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  AUSTRALIA   



2013 University Games: Australia finished Group C with 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Australia-United Arab Emirates 131:43

Australia finished Group C with 4-1 record after a stunning win over United Arab Emirates. Australia exploded with 131:43 victory in the last Day of the First Stage.
Australia erupted with a 34:10 start and never looked behind. They added 31-10 burst in the second frame and led 65:20 halftime advantage. Australia did not even think to slow down in the second half and came up with two massive victories. They won the third period 35-8 and finished the game with 31-15.
Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) led the way with 21 points and Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) netted 19. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) delivered 17, whilst Jason Cadee (186-G-91) and Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92) notched 14 each. OMAR ALAMERI Omer finished the game with 9 points in defeat and ZAAL ALWALI Khamis nailed 8. AL BRAIKI Mohamed scored 7, while AHMED AL-ALI Rashid posted 6.

Australia: Clint Steindl 21, Todd Blanchfield 19, Cody Ellis 17, Jason Cadee 14, Igor Hadziomerovic 14
United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 9, ZAAL ALWALI Khamis 8, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 7, AHMED AL-ALI Rashid 6



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  AUSTRIA   


BC Zepter Vienna inks with new Head Coach Darko Russo - by Stefan Prager

The reigning Austrian champion BC Zepter Vienna presented a new head coach just today. After the capital city ball club and coach Andrea Maghelli have parted ways Vienna inked with Darko Russo (agency: Beo Basket ). The Bosnian who last coached Khimik Yuzny in the Ukraine signed a contract for the next three years (2+1) Russo earned some fame when he was working as an assistant coach alongside Zeljko Obradovic at the yugoslavian nationalteam from 1996 to 2000. Russo is expected to arrive in Vienna at the end of next week.


Gmunden Swans ink with Tyler Griffey - by Stefan Prager

The Allianz Swans Gmunden announced their import player for the upcomig season. Forward Tyler Griffey is coming straight out of college where he played for the University of Illinois in the Big Ten conference. In his 4 years as a fighting Illini Griffey appeared in 114 games. In his last season he averaged 7.2 ppg along with 3.5 rpg. Griffey is expected to replace Dan Oppland whose contract was not renewed after last season.


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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium and Switzerland open Division B - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- Switzerland U20 72:67

Belgium and Switzerland open Division B of the U20 European Championship. Belgium posted a 72:67 win in the opener of Pitesti campaign.
Switzerland looked better in the first half and posted two victories. They won the first period 20:15 and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. Belgium however dominated the second half and managed to win the game. They won the third period 18-17 and finished the game with 20-10 surge.
Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) nailed 12. Louis Hazard (199-F-94) scored 11, whilst Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) collected 7 points and 13 rebounds. Arben Hoxha (181-G-94), Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) and Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) each brought 15 points. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) had 11 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Marco Lehmann (185-PG-93) nailed 6.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 26, Xavier-Robert Francois 12, Louis Hazard 11, Arno Mollekens 7+13 rebs
Switzerland U20: Arben Hoxha 15, Marko Mladjan 15, Christian Affolter 15, Daniel Andjelkovic 11+11 rebs, Marco Lehmann 6



Spirou Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Belgacom Spiou have added another player to the 2013-2014 roster. The former Liege and Verviers forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, college: UAB) joins Charleroi for the next 2 seasons.
Boss as he is also known had a great season in 2012-2013 for Liege, averaging 16.5ppg and 5.9rpg. After leaving UAB at the end of the 06-07 season his overseas career started in France where he played fdor Le Havre. For the 2008-2009 season he moved to the Italian Serie A (Montegranaro) before heading back to Strasbourg in France for the 2009-2010 season. In 2010-2011 he played for two Italian Lega Due teams Ferrara and Pistoia before heading to Belgium for the first time in his pro career when he joined Liege.

Wen is also a member of the Belgian National Team.



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  BRAZIL   


2013 University Games: Brazil advanced to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Brazil-Norway 77:47

Brazil advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The team from Latin America needed a 77:47 win to finish Group D with 4-1 record on the second spot. Norway ended up with 2-3 record.
Both teams needed the victory as Brazil started with 18:14 lead. They also added 23-15 rally in the second frame and enjoyed 12 points advantage. Brazil continued to dominate the court in the second half and posted two comfortable victories. Brazil won the third period 20-10 and added 16-8 in the last stanza.
Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Andre Silva (193-F-89) notched 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) delivered 9, while ALVES MAIA Rafael added 8. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) replied with 11 points in defeat and Anders Stien (195-G-90) scored 9. NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka brought 7, whilst Magne Fivelstad (198-G-89) netted 6.

Brazil: Leonardo Meindl 11, Andre Silva 10, Cristiano Felicio 9, ALVES MAIA Rafael 8
Norway: Stian Mjos 11, Anders Stien 9, NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka 7, Magne Fivelstad 6



Enrico Bueno sign with Colorado State - by Paulo Freire

Colorado State basketball head coach Larry Eustachy will now have the addition of new brazilian player, guard Enrico Bueno (193-G/F-94). The athlete, who played at the young basics teams of the Sirio and EC Pinheiros, also passed through high-school in the US and had been working at IMG Academy.

"My expectation is to achieve a fast adaptation and get my space on the team. I know that for this to occur, I need to work hard the fundamentals, especially on defense, and improve more and more my long distance shots,wich is one of my characteristics, " says Bueno, 1m94 tall and weight 90kg.

Throughout his career, Enrico Bueno had constant presence in the Brazilian National team been selected to: Under-15 (twice), under-17, under-18. In addition, he was highlighted in two editions of the Adidas Nations and one of the Nike Hoops, camps that bring together young players from all over the world.

At Colorado State Enrico will meet another brazilian the center Gerson Santo who will be in his second year at the school.





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  BULGARIA   


U20 European Championship: Israel snatch win over Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Bulgaria U20 68:66

Israel earned the opening win at the U20 European Championship. They nipped Bulgaria to climb at 1-2 record in Group C. Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Israel started the game strong. They accumulated a 19:12 lead after the starting quarter. Israel maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 41:32 halftime advantage. But Bulgaria denied the deficit in the third term. They went on a 19:7 run to ensure a 3-point lead before the fourth period. Israel returned into the game late in regulation. The teams were tied at 64 with 59 seconds to go. Rafael Menco drained a three-pointer and then Maayan hit a free throw to ensure the victory for Israel. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) and Igor Mayor (198-SG-93) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Israel U20: Rafael Menco 14, Or Solomon 10, Igor Mayor 10
Bulgaria U20: Aleks Simeonov 15, Angel Natskin 12



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  CANADA   


2013 University Games: Canada sent the United States out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Canada-United States 94:85

Canada sent the United States out of the Quarterfinals at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Canada won Group C with a perfect 5-0 record, while USA finished only with 2-3 record on the third place.
United States needed a victory in this game and scored the first 5 points in the game. Luke Hancock (198-F-90) brought 14:4, but Jordan Bachynski (218-C-89) gave Canada 18:17 lead at the end of the first period. Canada dominated the second frame and added 28-19 rally before the halftime. Moreover they won the third period 23-22 and had 11-point lead. Jordan Bachynski and Brady Heslip (188-G-90) scored for 74:58 early in the last stanza as Canada remained undefeated at the tournament.
Brady Heslip top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jordan Bachynski netted 13. Dwight Powell (208-F-91) poured in 10, while Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) notched 9. Luke Hancock had a great game with 27 points, while MCDERMOTT Douglas and Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) posted 17 each. Treveon Graham (196-G-93) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Canada: Brady Heslip 20, Jordan Bachynski 13, Dwight Powell 10, Kevin Pangos 9
United States: Luke Hancock 27, MCDERMOTT Douglas 17, Cory Jefferson 17, Treveon Graham 9



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  CHILE   


2013 University Games: China escape the last spot in Group D - by Eurobasket News

China-Chile 94:75

China escape the last spot in Group D of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Asian side finished the group with 1-4 record after a 94:75 victory over Chile. The latter could not win any games in the group.
China and Chile started the game without victories and desired to open the winning account in Kazan. China erupted with 34-19 lead in the first period and did not have any difficulties to win the game. China added 24-19 rally in the third period and finished the game with 17-14 run.
Lian Liu (200-F-91) was unstoppable with 30 points and Li Zhigang (200-F-91) scored 16. Cui Jinming (193-G-92) delivered 14, while Zhang Hanqi (205-C-91) notched 12. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) collected 21 points and 17 rebounds in defeat and Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) added 15. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) scored 9 points, while Rocco Cotroneo (202-C-89) added 8.

China: Lian Liu 30, Li Zhigang 16, Cui Jinming 14, Zhang Hanqi 12
Chile: Osven Ledezma 21+17 rebs, Tomas Alvarez 15, Francisco Pena 9, Rocco Cotroneo 8



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  CHINA   


2013 University Games: China escape the last spot in Group D - by Eurobasket News

China-Chile 94:75

China escape the last spot in Group D of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Asian side finished the group with 1-4 record after a 94:75 victory over Chile. The latter could not win any games in the group.
China and Chile started the game without victories and desired to open the winning account in Kazan. China erupted with 34-19 lead in the first period and did not have any difficulties to win the game. China added 24-19 rally in the third period and finished the game with 17-14 run.
Lian Liu (200-F-91) was unstoppable with 30 points and Li Zhigang (200-F-91) scored 16. Cui Jinming (193-G-92) delivered 14, while Zhang Hanqi (205-C-91) notched 12. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) collected 21 points and 17 rebounds in defeat and Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) added 15. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) scored 9 points, while Rocco Cotroneo (202-C-89) added 8.

China: Lian Liu 30, Li Zhigang 16, Cui Jinming 14, Zhang Hanqi 12
Chile: Osven Ledezma 21+17 rebs, Tomas Alvarez 15, Francisco Pena 9, Rocco Cotroneo 8



4 Nationas Event - by Robert Wang

The US Basketball Womens All-Stars went undefeated at the recent Four Nations tournament in China. The team which represented the United States in the international competition finished the event 9-0 with three wins against the China national B team, the national team of Hungary and the Australian Rising Opals. The three wins against China were all close, with one overtime time and the wins by one point, three points and four points.
Aulani Sinclair of Indiana was named the MVP of the entire event and led the team in three-point field goals made. She was named the MVP of the first tour stop, PingXiang as she averaged 12.3 points and three rebounds with a high game of 22 points against Hungary. Sinclair was also on the All-Tournament team at the second stop, Chengdu, where she averaged 13 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Sinclair was joined on the All-Tournament team by former California players Alexis Gray-Lawson and Talia Caldwell. Gray-Lawson came on strong later in the tour. She was named MVP of the third stop, Changshu, where she averaged 11,5 points and five rebounds, leading the USA past China for the third time as she made a key late steal and score in overtime in scoring 16 points. Gray-Lawson was also named to the All-Tournament team in PingXinang where she averaged 11 points and 3.3 rebounds and scored 17 points against Hungary while hitting four late points in the USAs one-point win over China. Caldwell was the most consistent center for the USA, averaging 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds showing quick feet and jumping ability in helping the USA dominate the boards in their nine wins. She also was named to the All-Tournament team in PingXiang.



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  CROATIA   


Cibona extends contract with D.J. Strawberry - by Dajana Karl

After a long negotiation, D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) and KK Cibona VIP Zagreb extended the contract for another season.

D.J. Strawberry was one of the key players in KK Cibona VIP Zagreb this past season. In 18 games of Croatian A1 league, Strawberry averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, in 26 games of Adriatic league his numbers were 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists, and in 6 EuroCup games he was scoring 10.5 points, 4.8 rebound and 1.5 assists.

The following are D.J. Strawberry's awards and achievements from the last season:
Croatian Supercup Winner -13
Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Winner -13
Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Defensive Player of the Year -13
Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Honorable Mention -13
Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team -13
Croatian A1 League Regular Season Champion -13
Croatian A1 League Champion -13
Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team -13
Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team -13
Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team -13



Blusens Monbus announced Croatian Mario Delas - by Eurobasket News

Blusens Monbus announced Croatian Mario Delas (207-F/C-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) for the next season. He played last time at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 18 LKL games he recorded 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to win the league title. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Lithuanian League All-Star Game. Delas also played 25 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Mario Delas received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team award back in 2010.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Delas played for Croatian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. Delas' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 65.9%.



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  CYPRUS   


U20 European Championship Men - Cyprus lost to Netherlands 58-66 - by Chris Mammides

Cyprus participates in the U20 European Championship Men, for first time after many-many years. Cyprus with official decision of the federation was participating all the previous years only at the U16 competitions and that was it since there was no any continuation or commitment or even a plan in these participations, the players of the NT after the U16 had no other continuation in any other NT, so the amazing and at the same time unique way which Cyprus Basketball federation organized the specific National team could characterize as a case study by itself, since the selection took place within two weeks time and with the two coaches selecting the NT to represent the country among 40-45 kids trained togehter for 2 weeks....

The National head coaches of the U20 NT (the same duet as with the Mens NT which lately won the tournament of the European Championship Of The Small Countries) did their best within reasonably feasible way and took with them in Pitesti of Romania the crme de la crme of the youth Cyprus basketball content, whereas there is a question in regards to the no-call or no-selection of the team-mate of Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) in Mantoulidis, Antreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) who is consider the next hot project for Cyprus Basketball and was a regular member of the team of Mantoulidis being among the top scorers with 12 points per game and is already on a great demand as both teams of Thessaloniki, PAOK and Aris want to transfer him in their team while rumors do bring Olympiakos to showing some interest too as Mantoulidis and teh European champions have solid relations.. .

Never the less, in the premier game of the newly established National team, against the Netherlands, the Cyprus NT lost with 58-66, after a black-out in the last period where the Dutch players outscored the Cyprus NT with 8-15 and succeeded a crucial and previous victory for the continuation of the tournament.
From the Cyprus NT who had a very good and solid first half but collapsed after the 25th minute, 3 players tied with 15 points with the talented player of Mantoulidis, Greece, Rafail Eleftheriou having a better pluralism in his game as not only he scored 15points but he grabbed 5 rebounds, shared 6 assists and stole the ball twice from his opponents. Ieronymides of Oak Hill and Iliadis of AEL followed in the scoring while Roberto Mantovani of AEL lost the double-double figures for one rebounds as he ended the game with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

The Coaching team of Cyprus NT decided to use basically six players from their 12 in roster and that was (probably) fatal since the last period the six players were much too tired to keep the paste and finally win the game. Eleftehriou, Ieronymides and Iliadis remain in the court for more than 33 minutes, Mantovani 30 and Aristotelous 28, while Simos Antoniou saw 22 minutes of action. All the other members of the Cyprus NT remain mostly in the bench. On the other hand, the Dutch Coach (who probably had his team for some months if not years prepared and trained) used most of his players and share the time equally to at least 9 members of his team while only one member of his NT played only for two minutes and of course all the players participated in the team.

The game between the two teams was a derby up until the 32nd minute when Ieronymides succeeded the jump shot to draw the game to 54-54 7.51 before the end of the game, from then and on the players of Coach Yiannaras remain pointless for five minutes before the assist of Eleftheriou finds Mantovani to score the 56th point for the Cyprus NT 2.52 before the end of the game with the score being 56-62 but the psychology and momentum being totally pro Holland, since the Cypriot players were not able to score at all other than a basket coming from a hook shot by Eleftheriou.

The periods were 20-14, 40-30, 50-51, 58-66
Top scorers:
Cyprus: Rafael Eleftheriou 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, and Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Netherlands: Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) 17 points and 9 rebounds, Yannick Van Der Ark 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Hidde Arjans Vos 10 points and 3 rebounds
The next game of the Cyprus NT will be against the very strong team of Switzerland which lost in the same way as Cyprus in their premier game against Belgium 67-72 (The last period was 20-10 for Belgium)



U20 European Championship: Holland edge Cyprus in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus U20-Holland U20 58:66

Holland edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the second game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side started the campaign with a 66:58 victory.
Bleeker and Viktoras Ieronymidis exchanged the early baskets, while Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) gave Cyprus 10:4 lead. The latter tried hard to control the first period and Iliadis nailed three for 20:14 lead after 10 minutes. Holland started the second frame with a 7-0 run and took 21:20 lead early in the second period. Cyprus exploded with another run and Viktoras Ieronymidis gave his side 40:24 lead. His team however could not win the game. Holland replied with a 21-10 run in the third period and finished the game with 15-8 rally.
Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) nailed 15. Vos brought 10, whilst Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) and Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) had 6 each. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94), Rafael Eleftheriou and Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) poured in 15 points each in a loss. Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) followed them with 10 points in the losing effort.

Cyprus U20: Stefanos Iliadis 15, Rafael Eleftheriou 15, Viktoras Ieronymidis 15, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 10
Holland U20: Olaf Schaftenaar 17, Yannick Van Der Ark 15, Vos 10, Kevin Bleeker 6, Dexter Hope 6



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2013 University Games: Czech Republic pip Sweden in Day 6 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-Sweden 65:63

Czech Republic pip Sweden in Day 6 of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Czechs finished the group on the 4th place with 2-3 record after a 65:63 victory. The Scandinavian team ended up with 1-4 record.
Czech Republic started the game with 18:15 lead, while Sweden tied the score at the halftime. Czech Republic again pulled the tempo and grabbed 7 points after three quarters. Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) reduced to 4 early in the fourth quarter, while Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) tied it all at 58:58. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) scored three free throws at the end of the game for the final victory.
Jiri Slavik top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) netted 13. Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) and Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) poured in 8 points each. Gustav Sundstrom finished the game with 16 points in a loss, while Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) had 14. Chris Czerapowicz chipped in with 11 points and Pierre Hampton (202-F-91) added 10.

Czech Republic: Jiri Slavik 17, Adam Ciz 13, Martin Gniadek 8, Jan Jiricek 8
Sweden: Gustav Sundstrom 16, Alexander Lindqvist 14, Chris Czerapowicz 11, Pierre Hampton 10



Interview with Turi Svitavy Head Coach Lubomir Ruzicka - by Surujh Roopnarine

Entering their fourth season of play in the Mattoni NBL, Turi Svitavy are looking to make strides towards greater success in 2013-14. Leading the way for the club is Head Coach Lubomir Ruzicka , who despite being the youngest coach in the competition, has earned the respect of his players and peers as a disciplined and effective head coach. With a roster which will have a much different look than last season (the clubs top scorers Michael Deloach (183-PG-86, college: Norfolk St.) and Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) as well as captain Pavel Milos (200-F-79) will not be back this year), Ruzicka knows that the trust and development of his returning squad, as well as the integration of new additions like Ondrej Peterka (195-F-91) will be his main responsibility in ensuring improvement from last seasons 12th place finish.

Q. Now that you have had time to look back on this past season, what were you most satisfied with and what were you most disappointed in?

A. When I look back, I am very satisfied with the way our team managed to handle with the withdrawal of our team leaders from the previous season. Altogether 4 players left (Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson), Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86), Radim Kramny (215-C-85), Jan Spacek (195-SF-89)). Then we managed to get in our team "only" Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) and young Petr Andres (177-PG-93), plus during the season Martin Sykora (192-G/F-81). But these facts did not change our style of game. Moreover, I would say that we had played very attractive basketball during whole basic part. On the other hand, I am very disappointed about the group A2. It did not go well for us, neither in results, nor in the playing aspect. We totally burned out and ended up at 12th position from previous the 9th.

Q. Now entering your third season as head coach of Svitavy, what are your personal goals as coach and then what you feel the team will be aiming for?

A. As a coach, my goal is to still work with the players as Lubos Moravec (185-PG-89), Tomas Macela (178-PG-88), Tomas Teply (193-G-87), Pavel Harcar (202-PF-89), Jakub Sedlak (209-C-89) and to constantly increase their role in relationship with the responsibility for the result of the game. This is my goal. I want to give Czech players as much opportunities as they deserve and at the same time help them to become better and better. Team goal would be surely to fight for the best placement possible and primarily - let our fans to enjoy the game called basketball in the amazing home atmosphere.
During the offseason you are busy with duties ranging from camps to being a member of the Slovakian Mens National Team coaching staff.

Q. What have you been doing so far this offseason, and what else is on your schedule?

A. This year, I filled up the after-season time mostly with the analysis of the previous season. Secondly, I am working on building of the team for the next season. This summer I did not accept any offer to become a member of representation team, because I felt the need of self-realization and self-reflection after the tiring year. A year ago, I set up a basketball camp for children between the age of 13 and 15 called HIGH LEVEL CAMP, where, together with Boris Boris Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) and Peter Balint or with the women's team coach Tomas Vesely , we prepare young players for the life of professional player. That is the work that I really enjoy and a great fulfillment for me.
Q. In June the team announced that the majority of the team will return for next season, but not the trio of Pavel Milos, Pawel Mroz and Michael Deloach. How are you planning on replacing such a productive and important group of players? Who from the current roster do you expect to step up and become the new team leader?

A. Yes, very good question. Pavel Milos finished his career. Michael Deloach had received very good proposals after his great season and then he transferred into Italian team LUCCA. Pawel Mroz accepted lucrative contract in Poland. We have already prepared first transfer talented Ondrej Peterka from Pardubice and we are still intensively working on the other two names. We know already that it will be foreign players and about them we want to have everything very carefully proven. I mean both, their basketball and human qualities. We are not going to underestimate anything.

Q. The financial state of many teams in the NBL was not very stable last season, Svitavy included. What is the state of the team currently and do you feel confident that the club will remain financially solid throughout the season?

A. Financial situation is not optimal in all clubs in Europe. This is just a fact. However now, there is stability in our city and also in the club. I think that we overcame the worst and next year should work very well, with the modest but realistic budget.

Q. For people reading outside of the Czech Republic, what are some of your coaching traits or characteristics? Who are some of the coaches you look up to or get advice from?

A. Ha-ha, good question. I dont like to talk about myself, but I think I belong to the group of demanding coaches. I manage to motivate my players with the good practice to fancy showing up everything in the game. I love basketball twenty four hours a day and that is why I reached the elite of my age in our country. People who know me can tell you how tough I can be, but I put my humanity and heart in coaching as well. This combination is the reflection of my character. Do everything with me with 100% of energy and I will give you 100% of myself back. Some of my icons are coaches like Zjelko Obradovic, Ettore Mesina, Xavi Pascal and many others. I watch all top Europe competitions. Last year, particularly due to my friendship with Anton Gavel, I got to like German BEKO BBL and team Brose Baskets Bamberg, but also team Telekom Bonn, where Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) - my former player in charge plays.

I would also like to say, that I am very happy about the work we did with the previous no name players like Moe Deloach, Pawel Mroz, Lubos Moravec, Jiri Jelinek, etc. All those have been without work and no one wanted to try them in a team. These boys gained a new value now. Engagement of Moe in Lega 2, participation of Lubos in the Pro Skills Camp in Bamberg could be good examples. All these facts are very motivational for me. It means that work for small club, but with the great heart, is meaningful and that we can offer beginning players very good future!



U20 European Championship: Estonia entertain home crowd with victory - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Czech Republic U20 75:58

Estonia celebrated the openign win at the home U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Czech Republic in Group D action. Estonia climbed at 1-2 record, while Czech Republic slipped at 0-3. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) nailed 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Estonia set the tone early on. They grabbed a 21:15 lead after the starting quarter. Estonia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 32:24 halftime advantage. Czech Republic tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They speeded things up scoring 25 points in the period. But Estonia withheld the challenge to enter the final frame up by 6 points. The hosts ignited a 20:9 rally in the fourth term to escape with the victory. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) netted 17 points, while Martin Jurtom (201-PF-94) added 11 points for Estonia. Dalibor Fait (205-C-93) responded with 19 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat.

Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 21, Martin Paasoja 17, Martin Jurtom 11
Czech Republic U20: Dalibor Fait 19, Martin Kriz 10+11 boards



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Standings - District National

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Jul. 11: Cocolos SPM - Reales LV 93-82
Jul. 11: Metros STGO - Titanes DN 79-81
Jul. 12: Caneros LR - Metros STGO
Jul. 12: Indios SFM - Cocolos SPM



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  EGYPT   


William Jones Cup: Egypt upset hosts - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Egypt 62:72

Egypt clinched the fourth win at the William Jones Cup. They stunned hosting Taiwan to improve at 4-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) nailed 20 points to lead the African team. Taiwan fell at 4-2 record after the defeat.
Egypt started the game with almost a perfect defence. They held Taiwan to 7 points in the opening quarter to build a 5-point lead. Egypt maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The visitors secured a 28:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Egypt entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points. Taiwan tried to restore the intrigue as they fired 24 points in the final frame but Egypt shielded off the challenge and secured the victory. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 18 points and pulled down 13 boards for Egypt. Ramy Abdalla (185-G-81) added 8 points in the win. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Tien Lei (202-F-83) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsai Wen-Cheng 15, Tien Lei 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 20, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Ramy Abdalla 8



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Malabo Kings are the Champions! - by Greg

Malabo Kings were crowned the 2013 Champions without playing any final games. MBC opted to not participate in the finals forgo the entire playoffs. The management said that they had a tournament in Congo that was far more important than the local championship. In doing so they barred themselves from getting a opportunity to participate in the African Cup.
Third place in the league belongs to San Antonio team which defeated Six Stars 2:1 in the series. Six Stars went ahead and won the first game, but they came up short unfortunately in the next 2 games.



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2013 University Games: Estonia edge South Korea in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

South Korea -Estonia 61:68

Estonia edge South Korea in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade. The European side posted a 68:61 win to finish second in Group A with 4-1 record. South Korea ended up with 2-3 record on the fourth place.
South Korea started the game better and posted 17:13 rally in the first period. They missed however a 20-14 burst in the second frame and trailed 2 points at the halftime. Estonia managed to win the last quarter as well 18-12 and grabbed the second place in the group.
Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) also scored 18. Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) delivered 15, while Kristjan Voolaid (201-F-92) netted 6. KIM Jun Yl finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Jeon Seong Hyen (190-G-91) scored 14. DOO Kyung Min and HAN Ho Bin nailed 7 points each.

