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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   



Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: FIBA Africa launches Media Accreditation - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Africa basketball governing body FIBA Africa has launched accreditation for international journalists who wish to cover the championship slated for August 20 through August 31 in Abidjan Cote dIvoire.

Intending international sport journalists are to download the accreditation form from www.fibaafrica.com and sent back by email to communication@fibaafrica.com on or before August 15, 2013.

Sixteen African nations will take of the biggest basketball showpiece on the continent.

The sixteen (16) countries have been grouped into four countries of four countries each.

Group-A: Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Egypt, Senegal
Group-B: Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Morocco
Group-C: Angola, Cape Verde, Central Africa, Mozambique
Group-D: Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Mali



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  ARGENTINA   


Boca hires new head coach - by Facundo Iatzky

Finally Carlos Duro will be the head coach of boca Jrs. the next season. After Nestro Garcia left the team due to an offer of Guaros de Lara from Venezuela, managers of Boca decided to keep Carlos Duro, who was the assistant coach, as head coach. Carlos Duro has experience as head coach in Obras and Brazil.
The players already signed are: Selem Safar, Luis Cequeira, Lucas Faggiano, Marcos Delia and John Degroat.



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  AUSTRALIA   


2013 University Games: Australia advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-Australia 55:60

Australia advanced to the Semifinals of the 2013 University Games. They needed to beat the Lithuanian team 60:55 and will face Serbia tomorrow. Lithuania will play at the Classification Round for 5-8 places.
It was one of the best Quarterfinal games tonight. At first Lithuania took 20-11 lead, but Australia replied with a 15-8 rally and reduced to 28:26 at the halftime. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the third period as Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) nailed 4 in a row for 45:40 after three quarters. Ryan Broekhoff (201-F-90, agency: Priority Sports) however nailed two three-pointers I a row to give his side 51:49 lead. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) and v scored the final points in the game for the Semifinal berth.
Ryan Broekhoff stepped up with 14 points and Jason Cadee netted 12. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) and Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 9 points each. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) and Adas Juskevicius posted 16 points each in defeat, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas notched 6. Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) poured in 5 points each in a loss.

Lithuania: Vytenis Cizauskas 16, Adas Juskevicius 16, Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) 6, Vytenis Lipkevicius 5, Gediminas Orelikas 5
Australia: Ryan Broekhoff 14, Jason Cadee 12, Cody Ellis 9, Mitchell Young 9



Kings finalise 2013-14 roster - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Sydney Kings have announced their final signing for the 2013-14 season, 6 foot 8 Aussie forward Cody Ellis (203-F-90).

Ellis is originally from Perth and is the son of Wildcats legend Mike Ellis. He played his college ball at St Louis and last season averaged 10.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.1 bpg in 26 mpg.

Head coach Shane Heal was forced to sign another big man after Ian Crosswhite suddenly announced his retirement last week. Crosswhite was expected to form one of the leagues best front courts after the Kings signed AJ Ogilvy during the early days of free agency.

Ellis wont join the Kings until mid-late December but when he does he will form a solid front court combo of Ogilvy, Ben Allen (211-C-86, college: St.Mary's, CA), and Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB).

2013-14 squad:
Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) (injured)
Tom Garlepp
Kevin White (189-G-87, college: Alaska-Anch.)
James Harvey (196-G/F-79)
Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt)
Ben Allen
Brad Hill (198-G/F-86)
Jesse Sanders (190-G-89, college: Liberty) (import)
Charles Carmouche (193-G-90) (import)
Cody Ellis
Shaun Gleeson (189-G-86)
Kyle Armour (183-G-89, college: Augusta St.) (short term injury replacement)



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium closed Day 3 with the win over Holland - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Holland U20 72:59

Belgium closed Day 3 with the win over Holland at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium improved to 3-0 record after a 72:59 win. The Dutch side meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
It was the top game in the group as both teams entered the game undefeated. They both scored 17 points in the first period, but then Belgium needed a 22-11 surge to take 11-point halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium posted two narrow victories in the second half. Belgium won the third period 14013 and added 19-18 rally in the end.
Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) stepped up with 21 points and Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) nailed 12. Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) brought 10, whilst Louis Hazard (199-F-94) notched 8. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) finished the night with 20 points, while Arjans Vos Hidde had 9. Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) brought 8 and Torben Tonjann (203-C-94) chipped in with 7.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 21, Yoeri Schoepen 12, Arno Mollekens 10, Louis Hazard 8
Holland U20: Olaf Schaftenaar 20, Arjans Vos Hidde 9, Dexter Hope 8, Torben Tonjann 7



Hulsen Hopeful For Future - by Greg

As the eagerly awaited BBL fixtures were being finally formulated before their publication this week, the league was dealt a blow when it was revealed that basement club Mersey Tigers would not be lining up for the 2013/14 season after a disastrous campaign in 2012/13 that saw them fail to win a game in all BBL competitions.

This included a humiliating BBL Trophy loss at the hands of EBL Division 1 Worthing Thunder who at that time had yet to win a game. So, there was no doubting that it was a tough season for The Tigers and many wondered about their participation in the forthcoming BBL season.

Last week, the feelings of many were confirmed with the announcement of Mersey's withdrawal and whilst it could hardly be deemed a huge surprise for many, it did come as a shock to one or two closely associated with the club who thought they had weathered the storm and were about to turn the corner.

Whilst a 35 game losing season is certainly nothing to write home about, the Tigers did make a lot of friends with their never-say-die attitude and willingness to give young local talent a chance to shine at BBL level and there is no doubting that their players and coaching staff never let their heads drop during difficult times.

One of those that epitomised that attitude and character as well as anyone was 22-year Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management). The former Belgian Under-20 international came to the club as a virtual unknown and by the end of the season had shown that he could hold his own in the BBL.

Hulsen only missed one game and ended up with respectable statistics of 10.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game averaging 32 minutes per game and he also shot 73.6% from the free throw line. He played more minutes than anyone else on the Tigers roster and despite his young age ended the season as Tigers captain and MVP.

Hulsen had been hoping to go back to Mersey this season and build on his own personal performance as well as try to help the progress of pro-basketball in the City of Liverpool. The announcement last week left him surprised and disappointment and it also left him, currently, without a team for next season.

EuroBasket spoke with Hulsen on the day following the BBL announcement and asked him how he felt about the news of the Tigers demise.

"I feel really sad for the club, staff, owners and all the fans. I had been in touch with the coach since the end of the last season and I know he had worked hard in the off season to form a competitive team that could make progress in the BBL."

"I had hoped to be back next season and help them progress. Despite what happened last season it was still a pleasure to play for the coach, for Mersey Tigers and in The BBL. But, I think it is a complicated situation and one that is difficult to come to terms with and explain. I am saddened and very disappointed that this has happened."

Anyone that saw Hulsen play last season could see that despite the adversity he always gave 100% and showed he could play in the BBL.

"I am still a young professional and motivated to work hard. I am always thinking about raising my level up month after month, week after week, day after day. For a young guy who played his first year in another country, I finished with a correct line of stats."

"I proved to the coach last season that I was regular, consistent and serious in my work and he saw that as I was made Captain of the team after the Christmas break which shows how much he thought of me and my game. And I think I proved to the fans that I have the ability to play at BBL level too as I received the MVP title of the team with 80% of the fans votes."

Clearly at the end of the season Hulsen was hopeful that he would be coming back to the BBL and began his preparations almost as soon as he got back to Belgium.


"As soon as I finished the season and got back to Belgium I immediately made contact with a sport doctor and a physical trainer who set out a schedule for me for all the holidays. The doctor also gave me a diet and continues to monitor me. I also work 5 days a week with an individual coach to keep practicing on all aspects of my game too."

"I would love to come back to the BBL as the level is really competitive and I really appreciate people's mentality in England and their support. But, if I do not make it back to The BBL I hope to play pro-ball somewhere else as before I came to England I had played professionally in Belgium since I was 17."

"I know after my experience last season in the BBL I have raised the level of my game and become better physically and mentally. I feel I have a lot to offer any club that I sign for as I always work hard and defend my clubs colours. I prepare well for every game, take my involvement seriously and give a positive, consistent and committed attitude in everything I do."

Whether Hulsen turns up in The BBL again next season will depend on whether any other club was impressed enough and is willing to take a chance on this likeable young man's talent and attitude. But whatever happens, Hulsen will remember his time in The BBL with Mersey fondly despite the trials and tribulations he went through.

"It was certainly a learning experience and despite what happened to us most games I still enjoyed it. Being in a different country and experiencing different cultures was exciting and I also enjoyed very much the level of the basketball and it showed me that I can play at a good level for the future."



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  BRAZIL   


2013 University Games: Canada reach the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Canada-Brazil 88:77

Canada reach the Semifinals of the 2013 University Games. The team overcame Brazil 88:77 and will take on Russia in the Top Four clash. Brazil will place in the Classification Round for 5-8 places.
It was Brazil to start better in the game. They took 20:17 lead at the end of the first period, while Canada grabbed 1-point halftime advantage after 21-17 rally in the second frame. Moreover Canada won the third period 21-15 and finished the game with 29-25 run.
Brady Heslip (188-G-90) paced all the winners with 20 points and Dwight Powell (208-F-91) netted 15. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) delivered 12, while Kyle Wiltjer (208-F-92) notched 11. Andre Silva (193-F-89) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and DEODATO Guilherme brought 14. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) netted 11, whilst Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) added 10.

Canada: Brady Heslip 20, Dwight Powell 15, Melvin Ejim 12, Kyle Wiltjer 11
Brazil: Andre Silva 15, DEODATO Guilherme 14, Leonardo Meindl 11, Lucas Mariano 10



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  CANADA   


2013 University Games: Canada reach the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Canada-Brazil 88:77

Canada reach the Semifinals of the 2013 University Games. The team overcame Brazil 88:77 and will take on Russia in the Top Four clash. Brazil will place in the Classification Round for 5-8 places.
It was Brazil to start better in the game. They took 20:17 lead at the end of the first period, while Canada grabbed 1-point halftime advantage after 21-17 rally in the second frame. Moreover Canada won the third period 21-15 and finished the game with 29-25 run.
Brady Heslip (188-G-90) paced all the winners with 20 points and Dwight Powell (208-F-91) netted 15. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) delivered 12, while Kyle Wiltjer (208-F-92) notched 11. Andre Silva (193-F-89) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and DEODATO Guilherme brought 14. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) netted 11, whilst Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) added 10.

Canada: Brady Heslip 20, Dwight Powell 15, Melvin Ejim 12, Kyle Wiltjer 11
Brazil: Andre Silva 15, DEODATO Guilherme 14, Leonardo Meindl 11, Lucas Mariano 10



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  CHILE   


Libsur: Round 12 Results - by Daniel Valencia

This weekend was played Round 12 of Libsur 2013. The leaders of each group won their respective games of the weekend. Deportes Castro continues with the unbeaten streak after defeating to Aleman 59-58 while Deportivo Espanol defeated easily to CD Lautaro 113-77 to reach a 11-1 record.

North Zone

AB Temuco 76 - CD Victoria 86
CDM Loncoche 70 - CD Carahue 86
CD Las Animas 68 - CD Valdivia 63
CD Lautaro 77 - CD Espanol 113

South Zone

CDS Osorno 62 - CEB Pto. Montt 65
CD Col. Aleman 58 - DEportes Castro 59
ABA Ancud 117 - CEM Calbuco 57
CDS Osorno 50 - CD Puerto Varas 68




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NBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu TX - Changsha Bank 92-77

Jiangsu TX made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Changsha Bank turnovers and outrebounded them 34-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. Changsha Bank was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) accounted for 23 points. Four Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) came up with 23 points and 5 assists and guard Yan Gao (190-93) added 14 points respectively for Changsha Bank in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: M.Zhuang 23+4reb, E.Chinemelu 22+11reb+1ast, F.Xin 17+1ast, S.XinLei 10+6reb, S.XianLing 6+1reb+1ast, Y.ZhiYong 5+2reb+3ast
Changsha Bank: A.Hilton 23+4reb+5ast, G.Yan 14+2reb+2ast, B.Jiguang 9+2reb+1ast, F.Bo 9+1reb, J.JunQi 8+6reb, S.Jian 5+1reb+1ast
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Sichuan BW - Chongqing FD 94-78

The game was mostly controlled by Sichuan BW. Chongqing FD managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 8 blocks. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winners and Taiwanese point guard Yong-Ren Wu (176-82) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 30+15reb+2ast, C.XiaoDong 12+3reb+2ast, W.Jing 12+3reb+1ast, H.XiaoBin 10+2reb+3ast, C.Ma 7+1reb+2ast, W.Yong-Ren 7+6reb+9ast
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 24+16reb, Y.KaiFu 17+3reb+3ast, L.XueSong 12+3reb+1ast, S.TianGang 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Peng 6+4reb, Y.Liang 5+1reb
gschID: 243414



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  CYPRUS   


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

Finland U20-Cyprus U20 82:37

Finland edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic team won over the opponents 82:37 to tie both records at 1-2.
Finland looked outstanding in the game and managed to post their first victory at the tournament. They started the game with 17-9 lead and added 20-7 rally in the second frame. Moreover Finland had 18-13 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-8 surge in the last stanza. Clement made the last shot for the winners in the game.
Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) stepped up with 16 points and Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) netted 15. Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) brought 10. Marios Georgiou (185-SG-94) scored 8 points in the losing effort and Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) had 7.

Finland U20: Joonas Caven 16, Joonas Lehtoranta 15, Tommi Huolila 13+11 rebs, Topias Palmi 10
Cyprus U20: Marios Georgiou 8, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 7



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  ESTONIA   


2013 University Games: Serbia outgun Estonia to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Estonia 88:43

Serbia recorded victory in the first quarterfinal clash at the World University Games. They knocked down Estonia to reach the semifinal stage. Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) nailed 13 points each for the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout intense first period. The Balkan team eked out an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Serbia boosted the lead in the second frame. They went on a 20:9 rally to pile up a 38:25 halftime lead. Serbia knocked down 20 points in the third term to clear off. They ensured a 19-point buffer before the final period and never looked back en route to the victory. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points in the win. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Estonia. Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia: Djordje Drenovac 13, Stefan Zivanovic 13, Djordje Gagic 12
Estonia: Erik Keedus 12, Toomas Raadik 10



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Poland3-0
2. U.Kingdom3-0
3. Hungary2-1
4. Romania1-2
5. Slovakia0-3
6. Luxembourg.0-3
Group B
1. Belgium3-0
2. Holland2-1
3. Portugal1-2
4. Switzerlan.1-2
5. Cyprus1-2
6. Finland1-2

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jul. 14: POL - LUX 84-34
Jul. 14: SVK - HUN 63-79
Jul. 14: ROM - ENG 43-99

Group B

Jul. 14: FIN - CYP 82-37
Jul. 14: BEL - NED 72-59
Jul. 14: POR - SUI 70-90

Preliminary Round: Round 4

Group A

Jul. 16: LUX - SVK
Jul. 16: ENG - POL
Jul. 16: HUN - ROM

Group B

Jul. 16: NED - POR
Jul. 16: CYP - BEL
Jul. 16: SUI - FIN


Division B: Day 3 in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Romania - United Kingdom 43-99
United Kingdom takes 3-0 record in Group A of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They posted a 99:43 win against Romania to remain perfect in Pitesti. The hosts meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record. United Kingdom opened the game with a 22:10 lead and never looked behind. The guests managed to win all the quarters as they added 31-7 surge in the second period. United Kingdom posted a 21-14 rally in the third period and finished the game with 25-12 burst. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Nick Lewis (190-G-93) also scored 14, while Hart Joe had 12.

Slovakia - Hungary 63-79
Hungary registered the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Slovak Republic to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Slovak Republic slipped at 0-3 record after the loss. Hungary set the tone early in the game. They went on a 23:17 run in the first period. Hungary maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They ensured a 41:33 halftime buffer. Things got just worse for Slovak Republic in the third period. They faced a massive 15-point deficit at the final break. Hungary limited their opponents to 14 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) and Laszlo Dobos added 14 points each for Hungary. Slovak Republic answered with 22 points from Viktor Juricek (208-F-93). Oliver Tot netted 13 points in the loss.

Poland - Luxembourg 84-34
Poland grabbed the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They rallied past Luxembourg to stay on top of Group A. Przemyslaw Karnowski posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Poland unloaded 26 points in the first ten minutes to take a 13-point lead. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Poland accumulated a 45:23 halftime advantage. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the third term. Poland piled up a 69:29 advantage before the fourth frame. They limited Luxembourg to 5 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) chipped in 14 points, while Filip Matczak (186-PG-93) dropped 10 points in the winning case. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tom Welter and Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) had 5 points each in the loss.

