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  ANTIGUA   



Future Stars Camp - by Don Farrell

ANT - Future Stars Camp Concludes
Posted by admin on 2013-07-08 09
'It was an exciting time,' exclaimed one of the participants, when asked about what he thought of the Future Stars Basketball Camp. he numbers were separated into two groups to include girls and U-15 players, and the other group comprised of the older youth.
The camp breathed some new life for the game of basketball and gave the youth the chance of obtaining athletic scholarships. Besides conducting the camp, the US Coaches were able to meet with several top government officials, and sports officials, including the head of the ABNOC, Paul Chet Greene, the Secretary General of the Caribbean Football Union, Gordon Derrick, Coach of Villa Lions Soccer Academy, Sowerby Gomes, Vice President of CPTSA Wings Sports Club, Barbara Coates.
Source: CPTSA



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  AUSTRIA   


Portugal edge Austria in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Austria 78:61

Portugal and Austria played the first out of two exhibition clashes in Galitos. The hosts claimed the victory. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) came up with 18 points to pace the hosts.
Portugal bombarded Austria from beyond the arc in the opening quarter and recorded a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stretched the gap at 14-point mark in the second frame 40:26. Portugal maintained the lead throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 13 points 61:48. Austria could not recover in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) and Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with 13 points for Austria. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) had 11 points in the loss.

Portugal: Joao Gomes 18, Joao Balseiro 11, Carlos Andrade 11
Austria: Davor Lamesic 13, Jason Detrick 11



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Lecomte Emmanuel erupts for Belgium second win - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Belgium U20 68:70

Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) erupts for Belgium second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. He nailed 28 points as his team escaped with a 70:68 win over Portugal. The latter fell at 1-1 record in Group B.
Portugal surprised the opponents with 25:15 lead in the first period. Portugal led 7 points at the halftime, but could not win the game. Belgium pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two narrow victories. They won the third period 13-9 and clinched a 24-19 run in the last stanza. Belgium led 7 points with 2 minutes to go, but was happy to win by 2 points.
Maxime Pretto (192-SG-94) and Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) scored 11 points each as the latter also grabbed 15 rebounds. Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) followed them with 9 points in a win. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) ended up with 16 points in a loss, while Joao Grosso (196-F-94) had 13. Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) and Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) poured in 12 points each in defeat.

Portugal U20: Artur Castela 16, Joao Grosso 13, Miguel Cardoso 12, Pedro Bastos 12
Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 28, Maxime Pretto 11, Xavier-Robert Francois 11+15 rebs, Arno Mollekens 9



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  BRAZIL   


Rio Claro sign Gaspar and Caio - by Paulo Freire

After getting to the next stage of the Paulista State Championship the team of Rio Claro has reinforced their roster, the defending champion of the Paulista State first phase announced the signing of players Ricardo Gaspar (202-F-84) and Caio Ranches (192-F-87).

Ricardo Gaspar will arrive to reinforce the size of the Rio Claro Team, in the latest edition of the NBB he played for the Suzano team, but his last team was the Fluminense where he won the SuperCup Brazil. Ricardo is 29 years old and have 2.02 cm tall.

The other player plays in the guard position, Caio Ranches played last season for Mogi das Cruzes in the NBB. with a 1.92 cm tall and 26 years old the athlete defended for many years the team of XV de Piracicaba, where he was one of the highlights, before playing in Mogi.



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  BULGARIA   


U20 European Championship: Russia beat Bulgaria to claim third position in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Bulgaria U20 75:67

Russia gained the second win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to qualify into the Second Stage of the tournament. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) nailed 18 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record after the defeat.
Russia confidently opened the game. They posted a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at the interval 35:32. But Russia picked up the tempo in the third period. They unloaded 22 points and established a 9-point advantage before the fourth frame 57:48. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the fourth quarter and Russia never looked back again. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) netted 13 points, while Artem Komolov (195-SG-93) added 10 points for the winners. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Nikolay Grozev (199-SF-94) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 18, Andrey Loginov 13, Artem Komolov 10
Bulgaria U20: Dimitar Dimitrov 20, Nikolay Grozev 13



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  CHILE   


2013 University Games: Sweden open Classification Round with the win - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Chile 80:49

Sweden open Classification Round with the win at the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian side overcame Chile 80:49 at the Quarterfinals Rank 17-24.
Sweden took 15:6 lead in the first period and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-13 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 32:19 halftime advantage. Sweden also dominated the second half and posted two victories. The European side won the third quarter 26-10 and added 22-20 in the last stanza.
BARTON Charles top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) nailed 12. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) poured in 11, while Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) and Andreas Karlsson (200-F/G-89) added 10 each. Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Cristian Iturriaga (F-89) posted 12. Camilo Bustamante (187-F-89) followed them with 9 points.

Sweden: BARTON Charles 16, Gustav Sundstrom 12, Alexander Lindqvist 11, Chris Czerapowicz 10, Andreas Karlsson 10
Chile: Tomas Alvarez 18, Cristian Iturriaga 12, Camilo Bustamante 9



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  CHINA   


2013 University Games: United Arab Emirates surprise China in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

China-United Arab Emirates 62:64

United Arab Emirates surprise China in Kazan at the start of the Classification Round for 17-24 places at the 2013 University Games. United Arab Emirates grabbed 64:62 win on Sunday.
China came in a better shape to this game and started with 25:16 lead. They had 5-point advantage at the halftime but could not win the game. United Arab Emirates posted two narrow victories in the second half and won the game. They needed a 17-15 rally in the third period and closed the game with a 16-11 burst.
AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais top-scored for the winners with 24 points and OMAR ALAMERI Omer netted 15. KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak brought 10, whilst KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid nailed 8 and AL BRAIKI Mohamed had 6. Cui Jinming (193-G-92) answered with 19 points in defeat and Li Zhigang (200-F-91) as well as Lian Liu (200-F-91) poured in 10 each. Liu Zihao (183-PG-92) scored 8, while Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) added 7.

China: Cui Jinming 19, Li Zhigang 10, Lian Liu 10, Liu Zihao 8, Dai Huaibo 7
United Arab Emirates: AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais 24, OMAR ALAMERI Omer 15, KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak 10, KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid 8, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 6



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  CROATIA   


U20 European Championship: Croatia edge Sweden to enter Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20 - Sweden U20 87:75

Croatia claimed a crucial win at the U20 European Championship Group B. They defeated Sweden to improve at 2-2 record. Croatia thus occupied the third position in the ladder and advanced into the Second Stage of the competition. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) nailed 23 points to lead the charge.
Croatia led by a single point 22:21 after ten minutes of action. Sweden surged ahead in the second frame. The Scandinavian team eked out a 41:37 halftime advantage. Croatia regained the lead in the third period. They held Sweden to 14 points in the period and posted a 57:55 lead heading into the fourth frame. Croatia unleashed 30 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a key win at the end. Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) netted 16 points, while Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winning side. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 32 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Antonio Boban 23, Henrik Sirko 16, Marko Ramljak 14
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 32, Tobias Borg 17



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  CYPRUS   


U20 European Championship: Cyprus surprise Switzerland in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Cyprus U20 57:66

Cyprus surprise Switzerland in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They posted a 66:57 win for 1-1 record. The Swiss side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Cyprus and Switzerland lost their openers last night and hoped to get the first W in their record. Cyprus won the first period 22:12 and added 17-15 for 12-point lead at the halftime. Switzerland recovered in the second half, but could not catch up with the opponents. Switzerland won the third period 14-11, while both teams scored 16 points each in the last stanza.
Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) paced all the winners with 24 points and Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) followed him with 17 points and 15 boards. Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) added 8 points and 11 boards. Ernest Basic (180-PG-93) finished the game with 15 points in defeat and Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Marco Lehmann (185-SG-93) scored 8, while Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in with 7.

Switzerland U20: Ernest Basic 15, Christian Affolter 12+10 rebs, Marco Lehmann 8, Dusan Mladjan 7
Cyprus U20: Stefanos Iliadis 24, Rafael Eleftheriou 17+15 rebs, Viktoras Ieronymidis 15+10 rebs, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 8+11 rebs



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U20 European Championship: France hold off Czech Republic to win Group D - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Czech Republic U20 79:62

France registered the third win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Czech Republic to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Czech Republic suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament.
France stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. Les Bleus posted a 19:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 23:33. But France stepped on the gas in the third term. They exploded with 23 points to ensure a 13-point buffer before the fourth period. Les Bleus stayed aggressive throughout the final frame and secured a comfortable win at the end. Livio Jean-Charles (203-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) netted 19 points for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) added 12 points for the winners. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 19, Hugo Invernizzi 19, Alexandre Chassang 12
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 22, Martin Kriz 14+10 boards



2013 University Games: Finland pip Czech Republic on Sunday - by Eurobasket News

Finland-Czech Republic 70:52

Finland pip Czech Republic on Sunday at the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The Nordic side posted a 70:52 win over the opponents in one of the first games.
Finland took control of the game in the first period and enjoyed an early 20:9 lead. Czech Republic managed to reduce the gap to 6 points, however MOLENIUS Markus closed the half at 34:23. Again Czech Republic cut it to 39:38 midway through the third period, while Finland reached 15-point deficit at the end of 30 minutes. They also added 17-14 rally in the last quarter for the final result.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) stepped up with 19 points and Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) netted 13. Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) brought 8, whilst Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) had 6. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) produced 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) and Viktor Cvek (200-C-89) delivered 9 each.

Finland: Roope Ahonen 19, Jesse Niemi 13, Mikael Sandberg 8, Lauri Toivonen 6
Czech Republic: Jiri Slavik 13, Adam Ciz 9, Viktor Cvek 9



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  DOMINICA   


DABA response to a number of incidents - by Don Farrell

The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association (DABA), in its continuing efforts to develop basketball, will not tolerate any team or player bringing the game into disrepute and will act swiftly to stop and control inappropriate behavior.


On Saturday June 29, 2013, during the game between De Treads No Look and the Paix Bouche Eagles, an altercation occurred between Mr. Andel George of Paix Bouche Eagles and Mr. Garth Joseph of De Treads No Look resulting in a stoppage of that game. During the stoppage, a number of players of the Paix Bouche Eagles left the players bench and proceeded to assist Mr. George in attacking Mr. Joseph. The game was subsequently blown off by the referees in an attempt to stop the altercation.

As a result of this incident, an emergency executive meeting was held on Sunday June 30, where the referees were invited to give a report, in addition to the report from the two executive members present at the game. The executive also contacted the captain of Paix Bouche Eagles and the coach of No Look.

Based on the reports the following decisions were taken:
1. Both teams, No Look and Eagles will not receive any points for the game and it will not be replayed.
2. The following players will receive the automatic 2 game suspension as stipulated by the rules governing altercation between opposing players.
Mr. Garth Joseph De Treads No Look
Mr. Hendricks Holsborough Paix Bouche Eagles
Mr. Abishah Thomas Paix Bouche Eagles
Mr. Tyson David- Paix Bouche Eagles
3. Mr. Andel George of Paix Bouche Eagles will receive the automatic 2 game suspension plus an additional 1 game for his role in initiating and encouraging the altercation.

In Other Matters:
1. Mr. Shamal Tonge of Sobe Grandbay Pros was given a 3 game suspension according to the rules for verbally abusing a referee during and after the game of June 27, 2013.
2. Mr. Esmond Andrew of Mahaut Gators was given a 2 game suspension for an altercation with an opposing player of the Spartans United Stars after the game on June 20, 2013.
3. The following players of Spartans United Stars were also given a 2 game suspension for their part in the altercation with the opposing player of Mahaut Gators after the game on June 20, 2013.
Isan Lestrade
Freddie Anselm
Josiah Modess

4. Mr. Angus Julian of the Spartans United Stars was given a two year suspension form DABA activities for his part in the altercation and pulling a weapon on an executive member.
5. Mr. Clem Telemaque of Wesley Raptors was given a 3 game suspension according to the rules for verbally abusing a referee during and after the game of June 5th, 2013.

The DABA would like to apologize to all its fans, supporters and sponsors for this unruly behavior of its members. The association will put measures in place in an attempt to prevent such incidents reoccurring in the future. This could mean using our limited resources to engage security personnel at games to maintain the integrity of Basketball.

This incident also reinforces the need for secure facilities to host national games as the game of basketball continues to grow.



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Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SFM 6-3 
 2. Huracanes PP 5-3 
 3. Metros STGO 5-4 
 4. Reales LV 2-5 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 6-1 
 2. Leones SD 4-4 
 3. Cocolos SPM 4-5 
 4. Caneros LR 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jul. 13: Leones SD - Indios SFM 81-85
Jul. 13: Huracanes PP - Caneros LR 71-69
Jul. 14: Caneros LR - Reales LV
Jul. 14: Indios SFM - Titanes DN
Jul. 14: Metros STGO - Cocolos SPM



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  EGYPT   


William Jones Cup: Egypt roll past Taiwan B - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Taiwan B 81:69

Egypt claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They held off the Taiwanese B National Team to gain 5-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) posted 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winning side. Taiwan B fell at 1-6 record after the defeat.
Egypt secured a quick start to the game. They registered a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The African team maintained the lead throughout the second term. They ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. Taiwan narrowed the margin in the third term. The hosts got within a single point before the fourth period. But Egypt poured in 27 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 18 points and grabbed 13 boards for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) chipped in 10 points in the win. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) had 18 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 27+11 boards, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Sherif Gindy 10
Tiawan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chang Chia-Jung 18



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  ESTONIA   


U20 European Championship: Italy edge Estonia to clinch second position in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Italy U20 78:90

Italy finished their U20 European Championship preliminary round campaign with victory. They defeated hosting Estonia to occupy the second position in Group D ladder. Estonia finished fourth and failed to qualify for the Second Stage.
Italy rallied to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded 31 points in the second frame to clear off to a 13-point halftime distance. Estonia slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts went on a 19:11 run to cut the deficit at 5-point mark before the fourth frame. But Italy unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) posted 20 points for Italy. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) added 16 points for the visitors. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) responded with game-high 24 points for Estonia. Mihkel Schleicher (205-C-93) had 14 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Rait-Riivo Laane 24, Mihkel Schleicher 14
Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 20, Matteo Imbro 16, Matteo Chillo (200-PF-93) 14



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Greece2-0
2. Turkey2-0
3. Lithuania1-1
4. Montenegro1-1
5. Croatia0-2
6. Germany0-2
Group F
1. Latvia2-0
2. Spain1-1
3. France1-1
4. Italy1-1
5. Slovenia1-1
6. Russia0-2
Group G (13-20 places)
1. Czech Rep.0-0
2. Israel0-0
3. Serbia0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group H (13-20 places)
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Estonia0-0
3. Georgia0-0
4. Sweden0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 13: LTU - GRE 74-77
Jul. 13: GEO - SRB 52-89

B

Jul. 13: CRO - SWE 87-75
Jul. 13: MNT - TUR 71-84

C

Jul. 13: RUS - BUL 75-67
Jul. 13: ISR - ESP 61-63

D

Jul. 13: FRA - CZE 79-62
Jul. 13: EST - ITA 78-90

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Jul. 15: MNT - LTU
Jul. 15: CRO - GRE
Jul. 15: GER - TUR

F

Jul. 15: ITA - ESP
Jul. 15: SLO - LAT
Jul. 15: RUS - FRA

G

Jul. 15: UKR - ISR
Jul. 15: SRB - CZE

H

Jul. 15: SWE - BUL
Jul. 15: GEO - EST


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (198-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mugosa, Buducnost21.5 
 2. Vecvagars, Lietkab.20.3 
 3. Diez, Lagun A.18.8 
 4. Jakovics, Liepaja17.5 
 5. Fernandez, Asefa17.3 
 6. Eriksson, FCB R.17.3 
 7. Jean-Charles, AS.17.3 
 8. Pavic, Mornar Bar17.0 
 9. Kyzlink, Asefa E.17.0 
 10. Radosavljevi., B..16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ojars SILINS
  LAT
  (208-PF-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Silins, Grissin11.3 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils9.8 
 3. Solomon, Maccabi9.0 
 4. Kriz, BC Kolin9.0 
 5. Candan, Olin Edirne8.5 
 6. Gudumak, CSKA8.5 
 7. Riauka, Wisc.-Pa.8.5 
 8. Jaiteh, Boulogne8.3 
 9. Diez, Lagun A.7.8 
 10. Mitrovic, Crvena7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tom MAAYAN
  ISR
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Maayan, Seton Hall5.3 
 2. Eroglu, Erdemir4.8 
 3. Miljenovic, Radnic.4.7 
 4. Larentzakis, Ikaros4.3 
 5. Mugosa, Buducnost4.3 
 6. Artamonov, BC Od.4.3 
 7. Vrbica, Lovcen4.0 
 8. Bochoridis, Aris4.0 
 9. Laane, Rapla3.8 
 10. Imbro, Oknoplas.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  (196-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hrovat, Helios3.5 
 2. Eroglu, Erdemir3.0 
 3. Erulku, Pertevniyal2.3 
 4. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.2.0 
 5. Lagana, Angelico2.0 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar2.0 
 7. Larentzakis, Ikaros2.0 
 8. Paliukenas, Staty.2.0 
 9. Vrbica, Lovcen1.8 
 10. Karamfilov, U201.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo NIKOLIC
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nikolic, Buducnost2.5 
 2. Silins, Grissin2.5 
 3. Grazulis, Ventspils2.0 
 4. Nurger, Rapla1.8 
 5. Antetokounmp., Fil.1.5 
 6. Spires, FCB R.1.5 
 7. Zagreba, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Agravanis, Panioni.1.3 
 9. Bezbradica, BKK R.1.3 
 10. Jean-Charles, AS.1.0 


M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Poland2-0
2. U.Kingdom2-0
3. Hungary1-1
4. Romania1-1
5. Slovakia0-2
6. Luxembourg.0-2
Group B
1. Holland2-0
2. Belgium2-0
3. Cyprus1-1
4. Portugal1-1
5. Switzerlan.0-2
6. Finland0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jul. 13: ROM - SVK 78-62
Jul. 13: HUN - POL 53-80
Jul. 13: ENG - LUX 106-92

Group B

Jul. 13: NED - FIN 79-40
Jul. 13: POR - BEL 68-70
Jul. 13: SUI - CYP 57-66

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jul. 14: POL - LUX
Jul. 14: SVK - HUN
Jul. 14: ROM - ENG

Group B

Jul. 14: FIN - CYP
Jul. 14: POR - SUI
Jul. 14: BEL - NED


The End of Preliminary Round in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Lithuania - Greece 74-77
Greece wins Group A in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The Greek side won over Lithuania 77:74 in the top game of the group. The Baltic suffered their first loss and finished the group with 3-1 record on the second place. Both teams came to the derby undefeated. Greece started with 19-9 lead and added 20-18 rally before the halftime. Lithuania however erupted with 28-10 surge in the third period. At first Lthuania shocked the opponents with an 18-0 run and enjoyed a 48:45 midway through the period. Later Lekys Simonas nailed three for 55:47 at the end of the frame. Greece meanwhile was too far to give up and trailing 51:57 came up with a 14-0 run to take 66:57 lead. Greece managed to keep the victory as Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM)made 4 free throws at the end of the game. Giannoulis Larentzakis stepped up with 27 points and Papapetrou Ioannis delivered 19. Petros Melissaratos (206-C-93) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Bochoridis Eleftherios had 9. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) answered with 18 points in the losing case, while Jogela Tauras notched 15. Kariniauskas Vaidas brought 7 and Riauka Zygimantas as well as Lekys Simonas had 6 each.