South Korea: KIM Jun Yl 21, Jeon Seong Hyen 14, DOO Kyung Min 7, HAN Ho Bin 7
Estonia: Madis Saarmets 18+11 rebs, Toomas Raadik 18, Jaan Puidet 15, Kristjan Voolaid 6



U20 European Championship: Estonia entertain home crowd with victory - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Czech Republic U20 75:58

Estonia celebrated the openign win at the home U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Czech Republic in Group D action. Estonia climbed at 1-2 record, while Czech Republic slipped at 0-3. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) nailed 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Estonia set the tone early on. They grabbed a 21:15 lead after the starting quarter. Estonia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 32:24 halftime advantage. Czech Republic tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They speeded things up scoring 25 points in the period. But Estonia withheld the challenge to enter the final frame up by 6 points. The hosts ignited a 20:9 rally in the fourth term to escape with the victory. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) netted 17 points, while Martin Jurtom (201-PF-94) added 11 points for Estonia. Dalibor Fait (205-C-93) responded with 19 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat.

Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 21, Martin Paasoja 17, Martin Jurtom 11
Czech Republic U20: Dalibor Fait 19, Martin Kriz 10+11 boards



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


The top two summer leagues in the world, NBA and Eurobasket set to begin! - by ESL News

There is no doubt about it that the NBA and Eurobasket Summer Leagues are the two best in the World. The NBA summer league is starting today and the Eurobasket Summer League is starting on Monday. We are very excited with the talent level of this year's Vegas ESL as we have players flying into Las Vegs from all over the World. Also, we have a very high number of scouts, agents, gms, presidents of clubs coming to our events and we look forward to a very high level of success for the two events. Players who have registered for both Vegas events can still make payments if they have been approved.


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  EUROCUP   


Radnicki Kragujevac adds Marinovic - by Igor Obradovic

After a good news that Kragujevac will continue to play in Adriatic league and for the first time in Eurocup, club board decided to backup roster for the new season.

New player of Radnicki Kragujevac is Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) who played last season in Bulgaria, in team Levski Sofia. After four years and playing in Crvena zvezda, Marinovic is back in Serbian basketball. Point guard from Cacak is born on 15. March 1983 and has a lot of experience.
In Bulgarian league Marinovic played 26.3 minutes per game, have 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5 asists per game with 13.5 index.



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Zalgiris Kaunas keep Paulius Jankunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas keep Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. He has played there for the last three seasons. In five LKL games he had 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. Jankunas also played 13 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Baltic League championship title in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Jankunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Forward of the Year in 2012.
Paulius Jankunas was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Jankunas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2005 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2005. He also represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.8%.
He started his career for LKKA-Zalgiris in year 2002.



Mike Green inks with BC Khimky Moscow Region - by Eurobasket News

Mike Green (185-PG-85, college: Butler) inks with BC Khimky Moscow Region who played last time at Cimberio Varese in Italy. In 42 games he had 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team.
The previous (11-12) season Green played at Sigma Barcellona (Lega2) in Italian league. In 35 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.9apg and 2.6spg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team.
In 2010-11 season Green played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 42 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Mike Green also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Liege Basket (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 37 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team. Green also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg.



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NBA players Nikola Vucevic and Nikola Pekovic are confirmed for EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

NBA players Nikola Vucevic (210-C-90, college: USC) and Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) are confirmed for EuroBasket 2013 in Montenegro squad. Nikola Vucevic is a player of Orlando Magic in NBA. In 77 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0bpg last season. Vucevic also spent pre-season at the 76ers in NBA that year.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Buducnost in Montenegrin league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Vucevic had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In only one Euroleague Qualifying Round game he recorded very impressive stats: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had also remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. Vucevic also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he was fourth best scorer with great 16.9ppg and averaged 9.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg.
Nikola Pekovic played last season at Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA. In 62 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg and 8.8rpg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Pekovic played at Partizan in Serbian league. In 7 games he averaged remarkable 15.4ppg and 4.6rpg that season. He also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 13.7ppg and 5.5rpg. Among other achievements he won Greek League championship title for three years in a row (between 2008 and 2010). Pekovic received also Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team award in 2012. He represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 70.0%.



Oleksiy Pecherov is out of Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Oleksiy Pecherov (213-C-85) is out of Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia. The Ukrainian player will not be able to help the National team due to the injury and will need a longer period to recover.
Last season he played at Azovmash Mariupol in Ukraine. In 32 Superleague games he recorded 11.6ppg and 4.9rpg last season. Pecherov also played 13 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.4ppg and 4.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Pecherov played in the final of Ukrainian Superleague in 2007 and 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team in 2012.
Pecherov was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He played for Ukrainian Senior National Team back in 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005. Pecherov also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg.
Oleksiy Pecherov is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Paris-Levallois), Italy (Armani Milano), NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Ukraine (Avantazh-Politekhnik and BC Kyiv).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Greece3-0
2. Lithuania3-0
3. Germany2-2
4. Georgia0-3
5. Serbia0-3
Group B
1. Montenegro.3-0
2. Turkey2-1
3. Sweden1-2
4. Croatia1-2
5. Ukraine1-3
Group C
1. Latvia4-0
2. Spain2-1
3. Israel1-2
4. Russia1-2
5. Bulgaria0-3
Group D
1. Slovenia3-1
2. France2-1
3. Italy2-1
4. Estonia1-2
5. Czech Rep.0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Jul. 12: GRE - GEO 75-61
Jul. 12: SRB - GER 56-66

B

Jul. 12: TUR - UKR 72-74
Jul. 12: SWE - MNT 65-91

C

Jul. 12: ESP - LAT 67-75
Jul. 12: BUL - ISR 66-68

D

Jul. 12: ITA - SLO 61-65
Jul. 12: CZE - EST 58-75

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 13: GEO - SRB
Jul. 13: LTU - GRE

B

Jul. 13: MNT - TUR
Jul. 13: CRO - SWE

C

Jul. 13: ISR - ESP
Jul. 13: RUS - BUL

D

Jul. 13: EST - ITA
Jul. 13: FRA - CZE


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (198-PF-93)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Mugosa, Buducnost23.7 
 2. Vecvagars, Lietkab.20.3 
 3. Candan, Olin Edirne17.7 
 4. Jakovics, Liepaja17.5 
 5. Diez, Lagun A.17.3 
 6. Mitrovic, Crvena Z.16.7 
 7. Jean-Charles, AS.16.7 
 8. Radosavljevi., B.M.16.5 
 9. Artamonov, BC Od.16.0 
 10. Kriz, BC Kolin15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ojars SILINS
  LAT
  (208-PF-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Silins, Grissin11.3 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils9.8 
 3. Gudumak, CSKA9.0 
 4. Kriz, BC Kolin8.7 
 5. Nikolic, Buducnost8.3 
 6. Diez, Lagun A.8.0 
 7. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.8.0 
 8. Jaiteh, Boulogne8.0 
 9. Solomon, Maccabi8.0 
 10. Jean-Charles, AS.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tom MAAYAN
  ISR
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Maayan, Seton Hall5.7 
 2. Bochoridis, Aris5.0 
 3. Artamonov, BC Od.4.3 
 4. Eroglu, Erdemir4.0 
 5. Imbro, Oknoplas.3.7 
 6. Fernandez, Asefa3.7 
 7. Mugosa, Buducnost3.7 
 8. Vives, FIATC J.3.3 
 9. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 10. Dallo, Antibes3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  (196-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hrovat, Helios3.5 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar2.3 
 3. Paasoja, Rapla2.3 
 4. Mitrovic, Crvena Z.2.0 
 5. Prihonsky, BK Pard.2.0 
 6. Lagana, Angelico2.0 
 7. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.2.0 
 8. Latkovic, Lovcen2.0 
 9. Paliukenas, Staty.2.0 
 10. Lekys, Medea-VU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo NIKOLIC
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nikolic, Buducnost3.0 
 2. Silins, Grissin2.5 
 3. Nurger, Rapla2.3 
 4. Grazulis, Ventspils2.0 
 5. Antetokounmp., Fil.1.7 
 6. Spires, FCB R.1.7 
 7. Zagreba, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Agravanis, Panioni.1.3 
 9. Jean-Charles, AS.1.3 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.1.3 


M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Poland1-0
2. U.Kingdom1-0
3. Hungary1-0
4. Luxembourg.0-1
5. Romania0-1
6. Slovakia0-1
Group B
1. Belgium1-0
2. Holland1-0
3. Portugal1-0
4. Switzerlan.0-1
5. Cyprus0-1
6. Finland0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jul. 12: POL - ROM 92-62
Jul. 12: SVK - ENG 62-75
Jul. 12: LUX - HUN 61-84

Group B

Jul. 12: BEL - SUI 72-67
Jul. 12: FIN - POR 71-93
Jul. 12: CYP - NED 58-66

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jul. 13: ENG - LUX
Jul. 13: HUN - POL
Jul. 13: ROM - SVK

Group B

Jul. 13: SUI - CYP
Jul. 13: NED - FIN
Jul. 13: POR - BEL


Day 4 in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Serbia - Germany 56-66
Germany registered the second win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Serbian counterparts for 2-2 record in Group A. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) and Alexander Blessig (188-PG-93) nailed 12 points each for the winners. Serbia suffered the third consecutive defeat at the tournament. Germany eked out a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 35:29 halftime advantage. Serbia narrowed the deficit in the quarter. The Balkan team cut the distance at 5-point mark at the final break. But Germany held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. David Brembly (197-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Tolsdorf added 8 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic answered with 15 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bezbradica (207-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) notched 17 points in the losing case.

Greece - Georgia 75-61
Greece recorded the third consecutive victory at the start of the U20 European Championship. They fired past Georgia in Group A tonight. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) came up with 15 points to lead the Hellenes. Georgia suffered the third straight loss. Georgia secured a brave start to the game. They accounted for a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Georgia secured a 41:37 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes finally picked up the tune after the big break. Greece sparked a massive 27:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Georgia to just 9 points in the final period to celebrate yet another win at the tournament. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) and Ioannis Karamalegkos had 13 points apiece in the victory. Giorgi Tsirekidze (204-PF-94) responded with 21 points for Georgia. Irakli Mikeladze netted 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Sweden - Montenegro 65-91
Montenegro claimed the third consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They stunned Swedish counterparts in Tallinn today. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) nailed 19 points to lead the Balkan team. Montenegro used a massive 19:3 run in the opening quarter to ensure a 26:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Montenegro did not allow Sweden any closer throughout the second period. The Balkan team grabbed a 45:23 halftime advantage. Sweden struggled to get back into the game throughout the third period. Montenegro eased to a 70:38 advantage before the final frame. Sweden exploded with 27 points in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late to save the game. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) nailed 17 points, while Masan Vrbica added 15 points for the winners. Hannes Erhardt (209-C-94) answered with 11 points for Sweden. Nicholas Spires chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Turkey - Ukraine 72-74
Ukraine opened win count at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Turkey for 1-3 record in Group B. Ukraine finished the game on a strong 15:6 rally to snatch the victory. Turkey suffered the first defeat to slip at 2-1 record. Ukraine got to a strong start. They built a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey cut the deficit in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at a single point 36:37 at the interval. Turkey surged ahead in the third term. They ensured a 59:50 lead late in the period but Vladyslav Koreniuk and Zhukovsk capped the stanza with four points in a row to narrow the gap. Turkey led by 7 points midway through the fourth frame 66:59 but Ukraine exploded with a decisive 15:6 run to snatch the win. Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) posted 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) added 15 points for the winning side. Sami Erdogan (206-C-93) answered with 16 points for Turkey. Erbil Eroglu chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Group C
Spain - Latvia 67-75
Latvia grabbed another high-value scalp at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Spain to reach 4-0 record on top of Group C. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) posted 22 points to lead the effort. Spain slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat. Spain earned a narrow 19:17 lead after the opening quarter. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Spain ensured a narrow 40:38 halftime lead. But Latvia shocked their opponents in the third term. The Baltic state went on a blistering 20:5 rally to jump to a 13-point lead. Spain could not recover in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) netted 16 points, while Ojars Silins added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) responded with 16 points and 12 boards for Spain. Guillem Vives chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Bulgaria - Israel 66-68
Israel earned the opening win at the U20 European Championship. They nipped Bulgaria to climb at 1-2 record in Group C. Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat. Israel started the game strong. They accumulated a 19:12 lead after the starting quarter. Israel maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 41:32 halftime advantage. But Bulgaria denied the deficit in the third term. They went on a 19:7 run to ensure a 3-point lead before the fourth period. Israel returned into the game late in regulation. The teams were tied at 64 with 59 seconds to go. Rafael Menco drained a three-pointer and then Maayan hit a free throw to ensure the victory for Israel. Or Solomon and Igor Mayor delivered 10 points each for the winners. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Angel Natskin had 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Italy - Slovenia 61-65
Slovenia celebrated the third win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Italy in Tallinn today to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 2-1 record after the first loss at the tourney. The Azzurri looked the better side in the first half. Italy built a 14:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They exploded with 22 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. The Azzurri led by 7 points at halftime 36:29. But Slovenia adjusted defensively and erased the deficit in the third term. They snatched a one-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Slovenia entered the final minutes of regulation leading by one. However Brazot, Rojc and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) sank 7 free throws in the reminder of the contest to seal the win for Slovenia. Miha Lapornik accounted for 12 points, while Tomaz Bolcina added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) answered with 13 points for Italy. Stefano Tonut chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Estonia 58-75
Estonia celebrated the openign win at the home U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Czech Republic in Group D action. Estonia climbed at 1-2 record, while Czech Republic slipped at 0-3. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) nailed 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side. Estonia set the tone early on. They grabbed a 21:15 lead after the starting quarter. Estonia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 32:24 halftime advantage. Czech Republic tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They speeded things up scoring 25 points in the period. But Estonia withheld the challenge to enter the final frame up by 6 points. The hosts ignited a 20:9 rally in the fourth term to escape with the victory. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) netted 17 points, while Martin Jurtom added 11 points for Estonia. Dalibor Fait (205-C-93) responded with 19 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat.



Day 1 in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Poland - Romania 92-62
Poland outscore the hosts in Pitesti at the start of the U20 European Championship: in Division B. Poland enjoyed a 92:62 win in Group last game of the day. Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period, but then Poland took control of the game. The guest won the second frame 26-14 and won the first half by 12 points. Poland added 23-18 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-14 burst. Karolak Jakub scored the last 4 points for the winners for a 30-point total win. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Karnowski Przemyslaw, Michal Michalak (196-SG-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Kowalczyk Sebastian brought 11 each. Karolak Jakub followed them with 10 points. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Cristiean Horia as well as Lazar Mario poured in 9 apiece. Damian Andrei and Filip Ioan netted 7 points apiece.

Slovakia - United Kingdom 62-75
Devon Van Oostrum leads Great Britain over Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship in Division B. He erupted with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Great Britain appeared better in the game and grabbed 26:18 lead at the end of the first period. They added 16-14 rally in the second frame for 42:32 halftime advantage. Devon Van Oostrum scored for 48:36 and then Thomas-Edwards nailed three for51:37. Tot Oliver and Michalek reduced to 55:47 score at the end of the third period, but Great Britain managed to win the game. Raphell Thomas-Edwards notched 11 and Hart Joe added 9. John Stewart (198-F-93) followed them with 8 points. Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Tot Oliver scored 15. Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) scored 11, while Novysedlak Jakub had 6.

Luxembourg - Hungary 61-84
Hungary outscore Luxembourg in Day 1 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian team started with an 84:61 victory. Hungary scored the first seven points in the game, but Luxembourg replied with an 8-0 run. Hungary later pushed the tempo at the end of the first period and grabbed a 23:12 lead. Another 15-10 rally in the second frame brought them 38:22 halftime advantage. Hungary did not slow down and posted a 25-15 surge in the third period for 26-point lead after 30 minutes. Luxembourg closed the game with a 24-21 rally for the final result. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Allen Rosco collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) nailed 12, while Bognar Kristof added 11. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) ended up with 23 points and Laurent Alex had 13. Polfer and Ittenbach Chris produced 6 points each in a loss.

Group B
Belgium - Switzerland 72-67
Belgium and Switzerland open Division B of the U20 European Championship. Belgium posted a 72:67 win in the opener of Pitesti campaign. Switzerland looked better in the first half and posted two victories. They won the first period 20:15 and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. Belgium however dominated the second half and managed to win the game. They won the third period 18-17 and finished the game with 20-10 surge. Lecomte Emmanuel stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Francois Xavier-Robert nailed 12. Hazard Louis scored 11, whilst Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) collected 7 points and 13 rebounds. Hoxha Arben, Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) and Affolter Christian each brought 15 points. Andjelkovic Daniel had 11 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Marco Lehmann (185-SG-93) nailed 6.

Cyprus - Holland 58-66
Holland edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the second game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side started the campaign with a 66:58 victory. Bleeker and Ieronymidis exchanged the early baskets, while Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) gave Cyprus 10:4 lead. The latter tried hard to control the first period and Iliadis nailed three for 20:14 lead after 10 minutes. Holland started the second frame with a 7-0 run and took 21:20 lead early in the second period. Cyprus exploded with another run and Ieronymidis gave his side 40:24 lead. His team however could not win the game. Holland replied with a 21-10 run in the third period and finished the game with 15-8 rally. Schaftenaar Olaf stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) nailed 15. Vos brought 10, whilst Bleeker Kevin and Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) had 6 each. Iliadis Stefanos, Rafael Eleftheriou and Ieronymidis Viktoras poured in 15 points each in a loss. Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) followed them with 10 points in the losing effort.

Finland - Portugal 71-93
Portugal closed Day 1 with the win at the Portugal closed Day 1 with the win in Division B. Portugal overcame Finland 93:71 for the initial win in Pitesti. The first quarter belonged to Portugal that took 18:11 lead at the end of it. Moreover they added 25-12 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 43:23 halftime advantage. Portugal also looked better in the third frame and produced a 31-21 lead. Finland managed to reply with 27-19 rally in the last stanza but reduced to 22 points. Cardoso Miguel led the way with 14 points and Castela Artur as well as Piedade Henrique had 13 each. Joao Grosso (196-F-94) followed them with 12 points in a win. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) finished the night with 23 points, while Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) poured in 15. Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) ended up with 12 points and Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) scored 8.



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U20 European Championship: Portugal closed Day 1 with the win - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Portugal U20 71:93

Portugal closed Day 1 with the win at the Portugal closed Day 1 with the win in Division B. Portugal overcame Finland 93:71 for the initial win in Pitesti.
The first quarter belonged to Portugal that took 18:11 lead at the end of it. Moreover they added 25-12 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 43:23 halftime advantage. Portugal also looked better in the third frame and produced a 31-21 lead. Finland managed to reply with 27-19 rally in the last stanza but reduced to 22 points.
Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) led the way with 14 points and Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) as well as Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) had 13 each. Joao Grosso (196-F-94) followed them with 12 points in a win. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) finished the night with 23 points, while Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) poured in 15. Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) ended up with 12 points and Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) scored 8.

Finland U20: Joonas Caven 23, Topias Palmi 15, Joonas Lehtoranta 12, Tommi Huolila 8
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 14, Artur Castela 13, Henrique Piedade 13, Joao Grosso 12



2013 University Games: Lithuania wins Group D with 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania- Finland 70:51

Lithuania wins Group D with 5-0 record at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Group leaders overcame Finland 70:51 in their last game of the First Stage. Finland meanwhile finished the group with 3-2 record.
Lithuania won the first period 18:7 and added 19:14 frame in the second quarter. Moreover the Baltic State produced a 17-7 run in the third frame and enjoyed their lead. Finland closed the game with a 23-16 rally to make the final 70:51 result.
Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) notched 14. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 9, while Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) and Mindaugas Kupsas (217-C-91) scored 6 each. Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Markus Molenius (203-F-92, agency: FCM) had 6. Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) and Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) brought 5 points apiece.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 15, Vaidas Cepukaitis 14, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 9, Eimantas Bendzius 6, Mindaugas Kupsas 6
Finland: Lauri Toivonen 8, Markus Molenius 6, Jesse Niemi 5, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 5



1.DIVISION: BC Nokia signed with Olli Ahvenniemi - by Rauno Hurmalainen

After seven seasons (2002-03, 2007-13) on top level in Finland and four seasons (2003-07) at Maine University Center Olli Ahvenniemi (207-C-83, college: Maine) has decided to transfer into Division 1 level and signed a 1+1 year contract with BC Nokia. Five seasons on Pyrinto (Tampere) roster were successful for the team and gave surely great memories for Ahvenniemi himself. Passed season Ahvenniemi was given playing time 15:52 mpg in 38 contests and he averaged 4,8 ppg (1 - 44,6%, 2 - 60,2%) - 3,9 rpg.


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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Antibes 0-0 
 2. ASVEL 0-0 
 3. Chalon 0-0 
 4. Cholet 0-0 
 5. Dijon 0-0 
 6. Gravelines 0-0 
 7. Le Havre 0-0 
 8. Le Mans 0-0 
 9. Limoges 0-0 
 10. Nancy 0-0 
 11. Nanterre 0-0 
 12. Orleans 0-0 
 13. Paris-Levallois 0-0 
 14. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 0-0 
 15. Roanne 0-0 
 16. Strasbourg 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: ASVEL - Strasbourg
Oct. 5: Chalon - Orleans
Oct. 5: Cholet - Dijon
Oct. 5: Le Havre - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Oct. 5: Nancy - Nanterre
Oct. 5: Paris-Levallois - Le Mans
Oct. 5: Antibes - Limoges
Oct. 5: Gravelines - Roanne


Saint-Brieuc inks Johwe Casseus - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Brieuc Basket (NM2) agreed terms with 24-year old domestic center Johwe Casseus (210-89). He played last season at Rodez (NM2).
Casseus ended the previous (2011-12) season at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). He helped them to make it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 31 games he had 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Casseus played at Olympique Antibes (ProB). But in 20 games he recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.4rpg. His team won French Cup in 2010. Casseus represented France at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.2ppg, 2.2rpg.
Casseus has played previously for two other France teams: Centre Federal du Basket-Ball and Gagny.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Saint-Brieuc inks Johwe Casseus - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Brieuc Basket (NM2) agreed terms with 24-year old domestic center Johwe Casseus (210-89). He played last season at Rodez (NM2).
Casseus ended the previous (2011-12) season at Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). He helped them to make it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Angers BC 49 (NM1). In 31 games he had 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Casseus played at Olympique Antibes (ProB). But in 20 games he recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.4rpg. His team won French Cup in 2010. Casseus represented France at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.2ppg, 2.2rpg.
Casseus has played previously for two other France teams: Centre Federal du Basket-Ball and Gagny.

By Eurobasket Data Center



JSA Bordeaux Basket sings Destin Damachoua - by Eurobasket News

JSA Bordeaux Basket sings Destin Damachoua (184-G-86, college: New Orleans) for 2013/2014 season. He played last time at Stade de Vanves in French NM2. Damachoua also represented Central Africa at the African Championships in Libya four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg. In 2007-2008 he played for Polk CC (JUCO) and in 29 games averaged 16.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg. In 2008-2009 moved to New Orleans (NCAA, starting five) and had 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg. In 2009-2010 for New Orleans (NCAA) his stats read 2.1ppg. Damachoua has played previously for two other France teams: Les Aubrais and Entente Orleans 45.
He attended University of New Orleans until 2012 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.



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Andrej Magdevski (ex Partizan) agreed terms with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (ACB) strengthened their roster with addition of 17-year old FYR Macedonian guard Andrej Magdevski (190-96). He played most recently at the junior team of Partizan in Serbian A League. Magdevski received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 3rd Team award in 2012. He represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships U16 Division B in Bucharest (Romania) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5(20.1ppg), 8.0rpg, Assists-4(3.5apg), Steals-1(4.4spg), 1.4bpg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 67.4%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



FYR Macedonian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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Nenad Dimitrijevikj 170-PG-98
Stefan Donakovski 97
Oliver Dvojakovski 204-C-97 Cajasol Spain
Jeton Feta 97
Antonio Gavrovski 97
Darko Gocevski 97
Andrej Maslinko 97
Besart Memed 97
Stefan Mileski 97
Mihajlo Mitev 97
Blazho Mitkov 97
Petar Ognjenovikj 98
Dimitar Pandev 97
David Pecalevski 97
Damjan Robev 97
Kristijan Sazdanovski 97
Bojam Serafimov 97
Ivan Shalev 97
Dejan Srbinovski 182-G-97
Damjan Stojmenov 97
Oliver Taskov 97
Miodrag Todorovikj 97
Pavle Vilev 97




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U20 European Championship: Greece defeat Georgia to remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Georgia U20 75:61

Greece recorded the third consecutive victory at the start of the U20 European Championship. They fired past Georgia in Group A tonight. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) came up with 15 points to lead the Hellenes. Georgia suffered the third straight loss.
Georgia secured a brave start to the game. They accounted for a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Georgia secured a 41:37 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes finally picked up the tune after the big break. Greece sparked a massive 27:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Georgia to just 9 points in the final period to celebrate yet another win at the tournament. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) and Ioannis Karamalegkos (191-PG-94) had 13 points apiece in the victory. Giorgi Tsirekidze (204-PF-94) responded with 21 points for Georgia. Irakli Mikeladze (182-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 15, Dimitrios Agravanis 13, Ioannis Karamalegkos 13
Georgia U20: Giorgi Tsirekidze 21, Irakli Mikeladze 12



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2013 University Games: Russia remained perfect at home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Germany 80:52

Russia remained perfect at 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The favorites overcame Germany 80:52 in the last game of the Group Stage and won the group with 5-0 record. Germany could not make it to the next stage as they finished with 3-2 record on the third place.
Russia scored the first five points in the game and KULAGIN Dmitrii closed the first period at 15:7. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) made it 24:14 early in the second and ANTONOV Semen nailed two for 28:20. Again KULAGIN Dmitrii was the last to score in the period as Russia enjoyed a 37:22 advantage at the halftime. Russia also won the third period 23-16 and finished the game with 20-14.
Sergey Karasev and Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) paced all the winners with 12 points each, while Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) added 11. KULAGIN Dmitrii poured in 10 points in a win. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and MOENNINGHOFF Mathis added 10. Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92) finished the game with 8 points for Germany.