Group B
Belgium - Holland 72-59
Belgium closed Day 3 with the win over Holland at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium improved to 3-0 record after a 72:59 win. The Dutch side meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record. It was the top game in the group as both teams entered the game undefeated. They both scored 17 points in the first period, but then Belgium needed a 22-11 surge to take 11-point halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium posted two narrow victories in the second half. Belgium won the third period 14013 and added 19-18 rally in the end. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) stepped up with 21 points and Schoepen Yoeri nailed 12. Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) brought 10, whilst Hazard Louis notched 8. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) finished the night with 20 points, while Arjans Vos Hidde had 9. Hope Dexter brought 8 and Tonjann Torben chipped in with 7.

Portugal - Switzerland 70-90
Switzerland surprise Portugal in Day 3 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side won 90:70 as both teams are now with 1-2 records in Group B. Portugal appeared stronger and won the first period 20:14. The Swiss side however replied with the same 20-14 rally in the second quarter and tied the game at the halftime. Portugal won again the third period 26-24 as Ventura closed the third period at 60:58. The last quarter was dominated by Switzerland that erupted with 32-10 push for the final success. Hoxha Arben stepped up with 19 points and Mladjan Dusan netted 17. Affolter Christian brought 16, while Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) added 14. Ribeiro Joao and Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Castela Artur had 11. Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Finland - Cyprus 82-37
Finland edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic team won over the opponents 82:37 to tie both records at 1-2. Finland looked outstanding in the game and managed to post their first victory at the tournament. They started the game with 17-9 lead and added 20-7 rally in the second frame. Moreover Finland had 18-13 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-8 surge in the last stanza. Clement made the last shot for the winners in the game. Caven Joonas stepped up with 16 points and Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) netted 15. Huolila Tommi collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) brought 10. Georgiou Marios scored 8 points in the losing effort and Mantovani Roberto Alexander had 7.



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  FBA   

Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 10-2 
 2. Heartland P. 7-3 
 3. Florida Flight 5-6 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-11 



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  FINLAND   


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

Finland U20-Cyprus U20 82:37

Finland edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic team won over the opponents 82:37 to tie both records at 1-2.
Finland looked outstanding in the game and managed to post their first victory at the tournament. They started the game with 17-9 lead and added 20-7 rally in the second frame. Moreover Finland had 18-13 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 27-8 surge in the last stanza. Clement made the last shot for the winners in the game.
Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) stepped up with 16 points and Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) netted 15. Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) brought 10. Marios Georgiou (185-SG-94) scored 8 points in the losing effort and Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) had 7.

Finland U20: Joonas Caven 16, Joonas Lehtoranta 15, Tommi Huolila 13+11 rebs, Topias Palmi 10
Cyprus U20: Marios Georgiou 8, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 7



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  FRANCE   


Aliaga signs Marcellus Sommerville, ex Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim (TBL) signed 31-year old American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-102kg-82, college: Bradley). He played last season at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Sommerville also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in France. In 36 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg that season. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Sommerville also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg and 3.7rpg.
In 2010-11 season he played at Paris-Levallois (ProA) in French league. In 27 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Sommerville also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league. In 19 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Sommerville also spent pre-season at Chalon/Saor (ProA) in French league that year. In 8 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3spg. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 7.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2006 Sommerville was drafted by Atlanta Krunk Wolverines (CBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former Bradley University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Sommerville has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Hungary (Atomeromu) and France (Chorale de Roanne, STB Le Havre and Angers BC 49).
He could be described: Experienced Player, excellent versatility inside/outside player. Creates tough match-ups for opponents can play multiple positions 3 and 4. Aggressive defensively and very competitive, loves the challenge of guarding opponents best guard/forward. Team Player has the ability to play one on one. Great 3pt shooter and good decision maker. Good rebounder and very physical inside player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Aliaga signs Marcellus Sommerville, ex Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim (TBL) signed 31-year old American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-102kg-82, college: Bradley). He played last season at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Sommerville also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in France. In 36 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg that season. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Sommerville also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg and 3.7rpg.
In 2010-11 season he played at Paris-Levallois (ProA) in French league. In 27 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Sommerville also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league. In 19 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Sommerville also spent pre-season at Chalon/Saor (ProA) in French league that year. In 8 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3spg. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 7.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2006 Sommerville was drafted by Atlanta Krunk Wolverines (CBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former Bradley University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Sommerville has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Hungary (Atomeromu) and France (Chorale de Roanne, STB Le Havre and Angers BC 49).
He could be described: Experienced Player, excellent versatility inside/outside player. Creates tough match-ups for opponents can play multiple positions 3 and 4. Aggressive defensively and very competitive, loves the challenge of guarding opponents best guard/forward. Team Player has the ability to play one on one. Great 3pt shooter and good decision maker. Good rebounder and very physical inside player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Le Havre adds Invernizzi to their roster - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProA) added to their roster 20-year old small forward Hugo Invernizzi (196-93). He has played for the last two seasons at Strasbourg IG (ProA). In 27 games he recorded just 2.4ppg last season. He helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
Despite young age Invernizzi had impressive career. His was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Honorable Mention back in 2009. He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. Invernizzi's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 47.8%.
Invernizzi has played previously for another French team Centre Federal du Basket-Ball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Le Havre adds Invernizzi to their roster - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProA) added to their roster 20-year old small forward Hugo Invernizzi (196-93). He has played for the last two seasons at Strasbourg IG (ProA). In 27 games he recorded just 2.4ppg last season. He helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
Despite young age Invernizzi had impressive career. His was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Honorable Mention back in 2009. He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. Invernizzi's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 47.8%.
Invernizzi has played previously for another French team Centre Federal du Basket-Ball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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One more year: Keaton Nankivil staying at ratiopharm Ulm - by Moritz Korff

Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) has signed a fresh one-year deal with BBL team ratiopharm Ulm. "Keaton has been a pillar of the team in the past two years", Ulm manager Thomas Stoll stated. Head coach Thorsten Leibenath added: "He has developed extremely well, both on and off the court."
Nankivil saw action in 29 BBL encounters last season, averaging 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds a contest. He also appeared in 14 games of the EuroCup, producing 8.4 points as well as 4.8 boards and 1 block per outing. However, he was slowed down by a shoulder injury which hampered him especially in the second half of the season.



Cliff Ederaine set for Sechtem move - by Moritz Korff

All-around player Cliff Ederaine (200-F-90) has been added to the 2013-14 roster of Regionalliga side SG Sechtem. Ederaine is 23 years of age, was born in Nigeria and raised in Moreno Valley, California. He is able to play on the wing as well as at the center position. "He is a tenacious rebounder and can take other big guys off the dribble. He's a good off-the-ball defender", Jim Hayford, head coach of the Eastern Washington University mens basketball team, stated on the school's website.
Ederaine spent two years at the junior college level, attending the College of the Sequoias. From 2010 to 2012 he played at Eastern Washington (NCAA D1), averaging 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks as a senior. He didn't play on any team during the 2012-13 season.



BSW Sixers confirm Hagner deal - by Moritz Korff

Gene Hagner (190-G-83) will follow coach Torsten Schierenbeck's path from Dorsten to Bitterfeld-Sandersdorf-Wolfen. The 29-year-old guard has inked a two-year deal with the BSW Sixers (2. Bundesliga Pro B).
"Gene is a player who constantly wants to get better. He has got the ability to provide his team with a boost at any time, he shows an uncanny will to win and he is an extremely tough defender. I think he and Sascha Ahnsehl (186-G-86) will play very well together", Schierenbeck says.
Hagner averaged 10 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists a contest for BG Dorsten last season. The Heilbronn native is looking forward to wearing a Sixers' uniform: "The talent of the team and its basketball IQ are at an extremely high level", he stated.



Steve Briggs Moves To UBC Munster - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team UBC Munster have a further part of their puzzle solved for the upcoming season by adding Steve Briggs (178-G-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) Briggs is a 27 year old 178cm guard from Duncanville, Texas that will be starting his third season in Germany. He didnt play last season, but played from 2010-2012 with BSV Wulfen (Germany-ProB) and two seasons ago played 24 games averaging 19.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 81.4%. "I am excited to come to Munster and play for coach Kappenstein again. I have heard that we will be agood team and I will do my best each day that we will be successful", stressed Steve Briggs. The American started his basketball career at Okla.Wesleyan (NAIA) and in his senior year played 34 games averaging 22.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 39.2%, FT: 79.8%. "I am happy that we have gotten an experienced player who played in Germany and belonged to the top five guards in the Pro B and top three scorers. He has been the most professional player that I have coached on and off the court and that is important. His biggest strength is closing the games and taking responsobility and making the big decisions. He is a winner and has won two college titles", stressed coach Kappenstein. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NAIA D2 Sweet 16 -08, NAIA D2 All-Tournament Team -09, NAIA D2 All-Tournament MVP -09, NAIA D2 Champion -09, NAIA Division II All-Tournament Team -10, NAIA D2 Final Four -10, All-NAIA D2 Player of the Year -10, and All-NAIA D2 1st Team -10

Source: UBC Muenster e.V.





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



Chris Manresa Moves To The Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club Cuxhaven Bascats have announced the arrival of Chris Manresa (206-F-90). Manresa is a 23 year old 206 cm forward from Rancho Santa Margarita, California that weighs 110 kilos. The American will start his professional basketball career in Germany after playing four years at San Diego (NCAA) and in his senior year played 27 games: 9.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 48.5%, FT: 60.5%. "Chris doesnt only bring length and strength, but is very moveable. He was exactly the player that we wanted. He gives us total other opportunities under the basket", stresssed Bascats head coach Krists Plendiskis. Manresa played a total of 17 NCAA games.

Source: Cuxhaven Bascats



Ivan Pavic Joins 1:FC Baunach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team have added experience and basketball personality to their roster with Ivan Pavic (201-F-81). Pavic is a 31 year old 201cm forward that last season played for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (Germany-ProB) playing 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg. A foot injury limited his play last season. "Especially the young players Johannes Richter and Johannes Thiemann should profit from his experience", stated 1.FC Baunach head coach Ulf Schabacker. Pavic played 8 seasons for TSC Troester Breitengussbach and also played for the Brose baskets Bamberg playing a total of 153 games for the Beko BBL team. Pavic won two Beko BBL titles with Bamberg.

Source: 1. FC Baunach



Stephen Arigbabu (As A Coach I Want Everything 100 Percent Right) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Stephen Arigbabu (205-C-72) is an ex German national player that had a long playing career playing for 12 teams and retired in 2010 to turn to coaching. He started his basketball career in 1992 for Braunschweig. He then played for SSV Ulm for two seasons until 1997. He then got further basketball experience with Alba Berlin rom 1997-1999. He then played three years in Greece before returning back to Germany to play in Cologne and in Weissenfels winning the 2004 Fiba Cup with MBC. In his last six years of professional basketball, he played in Italy for Euro Roseto (Italy-SerieA and TDShop.it Livorno (Italy-SerieA) and also some years in Greece with Olimpia GE Larisa (Greece-A1 and Marousi BC (Greece-A1). He won two Beko BBL titles with Alba Berlin, a Bronze medal at the 2002 world championships in Indianapolis and a silver medal at the 2005 European championships in Belgrade. In 2010, he became a head coach for the BSV Sixers whom he led into the Pro B and a playoff position. Currently the German is an assistant coach for the German U-18 national team. He spoke to Eurobasket.com about basketball.

Hi Stephen, thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. You have been retired as a player since 2010 and quite quickly continued your basketball career in the coaching ranks. Did it take some time to get fully used to not playing anymore? What do you miss most from your playing days?


To be honest I am not missing playing basketball at all. After almost 20 years professional basketball I am really enjoying not to have to sprint up and down the court anymore:-) . What I am missing though is the good teammates that I had through all the years. Fortunately I am still in contact with some of them.


You had quick success in the coaching ranks with the BSW Sixers leading them from the Regionaliga into the Pro B in your first season. You then reached the playoffs, but left the team in December 2012. All in all what kind of an expereince was your first coaching gig in Germany and what were you able to learn from it?

I am thankful that I was able to get the job with BSW. I always knew that I am able to teach basketball. Coaching is something totally different. It was a great experience coaching BSW as I was feeling how I improved from week to week and month to month. I know that I have lots of knowledge as a player and now my job is to give this experience to the players that I coach.


You were recently named assistant coach for the German U-18 team on May 3rd. You had coached teams in the Regionaliga and Pro B before getting this job. How challenging has it been coaching young German players in comparison to what you had done with the BSW Sixers?

Its a great challenge for me. It is totally different then working in ProB as with the U18 team, I am working with players that have their mind set to become basketball pros. With BSW only the Americans were playing as pros. My mind is 24 hours on basketball and I am very happy to deal with players and officials that are thinking the same way.

The U-18 European championships start this week in Macedonia. Germany is in a group with Holland, Estonia, Austria and Georgia. How do you see the chances of Germany in this tournament?


Of course our goal is to move up in the A division again. To reach this goal we have to finish in top 3. Our games in preparation were very difficult for us as we were only able to win 1 out of 9 games. Its worth to mention that all these games were against top European teams like Spain, France and Greece for example. At the european championship in macedonia it is very important that we use our strength. If we play up to our potential I think we have a good chance of reaching our goals.


You have been working together with head coach Kay Bluemel for more than two months. How good is your working relationship and what have you been able to learn from him on and off the court?


First of all I am very thankful to learn and work for a such an experienced coach like Bluemel. .He is working for many years in the federation and has seen it all. As I was playing many years with the German national team, our philosophy of basketball is the same. It was pretty easy for me to understand what kind of basketball he likes to play. For all the good words I have to say for him as a coach I also have to mention that he is a great person as well. My feeling is that all the players in the team are enjoying to play for him and the chemistry in the team is very good


What is your biggest strength as a head coach and what is a hidden strength in your coaching that isnt always seen right away?

That is definitely a question that the players I am working with could answer much better but I think that my work ethic is the same that I had when I used to play. As a Coach I want everything 100 percent right. Of course this is sometimes annoying some players but this is the way I have learned basketball and that will be the way I will coach.

Is there at times pressure on an ex player like yourself being a head coach? Not all coaches are ex players, but ex players have that certain touch as ex players that they take behind the bench.

The only pressure that I had so far is that my personal expectations are very high. Of course I know that a good player isnt a good coach automatically but I think there are many things, as discipline for example, that I have learned as a player that I can take into my coaching career.


As an ex center you must take extra time to help young centers like Johannes Joos or Daniel Mayr. How much potential do these young Germans have?

First of all I have to say that many European countries would be happy if they would have players as tall as we have them on the team. When I was the first time with the under 18 team in training camp, we had like 6 guys almost taller than me!! Of course I am trying to give the big guys the extra hint at times. Besides the 2 big guys that you have mentioned there are many other good prospects on our roster for the European championship like Sengfelder and Rohwer for example. But as we all know talent isnt enough, the players need to work hard. Thats also something I am trying to tell and teach them. Without hard work there wont be any results or success.

One player that I am curiously observing from a far is Jan Wimberg. How is his development coming and just how unending is his potential?


Of course he has high potential and we expect a lot from him. I know him from my games in ProB against Oldenburg. For myself I can say that I need him to dominate more as he has the skills to do so. We cant forget that he is born in 1996 but playing with guys born 95.At times he is just a "teammate" on the court but not the guy that is leading the group. He is in a good program (Oldenburg) with good coaches and he will develop. If he continues to work hard, he has a good chance to become a serious player.

What are your plans for after the summer? You surely must want to get back to coaching a club? Could you see yourself coaching in the Pro A or Beko BBL in the next two seasons?

Of course I want to get back coaching in ProA or BBL. There were talks with some teams but I didnt find an agreement with any club. At this point I am focused on the U18 national team but with one eye of course I am looking for a "daily job". Hopefully a situation will come soon so I can get back to work. Being without a team after such a long time is a difficult situation but there is many things that I have planned for example traveling to Slovenia for the mens European championship to watch some games.

What coach do you respect most in the German leagues?

For sure Svetislav Pesic is one of my favourite coaches as I have worked with him for 3 years with club teams plus in the national team. He is one of the hardest working guys in Europe. Playing for him wasnt easy always but know being a coach myself, I understand more and more what he was trying to teach us back in the days. I am very happy that I had the opportunity to meet Coach Pesic.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Last DVD I was watching was an old basketball DVD. Jeff van Gundy "Defending the Pick and Roll"


Thanks Stephen for the chat.




