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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 13-2 
 2. Waverley F. 12-4 
 3. Corio Bay S. 12-4 
 4. Ringwood H. 11-5 
 5. Diamond V.E. 9-5 
 6. Eltham W. 7-9 
 7. Werribee 6-10 
 8. Hume City 3-13 
 9. Sherbrooke S. 3-13 
 10. Melbourne 2-13 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 12-2 
 2. Woodville W. 12-3 
 3. Forestville E. 9-5 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 8-6 
 5. C.District L. 8-6 
 6. Sturt S. 8-7 
 7. Southern T. 7-7 
 8. Norwood F. 6-9 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 2-13 
 10. Eastern M. 0-14 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 9-1 
 2. Northside W. 9-2 
 3. Cairns M. 9-2 
 4. Brisbane C. 7-3 
 5. Townsville H. 7-4 
 6. Gladstone P. 7-5 
 7. Mackay M. 6-5 
 8. Gold Coast R. 4-6 
 9. Toowoomba 3-8 
 10. Ipswich F. 3-8 
 11. Suncoast 2-6 
 12. Bundaberg B. 2-9 
 13. SW Metro P. 1-10 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 20-3 
 2. Perry Lakes H. 15-7 
 3. Geraldton B. 15-8 
 4. Perth R. 14-9 
 5. East Perth E. 14-10 
 6. Wanneroo W. 13-10 
 7. Mandurah M. 13-11 
 8. SW Slammers 12-11 
 9. Willetton T. 11-13 
 10. Cockburn C. 10-13 
 11. Rockingham F. 9-14 
 12. Stirling S. 8-14 
 13. Goldfield G. 5-19 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 3-20 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 17-4 
 2. Geelong S. 17-5 
 3. Dandenong R. 10-10 
 4. Frankston B. 10-12 
 5. Brisbane S. 9-11 
 6. Sandringham S. 9-12 
 7. Canberra G. 8-14 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 15-6 
 2. Nunawading S. 13-8 
 3. Hobart C. 13-8 
 4. NW Tasmania 10-11 
 5. Kilsyth C. 10-12 
 6. Albury W.B. 7-14 
 7. Ballarat M. 6-16 
 8. Knox R. 6-17 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 17-2 
 2. Sydney C. 15-4 
 3. Norths Bears 14-5 
 4. Hornsby S. 11-8 
 5. Colonial Hotel 10-8 
 6. Cent.Coast C. 10-9 
 7. Hills H. 10-9 
 8. Bankstown B. 9-8 
 9. Newcastle H. 9-10 
 10. Illawarra H. 7-11 
 11. Parramatta W. 6-12 
 12. Sutherland S. 2-17 
 13. Maitland M. 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 18

BIG V

Jul. 13: Corio Bay S. - Eltham W. 87-83
Jul. 13: Melbourne T. - Werribee D. 72-85
Jul. 13: Ringwood H. - Bulleen B. 69-86
Jul. 14: Diamond V.E. - Hume City 113-71
Jul. 14: Waverley F. - Sherbrooke S. 104-63

Central ABL

Jul. 13: Norwood F. - W.Adelaide B. 88-97
Jul. 12: Woodville W. - C.District L. 86-66
Jul. 12: Norwood F. - S.Adelaide P. 85-66
Jul. 14: Woodville W. - Sturt S. 78-63
Jul. 13: Eastern M. - S.Adelaide P. 65-96
Jul. 13: Southern T. - Sturt S. 63-76
Jul. 14: Forestville E. - N.Adelaide R. 107-71

QBL

Jul. 13: Northside W. - Toowoomba M. 95-63
Jul. 13: Townsville H. - SW Metro P. 93-74
Jul. 12: Cairns M. - SW Metro P. 91-56
Jul. 12: Suncoast C. - Northside W. 88-101
Jul. 13: Bundaberg B. - Brisbane C. 78-80
Jul. 13: Ipswich F. - Gold Coast R. 77-87
Jul. 13: Gladstone P. - Mackay M. 70-63

SBL

Jul. 13: Stirling S. - Cockburn C. 95-99
Jul. 12: Mandurah M. - East Perth E. 93-101
Jul. 13: Rockingham F. - Mandurah M. 87-94
Jul. 13: Perry Lakes H. - Goldfield G. 86-65
Jul. 12: SW Slammers - Perry Lakes H. 85-84
Jul. 13: East Perth E. - Willetton T. 130-102
Jul. 14: Willetton T. - Goldfield G. 118-91
Jul. 13: Perth R. - SW Slammers 112-99
Jul. 12: Lakeside L. - Kalamunda E.S. 105-74
Jul. 13: Geraldton B. - Wanneroo W. 102-123

SEABL

Jul. 13: Geelong S. - Mt Gambier 97-85
Jul. 13: Nunawading S. - Dandenong R. 95-73
Jul. 13: Brisbane S. - Knox R. 94-76
Jul. 14: Kilsyth C. - Geelong S. 89-77
Jul. 13: NW Tasmania - Ballarat M. 83-80
Jul. 11: Canberra G. - Sandringham S. 76-87
Jul. 12: Knox R. - Mt Gambier 75-77
Jul. 13: Frankston B. - Kilsyth C. 73-62
Jul. 12: Hobart C. - Ballarat M. 101-90
Jul. 13: Albury W.B. - Sandringham S. 101-100
Jul. 14: Dandenong R. - Bendigo B. 100-95

WARATAH

Jul. 14: Sydney C. - Maitland M. 98-53
Jul. 13: Manly Warr. - Cent.Coast C. 89-73
Jul. 13: Colonial Hotel - Hornsby S. 88-73
Jul. 13: Newcastle H. - Hills H. 79-96
Jul. 13: Norths Bears - Parramatta W. 79-55
Jul. 13: Sutherland S. - Sydney C. 74-75
Jul. 13: Illawarra H. - Bankstown B. 62-68

Regular Season: Round 19

Central ABL

Jul. 20: N.Adelaide R. - W.Adelaide B.
Jul. 20: S.Adelaide P. - Woodville W.
Jul. 20: Sturt S. - Eastern M.
Jul. 20: C.District L. - Norwood F.
Jul. 20: Forestville E. - Southern T.
Jul. 21: Eastern M. - Forestville E.
Jul. 21: Southern T. - N.Adelaide R.
Jul. 21: W.Adelaide B. - C.District L.

QBL

Jul. 19: Gladstone P. - Suncoast
Jul. 19: Townsville H. - Cairns M.
Jul. 19: Toowoomba - Rockhampton
Jul. 20: Ipswich F. - Rockhampton
Jul. 20: SW Metro P. - Brisbane C.
Jul. 20: Bundaberg B. - Suncoast
Jul. 20: Mackay M. - Cairns M.
Jul. 21: Gold Coast R. - Northside W.

SBL

Jul. 19: Mandurah M. - Perth R.
Jul. 19: Rockingham F. - SW Slammers
Jul. 19: Perry Lakes H. - Wanneroo W.
Jul. 19: Stirling S. - Lakeside L.
Jul. 20: Perth R. - Geraldton B.
Jul. 20: Goldfield G. - Kalamunda E.S.
Jul. 20: SW Slammers - East Perth E.
Jul. 20: Wanneroo W. - Stirling S.
Jul. 20: Lakeside L. - Rockingham F.
Jul. 20: Willetton T. - Cockburn C.
Jul. 21: Cockburn C. - Geraldton B.

SEABL

Jul. 19: Hobart C. - Canberra G.
Jul. 19: Mt Gambier - Frankston B.
Jul. 19: Geelong S. - Brisbane S.
Jul. 20: Dandenong R. - Albury W.B.
Jul. 20: Sandringham S. - Geelong S.
Jul. 20: NW Tasmania - Canberra G.
Jul. 20: Bendigo B. - Brisbane S.
Jul. 20: Ballarat M. - Nunawading S.
Jul. 20: Kilsyth C. - Kilsyth C.
Jul. 21: Frankston B. - Albury W.B.

WARATAH

Jul. 20: Bankstown B. - Newcastle H.
Jul. 20: Manly Warr. - Norths Bears
Jul. 20: Parramatta W. - Sutherland S.
Jul. 20: Colonial Hotel - Illawarra H.
Jul. 20: Cent.Coast C. - Sydney C.
Jul. 20: Maitland M. - Hills H.
Jul. 21: Sydney C. - Parramatta W.
Jul. 21: Hornsby S. - Bankstown B.


SBL: Redbacks hold onto fourth position - by Eurobasket News

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks Mens State Basketball League team had a strong 112 to 99 win in a danger-game against the fifth-placed South West Slammers.

This sees the Redbacks men consolidate their top four-position in the 14-team competition with 14 wins and nine losses.

Redbacks shooting guard Jarrad Prior (188-G-87) was the game-high scorer with 30, including six three-pointers from 12 shots, along with three steals and five rebounds.

Swing-man Bennie Lewis scored 21 along with six rebounds and six assists while centre Justin Brown (213-C-80, college: Connecticut) scored 18 and had 11 rebounds and point-guard Joel Wagner scored 16 along with nine assists.

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks Womens team lost in overtime 58 to 65, after the game was locked at 51 apiece at the end of regular time.

18-year old Redbacks point-guard Gabby OSullivan was the game-high scorer with 21, which included four consecutive successful high-pressure free throws to tie the game at the end of regular time.

Centre Marita Payne had 13 along with 11 rebounds and four shot-blocks while point-guard Desiree Delcoure scored seven.

The Redbacks women are now in 10th-place in the 12-team competition with eight wins and 12 losses.

They will have to win their remaining two games and hope that other results go their way to have any chance of making a top-eight play-off spot.

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks meets Mandurah Magic this Friday in an away-game at the Mandurah Leisure and Aquatic Centre, with the womens game starting at 6.30PM and the mens game at 8.30PM.

The Redbacks men follow this up with a blockbuster home-game at the Belmont Oasis Leisure and Aquatic Centre against the third-placed Geraldton Buccaneers on Saturday night, which tips off at 7.30PM.

Article courtesy of Redbacks' Media



SBL: Hawks bounce back, Wolves fire (Saturday Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

THE Perry Lakes Hawks men's team bounced back from Friday's loss to win on Saturday to consolidate second position in the SBL with Geraldton dropping a game at home to an on-fire Wanneroo.

The Australian Belt Scrapers Wanneroo Wolves put in a massive performance to knock off the in-form Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers 123-102 at Active West Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers had been in outstanding form of late to be putting real pressure on the second-placed Perry Lakes Hawks and could have joined them on 16 wins with a win on Saturday, but the Wolves wouldnt let that happen and improved to 13-10 and sixth position themselves.

Trian Iliadis finished with 29 points for Wanneroo, Rob Huntington 24, Seb Salinas 23, Damian Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan) 18 and Reece Maxwell 13.

Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.) did all he could for Geraldton with 36 points while Carter Cook hit 23 points, Daniel Thomas 15 and Aaron Ralph 13.

The Perry Lakes Hawks bounced back from losing on Friday to the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers to beat the struggling Silver Lake Resources Goldfields Giants at WA Basketball Centre 86-65 to maintain second spot ahead of the Buccaneers.

Corey Easley led the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks with Ben Purser finishing with 17 points, 14 boards and five assists. Tevin Jackson added 15 points and Rob Cassir 13.

Russell Hurst scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds for Goldfields with Matthew Leske adding 15 points and Dwayne Radcliffe 10. Lordan Franich had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The BOQ Perth Redbacks maintained fourth position on the table as well beating the previously on-fire South West Slammers 112-99 at Belmont Oasis.

The Redbacks improved to a 14-9 record with Jarrad Prior leading the way with 30 points. Bennie Lewis added 21, Justin Brown 18, Joel Wagner 16 and Michael Vigor 11.

The Slammers slipped to a 12-11 record in eighth spot with Clive Weeden scoring 21 points, Jamahr Warren 21, Ty Harrelson 19, Trent Worthington 16 and Josh Weir 11.

The Mandurah Magic rebounded from a loss to East Perth at home on Friday to beat the Rockingham Flames 104-87 at Mike Barnett Sports Complex on Saturday night.

Taylor Mullenax (201-F/C-86, college: St.Edward's) was on fire for Mandurah with 34 points and 11 rebounds with Taylor Land adding 18 points, Rhett Della Maddalena 17 and Paul Pantaleo 12.

Cooper Land finished with 36 points for the Flames with Travis Moore scoring 14 and Ryan Godfrey 11.

The People's Choice Eagles capped off an impressive weekend with a 130-102 thumping of the flagging Willetton Tigers at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

Tom Jervis hit 30 points to go with nine rebounds and nine blocked shots for the Eagles with Drew Williamson scoring 29 points to go with eight assists.

Joe-Alan Tupaea (190-G-81) had a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists with Michael Jones scoring 18 points, John Taylor 17 and Sunday Dech 14.

Quinn McDowell did all he could for the Tigers with 32 points and 13 rebounds while hitting 4-of-5 from three-point land. Brandon Adams scored 17 points and Andrew Black 13.

The defending champion Cockburn Cougars stayed in the finals hunt with a 99-95 win over the Stirling Senators at Warwick Leisure Centre.

David Reichel hit 29 points for the Cougars with Brian Carlwell adding 21 and 13 rebounds. Gavin Field added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists with Damien Scott scoring 12 points.

Cory Cooperwood hit 28 points for the Senators with Sean Gilmore adding 20, Jordan Wild 18 and Nikolas Iliadis 12.

In women's action, the South West Slammers backed up their win on Friday over the Perry Lakes Hawks by beating the Perth Redbacks on Saturday 65-58.

That sees the Slammers shoot up to fifth position in the standings with Kimberly Sitzmann finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Zoe Harper 12 points and 16 boards. Kara Hargreaves also had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Gabby O'Sullivan hit 21 points for the Redbacks with Marita Payne adding 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Rockingham Flames remained in third spot and stayed in touch with the top two positions with a 73-49 win over the Mandurah Magic.

Samantha Whitcomb led the way for the Flames with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists with Kaye Tucker adding 17 points, eight boards, five assists, three blocks and two steals with Jacinta Bourne also scoring 12 points to go with five steals.

Casey Mihovilovich had 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Magic with Briana Klasztorny finishing with 11 points and 18 boards.

The Willetton Tigers maintained second position with a 59-45 win over the Toll Ipec Eagles with Lara Napier top-scoring with 16 points and Melissa Marsh adding 13 to go with 10 rebounds and six assists.

Danielle Lipscombe led the way for East Perth with 14 points and Nicole Jorre St Jorre added 10 points, six rebounds and five steals.

The Stirling Senators beat the Cockburn Cougars 85-77 at Warwick Leisure Centre with Samantha Roscoe leading the way for the Senators with 16 points and six boards. Kelly Ellis scored 10 points and Hannah Throns nine to go with 11 boards and four assists.

Stephanie Jones worked hard for Cockburn with 19 points and 14 rebounds with Emma Pass scoring 15 points, Kate Fielding 13 and Taryn Priestly 11.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



2013 University Games: Australia sneak past Serbia, into Final - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Serbia 65:62

Australia have become the first University Games finalists. They narrowly defeated Serbia in the first semifinal in Kazan today. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) scored 19 points to lead the Aussies to a come-from-behind victory.
Serbia shocked their opponents in the first period. The European team got to a flying start posting a 24:6 lead after the starting quarter. Australia narrowed the deficit in the second term. They stopped the rot and got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. Australia adjusted the tempo in the third term. They triggered a 21:11 rally to get within 6 points at the final break. Australia used a 9:1 run midway through the fourth term to spur ahead. Jason Cadee and Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) stepped up for the Aussies in the dying second and helped them protect the lead. Cameron Bairstow finished with 14 points and 7 boards, while Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) delivered 12 points for the winners. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) had 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Jason Cadee 19, Cameron Bairstow 14, Todd Blanchfield 12
Serbia: Darko Balaban 14, Stefan Zivanovic 10



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  AUSTRIA   


Austria bounce back against Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Austria 62:65

Austrian National Team recovered well after the starting loss to claim victory in the exhibition series against Portugal. The visitors secured a narrow three-pointer victory in Agueda. Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) stepped up with 8 points to lead well-balanced effort from Austria.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 15-all after ten minutes. Austria pulled ahead in the second frame. The visitors eked out a 33:31 halftime lead. Austria deepened the distance in the third term. The visiting side accumulated a 6-point lead before the final stanza. Portugal shot closer in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) and Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) chipped in 7 points each for Austria. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) answered with 16 points for Portugal. Joao Santos (204-F-79, college: Nevada) tossed in 9 points in the loss.

Portugal: Claudio Fonseca 16, Joao Santos 9
Austria: Thomas Schreiner 8, Davor Lamesic 7, Maximilian Hopfgartner 7



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  BELARUS   


New coach for Tsmoki-Minsk - by Valeryi Sobalevsky

Tsmoki-Minsk signed a new coach. He is Donaldas Donaldas Kairys from Lithuania.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donaldas_Kairys

parts of short interview with Donaldas
(pressball.by)

Pressball: What impression do you have after visit in Minsk
D.K. : The Minsk city is beautiful. I look forward to when the real work begins.

Pressball First news in the off-season, probably you are not pleased, "Tsmoki" left its leader Alexander Kudryavtsev.
D.K. Of course, this is a serious loss. Players grow up, go to another level. Kudryavtsev had to leave, especially since the Turkish title is quoted high. On the other hand, make room in the lineup, and other basketball players have the opportunity to prove that they are worthy to be leaders of the collective.

Pressball: in Last season, "Tsmoki"didnt participate in the regular the national championship - they played only with the semi-finals stage. This time will apply on such benefits?
D.K. For the club it was great to have done so. Still two games plus flights, some long - it's exhausting procedure. Exemption, I think, has allowed better basketball players relax and be more prepared for important matches. It was very useful.

pressball: However, representatives of other Belarusian clubs took offense, saying that to be a champion after just six meetings - not quite logical.
D.K. Everyone wants to play against a strong opponent - it's great motivation to see him in his home town to the match came as many viewers. Needs to be done so as not to suffer both parties to find a reasonable compromise.

Pressball - How do you coach: hard or democratic?
D.K. depending on the circumstances.






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New signing at Oostende - by Peter Buyse

Telenet Oostende today announced the arrival of one of the Ethias league topscorers Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider).
Thompson joins the reigning champion after a very sucessful first season in Belgium while playing for Okapi Aalstar and averaging 17.9 ppg
He also averaged 4.0 rpg and 3.6 apg.
At Aalstar he was second in the league in scoring and combined with Derek Raivio made for the highest scoring one two punch in the top league.
This earned him several mentions in the Eurobasket Belgium awards such as Forward of the Year and first team All league and All Imports.
Played previously in the D-League for the Utah Flash and in the Italian Lega Due for Brescia.
At present Ryan is playing in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League for the Washington Wizards.



Napoli Basket inks Timothy Black, ex Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Azzurro Napoli Basket (Lega2 Gold) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard Timothy Black (178-80kg-81, college: Barton, NC). He has played for the last five seasons at Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgian Ethias League. In 22 games he had 14.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg last season. Black also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.0spg (in top 4).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team was regular season runner-up in Belgian League in 2012. Black was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Guard of the Year in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Germany (Finke Baskets and NVV Lions Monchengladbach).
Black attended Barton College until 2003 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


2013 University Games: Romania outscore Brazil, will face Lithuania for the 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Romania-Brazil 82:75

Romania outscore Brazil and will face Lithuania for the 5th place at the 2013 University Games. The European team posted an 82:75 victory at the Classification Round for 5-8 places. Brazil will take on Estonia in the game for 7-8 places.
Romania won the first period 26:23 and led three points at the halftime. Both teams posted 16 points each in the third period and then Romanian increased to final 7 points. They won the last stanza 27-23 and will play for the fifth spot tomorrow.
Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 21 points and TOROK Rolland netted 17. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) poured in 11, while Catalin Petrisor (184-PG-92) had 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) replied with 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while DALLA BARBA Matheus scored 11. George Chaia (190-G-91) and DEODATO Guilherme poured in 9 points each in a loss.

Romania: Adrian Gutoaia 21, TOROK Rolland 17, Bogdan Tibirna 11, Catalin Petrisor 10
Brazil: Cristiano Felicio 18+11 rebs, DALLA BARBA Matheus 11, George Chaia 9, DEODATO Guilherme 9



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  BULGARIA   


U20 European Championship: Bulgaria register first win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Sweden U20 61:57

Bulgaria posted the initial victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden at the start of the classification round Group H action. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) nailed 14 points to lead Bulgaria.
Sweden earned a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the clash. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. The Scandinavian team secured a 29:25 halftime lead. Sweden were able to stretched the gap at 8-point mark in the third term but Bulgaria cut it back to four 39:43 with ten minutes to go. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) hit quick five points midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 50. Angel Natskin and Ivanov connected from beyond the arc to put Bulgaria in front 58:55 with 33 seconds remaining. Simeonov, Ivanov and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) hit free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov had 12 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov added 11 points for the winners. Samuel Eliasson (93) responded with 15 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) dropped 11 points apiece in the losing effort.

Bulgaria U20: Angel Natskin 14, Dimitar Dimitrov 12, Nikolay Stoyanov 11
Sweden U20: Samuel Eliasson 15, Tobias Borg 11, Jonathan Person 11



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  CANADA   


2013 University Games: Russia hold off Canada to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Canada 78:68

Russia punched the Final ticket at the World University Games. The hosts defeated Canada in the second semifinal of the day. Russia will now face Australia in the title game. Canada will take on Serbia in the consolation final.
Russia entered the game as big time favourites and they started to confirm the status from the starting minutes. Russia gained a 22:11 lead after the opening frame. The hosts kept Canada at distance throughout the second frame. Russia piled up a 43:26 halftime lead. They did not loosen the grasp in the third frame. They secured a 20-point lead before the final stanza. Canada went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the deficit but came up empty-handed at the end. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Russia. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) had 11 points each for the winning side. Brady Heslip (188-G-90), Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) and Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) replied with 12 points apiece in the loss.

Russia: Sergey Karasev 20+10 boards, Semen Antonov 11, Nikita Balashov 11
Canada: Brady Heslip 12, Melvin Ejim 12, Daniel Mullings 12



The Celtics waived Kris Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics waived 25-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kris Joseph (200-100kg-88, college: Syracuse). He is a dual citizen owning also Trinidad and Tobago passport.
The last season he played at the Nets. But in four games he recorded just 0.5ppg. Joseph also played at Springfield Armor that season. In 15 games he averaged impressive 18.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and All-Rookie 1st Team. The other team he played that season for was Maine Red Claws. In 12 games he averaged remarkable 18.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and All-Rookie 1st Team.
Last year Joseph was drafted by the Celtics in second round (51st overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Joseph's team won Big East Regular Season in 2010 and 2012. He was a member of Canadian Senior National Team in 2009.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a great athlete, with tremendous leaping abilities ... He is always active, always trying to make something happen around the basket whether its getting tips or put backs ... He's an above average rebounder mainly due to his explosiveness, high energy and constant motor- always following shots and trying to make something happen around the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CHINA   


2013 University Games: China leave no chance for Oman in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Oman-China 53:89

China leave no chance for Oman in Kazan at the 2013 University Games. China delivered an 89:53 win at the Classification Round for 21-24 places.
AL HALHALI Ahmed opened the game with a three-pointer, while China won the first period 20:9. The latter also added 18-14 rally in the second frame and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Chinese team. They won the third period 29-18 and finished the game with 22-12 surge in the last period.
Wei Meng (210-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Cui Jinming (193-G-92) netted 18. Zhang Hanqi (205-C-91) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Gao Xiangnan (190-G-90) added 11. AL HALHALI Ahmed produced 13 points in a loss, while AL FARRAJI Hassan collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. AL SIBANI Ahmed notched 11 and BANI ARABA Haitham added 7 points and 13 boards.

Oman: AL HALHALI Ahmed 13, AL FARRAJI Hassan 12+13 rebs, AL SIBANI Ahmed 11, BANI ARABA Haitham 7+13 rebs
China: Wei Meng 19+11 rebs, Cui Jinming 18, Zhang Hanqi 13+10 rebs, Gao Xiangnan 11



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  CROATIA   


2013 EYOF: France edge Croatia in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Croatia U16 72:66

French U16 National Team victoriously opened the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament in Netherlands. They held off Croatia in the opener. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the first frame. France eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia went on a 16:7 run in the second frame. They accumulated a 30:22 halftime lead. But Les Bleus recovered well after the big break. They unloaded 28 points and secured a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. France went on a 22:19 run in the final stanza to seal the win. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds for France. Renathan Ona Embo (185-PG-98) had 9 points in the victory. Ivica Zubac (211-C-97) replied with 22 points for Croatia. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

France U16: Luc Loubaki 21, Stephane Gombauld 18, Renathan Ona Embo 9
Croatia U16: Ivica Zubac 22, Nik Slavica 11



U20 European Championship: Greece needed a huge run to beat Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Greece U20 68:77

Greece needed a huge run to beat Croatia at the U20 European Championship. They posted a 16-0 run in the first half for 77:68 win.
Greece took 18:16 lead at the end of the first period, but trailed 18:21 early in the second frame. Greek side immediately erupted with a 16-0 run to take 34:21 lead. Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) cut it to 36:30 at the halftime, while Papapetrou later nailed three for 48:39. Samac closed the third period at 56:49 and then Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) reduced to just two points. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM)s Giannoulis however score the last 6 points for the winners to take 3-0 record in Group E.
Giannoulis Larentzakis paced all the winners with 25 points and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) added 14. Giannis Antetokounmpo (208-G/F-94, agency: FCM) collected 12 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) had 9. Henrik Sirko answered with 17 points in defeat and Antonio Boban netted 12. Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) and Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) poured in 11 points each in a loss.

Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 17, Antonio Boban 12, Marko Ramljak 11, Luka Panduric 11
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 25, Dimitrios Agravanis 14, Giannis Antetokounmpo 12+15 rebs, Eleftherios Bochoridis 9



Marko Proleta in Kvarner - by Ivo Vukojevic

A 19-year-old player, Marko Proleta (195-G-94), signed 2+1 year deal with A1 division team - KK Kvarner 2010 Rijeka. A combo guard started his career in his hometown Dubrovnik where he was the best player in Dubrovnik '94 generation. In age 16, he moved to Zagreb, playing next two years for Cibona and it's development team - Kaptol. In the summer of 2012., Proleta earned his position in a junior national team where he was a part of the golden generation which won the U18 Eurobasket. A lack of minutes returned him to Dubrovnik where he spent his last season averaging 6.6 ppg and 1.2 apg in 25.3 minutes on the court. Proleta is a great reinforcement for a team in Rijeka since he is a restricted player this year and with his ability and last year's experience, a great help is guaranteed.
With this signing, Proleta remained in first division, while his former club - Dubrovnik was relegated from A1 divison last year.



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Keravnos agrees with George Sigalas - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Today's reports bring Keravnos to have agreed terms with the greek coach Giorgos Sigalas (200-F-71) to lead the team.

Sigalas is known to us from Olympiacos Pireus. He has also passed through PAOK and Aris Thessaloniki, Makedonikos and Panionios Athens.

As a player George was distinguished for his good defense and passion.

Sigalas, who had retired in 2007, had since worked as head coach in Ermis Lagkada (A2) in 2009-2010 and in the Greek U21National Team.