Russia: Sergey Karasev 12, Andrey Zubkov 12, Nikita Balashov 11, KULAGIN Dmitrii 10
Germany: Konstantin Klein 13, MOENNINGHOFF Mathis 10, Johannes Voigtmann 8



U20 European Championship: Germany keep Serbia winless in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Serbia U20 66:56

Germany registered the second win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Serbian counterparts for 2-2 record in Group A. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) and Alexander Blessig (188-PG-93) nailed 12 points each for the winners. Serbia suffered the third consecutive defeat at the tournament.
Germany eked out a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 35:29 halftime advantage. Serbia narrowed the deficit in the quarter. The Balkan team cut the distance at 5-point mark at the final break. But Germany held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. David Brembly (197-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Tolsdorf added 8 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bezbradica (207-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) notched 17 points in the losing case.

Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 12, Alexander Blessig 12, David Brembly 11
Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 17, Luka Mitrovic 15



Ben Spoeler returns to Leverkusen - by Moritz Korff

Ben Spoeler (206-F-88) has left Quakenbrueck to rejoin the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. The 25-year-old power forward saw action in 11 BBL games for the Artland Dragons last season, scoring a total of nine points.
Spoeler had left Leverkusen following the 2009-10 season and then spent a two-year stint at Paderborn. He had emerged from Leverkusen's youth ranks and had his first BBL appearance during the 2007-08 season.
"Ben will help our team a lot", head coach Achim Kuczmann said, "he is an experienced professional player who knows the club very well, because he went through our youth program. Ben will play a major role for us in the paint, that is for sure."



Paderborn Baskets land Nick Thompson - by Moritz Korff

The Paderborn Baskets have signed power forward Nick Thompson (206-F/C-89) to play with the club in the 2013-14 2. Bundesliga Pro A season.
Thompson had been invited to a pre-draft workout with NBA's Utah Jazz in early June. "It's such a cool experience", he told deseretnews.com following the session which he spent alongside Cody Zeller (213-C/F-92).
He averaged 10 points, close to 8 rebounds and 4.2 assists a contest for NCAA D1 school Utah Valley last season. Paderborn Coach Assistant Uli Naechster called Thompson "our preferred candidate for the 4-spot" and added: "Besides his height and wing span he's got all the tools to face-up."
Thompson was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and as a child spent four years living in Kaiserslautern, Germany, while his father was working on a military base there.



Cardell McFarland links up with Giants Noerdlingen - by Moritz Korff

The Giants Noerdlingen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have completed the capture of Cardell McFarland (182-G-87, college: Ky Wesleyan).
The Evansville, IN, native spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Missouri State (NCAA D1), but was dismissed due to a violation of team rules during the holidays. He then transferred to Division 2 program Kentucky Wesleyan for his junior season. McFarland scored 18.9 points a contest for the Panthers in his last year in school and added 3.5 boards as well as 3 assists per game.
Following graduation he took his game to Romania and joined Division A outfit CS Farul Constanta, averaging 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists through seven encounters before leaving in December 2012.



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




Enosch Wolf Heads To the Telekom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There arent too many German players that have played together with two NBA number one draft picks like Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb and won an NCAA title, but Enosch Wolf (216-C-90) has and will be telling stories about his NCAA life in the United States for years. He also is headed to the Telekom Baskets Bonn where he will resume his career after starting it with BG Goettingen junior team in 2005. Wolf is a 216cm center that may only have played 37 NCAA games, but had very valuable pratcie time each day with the UCONN Huskies and mentorship from head coach Jim Calhoun. Last season for UCONN he played 16 games averaging 3,4ppg and 3,4rpg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -06, German 2.Regionalliga North-West Champion -09, Big East Tournament Winner -11, and NCAA Champion -11."With his length and physicality, he will help us near the boards. He comes from a growing basketball family and brings a positive attitude and getting used to the Beko BBL surely will be made easier. We want to take his total NCAA experience and make him to an adequate Bundesliga player", stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn head coach Mathias Fischer.

Source: Telekom Baskets Bonn




Science City Jena Tab Kevin Schaffartzik - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Schaffartzik (188-G-88, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Sam Houston St.) may not only be the younger brother of German national player Heiko Schaffartzik and be 24 years old, but he has also gotten around in his young career so far and will be playing for his seventh team as he joins Science City Jena getting a two year contract. Schaffartzik is a 188cm guard that has played in the States and last season played for Uni-Riesen Leipzig (ProA, starting five): 30 games: 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 26.1%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 77.4%. "Kevin is a very good shooter and is always working hard to improve himselfHe also brings experience. He wants to make his next step in his career and we will give him that chnace", stressed Science City Jena head coach Bjoern Harmsen.

Schaffartzik started his basketball career in 2005 with TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (Regionalliga). In 2008-2009, he played for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (ProB): 30 games: 11.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT-2 (90.4%). He then went to the States and played for Odessa JC (JUCO) from 2009-2011 playing a total of 60 games. In 2011-2012, he played for Sam Houston St. (NCAA), in Jan.'12 signed at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProB, starting five): 15 games: 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 78.9%. "I got to know Bjoern at a camp a year ago and and want to make the next step with him in Jena. I have always looked to see that the situation fits. Last season I had an important role in Leipzig and now have the chance to play for the best coach in the Pro A", added Kevin Schaffartzik. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team-05-06, International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -06: 6 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 28.2%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 42.9%, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -06
European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) -06: 8 games: 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 34%, FT: 75%, German U20 National Team -08, European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 7 games: 6.9ppg, 2FGP: 85.7%, 3PT-1 (61.1%), FT: 60.0%, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -12, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -12


Source: Science City Jena




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  GREECE   


U20 European Championship: Greece defeat Georgia to remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Georgia U20 75:61

Greece recorded the third consecutive victory at the start of the U20 European Championship. They fired past Georgia in Group A tonight. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) came up with 15 points to lead the Hellenes. Georgia suffered the third straight loss.
Georgia secured a brave start to the game. They accounted for a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Georgia secured a 41:37 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes finally picked up the tune after the big break. Greece sparked a massive 27:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. They held Georgia to just 9 points in the final period to celebrate yet another win at the tournament. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) and Ioannis Karamalegkos (191-PG-94) had 13 points apiece in the victory. Giorgi Tsirekidze (204-PF-94) responded with 21 points for Georgia. Irakli Mikeladze (182-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 15, Dimitrios Agravanis 13, Ioannis Karamalegkos 13
Georgia U20: Giorgi Tsirekidze 21, Irakli Mikeladze 12



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  HOLLAND   


U20 European Championship: Holland edge Cyprus in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus U20-Holland U20 58:66

Holland edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the second game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side started the campaign with a 66:58 victory.
Bleeker and Viktoras Ieronymidis exchanged the early baskets, while Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) gave Cyprus 10:4 lead. The latter tried hard to control the first period and Iliadis nailed three for 20:14 lead after 10 minutes. Holland started the second frame with a 7-0 run and took 21:20 lead early in the second period. Cyprus exploded with another run and Viktoras Ieronymidis gave his side 40:24 lead. His team however could not win the game. Holland replied with a 21-10 run in the third period and finished the game with 15-8 rally.
Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) nailed 15. Vos brought 10, whilst Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) and Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) had 6 each. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94), Rafael Eleftheriou and Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) poured in 15 points each in a loss. Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) followed them with 10 points in the losing effort.

Cyprus U20: Stefanos Iliadis 15, Rafael Eleftheriou 15, Viktoras Ieronymidis 15, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 10
Holland U20: Olaf Schaftenaar 17, Yannick Van Der Ark 15, Vos 10, Kevin Bleeker 6, Dexter Hope 6



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  HUNGARY   


U20 European Championship: Hungary outscore Luxembourg in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U20-Hungary U20 61:84

Hungary outscore Luxembourg in Day 1 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian team started with an 84:61 victory.
Hungary scored the first seven points in the game, but Luxembourg replied with an 8-0 run. Hungary later pushed the tempo at the end of the first period and grabbed a 23:12 lead. Another 15-10 rally in the second frame brought them 38:22 halftime advantage. Hungary did not slow down and posted a 25-15 surge in the third period for 26-point lead after 30 minutes. Luxembourg closed the game with a 24-21 rally for the final result.
Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) nailed 12, while Kristof Bognar (206-C/F-94, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 11. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) ended up with 23 points and Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) had 13. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) and Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) produced 6 points each in a loss.

Luxembourg U20: Bob Melcher 23, Alex Laurent 13, Gilles Polfer 6, Chris Ittenbach 6
Hungary U20: Laszlo Polyak 17, Rosco Allen 15+10 rebs, Luka Markovic 12, Kristof Bognar 11



Laszlo Lazar moves to Jaszbereny - by Tamas Deri

The hungarian-romanian big man signed his 1 year contract with Jaszbereny yesterday. Laszlo Lazar (207-PF-87) is coming from Oradea, where he started to play basketball and got a member of the 1st division team 2005. He run his best season in 2008-09 averaging 9.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0spg, 1.6 bpg. Last season he helped his team with 3.8ppg, 2.3rpg in 23 games. Right now he is playing with the NT of Romania, last week he scored 12 points in a friendly game against Hungary.


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  IRAN   


William Jones Cup: Iran drub USA to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Iran - USA 86:62

Iran gained the sixth straight win at the William Jones Cup. They thrashed the USA to remain undefeated at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side. The USA fell at 3-3 record after the defeat.
Iran silenced their opponents in the first ten minutes. The Asian powerhouse went on a 26:11 rally to clear off. The tempo slowed down a bit in the second quarter. Iran maintained the lead as they piled up a 41:26 halftime lead. The Asian team nailed 25 points in the third to accumulate an 18-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Iran went on a 20:14 run in the final quarter to seal the victory. Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 17 points, while Aren Davoudichegani (184-PG-86) added 9 points in the win. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 19 points for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) netted 12 points in the losing effort.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 25, Hamed Afagh 17, Aren Davoudichegani 9
USA: Curtis Marshall 19, Eric Hicks 12



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  ISRAEL   


U20 European Championship: Israel snatch win over Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Bulgaria U20 68:66

Israel earned the opening win at the U20 European Championship. They nipped Bulgaria to climb at 1-2 record in Group C. Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Israel started the game strong. They accumulated a 19:12 lead after the starting quarter. Israel maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 41:32 halftime advantage. But Bulgaria denied the deficit in the third term. They went on a 19:7 run to ensure a 3-point lead before the fourth period. Israel returned into the game late in regulation. The teams were tied at 64 with 59 seconds to go. Rafael Menco drained a three-pointer and then Maayan hit a free throw to ensure the victory for Israel. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) and Igor Mayor (198-SG-93) delivered 10 points each for the winners. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Israel U20: Rafael Menco 14, Or Solomon 10, Igor Mayor 10
Bulgaria U20: Aleks Simeonov 15, Angel Natskin 12



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  ITALY   


Umana Reyer Venezia announced Luca Vitali - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia announced Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) who played last time at Vanoli Cremona. In 27 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Vitali also spent pre-season at Strasbourg IG (ProA) in French league that year.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Oknoplast Bologna (previous name Oknoplast BO). In 29 SerieA games he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2010-11 season Vitali played at Lottomatica Roma. In 19 games he averaged 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg.
Among other achievements Luca Vitali played in the final of Italian SerieA in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2006.
Vitali has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006. Vitali represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.0ppg.
Vitali has played previously for four other Italy teams: Virtus 1934 Bologna, Montepaschi Siena, Gandino and Sutor Montegranaro.



U20 European Championship: Slovenia hand Italy first defeat - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Italy U20 65:61

Slovenia celebrated the third win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Italy in Tallinn today to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 2-1 record after the first loss at the tourney.
The Azzurri looked the better side in the first half. Italy built a 14:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They exploded with 22 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. The Azzurri led by 7 points at halftime 36:29. But Slovenia adjusted defensively and erased the deficit in the third term. They snatched a one-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Slovenia entered the final minutes of regulation leading by one. However Brazot, Rojc and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) sank 7 free throws in the reminder of the contest to seal the win for Slovenia. Miha Lapornik accounted for 12 points, while Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) answered with 13 points for Italy. Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 16, Miha Lapornik 12, Tomaz Bolcina 11+12 boards
Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 13, Stefano Tonut 10



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  JAPAN   


William Jones Cup: South Korea chase Iran with fifth victory in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Japan 75:66

South Korea continued their fight for the William Jones Cup trophy. They defeated Japan today to improve at 6-1 record in the standings. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Japan fell at woeful 0-6 record at the bottom of the ladder.
South Korea eked out a narrow 18:16 lead after the opening quarter. The Korean team stretched the lead in the second frame. They accounted for a 40:26 halftime advantage. The Korean team kept Japan at bay throughout the third term. South Korea built a comfrotable 21-point buffer at the final break. Japan dropped 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss at the end. Seung-Jun Lee netted 12 points, while Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) chipped in 11 points for the winning side. Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) responded with 20 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 16, Seung-Jun Lee 12, Cho Sung-Min 11
Japan: Makoto Hiejima 20, Kosuke Takeuchi 13



2013 University Games: Sanchir Tungalag leads Mongolia over Japan - by Eurobasket News

Japan-Mongolia 72:75

Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) leads Mongolia over Japan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. He erupted with 33 points and 11 rebounds in a 75:72 win. Mongolia finished Group B with 2-3 record, while Japan fell at 1-4 record.
Mongolia grabbed 20:11 lead after the first period, but Japan took control in the second frame. They erupted with 27-8 surge in the second period and took 38:28 halftime advantage. Mongolia was too fat to give up and came up with two victories in the second half. They needed a 20-16 rally in the third period and finished the game with 27-18 burst.
Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) scored 16 points and Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) netted 12. Sergelen Otgonbaatar (178-PG-89) followed them with 9 points. Naoki ended up with 27 points in the losing effort and Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) notched 13. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) added 10.

Japan: Naoki Uto (91) 27, Taku Bandoh 13, Yuya Nagayoshi 11+16 rebs, Kosuke Hashimoto 10
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 33+11 rebs, Azbayar Tserendagva 16, Bilguun Battuvshin 12, Sergelen Otgonbaatar 9



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  JORDAN   


William Jones Cup: Jordan snatch narrow win over Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Lebanon 69:67

Jordan narrowly defeated Lebanon at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. Both teams are now tied at 2-4 record in the standings. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) recorded 13 points and 6 boards to lead Jordan.
Jordan held Lebanon to just 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Lebanon improved their offensive effort in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 23:32. Lebanon unloaded 29 points in the third term to deny the deficit. They entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 52:48. Jordan however managed to turn things around in the final period. They erased the deficit and snatched a thrilling victory at the end. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) produced 11 points, while Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) contributed 9 points for the winning side. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 23 points for Lebanon. Amir Saoud (187-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 13, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 11, Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 9
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 23, Amir Saoud 15



Zaid Abbas NBA Candidate ! - by Omar Shafaamri


Jordanian Star Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) Chinese CBA League Star for the last 4 Seasons may get the chance being the first Jordanian ever making it to the best basketball league in the world: The National Basketball Association (NBA)!

Some Sources said that the Jordanian-American NBA Coach Maz Trakh who joined the Detroit Pistons this Season after two successful seasons with the Oklahoma Thunders has nominated Abbas having some work out with the Pistons next month, the same sources added that Abbas is holding off on signing with any Chinese team for the upcoming season because of the optimism about likely NBA workouts in August.

Trakh was the Coach of Zaid as he lead the Jordanian National Team and Zain Club between 2005 and 2006, where Zain being the first Jordanian Team ever clinching the title of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait 2006.





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  LATVIA   


U20 European Championship: Kaspars Vecvagars leads Latvia past Spain - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Spain U20 75:67

Latvia grabbed another high-value scalp at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Spain to reach 4-0 record on top of Group C. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) posted 22 points to lead the effort. Spain slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat.
Spain earned a narrow 19:17 lead after the opening quarter. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Spain ensured a narrow 40:38 halftime lead. But Latvia shocked their opponents in the third term. The Baltic state went on a blistering 20:5 rally to jump to a 13-point lead. Spain could not recover in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) netted 16 points, while Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) responded with 16 points and 12 boards for Spain. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Latvia U20: Kaspars Vecvagars 22, Ingus Jakovics 16, Ojars Silins 10+12 boards
Spain U20: Daniel Diez 16+12 boards, Guillem Vives 14



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  LEBANON   


William Jones Cup: Jordan snatch narrow win over Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Lebanon 69:67

Jordan narrowly defeated Lebanon at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. Both teams are now tied at 2-4 record in the standings. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) recorded 13 points and 6 boards to lead Jordan.
Jordan held Lebanon to just 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Lebanon improved their offensive effort in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 23:32. Lebanon unloaded 29 points in the third term to deny the deficit. They entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 52:48. Jordan however managed to turn things around in the final period. They erased the deficit and snatched a thrilling victory at the end. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) produced 11 points, while Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) contributed 9 points for the winning side. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 23 points for Lebanon. Amir Saoud (187-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 13, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 11, Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 9
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 23, Amir Saoud 15



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Zalgiris Kaunas keep Paulius Jankunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas keep Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) for the next season. He has played there for the last three seasons. In five LKL games he had 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg last season. Jankunas also played 13 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Baltic League championship title in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Jankunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Forward of the Year in 2012.
Paulius Jankunas was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Jankunas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2005 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2005. He also represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.8%.
He started his career for LKKA-Zalgiris in year 2002.



2013 University Games: Lithuania wins Group D with 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania- Finland 70:51

Lithuania wins Group D with 5-0 record at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Group leaders overcame Finland 70:51 in their last game of the First Stage. Finland meanwhile finished the group with 3-2 record.
Lithuania won the first period 18:7 and added 19:14 frame in the second quarter. Moreover the Baltic State produced a 17-7 run in the third frame and enjoyed their lead. Finland closed the game with a 23-16 rally to make the final 70:51 result.
Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) notched 14. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 9, while Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) and Mindaugas Kupsas (217-C-91) scored 6 each. Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Markus Molenius (203-F-92, agency: FCM) had 6. Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) and Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) brought 5 points apiece.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 15, Vaidas Cepukaitis 14, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 9, Eimantas Bendzius 6, Mindaugas Kupsas 6
Finland: Lauri Toivonen 8, Markus Molenius 6, Jesse Niemi 5, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 5



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U20 European Championship: Hungary outscore Luxembourg in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U20-Hungary U20 61:84

Hungary outscore Luxembourg in Day 1 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian team started with an 84:61 victory.
Hungary scored the first seven points in the game, but Luxembourg replied with an 8-0 run. Hungary later pushed the tempo at the end of the first period and grabbed a 23:12 lead. Another 15-10 rally in the second frame brought them 38:22 halftime advantage. Hungary did not slow down and posted a 25-15 surge in the third period for 26-point lead after 30 minutes. Luxembourg closed the game with a 24-21 rally for the final result.
Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) nailed 12, while Kristof Bognar (206-C/F-94, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 11. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) ended up with 23 points and Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) had 13. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) and Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) produced 6 points each in a loss.

Luxembourg U20: Bob Melcher 23, Alex Laurent 13, Gilles Polfer 6, Chris Ittenbach 6
Hungary U20: Laszlo Polyak 17, Rosco Allen 15+10 rebs, Luka Markovic 12, Kristof Bognar 11



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  MEXICO   


2013 University Games: Mexico edge Philippines at the Basket Hall - by Eurobasket News

Mexico-Philippines 139:67

Mexico edge Philippines at the Basket Hall of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Mexico erupted with a 139:67 win to finish the group with 3-2 record. Philippines meanwhile could not win any games in Group B.
Mexico opened the game with a massive 34-11 surge and never looked behind after. They added 37-15 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 71:26 halftime advantage. Moreover Mexico produced a 39-16 burst in the third period and added 29-25 rally in the last stanza.
Mauricio Cheda (198-F-90, college: UTEP) stepped up with 23 points and GARAY Alejandro nailed 21. Daniel Giron (175-G-89) poured in 16, whilst Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) and Ivan Gracia (179-PG-89) had 14 each. Chris Perolino (93) and MARQUEZ Miko answered with 15 points each, while Vincent Mendozan (93) had 10. Arvie Cabanero (91) followed them with 6 points in a loss.

Mexico: Mauricio Cheda 23, GARAY Alejandro 21, Daniel Giron 16, Fabian Jaimes 14, Ivan Gracia 14
Philippines: Chris Perolino 15, MARQUEZ Miko 15, Vincent Mendozan 10, Arvie Cabanero 6



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  MONGOLIA   


2013 University Games: Sanchir Tungalag leads Mongolia over Japan - by Eurobasket News

Japan-Mongolia 72:75

Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) leads Mongolia over Japan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. He erupted with 33 points and 11 rebounds in a 75:72 win. Mongolia finished Group B with 2-3 record, while Japan fell at 1-4 record.
Mongolia grabbed 20:11 lead after the first period, but Japan took control in the second frame. They erupted with 27-8 surge in the second period and took 38:28 halftime advantage. Mongolia was too fat to give up and came up with two victories in the second half. They needed a 20-16 rally in the third period and finished the game with 27-18 burst.
Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) scored 16 points and Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) netted 12. Sergelen Otgonbaatar (178-PG-89) followed them with 9 points. Naoki ended up with 27 points in the losing effort and Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) notched 13. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) added 10.

Japan: Naoki Uto (91) 27, Taku Bandoh 13, Yuya Nagayoshi 11+16 rebs, Kosuke Hashimoto 10
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 33+11 rebs, Azbayar Tserendagva 16, Bilguun Battuvshin 12, Sergelen Otgonbaatar 9



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  MONTENEGRO   


NBA players Nikola Vucevic and Nikola Pekovic are confirmed for EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News

NBA players Nikola Vucevic (210-C-90, college: USC) and Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) are confirmed for EuroBasket 2013 in Montenegro squad. Nikola Vucevic is a player of Orlando Magic in NBA. In 77 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0bpg last season. Vucevic also spent pre-season at the 76ers in NBA that year.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Buducnost in Montenegrin league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Vucevic had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In only one Euroleague Qualifying Round game he recorded very impressive stats: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. He also played 4 games in Eurocup where he had also remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. Vucevic also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he was fourth best scorer with great 16.9ppg and averaged 9.7rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg.
Nikola Pekovic played last season at Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA. In 62 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg and 8.8rpg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Pekovic played at Partizan in Serbian league. In 7 games he averaged remarkable 15.4ppg and 4.6rpg that season. He also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 13.7ppg and 5.5rpg. Among other achievements he won Greek League championship title for three years in a row (between 2008 and 2010). Pekovic received also Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team award in 2012. He represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 70.0%.



U20 European Championship: Montenegro bump off Sweden for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Sweden U20 91:65

Montenegro claimed the third consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They stunned Swedish counterparts in Tallinn today. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) nailed 19 points to lead the Balkan team.
Montenegro used a massive 19:3 run in the opening quarter to ensure a 26:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Montenegro did not allow Sweden any closer throughout the second period. The Balkan team grabbed a 45:23 halftime advantage. Sweden struggled to get back into the game throughout the third period. Montenegro eased to a 70:38 advantage before the final frame. Sweden exploded with 27 points in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late to save the game. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) nailed 17 points, while Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) added 15 points for the winners. Hannes Erhardt (209-C-94) answered with 11 points for Sweden. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 19, Marko Mugosa 17, Masan Vrbica 15
Sweden U20: Hannes Erhardt 11, Nicholas Spires 9



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Marygrove Mustangs - by Stephan Ditgens

Rewinding to earlier in the 2012-13 campaign, men's basketball made the short trek to Madonna only to drop the conference road tilt by a 50-point margin. A mere two months later, senior guard Cameron Coburn, sophomore forward Kevin Dunaj, and freshman guard Diante Taylor engineered a well-rounded team effort to keep the nationally-ranked Crusaders at bay for a 64-57 home upset victory. With the win, the Mustangs avenged the early season loss while also achieving one of the highest-ranking victories of any program in Marygrove history.

We congratulate the Mustangs for this achievement!

source: marygrovemustangs.edu



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Houston Rockets agree terms with 22-year old Isaiah Canaan - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets agree terms with 22-year old Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-PG-91, agency: Priority Sports) for the next season. He played last time at Murray State University in OVC. Canaan just graduated from Murray State University (NCAA). In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to win the OVC Regular Season West Division title. Quite impressive season as he was voted All-OVC Co-Player of the Year, named to All-OVC 1st Team and named to NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team. In 2011-2012 for Murray St. (NCAA, starting five) he showed 19.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 83.7%. Earlier in 2010-2011 his stats read 11.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 74.4%. In his first season for Murray St. Isaiah Canaan averaged 10.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.2%, FT: 77.8%.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Canaan was voted All-OVC Player of the Year in 2012 at his college time.



The Timberwolves keep Budinger for another season - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) re-signed 25-year old forward Chase Budinger (201-100kg-88, college: Arizona). He played there last season. In 23 NBA games he recorded 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg.
The previous (11-12) season Budinger played at the Rockets. In 58 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg that season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons in second round (44th overall). Budinger attended University of Arizona and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. He received Pac-10 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Budinger's game is described as: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a match up problem due to his size, athleticism and basketball IQ ... Has great leaping ability and can finish strong inside the paint with authority ... With his 40 inch vertical, he easily converts ally-ops and highlight dunks are common for him ... Runs well in transition giving great effort at all times, and it results in some easy transition baskets for him.
Budinger has difficulty guarding stronger and more athletic players than him
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Dallas Mavericks add Monta Ellis - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks add Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) for the next season. Dallas agreed to terms with Monta Ellis on a three-year contract worth close to $30 million.
Ellis played last time at Milwaukee Bucks. In 86 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.0apg and 2.1spg (in top 3) last season.
The previous season Ellis played at the Warriors. In 37 games he averaged remarkable 21.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.0apg and 1.5spg that season.
In 2005 he was drafted by Golden State Warriors in second round (40th overall). Ellis has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ellis was voted All-NBA Most Improved Player of the Year and was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmores Team back in 2007.
He was a member of USA U18 National Team between 2000 and 2005.



Oklahoma City Thunder land 20-year old New Zealand Steven Adams - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder land 20-year old New Zealand Steven Adams (213-C/F-93). He played last time at University of Pittsburgh in BEC. He just graduated from Pittsburgh (NCAA). In 33 games he averaged 7.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0bpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Big East All-Rookie Team.
The previous (2012) summer Adams was tested by Wellington Exodus Saints (NBL) in New Zealand league. In 2011 he played for Wellington Exodus Saints (NBL) and after 15 games averaged 5.5ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 43.1%, FT: 63.4%.
As mentioned above Adams is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Despite young age Steven Adams had impressive career. He won New Zealand NBL championship title in 2011. Adams received also Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Newcomer of the Year award in 2011 at his college time. He was a member of New Zealand Senior National Team two years ago.