Georgia - Serbia 52-89
Serbia posts the initial win at the U20 European Championship. The Serbia side overcame Georgia 89:52 in the start of Day 5 in Tallinn. Georgia remained winless at the tournament. Both teams entered the game without victories. Serbia won the opening period 21:16 and added massive 27-15 surge in the second frame. Serbia also looked better in the second half and dominated both periods. The Balkan side won the third period 20-7 and finished the game with 21-14 rally. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) added 14. Reljic Pavle poured in 12, while Avramovic Sasa scored 10. Shota Gelazonia (205-C-94), Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) and Nika Ramishvili (182-G-94) netted 8 points each. Rogava Revaz and Grdzelidze Levani brought 6 points each.

Group B
Croatia - Sweden 87-75
Croatia claimed a crucial win at the U20 European Championship Group B. They defeated Sweden to improve at 2-2 record. Croatia thus occupied the third position in the ladder and advanced into the Second Stage of the competition. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) nailed 23 points to lead the charge. Croatia led by a single point 22:21 after ten minutes of action. Sweden surged ahead in the second frame. The Scandinavian team eked out a 41:37 halftime advantage. Croatia regained the lead in the third period. They held Sweden to 14 points in the period and posted a 57:55 lead heading into the fourth frame. Croatia unleashed 30 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a key win at the end. Henrik Sirko netted 16 points, while Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winning side. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 32 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg delivered 17 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Turkey 71-84
Turkey claimed the third victory in the U20 European Championship in Tallinn today. They knocked down Montenegro to win preliminary round Group B. Montenegro suffered the first defeat at the tournament and finished second. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) nailed 21 points to lead the winning side. Turkey stormed into the game. They unloaded 24 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Turkey dominated throughout the second stanza. They held their opponents to 10 points in the period building a 49:26 halftime lead. Montenegro tuned in the third quarter. The Balkan team slowly adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit by three points. Montenegro fired 23 points in the fourth frame but it was not enough to revive the intrigue in this one. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) chipped in 13 points, while Erbil Eroglu had 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 25 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa had 15 points in the loss.

Group C
Russia - Bulgaria 75-67
Russia gained the second win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to qualify into the Second Stage of the tournament. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) nailed 18 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Russia confidently opened the game. They posted a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at the interval 35:32. But Russia picked up the tempo in the third period. They unloaded 22 points and established a 9-point advantage before the fourth frame 57:48. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the fourth quarter and Russia never looked back again. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) netted 13 points, while Artem Komolov added 10 points for the winners. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Nikolay Grozev chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Israel - Spain 61-63
Spain wrapped up their preliminary round campaign at the U20 European Championship with a difficult victory over Israel. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 23 points to lead Spain. Spain improved at 3-1 record and finished second in Group C. Israel fell at 1-3 record and did not make it into the Second Stage of the tournament. They will now fight against relegation in the classification round. Spain seemed in control throughout the first half. They posted a 17:15 lead after ten minutes Spain boosted the lead to 5 points at halftime 34:29. But Israel came back into the contest in the third period. They held Spain to 9 points and cut the deficit to a single point 42:43 at the final break. Maayan gave Israel a 51:49 lead midway through the fourth frame. Daniel Diez stepped up for Spain in the crucial moment. He nailed five points to give them a 61:57 lead with 70 seconds remaining. Maayan answered with four points in a row to level things up at 61. But Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) converted a layup with 5 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win for Spain. He finished with 22 points for the winners. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) responded with 21 points for Israel. Or Solomon had 12 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Group D
France - Czech Republic 79-62
France registered the third win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Czech Republic to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Czech Republic suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament. France stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. Les Bleus posted a 19:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 23:33. But France stepped on the gas in the third term. They exploded with 23 points to ensure a 13-point buffer before the fourth period. Les Bleus stayed aggressive throughout the final frame and secured a comfortable win at the end. Livio Jean-Charles (203-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) netted 19 points for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) added 12 points for the winners. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Estonia - Italy 78-90
Italy finished their U20 European Championship preliminary round campaign with victory. They defeated hosting Estonia to occupy the second position in Group D ladder. Estonia finished fourth and failed to qualify for the Second Stage. Italy rallied to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded 31 points in the second frame to clear off to a 13-point halftime distance. Estonia slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts went on a 19:11 run to cut the deficit at 5-point mark before the fourth frame. But Italy unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) posted 20 points for Italy. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) added 16 points for the visitors. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) responded with game-high 24 points for Estonia. Mihkel Schleicher had 14 points in the loss.



Division B: Day 2 in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Romania - Slovakia 78-62
The hosts edged Slovakia in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Romania registered their first 78:62 win in Day 2. Slovakia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group A. Slovakia upset the hosts with the first 4 points in the game, but Romania won the first period 25:15. They added 22-13 rally in the second frame as Damian Andrei closed the half at 47:28. Slovakia reduced dramatically in the third period and cut it to 12 points with a minute to go in the quarter. Romania meanwhile made the final push in the last period and sealed the victory. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) stepped up with 21 points, while Filip Ioan collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Damian Andrei netted 11 and Movileanu Adrian brought 8. Cekovsky Michal finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) notched 12. Tot Oliver and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) produced 11 points each in a loss.

Hungary - Poland 53-80
Poland outscore Hungary for the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland grabbed an 80:53 victory for 2-0 record in Group A. Hungary fell at 1-1 record as they suffered their first loss. Both teams won their openers last night and hoped to improve their record. Poland started with 19-17 and added 24-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Poland dominated the second half as well and posted two comfortable victories. They won the third quarter 20-7 and finished the game with 17-14 run. Ponitka Mateusz paced all the winners with 18 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds. Matczak Filip netted 12, while Borowski Kacper added 10. Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) ended up with 11 points in a loss and Markovic Luka as well as Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 9 each. Polyak Laszlo finished the game with 7 points in a loss.

United Kingdom - Luxembourg 106-92
United Kingdom reached the second straight win in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. United Kingdom won over Luxembourg 106:92 in an offensive game. The game remained carousel. At first United Kingdom won the first period 33:18 and then the opponents replied with a 32-15 surge. United Kingdom again looked better in the third period and added 32-23 burst for 80:73 advantage. Moreover they needed a 26-19 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. Lewis Nick top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Devon Van Oostrum as well as Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) had 18 each. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) collected 17 points and 15 rebounds for them. Laurent Alex replied with 29 points and 11 boards in a loss, while Tom Welter (184-G-93) netted 22. Polfer Gilles poured in 20 and Melcher Bob notched 12.

Group B
Portugal - Belgium 68-70
Lecomte Emmanuel erupts for Belgium second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. He nailed 28 points as his team escaped with a 70:68 win over Portugal. The latter fell at 1-1 record in Group B. Portugal surprised the opponents with 25:15 lead in the first period. Portugal led 7 points at the halftime, but could not win the game. Belgium pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two narrow victories. They won the third period 13-9 and clinched a 24-19 run in the last stanza. Belgium led 7 points with 2 minutes to go, but was happy to win by 2 points. Maxime Pretto (192-SG-94) and Francois Xavier-Robert scored 11 points each as the latter also grabbed 15 rebounds. Mollekens Arno followed them with 9 points in a win. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) ended up with 16 points in a loss, while Joao Grosso (196-F-94) had 13. Cardoso Miguel and Bastos Pedro poured in 12 points each in defeat.

Holland - Finland 79-40
Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side overcame Finland 79:40 in Day 2 for a perfect record. The Finish team meanwhile lost their second consecutive game. Holland could not score for about two minutes of the game but then took control of the court and won all four quarters. Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) closed the first period at 18:9 and then Holland added 18-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Holland won the third period 23-10 and finished the game with 20-6 surge in the last stanza. Tonjann Torben stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Kevin Bleeker as well as Bouwknecht Maarten had 11 each. Schaftenaar Olaf followed them with 10 points. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the losing case and Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) netted 10. Caven Joonas brought 6 points in defeat.

Switzerland - Cyprus 57-66
Cyprus surprise Switzerland in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They posted a 66:57 win for 1-1 record. The Swiss side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Cyprus and Switzerland lost their openers last night and hoped to get the first W in their record. Cyprus won the first period 22:12 and added 17-15 for 12-point lead at the halftime. Switzerland recovered in the second half, but could not catch up with the opponents. Switzerland won the third period 14-11, while both teams scored 16 points each in the last stanza. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) paced all the winners with 24 points and Eleftheriou Rafael followed him with 17 points and 15 boards. Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Mantovani Roberto Alexander added 8 points and 11 boards. Ernest Basic (180-PG-93) finished the game with 15 points in defeat and Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lehmann Marco scored 8, while Mladjan Dusan chipped in with 7.



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2013 University Games: Finland pip Czech Republic on Sunday - by Eurobasket News

Finland-Czech Republic 70:52

Finland pip Czech Republic on Sunday at the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The Nordic side posted a 70:52 win over the opponents in one of the first games.
Finland took control of the game in the first period and enjoyed an early 20:9 lead. Czech Republic managed to reduce the gap to 6 points, however MOLENIUS Markus closed the half at 34:23. Again Czech Republic cut it to 39:38 midway through the third period, while Finland reached 15-point deficit at the end of 30 minutes. They also added 17-14 rally in the last quarter for the final result.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) stepped up with 19 points and Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) netted 13. Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) brought 8, whilst Lauri Toivonen (201-F-91) had 6. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) produced 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) and Viktor Cvek (200-C-89) delivered 9 each.

Finland: Roope Ahonen 19, Jesse Niemi 13, Mikael Sandberg 8, Lauri Toivonen 6
Czech Republic: Jiri Slavik 13, Adam Ciz 9, Viktor Cvek 9



U20 European Championship: Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20-Finland U20 79:40

Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side overcame Finland 79:40 in Day 2 for a perfect record. The Finish team meanwhile lost their second consecutive game.
Holland could not score for about two minutes of the game but then took control of the court and won all four quarters. Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) closed the first period at 18:9 and then Holland added 18-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Holland won the third period 23-10 and finished the game with 20-6 surge in the last stanza.
Torben Tonjann (203-C-94) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Kevin Bleeker as well as Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) had 11 each. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) followed them with 10 points. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the losing case and Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) netted 10. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) brought 6 points in defeat.

Holland U20: Torben Tonjann 18, Kevin Bleeker 11, Maarten Bouwknecht 11, Olaf Schaftenaar 10
Finland U20: Topias Palmi 17+12 rebs, Joonas Lehtoranta 10, Joonas Caven 6



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Cholet tab Lamayn Wilson - by Eurobasket News

Cholet have agreed on terms of contract with Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy). The deal is meant for one season. Lamayn Wilson started the previous season in Georgia. He played for Armia Tbilisi. He tallied 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in Superleague. The forward also delivered 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists per EuroChallenge appearance. Lamayn Wilson signed with Krasnie Krylia in March. His stats read 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in PBL. In VTB League the forward posted 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. He also tallied 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in EuroChallenge. Lamayn Wilson became the EuroChallenge champion with the Samara team. Recently Lamayn Wilson played for Arecibo in Puerto Rico. His stats read 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in BSN. Lamayn Wilson was named All-Czech Republic League Forward of the Year in 2012.


U20 European Championship: France hold off Czech Republic to win Group D - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Czech Republic U20 79:62

France registered the third win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Czech Republic to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Czech Republic suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament.
France stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. Les Bleus posted a 19:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 23:33. But France stepped on the gas in the third term. They exploded with 23 points to ensure a 13-point buffer before the fourth period. Les Bleus stayed aggressive throughout the final frame and secured a comfortable win at the end. Livio Jean-Charles (203-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) netted 19 points for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) added 12 points for the winners. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

France U20: Livio Jean-Charles 19, Hugo Invernizzi 19, Alexandre Chassang 12
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 22, Martin Kriz 14+10 boards



Chalons-Reims bring in John Turek - by Eurobasket News

Chalons-Reims strengthened their roster. They penned deal with John Turek (206-F/C-83, college: Nebraska). The centre spent the last season in Germany. He played for Ludwigsburg. John Turek notched 13.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in BBL. He earned All-German Bundesliga Honourable Mention. Previously John Turek played in Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. He was trumped All-Polish League Centre of the Year in 2012. The centre participated at the PLK All-Star Game in 2012. John Turek also made it into German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team in 2010. He was named into Belgian League All-Imports 2nd Team in 2008.


Gamble's pro career starts at St Vallier - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier Basket Drome (ProB) tabbed 24-year old American power forward Julian Gamble (208-113kg-89). He just graduated from University of Miami, Florida (NCAA). In 36 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.8bpg last season. He helped them to win ACC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-ACC Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Gamble is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: Serbia posts the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U20-Serbia U20 52:89

Serbia posts the initial win at the U20 European Championship. The Serbia side overcame Georgia 89:52 in the start of Day 5 in Tallinn. Georgia remained winless at the tournament.
Both teams entered the game without victories. Serbia won the opening period 21:16 and added massive 27-15 surge in the second frame. Serbia also looked better in the second half and dominated both periods. The Balkan side won the third period 20-7 and finished the game with 21-14 rally.
Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) added 14. Pavle Reljic (195-G-93) poured in 12, while Sasa Avramovic (194-PG-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10. Shota Gelazonia (205-C-94), Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) and Nika Ramishvili (182-G-94) netted 8 points each. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) and Levani Grdzelidze (185-SG-94) brought 6 points each.

Georgia U20: Shota Gelazonia 8, Valeri Kvantaliani 8, Nika Ramishvili 8, Revaz Rogava 6, Levani Grdzelidze 6
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 16, Nemanja Krstic 14, Pavle Reljic 12, Sasa Avramovic 10



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Cam Long Joins ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Beko BBL lost two players to French pro A team Le Mans in the last weeks, but today the higest German basketball league got a player from Le Mans with Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) who will suit up for ratiopharm Ulm. Long is a 24 year old 193 cm guard and last season for Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA) played 33 games: 11.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 75.9%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 66.7%: EuroCup: 6 games: 9.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 44.4%. "We wanted to get a versatile athletic player that can give us important impulses on both ends of the court and still hasnt reached the end of his development. We got exactly that player with Cam Long", stressed ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath.

Long started his basketball career in 2007 for George Mason (NCAA) and in hiss enior year played 34 games: 15.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 75.0%. He played a total of 132 NCAA games for George Mason. Before starting his professional career, Long played at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spgIn 2011-2012, he started his professional basketball career playing for BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Baltic League: 22 games: 11.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.4%; Lithuanian League: 29 games: 13.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2 (2.1spg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 81.9%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been CAA Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 09, CAA Tournament Winner -08, All-CAA 3rd Team -09, CAA Tournament Finalist -09, All-CAA 2nd Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team -10, 11, CAA Regular Season Champion -11, CAA Tournament Semifinals -11, All-CAA 1st Team -11, CAA All-Tournament Team -11
Baltic League Elite Division Regular Season Champion -12, Baltic League Semifinals -12, Lithuanian League All-Star Game -12, Lithuanian League Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Defensive Team -12, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Newcomers Team -12, and French Leaders Cup Semifinals -13.

Source: ratiopharm Ulm



Kirchheim Knights swoop for Bryan Smithson - by Moritz Korff

Bryan Smithson (183-PG-85, college: NC-Asheville) has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the Kirchheim Knights of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. The Knights were not put off by the fact that Smithson has not played a full season of team basketball since leaving college more than five years ago.

"At first we were unsure if he would physically be able to keep up in the Pro A. We had our doubts especially due to his longterm knee injury", sport director Karl-Wilhelm Lenger said. "But we were thrilled that Bryan came to Germany on his own account to convince us. And he passed with flying colors. He even stopped guards who were physically stronger than him and beat them in offense."

The Kennesaw, Georgia native played for Middle Tennessee State and UNC Asheville during his NCAA career and left school in 2008. In January 2009 he joined KK Siroki Eronet of Bosnia for a short stint and is now set to make his comeback in Kirchheim.