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2013 University Games: South Korea needs overtime to beat Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

South Korea- Czech Republic 92:88 OT

South Korea needs overtime to beat Czech Republic at the 2013 University Games. South Korea grabbed a 92:88 win and will face Norway in the game for 13-14 places. Czech Republic meanwhile will take on Mongolia in the game for 15-16 places.
Czech Republic grabbed 26:17 lead and led 5 points at the halftime. Both teams later scored 21 points each in the third period, while South Korea tied the score at the end of the fourth period when they posted 17-12 in it. Due to 16-12 rally in overtime the Asian team won the game.
KIM Jun Yl top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while JEON Seong Hyen and DOO Kyung Min added 19 each. PARK Jae Hyun followed them with 15 points in a win. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) added 20. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) poured in 19 points, while Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) had 12.

South Korea: KIM Jun Yl 22+11 rebs, JEON Seong Hyen 19, DOO Kyung Min 19, PARK Jae Hyun 15
Czech Republic: Jiri Slavik 24+13 rebs, Michal Mares 20, Adam Ciz 19, Martin Gniadek 12



U20 European Championship: Serbia storm past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Czech Republic U20 91:66

Serbia claimed the opening win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) provided 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge.
Serbia set the tone early in the game. They poured in 26 points in the first quarter to gain a 12-point lead. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at halftime 36:33. But Serbia unleashed 26 points in the third quarter and ran away to a 13-point distance at the final intermission. Serbia stayed red hot offensively in the final frame. They drained 29 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) had 19 points, while Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) added 17 points for the winners. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Dalibor Fait (205-C-93) netted 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 20+10 boards, Nemanja Krstic 19, Ivan Marinkovic 17
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 16, Dalibor Fait 15



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Aalborg 0-0 
 2. Bakken 0-0 
 3. Falcon 0-0 
 4. Horsens IC 0-0 
 5. Horsholm 0-0 
 6. Naestved 0-0 
 7. Randers 0-0 
 8. SISU 0-0 
 9. Svendborg 0-0 
 10. Vaerlose 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 24: SISU - Horsholm
Sep. 25: Naestved - Vaerlose
Sep. 25: Svendborg - Falcon
Sep. 26: Bakken - Horsens IC
Sep. 26: Randers - Aalborg



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Utah Jazz have new D-League affiliation with Bakersfield Jam - by Eurobasket News

After just one year as the Reno Bighorns' partners, the Utah Jazz are switching allegiances in the D-League. So long, "The Biggest Little City in the World." Hello, Bakersfield, Calif. The NBA and its Development League announced today that the Jazz will be affiliated with the Bakersfield Jam for the 2013-14 season. Utah needed a new affiliate after the Sacramento Kings bought the rights to be the Bighorns' sole partner. For those having a hard time keeping track of the Jazz's D-League teams, the Jam will be the franchise's fifth different affiliation since 2005. Utah has previously been associated with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (2005-06), Idaho Stampede (2006-07 and 2011-12), Utah Flash (2007-11) and Reno Bighorns (2012-13). The Jam, who play at Dignity Health Events Center, are a popular D-League squad. They will also be affiliated with the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors this season. Utah has called up 10 different D-League players over the years, including guard Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette), who finished the 2012-13 season with the Jazz after playing with the Jam. He remains on the Jazz's roster with a nonguaranteed contract after playing with the team in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Courtesy of: deseretnews.com



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Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SFM 7-3 
 2. Metros STGO 6-4 
 3. Huracanes PP 5-3 
 4. Reales LV 2-6 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 6-2 
 2. Leones SD 4-4 
 3. Cocolos SPM 4-6 
 4. Caneros LR 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jul. 14: Caneros LR - Reales LV 92-64
Jul. 14: Metros STGO - Cocolos SPM 89-80
Jul. 14: Indios SFM - Titanes DN 85-77
Jul. 13: Leones SD - Indios SFM 81-85
Jul. 13: Huracanes PP - Caneros LR 71-69

Regular Season: Round 10

Jul. 16: Leones SD - Huracanes PP
Jul. 16: Reales LV - Titanes DN
Jul. 17: Cocolos SPM - Indios SFM
Jul. 17: Metros STGO - Caneros LR


Wins for Caneros, Indios and Metros - by Eurobasket News

Caneros celebrated just the second win in the LNB season. They fired past Reales 92:64. Edward Santana (203-F-80) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. Reales led by two points after the opening quarter but conceded 54 points in the next two periods to face a 27-point deficit before the fourth frame. Caneros dropped 21 points in the final period and sealed the victory. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) answered with 15 points for Reales.
Indios maintain the leading position in the North Division. They earned the 7th victory beating Titanes. Demetrius Conger (198-F-90, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 19 points for Indios. Alberto Ozuna (G) delivered 15 points for the winning side. Gary Flowers secured 22 points for Titanes. James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) and Benjamin Colon (201-F-84, college: Florida CCJ) netted 12 points each in the loss.
Metros snatched an 89:80 victory over Cocolos. Victor Liz (188-G/F-88) nailed 18 points to lead Metros to the 6th win in the season. Metros poured in 26 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. They entered the final stanza up by 4 points and dropped 21 points to secure the victory. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) chipped in 13 points for the winning team. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85, college: Oklahoma City) responded with 22 points for Cocolos.



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2013 University Games: Lithuania edge Estonia in Baltic battle - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Lithuania 61:82

Lithuania edge Estonia in Baltic battle at the 2013 University Games. The Lithuanian team will play for the 5th place against Romania after an 82:61 win. Estonia will take on Brazil in the game for 7-8 places.
Lithuania posted a 20:13 lead in the first period and added 17-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover the favorites added two narrow victories in the second half to seal the victory. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored the last points for the winners from the free throw line for the final 21-point victory.
Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) netted 13. Augustas Peciukevicius brought 12 points, while Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) posted 11. Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) had 15. Taavi Hamarsalu (200-C/F-89), Erik Keedus (198-F-90) and Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) netted 8 points each in a loss.

Estonia: Toomas Raadik 16, Madis Saarmets 15, Taavi Hamarsalu 8, Erik Keedus 8, Kristjan Keres 8
Lithuania: Adas Juskevicius 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 13, Augustas Peciukevicius 12, Simas Buterlevicius 11



Estonia U16 roll past Georgia U16 in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U16 - Georgia U16 76:56

Estonian U16 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They defeated the Georgian counterparts in the exhibition clash. Siim Post (182-G-97) nailed 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners.
Georgia led by a single point after ten minutes of action. But Estonia went on a 25:7 run in the second frame to ensure a 44:27 halftime advantage. Estonia boosted the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 59:39 advantage before the fourth frame. Estonia and Georgia traded baskets throughout the final stanza as the hosts cruised to the victory. Robert Valge (187-SF-97) and Ken Kuber (183-SG-97) delivered 14 points each for Estonia. Willy Isiani (195-PF-97) answered with 15 points and 15 boards for Georgia. Giorgi Gogoberishvili (187-SG-97) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Estonia U16: Siim Post 15, Robert Valge 14, Ken Kuber 14
Georgia U16: Willy Isiani 15+15 boards, Giorgi Gogoberishvili 11



U20 European Championship: Estonia brush by Georgia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Georgia U20 74:52

Estonia victoriously opened the classification round campaign at the U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Georgia to gain 1-0 record in Group H. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) stepped up with 25 points to lead the winning side.
Estonia claimed a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the lead in the second frame. Estonia accumulated a 42:28 halftime advantage. The hosts limited Georgia to just 7 points in the third quarter to secure a 24-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Georgia outscored their opponents in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) and Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) responded with 13 points for Georgia. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) netted 10 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 25, Rait-Riivo Laane 12, Oliver Metsalu 12
Georgia U20: Otar Pkhakadze 13, Revaz Rogava 10



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Big signing for MZT Skopje - National Team point guard Aleksandar Kostoski - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje made a big signing today. The reigning Macedonian champion landed National Team point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) to a 2-year deal. Kostoski was the scoring champion in Macedonian league last season with 20.7 ppg and he also was No.2 assistant of the league with 3.7 apg. In Balkan league the player was second scorer of the championship with 17.7 ppg and fifth assistant with 5 apg. Kostoski led Kumanovo to Balkan League Final Four and Macedonian Cup Finals last season.


Teams announced for newly expanded 2013-14 Eurocup! - by Eurobasket News

A new era of Eurocup expansion in terms of participation, quantity of games and geographical reach started today with the announcement of the teams that will fill the competition's 2013-14 regular season groups. The list consists of 41 teams who will be joined by seven more in late October, following their participation in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, for a total of 48 competing in the Eurocup Regular Season.
The list of teams shows the tremendous strides that the Eurocup has taken in recent seasons. The 2013-14 edition will be played in at least 21 countries. A minimum of 10 national champions from those countries will participate in the Eurocup, with the possibility of as many as three more joining the competition after the Euroleague qualifying rounds. The 2013-14 Eurocup features three former champions - Valencia Basket (2003, 2010), Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (2004) and Unics Kazan (2011) and two past runners-up (Alba Berlin 2010 and Bilbao Basket 2013). Additionally, the competition's map of geographical coverage is wide as ever, going Bilbao, Spain in the west to Kazan, Russia in the east, Loimaa, Finland in the north and Jerusalem, Israel, in the south.
The 2013-14 Eurocup format has changed, too. The teams will be grouped geographically into eight groups of six each in a regular season that starts October 16. The top three teams in each group proceed to a new Last 32 phase, beginning January 8, when they will be joined by the eight Euroleague teams that did not qualify for that competitions Top 16. The Last 32 will consist of eight groups of four teams, half of which will advance to the Last 16, which begins March 5. From that point, the teams will play two-game, single elimination series: eighthfinals start March 5, quarterfinals on March 19 and semifinals on April 2. The two surviving teams will also play a home-and-away series on their own courts that replaces the single-game final of last season. Game 1 of the finals will be on May 1 and Game 2 on May 7.


Teams:
Cibona Zagreb
Buducnost
Cedevita Zagreb
Igokea Aleksandrovac
MZT Skopje
Radnicki Kragujevac
Union Olimpija


Belfius Mons Hainaut

Spirou Charleroi

Lukoil Academic

Kalev/Cramo

Bisons Loimaa

ASVEL

Elan Chalon

Gravelines

Le Mans

Paris Levallois

ALBA Berlin

Artland Dragons

Ratiopharm Ulm

Telekom Baskets Bonn

Panionios

PAOK

ALBA Szekesfehervar

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem

Maccabi Haifa

Acea Virtus Roma

Dinamo Sassari

Cantu

Neptunas

CSU Ploiesti

Nizhny Novgorod

Spartak Saint Petersburg

Unics Kazan

CAI Zaragoza

Valencia

Bilbao Basket

Besiktas

Pinar Karsiyaka

TED Ankara

Khimik Yuzny

EuroLeague Qualifying Round participants:

Telenet Oostende

CEZ Nymburk

EWE Baskets

Cimberio Varese

VEF Riga

Lietuvos Rytas

Khimki

Banvit.

Courtesy of: eurocupbasketball.com



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Div.C standings

Standings
Group A
1. Moldova1-0
2. San Marino.0-0
3. Wales0-1
Group B
1. Monaco1-0
2. Andorra0-0
3. Gibraltar0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jul. 15: WAL - MDA 82-83

Group B

Jul. 15: MON - GIB 61-54

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jul. 16: MDA - SMR

Group B

Jul. 16: GIB - AND


Division C: Day 1 in Andorra - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Moldova U18 - Wales U18 83:82
Moldovan U18 National Team earned victory in the opening day of the U18 European Championship in Division C. They eked out a narrow one-point win over Wales in Andorra. Vladislav Solopa (202-F-95) provided 23 points, 12 boards and 7 assists for the winners.
Moldova unleashed 30 points in the first period to take an 8-point advantage. But Wales adjusted their defence and slowed down their opponents. The Welsh team cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 44:47. Wales erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 67. Wales enjoyed an 82:81 lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Vladislav Solopa hit two free throws in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win for Moldova. Vladislav Golban (195-F-95) delivered 21 points, while Piotr Liulenov (185-G-95) had 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Daniel Walsh (185-G-95) answered with 20 points for Wales. James Cameron (200-C-95) had 19 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 23+12 boards, Vladislav Golban 21, Piotr Liulenov 12
Wales U18: Daniel Walsh 20, James Cameron 19+11 boards

Group B
Monaco U18 - Gibraltar U18 61:54

Monaco registered the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They held off Gibraltar in Andorra. Hugo Tata (180-G-96) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Monaco erupted for 28 points in the first period and gained a 12-point lead. Gibraltar cut the deficit in the second period. They got within 8 points at halftime 39:31. But Monaco stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Gibraltar at 12 points in the third quarter and gained a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Gibraltar tried hard to bounce back in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Daniel Pieper (185-F-96) provided 15 points and 11 boards for Monaco. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) had 13 points in the victory. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) answered with 18 points for Gibraltar. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) netted 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

Monaco U18: Hugo Tata 22, Daniel Pieper 15+11 boards, Alessandro Generale 13
Gibraltar U18: Timothy Fava 18, Jake Haefner 9+12 boards



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Greece3-0
2. Lithuania2-1
3. Turkey2-1
4. Montenegro.1-2
5. Germany1-2
6. Croatia0-3
Group F
1. Latvia3-0
2. Italy2-1
3. Spain1-2
4. France1-2
5. Russia1-2
6. Slovenia1-2
Group G (13-20 places)
1. Israel1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Czech Rep.0-1
Group H (13-20 places)
1. Bulgaria1-0
2. Estonia1-0
3. Georgia0-1
4. Sweden0-1

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Jul. 15: GER - TUR 71-65
Jul. 15: CRO - GRE 68-77
Jul. 15: MNT - LTU 56-63

F

Jul. 15: ITA - ESP 76-73
Jul. 15: SLO - LAT 72-78
Jul. 15: RUS - FRA 65-61

G

Jul. 15: SRB - CZE 91-66
Jul. 15: UKR - ISR 72-84

H

Jul. 15: SWE - BUL 57-61
Jul. 15: GEO - EST 52-74

Second Stage: Round 7

E

Jul. 16: CRO - GER
Jul. 16: LTU - TUR
Jul. 16: GRE - MNT

F

Jul. 16: SLO - RUS
Jul. 16: LAT - ITA
Jul. 16: ESP - FRA

G

Jul. 16: ISR - SRB
Jul. 16: CZE - UKR

H

Jul. 16: BUL - GEO
Jul. 16: EST - SWE


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (198-PF-93)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Mugosa, Buducnost20.4 
 2. Diez, Gipuzkoa19.0 
 3. Larentzakis, Ikaros18.5 
 4. Jakovics, Liepaja18.0 
 5. Vecvagars, Lietkab.17.8 
 6. Jean-Charles, AS.17.3 
 7. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.17.2 
 8. Radosavljevi., B.M.17.0 
 9. Fernandez, Asefa16.4 
 10. Kyzlink, Asefa E.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ojars SILINS
  LAT
  (208-PF-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Silins, Grissin10.0 
 2. Solomon, Maccabi9.8 
 3. Grazulis, Ventspils9.8 
 4. Jaiteh, Boulogne8.8 
 5. Kriz, BC Kolin8.4 
 6. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.8.2 
 7. Diez, Gipuzkoa8.0 
 8. Gudumak, CSKA8.0 
 9. Spires, FCB R.7.8 
 10. Candan, Olin Edir.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tom MAAYAN
  ISR
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Maayan, Seton Hall5.8 
 2. Artamonov, BC Od.5.0 
 3. Miljenovic, Radnic.4.8 
 4. Laane, Rapla4.6 
 5. Eroglu, Erdemir4.2 
 6. Bochoridis, Aris4.2 
 7. Vrbica, Lovcen3.6 
 8. Larentzakis, Ikaros3.5 
 9. Mugosa, Buducnost3.4 
 10. Panduric, Darda3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  (196-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hrovat, Helios3.5 
 2. Eroglu, Erdemir2.4 
 3. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.2.2 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar2.0 
 5. Lagana, Angelico2.0 
 6. Lapornik, Zlatorog2.0 
 7. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 8. Vrbica, Lovcen1.8 
 9. Djordjevic, Parti.1.8 
 10. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ojars SILINS
  LAT
  (208-PF-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Silins, Grissin2.4 
 2. Nikolic, Buducnost2.4 
 3. Antetokounmp., Fil.2.4 
 4. Spires, FCB R.2.0 
 5. Nurger, Rapla1.8 
 6. Grazulis, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Agravanis, Panioni.1.4 
 8. Bezbradica, BKK R.1.3 
 9. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.1.2 
 10. Zagreba, Dnipro1.2 


Second Stage starts in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Germany - Turkey 71-65
Germany defeated Turkey at the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Germany jumped at 1-2, while Turkey slipped at 2-1 record in Group E. Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They registered an 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. Turkey lagged behind throughout the second period. They faced an 8-point halftime deficit 29:37. Turkey stepped on the gas in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Germany exploded with 20 points in the fourth term and escaped with victory at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (202-SF-93) netted 12 points, while Kenneth Ogbe added 10 points for Germany. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Samet Geyik chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Lithuania 56-63
Lithuania registered the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Montenegro for 2-1 record in Group E. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. Lithuania capped the regulation with an 11:0 run and snatched what seemed to an improbable victory after the first half. It was all going Montenegro way in the first half. The Balkan team posted a 17:5 lead after the opening ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 13-point mark at the interval 34:21. But Lithuania came back to life in the second half. They narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania then burst out with an 11:0 rally late in regulation and sealed the victory. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) delivered 11 points, while Martynas Paliukenas added 10 points for the winners. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) responded with 16 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic had 12 points in the losing effort.

Croatia - Greece 68-77
Greece needed a huge run to beat Croatia at the U20 European Championship. They posted a 16-0 run in the first half for 77:68 win. Greece took 18:16 lead at the end of the first period, but trailed 18:21 early in the second frame. Greek side immediately erupted with a 16-0 run to take 34:21 lead. Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) cut it to 36:30 at the halftime, while Papapetrou later nailed three for 48:39. Samac closed the third period at 56:49 and then Boban Antonio reduced to just two points. Larentzakis Giannoulis however score the last 6 points for the winners to take 3-0 record in Group E. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) paced all the winners with 25 points and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) added 14. Antetokounmpo Giannis collected 12 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Bochoridis Eleftherios had 9. Henrik Sirko answered with 17 points in defeat and Boban Antonio netted 12. Ramljak Marko and Panduric Luka poured in 11 points each in a loss.

Group F
Russia - France 65-61
Russia clinched victory at the start of the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Russia therefore caught up with Les Bleus in the ladder. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) chipped in 13 points to lead the winners. Russia claimed a 16:13 lead after the opening quarter. France denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. France were able to secure a narrow 51:48 lead at the final intermission. Boris Dallo and Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 55:50 advantage midway through the fourth term. Russia answered with a 7:2 run to level things up at 57 with under four minutes to go. The teams were tied at 61-all with 85 seconds remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) came up with a layup and then Trushkin hit two free throws to win the game for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak notched 11 points, while Alexander Zakharov added 10 points for the winning side. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for France. Boris Dallo delivered 15 points in the loss.

Italy - Spain 76-73
Italy clinched the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Spain in Group F opener. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) came up with 27 points to lead the Azzurri. The lead changed hands throughout the first period. Spain eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The seesaw action continued in the second frame. Spain secured a narrow 37:35 halftime lead. The Spanish side boosted the gap in the third term. They limited their opponents to just 16 points to open an 8-point cushion before the final frame. The Azzurri used an 11:2 run to take a 65:64 lead midway through the final stanza. Amedeo Della Valle came up with six points in a row to give Italy a 71:66 lead. Jaime Fernandez pulled Spain within one 70:71 but Amedeo Della Valle scored five points in the final 24 seconds of regulation to seal the victory for Italy. Michele Ruzzier (178-PG-93) netted 12 points, while Matteo Chillo added 10 points for the winners. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 20 points for Spain. Jaime Fernandez had 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Latvia 72-78
Latvia improved to 3-0 record in Group F at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side posted a 78:72 win over Slovenia on Monday. Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period. Latvia also netted 20 points in the second frame and it was enough to take 9-point advantage at the halftime. Slovenia however was too far to give up and posted two narrow victories in the second half. They won the third period 19-17 and the last stanza 22-21, but it was not enough to win the game. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) nailed 16. Grazulis Andrejs posted 14, while Berzins Janis added 13. Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) replied with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Dimec Ziga had 13. Rupnik Luka poured in 12 and Lapornik Miha brought 10.

Group G
Serbia - Czech Republic 91-66
Serbia claimed the opening win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) provided 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Serbia set the tone early in the game. They poured in 26 points in the first quarter to gain a 12-point lead. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at halftime 36:33. But Serbia unleashed 26 points in the third quarter and ran away to a 13-point distance at the final intermission. Serbia stayed red hot offensively in the final frame. They drained 29 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) had 19 points, while Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) added 17 points for the winners. Martin Kriz answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Dalibor Fait netted 15 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Israel 72-84
Israel registered a come-from-behind victory over Ukraine at the start of classification round action at the U20 European Championship. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) notched 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Israel at 1-0 record in Group G. Ukraine seemed in control throughout the first half. They recorded a 25:20 lead after the opening stanza. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 43:37 halftime advantage. But Israel turned the tables in the third frame. They triggered a 20:10 run in the quarter to spur ahead. Israel exploded with 27 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) posted 21 points, while Tomer Ginat added 10 points for the winning side. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) answered with 23 points for Ukraine. Anatoliy Shundel chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Group H
Georgia - Estonia 52-74
Estonia victoriously opened the classification round campaign at the U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Georgia to gain 1-0 record in Group H. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) stepped up with 25 points to lead the winning side. Estonia claimed a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the lead in the second frame. Estonia accumulated a 42:28 halftime advantage. The hosts limited Georgia to just 7 points in the third quarter to secure a 24-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Georgia outscored their opponents in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) and Oliver Metsalu delivered 12 points each for the winners. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) responded with 13 points for Georgia. Revaz Rogava netted 10 points in the loss.

Sweden - Bulgaria 57-61
Bulgaria posted the initial victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden at the start of the classification round Group H action. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) nailed 14 points to lead Bulgaria. Sweden earned a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the clash. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. The Scandinavian team secured a 29:25 halftime lead. Sweden were able to stretched the gap at 8-point mark in the third term but Bulgaria cut it back to four 39:43 with ten minutes to go. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) hit quick five points midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 50. Angel Natskin and Ivanov connected from beyond the arc to put Bulgaria in front 58:55 with 33 seconds remaining. Simeonov, Ivanov and Nikolay Stoyanov hit free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov had 12 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov added 11 points for the winners. Samuel Eliasson (93) responded with 15 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg and Jonathan Person dropped 11 points apiece in the losing effort.



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2013 University Games: Finland beat Mexico to set up clash versus USA for the 9th position - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Mexico 82:70

Finland will fight for the ninth overall position at the World University Games. They defeated Mexico today to face the USA in the final game at the tournament. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) nailed 20 points to lead the Finnish team. Mexico will take on Germany next.
Finland eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. They extended the lead in the second period. Finland recorded a 39:30 halftime advantage. The European team kept Mexico at distance throughout the third quarter. Finland entered the final stanza up by 10 points and rallied to the victory in the final minutes. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) delivered 13 points, while Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) contributed 11 points for the winning team. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) answered with 18 points for Mexico. Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) and Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) dropped 12 points apiece in the loss.

Finland: Carl Lindbom 20, Roope Ahonen 13, Antto Nikkarinen 11
Mexico: Fernando Benitez 18, Fabian Jaimes 12, Ricardo Calatayud 12



KORISLIIGA: Ilkka Vuori back to Lahti - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish G Ilkka Vuori (181-PG-86) is leaving Kauhajoki after two seasons on Karhu roster. Vuori will study in the future in Helsinki and will play on YMCA Lahti roster. Vuori will then return back home. He averaged last season 9,9 ppg - 3,4 rpg - 2,7 apg in 26:18 mpg and 43 contests. YMCA Lahti will get also another player from Kauhajoki as F Eldar Skamo (198-F-86) has signed a 1-year-contract with Lahti. Skamo played four seasons in Kauhajoki averaging last season 7,9 ppg - 4,6 rpg in 22:02 mpg and 52 games.
YMCA Lahti has re-signed with Vesa Heinonen (194-F/G-91) (7,8 ppg - 2,7 rpg) and Valtteri Makalainen (190-G-92) (4,4 ppg - 2,4 rpg). Korikobrat (Lapua) has signed a 1+1 year contract with Tuomas Viertola (193-F-90) (3,7 ppg - 1,5 rpg). Viertola played last season on YMCA Lappeenranta roster.



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Cimberio Varese lands Aubrey Coleman, ex Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese (SerieA) landed 26-year old American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-90kg-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Cholet Basket in French ProA. In 7 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg last season. Coleman also played at Bighorns in D-League that season. But in two games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. The other team he played that season for was Austin Toros in D-League. In 12 games he had 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Another team Coleman played shortly was CEZ Nymburk (NBL) in Czech Republic league.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Angelico Biella. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Coleman's college team won C-USA Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Turkey (Aliaga) and China (Fujian).
Coleman attended University of Houston until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: More a scorer than a pure shooter, his hunting territory is the paint, where he is very good in building his shot out from the dribble and draws lots of fouls. Defensively, he is a great ball stealer, above all on the passing lines. Not a pure SG, however, and too undersized to play the SF at NBA level. He could probably become European League material very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Roanne keeps Reid for another season - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA) re-signed 27-year old Jamaican ex-international power forward Ryan Reid (203-107kg-86, college: Florida State). He played there last season. In 30 ProA games he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg.
The previous (2012) summer Reid played at Mets (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 5 games he had just 2.0ppg and 4.0rpg. The most of previous (11-12) season he spent at 66ers in D-League. In 24 games he had 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention and Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention. Reid also played at the Thunder in NBA that season. But in 5 games he had only 1.6ppg.
In 2010-11 season he was tested by Stelmet (TBL) in Polish league.
Three years ago Reid was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in second round (57th overall). He attended Florida State until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Reid's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2011. He received also Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 1st Team award in 2011. Reid represented Jamaica at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 9.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.0rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.2%, FT: 41.7%.
Reid has played previously professionally in Poland (Stelmet Zielona Gora) and NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Russia nip France - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - France U20 65:61

Russia clinched victory at the start of the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Russia therefore caught up with Les Bleus in the ladder. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) chipped in 13 points to lead the winners.
Russia claimed a 16:13 lead after the opening quarter. France denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. France were able to secure a narrow 51:48 lead at the final intermission. Boris Dallo (194-PG-94) and Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 55:50 advantage midway through the fourth term. Russia answered with a 7:2 run to level things up at 57 with under four minutes to go. The teams were tied at 61-all with 85 seconds remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) came up with a layup and then Trushkin hit two free throws to win the game for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak notched 11 points, while Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) added 10 points for the winning side. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for France. Boris Dallo delivered 15 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Andrey Loginov 13, Aleksandr Gudumak 11, Alexander Zakharov 10
France U20: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 19+11 boards, Boris Dallo 15



Roanne signs rookie Jamelle Hagins - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA) inked 23-year old American forward Jamelle Hagins (206-109kg-90). He just graduated from Delaware (NCAA). In 33 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.1apg and 2.4bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Colonial Athletic Association Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded All-CAA Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-CAA 2nd Team and voted to NABC Division I All-District 10 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Hagins is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



2013 EYOF: France edge Croatia in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Croatia U16 72:66

French U16 National Team victoriously opened the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament in Netherlands. They held off Croatia in the opener. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the first frame. France eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia went on a 16:7 run in the second frame. They accumulated a 30:22 halftime lead. But Les Bleus recovered well after the big break. They unloaded 28 points and secured a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. France went on a 22:19 run in the final stanza to seal the win. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds for France. Renathan Ona Embo (185-PG-98) had 9 points in the victory. Ivica Zubac (211-C-97) replied with 22 points for Croatia. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

France U16: Luc Loubaki 21, Stephane Gombauld 18, Renathan Ona Embo 9
Croatia U16: Ivica Zubac 22, Nik Slavica 11



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Big signing for MZT Skopje - National Team point guard Aleksandar Kostoski - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje made a big signing today. The reigning Macedonian champion landed National Team point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) to a 2-year deal. Kostoski was the scoring champion in Macedonian league last season with 20.7 ppg and he also was No.2 assistant of the league with 3.7 apg. In Balkan league the player was second scorer of the championship with 17.7 ppg and fifth assistant with 5 apg. Kostoski led Kumanovo to Balkan League Final Four and Macedonian Cup Finals last season.