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2013 University Games: Canada sent the United States out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Canada-United States 94:85

Canada sent the United States out of the Quarterfinals at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Canada won Group C with a perfect 5-0 record, while USA finished only with 2-3 record on the third place.
United States needed a victory in this game and scored the first 5 points in the game. Luke Hancock (198-F-90) brought 14:4, but Jordan Bachynski (218-C-89) gave Canada 18:17 lead at the end of the first period. Canada dominated the second frame and added 28-19 rally before the halftime. Moreover they won the third period 23-22 and had 11-point lead. Jordan Bachynski and Brady Heslip (188-G-90) scored for 74:58 early in the last stanza as Canada remained undefeated at the tournament.
Brady Heslip top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jordan Bachynski netted 13. Dwight Powell (208-F-91) poured in 10, while Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) notched 9. Luke Hancock had a great game with 27 points, while MCDERMOTT Douglas and Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) posted 17 each. Treveon Graham (196-G-93) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Canada: Brady Heslip 20, Jordan Bachynski 13, Dwight Powell 10, Kevin Pangos 9
United States: Luke Hancock 27, MCDERMOTT Douglas 17, Cory Jefferson 17, Treveon Graham 9



William Jones Cup: Iran drub USA to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Iran - USA 86:62

Iran gained the sixth straight win at the William Jones Cup. They thrashed the USA to remain undefeated at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side. The USA fell at 3-3 record after the defeat.
Iran silenced their opponents in the first ten minutes. The Asian powerhouse went on a 26:11 rally to clear off. The tempo slowed down a bit in the second quarter. Iran maintained the lead as they piled up a 41:26 halftime lead. The Asian team nailed 25 points in the third to accumulate an 18-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Iran went on a 20:14 run in the final quarter to seal the victory. Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 17 points, while Aren Davoudichegani (184-PG-86) added 9 points in the win. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 19 points for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) netted 12 points in the losing effort.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 25, Hamed Afagh 17, Aren Davoudichegani 9
USA: Curtis Marshall 19, Eric Hicks 12



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Oklahoma City Thunder land 20-year old New Zealand Steven Adams - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder land 20-year old New Zealand Steven Adams (213-C/F-93). He played last time at University of Pittsburgh in BEC. He just graduated from Pittsburgh (NCAA). In 33 games he averaged 7.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0bpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Big East All-Rookie Team.
The previous (2012) summer Adams was tested by Wellington Exodus Saints (NBL) in New Zealand league. In 2011 he played for Wellington Exodus Saints (NBL) and after 15 games averaged 5.5ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 43.1%, FT: 63.4%.
As mentioned above Adams is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Despite young age Steven Adams had impressive career. He won New Zealand NBL championship title in 2011. Adams received also Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Newcomer of the Year award in 2011 at his college time. He was a member of New Zealand Senior National Team two years ago.



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2013 University Games: Brazil advanced to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Brazil-Norway 77:47

Brazil advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The team from Latin America needed a 77:47 win to finish Group D with 4-1 record on the second spot. Norway ended up with 2-3 record.
Both teams needed the victory as Brazil started with 18:14 lead. They also added 23-15 rally in the second frame and enjoyed 12 points advantage. Brazil continued to dominate the court in the second half and posted two comfortable victories. Brazil won the third period 20-10 and added 16-8 in the last stanza.
Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Andre Silva (193-F-89) notched 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) delivered 9, while ALVES MAIA Rafael added 8. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) replied with 11 points in defeat and Anders Stien (195-G-90) scored 9. NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka brought 7, whilst Magne Fivelstad (198-G-89) netted 6.

Brazil: Leonardo Meindl 11, Andre Silva 10, Cristiano Felicio 9, ALVES MAIA Rafael 8
Norway: Stian Mjos 11, Anders Stien 9, NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka 7, Magne Fivelstad 6



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2013 University Games: Ukraine celebrated the initial win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Oman 99:35

Ukraine celebrated the initial win in Kazan at the 2013 University Games. They won over Oman 99:35 and finished Group A with 1-4 record. Oman meanwhile lost all five games at the tournament.
Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and MYKHAILOV Anton later brought 14:2. Ukraine won the first period 25:9 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. Ukraine won the second period 32-10 and led 57:19 at the halftime. Moreover the European team posted a 19-9 rally in the third period and added 23-7 burst in the last stanza.
Anton Rochnyak stepped up with 21 points and Anton Mikhaylov delivered 13. Alexei Pavlenko (186-PG-90) poured in 12, while Rodion Borovskyi (195-F-92) and POLYULYAK Mykola added 11 each. AL ASMI Mohamed and AL SIBANI Ahmed brought 7 in defeat and AL AAMRI Nouh had 6.

Ukraine: Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) 21, Anton Mikhaylov (192-F-91) 13, Alexei Pavlenko 12, Rodion Borovskyi 11, POLYULYAK Mykola 11
Oman: AL ASMI Mohamed 7, AL SIBANI Ahmed 7, AL AAMRI Nouh 6



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2013 University Games: Mexico edge Philippines at the Basket Hall - by Eurobasket News

Mexico-Philippines 139:67

Mexico edge Philippines at the Basket Hall of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Mexico erupted with a 139:67 win to finish the group with 3-2 record. Philippines meanwhile could not win any games in Group B.
Mexico opened the game with a massive 34-11 surge and never looked behind after. They added 37-15 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 71:26 halftime advantage. Moreover Mexico produced a 39-16 burst in the third period and added 29-25 rally in the last stanza.
Mauricio Cheda (198-F-90, college: UTEP) stepped up with 23 points and GARAY Alejandro nailed 21. Daniel Giron (175-G-89) poured in 16, whilst Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) and Ivan Gracia (179-PG-89) had 14 each. Chris Perolino (93) and MARQUEZ Miko answered with 15 points each, while Vincent Mendozan (93) had 10. Arvie Cabanero (91) followed them with 6 points in a loss.

Mexico: Mauricio Cheda 23, GARAY Alejandro 21, Daniel Giron 16, Fabian Jaimes 14, Ivan Gracia 14
Philippines: Chris Perolino 15, MARQUEZ Miko 15, Vincent Mendozan 10, Arvie Cabanero 6



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Polish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Polish U16 National Team 2013
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Maciej Bender
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Michal Kolenda
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Karol Majchrzak
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Marcel Ponitka
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Szymon Ryzek
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Maciej Bender 204-F-97 Polonia W-wa Poland
Wojciech Frackowiak 170-PG-97 Pyra Poznan Poland
Mateusz Gawlina 182-G-97 Wisla AWF Kr. Poland
Dawid Gruszczynski 97
Mateusz Jankowski 187-F-97 Pomerania G. Poland
Michal Kapa 178-F-97 WKK II Wroclaw Poland
Michal Kierlewicz 175-PG-97 Polonia W-wa Poland
Szymon Kiwilsza 97 AZS Koszalin Poland
Filip Kolakowski 178-PG-97 Polonia W-wa Poland
Michal Kolenda 196-F-97 Trefl II Sopot Poland
Karol Majchrzak 198-SF-97 Trefl II Sopot Poland
Jakub Mijakowski 184-G-97 Polonia W-wa Poland
Mateusz Moczulski 175-G-97 MKS Prudnik Poland
Marcel Ponitka 187-PG-97 GTK Gdynia Poland
Jan Rerak 177-SG-97 Wisla AWF Kr. Poland
Dominik Rutkowski 98 WKK Wroclaw Poland
Szymon Ryzek 97 PBG Basket Poland
Piotr Scibisz 157-PG-97 WKK II Wroclaw Poland
Wiktor Sewiol 193-G-97 Trefl II Sopot Poland
Hubert Stopierzynski 172-G-97 Opalenica Poland
Damian Szczepanik 97
Mateusz Szczypinski 98 WKK Wroclaw Poland
Szymon Walczak 178-PG-97 Polonia W-wa Poland
Marcin Wiszomirski 196-F/C-98 Polonia W-wa Poland

Maciej Gordon Head Coach AZS UW Poland



Asseco Prokom Gdynia adds Zolnierewicz to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) added to their roster 18-year old swingman Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-95). He has played for the last two seasons at GTK Gdynia (2Liga). In 17 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg last season. Zolnierewicz's team made it to the U20 Championships Semifinals in 2012.
He is a member of Polish U18 National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Stelmet signs Zamojski to help in Euroleague debut. - by Julian Grucki

Przemyslaw Zamojski (193cm, 93kg, SG-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) can play both shooting guard and small forward positions. He started for Trefl Sopot last season but after 12 games he changed the team and signed a deal with Asseco Prokom Gdynia. He averaged over 25 minutes on the floor per game in Sopot with 13.5 points (54% from the field), 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals. After the transfer he spent more minutes on the floor for his new club. He played 30 minutes per game (22 appearances) and his stats
were impressive again with 14.1 points (41% from the field),4 reabounds, 2.1 assists and 0.9 steals.


He signed one year contract with Stelmet Zielona Gora and will bring his european experience to the white-green squad. He contributed to Asseco Procom Gdynia in 2011/2012 season in Euroleague (10 games, 17.7 minutes per game, 5.7 points, 1.6 rebounds) and VTB United League (16 appearances, 16.5 minutes per game, 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds). He has already played 6 games in Eurocup with Trefl Sopot in season 2012/13 (21.7 minutes, 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists).

Zamojski was called by polish national team coach Dirk Bauermann to join the wide squad and he is likely to represent Poland on Eurobasket 2013.



Talented polish youngster in Stelmet Zielona Gora. - by Julian Grucki

Maciej Kucharek (204-SF-93) signs a three year deal with Stelmet Zielona Gora. Polish small forward played 26 games last season for Start Gdynia averaged 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 steals per 15.4 minutes played.

He is known as a talented young player with ability to play small and power forward and good free throw shooter (80.6% last season).


He will play for his new coach Mihailo Uvalin who has already a few polish players in his squad: Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-SG-86, agency: Alti Sport) Kamil Chanas (189-PG-85), Aaron Cel (203-F-87), Mantas Cesnauskis (191-G-81), Marcin Sroka (200-F-81, agency: Promotex) and Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84).



Asseco Prokom Gdynia adds Zolnierewicz to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) added to their roster 18-year old swingman Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-95). He has played for the last two seasons at GTK Gdynia (2Liga). In 17 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg last season. Zolnierewicz's team made it to the U20 Championships Semifinals in 2012.
He is a member of Polish U18 National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Poland outscore the hosts in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20-Romania U20 92:62

Poland outscore the hosts in Pitesti at the start of the U20 European Championship: in Division B. Poland enjoyed a 92:62 win in Group last game of the day.
Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period, but then Poland took control of the game. The guest won the second frame 26-14 and won the first half by 12 points. Poland added 23-18 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-14 burst. Jakub Karolak (196-F/G-93) scored the last 4 points for the winners for a 30-point total win.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93), Michal Michalak and Sebastian Kowalczyk (190-PG-93) brought 11 each. Jakub Karolak followed them with 10 points. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) as well as Mario Lazar (201-PF-94) poured in 9 apiece. Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) and Ioan Filip (200-F-93) netted 7 points apiece.

Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 18, Przemyslaw Karnowski 11, Michal Michalak 11, Sebastian Kowalczyk 11, Jakub Karolak 10
Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 17, Horia Cristiean 9, Mario Lazar 9, Andrei Damian 7, Ioan Filip 7



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U20 European Championship: Portugal closed Day 1 with the win - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Portugal U20 71:93

Portugal closed Day 1 with the win at the Portugal closed Day 1 with the win in Division B. Portugal overcame Finland 93:71 for the initial win in Pitesti.
The first quarter belonged to Portugal that took 18:11 lead at the end of it. Moreover they added 25-12 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 43:23 halftime advantage. Portugal also looked better in the third frame and produced a 31-21 lead. Finland managed to reply with 27-19 rally in the last stanza but reduced to 22 points.
Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) led the way with 14 points and Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) as well as Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) had 13 each. Joao Grosso (196-F-94) followed them with 12 points in a win. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) finished the night with 23 points, while Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) poured in 15. Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) ended up with 12 points and Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) scored 8.

Finland U20: Joonas Caven 23, Topias Palmi 15, Joonas Lehtoranta 12, Tommi Huolila 8
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 14, Artur Castela 13, Henrique Piedade 13, Joao Grosso 12



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Brujos tie series by winning at home - by Luis Modestti


Brujos de Guayama tied the semifinals series 1-1 after beating Piratas de Quebradillas 102-95 in overtime.

A basket by Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) with 7.4 seconds tied the game at 90 and forced the overtime period. Figueroa ended the game with 29 points and Renaldo Balkman added 24 for the winners. Joel Jones was not available because the league suspended him after an incident in game one.

This was an evenly matched game from start to finish; in the second half Darnell Hinson stepped up scoring 14 points and giving his team another offensive option. In overtime some free-throws by Hinson and a great team effort defensively gave them the win.

Kevin Lisch scored 23 points and David Huertas 21 for Piratas. This series continues Saturday in Quebradillas.

On Friday Leones de Ponce hosts Cangrejeros de Santurce. This series is also tied 1-1.



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2013 University Games: Serbia and Romania head to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Romania 78:53

Serbia and Romania head to the Quarterfinals of the 2013 University Games. Serbia won Group B with 5-0 record after a 78:53 win. Romanian side meanwhile suffered their first loss, but advanced to the next stage with 4-1 record from the second spot.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Serbia as the defending champions started the game with 20:10 and never looked behind after. Romania however managed to win the second and the third quarters and Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) reduced to 50:44 after three quarters. Serbia meanwhile erupted with 28-9 burst in the last stanza to seal the 5th straight win.
Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) nailed 12. MARKOVIC Nikola and Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 each, while Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 7. George Toth (212-C-92) replied with 20 points in defeat and Adrian Gutoaia had 13. TOROK Rolland produced 11, whilst Adrian Rosu (196-F-91) scored 4.

Serbia: Stefan Zivanovic 14, Milos Dimic 12, MARKOVIC Nikola 11+11 rebs, Darko Balaban 11+10 rebs, Nikola Kalinic 7
Romania: George Toth 20, Adrian Gutoaia 13, TOROK Rolland 11, Adrian Rosu 4



U20 European Championship: Poland outscore the hosts in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20-Romania U20 92:62

Poland outscore the hosts in Pitesti at the start of the U20 European Championship: in Division B. Poland enjoyed a 92:62 win in Group last game of the day.
Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period, but then Poland took control of the game. The guest won the second frame 26-14 and won the first half by 12 points. Poland added 23-18 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-14 burst. Jakub Karolak (196-F/G-93) scored the last 4 points for the winners for a 30-point total win.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93), Michal Michalak and Sebastian Kowalczyk (190-PG-93) brought 11 each. Jakub Karolak followed them with 10 points. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) as well as Mario Lazar (201-PF-94) poured in 9 apiece. Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) and Ioan Filip (200-F-93) netted 7 points apiece.

Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 18, Przemyslaw Karnowski 11, Michal Michalak 11, Sebastian Kowalczyk 11, Jakub Karolak 10
Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 17, Horia Cristiean 9, Mario Lazar 9, Andrei Damian 7, Ioan Filip 7



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2013 University Games: Russia remained perfect at home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Germany 80:52

Russia remained perfect at 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The favorites overcame Germany 80:52 in the last game of the Group Stage and won the group with 5-0 record. Germany could not make it to the next stage as they finished with 3-2 record on the third place.
Russia scored the first five points in the game and KULAGIN Dmitrii closed the first period at 15:7. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) made it 24:14 early in the second and ANTONOV Semen nailed two for 28:20. Again KULAGIN Dmitrii was the last to score in the period as Russia enjoyed a 37:22 advantage at the halftime. Russia also won the third period 23-16 and finished the game with 20-14.
Sergey Karasev and Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) paced all the winners with 12 points each, while Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) added 11. KULAGIN Dmitrii poured in 10 points in a win. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and MOENNINGHOFF Mathis added 10. Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92) finished the game with 8 points for Germany.

Russia: Sergey Karasev 12, Andrey Zubkov 12, Nikita Balashov 11, KULAGIN Dmitrii 10
Germany: Konstantin Klein 13, MOENNINGHOFF Mathis 10, Johannes Voigtmann 8



Mike Green inks with BC Khimky Moscow Region - by Eurobasket News

Mike Green (185-PG-85, college: Butler) inks with BC Khimky Moscow Region who played last time at Cimberio Varese in Italy. In 42 games he had 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team.
The previous (11-12) season Green played at Sigma Barcellona (Lega2) in Italian league. In 35 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.9apg and 2.6spg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team.
In 2010-11 season Green played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 42 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Mike Green also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Liege Basket (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 37 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team. Green also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg.



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2013 University Games: Serbia and Romania head to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Romania 78:53

Serbia and Romania head to the Quarterfinals of the 2013 University Games. Serbia won Group B with 5-0 record after a 78:53 win. Romanian side meanwhile suffered their first loss, but advanced to the next stage with 4-1 record from the second spot.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Serbia as the defending champions started the game with 20:10 and never looked behind after. Romania however managed to win the second and the third quarters and Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) reduced to 50:44 after three quarters. Serbia meanwhile erupted with 28-9 burst in the last stanza to seal the 5th straight win.
Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) nailed 12. MARKOVIC Nikola and Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 each, while Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 7. George Toth (212-C-92) replied with 20 points in defeat and Adrian Gutoaia had 13. TOROK Rolland produced 11, whilst Adrian Rosu (196-F-91) scored 4.

Serbia: Stefan Zivanovic 14, Milos Dimic 12, MARKOVIC Nikola 11+11 rebs, Darko Balaban 11+10 rebs, Nikola Kalinic 7
Romania: George Toth 20, Adrian Gutoaia 13, TOROK Rolland 11, Adrian Rosu 4



U20 European Championship: Germany keep Serbia winless in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Serbia U20 66:56

Germany registered the second win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Serbian counterparts for 2-2 record in Group A. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) and Alexander Blessig (188-PG-93) nailed 12 points each for the winners. Serbia suffered the third consecutive defeat at the tournament.
Germany eked out a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. They piled up a 35:29 halftime advantage. Serbia narrowed the deficit in the quarter. The Balkan team cut the distance at 5-point mark at the final break. But Germany held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. David Brembly (197-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Tolsdorf added 8 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bezbradica (207-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) notched 17 points in the losing case.

Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 12, Alexander Blessig 12, David Brembly 11
Serbia U20: Nemanja Bezbradica 17, Luka Mitrovic 15



Darko Russo on the bench of BC Zepter Vienna - by Zoran Popovic

Darko Russo (agency: Beo Basket ) is new head coach of Austrian team BC Zepter Vienna. According to Sports news from Austria, Management of BC Zepter Vienna expect of coach Russo to lead their team in Austrian league, but also in European competition. During the career Darko Russo (agency: Beo Basket ) was head coach of Beobanka Beograd, Partizan Beograd, Hemofarm Vrsac, Apollon Patras, Maroussi Athens, BC Igokea Aleksandrovac, Iraklis Thessaloniki and Khimik OPZ Yuzny. Darko Russo (agency: Beo Basket ) was assistant coach in Yougoslavian National team in period 1996-2000.


Oliver Lafayette joins Lucic in Valencia - by Zoran Popovic

Former Partizan guard Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) signs contract with Valencia and joins former Partizan player and Serbian National team forward Vladimir Lucic. Lafayette will replace Serbian guard Stefan Markovic and signs one year contract deal. During the career Lafayette graduated on Houston University, played for Correcaminos UAT Victoria, Erie Bay Hawks, Fort Wayne, Boston Celtics, Partizan Beograd, Besiktas Cola Turka Istanbul, Maccabi Ashdod, Asseco Prokom, Anadolu Efes and Zalgiris Kaunas.


Oliver Lafayette joins Lucic in Valencia - by Zoran Popovic

Former Partizan guard Oliver Lafayette signs contract with Valencia and joins former Partizan player and Serbian National team forward Vladimir Lucic. Lafayette will replace Serbian guard Stefan Markovic and signs one year contract deal. During the career Lafayette graduated on Houston University, played for Correcaminos UAT Victoria, Erie Bay Hawks, Fort Wayne, Boston Celtics, Partizan Beograd, Besiktas Cola Turka Istanbul, Maccabi Ashdod, Asseco Prokom, Anadolu Efes and Zalgiris Kaunas.


Radnicki Kragujevac adds Marinovic - by Igor Obradovic

After a good news that Kragujevac will continue to play in Adriatic league and for the first time in Eurocup, club board decided to backup roster for the new season.

New player of Radnicki Kragujevac is Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) who played last season in Bulgaria, in team Levski Sofia. After four years and playing in Crvena zvezda, Marinovic is back in Serbian basketball. Point guard from Cacak is born on 15. March 1983 and has a lot of experience.
In Bulgarian league Marinovic played 26.3 minutes per game, have 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5 asists per game with 13.5 index.



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U20 European Championship: Slovenia hand Italy first defeat - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Italy U20 65:61

Slovenia celebrated the third win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Italy in Tallinn today to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 2-1 record after the first loss at the tourney.
The Azzurri looked the better side in the first half. Italy built a 14:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They exploded with 22 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. The Azzurri led by 7 points at halftime 36:29. But Slovenia adjusted defensively and erased the deficit in the third term. They snatched a one-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Slovenia entered the final minutes of regulation leading by one. However Brazot, Rojc and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) sank 7 free throws in the reminder of the contest to seal the win for Slovenia. Miha Lapornik accounted for 12 points, while Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) answered with 13 points for Italy. Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Slovenia U20: Ziga Dimec 16, Miha Lapornik 12, Tomaz Bolcina 11+12 boards
Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 13, Stefano Tonut 10



Krka adds Lapornik and Buljan - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian champion Krka are continuing to build the team's roster for the upcoming season with the signing of Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) for three seasons and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU).
Lapornik arrives from Zlatorog, where he averaged 10.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30 Telemach league games. Croatian Zvonko Buljan started the 2012-13 season with Kormend and later moved to Cyprus, where he averaged 9.7 points, 6.6 and 2.2 assists for regular season champion Keravnos.




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2013 TORONTO RAPTORS ROSTER & SCHEDULE NBA SUMMER LEAGUE - by Wolfgang Lucena

The Raptors will make their sixth appearance at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and hold a 12-13 (.480) record overall at the event. Toronto opens play July 13 versus Miami at 7:30 p.m. PDT / 10:30 p.m. EDT

1. Trevor Mbakwe (203-F-89) F 6' 8"2451/24/1989Minnesota / USA Minnesota (NCAA)
2. Jordan Taylor (185-PG-89, college: Wisconsin) G 6' 1"1959/30/1989Wisconsin / USAAcea Virtus RM (Italy)
3. Ricky Harris (188-G-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) G 6' 2"1758/12/1987Massachusetts / USABiancoblu BO (Italy)
4. Quincy Acy (200-F-90, college: Baylor) F 6' 7"23510/6/1990Baylor / USAToronto Raptors (NBA)1
5. Julyan Stone (198-G/F-88, college: UTEP) G 6' 7"20012/7/1988Texas-El Paso / USADenver Nuggets (NBA)
6. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) G 6' 2"1803/7/1986Coppin State / USA,Triumph (Russia)
7. Chris Wright (203-F-88, college: Dayton) F 6' 8"2259/30/1988Dayton / USAMaine Red Claws (D-League)
8. Coby Karl (196-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) G 6' 5"2156/8/1983Boise State / US Idaho Stampede (D-League)
9. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) C 6' 10"2259/14/1987Georgia Tech / USAKarsiyaka (Turkey)
13. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) G 6' 4"1806/21/1989Oregon / Canada Khimik (Ukraine)
17. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) C 7' 0"2405/6/1992Lietuvos Rytas / Lithuania1
20. Micah Downs (203-G/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) F 6' 8"2009/8/1986Gonzaga / US Maine Red Claws (D-League)
21. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) G 6' 9"26011/23/1990Creighton / VenezuelaCreighton (NCAA)
31. Terrence Ross (198-G-91, college: Washington) G 6' 7"1952/5/1991Washington / USAToronto Raptor
32. Mark Lyons (185-G-89, college: Arizona) G 6' 1"2007/4/1989Arizona / USAArizona (NCAA)R

RAPTORS NBA SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Time (Local Pacific)

Saturday, July 13 || Game 1 || Vs. Miami || place: Thomas & Mack ||time 7:30 p.m
Sunday, July 14 || Game 2 || Vs. San Antonio|| place: Thomas & Mack ||time: 7:30 p.m
Tuesday, July 16 || Game 3 || Vs. Sacramento || place: COX Pavilion || time: 3:30 p.m
Wednesday, July 17 ||Playoffs Round 1
Thursday, July 18 || Playoffs Round 2




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2013 University Games: Estonia edge South Korea in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

South Korea -Estonia 61:68

Estonia edge South Korea in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade. The European side posted a 68:61 win to finish second in Group A with 4-1 record. South Korea ended up with 2-3 record on the fourth place.
South Korea started the game better and posted 17:13 rally in the first period. They missed however a 20-14 burst in the second frame and trailed 2 points at the halftime. Estonia managed to win the last quarter as well 18-12 and grabbed the second place in the group.
Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) also scored 18. Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) delivered 15, while Kristjan Voolaid (201-F-92) netted 6. KIM Jun Yl finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Jeon Seong Hyen (190-G-91) scored 14. DOO Kyung Min and HAN Ho Bin nailed 7 points each.

