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  ANDORRA   



Andorra U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
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Jordi Moline
Moline
Marc Iserte
Iserte
Sergi Jimenez
Jimenez
Eduard Fernandez
Fernandez
Oriol Peral
Peral
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4Adria Besoli 180-F-95 AND U16 NT Spain
5Jordi Moline 172-F-95
6Sergi Jordana 182-F-96 AND U16 NT Spain
7Marc De Bofarull 178-PG-96 AND U18 NT Spain
8Marc Iserte 183-PF-95 AND U16 NT Spain
9Sergi Jimenez 190-F-96 AND U18 NT Spain
10Aleix Marin 192-C-96 AND U18 NT Spain
11Joan Bernada 191-F-95 AND U18 NT Spain
12Serni Ramisa 192-F-95 AND U16 NT Spain
13Eduard Fernandez 187-PG-95 AND U16 NT Spain
14Juan Bustamante 198-C-95 AND U16 NT Spain
15Oriol Peral 201-C-95


Xavier Luque Head Coach AND U18 NT Spain

Xavier Galera Assistant AND U18 NT Spain



U18 European Championship Division C: Monaco rally past Andorra to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18 - Monaco U18 61:77

Monaco clinched the top spot in Group B at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Andorra for the second straight win at the tournament. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) posted 22 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Monaco advanced directly into the semifinal stage. Andorra will now take on Wales in the quarterfinal.
Andorra eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Monaco denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 33:29 halftime advantage. The visitors made a decisive push in the third term. Monaco ignited a 21:9 run to accumulate a 16-point lead before the fourth period. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term as Monaco cruised to the victory. Daniel Pieper (185-F-96) and Clement Marechal (180-G-96) provided 16 points each for the winners. Jordi Moline (176-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Andorra. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 boards in the loss.

Andorra U18: Jordi Moline 16, Juan Bustamante 13+12 boards
Monaco U18: Alessandro Generale 22, Daniel Pieper 16, Clement Marechal 16



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  San German
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, San German19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, Santurce17.6 
 5. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.7 
 6. Lewis, Marinos16.6 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.16.0 
 8. Lytch, Bucaneros15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.8 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Marinos10.8 
 2. Phillip, San German10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.0 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.5 
 6. Battle, Marinos7.5 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce6.9 
 10. Mata, Penarol6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 3. Osimani, Brasilia4.2 
 4. De los Santo., GEC.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 6. Cajal, Huracan3.8 
 7. Cequeira, Boca Jrs3.7 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.6 
 10. Ciorciari, Santur.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, Marinos1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, Santurce1.5 
 6. Faggiano, Boca Jrs1.4 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 8. Boccia, Penarol1.4 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 10. Washam, Regatas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Marinos
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Marinos1.7 
 2. Battle, Marinos1.5 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Torres, Fluminense1.1 
 5. Santiago, Guaynabo1.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Trotamun.1.1 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce0.8 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 9. Humphrey, Blancos0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Macae0.8 


Fernando Martina agreed terms with Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes (LigaA) inked 32-year old power forward Fernando Martina (202-81). The last season Martina played at Lanus. In 55 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Martina has played previously for five other Argentina teams: Obras, Boca Juniors, C.Entrerriano, Independiente General Pico and Ciclista.

By Eurobasket Data Center



S.Jose/Unimed lands Edward Nelson, ex 9 de Julio - by Eurobasket News

A.E. Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac (NBB) tabbed 31-year old American forward Edward Nelson (203-113kg-82, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at 9 de Julio in Argentinian LigaA. In 42 games he was second best scorer with impressive 17.8ppg and recorded 6.4rpg and 1.0apg last season. The most of previous (2011-12) season Nelson spent at GECR Indalo (LigaA) in Argentina. In 19 games he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg and 6.8rpg that season. He also spent part of the season at Sionista (LigaA) in Argentinian league that year. In 16 games he had 12.6ppg and 4.1rpg.
The previous (2011) summer Nelson was tested by Trotamundos (LPB) in Venezuelan league. The last (2011) season he played at Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 49 games he had 14.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg.
In 2009-10 season Nelson played at Quilmes (TNA) in Argentinian league. In 28 games he had very great stats: 16.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in sixth round (52nd overall).
The former University of Connecticut standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Big East Regular Season in 2006. Nelson received also Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Imports Team award back in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Nelson has played also professionally in Finland, Germany, Italy, Puerto Rico (Leones and Cangrejeros), Spain (Ourense) and Argentina (Wuber-Est.Bahia, Quilmes Mar del Plata and Regatas Corrientes).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Solidly-built player with excellent rebounding ability . . . Shoots well for a big man . . . A natural power forward who could be asked to play center at times.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nicolas Copello is a newcomer at Obera Tennis Club - by Eurobasket News

Obera Tennis Club (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old guard Nicolas Copello (194-92). He has played for the last three seasons at Boca Jrs (LigaA). But in 13 games he recorded just 1.4ppg last season. Copello's team made it to the Liga Sudamericana Semifinals in 2011. He represented Argentina at the World Championships U19 in Latvia two years ago. Copello's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg, 1.3apg.
Copello has played previously for two other Argentina teams: Atenas and Colon Santa Fe.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nicolas Copello is a newcomer at Obera Tennis Club - by Eurobasket News

Obera Tennis Club (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old guard Nicolas Copello (194-92). He has played for the last three seasons at Boca Jrs (LigaA). But in 13 games he recorded just 1.4ppg last season. Copello's team made it to the Liga Sudamericana Semifinals in 2011. He represented Argentina at the World Championships U19 in Latvia two years ago. Copello's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg, 1.3apg.
Copello has played previously for two other Argentina teams: Atenas and Colon Santa Fe.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fernando Martina agreed terms with Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes (LigaA) inked 32-year old power forward Fernando Martina (202-81). The last season Martina played at Lanus. In 55 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Martina has played previously for five other Argentina teams: Obras, Boca Juniors, C.Entrerriano, Independiente General Pico and Ciclista.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


Reves inks at St.Polten at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Chin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten (A Bundesliga) added to their roster American center Jordan Reves (208-109kg, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Reves just graduated from Texas Arlington (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 8.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1spg and 2.2bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
As mentioned above Reves is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. He was voted All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention in 2012 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



St.Polten inks Andrew Van Nest - by Eurobasket News

Chin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten (A Bundesliga) signed American forward Andrew Van Nest (208-107kg, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He just graduated from Boston College (NCAA). In 24 games he had 3.2ppg and 1.8rpg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Van Nest played at Harvard University in Ivy League in the NCAA. But in only one game he did not score anything.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Van Nest won Ivy League championship title in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium wins Group B - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- Finland U20 70:61

Belgium wins Group B with a perfect 5-0 record. The team overcame Finland 70:61 and advanced to the Quarterfinals. The latter finished with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round.
Belgium won the first period 16:14, but the Finnish team tied the game at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as Belgium needed a 21-12 to seal the victory. Both teams netted 17 points each in the final period for the final result.
Glenn Vlamynck (193-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) had 12 points and 10 assists. Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) netted 10, while Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) added 8. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) delivered 23 points in the losing effort and Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) brought 12. Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) had 8 points and Joni Herrala (191-G-94) chipped in with 6.

Belgium U20: Glenn Vlamynck 14, Emmanuel Lecomte 12+10 ast, Xavier-Robert Francois 10, Yoeri Schoepen 8
Finland U20: Joonas Caven 23, Julius Rajala 12, Joonas Lehtoranta 8, Joni Herrala 6



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  BOSNIA   


BiH prospect Lazar Mutic joins Real Madrid - by Miljan Veskovic

Lazar Mutic (197-F-99, agency: Sport Connect) one of the top prospects from Bosnia and Herzegovina signs a deal with Real Madrid. He impressed Real Madrid's coaching staff during the U14 tournament Viladecans where he played for Real's selection and was offered a contract. He will continue his basketball development in Spain and will join Real's U16 team. Lazar was Born in Banja Luka and till now he was a member of Basket2000, a school of basketball from his hometown. Lazar committed to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina youth National Teams.


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  BRAZIL   


Rodrigues is back at Paulistano - by Eurobasket News

Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (NBB) agreed terms with 26-year old center Rafael Mineiro Rodrigues (213-87). It is actually his comeback to Paulistano as he played here before. Rodrigues played last season at Minas (NBB). In 36 games he had 9.9ppg and 6.1rpg.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by Liga Sorocaba.
In 202011 summer Rodrigues was tested by Inter Santos (Paulista). In 7 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg. He won Paulista League championship title in 2010.
Rodrigues was a member of Brazilian U16 National Team in 2003.
He has played previously for six other Brazil teams: Vivo/Franca, COC Ribeirao, Barueri, Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brasilia and Colegio Magnum.
On Rodrigues: probably the most promising young center in Brazil; has great body, long arms, coordination, time for the rebounds; yet practicing with Riberao Preto senior team at only 15; doctors say that he could grew up till 220 cms (7-3);.

By Eurobasket Data Center



S.Jose/Unimed lands Edward Nelson, ex 9 de Julio - by Eurobasket News

A.E. Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac (NBB) tabbed 31-year old American forward Edward Nelson (203-113kg-82, college: Connecticut). He played most recently at 9 de Julio in Argentinian LigaA. In 42 games he was second best scorer with impressive 17.8ppg and recorded 6.4rpg and 1.0apg last season. The most of previous (2011-12) season Nelson spent at GECR Indalo (LigaA) in Argentina. In 19 games he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg and 6.8rpg that season. He also spent part of the season at Sionista (LigaA) in Argentinian league that year. In 16 games he had 12.6ppg and 4.1rpg.
The previous (2011) summer Nelson was tested by Trotamundos (LPB) in Venezuelan league. The last (2011) season he played at Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 49 games he had 14.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg.
In 2009-10 season Nelson played at Quilmes (TNA) in Argentinian league. In 28 games he had very great stats: 16.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in sixth round (52nd overall).
The former University of Connecticut standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Big East Regular Season in 2006. Nelson received also Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Imports Team award back in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Nelson has played also professionally in Finland, Germany, Italy, Puerto Rico (Leones and Cangrejeros), Spain (Ourense) and Argentina (Wuber-Est.Bahia, Quilmes Mar del Plata and Regatas Corrientes).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Solidly-built player with excellent rebounding ability . . . Shoots well for a big man . . . A natural power forward who could be asked to play center at times.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BULGARIA   


Sigma Barcellona tabs Andre Collins - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega2 Gold) inked 31-year old American (has also Bulgarian passport) point guard Andre Collins (183-79kg-82, college: Loyola, MD). He played most recently at Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 27 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.9apg (top 3) and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Collins played at Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (SerieA). In 32 games he had 13.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.2apg and 1.7spg that season.
In 2010-11 season he played at VL Pesaro (SerieA). In 27 games he had 12.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg (top 4) and 2.4spg.
In 2009-10 season Collins played at Oknoplast Bologna (SerieA). In 23 games he had 11.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
In 2008-09 season Collins played at Naturhouse Ferrara (Nazionale A). In 30 games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.5ppg and recorded 2.6rpg, 3.0apg and 3.0spg (in top 2). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Import Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Collins is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Loyola College in 2006 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Collins' game is described as: Plays in both the guard positions, is a very good outside shooter. Intense defender, can be deadly in fast breaks. His good court vision allows him to become soon a NBA caliber PG.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Bulgaria recorded third straight win beating hosts in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Bulgaria U20 58:68

Bulgaria registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They upset hosting Estonia to win Group H. Bulgaria therefore secured Division A place for the next season. Estonia will fight against relegation in the 17th-20th places classification round.
Bulgaria eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams slowed down in the second frame. They teamed up for just 18 points in the quarter as Bulgaria remained in front 28:26. Bulgaria cleared off to an 8-point distance midway through the third term. However Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) and Mihkel Schleicher (205-C-93) dragged the hosts within one point 46:47 at the final break. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) put the home side in front early in the fourth period. The lead changed hands for several times before Minkov and Karamfilov gave Bulgaria a 59:54 lead. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) sparked a 9:0 run from the visitors as they accumulated a 68:56 lead and rolled to the victory. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) posted 16 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov added 12 points and 14 boards in the victory. Mihkel Schleicher responded with 12 points for Bulgaria. Oliver Metsalu and Martin Paasoja chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Estonia U20: Mihkel Schleicher 12, Oliver Metsalu 11, Martin Paasoja 11
Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 16, Dimitar Dimitrov 12+14 boards, Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) 8



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  CANADA   


MIKE FROGLEY BEGINS TENURE AS DIRECTOR of Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Academy - by John Gary

courtesy basketball . ca A new era has begun in the rich history of Canadian Wheelchair basketball. Mike Frogley, one of the brightest minds in the sport, officially begins his tenure as the director of the new ground breaking Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy set too formally launch in September 2013. " ITS really great too get on the court and begin working directly with the atheletes because at the end of the day we are trying to leverage all of the resources within Wheelchair Basketball Canada to maximize the potenial of all our atheletes."" its about making them the best in the world," said Frogley.


The Mavericks sign Samuel Dalembert - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) signed 32-year old Canadian ex-international center Samuel Dalembert (211-113kg-81, college: Seton Hall). He is a dual citizen owning also Haitian passport. Dalembert played last season at Milwaukee Bucks. In 48 games he had 6.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at the Rockets. In 65 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.7bpg that season.
In 2010-11 season Dalembert played at the Kings. In 80 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5bpg.
In 2009-10 season he played at the 76ers. In 82 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2001 Dalembert was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in first round (26th overall). He attended Seton Hall University and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball. Dalembert was a member of Canadian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He is a very experienced player.
Dalembert could be described: Tremendous shot blocker with outstanding offensive potential... A strong defensive presence, as his outstretched arms extend 7-feet, 7-inches. His size is good for center and power forward, but is thin and doesn't have much of an offensive game either. Runs the floor well and a very good shot blocker. Will move up with time and addition of skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CHINA   


NBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu TX - Changsha Bank 79-89

The game was mostly controlled by Changsha Bank. Jiangsu TX managed to win second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changsha Bank dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu TX's 38. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jian Sun (190-88) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and guard XianLing Sun (190-89) scored 31 points. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: S.XianLing 31+2reb, E.Chinemelu 25+12reb+1ast, C.Shih-Nian 8+5reb+1ast, F.Xin 8+1reb+3ast, M.Zhuang 5+1reb, S.JianYe 2+2reb
Changsha Bank: S.Jian 23+3ast, A.Hilton 23+12reb+7ast, G.Yan 12+9reb+4ast, L.Lin 9+4reb, J.JunQi 9+5reb+2ast, R.XiaTi 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 243779


Sichuan BW - Chongqing FD 77-98

Chongqing FD dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Sichuan BW's 40. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks by American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) did not help to save the game for Sichuan BW. Taiwanese point guard Yong-Ren Wu (176-82) added 17 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Five Chongqing FD and four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 22+12reb, W.Yong-Ren 17+4reb+4ast, W.Jing 12+2reb, H.XiaoBin 12+3reb, C.XiaoDong 4+7reb+1ast, M.Long 3+1ast
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 25+19reb+3ast, L.XueSong 21+4reb+4ast, Y.KaiFu 21+4reb+5ast, Y.Liang 13+2reb, L.DaPeng 10+7reb, Y.Peng 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 243778



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  CROATIA   


U20 European Championship: Lithuania hold off Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Croatia U20 70:65

Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia in the final game at the Second Stage of the tournament to claim the third position in Group E. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) scored 24 points and issued 9 assists for the winners. Croatia fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Lithuania and Croatia exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The teams were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Lithuania pulled ahead in the second frame. The Baltic team gained a 33:27 halftime lead. Croatia cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 5 points at the final break. Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) put Croatia within three points early in the fourth term. However Lithuania answered with 9 points in a row to clear off. Luka Panduric put Croatia within five points late in regulation however Junkevicius and Chatkevicius sealed the win for the Baltic team. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93) added 11 points in the victory. Luka Panduric and Domagoj Samac (205-PF-93) answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Lithuania U20: Vaidas Kariniauskas 24, Martynas Paliukenas 16, Rytis Juknevicius 11
Croatia U20: Luka Panduric 13, Domagoj Samac 13



2013 EYOF: Croatia snatch win over Serbia to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Serbia U16 71:66

Croatia clinched the second win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They defeated Serbia to enter a three-way tie on top of Group A. Serbia and Croatia occupied the top two spots and advanced into the semifinal stage. Croatia will play versus Germany, while Serbia will face Turkey in the semis.
Croatia started the game strong. They snatched a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Croatia boosted the lead in the second period. They accumulated a 36:27 halftime lead. Croatia unloaded 23 points in the third term to enter the final term up by 10 points. Serbia went on a comeback rally in the fourth quarter but stopped short of victory at the end. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) netted 24 points to lead Croatia. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) provided 15 points for the winners. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) answered with 20 points for Serbia. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Croatia U16: Nik Slavica 24, Bruno Skokna 15, Ivica Zubac (211-C-97) 10
Serbia U16: Vojislav Stojanovic 20, Stefan Peno 13



Bubnic re-signs at Un.Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) confirmed in their roster 27-year old naturalized Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (206-86). He played there last season. Bubnic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 16 Telemach League games he had 6.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Bubnic also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Bubnic played at Helios. In 30 Telemach League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team. Bubnic also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 64.7%, 3FGP: 75%.
Bubnic has played also professionally in Italy, Slovenia (Luka Koper, Geoplin Slovan, Zlatorog and Elektra) and Croatia (KK Hermes Analitica Zagreb).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CYPRUS   


U20 European Championship: Portugal advanced to the 1/4 Finals with the win over Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Cyprus U20 75:70

Portugal advanced to the 1/4 Finals with the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team needed a 75:70 win for 3-2 record on the third place. Cyprus meanwhile finished the group with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round.
Both teams scored 18 points in the first period and then Portugal took 2-point lead at the halftime after a 23-21 rally in the second frame. Cyprus answered with a 15-12 run in the third period as Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) gave his team 54:53 lead after 30 minutes. Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) kept Cyprus in front at 68:67, while Portugal pushed the tempo at the end to seal the victory.
Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) as well as Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) had 11 each. Joao Ribeiro (201-PF-93) followed them with 9 points in a win. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) erupted with 31 points in defeat and Roberto Alexander Mantovani had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Rafael Eleftheriou delivered 9 points in a loss.

Portugal U20: Pedro Bastos 17, Henrique Piedade 11, Miguel Cardoso 11, Joao Ribeiro 9
Cyprus U20: Stefanos Iliadis 31, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 16+14 rebs, Rafael Eleftheriou 9



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U20 European Championship: Israel narrowly defeat Czech Republic to avoid relegation - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Czech Republic U20 77:76

Israel claimed a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They nipped Czech Republic to retain their Division A spot for the next season. Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record in Group G and would fight against relegation in the next stage.
Israel set the tone early in the game. They fired 20 points in the first ten minutes and recorded a 20:15 lead. But Czech Republic bounced back in the second quarter. They ignited a 23:12 rally to ensure a 38:32 halftime lead. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 7 points 54:47. But Israel found the way to recover. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the period to ensure a 60:58 lead. Israel then sparked a 6:0 run to gain a 71:64 advantage with under two minutes remaining. Ausprink and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) dragged Czech Republic within two points with 6 seconds remaining. But Or Solomon converted a timely jumper and Kyzlinks three-pointer could not change a thing. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) had 14 points for Israel. Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) added 13 points for the winners. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) and Martin Kriz responded with 22 points each for Czech Republic.

Israel U20: Tom Maayan 16, Golan Gutt 14, Shawn Dawson 13
Czech Republic U20: Samuel Faifr 22, Martin Kriz 22



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Rapla add Sven Kaldre, keep Andre Parn - by Eurobasket News

Rapla bolstered their roster. They added Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91). The guard spent the last season in Germany. He played for Bodfeld Baskets Oberharz in Regionalliga. Sven Kaldre notched 16.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Previously Sven Kaldre played for Rapla, TU/Rock, Valga Welg and Salva Tartu. He made it into Estonian League All-Newcomers Team in 2009. The guard was the member of the U18 and U20 Estonian National Teams.
Rapla also extended the contract with Andre Parn (202-F-77). The forward will enter the third consecutive season with the team. Last season Andre Parn notched 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assist per appearance in KML. In Baltic League Andre Parn notched 9.4 points, 3.6 boards and 1.9 asssists. Andre Parn was named All-Estonian League Forward of the Year back in 2003. He was the member of the Estonian National Team in 1995-2005 seasons.