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Estonia U16 roll past Georgia U16 in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U16 - Georgia U16 76:56

Estonian U16 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They defeated the Georgian counterparts in the exhibition clash. Siim Post (182-G-97) nailed 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners.
Georgia led by a single point after ten minutes of action. But Estonia went on a 25:7 run in the second frame to ensure a 44:27 halftime advantage. Estonia boosted the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 59:39 advantage before the fourth frame. Estonia and Georgia traded baskets throughout the final stanza as the hosts cruised to the victory. Robert Valge (187-SF-97) and Ken Kuber (183-SG-97) delivered 14 points each for Estonia. Willy Isiani (195-PF-97) answered with 15 points and 15 boards for Georgia. Giorgi Gogoberishvili (187-SG-97) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Estonia U16: Siim Post 15, Robert Valge 14, Ken Kuber 14
Georgia U16: Willy Isiani 15+15 boards, Giorgi Gogoberishvili 11



U20 European Championship: Estonia brush by Georgia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Georgia U20 74:52

Estonia victoriously opened the classification round campaign at the U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Georgia to gain 1-0 record in Group H. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) stepped up with 25 points to lead the winning side.
Estonia claimed a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the lead in the second frame. Estonia accumulated a 42:28 halftime advantage. The hosts limited Georgia to just 7 points in the third quarter to secure a 24-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Georgia outscored their opponents in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) and Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) responded with 13 points for Georgia. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) netted 10 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 25, Rait-Riivo Laane 12, Oliver Metsalu 12
Georgia U20: Otar Pkhakadze 13, Revaz Rogava 10



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 3. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 4. Bayreuth 0-0 
 5. Bremerhaven 0-0 
 6. Brose Bask. 0-0 
 7. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 8. Fraport SKY 0-0 
 9. MBC 0-0 
 10. Neckar Lburg 0-0 
 11. NY Phantoms 0-0 
 12. Phoenix Hagen 0-0 
 13. Ratiopharm 0-0 
 14. s.Oliver Baskets 0-0 
 15. TBB Trier 0-0 
 16. Telekom Baskets 0-0 
 17. Vechta 0-0 
 18. Walter Tigers 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: ALBA - EWE Baskets
Oct. 3: Art.Dragons - Walter Tigers
Oct. 3: Telekom Baskets - B.Muenchen
Oct. 3: NY Phantoms - Ratiopharm
Oct. 3: Neckar L'burg - Bremerhaven
Oct. 3: Brose Bask. - MBC
Oct. 3: s.Oliver Baskets - Phoenix Hagen
Oct. 3: Bayreuth - Fraport SKY
Oct. 3: TBB Trier - Vechta


Patrick Horstmann: From US to UK - by Moritz Korff

After spending the past five years living, studying and shooting hoops in the United States, German forward Patrick Horstmann (201-F-87) will return to Europe for the 2013-14 season and join the Sheffield Sharks of the British Basketball League.
"I heard great things about the BBL from my teammate here [at Northwood], who grew up in Britain and Coach Lyons", Horstmann said on the Sharks' website.
The 27-year-old forward started his collegiate career at New Jersey Tech. He sat out the 2008-09 season and then transferred to NAIA D2 school Northwood, Florida. With the Seahawks he reached the 2012 national championship game and was named to the NAIA D2 All-America 3rd Team the same year. Horstmann left Northwood as the leading rebounder in school's history and ranks second all-time in scoring. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds a game last season. Prior to moving to the US he played for the Ehingen Steeples in the 2. Bundesliga.



Aleek Pauline to run the point for Vilsbiburg - by Moritz Korff

The Baskets Vilsbiburg have signed Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87, college: Norfolk St.) as their second import player for the 2013-14 1. Regionalliga South-East season. The American has dual citizenship and holds a French passport, so he is being considered an EU player. Regionalliga teams may only have one non-European import player on their roster.
His job will be to replace go-to-guy Joseph Fuca (182-G-89, college: Master's) who has left Vilsbiburg following a highly successful season.
Pauline spent his collegiate career at Reedley College and NCAA D1 school Norfolk State. He played half a season for Haukar of Iceland, averaging 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.6 steals a contest from January to March 2012. He did not play during the 2012-13 season.



Laschewski and Kring joining the Elephants - by Moritz Korff

The Grevenbroich Elephants (Regionalliga West) have added two fresh players to their roster for the 2013-14 season. Alexander Laschewski (188-G-91) averaged 11.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds a contest for TuS Treis-Karden in the Regionalliga South-West last season and has earlier in his career played for BBC Horchheim.
David Kring (192-F/G-94) returns to Grevenbroich after playing for the Giants Duesseldorf last season. He saw action in 14 RLW encounters during the 2012-13 campaign, scoring just under one point per outing.



Daniel Jokubaitis commits to BBG Herford - by Moritz Korff

BBG Herford (1. Regionalliga West) filled another roster spot, bringing in Daniel Jokubaitis (193-G-94) for the 2013-14 season. The 18-year-old wing player is the son of a German father and a Lithuanian mother. He played for Nafta/Univer./Laivite Klaipeda in the second Lithuanian division last season, averaging 3.8 points and 3 boards a contest. Like almost every player who went through the Lithuanian basketball program, Jokubaitis is a solid shooter and has a high understanding of the game of basketball.


Faton Jetullahi from Werne to Dorsten - by Moritz Korff

Coach Ivan Rosic has brought another player from his previous to his new team. Faton Jetullahi (188-G-94) transfers from TV Werne to BG Dorsten. Darius Kibildis (186-G-92) had made the same move earlier this summer. After leaving his mark at the 2. Regionalliga level, the former Herten player will try to do just that against stronger competition in the Regionalliga West. In the 2011-12 season he gained some Pro B experience, appearing in seven games and playing a total of 31 minutes for Hertener Loewen.


Kellen Williams Comes To RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team RSV Eintracht have recieved a known face back with Kellen Williams (194-F-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Washington) Williams is a 29 yera old 194cm forward from Seattle, Washington that has experience having played in Germany and played with Stahnsdorf from 2010-2012. Lasts eason he was a beast for BC Energie Zwickau (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 16 games: 21.6ppg, 15.4rpg, 2.4apg. The American started his basketball career with E.Washington (NCAA) where he played atotal of 97 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career with BC Energie Zwickau. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big Sky Tournament Semifinals -06, All-Big Sky Conf. 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-East First Team -10, and Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-East 1st Team -13

Source: RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf





The FRAPORT SKYLINERS Juniors Keep Tim Oldenburg Until 2016 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The summer and off season has been quiet for pro B team Fraport Skyliners, but today some life came to form in which the club announced that Tim Oldenburg (202-C-92) will remain until 2016. Oldenburg is a 21 year old 202cm center that has been in the Frankfurt Skyliners organization since 2010. Last season he kept busy playing for the Beko BBL team Skyliners 1 game: 0pts, 1block, played also at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB): 24 games: 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 74.2%, played also at Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga). This season the young german will continue to keep busy playing for the pro B team, Eintracht Frankfurt and have a double license for the Beko BBL team. "I am very happy to remain in Frankfurt and have long term security. Since I am tied to the Police with my studies until 2017, I remain in the region and there is no other team that is as professional and have the facilitis as Frankfurt does. The team has become a family and I feel comfortable here", stressed Tim Oldenburg. He scored in double figures nine times lasts eason and his best game was a 24 point seven rebound effort against Dresden. "Tim is the heart of the team and I am happy that he stay long term with us. He developed well last season and I think he still has much potential", added head coach Eric Detlev.

Source: Fraport Skyliners






Lukas Welling And Olegas Legankovas Remain With The Bayer Giants Leverkusen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The roster of new pro A team Bayer Giants Leverkusen is starting to take shape as the club announced that Lucas Welling and Olegas Legankovas (197-SF-94) will remain with the team. Welling is a 27 year old 199cm forward that has played most of his career in Leverkusen. He didnt play last season, but the season before played 14 games: 5.2ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 61.1%. Olegas Legankovas is an 18 year old 197cm forward and last seaosn played 29 games: 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 65.2%, played also at Bayer Giants Leverkusen U19 team (Germany-NBBL). "Lucas has done nice progress after his shoulder operation. He came back a lot earlier than we thought, but his broken finger cost him the final series. He was irreplaceable as captain and he wants to find that status again. I think that he can do that", said Giants head coach Achim Kuczmann. "Oleg had many offers. That he chose us is an acheivemnet that we like to take", added Achim Kuczmann.

Source: Bayer Giants Leverkusen







Ricky Taylor Moves To The Finke Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club Finke Baskets have secured Ricky Taylor (195-G-89) who will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany. Taylor is a 23 year old 195cm guard from Brownsville, Tennesse. He played his college career at Chattanooga (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 78.2%. "Ricky is a player that feels at home at almost all positions and is an allrounder. He also is known as an intelligent player with leadership skills", stated Finke Baskets head coach Martin Kruger. He played a total of 114 NCAA games and last season scored in double figures 23 times including 24 points agaisnt Elon. Also off the court he has stayed busy starting the Ricky Taylor Basketball Inc which is an organization that organizes basketball camps that gives young players a good basketball basis. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Southern Conf. North Division Regular Season Co-Champion -09, 11, and Southern Conf. Tournament Winner -09

Source: Finke Baskets





The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Add Mario Stojic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to eurobasket.com sources, Beko BBL team Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg have added a real gem with Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances). Stojic is a 33 year old 198cm swing man that was born in Mannheim, Germany but also has the Croatian citzenship. He played a few years in Italy and nine years in the top league in Europe the ACB in Spain. Last season he played for Telenet Oostende (Belgium-Ethias League) winning the double cup and league and played 34 games averaging 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 78.6%; EuroCup: 6 games: 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 71.4%, FT: 85.2%, 5reb, 5ast. He started his baksetball career in 1994 for Post SG Mannheim (Germany-Regionalliga). He then played soem years in Croatia for KK Zagreb and KK Zadar. He then played fro Benneton Treviso from 2001-2003. He then played nine consecutive seasons in the Acb for Real Madrid for two seasons, then four years for Vive Menorca, and three seasons for Alicante. He played a total of 297 ACB games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Croatian U18 National Team -98-99, European Championships U18 -98 (2), World Championships U18 -99 (3) (best CRO scorer -17ppg)
Croatian National Team -98-02, 07, 09, Croatian U20 National Team -99-00, European Championships U20 -00, Croatian All-Star Game -00
Croatian U21 National Team -01, World U21 Championships in Japan -01 (Finalist): Score-3 (18.3), 3.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.7), All-World Championships U21 1st Team -01Euroleague Semifinals -02, Italian SerieA Champion -02, Italian Supercup Winner -02, ULEB Cup Finalist -04, Spanish ACB Supercup Finalist -04
Spanish Cup Finalist -05, Spanish ACB Regular Season Runner-Up -05, Spanish ACB Champion -05, European Championships in Spain -07: 4 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg, European Championships in Poland -09: 7 games: 1.7ppg, 2.3rpg, Belgian Cup Winner -13, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -13, Belgian League Champion -13, and Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Bosmans Team -13



The MLP Academics Heidelberg Secure Eric Curth Aaron Schmitz And Adrian Lind. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team MLP Academics have announced the arrival of three players with Eric Curth Aaron Schmitz (193-PG-93) And Adrian Lind.All three players will get a license to play with the Pro A team and Regionaliga team. Curth is a 21 year old 193cm forward that started his basketball career with teh Bis Baskets Speyer an dplayed with BG Karlsruhe the last two seasons and last season played BG Karlsruhe (ProA): 13 games: 2.7ppg. Aaron Schmitz is a 19 year old 193 cm point guard who is the brother of Beko BBL player Simon Schmitz and also started his basketball career in Speyer and played in Karlsruhe. Last season he played for Dragons Rhoendorf (ProB): 20 games: 3.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, played also at Rhoendorfer TV II (2.Regionalliga). Adrian Lind is a 20 year old 204cm power forward that also started his basketball career with BG Karlsruhe.

Source: BG Karlsruhe



The NBA Journey Of Tim Ohlbrecht Continues With The Philadelpha 76ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Apparently not only cats have nine lives, but at times NBA players also as German Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) found out. Ohlbrecht who made the NBA last season after making a name for himself in the Beko BBL was waived last weekend by the Houston Rockets after playing only a total of three NBA games getting a total of 12 minutes. His only points came against Dirk NOwizki an dthe Dallas Mavericks. Last season he had to make the route to the NBA via the D-league where he played very well playing 38 games and averaging 12,9ppg and 7,3rpg. He hardly got any playing time in the 2013 Summer league and apparently the team was looking in other directions. However according to http://www.libertyballers.com, the 24 year old 210cm big man has been picked up by NBA team Philadelphia 76ers. Ohlbrecht had recieved a three year deal with the HOuston Rockets last season and now apparently teh 76ers will assume responsobility of his contract until 2015.


2013 University Games: USA overwhelm Germany - by Eurobasket News

USA - Germany 92:70

The USA will play for the 9th position at the World University Games in Kazan. They knocked down Germany in the classification round today. Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) posted 18 points to lead the North American side.
Germany led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. The USA bounced back in the second term. They went on a 29:13 rally to take a 46:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. The USA entered the fourth frame up by 14 points. They poured in 27 points and escaped with a comfortable win at the end. Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) chipped in 16 points, while Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) netted 11 points for the winners. Konstantin Klein (6'2''-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 16 points for Germany. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (6'10''-C-90, agency: Court Side) had 13 points in the loss.

USA: Doug McDermott 18, Luke Hancock 16, Cory Jefferson 11
Germany: Konstantin Klein 16, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13



2013 EYOF: Germany cruise past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Poland U16 57:41

Germany U16 opened their European Youth Olympic Festival tournament campaign with victory. They rallied past the Polish counterparts. Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) stepped up with 16 points for the winning side.
Germany led by a single point after ten minutes 11:10. They eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. Germany managed to deepen the distance in the third quarter. They held Poland to just 7 points in the period accumulating a 38:33 buffer before the fourth term. Germany exploded with a 19:8 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Erwin-Ngueffe Nkemazon (203-C-97) had 7 points and 11 boards, while Marcel Theodor Kessen (201-F/C-97) added 7 points for the winners. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) answered with 11 points for Poland. Jakub Mijakowski (184-G-97) chipped in 9 points in the defeat.

Germany U16: Tibor Taras 16, Erwin-Ngueffe Nkemazon 7+11 boards, Marcel Theodor Kessen 7
Poland U16: Marcel Ponitka 11, Jakub Mijakowski 9



U20 European Championship: Germany hold off Turkey in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Turkey U20 71:65

Germany defeated Turkey at the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Germany jumped at 1-2, while Turkey slipped at 2-1 record in Group E.
Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They registered an 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. Turkey lagged behind throughout the second period. They faced an 8-point halftime deficit 29:37. Turkey stepped on the gas in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Germany exploded with 20 points in the fourth term and escaped with victory at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (202-SF-93) netted 12 points, while Kenneth Ogbe (196-SG-94) added 10 points for Germany. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19, Leon Tolksdorf 12, Kenneth Ogbe 10
Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 15, Samet Geyik 12



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U18 European Championship Division C: Monaco outgun Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Monaco U18 - Gibraltar U18 61:54

Monaco registered the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They held off Gibraltar in Andorra. Hugo Tata (180-G-96) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Monaco erupted for 28 points in the first period and gained a 12-point lead. Gibraltar cut the deficit in the second period. They got within 8 points at halftime 39:31. But Monaco stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Gibraltar at 12 points in the third quarter and gained a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Gibraltar tried hard to bounce back in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Daniel Pieper (185-F-96) provided 15 points and 11 boards for Monaco. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) had 13 points in the victory. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) answered with 18 points for Gibraltar. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) netted 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

Monaco U18: Hugo Tata 22, Daniel Pieper 15+11 boards, Alessandro Generale 13
Gibraltar U18: Timothy Fava 18, Jake Haefner 9+12 boards



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U20 European Championship: Greece needed a huge run to beat Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U20-Greece U20 68:77

Greece needed a huge run to beat Croatia at the U20 European Championship. They posted a 16-0 run in the first half for 77:68 win.
Greece took 18:16 lead at the end of the first period, but trailed 18:21 early in the second frame. Greek side immediately erupted with a 16-0 run to take 34:21 lead. Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) cut it to 36:30 at the halftime, while Papapetrou later nailed three for 48:39. Samac closed the third period at 56:49 and then Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) reduced to just two points. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM)s Giannoulis however score the last 6 points for the winners to take 3-0 record in Group E.
Giannoulis Larentzakis paced all the winners with 25 points and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) added 14. Giannis Antetokounmpo (208-G/F-94, agency: FCM) collected 12 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) had 9. Henrik Sirko answered with 17 points in defeat and Antonio Boban netted 12. Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) and Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) poured in 11 points each in a loss.

Croatia U20: Henrik Sirko 17, Antonio Boban 12, Marko Ramljak 11, Luka Panduric 11
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 25, Dimitrios Agravanis 14, Giannis Antetokounmpo 12+15 rebs, Eleftherios Bochoridis 9



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2013 EYOF: Turkey prevail against Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U16 - Netherlands U16 68:40

Turkey earned the first win at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. They shot down hosting Netherlands for 1-0 record.
Turkey used a 19:4 run in the second quarter to gain a 16-point halftime lead. Turkey kept Netherlands at bay throughout the third term. The visitors established a 51:30 lead heading into the fourth frame. Netherlands scored just 10 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Egehan Arna (192-G-97, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead Turkey. Berkan Durmaz (197-F-97) finished with 11 points for the winning side. Menno Dijkstra (210-C-97) responded with 10 points for Netherlands. Bieshaar had 9 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: Egehan Arna 15, Berkan Durmaz 11, Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) 10, Baris Ulker 10
Netherlands U16: Menno Dijkstra 10, Beishaar 9



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Szabo and Baki join Atomeromu SE - by Levente Szabo

The management of Atomeromu SE Paks continues to strength the roster of the team by adding two sharp shooting Hungarian players: Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Gergely Baki (195-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group).

By signing with the team Zsolt Szabo followed coach Branislav Dzunic (agency: Laszlo Vinko Group ) from Alba Feherver to Atomeromu SE Paks after winning the Hungarian Cup and the Hungarian League in the 2012/2013 season. The 6'8" forward was a key member of last year's success story as he helped his team with 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg (FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 72.3%) to win it all.

Gergely Baki spent his entire career with his hometown club Zalakeramia-ZTE KK where he had a breakout season in 2005/2006 averaging 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Since then he played a minor role for the team and the talented 26 year old player felt that a change needs to be made and now decided to join one of the top teams in the league.




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U20 European Championship: Israel topple Ukraine at the start of classification round - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Ukraine U20 84:72

Israel registered a come-from-behind victory over Ukraine at the start of classification round action at the U20 European Championship. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) notched 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Israel at 1-0 record in Group G.
Ukraine seemed in control throughout the first half. They recorded a 25:20 lead after the opening stanza. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 43:37 halftime advantage. But Israel turned the tables in the third frame. They triggered a 20:10 run in the quarter to spur ahead. Israel exploded with 27 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) posted 21 points, while Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) added 10 points for the winning side. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) answered with 23 points for Ukraine. Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Israel U20: Or Solomon 23+13 boards, Egor Koulechov 21, Tomer Ginat 10
Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Koreniuk 23, Anatoliy Shundel 13



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U20 European Championship: Italy prevail against Spain - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Spain U20 76:73

Italy clinched the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Spain in Group F opener. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) came up with 27 points to lead the Azzurri.
The lead changed hands throughout the first period. Spain eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The seesaw action continued in the second frame. Spain secured a narrow 37:35 halftime lead. The Spanish side boosted the gap in the third term. They limited their opponents to just 16 points to open an 8-point cushion before the final frame. The Azzurri used an 11:2 run to take a 65:64 lead midway through the final stanza. Amedeo Della Valle came up with six points in a row to give Italy a 71:66 lead. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) pulled Spain within one 70:71 but Amedeo Della Valle scored five points in the final 24 seconds of regulation to seal the victory for Italy. Michele Ruzzier (178-PG-93) netted 12 points, while Matteo Chillo (200-PF-93) added 10 points for the winners. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 20 points for Spain. Jaime Fernandez had 13 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 27, Michele Ruzzier 12, Matteo Chillo 10
Spain U20: Daniel Diez 20, Jaime Fernandez 13



Cimberio Varese lands Aubrey Coleman, ex Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese (SerieA) landed 26-year old American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-90kg-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Cholet Basket in French ProA. In 7 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg last season. Coleman also played at Bighorns in D-League that season. But in two games he had just 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. The other team he played that season for was Austin Toros in D-League. In 12 games he had 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Another team Coleman played shortly was CEZ Nymburk (NBL) in Czech Republic league.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Angelico Biella. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Coleman's college team won C-USA Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Turkey (Aliaga) and China (Fujian).
Coleman attended University of Houston until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: More a scorer than a pure shooter, his hunting territory is the paint, where he is very good in building his shot out from the dribble and draws lots of fouls. Defensively, he is a great ball stealer, above all on the passing lines. Not a pure SG, however, and too undersized to play the SF at NBA level. He could probably become European League material very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



JuveCaserta land Chris Roberts - by Eurobasket News

JuveCaserta bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Chris Roberts (193-G-88, college: Bradley). The guard spent the last season in D-League. He started the previous season with the Frisco Texas Legends. The guard posted 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Later Chris Roberts moved to the Austin Toros. His stats read 12.5 points, 3.1 boards and 2.4 assists per appearance. He was named into D-League All-Defensive 3rd Team. Chris Roberts is currently playing in the NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando. Previously Chris Roberts had spells in Mexico and D-League.


Upea Capo d'Orlando lands Dominique Archie, ex Timisoara - by Eurobasket News

Upea Capo d'Orlando (Lega2 Gold) landed 26-year old American forward Dominique Archie (200-93kg-87, college: S.Carolina). He has played for the last two years at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 32 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the Romanian Cup Semifinals. Archie also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 11.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
Archie attended University of South Carolina until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Romanian League in 2012. Archie received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team award in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



2013 EYOF: Serbia breeze past Italy - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Italy U16 86:43

Serbian U16 National Team victoriously opened their European Youth Olympic Festival tournament campaign. They stunned Italy in the opener in Utrecht. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) produced 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winning side.
Serbia jumped to a 22:9 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Serbia piled up a 46:18 halftime advantage. The Balkan team dominated throughout the third term. They ensured a 69:33 lead at the final intermission. Serbia held Italy to just 10 points in the fourth frame and secured a comfortable win at the end. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) had 14 points, 7 boards and 5 assists, while Slobodan Jovanovic (192-SG-97, college: Regis Univ.) and David Miladinovic (205-C-97) chipped in 10 points each for the winners. Lorenzo Caroti (183-PG-97) answered with 7 points for Italy. Lusvarghi and Marco Timperi (188-G-97) netted 6 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia U16: Stefan Peno 15, Vojislav Stojanovic 14, Slobodan Jovanovic 10, David Miladinovic 10
Italy U16: Lorenzo Caroti 7, Lusvarghi 6, Marco Timperi 6



Napoli Basket inks Timothy Black, ex Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Azzurro Napoli Basket (Lega2 Gold) agreed terms with 32-year old American point guard Timothy Black (178-80kg-81, college: Barton, NC). He has played for the last five seasons at Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgian Ethias League. In 22 games he had 14.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg last season. Black also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.0spg (in top 4).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team was regular season runner-up in Belgian League in 2012. Black was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Guard of the Year in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Germany (Finke Baskets and NVV Lions Monchengladbach).
Black attended Barton College until 2003 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Roanne keeps Reid for another season - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA) re-signed 27-year old Jamaican ex-international power forward Ryan Reid (203-107kg-86, college: Florida State). He played there last season. In 30 ProA games he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg.
The previous (2012) summer Reid played at Mets (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 5 games he had just 2.0ppg and 4.0rpg. The most of previous (11-12) season he spent at 66ers in D-League. In 24 games he had 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention and Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention. Reid also played at the Thunder in NBA that season. But in 5 games he had only 1.6ppg.
In 2010-11 season he was tested by Stelmet (TBL) in Polish league.
Three years ago Reid was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in second round (57th overall). He attended Florida State until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Reid's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2011. He received also Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 1st Team award in 2011. Reid represented Jamaica at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 9.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.0rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.2%, FT: 41.7%.
Reid has played previously professionally in Poland (Stelmet Zielona Gora) and NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 University Games: Sweden rout Japan in the last day opener - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Japan 62:50

Sweden rout Japan in the last day opener of the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian team posted a 62:50 win to finish on the 17th place.
Sweden opened the game with 16-6 lead and never looked behind after. The European team added 17-15 rally in the second period and led 12 points at the halftime. Japan managed to score the same number of points with the opponents in the second half. Both teams posted 15 points in the third period and ended up with 14 points apiece.
Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 16. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) poured in 8, while Sebastian Norman (206-F-92) added 6. Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) replied with 16 points in defeat and Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) brought 15. Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) netted 7 and Kebin Hareyama (191-F-93) brought 5.

Sweden: Gustav Sundstrom 17, Chris Czerapowicz 16, Alexander Lindqvist 8, Sebastian Norman 6
Japan: Kengo Nomoto 16, Taku Bandoh 15, Seiji Ikaruga 7, Kebin Hareyama 5



2013 University Games: Japan defeats United Arab Emirates in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Japan-United Arab Emirates 79:63

Japan defeats United Arab Emirates in Kazan at the Classification Round for 17-20 places. The Japanese team overcame the opponents 79:63 and will take Sweden for the 17th place tomorrow. The United Arab Emirates will face Ukraine in the game for 19-20 places.
Japan enjoyed a minimum lead at the end of the first period, while United Arab Emirates managed to tie the game at the halftime. Japan needed t limit the opponents to just 12 points in the last two quarters for the final victory. Japan won the third quarter 16-12 and added 24-12 in the last stanza.
Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) nailed 17. Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) produced 13, whilst Naoki Uto (91) notched 9. AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais answered with 19 points in defeat, while KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak and AHMED AL-ALI Rashid poured in 13 each. OMAR ALAMERI Omer delivered 8 points in a loss.