South Korea: KIM Jun Yl 21, Jeon Seong Hyen 14, DOO Kyung Min 7, HAN Ho Bin 7
Estonia: Madis Saarmets 18+11 rebs, Toomas Raadik 18, Jaan Puidet 15, Kristjan Voolaid 6



William Jones Cup: South Korea chase Iran with fifth victory in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

South Korea - Japan 75:66

South Korea continued their fight for the William Jones Cup trophy. They defeated Japan today to improve at 6-1 record in the standings. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Japan fell at woeful 0-6 record at the bottom of the ladder.
South Korea eked out a narrow 18:16 lead after the opening quarter. The Korean team stretched the lead in the second frame. They accounted for a 40:26 halftime advantage. The Korean team kept Japan at bay throughout the third term. South Korea built a comfrotable 21-point buffer at the final break. Japan dropped 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss at the end. Seung-Jun Lee netted 12 points, while Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) chipped in 11 points for the winning side. Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) responded with 20 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 16, Seung-Jun Lee 12, Cho Sung-Min 11
Japan: Makoto Hiejima 20, Kosuke Takeuchi 13



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U20 European Championship: Kaspars Vecvagars leads Latvia past Spain - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Spain U20 75:67

Latvia grabbed another high-value scalp at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Spain to reach 4-0 record on top of Group C. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) posted 22 points to lead the effort. Spain slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat.
Spain earned a narrow 19:17 lead after the opening quarter. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Spain ensured a narrow 40:38 halftime lead. But Latvia shocked their opponents in the third term. The Baltic state went on a blistering 20:5 rally to jump to a 13-point lead. Spain could not recover in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) netted 16 points, while Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) responded with 16 points and 12 boards for Spain. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Latvia U20: Kaspars Vecvagars 22, Ingus Jakovics 16, Ojars Silins 10+12 boards
Spain U20: Daniel Diez 16+12 boards, Guillem Vives 14



Andrej Magdevski (ex Partizan) agreed terms with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid (ACB) strengthened their roster with addition of 17-year old FYR Macedonian guard Andrej Magdevski (190-96). He played most recently at the junior team of Partizan in Serbian A League. Magdevski received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 3rd Team award in 2012. He represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships U16 Division B in Bucharest (Romania) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5(20.1ppg), 8.0rpg, Assists-4(3.5apg), Steals-1(4.4spg), 1.4bpg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 67.4%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Blusens Monbus announced Croatian Mario Delas - by Eurobasket News

Blusens Monbus announced Croatian Mario Delas (207-F/C-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) for the next season. He played last time at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 18 LKL games he recorded 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. He helped them to win the league title. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Lithuanian League All-Star Game. Delas also played 25 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Mario Delas received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team award back in 2010.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Delas played for Croatian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. Delas' team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 65.9%.



Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa landed Will Hanley - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa landed Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin). He played most recently at Valencia Basket in Spanish ACB league. In four games he averaged 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg last season. Hanley also spent pre-season at Oviedo CB (LEB Silver) that year. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.6spg. His team made it to the Spanish LEB Silver final. Hanley received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Player of the Year award in 2013.
In 2008-2009 he appeared for Bowdoin (NCAA3) and debuted with 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg. In 2009-2010 his stats read 13.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1bpg. Later in 2010-2011 for Bowdoin Will Hanley averaged 19.8ppg, 11.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6bpg, 1.3spg. In his last year with the college team he averaged 18.4ppg, 11.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4bpg, 1.3spg.
He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.



Valencia Basket signs 29-year old American guard Oliver Lafayette - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket signs 29-year old American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) who played last time at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 16 LKL games he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.2apg last season. He helped them to win the league title. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Lithuanian League All-Star Game. Lafayette also played 26 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Lafayette played at Anadolu Efes (TBL) in Turkish league. In 24 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the final and cup semifinals. Lafayette also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg. He also played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish league that season. In 10 Euroleague games he averaged 10.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. Lafayette also played 10 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg.
In 2010-11 season he played at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel. In 11 games Oliver Lafayette averaged 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. Lafayette also spent pre-season at Besiktas (TBL) in Turkish league that year. The other team he played that season for was Fort Wayne Mad Ants in D-League. In 21 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.6apg and 2.0spg (in top 5).



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2013 University Games: Czech Republic pip Sweden in Day 6 - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic-Sweden 65:63

Czech Republic pip Sweden in Day 6 of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Czechs finished the group on the 4th place with 2-3 record after a 65:63 victory. The Scandinavian team ended up with 1-4 record.
Czech Republic started the game with 18:15 lead, while Sweden tied the score at the halftime. Czech Republic again pulled the tempo and grabbed 7 points after three quarters. Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) reduced to 4 early in the fourth quarter, while Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) tied it all at 58:58. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) scored three free throws at the end of the game for the final victory.
Jiri Slavik top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) netted 13. Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) and Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) poured in 8 points each. Gustav Sundstrom finished the game with 16 points in a loss, while Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) had 14. Chris Czerapowicz chipped in with 11 points and Pierre Hampton (202-F-91) added 10.

Czech Republic: Jiri Slavik 17, Adam Ciz 13, Martin Gniadek 8, Jan Jiricek 8
Sweden: Gustav Sundstrom 16, Alexander Lindqvist 14, Chris Czerapowicz 11, Pierre Hampton 10



U20 European Championship: Montenegro bump off Sweden for third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Sweden U20 91:65

Montenegro claimed the third consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They stunned Swedish counterparts in Tallinn today. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) nailed 19 points to lead the Balkan team.
Montenegro used a massive 19:3 run in the opening quarter to ensure a 26:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Montenegro did not allow Sweden any closer throughout the second period. The Balkan team grabbed a 45:23 halftime advantage. Sweden struggled to get back into the game throughout the third period. Montenegro eased to a 70:38 advantage before the final frame. Sweden exploded with 27 points in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late to save the game. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) nailed 17 points, while Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) added 15 points for the winners. Hannes Erhardt (209-C-94) answered with 11 points for Sweden. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 19, Marko Mugosa 17, Masan Vrbica 15
Sweden U20: Hannes Erhardt 11, Nicholas Spires 9



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U20 European Championship: Belgium and Switzerland open Division B - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- Switzerland U20 72:67

Belgium and Switzerland open Division B of the U20 European Championship. Belgium posted a 72:67 win in the opener of Pitesti campaign.
Switzerland looked better in the first half and posted two victories. They won the first period 20:15 and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. Belgium however dominated the second half and managed to win the game. They won the third period 18-17 and finished the game with 20-10 surge.
Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) nailed 12. Louis Hazard (199-F-94) scored 11, whilst Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) collected 7 points and 13 rebounds. Arben Hoxha (181-G-94), Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) and Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) each brought 15 points. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) had 11 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Marco Lehmann (185-PG-93) nailed 6.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 26, Xavier-Robert Francois 12, Louis Hazard 11, Arno Mollekens 7+13 rebs
Switzerland U20: Arben Hoxha 15, Marko Mladjan 15, Christian Affolter 15, Daniel Andjelkovic 11+11 rebs, Marco Lehmann 6



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William Jones Cup: Egypt upset hosts - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - Egypt 62:72

Egypt clinched the fourth win at the William Jones Cup. They stunned hosting Taiwan to improve at 4-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) nailed 20 points to lead the African team. Taiwan fell at 4-2 record after the defeat.
Egypt started the game with almost a perfect defence. They held Taiwan to 7 points in the opening quarter to build a 5-point lead. Egypt maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The visitors secured a 28:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Egypt entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points. Taiwan tried to restore the intrigue as they fired 24 points in the final frame but Egypt shielded off the challenge and secured the victory. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 18 points and pulled down 13 boards for Egypt. Ramy Abdalla (185-G-81) added 8 points in the win. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Tien Lei (202-F-83) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsai Wen-Cheng 15, Tien Lei 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 20, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Ramy Abdalla 8



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Can Altintig to Karsiyaka - by Efe Gorkem

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir signed Tofas guard Can Altintig (195-G-87) to a one year contract, according to KSKBasket twitter account. 26 year old guard had 7.5 points and 2.4 assists with Tofas last season.

Altintig was thankful after the signing. "I wore Tofas jersey since my childhood. I want to thank to my fans, the club and my coaches. I will now do my best for Karsiyaka."

After getting Can Altintig, Karsiyaka is expected to sign Inanc Koc from Tofas.




U20 European Championship: Ukraine finish strong, beat Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Turkey U20 74:72

Ukraine opened win count at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Turkey for 1-3 record in Group B. Ukraine finished the game on a strong 15:6 rally to snatch the victory. Turkey suffered the first defeat to slip at 2-1 record.
Ukraine got to a strong start. They built a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey cut the deficit in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at a single point 36:37 at the interval. Turkey surged ahead in the third term. They ensured a 59:50 lead late in the period but Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) and Zhukovsk capped the stanza with four points in a row to narrow the gap. Turkey led by 7 points midway through the fourth frame 66:59 but Ukraine exploded with a decisive 15:6 run to snatch the win. Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) posted 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) added 15 points for the winning side. Sami Erdogan (206-C-93) answered with 16 points for Turkey. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 22, Maksym Lutsenko 15, Vladyslav Koreniuk 10
Turkey U20: Sami Erdogan 16, Erbil Eroglu 13



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Boys Dem Routs Dread Is, 96-66, in Wednesday NBBA Action - by David Edole

Rasheed Swanston (196-F-95) hit six three-pointers on his way to a game high 25 points to lead the defending New Breed Basketball Association champions, Boys Dem, to a 92-66 blowout of Dread Is on Wednesday night at the Ronald Charles Gymnasium on the Central High School campus.

The Dread Is came into the game on a high note after shocking perennial powerhouse, the Hoyas, with an upset victory. But there would be no upset on Wednesday as the champs would dominate every aspect of the contest.

Swanstons seven first quarter points helped Boys Dem to a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 22-18.

Six points apiece from Wilson Ferrance and center Amadius Derweer propelled Boys Dem to a 21-point second quarter while their stingy defense held Dread Is to just 10. This enabled the champs to go into the locker room at the half with a 13-point advantage, 43-30.

It did not get any better for Dread Is after the half as Boy Dem went on a 23-13 run in a third quarter highlighted by seven points from Swanston. They would lead 66-43 after three periods.

Back-to-back four points plays by Swanston to open the final quarter and the route was on. He would end up with 11 fourth quarter points, while teammate Tamoi Francis had nine, to lead Boys Dem to a 26 point quarter and a 96-66 victory.

Swanston lead all scorers with 25 points to lead five Boys Dem players in double figures. He was well supported by Zomari Swanston who finished with 15 points and seven boards; Ferrance netted 14 points; Derweer 11 points and 10 rebounds; and Francis finished with 13.

Dread Is was led with 11 points apiece by James Sneed and Aswad Vigo, and eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds from Kyle Sylvester.



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Standings

NBL Standings
 1. Canons 9-0 
 2. Power 9-0 
 3. Warriors 7-2 
 4. Oilers 7-3 
 5. Titans 6-3 
 6. Angels 5-3 
 7. Falcons 5-4 
 8. Rhinos 4-6 
 9. Marines 3-8 
 10. Heaters 1-7 
 11. Eagels 0-9 
 12. Vegeterians 0-10 


Afidra stars as Power outlast Canons - by Joel Nature

courtesy of www.kawowo.com

UCU Lady Canons 79-49 Magic Stormers Dmark Power 82-75 UCU Canons

Bernes Akundas tenth successive victory was as much sigh of relief as celebration. His team needed an uncharacteristic defensive lapse from UCU Canons in the waning minutes to get the 82-75 win Friday night at the MTN Arena.

Big man Isaac Afidra poured in season high 29 points (23 in the second half) and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the way for Dmark Power. Norman Blick added 14 points and 7 rebounds. We played well as a team. We were a unit both offensively and defensively Afidra said.

Tied at 62 with 4:35 in the fourth quarter, Brian Namake was brought back on and coughed the ball up on his first touch the outcome was an and1 from Isaac Afidra to take Power up 65-62 with 4:32. Paul Odong (7 points) added a lay-up to increase lead to 5. Syrus Kiviri cut UCUs deficit to 3 points but a lay-up from Paul Mwaka (9 points) and a 3-pointer from Emmanuel Enabu (13 points) took Powers lead to 8 points with 2:01. Canons became desperate the rest of the way missing important shots

I think we gave away the ball in the final minutes, missed some shots and they got the edge UCUs coach, Nicholas Natuhereza said.

Guard, Syrus Kiviiri scored team high 21 points, picked 7 rebounds and swiped game high 7 steals for Canons (9-1). Desmond Owili who occasionally got the fans on their feet with his dunks added 16 points and forward, Martin Okwako had 15 points. We didnt defend well in those final minutes but this is just one loss Kiviiri told Kawowo Sports.

UCUs center, Ivan Lumanyika picked game high 18 rebounds as the university side edged the glass 60-54. Sudi Ulanga had a poor game turning in 3 points off a 3-pointer in 27 minutes. The shooting guard was 1-for-9 from the field. That is sports. People have bad days and todays been one of those for him Ntuhereza on Ulangas poor performance.

UCUs lady side meanwhile beat Magic Stormers who were without their star player Carol Nyafwono and Rukia Meeme. Moreen Amoding scored season high 27 points off the bench to lead the Lady Canons (9-0). Purity Adhiambo added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Guard, Sylvia Twesigye led stormers (5-4) with 13 points, Belinda Feni added 9 points. Lady Canons are now 2-0 Vs Stormers.



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U20 European Championship: Ukraine finish strong, beat Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Turkey U20 74:72

Ukraine opened win count at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Turkey for 1-3 record in Group B. Ukraine finished the game on a strong 15:6 rally to snatch the victory. Turkey suffered the first defeat to slip at 2-1 record.
Ukraine got to a strong start. They built a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey cut the deficit in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at a single point 36:37 at the interval. Turkey surged ahead in the third term. They ensured a 59:50 lead late in the period but Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) and Zhukovsk capped the stanza with four points in a row to narrow the gap. Turkey led by 7 points midway through the fourth frame 66:59 but Ukraine exploded with a decisive 15:6 run to snatch the win. Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) posted 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) added 15 points for the winning side. Sami Erdogan (206-C-93) answered with 16 points for Turkey. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 22, Maksym Lutsenko 15, Vladyslav Koreniuk 10
Turkey U20: Sami Erdogan 16, Erbil Eroglu 13



Oleksiy Pecherov is out of Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Oleksiy Pecherov (213-C-85) is out of Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia. The Ukrainian player will not be able to help the National team due to the injury and will need a longer period to recover.
Last season he played at Azovmash Mariupol in Ukraine. In 32 Superleague games he recorded 11.6ppg and 4.9rpg last season. Pecherov also played 13 games in VTB United League where he averaged 10.4ppg and 4.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Pecherov played in the final of Ukrainian Superleague in 2007 and 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team in 2012.
Pecherov was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He played for Ukrainian Senior National Team back in 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005. Pecherov also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg.
Oleksiy Pecherov is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Paris-Levallois), Italy (Armani Milano), NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Ukraine (Avantazh-Politekhnik and BC Kyiv).



2013 University Games: Ukraine celebrated the initial win in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Oman 99:35

Ukraine celebrated the initial win in Kazan at the 2013 University Games. They won over Oman 99:35 and finished Group A with 1-4 record. Oman meanwhile lost all five games at the tournament.
Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and MYKHAILOV Anton later brought 14:2. Ukraine won the first period 25:9 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. Ukraine won the second period 32-10 and led 57:19 at the halftime. Moreover the European team posted a 19-9 rally in the third period and added 23-7 burst in the last stanza.
Anton Rochnyak stepped up with 21 points and Anton Mikhaylov delivered 13. Alexei Pavlenko (186-PG-90) poured in 12, while Rodion Borovskyi (195-F-92) and POLYULYAK Mykola added 11 each. AL ASMI Mohamed and AL SIBANI Ahmed brought 7 in defeat and AL AAMRI Nouh had 6.

Ukraine: Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) 21, Anton Mikhaylov (192-F-91) 13, Alexei Pavlenko 12, Rodion Borovskyi 11, POLYULYAK Mykola 11
Oman: AL ASMI Mohamed 7, AL SIBANI Ahmed 7, AL AAMRI Nouh 6



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2013 University Games: Australia finished Group C with 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Australia-United Arab Emirates 131:43

Australia finished Group C with 4-1 record after a stunning win over United Arab Emirates. Australia exploded with 131:43 victory in the last Day of the First Stage.
Australia erupted with a 34:10 start and never looked behind. They added 31-10 burst in the second frame and led 65:20 halftime advantage. Australia did not even think to slow down in the second half and came up with two massive victories. They won the third period 35-8 and finished the game with 31-15.
Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) led the way with 21 points and Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) netted 19. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) delivered 17, whilst Jason Cadee (186-G-91) and Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92) notched 14 each. OMAR ALAMERI Omer finished the game with 9 points in defeat and ZAAL ALWALI Khamis nailed 8. AL BRAIKI Mohamed scored 7, while AHMED AL-ALI Rashid posted 6.

Australia: Clint Steindl 21, Todd Blanchfield 19, Cody Ellis 17, Jason Cadee 14, Igor Hadziomerovic 14
United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 9, ZAAL ALWALI Khamis 8, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 7, AHMED AL-ALI Rashid 6



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Raiders Re-Sign Schreiber - by Paul Nilsen

The Plymouth University Raiders have pulled off a sensational coup, by re-signing one of their standout players from last season, 6'9", Swedish centre, Andreas Schreiber (206-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Pennsylvania).

It was thought that with his performances last season, and being selected to play for Sweden in the Eurobasket tournament later in the summer, competition would be high for his signature. However, Schreiber enjoyed playing in Plymouth for the Raiders last year, and was keen to return to the city for the 2013/14 season.

Coach Gavin Love has made no secret of his desire to build the team around Schreiber this coming season. With Andreas being the team's first signing, this allows Love to do just that.

"We're delighted that Andreas will be returning to the Raiders next season," said Love. "He's the key signing that I've needed all summer, and I can now set about building a team around him that will play high paced, aggressive basketball, getting us back to the kind of performances that fans enjoyed in my first couple of seasons coaching the team."

Schreiber played 20 games for the Raiders last season, after joining them in January. He averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks per game, while shooting 80% from the free throw line. He was also named as the Eurobasket Bosman Player of the Year. He formed a formidable forward line with American power forward Matt Schneck, and loves sees him as being crucial to the team's success this season.

"He played hard every game for us," added Love. "Having the confidence that you have a player like Andreas at the heart of the defence, allows the whole team to become a lot more aggressive. Offensively, he gives us a real inside presence, someone we can go to when we need a big basket inside."



Rash Signing For Champions - by Paul Nilsen

Leicester Riders continued their team building for the new season, by adding a new face to their line-up - 23-year-old forward American power forward Rashad Hassan (203-F-89).

The 6'7'' forward Hassan averaged 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per-game last year playing for Savannah State University in the US. This will be his first season in the professional ranks.

Hassan will beef up Rider's interior, and is known for his strong presence on the boards at both ends of the court.

Hassan's 13 points and 5.3 rebounds in the 2011-12 season helped to crown the Savannah State as their Conference champions; the team's first regular season championship for 11 years.

Georgia-born Hassan's will have his first taste of life in England in September, and is following in the same position as John Fraley, whose promising start to last season for the Riders, was cruelly cut short by a very serious knee injury in a match at Durham.

"I feel great," said Rashad after the deal was done to join the Riders.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to play pro basketball and I'm ready to begin playing for the Riders. It really wasn't a tough decision, because I was very pleased about coming to a winning organisation.

"I'm excited and I don't feel any pressure, because I know I'm coming to a focused and great team. I'm just going to come in and try to keep the momentum flowing in a positive direction.

"I feel I can bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the team," he continued.

"I come from a winning background and I plan to keep that going with my upcoming season with Leicester."

Leicester Riders head coach, Rob Paternostro, was just as delighted to acquire Hassan:

"When we first saw Rashad, we were impressed by his natural ability," he said.

"During his career at Savannah State, he was able to put up some impressive numbers. When we looked into him, we felt that he was a guy that could offer us a lot on both ends of the floor and is a player that we're looking forward to working with.

"He's been efficient on the offensive end throughout his career," Rob added.

"You look at his field-goal percentage numbers, each year he has been very consistent and has shown the ability to put up some big numbers. We feel that he's a guy that is getting better and has a lot of potential. We feel he is a player that will translate well to the BBL."

Hassan joins returning players Drew Sullivan, Jay Couisnard, Jamell Anderson, Connor Washington, Barry Lamble, Anthony Rowe and Jorge Calvo from last year's treble winning squad.

Fixtures for Riders new season in the BBL are due out next week.

Paternostro has also confirmed he is making good progress in completing his squad, "I am really pleased at the way the squad is coming together, and excited about how things overall are shaping up. A further push and we should be there."



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Cocodrilos earn third straight win in LPB Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos - Marinos 74:69

Cocodrilos registered the third consecutive victory in the LPB Finals. They defeated Marinos to take 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners.
Marinos got to the better start. They accumulated an 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. Cocodrilos denied the deficit and tied things up at 33 after twenty minutes. The visitors pulled ahead once again in the third term. Marinos accumulated a 56:52 lead before the fourth stanza. But Cocodrilos exploded with a 22:13 rally in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 15 points, while Windy Windi Graterol (204-C-86) added 12 points in the win. Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) and Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) responded with 15 points each for Marinos. The series will now move to Puerto la Cruz for the sixth and potentially deciding encounter.

Cocodrilos: Carl Elliott 17, Andre Emmett 15, Windi Graterol 12
Marinos: Leon Rodgers 15, Axiers Sucre 15



2013 TORONTO RAPTORS ROSTER & SCHEDULE NBA SUMMER LEAGUE - by Wolfgang Lucena

The Raptors will make their sixth appearance at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and hold a 12-13 (.480) record overall at the event. Toronto opens play July 13 versus Miami at 7:30 p.m. PDT / 10:30 p.m. EDT

1. Trevor Mbakwe (203-F-89) F 6' 8"2451/24/1989Minnesota / USA Minnesota (NCAA)
2. Jordan Taylor (185-PG-89, college: Wisconsin) G 6' 1"1959/30/1989Wisconsin / USAAcea Virtus RM (Italy)
3. Ricky Harris (188-G-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) G 6' 2"1758/12/1987Massachusetts / USABiancoblu BO (Italy)
4. Quincy Acy (200-F-90, college: Baylor) F 6' 7"23510/6/1990Baylor / USAToronto Raptors (NBA)1
5. Julyan Stone (198-G/F-88, college: UTEP) G 6' 7"20012/7/1988Texas-El Paso / USADenver Nuggets (NBA)
6. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) G 6' 2"1803/7/1986Coppin State / USA,Triumph (Russia)
7. Chris Wright (203-F-88, college: Dayton) F 6' 8"2259/30/1988Dayton / USAMaine Red Claws (D-League)
8. Coby Karl (196-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) G 6' 5"2156/8/1983Boise State / US Idaho Stampede (D-League)
9. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) C 6' 10"2259/14/1987Georgia Tech / USAKarsiyaka (Turkey)
13. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) G 6' 4"1806/21/1989Oregon / Canada Khimik (Ukraine)
17. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) C 7' 0"2405/6/1992Lietuvos Rytas / Lithuania1
20. Micah Downs (203-G/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) F 6' 8"2009/8/1986Gonzaga / US Maine Red Claws (D-League)
21. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) G 6' 9"26011/23/1990Creighton / VenezuelaCreighton (NCAA)
31. Terrence Ross (198-G-91, college: Washington) G 6' 7"1952/5/1991Washington / USAToronto Raptor
32. Mark Lyons (185-G-89, college: Arizona) G 6' 1"2007/4/1989Arizona / USAArizona (NCAA)R

RAPTORS NBA SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Time (Local Pacific)

Saturday, July 13 || Game 1 || Vs. Miami || place: Thomas & Mack ||time 7:30 p.m
Sunday, July 14 || Game 2 || Vs. San Antonio|| place: Thomas & Mack ||time: 7:30 p.m
Tuesday, July 16 || Game 3 || Vs. Sacramento || place: COX Pavilion || time: 3:30 p.m
Wednesday, July 17 ||Playoffs Round 1
Thursday, July 18 || Playoffs Round 2




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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   

Standings

Standings
1. Iran6-0
2. S.Korea6-1
3. Taiwan4-2
4. Egypt4-3
5. USA3-3
6. Lebanon2-4
7. Jordan2-4
8. Taiwan B1-5
9. Japan0-6

Regular Season: Round 5

Jul. 10: TAB - JOR 77-86
Jul. 10: KOR - IRI 68-71
Jul. 10: EGY - LEB 64-62
Jul. 10: JPN - USA 56-64

Regular Season: Round 8

Jul. 13: LEB - USA
Jul. 13: EGY - TAB
Jul. 13: JOR - JPN
Jul. 13: IRI - TAI


Results and Stats from Day 7 in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Lebanon 69:67
Jordan narrowly defeated Lebanon at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. Both teams are now tied at 2-4 record in the standings. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) recorded 13 points and 6 boards to lead Jordan.
Jordan held Lebanon to just 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Lebanon improved their offensive effort in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 23:32. Lebanon unloaded 29 points in the third term to deny the deficit. They entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 52:48. Jordan however managed to turn things around in the final period. They erased the deficit and snatched a thrilling victory at the end. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) produced 11 points, while Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) contributed 9 points for the winning side. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 23 points for Lebanon. Amir Saoud (187-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 13, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 11, Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 9
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 23, Amir Saoud 15

Iran - USA 86:62
Iran gained the sixth straight win at the William Jones Cup. They thrashed the USA to remain undefeated at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side. The USA fell at 3-3 record after the defeat.
Iran silenced their opponents in the first ten minutes. The Asian powerhouse went on a 26:11 rally to clear off. The tempo slowed down a bit in the second quarter. Iran maintained the lead as they piled up a 41:26 halftime lead. The Asian team nailed 25 points in the third to accumulate an 18-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Iran went on a 20:14 run in the final quarter to seal the victory. Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 17 points, while Aren Davoudichegani (184-PG-86) added 9 points in the win. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 19 points for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) netted 12 points in the losing effort.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 25, Hamed Afagh 17, Aren Davoudichegani 9
USA: Curtis Marshall 19, Eric Hicks 12

South Korea - Japan 75:66
South Korea continued their fight for the William Jones Cup trophy. They defeated Japan today to improve at 6-1 record in the standings. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Japan fell at woeful 0-6 record at the bottom of the ladder.
South Korea eked out a narrow 18:16 lead after the opening quarter. The Korean team stretched the lead in the second frame. They accounted for a 40:26 halftime advantage. The Korean team kept Japan at bay throughout the third term. South Korea built a comfrotable 21-point buffer at the final break. Japan dropped 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss at the end. Seung-Jun Lee netted 12 points, while Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) chipped in 11 points for the winning side. Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) responded with 20 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 16, Seung-Jun Lee 12, Cho Sung-Min 11
Japan: Makoto Hiejima 20, Kosuke Takeuchi 13

Taiwan - Egypt 62:72
Egypt clinched the fourth win at the William Jones Cup. They stunned hosting Taiwan to improve at 4-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) nailed 20 points to lead the African team. Taiwan fell at 4-2 record after the defeat.
Egypt started the game with almost a perfect defence. They held Taiwan to 7 points in the opening quarter to build a 5-point lead. Egypt maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The visitors secured a 28:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Egypt entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points. Taiwan tried to restore the intrigue as they fired 24 points in the final frame but Egypt shielded off the challenge and secured the victory. Assem Marei netted 18 points and pulled down 13 boards for Egypt. Ramy Abdalla (185-G-81) added 8 points in the win. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Tien Lei (202-F-83) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsai Wen-Cheng 15, Tien Lei 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 20, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Ramy Abdalla 8



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Russia5-0
2. Estonia4-1
3. Germany3-2
4. S.Korea2-3
5. Ukraine1-4
6. Oman0-5
Group B
1. Serbia5-0
2. Romania4-1
3. Mexico3-2
4. Mongolia2-3
5. Japan1-4
6. Philippine.0-5
Group C
1. Canada5-0
2. Australia4-1
3. USA3-2
4. Czech Rep.2-3
5. Sweden1-4
6. United Ara.0-5
Group D
1. Lithuania5-0
2. Brazil4-1
3. Finland3-2
4. Norway2-3
5. China1-4
6. Chile0-5

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 12: UKR - OMA 99-35
Jul. 12: RUS - GER 80-52
Jul. 12: KOR - EST 61-68

B

Jul. 12: SRB - ROM 78-53
Jul. 12: JPN - MGL 72-75
Jul. 12: MEX - PHI 139-67

C

Jul. 12: CAN - USA 94-85
Jul. 12: CZE - SWE 65-63
Jul. 12: AUS - UAE 131-43

D

Jul. 12: CHN - CHI 94-75
Jul. 12: BRA - NOR 77-47
Jul. 12: LTU - FIN 70-51

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

17-24 places

Jul. 14: SWE - CHI
Jul. 14: CHN - UAE
Jul. 14: UKR - PHI
Jul. 14: JPN - OMA

9-16 places

Jul. 14: USA - NOR
Jul. 14: GER - MGL
Jul. 14: FIN - CZE
Jul. 14: MEX - KOR

QUARTERFINAL

Jul. 14: CAN - BRA
Jul. 14: SRB - EST
Jul. 14: RUS - ROM
Jul. 14: LTU - AUS


Quarterfinals are set in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Ukraine-Oman 99:35

Ukraine celebrated the initial win in Kazan at the 2013 University Games. They won over Oman 99:35 and finished Group A with 1-4 record. Oman meanwhile lost all five games at the tournament.
Ukraine scored the first 6 points in the game and MYKHAILOV Anton later brought 14:2. Ukraine won the first period 25:9 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. Ukraine won the second period 32-10 and led 57:19 at the halftime. Moreover the European team posted a 19-9 rally in the third period and added 23-7 burst in the last stanza.