U20 European Championship: Bulgaria recorded third straight win beating hosts in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Bulgaria U20 58:68

Bulgaria registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They upset hosting Estonia to win Group H. Bulgaria therefore secured Division A place for the next season. Estonia will fight against relegation in the 17th-20th places classification round.
Bulgaria eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams slowed down in the second frame. They teamed up for just 18 points in the quarter as Bulgaria remained in front 28:26. Bulgaria cleared off to an 8-point distance midway through the third term. However Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) and Mihkel Schleicher (205-C-93) dragged the hosts within one point 46:47 at the final break. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) put the home side in front early in the fourth period. The lead changed hands for several times before Minkov and Karamfilov gave Bulgaria a 59:54 lead. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) sparked a 9:0 run from the visitors as they accumulated a 68:56 lead and rolled to the victory. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) posted 16 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov added 12 points and 14 boards in the victory. Mihkel Schleicher responded with 12 points for Bulgaria. Oliver Metsalu and Martin Paasoja chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Estonia U20: Mihkel Schleicher 12, Oliver Metsalu 11, Martin Paasoja 11
Bulgaria U20: Pavlin Ivanov 16, Dimitar Dimitrov 12+14 boards, Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) 8



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Real Madrid land Ioannis Bourousis - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid have agreed on terms of contract with Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM). The Greek centre signed for the next season. Last two seasons Ioannis Bourousis spent in Italy. He played for Emporio Armani. Last season the centre tallied 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists per game in SeriaA. He also notched 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance in EuroLeague. Ioannis Bourousis made it into Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad 2nd Team. Previously Ioannis Bourousis had stints with Olympiacos and AEK Athens. He was named All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2008. Ioannis Bourousis was named A1 League Centre of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2005.


Joey Dorsey (ex Gaziantep) signs at FCB Regal - by Eurobasket News

Regal FC Barcelona (Liga Endesa) landed 30-year old USA ex-international power forward Joey Dorsey (206-122kg-83, college: Memphis, agency: FCM). Dorsey managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 21 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 12.5rpg (leader !!!), 2.1apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Dorsey also played at Olympiacos (A1) in Greek league earlier that season. In two games he had 3.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he had 3.3ppg and 4.3rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Dorsey played at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (previous name Caja Laboral). In 7 Liga Endesa games he had just 2.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 6 games in Euroleague where he had only 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg.
In 2010-11 season Dorsey played at the Raptors in NBA. In 42 games he had 3.2ppg and 4.5rpg. Part of previous (09-10) season he spent at the Kings in NBA. But in 7 games he had only 1.7ppg and 2.6rpg. Dorsey also spent pre-season at the Rockets in NBA that year. In 7 games he had only 1.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). The former University of Memphis staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won Greek League championship title in 2012. Dorsey received also All-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2007 and 2008 at his college time. Dorsey represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 3.4rpg.
Dorsey has played previously professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
His game is described as: One of the nation's top rebounders and shot blockers ... Game thrives on rebounding and creating offense off putbacks and offensive rebounds ... A great passer out of the post ... Solid defender in the post and on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Marco Belinelli confirms his EuroBasket participation - by Eurobasket News

Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) will don the Azzurri jersey at the 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia. The guard has confirmed his participation sources report. Marco Belinelli has just joined the San Antonio Spurs. He has reportedly been granted the permission by the Spurs to take part at the European Championship. Belinelli played for Italy at the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. He notched 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game then. Last season Marco Belinelli spent with the Bulls. He averaged 9.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per appearance in the NBA. Marko Belinelli has been the member of the Italian National Team since 2004. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honourable Mention in 2010 and 2012.


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Div.C standings

Standings
Group A
1. Moldova2-0
2. San Marino.1-1
3. Wales0-2
Group B
1. Monaco2-0
2. Andorra1-1
3. Gibraltar0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jul. 17: SMR - WAL 77-62

Group B

Jul. 17: AND - MON 61-77

Quarter-Finals: Round 4

Jul. 18: SMR - GIB
Jul. 18: AND - WAL


Division C: Moldova and Monaco reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
San Marino U18 - Wales U18 77:62
San Marino clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. San Marino will now face Gibraltar, while Wales will take on Andorra at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
San Marino poured in 26 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. San Marino accumulated a 39:29 halftime lead. Wales responded with an aggressive defensive effort in the third term. The Welsh team cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break. But San Marino reacted with a 27-point tally in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) netted 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Julian Gualtieri (188-G-95) added 23 points for San Marino. Joshua Reade (186-G-95) answered with 21 points for Wales. Samuel Roberts (187-C-95) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Igor Biordi 32+12 boards, Julian Gualtieri 23, Andrea Gambi (190-C-96) 6
Wales U18: Joshua Reade 21, Samuel Roberts 13

Group B
Andorra U18 - Monaco U18 61:77
Monaco clinched the top spot in Group B at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Andorra for the second straight win at the tournament. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) posted 22 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Monaco advanced directly into the semifinal stage. Andorra will now take on Wales in the quarterfinal.
Andorra eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Monaco denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 33:29 halftime advantage. The visitors made a decisive push in the third term. Monaco ignited a 21:9 run to accumulate a 16-point lead before the fourth period. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term as Monaco cruised to the victory. Daniel Pieper (185-F-96) and Clement Marechal (180-G-96) provided 16 points each for the winners. Jordi Moline (176-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Andorra. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 boards in the loss.

Andorra U18: Jordi Moline 16, Juan Bustamante 13+12 boards
Monaco U18: Alessandro Generale 22, Daniel Pieper 16, Clement Marechal 16



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Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Greece4-1
2. Turkey4-1
3. Lithuania3-2
4. Montenegro.2-3
5. Croatia1-4
6. Germany1-4
Group F
1. Latvia4-1
2. Italy3-2
3. Spain2-3
4. France2-3
5. Russia2-3
6. Slovenia2-3
Group G (13-20 places)
1. Serbia3-0
2. Israel2-1
3. Ukraine1-2
4. Czech Rep.0-3
Group H (13-20 places)
1. Bulgaria3-0
2. Sweden2-1
3. Estonia1-2
4. Georgia0-3

Second Stage: Round 8

E

Jul. 17: MNT - GER 75-64
Jul. 17: TUR - GRE 72-70
Jul. 17: LTU - CRO 70-65

F

Jul. 17: ITA - RUS 88-70
Jul. 17: FRA - LAT 79-74
Jul. 17: ESP - SLO 72-75

G

Jul. 17: ISR - CZE 77-76
Jul. 17: SRB - UKR 75-69

H

Jul. 17: BUL - EST 68-58
Jul. 17: GEO - SWE 62-66

Quarter-Finals: Round 9

13-16 Place

Jul. 19: SRB - SWE
Jul. 19: BUL - ISR

17-20 Place

Jul. 19: UKR - GEO
Jul. 19: EST - CZE

9-12 Place

Jul. 19: CRO - SLO
Jul. 19: FRA - GER

Quarterfinal

Jul. 19: TUR - RUS
Jul. 19: LAT - MNT
Jul. 19: GRE - ESP
Jul. 19: ITA - LTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daniel DIEZ
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Diez, Gipuzkoa18.7 
 2. Vecvagars, Lietkab.17.8 
 3. Kriz, BC Kolin17.7 
 4. Jean-Charles, AS.17.3 
 5. Koreniuk, Dnipro16.7 
 6. Mugosa, Buducnost16.6 
 7. Radosavljevi., B.M.16.1 
 8. Eriksson, FCB R.16.1 
 9. Larentzakis, Ikaros16.0 
 10. Fernandez, Asefa15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ojars SILINS
  LAT
  (208-PF-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Silins, Grissin10.0 
 2. Spires, FCB R.9.7 
 3. Grazulis, Ventspils9.3 
 4. Solomon, Maccabi8.7 
 5. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.8.4 
 6. Kriz, BC Kolin8.4 
 7. Jaiteh, Boulogne8.3 
 8. Antetokounmp., Fil.8.1 
 9. Diez, Gipuzkoa8.0 
 10. Chatkevicius, S.C.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tom MAAYAN
  ISR
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Maayan, Seton Hall5.7 
 2. Artamonov, BC Od.5.3 
 3. Eroglu, Erdemir4.4 
 4. Laane, Rapla4.1 
 5. Miljenovic, Radnic.4.0 
 6. Bochoridis, Aris3.9 
 7. Fernandez, Asefa3.9 
 8. Vrbica, Lovcen3.6 
 9. Imbro, Oknoplas.3.4 
 10. Panduric, Darda3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Otar PKHAKADZE
  GEO
  (190-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pkhakadze, Fairmon.2.6 
 2. Eroglu, Erdemir2.4 
 3. Hrovat, Helios2.3 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar2.1 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog2.0 
 6. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.1.9 
 7. Paasoja, Rapla1.9 
 8. Fernandez, Asefa1.9 
 9. Laane, Rapla1.9 
 10. Tomic, Geoplin Sl.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo NIKOLIC
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nikolic, Buducnost2.4 
 2. Silins, Grissin2.3 
 3. Spires, FCB R.2.0 
 4. Antetokounmp., Fil.2.0 
 5. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.1.9 
 6. Grazulis, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Nurger, Rapla1.4 
 8. Marinkovic, OKK B.1.3 
 9. Fait, USK Praha1.3 
 10. Dawson, Maccabi1.0 


M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. U.Kingdom5-0
2. Poland4-1
3. Hungary3-2
4. Romania2-3
Group B
1. Belgium5-0
2. Portugal3-2
3. Switzerland3-2
4. Holland2-3
Group C (9-12 places)
1. Cyprus0-0
2. Finland0-0
3. Luxembourg0-0
4. Slovakia0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Group A

Jul. 17: ROM - LUX 72-69
Jul. 17: SVK - POL 64-89
Jul. 17: HUN - ENG 60-65

Group B

Jul. 17: POR - CYP 75-70
Jul. 17: BEL - FIN 70-61
Jul. 17: NED - SUI 65-74

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

9-12 places

Jul. 19: LUX - CYP
Jul. 19: SVK - FIN

QUARTERFINAL

Jul. 19: ENG - NED
Jul. 19: POL - POR
Jul. 19: BEL - ROM
Jul. 19: SUI - HUN


Quarterfinals are set in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Turkey - Greece 72-70
Turkey claimed the second win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They sneaked past Greek counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E. Greece suffered the first defeat at the tournament and occupied the second position in Group E ladder. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) nailed 23 points to lead the winners. Turkey will now take on Russia, while Greece will face Spain in the quarterfinal stage. Turkey stunned the Hellenes with a strong start. They raced to a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey and Greece exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Turkey ensured a 36:27 halftime lead. But Greece turned the tables in the third period. They went on a 12:0 run to surge ahead 41:39. Ioannis Papapetrou made it 54:47 late in the period. Turkey cut the deficit at just one point 53:54 at the final break. Turkey used an 11:0 run early in the fourth quarter to surge ahead. Greece pulled within two points with 83 seconds remaining. But Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) converted a three-point play and won the game for Turkey. Tayfun Erulku chipped in 19 points, while Ramazan Tekin added 11 points for the winning side. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) answered with 24 points for Greece. Ioannis Papapetrou had 20 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Croatia 70-65
Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia in the final game at the Second Stage of the tournament to claim the third position in Group E. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) scored 24 points and issued 9 assists for the winners. Croatia fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of the ladder. Lithuania and Croatia exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The teams were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Lithuania pulled ahead in the second frame. The Baltic team gained a 33:27 halftime lead. Croatia cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 5 points at the final break. Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) put Croatia within three points early in the fourth term. However Lithuania answered with 9 points in a row to clear off. Luka Panduric put Croatia within five points late in regulation however Junkevicius and Chatkevicius sealed the win for the Baltic team. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Rytis Juknevicius added 11 points in the victory. Luka Panduric and Domagoj Samac answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Montenegro - Germany 75-64
Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) nailed 30 points to lead Montenegro past Germany in Group E of the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. Montenegro therefore made it into the quarterfinal stage. Germany slipped at 2-3 record just outside the playoff zone. Montenegro lost two of their opening games in Group E. But they entered this one full of confidence. The Balkan team cleared off to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Montenegro ensured a 40:28 halftime lead. Germany picked up the rhythm in the third term. They were able to cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the final intermission. But Montenegro exploded with 21 points in the fourth period to seal the win. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Danilo Nikolic added 9 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 22 points for Germany. David Brembly tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Group F
France - Latvia 79-74
France stopped Latvian winning streak but failed to qualify for the U20 European Championship quarterfinals. William Howard (201-SF-93) nailed 17 points to pace Les Bleus. Latvia suffered the first defeat in Tallinn. It did not prevent them from clinching the top spot in Group F though. Latvia will now take on Montenegro in the quarterfinals. France fired 27 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded an 8-point lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout highly intense second frame. France secured a 48:40 halftime lead. Les Bleus held Latvia to just 11 points in the third term to boost the gap at 15-point mark. But Latvia were able to cut the deficit to 2 points with 17 seconds remaining. Harley nailed three late free throws to seal the win for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) netted 14 points, while Hugo Invernizzi added 12 points for the winning side. Peteris Rekis (197-PF-93) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis had 12 points in the losing effort.

Spain - Slovenia 72-75
Slovenia came up with a strong performance at the U20 European Championship today. They knocked down Spain but came up short of desired quarterfinal birth. Slovenia had to win by 16 points or more to qualify into the playoffs. Spain in the meantime finished in the third position in the ladder. Slovenia controlled the game according to plan in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 23:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia did not allow Spain to get any closer in the second frame. Slovenia ensured an 11-point halftime buffer 41:30. But Spain turned things their way in the third quarter. They went on an 11:2 run midway through the period to cut the deficit to three points 45:48. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) drained back-to-back triples to put Spain in front 51:50. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) capped the period with a free throw as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 51. Guillem Vives drilled another triple early in the fourth quarter as Spain jumped ahead. But Slovenia went on a 10:0 run midway through the period to regain the lead. Luka Rupnik made it 68:60 for Slovenia soon after. But Guillem Vives once again connected from beyond the arc to keep Spain in the game. He added two more triples to his shooting frenzy as Spain narrowed the gap at just one point 71:72 with 37 seconds remaining. Lapornik and Luka Rupnik hit three free throws to make it 75:71 for Slovenia and they escaped with the win at the end. Luka Rupnik delivered 20 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) added 17 points, while Tomaz Bolcina had 13 points and 13 boards for the winners. Guillem Vives answered with 24 points for Spain. Daniel Diez had 21 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Italy - Russia 88-70
Italy will play at the quarterfinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They breezed past Russia today to clinch 3-2 record in Group F. Russia fell at 2-3 record but can still qualify if Spain beat Slovenia later today. Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Italy stepped on the gas early in the game. They unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to gain a 13-point lead. Russia narrowed the gap in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 35:45. But Italy stayed red hot offensively in the second half. They unloaded 26 points in the third period piling up a 17-point advantage before the final term. Italy held Russia to 16 points in the fourth period and claimed an important victory at the end. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) produced 18 points, while Amedeo Della Valle added 13 points for the winners. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) answered with 17 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Group G
Israel - Czech Republic 77-76
Israel claimed a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They nipped Czech Republic to retain their Division A spot for the next season. Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record in Group G and would fight against relegation in the next stage. Israel set the tone early in the game. They fired 20 points in the first ten minutes and recorded a 20:15 lead. But Czech Republic bounced back in the second quarter. They ignited a 23:12 rally to ensure a 38:32 halftime lead. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 7 points 54:47. But Israel found the way to recover. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the period to ensure a 60:58 lead. Israel then sparked a 6:0 run to gain a 71:64 advantage with under two minutes remaining. Ausprink and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) (204-PF-93) dragged Czech Republic within two points with 6 seconds remaining. But Or Solomon converted a timely jumper and Kyzlinks three-pointer could not change a thing. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) had 14 points for Israel. Shawn Dawson added 13 points for the winners. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) and Martin Kriz responded with 22 points each for Czech Republic.

Serbia - Ukraine 75-69
Serbia celebrated the key win in the classification round at U20 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine to reach the games for the 13th-16th places. Ukraine will try to avoid relegation in the battle for the 17th-20th spots. Sasa Avramovic (194-PG-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Serbia stormed into the game. They unloaded 28 points in the first period to gain a 9-point advantage. Ukraine slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) dragged his team within 3 points at halftime 43:40. Ukraine opened the second half on a 13:0 run to gain a 53:43 lead. But Serbia recovered well enough to gain a 60:58 lead at the final intermission. They did not allow Ukraine to deny the deficit in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Pavle Reljic (195-G-93) finished with 11 points, while Krstic added 10 points for Serbia. Koreniuk answered with 16 points and 16 boards for Ukraine. Artamonov had 16 points in the losing effort.

Group H
Bulgaria - Estonia 68-58
Bulgaria registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They upset hosting Estonia to win Group H. Bulgaria therefore secured Division A place for the next season. Estonia will fight against relegation in the 17th-20th places classification round. Bulgaria eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams slowed down in the second frame. They teamed up for just 18 points in the quarter as Bulgaria remained in front 28:26. Bulgaria cleared off to an 8-point distance midway through the third term. However Martin Paasoja and Mihkel Schleicher (205-C-93) dragged the hosts within one point 46:47 at the final break. Oliver Metsalu put the home side in front early in the fourth period. The lead changed hands for several times before Minkov and Karamfilov gave Bulgaria a 59:54 lead. Dimitar Dimitrov sparked a 9:0 run from the visitors as they accumulated a 68:56 lead and rolled to the victory. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) posted 16 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov added 12 points and 14 boards in the victory. Mihkel Schleicher responded with 12 points for Bulgaria. Oliver Metsalu and Martin Paasoja chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Georgia - Sweden 62-66
Sweden claimed a crucial win over Georgia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team improved at 2-1 record in Group H and avoided relegation. They will now figth for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Georgia will play against relegation in the 17th-20th place classification round. Georgia got to a slightly better start to the game. They ensured a 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden erased the deficit in the second frame. The scoreboard read 35:35 at halftime. Sweden and Georgia exchanged baskets throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame tied at 52-all. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth frame. Finally Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) and Jonathan Person hit four points in a row and Sweden kept Georgia scoreless in the final three minutes of the game to snatch the victory. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) netted 15 points to lead Sweden. Nicholas Spires added 12 points and 15 boards, while Jonathan Person contributed 11 points for the winning side. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) answered with 19 points for Georgia. Otar Pkhakadze had 16 points in the defeat.



The End of Preliminary Round in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Romania - Luxembourg 72-69
Romania takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals as they beat Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts grabbed valuable 72:69 win in the last game of the Group Stage. It was the game for the second victory at the tournament and the last ticket to the next stage. Luxembourg started the game with 16:9 lead, but Romania replied with a 27-16 surge. Again Luxembourg looked better in the third quarter and managed to grab 1-point lead after 30 minutes. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) nailed three for 58:57 after three quarters. Again Gilles Polfer and then Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) scored for 64:59, but Luxembourg could not upset the hosts. Romania made the final push and sealed the necessary win. Movileanu Adrian top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 22 rebounds. Cristiean Horia followed them with 8 points in a win. Alex Laurent erupted with 30 points in the losing effort and Melcher Bob nailed 13. Gilles Polfer scored 11 and Mersch Steven brought 5.

Hungary - United Kingdom 60-65
United Kingdom advanced to the quarterfinals with the perfect record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Hungary 65:60 to finish the group with a 5-0 record. Hungary meanwhile finished third in the group with 3-2 record. Hungary surprised the group leader with a 20-13 start, but could not keep the lead for a long time. United Kingdom replied with a 22-8 surge to take 35:28 advantage after a Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) shot. United Kingdom added 21-16 rally in the third period and led 56:44 after 30 minutes. Hungary closed the game with a 16-9 surge to reduce to final 5 points. Devon Van Oostrum top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Hart Joe netted 11. Thomas-Edwards Raphell posted 9, while Lewis Nick added 6. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) notched 15 points in the losing effort and Allen Rosco had 13. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 10, while Czinger Zoltan notched 7.

Slovakia - Poland 64-89
Poland secure the win over Slovakia in the start of Day 5 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland improved to 4-1 record after an 89:64 win. Poland started the game with 21:16 lead and added massive 31-16 in the second frame. Moreover Poland posted a 21-13 rally in the third period as Bonarek nailed three for 73:43. Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) reduced to 73L45 early in the last stanza and Novysedlak made two free throws for 74:49. Michalak Michal and Borowski however made sure Poland celebrated an easy victory at the end. Michalak Michal top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Karnowsk Przemyslaw collected 17 points and 13 rebounds. Gielo Tomasz brought 12 and Matczak Filip nailed 9. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) answered with 17 points in defeat and Viktor Juricek had 16. Cekovsky Michal collected 11 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Group B
Holland - Switzerland 65-74
Switzerland rout Holland, both head to the Quarterfinals at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side posted a 74:65 victory to finish second with 3-2 record. Holland finished the group with 2-3 record on the fourth place. Switzerland opened the game with 13-12 rally and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game and gave the Swiss side a 29-15 surge and led 16 points after 30 minutes of the game. Holland answered with 19-12 rally at the end and reduced to 9 final points. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 23 points and Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) notched 17. Lehmann Marco posted 11, while Kostic Branislav had 9. Yannick Van Der Ark answered with 16 points and Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) as well as Bleeker Kevin had 9 each. Averink Kasper and Bouwknecht Maarten ended up with 8 points apiece.