Japan: Seiji Ikaruga 20, Yuya Nagayoshi 17, Kosuke Hashimoto 13, Naoki Uto 9
United Arab Emirates: AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais 19, KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak 13, AHMED AL-ALI Rashid 13, OMAR ALAMERI Omer 8



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Dardan Berisha joins Sigal Prishtina - by Dren Shporta

Kosovar MVP of the last season Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) has agreed terms with Cup Winners Sigal Prishtina and has joined them for the next season.

He was officially presented from club president days before and said that he will help the team competing in the Balkan League.

Dardan Berisha was the main reason that Peja has reached the championship title for the first time since 2004.

Only days before he was in combination of croatian team Cedevita, but coulnd't reach the agreement with them. Dardan Berisha was the only player that won two times the player of the month award from kosovan sports journalists during the last season.



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U20 European Championship: Latvia improved to 3-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20-Latvia U20 72:78

Latvia improved to 3-0 record in Group F at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side posted a 78:72 win over Slovenia on Monday.
Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period. Latvia also netted 20 points in the second frame and it was enough to take 9-point advantage at the halftime. Slovenia however was too far to give up and posted two narrow victories in the second half. They won the third period 19-17 and the last stanza 22-21, but it was not enough to win the game.
Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) nailed 16. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) posted 14, while Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) added 13. Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) replied with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) had 13. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) poured in 12 and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) brought 10.

Slovenia U20: Tomaz Bolcina 14+11 rebs, Ziga Dimec 13, Luka Rupnik 12, Miha Lapornik 10
Latvia U20: Ingus Jakovics 20, Ojars Silins 16, Andrejs Grazulis 14, Janis Berzins 13



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U20 European Championship: Late run propels Lithuania past Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Montenegro U20 63:56

Lithuania registered the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Montenegro for 2-1 record in Group E. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. Lithuania capped the regulation with an 11:0 run and snatched what seemed to an improbable victory after the first half.
It was all going Montenegro way in the first half. The Balkan team posted a 17:5 lead after the opening ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 13-point mark at the interval 34:21. But Lithuania came back to life in the second half. They narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania then burst out with an 11:0 rally late in regulation and sealed the victory. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) delivered 11 points, while Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) added 10 points for the winners. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) responded with 16 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania U20: Mindaugas Kacinas 15, Vaidas Kariniauskas 11, Martynas Paliukenas 10
Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 16, Danilo Nikolic 12



2013 University Games: Lithuania edge Estonia in Baltic battle - by Eurobasket News

Estonia-Lithuania 61:82

Lithuania edge Estonia in Baltic battle at the 2013 University Games. The Lithuanian team will play for the 5th place against Romania after an 82:61 win. Estonia will take on Brazil in the game for 7-8 places.
Lithuania posted a 20:13 lead in the first period and added 17-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover the favorites added two narrow victories in the second half to seal the victory. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored the last points for the winners from the free throw line for the final 21-point victory.
Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) netted 13. Augustas Peciukevicius brought 12 points, while Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) posted 11. Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) had 15. Taavi Hamarsalu (200-C/F-89), Erik Keedus (198-F-90) and Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) netted 8 points each in a loss.

Estonia: Toomas Raadik 16, Madis Saarmets 15, Taavi Hamarsalu 8, Erik Keedus 8, Kristjan Keres 8
Lithuania: Adas Juskevicius 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 13, Augustas Peciukevicius 12, Simas Buterlevicius 11



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2013 University Games: Finland beat Mexico to set up clash versus USA for the 9th position - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Mexico 82:70

Finland will fight for the ninth overall position at the World University Games. They defeated Mexico today to face the USA in the final game at the tournament. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) nailed 20 points to lead the Finnish team. Mexico will take on Germany next.
Finland eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. They extended the lead in the second period. Finland recorded a 39:30 halftime advantage. The European team kept Mexico at distance throughout the third quarter. Finland entered the final stanza up by 10 points and rallied to the victory in the final minutes. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) delivered 13 points, while Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) contributed 11 points for the winning team. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) answered with 18 points for Mexico. Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) and Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) dropped 12 points apiece in the loss.

Finland: Carl Lindbom 20, Roope Ahonen 13, Antto Nikkarinen 11
Mexico: Fernando Benitez 18, Fabian Jaimes 12, Ricardo Calatayud 12



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U18 European Championship Division C: Moldova snatch win over Wales - by Eurobasket News

Moldova U18 - Wales U18 83:82

Moldovan U18 National Team earned victory in the opening day of the U18 European Championship in Division C. They eked out a narrow one-point win over Wales in Andorra. Vladislav Solopa (202-F-95) provided 23 points, 12 boards and 7 assists for the winners.
Moldova unleashed 30 points in the first period to take an 8-point advantage. But Wales adjusted their defence and slowed down their opponents. The Welsh team cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 44:47. Wales erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 67. Wales enjoyed an 82:81 lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Vladislav Solopa hit two free throws in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win for Moldova. Vladislav Golban (195-F-95) delivered 21 points, while Piotr Liulenov (185-G-95) had 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Daniel Walsh (185-G-95) answered with 20 points for Wales. James Cameron (200-C-95) had 19 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 23+12 boards, Vladislav Golban 21, Piotr Liulenov 12
Wales U18: Daniel Walsh 20, James Cameron 19+11 boards



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U18 European Championship Division C: Monaco outgun Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Monaco U18 - Gibraltar U18 61:54

Monaco registered the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They held off Gibraltar in Andorra. Hugo Tata (180-G-96) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Monaco erupted for 28 points in the first period and gained a 12-point lead. Gibraltar cut the deficit in the second period. They got within 8 points at halftime 39:31. But Monaco stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Gibraltar at 12 points in the third quarter and gained a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Gibraltar tried hard to bounce back in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Daniel Pieper (185-F-96) provided 15 points and 11 boards for Monaco. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) had 13 points in the victory. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) answered with 18 points for Gibraltar. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) netted 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

Monaco U18: Hugo Tata 22, Daniel Pieper 15+11 boards, Alessandro Generale 13
Gibraltar U18: Timothy Fava 18, Jake Haefner 9+12 boards



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2013 University Games: Norway roll over Mongolia on Monday - by Eurobasket News

Mongolia-Norway 54:83

Norway roll over Mongolia on Monday at the Classification Round for 13-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The European team overcame the opponents 83:54 and will play for the 13th place tomorrow against South Korea. Mongolia will take on Czech Republic in the game for the 15-16 places.
Norway erupted with a 20-2 surge and never looked behind. They enjoyed a 26:6 lead after the first period and led 19 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 19 points each in the third period, while Norway pushed the tempo at the end of the game. They finished the game with 23-13 rally to seal the victory.
BOEHN Fredrik stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Anders Stien (195-G-90) notched 16. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) brought 11, while Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) had 9. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) and Munkhtuvshin Davaadorj (189-SG-89) top-scored for Mongolia with 11 points each. Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) netted 9, while Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan (195-F/C-90) added 7.

Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 11, Munkhtuvshin Davaadorj 11, Azbayar Tserendagva 9, Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan 7
Norway: BOEHN Fredrik 24, Anders Stien 16, Stian Mjos 11, Aksel Bolinz 9



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U20 European Championship: Late run propels Lithuania past Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Montenegro U20 63:56

Lithuania registered the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Montenegro for 2-1 record in Group E. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. Lithuania capped the regulation with an 11:0 run and snatched what seemed to an improbable victory after the first half.
It was all going Montenegro way in the first half. The Balkan team posted a 17:5 lead after the opening ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 13-point mark at the interval 34:21. But Lithuania came back to life in the second half. They narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania then burst out with an 11:0 rally late in regulation and sealed the victory. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) delivered 11 points, while Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) added 10 points for the winners. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) responded with 16 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania U20: Mindaugas Kacinas 15, Vaidas Kariniauskas 11, Martynas Paliukenas 10
Montenegro U20: Marko Mugosa 16, Danilo Nikolic 12



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John Lucas is a newcomer at Utah Jazz - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old point guard John Lucas (180-75kg-82, college: Oklahoma State). He played last season at Toronto Raptors. In 63 games he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (11-12) season Lucas played at the Bulls. In 53 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg that season. He helped them to win the Central Division title.
In 2010-11 season Lucas was tested by Shanghai Sharks (CBA) in Chinese league. In 12 games he averaged impressive 18.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.
In 2009-10 season he was tested by the Heat.
In 2008-09 season Lucas was tested by Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the final.
Lucas has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2005 Sioux Falls Skyforce selected him in second round (11th overall) in the CBA draft.
The former Oklahoma State star is in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Lucas was voted Asia-Basket.com Chinese CBA All-Imports Team back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso and Udinese), other NBA teams (Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A true point guard, who runs the court extremely well has great court vision. Despite limited size, he is not afraid of contacts and can go inside to finish. Shoots well from outside and likes the fast tempo game, but knows how to run a team even at a controlled ball game. Should improve his defense, that seemed so-so in his first European experience.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Celtics waived Kris Joseph - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics waived 25-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kris Joseph (200-100kg-88, college: Syracuse). He is a dual citizen owning also Trinidad and Tobago passport.
The last season he played at the Nets. But in four games he recorded just 0.5ppg. Joseph also played at Springfield Armor that season. In 15 games he averaged impressive 18.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and All-Rookie 1st Team. The other team he played that season for was Maine Red Claws. In 12 games he averaged remarkable 18.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team and All-Rookie 1st Team.
Last year Joseph was drafted by the Celtics in second round (51st overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Joseph's team won Big East Regular Season in 2010 and 2012. He was a member of Canadian Senior National Team in 2009.
The scouts decsribe him following way: a great athlete, with tremendous leaping abilities ... He is always active, always trying to make something happen around the basket whether its getting tips or put backs ... He's an above average rebounder mainly due to his explosiveness, high energy and constant motor- always following shots and trying to make something happen around the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Elton Brand joins The Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks agreed terms with 34-year old ex-international forward Elton Brand (203-115kg-79, college: Duke). He played last season at Dallas Mavericks. In 72 games he had 7.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg.
The previous (11-12) season Brand played at the 76ers. In 72 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg that season. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals.
Brand has never been drafted by the NBA. He was voted All-NBA 2nd Team back in 2006. Brand also represented USA at the World Championships in Japan seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 52.8%, FT: 66.7%.
Brand has played previously for two other NBA teams: Chicago Bulls and LA Clippers.
He attended Duke University until 1999 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.
On Brand: His wide body doesn' t limit his offensive game, thanks to a great ball handling and to quick feet, and helps him a lot in rebounding; very difficult to stop ehen he goes to the basket inside;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



World Peace clears waivers, hopes to sign with Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) cleared waivers on Sunday to become an unrestricted free agent. World Peace wants to sign with the New York Knicks, according to a source close to the situation. The Knicks have already reached out to World Peace and can offer their taxpayer mid-level exception at approximately $1.7 million. World Peace is also considering the Los Angeles Clippers and the Shanghai Sharks of China. The Los Angeles Lakers waived World Peace on Thursday via their amnesty provision.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Houston Rockets hiring Hakeem Olajuwon as mentor for centers - by Eurobasket News

Dwight Howard will have a new mentor in Houston the Rockets are close to adding Hakeem Olajuwon to their staff. Per the Houston Chronicle: Hakeem Olajuwon, a key part of the Rockets recruiting efforts to land Howard and a large part of the festivities Saturday after Howard signed, will rejoin the Rockets in an official capacity for the first time since he spent the final season of his career with the Toronto Raptors in 2002. Olajuwons duties and title are being discussed, and he will spend much of the year at his home in Jordan. But he will work with Rockets interior players, as he does with big men around the NBA each offseason, as a team employee. We are going to bring him in as full-time as is possible, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday. Its not done, but we have mutual interest to get it done, and weve had some early discussions. We want him to work with Dwight and Omer (Asik), and he wants to do that. Olajuwon, 50, has worked with Howard in two offseasons, and Howard has spoken about training with him again, this time as the latest in the line of Rockets All-Star centers. He has improved so much, Olajuwon said. I like with the Houston Rockets he will get a chance to show his true potential. Thats exciting. The last two years, he has not really been given that opportunity to really, really express his game, his comfort level and confidence. Here he has a team that is willing to do that. They want him to do that. [...] I just tried to show what he is trying to accomplish basketball-wise, this is the best team for him. No question about that. That was very clear. You can see he is excited. Hes happy. The city is excited. This is a great choice. Thats why everybody cant wait to start.
Courtesy of: slamonline.com



Utah Jazz have new D-League affiliation with Bakersfield Jam - by Eurobasket News

After just one year as the Reno Bighorns' partners, the Utah Jazz are switching allegiances in the D-League. So long, "The Biggest Little City in the World." Hello, Bakersfield, Calif. The NBA and its Development League announced today that the Jazz will be affiliated with the Bakersfield Jam for the 2013-14 season. Utah needed a new affiliate after the Sacramento Kings bought the rights to be the Bighorns' sole partner. For those having a hard time keeping track of the Jazz's D-League teams, the Jam will be the franchise's fifth different affiliation since 2005. Utah has previously been associated with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (2005-06), Idaho Stampede (2006-07 and 2011-12), Utah Flash (2007-11) and Reno Bighorns (2012-13). The Jam, who play at Dignity Health Events Center, are a popular D-League squad. They will also be affiliated with the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors this season. Utah has called up 10 different D-League players over the years, including guard Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette), who finished the 2012-13 season with the Jazz after playing with the Jam. He remains on the Jazz's roster with a nonguaranteed contract after playing with the team in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Courtesy of: deseretnews.com



Houston Rockets sign Young just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) signed 20-year old guard B.J. Young (190-82kg-93). The deal is meant for three seasons. He just graduated from Arkansas (NCAA). In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.4apg last season. Great year as he was named to USBWA All-District VII 1st Team.
Young has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Young could be described: He can not only score, but is a guy who can distribute as well.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 University Games: USA overwhelm Germany - by Eurobasket News

USA - Germany 92:70

The USA will play for the 9th position at the World University Games in Kazan. They knocked down Germany in the classification round today. Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) posted 18 points to lead the North American side.
Germany led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. The USA bounced back in the second term. They went on a 29:13 rally to take a 46:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. The USA entered the fourth frame up by 14 points. They poured in 27 points and escaped with a comfortable win at the end. Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) chipped in 16 points, while Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) netted 11 points for the winners. Konstantin Klein (6'2''-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 16 points for Germany. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (6'10''-C-90, agency: Court Side) had 13 points in the loss.

USA: Doug McDermott 18, Luke Hancock 16, Cory Jefferson 11
Germany: Konstantin Klein 16, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13



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Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Awards 2013 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team 2013
Lindsay Tait
Tait
Josh Pace
Pace
Brian Conklin
Conklin
Zack Atkinson
Atkinson
Nick Horvath
Horvath

Finals MVP: Leon Henry (202-F/G-85) of Southland S.
Player of the Year: Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P.
Guard of the Year: Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of Wellington S.
Forward of the Year: Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P.
Center of the Year: Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets
Newcomer of the Year: Jack Salt (205-F/C-96) of Super City R.
Import Player of the Year: Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P.
Domestic Player of the Year: Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets
Defensive Player of the Year: Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P.
Coach of the Year: Pero Cameron of Wellington S.

1st Team
G: Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of Wellington S.
G/F: Josh Pace (196-G/F-83) of Nelson G.
F: Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Southland S.
F/C: Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P.
F/C: Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets

2nd Team
PG: Chris Hagan (181-PG-89) of Hub Jets
F/G: Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84) of OceanaGold N.
F/G: Brian Greene (196-F/G-83) of HBS Bank Hawks
F: Benny Anthony (198-F-88) of OceanaGold N.
F/C: Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N.

Honorable Mention
Kenny Gabriel (209-F-89) of Taranaki MA
Bryant Markson (198-F-83) of Wellington S.
Link Abrams (195-F-73) of Taranaki MA
Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Hub Jets
Casey Frank (203-F-77) of Wellington S.
Mark Dickel (188-G-76) of OceanaGold N.

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of Wellington S.
G: Mark Dickel (188-G-76) of OceanaGold N.
F: Benny Anthony (198-F-88) of OceanaGold N.
F: Casey Frank (203-F-77) of Wellington S.
F/C: Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets

All-Imports Team
PG: Chris Hagan (181-PG-89) of Hub Jets
G/F: Josh Pace (196-G/F-83) of Nelson G.
F/G: Brian Greene (196-F/G-83) of HBS Bank Hawks
F: Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Southland S.
F/C: Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Waikato P.




Tall Blacks trials - by Mike Lacey


With Tall Blacks trials being held in Auckland on Tuesday and Wednesday I thought it appropriate to give some background to the new boys on the block.
With a number of first choice players unavailable for selection I expect two or three of the players below to be chosen for their first taste of full international duty when the squad for the tour of China is named later in the week. Jack Salt and Reuben Te Rangi (197-F-94) seem almost certain to be chosen and I expect one of the young guards to also get the nod.

Seventeen years old Jack Salt is yet another product of the Westlake Boys High School system following the likes of Tai and Corey Webster and Tom Abercrombie into the Tall Blacks programme. Salt played for the New Zealand Under 20 team earlier in the year and has just completed a season with the James Blond Super City Rangers in the NBL. The 610 centre averaged 8.6 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Rangers in his rookie season.

Shooting guard Marco Alexander has risen through the North Harbour age group basketball programme. The 22 year old made his debut in the NBL for the Dean Vickerman coached Waikato Pistons in 2011 followed by the Harbour Heat in 2012. With the Heat unable to field a team this season Alexander returned to the Pistons and has averaged 22 minutes court time contributing 11.3 points per game.

In 2011 Reuben Te Rangi was a member of the 3on3 team that won a gold medal at the Youth World Championships in Rimini, Italy. In 2012 he was voted Rookie of the Year in the New Zealand NBL after averaging 8 ppg for the Harbour Heat and shooting 44% from behind the 3 point arc. Later in 2012 he captained the Junior Tall Blacks in their three game series against Australia before making his debut for the Breakers against Townsville Crocodiles in November. Attracted by the proposition of being coached by Tall Blacks assistant coach Paul Henare, Te Rangi has spent the recent season with the NBL Championship winning Southland Sharks scoring 13.1 points per game. Still only 18 years old Reuben looks set to provide the back up for swing man Tom Abercrombie.

Another player originating from North Harbour, guard Brad Anderson had a four year stint in the Breakers Academy before graduating in 2011. Anderson has enjoyed a productive season with the Taranaki Mountain Airs after previously playing for the Auckland Pirates and Harbour Heat. This season he has averaged 12.7ppg, shooting the three ball at 37%.

Swing man Dion Prewster was a prodigious talent as a junior player captaining the 2009 Junior Tall Blacks at the World Championships held in Auckland that year. Prewster was a development player at the Breakers in 2012 having spent three years in the US prior to that. This season he has played for the Bay Hawks in the NBL averaging 13.6points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

A shooting guard, Brook Ruscoe was also a member of the 2009 Junior Tall Blacks, a starter, he enjoyed a good tournament averaging 16.2ppg. In 2012 he was a member of the NBL Champion Auckland Pirates before moving south to play for the Nelson Giants this season. Playing a significant amount of time as a point guard he has averaged 11.8ppg and 2.5 assists. Ruscoe has international pedigree, uncle Matt Ruscoe was a Tall Black in 1977 and cousin Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe has been a long time member of the Tall Ferns.

Forwards Jordan Ngatai and Tom Vodanovich are surprise picks as neither has played in the NBL this season. Both forwards hail from Wellington and are due to embark on US College careers shortly. Tom, a JTB last year will be heading to James Madison University, Virginia and Jordan who played for the Wellington Saints last season is off to BYU-Hawaii.



Sharks are NBL Champions - by Eurobasket News

ZEROFEES SOUTHLAND SHARKS have won their first Bartercard NBL championship, defeating FICO FINANCE NELSON GIANTS 92-81. It was only fitting that Southland coach PAUL HENARE won his first championship as a head coach on home turf in the Hawkes Bay. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) top-scored for the Sharks with 24 points, and fellow American Brian Conklin (198-F-89, college: St.Louis) added 21 points and nine rebounds. Small forward Leon Henry was named Most Valuable Player of the finals, after stepping up big over the weekend, tallying 15 points and six rebounds in the final, and 19 points and 13 rebounds in the semi. Southlands team effort got the job done, with role players like Luke Martin (181-PG-81, college: UTEP) (nine points and six assists), Dan Peck (196-G/F-88) (eight points) and Gareth Dawson (205-C/F-89) (eight points and nine rebounds) huge. Martin, who has been a fantastic point guard in the league for many seasons, finally got his first title, which was well deserved, as he ran the team perfectly over the weekend. Playing his 350th NBL game, Phill Jones (196-G-74) played his heart out with 14 points, but fouled out in the final quarter. Both Josh Pace (196-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) and Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) each added 18 points, but Pace had a slow start, only scoring two points in the first half. The Sharks got off to a flyer, shooting 70% in the early stages of the first half, as the the Giants struggled, shooting in the low 30s. A 24-point halftime lead gave the Sharks a large buffer heading into the second half. Nelson did fight back several times, closing to within 11, but the large deficit would be too much as they finished runners-up for the second time in four years. Joining the league in 2010, the Sharks have been a competitive team, making the playoffs in their first two seasons. But under Henare, the franchise peaked at the right time and made the adjustments, as they had lost to both Wellington and Nelson in the last week of the regular season. Henare was also deservedly awarded Coach of the Year, while Conklin was named Outstanding Forward. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82, agency: Duran International) cleaned up six awards, including Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Guard and All-Star Five selection. Tait averaged 20.1 points and led the league in assists (8.1). Pace was unlucky not to win Most Valuable Player, but did get selected for the All-Star Five, joining BENY ANTHONY (OceanaGold Nuggets), who won Outstanding NZ forward, and NICK HORVATH (Telecom Business Hub Jets).
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz



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2013 University Games: Norway roll over Mongolia on Monday - by Eurobasket News

Mongolia-Norway 54:83

Norway roll over Mongolia on Monday at the Classification Round for 13-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The European team overcame the opponents 83:54 and will play for the 13th place tomorrow against South Korea. Mongolia will take on Czech Republic in the game for the 15-16 places.
Norway erupted with a 20-2 surge and never looked behind. They enjoyed a 26:6 lead after the first period and led 19 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 19 points each in the third period, while Norway pushed the tempo at the end of the game. They finished the game with 23-13 rally to seal the victory.
BOEHN Fredrik stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Anders Stien (195-G-90) notched 16. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) brought 11, while Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) had 9. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) and Munkhtuvshin Davaadorj (189-SG-89) top-scored for Mongolia with 11 points each. Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) netted 9, while Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan (195-F/C-90) added 7.

Mongolia: Sanchir Tungalag 11, Munkhtuvshin Davaadorj 11, Azbayar Tserendagva 9, Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan 7
Norway: BOEHN Fredrik 24, Anders Stien 16, Stian Mjos 11, Aksel Bolinz 9



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2013 University Games: China leave no chance for Oman in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Oman-China 53:89

China leave no chance for Oman in Kazan at the 2013 University Games. China delivered an 89:53 win at the Classification Round for 21-24 places.
AL HALHALI Ahmed opened the game with a three-pointer, while China won the first period 20:9. The latter also added 18-14 rally in the second frame and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Chinese team. They won the third period 29-18 and finished the game with 22-12 surge in the last period.
Wei Meng (210-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Cui Jinming (193-G-92) netted 18. Zhang Hanqi (205-C-91) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Gao Xiangnan (190-G-90) added 11. AL HALHALI Ahmed produced 13 points in a loss, while AL FARRAJI Hassan collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. AL SIBANI Ahmed notched 11 and BANI ARABA Haitham added 7 points and 13 boards.

Oman: AL HALHALI Ahmed 13, AL FARRAJI Hassan 12+13 rebs, AL SIBANI Ahmed 11, BANI ARABA Haitham 7+13 rebs
China: Wei Meng 19+11 rebs, Cui Jinming 18, Zhang Hanqi 13+10 rebs, Gao Xiangnan 11



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Szawarski comes back to Start Lublin - by Greg

WIKANA Start S.A. Lublin (1Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 37-year old former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76). It is actually his comeback to WIKANA Start as he started his professional career here in 90'. Szawarski has played for the last two years at Stal Ostrow (1Liga). In 27 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg last season.




Szawarski comes back to Start Lublin - by Greg

WIKANA Start S.A. Lublin (1Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 37-year old former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76). It is actually his comeback to WIKANA Start as he started his professional career here in 90'. Szawarski has played for the last two years at Stal Ostrow (1Liga). In 27 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg last season.


2013 EYOF: Germany cruise past Poland - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Poland U16 57:41

Germany U16 opened their European Youth Olympic Festival tournament campaign with victory. They rallied past the Polish counterparts. Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) stepped up with 16 points for the winning side.
Germany led by a single point after ten minutes 11:10. They eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. Germany managed to deepen the distance in the third quarter. They held Poland to just 7 points in the period accumulating a 38:33 buffer before the fourth term. Germany exploded with a 19:8 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Erwin-Ngueffe Nkemazon (203-C-97) had 7 points and 11 boards, while Marcel Theodor Kessen (201-F/C-97) added 7 points for the winners. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) answered with 11 points for Poland. Jakub Mijakowski (184-G-97) chipped in 9 points in the defeat.

Germany U16: Tibor Taras 16, Erwin-Ngueffe Nkemazon 7+11 boards, Marcel Theodor Kessen 7
Poland U16: Marcel Ponitka 11, Jakub Mijakowski 9



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Austria bounce back against Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Austria 62:65

Austrian National Team recovered well after the starting loss to claim victory in the exhibition series against Portugal. The visitors secured a narrow three-pointer victory in Agueda. Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) stepped up with 8 points to lead well-balanced effort from Austria.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 15-all after ten minutes. Austria pulled ahead in the second frame. The visitors eked out a 33:31 halftime lead. Austria deepened the distance in the third term. The visiting side accumulated a 6-point lead before the final stanza. Portugal shot closer in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) and Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) chipped in 7 points each for Austria. Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) answered with 16 points for Portugal. Joao Santos (204-F-79, college: Nevada) tossed in 9 points in the loss.

Portugal: Claudio Fonseca 16, Joao Santos 9
Austria: Thomas Schreiner 8, Davor Lamesic 7, Maximilian Hopfgartner 7



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Gipuzkoa inks Anthony Winchester, ex San German - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Liga Endesa) signed 30-year old American guard Anthony Winchester (193-83, college: W.Kentucky). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 11 games he had 10.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3apg. The last season Winchester played at Leche Rio Breogan (LEB Gold). In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
In 2006 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in third round (20th overall).
The former Western Kentucky University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the LEB Cup (Cope Principe de Asturias) Semifinals in 2007. Winchester was also voted All-Sun Belt Player of the Year back in 2006 at his college time.
Winchester has played previously for two other Spain teams: Ford Burgos and Melilla Baloncesto.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 University Games: Romania outscore Brazil, will face Lithuania for the 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Romania-Brazil 82:75

Romania outscore Brazil and will face Lithuania for the 5th place at the 2013 University Games. The European team posted an 82:75 victory at the Classification Round for 5-8 places. Brazil will take on Estonia in the game for 7-8 places.
Romania won the first period 26:23 and led three points at the halftime. Both teams posted 16 points each in the third period and then Romanian increased to final 7 points. They won the last stanza 27-23 and will play for the fifth spot tomorrow.
Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 21 points and TOROK Rolland netted 17. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) poured in 11, while Catalin Petrisor (184-PG-92) had 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) replied with 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while DALLA BARBA Matheus scored 11. George Chaia (190-G-91) and DEODATO Guilherme poured in 9 points each in a loss.