Anton Rochnyak stepped up with 21 points and Anton Mikhaylov delivered 13. Alexei Pavlenko (186-PG-90) poured in 12, while Rodion Borovskyi (195-F-92) and POLYULYAK Mykola added 11 each. AL ASMI Mohamed and AL SIBANI Ahmed brought 7 in defeat and AL AAMRI Nouh had 6.

Ukraine:
Anton Rochnyak (206-F-91) 21, Anton Mikhaylov (192-F-91) 13, Alexei Pavlenko 12, Rodion Borovskyi 11, POLYULYAK Mykola 11
Oman: AL ASMI Mohamed 7, AL SIBANI Ahmed 7, AL AAMRI Nouh 6


South Korea -Estonia 61:68

Estonia edge South Korea in Kazan at the 27th Summer Universiade. The European side posted a 68:61 win to finish second in Group A with 4-1 record. South Korea ended up with 2-3 record on the fourth place.
South Korea started the game better and posted 17:13 rally in the first period. They missed however a 20-14 burst in the second frame and trailed 2 points at the halftime. Estonia managed to win the last quarter as well 18-12 and grabbed the second place in the group.

Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) also scored 18. Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) delivered 15, while Kristjan Voolaid (201-F-92) netted 6. KIM Jun Yl finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Jeon Seong Hyen (190-G-91) scored 14. DOO Kyung Min and HAN Ho Bin nailed 7 points each.

South Korea: KIM Jun Yl 21,
Jeon Seong Hyen 14, DOO Kyung Min 7, HAN Ho Bin 7
Estonia:
Madis Saarmets 18+11 rebs, Toomas Raadik 18, Jaan Puidet 15, Kristjan Voolaid 6


Russia-Germany 80:52

Russia remained perfect at 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The favorites overcame Germany 80:52 in the last game of the Group Stage and won the group with 5-0 record. Germany could not make it to the next stage as they finished with 3-2 record on the third place.
Russia scored the first five points in the game and KULAGIN Dmitrii closed the first period at 15:7.
Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) made it 24:14 early in the second and ANTONOV Semen nailed two for 28:20. Again KULAGIN Dmitrii was the last to score in the period as Russia enjoyed a 37:22 advantage at the halftime. Russia also won the third period 23-16 and finished the game with 20-14.
Sergey Karasev and Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) paced all the winners with 12 points each, while Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) added 11. KULAGIN Dmitrii poured in 10 points in a win. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and MOENNINGHOFF Mathis added 10. Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92) finished the game with 8 points for Germany.

Russia:
Sergey Karasev 12, Andrey Zubkov 12, Nikita Balashov 11, KULAGIN Dmitrii 10
Germany:
Konstantin Klein 13, MOENNINGHOFF Mathis 10, Johannes Voigtmann 8
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'GROUP B
Serbia-Romania 78:53

Serbia and Romania head to the Quarterfinals of the 2013 University Games. Serbia won Group B with 5-0 record after a 78:53 win. Romanian side meanwhile suffered their first loss, but advanced to the next stage with 4-1 record from the second spot.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Serbia as the defending champions started the game with 20:10 and never looked behind after. Romania however managed to win the second and the third quarters and
Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) reduced to 50:44 after three quarters. Serbia meanwhile erupted with 28-9 burst in the last stanza to seal the 5th straight win.
Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Milos Dimic (195-G-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) nailed 12. MARKOVIC Nikola and Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 each, while Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 7. George Toth (212-C-92) replied with 20 points in defeat and Adrian Gutoaia had 13. TOROK Rolland produced 11, whilst Adrian Rosu (196-F-91) scored 4.

Serbia:
Stefan Zivanovic 14, Milos Dimic 12, MARKOVIC Nikola 11+11 rebs, Darko Balaban 11+10 rebs, Nikola Kalinic 7
Romania:
George Toth 20, Adrian Gutoaia 13, TOROK Rolland 11, Adrian Rosu 4

Mexico-Philippines 139:67
Mexico edge Philippines at the Basket Hall of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Mexico erupted with a 139:67 win to finish the group with 3-2 record. Philippines meanwhile could not win any games in Group B.
Mexico opened the game with a massive 34-11 surge and never looked behind after. They added 37-15 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 71:26 halftime advantage. Moreover Mexico produced a 39-16 burst in the third period and added 29-25 rally in the last stanza.

Mauricio Cheda (198-F-90, college: UTEP) stepped up with 23 points and GARAY Alejandro nailed 21. Daniel Giron (175-G-89) poured in 16, whilst Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) and Ivan Gracia (179-PG-89) had 14 each. Chris Perolino (93) and MARQUEZ Miko answered with 15 points each, while Vincent Mendozan (93) had 10. Arvie Cabanero (91) followed them with 6 points in a loss.

Mexico:
Mauricio Cheda 23, GARAY Alejandro 21, Daniel Giron 16, Fabian Jaimes 14, Ivan Gracia 14
Philippines:
Chris Perolino 15, MARQUEZ Miko 15, Vincent Mendozan 10, Arvie Cabanero 6

Japan-Mongolia 72:75
Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) leads Mongolia over Japan at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. He erupted with 33 points and 11 rebounds in a 75:72 win. Mongolia finished Group B with 2-3 record, while Japan fell at 1-4 record.
Mongolia grabbed 20:11 lead after the first period, but Japan took control in the second frame. They erupted with 27-8 surge in the second period and took 38:28 halftime advantage. Mongolia was too fat to give up and came up with two victories in the second half. They needed a 20-16 rally in the third period and finished the game with 27-18 burst.

Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) scored 16 points and Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) netted 12. Sergelen Otgonbaatar (178-PG-89) followed them with 9 points. Naoki ended up with 27 points in the losing effort and Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) notched 13. Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) added 10.

Japan:
Naoki Uto (91) 27, Taku Bandoh 13, Yuya Nagayoshi 11+16 rebs, Kosuke Hashimoto 10
Mongolia:
Sanchir Tungalag 33+11 rebs, Azbayar Tserendagva 16, Bilguun Battuvshin 12, Sergelen Otgonbaatar 9

GROUP C
Czech Republic-Sweden 65:63
Czech Republic pip Sweden in Day 6 of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Czechs finished the group on the 4th place with 2-3 record after a 65:63 victory. The Scandinavian team ended up with 1-4 record.
Czech Republic started the game with 18:15 lead, while Sweden tied the score at the halftime. Czech Republic again pulled the tempo and grabbed 7 points after three quarters.
Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) reduced to 4 early in the fourth quarter, while Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) tied it all at 58:58. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) scored three free throws at the end of the game for the final victory.
Jiri Slavik top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) netted 13. Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) and Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) poured in 8 points each. Gustav Sundstrom finished the game with 16 points in a loss, while Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) had 14. Chris Czerapowicz chipped in with 11 points and Pierre Hampton (202-F-91) added 10.

Czech Republic:
Jiri Slavik 17, Adam Ciz 13, Martin Gniadek 8, Jan Jiricek 8
Sweden:
Gustav Sundstrom 16, Alexander Lindqvist 14, Chris Czerapowicz 11, Pierre Hampton 10

Australia-United Arab Emirates 131:43
Australia finished Group C with 4-1 record after a stunning win over United Arab Emirates. Australia exploded with 131:43 victory in the last Day of the First Stage.
Australia erupted with a 34:10 start and never looked behind. They added 31-10 burst in the second frame and led 65:20 halftime advantage. Australia did not even think to slow down in the second half and came up with two massive victories. They won the third period 35-8 and finished the game with 31-15.

Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) led the way with 21 points and Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) netted 19. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) delivered 17, whilst Jason Cadee (186-G-91) and Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92) notched 14 each. OMAR ALAMERI Omer finished the game with 9 points in defeat and ZAAL ALWALI Khamis nailed 8. AL BRAIKI Mohamed scored 7, while AHMED AL-ALI Rashid posted 6.

Australia:
Clint Steindl 21, Todd Blanchfield 19, Cody Ellis 17, Jason Cadee 14, Igor Hadziomerovic 14
United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 9, ZAAL ALWALI Khamis 8, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 7, AHMED AL-ALI Rashid 6

Canada-United States 94:85
Canada sent the United States out of the Quarterfinals at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Canada won Group C with a perfect 5-0 record, while USA finished only with 2-3 record on the third place.
United States needed a victory in this game and scored the first 5 points in the game.
Luke Hancock (198-F-90) brought 14:4, but Jordan Bachynski (218-C-89) gave Canada 18:17 lead at the end of the first period. Canada dominated the second frame and added 28-19 rally before the halftime. Moreover they won the third period 23-22 and had 11-point lead. Jordan Bachynski and Brady Heslip (188-G-90) scored for 74:58 early in the last stanza as Canada remained undefeated at the tournament.
Brady Heslip top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jordan Bachynski netted 13. Dwight Powell (208-F-91) poured in 10, while Kevin Pangos (188-G-93) notched 9. Luke Hancock had a great game with 27 points, while MCDERMOTT Douglas and Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) posted 17 each. Treveon Graham (196-G-93) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Canada:
Brady Heslip 20, Jordan Bachynski 13, Dwight Powell 10, Kevin Pangos 9
United States:
Luke Hancock 27, MCDERMOTT Douglas 17, Cory Jefferson 17, Treveon Graham 9

GROUP D
China-Chile 94:75
China escape the last spot in Group D of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Asian side finished the group with 1-4 record after a 94:75 victory over Chile. The latter could not win any games in the group.
China and Chile started the game without victories and desired to open the winning account in Kazan. China erupted with 34-19 lead in the first period and did not have any difficulties to win the game. China added 24-19 rally in the third period and finished the game with 17-14 run.

Lian Liu (200-F-91) was unstoppable with 30 points and Li Zhigang (200-F-91) scored 16. Cui Jinming (193-G-92) delivered 14, while Zhang Hanqi (205-C-91) notched 12. Osven Ledezma (202-C-90) collected 21 points and 17 rebounds in defeat and Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) added 15. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) scored 9 points, while Rocco Cotroneo (202-C-89) added 8.

China:
Lian Liu 30, Li Zhigang 16, Cui Jinming 14, Zhang Hanqi 12
Chile:
Osven Ledezma 21+17 rebs, Tomas Alvarez 15, Francisco Pena 9, Rocco Cotroneo 8

Brazil-Norway 77:47
Brazil advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The team from Latin America needed a 77:47 win to finish Group D with 4-1 record on the second spot. Norway ended up with 2-3 record.
Both teams needed the victory as Brazil started with 18:14 lead. They also added 23-15 rally in the second frame and enjoyed 12 points advantage. Brazil continued to dominate the court in the second half and posted two comfortable victories. Brazil won the third period 20-10 and added 16-8 in the last stanza.

Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Andre Silva (193-F-89) notched 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) delivered 9, while ALVES MAIA Rafael added 8. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) replied with 11 points in defeat and Anders Stien (195-G-90) scored 9. NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka brought 7, whilst Magne Fivelstad (198-G-89) netted 6.

Brazil:
Leonardo Meindl 11, Andre Silva 10, Cristiano Felicio 9, ALVES MAIA Rafael 8
Norway:
Stian Mjos 11, Anders Stien 9, NWACHUKWU Roy Emeka 7, Magne Fivelstad 6

Lithuania- Finland 70:51
Lithuania wins Group D with 5-0 record at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The Group leaders overcame Finland 70:51 in their last game of the First Stage. Finland meanwhile finished the group with 3-2 record.
Lithuania won the first period 18:7 and added 19:14 frame in the second quarter. Moreover the Baltic State produced a 17-7 run in the third frame and enjoyed their lead. Finland closed the game with a 23-16 rally to make the final 70:51 result.

Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) notched 14. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 9, while Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) and Mindaugas Kupsas (217-C-91) scored 6 each. Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) replied with 8 points in the losing effort and Markus Molenius (203-F-92, agency: FCM) had 6. Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) and Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-SF-89) brought 5 points apiece.

Lithuania:
Gediminas Orelikas 15, Vaidas Cepukaitis 14, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 9, Eimantas Bendzius 6, Mindaugas Kupsas 6
Finland:
Lauri Toivonen 8, Markus Molenius 6, Jesse Niemi 5, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 5




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Women News


Grosuplje lands Gabrovsek and Cadez - by Zeljko Zule

Grosuplje made the first roster additions for its upcoming Adriatic League debut by signing Nina Gabrovsek (169-PG-94) and Jerca Cadez (181-SF-96).
Gabrovsek arrives from Athlete Celje, where she averaged 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 17 Adriatic League games last season and 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 25 Slovenian League games. Gabrovsek
Cadez arrives from Odeja and she poured in 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 20 Slovenian League games last season.




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  AUSTRALIA   


2013 University Games: Australia deny Canada to enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Canada 72:58

Australia extended their winning run at the World University Games. The Aussies took care of Canada in the quarterfinal clash in Kazan today. Australia will now take on the USA in the semifinal tomorrow.
Australia quickly spurred ahead in this one. They held Canada to 15 points in the first frame to take an 8-point lead. Canada struggled to tune in offensively in the second quarter. Australia capitalized taking a 10-point halftime lead 37:27. Canada woes continued in the second half. Australia ensured a strong rally in the third term to build an unassailable 21-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. Canada exploded with 24 points in the fourth period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Australia. Kate Ebzery (177-G-90) and Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) added 12 points each for the winners. Korissa Williams (177-G-92) answered with 10 points for Canada. Lindsay Ledingham (183-F-90) had 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Alice Kunek 21, Kate Ebzery 12, Sara Blicavs 12
Canada: Korissa Williams 10, Lindsay Ledingham 9



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Austrian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Laura Bischof
Bischof
Anja Fuchs-Robetin
Fuchs-Robetin
Michaela Hirzberger
Hirzberger
Pia Jurhar
Jurhar
Sigrid Koizar
Koizar
#e#5
Laura Bischof 167-G/F-95 Wolfsberg Austria
Anja Fuchs-Robetin 180-SG-96 Basket Flames Austria
Michaela Hirzberger 168-SG-96
Pia Jurhar 183-PF-95 Fl.Foxes Austria
Sigrid Koizar 173-PG-95 BC Vienna Austria
Camille Legris 168-PG-95 Nantes France
Johanna Maresch 172-F-95 UBI Graz Austria
Valentina Mraulak G-97 UBI Graz Austria
Annika Neumann 171-SG-96 UBI Graz Austria
Nicola Pichler 96
Simone Schwarzinger 174-SG-96 UBI Graz Austria
Christina Steinwender 95
Michaela Wildbacher 98




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  BELARUS   


Belarusian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Belarusian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Anastasiya Antsiferova
Antsiferova
Krystsina Batsanava
Batsanava
Hanna Brych
Brych
Yanina Inkina
Inkina
Svetlana Karpovich
Karpovich
#e#5
Anastasiya Antsiferova 186-C-94 Victoria Belarus
Palina Babich 95
Krystsina Batsanava 163-PG-96
Hanna Brych 183-C-97 Junior U-16 Belarus
Yanina Inkina 183-PF-97 Junior U-16 Belarus
Karina Korneev 181-F-95 Gorizont Belarus
Svetlana Karpovich 186-C-95 Gorizont Belarus
Tatsiana Khadzko 175-SG-96 Victoria Belarus
Viyaleta Kiuliak 185-F-96 Victoria Belarus
Anna Lappo 187-C-97 Junior U-16 Belarus
Victoria Lednik 171-G-95 Berezina Belarus
Maryia Miasnikova 176-F-97
Marharyta Mikhno 95
Darya Panasiuk 175-SF-96
Dziyana Sizonava 175-SF-96
Viktoria Skrobko 167-G-97 Victoria Belarus
Darya Slaptsova 177-PF-96
Valeriya Smarshko 170-SG-97 Junior U-16 Belarus
Yauheniya Stsiapanava 180-G-95
Anastasiya Sushchyk 160-PG-97 Junior U-16 Belarus
Hanna Tsarevich 178-F-95 Victoria Belarus




U20 European Championship: Belarus shock France to advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20 - France U20 64:56

Belarus advanced into the U20 European Championship semifinal stage. They knocked down French counterparts in the quarterfinal clash in Samsun today. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with impressive 18 points, 14 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks to lead the winners.
Belarus used a 7:0 run midway through the opening quarter to post a 12:6 lead. They entered the second quarter up by six points 17:11. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) scored five points in a 7:0 run from Belarus at the start of the second quarter. Belarus kept Les Bleus at bay throughout the second stanza. Belarus accumulated a 32:22 halftime lead. But France were far from being done. Sabrine Bouzenna (169-PG-93) sparked a comeback rally from the team as they grabbed a 38:36 lead midway through the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Voishal drained a triple and send Belarus into the fourth period up by two points 47:45. Darya Lipinskaya and Baklaha stretched the margin at 7-point mark early in the fourth frame. France got within four points with under two minutes remaining 56:60 but Belarus kept their opponents scoreless in the reminder of the contest to clinch the victory. Darya Lipinskaya netted 17 points, while Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) added 9 points for the winning side. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for France. Sabrine Bouzenna had 10 points in the losing case.

Belarus U20: Maryia Papova 18+14 boards, Darya Lipinskaya 17, Hanna Kalenta 9
France U20: Christelle Diallo 14, Sabrine Bouzenna 10



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium conquer the top with 6-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Romania U20 68:58

Belgium conquer the top with 6-0 record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium overcame Romania 68:58 in the end of Day 7 to remain undefeated.
Belgium won the opening period 16-12, but Romania produced a 17-12 rally in the second frame for 1-point advantage at the halftime. Belgium however dominated the second half and won both quarters. Belgium exploded with 22-13 surge in the third period and added 18-16 run in the last stanza.
Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) stepped up with 25 points and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) netted 18. Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) collected 8 points and 13 rebounds, while Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) notched 7. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) ended up with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) posted 12 for Romania. Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) had 9 and Alina Craciun (194-C-93) posted 8.

Belgium U20: Julie Vanloo 25, Sien Devliegher 18, Hanne Mestdagh 8+13 rebs, Heleen Adams 7
Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 14+12 rebs, Selena Kirberg 12, Alexandra Dumitrache 9, Alina Craciun 8



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  CANADA   


2013 University Games: Australia deny Canada to enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Canada 72:58

Australia extended their winning run at the World University Games. The Aussies took care of Canada in the quarterfinal clash in Kazan today. Australia will now take on the USA in the semifinal tomorrow.
Australia quickly spurred ahead in this one. They held Canada to 15 points in the first frame to take an 8-point lead. Canada struggled to tune in offensively in the second quarter. Australia capitalized taking a 10-point halftime lead 37:27. Canada woes continued in the second half. Australia ensured a strong rally in the third term to build an unassailable 21-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. Canada exploded with 24 points in the fourth period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Australia. Kate Ebzery (177-G-90) and Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) added 12 points each for the winners. Korissa Williams (177-G-92) answered with 10 points for Canada. Lindsay Ledingham (183-F-90) had 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Alice Kunek 21, Kate Ebzery 12, Sara Blicavs 12
Canada: Korissa Williams 10, Lindsay Ledingham 9



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  CHINA   


2013 University Games: China edge Japan in classification round - by Eurobasket News

China - Japan 80:74

China recorded victory over Japan at the start of the classification round at the World University Games. China will now fight for the 9th-12th place at the tournament. Wu Siyang (182-G/F-91) nailed 19 points to lead the effort.
Japan got to the slightly better start. They earned a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. China turned things around in the second quarter. They fired 23 points to ensure a 38:37 halftime lead. Japan regained the lead in the third quarter. They surged ahead for a 59:53 advantage at the final break. But China triggered a deadly 27:15 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the win at the end. Guo XiaoChen (183-F-92) had 17 points, while Shao Ting (183-F-89) finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Nao Sonoda (178-F-89) responded with 16 points for Japan. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) dropped 14 points in the loss.

China: Wu Siyang 19, Guo XiaoChen 17, Shao Ting 16+12 boards
Japan: Nao Sonoda 16, Mio Shinozaki 14



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  CROATIA   


Croatian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Croatian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Antonela Bodrozic
Bodrozic
Antonija Bozic
Bozic
Patricija Bura
Bura
Inja Butina
Butina
Antonija Chiabov
Chiabov
#e#5
Antonela Bodrozic 180-F-95 Zadar Croatia
Antonija Bozic 170-PG-96 Brod na Savi Croatia
Patricija Bura 185-C-96 Tresnjevka Croatia
Inja Butina 171-PG-95 Novi Zagreb Croatia
Antonija Chiabov 188-F/C-95 Jolly Croatia
Martina Cubric 171-SF-95 Croatia 2006 Croatia
Ivana Dojkic 176-SG-97 Novi Zagreb Croatia
Dragica Drmic 182-PF-95 Brod na Savi Croatia
Sara Frakin 175-SG-96 Zadar Croatia
Paula Jurjevic 95 Medvescak Croatia
Irena Kolesaric 183-PF-96 Brod na Savi Croatia
Karla Krizanac 177-SG-96
Petra Lovric 166-PG-96 Pozega Croatia
Maja Marosevic 187-C-96 Novi Zagreb II Croatia
Katarina Matijevic 183-F-95 Zagreb Croatia
Ena Milicevic 185-PF-96 Novi Zagreb Croatia
Lucija Milosevic 184-PF-96 Pescenica Croatia
Emilly Mrsic Pleter Croatia
Klaudia Perisa 177-SG-96 Jolly Croatia
Matea Plese 175-PG-95 Zagreb Croatia
Helena Pracuk 170-PG-95 Brod Croatia
Lana Racki 167-PG-96 Tresnjevka Croatia
Nika Sarjanovic 184-PF-96 Novi Zagreb II Croatia
Ana Tomicic 188-C-95 Ragusa Croatia




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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic steps closer to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 65:49

Czech Republic steps closer to Division A of the U20 European Championship. They overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 65:49 in the start of Day 7.
Czech Republic opened the game with an 18-16 lead and posted a 13-11 rally in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the Czechs needed a 22-7 surge for 53:34 lead. Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) closed the third period, however Czech Republic was scoreless in the first five minutes of the last quarter. Lazareska and Pejkovska reduced to 53:40, but then Mainclova scored the final points for the winners.
Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93), Barbora Samkova (175-G/F-94), Anezka Skokanova (174-PG-93) and Beata Adamcova nailed 7 points each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) had 10. Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) nailed 8, whilst Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) scored 7.

Czech Republic U20: Monika Satoranska 18+12 rebs, Pamela-Therese Effangova 7, Barbora Samkova 7, Anezka Skokanova 7, Beata Adamcova 7
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 14+10 rebs, Nena Trajchevska 10, Lefterija Temelkova 8, Aleksandra Stojanovska 7



2013 University Games: Russia spark late, take down pesky Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Czech Republic 74:66

Russia had to overcome a resilient Czech Republic squad to reach World University Games semifinal. The hosts trailed throughout the bigger part of the game before igniting a late rally in the fourth frame to snatch a tough win at the end. Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) posted 17 points to lead Russia into the semis. They will now face Taiwan for the ticket into the championship game.
Czech Republic worked hard defensively in the first half and the effort paid off. The visitors enjoyed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic did not allow Russia to gain control in the second frame. The visitors arrived at halftime up by 4 points 33:29. Russia exploded with 25 points in the third term but could not erase the deficit. Czech Republic entered the final frame up by 2 points 56:54. Russia opened the fourth period with seven straight points to finally pull ahead. They quickly boosted the gap and kept Czech Republic at bay throughout the reminder of the contest. Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) netted 11 points, while Nadezhda Mayorova (178-F-89) and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) answered with 19 points for Czech Republic. Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) and Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) had 12 points each in the loss.