2013 University Games: Germany smashes Mongolia in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Mongolia 101:68

Germany smashes Mongolia in Kazan at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The German side left no chances for the opponents in a 101:68 win.
The victory was not actually that easy for the European team. Mongolia looked better in the first period and grabbed 20:18 lead. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) scored for 26:21 early in the second frame. But then Germany took control of the game. They won the second frame 31-18 and added 28-15 surge in the third period. Moreover German finished the game with 24-15 to seal the victory.
Florian Koch (197-SF-92) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Dennis Kramer (211-F-92) nailed 14. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) netted 13, while Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) scored 12 and Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) posted 11. Sanchir Tungalag finished the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) chipped in with 17. Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) brought 12 points in a loss.

Germany: Florian Koch 16, Dennis Kramer 14, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13, Anthony Canty 12, Konstantin Klein 11
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 27+11 rebs, Azbayar Tserendagva 17, Bilguun Battuvshin 12



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U20 European Championship: Greece wins Group A in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20-Greece U20 74:77

Greece wins Group A in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The Greek side won over Lithuania 77:74 in the top game of the group. The Baltic suffered their first loss and finished the group with 3-1 record on the second place.
Both teams came to the derby undefeated. Greece started with 19-9 lead and added 20-18 rally before the halftime. Lithuania however erupted with 28-10 surge in the third period. At first Lthuania shocked the opponents with an 18-0 run and enjoyed a 48:45 midway through the period. Later Simonas Lekys (182-G-93) nailed three for 55:47 at the end of the frame. Greece meanwhile was too far to give up and trailing 51:57 came up with a 14-0 run to take 66:57 lead. Greece managed to keep the victory as Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM)made 4 free throws at the end of the game.
Giannoulis Larentzakis stepped up with 27 points and Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) delivered 19. Petros Melissaratos (206-C-93) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) had 9. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) answered with 18 points in the losing case, while Tauras Jogela (202-PF-93) notched 15. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) brought 7 and Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) as well as Simonas Lekys had 6 each.

Lithuania U20: Martynas Paliukenas 18, Tauras Jogela 15, Vaidas Kariniauskas 7, Zygimantas Riauka 6, Simonas Lekys 6
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 27, Ioannis Papapetrou 19, Petros Melissaratos 10+10 rebs, Eleftherios Bochoridis 9



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U20 European Championship: Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20-Finland U20 79:40

Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side overcame Finland 79:40 in Day 2 for a perfect record. The Finish team meanwhile lost their second consecutive game.
Holland could not score for about two minutes of the game but then took control of the court and won all four quarters. Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) closed the first period at 18:9 and then Holland added 18-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Holland won the third period 23-10 and finished the game with 20-6 surge in the last stanza.
Torben Tonjann (203-C-94) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Kevin Bleeker as well as Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) had 11 each. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) followed them with 10 points. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the losing case and Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) netted 10. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) brought 6 points in defeat.

Holland U20: Torben Tonjann 18, Kevin Bleeker 11, Maarten Bouwknecht 11, Olaf Schaftenaar 10
Finland U20: Topias Palmi 17+12 rebs, Joonas Lehtoranta 10, Joonas Caven 6



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U18 EC preparation games - by Balazs Radics

Czeh Republic U18 - Hungary U18 83-80 (21-20, 19-22, 25-21, 18-17)
HUN: Illes 8/6, Hodi 3/3, Ban 13/9, Perl 7, Bazso 10/6, Brenner 11, Velkey 7/3, Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) 14, Boinitzer -, Benke 2, Kosa 3/3, Fulop 2.
Czeh Republic U18 - Hungary U18 87-56 (26-20, 22-10, 18-16, 21-10)
HUN:: Illes 3/3, Ban -, Bazso 6, Hodi 3/3, Vagvolgyi 4, Brenner 7, Velkey 3/3, Gyorgy Goloman 12, Boinitzer 11, Benke 5, Kosa -, Fulop 2.

EC program:
07.18. 18.45: HUN-MKO
07.19. 18.45: DEN -HUN
07.20. 12.00: HUN-POL
07.21. 21.00: FIN-HUN
07.24-28.: CLASSIFICATION



U20 European Championship: Poland outscore Hungary for the second win - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Poland U20 53:80

Poland outscore Hungary for the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland grabbed an 80:53 victory for 2-0 record in Group A. Hungary fell at 1-1 record as they suffered their first loss.
Both teams won their openers last night and hoped to improve their record. Poland started with 19-17 and added 24-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Poland dominated the second half as well and posted two comfortable victories. They won the third quarter 20-7 and finished the game with 17-14 run.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) paced all the winners with 18 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds. Filip Matczak (186-PG-93) netted 12, while Kacper Borowski (205-F/C-94) added 10. Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) ended up with 11 points in a loss and Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) as well as Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 9 each. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) finished the game with 7 points in a loss.

Hungary U20: Rosco Allen 11, Luka Markovic 9, Adam Kovacs 9, Laszlo Polyak 7
Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 18, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13+12 rebs, Filip Matczak 12, Kacper Borowski 10



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William Jones Cup: Iran hold off Taiwan to win the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Taiwan 72:67

Iran clinched the William Jones Cup title. They knocked down Taiwan and secured the top position with one round left to play. Iran improved at 7-0 record in the ladder. Taiwan fell at 4-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Iran and Taiwan were knotted at 17 after ten minutes. Iran pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a 36:32 halftime lead. Iran boosted the gap in the third term. The visitors fired 23 points and accumulated a 16-point buffer before the final frame. Taiwan went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Iran. Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) added 14 points, while Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) and Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 11 points each in the win. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) and Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) netted 12 points apiece in the defeat.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 17+11 boards, Oshin Sahakian 14, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 11, Hamed Afagh 11
Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 12, Davis Quincy 12



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  ISRAEL   


U20 European Championship: Spain just avoid embarrassment against Israel - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Israel U20 63:61

Spain wrapped up their preliminary round campaign at the U20 European Championship with a difficult victory over Israel. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 23 points to lead Spain. Spain improved at 3-1 record and finished second in Group C. Israel fell at 1-3 record and did not make it into the Second Stage of the tournament. They will now fight against relegation in the classification round.
Spain seemed in control throughout the first half. They posted a 17:15 lead after ten minutes Spain boosted the lead to 5 points at halftime 34:29. But Israel came back into the contest in the third period. They held Spain to 9 points and cut the deficit to a single point 42:43 at the final break. Maayan gave Israel a 51:49 lead midway through the fourth frame. Daniel Diez stepped up for Spain in the crucial moment. He nailed five points to give them a 61:57 lead with 70 seconds remaining. Maayan answered with four points in a row to level things up at 61. But Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) converted a layup with 5 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win for Spain. He finished with 22 points for the winners. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) responded with 21 points for Israel. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) had 12 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 23, Jaime Fernandez 22, Lluis Costa (186-PG-93) 8
Israel U20: Egor Koulechov 21, Or Solomon 12+12 boards



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  ITALY   


U20 European Championship: Italy edge Estonia to clinch second position in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Italy U20 78:90

Italy finished their U20 European Championship preliminary round campaign with victory. They defeated hosting Estonia to occupy the second position in Group D ladder. Estonia finished fourth and failed to qualify for the Second Stage.
Italy rallied to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded 31 points in the second frame to clear off to a 13-point halftime distance. Estonia slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts went on a 19:11 run to cut the deficit at 5-point mark before the fourth frame. But Italy unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) posted 20 points for Italy. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) added 16 points for the visitors. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) responded with game-high 24 points for Estonia. Mihkel Schleicher (205-C-93) had 14 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Rait-Riivo Laane 24, Mihkel Schleicher 14
Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 20, Matteo Imbro 16, Matteo Chillo (200-PF-93) 14



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  JAPAN   


William Jones Cup: Jimmy Baxter carries Jordan past Japan - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Japan 74:65

Jordan clinched the third victory at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Japan behind 19 points from Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida). Japan suffered the seventh straight defeat in Taipei.
Jordan and Japan stayed close throughout the first half. Jordan eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Jordan ensured a 35:34 halftime lead. Japan denied the deficit in the third period. They leveled things up at 56 heading into the fourth frame. But Jordan used an 18:9 run in the final quarter to win the game. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) posted 10 points, while Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) added 9 points in the victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 28 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 10, Fadel Al-Najjar 9
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 28, Kosuke Takeuchi 13



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  JORDAN   


William Jones Cup: Jimmy Baxter carries Jordan past Japan - by Eurobasket News

Jordan - Japan 74:65

Jordan clinched the third victory at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Japan behind 19 points from Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida). Japan suffered the seventh straight defeat in Taipei.
Jordan and Japan stayed close throughout the first half. Jordan eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Jordan ensured a 35:34 halftime lead. Japan denied the deficit in the third period. They leveled things up at 56 heading into the fourth frame. But Jordan used an 18:9 run in the final quarter to win the game. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) posted 10 points, while Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) added 9 points in the victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 28 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 10, Fadel Al-Najjar 9
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 28, Kosuke Takeuchi 13



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  LEBANON   


William Jones Cup: USA breeze past Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

USA - Lebanon 109:66

The USA claimed the fourth victory at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. They stormed past Lebanon to improve at 4-3 record. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) nailed 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Lebanon fell at 2-5 record at the tournament.
The USA grabbed the initiative early in the game. They exploded with 28 points in the opening frame to take a 19-point lead. The USA stretched the gap in the second quarter. They piled up a 52:28 halftime lead. The USA kept Lebanon at distance throughout the third term. The North American team ensured a comfortable 77:46 advantage before the fourth term. The USA exploded with 32 points in the final stanza and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Haywood Owens (6'9''-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) nailed 18 points, while Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 16 points in the victory. Amir Saoud (6'2''-G-91) responded with 21 points for Lebanon. Tarek Ammoury (6'5''-G, college: Marymount) and Ali Haidar (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) had 14 points each in the loss.

USA: Eric Hicks 23, Haywood Owens 18, Jermaine Dailey 16
Lebanon: Amir Saoud 21, Tarek Ammoury 14, Ali Haidar 14



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   


Carmelo Cortez, re-elected president of Venezuela Basketball Federation - by Wolfgang Lucena

Professor Carmelo Cortez has been re-elected president of the Venezuela Basketball federation for the period 2013-2017.
The basketball in Venezuela has been moving forward since the year of 1994 when Professor Cortez took over as president of Venezuela Basketball Federation.

Recently Carmelo Cortez brought for his South America hometown, two of the most important FIBA basketball tournament such the 2012 Olympic qualification tournament and the upcoming 2013 World Cup Championship tournament where Venezuela will be looking to earn one of the available spots toward the 2014 World Cup to be held in Spain.

Congratulation president!!



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  LITHUANIA   


U20 European Championship: Greece wins Group A in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20-Greece U20 74:77

Greece wins Group A in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The Greek side won over Lithuania 77:74 in the top game of the group. The Baltic suffered their first loss and finished the group with 3-1 record on the second place.
Both teams came to the derby undefeated. Greece started with 19-9 lead and added 20-18 rally before the halftime. Lithuania however erupted with 28-10 surge in the third period. At first Lthuania shocked the opponents with an 18-0 run and enjoyed a 48:45 midway through the period. Later Simonas Lekys (182-G-93) nailed three for 55:47 at the end of the frame. Greece meanwhile was too far to give up and trailing 51:57 came up with a 14-0 run to take 66:57 lead. Greece managed to keep the victory as Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM)made 4 free throws at the end of the game.
Giannoulis Larentzakis stepped up with 27 points and Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) delivered 19. Petros Melissaratos (206-C-93) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) had 9. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) answered with 18 points in the losing case, while Tauras Jogela (202-PF-93) notched 15. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) brought 7 and Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) as well as Simonas Lekys had 6 each.

Lithuania U20: Martynas Paliukenas 18, Tauras Jogela 15, Vaidas Kariniauskas 7, Zygimantas Riauka 6, Simonas Lekys 6
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 27, Ioannis Papapetrou 19, Petros Melissaratos 10+10 rebs, Eleftherios Bochoridis 9



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  LUXEMBOURG   


U20 European Championship: United Kingdom reached the second straight win in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Luxembourg U20 106:92

United Kingdom reached the second straight win in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. United Kingdom won over Luxembourg 106:92 in an offensive game.
The game remained carousel. At first United Kingdom won the first period 33:18 and then the opponents replied with a 32-15 surge. United Kingdom again looked better in the third period and added 32-23 burst for 80:73 advantage. Moreover they needed a 26-19 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Nick Lewis (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) as well as Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) had 18 each. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) collected 17 points and 15 rebounds for them. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) replied with 29 points and 11 boards in a loss, while Tom Welter (184-G-93) netted 22. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) poured in 20 and Bob Melcher (189-G-94) notched 12.

United Kingdom U20: Nick Lewis 23, Devon Van Oostrum 18, Joe Hart 18, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 17+15 rebs
Luxembourg U20: Alex Laurent 29+11 rebs, Tom Welter 22, Gilles Polfer 20, Bob Melcher 12



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  MONGOLIA   


2013 University Games: Germany smashes Mongolia in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Mongolia 101:68

Germany smashes Mongolia in Kazan at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The German side left no chances for the opponents in a 101:68 win.
The victory was not actually that easy for the European team. Mongolia looked better in the first period and grabbed 20:18 lead. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) scored for 26:21 early in the second frame. But then Germany took control of the game. They won the second frame 31-18 and added 28-15 surge in the third period. Moreover German finished the game with 24-15 to seal the victory.
Florian Koch (197-SF-92) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Dennis Kramer (211-F-92) nailed 14. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) netted 13, while Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) scored 12 and Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) posted 11. Sanchir Tungalag finished the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) chipped in with 17. Bilguun Battuvshin (197-F-89) brought 12 points in a loss.

Germany: Florian Koch 16, Dennis Kramer 14, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13, Anthony Canty 12, Konstantin Klein 11
Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 27+11 rebs, Azbayar Tserendagva 17, Bilguun Battuvshin 12



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  MONTENEGRO   


U20 European Championship: Turkey race past Montenegro to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Montenegro U20 84:71

Turkey claimed the third victory in the U20 European Championship in Tallinn today. They knocked down Montenegro to win preliminary round Group B. Montenegro suffered the first defeat at the tournament and finished second. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) nailed 21 points to lead the winning side.
Turkey stormed into the game. They unloaded 24 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Turkey dominated throughout the second stanza. They held their opponents to 10 points in the period building a 49:26 halftime lead. Montenegro tuned in the third quarter. The Balkan team slowly adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit by three points. Montenegro fired 23 points in the fourth frame but it was not enough to revive the intrigue in this one. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) chipped in 13 points, while Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) had 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 25 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) had 15 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Tayfun Erulku 21, Ramazan Tekin 13, Erbil Eroglu 12
Montenegro U20: Vukota Pavic 25, Marko Mugosa 15



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  NBA   


Lakers tab 26-year old Wesley Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Lakers tab 26-year old Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F/G-87, college: Syracuse) for the next season. He played last time at Phoenix Suns. In 50 games he averaged 8.0ppg and 2.5rpg last season. Johnson also spent pre-season at the Timberwolves that year. In 2011-2012 he played for Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and showed 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 70.6%.In 2012 July Wesley participated ta the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Minnesota Timberwolves). In 4 games he had high 20.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg. Three years ago Minnesota Timberwolves selected him as fourth overall pick in NBA draft. Wesley Johnson attended Syracuse University until 2010 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Big East Regular Season in 2010. Johnson was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Rookie Team in 2011.



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  NCAA1   


William Jones Cup: USA breeze past Lebanon - by Eurobasket News

USA - Lebanon 109:66

The USA claimed the fourth victory at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. They stormed past Lebanon to improve at 4-3 record. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) nailed 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Lebanon fell at 2-5 record at the tournament.
The USA grabbed the initiative early in the game. They exploded with 28 points in the opening frame to take a 19-point lead. The USA stretched the gap in the second quarter. They piled up a 52:28 halftime lead. The USA kept Lebanon at distance throughout the third term. The North American team ensured a comfortable 77:46 advantage before the fourth term. The USA exploded with 32 points in the final stanza and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Haywood Owens (6'9''-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) nailed 18 points, while Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 16 points in the victory. Amir Saoud (6'2''-G-91) responded with 21 points for Lebanon. Tarek Ammoury (6'5''-G, college: Marymount) and Ali Haidar (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) had 14 points each in the loss.

USA: Eric Hicks 23, Haywood Owens 18, Jermaine Dailey 16
Lebanon: Amir Saoud 21, Tarek Ammoury 14, Ali Haidar 14



2013 University Games: USA rout Norway at the start of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

USA-Norway 91:51

USA rout Norway at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. USA posted a comfortable 91:51 win on Sunday morning.
USA opened the game with a 17-15 run and then pushed the tempo in the rest of the game. The favorites needed a 26-10 surge to take 43:25 halftime advantage. Moreover USA posted 21-15 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with massive 27-11 burst.
SHEEHEY William paced all the winners with 16 points and Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) as well as Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) delivered 11 each. Tyler Haws (6'5''-G-91) and Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-G-93) finished the game with 9 points each in win. Roy Nwachukwu (6'5''-F-90, college: Seminole St.CC) answered with 10 points in the losing effort. OSTBYE Nicolay and Stian Mjos (6'0''-PG-89) followed him with 8 points apiece.