Romania: Adrian Gutoaia 21, TOROK Rolland 17, Bogdan Tibirna 11, Catalin Petrisor 10
Brazil: Cristiano Felicio 18+11 rebs, DALLA BARBA Matheus 11, George Chaia 9, DEODATO Guilherme 9



Upea Capo d'Orlando lands Dominique Archie, ex Timisoara - by Eurobasket News

Upea Capo d'Orlando (Lega2 Gold) landed 26-year old American forward Dominique Archie (200-93kg-87, college: S.Carolina). He has played for the last two years at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 32 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the Romanian Cup Semifinals. Archie also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 11.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
Archie attended University of South Carolina until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Romanian League in 2012. Archie received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team award in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 University Games: Russia hold off Canada to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Canada 78:68

Russia punched the Final ticket at the World University Games. The hosts defeated Canada in the second semifinal of the day. Russia will now face Australia in the title game. Canada will take on Serbia in the consolation final.
Russia entered the game as big time favourites and they started to confirm the status from the starting minutes. Russia gained a 22:11 lead after the opening frame. The hosts kept Canada at distance throughout the second frame. Russia piled up a 43:26 halftime lead. They did not loosen the grasp in the third frame. They secured a 20-point lead before the final stanza. Canada went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the deficit but came up empty-handed at the end. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Russia. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) had 11 points each for the winning side. Brady Heslip (188-G-90), Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) and Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) replied with 12 points apiece in the loss.

Russia: Sergey Karasev 20+10 boards, Semen Antonov 11, Nikita Balashov 11
Canada: Brady Heslip 12, Melvin Ejim 12, Daniel Mullings 12



U20 European Championship: Russia nip France - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - France U20 65:61

Russia clinched victory at the start of the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Russia therefore caught up with Les Bleus in the ladder. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) chipped in 13 points to lead the winners.
Russia claimed a 16:13 lead after the opening quarter. France denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. France were able to secure a narrow 51:48 lead at the final intermission. Boris Dallo (194-PG-94) and Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 55:50 advantage midway through the fourth term. Russia answered with a 7:2 run to level things up at 57 with under four minutes to go. The teams were tied at 61-all with 85 seconds remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) came up with a layup and then Trushkin hit two free throws to win the game for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak notched 11 points, while Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) added 10 points for the winning side. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for France. Boris Dallo delivered 15 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Andrey Loginov 13, Aleksandr Gudumak 11, Alexander Zakharov 10
France U20: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 19+11 boards, Boris Dallo 15



Maksim Sheleketo agreed terms with Unics - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (PBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old forward Maksim Sheleketo (204-104kg-87). The last season Sheleketo played at Lokomotiv. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 PBL games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.2rpg. Sheleketo also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played 25 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Sheleketo won EuroCup championship title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention award back in 2008. Sheleketo represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 29.6%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 69.2%.
Sheleketo is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Latvia (VEF Riga), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Russia (Rodniki Izhevsk, Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and CSKA Moscow U23).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Strong inside player, very good rebounder and low post operator, who can score inside of hit the three pointer if left open; needs to improve his defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Unics Kazan tab Tywain McKee - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.). The guard is not new to Russia. He spent the last three seasons with Triumph. Last season Tywain McKee notched 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game in PBL. In VTB League the guard delivered 13.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals per appearance. He also tallied 17.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game. McKee was named All-Russian PBL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. The guard was trumped All-Baltic League Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Previously Tywain McKee had stints in Belarus and Australia. He made it into All-Australian NBL 1st Team in 2010. Next season McKee was named into All-Belarusian League 1st Team.


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U20 European Championship: Serbia storm past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Czech Republic U20 91:66

Serbia claimed the opening win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) provided 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge.
Serbia set the tone early in the game. They poured in 26 points in the first quarter to gain a 12-point lead. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at halftime 36:33. But Serbia unleashed 26 points in the third quarter and ran away to a 13-point distance at the final intermission. Serbia stayed red hot offensively in the final frame. They drained 29 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) had 19 points, while Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) added 17 points for the winners. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Dalibor Fait (205-C-93) netted 15 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Luka Mitrovic 20+10 boards, Nemanja Krstic 19, Ivan Marinkovic 17
Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 16, Dalibor Fait 15



2013 University Games: Australia sneak past Serbia, into Final - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Serbia 65:62

Australia have become the first University Games finalists. They narrowly defeated Serbia in the first semifinal in Kazan today. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) scored 19 points to lead the Aussies to a come-from-behind victory.
Serbia shocked their opponents in the first period. The European team got to a flying start posting a 24:6 lead after the starting quarter. Australia narrowed the deficit in the second term. They stopped the rot and got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. Australia adjusted the tempo in the third term. They triggered a 21:11 rally to get within 6 points at the final break. Australia used a 9:1 run midway through the fourth term to spur ahead. Jason Cadee and Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) stepped up for the Aussies in the dying second and helped them protect the lead. Cameron Bairstow finished with 14 points and 7 boards, while Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) delivered 12 points for the winners. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) had 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Jason Cadee 19, Cameron Bairstow 14, Todd Blanchfield 12
Serbia: Darko Balaban 14, Stefan Zivanovic 10



2013 EYOF: Serbia breeze past Italy - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Italy U16 86:43

Serbian U16 National Team victoriously opened their European Youth Olympic Festival tournament campaign. They stunned Italy in the opener in Utrecht. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) produced 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winning side.
Serbia jumped to a 22:9 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Serbia piled up a 46:18 halftime advantage. The Balkan team dominated throughout the third term. They ensured a 69:33 lead at the final intermission. Serbia held Italy to just 10 points in the fourth frame and secured a comfortable win at the end. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) had 14 points, 7 boards and 5 assists, while Slobodan Jovanovic (192-SG-97, college: Regis Univ.) and David Miladinovic (205-C-97) chipped in 10 points each for the winners. Lorenzo Caroti (183-PG-97) answered with 7 points for Italy. Lusvarghi and Marco Timperi (188-G-97) netted 6 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia U16: Stefan Peno 15, Vojislav Stojanovic 14, Slobodan Jovanovic 10, David Miladinovic 10
Italy U16: Lorenzo Caroti 7, Lusvarghi 6, Marco Timperi 6



U20 European Championship: Serbia start Classification round with a win - by Ivan Milenkovic

In their opening game in Group G of Classification round (places 13-20), Serbia convincingly defeated Czech Republic 91-66 (26-14, 10-19, 26-16, 29-17) in Saku Suurhall, Tallinn.
Serbian national team played well in first quarter, led 6-0, 19-8 after their biggest scoring run in first half of 7-0, 22-10 and finally 26-14 after opening 10 minutes of the game. However, second quarter was totally different, Czech Republic opened this period with 0-9 run (26-23). Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) scored first basket for Serbia after 4 minutes and 14 seconds of second quarter. After 30-23 in 17th minute, Czechs had another big run of 0-8 and took 30-31 lead with 1:27 remaining in first half after three pointer of Martin Kriz. Thanks to Nemanja Krstic and Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93), with their 2+1 plays, Serbia managed to lead after first half (36-33) despite incredible 12 turnovers in 20 minutes! On the other hand, Czechs shot only 35,3% from the field (Serbians 61,9%), but had 7 offensive rebounds in comparison to Serbia's one. Vladimir Jovanovic was mad during second period and his players started to play much better after half time. It was 48-45 in 25th minute, after efficient start of third quarter, when Serbian national team started their 11-0 run to take 59-45 lead and practically secure the win. Czech Republic scored only 4 points in remaining 5 minutes of third period. It was 62-49 after 30 minutes of play. Start of final quarter was even better for Serbia. They scored 13 unanswered points (14-0 run in total) for their biggest scoring run of the game and led 75-49 in 35th minute. Czechs scored their first basket in final period from free throw line after 4:24 minutes and their first field goal after more than 5 minutes. Final score was 91-66.
Luka Mitrovic led Serbia with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Nemanja Krstic added 19 and Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) 17 points. Serbians had much better field goal percentage (64,0 in comparison to 36,5), 10 more rebounds (38-28) and 12 more assists (19-7). After 12 turnovers in first half, they had only 5 in second half.




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U20 European Championship: Latvia improved to 3-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20-Latvia U20 72:78

Latvia improved to 3-0 record in Group F at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side posted a 78:72 win over Slovenia on Monday.
Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period. Latvia also netted 20 points in the second frame and it was enough to take 9-point advantage at the halftime. Slovenia however was too far to give up and posted two narrow victories in the second half. They won the third period 19-17 and the last stanza 22-21, but it was not enough to win the game.
Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) nailed 16. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) posted 14, while Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) added 13. Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) replied with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) had 13. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) poured in 12 and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) brought 10.

Slovenia U20: Tomaz Bolcina 14+11 rebs, Ziga Dimec 13, Luka Rupnik 12, Miha Lapornik 10
Latvia U20: Ingus Jakovics 20, Ojars Silins 16, Andrejs Grazulis 14, Janis Berzins 13



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2013 University Games: South Korea needs overtime to beat Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

South Korea- Czech Republic 92:88 OT

South Korea needs overtime to beat Czech Republic at the 2013 University Games. South Korea grabbed a 92:88 win and will face Norway in the game for 13-14 places. Czech Republic meanwhile will take on Mongolia in the game for 15-16 places.
Czech Republic grabbed 26:17 lead and led 5 points at the halftime. Both teams later scored 21 points each in the third period, while South Korea tied the score at the end of the fourth period when they posted 17-12 in it. Due to 16-12 rally in overtime the Asian team won the game.
KIM Jun Yl top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while JEON Seong Hyen and DOO Kyung Min added 19 each. PARK Jae Hyun followed them with 15 points in a win. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) added 20. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) poured in 19 points, while Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) had 12.

South Korea: KIM Jun Yl 22+11 rebs, JEON Seong Hyen 19, DOO Kyung Min 19, PARK Jae Hyun 15
Czech Republic: Jiri Slavik 24+13 rebs, Michal Mares 20, Adam Ciz 19, Martin Gniadek 12



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U20 European Championship: Italy prevail against Spain - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Spain U20 76:73

Italy clinched the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Spain in Group F opener. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) came up with 27 points to lead the Azzurri.
The lead changed hands throughout the first period. Spain eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The seesaw action continued in the second frame. Spain secured a narrow 37:35 halftime lead. The Spanish side boosted the gap in the third term. They limited their opponents to just 16 points to open an 8-point cushion before the final frame. The Azzurri used an 11:2 run to take a 65:64 lead midway through the final stanza. Amedeo Della Valle came up with six points in a row to give Italy a 71:66 lead. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) pulled Spain within one 70:71 but Amedeo Della Valle scored five points in the final 24 seconds of regulation to seal the victory for Italy. Michele Ruzzier (178-PG-93) netted 12 points, while Matteo Chillo (200-PF-93) added 10 points for the winners. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 20 points for Spain. Jaime Fernandez had 13 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 27, Michele Ruzzier 12, Matteo Chillo 10
Spain U20: Daniel Diez 20, Jaime Fernandez 13



Gipuzkoa inks Anthony Winchester, ex San German - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Liga Endesa) signed 30-year old American guard Anthony Winchester (193-83, college: W.Kentucky). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 11 games he had 10.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3apg. The last season Winchester played at Leche Rio Breogan (LEB Gold). In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
In 2006 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in third round (20th overall).
The former Western Kentucky University star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the LEB Cup (Cope Principe de Asturias) Semifinals in 2007. Winchester was also voted All-Sun Belt Player of the Year back in 2006 at his college time.
Winchester has played previously for two other Spain teams: Ford Burgos and Melilla Baloncesto.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 University Games: Sweden rout Japan in the last day opener - by Eurobasket News

Sweden-Japan 62:50

Sweden rout Japan in the last day opener of the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian team posted a 62:50 win to finish on the 17th place.
Sweden opened the game with 16-6 lead and never looked behind after. The European team added 17-15 rally in the second period and led 12 points at the halftime. Japan managed to score the same number of points with the opponents in the second half. Both teams posted 15 points in the third period and ended up with 14 points apiece.
Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 16. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) poured in 8, while Sebastian Norman (206-F-92) added 6. Kengo Nomoto (196-F-92) replied with 16 points in defeat and Taku Bandoh (185-G-92) brought 15. Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) netted 7 and Kebin Hareyama (191-F-93) brought 5.

Sweden: Gustav Sundstrom 17, Chris Czerapowicz 16, Alexander Lindqvist 8, Sebastian Norman 6
Japan: Kengo Nomoto 16, Taku Bandoh 15, Seiji Ikaruga 7, Kebin Hareyama 5



2013 University Games: Sweden steals the victory from Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Sweden 73:75

Sweden steals the victory from Ukraine at the Classification Round for 17-20 places at the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian team grabbed a 75:73 win due to the final push.
Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period. They also scored 16 points each in the third period before Ukraine posted a 25-20 rally in the second frame. Sweden however dominated the end of the game and needed a 23-16 finish to seal the victory.
Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 16. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) delivered 13, while BARTON Charles had 10. Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) and ROCHNIAK Anton combined for 50 points in the losing effort. SAINIIEV Vasyl and Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) followed them with 5 points each.

Ukraine: Nikola Polyulyak 29, ROCHNIAK Anton 21, SAINIIEV Vasyl 5, Oleksandr Dolenko 5
Sweden: Gustav Sundstrom 19, Chris Czerapowicz 16, Alexander Lindqvist 13, BARTON Charles 10



U20 European Championship: Bulgaria register first win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Sweden U20 61:57

Bulgaria posted the initial victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden at the start of the classification round Group H action. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) nailed 14 points to lead Bulgaria.
Sweden earned a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the clash. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. The Scandinavian team secured a 29:25 halftime lead. Sweden were able to stretched the gap at 8-point mark in the third term but Bulgaria cut it back to four 39:43 with ten minutes to go. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) hit quick five points midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 50. Angel Natskin and Ivanov connected from beyond the arc to put Bulgaria in front 58:55 with 33 seconds remaining. Simeonov, Ivanov and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) hit free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov had 12 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov added 11 points for the winners. Samuel Eliasson (93) responded with 15 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) dropped 11 points apiece in the losing effort.

Bulgaria U20: Angel Natskin 14, Dimitar Dimitrov 12, Nikolay Stoyanov 11
Sweden U20: Samuel Eliasson 15, Tobias Borg 11, Jonathan Person 11



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U20 European Championship: Germany hold off Turkey in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Turkey U20 71:65

Germany defeated Turkey at the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Germany jumped at 1-2, while Turkey slipped at 2-1 record in Group E.
Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They registered an 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. Turkey lagged behind throughout the second period. They faced an 8-point halftime deficit 29:37. Turkey stepped on the gas in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Germany exploded with 20 points in the fourth term and escaped with victory at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (202-SF-93) netted 12 points, while Kenneth Ogbe (196-SG-94) added 10 points for Germany. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 19, Leon Tolksdorf 12, Kenneth Ogbe 10
Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 15, Samet Geyik 12



2013 EYOF: Turkey prevail against Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U16 - Netherlands U16 68:40

Turkey earned the first win at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. They shot down hosting Netherlands for 1-0 record.
Turkey used a 19:4 run in the second quarter to gain a 16-point halftime lead. Turkey kept Netherlands at bay throughout the third term. The visitors established a 51:30 lead heading into the fourth frame. Netherlands scored just 10 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Egehan Arna (192-G-97, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead Turkey. Berkan Durmaz (197-F-97) finished with 11 points for the winning side. Menno Dijkstra (210-C-97) responded with 10 points for Netherlands. Bieshaar had 9 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: Egehan Arna 15, Berkan Durmaz 11, Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) 10, Baris Ulker 10
Netherlands U16: Menno Dijkstra 10, Beishaar 9



Nezih Ozbakir moves to Hacettepe Universitesi - by Baha Kurtulus

Hacettepe Universitesi signed center Nezih Ozbakir (206-F/C-80). Nezih Ozbakir comes from TED Ankara Kolejliler, where he spent the past three seasons.
He won two TB2L titles with TOFAS and TED Ankara Kolejliler ( 2009, 2012 )
In 2012 he was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention.

2011-2012: Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara (TB2L): 38 games: 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg
2012-2013: TED Kolejliler Ankara (TBL): 15 games: 2.1ppg



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Lakers, Rockers are NBBA Saturday Night Winners - by David Edole

By Dave Davis
The Lakers and the Rockers won a pair of highly contested games in the New Breed Basketball Association 2013 summer basketball league Saturday.

Since the four teams playing are all in the lower half of the league standings, only a sparse crowd was on hand at the Ronald Charles gymnasium at St. Croix Central High. But they were rewarded for their loyalty with a pair of games that went down to the wire.

Rockers 90-Dread Is 81

In the early game, 40 minutes of regulation time were not enough to decide a winner. The Rockers and Dread Is went to overtime deadlocked at 72.

In the overtime the Rockers, the leagues youngest team, outscored the Dread Is 18-9 behind eight points from Amani Miller and six from Tecoi Felix. Felix finished with a game-high 21 points while Miller netted 19. Omar Krigger and Tyrick McMillan contributed 16 and 10 points respectively for the Rockers in the upset victory.

For Dread Is, Jabal Petersen netted 19 points, Gary McNeal had 16 and Assad Vigo and Kareem Harry finished with 10 points apiece in a losing cause.

Lakers 83, Legacy 81

In game two, a shorthanded Lakers squad, sparked by 11 third-period points from point guard Rashawn Rooster Williams, used a 28-18 in that frame to take their first lead of a tightly contested game. Then they held off Legacy down the wire for a hard-fought 83-81 victory.

Legacy dominated play for most of the first half, outscoring the Lakers 17-11 in the opening period. However the Lakers, playing with only one man on the bench, began to show some life near the end on the second quarter and went into the locker room at the half trailing by just four, 37-33.

The Lakers third-quarter surge saw them lead by as many as nine points, but Legacy rallied in the fourth and actually retook the lead at one point. However a visibly fatigued Rooster Williams took his team on his back, scoring eight points in the final period, including the game-winning basket, to carry them on to the 83-81 victory.

Williams finished with a game-high 28 points and eight assist. He was supported by teammates Terrell Harris with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Charles Moorehead's 14 points and 13 rebounds. Emani Chinoazye finished with 11 points.

For Legacy their top defensive player, Kaief Newton, had a breakout offensive night, finishing with a team-high 22 points. Sean Tutein and Chris Floyd netted 12 apiece and Kyle Davis finished with 11.



Defending Champs Boys Dem Run Over Hoyas in NBBA Action - by David Edole

By Dave Davis
The defending champions Boys Dem took it to former five time champions Hoyas on Friday in the Ronald Charles gymnasium on the Central High campus, blowing them out by 31 points, 90-59, to literally complete the changing of the guards in St. Croix summer league basketball. The Boys Dem squad has grown up together and last year jelled into a championship team, while the Hoyas who reigned supreme for years in the league are looking more and more like an aged team on their way down the pecking order.

Boys Dem point guard, Kadeem Jones (94), got them off to a hot start as he lit up the nets for 10 first quarter points to help his team outscore the Hoyas, 23-15 in the opening period.

A 21-16 second quarter by the champs and the lead was 13 at the half at 44-31.

The Boys Dem lead would swell to as much as 20 points in the third period, but the old warriors that are the Hoyas, battled back to get to within eight just past the midway point of the quarter. This prompt coach Keith Zoro Swanston called a timeout to settle his young team down. However the Hoyas third quarter rally had them within 10 points at the end on the period as they trailed 61-51 heading into the fourth.

During the short intermission, Coach Swanston really got after his players, for their lackadaisical play. His team responded in the fourth by exploding for 29 points while defensively holding the Hoyas to just eight. It was Jones again, leading the way with 14 points in the final period to crush any hopes the Hoyas may have had.

We played well, but the team is lacking gym time, said coach Swanston. it so hard to get them in the gym to practice. Well the team that was on display on Monday looked pretty good. One shudders to think what they would be like if they did practice.

Jones finished with a game-high 24 points. He also dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Teammates Amadius Der-Weer (198-C-94)r added 16, Salim Ross (92) had 13 points, Rasheed Swanston (196-F-95) 12 and Wilson Ferrance (191-G) finished with 12 points, seven Rebounds and nine assists. For the Hoyas Kurt John netted 15 points and hauled down a game-high 18 rebounds, Warren Christian added 14 and Edie Castillo finished with 10.



Lakers, Rockers are NBBA Saturday Night Winners - by David Edole

By Dave Davis
The Lakers and the Rockers won a pair of highly contested games in the New Breed Basketball Association 2013 summer basketball league Saturday.

Since the four teams playing are all in the lower half of the league standings, only a sparse crowd was on hand at the Ronald Charles gymnasium at St. Croix Central High. But they were rewarded for their loyalty with a pair of games that went down to the wire.

Rockers 90-Dread Is 81

In the early game, 40 minutes of regulation time were not enough to decide a winner. The Rockers and Dread Is went to overtime deadlocked at 72.

In the overtime the Rockers, the leagues youngest team, outscored the Dread Is 18-9 behind eight points from Amani Miller and six from Tecoi Felix. Felix finished with a game-high 21 points while Miller netted 19. Omar Krigger and Tyrick McMillan contributed 16 and 10 points respectively for the Rockers in the upset victory.

For Dread Is, Jabal Petersen netted 19 points, Gary McNeal had 16 and Assad Vigo and Kareem Harry finished with 10 points apiece in a losing cause.

Lakers 83, Legacy 81

In game two, a shorthanded Lakers squad, sparked by 11 third-period points from point guard Rashawn Rooster Williams, used a 28-18 in that frame to take their first lead of a tightly contested game. Then they held off Legacy down the wire for a hard-fought 83-81 victory.

Legacy dominated play for most of the first half, outscoring the Lakers 17-11 in the opening period. However the Lakers, playing with only one man on the bench, began to show some life near the end on the second quarter and went into the locker room at the half trailing by just four, 37-33.

The Lakers third-quarter surge saw them lead by as many as nine points, but Legacy rallied in the fourth and actually retook the lead at one point. However a visibly fatigued Rooster Williams took his team on his back, scoring eight points in the final period, including the game-winning basket, to carry them on to the 83-81 victory.

Williams finished with a game-high 28 points and eight assist. He was supported by teammates Terrell Harris with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Charles Moorehead's 14 points and 13 rebounds. Emani Chinoazye finished with 11 points.

For Legacy their top defensive player, Kaief Newton, had a breakout offensive night, finishing with a team-high 22 points. Sean Tutein and Chris Floyd netted 12 apiece and Kyle Davis finished with 11.



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Angels outlast Katerega, Titans in overtime - by Eurobasket News

KIU Titans 78-82 Ndejje Angels (OT) Heaters 51-83 Falcons

Gladiators 24-75 A1 Challenge KIU Rangers 88-44 Nabisunsa


Ndejje University Angels survived Edwin Kateregas game high 22 points & 15 rebounds and held off KIU Titans 82-78 in overtime Sunday night at YMCA.

Ndejje led through all the quarters and seemed to be in position to wrap up the win in forty minutes until 37 seconds to end the fourth when Bol Akol tied the game at 67 from the top of the mountain to push fairly offensively open game into overtime.

With KIU trailing 71-76 with 2:10 in overtime, Chris Omanye (19 points, 5 rebounds) scored the next 5 points to tie the game at 76 with 1:16. Katerega took KIU up with a throw but Jonah Otim (10 points) drained a go-ahead corner 3-pointer to restore Ndejjes lead with over 40 seconds. Three throws from Otim (2) and Tumusiime (1) sealed the win.

Four other players reached double figures for Angels (6-3). Brian Ouma scored 18 points (team high), Geoffrey Soro 15 points & 13 rebounds, Steven Okias 14 points and Francis Tumusiime had 13.

The other Sunday fixtures were all a mismatch as Falcons, A1 Challenge and KIU Rangers posted blow-out victories.

After being competitive in the first half, Heaters couldnt match anything Falcons did in the third quarter en route to 83-51 run away victory. Philip Ameny led the way for Falcons (6-4) with 17 points, Geoffrey Omondi and Herbert Akita contributed 15 points apiece and Moses Okwera had 11. Adam Kakuru led Heaters with game high 19 points and Javan Adhiambo added11 points.

A1 met no challenge against Gladiators handing it a 75-24 loss. Liz Bazira inflicted most of the damage. The forward scored game high points 17 points and picked 9 rebounds. Agnes Nantongo added 14 points, Margret Nalubega chipped in with 11 points and Hatima Kasimu had 10. Vickie Ntale picked 16 rebounds to go with 8 points for Challenge (4-6). Gladiators (2-9) were led by Stella Nikuze with 7 points & 9 rebounds, Linda Wefila had 6 and Charline Kirungi picked 16 rebounds.

Ruth Nakitto and Moreen Atulinda scored 15 points apiece to lead KIU Rangers to an 88-44 blowout school side, Nabisunsa. Doreen Namukasa added 14 points & 10 rebounds for Rangers (6-3) and Judith Nansobya had 12. Nabisunsa (0-10) was led by Zaina Lokwameri with 13 points and Rachael Aceng added 12 points.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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2013 University Games: Ukraine enjoy the last victory in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-United Arab Emirates 107:54

Ukraine enjoy the last victory in Kazan as they overcame United Arab Emirates 107:54. Ukraine finished on the 18th place at the 2013 University Games.
Ukraine erupted with 32-4 surge and dominated the whole game. The European side posted a massive 33-14 in the second frame as Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) made it 65:18. He also increased the lead to +50, while AL BRAIKI Mohamed reduced to 83:38 at the end of the third period. Ukraine added 24-16 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Rodion Borovskyi (195-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Nikola Polyulyak nailed 18. Alexei Pavlenko (186-PG-90) delivered 16, while MYKHAILOV Anton netted 14 and ROCHNIAK Anton brought 12. OMAR ALAMERI Omer answered with 20 points in the losing effort and AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais had 17. AL BRAIKI Mohamed poured in 7, whilst KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid chipped in with 6.

Ukraine: Rodion Borovskyi 19, Nikola Polyulyak 18, Alexei Pavlenko 16, MYKHAILOV Anton 14, ROCHNIAK Anton 12
United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 20, AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais 17, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 7, KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid 6



2013 University Games: Sweden steals the victory from Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Sweden 73:75

Sweden steals the victory from Ukraine at the Classification Round for 17-20 places at the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian team grabbed a 75:73 win due to the final push.
Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period. They also scored 16 points each in the third period before Ukraine posted a 25-20 rally in the second frame. Sweden however dominated the end of the game and needed a 23-16 finish to seal the victory.
Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 16. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) delivered 13, while BARTON Charles had 10. Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) and ROCHNIAK Anton combined for 50 points in the losing effort. SAINIIEV Vasyl and Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) followed them with 5 points each.