Russia: Natalia Vieru 17, Anastasiya Loginova 11, Nadezhda Mayorova 10, Anastasia Logunova 10
Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 19, Lenka Bartakova 12, Andrea Ovsikova 12



2013 University Games: Czech Republic hold off Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Hungary 77:67

Czech Republic recorded victory in their the last but one game at the World University Games. They knocked down Hungary to set up the clash for the fifth position at the tournament. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) posted 17 points to lead the winners.
Hungary led by three points after the opening quarter 21:18. But Czech Republic turned things around in the second frame. They held Hungary to 4 points in the quarter and spurred ahead for a 39:25 halftime advantage. Czech Republic kept Hungary at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a 58:43 lead at the final intermission. Hungary went on a 24:19 run in the fourth frame but it was not enough to challenge the Czech team. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) netted 12 points, while Michaela Stara (175-G-90) chipped in 11 points in the victory. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 33 points for Hungary. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 17, Karolina Elhotova 12, Michaela Stara 11
Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 33, Anna Mansare 9



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  SEN
  (196-C-94)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria17.9 
 2. Essenstam, CTO16.0 
 3. Vesterberg, MBK R.15.9 
 4. Spanou, Robert M.15.9 
 5. Papova, Olimpia15.4 
 6. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.14.3 
 7. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.14.1 
 8. Oroszova, E.Illino.13.0 
 9. Tikhonenko, Sparta.13.0 
 10. Hebecker, Halle12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ksenia TIKHONENKO
  KAZ
  (193-F/C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Tikhonenko, Sparta.12.0 
 2. Spanou, Robert M.11.0 
 3. Bettonvil, Lekdete.10.3 
 4. Nystrom, Northland9.9 
 5. Papova, Olimpia9.4 
 6. Preskienyte, Kibir.9.0 
 7. Vesterberg, MBK R.8.6 
 8. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.8.1 
 9. Hruscakova, Good8.0 
 10. Kavurmaciogl., Be.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Stanacev, Crvena4.9 
 2. Owczarzak, CCC P.4.9 
 3. Balintova, Good A.4.9 
 4. Nystrom, Northland4.6 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.3.9 
 6. Krayevska, Tim-S.3.3 
 7. Slamova, Samorin3.0 
 8. Adams, Saarlouis3.0 
 9. Zanoguera, Toledo3.0 
 10. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Francesca DOTTO
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dotto, Lucca3.6 
 2. Nystrom, Northland3.0 
 3. Owczarzak, CCC P.2.9 
 4. Cora, Galatasaray2.6 
 5. Dotto, Umbertide2.6 
 6. Zanoguera, Toledo2.3 
 7. Hebecker, Halle2.3 
 8. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.1 
 9. Bilgic, Botas2.1 
 10. Bouzenna, Roche1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.2.3 
 2. Vesterberg, MBK R.2.0 
 3. Papova, Olimpia1.9 
 4. Janoscikova, Cass.1.7 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.4 
 6. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.4 
 7. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.1.4 
 8. Oroszova, E.Illino.1.3 
 9. Sezer, Orduspor1.3 
 10. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.1.1 


Standings Div.B (Women) - by *AddMe

Standings Div.B
1. Belgium6-0
2. Czech Rep.6-1
3. Latvia4-2
4. Portugal4-2
5. FYR Macedo.3-3
6. Bulgaria3-3
7. Israel2-5
8. U.Kingdom0-6
9. Romania0-6

Preliminary Round: Round 7

Jul. 12: BEL - ROM 68-58
Jul. 12: CZE - MKD 65-49
Jul. 12: LAT - POR 46-44
Jul. 12: ENG - ISR 43-49

Preliminary Round: Round 8

Jul. 13: MKD - LAT
Jul. 13: ROM - ENG
Jul. 13: BUL - CZE
Jul. 13: POR - BEL


Division B: Day 7 in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Belgium - Romania 68-58
Belgium conquer the top with 6-0 record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium overcame Romania 68:58 in the end of Day 7 to remain undefeated. Belgium won the opening period 16-12, but Romania produced a 17-12 rally in the second frame for 1-point advantage at the halftime. Belgium however dominated the second half and won both quarters. Belgium exploded with 22-13 surge in the third period and added 18-16 run in the last stanza. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) stepped up with 25 points and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) netted 18. Mestdagh Hanne collected 8 points and 13 rebounds, while Adams Heleen notched 7. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) ended up with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Kirberg Selena posted 12 for Romania. Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) had 9 and Craciun Alina posted 8.

Latvia - Portugal 46-44
Latvia beat Portugal as both teams are with 4-2 records at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side needed a 46:44 win to climb to the third place. It was a really tough game. Portugal started better and grabbed 11:8 lead at the end of the first period. Latvia however came up with 11-5 surge and took 19:16 halftime advantage. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) tied the game at 21:21 and then Latvia grabbed 29:27 lead after three quarters. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) later tied it all at 32:32 and Ines Viana (166-PG-94) nailed three for 35:32. The latter also brought 42:40 with 1 minute to go, but Latvia managed to win the game. Jakobsone Ilze stepped up with 14 points, while Lagzdina Guna, Fomina Asnate and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) posted 8 each. Joana Jesus replied with 11 points in defeat and Ines Viana nailed 10. Jessica Almeida poured in 8, while Ferreira Laura scored 5.

Czech Republic - FYR Macedonia 65-49
Czech Republic steps closer to Division A of the U20 European Championship. They overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 65:49 in the start of Day 7. Czech Republic opened the game with an 18-16 lead and posted a 13-11 rally in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the Czechs needed a 22-7 surge for 53:34 lead. Adamcova Beata closed the third period, however Czech Republic was scoreless in the first five minutes of the last quarter. Lazareska and Pejkovska reduced to 53:40, but then Mainclova scored the final points for the winners. Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93), Samkova Barbora, Anezka Skokanova (174-PG-93) and Adamcova Beata nailed 7 points each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Trajchevska Nena had 10. Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) nailed 8, whilst Stojanovska Aleksandra scored 7.

United Kingdom - Israel 43-49
Israel beat United Kingdom in Albena in the start of Day 7 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Israel posted a 49:43 win for 2-5 record, while United Kingdom fell at 0-6 record. United Kingdom surprised the opponents with 15:7 lead in the opening period. They added 14-13 run in the second frame for 29:20 halftime advantage when Ward Florence made two free throws. Ottewill-Soulsby scored for 36:36 early in the third, but United Kingdom could not win the game. Israel reduced to 36:31 after 30 minutes and dominated the end of the game. Trailing 40:43 with less than two minutes to go, Israel erupted with an 8-0 run at the end to win the game. Dayan May top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Gur Amit and Michal Assaf (168-G-94) added 6 each. Joseph Shequila poured in 9 points in a loss, while Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) had 7. Paxton Claire delivered 6, whilst Billie Lucas (180-G-94) and Ward Florence netted 5 each.



Division A: Belarus, Spain, Turkey and Italy ready for semifinals in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals
France - Belarus 56-64
Belarus advanced into the U20 European Championship semifinal stage. They knocked down French counterparts in the quarterfinal clash in Samsun today. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with impressive 18 points, 14 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks to lead the winners. Belarus used a 7:0 run midway through the opening quarter to post a 12:6 lead. They entered the second quarter up by six points 17:11. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) scored five points in a 7:0 run from Belarus at the start of the second quarter. Belarus kept Les Bleus at bay throughout the second stanza. Belarus accumulated a 32:22 halftime lead. But France were far from being done. Sabrine Bouzenna sparked a comeback rally from the team as they grabbed a 38:36 lead midway through the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Voishal drained a triple and send Belarus into the fourth period up by two points 47:45. Darya Lipinskaya and Baklaha stretched the margin at 7-point mark early in the fourth frame. France got within four points with under two minutes remaining 56:60 but Belarus kept their opponents scoreless in the reminder of the contest to clinch the victory. Darya Lipinskaya netted 17 points, while Hanna Kalenta added 9 points for the winning side. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for France. Sabrine Bouzenna had 10 points in the losing case.

Spain - Russia 78-45
Spain recorded the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia to advance into semifinals. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) recorded another impressive performance with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Spain claimed a narrow 18:16 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Spain ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. Spain kept Russia at distance throughout the third period. They accumulated a 15-point lead before the final quarter. Spain finished off their opponents with a 24:6 run in the fourth term. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 13 points, while Sara Rodriguez had 12 points in the winning effort. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 11 points for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva and Kiseleva had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey - Slovakia 61-42
Turkey raced into the semifinal stage of U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) notched 14 points and 10 boards to pace the effort. Turkey will now face two-time defending champions Spain in the semis. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening period. They were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Turkey spurred ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 29:24 halftime advantage. Turkey limited Slovak Republic to just 6 points in the third frame and accumulated a 14-point lead at the final break. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) netted 13 points, while Olcay Cakir added 12 points for the winners. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Barbora Balintova chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Serbia - Italy 51-65
Italy became the first semifinalists of U20 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal battle in Samsun today. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Azzurri. Italy looked very confident in the first half. They established an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the lead in the second frame. The Azzurri accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Serbia narrowed the gap in the third period. They trailed by 7 points before the fourth stanza. However Italy allowed their opponents just 8 points in the final ten minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) nailed 12 points, while Alessandra Formica added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev, Nevena Markovic and Kristina Topuzovic had 7 points each in the loss.
9-16 Place
Holland - Lithuania 58-56
Netherlands earned a super important victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to secure Division A spot for the next season. The Dutch entered the game on a four-game losing skid. But they withheld a late comeback rally from Lithuania to earn a key win. Lithuania led by a single point 18:17 after ten minutes. The Dutch team erased the deficit and spurred ahead in the second frame. Netherlands registered a 34:26 halftime lead. The Dutch team stretched the lead in the third period. They built a 53:39 advantage before the fourth frame. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) opened the final quarter with a three-pointer to extend the margin. However Lithuania answered with a 12:0 run to narrow the deficit. The Baltic team narrowed the gap to a single point after a three-pointer from Zelnyte with 8 seconds remaining. But Gabrielle van den Bosch sank a free throw and then Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) and Preskienyte missed their shots as Netherlands escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Maxime Essenstam provided 26 points and 9 boards for the winners. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) had 13 points and 10 boards for Netherlands. Ieva Kazlauskaite chipped in 16 points for Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite delivered 11 points in the loss.

Sweden - Poland 60-71
Poland gained a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They outscored Sweden in the classification round battle and punched the ticket to remain in Division A for the next season. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Sweden led throughout the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team registered a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Poland cut the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. Sweden and Poland traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Poland entered the fourth quarter up by a single point. They went on a strong 20:10 rally in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Dominika Miloszewska (190-F/C-94) delivered 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dominika Owczarzak added 12 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in the victory. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) responded with 19 points and 27 rebounds for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo had 17 points in the loss.

Germany - Ukraine 57-63
Ukraine will play in Division A of the U20 European Championship next season. They secured their place in the top division following a tough 6-point victory over Germany today. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) produced 13 points to lead the winning team. Germany will now fight for survival in the 13th-16th place classification round. Ukraine set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 19:15 advantage after ten minutes. Germany stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval 26:28. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Ukraine eked out a three-point advantage before the fourth frame. Krayevska and Zavidna opened the fourth period with back-to-back three-pointers and Ukraine controlled the game afterwards. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) produced 11 points, while Miriam Uro-Nilie added 10 points in the win. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Lena Gohlisch had 10 points in the defeat.

Greece - Hungary 59-49
Greece recorded a key win in their U20 European Championship campaign. They held off Hungary in the classification round games and avoided the relegation. Hungary will now fight in 13th-16th place round to try to keep Division A ticket for the next season. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) posted 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Hungary enjoyed a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Greece shut down in their opponents in the second frame. The Hellenes held their opponents to just 4 points in the period and gained a 22:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Greece maintained the lead. The Hellenes exploded with 23 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi had 10 points for the winners. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) answered with 13 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai had 9 points in the loss.



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  FINLAND   


2013 University Games: Ukraine too good for Finland - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Finland 80:51

Ukraine victirously opened the classification round at the World University Games in Russia. They overwhelmed Finland to continue the fight for the 9th overall position. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 19 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine dominated right from the start. They opened a 13-point lead after ten minutes of action. Finland narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 5 points at halftime 31:36. But Ukraine stunned their opponents with a 30:11 rally in the third quarter. Ukraine held Finland to only 9 points in the fourth period and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) netted 13 points apiece for the winners. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Anni Makitalo (175-F-91) answered with 9 points apiece for Finland.

Ukraine: Katerina Dorogobuzova 19, Olga Maznichenko 13, Olesia Malashenko 13
Finland: Noora Jarvikangas 9, Anni Makitalo 9



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  FRANCE   


U20 European Championship: Belarus shock France to advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U20 - France U20 64:56

Belarus advanced into the U20 European Championship semifinal stage. They knocked down French counterparts in the quarterfinal clash in Samsun today. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with impressive 18 points, 14 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks to lead the winners.
Belarus used a 7:0 run midway through the opening quarter to post a 12:6 lead. They entered the second quarter up by six points 17:11. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) scored five points in a 7:0 run from Belarus at the start of the second quarter. Belarus kept Les Bleus at bay throughout the second stanza. Belarus accumulated a 32:22 halftime lead. But France were far from being done. Sabrine Bouzenna (169-PG-93) sparked a comeback rally from the team as they grabbed a 38:36 lead midway through the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Voishal drained a triple and send Belarus into the fourth period up by two points 47:45. Darya Lipinskaya and Baklaha stretched the margin at 7-point mark early in the fourth frame. France got within four points with under two minutes remaining 56:60 but Belarus kept their opponents scoreless in the reminder of the contest to clinch the victory. Darya Lipinskaya netted 17 points, while Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) added 9 points for the winning side. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for France. Sabrine Bouzenna had 10 points in the losing case.

Belarus U20: Maryia Papova 18+14 boards, Darya Lipinskaya 17, Hanna Kalenta 9
France U20: Christelle Diallo 14, Sabrine Bouzenna 10



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


U20 European Championship: Czech Republic steps closer to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20-F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 65:49

Czech Republic steps closer to Division A of the U20 European Championship. They overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 65:49 in the start of Day 7.
Czech Republic opened the game with an 18-16 lead and posted a 13-11 rally in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the Czechs needed a 22-7 surge for 53:34 lead. Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) closed the third period, however Czech Republic was scoreless in the first five minutes of the last quarter. Lazareska and Pejkovska reduced to 53:40, but then Mainclova scored the final points for the winners.
Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93), Barbora Samkova (175-G/F-94), Anezka Skokanova (174-PG-93) and Beata Adamcova nailed 7 points each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) had 10. Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) nailed 8, whilst Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) scored 7.

Czech Republic U20: Monika Satoranska 18+12 rebs, Pamela-Therese Effangova 7, Barbora Samkova 7, Anezka Skokanova 7, Beata Adamcova 7
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 14+10 rebs, Nena Trajchevska 10, Lefterija Temelkova 8, Aleksandra Stojanovska 7



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  GERMANY   


U20 European Championship: Ukraine edge Germany to stay in Division A - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Germany U20 63:57

Ukraine will play in Division A of the U20 European Championship next season. They secured their place in the top division following a tough 6-point victory over Germany today. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) produced 13 points to lead the winning team. Germany will now fight for survival in the 13th-16th place classification round.
Ukraine set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 19:15 advantage after ten minutes. Germany stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval 26:28. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Ukraine eked out a three-point advantage before the fourth frame. Krayevska and Zavidna opened the fourth period with back-to-back three-pointers and Ukraine controlled the game afterwards. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) produced 11 points, while Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) added 10 points in the win. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Lena Gohlisch (173-SG-93) had 10 points in the defeat.

Ukraine U20: Nataliya Skorbatyuk 13, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11, Miriam Uro-Nilie 10
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 20, Lena Gohlisch 10



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  GREECE   


Greek U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Greek U18 National Team 2013
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Stratoniki Cholopoulou
Cholopoulou
Eleanna Christinaki
Christinaki
Kyriaki Emmanouilidou
Emmanouilidou
Vasiliki Fouraki
Fouraki
Christiana Gerostergiou
Gerostergiou
#e#5
Stratoniki Cholopoulou 165-PG-95
Eleanna Christinaki 181-G-96 Panathinaikos Greece
Kyriaki Emmanouilidou 162-PG-95
Vasiliki Fouraki 183-F-95
Christiana Gerostergiou 176-G/F-96 Iraklis Greece
Victoria Gounari 172-PG-95 Ippokratis Greece
Vasiliki Karambatsa 183-F-96
Christina Kitsiou 184-SF-96
Maria Logdanidou 184-PF-95 Apollon Ptol. Greece
Vasiliki Louka 193-C-96 AO Ellinikou Greece
Anna Markoulaki 177-SG-96 Iraklis Greece
Pinelopi Pavlopoulou 170-PG-96 Panionios Greece
Melina Skoura 96
Georgia Stamati 178-SF-96 Ikaros Kalitheas Greece
Anna Stamolamprou 173-PG-95 PAOK Greece
Dimitra Tsavou 186-F-96 Kronos AD Greece
Evgenia Zoumperaki 177-SF-96




U20 European Championship: Greece edge Hungary to keep Division A place - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Hungary U20 59:49

Greece recorded a key win in their U20 European Championship campaign. They held off Hungary in the classification round games and avoided the relegation. Hungary will now fight in 13th-16th place round to try to keep Division A ticket for the next season. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) posted 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Hungary enjoyed a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Greece shut down in their opponents in the second frame. The Hellenes held their opponents to just 4 points in the period and gained a 22:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Greece maintained the lead. The Hellenes exploded with 23 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) had 10 points for the winners. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) answered with 13 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai (190-F/C-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 13+10 boards, Anastasia Slouka 11, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 10
Hungary U20: Szidonia Katona 13, Judit Barnai 9



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  HOLLAND   


U20 European Championship: Netherland edge Lithuania to snap skid - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20 - Lithuania U20 58:56

Netherlands earned a super important victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to secure Division A spot for the next season. The Dutch entered the game on a four-game losing skid. But they withheld a late comeback rally from Lithuania to earn a key win.
Lithuania led by a single point 18:17 after ten minutes. The Dutch team erased the deficit and spurred ahead in the second frame. Netherlands registered a 34:26 halftime lead. The Dutch team stretched the lead in the third period. They built a 53:39 advantage before the fourth frame. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) opened the final quarter with a three-pointer to extend the margin. However Lithuania answered with a 12:0 run to narrow the deficit. The Baltic team narrowed the gap to a single point after a three-pointer from Zelnyte with 8 seconds remaining. But Gabrielle van den Bosch sank a free throw and then Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) and Preskienyte missed their shots as Netherlands escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Maxime Essenstam provided 26 points and 9 boards for the winners. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) had 13 points and 10 boards for Netherlands. Ieva Kazlauskaite chipped in 16 points for Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 26, Richelle Van Der Keijl 13+10 boards, Yordi Kathmann (176-F-94) 8
Lithuania U20: Ieva Kazlauskaite 16, Greta Tamasauskaite 11



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  HUNGARY   


U20 European Championship: Greece edge Hungary to keep Division A place - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Hungary U20 59:49

Greece recorded a key win in their U20 European Championship campaign. They held off Hungary in the classification round games and avoided the relegation. Hungary will now fight in 13th-16th place round to try to keep Division A ticket for the next season. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) posted 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Hungary enjoyed a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Greece shut down in their opponents in the second frame. The Hellenes held their opponents to just 4 points in the period and gained a 22:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Greece maintained the lead. The Hellenes exploded with 23 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) had 10 points for the winners. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) answered with 13 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai (190-F/C-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 13+10 boards, Anastasia Slouka 11, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 10
Hungary U20: Szidonia Katona 13, Judit Barnai 9



2013 University Games: Czech Republic hold off Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic - Hungary 77:67

Czech Republic recorded victory in their the last but one game at the World University Games. They knocked down Hungary to set up the clash for the fifth position at the tournament. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) posted 17 points to lead the winners.
Hungary led by three points after the opening quarter 21:18. But Czech Republic turned things around in the second frame. They held Hungary to 4 points in the quarter and spurred ahead for a 39:25 halftime advantage. Czech Republic kept Hungary at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a 58:43 lead at the final intermission. Hungary went on a 24:19 run in the fourth frame but it was not enough to challenge the Czech team. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) netted 12 points, while Michaela Stara (175-G-90) chipped in 11 points in the victory. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 33 points for Hungary. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 17, Karolina Elhotova 12, Michaela Stara 11
Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 33, Anna Mansare 9



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  ISRAEL   


Israeli U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Israeli U18 National Team 2013
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Shahd Abboud
Abboud
Shay Alon
Alon
Ofir Banet
Banet
Alina Gluberman
Gluberman
Sean Levy
Levy
#e#5
Shahd Abboud 173-G/F-95
Shay Alon 164-SG-95
Ofir Banet 165-PG-96
Eden Cohen 95
Alina Gluberman 178-C-96
Zohar Kachlon 96
Sean Levy 174-F-96
Eden Porat 176-F-96
Daniel Raber 183-PF-96
Zoe Reichman 190-C-95
Noa Ruda 172-F-95
Moran Sapir 167-SG-95
Tal Yakov 172-PG-96
Ella Yron 96




U20 European Championship: Israel beat United Kingdom in Albena - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Israel U20 43:49

Israel beat United Kingdom in Albena in the start of Day 7 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Israel posted a 49:43 win for 2-5 record, while United Kingdom fell at 0-6 record.
United Kingdom surprised the opponents with 15:7 lead in the opening period. They added 14-13 run in the second frame for 29:20 halftime advantage when Florence Ward (170-PG-94) made two free throws. Ottewill-Soulsby scored for 36:36 early in the third, but United Kingdom could not win the game. Israel reduced to 36:31 after 30 minutes and dominated the end of the game. Trailing 40:43 with less than two minutes to go, Israel erupted with an 8-0 run at the end to win the game.
May Dayan (171-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Amit Gur (169-PG-93) and Michal Assaf (168-G-94) added 6 each. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) poured in 9 points in a loss, while Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) had 7. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) delivered 6, whilst Billie Lucas (180-G-94) and Florence Ward netted 5 each.

United Kingdom U20: Shequila Joseph 9, Melita Emanuel 7, Claire Paxton 6, Billie Lucas 5, Florence Ward 5
Israel U20: May Dayan 16, Amit Gur 6, Michal Assaf 6



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  ITALY   


Italian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Italian U18 National Team 2013
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Maria Barberis
Barberis
Allegra Botteghi
Botteghi
Alessia Cabrini
Cabrini
Francesca Cassani
Cassani
Sara Crudo
Crudo
#e#5
Maria Barberis 175-SF-95 Bracco Geas Italy
Allegra Botteghi 180-SF-95 Umana Reyer Italy
Alessia Cabrini 177-SF-96 College Italia Italy
Francesca Cassani 175-PG-95 Bracco Geas Italy
Sara Crudo 192-F-95 Bologna Italy
Anna Djedjemel 169-PG-95 College Italia Italy
Elisa Ercoli 191-C-95 Familia Schio Italy
Francesca Gambarini 170-PG-95 Bracco Geas Italy
Martina Kacerik 179-PG-96
Arianna Landi 175-SG-96 Bologna Italy
Sofia Marangoni 173-SG-95 Umana Reyer Italy
Maria Miccoli 182-F-95 Triestina Italy
Elisa Penna 186-SG-95 Umana Reyer Italy
Antonia Peresson 173-PG-95 Umana Reyer Italy
Giulia Porro 166-PG-95 Biassono Italy
Isabel Romano 170-PG-96
Francesca Russo 172-SG-96 Bologna Italy
Marta Scarsi 182-F/C-95 Cremona Italy
Marzia Tagliamento 181-PF-96
Annalisa Trevisan 184-F-96 Parma Italy
Sofia Vespignani 164-PG-96 Bologna Italy
Annalisa Vitari 183-F-96 College Italia Italy
Cecilia Zagni 180-PF-95 Cremona Italy
Cecilia Zandalasini 181-SF-96




U20 European Championship: Italy edge Serbia to enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Serbia U20 65:51

Italy became the first semifinalists of U20 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal battle in Samsun today. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Azzurri.
Italy looked very confident in the first half. They established an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the lead in the second frame. The Azzurri accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Serbia narrowed the gap in the third period. They trailed by 7 points before the fourth stanza. However Italy allowed their opponents just 8 points in the final ten minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) nailed 12 points, while Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94), Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) and Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) had 7 points each in the loss.

Italy U20: Caterina Dotto 13, Francesca Dotto 12, Alessandra Formica 11+11 boards
Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 14+10 boards, Aleksandra Stanacev 7, Nevena Markovic 7, Kristina Topuzovic 7



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  JAPAN   


2013 University Games: China edge Japan in classification round - by Eurobasket News

China - Japan 80:74

China recorded victory over Japan at the start of the classification round at the World University Games. China will now fight for the 9th-12th place at the tournament. Wu Siyang (182-G/F-91) nailed 19 points to lead the effort.
Japan got to the slightly better start. They earned a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. China turned things around in the second quarter. They fired 23 points to ensure a 38:37 halftime lead. Japan regained the lead in the third quarter. They surged ahead for a 59:53 advantage at the final break. But China triggered a deadly 27:15 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the win at the end. Guo XiaoChen (183-F-92) had 17 points, while Shao Ting (183-F-89) finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Nao Sonoda (178-F-89) responded with 16 points for Japan. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) dropped 14 points in the loss.