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Kevin Palmer (ex KAOD) agreed terms with Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) inked 26-year old American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-95kg-87, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played most recently at KAO Dramas in Greek A1 league. In 26 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.4spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year.
The previous (11-12) season Palmer played at Fukuoka Rizing (BJ League) in Japan. In 53 games he averaged impressive 21.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg and 2.7spg that season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Defensive Team. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Austin Toros in D-League. In 43 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Palmer also spent pre-season at the Wizards in NBA that year. His team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2012.
Palmer has played also professionally in NBA (Washington Wizards).
He attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Source: David Pick (IAmDPick)



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U20 European Championship: Belgium closed Day 3 with the win over Holland - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Holland U20 72:59

Belgium closed Day 3 with the win over Holland at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Belgium improved to 3-0 record after a 72:59 win. The Dutch side meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
It was the top game in the group as both teams entered the game undefeated. They both scored 17 points in the first period, but then Belgium needed a 22-11 surge to take 11-point halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium posted two narrow victories in the second half. Belgium won the third period 14013 and added 19-18 rally in the end.
Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) stepped up with 21 points and Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) nailed 12. Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) brought 10, whilst Louis Hazard (199-F-94) notched 8. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) finished the night with 20 points, while Arjans Vos Hidde had 9. Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) brought 8 and Torben Tonjann (203-C-94) chipped in with 7.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 21, Yoeri Schoepen 12, Arno Mollekens 10, Louis Hazard 8
Holland U20: Olaf Schaftenaar 20, Arjans Vos Hidde 9, Dexter Hope 8, Torben Tonjann 7



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U20 European Championship: Hungary prevail against Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20 - Slovak Republic U20 79:63

Hungary registered the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Slovak Republic to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Slovak Republic slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Hungary set the tone early in the game. They went on a 23:17 run in the first period. Hungary maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They ensured a 41:33 halftime buffer. Things got just worse for Slovak Republic in the third period. They faced a massive 15-point deficit at the final break. Hungary limited their opponents to 14 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) and Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93, agency: FCM) added 14 points each for Hungary. Slovak Republic answered with 22 points from Viktor Juricek (208-F-93). Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) netted 13 points in the loss.

Hungary U20: Rosco Allen 15, Luka Markovic 14, Laszlo Dobos 14
Slovak Republic U20: Viktor Juricek 22, Oliver Tot 13



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Scotty Hopson (ex Hapoel Eilat) is a newcomer at Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Scotty Hopson (200-93kg-89, college: Tennessee). He played last season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 33 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.7ppg and had 5.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team.
The previous (11-12) season Hopson played at Kolossos (A1) in Greek league. In 35 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 3.0rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Hopson played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2009.
He graduated from University of Tennessee in 2011 and it is his third season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic and explosive swingman who is a natural scorer able to easily attack the basket and finish. Efficient offensive player who shoots a high FG percentage and is developing into an excellent 3 point shooter. Rebounds very well for his position and is a willing and capable passer.


Source: David Pick (IAmDPick)



Kevin Palmer (ex KAOD) agreed terms with Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) inked 26-year old American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-95kg-87, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played most recently at KAO Dramas in Greek A1 league. In 26 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.4spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year.
The previous (11-12) season Palmer played at Fukuoka Rizing (BJ League) in Japan. In 53 games he averaged impressive 21.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg and 2.7spg that season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Defensive Team. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Austin Toros in D-League. In 43 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Palmer also spent pre-season at the Wizards in NBA that year. His team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2012.
Palmer has played also professionally in NBA (Washington Wizards).
He attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

Source: David Pick (IAmDPick)



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2013 University Games: Japan rolled over Oman at the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

Japan-Oman 123:40

Japan rolled over Oman at the Classification Round for 17-24 places. Japan stormed past the opponents with 123:40 win.
Japan exploded with 27-14 lead in the first period and dominated the whole court. They added massive 35-11 surge in the second frame and increased to 62:25 at the halftime. Moreover Japan posted two comfortable victories in the second half as well. They won the third period 26-9 and finished the game with 35-6 in the last quarter.
Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Sohei Kawakami (190-G-91) as well as Naoki Uto (91) netted 15 each. Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) brought 14, while Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) had 11. AL AAMRI Nouh answered with 15 points in defeat and AL FARRAJI Hassan had 7. AL SIBANI Ahmed and AL SAADI Said scored 6 points each in defeat.

Japan: Seiji Ikaruga 21, Sohei Kawakami 15, Naoki Uto 15, Taku Bandoh 14, Kengo Nomoto 11
Oman: AL AAMRI Nouh 15, AL FARRAJI Hassan 7, AL SIBANI Ahmed 6, AL SAADI Said 6



William Jones Cup: Japan edge Taiwan B for first win in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Taiwan B 96:81

Japan registered the first win at the William Jones Cup. They defeated the Taiwanese B National Team on the final day of the tournament. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) nailed 20 points to lead Japan.
The visitors snatched a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Japan stretched the gap in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:30 halftime lead. Japan erupted for 31 points in the third frame posting an 18-point lead before the fourth period. Taiwan nailed 32 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) netted 18 points in the victory. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Taiwan B. Kuo-Wei Lai chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 20, Yuta Watanabe 18+14 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 22, Kuo-Wei Lai 18



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William Jones Cup: USA roll past Jordan to clinch fourth position - by Eurobasket News

USA - Jordan 81:71

The USA wrapped up their William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They knocked down Jordan to improve at 4-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Jordan fell at 2-5 record and finished 6th at the tournament.
The USA surged ahead early in the game. They recorded a 23:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Jordan cut the deficit in the second period. The Asian team narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at halftime 41:33. Jordan denied the deficit in the third period. They sparked with a 24:12 rally to clinch a 4-point lead at the final intermission. The North American team responded with a 28-point outburst in the final term and escaped with the victory at the end. Marcus Melvin (6'8''-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) finished with 13 points, while Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85, college: Murray St.) and Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) netted 10 points each for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (6'3''-PG-87) and Wesam Al-Sous (6'2''-PG-83) responded with 15 points each for Jordan.

USA: Eric Hicks 18, Marcus Melvin 13, Ed Horton 10, Jermaine Dailey 10
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 15, Wesam Al-Sous 15



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  LEBANON   


Save The Lebanese Basketball - by Elie Khoury

I'm Writing today while heartbroken, crying basketball , urging , begging and hoping .
Basketball has been representing Lebanon, the Cedars... this trend that became famous " The Cedars Are Coming " !
Today we are crying basketball, we are crying 4 million Lebanese Cedar.

Now that the Lebanese Court of Justice rejected Amchit and mouttahed lawsuit , The Lebanese Federation of Basketball is backed up from both the FIBA and the Lebanese court of justice .

Only one point remains obstacle in order for the Cedars to compete in Fiba asia 2013 , and that's the Mou.
up till this moment, four teams didn't sign the MOU, RIYADI - AMCHIT - MOUTTAHED - BYBLOS.
We urge these four clubs to Save the game, save the country , save our youth.
Sign the Mou, lay down whatever you have against this federation, and judge it after Asia .
Sue them, Make them resign, attack them, curse them... insult them, but after we see our golden Era National team holding the asian trophy for the first time.

It's your last chance, the fans won't forgive , the media won't forget , and we all won't let you get away with that harsh act.

Let the Cedars Live.
Sign the Mou !!!!!!!



Save The Lebanese Basketball - by Elie Khoury

I'm Writing today while heartbroken, crying basketball , urging , begging and hoping .
Basketball has been representing Lebanon, the Cedars... this trend that became famous " The Cedars Are Coming " !
Today we are crying basketball, we are crying 4 million Lebanese Cedar.

Now that the Lebanese Court of Justice rejected Amchit and mouttahed lawsuit , The Lebanese Federation of Basketball is backed up from both the FIBA and the Lebanese court of justice .

Only one point remains obstacle in order for the Cedars to compete in Fiba asia 2013 , and that's the Mou.
up till this moment, four teams didn't sign the MOU, RIYADI - AMCHIT - MOUTTAHED - BYBLOS.
We urge these four clubs to Save the game, save the country , save our youth.
Sign the Mou, lay down whatever you have against this federation, and judge it after Asia .
Sue them, Make them resign, attack them, curse them... insult them, but after we see our golden Era National team holding the asian trophy for the first time.

It's your last chance, the fans won't forgive , the media won't forget , and we all won't let you get away with that harsh act.

Let the Cedars Live.
Sign the Mou !!!!!!!



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  LITHUANIA   


2013 University Games: Australia advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania-Australia 55:60

Australia advanced to the Semifinals of the 2013 University Games. They needed to beat the Lithuanian team 60:55 and will face Serbia tomorrow. Lithuania will play at the Classification Round for 5-8 places.
It was one of the best Quarterfinal games tonight. At first Lithuania took 20-11 lead, but Australia replied with a 15-8 rally and reduced to 28:26 at the halftime. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the third period as Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) nailed 4 in a row for 45:40 after three quarters. Ryan Broekhoff (201-F-90, agency: Priority Sports) however nailed two three-pointers I a row to give his side 51:49 lead. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) and v scored the final points in the game for the Semifinal berth.
Ryan Broekhoff stepped up with 14 points and Jason Cadee netted 12. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) and Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 9 points each. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) and Adas Juskevicius posted 16 points each in defeat, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas notched 6. Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) poured in 5 points each in a loss.

Lithuania: Vytenis Cizauskas 16, Adas Juskevicius 16, Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) 6, Vytenis Lipkevicius 5, Gediminas Orelikas 5
Australia: Ryan Broekhoff 14, Jason Cadee 12, Cody Ellis 9, Mitchell Young 9



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  LUXEMBOURG   


U20 European Championship: Poland thrash Luxembourg to stay undefeated in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Luxembourg U20 84:34

Poland grabbed the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They rallied past Luxembourg to stay on top of Group A. Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Poland unloaded 26 points in the first ten minutes to take a 13-point lead. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Poland accumulated a 45:23 halftime advantage. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the third term. Poland piled up a 69:29 advantage before the fourth frame. They limited Luxembourg to 5 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) chipped in 14 points, while Filip Matczak (186-PG-93) dropped 10 points in the winning case. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tom Welter (184-G-93) and Chris Ittenbach had 5 points each in the loss.

Poland U20: Przemyslaw Karnowski 18+11 boards, Mateusz Ponitka 14, Filip Matczak 10
Luxembourg U20: Alex Laurent 10, Tom Welter 5, Chris Ittenbach 5



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  MEXICO   


2013 University Games: Mexico outscore South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Mexico-South Korea 98:70

Mexico outscore South Korea at the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. Mexico dominated the whole game and posted a 98:70 win.
Mexico grabbed 24:21 lead at the end of the first period and added massive 25-12 surge in the second period. Mexico also erupted with a 31-19 burst in the third period, while both teams nailed 18 points each in the last quarter. GARAY Alejandro and Ivan Gracia (179-PG-89) scored the last points for the winners.
Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) stepped up with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Juan Ramirez (195-F-91) and Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) added 11 points each. Israel Nolasco (205-C-89) scored 10, while Daniel Giron (175-G-89) and Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) had 9 points apiece. DOO Kyung Min replied with 22 points in defeat and PARK Jae Hyun posted 11. JEONG Hyo Geun followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Mexico: Fabian Jaimes 26+17 rebs, Juan Ramirez 11, Fernando Benitez 11, Israel Nolasco 10, Daniel Giron 9, Ricardo Calatayud 9
South Korea: DOO Kyung Min 22, PARK Jae Hyun 11, JEONG Hyo Geun 7



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro in second stage of EC U20 from second place - by Dragan Scepanovic

Turkey - Montenegro 84:71 ( 24:16,25:10,19:22,16:23)
Referees: Miroslav Tomov (BUL), Mart Uuehendrik (EST), Gennadi Ponomarev (RUS)
For 1 points : Turkey 16-15 (93%) , Montenegro 18-12 (66%)
For 2 points : Turkey 49-30 (61%) , Montenegro 34-19 (55%)
For 3 points : Turkey 15-3 (20%) , Montenegro 22-7 (32%)
Ass. : Turkey 20 , Montenegro 22
Reb. : Turkey 31 (22+9) , Montenegro 34 (22+12)
Still ball : Turkey 16 , Montenegro 8
Block : Turkey 1 , Montenegro 2
Lose : Turkey 16 , Montenegro 25

Turkey : Altin , Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) 12 (+7 ass.) , Berkay Candan (205-SF-93) 11 (+11 reb), Turen 3 , Dokuyan 4, Geyik 10 , Tuncer 4, Cosar , Mutlu 4, Erdogan 2 , Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) 13 (+6 reb), Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) 21 (+4 st. )
Montenegro : Fatic , Kasalica, Musovic , Zizic , Vusovic , Vrbica 6 (+7 ass.) , Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) 15 (+7 reb), Mikovic 11, Mrdak , Nikolic 4, Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) 25 , Latkovic 10



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  NCAA1   


William Jones Cup: USA roll past Jordan to clinch fourth position - by Eurobasket News

USA - Jordan 81:71

The USA wrapped up their William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They knocked down Jordan to improve at 4-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Eric Hicks (6'6''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Jordan fell at 2-5 record and finished 6th at the tournament.
The USA surged ahead early in the game. They recorded a 23:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Jordan cut the deficit in the second period. The Asian team narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at halftime 41:33. Jordan denied the deficit in the third period. They sparked with a 24:12 rally to clinch a 4-point lead at the final intermission. The North American team responded with a 28-point outburst in the final term and escaped with the victory at the end. Marcus Melvin (6'8''-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) finished with 13 points, while Ed Horton (6'3''-G-85, college: Murray St.) and Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) netted 10 points each for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (6'3''-PG-87) and Wesam Al-Sous (6'2''-PG-83) responded with 15 points each for Jordan.

USA: Eric Hicks 18, Marcus Melvin 13, Ed Horton 10, Jermaine Dailey 10
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 15, Wesam Al-Sous 15



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Pace, Nelson G.22.7 
 2. Conklin, Southland22.4 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.21.3 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.20.9 
 5. Jones, Hub Jets20.9 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.20.3 
 7. Greene, HBS B.19.5 
 8. Anthony, OceanaGo.19.4 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.19.2 
 10. Hagan, Hub Jets19.0 
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. Vukona, 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.4.4 
 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. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 5. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 6. Martin, Southlan.2.1 
 7. Webster, Waika.2.0 
 8. Buck, Super City R.2.0 
 9. O''Riley, Super C.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. Bolstad, Super C.0.7 



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conference
1. D.Warriors 17-7
2. Union Bank 16-8
3. Islanders 15-9
4. Oluyole W. 12-12
5. Royal Hoopers 12-10
6. Customs 8-16
7. Comets 8-16
8. Police Baton 6-16
Savannah Conference
1. Kano Pillars 24-0
2. Mark Mentors 19-5
3. Plateau Peaks 14-9
4. Niger Potters 12-12
5. Bauchi Nets 10-13
6. Kada Stars 9-15
7. Immigration 6-18
8. Yelwa Hawks 1-23

Regular Season: Round 24

Atlantic

Jul. 12: Union Bank - Police Baton 88-77
Jul. 13: Royal Hoopers - Customs 75-71
Jul. 14: Royal Hoopers - Customs 00-20 (W/O)

Savannah

Jul. 14: Kano Pillars - Mark Mentors 74-64
Jul. 14: Niger Potters - Kada Stars 70-86
Jul. 14: Yelwa Hawks - Immigration 57-64
Jul. 14: Bauchi Nets - Plateau Peaks



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  OMAN   


2013 University Games: Japan rolled over Oman at the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

Japan-Oman 123:40

Japan rolled over Oman at the Classification Round for 17-24 places. Japan stormed past the opponents with 123:40 win.
Japan exploded with 27-14 lead in the first period and dominated the whole court. They added massive 35-11 surge in the second frame and increased to 62:25 at the halftime. Moreover Japan posted two comfortable victories in the second half as well. They won the third period 26-9 and finished the game with 35-6 in the last quarter.
Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Sohei Kawakami (190-G-91) as well as Naoki Uto (91) netted 15 each. Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) brought 14, while Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) had 11. AL AAMRI Nouh answered with 15 points in defeat and AL FARRAJI Hassan had 7. AL SIBANI Ahmed and AL SAADI Said scored 6 points each in defeat.

Japan: Seiji Ikaruga 21, Sohei Kawakami 15, Naoki Uto 15, Taku Bandoh 14, Kengo Nomoto 11
Oman: AL AAMRI Nouh 15, AL FARRAJI Hassan 7, AL SIBANI Ahmed 6, AL SAADI Said 6



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  POLAND   


Coach Milivoje Lazic will join Slask Wroclaw - by Greg

According to our sources WKS Slask Wroclaw (TBL) has just agreed to terms of contract with 35-year old Serbian coach Milivoje Lazic. The contract will be signed at the begining of the week. Lazic coached most recently at Crv.Zvezda in Serbian A League. In 2012 he led the team to Serbian League Finals.


U20 European Championship: Poland thrash Luxembourg to stay undefeated in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20 - Luxembourg U20 84:34

Poland grabbed the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They rallied past Luxembourg to stay on top of Group A. Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Poland unloaded 26 points in the first ten minutes to take a 13-point lead. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Poland accumulated a 45:23 halftime advantage. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the third term. Poland piled up a 69:29 advantage before the fourth frame. They limited Luxembourg to 5 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) chipped in 14 points, while Filip Matczak (186-PG-93) dropped 10 points in the winning case. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tom Welter (184-G-93) and Chris Ittenbach had 5 points each in the loss.