USA: SHEEHEY William 16, Cory Jefferson 11, Aaron White 11, Tyler Haws 9, Spencer Dinwiddie 9
Norway: Roy Nwachukwu 10, OSTBYE Nicolay 8, Stian Mjos 8



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Pace, Nelson G.23.0 
 2. Conklin, Southland22.5 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.21.3 
 4. Jones, Hub Jets20.9 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.20.9 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.20.3 
 7. Greene, HBS B.19.5 
 8. Anthony, OceanaGo.19.4 
 9. Hagan, Hub Jets19.0 
 10. Braswell, Southla.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.6 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets14.1 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.5 
 4. Greene, HBS B.9.4 
 5. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.1 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.9.0 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.8.4 
 8. Abrams, Taranaki.8.3 
 9. Bailey, Super C.8.2 
 10. Pace, Nelson G.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mark DICKEL
  OceanaGo.
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.8 
 2. Tait, Wellington S.7.7 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets7.1 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.2 
 5. Webster, Waika.4.4 
 6. Martin, Southlan.4.3 
 7. Buck, Super City R.4.2 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.4.1 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.7 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets2.9 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.4 
 4. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 5. Martin, Southlan.2.1 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 7. O''Riley, Super C.2.0 
 8. Webster, Waika.2.0 
 9. Buck, Super City R.2.0 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.0 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.2.1 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.6 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.5 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.1 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.1 
 8. Trousdell, Wellin.0.9 
 9. Prewster, HBS B.0.8 
 10. Cohadarevic, HBS0.7 



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. D.Warriors 17-7 
 2. Union Bank 16-7 
 3. Islanders 15-9 
 4. Oluyole W. 12-12 
 5. Royal Hoopers 11-9 
 6. Comets 8-16 
 7. Customs 7-15 
 8. Police Baton 5-16 
Savannah Conference
 1. Kano Pillars 23-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 18-4 
 3. Plateau Peaks 14-9 
 4. Niger Potters 12-11 
 5. Bauchi Nets 10-13 
 6. Kada Stars 8-15 
 7. Immigration 5-18 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 1-22 

Regular Season: Round 23

Atlantic

Jul. 11: D.Warriors - Oluyole W. 70-58
Jul. 11: Union Bank - Police Baton 58-70
Jul. 12: Comets - Islanders 57-70
Jul. 12: D.Warriors - Oluyole W. 57-63
Jul. 11: Comets - Islanders 49-52

Savannah

Jul. 13: Bauchi Nets - Plateau Peaks 88-86
Jul. 13: Niger Potters - Kada Stars 71-66
Jul. 13: Kano Pillars - Mark Mentors 67-46
Jul. 13: Yelwa Hawks - Immigration 63-71

Regular Season: Round 24

Atlantic

Jul. 12: Union Bank - Police Baton
Jul. 13: Royal Hoopers - Customs
Jul. 14: Royal Hoopers - Customs

Savannah

Jul. 14: Kano Pillars - Mark Mentors
Jul. 14: Niger Potters - Kada Stars
Jul. 14: Bauchi Nets - Plateau Peaks
Jul. 14: Yelwa Hawks - Immigration


BWB returns to South Africa, with Nigeria Ujiri as director - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The 2013 edition of the Basketball Without Border an initiative of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will this summer stage a return to Johannesburg, South Africa from August 29 through September 1 for the tenth time out of the eleven edition of the annual global youth camp.

The camp that brings together 60 of the top young players 18 and under from across Africa, will be co-hosted by the King Edward VII School and St. Johns College in Johannesburg, South Africa and will feature NBA Global Ambassador and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and fellow DRC native Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats); Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng (South Sudan) and Joakim Noah; Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), and Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Serge Ibaka (Congo), Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania) as camp coaches.

"We are very excited to be welcoming such a terrific contingent of NBA legends, players and coaches to South Africa for the 11th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa said Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President, Development Africa. The best young basketball players from across the continent will have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the games most inspiring players and coaches. In addition to working on their basketball fundamentals, the young players will participate in life-skills seminars while also having a chance to forge new friendships on and off the court which will last well beyond this camp.

"As the Ministry of Sport we welcome back the Basketball without Borders Africa camp to South Africa. We are encouraged by the role it plays in developing and unleashing the potential of our youth and pride ourselves in this initiative, said Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport & Recreation South Africa.

"The NBA has shown a sincere commitment to social responsibility and basketball development globally. Basketball as a sport plays a significant role in our National Sport and Recreation Plan and we look forward to welcoming the NBA and the best young talent from around the continent, the minister concluded.

As part of the daily camp schedule, participants will also take part in life-skills seminars in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope and UNICEF on a range of topics such as leadership, character development, gender equity and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.

Through NBA Cares, the NBA players and coaches will also take part in extensive community outreach efforts in communities in the Johannesburg locality. The NBA has helped create over 30 places to live, learn or play in Africa, including technology centres, libraries, youth hostels, dining facilities, health clinics, homes and basketball courts.

Defensive specialist Sefolosha is a regular visitor to South Africa, the country of his descent, where he helps facilitate a year-round after school basketball program in the Mamelodi Township near Pretoria.

Ibaka, meanwhile, will first travel to Angola before descending on his native Congo where he will host clinics in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, prior to BWB. Ibaka will be making his second consecutive appearance at BWB Africa.

Deng who is making his third BWB Africa appearance, will also spend an extended period of time on the African continent this summer, travelling to Ghana before joining Ibaka in Angola for a series of NBA clinics.

The roster of NBA players is completed by three NBA All-Stars all making their first appearances at BWB Africa; the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), joins Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), whose grandfather hails from the Cameroon.

The coaching staff at BWB Africa 2013 is comprised of assistant coaches BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets), Monty Williams (New Orleans Pelicans) and former NBA head coaches Lionel Hollins and Nate McMillan. Athletic trainer Casey Smith (Dallas Mavericks) round out the coaching staff. Toronto Raptors General Manager and Nigerian native Masai Ujiri returns as Camp Director.

Since the inaugural Africa 100 Camp in 2003, over 130 NBA and WNBA players, NBA team personnel and more than 1000 youth aged 18 and under have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar (2010), with six participants having made the transition to the NBA. Most recently, Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 BWB Africa camp, was selected with the 21st pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz (subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves).

The NBA has a long history on the African continent, opening its first office in Africa in 2010, and appointing Amadou Gallo Fall as Vice President for Development. For the 2012-13 NBA season, NBA rosters counted seven players from Africa.

Prior to BWB Africa, BWB Americas will make a return trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina from July 25 28, while BWB Europe will be take place in Portugal for the first time when the camp visits Almada from August 15 18.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.

Basketball without Borders not only provides top level basketball instruction, but also teaches characteristics that are key to success in life such as hard work, dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, said Lynn Merritt, Vice President, Global Basketball Sports Marketing, Nike. We are proud to continue to work with the NBA and FIBA who share our commitment to developing talent around the world.

Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries. More than 140 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches to act as mentors for more than 1,900 campers from just over 100 countries, with 27 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.



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2013 University Games: USA rout Norway at the start of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

USA-Norway 91:51

USA rout Norway at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. USA posted a comfortable 91:51 win on Sunday morning.
USA opened the game with a 17-15 run and then pushed the tempo in the rest of the game. The favorites needed a 26-10 surge to take 43:25 halftime advantage. Moreover USA posted 21-15 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with massive 27-11 burst.
SHEEHEY William paced all the winners with 16 points and Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) as well as Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) delivered 11 each. Tyler Haws (6'5''-G-91) and Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-G-93) finished the game with 9 points each in win. Roy Nwachukwu (6'5''-F-90, college: Seminole St.CC) answered with 10 points in the losing effort. OSTBYE Nicolay and Stian Mjos (6'0''-PG-89) followed him with 8 points apiece.

USA: SHEEHEY William 16, Cory Jefferson 11, Aaron White 11, Tyler Haws 9, Spencer Dinwiddie 9
Norway: Roy Nwachukwu 10, OSTBYE Nicolay 8, Stian Mjos 8



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Standings - Men

PBBA Standings
Solidarity Championship
 1. Sarriyet 3-0 
 2. Orthodox Bth 2-1 
 3. Ibdaa D. 1-2 
 4. Orthodox BJ 0-3 
Stage 2
 1. Al Ahli J. 5-0 
 2. De La Salle B. 2-2 
 3. Ebal 1-3 
 4. Rameen 0-3 
 5. Al Fara 0-3 
Places 10-17
 1. Al Sileh AlH. 3-3 
 2. Islami B. 3-3 
 3. Al Quds J. 2-4 
 4. Samaritan YC 2-4 
 5. Shabab Nablus 1-5 
 6. Terrasanta BH 1-5 
 7. Catholic A. 0-6 
 8. Jaffna 0-6 



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  POLAND   


U20 European Championship: Poland outscore Hungary for the second win - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Poland U20 53:80

Poland outscore Hungary for the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland grabbed an 80:53 victory for 2-0 record in Group A. Hungary fell at 1-1 record as they suffered their first loss.
Both teams won their openers last night and hoped to improve their record. Poland started with 19-17 and added 24-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Poland dominated the second half as well and posted two comfortable victories. They won the third quarter 20-7 and finished the game with 17-14 run.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) paced all the winners with 18 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds. Filip Matczak (186-PG-93) netted 12, while Kacper Borowski (205-F/C-94) added 10. Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) ended up with 11 points in a loss and Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) as well as Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 9 each. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) finished the game with 7 points in a loss.

Hungary U20: Rosco Allen 11, Luka Markovic 9, Adam Kovacs 9, Laszlo Polyak 7
Poland U20: Mateusz Ponitka 18, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13+12 rebs, Filip Matczak 12, Kacper Borowski 10



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  PORTUGAL   


U20 European Championship: Lecomte Emmanuel erupts for Belgium second win - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Belgium U20 68:70

Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) erupts for Belgium second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. He nailed 28 points as his team escaped with a 70:68 win over Portugal. The latter fell at 1-1 record in Group B.
Portugal surprised the opponents with 25:15 lead in the first period. Portugal led 7 points at the halftime, but could not win the game. Belgium pushed the tempo for good in the second half and posted two narrow victories. They won the third period 13-9 and clinched a 24-19 run in the last stanza. Belgium led 7 points with 2 minutes to go, but was happy to win by 2 points.
Maxime Pretto (192-SG-94) and Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) scored 11 points each as the latter also grabbed 15 rebounds. Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) followed them with 9 points in a win. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) ended up with 16 points in a loss, while Joao Grosso (196-F-94) had 13. Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) and Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) poured in 12 points each in defeat.

Portugal U20: Artur Castela 16, Joao Grosso 13, Miguel Cardoso 12, Pedro Bastos 12
Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 28, Maxime Pretto 11, Xavier-Robert Francois 11+15 rebs, Arno Mollekens 9



Portugal edge Austria in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Austria 78:61

Portugal and Austria played the first out of two exhibition clashes in Galitos. The hosts claimed the victory. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) came up with 18 points to pace the hosts.
Portugal bombarded Austria from beyond the arc in the opening quarter and recorded a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stretched the gap at 14-point mark in the second frame 40:26. Portugal maintained the lead throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 13 points 61:48. Austria could not recover in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) and Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with 13 points for Austria. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) had 11 points in the loss.

Portugal: Joao Gomes 18, Joao Balseiro 11, Carlos Andrade 11
Austria: Davor Lamesic 13, Jason Detrick 11



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Harris, Ponce20.2 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.3 
 5. Carmona, Caner.18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Lisch, Quebradillas16.5 
 10. Balkman, Guayama16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.7 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 5. Mata, Quebradillas8.7 
 6. Phillip, San German8.6 
 7. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 8. Balkman, Guayama8.6 
 9. Diogu, Ponce8.5 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.3 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.2 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Rivera, Ponce4.5 
 8. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.8 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas1.6 
 4. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.7 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 9. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Leones take a 2-1 lead - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce defeated Cangrejeros de Santurce 86-82 to take a 2-1 series lead. They continue Sunday in Santurce.

Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) scored 29 points, Romel Beck 19 and Mike Harris 16 with 14 boards for Ponce. The team shot 50% from the field, 57% from three and 87% from the free-throw line.

The first quarter was all Ponce as Romel Beck netted 11 points to give his team a 25-17 lead. The hosts stayed on top at halftime 43-38.

Santurce reacted in the third quarter, taking a 51-49 lead after baskets by Alex Galindo. Ponce responded quickly with an 8-0 run led by their imports and Carlos Rivera and ended the quarter up 59-56.

The game stayed close in the final minutes and four free-throws by Harris sealed the game. The last free-throw attempts by Harris were with 8.9 seconds left.

Galindo scored 23 points while Ricky Sanchez and David Jackson added 18 each.

The semifinals continue today as Brujos de Guayama visits Piratas de Quebradillas, the series is tied 1-1.



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  ROMANIA   


U20 European Championship: The hosts edged Slovakia in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Slovakia U20 78:62

The hosts edged Slovakia in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Romania registered their first 78:62 win in Day 2. Slovakia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group A.
Slovakia upset the hosts with the first 4 points in the game, but Romania won the first period 25:15. They added 22-13 rally in the second frame as Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) closed the half at 47:28. Slovakia reduced dramatically in the third period and cut it to 12 points with a minute to go in the quarter. Romania meanwhile made the final push in the last period and sealed the victory.
Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) stepped up with 21 points, while Ioan Filip (200-F-93) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Andrei Damian netted 11 and Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) brought 8. Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) notched 12. Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) produced 11 points each in a loss.

Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 21, Ioan Filip 14+11 rebs, Andrei Damian 11, Adrian Movileanu 8
Slovakia U20: Michal Cekovsky 13, Viktor Juricek 12, Oliver Tot 11, Vladimir Brodziansky 11



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  RUSSIA   


U20 European Championship: Russia beat Bulgaria to claim third position in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Bulgaria U20 75:67

Russia gained the second win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to qualify into the Second Stage of the tournament. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) nailed 18 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record after the defeat.
Russia confidently opened the game. They posted a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at the interval 35:32. But Russia picked up the tempo in the third period. They unloaded 22 points and established a 9-point advantage before the fourth frame 57:48. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the fourth quarter and Russia never looked back again. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) netted 13 points, while Artem Komolov (195-SG-93) added 10 points for the winners. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Nikolay Grozev (199-SF-94) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 18, Andrey Loginov 13, Artem Komolov 10
Bulgaria U20: Dimitar Dimitrov 20, Nikolay Grozev 13



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  SENEGAL   


BWB returns to South Africa, with Nigeria Ujiri as director - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The 2013 edition of the Basketball Without Border an initiative of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will this summer stage a return to Johannesburg, South Africa from August 29 through September 1 for the tenth time out of the eleven edition of the annual global youth camp.

The camp that brings together 60 of the top young players 18 and under from across Africa, will be co-hosted by the King Edward VII School and St. Johns College in Johannesburg, South Africa and will feature NBA Global Ambassador and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and fellow DRC native Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats); Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng (South Sudan) and Joakim Noah; Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), and Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Serge Ibaka (Congo), Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania) as camp coaches.

"We are very excited to be welcoming such a terrific contingent of NBA legends, players and coaches to South Africa for the 11th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa said Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President, Development Africa. The best young basketball players from across the continent will have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the games most inspiring players and coaches. In addition to working on their basketball fundamentals, the young players will participate in life-skills seminars while also having a chance to forge new friendships on and off the court which will last well beyond this camp.

"As the Ministry of Sport we welcome back the Basketball without Borders Africa camp to South Africa. We are encouraged by the role it plays in developing and unleashing the potential of our youth and pride ourselves in this initiative, said Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport & Recreation South Africa.

"The NBA has shown a sincere commitment to social responsibility and basketball development globally. Basketball as a sport plays a significant role in our National Sport and Recreation Plan and we look forward to welcoming the NBA and the best young talent from around the continent, the minister concluded.

As part of the daily camp schedule, participants will also take part in life-skills seminars in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope and UNICEF on a range of topics such as leadership, character development, gender equity and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.

Through NBA Cares, the NBA players and coaches will also take part in extensive community outreach efforts in communities in the Johannesburg locality. The NBA has helped create over 30 places to live, learn or play in Africa, including technology centres, libraries, youth hostels, dining facilities, health clinics, homes and basketball courts.

Defensive specialist Sefolosha is a regular visitor to South Africa, the country of his descent, where he helps facilitate a year-round after school basketball program in the Mamelodi Township near Pretoria.

Ibaka, meanwhile, will first travel to Angola before descending on his native Congo where he will host clinics in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, prior to BWB. Ibaka will be making his second consecutive appearance at BWB Africa.

Deng who is making his third BWB Africa appearance, will also spend an extended period of time on the African continent this summer, travelling to Ghana before joining Ibaka in Angola for a series of NBA clinics.

The roster of NBA players is completed by three NBA All-Stars all making their first appearances at BWB Africa; the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), joins Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), whose grandfather hails from the Cameroon.

The coaching staff at BWB Africa 2013 is comprised of assistant coaches BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets), Monty Williams (New Orleans Pelicans) and former NBA head coaches Lionel Hollins and Nate McMillan. Athletic trainer Casey Smith (Dallas Mavericks) round out the coaching staff. Toronto Raptors General Manager and Nigerian native Masai Ujiri returns as Camp Director.

Since the inaugural Africa 100 Camp in 2003, over 130 NBA and WNBA players, NBA team personnel and more than 1000 youth aged 18 and under have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar (2010), with six participants having made the transition to the NBA. Most recently, Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 BWB Africa camp, was selected with the 21st pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz (subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves).

The NBA has a long history on the African continent, opening its first office in Africa in 2010, and appointing Amadou Gallo Fall as Vice President for Development. For the 2012-13 NBA season, NBA rosters counted seven players from Africa.

Prior to BWB Africa, BWB Americas will make a return trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina from July 25 28, while BWB Europe will be take place in Portugal for the first time when the camp visits Almada from August 15 18.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.

Basketball without Borders not only provides top level basketball instruction, but also teaches characteristics that are key to success in life such as hard work, dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, said Lynn Merritt, Vice President, Global Basketball Sports Marketing, Nike. We are proud to continue to work with the NBA and FIBA who share our commitment to developing talent around the world.

Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries. More than 140 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches to act as mentors for more than 1,900 campers from just over 100 countries, with 27 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.



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  SERBIA   


Vuk Radivojevic becomes free agent - by Igor Obradovic

Crvena zvezda Telekom and Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) will not continue cooperation in the next season.

Vuk Radivojevic will not extending contract with Crvena zvezda Telekom and he will become free agent from today.
Radivojevic was three times returning to Crvena zvezda, for which he recorded more than 300 appearances for the Belgrade red and white and the lead for the number of appearances for Crvena zvezda in the Adriatic League.
In this season Radivojevic avaraged scored 5.0 points per game in 15.7 minutes, 1.5 rebounds and 2.7 asists in Adriatic league. With Crvena zvezda he won Serbian Cup this season.