Belgium - Finland 70-61
Belgium wins Group B with a perfect 5-0 record. The team overcame Finland 70:61 and advanced to the Quarterfinals. The latter finished with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round. Belgium won the first period 16:14, but the Finnish team tied the game at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as Belgium needed a 21-12 to seal the victory. Both teams netted 17 points each in the final period for the final result. Vlamynck Glenn paced all the winners with 14 points and Lecomte Emmanuel had 12 points and 10 assists. Francois Xavier-Robert netted 10, while Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) added 8. Caven Joonas delivered 23 points in the losing effort and Rajala Julius brought 12. Lehtoranta Joonas had 8 points and Joni Herrala (191-G-94) chipped in with 6.

Portugal - Cyprus 75-70
Portugal advanced to the 1/4 Finals with the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team needed a 75:70 win for 3-2 record on the third place. Cyprus meanwhile finished the group with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round. Both teams scored 18 points in the first period and then Portugal took 2-point lead at the halftime after a 23-21 rally in the second frame. Cyprus answered with a 15-12 run in the third period as Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) gave his team 54:53 lead after 30 minutes. Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) kept Cyprus in front at 68:67, while Portugal pushed the tempo at the end to seal the victory. Bastos Pedro stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Piedade Henrique as well as Cardoso Miguel had 11 each. Joao Ribeiro (201-PF-93) followed them with 9 points in a win. Iliadis Stefanos erupted with 31 points in defeat and Roberto Alexander Mantovani had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Rafael Eleftheriou delivered 9 points in a loss.



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Tampa Bay Rebels Clinch Home Court - by Andrew Phillips

On Fan Appreciation Night, which included the introduction of the Lady Rebels dance team, the Tampa Bay Rebels gave the home crowd something to celebrate by pulling away late to grab a hard-earned 102-95 victory against the Palm Beach Knights. The victory ensures that the Rebels will finish with the best regular season record in the 2013 FBA season at 10-2, and will have home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Tampa Bay struggled out of the gate, as the Knights used strong defensive pressure to limit the Rebels on the offensive end. With Palm Beach making the most of their offensive opportunities, the home team found themselves trailing by double-digits in the first half. Tampa Bay made a change to their defense to start the second-half, which allowed the Rebels to work their way back into the game. Timely shooting from guard Robert Fuchs (6'0''-G), who finished with 22 points, along with a key layup and three-pointer from Aubrey West (6'2''-G) helped to pull the Rebels ahead for good late in the final period.

Point guard Cory Lemons (5'10''-G, college: Cabrini) narrowly missed a triple-double and finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals. Chris Stephenson (6'3''-G, college: NC-Asheville) earned his own double-double by scoring 13 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. Veteran guard Jonathan Brown (6'1''-G-79, college: Tampa) had another solid all-around performance as he scored 13 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists, while Stan Bufford (6'4''-G-84, college: W.Michigan) contributed 12 points and 7 boards.

The Rebels will host the Knights again on Saturday, July 27th in the first round of the FBA playoffs. The game will start at 7pm and will be played at Freedom High School in New Tampa. Children 13 and under will receive free admission to the game, and those over 13 can purchase tickets for $10 at the gate or by visiting the RSole store located in University Square Mall. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for additional information.



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U20 European Championship: Belgium wins Group B - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- Finland U20 70:61

Belgium wins Group B with a perfect 5-0 record. The team overcame Finland 70:61 and advanced to the Quarterfinals. The latter finished with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round.
Belgium won the first period 16:14, but the Finnish team tied the game at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as Belgium needed a 21-12 to seal the victory. Both teams netted 17 points each in the final period for the final result.
Glenn Vlamynck (193-F-93) paced all the winners with 14 points and Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) had 12 points and 10 assists. Xavier-Robert Francois (204-C-94) netted 10, while Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) added 8. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) delivered 23 points in the losing effort and Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) brought 12. Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) had 8 points and Joni Herrala (191-G-94) chipped in with 6.

Belgium U20: Glenn Vlamynck 14, Emmanuel Lecomte 12+10 ast, Xavier-Robert Francois 10, Yoeri Schoepen 8
Finland U20: Joonas Caven 23, Julius Rajala 12, Joonas Lehtoranta 8, Joni Herrala 6



KORISLIIGA: Mikhail Torrance joins Vilpas Vikings - by Rauno Hurmalainen

American versatile swingman Mikhail Torrance (196-G-88, college: Alabama) will join Vilpas (Salo) roster in August. Vilpas Head Coach Mikko Tupamaki and Torrance have signed a 1-year-contract for 2013-14 season. Torrance was part of Alabama U. roster 2006-10. Later he has played 12 games in Turkey (TB2L) second highest level (2011-12) and 2012-13 in Canada (NBL). Torrance was practising with Vilpas already in May and soon he will be given a chance to show really his potential as position 1-2-3 player.


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U20 European Championship: France outscore Latvia to no avail - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Latvia U20 79:74

France stopped Latvian winning streak but failed to qualify for the U20 European Championship quarterfinals. William Howard (201-SF-93) nailed 17 points to pace Les Bleus. Latvia suffered the first defeat in Tallinn. It did not prevent them from clinching the top spot in Group F though. Latvia will now take on Montenegro in the quarterfinals.
France fired 27 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded an 8-point lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout highly intense second frame. France secured a 48:40 halftime lead. Les Bleus held Latvia to just 11 points in the third term to boost the gap at 15-point mark. But Latvia were able to cut the deficit to 2 points with 17 seconds remaining. Harley nailed three late free throws to seal the win for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) netted 14 points, while Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) added 12 points for the winning side. Peteris Rekis (197-PF-93) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) had 12 points in the losing effort.

France U20: William Howard 17, Alexandre Chassang 14, Hugo Invernizzi 12
Latvia U20: Peteris Rekis 16, Andrejs Grazulis 12



2013 EYOF: France beat Italy in Utretcht - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Italy U16 77:52

France wrapped up their European Youth Olympic Festival preliminary round campaign with victory. They defeated Italy but both teams failed to qualify for the semifinals. France will now take on Netherlands, while Italy will face Poland in the 5th-8th place classification round.
Italy jumped to an early lead. The Azzurri recorded a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. But France erased the deficit in the second quarter and registered a 33:29 halftime lead. Les Bleus went on a massive 25:7 run in the third quarter and cleared off for good in this one. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) added 14 points in the victory. Lorenzo Caroti (183-PG-97) answered with 12 points for Italy. Marco Timperi (188-G-97) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 23+13 boards, Luc Loubaki 14, Amine Noua (196-PF-97) 8
Italy U16: Lorenzo Caroti 12, Marco Timperi 10



Cavallo comes back to Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProB) inked 23-year old forward Clement Cavallo (199-90). It is actually his comeback to Toulon as he played here before. Cavallo played most recently at Denain ASC Voltaire in ProB. However his team was relegated to NM1. In 34 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Fos Ouest. But in 28 games he averaged just 1.8ppg that season.
In 2010-11 season Cavallo played at Hyeres-Toulon. In 5 games he averaged only 1.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cavallo comes back to Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProB) inked 23-year old forward Clement Cavallo (199-90). It is actually his comeback to Toulon as he played here before. Cavallo played most recently at Denain ASC Voltaire in ProB. However his team was relegated to NM1. In 34 games he recorded 5.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Fos Ouest. But in 28 games he averaged just 1.8ppg that season.
In 2010-11 season Cavallo played at Hyeres-Toulon. In 5 games he averaged only 1.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: Sweden defeat Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Georgia U20 66:62

Sweden claimed a crucial win over Georgia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team improved at 2-1 record in Group H and avoided relegation. They will now figth for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Georgia will play against relegation in the 17th-20th place classification round.
Georgia got to a slightly better start to the game. They ensured a 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden erased the deficit in the second frame. The scoreboard read 35:35 at halftime. Sweden and Georgia exchanged baskets throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame tied at 52-all. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth frame. Finally Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) and Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) hit four points in a row and Sweden kept Georgia scoreless in the final three minutes of the game to snatch the victory. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) netted 15 points to lead Sweden. Nicholas Spires added 12 points and 15 boards, while Jonathan Person contributed 11 points for the winning side. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) answered with 19 points for Georgia. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) had 16 points in the defeat.

Sweden U20: Niklas Larsson 15, Nicholas Spires 12+15 boards, Jonathan Person 11
Georgia U20: Revaz Rogava 19, Otar Pkhakadze 16



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U20 European Championship: Montenegro knock down Germany - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Germany U20 75:64

Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) nailed 30 points to lead Montenegro past Germany in Group E of the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. Montenegro therefore made it into the quarterfinal stage. Germany slipped at 2-3 record just outside the playoff zone.
Montenegro lost two of their opening games in Group E. But they entered this one full of confidence. The Balkan team cleared off to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Montenegro ensured a 40:28 halftime lead. Germany picked up the rhythm in the third term. They were able to cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the final intermission. But Montenegro exploded with 21 points in the fourth period to seal the win. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) added 9 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 22 points for Germany. David Brembly (197-SG-93) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Masan Vrbica 30, Milos Latkovic 16, Danilo Nikolic 9
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 22, David Brembly 11



Licher Basket Baeren finalize Fuca deal - by Moritz Korff

The Licher Basket Baeren (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have completed the signing of Joseph Fuca (182-G-89, college: Master's). The point guard arrives from Regionalliga side Baskets Vilsbiburg. In his first season in Germany he averaged 22.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game for the Vilsbiburg team and earned Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Bosman Player of the Year honors. He also made the Eurobasket.com All-RLSO First Team.
Fuca comes from Danville, California and has dual citizenship. He holds an Italian passport. He spent his university career at NAIA's The Master's College.



Bastian Doreth Gets Loaned Again This Time To The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


One can slowly call Bastian Doreth (183-G-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) the loan man as he has been loaned to Germans teams twice in the last two seasons. Last season FC Bayern MUnich loaned him to TBB Trier and now the Bavarian team has given him to the Artland Dragons for a season. Doreth is a 24 yera old 183cm guard that started his basketball career in 2006 with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga). Last season for TBB Trier, the German played 32 games: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg. The contract of Doreth with FC Bayern Munich runs until 2015, so he still has the chance to play for them in the last season of his contract. "After intensive talks and much thought, we decided with Bastian Doreth that this is the right step. He is ready to take over more responsobility and he hs the perfect conditions with the Artland Dragons. I am sure that he will take this chnace", stressed FC Bayern Munich director Marko Pesic. He made his debut last summer playing in teh German national team playing the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg.

Source: FC Bayern Munich





FC Bayern Munich Keep Demond Greene - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Demond Greene (185-PG-79, agency: LUMANI 10.7) seems to have found a home in Munich as he will play a fourth season for the bavarian team getting a one year contract. In his 17 year basketball career, the German with American roots has only played for one team longer than FC Bayern Munich and that was Wurzburg where he played five seasons in the late 90s. Greene is a 34 year old 185 cm guard and despite his scoring average dipping each season since being in Munich, he still remains an important player that can still defend forcefully and give his experience to the younger players. Last season for FC Bayern Munich he played 41 games: 3.2ppg, 1.1rpg. "I am happy that we will will continue teh successful cooperation with Demond Greene", stressed FC Bayern Munich director Marko Pesic. Last season Greene scored in double figures twice including a 15 point game against MBC. "I am happy to keep being a part of the FC Bayern Munich family. It is great that we will be able to play Euroleague. I will do everything possible to help the team reach their goals", stressed Demond Greene.

Source: FC Bayern Munich








Dominic Lockhart Moves to The Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB have added Dominic Lockhart (197-F-94) to the roster. Lockhart is a 19 year old 197cm forward that started his basketball career for the LTi Giessen 46ers junior team in 2010. He got a two year deal and will also have a license to play for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Last season he played for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Regionalliga): 17 games: 5.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, played also for LTi Giessen 46ers junior team (NBBL). For the NBBL team, the German put up fantastic stats averaging 14ppg, grabbing 12 rebounds, dishing out six assists and getting three steals. "Dominic is a highly talented young player that will make the next step with us in the direction of a professional careeer. It is an achievement for us that another junior national player chose to play for us. He has shown in the last years what potential he has. He will get the chance tod evelop his potential in the pro B and BBL team", stated youth coordinator Ralph Held. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -10, All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 Honorable Mention -10, European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 9 games: 7.0ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 57.6%
German U18 National Team -11-12, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim (Germany) -12, European Championships U18 in Lithuania -12: 9 games: 6.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 76.5%, and German U20 National Team -13


Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg







Stefan Truong Joins The Weissenhorn Youngsters - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

ratiopharm Ulm farm team Weissenhorn Youngsters announced today that they have kept Daniel Albus, Chris Grosse and Philipp Leitner. The team also brought in Stefan Truong. Truong is a 24 year old guard that started his basketball career with SSV Ulm and also played with the NBBL team before moving on to SV Oberelchingen (2.Regionalliga) for many years. The German was convinced that Weissenhorn is the right step for his career. "I observed the successful development of the team and am happy to be a part of the team. The Pro B is a new situation for me. However I want to get as much playing time as possible and I hope that we will have a successful season", stated Stefan Truong.The club is also happy to have TRuong on teh team. "Stefan should bring stability to the team. He is a devoted player that can make it in teh Pro B", stressed Weissenhorn sport director Artur Kolodziejski (195-F/G-79)

Source: Weienhorn Youngstars





SSV Lok Bernau Gobble Up Alexander Rosenthal - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

SSV Lok Bernau have gotten valuable experience with Alexander Rosenthal (201-F-88) Rosenthal is a 25 year old 201cm forward that played the last four seasons for BV Chemnitz playing a total of 97 pro A games. Last season for BV Chemnitz, he played 14 games: 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 64.3%. "Alexander gives us more quality and flexibility. He played at a top level the last years. He will give us strength with his experience", stressed SSV Lok Bernau head coach rene Schilling. Rosenthal started his basketball career in 2004 with VfB Hermsdorf Berlin (2.Regionalliga). He also had second Bundesliga experience with Herten. The German is happy about the move to Bernau. "I want to work on my master, but at the same time play at a good level basketball. This is possible in Bernau. They have a nice gym and atmosphere. This is something that has convinced me", stressed Alexander Rosenthal

Source: SSV Lok Bernau





2013 EYOF: Germany overcome Turkey to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Turkey U16 68:51

Germany clinched the third straight win at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Holland. They knocked down Turkish counterparts to enter the semifinal stage with a 3-0 record. Germany will now be tested by Croatia, while Turkey will face Serbia for the place in the Final.
Germany jumped to a 21:18 lead after the opening stanza. They boosted the lead in the second frame. Germany accounted for a 37:27 halftime lead. Germany stayed in control throughout the third quarter. They held Turkey to just 9 points in the period and gained a 12-point advantage at the final intermission. Germany went on a 20:15 run in the final ten minutes to seal the victory. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) produced 21 points for the winners. Hubner added 10 points for the German side. Furkam Korkmaz (193-G-97) and Baris Ulker responded with 10 points each for Turkey.

Germany U16: Niklas Kiel 21, Hubner 10, Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) 7
Turkey U16: Furkam Korkmaz 10, Baris Ulker 10



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Gibraltar U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
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Timothy Fava
Fava
Michael Mansfield
Mansfield
Alejandro Ruiz
Ruiz
Jake Haefner
Haefner
Thomas Yome
Yome
#e#5
4Timothy Fava 185-F-97 CS Bayside Gibraltar
5Michael Mansfield 176-G-97 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
6Alejandro Ruiz 189-F-95 GIB U18 NT Gibraltar
8Jake Haefner 198-G-97 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
9Nicholas Fava 182-F-98 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
10Aaron Santos 198-C-98 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
11Nicholas Lopez 185-F-98 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
12Thomas Yome 185-G-96
13Omar Rashid 178-F-97 GIB U18 NT Gibraltar
14Ivan Trujillano 178-F-96 GIB U18 NT Gibraltar
15Roydon Reyes 180-F-96 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar


Adam Cassaglia Head Coach GIB U18 NT Gibraltar

John Randall Haefner Assistant



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Charissis extended with Aris for two years - by Giorgos Diploidis

It was the turn of Kostas Charissis (212-C/F-79, agency: FCM, college: USC) to sign a new deal with the team of Aris Thessaloniki for the two years. One of the best Greek centers the last years was not as good as he used to be in VAP Kolossos Rodou however will have the opportunity to adjust better in Thessaloniki. A day before Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81, agency: FCM) signed also a new deal with the "yellows" until 2016.

Charissis afterwards he stated: "It's obvious that I believed in the President's idea of a new ARIS. The players that the team is consisted of so far are all experienced in order to bring the team in the position it deserves to be. We want to show as quick as possible to the fans of ARIS, who are "thirsty" for the revival of the team".




U20 European Championship: Turkey snatch win over Greece to win Group E - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Greece U20 72:70

Turkey claimed the second win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They sneaked past Greek counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E. Greece suffered the first defeat at the tournament and occupied the second position in Group E ladder. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) nailed 23 points to lead the winners. Turkey will now take on Russia, while Greece will face Spain in the quarterfinal stage.
Turkey stunned the Hellenes with a strong start. They raced to a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey and Greece exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Turkey ensured a 36:27 halftime lead. But Greece turned the tables in the third period. They went on a 12:0 run to surge ahead 41:39. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) made it 54:47 late in the period. Turkey cut the deficit at just one point 53:54 at the final break. Turkey used an 11:0 run early in the fourth quarter to surge ahead. Greece pulled within two points with 83 seconds remaining. But Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) converted a three-point play and won the game for Turkey. Tayfun Erulku chipped in 19 points, while Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) added 11 points for the winning side. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) answered with 24 points for Greece. Ioannis Papapetrou had 20 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Erbil Eroglu 23, Tayfun Erulku 19, Ramazan Tekin 11
Greece U20: Eleftherios Bochoridis 24, Ioannis Papapetrou 20



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2013 EYOF: Poland edge Netherlands for initial win in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 - Netherlands U16 53:41

Polish U16 National Team registered the first win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They outgunned hosting Netherlands to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Both teams did not make it into the semifinal stage. Poland will now take on Italy, while Netherlands will play versus France in the classification round.
Poland set the tone early. They claimed a 19:11 lead after the opening period. Netherlands cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 29:22. The visitors held Netherlands to just 8 points in the third term and raced to a 44:30 lead at the final break. Netherlands worked hard to get closer in the fourth period but came up way short of victory at the end. Maciej Bender (204-F-97) netted 11 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Poland. Jan Rerak (177-SG-97) and Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) delivered 10 points for the winning side. Wouter Vos answered with 9 points for Netherlands. Terrence Bieshaar and Menno Dijkstra (210-C-97) chipped in 6 points each in the loss.

Poland U16: Maciej Bender 11, Jan Rerak 10, Marcel Ponitka 10
Netherlands U16: Wouter Vos 9, Terrence Bieshaar 6, Menno Dijkstra 6



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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom advanced to the quarterfinals with the perfect record - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Hungary U20 65:60

United Kingdom advanced to the quarterfinals with the perfect record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Hungary 65:60 to finish the group with a 5-0 record. Hungary meanwhile finished third in the group with 3-2 record.
Hungary surprised the group leader with a 20-13 start, but could not keep the lead for a long time. United Kingdom replied with a 22-8 surge to take 35:28 advantage after a Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) shot. United Kingdom added 21-16 rally in the third period and led 56:44 after 30 minutes. Hungary closed the game with a 16-9 surge to reduce to final 5 points.
Devon Van Oostrum top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) netted 11. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) posted 9, while Nick Lewis (190-G-93) added 6. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) notched 15 points in the losing effort and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) had 13. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 10, while Zoltan Czinger (215-C-93) notched 7.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 26, Joe Hart 11, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 9, Nick Lewis 6
Hungary U20: Luka Markovic 15, Rosco Allen 13, Adam Kovacs 10, Zoltan Czinger 7



Darien Brothers starts his pro career with Falco - by Levente Szabo

American guard, Darien Brothers (190-G-91) reached an agreement with Falco KC and will start his pro career in Hungary.