Poland U20: Przemyslaw Karnowski 18+11 boards, Mateusz Ponitka 14, Filip Matczak 10
Luxembourg U20: Alex Laurent 10, Tom Welter 5, Chris Ittenbach 5



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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Claudio Fonseca
Fonseca
Joao Gomes
Gomes
Carlos Andrade
Andrade
Joao Balseiro
Balseiro
Joao Santos
Santos
#e#5
4Jose Silva 194-G/F-89 Vitoria SC Portugal
5Claudio Fonseca 206-C-89 Benfica Portugal
7Joao Gomes 201-SG-85 Benfica Portugal
8Mario Fernandes 176-PG-82 Benfica Portugal
9Antonio Pires 185-G-86 Alges Portugal
10Carlos Andrade 197-F-78 Benfica Portugal
11Miguel Queiroz 202-PF-91 Illiabum Portugal
12Marco Goncalves 206-C-84 Academica Portugal
13Joao Balseiro 192-F-87 Academica Portugal
14Miguel Miranda 205-F-78 Ovarense Portugal
15Joao Santos 204-F-79 Fisica Portugal
21Tomas Barroso 184-PG-90 Benfica Portugal
22Pedro Belo 214-C/F-92 Benfica Portugal
Jose Miguel Barbosa 176-G-90 Ovarense Portugal

Mario Leonel Palma Head Coach 1 De Agosto Angola



U20 European Championship: Switzerland surprise Portugal in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Switzerland U20 70:90

Switzerland surprise Portugal in Day 3 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side won 90:70 as both teams are now with 1-2 records in Group B.
Portugal appeared stronger and won the first period 20:14. The Swiss side however replied with the same 20-14 rally in the second quarter and tied the game at the halftime. Portugal won again the third period 26-24 as Ventura closed the third period at 60:58. The last quarter was dominated by Switzerland that erupted with 32-10 push for the final success.
Arben Hoxha (182-PG-94) stepped up with 19 points and Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17. Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) brought 16, while Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) added 14. Joao Ribeiro (201-PF-93) and Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) had 11. Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Portugal U20: Joao Ribeiro 13, Miguel Cardoso 13, Artur Castela 11, Pedro Bastos 9
Switzerland U20: Arben Hoxha 19, Dusan Mladjan 17, Christian Affolter 16, Daniel Andjelkovic 14



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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Harris, Ponce20.5 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.0 
 5. Carmona, Caner.18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Lisch, Quebradillas16.5 
 10. Balkman, Guayama16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 5. Mata, Quebradillas8.7 
 6. Balkman, Guayama8.6 
 7. Phillip, San German8.6 
 8. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 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. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce4.4 
 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. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
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. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 8. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 9. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Piratas take a 2-1 lead over Brujos - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas defeated Brujos de Guayama 87-80 to take a 2-1 semifinals lead. The series continue Monday in Guayama.

Quebradillas controlled most of the game with a balanced offensive attack and a great defensive effort over their opponents shooters.

Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) scored 18 points, Kevin Lisch 17, Ricky Melendez 14, Lorenzo Mata and Carmelo Lee had 13 each for Quebradillas. They had a 46-39 first half lead and took off in the third quarter.

Renaldo Balkman kept his team alive with 33 points and 13 boards. Joel Nieves added 12 from the bench. Before the game they released Jared Newson.



Leones are one win away from the finals - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce defeated Cangrejeros de Santurce 80-73 to take a 3-1 semifinals lead. Game five is Tuesday in Ponce.

Santurce dominated most of the first half with a great defensive effort over Harris and Diogu and made their shooters take bad shots. Offensively they took advantage of turnovers and second chances and attacked the basket effectively.

The first half finished 41-29 for Santurce and they were led by Joseph Jones who had 11 points and Ricky Sanchez added 9.

In the second half Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) took over offensively, keeping his team close in the third quarter and then gave his team a 69-67 lead after a three-point play with 3:40 left. Three-pointers by Harris and Apodaca with less than two minutes left sealed the game for Ponce.

Harris finished with 31 points, scoring 22 of them in the second half. Carlos Rivera and Rick Apodaca added 11 each.



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  ROMANIA   


U20 European Championship: United Kingdom takes 3-0 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-United Kingdom U20 43:99

United Kingdom takes 3-0 record in Group A of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They posted a 99:43 win against Romania to remain perfect in Pitesti. The hosts meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record.
United Kingdom opened the game with a 22:10 lead and never looked behind. The guests managed to win all the quarters as they added 31-7 surge in the second period. United Kingdom posted a 21-14 rally in the third period and finished the game with 25-12 burst.
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Nick Lewis (190-G-93) also scored 14, while Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) had 12. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) brought 9 points in defeat, while Andrei Petica (192-F-93) and Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) had 7 each.

Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 9, Andrei Petica 7, Vlad Stoicoviciu 7
United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 19, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 14+14 rebs, Nick Lewis 14, Joe Hart 12



2013 University Games: Karasev leads Russia to the semis - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Romania 78:53

Karasev leads Russia to the semis of the 2013 University Games. The Russian player scored 22 points against Romania in a 78:53 win. Tomorrow Russia will take on Canada in the semifinal clash, while Romania will play at the Classification Round for 5-8n places.
Russia continued their winning streak at the home tournament. They started with 17-15 lead and added 16-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Russia needed a 21-12 surge for the comfortable lead after three quarters. Russia finished the game with 24-14 to seal the semifinal berth.
ZARYAZHKO Victor scored 13 points for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 10 and Evgeny Valiev (205-F-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 7. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) brought 18, while Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 9. TOROK Rolland scored 7 and Iulian Orbeanu (204-C-91) brought 5.

Russia: Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 22, ZARYAZHKO Victor 13, Semen Antonov 10, Evgeny Valiev 7
Romania: Bogdan Tibirna 18, Adrian Gutoaia 9, TOROK Rolland 7, Iulian Orbeanu 5



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  RUSSIA   


2013 University Games: Karasev leads Russia to the semis - by Eurobasket News

Russia-Romania 78:53

Karasev leads Russia to the semis of the 2013 University Games. The Russian player scored 22 points against Romania in a 78:53 win. Tomorrow Russia will take on Canada in the semifinal clash, while Romania will play at the Classification Round for 5-8n places.
Russia continued their winning streak at the home tournament. They started with 17-15 lead and added 16-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Russia needed a 21-12 surge for the comfortable lead after three quarters. Russia finished the game with 24-14 to seal the semifinal berth.
ZARYAZHKO Victor scored 13 points for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 10 and Evgeny Valiev (205-F-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 7. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) brought 18, while Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 9. TOROK Rolland scored 7 and Iulian Orbeanu (204-C-91) brought 5.

Russia: Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 22, ZARYAZHKO Victor 13, Semen Antonov 10, Evgeny Valiev 7
Romania: Bogdan Tibirna 18, Adrian Gutoaia 9, TOROK Rolland 7, Iulian Orbeanu 5



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2013 University Games: Serbia outgun Estonia to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Estonia 88:43

Serbia recorded victory in the first quarterfinal clash at the World University Games. They knocked down Estonia to reach the semifinal stage. Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) nailed 13 points each for the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout intense first period. The Balkan team eked out an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Serbia boosted the lead in the second frame. They went on a 20:9 rally to pile up a 38:25 halftime lead. Serbia knocked down 20 points in the third term to clear off. They ensured a 19-point buffer before the final period and never looked back en route to the victory. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points in the win. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Estonia. Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia: Djordje Drenovac 13, Stefan Zivanovic 13, Djordje Gagic 12
Estonia: Erik Keedus 12, Toomas Raadik 10



Coach Milivoje Lazic will join Slask Wroclaw - by Greg

According to our sources WKS Slask Wroclaw (TBL) has just agreed to terms of contract with 35-year old Serbian coach Milivoje Lazic. The contract will be signed at the begining of the week. Lazic coached most recently at Crv.Zvezda in Serbian A League. In 2012 he led the team to Serbian League Finals.


Serbia U20 to battle for 13th place in Estonia - by Ivan Milenkovic

Serbia, and formerly Serbia & Montenegro and Yugoslavia, is the most successful nation in FIBA Under 20 European Championships. Despite winning last gold medal in 2008, Serbia was one of the main favourites in this year's edition.
However, Vladimir Jovanovic and his players massively disappointed in Tallinn, lost opening three games in Group A - to Lithuania, Greece and Germany - before winning their last group game against limited Georgia, who scored only 237 and allowed 359 points in first round. These two national teams will now play classification round, while Lithuania, Greece and Germany advanced to second round and will fight for the medals.
Serbia continue their already disappointing competition in Group G of classification round, their rivals will be Czech Republic, Israel and Ukraine. If team led by players like Luka Mitrovic, Ivan Marinkovic, Nemanja Krstic finish in first or second position in this group, they will fight for places 13-16 and avoid total embarrassment in Estonia.



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U20 European Championship: Hungary prevail against Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20 - Slovak Republic U20 79:63

Hungary registered the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Slovak Republic to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Slovak Republic slipped at 0-3 record after the loss.
Hungary set the tone early in the game. They went on a 23:17 run in the first period. Hungary maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They ensured a 41:33 halftime buffer. Things got just worse for Slovak Republic in the third period. They faced a massive 15-point deficit at the final break. Hungary limited their opponents to 14 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) and Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93, agency: FCM) added 14 points each for Hungary. Slovak Republic answered with 22 points from Viktor Juricek (208-F-93). Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) netted 13 points in the loss.

Hungary U20: Rosco Allen 15, Luka Markovic 14, Laszlo Dobos 14
Slovak Republic U20: Viktor Juricek 22, Oliver Tot 13



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2013 University Games: Mexico outscore South Korea - by Eurobasket News

Mexico-South Korea 98:70

Mexico outscore South Korea at the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. Mexico dominated the whole game and posted a 98:70 win.
Mexico grabbed 24:21 lead at the end of the first period and added massive 25-12 surge in the second period. Mexico also erupted with a 31-19 burst in the third period, while both teams nailed 18 points each in the last quarter. GARAY Alejandro and Ivan Gracia (179-PG-89) scored the last points for the winners.
Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) stepped up with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Juan Ramirez (195-F-91) and Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) added 11 points each. Israel Nolasco (205-C-89) scored 10, while Daniel Giron (175-G-89) and Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) had 9 points apiece. DOO Kyung Min replied with 22 points in defeat and PARK Jae Hyun posted 11. JEONG Hyo Geun followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Mexico: Fabian Jaimes 26+17 rebs, Juan Ramirez 11, Fernando Benitez 11, Israel Nolasco 10, Daniel Giron 9, Ricardo Calatayud 9
South Korea: DOO Kyung Min 22, PARK Jae Hyun 11, JEONG Hyo Geun 7



William Jones Cup: Taiwan defeat South Korea to clinch second place - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - South Korea 73:60

Taiwan occupied the second position at the William Jones Cup. They beat South Korea to finish second at the tournament. Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) tallied 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Taiwan ignited a 20:8 run in the opening quarter. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. Taiwan ensured a 16-point halftime lead 33:17. South Korea finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 23 points to narrow the deficit at 14-point mark at the final break. The visitors kept the pressure on the hosts throughout the fourth frame but Taiwan stayed calm and raced to the victory at the end. Tien Lei (202-F-83) posted 21 points, while Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) delivered 10 points in the victory. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) responded with 18 points for South Korea. Tae-Sul Kim chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 26+17 boards, Tien Lei 21, Tsai Wen-Cheng 10
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Tae-Sul Kim 9



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U20 European Championship: Switzerland surprise Portugal in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Switzerland U20 70:90

Switzerland surprise Portugal in Day 3 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side won 90:70 as both teams are now with 1-2 records in Group B.
Portugal appeared stronger and won the first period 20:14. The Swiss side however replied with the same 20-14 rally in the second quarter and tied the game at the halftime. Portugal won again the third period 26-24 as Ventura closed the third period at 60:58. The last quarter was dominated by Switzerland that erupted with 32-10 push for the final success.
Arben Hoxha (182-PG-94) stepped up with 19 points and Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17. Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) brought 16, while Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) added 14. Joao Ribeiro (201-PF-93) and Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) had 11. Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Portugal U20: Joao Ribeiro 13, Miguel Cardoso 13, Artur Castela 11, Pedro Bastos 9
Switzerland U20: Arben Hoxha 19, Dusan Mladjan 17, Christian Affolter 16, Daniel Andjelkovic 14



Dante Taylor joins SAM Massagno - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno announced the signing of Dante Taylor (206-F-90, agency: Three Eye Sports). The American center graduated at University of Pittsburgh in 2013. He averaged 5.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.4 blocks in 15.6 minutes per games. Taylor played also the High School McDonald's All-Star Game 2009 and he was Big East Regular Season Champion 2011. SAM Basket Massagno have announced also the signing of Yannick Rokitzky and they keep Andrea Bracelli and Mattia Cafisi.


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William Jones Cup: Taiwan defeat South Korea to clinch second place - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - South Korea 73:60

Taiwan occupied the second position at the William Jones Cup. They beat South Korea to finish second at the tournament. Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) tallied 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Taiwan ignited a 20:8 run in the opening quarter. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. Taiwan ensured a 16-point halftime lead 33:17. South Korea finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 23 points to narrow the deficit at 14-point mark at the final break. The visitors kept the pressure on the hosts throughout the fourth frame but Taiwan stayed calm and raced to the victory at the end. Tien Lei (202-F-83) posted 21 points, while Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) delivered 10 points in the victory. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) responded with 18 points for South Korea. Tae-Sul Kim chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 26+17 boards, Tien Lei 21, Tsai Wen-Cheng 10
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Tae-Sul Kim 9



William Jones Cup: Japan edge Taiwan B for first win in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Taiwan B 96:81

Japan registered the first win at the William Jones Cup. They defeated the Taiwanese B National Team on the final day of the tournament. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) nailed 20 points to lead Japan.
The visitors snatched a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Japan stretched the gap in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:30 halftime lead. Japan erupted for 31 points in the third frame posting an 18-point lead before the fourth period. Taiwan nailed 32 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) netted 18 points in the victory. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Taiwan B. Kuo-Wei Lai chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 20, Yuta Watanabe 18+14 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 22, Kuo-Wei Lai 18



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Scotty Hopson (ex Hapoel Eilat) is a newcomer at Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Scotty Hopson (200-93kg-89, college: Tennessee). He played last season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 33 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.7ppg and had 5.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team.
The previous (11-12) season Hopson played at Kolossos (A1) in Greek league. In 35 games he recorded 9.9ppg and 3.0rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Hopson played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2009.
He graduated from University of Tennessee in 2011 and it is his third season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic and explosive swingman who is a natural scorer able to easily attack the basket and finish. Efficient offensive player who shoots a high FG percentage and is developing into an excellent 3 point shooter. Rebounds very well for his position and is a willing and capable passer.


Source: David Pick (IAmDPick)



Aliaga signs Marcellus Sommerville, ex Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim (TBL) signed 31-year old American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-102kg-82, college: Bradley). He played last season at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Sommerville also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in France. In 36 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg that season. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Sommerville also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg and 3.7rpg.
In 2010-11 season he played at Paris-Levallois (ProA) in French league. In 27 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Sommerville also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league. In 19 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Sommerville also spent pre-season at Chalon/Saor (ProA) in French league that year. In 8 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3spg. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 7.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2006 Sommerville was drafted by Atlanta Krunk Wolverines (CBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former Bradley University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Sommerville has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Hungary (Atomeromu) and France (Chorale de Roanne, STB Le Havre and Angers BC 49).
He could be described: Experienced Player, excellent versatility inside/outside player. Creates tough match-ups for opponents can play multiple positions 3 and 4. Aggressive defensively and very competitive, loves the challenge of guarding opponents best guard/forward. Team Player has the ability to play one on one. Great 3pt shooter and good decision maker. Good rebounder and very physical inside player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Aliaga signs Marcellus Sommerville, ex Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim (TBL) signed 31-year old American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-102kg-82, college: Bradley). He played last season at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Sommerville also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) in France. In 36 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg that season. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Sommerville also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg and 3.7rpg.
In 2010-11 season he played at Paris-Levallois (ProA) in French league. In 27 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Sommerville also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. The most of previous (09-10) season he spent at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league. In 19 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Sommerville also spent pre-season at Chalon/Saor (ProA) in French league that year. In 8 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3spg. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 7.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2006 Sommerville was drafted by Atlanta Krunk Wolverines (CBA) in second round (15th overall).
The former Bradley University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Sommerville has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Hungary (Atomeromu) and France (Chorale de Roanne, STB Le Havre and Angers BC 49).
He could be described: Experienced Player, excellent versatility inside/outside player. Creates tough match-ups for opponents can play multiple positions 3 and 4. Aggressive defensively and very competitive, loves the challenge of guarding opponents best guard/forward. Team Player has the ability to play one on one. Great 3pt shooter and good decision maker. Good rebounder and very physical inside player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Hulsen Hopeful For Future - by Jeff King

As the eagerly awaited BBL fixtures were being finally formulated before their publication this week, the league was dealt a blow when it was revealed that basement club Mersey Tigers would not be lining up for the 2013/14 season after a disastrous campaign in 2012/13 that saw them fail to win a game in all BBL competitions.