U20 European Championship: Serbia posts the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U20-Serbia U20 52:89

Serbia posts the initial win at the U20 European Championship. The Serbia side overcame Georgia 89:52 in the start of Day 5 in Tallinn. Georgia remained winless at the tournament.
Both teams entered the game without victories. Serbia won the opening period 21:16 and added massive 27-15 surge in the second frame. Serbia also looked better in the second half and dominated both periods. The Balkan side won the third period 20-7 and finished the game with 21-14 rally.
Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) added 14. Pavle Reljic (195-G-93) poured in 12, while Sasa Avramovic (194-PG-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10. Shota Gelazonia (205-C-94), Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) and Nika Ramishvili (182-G-94) netted 8 points each. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) and Levani Grdzelidze (185-SG-94) brought 6 points each.

Georgia U20: Shota Gelazonia 8, Valeri Kvantaliani 8, Nika Ramishvili 8, Revaz Rogava 6, Levani Grdzelidze 6
Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 16, Nemanja Krstic 14, Pavle Reljic 12, Sasa Avramovic 10



Nikola Kalinic agreed terms with Radnicki Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac (A League) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91). He has played for the last three years at Vojvodina (A League). In 42 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kalinic represented Serbia at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nikola Kalinic agreed terms with Radnicki Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac (A League) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91). He has played for the last three years at Vojvodina (A League). In 42 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Kalinic represented Serbia at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SLOVAKIA   


U20 European Championship: The hosts edged Slovakia in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Slovakia U20 78:62

The hosts edged Slovakia in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Romania registered their first 78:62 win in Day 2. Slovakia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group A.
Slovakia upset the hosts with the first 4 points in the game, but Romania won the first period 25:15. They added 22-13 rally in the second frame as Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) closed the half at 47:28. Slovakia reduced dramatically in the third period and cut it to 12 points with a minute to go in the quarter. Romania meanwhile made the final push in the last period and sealed the victory.
Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) stepped up with 21 points, while Ioan Filip (200-F-93) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Andrei Damian netted 11 and Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) brought 8. Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) notched 12. Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) produced 11 points each in a loss.

Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 21, Ioan Filip 14+11 rebs, Andrei Damian 11, Adrian Movileanu 8
Slovakia U20: Michal Cekovsky 13, Viktor Juricek 12, Oliver Tot 11, Vladimir Brodziansky 11



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  SPAIN   


CAI Zaragoza signs Jonathan Tabu - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza signs Jonathan Tabu (190-PG-85) who played last time at FoxTown Cantu in Italy. In 44 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to win the supercup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosmans Team. Tabu also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 7.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.2apg.
The previous season he played at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) in Italian league. In 32 games he had 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg that season.Among other achievements Tabu won Belgian League championship title for three years in a row (between 2008 and 2010). He received also Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2010.
Tabu was also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He played for Belgian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. Jonathan Tabu represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 66.7%.



U20 European Championship: Spain just avoid embarrassment against Israel - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Israel U20 63:61

Spain wrapped up their preliminary round campaign at the U20 European Championship with a difficult victory over Israel. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 23 points to lead Spain. Spain improved at 3-1 record and finished second in Group C. Israel fell at 1-3 record and did not make it into the Second Stage of the tournament. They will now fight against relegation in the classification round.
Spain seemed in control throughout the first half. They posted a 17:15 lead after ten minutes Spain boosted the lead to 5 points at halftime 34:29. But Israel came back into the contest in the third period. They held Spain to 9 points and cut the deficit to a single point 42:43 at the final break. Maayan gave Israel a 51:49 lead midway through the fourth frame. Daniel Diez stepped up for Spain in the crucial moment. He nailed five points to give them a 61:57 lead with 70 seconds remaining. Maayan answered with four points in a row to level things up at 61. But Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) converted a layup with 5 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win for Spain. He finished with 22 points for the winners. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) responded with 21 points for Israel. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) had 12 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 23, Jaime Fernandez 22, Lluis Costa (186-PG-93) 8
Israel U20: Egor Koulechov 21, Or Solomon 12+12 boards



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  SWEDEN   


U20 European Championship: Croatia edge Sweden to enter Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20 - Sweden U20 87:75

Croatia claimed a crucial win at the U20 European Championship Group B. They defeated Sweden to improve at 2-2 record. Croatia thus occupied the third position in the ladder and advanced into the Second Stage of the competition. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) nailed 23 points to lead the charge.
Croatia led by a single point 22:21 after ten minutes of action. Sweden surged ahead in the second frame. The Scandinavian team eked out a 41:37 halftime advantage. Croatia regained the lead in the third period. They held Sweden to 14 points in the period and posted a 57:55 lead heading into the fourth frame. Croatia unleashed 30 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a key win at the end. Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) netted 16 points, while Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winning side. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 32 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) delivered 17 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Antonio Boban 23, Henrik Sirko 16, Marko Ramljak 14
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 32, Tobias Borg 17



2013 University Games: Sweden open Classification Round with the win - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Chile 80:49

Sweden open Classification Round with the win at the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian side overcame Chile 80:49 at the Quarterfinals Rank 17-24.
Sweden took 15:6 lead in the first period and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-13 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 32:19 halftime advantage. Sweden also dominated the second half and posted two victories. The European side won the third quarter 26-10 and added 22-20 in the last stanza.
BARTON Charles top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) nailed 12. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) poured in 11, while Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) and Andreas Karlsson (200-F/G-89) added 10 each. Tomas Alvarez (185-G-89) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Cristian Iturriaga (F-89) posted 12. Camilo Bustamante (187-F-89) followed them with 9 points.

Sweden: BARTON Charles 16, Gustav Sundstrom 12, Alexander Lindqvist 11, Chris Czerapowicz 10, Andreas Karlsson 10
Chile: Tomas Alvarez 18, Cristian Iturriaga 12, Camilo Bustamante 9



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  SWITZERLAND   


U20 European Championship: Cyprus surprise Switzerland in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Cyprus U20 57:66

Cyprus surprise Switzerland in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They posted a 66:57 win for 1-1 record. The Swiss side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Cyprus and Switzerland lost their openers last night and hoped to get the first W in their record. Cyprus won the first period 22:12 and added 17-15 for 12-point lead at the halftime. Switzerland recovered in the second half, but could not catch up with the opponents. Switzerland won the third period 14-11, while both teams scored 16 points each in the last stanza.
Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) paced all the winners with 24 points and Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) followed him with 17 points and 15 boards. Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) added 8 points and 11 boards. Ernest Basic (180-PG-93) finished the game with 15 points in defeat and Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Marco Lehmann (185-SG-93) scored 8, while Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in with 7.

Switzerland U20: Ernest Basic 15, Christian Affolter 12+10 rebs, Marco Lehmann 8, Dusan Mladjan 7
Cyprus U20: Stefanos Iliadis 24, Rafael Eleftheriou 17+15 rebs, Viktoras Ieronymidis 15+10 rebs, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 8+11 rebs



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  TAIWAN   


William Jones Cup: Iran hold off Taiwan to win the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Taiwan 72:67

Iran clinched the William Jones Cup title. They knocked down Taiwan and secured the top position with one round left to play. Iran improved at 7-0 record in the ladder. Taiwan fell at 4-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Iran and Taiwan were knotted at 17 after ten minutes. Iran pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a 36:32 halftime lead. Iran boosted the gap in the third term. The visitors fired 23 points and accumulated a 16-point buffer before the final frame. Taiwan went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Iran. Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) added 14 points, while Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) and Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 11 points each in the win. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) and Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) netted 12 points apiece in the defeat.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 17+11 boards, Oshin Sahakian 14, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 11, Hamed Afagh 11
Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 12, Davis Quincy 12



William Jones Cup: Egypt roll past Taiwan B - by Eurobasket News

Egypt - Taiwan B 81:69

Egypt claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They held off the Taiwanese B National Team to gain 5-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) posted 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winning side. Taiwan B fell at 1-6 record after the defeat.
Egypt secured a quick start to the game. They registered a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The African team maintained the lead throughout the second term. They ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. Taiwan narrowed the margin in the third term. The hosts got within a single point before the fourth period. But Egypt poured in 27 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 18 points and grabbed 13 boards for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) chipped in 10 points in the win. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) had 18 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 27+11 boards, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Sherif Gindy 10
Tiawan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chang Chia-Jung 18



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  TURKEY   


U20 European Championship: Turkey race past Montenegro to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Montenegro U20 84:71

Turkey claimed the third victory in the U20 European Championship in Tallinn today. They knocked down Montenegro to win preliminary round Group B. Montenegro suffered the first defeat at the tournament and finished second. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) nailed 21 points to lead the winning side.
Turkey stormed into the game. They unloaded 24 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Turkey dominated throughout the second stanza. They held their opponents to 10 points in the period building a 49:26 halftime lead. Montenegro tuned in the third quarter. The Balkan team slowly adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit by three points. Montenegro fired 23 points in the fourth frame but it was not enough to revive the intrigue in this one. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) chipped in 13 points, while Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) had 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 25 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) had 15 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Tayfun Erulku 21, Ramazan Tekin 13, Erbil Eroglu 12
Montenegro U20: Vukota Pavic 25, Marko Mugosa 15



Fenerbahce Ulker re-sign Omer Onan - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Ulker re-sign Omer Onan (194-G-78). He has played there for the last seven seasons. In 27 TBL games he recorded 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to win the cup. Onan also played 21 games in Euroleague where he averaged 6.0ppg and 1.1rpg.In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (TBL, starting five) he averaged 8.6ppg, 1.3rpg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 84.8% in Euroleague and in Turkish League his stats read 9.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 65.2%.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2011. Omer Onan also represented Turkey at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 60.0%.
Onan has played previously for two other Turkey teams: Anadolu Efes and Trabzonspor.



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AAU round up - by David Edole

Desi Rodriguez | Lincoln (N.Y.) High School | 6-6 | 2014
After receiving his first offer from Hofstra on July 5, Rodriguez elevated his game at Elite II when he dropped 30 in an afternoon game.

Stephaun Adams and team Manimal played in the 16U division in the Elite Youth Invitational Tournament July 10-12 in Augusta Georgia.
"Stephaun is a new addition to Team Manimal," Stallworth confirmed. "He is the top-rated player in the Virgin Islands and is going to make a splash on the circuit this weekend. He is 6'2'' guard with a high basketball IQ and a high motor."
Adams was named Most Outstanding Player last weekend at the Five Star Camp in Louisville.

After stubbing their toe Friday night in a stunning 5-point loss to the Texas Tigers 2015 in pool play, the D1 Ambassadors Carlton-Murphy squad stormed back to win five straight by an average margin of 18 points and claim the NBA gold bracket at the most recent GASO in College Station.
In the championship game, the D1 Ambassadors defeated Franchize Stks 83-66. The D1 Ambassadors were led by 2015 Jordan Murphy's 20 points/4 rebounds. Coach Craig Carlton gave credit to his guards for recognizing their opponents trapping defense and finding the big men in the post for mismatches down low.
After losing to the Tigers Friday night, the Ambassadors bounced back in pool play with a 54-45 win Team Texas Patterson in a game that was never really that close. Murphy led the way with 16 points. In the teams last pool game, the squad routed the Houston Stealers 70-44.
In bracket play, the D1 Ambassadors first defeated the Houston Cowboys, with Murphy (14) and pacing the team. The Houston Sonics were next up in the semifinals and fared no better. They were beaten soundly by the Ambassadors 69-47, with Murphy scoring 15.

Nick Springer played in the tenth annual Southern California Hoop Review was held Saturday and Sunday April 13-14 at Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove. Plenty basketball writers were in attendance and this is what they said about the big Crucian.
6'5" SG Nick Springer of Crescenta Valley HS 2014 (Blazers Basketball)
-Ok ball handler, pulls up in transition, decent shooter with range to 3, capable rebounder.

15 year old Meshach Obafemi spent July 5-8th at the Five-Star Basketball that was held at Lewis University. The 6-foot-9 rising sophomore forward was named Most Improved player of the NBA Division. He led the Suns to the Championship and also picked up an All Star nod.




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  UKRAINE   


Marco Killingsworth inks with Ukrainian BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82, college: Indiana) inks with Ukrainian BC Donetsk. The American power forward played last time at GreenTops Netanya in Israel. In 32 Winner League games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous season Killingsworth played at Ironi Ashkelon (Winner League) in Israel. In 30 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg that season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
In 2011 summer he played at Atleticos (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In three games he averaged 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. Killingsworth ended the previous (10-11) season at Galil Gilboa (Winner League) in Israel. In 13 games he averaged 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. But the most of that year Marco Killingsworth spent at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel. In 19 games he averaged great 17.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. Killingsworth also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he was fourth best scorer with 14.1ppg and had 6.8rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in third round (21st overall).
The former Indiana University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.



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2013 University Games: United Arab Emirates surprise China in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

China-United Arab Emirates 62:64

United Arab Emirates surprise China in Kazan at the start of the Classification Round for 17-24 places at the 2013 University Games. United Arab Emirates grabbed 64:62 win on Sunday.
China came in a better shape to this game and started with 25:16 lead. They had 5-point advantage at the halftime but could not win the game. United Arab Emirates posted two narrow victories in the second half and won the game. They needed a 17-15 rally in the third period and closed the game with a 16-11 burst.
AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais top-scored for the winners with 24 points and OMAR ALAMERI Omer netted 15. KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak brought 10, whilst KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid nailed 8 and AL BRAIKI Mohamed had 6. Cui Jinming (193-G-92) answered with 19 points in defeat and Li Zhigang (200-F-91) as well as Lian Liu (200-F-91) poured in 10 each. Liu Zihao (183-PG-92) scored 8, while Dai Huaibo (205-C/F-94) added 7.

China: Cui Jinming 19, Li Zhigang 10, Lian Liu 10, Liu Zihao 8, Dai Huaibo 7
United Arab Emirates: AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais 24, OMAR ALAMERI Omer 15, KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak 10, KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid 8, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 6



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


U20 European Championship: United Kingdom reached the second straight win in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Luxembourg U20 106:92

United Kingdom reached the second straight win in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. United Kingdom won over Luxembourg 106:92 in an offensive game.
The game remained carousel. At first United Kingdom won the first period 33:18 and then the opponents replied with a 32-15 surge. United Kingdom again looked better in the third period and added 32-23 burst for 80:73 advantage. Moreover they needed a 26-19 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Nick Lewis (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) as well as Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) had 18 each. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) collected 17 points and 15 rebounds for them. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) replied with 29 points and 11 boards in a loss, while Tom Welter (184-G-93) netted 22. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) poured in 20 and Bob Melcher (189-G-94) notched 12.

United Kingdom U20: Nick Lewis 23, Devon Van Oostrum 18, Joe Hart 18, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 17+15 rebs
Luxembourg U20: Alex Laurent 29+11 rebs, Tom Welter 22, Gilles Polfer 20, Bob Melcher 12



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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jul. 11: Guruyu Waston - Yale 82-64
Jul. 12: 25 de Agosto - Colon
Jul. 12: Cader - Yale
Jul. 12: Marne - Guruyu Waston
Jul. 12: Welcome - Stockholmo
Jul. 12: Urunday Univ. - Capitol
Jul. 12: Verdirrojo - Larre Borges


Results for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League:
Guruyu Waston 82 - Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) 24 pts. 13 reb. 1 block, Brian Garcia (180-G-90) 23 pts. 4 reb. Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) 17 pts. 6 reb.
Yale 64 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 14 pts 3 reb. Felipe Simoes 7 pts. 6 reb.
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Cader 84 - Damian Mujica (195-F-86) 26 pts. 8 reb. Julio Panelli (180-PG-90) 22 pts. 4 reb 7 assists.
Verdirrojo 72 - Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) 25 pts. 8 reb. Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) 15pts 3 reb.
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The Metro League announced Colon was banned to continue playing the tournament after their fans had problems with the authorities during two different games.



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Carmelo Cortez, re-elected president of Venezuela Basketball Federation - by Wolfgang Lucena

Professor Carmelo Cortez has been re-elected president of the Venezuela Basketball federation for the period 2013-2017.
The basketball in Venezuela has been moving forward since the year of 1994 when Professor Cortez took over as president of Venezuela Basketball Federation.

Recently Carmelo Cortez brought for his South America hometown, two of the most important FIBA basketball tournament such the 2012 Olympic qualification tournament and the upcoming 2013 World Cup Championship tournament where Venezuela will be looking to earn one of the available spots toward the 2014 World Cup to be held in Spain.

Congratulation president!!



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Marco Killingsworth inks with Ukrainian BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82, college: Indiana) inks with Ukrainian BC Donetsk. The American power forward played last time at GreenTops Netanya in Israel. In 32 Winner League games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous season Killingsworth played at Ironi Ashkelon (Winner League) in Israel. In 30 games he averaged remarkable 16.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg that season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
In 2011 summer he played at Atleticos (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In three games he averaged 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. Killingsworth ended the previous (10-11) season at Galil Gilboa (Winner League) in Israel. In 13 games he averaged 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. But the most of that year Marco Killingsworth spent at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel. In 19 games he averaged great 17.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. Killingsworth also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he was fourth best scorer with 14.1ppg and had 6.8rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in third round (21st overall).
The former Indiana University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.