With the signing of the 6'3" sharp shooting guard the roster of Falco seems to be set for next season as early as middle of July. The team kept one of their best players from last year in Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) and a few weeks ago signed Boban Tomic (190-G-88), a talented young PG from Slovenia, who will replace the currently retired local legend, Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group).

Darien Brothers graduated at the University of Richmond as one of the best shooters in school history. He played his best game as a senior against University of Charlotte when he scored almost half of his team total points, recording 39 in the 81-61 win. Darien averaged 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg (FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 88.3%) in his final year at Richmond.




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Brown starts his pro career at Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Bazan Haifa (Winner League) added to their roster 22-year old American guard Sherwood Brown (193-90kg-91). Brown just graduated from Florida Gulf Coast (NCAA). In 37 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to win A-Sun Tournament and end the regular season as the second best team in the conference. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected All-A-Sun Player of the Year, named to All-A-Sun 1st Team and named to NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team.
As mentioned above Brown is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Israel narrowly defeat Czech Republic to avoid relegation - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Czech Republic U20 77:76

Israel claimed a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They nipped Czech Republic to retain their Division A spot for the next season. Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record in Group G and would fight against relegation in the next stage.
Israel set the tone early in the game. They fired 20 points in the first ten minutes and recorded a 20:15 lead. But Czech Republic bounced back in the second quarter. They ignited a 23:12 rally to ensure a 38:32 halftime lead. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 7 points 54:47. But Israel found the way to recover. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the period to ensure a 60:58 lead. Israel then sparked a 6:0 run to gain a 71:64 advantage with under two minutes remaining. Ausprink and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) dragged Czech Republic within two points with 6 seconds remaining. But Or Solomon converted a timely jumper and Kyzlinks three-pointer could not change a thing. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) had 14 points for Israel. Shawn Dawson (193-SF-93) added 13 points for the winners. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) and Martin Kriz responded with 22 points each for Czech Republic.

Israel U20: Tom Maayan 16, Golan Gutt 14, Shawn Dawson 13
Czech Republic U20: Samuel Faifr 22, Martin Kriz 22



Maccabi Haifa adds Yavzuri to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Bazan Haifa (Winner League) added to their roster 28-year old ex-international shooting guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-90kg-85). He has played for the last three seasons at Galil Gilboa (Winner League). In 28 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg last season. Yavzuri also played 12 games in Balkan League where he averaged 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg (in top 3). He helped them to win the Balkan League championship.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Yavzuri was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2012. He also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg.
Yavzuri has played previously for two other Israel teams: Hapoel Holon and Hapoel Yokneam/Megido.
On Yavzuri: One of the best shooters in Israel. High percentage 3 point shooter and good ball handling. Midlevel defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maccabi Haifa adds Yavzuri to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Bazan Haifa (Winner League) added to their roster 28-year old ex-international shooting guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-90kg-85). He has played for the last three seasons at Galil Gilboa (Winner League). In 28 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg last season. Yavzuri also played 12 games in Balkan League where he averaged 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg (in top 3). He helped them to win the Balkan League championship.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Yavzuri was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2012. He also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 2.0ppg.
Yavzuri has played previously for two other Israel teams: Hapoel Holon and Hapoel Yokneam/Megido.
On Yavzuri: One of the best shooters in Israel. High percentage 3 point shooter and good ball handling. Midlevel defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   


Azzurro Napoli Basket sign Jacopo Valentini - by Armando Caporaso

Another arrival for the new team of Napoli that will play in the new LegaA2 Gold led by coach Demis Cavina. After David Brkic, Marco Ceron, Sylvere Bryan, Matteo Montano and Timothy Black the Azzurro Napoli Basket agrees with the Italian guard Jacopo Valentini (193-G-86) for a 2-year contract. Grown at Pesaro with the Scavolini (debut in LegaA1), played the last season with the Fileni Jesi (LegaA2) closing the year with 25 games, 6.3 points in 30.3 minutes adding 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals with a season high of 16 points against Imola, his team in the 2008-2009 season. Valentini played also with Trieste, St.Antimo (3 seasons) and San Severo as well as with the Italian under20 national team.


2013 EYOF: France beat Italy in Utretcht - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Italy U16 77:52

France wrapped up their European Youth Olympic Festival preliminary round campaign with victory. They defeated Italy but both teams failed to qualify for the semifinals. France will now take on Netherlands, while Italy will face Poland in the 5th-8th place classification round.
Italy jumped to an early lead. The Azzurri recorded a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. But France erased the deficit in the second quarter and registered a 33:29 halftime lead. Les Bleus went on a massive 25:7 run in the third quarter and cleared off for good in this one. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) added 14 points in the victory. Lorenzo Caroti (183-PG-97) answered with 12 points for Italy. Marco Timperi (188-G-97) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 23+13 boards, Luc Loubaki 14, Amine Noua (196-PF-97) 8
Italy U16: Lorenzo Caroti 12, Marco Timperi 10



Marco Belinelli confirms his EuroBasket participation - by Eurobasket News

Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) will don the Azzurri jersey at the 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia. The guard has confirmed his participation sources report. Marco Belinelli has just joined the San Antonio Spurs. He has reportedly been granted the permission by the Spurs to take part at the European Championship. Belinelli played for Italy at the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. He notched 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game then. Last season Marco Belinelli spent with the Bulls. He averaged 9.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per appearance in the NBA. Marko Belinelli has been the member of the Italian National Team since 2004. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honourable Mention in 2010 and 2012.


Ryan Pettinella (ex Grindavik) is a newcomer at Recanati - by Eurobasket News

La Fortezza Recanati (Nazionale A) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old naturalized American power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-111kg-84, college: Virginia). He has played for the last three seasons at U.M.F. Grindavik in Icelandic Dominos League. In 20 games he recorded 3.6ppg and 3.2rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Pettinella was voted Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Defensive Team in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Vigo) and Italy (Sutor Montegranaro and Prima Veroli).
Pettinella attended University of Virginia until 2008 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sigma Barcellona tabs Andre Collins - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega2 Gold) inked 31-year old American (has also Bulgarian passport) point guard Andre Collins (183-79kg-82, college: Loyola, MD). He played most recently at Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 27 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.9apg (top 3) and 1.3spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Collins played at Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (SerieA). In 32 games he had 13.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.2apg and 1.7spg that season.
In 2010-11 season he played at VL Pesaro (SerieA). In 27 games he had 12.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg (top 4) and 2.4spg.
In 2009-10 season Collins played at Oknoplast Bologna (SerieA). In 23 games he had 11.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final.
In 2008-09 season Collins played at Naturhouse Ferrara (Nazionale A). In 30 games he was third best scorer with impressive 17.5ppg and recorded 2.6rpg, 3.0apg and 3.0spg (in top 2). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Import Player of the Year award back in 2008.
Collins is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Loyola College in 2006 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Collins' game is described as: Plays in both the guard positions, is a very good outside shooter. Intense defender, can be deadly in fast breaks. His good court vision allows him to become soon a NBA caliber PG.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Italy edge Russia to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Russia U20 88:70

Italy will play at the quarterfinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They breezed past Russia today to clinch 3-2 record in Group F. Russia fell at 2-3 record but can still qualify if Spain beat Slovenia later today. Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Italy stepped on the gas early in the game. They unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to gain a 13-point lead. Russia narrowed the gap in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 35:45. But Italy stayed red hot offensively in the second half. They unloaded 26 points in the third period piling up a 17-point advantage before the final term. Italy held Russia to 16 points in the fourth period and claimed an important victory at the end. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) produced 18 points, while Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) added 13 points for the winners. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) answered with 17 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-SF-93) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Aristide Landi 26, Awudu Abass 18, Amedeo Della Valle 13
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 17, Vladislav Trushkin 14



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Standings - JBL

NBL Standings
Eastern
 1. Chiba Jets 0-0 
 2. Hitachi SR 0-0 
 3. Hokkaido L. 0-0 
 4. Tochigi Brex 0-0 
 5. Toshiba BT 0-0 
 6. Toyota Alvark 0-0 
Western
 1. Aishin SH 0-0 
 2. Daytrick 0-0 
 3. Hyogo S. 0-0 
 4. Kumamoto V. 0-0 
 5. Mitsubishi DD 0-0 
 6. Wakayama T. 0-0 


Hyogo Storks land Carl Hall - by Greg

Hyogo Storks (NBL) tabbed 24-year old American forward Carl Hall (203-108kg-89). He just graduated from Wichita State University (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.7bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the NCAA Final Four after they ended MVC regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-MVC 2nd Team, NABC Division I All-District 16 2nd Team and MVC All-Tournament Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LATVIA   


U20 European Championship: France outscore Latvia to no avail - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Latvia U20 79:74

France stopped Latvian winning streak but failed to qualify for the U20 European Championship quarterfinals. William Howard (201-SF-93) nailed 17 points to pace Les Bleus. Latvia suffered the first defeat in Tallinn. It did not prevent them from clinching the top spot in Group F though. Latvia will now take on Montenegro in the quarterfinals.
France fired 27 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded an 8-point lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout highly intense second frame. France secured a 48:40 halftime lead. Les Bleus held Latvia to just 11 points in the third term to boost the gap at 15-point mark. But Latvia were able to cut the deficit to 2 points with 17 seconds remaining. Harley nailed three late free throws to seal the win for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) netted 14 points, while Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) added 12 points for the winning side. Peteris Rekis (197-PF-93) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) had 12 points in the losing effort.

France U20: William Howard 17, Alexandre Chassang 14, Hugo Invernizzi 12
Latvia U20: Peteris Rekis 16, Andrejs Grazulis 12



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Another Scandale in the Lebanese Basketball ( FLB) - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Another major news stunned the Lebanese Basketball the past days , the discovery the loss of 131,250 US Dollars from the FLB TV Rights , the rights holder company ( New Look Production) informed the FLB and the Media that the money was received by the Federation President through receipts whih were sent to the Media. The FLB president denied the loss of the amount and said these amount entered the Bank account of the FLB but the FLB Treasurer soon confirmed that the FLB Board committee was very clear and no amount of 131,250 US Dollars were registered in the FLB Bank Account.

Strange situation the Lebanese Basketball is living these days . The Federation went to FIBA to threat the Clubs, FIBA sent a letter informing the Lebanese Basketball community by the immediate suspension from FIBA but in it a deadline to fix the matter but nothing happened. FIBA by this move violated its own General Status coz the point 9.5 is not firm on banning the recourse for State courts due that its mentioning to the extent legally possible and Lebanese Law dont ban recourse to Stat Courts. Basketball experts are socked with FIBA s was to give deadlines ????????????????? Is this how FIBA works? By this move FIBA is interfering in the heart of the Lebanese Life taking side in its conflicts.

In 2009 the Jordanian Basketball Federation was dissolved by the Jordanian Olympic committee, FIBA didnt suspend the JBF but formed a committee and sent it to Amman to investigate the issue. Why this procedure its not done in Lebanon, The JBF case is much more dangerous to Basketball than the FLB coz its a direct intervention in Basketball.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, Bauru20.2 
 3. Stallworth, Marinos20.2 
 4. Vassallo, Arecibo19.4 
 5. Guzman, Leones SD19.0 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.16.8 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.9 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  S.Jose/U.
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, S.Jose/U.8.8 
 2. Becker, Bauru8.0 
 3. Ramos, Arecibo7.8 
 4. Prestes, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.6 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 7. Graterol, Cocodril.7.5 
 8. Hernandez, Guaymas7.2 
 9. Guzman, Leones SD7.2 
 10. Battle, Marinos6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.8 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.9 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.7 
 9. Stallworth, Marinos3.4 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.1 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.1.7 
 4. Stallworth, Marinos1.6 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.5 
 6. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.4 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 10. Benite, Flamengo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  Bauru
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Becker, Bauru1.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Battle, Marinos0.9 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.8 
 5. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.4 
 8. McFarlan, Lanus0.4 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.3 
 10. Ramos, Arecibo0.3 



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania hold off Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Croatia U20 70:65

Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia in the final game at the Second Stage of the tournament to claim the third position in Group E. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) scored 24 points and issued 9 assists for the winners. Croatia fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Lithuania and Croatia exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The teams were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Lithuania pulled ahead in the second frame. The Baltic team gained a 33:27 halftime lead. Croatia cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 5 points at the final break. Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) put Croatia within three points early in the fourth term. However Lithuania answered with 9 points in a row to clear off. Luka Panduric put Croatia within five points late in regulation however Junkevicius and Chatkevicius sealed the win for the Baltic team. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93) added 11 points in the victory. Luka Panduric and Domagoj Samac (205-PF-93) answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Lithuania U20: Vaidas Kariniauskas 24, Martynas Paliukenas 16, Rytis Juknevicius 11
Croatia U20: Luka Panduric 13, Domagoj Samac 13



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U20 European Championship: Romania takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Luxembourg U20 72:69

Romania takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals as they beat Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts grabbed valuable 72:69 win in the last game of the Group Stage.
It was the game for the second victory at the tournament and the last ticket to the next stage. Luxembourg started the game with 16:9 lead, but Romania replied with a 27-16 surge. Again Luxembourg looked better in the third quarter and managed to grab 1-point lead after 30 minutes. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) nailed three for 58:57 after three quarters. Again Gilles Polfer and then Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) scored for 64:59, but Luxembourg could not upset the hosts. Romania made the final push and sealed the necessary win.
Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 22 rebounds. Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) followed them with 8 points in a win. Alex Laurent erupted with 30 points in the losing effort and Bob Melcher (189-G-94) nailed 13. Gilles Polfer scored 11 and Steven Mersch (188-F-94) brought 5.

Romania U20: Adrian Movileanu 21, Alexandru Olah 18+22 rebs, Horia Cristiean 8
Luxembourg U20: Alex Laurent 30, Bob Melcher 13, Gilles Polfer 11, Steven Mersch 5



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Monaco U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Clement Marechal
Marechal
Hugo Tata
Tata
Alessandro Generale
Generale
Daniel Pieper
Pieper
Julien Masseglia
Masseglia
#e#5
4Clement Marechal 180-F-96
5Hugo Tata 180-PG-96
6Alessandro Generale 188-F-96
7Pierre Bally-Berard 180-G-97
8Pierrick Motillon 178-PG-97
9Edoardo Colman 176-PG-96
10Maxime Bodel 183-F-97
11Daniel Pieper 197-C-96 Monaco France
12Julien Masseglia 186-C-96
13Maxime Thirouard 180-F-97
14Shanka Dias 180-C-96
15Marvin Deriu 180-F-98


Ludivine Fraget Head Coach



U18 European Championship Division C: Monaco rally past Andorra to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18 - Monaco U18 61:77

Monaco clinched the top spot in Group B at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Andorra for the second straight win at the tournament. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) posted 22 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Monaco advanced directly into the semifinal stage. Andorra will now take on Wales in the quarterfinal.
Andorra eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Monaco denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 33:29 halftime advantage. The visitors made a decisive push in the third term. Monaco ignited a 21:9 run to accumulate a 16-point lead before the fourth period. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term as Monaco cruised to the victory. Daniel Pieper (185-F-96) and Clement Marechal (180-G-96) provided 16 points each for the winners. Jordi Moline (176-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Andorra. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 boards in the loss.

Andorra U18: Jordi Moline 16, Juan Bustamante 13+12 boards
Monaco U18: Alessandro Generale 22, Daniel Pieper 16, Clement Marechal 16



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  MONTENEGRO   


U20 European Championship: Montenegro knock down Germany - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U20 - Germany U20 75:64

Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) nailed 30 points to lead Montenegro past Germany in Group E of the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. Montenegro therefore made it into the quarterfinal stage. Germany slipped at 2-3 record just outside the playoff zone.
Montenegro lost two of their opening games in Group E. But they entered this one full of confidence. The Balkan team cleared off to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Montenegro ensured a 40:28 halftime lead. Germany picked up the rhythm in the third term. They were able to cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the final intermission. But Montenegro exploded with 21 points in the fourth period to seal the win. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) added 9 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 22 points for Germany. David Brembly (197-SG-93) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Masan Vrbica 30, Milos Latkovic 16, Danilo Nikolic 9
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 22, David Brembly 11



Tyrese Rice joined Montenegrin National Team - by Darko Pekic

American point guard and Maccabi Tel Aviv member Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) accepted to play for Montenegrin National Team in the upcoming European Championship that will be held in Slovenia. It was announced today by the basketball federation of Montenegro and confirmed by the player who has already arrived in Podgorica. Rice is a 26 year old guard with a lot of overseas experience. He has played in Panionios (Greece), Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania) and FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany). In Germany last year he was the best player of the team coached by former coach of Yugoslavian National Team Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ). Rice averaged 15.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg.

Rice attended Boston College and will certainly add skills to the backcourt formed by Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ), Montenegrin NT coach.



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  NBA   


The 76ers land James Anderson - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers tabbed 24-year old shooting guard James Anderson (198-98kg-89, college: Oklahoma State). He played most recently at Houston Rockets. In 31 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg last season. Anderson also spent part of the season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers that year. The other team he played that season for were the Spurs. In 9 games he had 3.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Three years ago Anderson was drafted by San Antonio Spurs in first round (20th overall). The former Oklahoma State standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Anderson won NBA Southwest Division championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He received also All-Big 12 Player of the Year award, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award and NABC Division I All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time. Anderson represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 53.3%.
Anderson has played also professionally in other D-League team (Austin Toros).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Has no conscious, even in the face of repeated misses ... Extremely effective in catch-and-shoot situations, with his feet set and ready to fire ... Always squares his body to the rim with great balance and elevation on his jumper. Shoots well off the dribble when driving to his left ... Likes to take a jump stop just inside the paint for a little right-handed floater. Uses his vertical to quickly elevate over defenders inside. Has the ability to hang and adjust his shot mid-leap. Lack of ball handling skills really constricts his game ... He is not comfortable creating offense for himself or teammates
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By Eurobasket Data Center



The Mavericks sign Samuel Dalembert - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) signed 32-year old Canadian ex-international center Samuel Dalembert (211-113kg-81, college: Seton Hall). He is a dual citizen owning also Haitian passport. Dalembert played last season at Milwaukee Bucks. In 48 games he had 6.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at the Rockets. In 65 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.7bpg that season.
In 2010-11 season Dalembert played at the Kings. In 80 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5bpg.
In 2009-10 season he played at the 76ers. In 82 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2001 Dalembert was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in first round (26th overall). He attended Seton Hall University and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball. Dalembert was a member of Canadian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008.
He is a very experienced player.
Dalembert could be described: Tremendous shot blocker with outstanding offensive potential... A strong defensive presence, as his outstretched arms extend 7-feet, 7-inches. His size is good for center and power forward, but is thin and doesn't have much of an offensive game either. Runs the floor well and a very good shot blocker. Will move up with time and addition of skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Raptors add Augustin to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors added to their roster 26-year old point guard D.J. Augustin (180-82kg-87, college: Texas). He played last season at Indiana Pacers. In 95 games he recorded 4.8ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to win the Central Division title.
The previous (11-12) season Augustin played at the Bobcats. In 48 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 6.4apg that season.
In 2008 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats in first round (9th overall). The former University of Texas star is in his sixth season in pro basketball. He was voted NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2009.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A leader. Very head strong, confident player, plays with a swagger to his game which is impressive in such a young player at such a demanding position.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Magic tabs Ronnie Price - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic inked 30-year old point guard Ronnie Price (188-85kg-83, college: Utah Valley). He played most recently at Portland Trail Blazers, but left the team in Feb.'13. In 39 NBA games he averaged just 2.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Price played at the Suns. In 36 games he had 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg that season.
In 2010-11 season he played at the Jazz. In 59 games he had 3.3ppg and 1.0rpg.
Price has never been drafted by the NBA. he received All-Vegas Summer League 2nd Team award back in 2006.
Price has played previously for Sacramento Kings.
He attended Utah Valley University until 2005 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Price's game is described as: Outstanding scorer in college... Plays with heart... Solid defense.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Wellington Saints edge Philippines in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Wellington Saints - Philippines National Team 100:96

Bryant Markson (198-F-83, college: Utah) scored 32 points to lead the Wellington Saints past the Philipinas Gilas in the exhibition clash in Porirua. Philippines are getting ready for the upcoming Asian Championship.
The Gilas exploded with 30 points in the opening quarter and spurred ahead. They recorded a 10-point lead after ten minutes. The Saints however slowed their opponents in the second frame. The Kiwis got within 4 points at halftime 48:52. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Philippines entered the fourth frame up by four 76:72. But the Saints unloaded 28 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Kareem Johnson (203-C/F-80, college: Cincinnati) netted 30 points and grabbed 11 boards for the winners. Arthur Trousdell (203-F/C-81, college: Cameron) added 11 points for Wellington. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) responded with 13 points for Philippines. Gary David (188-G/F-78) had 12 points in the loss.