Ukraine: Nikola Polyulyak 29, ROCHNIAK Anton 21, SAINIIEV Vasyl 5, Oleksandr Dolenko 5
Sweden: Gustav Sundstrom 19, Chris Czerapowicz 16, Alexander Lindqvist 13, BARTON Charles 10



U20 European Championship: Israel topple Ukraine at the start of classification round - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Ukraine U20 84:72

Israel registered a come-from-behind victory over Ukraine at the start of classification round action at the U20 European Championship. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) notched 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Israel at 1-0 record in Group G.
Ukraine seemed in control throughout the first half. They recorded a 25:20 lead after the opening stanza. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 43:37 halftime advantage. But Israel turned the tables in the third frame. They triggered a 20:10 run in the quarter to spur ahead. Israel exploded with 27 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) posted 21 points, while Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) added 10 points for the winning side. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) answered with 23 points for Ukraine. Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Israel U20: Or Solomon 23+13 boards, Egor Koulechov 21, Tomer Ginat 10
Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Koreniuk 23, Anatoliy Shundel 13



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2013 University Games: Ukraine enjoy the last victory in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-United Arab Emirates 107:54

Ukraine enjoy the last victory in Kazan as they overcame United Arab Emirates 107:54. Ukraine finished on the 18th place at the 2013 University Games.
Ukraine erupted with 32-4 surge and dominated the whole game. The European side posted a massive 33-14 in the second frame as Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) made it 65:18. He also increased the lead to +50, while AL BRAIKI Mohamed reduced to 83:38 at the end of the third period. Ukraine added 24-16 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Rodion Borovskyi (195-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Nikola Polyulyak nailed 18. Alexei Pavlenko (186-PG-90) delivered 16, while MYKHAILOV Anton netted 14 and ROCHNIAK Anton brought 12. OMAR ALAMERI Omer answered with 20 points in the losing effort and AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais had 17. AL BRAIKI Mohamed poured in 7, whilst KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid chipped in with 6.

Ukraine: Rodion Borovskyi 19, Nikola Polyulyak 18, Alexei Pavlenko 16, MYKHAILOV Anton 14, ROCHNIAK Anton 12
United Arab Emirates: OMAR ALAMERI Omer 20, AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais 17, AL BRAIKI Mohamed 7, KHALIFA AHMAD Khalid 6



2013 University Games: Japan defeats United Arab Emirates in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Japan-United Arab Emirates 79:63

Japan defeats United Arab Emirates in Kazan at the Classification Round for 17-20 places. The Japanese team overcame the opponents 79:63 and will take Sweden for the 17th place tomorrow. The United Arab Emirates will face Ukraine in the game for 19-20 places.
Japan enjoyed a minimum lead at the end of the first period, while United Arab Emirates managed to tie the game at the halftime. Japan needed t limit the opponents to just 12 points in the last two quarters for the final victory. Japan won the third quarter 16-12 and added 24-12 in the last stanza.
Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) nailed 17. Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) produced 13, whilst Naoki Uto (91) notched 9. AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais answered with 19 points in defeat, while KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak and AHMED AL-ALI Rashid poured in 13 each. OMAR ALAMERI Omer delivered 8 points in a loss.

Japan: Seiji Ikaruga 20, Yuya Nagayoshi 17, Kosuke Hashimoto 13, Naoki Uto 9
United Arab Emirates: AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais 19, KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak 13, AHMED AL-ALI Rashid 13, OMAR ALAMERI Omer 8



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Sharks Sign German Forward - by Paul Nilsen

One Health Sharks Sheffield continue to put together a formidable squad for the 2013/14 season by announcing the signing of Patrick Horstmann (201-F-87) as the latest addition to the club's roster.

The twenty six year old native of Wettenburg, Germany joins after completing his senior year at Northwood University, West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to that he had spells at Urspring and Ehingen in his home country.

Horstmann, who is a 6' 7" forward, finished his career with the Northwood Seahawks as their all-time leading rebounder with 1154 and second leading scorer of all-time with 1501 points. In his final season, Horstmann averaged 9.9 points per game with 6.9 rebounds and shot 48.4% from the field. In addition, he has represented the German national team at Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20 levels.

Speaking of his decision to move to England, Patrick had this to say. "I have actually never been in England but I have some friends here at my university that are from Sheffield and I only heard great things about it. I am very excited about getting to know the city and the people of Sheffield. I also look forward to getting to know my teammates and everybody in the Sheffield Sharks organization and I hope we defend the BBL Trophy and finish among the top teams in the league."

Horstmann was clear about the over-riding factor in his decision to sign for the BBL Trophy holders. "Coach Lyons! He spent almost an entire day in the car just so he can meet me for a couple hours and work me out. It showed me his professionalism, how much he cared and wanted me to become a part of the Sheffield Sharks. After our conversations, I knew I wanted to come to become a Shark."

Eager for the season to begin, Horstmann was awaiting the competition that lay in front of him. "I heard great things about the BBL from my teammate here [at Northwood], who grew up in Britain and Coach Lyons. I also saw some games on YouTube so I expect many hard-fought games. I can't wait!"

Coach Atiba Lyons is delighted to have landed the German "Patrick is a great athlete who hits the boards hard and has a good shot. His record at Northwood speaks for itself and I'm impressed by his attitude and work ethic."

Horstmann becomes the Sharks fourth signing of the summer following on from the recent addition of guard Brian Barbour and the re-signings of Captain Mike Tuck and GB U-20 guard Nick Lewis. Season ticket sales for the new season, which will begin in late September, continue to do well and supporters are urged to contact the Sharks' office to secure their seats for what promises to be an exciting and successful term.



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Stats Leaders - LPB

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


Cocodrilos de Caracas are crowned LPB champions - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui - Cocodrilos de Caracas 61:63

Cocodrilos de Caracas claimed the LPB title! They defeated Marinos de Anzoategui on the road in the decisive seventh game of the championship series.
Cocodrilos got to a confident start. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) nailed 11 points in the opening to give the visitors a 19:15 lead. Marinos turned things around in the second frame. The hosts picked up the tempo to establish a 39:34 halftime lead. Cocodrilos stuck around in the third term. They cut the deficit to a single point 48:49 with ten minutes remaining. Cocodrilos pulled ahead late in the game and protected the lead well in the dying seconds. They snatched the victory at the end and dethroned Marinos. Andre Emmett finished with 26 points and was trumped the MVP of the Finals. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) added 16 points, while Windi Graterol (204-C-86) had 11 points and 12 boards for the visitors. Marinos answered with 15 points from Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86). Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Marinos: Gregory Vargas 15, Leon Rodgers 14
Cocodrilos: Andre Emmett 26, Carl Elliott 16, Windi Graterol 11+12 boards



Marinos level championship series - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui - Cocodrilos de Caracas 77:73

Marinos de Anzoategui snapped three-game losing skid in the LPB Finals and claimed a crucial home win over Cocodrilos. Marinos thus forced the decisive seventh game in the LPB Finals. Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) nailed 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Marinos grabbed a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Cocodrilos did not allow the hosts to clear off in the second period. The visitors narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 37:40. Marinos held their opponents to just 13 points in the third term and registered a 57:50 lead before the final frame. Cocodrilos exploded with 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss at the end. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) finished with 13 points, while Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) added 12 points and 9 boards in the win. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) responded with 18 points for Cocodrilos. Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) chipped in 15 points for the visitors.

Marinos: Axiers Sucre 17, Shamell Stallworth 13, Leon Rodgers 12
Cocodrilos: Andre Emmett 18, Luis Bethelmy 15



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Maksim Sheleketo agreed terms with Unics - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (PBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old forward Maksim Sheleketo (204-104kg-87). The last season Sheleketo played at Lokomotiv. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 PBL games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.2rpg. Sheleketo also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.4rpg. He also played 25 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Sheleketo won EuroCup championship title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention award back in 2008. Sheleketo represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 29.6%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 69.2%.
Sheleketo is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Latvia (VEF Riga), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Russia (Rodniki Izhevsk, Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and CSKA Moscow U23).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Strong inside player, very good rebounder and low post operator, who can score inside of hit the three pointer if left open; needs to improve his defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Unics Kazan tab Tywain McKee - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.). The guard is not new to Russia. He spent the last three seasons with Triumph. Last season Tywain McKee notched 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game in PBL. In VTB League the guard delivered 13.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals per appearance. He also tallied 17.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game. McKee was named All-Russian PBL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. The guard was trumped All-Baltic League Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Previously Tywain McKee had stints in Belarus and Australia. He made it into All-Australian NBL 1st Team in 2010. Next season McKee was named into All-Belarusian League 1st Team.


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U18 European Championship Division C: Moldova snatch win over Wales - by Eurobasket News

Moldova U18 - Wales U18 83:82

Moldovan U18 National Team earned victory in the opening day of the U18 European Championship in Division C. They eked out a narrow one-point win over Wales in Andorra. Vladislav Solopa (202-F-95) provided 23 points, 12 boards and 7 assists for the winners.
Moldova unleashed 30 points in the first period to take an 8-point advantage. But Wales adjusted their defence and slowed down their opponents. The Welsh team cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 44:47. Wales erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 67. Wales enjoyed an 82:81 lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Vladislav Solopa hit two free throws in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win for Moldova. Vladislav Golban (195-F-95) delivered 21 points, while Piotr Liulenov (185-G-95) had 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Daniel Walsh (185-G-95) answered with 20 points for Wales. James Cameron (200-C-95) had 19 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 23+12 boards, Vladislav Golban 21, Piotr Liulenov 12
Wales U18: Daniel Walsh 20, James Cameron 19+11 boards



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Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 1st Team 2013
Mahdi Kamrani
Kamrani
Hamed Haddadi
Haddadi
Quincy Davis
Davis
Chih-Chieh Lin
Lin
Eric Hicks
Hicks

Best Player: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran
Best Guard: Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) of Taiwan
Best Forward: Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of USA
Best Center: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran

1st Team
PG: Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) of Iran
C: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran
F/C: Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Taiwan
G: Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) of Taiwan
F: Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of USA

2nd Team
F: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) of Iran
G/F: Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83) of USA
F: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Iran
G: Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of S.Korea
G: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of USA

Honorable Mention
Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) of Egypt
Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Japan
Mychal Kearse (195-G-83) of USA
Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of S.Korea
Haywood Owens (204-F-79) of USA
Wen-Ting Tseng (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan

All-Defensive Team
G: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of USA
F/C: Wen-Ting Tseng (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan
F/C: Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Taiwan
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82) of USA
C: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran




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Russia and Australia will face in the Final - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
Russia - Canada 78:68

Russia punched the Final ticket at the World University Games. The hosts defeated Canada in the second semifinal of the day. Russia will now face Australia in the title game. Canada will take on Serbia in the consolation final.
Russia entered the game as big time favourites and they started to confirm the status from the starting minutes. Russia gained a 22:11 lead after the opening frame. The hosts kept Canada at distance throughout the second frame. Russia piled up a 43:26 halftime lead. They did not loosen the grasp in the third frame. They secured a 20-point lead before the final stanza. Canada went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the deficit but came up empty-handed at the end.
Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Russia. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) had 11 points each for the winning side. Brady Heslip (188-G-90), Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) and Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) replied with 12 points apiece in the loss.

Russia:
Sergey Karasev 20+10 boards, Semen Antonov 11, Nikita Balashov 11
Canada:
Brady Heslip 12, Melvin Ejim 12, Daniel Mullings 12

Australia - Serbia 65:62
Australia have become the first University Games finalists. They narrowly defeated Serbia in the first semifinal in Kazan today.
Jason Cadee (186-G-91) scored 19 points to lead the Aussies to a come-from-behind victory.
Serbia shocked their opponents in the first period. The European team got to a flying start posting a 24:6 lead after the starting quarter. Australia narrowed the deficit in the second term. They stopped the rot and got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. Australia adjusted the tempo in the third term. They triggered a 21:11 rally to get within 6 points at the final break. Australia used a 9:1 run midway through the fourth term to spur ahead.
Jason Cadee and Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) stepped up for the Aussies in the dying second and helped them protect the lead. Cameron Bairstow finished with 14 points and 7 boards, while Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) delivered 12 points for the winners. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) had 10 points in the loss.

Australia:
Jason Cadee 19, Cameron Bairstow 14, Todd Blanchfield 12
Serbia:
Darko Balaban 14, Stefan Zivanovic 10
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Romania-Brazil 82:75

Romania outscore Brazil and will face Lithuania for the 5th place at the 2013 University Games. The European team posted an 82:75 victory at the Classification Round for 5-8 places. Brazil will take on Estonia in the game for 7-8 places.
Romania won the first period 26:23 and led three points at the halftime. Both teams posted 16 points each in the third period and then Romanian increased to final 7 points. They won the last stanza 27-23 and will play for the fifth spot tomorrow.

Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 21 points and TOROK Rolland netted 17. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) poured in 11, while Catalin Petrisor (184-PG-92) had 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) replied with 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while DALLA BARBA Matheus scored 11. George Chaia (190-G-91) and DEODATO Guilherme poured in 9 points each in a loss.

Romania:
Adrian Gutoaia 21, TOROK Rolland 17, Bogdan Tibirna 11, Catalin Petrisor 10
Brazil:
Cristiano Felicio 18+11 rebs, DALLA BARBA Matheus 11, George Chaia 9, DEODATO Guilherme 9

Estonia-Lithuania 61:82
Lithuania edge Estonia in Baltic battle at the 2013 University Games. The Lithuanian team will play for the 5th place against Romania after an 82:61 win. Estonia will take on Brazil in the game for 7-8 places.
Lithuania posted a 20:13 lead in the first period and added 17-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover the favorites added two narrow victories in the second half to seal the victory.
Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored the last points for the winners from the free throw line for the final 21-point victory.
Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) netted 13. Augustas Peciukevicius brought 12 points, while Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) posted 11. Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) had 15. Taavi Hamarsalu (200-C/F-89), Erik Keedus (198-F-90) and Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) netted 8 points each in a loss.

Estonia:
Toomas Raadik 16, Madis Saarmets 15, Taavi Hamarsalu 8, Erik Keedus 8, Kristjan Keres 8
Lithuania:
Adas Juskevicius 14, Vytenis Cizauskas 13, Augustas Peciukevicius 12, Simas Buterlevicius 11
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USA - Germany 92:70

The USA will play for the 9th position at the World University Games in Kazan. They knocked down Germany in the classification round today.
Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) posted 18 points to lead the North American side.
Germany led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. The USA bounced back in the second term. They went on a 29:13 rally to take a 46:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. The USA entered the fourth frame up by 14 points. They poured in 27 points and escaped with a comfortable win at the end.
Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) chipped in 16 points, while Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) netted 11 points for the winners. Konstantin Klein (6'2''-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 16 points for Germany. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (6'10''-C-90, agency: Court Side) had 13 points in the loss.

USA:
Doug McDermott 18, Luke Hancock 16, Cory Jefferson 11
Germany:
Konstantin Klein 16, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13

Finland - Mexico 82:70
Finland will fight for the ninth overall position at the World University Games. They defeated Mexico today to face the USA in the final game at the tournament.
Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) nailed 20 points to lead the Finnish team. Mexico will take on Germany next.
Finland eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. They extended the lead in the second period. Finland recorded a 39:30 halftime advantage. The European team kept Mexico at distance throughout the third quarter. Finland entered the final stanza up by 10 points and rallied to the victory in the final minutes.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) delivered 13 points, while Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) contributed 11 points for the winning team. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) answered with 18 points for Mexico. Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) and Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) dropped 12 points apiece in the loss.

Finland:
Carl Lindbom 20, Roope Ahonen 13, Antto Nikkarinen 11
Mexico:
Fernando Benitez 18, Fabian Jaimes 12, Ricardo Calatayud 12
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Mongolia-Norway 54:83

Norway roll over Mongolia on Monday at the Classification Round for 13-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The European team overcame the opponents 83:54 and will play for the 13th place tomorrow against South Korea. Mongolia will take on Czech Republic in the game for the 15-16 places.
Norway erupted with a 20-2 surge and never looked behind. They enjoyed a 26:6 lead after the first period and led 19 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 19 points each in the third period, while Norway pushed the tempo at the end of the game. They finished the game with 23-13 rally to seal the victory.
BOEHN Fredrik stepped up with 24 points for the winners and
Anders Stien (195-G-90) notched 16. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) brought 11, while Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) had 9. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) and Munkhtuvshin Davaadorj (189-SG-89) top-scored for Mongolia with 11 points each. Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) netted 9, while Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan (195-F/C-90) added 7.

Mongolia:
Sanchir Tungalag 11, Munkhtuvshin Davaadorj 11, Azbayar Tserendagva 9, Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan 7
Norway: BOEHN Fredrik 24,
Anders Stien 16, Stian Mjos 11, Aksel Bolinz 9

South Korea- Czech Republic 92:88 OT
South Korea needs overtime to beat Czech Republic at the 2013 University Games. South Korea grabbed a 92:88 win and will face Norway in the game for 13-14 places. Czech Republic meanwhile will take on Mongolia in the game for 15-16 places.
Czech Republic grabbed 26:17 lead and led 5 points at the halftime. Both teams later scored 21 points each in the third period, while South Korea tied the score at the end of the fourth period when they posted 17-12 in it. Due to 16-12 rally in overtime the Asian team won the game.
KIM Jun Yl top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while JEON Seong Hyen and DOO Kyung Min added 19 each. PARK Jae Hyun followed them with 15 points in a win.
Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) added 20. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) poured in 19 points, while Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) had 12.

South Korea: KIM Jun Yl 22+11 rebs, JEON Seong Hyen 19, DOO Kyung Min 19, PARK Jae Hyun 15
Czech Republic:
Jiri Slavik 24+13 rebs, Michal Mares 20, Adam Ciz 19, Martin Gniadek 12
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Japan-United Arab Emirates 79:63

Japan defeats United Arab Emirates in Kazan at the Classification Round for 17-20 places. The Japanese team overcame the opponents 79:63 and will take Sweden for the 17th place tomorrow. The United Arab Emirates will face Ukraine in the game for 19-20 places.
Japan enjoyed a minimum lead at the end of the first period, while United Arab Emirates managed to tie the game at the halftime. Japan needed t limit the opponents to just 12 points in the last two quarters for the final victory. Japan won the third quarter 16-12 and added 24-12 in the last stanza.

Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) nailed 17. Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) produced 13, whilst Naoki Uto (91) notched 9. AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais answered with 19 points in defeat, while KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak and AHMED AL-ALI Rashid poured in 13 each. OMAR ALAMERI Omer delivered 8 points in a loss.

Japan:
Seiji Ikaruga 20, Yuya Nagayoshi 17, Kosuke Hashimoto 13, Naoki Uto 9
United Arab Emirates: AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais 19, KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak 13, AHMED AL-ALI Rashid 13, OMAR ALAMERI Omer 8

Ukraine - Sweden 73:75
Sweden steals the victory from Ukraine at the Classification Round for 17-20 places at the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian team grabbed a 75:73 win due to the final push.
Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period. They also scored 16 points each in the third period before Ukraine posted a 25-20 rally in the second frame. Sweden however dominated the end of the game and needed a 23-16 finish to seal the victory.

Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 16. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) delivered 13, while BARTON Charles had 10. Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) and ROCHNIAK Anton combined for 50 points in the losing effort. SAINIIEV Vasyl and Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) followed them with 5 points each.

Ukraine:
Nikola Polyulyak 29, ROCHNIAK Anton 21, SAINIIEV Vasyl 5, Oleksandr Dolenko 5
Sweden:
Gustav Sundstrom 19, Chris Czerapowicz 16, Alexander Lindqvist 13, BARTON Charles 10
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Oman-China 53:89

China leave no chance for Oman in Kazan at the 2013 University Games. China delivered an 89:53 win at the Classification Round for 21-24 places.
AL HALHALI Ahmed opened the game with a three-pointer, while China won the first period 20:9. The latter also added 18-14 rally in the second frame and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Chinese team. They won the third period 29-18 and finished the game with 22-12 surge in the last period.

Wei Meng (210-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Cui Jinming (193-G-92) netted 18. Zhang Hanqi (205-C-91) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Gao Xiangnan (190-G-90) added 11. AL HALHALI Ahmed produced 13 points in a loss, while AL FARRAJI Hassan collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. AL SIBANI Ahmed notched 11 and BANI ARABA Haitham added 7 points and 13 boards.

Oman: AL HALHALI Ahmed 13, AL FARRAJI Hassan 12+13 rebs, AL SIBANI Ahmed 11, BANI ARABA Haitham 7+13 rebs
China:
Wei Meng 19+11 rebs, Cui Jinming 18, Zhang Hanqi 13+10 rebs, Gao Xiangnan 11




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Women News


U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra edge Gibraltar in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18-Gibraltar U18 62:20

Andorra edge Gibraltar in Day 1 at the U18 European Championship Women Division C in Andorra. The home side started with 62:20 victory in Day 1 of the tournament.
Rodriguez gave Gibraltar the first lead, but as it became clear after, it was the last one. Andorra closed the first period at 12:1 and Navarro made it 14:1 early in the second frame. Andorra continued their run and reached 28:3 later in the second frame. Vidal meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers for 31:7. Gibraltar looked better in the third quarter and managed to post 11-10 rally for 41:18. Andorra however needed a final 21-2 surge to seal the victory.
Claudia Brunet (163-PG-96) (163-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Marta Aguilera (167-F-95) nailed 14. Anna Mana (170-F-96) brought 12, whilst Anna Pla had 7. Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) answered with 6 points in the losing effort, while Cheryl Romero (171-G-95) and Rodriguez brought 4.

Andorra U18: Claudia Brunet 15, Marta Aguilera 14, Mana 12, Anna Pla 7
Gibraltar U18: Joelle Grech 6, Cheryl Romero 4, Rodriguez 4



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SBL: Form sides keep on winning (Week 18 Women's Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

THE Willetton Tigers, Lakeside Lightning and South West Slammers all continued their hot run of winning form in the women's SBL in Week 18 with top side Wanneroo sitting out with a bye.

The weekend's action began with three matches on Friday night with the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers beating the Perry Lakes Hawks 84-68, the Lakeside Lightning downing the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 77-59 and the Mandurah Magic holding on against the Toll Ipec Eagles 48-41.

The Slammers continued their strong run of form on Friday beating the Hawks 84-68 at Eaton Recreation Centre to win a third straight match while it was the Hawks fourth consecutive defeat as they slipped down to eighth position in the standings with a 9-10 record.

The Lakeside Lightning also continued their charge up the SBL table with an eighth straight victory downing the sliding Kalamunda Eastern Suns at Lakeside Recreation Centre.

The Lightning have now improved to 12-7 in fourth spot while the Suns have lost six straight to slip to 10-10 in sixth.

The competition's bottom two teams then played out the final game on Friday with the Magic beating the Eagles by seven points at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Friday's star individual performers included Lauren Jeffers hitting 24 points, Kimberly Sitzmann 21, Bianca Donovan 14 and Dannielle Smith 12 for the Slammers. Gabriella Clayton scored 21 points for the Hawks.

Courtney Byrnes (G-93) led the way for the Lightning with 19 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals while Jennie Rintala had 24 points, seven boards, five steals and three blocks for the Suns.

Briana Klasztorny led the way for the Magic with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Nicole Jorre St Jorre finished with 16 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Eagles.

Then on Saturday night, the South West Slammers beat the BOQ Perth Redbacks 65-58, the Rockingham Flames downed the Mandurah Magic 73-49, the Willetton Tigers prevailed over the East Perth Eagles 59-45 and the Stirling Senators knocked off the Cockburn Cougars 85-77.

The Slammers backed up their win on Friday with a good performance to down the 10th-placed Redbacks on Saturday at Belmont Oasis with that victory further improving South West to a 10-9 record with four straight wins to be in fifth position on the table.

Last year's grand finalists Rockingham were too good for Mandurah winning by 24 points at Mike Barnett Sports Complex with the Magic unable to back up Friday's win over the Eagles.

It was the Flames' third win in the last four games as they improve to a 14-6 record in third position.

The second-placed Willetton maintained its position on the table with a 15-5 record beating the bottom-placed East Perth by 14 points at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on Saturday.

The Senators then beat the Cockburn by eight points at Warwick Leisure Centre to improve to a 9-11 record in ninth spot while Cockburn is 10-10 and hanging on in seventh.

The standout individual performers on Saturday included Kimberly Sitzmann finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Slammers. Gabby O'Sullivan hit 21 points for the Redbacks with Marita Payne adding 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Samantha Whitcomb led the way for the Flames with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists with Kaye Tucker adding 17 points, eight boards, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Casey Mihovilovich had 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Magic.

Lara Napier top-scored for Willetton with 16 points and Melissa Marsh adding 13 to go with 10 rebounds and six assists. Danielle Lipscombe led the way for East Perth with 14 points and Nicole Jorre St Jorre added 10 points, six rebounds and five steals.

Stephanie Jones worked hard for Cockburn with 19 points and 14 rebounds with Emma Pass scoring 15 points, Kate Fielding 13 and Taryn Priestly 11.