China: Wu Siyang 19, Guo XiaoChen 17, Shao Ting 16+12 boards
Japan: Nao Sonoda 16, Mio Shinozaki 14



2013 University Games: Japan cruise past Mali - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Mali 109:61

Japan registered the victory in 13th-16th place classification round at the World University Games. They brushed by Mali and would fight for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Mika Kurihara (178-F-89) nailed 26 points to lead the Asian team.
Japan unloaded 30 points in the first period to clear off to a 17-point distance. Japan kept Mali at bay throughout the second frame. They recorded a 53:27 halftime advantage. Japan boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 31-point advantage before the fourth frame. Japan erupted for 32 points in the final stanza to seal the victory. Kayoko Amano (180-C-89) netted 21 points, while Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) delivered 12 points for the winning side. Farima Toure (184-C-93) responded with 21 points for Mali. Awa Diallo (192-C-92) provided 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Mika Kurihara 26, Kayoko Amano 21, Mio Shinozaki 12
Mali: Farima Toure 21, Awa Diallo 12



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U20 European Championship: Latvia beat Portugal as both teams are with 4-2 records - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Portugal U20 46:44

Latvia beat Portugal as both teams are with 4-2 records at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side needed a 46:44 win to climb to the third place.
It was a really tough game. Portugal started better and grabbed 11:8 lead at the end of the first period. Latvia however came up with 11-5 surge and took 19:16 halftime advantage. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) tied the game at 21:21 and then Latvia grabbed 29:27 lead after three quarters. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) later tied it all at 32:32 and Ines Viana (166-PG-94) nailed three for 35:32. The latter also brought 42:40 with 1 minute to go, but Latvia managed to win the game.
Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) stepped up with 14 points, while Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93), Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) posted 8 each. Joana Jesus replied with 11 points in defeat and Ines Viana nailed 10. Jessica Almeida poured in 8, while Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95) scored 5.

Latvia U20: Ilze Jakobsone 14, Guna Lagzdina 8, Asnate Fomina 8, Kate Kreslina 8
Portugal U20: Joana Jesus 11, Ines Viana 10, Jessica Almeida 8, Laura Ferreira 5



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U20 European Championship: Netherland edge Lithuania to snap skid - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20 - Lithuania U20 58:56

Netherlands earned a super important victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to secure Division A spot for the next season. The Dutch entered the game on a four-game losing skid. But they withheld a late comeback rally from Lithuania to earn a key win.
Lithuania led by a single point 18:17 after ten minutes. The Dutch team erased the deficit and spurred ahead in the second frame. Netherlands registered a 34:26 halftime lead. The Dutch team stretched the lead in the third period. They built a 53:39 advantage before the fourth frame. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) opened the final quarter with a three-pointer to extend the margin. However Lithuania answered with a 12:0 run to narrow the deficit. The Baltic team narrowed the gap to a single point after a three-pointer from Zelnyte with 8 seconds remaining. But Gabrielle van den Bosch sank a free throw and then Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) and Preskienyte missed their shots as Netherlands escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Maxime Essenstam provided 26 points and 9 boards for the winners. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) had 13 points and 10 boards for Netherlands. Ieva Kazlauskaite chipped in 16 points for Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 26, Richelle Van Der Keijl 13+10 boards, Yordi Kathmann (176-F-94) 8
Lithuania U20: Ieva Kazlauskaite 16, Greta Tamasauskaite 11



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2013 University Games: Japan cruise past Mali - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Mali 109:61

Japan registered the victory in 13th-16th place classification round at the World University Games. They brushed by Mali and would fight for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Mika Kurihara (178-F-89) nailed 26 points to lead the Asian team.
Japan unloaded 30 points in the first period to clear off to a 17-point distance. Japan kept Mali at bay throughout the second frame. They recorded a 53:27 halftime advantage. Japan boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 31-point advantage before the fourth frame. Japan erupted for 32 points in the final stanza to seal the victory. Kayoko Amano (180-C-89) netted 21 points, while Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) delivered 12 points for the winning side. Farima Toure (184-C-93) responded with 21 points for Mali. Awa Diallo (192-C-92) provided 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Mika Kurihara 26, Kayoko Amano 21, Mio Shinozaki 12
Mali: Farima Toure 21, Awa Diallo 12



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2013 University Games: USA rally past Sweden, into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

USA - Sweden 103:72

The USA claimed the first semifinal ticket at the World University Games in Kazan. They overcame Sweden to stay in the title race. Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) nailed 20 points to pace the winning side.
The USA fired 26 points in the first period to gain a 2-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second period. Sweden started to lag behind in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime trailing by 11 points 40:51. The North American team stretched the gap in the third term. They registered a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The USA never slowed down and raced to the win at the end. Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) netted 17 points, while Crystal Bradford (6'0''-G-93) and Tricia Liston (6'1''-G-92) added 11 points each for the winners. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (6'3''-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Sweden. Maria Gultekin (5'6''-G-90) had 14 points in the loss.

USA: Odyssey Sims 20, Bria Hartley 17, Crystal Bradford 11, Tricia Liston 11
Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 17, Maria Gultekin 14



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  POLAND   


U20 European Championship: Poland post crucial win over Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Sweden U20 71:60

Poland gained a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They outscored Sweden in the classification round battle and punched the ticket to remain in Division A for the next season. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) posted 19 points to lead the winners.
Sweden led throughout the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team registered a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Poland cut the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. Sweden and Poland traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Poland entered the fourth quarter up by a single point. They went on a strong 20:10 rally in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Dominika Miloszewska (190-F/C-94) delivered 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) added 12 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in the victory. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) responded with 19 points and 27 rebounds for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) had 17 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Magdalena Koperwas 19, Dominika Miloszewska 15+11 boards, Dominika Owczarzak 12
Sweden U20: Allis Nystrom 19+27 boards, Gabriella Frykbo 17



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U20 European Championship: Latvia beat Portugal as both teams are with 4-2 records - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20-Portugal U20 46:44

Latvia beat Portugal as both teams are with 4-2 records at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side needed a 46:44 win to climb to the third place.
It was a really tough game. Portugal started better and grabbed 11:8 lead at the end of the first period. Latvia however came up with 11-5 surge and took 19:16 halftime advantage. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) tied the game at 21:21 and then Latvia grabbed 29:27 lead after three quarters. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) later tied it all at 32:32 and Ines Viana (166-PG-94) nailed three for 35:32. The latter also brought 42:40 with 1 minute to go, but Latvia managed to win the game.
Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) stepped up with 14 points, while Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93), Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) posted 8 each. Joana Jesus replied with 11 points in defeat and Ines Viana nailed 10. Jessica Almeida poured in 8, while Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95) scored 5.

Latvia U20: Ilze Jakobsone 14, Guna Lagzdina 8, Asnate Fomina 8, Kate Kreslina 8
Portugal U20: Joana Jesus 11, Ines Viana 10, Jessica Almeida 8, Laura Ferreira 5



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  ROMANIA   


U20 European Championship: Belgium conquer the top with 6-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Romania U20 68:58

Belgium conquer the top with 6-0 record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium overcame Romania 68:58 in the end of Day 7 to remain undefeated.
Belgium won the opening period 16-12, but Romania produced a 17-12 rally in the second frame for 1-point advantage at the halftime. Belgium however dominated the second half and won both quarters. Belgium exploded with 22-13 surge in the third period and added 18-16 run in the last stanza.
Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) stepped up with 25 points and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) netted 18. Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) collected 8 points and 13 rebounds, while Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) notched 7. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) ended up with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) posted 12 for Romania. Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) had 9 and Alina Craciun (194-C-93) posted 8.

Belgium U20: Julie Vanloo 25, Sien Devliegher 18, Hanne Mestdagh 8+13 rebs, Heleen Adams 7
Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 14+12 rebs, Selena Kirberg 12, Alexandra Dumitrache 9, Alina Craciun 8



Romanian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Romanian U18 National Team 2013
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Simina Avram
Avram
Andreea Beldian
Beldian
Bianca Blanaru
Blanaru
Vasilica Cuzic
Cuzic
Cristina Gavrila
Gavrila
#e#5
Simina Avram 177-F-95 Brasov Romania
Andreea Beldian 165-PG-96 Alba Iulia Romania
Bianca Blanaru 195-C-95 Timisoara Romania
Zsuzsanna Buzogany 96
Paula Cenan 96 McSport Romania
Alexandra Chitanu 173-G-95 Olimpia Romania
Vasilica Cuzic 171-G-96 Galati Romania
Iringo Debreczi 183-PF-96 Targu Secuiesc Romania
Cristina Gavrila 172-G-95 Craiova Romania
Madalina Geleriu 95
Iulia Grigor 173-SG-96 Satu Mare Romania
Kincso Kelemen 166-PG-96 Sf.Gheorghe Romania
Selena Kirberg 176-PG-95 Buducnost Montenegro
Melania Kokovay 182-C-95 Sf.Gheorghe Romania
Paula Lenart 178-SG-96 Targu Secuiesc Romania
Izabella Lovasz 178-PF-95
Gabriela Magurean 95 Olimpia Romania
Mihaela Maxim 167-PG-96 McSport Romania
Denisa Molnar 168-PG-95
Teodora Neagu 181-C-96 Galati Romania
Iulia Raileanu 189-F/C-95 Cluj Napoca Romania




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U20 European Championship: Spain ease past Russia to stay in title race - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Russia U20 78:45

Spain recorded the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia to advance into semifinals. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) recorded another impressive performance with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Spain claimed a narrow 18:16 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Spain ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. Spain kept Russia at distance throughout the third period. They accumulated a 15-point lead before the final quarter. Spain finished off their opponents with a 24:6 run in the fourth term. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 13 points, while Sara Rodriguez (185-C-93) had 12 points in the winning effort. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 11 points for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) and Kiseleva had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 23, Inmaculada Zanoguera 13, Sara Rodriguez 12
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 11, Alina Zamaraeva 8



2013 University Games: Russia spark late, take down pesky Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Czech Republic 74:66

Russia had to overcome a resilient Czech Republic squad to reach World University Games semifinal. The hosts trailed throughout the bigger part of the game before igniting a late rally in the fourth frame to snatch a tough win at the end. Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) posted 17 points to lead Russia into the semis. They will now face Taiwan for the ticket into the championship game.
Czech Republic worked hard defensively in the first half and the effort paid off. The visitors enjoyed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic did not allow Russia to gain control in the second frame. The visitors arrived at halftime up by 4 points 33:29. Russia exploded with 25 points in the third term but could not erase the deficit. Czech Republic entered the final frame up by 2 points 56:54. Russia opened the fourth period with seven straight points to finally pull ahead. They quickly boosted the gap and kept Czech Republic at bay throughout the reminder of the contest. Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) netted 11 points, while Nadezhda Mayorova (178-F-89) and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) answered with 19 points for Czech Republic. Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) and Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) had 12 points each in the loss.

Russia: Natalia Vieru 17, Anastasiya Loginova 11, Nadezhda Mayorova 10, Anastasia Logunova 10
Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 19, Lenka Bartakova 12, Andrea Ovsikova 12



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U20 European Championship: Italy edge Serbia to enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Serbia U20 65:51

Italy became the first semifinalists of U20 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal battle in Samsun today. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Azzurri.
Italy looked very confident in the first half. They established an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the lead in the second frame. The Azzurri accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Serbia narrowed the gap in the third period. They trailed by 7 points before the fourth stanza. However Italy allowed their opponents just 8 points in the final ten minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) nailed 12 points, while Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94), Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) and Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) had 7 points each in the loss.

Italy U20: Caterina Dotto 13, Francesca Dotto 12, Alessandra Formica 11+11 boards
Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 14+10 boards, Aleksandra Stanacev 7, Nevena Markovic 7, Kristina Topuzovic 7



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U20 European Championship: Turkey storm past Slovak Republic to enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Slovak Republic U20 61:42

Turkey raced into the semifinal stage of U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) notched 14 points and 10 boards to pace the effort. Turkey will now face two-time defending champions Spain in the semis.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening period. They were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Turkey spurred ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 29:24 halftime advantage. Turkey limited Slovak Republic to just 6 points in the third frame and accumulated a 14-point lead at the final break. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) netted 13 points, while Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) added 12 points for the winners. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Pelin Bilgic 14+10 boards, Tilbe Senyurek 13, Olcay Cakir 12
Slovak Republic U20: Sabina Oroszova 17, Barbora Balintova 11



Slovakian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Slovakian U18 National Team 2013
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Nikola Dudasova
Dudasova
Eva Filickova
Filickova
Krisztina Lelkes
Lelkes
Kristina Matuskova
Matuskova
Karin Miksadova
Miksadova
#e#5
Nikola Dudasova 169-PG-95 Piestanske C. Slovakia
Eva Filickova 192-C-95 Cassovia K. Slovakia
Krisztina Lelkes 95 Petrzalka Slovakia
Kristina Machova 95 Petrzalka Slovakia
Kristina Matuskova 172-PG-96 Petrzalka Slovakia
Karin Miksadova 179-SF-96
Lucia Ondrejkova 170-G/F-96
Katarina Piperkova 175-G/F-95 Zvolen Slovakia
Petra Stevulova 95 Zvolen Slovakia
Katarina Urbaniova 169-PG-96
Daniela Vajkova 173-PG-95
Zofia Zarevuckaa 187-C-95 Petrzalka Slovakia




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Slovenian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Slovenian U18 National Team 2013
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Sabina Ajkic
Ajkic
Maja Jakobcic
Jakobcic
Manca Jelenc
Jelenc
Eva Lisec
Lisec
Ziva Macura
Macura
#e#5
Sabina Ajkic 176-SG-96 Domzale Slovenia
Sara Hodzic 96 Ilrija Slovenia
Maja Jakobcic 184-PF-97 Triglav Slovenia
Manca Jelenc 175-PG-96 Triglav Slovenia
Ziva Jerman 96
Lana Kotar 96 Ilrija Slovenia
Eva Lisec 192-C-95 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Ziva Macura 190-F/C-95 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Ela Micunovic 181-G-97 Ilrija Slovenia
Dora Mlakar 183-F-96 Jezica Slovenia
Larisa Ocvirk 184-F-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Alma Potocnik 173-PG-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Anamaria Prezelj 177-F-97 Domzale Slovenia
Sara Vujacic 175-G-96 AJM Maribor Slovenia
Klara Zupancic 168-PG-95 Grosuplje Slovenia




Grosuplje adds Gabrovsek and Cadez - by Zeljko Zule

Grosuplje made the first roster additions for its upcoming season by signing Nina Gabrovsek (169-PG-94) and Jerca Cadez (181-SF-96).
Gabrovsek arrives from Athlete Celje, where she averaged 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 17 Adriatic League games last season and 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 25 Slovenian League games. Gabrovsek
Cadez arrives from Odeja and she poured in 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 20 Slovenian League games last season.




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Seattle Storm welcomes back Robinson, ex S-Birds - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm landed 31-year old center Ashley Robinson (193-82kg-82, college: Tennessee). It is actually her comeback to Seattle Storm as she played here before. Robinson moved there from S-Birds in South Korean WKBL where she started the season. In 13 WKBL games she averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 13.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2bpg this season. The last summer she played at Washington. In 33 games she had 3.1ppg and 3.3rpg. The last (2012) season Robinson was tested by IMOS Brno (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 7 games she had 7.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. She also played 9 games in Euroleague where she had 8.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (2011) summer Robinson played at Seattle. In 37 games she had 3.6ppg and 3.8rpg. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Robinson ended the previous (10-11) season at Maccabi Ashdod (D1) in Israeli league. In 11 games she had 5.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final and cup semifinals. But the most of that year she spent at Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) in Australian league. In 13 games she had 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2004 Robinson was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in second round (14th overall).
She attended University of Tennessee and it will be her ninth season in pro basketball.
Robinson is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia (Kazanochka), Spain (Hondarribia-Irun), Turkey (Mersin and Kayseri) and Israel (Bnot Hasharon).
Robinson's game is described as: Efficient center, mostly in the paint but also from mid range, good shot blocker, not very physical.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SPAIN   


Abi Olajuwon joins Caja Rural - by Eurobasket News

Abi Olajuwon (193-C-88, college: Oklahoma) will continue her career in Spain. She has agreed on terms of contract with Caja Rural. Last season the centre started in China. She played for Heilongjiang Chenneng in the WCBA. She tallied 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Later Abi Olajuwon moved to Brazil. She signed with Ourinhos Basquete. Previously the centre had stints in Belgium, Israel, Romania and Hungary. She earned All-Hungarian League Honourable Mention in 2011. Abi Olajuwon attended the Nigerian National Team training camp back in 2006.


U20 European Championship: Spain ease past Russia to stay in title race - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Russia U20 78:45

Spain recorded the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia to advance into semifinals. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) recorded another impressive performance with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Spain claimed a narrow 18:16 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Spain ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. Spain kept Russia at distance throughout the third period. They accumulated a 15-point lead before the final quarter. Spain finished off their opponents with a 24:6 run in the fourth term. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 13 points, while Sara Rodriguez (185-C-93) had 12 points in the winning effort. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 11 points for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) and Kiseleva had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 23, Inmaculada Zanoguera 13, Sara Rodriguez 12
Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 11, Alina Zamaraeva 8



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2013 University Games: USA rally past Sweden, into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

USA - Sweden 103:72

The USA claimed the first semifinal ticket at the World University Games in Kazan. They overcame Sweden to stay in the title race. Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) nailed 20 points to pace the winning side.
The USA fired 26 points in the first period to gain a 2-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second period. Sweden started to lag behind in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime trailing by 11 points 40:51. The North American team stretched the gap in the third term. They registered a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The USA never slowed down and raced to the win at the end. Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) netted 17 points, while Crystal Bradford (6'0''-G-93) and Tricia Liston (6'1''-G-92) added 11 points each for the winners. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (6'3''-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Sweden. Maria Gultekin (5'6''-G-90) had 14 points in the loss.

USA: Odyssey Sims 20, Bria Hartley 17, Crystal Bradford 11, Tricia Liston 11
Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 17, Maria Gultekin 14



U20 European Championship: Poland post crucial win over Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Sweden U20 71:60

Poland gained a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They outscored Sweden in the classification round battle and punched the ticket to remain in Division A for the next season. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) posted 19 points to lead the winners.
Sweden led throughout the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team registered a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Poland cut the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. Sweden and Poland traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Poland entered the fourth quarter up by a single point. They went on a strong 20:10 rally in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Dominika Miloszewska (190-F/C-94) delivered 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) added 12 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in the victory. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) responded with 19 points and 27 rebounds for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo (170-G-94) had 17 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Magdalena Koperwas 19, Dominika Miloszewska 15+11 boards, Dominika Owczarzak 12
Sweden U20: Allis Nystrom 19+27 boards, Gabriella Frykbo 17



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  TURKEY   


U20 European Championship: Turkey storm past Slovak Republic to enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Slovak Republic U20 61:42

Turkey raced into the semifinal stage of U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) notched 14 points and 10 boards to pace the effort. Turkey will now face two-time defending champions Spain in the semis.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening period. They were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Turkey spurred ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 29:24 halftime advantage. Turkey limited Slovak Republic to just 6 points in the third frame and accumulated a 14-point lead at the final break. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) netted 13 points, while Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) added 12 points for the winners. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Pelin Bilgic 14+10 boards, Tilbe Senyurek 13, Olcay Cakir 12
Slovak Republic U20: Sabina Oroszova 17, Barbora Balintova 11



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Bell and Barry to Panola CC - by David Edole

The Panola Fillies basketball program is pleased to announce the addition of two US Virgin Islands student-athletes to their 2013-14 women's basketball roster. Germequa Bell, of Charlotte Amalie HS in St. Thomas and Kadesha Barry, of Central HS in St. Croix, have both inked NJCAA national letters of intent with the Panola Fillies for next season.

"We are extremely excited about the additions of Germequa and Kadesha to the Panola family. Our league is extremely athletic and these two young ladies represent the caliber of athlete we need to be successful in the ultra-competitive Region 14 of the NJCAA," commented head coach Tracey Stellato. "The Virgin Islands has been a valuable resource for us over the last 2 seasons and we know that these two young ladies will continue the tradition of hard work and excellence established by Lanese Bough and Teandra Ricardson." Bough was a 2 -year starter for the Fillies and was named to the All-conference honorable mention list after her sophomore season. She has inked a national letter of intent with NCAA Division I University of Nebraska-Omaha and is scheduled to begin classes in August 2013. Teandra Richardson, another member of Myron Corbett's Lady Chickenhawk program, will return for her sophomore season after suffering a season ending knee injury during her freshman campaign.

Bell is a 5'9" sharp-shooting guard with the athleticism to put the ball on the ground and get to the basket as well. Barry is left-handed scorer that can hurt you in several ways offensively. "We think both young ladies are an excellent fit for our program and we are excited about their decisions to join the PC nation.



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2013 University Games: Ukraine too good for Finland - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Finland 80:51

Ukraine victirously opened the classification round at the World University Games in Russia. They overwhelmed Finland to continue the fight for the 9th overall position. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 19 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine dominated right from the start. They opened a 13-point lead after ten minutes of action. Finland narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 5 points at halftime 31:36. But Ukraine stunned their opponents with a 30:11 rally in the third quarter. Ukraine held Finland to only 9 points in the fourth period and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) netted 13 points apiece for the winners. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Anni Makitalo (175-F-91) answered with 9 points apiece for Finland.

Ukraine: Katerina Dorogobuzova 19, Olga Maznichenko 13, Olesia Malashenko 13
Finland: Noora Jarvikangas 9, Anni Makitalo 9



U20 European Championship: Ukraine edge Germany to stay in Division A - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Germany U20 63:57

Ukraine will play in Division A of the U20 European Championship next season. They secured their place in the top division following a tough 6-point victory over Germany today. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) produced 13 points to lead the winning team. Germany will now fight for survival in the 13th-16th place classification round.
Ukraine set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 19:15 advantage after ten minutes. Germany stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval 26:28. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Ukraine eked out a three-point advantage before the fourth frame. Krayevska and Zavidna opened the fourth period with back-to-back three-pointers and Ukraine controlled the game afterwards. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) produced 11 points, while Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) added 10 points in the win. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Lena Gohlisch (173-SG-93) had 10 points in the defeat.

Ukraine U20: Nataliya Skorbatyuk 13, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11, Miriam Uro-Nilie 10
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 20, Lena Gohlisch 10



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U20 European Championship: Israel beat United Kingdom in Albena - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Israel U20 43:49

Israel beat United Kingdom in Albena in the start of Day 7 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Israel posted a 49:43 win for 2-5 record, while United Kingdom fell at 0-6 record.
United Kingdom surprised the opponents with 15:7 lead in the opening period. They added 14-13 run in the second frame for 29:20 halftime advantage when Florence Ward (170-PG-94) made two free throws. Ottewill-Soulsby scored for 36:36 early in the third, but United Kingdom could not win the game. Israel reduced to 36:31 after 30 minutes and dominated the end of the game. Trailing 40:43 with less than two minutes to go, Israel erupted with an 8-0 run at the end to win the game.
May Dayan (171-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Amit Gur (169-PG-93) and Michal Assaf (168-G-94) added 6 each. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) poured in 9 points in a loss, while Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) had 7. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) delivered 6, whilst Billie Lucas (180-G-94) and Florence Ward netted 5 each.

United Kingdom U20: Shequila Joseph 9, Melita Emanuel 7, Claire Paxton 6, Billie Lucas 5, Florence Ward 5
Israel U20: May Dayan 16, Amit Gur 6, Michal Assaf 6



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 10-2 
 2. Chicago S. 10-4 
 3. Washington M. 7-7 
 4. New York L. 6-7 
 5. Indiana F. 4-8 
 6. Connecticut S. 3-9 
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 4-9 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jul. 12: S.Antonio SS - Washington M. 73-83
Jul. 12: Connecticut S. - Chicago S. 70-83
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.


Seattle Storm waived Cierra Bravard - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm waived 24-year old center Cierra Bravard (193-89, college: Florida State). But in 5 WNBA games she recorded just 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg this season.
Last season Bravard played at Argon Uni Girona (LFB) in Spanish league. In 25 games she averaged 8.6ppg and 4.3rpg. She helped them to make it to the supercup final and to the league semifinals.
The last (2012) summer Bravard was tested by San Antonio Silver Stars.
Among other achievements her team was regular season runner-up in ACC for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Bravard received also All-ACC 3rd Team award in 2012 at her college time.
Bravard graduated from Florida State in 2012 and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Seattle Storm welcomes back Robinson, ex S-Birds - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm landed 31-year old center Ashley Robinson (193-82kg-82, college: Tennessee). It is actually her comeback to Seattle Storm as she played here before. Robinson moved there from S-Birds in South Korean WKBL where she started the season. In 13 WKBL games she averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 13.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2bpg this season. The last summer she played at Washington. In 33 games she had 3.1ppg and 3.3rpg. The last (2012) season Robinson was tested by IMOS Brno (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 7 games she had 7.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. She also played 9 games in Euroleague where she had 8.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (2011) summer Robinson played at Seattle. In 37 games she had 3.6ppg and 3.8rpg. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Robinson ended the previous (10-11) season at Maccabi Ashdod (D1) in Israeli league. In 11 games she had 5.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final and cup semifinals. But the most of that year she spent at Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) in Australian league. In 13 games she had 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2004 Robinson was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in second round (14th overall).
She attended University of Tennessee and it will be her ninth season in pro basketball.
Robinson is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia (Kazanochka), Spain (Hondarribia-Irun), Turkey (Mersin and Kayseri) and Israel (Bnot Hasharon).
Robinson's game is described as: Efficient center, mostly in the paint but also from mid range, good shot blocker, not very physical.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Silver Stars sign Cathrine Kraayeveld - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Silver Stars have signed eight-year WNBA veteran Cathrine Kraayeveld (6'4''-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon), head coach and general manager Dan Hughes announced today. Kraayeveld brings San Antonio's active player roster to 10 under the WNBA Roster Hardship Exception, due to the injuries to forward Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) and guard Becky Hammon (5'9''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.). A 6-3 forward, Kraayeveld was originally selected by the Silver Stars in the third round (27th overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft out of the University of Oregon. She played her first five WNBA seasons with the New York Liberty, alongside Hammon, now Silver Stars assistant coach Vickie Johnson and forward Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arkansas). Kraayeveld played in 187 career games for the Liberty, averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest, including a career-high 10.8 points per game during the 2007 season. Kraayeveld joined the Chicago Sky prior to the 2010 season as part of a three-team trade and spent two seasons with the team, averaging 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game through 67 games. She played with the Atlanta Dream last season, averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game through 33 games. The WNBA Roster Hardship Exception allows a team an exception to the 11 player roster limit, affording them the opportunity to carry 10 active players. Kraayeveld is the third replacement player of the season for the Silver Stars, who previously added forward Chante Black and guard Julie Wojta. Both Black and Wojta were waived on July 6.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com