Wellington Saints: Bryant Markson 32, Kareem Johnson 30+11 boards, Arthur Trousdell 11
Philippines: Gabe Norwood 13, Gary David 12



2013 Bartercard National Basketball League Award Winners - by Hugh McAuliffe

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Lindsay Tait (Wellington Saints)

NZ MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Lindsay Tait (Wellington Saints)

REGULAR SEASON WINNERS
Wellington Saints (14-2)

KEITH CARR TROPHY - MOST OUTSTANDING GUARD
Lindsay Tait (Wellington Saints)

JOHN MACDONALD TROPHY - MOST OUTSTANDING NZ GUARD
Lindsay Tait (Wellington Saints)

COMMISSIONERS CUP - MOST OUTSTANDING FORWARD
Brian Conklin (Zerofees Southland Sharks)

STAN HILL TROPHY - MOST OUTSTANDING NZ FOWARD/CENTER
Benny Anthony (OceanaGold Nuggets)

GARRY PETTIS MEMORIAL TROPHY - LEADING INDIVIDAUL REBOUNDER
Zack Atkinson (14.6) (Advice First Waikato Pistons)

DAVE TAYLOR TROPHY - LEADING ASSISTS
Lindsay Tait (8.1) (Wellington Saints)

LEADING SCORER
Josh Pace (22.9) (Fico Finance Nelson Giants)

ALL STAR FIVE
Lindsay Tait (Wellington Saints)
Josh Pace (Fico Finance Nelson Giants)
Benny Anthony (OceanaGold Nuggets)
Brian Conklin (Zerofees Southland Sharks)
Nick Horvath (Telecom Business Hub Jets)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Tai Webster (Advice First Waikato Pistons)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Paul Henare (Zerofees Southland Sharks)

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Sharona Gordon (Fico Finance Nelson Giants)

MEDIA AWARD
Niall Anderson

BEST FT%
Fico Finance Nelson Giants (77.3%)

REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Tim Brown (Auckland)



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  PARAGUAY   


SOL clinches 2nd spot for METRO FINAL SERIES - by Santiago Maciel

SOL and Cerro Porteno Asuncion gave a great show last week end , whe defining second spot for 2013 METRO FINAL SERIES. It is good to remember that LIBERTAD has been waiting for second finalist for a week and a half already. This second place for the finals has been scheduled to the best of 3 series. The team winning two was to qualify.

The first game was for SOL last thursday thanks to a buzzer beater 3 point hit by GIORGIO SEQUERA from SOL, but a very questioned decision taking under consideration that SEQUERA stepped out the sideline before shooting the long 3 pointer with only 0.1 tenth of seconds left in the clock.

Referee Mongelos made an horrible decision, cleaning hands from all responsibility despite the fact of being a meter behind SEQUERA, looking at his foot and not taking a decision when both teams called for VIDEO MATCH REPLAY.

The game was taken by SOL for 2 points last thursday.

In game 2 Cerro Porteno Asuncion controlled actions all first half, taking a lead of 18 points. Jose Fabio (200-F-77), who got injured in the previous game did not play , situation very favorable for Cerro Porteno Asuncion who finally could not take advantage from that front court advantage at the end of the game.

Third quater was the turning quarter, SOL started hitting 3s, LUIS LJUBETICH played great at point and defense, TAVY TORRES and ALDO COSTA took advantage of very poor Cerros defense handing out a show of 3 pointers.

Regulation time ended with 77 by each side. The first overtime period was very rough by both teams, a lot of bad calls by referees, and at the end of the first 5 minutes overtime we had another tie , leading the game to a second one

SOL took control of the game right at the begginning of 2nd over period , they netted three 3 pointers right away, taking a lead of 9 points that Cerro Porteno Asuncion could not recover from ,losing 102 to 97.

Great performance by a young Ljubetich who is calling for a place in National Senior Team, also great shooting show from ACOSTA and TORRES , something they have delighted us all for many years.



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  PHILIPPINES   


Long rumored trade, Air 21-Meralco, finally a go - by Aris Ignacio

A long rumored trade finally commenced last July 12 where the Air21 Express and the Meralco Bolts exchanged a handful in preparation for the upcoming Governor's Cup in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The Express sent John Wilson (185-G-87) and Siverino Baclao (198-C/F-87) to the Bolts for the services of Vic Manuel (193-F-87), Carlo Sharma (198-C-80) and 2015 second-round pick in the rookie draft.

Air21 is also in pursuit of current Asian Basketball League (ABL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), whose rights have been held by Meralco. Several proposals have been sent by the Express to lure the center, but to no avail. Also in the mix for Taulava are crowd darlings, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel whose recent trade with Global Port Batang Pier that sent Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) into the Kings fold fortify its position as one of the teams to look out for next conference.



Wellington Saints edge Philippines in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Wellington Saints - Philippines National Team 100:96

Bryant Markson (198-F-83, college: Utah) scored 32 points to lead the Wellington Saints past the Philipinas Gilas in the exhibition clash in Porirua. Philippines are getting ready for the upcoming Asian Championship.
The Gilas exploded with 30 points in the opening quarter and spurred ahead. They recorded a 10-point lead after ten minutes. The Saints however slowed their opponents in the second frame. The Kiwis got within 4 points at halftime 48:52. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Philippines entered the fourth frame up by four 76:72. But the Saints unloaded 28 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Kareem Johnson (203-C/F-80, college: Cincinnati) netted 30 points and grabbed 11 boards for the winners. Arthur Trousdell (203-F/C-81, college: Cameron) added 11 points for Wellington. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) responded with 13 points for Philippines. Gary David (188-G/F-78) had 12 points in the loss.

Wellington Saints: Bryant Markson 32, Kareem Johnson 30+11 boards, Arthur Trousdell 11
Philippines: Gabe Norwood 13, Gary David 12



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  POLAND   


U20 European Championship: Poland secure the win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U20-Poland U20 64:89

Poland secure the win over Slovakia in the start of Day 5 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland improved to 4-1 record after an 89:64 win.
Poland started the game with 21:16 lead and added massive 31-16 in the second frame. Moreover Poland posted a 21-13 rally in the third period as Bonarek nailed three for 73:43. Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) reduced to 73L45 early in the last stanza and Novysedlak made two free throws for 74:49. Michal Michalak (196-SG-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Borowski however made sure Poland celebrated an easy victory at the end.
Michal Michalak top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 17 points and 13 rebounds. Tomasz Gielo (206-F-93) brought 12 and Filip Matczak (186-PG-93) nailed 9. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) answered with 17 points in defeat and Viktor Juricek had 16. Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Slovakia U20: Vladimir Brodziansky 17, Viktor Juricek 16, Michal Cekovsky 11+11 rebs
Poland U20: Michal Michalak 19, Przemyslaw Karnowski 17+13 rebs, Tomasz Gielo 12, Filip Matczak 9



2013 EYOF: Poland edge Netherlands for initial win in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 - Netherlands U16 53:41

Polish U16 National Team registered the first win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They outgunned hosting Netherlands to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Both teams did not make it into the semifinal stage. Poland will now take on Italy, while Netherlands will play versus France in the classification round.
Poland set the tone early. They claimed a 19:11 lead after the opening period. Netherlands cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 29:22. The visitors held Netherlands to just 8 points in the third term and raced to a 44:30 lead at the final break. Netherlands worked hard to get closer in the fourth period but came up way short of victory at the end. Maciej Bender (204-F-97) netted 11 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Poland. Jan Rerak (177-SG-97) and Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) delivered 10 points for the winning side. Wouter Vos answered with 9 points for Netherlands. Terrence Bieshaar and Menno Dijkstra (210-C-97) chipped in 6 points each in the loss.

Poland U16: Maciej Bender 11, Jan Rerak 10, Marcel Ponitka 10
Netherlands U16: Wouter Vos 9, Terrence Bieshaar 6, Menno Dijkstra 6



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  PORTUGAL   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Academica 0-0 
 2. Alges 0-0 
 3. Barcelos 0-0 
 4. Benfica 0-0 
 5. CAB Madeira 0-0 
 6. Galitos-Tley 0-0 
 7. Lusitania 0-0 
 8. Maia Basket 0-0 
 9. Oliveirense 0-0 
 10. Ovarense 0-0 
 11. Sampaense 0-0 
 12. Vitoria SC 0-0 


Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Academia 0-0 
 2. Angra 0-0 
 3. Benfica B 0-0 
 4. Dragon Force 0-0 
 5. Electrico FC 0-0 
 6. Esgueira 0-0 
 7. Ginasio 0-0 
 8. Guifoes 0-0 
 9. Illiabum 0-0 
 10. Leca 0-0 
 11. Sangalhos 0-0 
 12. Terceira 0-0 


U20 European Championship: Portugal advanced to the 1/4 Finals with the win over Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U20-Cyprus U20 75:70

Portugal advanced to the 1/4 Finals with the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team needed a 75:70 win for 3-2 record on the third place. Cyprus meanwhile finished the group with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round.
Both teams scored 18 points in the first period and then Portugal took 2-point lead at the halftime after a 23-21 rally in the second frame. Cyprus answered with a 15-12 run in the third period as Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) gave his team 54:53 lead after 30 minutes. Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) kept Cyprus in front at 68:67, while Portugal pushed the tempo at the end to seal the victory.
Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) as well as Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) had 11 each. Joao Ribeiro (201-PF-93) followed them with 9 points in a win. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) erupted with 31 points in defeat and Roberto Alexander Mantovani had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Rafael Eleftheriou delivered 9 points in a loss.

Portugal U20: Pedro Bastos 17, Henrique Piedade 11, Miguel Cardoso 11, Joao Ribeiro 9
Cyprus U20: Stefanos Iliadis 31, Roberto Alexander Mantovani 16+14 rebs, Rafael Eleftheriou 9



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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Harris, Ponce20.5 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.3 
 5. Carmona, Caner.18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama17.0 
 10. Lisch, Quebradill.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.5 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas8.9 
 5. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 6. Balkman, Guayama8.8 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.7 
 8. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 9. Phillip, San German8.6 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.3 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.2 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas4.9 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce4.4 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Lisch, Quebradillas1.7 
 3. Balkman, Guayama1.7 
 4. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.7 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 9. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Leones reach finals by winning over Cangrejeros - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce reached the finals by winning over Cangrejeros de Santurce 81-77. Ponce won the series 4-1. They got four straight wins after losing the first game at home.

Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) scored 28 points and Mike Harris had 20 for the winners. Diogu also pulled down 14 boards in 40 minutes.

For Santurce Alex Galindo scored 23 points while David Jackson and Diego Ciorciari added 14 each.

Santurce started the game with a good defensive effort over Harris and Diogu and had a great shooting display. The first quarter ended 22-15 as Galindo netted 10 points.

In the second quarter Santurce stayed aggressive offensively as Ciorciari attacked the basket and the first half ended 37-33.

Ponce made some defensive adjustments and rolled with Diogu who scored 11 points in the third quarter and at the end of the quarter the score was tied at 57.

In the final quarter Ponce made an 11-2 run and kept the lead, securing it from the free throw line.

Now Ponce waits for the winner of the series between Brujos de Guayama and Piratas de Quebradillas. Piratas have a 3-1 lead.



Brujos bring back Coronado, released Lewis - by Marcos Carlo

Guayama brings back Juan Coronado and released guard Ron Lewis. Coronado makes his return today against Quebradillas in game five.

Coronado missed part of the playoffs because of a back injury. He scored 8.5 points in six games in the quarterfinals and played the full regular season.

He replaces Lewis who scored 17 points per game in 4 appearances. Guayama also released swingman Jared Newson.

Guayama is down in the series 3-1 and need a better defensive effort to win over Quebradillas.



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  ROMANIA   


U20 European Championship: Romania takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Luxembourg U20 72:69

Romania takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals as they beat Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts grabbed valuable 72:69 win in the last game of the Group Stage.
It was the game for the second victory at the tournament and the last ticket to the next stage. Luxembourg started the game with 16:9 lead, but Romania replied with a 27-16 surge. Again Luxembourg looked better in the third quarter and managed to grab 1-point lead after 30 minutes. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) nailed three for 58:57 after three quarters. Again Gilles Polfer and then Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) scored for 64:59, but Luxembourg could not upset the hosts. Romania made the final push and sealed the necessary win.
Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 22 rebounds. Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) followed them with 8 points in a win. Alex Laurent erupted with 30 points in the losing effort and Bob Melcher (189-G-94) nailed 13. Gilles Polfer scored 11 and Steven Mersch (188-F-94) brought 5.

Romania U20: Adrian Movileanu 21, Alexandru Olah 18+22 rebs, Horia Cristiean 8
Luxembourg U20: Alex Laurent 30, Bob Melcher 13, Gilles Polfer 11, Steven Mersch 5



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  RUSSIA   


U20 European Championship: Italy edge Russia to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Russia U20 88:70

Italy will play at the quarterfinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They breezed past Russia today to clinch 3-2 record in Group F. Russia fell at 2-3 record but can still qualify if Spain beat Slovenia later today. Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Italy stepped on the gas early in the game. They unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to gain a 13-point lead. Russia narrowed the gap in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 35:45. But Italy stayed red hot offensively in the second half. They unloaded 26 points in the third period piling up a 17-point advantage before the final term. Italy held Russia to 16 points in the fourth period and claimed an important victory at the end. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) produced 18 points, while Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) added 13 points for the winners. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) answered with 17 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-SF-93) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Aristide Landi 26, Awudu Abass 18, Amedeo Della Valle 13
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 17, Vladislav Trushkin 14



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  SAN MARINO   


U18 European Championship Division C: San Marino defeat Wales - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Wales U18 77:62

San Marino clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. San Marino will now face Gibraltar, while Wales will take on Andorra at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
San Marino poured in 26 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. San Marino accumulated a 39:29 halftime lead. Wales responded with an aggressive defensive effort in the third term. The Welsh team cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break. But San Marino reacted with a 27-point tally in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) netted 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Julian Gualtieri (188-G-95) added 23 points for San Marino. Joshua Reade (186-G-95) answered with 21 points for Wales. Samuel Roberts (187-C-95) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Igor Biordi 32+12 boards, Julian Gualtieri 23, Andrea Gambi (190-C-96) 6
Wales U18: Joshua Reade 21, Samuel Roberts 13



San Marino U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Alberto Gambuti
Gambuti
Lorenzo Sarti
Sarti
Andrea Giardi
Giardi
Julian Gualtieri
Gualtieri
Igor Biordi
Biordi
#e#5
4Matteo Capicchioni 185-G-95
5Alberto Gambuti 183-PG-95
6Alexander Piva 182-G-95
7Matteo Fabbri 166-G-96
8Lorenzo Sarti 169-PG-96
9Andrea Giardi 192-C-95
10Julian Gualtieri 191-G-95
11Lucas Barrena 178-PG-96
12Matteo Papini 190-C-95
13Luca Giannotti 170-PG-96
14Igor Biordi 200-C-96
15Andrea Gambi 200-C-96


Luca Liberti Head Coach

Lorenzo Liberti Assistant



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  SERBIA   


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

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


BC Vienna Zepter lands Nenad Sulovic - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) is new player of BC Zepter Vienna. Sulovic signs one year contract deal. Last season Sulovic played for BC Igokea Aleksandrovac and on 13 games in Bosnian league average scored 5.2 points, 2.5 boards, 1.4 steals per game, on 20 games in Adriatic league average scored 4.1 points and 1.9 boards per game. During the career Sulovic played for KK Beovuk 72, OKK Beograd, Polpak Swiecie, KK Napredak Krusevac, Rieker Komarno, CS Otopeni Bucuresti, Radnicki Kragujevac and BC Igokea Aleksandrovac.


EYOF: Serbia Vs Croatia 66 71 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U16 National team lost against Croatian U16 National team on EYOF by result 66-71 (16-19, 11-17, 22-23, 17-12). Croatian team better opened the match and made advantage in the first two quarters. After the break Serbian team try to decrease Croatian advantage of 18 points from the third quarter, but finally Croatian team win. However, Serbian National team finishes on the first place on the table and in the semi final match waiting winner of the match between Germany and Turkey. The most efficient players in Serbian team were Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) with 20 scored points, Peno adds 13, Rakicevic and Jovanovic per 11 points. In Croatian team the most efficient players were Slavica who scored 24 points and Skokna with 15 points.


2013 EYOF: Croatia snatch win over Serbia to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Serbia U16 71:66

Croatia clinched the second win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They defeated Serbia to enter a three-way tie on top of Group A. Serbia and Croatia occupied the top two spots and advanced into the semifinal stage. Croatia will play versus Germany, while Serbia will face Turkey in the semis.
Croatia started the game strong. They snatched a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Croatia boosted the lead in the second period. They accumulated a 36:27 halftime lead. Croatia unloaded 23 points in the third term to enter the final term up by 10 points. Serbia went on a comeback rally in the fourth quarter but stopped short of victory at the end. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) netted 24 points to lead Croatia. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) provided 15 points for the winners. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) answered with 20 points for Serbia. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Croatia U16: Nik Slavica 24, Bruno Skokna 15, Ivica Zubac (211-C-97) 10
Serbia U16: Vojislav Stojanovic 20, Stefan Peno 13



U20 European Championship: Serbia win Group G of Classification round - by Ivan Milenkovic

Serbian U20 national team will fight for places 13-16 after winning their group G of Classification round with 3-0 record. After Czech Republic and Israel, Serbia defeated Ukraine 75-69 (28-19, 15-21, 17-18, 15-11) for their fourth win in a row at European Championship in Tallinn.
Serbia led from the start of the game, it was 14-4 after only 187 seconds of play. They even led 23-10 and 28-14, but Ukrainians ended quarter with 0-5 run. Despite Serbia opened second quarter with four unanswered points, Ukraine had huge 0-11 run and after only four minutes of second period score was 32-30. First half ended with only three-point advantage for Serbia (43-40).
Ukrainians took their first lead of the game early in second half thanks to another big run, they scored 13 points in a row and led 43-53. Serbia couldn't score for almost 6 minutes, before hitting four free throws in a row. They scored their first field goal in second half after 7 minutes and 3 seconds, when Sasa Avramovic (194-PG-93, agency: Beo Basket) made three-pointer. It was in the middle of Serbia's 12-0 run. It helped them ro regain the lead (55-53) and it was 60-58 after 30 minutes of play.
Both teams struggled to score in final period. Serbia opened final quarter with 5-0 run, took 65-58 lead and retained their advantage until the end of the game. It was 67-60 middle through fourth quarter. Ukraine only once managed to have two-point deficit (69-67 with 2:21 remaining), but Mladen Djordjevic and Luka Mitrovic made two jump shots to give Serbia safe 73-67 lead, which they kept without problems.
This time Sasa Avramovic was the best player in Serbian team, with 19 points in 19 minutes, only two more players (Pavle Reljic (195-G-93) - 11 and Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) - 10) scored in double figures for Serbia.



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Martin Bilik joins Inter Bratislava - by Michal Duchovic

Champions from BK Inter Bratislava are looking forward before the upcoming season. First they signed a member of Sloovakian national team Michal Batka and yesterday they added another player from the national team. His name is Martin Bilik (194-G/F-87) and for the last two seasons he played in MBK Rieker Komarno. Bilik has won with team Slovakian Cup and two times he earned silver medals for finishing on second place. Last season Bilik recorded in 44 games 11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.0 apg. For his performances he was named into Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Domestic Players Team.