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Standings

Standings
1. Iran7-0
2. S.Korea6-1
3. Egypt5-3
4. Taiwan4-3
5. USA4-3
6. Jordan3-4
7. Lebanon2-5
8. Taiwan B1-6
9. Japan0-7

Regular Season: Round 8

Jul. 13: EGY - TAB 81-69
Jul. 13: JOR - JPN 74-65
Jul. 13: IRI - TAI 72-67
Jul. 13: LEB - USA 66-109

Regular Season: Round 9

Jul. 14: IRI - LEB
Jul. 14: JPN - TAB
Jul. 14: USA - JOR
Jul. 14: TAI - KOR


Results and Stats from Day 8 in Taipei. Iran clinch top position - by Eurobasket News

USA - Lebanon 109:66
The USA claimed the fourth victory at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. They stormed past Lebanon to improve at 4-3 record. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) nailed 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Lebanon fell at 2-5 record at the tournament.
The USA grabbed the initiative early in the game. They exploded with 28 points in the opening frame to take a 19-point lead. The USA stretched the gap in the second quarter. They piled up a 52:28 halftime lead. The USA kept Lebanon at distance throughout the third term. The North American team ensured a comfortable 77:46 advantage before the fourth term. The USA exploded with 32 points in the final stanza and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) nailed 18 points, while Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 16 points in the victory. Amir Saoud (187-G-91) responded with 21 points for Lebanon. Tarek Ammoury (196-G, college: Marymount) and Ali Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) had 14 points each in the loss.

USA: Eric Hicks 23, Haywood Owens 18, Jermaine Dailey 16
Lebanon: Amir Saoud 21, Tarek Ammoury 14, Ali Haidar 14

Egypt - Taiwan B 81:69
Egypt claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They held off the Taiwanese B National Team to gain 5-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) posted 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winning side. Taiwan B fell at 1-6 record after the defeat.
Egypt secured a quick start to the game. They registered a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The African team maintained the lead throughout the second term. They ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. Taiwan narrowed the margin in the third term. The hosts got within a single point before the fourth period. But Egypt poured in 27 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 18 points and grabbed 13 boards for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) chipped in 10 points in the win. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) had 18 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 27+11 boards, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Sherif Gindy 10
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chang Chia-Jung 18

Jordan - Japan 74:65
Jordan clinched the third victory at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Japan behind 19 points from Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida). Japan suffered the seventh straight defeat in Taipei.
Jordan and Japan stayed close throughout the first half. Jordan eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Jordan ensured a 35:34 halftime lead. Japan denied the deficit in the third period. They leveled things up at 56 heading into the fourth frame. But Jordan used an 18:9 run in the final quarter to win the game. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) posted 10 points, while Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) added 9 points in the victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 28 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 10, Fadel Al-Najjar 9
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 28, Kosuke Takeuchi 13

Iran - Taiwan 72:67
Iran clinched the William Jones Cup title. They knocked down Taiwan and secured the top position with one round left to play. Iran improved at 7-0 record in the ladder. Taiwan fell at 4-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Iran and Taiwan were knotted at 17 after ten minutes. Iran pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a 36:32 halftime lead. Iran boosted the gap in the third term. The visitors fired 23 points and accumulated a 16-point buffer before the final frame. Taiwan went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Iran. Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) added 14 points, while Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) and Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 11 points each in the win. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) and Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) netted 12 points apiece in the defeat.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 17+11 boards, Oshin Sahakian 14, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 11, Hamed Afagh 11
Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 12, Davis Quincy 12




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Women News


Russia U19 defeats Argentina U19 twice in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 defeats Argentina U19 twice in Moscow in a friendly campaign before the start of the U10 World Championship. At first Russia won 55:50 as they started with 14-12 lead. Russia also looked better in the third and the last quarters to seal the victory. Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) netted 11. Armesto replied with 11 points in defeat and Aispurina netted 10.
In Game 2 Russia celebrated a 72:54 win. Both teams exchanged the victories in the first two quarters, while Russia won the third period 16-11 and finished the game with 22-10. Olga Novikova (179-G-94) and Albina Razheva top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Yuliya Gladkova scored 12. Llorente replied with 14 points in defeat and Aispurina posted 12.



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2013 University Games: USA snatch dramatic win over Australia in semifinal - by Eurobasket News

USA - Australia 79:78

The USA will play in the title game at the 2013 World University Games. They nipped Australia in a thrilling semifinal clash in Kazan tonight. Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) posted 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Crystal Bradford scored three points late in regulation to propel the USA to the victory.
Australia dominated throughout the opening quarter. The Aussies posted a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. The USA stiffened defensively in the second frame. They narrowed the gap to a single point 32:33 at halftime. The North American team exploded with 30 points in the third frame to pull ahead. They established a 13-point advantage before the final period. But Australia refused to give up. They erased the deficit and grabbed a 78:76 lead with just over a minute remaining. However Crystal Bradford sank a free throw and later drained a jumper to seal the victory for the USA. Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) finished with 14 points, while Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) provided 12 points and 11 boards for the winners. Alice Kunek (6'2''-G/F-91) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Australia. Marianna Tolo (6'5''-C-89) dropped 16 points in the loss. The USA will now take on Russia for the trophy, while Australia will face Taiwan in the consolation final.

USA: Odyssey Sims 20, Bria Hartley 14, Kaleena Lewis 12+11 boards
Australia: Alice Kunek 20, Marianna Tolo 16



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  BELARUS   


U20 European Championship: Italy keep on winning in Samsun, reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Belarus U20 66:50

Italy gained the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Belarus in the semifinal clash and reached the title battle. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) stepped up with 20 points to lead the Azzurri.
Italy set the tone in the opening quarter. They held Belarus to 11 points and gained a 5-point lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They registered a 31:22 halftime advantage. The Azzurri did not slow down in the third term. They opened a 17-point lead before the fourth quarter. Belarus narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not threaten the margin as Italy marched to the victory. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) nailed 17 points, while Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) and Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) answered with 9 points each for Belarus.

Italy U20: Francesca Dotto 20, Elisa Penna 17, Alessandra Formica 11+11 boards
Belarus U20: Hanna Kalenta 9, Alena Holubeva 9



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium head to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Belgium U20 53:64

Belgium head to Division A for the next season. Belgium won over Portugal 63:54 and improved to 7-0 record. Tomorrow Belgium will face FYR Macedonia in their last game in Division B.
Belgium remained undefeated at the tournament. They started the game with 15:7 lead and never looked behind after. Belgium scored another 15 points in the second period to take 30:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium continued their run to Division A. They posted a 21-9 decisive surge in the third quarter when it became clear that Division B is not for Belgium anymore. Portugal closed the game with a 22-13 rally and reduced to final 11 points.
Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) netted 19 and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) chipped in with 16. Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95) scored 13 points and Joana Jesus (173-G-93) added 12.

Portugal U20: Laura Ferreira 13, Joana Jesus 12
Belgium U20: Hanne Mestdagh 21+14 rebs, Julie Vanloo 19, Sien Devliegher 16



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil earn one win at international tournament in Changzhi - by Eurobasket News

Brazil continued their preparations for the upcoming South American Championship. They participated at the international tournament in Changzhi, China. Brazil claimed one win in three games played.
Brazil faced Canada in the opener. The North American team gained a 25:21 halftime lead. Brazil surged ahead in the third period but Canada turned things around in the fourth frame and snatched a 60:54 win at the end. Tatiana Nascimento (181-F-91) scored 16 points to pace Brazil. Jaqueline Silvestre (178-F-86) added 12 points in the loss.
Next Brazil took on Puerto Rico. Brazil claimed a 70:63 victory in the Latin American derby in Changzhi. Jaqueline Silvestre finished with 16 points to lead the winners. Brazil used a 15:8 run in the second frame to gain a decisive lead in the game. Izabela De Andrade (185-F-86) had 13 points for the winning side.
Brazil faced China in the final game of the tournament. It was a close battle from start to finish. The hosts eked out a narrow 66:64 victory at the end. Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) delivered 19 points and 14 rebounds for Brazil. Damiris Do Amaral (192-C-92) netted 15 points in the losing effort.



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  BULGARIA   


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

Bulgaria U20-Czech Republic U20 59:69

Czech Republic advanced to Division A of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Bulgaria 69:59 and finished Division B with 7-1 record.
Czech Republic grabbed 18:17 lead after the first period, but the hosts replied with a 13-10 rally in the second frame. Czech Republic however posted two victories in the second half and sealed the necessary win. Czech Republic produced a 24-17 rally in the third period and finished the game with 17-12 run.
Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) stepped up with 18 points and Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) netted 14. Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) delivered 9 points for the winners. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) ended up with 19 points in defeat, whilst Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) scored 12. Kristina Peychinova (176-G-94) and Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) followed them with 6 points apiece.

Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 19, Iva Kostova 12, Kristina Peychinova 6, Gabriela Kostova 6
Czech Republic U20: Monika Satoranska 18, Pamela-Therese Effangova 14, Aneta Mainclova 9



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Canada claim two victories at Four Nations Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Senior National Team played at the Four Nations Tournament in China. They claimed two victories in three games played in Changzhi.
Canada overcame Brazil in the opener 60:54. Canada built a 25:21 halftime lead. Brazil surged ahead in the third period but the North American team managed to eke out a tough win at the end. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) nailed 14 points to lead Canada. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) added 12 points for the winners.
Next Canada faced hosting China. Canada enjoyed a 33:31 halftime lead. But China exploded with 27 points in the fourth frame to snatch a 70:65 win at the end. Kimberley Smith provided 17 points for Canada. Krysten Boogaard (195-C-88, college: Kansas) had 11 points in the loss.
Canada rebounded next day. They outgunned Puerto Rico 73:54 to finish second in the standings. The North American team faced a 6-point deficit after the opening quarter 12:18. But they went on a furious 26:10 rally in the second term to gain a 38:28 halftime lead. Canada stretched the lead to 17 points at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Nurse netted 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Canada. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) contributed 11 points in the victory.



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

Bulgaria U20-Czech Republic U20 59:69

Czech Republic advanced to Division A of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Bulgaria 69:59 and finished Division B with 7-1 record.
Czech Republic grabbed 18:17 lead after the first period, but the hosts replied with a 13-10 rally in the second frame. Czech Republic however posted two victories in the second half and sealed the necessary win. Czech Republic produced a 24-17 rally in the third period and finished the game with 17-12 run.
Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) stepped up with 18 points and Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) netted 14. Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) delivered 9 points for the winners. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) ended up with 19 points in defeat, whilst Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) scored 12. Kristina Peychinova (176-G-94) and Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) followed them with 6 points apiece.

Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 19, Iva Kostova 12, Kristina Peychinova 6, Gabriela Kostova 6
Czech Republic U20: Monika Satoranska 18, Pamela-Therese Effangova 14, Aneta Mainclova 9



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Famila Wuber Schio brings back Kathrin Ress - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio brings back Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) who played last time at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca. In 17 A1 games she averaged 7.5ppg and 5.2rpg last season. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Domestic Players Team.
In 2007 Ress was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
She attended Boston and it may be her seventh season in pro basketball. she received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2013. Ress' team won Europe Cup in 2008.
Ress has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. Ress represented Italy at the European Championships in France this year. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.2ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 33.3%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 86.4%.



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Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  SEN
  (196-C-94)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria18.6 
 2. Spanou, Robert M.17.8 
 3. Vesterberg, MBK R.15.1 
 4. Essenstam, CTO15.0 
 5. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.14.1 
 6. Papova, Olimpia13.8 
 7. Tikhonenko, Sparta.13.4 
 8. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.13.1 
 9. Hebecker, Halle12.9 
 10. Chek, Atomeromu12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ksenia TIKHONENKO
  KAZ
  (193-F/C-93)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Tikhonenko, Sparta.11.6 
 2. Spanou, Robert M.10.9 
 3. Bettonvil, Lekdete.9.5 
 4. Nystrom, Northland9.3 
 5. Papova, Olimpia9.1 
 6. Preskienyte, Kibir.9.0 
 7. Ndour, Gran Canaria8.9 
 8. Vesterberg, MBK R.8.6 
 9. Hruscakova, Good8.3 
 10. Kovacevic, UNI G.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Stanacev, Crvena4.9 
 2. Nystrom, Northland4.8 
 3. Owczarzak, CCC P.4.8 
 4. Balintova, Good A.4.6 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.3.5 
 6. Zanoguera, Toledo3.4 
 7. Krayevska, Tim-S.3.3 
 8. Adams, Saarlouis3.0 
 9. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.9 
 10. Dotto, Umbertide2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dominika OWCZARZAK
  (168-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Owczarzak, CCC P.3.1 
 2. Nystrom, Northland3.1 
 3. Dotto, Lucca3.1 
 4. Cora, Galatasaray2.8 
 5. Dotto, Umbertide2.6 
 6. Hebecker, Halle2.1 
 7. Zanoguera, Toledo2.1 
 8. Bilgic, Botas2.0 
 9. Cakir, Fenerbahce1.9 
 10. Bouzenna, Roche1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.2.6 
 2. Vesterberg, MBK R.1.9 
 3. Papova, Olimpia1.8 
 4. Janoscikova, Cass.1.6 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.4 
 6. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.3 
 7. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.1.3 
 8. Sezer, Orduspor1.3 
 9. Oroszova, E.Illino.1.3 
 10. Markovic, IU.1.1 


Standings Div.B (Women) - by *AddMe

Standings Div.B
1. Belgium7-0
2. Czech Rep.7-1
3. Latvia5-2
4. Portugal4-3
5. FYR Macedo.3-4
6. Bulgaria3-4
7. Israel2-5
8. U.Kingdom1-6
9. Romania0-7

Preliminary Round: Round 8

Jul. 13: ROM - ENG 67-69
Jul. 13: BUL - CZE 59-69
Jul. 13: POR - BEL 53-64
Jul. 13: MKD - LAT 48-71

Preliminary Round: Round 9

Jul. 14: ISR - ROM
Jul. 14: BEL - MKD
Jul. 14: ENG - POR
Jul. 14: LAT - BUL


Division B: Day 8 in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Belgium 53-64
Belgium head to Division A for the next season. Belgium won over Portugal 63:54 and improved to 7-0 record. Tomorrow Belgium will face FYR Macedonia in their last game in Division B. Belgium remained undefeated at the tournament. They started the game with 15:7 lead and never looked behind after. Belgium scored another 15 points in the second period to take 30:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium continued their run to Division A. They posted a 21-9 decisive surge in the third quarter when it became clear that Division B is not for Belgium anymore. Portugal closed the game with a 22-13 rally and reduced to final 11 points. Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) netted 19 and Devliegher Sien chipped in with 16. Ferreira Laura scored 13 points and Joana Jesus (173-G-93) added 12.

Bulgaria - Czech Republic 59-69
Czech Republic advanced to Division A of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Bulgaria 69:59 and finished Division B with 7-1 record. Czech Republic grabbed 18:17 lead after the first period, but the hosts replied with a 13-10 rally in the second frame. Czech Republic however posted two victories in the second half and sealed the necessary win. Czech Republic produced a 24-17 rally in the third period and finished the game with 17-12 run. Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) stepped up with 18 points and Effangova Pamela-Therese netted 14. Mainclova Aneta delivered 9 points for the winners. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) ended up with 19 points in defeat, whilst Kostova Iva scored 12. Peychinova Kristina and Kostova Gabriela followed them with 6 points apiece.

Romania - United Kingdom 67-69
United Kingdom posts the initial win in Albena at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Romania 69:67 and escaped the last place. Romania meanwhile fell at 0-7 record. Both teams entered the game without victories. Romania won the first period 32:22 but failed later in the game. United Kingdom replied with 15-6 surge in the second frame and added 18-11 rally in the last stanza. Trailing 63:67 with a minute to go, United Kingdom finished the game with a 6-0 run. Hynes Rosie and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) posted the last points for the winners to seal 2-point victory. Shequila Joseph top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Ottewill-Soulsby Harriet nailed 12. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) brought 10 and Hynes Rosie added 8. Grigore Ana Maria ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) brought 12. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) scored 11, while Ardelean Dora collected 9 points and 14 rebounds.

FYR Macedonia - Latvia 48-71
Latvia posts the 5th straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side overcame FYR Macedonia 71:48 on Saturday opener for 5-2 record. Latvia continues to shine at the tournament. After the first two losses the team is unstoppable right now. They won the first period 25:8 and led 13 points at the halftime. Latvia also won the third period 20-9 and enjoyed a 54:30 victory after three quarters. FYR Macedonia replied with an 18-17 rally in the last stanza for the final result. Lagzdina Guna top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Fomina Asnate and Kreslina Kate netted 11 each. Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) followed them with 7 points in a win. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) ended up with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) poured in 8. Ivanova Aleksandra and Temelkova Lefterija scored 7 points each in a loss.



Italy and Spain enter Final in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
Belarus - Italy 50-66
Italy gained the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Belarus in the semifinal clash and reached the title battle. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) stepped up with 20 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy set the tone in the opening quarter. They held Belarus to 11 points and gained a 5-point lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They registered a 31:22 halftime advantage. The Azzurri did not slow down in the third term. They opened a 17-point lead before the fourth quarter. Belarus narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not threaten the margin as Italy marched to the victory. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) nailed 17 points, while Alessandra Formica added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) and Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) answered with 9 points each for Belarus.

Turkey - Spain 51-57
Spain advanced to the Final of the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Turkey 57:51 in the second Semifinal and will face Italy in the Final game. Turkey meanwhile will take on Belarus in the game for the third place. More than 2500 local fans came to support the Turkey in Samsun. The hosts trailed 12:16 after the first period, but erupted with an 18-10 surge to take 30:26 halftime advantage. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) however was unstoppable in the game. She gave Spain 33:32 lead early in the third period, while Aydin Merve closed the third period at 38:38. Astou Ndour brought 43:39 and then she scored last three points for the winners. Astou Ndour top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Paula Estebas (175-F-93), Rodriguez Manso Leonor and Diaz Yurena added 7 points each. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Aydin Merve had 11. Kavurmacioglu Ozge posted 8, while Emirtekin Elif brought 5.
5-8 Place
Russia - Slovakia 61-55
Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) leads Russia over Slovak Republic at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place of the U20 European Championship. She nailed 16 points in a 61:55 win on Saturday. Russia will take on France in the game for the 5th place, while Slovak Republic will play against Serbia for the 7-8 places. Russia won the opening period 17:11 and scored another 17 points in the second frame. It was enough to keep 6-point halftime advantage. Slovak Republic replied with a 14-10 rally in the third period as Ivancakova reduced to 44:42.Moreover Janoscikova Beata gave her team 45:44 lead early in the fourth period, but Russia pulled back at the end of the game. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) and Zamaraeva Alina shined in the last minutes to bring the necessary win. Galina Kiseleva collected 13 points and 12 boards for the winners. Zamaraeva Alina netted 11 and Namok Darya brought 8. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) finsihed the game with 14 points and 10 caroms in the losing case and Oroszova Sabina added 11 points and 10 boards. Janoscikova Beata posted 10, while Slamova Angelika notched 9.