This included a humiliating BBL Trophy loss at the hands of EBL Division 1 Worthing Thunder who at that time had yet to win a game. So, there was no doubting that it was a tough season for The Tigers and many wondered about their participation in the forthcoming BBL season.

Last week, the feelings of many were confirmed with the announcement of Mersey's withdrawal and whilst it could hardly be deemed a huge surprise for many, it did come as a shock to one or two closely associated with the club who thought they had weathered the storm and were about to turn the corner.

Whilst a 35 game losing season is certainly nothing to write home about, the Tigers did make a lot of friends with their never-say-die attitude and willingness to give young local talent a chance to shine at BBL level and there is no doubting that their players and coaching staff never let their heads drop during difficult times.

One of those that epitomised that attitude and character as well as anyone was 22-year Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management). The former Belgian Under-20 international came to the club as a virtual unknown and by the end of the season had shown that he could hold his own in the BBL.

Hulsen only missed one game and ended up with respectable statistics of 10.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game averaging 32 minutes per game and he also shot 73.6% from the free throw line. He played more minutes than anyone else on the Tigers roster and despite his young age ended the season as Tigers captain and MVP.

Hulsen had been hoping to go back to Mersey this season and build on his own personal performance as well as try to help the progress of pro-basketball in the City of Liverpool. The announcement last week left him surprised and disappointment and it also left him, currently, without a team for next season.

EuroBasket spoke with Hulsen on the day following the BBL announcement and asked him how he felt about the news of the Tigers demise.

"I feel really sad for the club, staff, owners and all the fans. I had been in touch with the coach since the end of the last season and I know he had worked hard in the off season to form a competitive team that could make progress in the BBL."

"I had hoped to be back next season and help them progress. Despite what happened last season it was still a pleasure to play for the coach, for Mersey Tigers and in The BBL. But, I think it is a complicated situation and one that is difficult to come to terms with and explain. I am saddened and very disappointed that this has happened."

Anyone that saw Hulsen play last season could see that despite the adversity he always gave 100% and showed he could play in the BBL.

"I am still a young professional and motivated to work hard. I am always thinking about raising my level up month after month, week after week, day after day. For a young guy who played his first year in another country, I finished with a correct line of stats."

"I proved to the coach last season that I was regular, consistent and serious in my work and he saw that as I was made Captain of the team after the Christmas break which shows how much he thought of me and my game. And I think I proved to the fans that I have the ability to play at BBL level too as I received the MVP title of the team with 80% of the fans votes."

Clearly at the end of the season Hulsen was hopeful that he would be coming back to the BBL and began his preparations almost as soon as he got back to Belgium.


"As soon as I finished the season and got back to Belgium I immediately made contact with a sport doctor and a physical trainer who set out a schedule for me for all the holidays. The doctor also gave me a diet and continues to monitor me. I also work 5 days a week with an individual coach to keep practicing on all aspects of my game too."

"I would love to come back to the BBL as the level is really competitive and I really appreciate people's mentality in England and their support. But, if I do not make it back to The BBL I hope to play pro-ball somewhere else as before I came to England I had played professionally in Belgium since I was 17."

"I know after my experience last season in the BBL I have raised the level of my game and become better physically and mentally. I feel I have a lot to offer any club that I sign for as I always work hard and defend my clubs colours. I prepare well for every game, take my involvement seriously and give a positive, consistent and committed attitude in everything I do."

Whether Hulsen turns up in The BBL again next season will depend on whether any other club was impressed enough and is willing to take a chance on this likeable young man's talent and attitude. But whatever happens, Hulsen will remember his time in The BBL with Mersey fondly despite the trials and tribulations he went through.

"It was certainly a learning experience and despite what happened to us most games I still enjoyed it. Being in a different country and experiencing different cultures was exciting and I also enjoyed very much the level of the basketball and it showed me that I can play at a good level for the future."



U20 European Championship: United Kingdom takes 3-0 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-United Kingdom U20 43:99

United Kingdom takes 3-0 record in Group A of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They posted a 99:43 win against Romania to remain perfect in Pitesti. The hosts meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record.
United Kingdom opened the game with a 22:10 lead and never looked behind. The guests managed to win all the quarters as they added 31-7 surge in the second period. United Kingdom posted a 21-14 rally in the third period and finished the game with 25-12 burst.
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Nick Lewis (190-G-93) also scored 14, while Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) had 12. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) brought 9 points in defeat, while Andrei Petica (192-F-93) and Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) had 7 each.

Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 9, Andrei Petica 7, Vlad Stoicoviciu 7
United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 19, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 14+14 rebs, Nick Lewis 14, Joe Hart 12



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Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Larre Borges defeated Stockolmo 84-79 to maintain the Metro leadership, the tournament that will promote two new teams to the Uruguayan League. For Larre Borges Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) scored 29 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and added 5 blocks, while Andres San Miguel (198-PF-82) netted 24 points with 3 rebounds. For Stockolmo Alex Lopez (184-G-93) scored 16 points and Rogelio de Leon also scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. 25 de Agosto defeated Welcome 83-69. For Welcome, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) netted 23 points with 10 rebounds and Andres Ferres (197-F-85) added 17 points. For Welcome Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) scored 20 points and Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland), in his last game in Uruguay, scored 8 points with 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.


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Standings

VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 3. Enisey 0-0 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 6. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 7. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 8. PGE Turow 0-0 
 9. Spartak SP 0-0 
 10. Unics 0-0 
Group B
 1. Azovmash 0-0 
 2. BC Astana 0-0 
 3. CSKA 0-0 
 4. Khimky 0-0 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 6. Neptunas 0-0 
 7. Triumph 0-0 
 8. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 
 9. VEF Riga 0-0 


VTB League Draw - by Eurobasket News

VTB League Draw took place in Kazan. Twenty teams were drawn into two groups with ten teams in each. The group winners (4 teams) will advance directly into the quarterfinal stage. The teams that will occupy the third, fourth, fifth and sixth spots in each pool will play in the eighth-final stage. One Hundred Million rubles will be the prize money for the winners of the title.

Here are the results of the Draw:

Group A: Lokomotiv Kuban, Unics, Enisey, Spartak Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Turow, Kalev/Cramo, Nymburk, BC Donetsk, Lietuvos Rytas.

Group B: CSKA, Khimky, Triumph, Krasnie Krilya, Azovmash, Neptunas, VEF Riga, Astana, Tsmoki-Minsk and Wild Card.

The regular season is slated to start in October.



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Standings

Standings
1. Iran7-0
2. Taiwan5-2
3. S.Korea5-2
4. USA4-3
5. Egypt4-3
6. Lebanon2-5
7. Jordan2-5
8. Japan1-6
9. Taiwan B0-7

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


USA, Japan and Taiwan record wins on the final day of action in Taipei - by Eurobasket News

USA - Jordan 81:71
The USA wrapped up their William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They knocked down Jordan to improve at 4-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Jordan fell at 2-5 record and finished 6th at the tournament.
The USA surged ahead early in the game. They recorded a 23:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Jordan cut the deficit in the second period. The Asian team narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at halftime 41:33. Jordan denied the deficit in the third period. They sparked with a 24:12 rally to clinch a 4-point lead at the final intermission. The North American team responded with a 28-point outburst in the final term and escaped with the victory at the end. Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) finished with 13 points, while Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) and Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) netted 10 points each for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) and Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) responded with 15 points each for Jordan.

USA: Eric Hicks 18, Marcus Melvin 13, Ed Horton 10, Jermaine Dailey 10
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 15, Wesam Al-Sous 15

Japan - Taiwan B 96:81
Japan registered the first win at the William Jones Cup. They defeated the Taiwanese B National Team on the final day of the tournament. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) nailed 20 points to lead Japan.
The visitors snatched a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Japan stretched the gap in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:30 halftime lead. Japan erupted for 31 points in the third frame posting an 18-point lead before the fourth period. Taiwan nailed 32 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) netted 18 points in the victory. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Taiwan B. Kuo-Wei Lai chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 20, Yuta Watanabe 18+14 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 22, Kuo-Wei Lai 18

Taiwan - South Korea 73:60
Taiwan occupied the second position at the William Jones Cup. They beat South Korea to finish second at the tournament. Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) tallied 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Taiwan ignited a 20:8 run in the opening quarter. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. Taiwan ensured a 16-point halftime lead 33:17. South Korea finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 23 points to narrow the deficit at 14-point mark at the final break. The visitors kept the pressure on the hosts throughout the fourth frame but Taiwan stayed calm and raced to the victory at the end. Tien Lei (202-F-83) posted 21 points, while Wen-Cheng Tsai delivered 10 points in the victory. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) responded with 18 points for South Korea. Tae-Sul Kim chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 26+17 boards, Tien Lei 21, Wen-Chend Tsai 10
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Tae-Sul Kim 9



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Russia, Canada, Australia and Serbia advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS

Canada-Brazil 88:77

Canada reach the Semifinals of the 2013 University Games. The team overcame Brazil 88:77 and will take on Russia in the Top Four clash. Brazil will place in the Classification Round for 5-8 places.
It was Brazil to start better in the game. They took 20:17 lead at the end of the first period, while Canada grabbed 1-point halftime advantage after 21-17 rally in the second frame. Moreover Canada won the third period 21-15 and finished the game with 29-25 run.

Brady Heslip (188-G-90) paced all the winners with 20 points and Dwight Powell (208-F-91) netted 15. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) delivered 12, while Kyle Wiltjer (208-F-92) notched 11. Andre Silva (193-F-89) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and DEODATO Guilherme brought 14. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) netted 11, whilst Lucas Mariano (207-C-93) added 10.

Canada:
Brady Heslip 20, Dwight Powell 15, Melvin Ejim 12, Kyle Wiltjer 11
Brazil:
Andre Silva 15, DEODATO Guilherme 14, Leonardo Meindl 11, Lucas Mariano 10

Russia-Romania 78:53

Karasev leads Russia to the semis of the 2013 University Games. The Russian player scored 22 points against Romania in a 78:53 win. Tomorrow Russia will take on Canada in the semifinal clash, while Romania will play at the Classification Round for 5-8n places.
Russia continued their winning streak at the home tournament. They started with 17-15 lead and added 16-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Russia needed a 21-12 surge for the comfortable lead after three quarters. Russia finished the game with 24-14 to seal the semifinal berth.
ZARYAZHKO Victor scored 13 points for the winners.
Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 10 and Evgeny Valiev (205-F-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 7. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) brought 18, while Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 9. TOROK Rolland scored 7 and Iulian Orbeanu (204-C-91) brought 5.

Russia:
Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 22, ZARYAZHKO Victor 13, Semen Antonov 10, Evgeny Valiev 7
Romania:
Bogdan Tibirna 18, Adrian Gutoaia 9, TOROK Rolland 7, Iulian Orbeanu 5

Serbia - Estonia 88:43
Serbia recorded victory in the first quarterfinal clash at the World University Games. They knocked down Estonia to reach the semifinal stage.
Djordje Drenovac (208-G/F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) nailed 13 points each for the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout intense first period. The Balkan team eked out an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Serbia boosted the lead in the second frame. They went on a 20:9 rally to pile up a 38:25 halftime lead. Serbia knocked down 20 points in the third term to clear off. They ensured a 19-point buffer before the final period and never looked back en route to the victory.
Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points in the win. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Estonia. Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia:
Djordje Drenovac 13, Stefan Zivanovic 13, Djordje Gagic 12
Estonia:
Erik Keedus 12, Toomas Raadik 10

Lithuania-Australia 55:60
Australia advanced to the Semifinals of the 2013 University Games. They needed to beat the Lithuanian team 60:55 and will face Serbia tomorrow. Lithuania will play at the Classification Round for 5-8 places.
It was one of the best Quarterfinal games tonight. At first Lithuania took 20-11 lead, but Australia replied with a 15-8 rally and reduced to 28:26 at the halftime. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the third period as
Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) nailed 4 in a row for 45:40 after three quarters. Ryan Broekhoff (201-F-90, agency: Priority Sports) however nailed two three-pointers I a row to give his side 51:49 lead. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) and v scored the final points in the game for the Semifinal berth.
Ryan Broekhoff stepped up with 14 points and Jason Cadee netted 12. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) and Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 9 points each. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) and Adas Juskevicius posted 16 points each in defeat, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas notched 6. Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) poured in 5 points each in a loss.

Lithuania:
Vytenis Cizauskas 16, Adas Juskevicius 16, Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) 6, Vytenis Lipkevicius 5, Gediminas Orelikas 5
Australia:
Ryan Broekhoff 14, Jason Cadee 12, Cody Ellis 9, Mitchell Young 9
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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

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

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

Mexico-South Korea 98:70
Mexico outscore South Korea at the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the 2013 University Games. Mexico dominated the whole game and posted a 98:70 win.
Mexico grabbed 24:21 lead at the end of the first period and added massive 25-12 surge in the second period. Mexico also erupted with a 31-19 burst in the third period, while both teams nailed 18 points each in the last quarter. GARAY Alejandro and
Ivan Gracia (179-PG-89) scored the last points for the winners.
Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) stepped up with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Juan Ramirez (195-F-91) and Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) added 11 points each. Israel Nolasco (205-C-89) scored 10, while Daniel Giron (175-G-89) and Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) had 9 points apiece. DOO Kyung Min replied with 22 points in defeat and PARK Jae Hyun posted 11. JEONG Hyo Geun followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Mexico:
Fabian Jaimes 26+17 rebs, Juan Ramirez 11, Fernando Benitez 11, Israel Nolasco 10, Daniel Giron 9, Ricardo Calatayud 9
South Korea: DOO Kyung Min 22, PARK Jae Hyun 11, JEONG Hyo Geun 7
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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

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

Japan-Oman 123:40
Japan rolled over Oman at the Classification Round for 17-24 places. Japan stormed past the opponents with 123:40 win.
Japan exploded with 27-14 lead in the first period and dominated the whole court. They added massive 35-11 surge in the second frame and increased to 62:25 at the halftime. Moreover Japan posted two comfortable victories in the second half as well. They won the third period 26-9 and finished the game with 35-6 in the last quarter.

Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Sohei Kawakami (190-G-91) as well as Naoki Uto (91) netted 15 each. Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) brought 14, while Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) had 11. AL AAMRI Nouh answered with 15 points in defeat and AL FARRAJI Hassan had 7. AL SIBANI Ahmed and AL SAADI Said scored 6 points each in defeat.

Japan:
Seiji Ikaruga 21, Sohei Kawakami 15, Naoki Uto 15, Taku Bandoh 14, Kengo Nomoto 11
Oman: AL AAMRI Nouh 15, AL FARRAJI Hassan 7, AL SIBANI Ahmed 6, AL SAADI Said 6




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Women News


The Gems split first two games at Lanzarote Tournament - by Eurobasket News

The Australian U19 National Team traveled to the Canary Islands to participate at the Lanzarote Invitational Tournament. They split the opening two games.
Australia took on their counterparts from the USA 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 (193-F-94) netted 12 points and grabbed 10 boards, while A'Ja Wilson (193-F-96) and Linnae Harper (170-SG-95) finished with 11 points each in the victory. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) answered with 19 points for Australia. Alex Wilson (94) had 14 points in the loss.
The Gems recovered in the second game at the tournament. They defeated Canada 72:65. Carley Mijovic connected for 26 points to lead the charge. Canada led by as many as 6 points at the interval 34:28. But the Gems increased the tempo in the third term. They went on a 23:21 run to cut the deficit. Australia then silenced their opponents with a 21:10 spurt in the fourth frame. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) finished with 17 points, while Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jamie Weisner (178-G) had 16 points for Canada. Daneesha Provo (96) chipped in 12 points for the losing side.



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U20 European Championship: Turkey thump Belarus to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Belarus U20 53:38

Turkey entertained the home crowd with a convincing victory over Belarus in the consolation final at the U20 European Championship. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) and Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) nailed 9 points each to lead balanced effort from Turkey. But most importantly their defence went like clockwork closing down Belarus.
Turkey limited the visitors to just 6 points in the first period gaining a 9-point lead. Things hardly changed in the second frame. Belarus struggled to find open looks and trailed by as many as 18 points at the interval. Turkey did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accounted for a 46:26 advantage at the final intermission. Belarus outscored the hosts in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) netted 8 points for Turkey. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 11 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had 8 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 9, Pelin Bilgic 9, Olcay Cakir 8
Belarus U20: Darya Lipinskaya 11, Maryia Papova 8+10 boards



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium wins Division B with a perfect record - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-FYR Macedonia U20 79:52

Belgium wins Division B with a perfect record as the team posted all 8 victories. In the last day Belgium overcame FYR Macedonia U20 79:52 and will head to Division A for the next year. Julie Vanloo was crowned MVP of the U20 European Championship Women Division B. FYR Macedonia finished with 3-5 record in the 7th spot.
Belgium secured the top place even before the game, but wanted to prove their ambitions for the next year and won the game. They started with 18-7 rally and added 23-8 surge in the second frame. Moreover Belgium won the third period 20-18, while FYR Macedonia managed to win the last stanza 19-18.
Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Lien Delmulle (180-F-93) netted 14. Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) followed them with 12 points each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) replied with 13 points in a loss and Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) as well as Sofija Lazareska (175-G/F-95) had 9 points each.