U20 European Championship: Poland secure the win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U20-Poland U20 64:89

Poland secure the win over Slovakia in the start of Day 5 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland improved to 4-1 record after an 89:64 win.
Poland started the game with 21:16 lead and added massive 31-16 in the second frame. Moreover Poland posted a 21-13 rally in the third period as Bonarek nailed three for 73:43. Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) reduced to 73L45 early in the last stanza and Novysedlak made two free throws for 74:49. Michal Michalak (196-SG-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Borowski however made sure Poland celebrated an easy victory at the end.
Michal Michalak top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 17 points and 13 rebounds. Tomasz Gielo (206-F-93) brought 12 and Filip Matczak (186-PG-93) nailed 9. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) answered with 17 points in defeat and Viktor Juricek had 16. Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Slovakia U20: Vladimir Brodziansky 17, Viktor Juricek 16, Michal Cekovsky 11+11 rebs
Poland U20: Michal Michalak 19, Przemyslaw Karnowski 17+13 rebs, Tomasz Gielo 12, Filip Matczak 9



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Bubnic re-signs at Un.Olimpija - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) confirmed in their roster 27-year old naturalized Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (206-86). He played there last season. Bubnic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 16 Telemach League games he had 6.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Bubnic also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Bubnic played at Helios. In 30 Telemach League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team. Bubnic also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 64.7%, 3FGP: 75%.
Bubnic has played also professionally in Italy, Slovenia (Luka Koper, Geoplin Slovan, Zlatorog and Elektra) and Croatia (KK Hermes Analitica Zagreb).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Slovenia edge Spain but fail to qualify for quarterfinals in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Spain U20 75:72

Slovenia came up with a strong performance at the U20 European Championship today. They knocked down Spain but came up short of desired quarterfinal birth. Slovenia had to win by 16 points or more to qualify into the playoffs. Spain in the meantime finished in the third position in the ladder.
Slovenia controlled the game according to plan in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 23:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia did not allow Spain to get any closer in the second frame. Slovenia ensured an 11-point halftime buffer 41:30. But Spain turned things their way in the third quarter. They went on an 11:2 run midway through the period to cut the deficit to three points 45:48. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) drained back-to-back triples to put Spain in front 51:50. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) capped the period with a free throw as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 51. Guillem Vives drilled another triple early in the fourth quarter as Spain jumped ahead. But Slovenia went on a 10:0 run midway through the period to regain the lead. Luka Rupnik made it 68:60 for Slovenia soon after. But Guillem Vives once again connected from beyond the arc to keep Spain in the game. He added two more triples to his shooting frenzy as Spain narrowed the gap at just one point 71:72 with 37 seconds remaining. Lapornik and Luka Rupnik hit three free throws to make it 75:71 for Slovenia and they escaped with the win at the end. Luka Rupnik delivered 20 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) added 17 points, while Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) had 13 points and 13 boards for the winners. Guillem Vives answered with 24 points for Spain. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) had 21 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Slovenia U20: Luka Rupnik 20, Ziga Dimec 17, Tomaz Bolcina 13+13 boards
Spain U20: Guillem Vives 24, Daniel Diez 21



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U20 European Championship: Slovenia edge Spain but fail to qualify for quarterfinals in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Spain U20 75:72

Slovenia came up with a strong performance at the U20 European Championship today. They knocked down Spain but came up short of desired quarterfinal birth. Slovenia had to win by 16 points or more to qualify into the playoffs. Spain in the meantime finished in the third position in the ladder.
Slovenia controlled the game according to plan in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 23:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia did not allow Spain to get any closer in the second frame. Slovenia ensured an 11-point halftime buffer 41:30. But Spain turned things their way in the third quarter. They went on an 11:2 run midway through the period to cut the deficit to three points 45:48. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) drained back-to-back triples to put Spain in front 51:50. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) capped the period with a free throw as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 51. Guillem Vives drilled another triple early in the fourth quarter as Spain jumped ahead. But Slovenia went on a 10:0 run midway through the period to regain the lead. Luka Rupnik made it 68:60 for Slovenia soon after. But Guillem Vives once again connected from beyond the arc to keep Spain in the game. He added two more triples to his shooting frenzy as Spain narrowed the gap at just one point 71:72 with 37 seconds remaining. Lapornik and Luka Rupnik hit three free throws to make it 75:71 for Slovenia and they escaped with the win at the end. Luka Rupnik delivered 20 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) added 17 points, while Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) had 13 points and 13 boards for the winners. Guillem Vives answered with 24 points for Spain. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) had 21 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Slovenia U20: Luka Rupnik 20, Ziga Dimec 17, Tomaz Bolcina 13+13 boards
Spain U20: Guillem Vives 24, Daniel Diez 21



Real Madrid land Ioannis Bourousis - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid have agreed on terms of contract with Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM). The Greek centre signed for the next season. Last two seasons Ioannis Bourousis spent in Italy. He played for Emporio Armani. Last season the centre tallied 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists per game in SeriaA. He also notched 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance in EuroLeague. Ioannis Bourousis made it into Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad 2nd Team. Previously Ioannis Bourousis had stints with Olympiacos and AEK Athens. He was named All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2008. Ioannis Bourousis was named A1 League Centre of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2005.


Mad-Croc lands Roman Montanez - by Eurobasket News

Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) tabbed 34-year old former international guard Roman Montanez (193-79). He played most recently at Blancos de Rueda Valladolid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 20 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg last season. Montanez also played at River Andorra (LEB Gold) that season. In three games he had 9.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at La Bruixa d'Or Manresa (previous name Assignia Manresa). In 26 Liga Endesa games he had 6.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg. Montanez's team made it to the ULEB Cup final in 2008. He was a member of Spanish Senior National Team between 2001 and 2003.
Montanez has played previously for two other Spain teams: Girona FC and Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Great PG with a bit of SF. Mentallyvery tough. Great physical talent. Great athlete. Excellent 1 on 1. He has great offensive skilland can hit the 3. Knows the game very well. Euroleague experience.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Unicaja signs Jayson Granger - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) signed 24-year old Italian-Uruguayan guard Jayson Granger (186-87kg-89). He has played for the last seven seasons at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (Liga Endesa). In 34 games he had 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Granger's team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2009. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team in 2012. Granger represented Italy at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 12.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%.
Granger has played previously professionally in Uruguay (Cordon).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Granger could be described: Jayson Granger is a nice size point guard who just knows how to play the game.
He makes great decisions with the basketball and is a nice quality ball handler and defender.
He has excellent passing skills and can score when the opportunity is there
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By Eurobasket Data Center



CAI Zaragoza signs Daniel Clark - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) signed 25-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last four seasons at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (Liga Endesa). In 30 games he had 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Clark's team made it to the LEB Gold Semifinals in 2008.
He was also a member of British international program for some years. Clark has been playing for British Senior National Team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. He represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 70.0%, 3PT: 57.1%.
Clark has played previously for two other Spain teams: Leche Rio Breogan and Asefa Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team.
He could be described: A skilled inside player who grew up in Spain, adding to his game all the perimetral skills needed to play the 4 position very effectively. He can spend tim also at center, thanks to size and strength.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Joey Dorsey (ex Gaziantep) signs at FCB Regal - by Eurobasket News

Regal FC Barcelona (Liga Endesa) landed 30-year old USA ex-international power forward Joey Dorsey (206-122kg-83, college: Memphis, agency: FCM). Dorsey managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 21 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 12.5rpg (leader !!!), 2.1apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Dorsey also played at Olympiacos (A1) in Greek league earlier that season. In two games he had 3.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he had 3.3ppg and 4.3rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Dorsey played at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (previous name Caja Laboral). In 7 Liga Endesa games he had just 2.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 6 games in Euroleague where he had only 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg.
In 2010-11 season Dorsey played at the Raptors in NBA. In 42 games he had 3.2ppg and 4.5rpg. Part of previous (09-10) season he spent at the Kings in NBA. But in 7 games he had only 1.7ppg and 2.6rpg. Dorsey also spent pre-season at the Rockets in NBA that year. In 7 games he had only 1.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). The former University of Memphis staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won Greek League championship title in 2012. Dorsey received also All-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2007 and 2008 at his college time. Dorsey represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 3.4rpg.
Dorsey has played previously professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
His game is described as: One of the nation's top rebounders and shot blockers ... Game thrives on rebounding and creating offense off putbacks and offensive rebounds ... A great passer out of the post ... Solid defender in the post and on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: Sweden defeat Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Georgia U20 66:62

Sweden claimed a crucial win over Georgia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team improved at 2-1 record in Group H and avoided relegation. They will now figth for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Georgia will play against relegation in the 17th-20th place classification round.
Georgia got to a slightly better start to the game. They ensured a 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden erased the deficit in the second frame. The scoreboard read 35:35 at halftime. Sweden and Georgia exchanged baskets throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame tied at 52-all. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth frame. Finally Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) and Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) hit four points in a row and Sweden kept Georgia scoreless in the final three minutes of the game to snatch the victory. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) netted 15 points to lead Sweden. Nicholas Spires added 12 points and 15 boards, while Jonathan Person contributed 11 points for the winning side. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) answered with 19 points for Georgia. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) had 16 points in the defeat.

Sweden U20: Niklas Larsson 15, Nicholas Spires 12+15 boards, Jonathan Person 11
Georgia U20: Revaz Rogava 19, Otar Pkhakadze 16



Adama Darboe joins Jamtland - by Eurobasket News

Jamtland Baskets bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Adama Darboe (190-G-86). The Danish international spent the last three seasons with the Svendborg Rabbits. Last season the guard notched 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Ligaen. He helped the Rabbits to the regular season title. Adama Darboe made it into Danish Ligaen All-Domestic Players Team. Last season the guard was named All-Danish Ligaen Domestic Player of the Year. Previously Adama Darboe played in Spain and Iceland. He was trumped LEB Bronze Bosman Player of the Year in 2009. Adama Darboe made it into All-Danish Ligaen 1st Team in 2010 and 2013.


Liam Rush is back in Sweden - by Andreas Eriksson

Two time Swedish Champion, Australian Liam Rush, is back in Sweden on hunt for a third gold. He has signed a 2-year deal with Uppsala Basket, who was in 2nd place in the regular season this past year. Rush has won two championships with Sundsvall Dragons (2009 and 2011), in 2010 he played for Gothia Basket in Sweden. Since he left Sundsval in 2011 he has played in his native Australia. He avg. 18 points and 5.7 rebounds per game his last stint in Sweden with Sundsvall, and Uppsala of course hopes he can be as productive for them.


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SAM Massagno sign Ken Rancifer - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno have agreed on terms of contract with Ken Rancifer (196-F-91). The American small forward starts his pro-career overseas. He signed in Swiss with SAM Basket Massagno after four years at University of San Diego. Last season he averaged 10.2 points (FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 66.3%), 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.5 steals in 34 games with the Toreros with a career-high 27 points in win over Arizona Christian. Rancifer was also the Team Captain.


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Bobby Dixon extends contract with Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) will stay with Pinar Karsiyaka next season. The guard has agreed on terms of contract extension with the team. Dixon will enter the second straight season with Pinar Karsiyaka. Last season Bobby Dixon tallied 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in TBL. In EuroChallenge his stats read 18.2 points, 5.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. He made it into All-Turkish League 2nd Team. Bobby Dixon was named All-EuroChallenge Guard of the Year. The guard participated at the TBL All-Star Game. Previously Bobby Dixon had stints in France, Italy, Ukraine and Poland. He was French Cup winner in 2009. He earned All-French ProA Honourable Mention in 2012.


2013 EYOF: Germany overcome Turkey to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Germany U16 - Turkey U16 68:51

Germany clinched the third straight win at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Holland. They knocked down Turkish counterparts to enter the semifinal stage with a 3-0 record. Germany will now be tested by Croatia, while Turkey will face Serbia for the place in the Final.
Germany jumped to a 21:18 lead after the opening stanza. They boosted the lead in the second frame. Germany accounted for a 37:27 halftime lead. Germany stayed in control throughout the third quarter. They held Turkey to just 9 points in the period and gained a 12-point advantage at the final intermission. Germany went on a 20:15 run in the final ten minutes to seal the victory. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) produced 21 points for the winners. Hubner added 10 points for the German side. Furkam Korkmaz (193-G-97) and Baris Ulker responded with 10 points each for Turkey.

Germany U16: Niklas Kiel 21, Hubner 10, Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) 7
Turkey U16: Furkam Korkmaz 10, Baris Ulker 10



U20 European Championship: Turkey snatch win over Greece to win Group E - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Greece U20 72:70

Turkey claimed the second win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They sneaked past Greek counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E. Greece suffered the first defeat at the tournament and occupied the second position in Group E ladder. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) nailed 23 points to lead the winners. Turkey will now take on Russia, while Greece will face Spain in the quarterfinal stage.
Turkey stunned the Hellenes with a strong start. They raced to a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey and Greece exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Turkey ensured a 36:27 halftime lead. But Greece turned the tables in the third period. They went on a 12:0 run to surge ahead 41:39. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) made it 54:47 late in the period. Turkey cut the deficit at just one point 53:54 at the final break. Turkey used an 11:0 run early in the fourth quarter to surge ahead. Greece pulled within two points with 83 seconds remaining. But Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) converted a three-point play and won the game for Turkey. Tayfun Erulku chipped in 19 points, while Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) added 11 points for the winning side. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) answered with 24 points for Greece. Ioannis Papapetrou had 20 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Erbil Eroglu 23, Tayfun Erulku 19, Ramazan Tekin 11
Greece U20: Eleftherios Bochoridis 24, Ioannis Papapetrou 20



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Virgin Islanders Nick Springer and Stephaun Adams to Basketball without Borders - by David Edole

Virgin Islanders Nick Springer and Stephaun Adams were chosen to represent the Virgin Islands at the annual Basketball Without Borders Americas. Basketball without Borders Americas 2013 is scheduled to take place July 25 28 at CENARD in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Carlos Delfino (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), Walter Hermann, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), Pepe Sanchez, and Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns) will join fellow NBA players Chris Copeland (Indiana Pacers) and James Anderson (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets) as mentors for the campers. NBA coaches attending BWB Americas include Kenny Atkinson (Atlanta Hawks), James Borrego (Orlando Magic), Kaleb Canales (Dallas Mavericks), and Ime Udoka (San Antonio Spurs). Gersson Rosas of the Houston Rockets returns as the BWB Americas Camp Director.

In addition to on-court instruction, the NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach through NBA Cares, the leagues global social responsibility initiative. Events will tip off with a basketball clinic for 50 Special Olympics athletes at CENARD followed by a BWB Girls Clinic for 40 local female basketball players. Highlighting the camp will be an afternoon of hands-on service alongside community volunteers in partnership with TECHO, a nonprofit that constructs transitional houses and provides social inclusion programs for families living in extreme poverty conditions.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

http://www.nba.com/bwb/americas_2013.html



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U20 European Championship: Serbia edge Ukraine to avoid relegation - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Ukraine 75:69

Serbia celebrated the key win in the classification round at U20 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine to reach the games for the 13th-16th places. Ukraine will try to avoid relegation in the battle for the 17th-20th spots. Sasa Avramovic (194-PG-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
Serbia stormed into the game. They unloaded 28 points in the first period to gain a 9-point advantage. Ukraine slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Vladyslav Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) dragged his team within 3 points at halftime 43:40. Ukraine opened the second half on a 13:0 run to gain a 53:43 lead. But Serbia recovered well enough to gain a 60:58 lead at the final intermission. They did not allow Ukraine to deny the deficit in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Pavle Reljic (195-G-93) finished with 11 points, while Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) added 10 points for Serbia. Vladyslav Koreniuk answered with 16 points and 16 boards for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) had 16 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U20: Sasa Avramovic 19, Pavle Reljic 11, Nemanja Krstic 10
Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Koreniuk 16+16 boards, Klym Artamonov 16



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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom advanced to the quarterfinals with the perfect record - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Hungary U20 65:60

United Kingdom advanced to the quarterfinals with the perfect record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Hungary 65:60 to finish the group with a 5-0 record. Hungary meanwhile finished third in the group with 3-2 record.
Hungary surprised the group leader with a 20-13 start, but could not keep the lead for a long time. United Kingdom replied with a 22-8 surge to take 35:28 advantage after a Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) shot. United Kingdom added 21-16 rally in the third period and led 56:44 after 30 minutes. Hungary closed the game with a 16-9 surge to reduce to final 5 points.
Devon Van Oostrum top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Joe Hart (194-G/F-93) netted 11. Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) posted 9, while Nick Lewis (190-G-93) added 6. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) notched 15 points in the losing effort and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) had 13. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 10, while Zoltan Czinger (215-C-93) notched 7.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 26, Joe Hart 11, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 9, Nick Lewis 6
Hungary U20: Luka Markovic 15, Rosco Allen 13, Adam Kovacs 10, Zoltan Czinger 7



Phoenix Re-Sign Livewire Pearce - by Paul Nilsen

Last season's spark from the bench Christopher Pearce (195-G/F-89) has been re-signed for the Cheshire Phoenix by new head coach John Lavery.

The Barrow Bomber - who also has BBL experience with Newcastle Eagles and Durham Wildcats - proved to be a key man off the sideline last season, with his boundless energy and intense defence frustrating some of the league's top names.

With that in mind Coach Lavery has decided to bring the 6ft 4ins Cumbrian guard back for 2013/14 to give his side a little extra spring.

"He's got a real engine on him," said Lavery. "He will run hard and he won't stop and it is that kind of hustle that can change games in the BBL.

"There are a lot of guys who like to take their time and do things their way but Chris disrupts that and he is very good at it.

"He is also a great guy to have around the locker room. He is always smiling or cracking a joke and sometimes a squad needs that."

For Chris, deciding to return to the Phoenix was not a hard choice.

"When I came here in the middle of last season it instantly felt like home," he said. "So when Coach Lavery offered me the opportunity to come back again I didn't hesitate.

"It is a real community club but one which packs a punch in the BBL. Now it is time for us to make it count and bring some titles back to the Northgate Arena."



BBL Cup Is First Silverware Up For Grabs - by Paul Nilsen

The first piece of silverware on offer during the forthcoming 2013-14 British Basketball League season, will again be the BBL Cup and eight teams have been pitched into the first round of action.

With all 12 BBL clubs scheduled to compete in the competition, four have been handed a bye into the Quarter-Final Round, including reigning champions Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders who won the Cup last year under the watchful eye of head coach Rob Paternostro .

They progress into the last eight of the competition along with Newcastle Eagles, Glasgow Rocks and Surrey Heat, who all advance due to finishing in a top four spot in the BBL Championship last season.

With one half of the quarter-finalists already confirmed, the other four participants will be determined from the other eight teams who will fight it out on the weekend of the 18-20 October.

Sharks won silverware last season in the form of the BBL Trophy and they will be hoping to get another in the cabinet again this season, when they host London Lions, who will be excited by their move to a new home at the Copper Box Arena.

Worcester Wolves will entertain Manchester Giants and the new kids on the block, Birmingham Knights, will be visited by Plymouth University Raiders who are no strangers to BBL Cup Final appearances, having been in one a mere 18 months ago.

Durham Wildcats and Cheshire Phoenix will be the last two teams locking horns to try and progress to the next phase, which will take place in early November.

The semi-final round will again be two-legged, with the last four teams fighting it out to play at the 2014 BBL Cup Final on Sunday 12th January, in front of what will inevitably be another mammoth crowd at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. To book your tickets now, visit www.bbl.org.uk/cupfinal or call 0844 338 8000.

The BBL Cup First Round draw is as follows:

One Health Sharks Sheffield v London Lions
Worcester Wolves v Manchester Giants
Birmingham Knights v Plymouth University Raiders
Durham Wildcats v Cheshire Phoenix



Robinson A Raider - by Paul Nilsen

The Plymouth University Raiders are delighted to announce their second signing of the summer, ahead of the 2013/14 season. 6'4" American Donald Robinson (193-F-89, college: W.Virginia Tech) played with the Glasgow Rocks last season, and built himself a solid reputation in his first season in the UK.

He averaged 15.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and shot 56% from the field and a blistering 42% from behind the three point line.

"I'm really pleased to have signed for Plymouth," said Robinson. "They're a great team and we had some epic battles with them last season. I liked what I saw in Plymouth, and I'm excited to get there and get started."

Robinson graduated from West Virginia Tech in the USA in the summer of 2012 and joined Glasgow immediately. While playing in Glasgow, he earned himself a reputation for a tough defender, a good outside shooter and a player who goes to the basket very well indeed.

"I'm happy to have Donald join us for the coming year," said Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love. "He had a very solid rookie season with the Rocks and I know he is capable of being a go to guy in this league. Donald fits the mold of player I'm looking for - individuals that will excel in my system and players who I feel are hungry to work hard and improve."

Robinson joins Andreas Schreiber as the two players announced so far by the Raiders, with more to follow in the coming days and weeks.

"We're pretty close to announcing two more players," added Love. "Hopefully we'll have some more good news for the fans by the end of the week."



Fighting Irish Star Signs For Eagles - by Paul Nilsen

The Newcastle Eagles today announce the first of a number of new signings for the 2013-14 season with the signing of Scott Martin (203-G-88, agency: Interperformances), captain of the mighty Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Scott is a 6'8" forward who was ranked in the top 100 players in America coming out of high school. He spent a year at Purdue University before moving to Notre Dame University. He was the captain of Notre Dame for the last two seasons and voted to the All Big East tournament team in 2012.

Martin averaged 9 points per game and 6 rebounds over the course of his college career and shot 46% from the three point range in his final season.