Article by Chris Pike
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Adelaide lands Azania Stewart - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide Link Lightning (WNBL) tabbed 24-year old British international center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida). Stewart managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). She played most recently at PINKK-Pecsi 424 in Hungarian A Division. In 8 games she averaged 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3spg and 1.1bpg. She also played at PINKK-Pecsi (A Division) in Hungary that season. In 8 games she had 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg. The other team Stewart played shortly was Barking Abbey (EBL) in British league. In four games she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg and 6.3rpg. Another team she played that season for was Caja Rural (LFB) in Spanish league. In 10 games she had 5.7ppg and 1.9rpg. Stewart's team made it to the Hungarian League Semifinals.
She has been also a member of British international program for some years. Stewart has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for University National Team in 2009. She represented United Kingdom at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.2%, FT: 61.5%.
Stewart graduated from University of Florida in 2012 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Australia U19 clinch second place at Lanzarote tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Australia U19 58:75

Australia recorded the second win at the Lanzarote Invitational Tournament. They defeated hosting Spain to occupy the second position in the ladder. Spain suffered the third straight loss and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) provided 17 points to lead the winners.
Australia silenced the hosts in the opening ten minutes. The Gems went on a 22:4 run to leave Spain far behind. The hosts tried to pull together in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 15-point mark at halftime. Spain gradually improved their performance scoring 23 points in the third term. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break. But Australia sparked a 22:12 run in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) finished with 11 points, while Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) had 10 points for the Gems. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) answered with 22 points for Spain. Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) tossed in 6 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Ariadna Pujol 22, Marta Montoliu 6
Australia U19: Darcy Garbin 17, Casey Samuels 11, Stephanie Talbot 10



2013 University Games: Australia coast past Taiwan to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Taiwan 99:58

Australia claimed the Bronze medals at the World University Games. They outgunned Taiwan in the consolation final in Kazan. Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) and Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) nailed 23 points each to lead the winners.
Australia exploded with 27 points in the first period to take a 14-point lead. The Aussies controlled the pace in the second frame. They established a 51:23 halftime lead. Australia stayed red hot offensively in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 33-point cushion before the final stanza. Australia never looked back afterwards marching to the victory at the end. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) netted 15 points for the winning side. Ying-Li Huang responded with 14 points for Taiwan. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Australia: Stephanie Cumming 23, Tess Madgen 23, Alice Kunek 15
Taiwan: Ying-Li Huang 14, Huang Hsiang-Ting 11



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2013 EYOF: Lisa Berkani leads France past Belgium - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Belgium U16 66:44

French U16 National Team claimed the opening win at the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament in Utrecht. They shot down Belgium behind 16 points from Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97).
France ensured a 17:15 lead after the starting quarter. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second quarter. They piled up a 31:27 halftime advantage. France deepened the distance in the third term. They entered the final period up by as many as 12 points 51:39. France held their opponents to just 5 points in the fourth period and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Camille Lenglet delivered 9 points, while Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) chipped in 7 points for France. Elise Ramette (98) responded with 12 points for Belgium. Sofia Ouahabi (165-G-97) had 11 points in the losing effort.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 16, Camille Lenglet 9, Alix Duchet 7
Belgium U16: Elise Ramette 12, Sofia Ouahabi 11



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Iziane CASTRO MARQUES
  Connec.
  (182-G/F-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Castro Marqu., Con.20.8 
 2. Felipe, Sao Jose17.3 
 3. De Souza, Atlan.15.1 
 4. Rodrigues, Ourinhos14.9 
 5. Pinto, Recife14.7 
 6. da Costa, Ameri.13.7 
 7. Garvao, Santo And.13.3 
 8. Dos Santos, Ameri.13.2 
 9. Hodges, Tulsa S.13.0 
 10. Ribeiro, Ourinhos12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erika DE SOUZA
  Atlan.
  (197-C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. De Souza, Atlan.10.9 
 2. Santos, Maranhao10.2 
 3. Dos Santos, Ameri.9.5 
 4. Do Amaral, Ameri.8.8 
 5. Jacob, Ourinhos8.4 
 6. Montgomery, New Y.7.4 
 7. Castro Marqu., Con.6.7 
 8. Santos, Sao Jose6.7 
 9. Bibiano, Ourinhos6.6 
 10. Garvao, Santo An.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Joice RODRIGUES
  Ourinhos
  (168-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rodrigues, Ourinhos6.7 
 2. Pinto, Recife4.2 
 3. Generoso, Ameri.4.1 
 4. Ferreira, Maranhao2.8 
 5. Felipe, Sao Jose2.7 
 6. Vasconcelos, Sant.2.6 
 7. Cavallaro, Santo A.2.6 
 8. Sousa, Sao Jose2.5 
 9. da Costa, Ameri.2.4 
 10. Hodges, Tulsa S.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Adriana PINTO
  Recife
  (170-SG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pinto, Recife2.6 
 2. da Costa, Ameri.2.3 
 3. Felipe, Sao Jose2.2 
 4. Rodrigues, Ourinhos2.0 
 5. Do Amaral, Ameri.1.8 
 6. Dos Santos, Ameri.1.8 
 7. Martins, Santo A.1.8 
 8. Ribeiro, Ourinhos1.7 
 9. De Souza, Atlan.1.7 
 10. Montgomery, New1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Erika DE SOUZA
  Atlan.
  (197-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. De Souza, Atlan.1.4 
 2. Calhado, Recife1.3 
 3. Garvao, Santo And.1.2 
 4. Do Amaral, Ameri.1.1 
 5. Irvin, Recife0.9 
 6. Oliveira, Sao Jose0.7 
 7. Santos, Maranhao0.7 
 8. Lima, Santo Andre0.6 
 9. Bibiano, Ourinhos0.6 
 10. Dos Santos, Ameri.0.5 


2013 University Games: Poland edge Brazil to finish 11th in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Brazil 73:59

Poland claimed the victory on the final day of the World University Games. They defeated Brazil to secure the 11th place at the tourney. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) netted 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Brazil snatched a narrow lead in the second frame. The Latin American team eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. Poland surged ahead in the third term. They held Brazil to 10 points in the period and raced to a 53:45 advantage at the final intermission. Poland knocked down 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Barbara Skowronek (187-C-90) netted 16 points, while Milena Krzyzaniak (166-G-90, agency: Promotex) finished with 12 points in the victory. Ariane Silva and Luana de Souza (176-F-91) chipped in 11 points each for Brazil.

Poland: Martyna Stelmach 19, Barbara Skowronek 16, Milena Krzyzaniak 12
Brazil: Ariane Silva 11, Luana de Souza 11



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USA U19 beat Canada U19 to win Lanzarote tournament - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Canada U19 69:49

The USA U19 National Team earned victory at the Lanzarote Invitational Tournament in Spain. They recorded three wins in as many games played. The USA outgunned Canada on the final day of the competition. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) posted 11 points for the winners.
The USA stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 20:6 run to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as the USA ensured a 36:22 halftime lead. Canada struggled to get any closer throughout the third term. The USA entered the fourth frame up by 17 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) and Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) posted 10 points each for the winners. Emily Potter (6'5''-C-95) finished with 14 points for Canada. Emma Wolfram (6'4''-C-95) had 7 points in the loss.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 11, Morgan Tuck 10, Brianna Turner 10
Canada U19: Emily Potter 14, Emma Wolfram 7



2013 University Games: Hungary upset Canada to clinch 7th spot - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Canada 60:55

Hungary occupied the 7th place at the World University Games in Russia. They held off Canada in the final game at the tournament. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winning side.
Canada got to the better start to the game. The North American team gained a 17:10 advantage after ten minutes. Hungary cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 4 points at halftime 33:29. Hungary held Canada to just 8 points in the third frame and pulled ahead. They snatched a 44:41 lead heading into the final stanza. Hungary stayed solid defensively throughout the fourth term and snatched victory at the end. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 14 points, while Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) had 8 points in the victory. Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) answered with 13 points and 7 steals for Canada. Dalyce Emmerson (191-F-93) topscored with 16 points in the loss.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 19, Reka Balint 14, Zsofia Varga 8
Canada: Dalyce Emmerson 16, Miah-Marie Langlois 13



Canadian U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Emma Wolfram
Wolfram
Saicha Grant-Allen
Grant-Allen
Kaela Davis
Davis
Samantha Hill
Hill
Daneesha Provo
Provo
#e#5
4Sarah-Jane Marois 168-G
5Kaela Davis 185-G/F-95 Georgia Tech
6Samantha Hill 178-G Virginia Tech
8Daneesha Provo 96
9Quinn Dornstauder 190-C-95 Arizona St.
10Jamie Weisner 178-G Oregon St.
11Sam Cooper 180-G William Jewell
12Emily Potter 195-C-95
13Kaylee Halvorson 170-G-94 Saskatchewan Canada
14Emma Wolfram 193-C-95 Gonzaga
15Saicha Grant-Allen 193-PF-95 Dayton

Richard Chambers Head Coach Victoria Canada



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D1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

North

Jul. 13: Los Leones - New Crusaders 82-69
Jul. 13: Univ.de Chile - Boston College 58-70
Jul. 13: Club Sergio Ceppi - Club Brisas 104-55

Round 8

Jul. 12: Club Brisas - Los Leones 58-65

South

Jul. 13: Araucania - Espanol 51-36
Jul. 13: Castro - Puerto varas 49-58



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  CHINA   


2013 University Games: Ukraine rally past China - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - China 85:72

Ukraine ended their World University Games campaign with victory. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) nailed 18 points each to lead their team past China. Ukraine thus clinched the 9th overall position at the tournament.
Ukraine gained a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. China increased the tempo in the second frame but the effort was equally matched by Ukraine. China arrived at halftime trailing by 7 points 37:44. Ukraine held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to boost the lead at 13-point mark 61:48. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth period as Ukraine coasted to the victory. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) netted 13 points in the win. Wang Jinxian (182-F-89) responded with 20 points for China. Shao Ting (183-F-89) chipped in 18 points, grabbed 7 boards and issued 4 assists in the loss.

Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 18, Olga Maznichenko 18, Krystyna Matsko 13
China: Wang Jinxian 20, Shao Ting 18



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Russia U18 cruise past Croatia U18 in Temple-sur-Lot - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Croatia U18 81:45

Russia finished their Temple-sur-Lot international tournament campaign with victory. They breezed past Croatia to improve at 1-2 record. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Russia stunned their opponents in the first frame. They went on a 25:9 run to build a comfortable lead. Russia stretched the gap in the second frame. They registered a 46:21 halftime lead. Russia kept Croatia at distance throughout the third term. Russia secured a comfortable 28-point cushion heading into the final frame. They never looked back en route to the victory. Yana Degtyarskaya (178-F-95) delivered 12 points, while Daria Shomodi (183-F-95) had 10 points and 12 boards for Russia. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) netted 15 points and made 8 steals for Croatia. Klaudia Perisa (177-SG-96) netted 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Russia U18: Daria Kolosovskaya 15, Yana Degtyarskaya 12, Daria Shomodi 10+12 boards
Croatia U18: Inja Butina 15, Klaudia Perisa 6



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2013 University Games: Sweden beat Czech Republic to earn 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Czech Republic 72:63

Sweden earned the fifth position at the World University Games. They outgunned Czech Republic in Kazan tonight. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) stepped up with 22 points and 11 boards for the winners.
Sweden quickly jumped into the lead. They poured in 24 points in the first period and accumulated a 10-point lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic adjusted defensively in the second term. They slowed down the Scandinavian team and narrowed the deficit at 8 points 27:35 at halftime. Czech Republic erased the deficit and leveled things up at 44 heading into the fourth term. But Sweden fired 28 points in the final stanza and claimed the victory. Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) finished with 14 points, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 10 points for the winners. Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) netted 16 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) had 14 points in the loss.

Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 22+11 boards, Kalis Loyd 14, Binta Drammeh 10
Czech Republic: Klara Pochobradska 16, Alena Hanusova 14



Conners inks at Valosun Brno at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

Valosun KP Brno (ZBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American guard Dominique Conners (172-90). Conners has only college experience so far playing last time for San Diego (NCAA). In 35 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.1spg that season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in West Coast Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to All-WCC 1st Team. Conners played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2009.
Of course it will be her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Dameligaen

Dameligaen Standings
 1. Aabyhoj 0-0 
 2. Amager 0-0 
 3. Falcon 0-0 
 4. Horsens 0-0 
 5. Horsholm 0-0 
 6. Lemvig 0-0 
 7. SISU 0-0 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-0 
 9. Vaerlose 0-0 
 10. Virum 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 28: Horsholm - SISU
Sep. 28: Stevnsgade - Aabyhoj
Sep. 28: Lemvig - Falcon
Sep. 29: Virum - Amager
Sep. 29: Vaerlose - Horsens



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Survivor wins female league Apertura - by Jaime Arevalo

Coached by experienced Juan Pablo Samour , Survivor triumphed in female First Division for the fifth time in its history.
After having defeated Zaragoza in Game 1 the past week, 71-48, Survivor fet to Zaragoza 46-48 in game 2 and then won Game 3 on last saturday night, this time 56-50, for the final 2-1 in Final Series.
With 22 points, 17 rebs and 4 steals, Hillary Martinez (172-SF) led Survivor to the win in Game 3, and Karla Helena (168-PG-93) added 12 pts.
The best at Zaragoza side were instead Jessica Bautista (165-SG-83) with 12 pts, veteran Lorena Simon (174-F-81) with 10, Karina Cornejo (C) with 9 and Aida Funes (167-PG-84) with 8



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CCC Polkowice agree terms with Janel McCarville - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice agree terms with Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) who is currently playing at Minnesota Lynx in WNBA. In 14 games she has 5.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.5apg. The last season McCarville was tested by Canik Bld (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 14 games she recorded 11.9ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg.
The previous season she played at Familia Schio (A1) in Italian league. In 29 games she recorded 9.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg that season. She helped them to win the supercup and make to league final. McCarville also played 18 games in Euroleague where she recorded 8.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.3apg.
In 2005 McCarville was drafted by Charlotte Sting (WNBA) as #1 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as McCarville was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 1st Team in 2011. She was a member of USA Senior National Team between 2003 and 2007. McCarville is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak Vidnoye, CSKA Moscow and BC Moscow), Slovakia, Spain (Mann Filter) and WNBA (New York Liberty).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings Div.C - by Eurobasket News

Standings
1. Andorra1-0
2. Malta1-0
3. Wales0-1
4. Gibraltar0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 15: AND - GIB 62-20
Jul. 15: MLT - WAL 47-19

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Jul. 16: GIB - MLT
Jul. 16: WAL - AND


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 1 in Andorra - by Eurobasket News

Malta U18-Wales U18 47:19

Malta wins the opener of the U18 European Championship Women Division C in Andorra. The Maltese team overcame Wales 47:19 in four-nation campaign.
Both teams scored 10 points each in the first period.
Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) gave Wales an early lead in the second frame, but later they slowed down in the game. Malta posted an 8-3 run and finished the half with 18:13 advantage when Maria Bonett (174-C-95) made two free throws. Mifsud continued the lead at 23:13, while Ross scored four in a row for 23:17. The last stanza was a nightmare for Wales that managed to score only 2 points. Malta erupted with a 22-2 surge to win the opener of the tournament.
Maria Bonett and Michela Scicluna (174-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Tanisha Walker replied with 6 points in a loss, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) and Ross netted 4 each.

Malta U18:
Maria Bonett 11, Michela Scicluna 11
Wales U18:
Tanisha Walker 6, Chloe Richards 4, Ross 4





Andorra U18-Gibraltar U18 62:20

Andorra edge Gibraltar in Day 1 at the U18 European Championship Women Division C in Andorra. The home side started with 62:20 victory in Day 1 of the tournament.
Rodriguez gave Gibraltar the first lead, but as it became clear after, it was the last one. Andorra closed the first period at 12:1 and Navarro made it 14:1 early in the second frame. Andorra continued their run and reached 28:3 later in the second frame. Vidal meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers for 31:7. Gibraltar looked better in the third quarter and managed to post 11-10 rally for 41:18. Andorra however needed a final 21-2 surge to seal the victory.

Claudia Brunet (163-PG-96) (163-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Marta Aguilera (167-F-95) nailed 14. Anna Mana (170-F-96) brought 12, whilst Anna Pla had 7. Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) answered with 6 points in the losing effort, while Cheryl Romero (171-G-95) and Rodriguez brought 4.

Andorra U18:
Claudia Brunet 15, Marta Aguilera 14, Mana 12, Anna Pla 7
Gibraltar U18:
Joelle Grech 6, Cheryl Romero 4, Rodriguez 4







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Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Awards 2013 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team 2013
Julie Vanloo
Vanloo
Sonia Ursu
Ursu
Hanne Mestdagh
Mestdagh
Monika Satoranska
Satoranska
Guna Lagzdina
Lagzdina

Best Player: Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) of Belgium
Best Guard: Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) of Belgium
Best Forward: Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) of Slovanka MB
Best Center: Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) of TTT Riga

1st Team
PG: Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) of Belgium
SG: Sonia Ursu (175-SG-93) of Romania
G/F: Hanne Mestdagh (5'10''-G/F-93) of Belgium
F/C: Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) of Czech Rep.
C/F: Guna Lagzdina (187-C/F-93) of Latvia

2nd Team
PG: Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) of Portugal
G: Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) of Bulgaria
SF: Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) of FYR Macedonia
PF: Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) of Czech Rep.
C: Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) of Bulgaria

Honorable Mention
Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) of FYR Macedonia
Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) of Belgium
Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) of England
Paula Langina (180-F-94) of Latvia




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2013 University Games: Japan claim 13th place with victory over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Finland 78:63

Japan celebrated victory in their final game at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Finland to clinch the 13th overall position. Mika Kurihara (178-F-89) nailed 17 points to lead the charge.
Japan looked confident in the opening quarter. The Asian team grabbed a 22:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 5 points at halftime 41:36. But Japan did not allow Finland to get closer in the third quarter. The Asian team stretched the distance to as many as 12 points at the final intermission. Finland managed just 15 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Masami Honda (176-G/F-91) netted 12 points, while Yuka Kosuge (180-F-91) added 10 points for the winning side. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) answered with 27 points for Finland. Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Japan: Mika Kurihara 17, Masami Honda 12, Yuka Kosuge 10
Finland: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 27, Henna Salomaa 9



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2013 EYOF: Lisa Berkani leads France past Belgium - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Belgium U16 66:44

French U16 National Team claimed the opening win at the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament in Utrecht. They shot down Belgium behind 16 points from Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97).
France ensured a 17:15 lead after the starting quarter. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second quarter. They piled up a 31:27 halftime advantage. France deepened the distance in the third term. They entered the final period up by as many as 12 points 51:39. France held their opponents to just 5 points in the fourth period and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Camille Lenglet delivered 9 points, while Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) chipped in 7 points for France. Elise Ramette (98) responded with 12 points for Belgium. Sofia Ouahabi (165-G-97) had 11 points in the losing effort.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 16, Camille Lenglet 9, Alix Duchet 7
Belgium U16: Elise Ramette 12, Sofia Ouahabi 11



France U18 triumph at Temple-sur-Lot - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Turkey U18 60:47

French U18 National Team claimed victory at the Temple-sur-Lot international tournament. They defeated Turkey to win three in as many played games at the tournament. Maryle Limousin (160-PG-96) netted 12 points to lead the hosts past Turkey.
France enjoyed a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second frame. They opened a 34:24 halftime advantage. Turkey cut the deficit in the third term. The visitors trailed by 8 points before the fourth stanza. Les Bleus regained control in the final frame and rushed to the victory at the end. Clementine Morateur (173-PG-95) netted 9 points, while Lysa Millavet (186-F-95) and Camille Cirgue (184-PF-96) had 8 points each for the winners. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) answered with 16 points for Turkey. Nurcan Basaran (176-F-95) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

France U18: Maryle Limousin 12, Clementine Morateur 9, Lysa Millavet 8, Camille Cirgue 8
Turkey U18: Serife Onar 16, Nurcan Basaran 11



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U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra edge Gibraltar in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18-Gibraltar U18 62:20

Andorra edge Gibraltar in Day 1 at the U18 European Championship Women Division C in Andorra. The home side started with 62:20 victory in Day 1 of the tournament.
Rodriguez gave Gibraltar the first lead, but as it became clear after, it was the last one. Andorra closed the first period at 12:1 and Navarro made it 14:1 early in the second frame. Andorra continued their run and reached 28:3 later in the second frame. Vidal meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers for 31:7. Gibraltar looked better in the third quarter and managed to post 11-10 rally for 41:18. Andorra however needed a final 21-2 surge to seal the victory.
Claudia Brunet (163-PG-96) (163-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Marta Aguilera (167-F-95) nailed 14. Anna Mana (170-F-96) brought 12, whilst Anna Pla had 7. Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) answered with 6 points in the losing effort, while Cheryl Romero (171-G-95) and Rodriguez brought 4.

Andorra U18: Claudia Brunet 15, Marta Aguilera 14, Mana 12, Anna Pla 7
Gibraltar U18: Joelle Grech 6, Cheryl Romero 4, Rodriguez 4



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  HUNGARY   


2013 University Games: Hungary upset Canada to clinch 7th spot - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Canada 60:55

Hungary occupied the 7th place at the World University Games in Russia. They held off Canada in the final game at the tournament. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winning side.
Canada got to the better start to the game. The North American team gained a 17:10 advantage after ten minutes. Hungary cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 4 points at halftime 33:29. Hungary held Canada to just 8 points in the third frame and pulled ahead. They snatched a 44:41 lead heading into the final stanza. Hungary stayed solid defensively throughout the fourth term and snatched victory at the end. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 14 points, while Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) had 8 points in the victory. Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) answered with 13 points and 7 steals for Canada. Dalyce Emmerson (191-F-93) topscored with 16 points in the loss.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 19, Reka Balint 14, Zsofia Varga 8
Canada: Dalyce Emmerson 16, Miah-Marie Langlois 13



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  ITALY   


Italy U16 NT at Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht (NED) - by Carlo Grilli

It 's all ready in Utrecht (Netherlands) for the European Youth Olympic Festival 2013, the multi-sport event for young athletes from 48 countries members of the European Olympic Committees. In the basketball, Italy will be represented by the Under-16 NT, male and female.

The Under 16 NT led by coach Giovanni Lucchesi (agency: Players Group ) will play in Group A with Hungary, France and Belgium. In the other group there are Slovakia, the Netherlands, Russia and Czech Republic.

Female basketball tournament schedule:

Italy-Hungary (today, 12:30 am)
Italy-France (Tuesday, July 16th, 12:30 pm)
Italy-Belgium (Wednesday, July 17th, 12:30 pm)

The Italian roster:
Federica Alesiani (168-PG-97) Tank Cleaning GF basketball Savona
Elena Castello (183-PF-98) USR Rainbow ASD Carr
Giulia Ciavarella (182-PF-97) Nipar Athena Basketball Roma
Lucrezia Costa (182-F-97) USD San Raffaele Roma Basketball
Carlotta Gianolla (182-F-97) Orogranata Mestre
Jasmine Keys (97, 186, C) ASD Basketball Montecchio Maggiore
Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) Orogranata Mestre
Elisa Policari (183-G-97) ASD Basketball Roma
Rachele Porcu (165-PG-97) ASD Fortitudo Anagni


Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) ASD Magika Pall. Castel SP Terme
Irene Tosi (182-PF-97) Tank Cleaning GF basketball Savona
Giulia Zecchin (178-PG-97) Calligaris Gymnastics Triestina



Laura Spreafico is a newcomer at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old international swingman Laura Spreafico (180-91, agency: Players Group). She played last season at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (A1). In 27 games she recorded 3.6ppg and 1.1rpg. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (11-12) season Spreafico played at Comense. In 26 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 1.5rpg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
Spreafico has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for National Team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011. Spreafico represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 13.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Laura Spreafico is a newcomer at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old international swingman Laura Spreafico (180-91, agency: Players Group). She played last season at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (A1). In 27 games she recorded 3.6ppg and 1.1rpg. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
The previous (11-12) season Spreafico played at Comense. In 26 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 1.5rpg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
Spreafico has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for National Team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011. Spreafico represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 13.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JAPAN   


2013 University Games: Japan claim 13th place with victory over Finland - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Finland 78:63

Japan celebrated victory in their final game at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Finland to clinch the 13th overall position. Mika Kurihara (178-F-89) nailed 17 points to lead the charge.
Japan looked confident in the opening quarter. The Asian team grabbed a 22:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 5 points at halftime 41:36. But Japan did not allow Finland to get closer in the third quarter. The Asian team stretched the distance to as many as 12 points at the final intermission. Finland managed just 15 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Masami Honda (176-G/F-91) netted 12 points, while Yuka Kosuge (180-F-91) added 10 points for the winning side. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) answered with 27 points for Finland. Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Japan: Mika Kurihara 17, Masami Honda 12, Yuka Kosuge 10
Finland: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 27, Henna Salomaa 9



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  KENYA   


KPA recovers to humble Safe Spaces - by Eurobasket News

KPA on Sunday recovered from their previous day defeat to Eagle Wings to collect crucial points with a76-37 win over Safe Spaces in a KBF premier League match played at the Nyayo gymnasium in Nairobi.
Against Safe Spaces, KPA dominated in all quarters but the third which they lost 11-16.They started on a powerful note pinning their opponents to earn a sound 02-25 first quarter triumph.
The second quarter was closely contested ending 15-18 in favor of the Mombasa based side.
After missing their fixture on Saturday, Kakamegas Western Delight finally showed up on Sunday but received a rude welcome at Nyayo with a humiliating 92-30 defeat by Storms.
Strathmore also had a brilliant day on the court at the same gym on Sunday humbling Mennonites 57-14.
KBF league results for Sunday
Nyta Shimba 20 vs. USIU Flames 00 Walk over
Safe Spaces 17/37 vs. KPA. 43/76
02/15/16/04 25/18/11/22
12 pts Everlyne Itabu 13 pts Joyce Makhungu
10 pts Jane Ouko 15 pts Brenda Angeshi
Storms 43/92 vs. Western Delight 19/30
31/12/29/20 10/09/07/04
26 pts Susan Akinyi 10 pts Ruth Adionyi
15 pts Linnet Mukiri
Strathmore 29/57 vs. Mennonites 05/14
19/10/15/13 05/00/04/05
11 pts Beatrice Maina 05 pts Vivian Akinyi
10 pts Rachael Opinya
Equity Bank 19/52 vs. KCA-U 18/36
06/13/17/16 06/12/08/10
10 pts George Omenda 08 pts Brian Ondari
Zetech 28/64 vs. World Hope 21/60
14/14/21/15 07/14/20/19
16 pts Joshua Okumu 15 pts Samuel Siosi
15 pts Joshua Kisali 14 pts Patrick Wakasiaka
Nairobi Aviation 20 vs. USIU Tigers 00
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Latvia U16 edge Belarus U16 thrice - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U16 claimed three straight wins over their Belarusian counterparts in the preparations for the upcoming European Championship.
The first game ended with Latvia claiming a 67:50 victory. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) nailed 16 points to lead the hosts. Kristiana Rikveile (170-G-97) had 15 points in the winning effort. Latvia built a 32:17 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win.
Latvia dominated the second game of the series. They registered a 34:19 halftime lead. The hosts went on a 26:8 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win at the end. Tatjana Savicka (173-PF-97) netted 14 points for Latvia. Digna Strautmane chipped in 9 points in the victory.
Latvia swept the test series with a 71:49 win in the third game. The hosts piled up a comfortable 45:25 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Tatjana Savicka chipped in 16 points for Latvia. Amanda Betlere (166-G-97) had 14 points for the hosting team.



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Baker's pro career starts at Musel Pikes - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes (Total League) tabbed 22-year old American forward Katie Baker (183-91). She just graduated from Montana (NCAA). In 32 games she averaged 13.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg and 1.9bpg last season. She helped them to win Big Sky Conf. Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. She can count that season as a very successful as was awarded All-Big Sky Conference Player of the Year, selected to All-Big Sky Conference 1st Team and selected to WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Baker is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MALI   


2013 University Games: Mali outgun Mongolia - by Eurobasket News

Mali - Mongolia 84:67

Mali claimed the first win at the Summer Universiade in Kazan. They defeated Mongolia in their final game at the tournament. Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) posted 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the African team.
Mongolia took an early lead in the game. The Asian team grabbed a 25:19 advantage after ten minutes. But Mali quickly gained control in the second period. The African team triggered a 22:7 rally and posted a 41:32 halftime advantage. Mali extended the margin in the third quarter. They piled up a 17-point buffer before the fourth term. Mongolia could not get within striking distance in the final term as Mali cruised to the victory. Aminata Konate (169-G-90, agency: Fusion Sports) netted 16 points, while Awa Diallo (192-C-92) dropped 9 points and issued 7 assists for the winning team. Solongo Bayasgalan answered with 21 points for Mongolia. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo and Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg had 14 points apiece in the loss.

Mali: Aminata Mariko 26+14 boards, Aminata Konate 16, Awa Diallo 9
Mongolia: Solongo Bayasgalan 21, Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 14, Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg 14



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  MALTA   


U18 European Championship Division C: Malta wins the opener - by Eurobasket News

Malta U18-Wales U18 47:19

Malta wins the opener of the U18 European Championship Women Division C in Andorra. The Maltese team overcame Wales 47:19 in four-nation campaign.
Both teams scored 10 points each in the first period. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) gave Wales an early lead in the second frame, but later they slowed down in the game. Malta posted an 8-3 run and finished the half with 18:13 advantage when Maria Bonett (174-C-95) made two free throws. Mifsud continued the lead at 23:13, while Ross scored four in a row for 23:17. The last stanza was a nightmare for Wales that managed to score only 2 points. Malta erupted with a 22-2 surge to win the opener of the tournament.
Maria Bonett and Michela Scicluna (174-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Tanisha Walker replied with 6 points in a loss, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) and Ross netted 4 each.