Belgium U20: Julie Vanloo 21, Lien Delmulle 14, Heleen Adams 12, Sien Devliegher 12
FYR Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 13, Aleksandra Stojanovska 9, Sofija Lazareska 9



Belgian U20 NT to A Division - by Peter Buyse

The women's U-20 national team also won their 8th game in the B division of the European Championship and are headed back to the highest division for the next EC.
After an strong start against Macedonia which saw them lead 18-7 after the first quarter and take an impressive 41-15 lead at the half they never looked back and beat Macedonia to stay undefeated. Two Belgian players were selected to the tournament's All Star Team, first being the EC's leading scorer Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) (20.4) and the second Belgium's second leading scorer and the EC's 3rd rebounder Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) who averaged 10.1 rpg to go with 13.8 ppg. Vanloo was also in the top 5 in assists with 3.6apg. To top it off for the Belgian guard, she was voted the EC's MVP.



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  CANADA   


Canada U19 at 1-1 record after two days of Lanzarote Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 are now participating at the Lanzorote international friendly tournament in Spain. They split the starting games.
Canada opened their campaign with a 58:53 victory over hosting Spain. Jamie Weisner (178-G) 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 Samantha Cooper (185-G/F) 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.
Canada could not keep up the winning pace as they surrendered against Australia 65:72 in the second game at the tournament. Carley Mijovic connected for 26 points to lead the charge. Canada led by as many as 6 points at the interval 34:28. But the Gems increased the tempo in the third term. They went on a 23:21 run to cut the deficit. Australia then silenced their opponents with a 21:10 spurt in the fourth frame. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) finished with 17 points, while Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jamie Weisner had 16 points for Canada. Daneesha Provo (96) chipped in 12 points for the losing side.



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France U18 stun Croatia U18 in Temple-sur-Lot - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Croatia U18 64:26

France got to a confident start of their Temple-sur-Lot tournament campaign. They fired past Croatia in the opener. Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) scored 15 points to lead the winners.
France and Croatia exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 16:16 after ten minutes. But France held their opponents to just 2 points in the second period and recorded a 24:18 halftime lead. Croatia struggled offensively in the third term. They managed just five points to face a deep 22-point deficit heading into the fourth period. The visitors woeful offensive form continued in the final frame as they scored just 3 points and had to surrender at the end. Clementine Morateur (173-PG-95) posted 13 points, while Lysa Millavet (186-F-95) added 9 points for France. Matea Plese (175-PG-95) nailed 7 points for Croatia. Katarina Matijevic (183-F-95) had 6 points in the loss.

France U18: Louise Dambach 15, Clementine Morateur 13, Lysa Millavet 9
Croatia U18: Matea Plese 7, Katarina Matijevic 6



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ZVVZ USK Prague signs Milka Bjelica - by Grzegorz Ozog

ZVVZ USK Prague, the Czech champions signed Montenegrin forward Milka Bjelica (193-F-81).

Last seasone Milka Bjelica started in Municipal Targoviste and then moved to Besiktas.

In seasone 2012/13 she averaged 11.4 ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.4apg in 29.1 minutes per game.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  SEN
  (196-C-94)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria17.3 
 2. Spanou, Robert M.16.9 
 3. Essenstam, CTO15.0 
 4. Vesterberg, MBK R.14.6 
 5. Hebecker, Halle14.1 
 6. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.14.1 
 7. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.14.0 
 8. Papova, Olimpia13.1 
 9. Oroszova, E.Illino.13.0 
 10. Tikhonenko, Spart.13.0 
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. Ndour, Gran Canaria9.8 
 4. Papova, Olimpia9.2 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.9.1 
 6. Nystrom, Northland8.9 
 7. Naumenko, Bar R.8.4 
 8. Preskienyte, Kibir.8.3 
 9. Vesterberg, MBK R.8.3 
 10. Kovacevic, UNI G.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ellen NYSTROM
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nystrom, Northland5.0 
 2. Stanacev, Crvena4.9 
 3. Balintova, Good A.4.6 
 4. Owczarzak, CCC P.4.2 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.3.4 
 6. Zanoguera, Toledo3.2 
 7. Adams, Saarlouis3.2 
 8. Krayevska, Tim-S.3.1 
 9. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.8 
 10. Dotto, Umbertide2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Francesca DOTTO
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dotto, Lucca3.1 
 2. Nystrom, Northland3.1 
 3. Owczarzak, CCC P.2.9 
 4. Dotto, Umbertide2.4 
 5. Cora, Galatasaray2.4 
 6. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.1 
 7. Hebecker, Halle2.0 
 8. Bouzenna, Roche1.9 
 9. Zanoguera, Toledo1.9 
 10. Bilgic, Botas1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.2.4 
 2. Vesterberg, MBK R.1.8 
 3. Papova, Olimpia1.7 
 4. Janoscikova, Cass.1.6 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.3 
 6. Ivashchanka, Goriz.1.2 
 7. Oroszova, E.Illino.1.1 
 8. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.1.1 
 9. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.1 
 10. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.1.1 


Standings Div.B (Women) - by *AddMe

Standings Div.B
1. Belgium8-0
2. Czech Rep.7-1
3. Latvia5-3
4. Portugal4-4
5. Bulgaria4-4
6. FYR Macedo.3-5
7. Israel3-5
8. U.Kingdom2-6
9. Romania0-8

Preliminary Round: Round 9

Jul. 14: BEL - MKD 79-52
Jul. 14: LAT - BUL 71-74
Jul. 14: ISR - ROM 67-59
Jul. 14: ENG - POR 65-61


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team 2013
Olcay Cakir
Cakir
Francesca Dotto
Dotto
Artemis Spanou
Spanou
Inmaculada Zanoguera
Zanoguera
Astou Ndour
Ndour

Best Player: Astou Ndour (196-C-94) of Spain
Best Guard: Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) of Italy
Best Forward: Artemis Spanou (6'0''-F-93) of Greece
Best Center: Astou Ndour (196-C-94) of Spain

1st Team
PG: Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) of Turkey
PG: Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) of Italy
F: Artemis Spanou (6'0''-F-93) of Greece
G/F: Inmaculada Zanoguera (5'10''-G/F-93) of Spain
C: Astou Ndour (196-C-94) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) of Poland
F: Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) of Serbia
PF: Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) of Belarus
F/C: Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93) of Russia
C: Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) of Lithuania

3rd Team
PG: Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) of Serbia
G/F: Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) of Holland
F: Sabina Oroszova (6'2''-F-93) of Slovakia
F/C: Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) of Sweden
C: Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) of Ukraine

Honorable Mention
Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) of Holland
Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) of Germany
Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) of Holland
Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) of Holland
Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) of Italy
Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) of Ukraine




Division B: Belgium clinch the title - by Eurobasket News

Latvia - Bulgaria 71-74
Bulgaria closed the home tournament with the win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Albena saw a 74:71 win of the local team over Latvia as Bulgaria finished with 4-4 record. Latvia meanwhile finished third with 5-3 record. It was the last game of the tournament and would not have changed a lot. Bulgaria however desired to win the game and to thank all the fans who came to support them. They opened the game with 27:20 lead, but Latvia reduced to 2 points at the halftime. The teams again exchanged the victories in the second half and were tied at 71:71 with a minute to go. Iva Georgieva (175-F/G-96) and Tyutyundzhieva Hristina scored the last points for the winners to bring the 4th victory for Bulgaria. Hristova Borislava produced 18 points to lead all the winners and Tyutyundzhieva Hristina as well as Kostova Iva had 15 each. Iva Georgieva delivered 12 points for the hosts. Paula Langina (180-F-94) ended up with 20 points in the losing case and Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) brought 18. Aizsila Kate added 12, while Lagzdina Guna collected 10 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

United Kingdom - Portugal 65-61
United Kingdom surprise Portugal in their last game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. United Kingdom won 65:61 and finished with 2-6 record on the 8th spot. Portugal finished fourth with 4-4 record. United Kingdom took 19:5 lead in the first period and looked great in the first half. They added 16-8 rally in the second frame for 35:13 halftime advantage. Portugal however was too far to give up and replied with a 25-8 burst in the third period. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) gave Portugal 51:50 lead early in the fourth quarter, but United Kingdom managed to grab 65:61 win. Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) and Joseph Shequila top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds each. Hynes Rosie and Ward Florence followed them with 10 points apiece in a win. Jessica Almeida answered with 27 points in defeat and Jesus Joana scored 10.

Belgium - FYR Macedonia 79-52
Belgium wins Division B with a perfect record as the team posted all 8 victories. In the last day Belgium overcame FYR Macedonia U20 79:52 and will head to Division A for the next year. Julie Vanloo was crowned MVP of the U20 European Championship Women Division B. FYR Macedonia finished with 3-5 record in the 7th spot. Belgium secured the top place even before the game, but wanted to prove their ambitions for the next year and won the game. They started with 18-7 rally and added 23-8 surge in the second frame. Moreover Belgium won the third period 20-18, while FYR Macedonia managed to win the last stanza 19-18. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Lien Delmulle (180-F-93) netted 14. Adams Heleen and Devliegher Sien followed them with 12 points each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) replied with 13 points in a loss and Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) as well as Lazareska Sofija had 9 points each.

Israel - Romania 67-59
Israel beat Romania to finish 6th in Division B of the U20 European Championship. Israel closed the campaign with a 67:59 win and had 3-5 record. Romania meanwhile lost all 8 games and finished on the last spot. Israel won the first period 17:16, but Romania replied with a 14-12 rally in the second frame and took 1-point halftime advantage. Moreover Romania desired so much to post their initial win and added 19-16 run in the third period. Israel however needed a 22-10 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. Tirosh Sapir top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Keren Mozes (176-SF-93) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Dayan May delivered 11, whilst Michal Assaf (168-G-94) added 9. Ursu Sonia brought 18 points in defeat. Kirberg Selena collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Simina Avram (177-F-95) notched 10.



Spain triumph in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Spain - Italy 59-53
Spain did it again! They claimed the third consecutive U20 European Championship crown. Spain defeated Italy to defend their European title. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) nailed 16 points to lead Spain in scoring. Spain finished the tournament undefeated. It was all about the Azzurri at the start of the game. Italy opened the clash with eight points in a row to surge ahead. Italy led throughout the first period posting an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. Italy kept Spain at distance throughout the second frame. They recorded a 28:25 halftime lead. However Spain opened the second half on a 12:0 run to spur ahead. They silenced Italy in the third period to ensure a 45:31 advantage before the fourth stanza. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the final quarter. Italy cut the deficit back to single digits late in regulation but Spain never looked back coasting to the historic triumph. Paula Estebas (175-F-93) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Itziar Llobet had 10 points in the victory. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) finished with 7 points and 17 rebounds for Spain. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) chipped in 14 points for Italy. Caterina Dotto and Elisa Penna produced 10 points each in the loss.
3-4 Place
Turkey - Belarus 53-38
Turkey entertained the home crowd with a convincing victory over Belarus in the consolation final at the U20 European Championship. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) and Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) nailed 9 points each to lead balanced effort from Turkey. But most importantly their defence went like clockwork closing down Belarus. Turkey limited the visitors to just 6 points in the first period gaining a 9-point lead. Things hardly changed in the second frame. Belarus struggled to find open looks and trailed by as many as 18 points at the interval. Turkey did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accounted for a 46:26 advantage at the final intermission. Belarus outscored the hosts in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Olcay Cakir netted 8 points for Turkey. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 11 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova had 8 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

5-6 Place
Russia - France 48-55
France claimed the fifth position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia in the final game at the tournament. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) and Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) posted 17 points to lead Les Bleus. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter but France eventually eked out an 11:9 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Russia eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. The seesaw action continued throughout the third term. France jumped to a 39:33 lead but Russia denied the deficit and tied things up at 41-all after three quarters. Christelle Diallo sank four points in a 6:0 run from Les Bleus at the start of the fourth frame. Christelle Diallo and Romane Bernies organized a 6:2 rally late in regulation to seal the victory for France. Marie Mbuyamba posted 6 points for France. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Ksenia Tikhonenko had 10 points and 11 boards in the loss.

7-8 Place
Slovakia - Serbia 68-56
Slovak Republic victoriously finished their U20 European Championship campaign. They defeated Serbia to claim the 7th position. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) nailed 16 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic stunned Serbia in the first ten minutes. They went on a 23:9 run. Serbia could not recover in the second frame. Slovak Republic gained a 15-point lead at halftime 38:23. Serbia finally adjusted their game in the third term. They stepped on the gas and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark before the final stanza. But Slovak Republic timely stiffened their defence and held their opponents to 11 points in the final period sealing the victory. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) netted 15 points, while Beata Janoscikova had 14 points in the win. Zorana Marinkovic (168-G-93) provided 21 points for Serbia. Jovana Djordjevic chipped in 10 points in the loss.

9-10 Place
Greece - Holland 56-52
Greece finished 9th at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down the Dutch counterparts in the final game in Samsun. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Greece secured a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands responded with a 21:11 rally in the second term to ensure a 7-point halftime advantage. Greece turned on aggressive defence in the third period. They held Netherlands to 6 points in the quarter and trimmed the deficit at just two points 35:37 at the final break. Greece fired 21 points in the fourth frame and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) finished with 11 points, while Artemis Spanou added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 15 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil had 12 points in the loss.
11-12 Place
Ukraine - Poland 66-48
Ukraine earned the 11th position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland on the final day of action in Samsun. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine cleared off in the first period. They sparked a 21:11 run to enjoy the lead at the first break. But Poland responded in the second frame cutting the deficit at 5-point mark 32:27. Ukraine regained control in the third quarter. Stiff defence helped Ukraine balloon the lead at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 17:12 run in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. Darya Zavidna (185-F-93) provided 14 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko had 11 points and 16 boards in the winning case. Monika Skrzecz (163-PG-94) dropped 14 points for Poland. Nikola Kacperska netted 8 points in the loss.

13-14 Place
Sweden - Germany 71-60
Sweden recorded the crucial win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany to save their Division A place for the next season. Germany occupied the 14th place and got relegated into Division B. Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) posted 23 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Scandinavian team. Germany got to the better start. They built a 16:12 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden quickly erased the deficit. The Scandinavian team established a 30:27 halftime lead. Germany got closer in the third term. Sweden entered the fourth period up by just one point 46:47. But they did not give a chance for Germany in the fourth term. They opened the fourth frame on a 13:2 rally and cruised to the victory at the end. Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) and Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) posted 11 points each for Sweden. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 24 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt had 12 points in the loss.

15-16 Place
Hungary - Lithuania 72-51
Hungary claimed the 15th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania on the final day of action in Samsun. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) notched 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Both teams though got relegated into Division B. Hungary claimed a 24:19 lead after the opening quarter. Hungary maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They registered a 36:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania scored just 11 points in the third term to face a 9-point deficit before the final frame. Hungary finished off their opponents with a 24:12 rally in the final term. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) nailed 14 points, while Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) added 10 points for the winning side. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 12 points for Lithuania. Milda Sukyte had 8 points in the loss.



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U20 European Championship: France earn 5th spot edging Russia - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 55:48

France claimed the fifth position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia in the final game at the tournament. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) and Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) posted 17 points to lead Les Bleus.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter but France eventually eked out an 11:9 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Russia eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. The seesaw action continued throughout the third term. France jumped to a 39:33 lead but Russia denied the deficit and tied things up at 41-all after three quarters. Christelle Diallo sank four points in a 6:0 run from Les Bleus at the start of the fourth frame. Christelle Diallo and Romane Bernies organized a 6:2 rally late in regulation to seal the victory for France. Marie Mbuyamba (184-F-93) posted 6 points for France. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 10 points and 11 boards in the loss.

France U20: Christelle Diallo 17, Romane Bernies 17, Marie Mbuyamba 6
Russia U20: Darya Namok 14, Ksenia Tikhonenko 10+11 boards



France U18 stun Croatia U18 in Temple-sur-Lot - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Croatia U18 64:26

France got to a confident start of their Temple-sur-Lot tournament campaign. They fired past Croatia in the opener. Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) scored 15 points to lead the winners.
France and Croatia exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 16:16 after ten minutes. But France held their opponents to just 2 points in the second period and recorded a 24:18 halftime lead. Croatia struggled offensively in the third term. They managed just five points to face a deep 22-point deficit heading into the fourth period. The visitors woeful offensive form continued in the final frame as they scored just 3 points and had to surrender at the end. Clementine Morateur (173-PG-95) posted 13 points, while Lysa Millavet (186-F-95) added 9 points for France. Matea Plese (175-PG-95) nailed 7 points for Croatia. Katarina Matijevic (183-F-95) had 6 points in the loss.