Martin is keen to get to grips with professional basketball and is ready to fly east;

"I have a few friends that have visited England before and they all only have great things to say, so I am excited to have this opportunity and cannot wait to get over there and start the season. My hopes for the upcoming season are simply to help the team in anyway I can. Winning is the most important thing and I want to do whatever the team asks of me to get that done."

Coach Fab Flournoy (pictured) is excited to be working with a graduate of one of the top US college programmes. "I've spoken with Scott at length and he comes across as a smart, motivated young man. I think he is going to bring a very positive feel to the club this year and will work well with the squad we are continuing to assemble."

Further signing announcements will be made in the next few days as the Eagles continue to prepare their roster and pre-season schedule, starting September 1st. Eagles first home game of the 2013-14 season will be against local rivals Durham Wildcats in a derby season opener.



BBL Championship Fixtures Set Pulses Racing - by Paul Nilsen

With time ticking down until the start of another exciting and roller-coaster British Basketball League season, the BBL Championship fixtures have further heightened anticipation by throwing up some fascinating match-ups on opening weekend.

BBL newcomers Birmingham Knights and head coach Paul Douglas face a baptism of fire when they step out for the first time, since they are scheduled to go to defending champions and last years' treble-winning Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in their first contest on Saturday 28 September.

The brand new season will actually tip-off 24 hours earlier on Friday 27 September, when there will be a north-east derby between Newcastle Eagles and Durham Wildcats and London Lions will play their first competitive BBL game at their fantastic new home, the Copper Box Arena against Manchester Giants, the team they edged out to make last season's play-offs.

The full fixture list for opening weekend is as follows:

Friday 27 September 2013
7:30pm London Lions v Manchester Giants
7:30pm Newcastle Eagles v Durham Wildcats
7:30pm One Health Sharks Sheffield v Cheshire Phoenix

Saturday 28 September 2013
7:30pm Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders v Birmingham Knights
7:00pm Surrey Heat v Worcester Wolves

Sunday 29 September 2013
5:30pm Cheshire Phoenix v Newcastle Eagles
5:00pm Manchester Giants v One Health Sharks Sheffield
4:00pm Plymouth University Raiders v London Lions

Each of the 12 BBL clubs will play 33 BBL Championship games this season, facing each other three times, once at home and twice away - or vice versa.

Not only will teams fight it out to try and land the prestigious BBL Championship title, but also for play-off positioning and a top eight berth, so they have a shot at stepping out at the climax of the campaign - the 2014 BBL Play-Off Final.

That means the fixtures on the final weekend of the season could be the most exciting and important of all. The full fixture list for the last weekend of the regular season is as follows:

Friday 18 April 2014
7:30pm London Lions v Plymouth Raiders
7:30pm One Health Sharks Sheffield v Manchester Giants
7:30pm Worcester Wolves v Glasgow Rocks

Saturday 19 April 2014
7:00pm Birmingham Knights v Durham Wildcats
7:00pm Surrey Heat v Worcester Wolves

Sunday 20 April 2014
4:00pm Durham Wildcats v Cheshire Phoenix
5:00pm Glasgow Rocks v Surrey Heat
4:00pm Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders v Newcastle Eagles
5:00pm Manchester Giants v London Lions
4:00pm Plymouth University Raiders v One Health Sharks Sheffield

Those finishing in the top eight spots will enter the post-season and play a two-legged play-off quarter-final on the weekend of 25-27 April and if successful, a two-legged semi-final the following weekend.

The two victorious clubs will then play the final on Sunday 11th May 2014, bidding to become the last team standing and be crowned the 2014 BBL Play-Off Final winners.




BBL Trophy Opens Door For An Upset - by Paul Nilsen

Reigning BBL Trophy champions One Health Sharks Sheffield will tip-off the defence of their prized silverware against an underdog, after the draw for the 2013-14 competition threw up some mouth-watering possibilities of an upset.

The BBL Trophy will not only include all 12 BBL member clubs, but also four teams from the second tier of the game, with a quartet of EBL clubs lining up in the first round draw.

Staying as a straight knockout affair and beginning in mid-January next year, Sharks will hit the road and head for Reading Rockets looking to avoid a real banana skin.

Meanwhile there are three away trips for other BBL clubs too, with Glasgow Rocks heading over the border and into Yorkshire to face Leeds Carnegie. Surrey Heat will travel to the West Country to lock horns with Bristol Academy Flyers, who will get to experience BBL opposition first-hand ahead of their entry into the BBL in 2014-15.

The other EBL team looking to write a major headline are Leopards, who entertain Newcastle Eagles, a club who have dominated the competition in recent times.

There are also four all-BBL ties to savour, including London Lions playing host to Worcester Wolves and last years' beaten finalists Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders going to Cheshire Phoenix.

The longest trip in the first round will be undertaken by Durham Wildcats, who make the long trek to Devon to play Plymouth University Raiders, whilst the final encounter will see newbies Birmingham Knights travel to second season returnees, Manchester Giants.

Each of the winners will go into the quarter-final round draw which will be a one-off game.

The semi-finals will again be two-legged, the winners proceeding to the showpiece Final which will be held at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Saturday 15th March. To book your tickets for what promises to be a great event, visit www.bbl.org.uk/trophyfinal or call 0844 338 8000.

The full BBL Trophy first round line up is as follows:

London Lions v Worcester Wolves
Plymouth University Raiders v Durham Wildcats
Cheshire Phoenix v Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders
Manchester Giants v Birmingham Knights
Leeds Carnegie v Glasgow Rocks
Bristol Academy Flyers v Surrey Heat
Essex Leopards v Newcastle Eagles
Reading Rockets v One Health Sharks Sheffield



CAI Zaragoza signs Daniel Clark - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) signed 25-year old British international power forward Daniel Clark (210-110kg-88, agency: Interperformances). He has played for the last four seasons at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (Liga Endesa). In 30 games he had 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Clark's team made it to the LEB Gold Semifinals in 2008.
He was also a member of British international program for some years. Clark has been playing for British Senior National Team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007. He represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 70.0%, 3PT: 57.1%.
Clark has played previously for two other Spain teams: Leche Rio Breogan and Asefa Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team.
He could be described: A skilled inside player who grew up in Spain, adding to his game all the perimetral skills needed to play the 4 position very effectively. He can spend tim also at center, thanks to size and strength.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Unicaja signs Jayson Granger - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) signed 24-year old Italian-Uruguayan guard Jayson Granger (186-87kg-89). He has played for the last seven seasons at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (Liga Endesa). In 34 games he had 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Granger's team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2009. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team in 2012. Granger represented Italy at the South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 12.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%.
Granger has played previously professionally in Uruguay (Cordon).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Granger could be described: Jayson Granger is a nice size point guard who just knows how to play the game.
He makes great decisions with the basketball and is a nice quality ball handler and defender.
He has excellent passing skills and can score when the opportunity is there
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 PP22.7 
 3. Fortson, Caneros21.5 
 4. Santana, Caneros20.5 
 5. Miller, Gaiteros20.3 
 6. Maye, Titanes DN19.9 
 7. Bailey, Cocolos19.6 
 8. Martinez, Arecibo19.3 
 9. Flores, Titanes DN18.9 
 10. Johnson, Cocolos18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Arecibo
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, Arecibo12.4 
 2. Santana, Caneros9.9 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Cocolos9.2 
 5. Balkman, Guayama8.6 
 6. Miller, Toros8.2 
 7. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 8. Carmona, Caner.7.7 
 9. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 10. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rivera, Humacao6.0 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP5.8 
 3. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.8 
 6. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.3 
 7. Fortson, Caneros4.1 
 8. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros4.0 
 10. Miller, Gaiteros3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis JONES
  Gigantes
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Jones, Gigantes3.3 
 2. Miller, Gaiteros3.1 
 3. Riley, Bucaneros2.8 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.5 
 5. Fortson, Caneros2.5 
 6. Guillent, Guaros2.3 
 7. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.2 
 8. Carmona, Caner.2.2 
 9. Horton, Panteras2.2 
 10. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Penn, Humacao3.6 
 2. Miller, Toros2.2 
 3. Battle, Marinos1.7 
 4. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.7 
 5. Lang, Cocodrilos1.5 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 7. Johnson, Cocolos1.2 
 8. Balkman, Guayama1.0 
 9. Camara, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Massie, San Germ.0.9 



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Welsh U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Daniel Walsh
Walsh
Thomas North
North
Joshua Reade
Reade
Samuel Roberts
Roberts
Harry Stubbington
Stubbington
#e#5

Conor Easter 184-PG-97
4Daniel Walsh 180-PG-95 Sefton Stars United Kingdom
5Thomas North 178-G-95
6Joshua Jones 180-PG-95
8Samuel Donagh 188-G-95 Swansea S. Wales
9Joshua Thomas 190-F-96
10Nico-Pele Wilson 185-G-96
11Joshua Reade 187-G-95
12Tomas Davies 187-F-95
13Samuel Roberts 186-F-95
14Harry Stubbington 198-C-96
15James Cameron 200-C-95


Gavin Lewis Head Coach



U18 European Championship Division C: San Marino defeat Wales - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Wales U18 77:62

San Marino clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. San Marino will now face Gibraltar, while Wales will take on Andorra at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
San Marino poured in 26 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. San Marino accumulated a 39:29 halftime lead. Wales responded with an aggressive defensive effort in the third term. The Welsh team cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break. But San Marino reacted with a 27-point tally in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) netted 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Julian Gualtieri (188-G-95) added 23 points for San Marino. Joshua Reade (186-G-95) answered with 21 points for Wales. Samuel Roberts (187-C-95) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Igor Biordi 32+12 boards, Julian Gualtieri 23, Andrea Gambi (190-C-96) 6
Wales U18: Joshua Reade 21, Samuel Roberts 13




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U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra roll over Malta in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Malta U18-Andorra U18 20:43

Andorra roll over Malta in Day 3 at the U18 European Championship Division C. Andorra finished the group with a perfect 3-0 record after a 43:20 victory. Malta meanwhile finished with 2-1 record as both teams head to the Semifinals.
It was the game for the top position as both teams headed to the game undefeated. Andorra started with 11-4 lead, but Malta managed to win the second frame 11-2 and Agius brought 15:13 lead at the halftime. The third quarter was a nightmare for Malta that could not score a single point. Andorra erupted with a 15-0 surge and grabbed 28:15 lead. They added 15-5 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Claudia Brunet (163-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Moreno nailed 8. Mana brought 7, while Marta Aguilera (167-F-95) added 5. Julia Xerri (167-G-96) and Michela Scicluna (174-F-95) replied with 5 points each for Malta.

Malta U18: Julia Xerri 5, Michela Scicluna 5
Andorra U18: Claudia Brunet 19, Moreno 8, Mana 7, Marta Aguilera 5



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2013 EYOF: Hungary prevail against Belgium to post three wins in a row - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U16 - Belgium U16 72:54

Hungary claimed the third consecutive win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They knocked down Belgium to win Group A. Hungary will now face Czech Republic in the semis. Belgium suffered the third consecutive defeat and would play against hosting Netherlands in the classification round.
Hungary got to a confident start. They poured in 21 points in the opening quarter to post a 6-point lead. Hungary maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 35:25 halftime lead. Hungary kept Belgium at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 14-point lead before the fourth period. Belgium could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) produced 16 points for Hungary. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) added 14 points, while Dorottya Nagy (183-PF-97) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Marie Cole (187-PF-98) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Yelena Mense (97) had 10 points and 8 boards in the losing effort.

Hungary U16: Virag Weninger 16, Debora Dubei 14, Dorottya Nagy 11
Belgium U16: Marie Cole 11, Yelena Mense 10



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2013 EYOF: Czech Republic upset Netherlands in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U16 - Czech Republic U16 63:77

Czech Republic clinched the second win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They defeated Netherlands to earn 2-1 record in the second position in Group B. Czech Republic will now take on Hungary in the semis. Netherlands will play versus Belgium in the classification round now.
Czech Republic stormed into the game. They unloaded 24 points in the first ten minutes to post a 9-point lead. Czech Republic maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 40:30 halftime lead. The hosts cut the distance in the third term. The Dutch team got within 7 points at the final break. But Czech Republic easily protected the lead in the fourth term and moreover boosted it to double-digits. Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) netted 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) answered with 20 points for Netherlands. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) had 17 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Netherlands U16: Laura Westerik 20, Janis Ndiba 17+14 boards
Czech Republic U16: Julia Reisingerova 21+12 boards, Tereza Sipova 14, Michaela Gaislerova (179-F-97) 9



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Dynamo Kursk land Candice Dupree and Seimone Augustus - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk filled in two imports spots on their roster. They added Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) and Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU).
Candice Dupree is currently playing for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. She tallies 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Mercury. Last season Candice Dupree spent in Spartak Moscow Region. She tallied 12.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in PBL. In EuroLeague the forward notched 14.6 points, 6.6 boards and 1.6 assists per appearance. Previously Candice Dupree had stints in Slovakia, Poland, Russia and WNBA. She was trumped All-Slovakian Extraliga Player of the Year in 2010. Dupree was the member of the USA National Team in 2010.
Seimone Augustus playes for the Minnesota Lynx at the moment. The forward delivers 15.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in the WNBA. Last season Seimone Augustus also played for Sparta Moscow Region. Her stats read 14.4 points, 4.1 boards and 2.5 assists in PBL. Augustus tallied 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per appearance in EuroLeague. She made it into All-Russian PBL 1st Team.



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Standings Div.C - by Eurobasket News

Standings
1. Andorra3-0
2. Malta2-1
3. Gibraltar1-2
4. Wales0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Jul. 17: GIB - WAL 47-37
Jul. 17: MLT - AND 20-43

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Jul. 19: MLT - GIB
Jul. 19: AND - WAL


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 3 in Andorra - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U18-Wales U18 47:37

Gibraltar edge Wales for the initial win at the U18 European Championship Division C. The team overcame winless Wales 47:37 for 1-2 record. Wales fell at 0-3 record however advanced to the Semifinals.
Both teams entered the game without victories and hoped to add W in the account. Wales started with 10:6 lead and added 11-5 rally in the second period. Richards sent the teams to the lockers at 21:11 lead, but the Wales could not win the game. Gibraltar dominated the third period and Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) nailed three for 27:26 advantage. Jamie Prescott (171-C-96) later closed the third period at 30:28. Gibraltar won the last period 17-9 and celebrated the initial victory.
Natalie Rodriguez (170-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Joelle Grech netted 10. Jamie Prescott collected 7 points and 18 rebounds, while Courtney Ferrer (171-F-97) posted 6. Ross replied with 16 points and Joanna Thomas (179-C-96) ended up with 6 points and 22 rebounds.

Gibraltar U18: Natalie Rodriguez 14, Joelle Grech 10, Jamie Prescott 7+18 rebs, Courtney Ferrer 6
Wales U18: Ross 16, Joanna Thomas 6+22 rebs




Malta U18-Andorra U18 20:43

Andorra roll over Malta in Day 3 at the U18 European Championship Division C. Andorra finished the group with a perfect 3-0 record after a 43:20 victory. Malta meanwhile finished with 2-1 record as both teams head to the Semifinals.
It was the game for the top position as both teams headed to the game undefeated. Andorra started with 11-4 lead, but Malta managed to win the second frame 11-2 and Agius brought 15:13 lead at the halftime. The third quarter was a nightmare for Malta that could not score a single point. Andorra erupted with a 15-0 surge and grabbed 28:15 lead. They added 15-5 rally in the last stanza for the final result.

Claudia Brunet (163-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Moreno nailed 8. Mana brought 7, while Marta Aguilera (167-F-95) added 5. Julia Xerri (167-G-96) and Michela Scicluna (174-F-95) replied with 5 points each for Malta.

Malta U18:
Julia Xerri 5, Michela Scicluna 5
Andorra U18:
Claudia Brunet 19, Moreno 8, Mana 7, Marta Aguilera 5



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2013 EYOF: France nip Italy to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Italy U16 63:50

France clinched the second win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They held off Italian counterparts to advance into the semifinal. France will now take on Russia for the ticket into Final.
France surged ahead to an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within three points at halftime 26:29. Les Bleus maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth stanza up by 5 points 47:42. France held their opponents to just 8 points in the fourth period and spurred to the victory at the end. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) netted 14 points for France. Camille Lenglet (167-G) and Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) added 12 points apiece for the winning side. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) answered with 12 points for Italy. Giulia Zecchin (178-PG-97) had 9 points in the loss.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 14, Camille Lenglet 12, Alix Duchet 12
Italy U16: Francesca Pan 12, Giulia Zecchin 9



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  GERMANY   

Regionalliga Standings - by Greg

Regionalliga Standings
North
 1. Alstertal-Lang. 13-3 
 2. Braunschweig 13-3 
 3. Berlin Baskets 13-3 
 4. Halle 2 8-8 
 5. Harburg 8-8 
 6. Zehlendorf 6-10 
 7. C.Basket BRL 4-12 
 8. Wusterhausen 2-14 
 9. B-ball BRL Sud 1-15 
Southeast
 1. Herzogenaurach 21-1 
 2. Bayern Muen. 18-4 
 3. friendsfactory 15-7 
 4. Dresden 12-10 
 5. Wasserburg II 11-11 
 6. Wuerzburg 2 11-11 
 7. Noerdlingen 10-12 
 8. Elsenfeld/Gr. 10-12 
 9. Kemmern 8-14 
 10. Bayreuth 6-16 
 11. Erfurt 6-16 
 12. Chemnitz 2 3-19 
Southwest-North
 1. Krofdorf/Gleib. 21-1 
 2. Weiterstadt 17-5 
 3. Marburg 2 16-6 
 4. Hofheim 12-10 
 5. Horchheim 11-11 
 6. Gruenberg 2 10-12 
 7. Kassel 10-12 
 8. Saarlouis 2 9-13 
 9. Homburg 9-13 
 10. Mainz 2 6-16 
 11. Wiesbaden 5-17 
 12. Nieder-Olm 4-18 
Southwest-South
 1. Fellbach 15-3 
 2. Stuttgart 15-3 
 3. Freiburg 2 13-5 
 4. Heidelberg 2 11-7 
 5. Ludwigsburg 10-8 
 6. Heidelberg/K. 8-10 
 7. Moehringen 6-12 
 8. Berghausen 6-12 
 9. Ulm 2-16 
 10. Leimen 2 2-16 
West
 1. Koeln 20-2 
 2. Opladen 2 15-7 
 3. Barmer TV 12-10 
 4. Wuppertal 11-11 
 5. Bensberg 11-11 
 6. Rhoendorfer 10-12 
 7. Herner 2 8-14 
 8. Dorsten 8-14 
 9. Hoerde TV 7-15 
 10. Huerther BC 7-15 
 11. Oberhausen 7-15 
 12. Hagen TSV 0-0 



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Gibraltar U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Natalie Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Lydia Quadrassi
Quadrassi
Joelle Grech
Grech
Jamie Prescott
Prescott
Courtney Ferrer
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5Natalie Rodriguez 173-F-96 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
6Lydia Quadrassi 169-F-96 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
8Yasmine ben Youssef 157-PG-95 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
9Joelle Grech 169-G-97 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
11Jamie Prescott 174-C-96 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
12Cheryl Romero 175-F-95 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
13Courtney Ferrer 173-C-97 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
14Danielle Bensadon 169-F-97 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar
15Sara Chipolina 171-C-96 GIB U16 NT Gibraltar


Antonio Solis Head Coach



U18 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar edge Wales for the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U18-Wales U18 47:37

Gibraltar edge Wales for the initial win at the U18 European Championship Division C. The team overcame winless Wales 47:37 for 1-2 record. Wales fell at 0-3 record however advanced to the Semifinals.
Both teams entered the game without victories and hoped to add W in the account. Wales started with 10:6 lead and added 11-5 rally in the second period. Richards sent the teams to the lockers at 21:11 lead, but the Wales could not win the game. Gibraltar dominated the third period and Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) nailed three for 27:26 advantage. Jamie Prescott (171-C-96) later closed the third period at 30:28. Gibraltar won the last period 17-9 and celebrated the initial victory.
Natalie Rodriguez (170-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Joelle Grech netted 10. Jamie Prescott collected 7 points and 18 rebounds, while Courtney Ferrer (171-F-97) posted 6. Ross replied with 16 points and Joanna Thomas (179-C-96) ended up with 6 points and 22 rebounds.