France - Serbia 55-50
France defeat Serbia in a classification game for 5th to 8th place clash. The French side will play for the 5th place after a 55:50 victory. Serbia won the first period 15:12 but could not keep the lead at the end of the first half. France replied with a 17-9 surge and Nayo Alice closed the half at 29:24. France dominated the whole third period and enjoyed a 47:37 lead after three quarters. Serbia did all their best to recover, but managed to reduce only to final 5 points. Claire Stievenard (179-G/F-93) and Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) stepped up with 11 points each, while Galliou-Loko Margaux nailed 9. Nayo Alice and Adjutor Viviane scored 7 points each in a win. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Markovic Nevena collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Toskovic Milica poured in 9 and Marinkovic Zorana scored 7.

9-12 Place
Poland - Holland 49-50
Netherlands will play against Greece for the 9th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland tonight in the classification round. Netherlands crowned the regulation with six straight points to steal the victory from Poland. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the charge. Poland built a 14:8 lead after the opening frame. The Dutch team held their opponents to just 4 points in the second frame and recorded a 20:18 halftime lead. Poland narrowed the deficit at the end of the third term. They trailed by just one point heading into the fourth stanza. Jaworska gave Poland a 40:37 lead midway through the final term. Adamowicz hit a three-pointer as Poland built a 49:44 lead with under two minutes remaining. However Netherlands finished the game with six straight points and sneaked past Poland at the end. Jacobine Klerx (175-G-94) netted 11 points, while Maxime Essenstam added 8 points for the winners. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Poland. Karolina Puss had 9 points in the loss.

Greece - Ukraine 70-58
Greece claimed a comfortable win over Ukraine in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) came up with 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Greece will now take on Netherlands for the 9th position at the tournament. Greece jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at halftime 38:34. Ukraine continued to chase their opponents in the third term. They narrowed the gap at just three points at the final break 45:46. But the Hellenes regained control in the fourth period. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) drained back-to-back three-pointers to give Greece a 65:56 lead midway through the fourth term. Greece held Ukraine to just 2 points in the final three minutes of regulation and ran away with the victory. Anastasia Slouka finished with 11 points, while Styliani Fouraki added 7 points for Greece. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Lyudmyla Naumenko chipped in 11 points in the loss.
13-16 Place
Hungary - Germany 55-58
Germany beat Hungary in Samsun at the Classification Games for 13th to 16th Place of the U20 European Championship. The German side grabbed 58:55 win in the start of Day 8. Germany won the first period 15:12, while Hungary dominated the second frame. The latter posted a 16-9 rally in the second period to take 28:24 at the halftime when Szamosi drove a layup at the end of the half. Licskai increased the lead to 11 points early in the third period but Hungary could not win the game. Germany managed to reduce to 42:34 at the end of the third period and then needed a final 24-13 surge. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ilka Hoffmann (183-F-94) nailed 11. Lena Gohlisch scored 10, while Elisabeth Dzirma added 8. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Zsofia Licskai collected 12 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Noemi Czirjak produced 9 points, while Szidonia Katona scored 7.

Sweden - Lithuania 72-42
Sweden will play for the 13th place at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania in the classification round today to stay hopeful of rescuing their Division A place. Lithuania will play in Division B next year. Sweden stormed ahead in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team gained a 19:6 lead after the opening quarter. Lithuania stopped the rot in the second frame. The Baltic team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 22:33. But Sweden were back into the drivers seat in the third term. They went on a 25:13 run to ensure a comfortable 23-point lead before the fourth period. Lithuania could not recover from the blow and surrendered at the end. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) paced balanced effort with 12 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) responded with 10 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte had 9 points in the loss.



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U20 European Championship: France defeat Serbia in Day 8 opener - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Serbia U20 55:50

France defeat Serbia in a classification game for 5th to 8th place clash. The French side will play for the 5th place after a 55:50 victory.
Serbia won the first period 15:12 but could not keep the lead at the end of the first half. France replied with a 17-9 surge and Alice Nayo (186-C-93) closed the half at 29:24. France dominated the whole third period and enjoyed a 47:37 lead after three quarters. Serbia did all their best to recover, but managed to reduce only to final 5 points.
Claire Stievenard (179-G/F-93) and Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) stepped up with 11 points each, while Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) nailed 9. Alice Nayo and Viviane Adjutor (185-F-93) scored 7 points each in a win. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Milica Toskovic (188-G-93) poured in 9 and Zorana Marinkovic (168-G-93) scored 7.

France U20: Claire Stievenard 11, Esther Niamke 11, Margaux Galliou-Loko 9, Alice Nayo 7, Viviane Adjutor 7
Serbia U20: Dijana Stancic 18, Nevena Markovic 11+12 rebs, Milica Toskovic 9, Zorana Marinkovic 7



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U20 European Championship: Latvia posts the 5th straight win - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia U20- Latvia U20 48:71

Latvia posts the 5th straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side overcame FYR Macedonia 71:48 on Saturday opener for 5-2 record.
Latvia continues to shine at the tournament. After the first two losses the team is unstoppable right now. They won the first period 25:8 and led 13 points at the halftime. Latvia also won the third period 20-9 and enjoyed a 54:30 victory after three quarters. FYR Macedonia replied with an 18-17 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) netted 11 each. Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) followed them with 7 points in a win. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) ended up with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) poured in 8. Aleksandra Ivanova (180-SG-93) and Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) scored 7 points each in a loss.

FYR Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 14+11 rebs, Aleksandra Stojanovska 8, Aleksandra Ivanova 7, Lefterija Temelkova 7
Latvia U20: Guna Lagzdina 20+12 rebs, Asnate Fomina 11, Kate Kreslina 11, Paula Tomsone 7



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U20 European Championship: Germany beat Hungary in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Germany U20 55:58

Germany beat Hungary in Samsun at the Classification Games for 13th to 16th Place of the U20 European Championship. The German side grabbed 58:55 win in the start of Day 8.
Germany won the first period 15:12, while Hungary dominated the second frame. The latter posted a 16-9 rally in the second period to take 28:24 at the halftime when Szamosi drove a layup at the end of the half. Licskai increased the lead to 11 points early in the third period but Hungary could not win the game. Germany managed to reduce to 42:34 at the end of the third period and then needed a final 24-13 surge.
Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ilka Hoffmann (183-F-94) nailed 11. Lena Gohlisch (173-SG-93) scored 10, while Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94) added 8. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Zsofia Licskai (192-C/F-93) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Noemi Czirjak (179-PG-93) produced 9 points, while Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) scored 7.

Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 14, Zsofia Licskai 12+11 rebs, Noemi Czirjak 9, Szidonia Katona 7
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 14, Ilka Hoffmann 11, Lena Gohlisch 10, Elisabeth Dzirma 8



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U20 European Championship: Artemis Spanou leads Greece past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Ukraine U20 70:58

Greece claimed a comfortable win over Ukraine in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) came up with 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Greece will now take on Netherlands for the 9th position at the tournament.
Greece jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at halftime 38:34. Ukraine continued to chase their opponents in the third term. They narrowed the gap at just three points at the final break 45:46. But the Hellenes regained control in the fourth period. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) drained back-to-back three-pointers to give Greece a 65:56 lead midway through the fourth term. Greece held Ukraine to just 2 points in the final three minutes of regulation and ran away with the victory. Anastasia Slouka finished with 11 points, while Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) added 7 points for Greece. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 31+10 boards, Anastasia Slouka 11, Styliani Fouraki 7
Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Chek 17, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11



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U20 European Championship: Richelle van der Keijl leads propels Netherlands past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Netherlands U20 49:50

Netherlands will play against Greece for the 9th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland tonight in the classification round. Netherlands crowned the regulation with six straight points to steal the victory from Poland. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
Poland built a 14:8 lead after the opening frame. The Dutch team held their opponents to just 4 points in the second frame and recorded a 20:18 halftime lead. Poland narrowed the deficit at the end of the third term. They trailed by just one point heading into the fourth stanza. Jaworska gave Poland a 40:37 lead midway through the final term. Adamowicz hit a three-pointer as Poland built a 49:44 lead with under two minutes remaining. However Netherlands finished the game with six straight points and sneaked past Poland at the end. Jacobine Klerx (175-G-94) netted 11 points, while Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) added 8 points for the winners. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Poland. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Dominika Owczarzak 18, Karolina Puss 9
Netherlands U20: Richelle Van Der Keijl 20+14 boards, Jacobine Klerx 11, Maxime Essenstam 8



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U20 European Championship: Germany beat Hungary in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Germany U20 55:58

Germany beat Hungary in Samsun at the Classification Games for 13th to 16th Place of the U20 European Championship. The German side grabbed 58:55 win in the start of Day 8.
Germany won the first period 15:12, while Hungary dominated the second frame. The latter posted a 16-9 rally in the second period to take 28:24 at the halftime when Szamosi drove a layup at the end of the half. Licskai increased the lead to 11 points early in the third period but Hungary could not win the game. Germany managed to reduce to 42:34 at the end of the third period and then needed a final 24-13 surge.
Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ilka Hoffmann (183-F-94) nailed 11. Lena Gohlisch (173-SG-93) scored 10, while Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94) added 8. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Zsofia Licskai (192-C/F-93) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Noemi Czirjak (179-PG-93) produced 9 points, while Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) scored 7.

Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 14, Zsofia Licskai 12+11 rebs, Noemi Czirjak 9, Szidonia Katona 7
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 14, Ilka Hoffmann 11, Lena Gohlisch 10, Elisabeth Dzirma 8



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Snaefell sign Chynna Brown - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Snaefell has signed their import for 2013-2014 season and will bring in Chynna Brown (173-G-91, agency: Merit Management Group). They have also signed Hugrun Eva Valdimarsdottir (182-90), youth national team player Eva Kristjansdottir (180-F-97) and former national team player Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir (178-G-89). Snaefell is hoping to improve on their semi final exit in the playoffs from las season.

Anita Saethorsdottir (177-F-89) and Brynhildur Nielsdottir (96) have also extended their contracts with the club for one more year.



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U20 European Championship: Italy keep on winning in Samsun, reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Belarus U20 66:50

Italy gained the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Belarus in the semifinal clash and reached the title battle. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) stepped up with 20 points to lead the Azzurri.
Italy set the tone in the opening quarter. They held Belarus to 11 points and gained a 5-point lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They registered a 31:22 halftime advantage. The Azzurri did not slow down in the third term. They opened a 17-point lead before the fourth quarter. Belarus narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not threaten the margin as Italy marched to the victory. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) nailed 17 points, while Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) and Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) answered with 9 points each for Belarus.

Italy U20: Francesca Dotto 20, Elisa Penna 17, Alessandra Formica 11+11 boards
Belarus U20: Hanna Kalenta 9, Alena Holubeva 9



Famila Wuber Schio brings back Kathrin Ress - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio brings back Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) who played last time at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca. In 17 A1 games she averaged 7.5ppg and 5.2rpg last season. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Domestic Players Team.
In 2007 Ress was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
She attended Boston and it may be her seventh season in pro basketball. she received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2013. Ress' team won Europe Cup in 2008.
Ress has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. Ress represented Italy at the European Championships in France this year. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.2ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 33.3%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 86.4%.



Fereoli re-signs at Salerno - by Eurobasket News

Carpedil Ipervigile Salerno (A2) confirmed in their roster 23-year old power forward Linda Fereoli (180-90). She played there last season. But in 20 A2 games she had just 1.2ppg and 3.0rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Fereoli played at Carpedil Battipaglia (B). In 13 games she recorded only 0.2ppg that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Virtus Cagliari keep Marta Vargiu, Virginia Saba and Eleonora Fava - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Cagliari keep Marta Vargiu (168-PG-88), Virginia Saba (175-G-82) and Eleonora Fava (175-G-89) for the next season. The team extended with three players.
A.T.S. Energia Virtus Cagliari re-signed 25-year old point guard Marta Vargiu. In 26 A2 games she averaged 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.2spg. Vargiu has played previously for another Italian team Rende.
Virginia Saba has played there for the last six seasons. In 26 A2 games she averaged 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5spg last season. Saba won Italian A2 North championship title in 2010.
Eleonora Fava has played there for the last six seasons. In eleven A2 games she recorded 6.8ppg and 1.3rpg last season. Fava won A2 North2010.



Stoppa re-signs at San Martino - by Eurobasket News

Fila San Martino Di Lupari (A2) confirmed in their roster 28-year old domestic guard Valentina Stoppa (172-85). She has played there for the last five seasons. In 32 A2 games she had 7.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.7spg last season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
Stoppa is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Stoppa re-signs at San Martino - by Eurobasket News

Fila San Martino Di Lupari (A2) confirmed in their roster 28-year old domestic guard Valentina Stoppa (172-85). She has played there for the last five seasons. In 32 A2 games she had 7.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.7spg last season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
Stoppa is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: Latvia posts the 5th straight win - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia U20- Latvia U20 48:71

Latvia posts the 5th straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side overcame FYR Macedonia 71:48 on Saturday opener for 5-2 record.
Latvia continues to shine at the tournament. After the first two losses the team is unstoppable right now. They won the first period 25:8 and led 13 points at the halftime. Latvia also won the third period 20-9 and enjoyed a 54:30 victory after three quarters. FYR Macedonia replied with an 18-17 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Asnate Fomina (176-G-94) and Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) netted 11 each. Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) followed them with 7 points in a win. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) ended up with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) poured in 8. Aleksandra Ivanova (180-SG-93) and Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) scored 7 points each in a loss.

FYR Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 14+11 rebs, Aleksandra Stojanovska 8, Aleksandra Ivanova 7, Lefterija Temelkova 7
Latvia U20: Guna Lagzdina 20+12 rebs, Asnate Fomina 11, Kate Kreslina 11, Paula Tomsone 7



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Suduva keep experienced Rita Milieskiene - by Eurobasket News

Suduva keep experienced Rita Milieskiene (175-PG-78) for another season. She played there last season. In first four LMKL games she recorded 13.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 3.3spg. Milieskiene also played at Utena that season. In 26 games she averaged impressive 17.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 2.7spg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Honorable Mention.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Fortuna. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Milieskiene was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 31 LMKL games she averaged 14.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg and 3.2spg. She helped them to make it to the Lithuanian LMKL Cup Semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Milieskiene also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 9.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. She also played 5 games in Baltic League where Rita Milieskiene averaged 10.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8spg. Milieskiene played in the final of Lithuanian LMKL in 2011.
She has played previously for another Lithuanian team Dzukija.



U20 European Championship: Sweden cruise past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Lithuania U20 72:42

Sweden will play for the 13th place at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania in the classification round today to stay hopeful of rescuing their Division A place. Lithuania will play in Division B next year.
Sweden stormed ahead in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team gained a 19:6 lead after the opening quarter. Lithuania stopped the rot in the second frame. The Baltic team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 22:33. But Sweden were back into the drivers seat in the third term. They went on a 25:13 run to ensure a comfortable 23-point lead before the fourth period. Lithuania could not recover from the blow and surrendered at the end. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) paced balanced effort with 12 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) responded with 10 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Allis Nystrom 12, Josefin Vesterberg 10, Ida Christensen 9, Matilda Claesson 9, Elin Gustavsson 9
Lithuania U20: Greta Tamasauskaite 10, Ieva Preskienyte 9



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2013 University Games: USA snatch dramatic win over Australia in semifinal - by Eurobasket News

USA - Australia 79:78

The USA will play in the title game at the 2013 World University Games. They nipped Australia in a thrilling semifinal clash in Kazan tonight. Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) posted 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Crystal Bradford scored three points late in regulation to propel the USA to the victory.
Australia dominated throughout the opening quarter. The Aussies posted a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. The USA stiffened defensively in the second frame. They narrowed the gap to a single point 32:33 at halftime. The North American team exploded with 30 points in the third frame to pull ahead. They established a 13-point advantage before the final period. But Australia refused to give up. They erased the deficit and grabbed a 78:76 lead with just over a minute remaining. However Crystal Bradford sank a free throw and later drained a jumper to seal the victory for the USA. Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) finished with 14 points, while Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) provided 12 points and 11 boards for the winners. Alice Kunek (6'2''-G/F-91) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Australia. Marianna Tolo (6'5''-C-89) dropped 16 points in the loss. The USA will now take on Russia for the trophy, while Australia will face Taiwan in the consolation final.

USA: Odyssey Sims 20, Bria Hartley 14, Kaleena Lewis 12+11 boards
Australia: Alice Kunek 20, Marianna Tolo 16



USA U19 win two in a row in Spain - by Eurobasket News

The USA U19 National Team traveled to Spain to take part at the Lanzarote Invitational Tournament. They opened their campaign with back-to-back wins.
The North American team faced Australia in the opener. Morgan Tuck nailed 17 points to lead the USA to a hard-fought 71:66 victory. Australia led by 4 points after the opening quarter. But the USA held their opponents to 10 points in the second frame and gained a 33:29 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. The USA entered the fourth frame up by 4 points. They kept Australia at distance throughout intense fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Breanna Stewart netted 12 points and grabbed 10 boards, while AJa Wilson and Linnae Harper finished with 11 points each in the victory. Carley Mijovic answered with 19 points for Australia. Alex Wilson had 14 points in the loss.
Next the USA faced hosting Spain. The visitors quickly gained the lead and raced to a 23:14 advantage at the first break. The USA boosted the gap at 17-point mark at halftime. The margin kept on growing throughout the third term. The USA piled up a 63:38 advantage before the final frame. Spain scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Linnae Harper posted 15 points for the USA. Bashaara Graves contributed 10 points in the victory. Leticia Romero responded with 13 points for Spain. Irene Gari chipped in 8 points in the defeat.



