college: USC)'s jumper forcing a Tulsa timeout with 4:43 to play before intermission and the Sparks holding a 38-17 edge. "When you go on the road, you have to feel good early and we hadn't had much confidence early in our previous road games," Los Angeles coach Carol Ross said. "Tonight, we came out and got some early steals and used that to generate some offense." Parker would score her final basket of the night on a layup midway through the fourth quarter to increase Los Angeles' lead to 91-69. She finished 14 of 20 from the floor, matching a WNBA season high for field goals made in a game. "That's a really good team, almost like an All-Star team out there," Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said of the Sparks. "Parker and Toliver are probably two of the top players in our league. I felt like we got off to such a tough start and into a deep hole. We're just a team that can't have any lapses against these high-level teams." Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

Indiana F. - Minnesota L. 62-69
Lindsay Whalen had 23 points and Monica Wright added 22 points and nine rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 69-62 in a rematch of last season's WNBA finals Thursday afternoon. The Fever (4-8) made runs at the Lynx (10-3), but never managed to catch them. Indiana cut the lead to 46-45 late in the third quarter, but Minnesota answered with a 6-0 run to push the margin back to seven. "Every time we play Indiana, it's a grind," Wright said. "They're a very disciplined team with a lot of great players. Every single player on the floor is capable of scoring at any time, so they made it difficult for us defensively." Wright has scored 44 points in the last two games since moving into the starting lineup in place of the injured Seimone Augustus. Wright was aggressive from the start. She scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first quarter and finished 9-of-19 from the field. "We never have to tell Moni to be aggressive. That's just her everyday life, that just what she does," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. "She's not doing anything different than if she was coming off the bench. That's nice for us. We basically have six starters." Indiana was playing without star guard Katie Douglas, who missed her 10th consecutive game with a bulging disk in her back. The Fever had won three consecutive games. Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) led the Fever with 14 points. It was a struggle all around for Indiana offensively against a Minnesota defense that keyed on Zellous and Tamika Catchings. The Fever shot just 34 percent from the field (21-of-61), and Catchings was held to nine points on 2-of-10 shooting. The Fever star forward was rarely given open lanes to the basket. "Our defensive effort was outstanding," Reeve said. "It's carried us. It's not very often that you hold Catchings the way that we did." Added Fever coach Lin Dunn: "We defended well enough, we rebounded well enough, we just didn't knock down the shots we needed to knock down." Rebekkah Brunson, who defended Catchings most of the game, added 11 points for Minnesota. Maya Moore had nine points. Courtesy of: startribune.com



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Brazil0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Russia0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Australia0-0
3. Spain0-0
4. Japan0-0
Group C
1. Canada0-0
2. France0-0
3. Holland0-0
4. Senegal0-0
Group D
1. China0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Mali0-0
4. USA0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 18: BRA - RUS
Jul. 18: SRB - KOR

B

Jul. 18: ARG - AUS
Jul. 18: JPN - ESP

C

Jul. 18: CAN - SEN
Jul. 18: FRA - NED

D

Jul. 18: USA - LTU
Jul. 18: MLI - CHN