France U18: Louise Dambach 15, Clementine Morateur 13, Lysa Millavet 9
Croatia U18: Matea Plese 7, Katarina Matijevic 6



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U20 European Championship: Belgium wins Division B with a perfect record - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-FYR Macedonia U20 79:52

Belgium wins Division B with a perfect record as the team posted all 8 victories. In the last day Belgium overcame FYR Macedonia U20 79:52 and will head to Division A for the next year. Julie Vanloo was crowned MVP of the U20 European Championship Women Division B. FYR Macedonia finished with 3-5 record in the 7th spot.
Belgium secured the top place even before the game, but wanted to prove their ambitions for the next year and won the game. They started with 18-7 rally and added 23-8 surge in the second frame. Moreover Belgium won the third period 20-18, while FYR Macedonia managed to win the last stanza 19-18.
Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Lien Delmulle (180-F-93) netted 14. Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) followed them with 12 points each. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) replied with 13 points in a loss and Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) as well as Sofija Lazareska (175-G/F-95) had 9 points each.

Belgium U20: Julie Vanloo 21, Lien Delmulle 14, Heleen Adams 12, Sien Devliegher 12
FYR Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 13, Aleksandra Stojanovska 9, Sofija Lazareska 9



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  GERMANY   


U20 European Championship: Sweden send Germany into Division B - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Germany U20 71:60

Sweden recorded the crucial win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany to save their Division A place for the next season. Germany occupied the 14th place and got relegated into Division B. Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) posted 23 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Scandinavian team.
Germany got to the better start. They built a 16:12 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden quickly erased the deficit. The Scandinavian team established a 30:27 halftime lead. Germany got closer in the third term. Sweden entered the fourth period up by just one point 46:47. But they did not give a chance for Germany in the fourth term. They opened the fourth frame on a 13:2 rally and cruised to the victory at the end. Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) and Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) posted 11 points each for Sweden. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 24 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Ellen Nystrom 23+18 boards, Ida Christensen 11, Elin Gustavsson 11
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 24, Carla Bellscheidt 12



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  GREECE   


U20 European Championship: Greece down Netherlands to clinch 9th place - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Netherlands U20 56:52

Greece finished 9th at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down the Dutch counterparts in the final game in Samsun. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) posted 16 points to lead the charge.
Greece secured a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands responded with a 21:11 rally in the second term to ensure a 7-point halftime advantage. Greece turned on aggressive defence in the third period. They held Netherlands to 6 points in the quarter and trimmed the deficit at just two points 35:37 at the final break. Greece fired 21 points in the fourth frame and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) finished with 11 points, while Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 15 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Anna Stamolamprou 16, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 11, Artemis Spanou 10+11 boards
Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 15, Loyce Bettonvil 12



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  HOLLAND   


U20 European Championship: Greece down Netherlands to clinch 9th place - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Netherlands U20 56:52

Greece finished 9th at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down the Dutch counterparts in the final game in Samsun. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) posted 16 points to lead the charge.
Greece secured a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands responded with a 21:11 rally in the second term to ensure a 7-point halftime advantage. Greece turned on aggressive defence in the third period. They held Netherlands to 6 points in the quarter and trimmed the deficit at just two points 35:37 at the final break. Greece fired 21 points in the fourth frame and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) finished with 11 points, while Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 15 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Anna Stamolamprou 16, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 11, Artemis Spanou 10+11 boards
Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 15, Loyce Bettonvil 12



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  HUNGARY   


U20 European Championship: Hungary edge Lithuania to clinch 15th place - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20 - Lithuania U20 72:51

Hungary claimed the 15th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania on the final day of action in Samsun. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) notched 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Both teams though got relegated into Division B.
Hungary claimed a 24:19 lead after the opening quarter. Hungary maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They registered a 36:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania scored just 11 points in the third term to face a 9-point deficit before the final frame. Hungary finished off their opponents with a 24:12 rally in the final term. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) nailed 14 points, while Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) added 10 points for the winning side. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 12 points for Lithuania. Milda Sukyte (176-F-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 15+10 boards, Vivien Borondy 14, Szidonia Katona 10
Lithuania U20: Ieva Kazlauskaite 12, Milda Sukyte 8



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  ISRAEL   


U20 European Championship: Israel beat Romania to finish 6th in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20-Romania U20 67:59

Israel beat Romania to finish 6th in Division B of the U20 European Championship. Israel closed the campaign with a 67:59 win and had 3-5 record. Romania meanwhile lost all 8 games and finished on the last spot.
Israel won the first period 17:16, but Romania replied with a 14-12 rally in the second frame and took 1-point halftime advantage. Moreover Romania desired so much to post their initial win and added 19-16 run in the third period. Israel however needed a 22-10 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Sapir Tirosh (174-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Keren Mozes (176-SF-93) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. May Dayan (171-PG-94) delivered 11, whilst Michal Assaf (168-G-94) added 9. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) brought 18 points in defeat. Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Simina Avram (177-F-95) notched 10.

Israel U20: Sapir Tirosh 15, Keren Mozes 12+13 rebs, May Dayan 11, Michal Assaf 9
Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 18, Selena Kirberg 13+11 rebs, Simina Avram 10,



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  ITALY   


U20 European Championship: Spain make it three in a row, take Gold in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Italy U20 59:53

Spain did it again! They claimed the third consecutive U20 European Championship crown. Spain defeated Italy to defend their European title. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) nailed 16 points to lead Spain in scoring. Spain finished the tournament undefeated.
It was all about the Azzurri at the start of the game. Italy opened the clash with eight points in a row to surge ahead. Italy led throughout the first period posting an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. Italy kept Spain at distance throughout the second frame. They recorded a 28:25 halftime lead. However Spain opened the second half on a 12:0 run to spur ahead. They silenced Italy in the third period to ensure a 45:31 advantage before the fourth stanza. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the final quarter. Italy cut the deficit back to single digits late in regulation but Spain never looked back coasting to the historic triumph. Paula Estebas (175-F-93) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Itziar Llobet (180-G/F-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Kent St.) had 10 points in the victory. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) finished with 7 points and 17 rebounds for Spain. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) chipped in 14 points for Italy. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) produced 10 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Yurena Diaz 16, Paula Estebas 10, Itziar Llobet 10, Astou Ndour 7+17 boards
Italy U20: Francesca Dotto 14, Caterina Dotto 10, Elisa Penna 10



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  LITHUANIA   


U20 European Championship: Hungary edge Lithuania to clinch 15th place - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20 - Lithuania U20 72:51

Hungary claimed the 15th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania on the final day of action in Samsun. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) notched 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Both teams though got relegated into Division B.
Hungary claimed a 24:19 lead after the opening quarter. Hungary maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They registered a 36:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania scored just 11 points in the third term to face a 9-point deficit before the final frame. Hungary finished off their opponents with a 24:12 rally in the final term. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) nailed 14 points, while Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) added 10 points for the winning side. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 12 points for Lithuania. Milda Sukyte (176-F-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 15+10 boards, Vivien Borondy 14, Szidonia Katona 10
Lithuania U20: Ieva Kazlauskaite 12, Milda Sukyte 8



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  POLAND   


U20 European Championship: Ukraine outscore Poland - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Poland U20 66:48

Ukraine earned the 11th position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland on the final day of action in Samsun. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners.
Ukraine cleared off in the first period. They sparked a 21:11 run to enjoy the lead at the first break. But Poland responded in the second frame cutting the deficit at 5-point mark 32:27. Ukraine regained control in the third quarter. Stiff defence helped Ukraine balloon the lead at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 17:12 run in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. Darya Zavidna (185-F-93) provided 14 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) had 11 points and 16 boards in the winning case. Monika Skrzecz (163-PG-94) dropped 14 points for Poland. Nikola Kacperska (167-PG-93) netted 8 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Miriam Uro-Nilie 21+11 boards, Darya Zavidna 14, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11+16 boards
Poland U20: Monika Skrzecz 14, Nikola Kacperska 8



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  PORTUGAL   


U20 European Championship: United Kingdom surprise Portugal in their last game - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Portugal U20 65:61

United Kingdom surprise Portugal in their last game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. United Kingdom won 65:61 and finished with 2-6 record on the 8th spot. Portugal finished fourth with 4-4 record.
United Kingdom took 19:5 lead in the first period and looked great in the first half. They added 16-8 rally in the second frame for 35:13 halftime advantage. Portugal however was too far to give up and replied with a 25-8 burst in the third period. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) gave Portugal 51:50 lead early in the fourth quarter, but United Kingdom managed to grab 65:61 win.
Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds each. Rosie Hynes (172-G-93) and Florence Ward (170-PG-94) followed them with 10 points apiece in a win. Jessica Almeida answered with 27 points in defeat and Joana Jesus (173-G-93) scored 10.

United Kingdom U20: Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 16+10 rebs, Shequila Joseph 16+10 rebs, Rosie Hynes 10, Florence Ward 10
Portugal U20: Jessica Almeida 27, Joana Jesus 10



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U20 European Championship: Israel beat Romania to finish 6th in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20-Romania U20 67:59

Israel beat Romania to finish 6th in Division B of the U20 European Championship. Israel closed the campaign with a 67:59 win and had 3-5 record. Romania meanwhile lost all 8 games and finished on the last spot.
Israel won the first period 17:16, but Romania replied with a 14-12 rally in the second frame and took 1-point halftime advantage. Moreover Romania desired so much to post their initial win and added 19-16 run in the third period. Israel however needed a 22-10 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Sapir Tirosh (174-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Keren Mozes (176-SF-93) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. May Dayan (171-PG-94) delivered 11, whilst Michal Assaf (168-G-94) added 9. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) brought 18 points in defeat. Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Simina Avram (177-F-95) notched 10.

Israel U20: Sapir Tirosh 15, Keren Mozes 12+13 rebs, May Dayan 11, Michal Assaf 9
Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 18, Selena Kirberg 13+11 rebs, Simina Avram 10,



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U20 European Championship: France earn 5th spot edging Russia - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 55:48

France claimed the fifth position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia in the final game at the tournament. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) and Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) posted 17 points to lead Les Bleus.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter but France eventually eked out an 11:9 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Russia eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. The seesaw action continued throughout the third term. France jumped to a 39:33 lead but Russia denied the deficit and tied things up at 41-all after three quarters. Christelle Diallo sank four points in a 6:0 run from Les Bleus at the start of the fourth frame. Christelle Diallo and Romane Bernies organized a 6:2 rally late in regulation to seal the victory for France. Marie Mbuyamba (184-F-93) posted 6 points for France. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 10 points and 11 boards in the loss.

France U20: Christelle Diallo 17, Romane Bernies 17, Marie Mbuyamba 6
Russia U20: Darya Namok 14, Ksenia Tikhonenko 10+11 boards



Turkey U18 beat Russia U18 in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Russia U18 84:81 (OT)

Turkey claimed an overtime victory over their Russsian counterparts in the opening game of the international friendly tournament in Temple-sur-Lot, France. Ezgi Manlaci (172-SF-96) nailed 18 points to lead the winning side.
Russia got to a confident start. They piled up a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey bounced back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit and trailed by a single point heading into the second half. Russia ensured a 2-point lead before the fourth frame. But Turkey fired 24 points in the quarter and forced overtime. Turkey limited their opponents to just three points in the extra period and sealed the victory at the end. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) provided 14 points, while Nurcan Basaran (176-F-95) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) and Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) responded with 16 points each for Russia.

Turkey U18: Ezgi Manlaci 18, Busra Akbas 14, Nurcan Basaran 12
Russia U18: Daria Kolosovskaya 16, Zhosselina Maiga 16



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U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic edge Serbia to finish 7th - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20 - Serbia U20 68:56

Slovak Republic victoriously finished their U20 European Championship campaign. They defeated Serbia to claim the 7th position. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) nailed 16 points to lead the winners.
Slovak Republic stunned Serbia in the first ten minutes. They went on a 23:9 run. Serbia could not recover in the second frame. Slovak Republic gained a 15-point lead at halftime 38:23. Serbia finally adjusted their game in the third term. They stepped on the gas and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark before the final stanza. But Slovak Republic timely stiffened their defence and held their opponents to 11 points in the final period sealing the victory. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) netted 15 points, while Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) had 14 points in the win. Zorana Marinkovic (168-G-93) provided 21 points for Serbia. Jovana Djordjevic (187-F-93) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Slovak Republic U20: Angelika Slamova 16, Sabina Oroszova 15, Beata Janoscikova 14
Serbia U20: Zorana Marinkovic 21, Jovana Djordjevic 10



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  SLOVAKIA   


U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic edge Serbia to finish 7th - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20 - Serbia U20 68:56

Slovak Republic victoriously finished their U20 European Championship campaign. They defeated Serbia to claim the 7th position. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) nailed 16 points to lead the winners.
Slovak Republic stunned Serbia in the first ten minutes. They went on a 23:9 run. Serbia could not recover in the second frame. Slovak Republic gained a 15-point lead at halftime 38:23. Serbia finally adjusted their game in the third term. They stepped on the gas and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark before the final stanza. But Slovak Republic timely stiffened their defence and held their opponents to 11 points in the final period sealing the victory. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) netted 15 points, while Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) had 14 points in the win. Zorana Marinkovic (168-G-93) provided 21 points for Serbia. Jovana Djordjevic (187-F-93) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Slovak Republic U20: Angelika Slamova 16, Sabina Oroszova 15, Beata Janoscikova 14
Serbia U20: Zorana Marinkovic 21, Jovana Djordjevic 10



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U20 European Championship: Spain make it three in a row, take Gold in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Italy U20 59:53

Spain did it again! They claimed the third consecutive U20 European Championship crown. Spain defeated Italy to defend their European title. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) nailed 16 points to lead Spain in scoring. Spain finished the tournament undefeated.
It was all about the Azzurri at the start of the game. Italy opened the clash with eight points in a row to surge ahead. Italy led throughout the first period posting an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. Italy kept Spain at distance throughout the second frame. They recorded a 28:25 halftime lead. However Spain opened the second half on a 12:0 run to spur ahead. They silenced Italy in the third period to ensure a 45:31 advantage before the fourth stanza. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the final quarter. Italy cut the deficit back to single digits late in regulation but Spain never looked back coasting to the historic triumph. Paula Estebas (175-F-93) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Itziar Llobet (180-G/F-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Kent St.) had 10 points in the victory. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) finished with 7 points and 17 rebounds for Spain. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) chipped in 14 points for Italy. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) produced 10 points each in the loss.

Spain U20: Yurena Diaz 16, Paula Estebas 10, Itziar Llobet 10, Astou Ndour 7+17 boards
Italy U20: Francesca Dotto 14, Caterina Dotto 10, Elisa Penna 10



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U20 European Championship: Sweden send Germany into Division B - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Germany U20 71:60

Sweden recorded the crucial win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany to save their Division A place for the next season. Germany occupied the 14th place and got relegated into Division B. Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) posted 23 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Scandinavian team.
Germany got to the better start. They built a 16:12 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden quickly erased the deficit. The Scandinavian team established a 30:27 halftime lead. Germany got closer in the third term. Sweden entered the fourth period up by just one point 46:47. But they did not give a chance for Germany in the fourth term. They opened the fourth frame on a 13:2 rally and cruised to the victory at the end. Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) and Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) posted 11 points each for Sweden. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 24 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Ellen Nystrom 23+18 boards, Ida Christensen 11, Elin Gustavsson 11
Germany U20: Laura Hebecker 24, Carla Bellscheidt 12



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U20 European Championship: Turkey thump Belarus to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Belarus U20 53:38

Turkey entertained the home crowd with a convincing victory over Belarus in the consolation final at the U20 European Championship. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) and Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) nailed 9 points each to lead balanced effort from Turkey. But most importantly their defence went like clockwork closing down Belarus.
Turkey limited the visitors to just 6 points in the first period gaining a 9-point lead. Things hardly changed in the second frame. Belarus struggled to find open looks and trailed by as many as 18 points at the interval. Turkey did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accounted for a 46:26 advantage at the final intermission. Belarus outscored the hosts in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) netted 8 points for Turkey. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 11 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had 8 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 9, Pelin Bilgic 9, Olcay Cakir 8
Belarus U20: Darya Lipinskaya 11, Maryia Papova 8+10 boards



Turkey U18 beat Russia U18 in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Russia U18 84:81 (OT)

Turkey claimed an overtime victory over their Russsian counterparts in the opening game of the international friendly tournament in Temple-sur-Lot, France. Ezgi Manlaci (172-SF-96) nailed 18 points to lead the winning side.
Russia got to a confident start. They piled up a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey bounced back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit and trailed by a single point heading into the second half. Russia ensured a 2-point lead before the fourth frame. But Turkey fired 24 points in the quarter and forced overtime. Turkey limited their opponents to just three points in the extra period and sealed the victory at the end. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) provided 14 points, while Nurcan Basaran (176-F-95) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) and Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) responded with 16 points each for Russia.