Malta U18: Maria Bonett 11, Michela Scicluna 11
Wales U18: Tanisha Walker 6, Chloe Richards 4, Ross 4



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  MONGOLIA   


2013 University Games: Mali outgun Mongolia - by Eurobasket News

Mali - Mongolia 84:67

Mali claimed the first win at the Summer Universiade in Kazan. They defeated Mongolia in their final game at the tournament. Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) posted 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the African team.
Mongolia took an early lead in the game. The Asian team grabbed a 25:19 advantage after ten minutes. But Mali quickly gained control in the second period. The African team triggered a 22:7 rally and posted a 41:32 halftime advantage. Mali extended the margin in the third quarter. They piled up a 17-point buffer before the fourth term. Mongolia could not get within striking distance in the final term as Mali cruised to the victory. Aminata Konate (169-G-90, agency: Fusion Sports) netted 16 points, while Awa Diallo (192-C-92) dropped 9 points and issued 7 assists for the winning team. Solongo Bayasgalan answered with 21 points for Mongolia. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo and Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg had 14 points apiece in the loss.

Mali: Aminata Mariko 26+14 boards, Aminata Konate 16, Awa Diallo 9
Mongolia: Solongo Bayasgalan 21, Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 14, Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg 14



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  MONTENEGRO   


Milka Bjelica inks for USK Prague - by Dragan Scepanovic

Milka Bjelica (193-F-81), member of national team of Montenegro, will continued career in USK Prague, Czech champion and Euroleague participants. Experienced power forward signed a one-year contract, and in the team will replace Jana Vesela, captain USK Prague, which is seriously injured at the European Championships in France and faces a long pause.Before USK Praha , Milka Bjelica play for Serbian team Red Star Belgrade and Hemofarm Vrsac , Solnok (HUN), Taranto (ITA), Valensia (SPA), Atletiko Faencu (ITA), Viljnus (LTU), Napoli (ITA), Gdynia (POL), Visla (POL), Targoviste (ROM) and Besiktas (TUR).


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USA U19 beat Canada U19 to win Lanzarote tournament - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Canada U19 69:49

The USA U19 National Team earned victory at the Lanzarote Invitational Tournament in Spain. They recorded three wins in as many games played. The USA outgunned Canada on the final day of the competition. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) posted 11 points for the winners.
The USA stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 20:6 run to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as the USA ensured a 36:22 halftime lead. Canada struggled to get any closer throughout the third term. The USA entered the fourth frame up by 17 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) and Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) posted 10 points each for the winners. Emily Potter (6'5''-C-95) finished with 14 points for Canada. Emma Wolfram (6'4''-C-95) had 7 points in the loss.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 11, Morgan Tuck 10, Brianna Turner 10
Canada U19: Emily Potter 14, Emma Wolfram 7



2013 University Games: USA race past Russia, clinch Gold - by Eurobasket News

USA - Russia 90:71

The USA claimed the Golden medals at the World University Games in Kazan. They denied the hosts in the championship game tonight. The USA defended their title.
The USA set the tone early on. The North American team went on a 22:13 run in the first period. They kept the hosts at bay throughout the second frame. The USA piled up a 41:27 halftime advantage. Russia struggled to slow their opponents down after the big break. The visitors fired 27 points in the third quarter to gain a 21-point buffer before the fourth term. Russia exploded with 24 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Crystal Bradford (6'0''-G-93) contributed 16 points, while Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Natalia Vieru (6'5''-C-89) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Tatiana Grigoryeva (5'11''-F-90, agency: IPSA) and Anastasia Logunova (6'4''-C-90) finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat.

USA: Bria Hartley 17, Crystal Bradford 16, Kaleena Lewis 15
Russia: Natalia Vieru 13, Tatiana Grigoryeva 12, Anastasia Logunova 12



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Stats Leaders

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 De Souza, BRA 16.2
2 Leedham, ENG 16.2
3 Jackson, AUS 15.9
4 Chen, CHN 15.7
5 Stafford, ENG 15.2
6 Viteckova, CZE 15.2
7 Dumerc, FRA 14.3
8 Mandir, CRO 14
9 Smith, CAN 13.8
10 Cambage, AUS 13.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dos Santos, BRA 9
2 De Souza, BRA 8.8
3 Jackson, AUS 7.9
4 Parker, USA 7.8
5 Charles, USA 7.3
6 Yilmaz, TUR 7.2
7 Manuel, ANG 7.2
8 Osipova, RUS 6.8
9 Horakova, CZE 6.8
10 Chen, CHN 6.7
Assists Per Game
1 Miao, CHN 6.5
2 Vardarli, TUR 4.5
3 Thorburn, CAN 4.5
4 Bird, USA 4.5
5 Pinto, BRA 4.4
6 Hammon, RUS 4
7 O'Hea, AUS 3.5
8 Dumerc, FRA 3.4
9 Rodrigues, BRA 3.2
10 Lelas, CRO 3.2
Steals Per Game
1 Ivezic, CRO 2.8
2 McCoughtry, USA 2.5
3 Leedham, ENG 2.4
4 Horakova, CZE 2
5 Alben, TUR 1.8
6 Catchings, USA 1.6
7 Dumerc, FRA 1.6
8 Moore, USA 1.5
9 Yilmaz, TUR 1.5
10 Rodrigues, BRA 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Gruda, FRA 2.1
2 Burgrova, CZE 1.7
3 Cambage, AUS 1.6
4 De Souza, BRA 1.6
5 Ivankovic, CRO 1.4
6 Stewart, ENG 1.4
7 Parker, USA 1.3
8 Fagbenle, ENG 1.2
9 Osipova, RUS 1.1
10 Kulichova, CZE 1



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  POLAND   


CCC Polkowice agree terms with Janel McCarville - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice agree terms with Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) who is currently playing at Minnesota Lynx in WNBA. In 14 games she has 5.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.5apg. The last season McCarville was tested by Canik Bld (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 14 games she recorded 11.9ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg.
The previous season she played at Familia Schio (A1) in Italian league. In 29 games she recorded 9.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg that season. She helped them to win the supercup and make to league final. McCarville also played 18 games in Euroleague where she recorded 8.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.3apg.
In 2005 McCarville was drafted by Charlotte Sting (WNBA) as #1 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as McCarville was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 1st Team in 2011. She was a member of USA Senior National Team between 2003 and 2007. McCarville is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Russia (Spartak Vidnoye, CSKA Moscow and BC Moscow), Slovakia, Spain (Mann Filter) and WNBA (New York Liberty).



2013 University Games: Poland edge Brazil to finish 11th in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Poland - Brazil 73:59

Poland claimed the victory on the final day of the World University Games. They defeated Brazil to secure the 11th place at the tourney. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) netted 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Brazil snatched a narrow lead in the second frame. The Latin American team eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. Poland surged ahead in the third term. They held Brazil to 10 points in the period and raced to a 53:45 advantage at the final intermission. Poland knocked down 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Barbara Skowronek (187-C-90) netted 16 points, while Milena Krzyzaniak (166-G-90, agency: Promotex) finished with 12 points in the victory. Ariane Silva and Luana de Souza (176-F-91) chipped in 11 points each for Brazil.

Poland: Martyna Stelmach 19, Barbara Skowronek 16, Milena Krzyzaniak 12
Brazil: Ariane Silva 11, Luana de Souza 11



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Jasmine Watson joined Sepsi Sic - by Tamas Deri

Jasmine Watson (190-C-91, college: Massachusetts) is the newest member of the Romanian EuroCup participant BC Sepsi! The 22 year-old American center is set to begin her professional career after she had spent 4 great years with Massachusetts in the NCAA. The 190 cm-tall player was named to the All-Rookie Team of the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2010 thanks to her 10.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.3 bpg., Watson could make a step forward in the following season as she posted 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks per game with 44.6% from the floor and 78.5% from the charity stripe. However her ppg. did not get better, she has become a better all-around player entering her senior season - 11.1 ppg., 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg., 1 spg. and 1.9 bpg. with 50.2% from the field.



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Russian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Ksenia Levchenko
Levchenko
Daria Kolosovskaya
Kolosovskaya
Daria Shomodi
Shomodi
Yana Degtyarskaya
Degtyarskaya
Zhosselina Maiga
Maiga
#e#5
4Ksenia Levchenko 165-PG-96 Spartak V MR Russia
5Nika Zyryanova 174-PG-95 UMMC Russia
6Natalia Schukina 176-F-95 Voronezh Russia
7Daria Kolosovskaya 182-SF-96 Spartak V MR Russia
8Ekaterina Ilinova 178-SG-95 Voronezh Russia
9Daria Shomodi 183-F-95
10Tatiana Sema 193-C-96 Spartak SP Russia
11Elizaveta Komarova 172-PG-95 UMMC Russia
12Yana Degtyarskaya 178-F-95
13Zhosselina Maiga 193-C-96 Nadezhda-2 Russia
14Elizaveta Bratchikova 190-PF-96 MBA Moscow Russia
15Svetlana Boykova 182-SF-96 MBA Moscow Russia
16Ksenia Kuzmina 196-C-95 Chevakata-2 Russia




2013 University Games: USA race past Russia, clinch Gold - by Eurobasket News

USA - Russia 90:71

The USA claimed the Golden medals at the World University Games in Kazan. They denied the hosts in the championship game tonight. The USA defended their title.
The USA set the tone early on. The North American team went on a 22:13 run in the first period. They kept the hosts at bay throughout the second frame. The USA piled up a 41:27 halftime advantage. Russia struggled to slow their opponents down after the big break. The visitors fired 27 points in the third quarter to gain a 21-point buffer before the fourth term. Russia exploded with 24 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Crystal Bradford (6'0''-G-93) contributed 16 points, while Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Natalia Vieru (6'5''-C-89) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Tatiana Grigoryeva (5'11''-F-90, agency: IPSA) and Anastasia Logunova (6'4''-C-90) finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat.

USA: Bria Hartley 17, Crystal Bradford 16, Kaleena Lewis 15
Russia: Natalia Vieru 13, Tatiana Grigoryeva 12, Anastasia Logunova 12



Russia U18 cruise past Croatia U18 in Temple-sur-Lot - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Croatia U18 81:45

Russia finished their Temple-sur-Lot international tournament campaign with victory. They breezed past Croatia to improve at 1-2 record. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Russia stunned their opponents in the first frame. They went on a 25:9 run to build a comfortable lead. Russia stretched the gap in the second frame. They registered a 46:21 halftime lead. Russia kept Croatia at distance throughout the third term. Russia secured a comfortable 28-point cushion heading into the final frame. They never looked back en route to the victory. Yana Degtyarskaya (178-F-95) delivered 12 points, while Daria Shomodi (183-F-95) had 10 points and 12 boards for Russia. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) netted 15 points and made 8 steals for Croatia. Klaudia Perisa (177-SG-96) netted 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Russia U18: Daria Kolosovskaya 15, Yana Degtyarskaya 12, Daria Shomodi 10+12 boards
Croatia U18: Inja Butina 15, Klaudia Perisa 6



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Australia U19 clinch second place at Lanzarote tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Australia U19 58:75

Australia recorded the second win at the Lanzarote Invitational Tournament. They defeated hosting Spain to occupy the second position in the ladder. Spain suffered the third straight loss and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) provided 17 points to lead the winners.
Australia silenced the hosts in the opening ten minutes. The Gems went on a 22:4 run to leave Spain far behind. The hosts tried to pull together in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 15-point mark at halftime. Spain gradually improved their performance scoring 23 points in the third term. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break. But Australia sparked a 22:12 run in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) finished with 11 points, while Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) had 10 points for the Gems. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) answered with 22 points for Spain. Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) tossed in 6 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Ariadna Pujol 22, Marta Montoliu 6
Australia U19: Darcy Garbin 17, Casey Samuels 11, Stephanie Talbot 10



CB Bembibre add Daniela Peteva - by Eurobasket News

CB Bembibre add Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The last season Peteva played at Levski (NBL) in Bulgarian league. In 26 games she had 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg. She helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (11-12) season Peteva played at Arxil Pontevedra (LF2) in Spanish league. In 26 games she recorded 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg that season.
In 2010-11 season she played at Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza (LF2) in Spanish league. In 25 games she recorded 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Peteva's team won Bulgarian Cup in 2010. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2009.
Peteva has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. She has regularly played for since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Peteva represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 30.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 71.4%.
Peteva has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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2013 University Games: Sweden beat Czech Republic to earn 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Sweden - Czech Republic 72:63

Sweden earned the fifth position at the World University Games. They outgunned Czech Republic in Kazan tonight. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) stepped up with 22 points and 11 boards for the winners.
Sweden quickly jumped into the lead. They poured in 24 points in the first period and accumulated a 10-point lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic adjusted defensively in the second term. They slowed down the Scandinavian team and narrowed the deficit at 8 points 27:35 at halftime. Czech Republic erased the deficit and leveled things up at 44 heading into the fourth term. But Sweden fired 28 points in the final stanza and claimed the victory. Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) finished with 14 points, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 10 points for the winners. Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) netted 16 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) had 14 points in the loss.

Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 22+11 boards, Kalis Loyd 14, Binta Drammeh 10
Czech Republic: Klara Pochobradska 16, Alena Hanusova 14



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2013 University Games: Australia coast past Taiwan to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Taiwan 99:58

Australia claimed the Bronze medals at the World University Games. They outgunned Taiwan in the consolation final in Kazan. Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) and Tess Madgen (180-G/F-90) nailed 23 points each to lead the winners.
Australia exploded with 27 points in the first period to take a 14-point lead. The Aussies controlled the pace in the second frame. They established a 51:23 halftime lead. Australia stayed red hot offensively in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 33-point cushion before the final stanza. Australia never looked back afterwards marching to the victory at the end. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) netted 15 points for the winning side. Ying-Li Huang responded with 14 points for Taiwan. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Australia: Stephanie Cumming 23, Tess Madgen 23, Alice Kunek 15
Taiwan: Ying-Li Huang 14, Huang Hsiang-Ting 11



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Botasspor Adana sign Michelle Snow - by Eurobasket News

Botasspor Adana sign Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee). She is currently playing at Washington Mystics in WNBA. In 14 games she records 6.1ppg and 5.5rpg last season. In 2012-2013 she played for Dynamo Kursk (Russia-PBL, starting five) and showed 10.6ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 45.0%, FT: 80.9%. In EuroCup her stats read 14.1ppg, Reb-5 (8.4rpg), 1.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 73.5%. Snow's team made it to the Russian PBL Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Center of the Year in 2012. Snow also represented USA at the World Championships in Sao Paulo (Brazil) seven years ago.
She is quite experienced player. Snow has played also professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Parma), Spain (Perfumerias Avenida), WNBA (San Antonio Silver Stars, Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream) and Russia (Dynamo Kursk).
She attended University of Tennessee until 2002 and it will be her twelfth season as a professional player.



France U18 triumph at Temple-sur-Lot - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Turkey U18 60:47

French U18 National Team claimed victory at the Temple-sur-Lot international tournament. They defeated Turkey to win three in as many played games at the tournament. Maryle Limousin (160-PG-96) netted 12 points to lead the hosts past Turkey.
France enjoyed a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second frame. They opened a 34:24 halftime advantage. Turkey cut the deficit in the third term. The visitors trailed by 8 points before the fourth stanza. Les Bleus regained control in the final frame and rushed to the victory at the end. Clementine Morateur (173-PG-95) netted 9 points, while Lysa Millavet (186-F-95) and Camille Cirgue (184-PF-96) had 8 points each for the winners. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) answered with 16 points for Turkey. Nurcan Basaran (176-F-95) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

France U18: Maryle Limousin 12, Clementine Morateur 9, Lysa Millavet 8, Camille Cirgue 8
Turkey U18: Serife Onar 16, Nurcan Basaran 11



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2013 University Games: Ukraine rally past China - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - China 85:72

Ukraine ended their World University Games campaign with victory. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) nailed 18 points each to lead their team past China. Ukraine thus clinched the 9th overall position at the tournament.
Ukraine gained a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. China increased the tempo in the second frame but the effort was equally matched by Ukraine. China arrived at halftime trailing by 7 points 37:44. Ukraine held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to boost the lead at 13-point mark 61:48. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth period as Ukraine coasted to the victory. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) netted 13 points in the win. Wang Jinxian (182-F-89) responded with 20 points for China. Shao Ting (183-F-89) chipped in 18 points, grabbed 7 boards and issued 4 assists in the loss.

Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 18, Olga Maznichenko 18, Krystyna Matsko 13
China: Wang Jinxian 20, Shao Ting 18



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Adelaide lands Azania Stewart - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide Link Lightning (WNBL) tabbed 24-year old British international center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida). Stewart managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). She played most recently at PINKK-Pecsi 424 in Hungarian A Division. In 8 games she averaged 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3spg and 1.1bpg. She also played at PINKK-Pecsi (A Division) in Hungary that season. In 8 games she had 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg. The other team Stewart played shortly was Barking Abbey (EBL) in British league. In four games she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg and 6.3rpg. Another team she played that season for was Caja Rural (LFB) in Spanish league. In 10 games she had 5.7ppg and 1.9rpg. Stewart's team made it to the Hungarian League Semifinals.
She has been also a member of British international program for some years. Stewart has regularly played for since 2010 and previously for University National Team in 2009. She represented United Kingdom at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.2%, FT: 61.5%.
Stewart graduated from University of Florida in 2012 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship Division C: Malta wins the opener - by Eurobasket News

Malta U18-Wales U18 47:19

Malta wins the opener of the U18 European Championship Women Division C in Andorra. The Maltese team overcame Wales 47:19 in four-nation campaign.
Both teams scored 10 points each in the first period. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) gave Wales an early lead in the second frame, but later they slowed down in the game. Malta posted an 8-3 run and finished the half with 18:13 advantage when Maria Bonett (174-C-95) made two free throws. Mifsud continued the lead at 23:13, while Ross scored four in a row for 23:17. The last stanza was a nightmare for Wales that managed to score only 2 points. Malta erupted with a 22-2 surge to win the opener of the tournament.
Maria Bonett and Michela Scicluna (174-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Tanisha Walker replied with 6 points in a loss, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) and Ross netted 4 each.

Malta U18: Maria Bonett 11, Michela Scicluna 11
Wales U18: Tanisha Walker 6, Chloe Richards 4, Ross 4



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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.


Fowles and Parker Named Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) of the Chicago Sky and Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, July 8 through Sunday, July 14. Fowles averaged 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over two games last week, both wins for the Sky. This marks her first Player of the Week award of the season, sixth of her career, and the third consecutive week a Chicago Sky player has taken the honor (Delle Donne 6/30 and 7/7). On July 10, Fowles led Chicago to a narrow 89-85 win over Washington, recording game highs in points with 26 and rebounds with 18, including 10 on the offensive glass. She also shot 12-for-17 from the field in the win and earned her sixth double-double of the season. On July 12, Fowles scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Chicago's 83-70 road win over Connecticut. Overall, her 11.8 rebounds per game lead the league this season and her 2.39 blocks per game rank second.
For Parker, who ranked first in the WNBA with 25.5 points per game last week, the Western Conference Player of the Week nod is her third of the season, second consecutive and the 13th of her career. She also led the West in field goal percentage (62 percent) and ranked third in the conference in rebounds per game (8.0). Parker, who also averaged 4.0 assists last week, led the Sparks to a 2-0 record, the team's first two road wins of the season. In a 94-78 win over Tulsa on July 11, Parker set a new season high in points with 30, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out three assists. Her 14 made field goals against the Shock also matched a WNBA season high. On July 14, Parker grabbed another eight rebounds to go along with 21 points and five assists in an 88-76 victory in Phoenix.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlanta's Erika de Souza, Chicago's Elena Delle Donne, Connecticut's Tina Charles, Indiana's Erlana Larkins and Washington's Crystal Langhorne in the East, as well as Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen and Tulsa's Nicole Powell in the West.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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USA defend title in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Final
USA - Russia 90:71

The USA claimed the Golden medals at the World University Games in Kazan. They denied the hosts in the championship game tonight. The USA defended their title.
The USA set the tone early on. The North American team went on a 22:13 run in the first period. They kept the hosts at bay throughout the second frame. The USA piled up a 41:27 halftime advantage. Russia struggled to slow their opponents down after the big break. The visitors fired 27 points in the third quarter to gain a 21-point buffer before the fourth term. Russia exploded with 24 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Bria Hartley (170-G-92) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Crystal Bradford (183-G-93) contributed 16 points, while Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90, agency: IPSA) and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat.

USA: Bria Hartley 17, Crystal Bradford 16, Kaleena Lewis 15
Russia: Natalia Vieru 13, Tatiana Grigoryeva 12, Anastasia Logunova 12

3-4 Place
Australia - Taiwan 99:58
Australia claimed the Bronze medals at the World University Games. They outgunned Taiwan in the consolation final in Kazan. Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) and Tess Magden (90) nailed 23 points each to lead the winners.
Australia exploded with 27 points in the first period to take a 14-point lead. The Aussies controlled the pace in the second frame. They established a 51:23 halftime lead. Australia stayed red hot offensively in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 33-point cushion before the final stanza. Australia never looked back afterwards marching to the victory at the end. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) netted 15 points for the winning side. Ying-Li Huang responded with 14 points for Taiwan. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Australia: Stephanie Cumming 23, Tess Magden 23, Alice Kunek 15
Taiwan: Ying-Li Huang 14, Huang Hsiang-Ting 11

5-6 Place
Sweden - Czech Republic 72:63
Sweden earned the fifth position at the World University Games. They outgunned Czech Republic in Kazan tonight. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) stepped up with 22 points and 11 boards for the winners.
Sweden quickly jumped into the lead. They poured in 24 points in the first period and accumulated a 10-point lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic adjusted defensively in the second term. They slowed down the Scandinavian team and narrowed the deficit at 8 points 27:35 at halftime. Czech Republic erased the deficit and leveled things up at 44 heading into the fourth term. But Sweden fired 28 points in the final stanza and claimed the victory. Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) finished with 14 points, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 10 points for the winners. Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) netted 16 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) had 14 points in the loss.

Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 22+11 boards, Kalis Loyd 14, Binta Drammeh 10
Czech Republic: Klara Pochobradska 16, Alena Hanusova 14

7-8 Place
Hungary - Canada 60:55
Hungary occupied the 7th place at the World University Games in Russia. They held off Canada in the final game at the tournament. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winning side.
Canada got to the better start to the game. The North American team gained a 17:10 advantage after ten minutes. Hungary cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 4 points at halftime 33:29. Hungary held Canada to just 8 points in the third frame and pulled ahead. They snatched a 44:41 lead heading into the final stanza. Hungary stayed solid defensively throughout the fourth term and snatched victory at the end. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 14 points, while Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) had 8 points in the victory. Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) answered with 13 points and 7 steals for Canada. Dalyce Emmerson (191-F-93) topscored with 16 points in the loss.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 19, Reka Balint 14, Zsofia Varga 8
Canada: Dalyce Emmerson 16, Miah-Marie Langlois 13

9-10 Place
Ukraine - China 85:72
Ukraine ended their World University Games campaign with victory. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) nailed 18 points each to lead their team past China. Ukraine thus clinched the 9th overall position at the tournament.
Ukraine gained a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. China increased the tempo in the second frame but the effort was equally matched by Ukraine. China arrived at halftime trailing by 7 points 37:44. Ukraine held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to boost the lead at 13-point mark 61:48. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth period as Ukraine coasted to the victory. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) netted 13 points in the win. Wang Jinxian (182-F-89) responded with 20 points for China. Shao Ting (183-F-89) chipped in 18 points, grabbed 7 boards and issued 4 assists in the loss.

Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 18, Olga Maznichenko 18, Krystyna Matsko 13
China: Wang Jinxian 20, Shao Ting 18

11-12 Place
Poland - Brazil 73:59
Poland claimed the victory on the final day of the World University Games. They defeated Brazil to secure the 11th place at the tourney. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) netted 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Brazil snatched a narrow lead in the second frame. The Latin American team eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. Poland surged ahead in the third term. They held Brazil to 10 points in the period and raced to a 53:45 advantage at the final intermission. Poland knocked down 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Barbara Skowronek (187-C-90) netted 16 points, while Milena Krzyzaniak (166-G-90, agency: Promotex) finished with 12 points in the victory. Ariane da Silva and Luana de Souza (176-F-91) chipped in 11 points each for Brazil.

Poland: Martyna Stelmach 19, Barbara Skowronek 16, Milena Krzyzaniak 12
Brazil: Ariane da Silva 11, Luana de Souza 11

13-14 Place
Japan - Finland 78:63
Japan celebrated victory in their final game at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Finland to clinch the 13th overall position. Mika Kurihara (178-F-89) nailed 17 points to lead the charge.
Japan looked confident in the opening quarter. The Asian team grabbed a 22:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 5 points at halftime 41:36. But Japan did not allow Finland to get closer in the third quarter. The Asian team stretched the distance to as many as 12 points at the final intermission. Finland managed just 15 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Masami Honda (176-G/F-91) netted 12 points, while Yuka Kosuge (180-F-91) added 10 points for the winning side. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) answered with 27 points for Finland. Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Japan: Mika Kurihara 17, Masami Honda 12, Yuka Kosuge 10
Finland: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 27, Henna Salomaa 9

15-16 Place
Mali - Mongolia 84:67
Mali claimed the first win at the Summer Universiade in Kazan. They defeated Mongolia in their final game at the tournament. Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) posted 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the African team.
Mongolia took an early lead in the game. The Asian team grabbed a 25:19 advantage after ten minutes. But Mali quickly gained control in the second period. The African team triggered a 22:7 rally and posted a 41:32 halftime advantage. Mali extended the margin in the third quarter. They piled up a 17-point buffer before the fourth term. Mongolia could not get within striking distance in the final term as Mali cruised to the victory. Aminata Konate (169-G-90, agency: Fusion Sports) netted 16 points, while Awa Diallo (192-C-92) dropped 9 points and issued 7 assists for the winning team. Solongo Bayasgalan answered with 21 points for Mongolia. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo and Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg had 14 points apiece in the loss.

Mali: Aminata Mariko 26+14 boards, Aminata Konate 16, Awa Diallo 9
Mongolia: Solongo Bayasgalan 21, Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 14, Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg 14



Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team 2013
Stephanie Cumming
Cumming
Odyssey Sims
Sims
Bria Hartley
Hartley
Tatiana Grigoryeva
Grigoryeva
Natalia Vieru
Vieru

Finals MVP: Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) of USA
Best Player: Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) of USA
Best Guard: Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) of USA
Best Forward: Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90) of Russia
Best Center: Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) of Russia

1st Team
G: Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) of Australia
G: Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) of USA
G: Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) of USA
F: Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90) of Russia
C: Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) of Russia

2nd Team
G: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) of Finland
F: Dalyce Emmerson (6'3''-F-93) of Canada
F: Danielle Hamilton-Carter (6'3''-F-90) of Sweden
C: Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) of Czech Rep.
C: Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) of Russia

Honorable Mention
Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) of Hungary
Jinxian Wang (182-F-89) of China
Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91) of Ukraine
Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91) of Ukraine
Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) of Poland
Barbara Skowronek (187-C-90) of Poland
Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) of Mali