Gibraltar U18: Natalie Rodriguez 14, Joelle Grech 10, Jamie Prescott 7+18 rebs, Courtney Ferrer 6
Wales U18: Ross 16, Joanna Thomas 6+22 rebs



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2013 EYOF: Czech Republic upset Netherlands in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U16 - Czech Republic U16 63:77

Czech Republic clinched the second win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They defeated Netherlands to earn 2-1 record in the second position in Group B. Czech Republic will now take on Hungary in the semis. Netherlands will play versus Belgium in the classification round now.
Czech Republic stormed into the game. They unloaded 24 points in the first ten minutes to post a 9-point lead. Czech Republic maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 40:30 halftime lead. The hosts cut the distance in the third term. The Dutch team got within 7 points at the final break. But Czech Republic easily protected the lead in the fourth term and moreover boosted it to double-digits. Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) netted 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) answered with 20 points for Netherlands. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) had 17 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Netherlands U16: Laura Westerik 20, Janis Ndiba 17+14 boards
Czech Republic U16: Julia Reisingerova 21+12 boards, Tereza Sipova 14, Michaela Gaislerova (179-F-97) 9



Dutch squad ready for Worldcup U19 - by Bas Hendriks

Headcoach Remy de Wit is confident for the upcoming Worldcup in Lithuania. 'I think we have a stronger team than last year for U17 worldcup in Amsterdam' and he more than likely will be right. For starters: There is the addition of Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) who had a major season in Italy for Minibasket Battipaglia.

The team will be lead by pointguard Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) who had a stellar season for CTO Amsterdam. Her backup will be Janiek van Veen (172-PG-95) who is more of a pure pointguard than Janine Guijt who was the understudy for Cornelius last year. Van Veen is an easy scoring pointguard who can play the two position as well. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) is very likely to start as shooting guard as she proved herself the passed season as a great threat from the perimeter. With Guijt and new international Elske Heerschop as her understudies Slim, who will leave Amsterdam after the summer to persue a career in the USA, can also play the small forward in case of foultrouble for Lisanne de Jong from Lekdetec who turned out one of the best small forwards in the game last year for new coach Bart Sengers. Both will have to be ready to share minutes with both Britt Zappeij (182-PF-95) and Kourtney Treffers who both can play both forward positions. Inside the team will feature multi talented Emese Hof (190-C-96) who can score, pass and block shots. Her sparring partner will be Charlotte van Kleef (189-C-96) who finished her first season with CTO Amsterdam after making her first appearance for the Dutch national teams on the u16 team in previous summer. Deborah Vos (179-SF-96) will most likely see her minutes on the four position. Vos has a strong drive and is a smart offensive rebounder.
Last but not least will be strong forward Ester Fokke who can play both forward spots, hit the threy as well as go inside to finish drives. As can be seen coach de Wit has lots of options to put a sizzling and exciting squad on the floor. Their first assignment? France, defending European Champions u18 and probably the best European team on the tournament.

#Name
4 Britt Zappeij
5 Laura Cornelius
6 Janiek van Veen
7 Klaziena Guijt (172-SG-95)
8 Deborah Vos
9 Esther Fokke (184-PF-96)
10 Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95)
11 Isabella Slim
12 Kourtney Treffers
13 Charlotte van Kleef
14 Emese Hof
15 Elisabeth Heerschop (173-G/F-95)



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2013 EYOF: Hungary prevail against Belgium to post three wins in a row - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U16 - Belgium U16 72:54

Hungary claimed the third consecutive win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They knocked down Belgium to win Group A. Hungary will now face Czech Republic in the semis. Belgium suffered the third consecutive defeat and would play against hosting Netherlands in the classification round.
Hungary got to a confident start. They poured in 21 points in the opening quarter to post a 6-point lead. Hungary maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They registered a 35:25 halftime lead. Hungary kept Belgium at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 14-point lead before the fourth period. Belgium could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) produced 16 points for Hungary. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) added 14 points, while Dorottya Nagy (183-PF-97) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Marie Cole (187-PF-98) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Yelena Mense (97) had 10 points and 8 boards in the losing effort.

Hungary U16: Virag Weninger 16, Debora Dubei 14, Dorottya Nagy 11
Belgium U16: Marie Cole 11, Yelena Mense 10



DVTK Miskolc bring in Helena Sverrisdottir - by Eurobasket News

DVTK Miskolc bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU). The Icelandic international spent the last season in Slovak Republic. She played for Good Angels Kosice. Helena Sverrisdottir tallied 9.6 points, 3.0 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Extraliga. In EuroLeague Helena Sverrisdottir notched 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. The guard also delivered 8.0 points, 2.3 assists, 2.0 boards and 1.3 steals per game in the Middle Europe League. It was the second straight season with Good Angels for Sverrisdottir. Previously she played in Iceland and NCAA. She was trumped All-Icelandic D1 Player of the Year in 2006. The guard was named All-MWC Player of the Year in 2010.


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DVTK Miskolc bring in Helena Sverrisdottir - by Eurobasket News

DVTK Miskolc bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU). The Icelandic international spent the last season in Slovak Republic. She played for Good Angels Kosice. Helena Sverrisdottir tallied 9.6 points, 3.0 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Extraliga. In EuroLeague Helena Sverrisdottir notched 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. The guard also delivered 8.0 points, 2.3 assists, 2.0 boards and 1.3 steals per game in the Middle Europe League. It was the second straight season with Good Angels for Sverrisdottir. Previously she played in Iceland and NCAA. She was trumped All-Icelandic D1 Player of the Year in 2006. The guard was named All-MWC Player of the Year in 2010.


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2013 EYOF: France nip Italy to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Italy U16 63:50

France clinched the second win at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They held off Italian counterparts to advance into the semifinal. France will now take on Russia for the ticket into Final.
France surged ahead to an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within three points at halftime 26:29. Les Bleus maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth stanza up by 5 points 47:42. France held their opponents to just 8 points in the fourth period and spurred to the victory at the end. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) netted 14 points for France. Camille Lenglet (167-G) and Alix Duchet (165-PG-97) added 12 points apiece for the winning side. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) answered with 12 points for Italy. Giulia Zecchin (178-PG-97) had 9 points in the loss.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 14, Camille Lenglet 12, Alix Duchet 12
Italy U16: Francesca Pan 12, Giulia Zecchin 9



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U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra roll over Malta in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Malta U18-Andorra U18 20:43

Andorra roll over Malta in Day 3 at the U18 European Championship Division C. Andorra finished the group with a perfect 3-0 record after a 43:20 victory. Malta meanwhile finished with 2-1 record as both teams head to the Semifinals.
It was the game for the top position as both teams headed to the game undefeated. Andorra started with 11-4 lead, but Malta managed to win the second frame 11-2 and Agius brought 15:13 lead at the halftime. The third quarter was a nightmare for Malta that could not score a single point. Andorra erupted with a 15-0 surge and grabbed 28:15 lead. They added 15-5 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Claudia Brunet (163-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Moreno nailed 8. Mana brought 7, while Marta Aguilera (167-F-95) added 5. Julia Xerri (167-G-96) and Michela Scicluna (174-F-95) replied with 5 points each for Malta.

Malta U18: Julia Xerri 5, Michela Scicluna 5
Andorra U18: Claudia Brunet 19, Moreno 8, Mana 7, Marta Aguilera 5



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  RUSSIA   


2013 EYOF: Russia shoot down Slovak Republic to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - Slovak Republic U16 66:46

Russia claimed the third consecutive win at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Netherlands. They shot down Slovak Republic to win Group B. Russia will now face France in the semis. Slovak Republic slipped at 0-3 record and would face Italy in the classification round.
Russia led from start to finish in this one. They grabbed a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Russia accumulated a 29:21 halftime lead. They did not loosen the grasp in the third term. Russia accounted for a 48:33 advantage at the final intermission. They never looked back en route to the win afterwards. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 13 points and 11 boards for Russia. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98), Olga Frolkina (180-F-97) and Sabina Abaidullina (180-G-97) had 8 points each in the win. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) answered with 12 points and 11 boards for Slovak Republic. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Russia U16: Mariya Vadeeva 13+11 boards, Raisa Musina 8, Olga Frolkina 8, Sabina Abaidullina 8
Slovak Republic U16: Veronika Remenarova 12+11 boards, Lucia Striesova 8



Dynamo Kursk land Candice Dupree and Seimone Augustus - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk filled in two imports spots on their roster. They added Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) and Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU).
Candice Dupree is currently playing for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. She tallies 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Mercury. Last season Candice Dupree spent in Spartak Moscow Region. She tallied 12.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in PBL. In EuroLeague the forward notched 14.6 points, 6.6 boards and 1.6 assists per appearance. Previously Candice Dupree had stints in Slovakia, Poland, Russia and WNBA. She was trumped All-Slovakian Extraliga Player of the Year in 2010. Dupree was the member of the USA National Team in 2010.
Seimone Augustus playes for the Minnesota Lynx at the moment. The forward delivers 15.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in the WNBA. Last season Seimone Augustus also played for Sparta Moscow Region. Her stats read 14.4 points, 4.1 boards and 2.5 assists in PBL. Augustus tallied 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per appearance in EuroLeague. She made it into All-Russian PBL 1st Team.



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2013 EYOF: Russia shoot down Slovak Republic to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Russia U16 - Slovak Republic U16 66:46

Russia claimed the third consecutive win at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Netherlands. They shot down Slovak Republic to win Group B. Russia will now face France in the semis. Slovak Republic slipped at 0-3 record and would face Italy in the classification round.
Russia led from start to finish in this one. They grabbed a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Russia accumulated a 29:21 halftime lead. They did not loosen the grasp in the third term. Russia accounted for a 48:33 advantage at the final intermission. They never looked back en route to the win afterwards. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 13 points and 11 boards for Russia. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98), Olga Frolkina (180-F-97) and Sabina Abaidullina (180-G-97) had 8 points each in the win. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) answered with 12 points and 11 boards for Slovak Republic. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Russia U16: Mariya Vadeeva 13+11 boards, Raisa Musina 8, Olga Frolkina 8, Sabina Abaidullina 8
Slovak Republic U16: Veronika Remenarova 12+11 boards, Lucia Striesova 8



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Isaksson is back at Northland - by Eurobasket News

Northland Basket Lulea (Damligan) agreed terms with 23-year old domestic forward Hanna Isaksson (191-90). It is actually her comeback to Lulea as she played here before. Isaksson played last season at Eos (Damligan). In 22 games she had 4.8ppg and 3.7rpg.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Northland. But in 6 games she recorded just 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg that season. Isaksson's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish Damligan in 2012.
She was a member of Swedish U20 National Team in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jonna Wiklund agreed terms with Northland - by Eurobasket News

Northland Basket Lulea (Damligan) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old guard Jonna Wiklund (174-93). She played most recently at KFUM Sundsvall Basket (BasketEttan). In 22 games she recorded 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season. Wiklund won BasketEttan Group North 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar edge Wales for the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U18-Wales U18 47:37

Gibraltar edge Wales for the initial win at the U18 European Championship Division C. The team overcame winless Wales 47:37 for 1-2 record. Wales fell at 0-3 record however advanced to the Semifinals.
Both teams entered the game without victories and hoped to add W in the account. Wales started with 10:6 lead and added 11-5 rally in the second period. Richards sent the teams to the lockers at 21:11 lead, but the Wales could not win the game. Gibraltar dominated the third period and Joelle Grech (166-PG-97) nailed three for 27:26 advantage. Jamie Prescott (171-C-96) later closed the third period at 30:28. Gibraltar won the last period 17-9 and celebrated the initial victory.
Natalie Rodriguez (170-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Joelle Grech netted 10. Jamie Prescott collected 7 points and 18 rebounds, while Courtney Ferrer (171-F-97) posted 6. Ross replied with 16 points and Joanna Thomas (179-C-96) ended up with 6 points and 22 rebounds.

Gibraltar U18: Natalie Rodriguez 14, Joelle Grech 10, Jamie Prescott 7+18 rebs, Courtney Ferrer 6
Wales U18: Ross 16, Joanna Thomas 6+22 rebs



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 10-4 
 2. Chicago S. 10-4 
 3. Washington M. 8-7 
 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. 11-4 
 3. Phoenix M. 8-7 
 4. Seattle S. 6-9 
 5. S.Antonio SS 4-11 
 6. Tulsa S. 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jul. 16: Washington M. - S.Antonio SS 86-64
Jul. 17: L.Angeles S. - Atlanta D. 77-73
Jul. 17: Seattle S. - Tulsa S. 59-86

Regular Season: Round 22

Jul. 18: New York L. - Chicago S.
Jul. 18: L.Angeles S. - Phoenix M.
Jul. 19: Indiana F. - Washington M.
Jul. 19: S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L.
Jul. 19: Tulsa S. - Connecticut S.


Sparks, Shock and Mystics record victories - by Eurobasket News

Washington M. - S.Antonio SS 86-64
The Washington Mystics not only beat San Antonio, they didn't even let the Silver Stars score for a while. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 13 points and nine rebounds, and the Mystics held San Antonio without a point for more than nine minutes in the second half to complete a two-game sweep of the Silver Stars with an 86-64 victory on Tuesday night. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (5'10''-G-91, college: N.Carolina) also scored 13 points and fellow rookie Nadirah McKenith had 11 for the Mystics (8-7), who have won two straight, both against the Silver Stars. Washington, a winner of four of five games since dropping five straight in June, held San Antonio scoreless for a 9-minute, 26-second span of the second half. The Silver Stars missed 14 straight shots in that stretch. The Silver Stars hadn't lost in Washington since 2006 but have found the Mystics are no longer pushovers. "They attack from jump ball to the last buzzer," Silver Stars forward Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-PF-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) said. "Tonight, we just could not find a way to stop the bleeding." Washington controlled every aspect of the game, including scoring 16 points off 21 San Antonio turnovers. All 11 players on the roster scored, with the bench contributing nearly half the points. The Mystics held a 27-point lead in the second half during their largest margin of victory on the season. "I particularly liked our defensive effort," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said after Washington held the Silver Stars to 38.9 percent shooting. Washington also had 20 assists with only 10 turnovers. "It's nice to look at a box score where you have 42 points from your bench and 44 from your starters," said Thibault, who became the winningest coach in WNBA history earlier this month. "It's just one of those good nights." Shenise Johnson and Jia Perkins led the Silver Stars (4-11) with 12 points. Danielle Adams' bank shot cut Washington's advantage to 58-51 with 3:23 remaining in the third quarter. The Silver Stars did not record another point until Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arkansas)'s 3-pointer with 3:57 left in the game, as the Mystics led 78-54. "It all started on the defensive end," said Ruffin-Pratt, who had nine points in the second half. "We got some good stops and it all transferred over on the offensive end." Leading from midway through the first quarter and 41-36 at halftime, the Mystics opened the third by making eight of 12 shots, closed it with 10 straight points for a 68-51 lead and eventually pushed the run to 20-0. "Wherever they saw a lane, they attacked," said Milton-Jones, who matched Adams with 10 points. On Friday in San Antonio, Washington prevailed 83-73. The Silver Stars then lost 86-84 at Connecticut on Sunday and are 2-7 on the road this season. "Now we have to make that decision," Milton-Jones said. "Are we going to continue to play on our heels or going to roll our sleeves up and say 'If you're going to drive, you're going to have to drive through me.' "That's the lesson that we're learning now. We're taking a lot of bumps and bruises on the head because we're being hardheaded in a sense. Being stubborn in that way is going to continue to get us 'Ls.'" Washington's four rookies accounted for the Mystics' final 10 points of the third quarter. Like their coach, the new players haven't been around for the previous misadventures against San Antonio. "In the past, this has been a tough team for the Mystics to play from what I hear," said Thibault, who has led Washington to three more victories this season than the team had all of last season. The teams combined to make their first eight attempts from the field and both shot at least 59 percent from the field in the first quarter. Washington led 28-22 after the opening period and by as many as 11 during the sloppier second quarter. Nine of the 10 Mystics that played during the first half scored, including Langhorne, who had seven points and seven rebounds. Courtesy of: elpasotimes.com

L.Angeles S. - Atlanta D. 77-73
Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) scored 15 points, and Lindsey Harding and Alana Beard each added 13 to help the Los Angeles Sparks remain unbeaten at home with a 77-73 win over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday night. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) scored 12 points for the Sparks (11-4), who won their six straight overall and improved to 9-0 at home. Los Angeles extended its regular-season home winning streak to 19. Harding made five free throws in the final 1:19, the last giving the Sparks a 74-68 lead. Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) sank a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to pull Atlanta to 75-73 before Toliver made two free throws. "They play very good defense, aggressive defense, and that can push you out of things," said Harding "It was definitely hard. We usually hit a lot more shots than we did tonight, but I think it was a great win because we had to rely on our defense." McCoughtry scored 24 points to lead Atlanta (10-4), which played its second straight game without Sancho Lyttle (foot) and Tiffany Hayes (knee) because of injuries. Armintie Herrington (5'9''-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Mississippi) scored 18 points, while Erika DeSouza had 15 points and 18 rebounds as the Dream lost three straight regular season games for the first time since it opened 0-3 in 2011. "This is just a little adversity to get through the storm," McCoughtry said. "We'll be OK. We're still in a good position and we still have a great record." The Sparks won despite being outscored 48-26 in the paint and being outrebounded 45-36, including 17-5 on the offensive boards. The game also totaled 37 fouls. "I felt bad for the fans and the media," Candace Parker said with a laugh. "It was like the world's longest (game), but we grinded it out. It would be even longer than that if we lost, so I'm just happy in the way that we played and we just kept fighting. It was ugly, for sure." Parker, who won Best WNBA Player at the ESPY Awards being held across the street from Staples Center, had one of her worst scoring games this season with six points on 2-for-10 shooting. But she grabbed 10 rebounds, made a key block with 1:43 remaining and grabbed a rebound off McCoughtry's miss with less than a minute left. Ebony Hoffman made a jumper to give Los Angeles a 69-58 lead but Atlanta scored the next six points. Hoffman made a reverse layup before Jenna O' Hea completed a four-point play on a step-through 3-pointer and ensuing free throw to make it 67-56. Atlanta coach Fred Williams took positives away from the game considering his team's injuries and L.A.'s strength at home. "We just wanted to come out and play hard," Williams said. "I thought our group did a fine job today on the road. Every game for us is a learning experience." Courtesy of: utsandiego.com

Seattle S. - Tulsa S. 59-86
It's games like the Storm's 86-59 loss to Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon that gets fans speculating. Should the Storm lose games in attempt to get a top draft pick to improve a team that will soon be without stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird for good? 'That's not in our DNA,' stern Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler said after the Shock ended a six-game losing streak. The Shock was playing without star rookie Skylar Diggins, who was out with an ankle injury. Diggins, a point guard, was the No. 3 overall pick in April's WNBA draft. But 2012 second-round pick Riquna Williams (5'7''-PG-90, college: Miami, FL) and 2013 third-round pick Angel Goodrich (5'4''-G, college: Kansas) schooled the veteran Storm on the annual Kids Day at KeyArena. Williams, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored 13 of her game-high 26 points during a pivotal 32-8 run in the second half. During that stretch Williams hit three three-pointers and blocked a layin attempt by the Storm's Camille Little, a 6-2 forward. Goodrich, who scored nine of her season-high 14 points in the second half, made two free throws with 2:17 left to end the run and give the Shock an 84-50 lead. 'We've been bringing Riquna off the bench and she seems to thrive in that role,' said Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg, a former Storm assistant. 'She's a tough matchup because of her speed and quickness. When she's making threes like that, she can be unstoppable.' Seattle guards Tanisha Wright (5'11''-SF-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) and Temeka Johnson simply shook their heads in trying to explain what broke down during the run. Johnson played for Tulsa last season, offering that Williams is more poised in her second year. 'It's a deflating feeling when you know you're working hard to get back (in the game) and you have a breakdown and somebody knocks down a big shot,' Johnson said of her team's nine second-half turnovers. 'It's tough.' Tulsa is 3-0 against Seattle this season but just 4-13 overall. The Shock has outscored the Storm by a combined 58 points and has been outscored by 155 in its 13 losses. 'I'm at a loss for words,' said Wright, who finished with nine points and five assists after scoring a season-high 21 points in a win against Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta on Sunday. Seattle (6-9) remains in the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio (4-11) is fifth in the conference standings, losing to Seattle 91-86 in June. The Storm plays the Silvers Stars four more times and finishes the 2013 season with back-to-back games against the Shock. 'We understand that this is a game we needed to win,' Wright said. 'This may be who we're fighting against to get in (the playoffs). But there's nothing we can do about that now.' The Storm concludes its three-game homestand against Los Angeles (10-4) on Saturday. The Sparks are on a five-game win streak and handed the Storm its worst loss of the season (102-69) at Staples Center. Courtesy of: seattletimes.com