Turkey U18: Ezgi Manlaci 18, Busra Akbas 14, Nurcan Basaran 12
Russia U18: Daria Kolosovskaya 16, Zhosselina Maiga 16



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  UKRAINE   


U20 European Championship: Ukraine outscore Poland - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Poland U20 66:48

Ukraine earned the 11th position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland on the final day of action in Samsun. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners.
Ukraine cleared off in the first period. They sparked a 21:11 run to enjoy the lead at the first break. But Poland responded in the second frame cutting the deficit at 5-point mark 32:27. Ukraine regained control in the third quarter. Stiff defence helped Ukraine balloon the lead at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 17:12 run in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. Darya Zavidna (185-F-93) provided 14 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) had 11 points and 16 boards in the winning case. Monika Skrzecz (163-PG-94) dropped 14 points for Poland. Nikola Kacperska (167-PG-93) netted 8 points in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Miriam Uro-Nilie 21+11 boards, Darya Zavidna 14, Lyudmyla Naumenko 11+16 boards
Poland U20: Monika Skrzecz 14, Nikola Kacperska 8



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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom surprise Portugal in their last game - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Portugal U20 65:61

United Kingdom surprise Portugal in their last game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. United Kingdom won 65:61 and finished with 2-6 record on the 8th spot. Portugal finished fourth with 4-4 record.
United Kingdom took 19:5 lead in the first period and looked great in the first half. They added 16-8 rally in the second frame for 35:13 halftime advantage. Portugal however was too far to give up and replied with a 25-8 burst in the third period. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) gave Portugal 51:50 lead early in the fourth quarter, but United Kingdom managed to grab 65:61 win.
Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds each. Rosie Hynes (172-G-93) and Florence Ward (170-PG-94) followed them with 10 points apiece in a win. Jessica Almeida answered with 27 points in defeat and Joana Jesus (173-G-93) scored 10.

United Kingdom U20: Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 16+10 rebs, Shequila Joseph 16+10 rebs, Rosie Hynes 10, Florence Ward 10
Portugal U20: Jessica Almeida 27, Joana Jesus 10



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Jul. 14: Connecticut S. - S.Antonio SS 86-84
Jul. 14: Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S. 76-88
Jul. 13: Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 75-86
Jul. 12: S.Antonio SS - Washington M. 73-83
Jul. 14: Seattle S. - Atlanta D. 73-65
Jul. 12: Connecticut S. - Chicago S. 70-83
Jul. 13: New York L. - Indiana F. 53-74

Regular Season: Round 21

Jul. 16: Washington M. - S.Antonio SS
Jul. 17: Seattle S. - Tulsa S.
Jul. 17: L.Angeles S. - Atlanta D.


Latest results from around the League - by Eurobasket News

S.Antonio SS - Washington M. 73-83
Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) scored 14 points and the Washington Mystics recovered after blowing a 14-point lead to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 83-73 on Friday night. Ivory Latta had 12 points, Matee Ajavon added 11 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 10 for Washington (7-7), which has won three of four. Jia Perkins scored 22 points, Shenise Johnson (5'11''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) added 15 and Danielle Adams 14 for San Antonio (4-9). The Silver Stars have lost four of five and eight of 10. Already without Sophia Young (knee), San Antonio was playing its first home game since losing Becky Hammon for the season to a torn left ACL and it was apparent her scoring was missed. The Mystics' bench outscored the Silver Stars' reserves 31-22. Washington was 9 for 17 from the field and 7 for 9 on free throws in taking a 49-36 lead at the half. After dominating the second quarter, the Mystics completely unraveled in the third despite the pleas of coach Mike Thibault. Washington had eight turnovers in the quarter, enabling San Antonio to eliminate a 14-point deficit. Perkins' layup with 2:19 left in the quarter capped a 15-2 run that gave San Antonio a 57-56 lead, its first since midway through the first quarter. Perkins, who had a pair of 3-pointers to spark the run, had 12 points in the period. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Connecticut S. - Chicago S. 70-83
Sylvia Fowles spent her first five seasons with the Chicago Sky enduring one losing season after another. Fowles has been able to smile a lot more this season. Rookie Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) had 23 points and five rebounds, and Chicago scored the game's first 12 points and went on to beat the Connecticut Sun 83-70 on Friday. Swin Cash had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Sky (10-4), and Fowles had 14 points and eight rebounds. Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) added 11 points and six assists, while Courtney Vandersloot had seven assists and four steals for Chicago, which has won six of seven. Over the past few years, it's been frustrating, but it's always been fun,'' Fowles said. I can say this has been one of the most fun years I've ever had.'' Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 29 points for the Sun (3-9). Reserve Mistie Bass scored 13 points. The Sun have lost six of seven. Connecticut missed its first 10 shots and Chicago grabbed the early lead. Allison Hightower scored the Sun's first points 4:14 into the game. The Sky led 50-35 at the half and cruised to the win. Chicago has never had a winning season and has qualified for the playoffs just once in its seven seasons. Fowles credited Delle Donne, the second overall pick in this year's draft, for being a key to the turnaround. We have a sense of urgency this year, plus adding a pretty good player,'' Fowles chuckled. Elena has a big part to do with (the winning). For us to officially have a true 4, she brings a lot. She's a threat. It makes everything else click.'' Delle Donne has averaged 19.1 points. The only players who've averaged more points are Olympians Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) of the Phoenix Mercury and Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream. I expected wins,'' Delle Donne said. I knew this was a great team, and I really felt like we had all the pieces to the puzzle. I didn't know how soon it would come together, but I did expect big things from this team. It's a great team. Awesome coaching staff. Put that together and you get some wins.'' Connecticut, meanwhile, is enduring its worst start in history. It trailed by double digits nearly the entire game. It was behind by as much as 22 points (83-61) with over two minutes left in the game. Chicago (came out aggressive),'' Charles said. They threw that first punch, and we were just trying to get back into the game.'' Sun starting guard Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) returned Friday night after missing the previous four games to a bruised knee. Reserve guard Renee Montgomery, last year's WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, has missed nine games for Connecticut due to a high ankle sprain. Tan White, another reserve guard, hasn't played in eight games after breaking a finger in practice. Prince made two free throws less than a minute into the game. Cash and Fowles followed with back-to-back layups. Fowles' hook shot gave the Sky an 8-0 lead a little more than two minutes into the game. Cash made two free throws after a Sun timeout. Vandersloot's 20-foot jumper extended Chicago's lead to 12-0. Courtesy of: boston.com

Tulsa S. - Minnesota L. 75-86
After a sixth consecutive loss, Tulsa Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg is still searching for the perfect starting lineup. While falling to Minnesota 86-75 on Saturday night at the BOK Center, the Shock again fell into an early hole that it couldn't excavate. "We'll change the lineup again and shake it up until we can get that group to start the game in a positive way," Kloppenburg said. Facing the Western Conference leaders, the Shock (3-12) were forced to use a different starting five because leading scorer and rebounder Glory Johnson was sidelined with a neck injury. With Johnson out, the Lynx raced to a 24-9 lead. By the second quarter, Minnesota was shooting 70 percent from the field. Boosted by 13 second-quarter points from reserve guard Riquna Williams (5'7''-PG-90, college: Miami, FL), Tulsa twice cut the deficit to six but trailed by 14 at the break after a technical was called on Kloppenburg with 10.5 seconds until halftime. The Lynx advantage grew to 21 in the third and 22 early in the fourth while point guard Lindsay Whalen torched the Shock with 8-of-12 shooting. Eventually, some of the shots stopped falling for Minnesota, and Tulsa was able to make a run. "There's no way a team's going to keep shooting like that," Kloppenburg said. "We just felt like we were soft defensively in the first half and coming back out, if we could pick up the defensive energy and make some shots we could get back into the game. "We never really got back in it, but I thought we probably got back within striking range." A 10-0 spurt got Tulsa within 12 with 4:15 left, but from there, not much went the team's way. "Cutting it didn't do anything because they'd come back down and hit a 3 or get three offensive rebounds," Williams said. "That's a big difference." The Shock couldn't hit the necessary shots in the closing minutes and gave up key putbacks that sealed the win for Minnesota. "We knew they weren't going to go away in the second half," Whalen said. "We knew we needed to come out after halftime and stay aggressive. "We did a lot of things well on defense tonight. We pushed the tempo tonight and when we have better tempo, we have better shots." In addition to Whalen's season-high 25 points, forward Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) scored 22 and center Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) added 17. Williams had 22 points for Tulsa on 8-of-20 shooting and forward Nicole Powell finished with 16 points. Shock point guard Skylar Diggins was held scoreless for the first time in her young career. She rolled her right ankle with three minutes left and was carried off the court. "It doesn't look too bad," Kloppenburg said. "I think she rolled it when she stepped on somebody's foot." With the loss, Tulsa has dropped back-to-back games at home since returning from a nine-day break from action. "We just got done playing the top two teams in the league (Los Angeles and Minnesota)," Kloppenburg said. " (The Lynx) are better than us all the way, through. "But I felt like we really battled these guys. ... That's something we can build on. We know we've got to keep getting better." Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com

New York L. - Indiana F. 53-74
Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn wasn't worried when her team was stuck in heavy traffic yesterday an hour before its game against the Liberty. Not with a veteran group that has been playing very well lately after a miserable start to the season. After a back-and-forth first half, the Fever blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Liberty 31-6 en route to the 74-53 victory Saturday night. 'I realized now we've been getting to the game too early,' Dunn said jokingly. 'The tunnel was blocked and we didn't ever panic. I know their routine.' The win was the fourth in the past five games for the Fever (5-8), who climbed within a half-game of the Liberty for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana, which dropped seven of its first eight games, forced the Liberty into 22 turnovers and only had seven. 'A lot of the turnovers we turned into points,' Dunn said. 'We did a good job with our guards hitting some shots outside and established Erlana [Larkins] inside in the first half.' Larkins led a balanced offense, scoring a season-high 15 points. Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 13 and Erin Phillips (5'8''-PG-85) had 12 for the Fever, who lost seven of their first eight games this year. Phillips was playing her second game since missing the first 11 while recovering from a torn right meniscus. 'Having Erin around definitely has helped us,' said Tamika Catchings, who added 10 points and seven rebounds for Indiana. 'When we kick it outside she'll hit the shot.' Courtesy of: nypost.com

Seattle S. - Atlanta D. 73-65
The Seattle Storm wore down a short-handed Atlanta Dream. Tanisha Wright (5'11''-SF-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half and Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Seattle beat Atlanta 73-65. 'I thought for the personnel we have on the floor right now, we really generated a lot of energy,' said Atlanta coach Fred Williams. 'But in the fourth quarter, we ran out of gas. We had some open shots but didn't put those down.' Shekinna Stricklen added 10 points for the Storm in her first start. Seattle (6-8) had lost five of six. Rookie Alex Bentley (5'7''-G-90, college: Penn St.) scored 16 and Erika de Souza had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta (10-3), which only had eight players available. The Dream were missing Angel McCoughtry (strained Achilles, 19.8 points per game), Sancho Lyttle (foot, 14.3) and Tiffany Hayes (knee, 10.8). Seattle can relate to playing short-handed. Star players Sue Bird and Laruen Jackson are out all season with injuries. 'I mean as much as they don't have McCoughtry and Lyttle, we're missing two big dogs, too,' Wright said. 'But I'm sure they're not focused on that and I'm not focused on that either. I'm focused on getting wins and tonight we got a win and that's all that matters." Seattle coach Brian Agler noticed the difference in Atlanta in the final quarter. 'I don't think there is any question they wore down,' Agler said. 'I thought they played very well. ...The way they fought short-handed. But I'm not feeling sorry for them because there are a lot of teams short-handed.' Atlanta forward Armintie Herrington said the injuries are a challenge many teams face. 'It's pretty hard but nobody is feeling sorry for the Atlanta Dream right now,' Herrington said. 'We didn't feel sorry for the teams we beat when they were injured so you have to find a way to win and keep playing hard.' Little scored five and Stricklen four during a 13-0 run to give Seattle a 65-54 lead with 3:35 left after trailing 54-52 with 8:52 remaining. Courtney Clements hit a 3-pointer to snap Atlanta's six-minute scoring drought. Stricklen tied the game at 52 with a three-point play early in the fourth quarter. She added a put back to give the Storm their first lead of the game at 56-54 with 7:41 remaining and 20 seconds later hit an 8-footer to make it a four-point lead. 'She really had a good stretch there in the fourth,' Agler said about Stricklen. 'She made multiple plays and had a couple of layups and made a good one-on-one move. She didn't get off to a great start but had a good game for us.' Wright scored seven to help Seattle cut an eight-point deficit to 50-47 after three quarters. Herrington scored the opening five points of the third quarter for Atlanta. De Souza had 12 points and Bentley 10 to help Atlanta to a 37-32 halftime lead. Little and Wright had eight each for the Storm, which never led. The Dream had won six straight before losing 94-72 last Tuesday at Minnesota. McCoughtry scored 23 as Atlanta beat the Storm 68-59 on June 14. The Dream had won five straight over Seattle. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Connecticut S. - S.Antonio SS 86-84
Trailing San Antonio by eight points with 7 minutes, 53 seconds left Sunday, it looked like more of the same for the Connecticut Sun. Coach Anne Donovan had no choice but to call a time out after Danielle Adams' basket, but then something clicked. 'It was us realizing we needed a gut check, or we were going to keep sliding down the slope,' Mistie Bass said. Bass ended the Silver Stars' run with a basket out of the timeout, and a subsequent Kalana Greene steal - 'I was waiting for that the entire game, and I finally got one,' she said - and fast-break basket turned the momentum in Connecticut's favor in an 86-84 win before 6,335 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. 'To be honest, I don't know how many games we had done that this year, to be down and actually come back and finish it,' Connecticut guard Kara Lawson said. 'You know you can do it, you believe you can do it, but until you continue to do it, that's the thing.' The Sun (4-9) came out slow, letting San Antonio (4-10) score the first six points. Unlike Friday, when the Sun let the same thing happen against Chicago and lost, Connecticut reeled off 16 unanswered points. The lead stretched to as many as 11 in the second quarter, but by halftime it only was two, 34-32. 'This team needs to focus on its defense,' Donovan said, 'and we started the game that way, and then we got away from it.' The defensive lapses allowed San Antonio to score the final seven points of the half and gain momentum, which carried into the second half. Shenise Johnson's 3-pointer briefly gave the Silver Stars a one-point advantage, 43-42, in the third quarter, but the teams went into the final period tied at 57. San Antonio scored 10 of the first 12 points of the fourth before Donovan called the time out. Bass came out of the time out with a quick basket, the second game in a row that the veteran forward has given the Sun a late boost. 'It's always great to have the opportunity to go out there and broadcast my talents. I just went out there and did what I know I can do,' Bass said. 'It's not anything different from what anybody has seen. I've just been able to do it in two consecutive games.' Greene then made the steal up top and converted on the fast break to get the crowd back into the game. Tina Charles (20 points, 10 rebounds) added a line-drive hook and a steal-and-score, before Lawson and Hightower - who scored a career-high 23 points - dropped 3-pointers as part of a 25-point barrage that Connecticut laid down over the last 7:41. San Antonio, however, hung tough. DeLisha Milton-Jones hit two free throws with 34 seconds left to cut the deficit to two, and Greene missed a shot on the other end to give the Silver Stars the ball with nine seconds left. San Antonio got the ball to Danielle Robinson, who had been finding space in the lane to drive all afternoon, but this time, Hightower stepped in her way and forced her to pass out to Jia Perkins, who missed a shot with Lawson in her face at the buzzer. 'The difference in this league is, can you execute and make plays at the end of the game?' Lawson said. 'If we can start doing that, some of these games are going to start to turn in our direction.' Courtesy of: norwichbulletin.com

Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S. 76-88
Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Sparks to their fifth straight win, an 88-76 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Mercury. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Sparks, who have beaten their last five opponents by an average of 18.6 points a game after a 5-4 start. Phoenix (8-7) played its second straight game without No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner, who has a sore left knee that she injured June 6 against Minnesota. The Sparks took control early with a 13-point run in the first quarter and then held off Phoenix rallies in the second and third quarters. Diana Taurasi had 23 points, including three three-pointers, to lead the Mercury, who have lost three straight after winning five in a row. DeWanna Bonner added 17 points and four rebounds for Phoenix. Lindsey Harding added 15 points and five assists for the Sparks (10-4), the top scoring and best shooting team in the league, whose transition game led to 21 fast-break points Sunday. Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored four points in a seven-point spurt midway through the third quarter that gave Los Angeles separation. The team had traded baskets to start the period but Nnemkadi Ogwumike's layup made it 60-47. Parker scored 14 first-half points to lead the Sparks to a 43-37 advantage at the break. Taurasi quickly picked up two fouls in the first 3:10 of the game and Phoenix missed 11 of its first 14 shots, trailing 20-13 after the first quarter. The Mercury beat the Sparks 97-81 on June 14. Courtesy of: latimes.com