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Widzew Lodz announced Paulina Rozwadowska and Magdalena Rzeznik - by Eurobasket News

Widzew Lodz announced Paulina Rozwadowska (190-F-89, agency: Promotex) and Magdalena Rzeznik (171-G-83). Widzew Lodz signed 24-year old forward Paulina Rozwadowska (190-89, agency: Promotex) who played last time at Matizol Lider Pruszkow. In 21 games she recorded 4.7ppg and 3.6rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Rozwadowska's team made it to the PLKK Semifinals in 2010. She represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 2.2ppg, 2.3rpg. Rozwadowska has played previously for three other Poland teams: CCC Polkowice, Basketpro Jelenia Gora and ROW Rybnik.
Widzew Lodz also re-signed 30-year old guard Magdalena Rzeznik (171-83). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 22 PLKK games she averaged 6.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg last season. The previous (11-12) season Rzeznik played at Odra Brzeg (2Liga). In five games she had 7.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg that season.



U20 European Championship: Richelle van der Keijl leads propels Netherlands past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Netherlands U20 49:50

Netherlands will play against Greece for the 9th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland tonight in the classification round. Netherlands crowned the regulation with six straight points to steal the victory from Poland. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
Poland built a 14:8 lead after the opening frame. The Dutch team held their opponents to just 4 points in the second frame and recorded a 20:18 halftime lead. Poland narrowed the deficit at the end of the third term. They trailed by just one point heading into the fourth stanza. Jaworska gave Poland a 40:37 lead midway through the final term. Adamowicz hit a three-pointer as Poland built a 49:44 lead with under two minutes remaining. However Netherlands finished the game with six straight points and sneaked past Poland at the end. Jacobine Klerx (175-G-94) netted 11 points, while Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) added 8 points for the winners. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Poland. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Dominika Owczarzak 18, Karolina Puss 9
Netherlands U20: Richelle Van Der Keijl 20+14 boards, Jacobine Klerx 11, Maxime Essenstam 8



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U20 European Championship: Belgium head to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Belgium U20 53:64

Belgium head to Division A for the next season. Belgium won over Portugal 63:54 and improved to 7-0 record. Tomorrow Belgium will face FYR Macedonia in their last game in Division B.
Belgium remained undefeated at the tournament. They started the game with 15:7 lead and never looked behind after. Belgium scored another 15 points in the second period to take 30:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium continued their run to Division A. They posted a 21-9 decisive surge in the third quarter when it became clear that Division B is not for Belgium anymore. Portugal closed the game with a 22-13 rally and reduced to final 11 points.
Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) netted 19 and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) chipped in with 16. Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95) scored 13 points and Joana Jesus (173-G-93) added 12.

Portugal U20: Laura Ferreira 13, Joana Jesus 12
Belgium U20: Hanne Mestdagh 21+14 rebs, Julie Vanloo 19, Sien Devliegher 16



Portuguese U18W Training Camp - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Portugal is preparing the participation in the European Championships U18 Women Division A, which will take place in Croatia, next August.

Mariyana Kostourkova , the U18 Women Portuguese Head Coach, called fourteen players for a training camp near Lisbon.

The players are: Ana Sofia Moniz, Franisca Meinedo (CPN), Catarina Cavaco (Juventude VRSA), Emilia Ferreira (GDESSA), Ines Veiga (Colegio do Calvao), Joana Cortinhas (Academico FC ), Joana Soeiro (Alges ), Josephine Filipe (Olivais FC ), Mafalda Marques (SIMECQ ), Maria Ines Santos (Fisica),Sara Dias (CD Povoa), Simone Costa (176-G-96) (Alges),Sofia Pinheiro (AD Ovarense), Susana Lopes (Coimbroes).

It is possible that, in the final cut, some players from the U16 Portuguese Team will also have a place, namely Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97), who plays at Quinta dos Lombos.




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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom posts the initial win in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-United Kingdom U20 67:69

United Kingdom posts the initial win in Albena at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Romania 69:67 and escaped the last place. Romania meanwhile fell at 0-7 record.
Both teams entered the game without victories. Romania won the first period 32:22 but failed later in the game. United Kingdom replied with 15-6 surge in the second frame and added 18-11 rally in the last stanza. Trailing 63:67 with a minute to go, United Kingdom finished the game with a 6-0 run. Rosie Hynes (172-G-93) and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) posted the last points for the winners to seal 2-point victory.
Shequila Joseph top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) nailed 12. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) brought 10 and Rosie Hynes added 8. Ana Maria Grigore (175-SG-94) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) brought 12. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) scored 11, while Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) collected 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Romania U20: Ana Maria Grigore 18, Alexandra Dumitrache 12, Alina Craciun 11, Dora Ardelean 9+14 rebs
United Kingdom U20: Shequila Joseph 20+10 rebs, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 12, Claire Paxton 10, Rosie Hynes 8



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2013 University Games: Russia coast past Taiwan, into Final - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Taiwan 69:51

Russia advanced into the championship game at the World University Games in Kazan. The hosts overcame Taiwan in the semifinal clash today to step closer to the title. Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) nailed 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Russia poured in 23 points in the first term to take a 6-point lead. Taiwan were able to slow the home team down in the second frame. The teams traded baskets but Russia managed to ensure a 36:30 halftime advantage. The hosts stretched the gap in the third term. Russia held their opponents to 8 points in the quarter and boosted the lead to 15 points before the final frame. Taiwan were limited to 13 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Evgeniya Finogentova (174-PG-91) and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) produced 9 points apiece for the home team. Ping-Jen Huang answered with 12 points for Taiwan. Chien-Hui Hsu and Hsieh Pei-Chun (181-C-91) chipped in 10 points apiece in the losing case.

Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 15, Evgeniya Finogentova 9, Natalia Vieru 9
Taiwan: Ping-Hen Huang 12, Chein-Hui Hsu 10, Hsieh Pei-Chun 10



Russia U19 defeats Argentina U19 twice in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 defeats Argentina U19 twice in Moscow in a friendly campaign before the start of the U10 World Championship. At first Russia won 55:50 as they started with 14-12 lead. Russia also looked better in the third and the last quarters to seal the victory. Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) netted 11. Armesto replied with 11 points in defeat and Aispurina netted 10.
In Game 2 Russia celebrated a 72:54 win. Both teams exchanged the victories in the first two quarters, while Russia won the third period 16-11 and finished the game with 22-10. Olga Novikova (179-G-94) and Albina Razheva top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Yuliya Gladkova scored 12. Llorente replied with 14 points in defeat and Aispurina posted 12.



U20 European Championship: Tikhonenko leads Russia over Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Slovak Republic U20 61:55

Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) leads Russia over Slovak Republic at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place of the U20 European Championship. She nailed 16 points in a 61:55 win on Saturday. Russia will take on France in the game for the 5th place, while Slovak Republic will play against Serbia for the 7-8 places.
Russia won the opening period 17:11 and scored another 17 points in the second frame. It was enough to keep 6-point halftime advantage. Slovak Republic replied with a 14-10 rally in the third period as Ivancakova reduced to 44:42.Moreover Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) gave her team 45:44 lead early in the fourth period, but Russia pulled back at the end of the game. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) and Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) shined in the last minutes to bring the necessary win.
Galina Kiseleva collected 13 points and 12 boards for the winners. Alina Zamaraeva netted 11 and Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) brought 8. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) finsihed the game with 14 points and 10 caroms in the losing case and Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) added 11 points and 10 boards. Beata Janoscikova posted 10, while Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) notched 9.

Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 16, Galina Kiseleva 13+12 rebs, Alina Zamaraeva 11, Darya Namok 8
Slovak Republic U20: Zofia Hruscakova 14+10 rebs, Sabina Oroszova 11+10 rebs, Beata Janoscikova 10, Angelika Slamova 9



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U20 European Championship: France defeat Serbia in Day 8 opener - by Eurobasket News

France U20-Serbia U20 55:50

France defeat Serbia in a classification game for 5th to 8th place clash. The French side will play for the 5th place after a 55:50 victory.
Serbia won the first period 15:12 but could not keep the lead at the end of the first half. France replied with a 17-9 surge and Alice Nayo (186-C-93) closed the half at 29:24. France dominated the whole third period and enjoyed a 47:37 lead after three quarters. Serbia did all their best to recover, but managed to reduce only to final 5 points.
Claire Stievenard (179-G/F-93) and Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) stepped up with 11 points each, while Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) nailed 9. Alice Nayo and Viviane Adjutor (185-F-93) scored 7 points each in a win. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Milica Toskovic (188-G-93) poured in 9 and Zorana Marinkovic (168-G-93) scored 7.

France U20: Claire Stievenard 11, Esther Niamke 11, Margaux Galliou-Loko 9, Alice Nayo 7, Viviane Adjutor 7
Serbia U20: Dijana Stancic 18, Nevena Markovic 11+12 rebs, Milica Toskovic 9, Zorana Marinkovic 7



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U20 European Championship: Tikhonenko leads Russia over Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20-Slovak Republic U20 61:55

Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) leads Russia over Slovak Republic at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place of the U20 European Championship. She nailed 16 points in a 61:55 win on Saturday. Russia will take on France in the game for the 5th place, while Slovak Republic will play against Serbia for the 7-8 places.
Russia won the opening period 17:11 and scored another 17 points in the second frame. It was enough to keep 6-point halftime advantage. Slovak Republic replied with a 14-10 rally in the third period as Ivancakova reduced to 44:42.Moreover Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) gave her team 45:44 lead early in the fourth period, but Russia pulled back at the end of the game. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) and Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) shined in the last minutes to bring the necessary win.
Galina Kiseleva collected 13 points and 12 boards for the winners. Alina Zamaraeva netted 11 and Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) brought 8. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) finsihed the game with 14 points and 10 caroms in the losing case and Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) added 11 points and 10 boards. Beata Janoscikova posted 10, while Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) notched 9.

Russia U20: Ksenia Tikhonenko 16, Galina Kiseleva 13+12 rebs, Alina Zamaraeva 11, Darya Namok 8
Slovak Republic U20: Zofia Hruscakova 14+10 rebs, Sabina Oroszova 11+10 rebs, Beata Janoscikova 10, Angelika Slamova 9



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U20 European Championship: Spain advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Spain U20 51:57

Spain advanced to the Final of the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Turkey 57:51 in the second Semifinal and will face Italy in the Final game. Turkey meanwhile will take on Belarus in the game for the third place.
More than 2500 local fans came to support the Turkey in Samsun. The hosts trailed 12:16 after the first period, but erupted with an 18-10 surge to take 30:26 halftime advantage. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) however was unstoppable in the game. She gave Spain 33:32 lead early in the third period, while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) closed the third period at 38:38. Astou Ndour brought 43:39 and then she scored last three points for the winners.
Astou Ndour top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Paula Estebas (175-F-93), Rodriguez Manso Leonor and Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 7 points each. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Merve Aydin had 11. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) posted 8, while Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) brought 5.

Turkey U20: Olcay Cakir 16, Merve Aydin 11, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 8, Elif Emirtekin 5
Spain U20: Astou Ndour 24+19 rebs, Paula Estebas 7, Rodriguez Manso Leonor 7, Yurena Diaz 7



Spain U19 lose two in a row at Lanzarote Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spanish U19 National Team suffered back-to-back defeats at the start of the Lanzatore Invitational Tournament. The hosts surrendered against Canada in the opener 53:58. Jamie Weisner came up with 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners. Spain led by 4 points at the interval 33:29. Canada cut the deficit at 3-point mark heading into the fourth frame 42:45. The North American team went on a 16:8 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win at the end. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) posted 11 points, while Sam Cooper added 9 points for the winning side. Irene Gari (185-F-94) answered with 15 points for Spain. Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 11 points in the loss.
Next Spain took on the USA counterparts. The visitors quickly gained the lead and raced to a 23:14 advantage at the first break. The USA boosted the gap at 17-point mark at halftime. The margin kept on growing throughout the third term. The USA piled up a 63:38 advantage before the final frame. Spain scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Linnae Harper (170-SG-95) posted 15 points for the USA. Bashaara Graves (188-F-94, college: USA NT U16) contributed 10 points in the victory. Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) responded with 13 points for Spain. Irene Gari chipped in 8 points in the defeat.



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U20 European Championship: Sweden cruise past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Lithuania U20 72:42

Sweden will play for the 13th place at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania in the classification round today to stay hopeful of rescuing their Division A place. Lithuania will play in Division B next year.
Sweden stormed ahead in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team gained a 19:6 lead after the opening quarter. Lithuania stopped the rot in the second frame. The Baltic team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 22:33. But Sweden were back into the drivers seat in the third term. They went on a 25:13 run to ensure a comfortable 23-point lead before the fourth period. Lithuania could not recover from the blow and surrendered at the end. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) paced balanced effort with 12 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) responded with 10 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Allis Nystrom 12, Josefin Vesterberg 10, Ida Christensen 9, Matilda Claesson 9, Elin Gustavsson 9
Lithuania U20: Greta Tamasauskaite 10, Ieva Preskienyte 9



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2013 University Games: Russia coast past Taiwan, into Final - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Taiwan 69:51

Russia advanced into the championship game at the World University Games in Kazan. The hosts overcame Taiwan in the semifinal clash today to step closer to the title. Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) nailed 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Russia poured in 23 points in the first term to take a 6-point lead. Taiwan were able to slow the home team down in the second frame. The teams traded baskets but Russia managed to ensure a 36:30 halftime advantage. The hosts stretched the gap in the third term. Russia held their opponents to 8 points in the quarter and boosted the lead to 15 points before the final frame. Taiwan were limited to 13 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Evgeniya Finogentova (174-PG-91) and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) produced 9 points apiece for the home team. Ping-Jen Huang answered with 12 points for Taiwan. Chien-Hui Hsu and Hsieh Pei-Chun (181-C-91) chipped in 10 points apiece in the losing case.

Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 15, Evgeniya Finogentova 9, Natalia Vieru 9
Taiwan: Ping-Hen Huang 12, Chein-Hui Hsu 10, Hsieh Pei-Chun 10



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U20 European Championship: Spain advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20-Spain U20 51:57

Spain advanced to the Final of the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Turkey 57:51 in the second Semifinal and will face Italy in the Final game. Turkey meanwhile will take on Belarus in the game for the third place.
More than 2500 local fans came to support the Turkey in Samsun. The hosts trailed 12:16 after the first period, but erupted with an 18-10 surge to take 30:26 halftime advantage. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) however was unstoppable in the game. She gave Spain 33:32 lead early in the third period, while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) closed the third period at 38:38. Astou Ndour brought 43:39 and then she scored last three points for the winners.
Astou Ndour top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Paula Estebas (175-F-93), Rodriguez Manso Leonor and Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 7 points each. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Merve Aydin had 11. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) posted 8, while Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) brought 5.

Turkey U20: Olcay Cakir 16, Merve Aydin 11, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 8, Elif Emirtekin 5
Spain U20: Astou Ndour 24+19 rebs, Paula Estebas 7, Rodriguez Manso Leonor 7, Yurena Diaz 7



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U20 European Championship: Artemis Spanou leads Greece past Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Ukraine U20 70:58

Greece claimed a comfortable win over Ukraine in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) came up with 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Greece will now take on Netherlands for the 9th position at the tournament.
Greece jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at halftime 38:34. Ukraine continued to chase their opponents in the third term. They narrowed the gap at just three points at the final break 45:46. But the Hellenes regained control in the fourth period. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) drained back-to-back three-pointers to give Greece a 65:56 lead midway through the fourth term. Greece held Ukraine to just 2 points in the final three minutes of regulation and ran away with the victory. Anastasia Slouka finished with 11 points, while Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) added 7 points for Greece. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 31+10 boards, Anastasia Slouka 11, Styliani Fouraki 7
Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Chek 17, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11



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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom posts the initial win in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-United Kingdom U20 67:69

United Kingdom posts the initial win in Albena at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Romania 69:67 and escaped the last place. Romania meanwhile fell at 0-7 record.
Both teams entered the game without victories. Romania won the first period 32:22 but failed later in the game. United Kingdom replied with 15-6 surge in the second frame and added 18-11 rally in the last stanza. Trailing 63:67 with a minute to go, United Kingdom finished the game with a 6-0 run. Rosie Hynes (172-G-93) and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) posted the last points for the winners to seal 2-point victory.
Shequila Joseph top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) nailed 12. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) brought 10 and Rosie Hynes added 8. Ana Maria Grigore (175-SG-94) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) brought 12. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) scored 11, while Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) collected 9 points and 14 rebounds.

Romania U20: Ana Maria Grigore 18, Alexandra Dumitrache 12, Alina Craciun 11, Dora Ardelean 9+14 rebs
United Kingdom U20: Shequila Joseph 20+10 rebs, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 12, Claire Paxton 10, Rosie Hynes 8



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WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 10-2 
 2. Chicago S. 10-4 
 3. Washington M. 7-7 
 4. New York L. 6-8 
 5. Indiana F. 5-8 
 6. Connecticut S. 3-9 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 11-3 
 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. 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jul. 13: Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 75-86
Jul. 12: S.Antonio SS - Washington M. 73-83
Jul. 12: Connecticut S. - Chicago S. 70-83
Jul. 13: New York L. - Indiana F. 53-74
Jul. 14: Connecticut S. - S.Antonio SS
Jul. 14: Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S.
Jul. 14: Seattle S. - Atlanta D.