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  ANDORRA   



U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra better Wales - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18 - Wales U18 61:49

Andorra completed the semifinal picture at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) posted 14 points and 13 boards to pace the hosts. Andorra will now take on Moldova in the semis, while Wales will face Gibraltar in the classification round.
Andorra posted a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed close throughout the second term. Andorra secured a narrow 26:24 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Andorra arrived at the final break up by 4 points 43:39. The hosts held Wales to just 10 points in the final stanza and raced to the win at the end. Eduard Fernandez (187-PG-95) and Sergi Jimenez (190-F-96) had 9 points each for the winning side. Walsh responded with 12 points for Wales. Samuel Roberts (186-F-95) and Joshua Thomas (190-F-96) netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

Andorra U18: Juan Bustamante 14+13 boards, Eduard Fernandez 9, Sergi Jimenez 9
Wales U18: Walsh 12, Samuel Roberts 9, Joshua Thomas 9



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  ARGENTINA   


La Union signs Mike Williams, ex Pioneros - by Eurobasket News

La Union Formosa (LigaA) signed 28-year old American power forward Mike Williams (201-109kg-85, college: Cincinnati). He played last season at Pioneros in Mexican LNBP. In 41 games he had 11.4ppg and 5.2rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Williams played at The Storm (NBL Canada) in Canadian NBL Canada. In 36 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 9.2rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.8apg that season. Great year as he was voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Defensive 1st Team. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Rochester RazorSharks in U.S. semi-pro league IBA-PBL. In 19 games he recorded 11.6ppg and 8.9rpg. Williams also played at Vermont Frost Heaves in U.S. semi-pro league PBL that season. In 7 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.9ppg and 10.3rpg. He won Liga Americas championship title in 2012.
Williams has played previously professionally in Holland (Zwolle) and PBL (Vermont FH).
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2009 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
Williams could be described: Big strong athletic player ... has made great strides to develop his game offensively ... loves to attack the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRALIA   


Tigers sign Mark Worthington, release Liam Rush - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Melbourne Tigers have signed two-time Olympian and former Melbourne Tiger, Mark Worthington (202-PF-83, college: Metro St.). The Tigers have also released Liam Rush (202-F-82).

The last time Worthington played in the NBL was with the Gold Coast Blaze in 2011-12 when he averaged 14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.7 apg, making the All-NBL First Team in 2012. Wortho also made the All-NBL First Team in 2009 and 2011.

There were rumours that the WA native was going to sign with the Perth Wildcats but Mark said that the Wildcats did not make him an offer and talks only got as far as him chatting with now former head coach, Rob Beveridge, however when Beveridge was not kept as head coach, no one had contacted him.

Liam Rush has also been released by the Tigers but has already signed with Uppsala Basket in Sweden.

The Tigers will be announcing their first import soon with another import position yet to be filled. Sources confirmed that the two import positions are point guard and a center.

Melbourne will not be re-signing Seth Scott.



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  AUSTRIA   


ABL Transaction Update - by Stefan Prager

Chin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten presented their first import player for the upcoming season with Andrew Van Nest (208-F, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Boston Coll.). Van Nest played four years of Ivy League basketball at Harvard University before adding a season at Boston College. The 6'10'' forward averaged 3.2 ppg along with 1.8 rpg in 24 appearances last season for the Eagles.

Meanwhile WBC Raiffeisen Wels announced that the team brought back German forward Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77). It's his third stint with Wels as he played in Upper Austria from 2003 to 2005 and from March 2008 to 2011. Klette spent his last two seasons in Japan suiting up for Levanga Hokkaido. He averaged 12.1 ppg along with 6.8 rpg in 40 games last season.

Austrian Champion BC Zepter Vienna renewed the first player for the upcoming season. Forward and one of the most improved players in last years ABL season Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) agreed to a one year extension. Trmal appeared in 43 contests for the capital city ball club averaging 9.0 ppg along with 5.0 rpg while shooting a splendid 61% from the field.



Per Source: BC Zepter Vienna extends ABL Finals MVP Shawn Ray - by Stefan Prager

Austrian Champion BC Zepter Vienna is going to extend the contract of ABL Finals MVP Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80, college: N.C.Central) for two more seasons. It is a first step of bringing together a team that is able to defend the title as well as playing a solid role in Euro Challenge. Ray had an outstanding season for Vienna being one of the best lock down defenders of the league. Ray averaged 16.0 ppg along with 5.0 rpg while shooting 54% from the field in 43 games last season. He earned spots at the Eurobasket All Austrian First Team as well as the All Imports and All Defensive Team. After playing a strong finals series against the Oberwart Gunners Ray earned Finals MVP Honors.


U18 European Championship: Holland open the winning account in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Austria U18-Holland U18 45:65

Holland open the winning account in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side posted a 65:45 victory at the start of the tournament.
Holland scored the first 6 points of the game and erupted for 22:3 surge at the end of the first period. Nguyen closed the run at 24:3, while Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-PF-95) scored for 29:9 midway through the second frame. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) meanwhile scored last three points in the first half for 33:12 halftime advantage. Austria managed to win the third period 18-14 and reduced to 47:30 after three quarters. Holland however needed a 18-13 rally in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
Daan Rosenmuller (193-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jaron Dijkhuizen nailed 10. Jakob Poltl answered with 11 points and 15 rebounds in defeat, while Marko Soldo (194-G/F-95) notched 9. Fabian Richter (189-G-95) scored 6 and Ian Moschik (200-F-96) as well as Marin Sliskovic (193-SG-95) had 4 each.

Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 11+15 rebs, Marko Soldo 9, Fabian Richter 6, Ian Moschik 4, Marin Sliskovic 4
Holland U18: Daan Rosenmuller 17, Jaron Dijkhuizen 10



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  BELARUS   


U18 European Championship:Portugal down Belarus in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U18-Belarus U18 74:68

Portugal down Belarus in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal trailed in the whole game but managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period and then did not have any problems in overtime in a 74:68 win.
Portugal led 11:10 in the first quarter but the Belarus took 17:11 lead at the end of the frame. The latter closed their run at 24:11 when Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) made a successful shot. Belarus increased to 14 points, but closed the half at 39:27. Portugal started to catch up with the opponents and cut it to 44:41 after three quarters. Trailing 52:59 with 2 minutes to go, Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) and Luis Camara (194-SF-96) scored for 61:61 and then took an easy win in overtime.
Luis Camara top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Pedro Meireless netted 18. Ferreira scored 9, while Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) notched 8. Yauheni Beliankou had high 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Kiryl Chumakou (197-SF-95) delivered 10. Tsimafei Yeusiyevich (197-SF-95) brought 9 and Matsiushonak added 5.

Portugal U18: Luis Camara 19, Pedro Meireless 18, Ferreira 9, Sergio da Silva 8
Belarus U18: Yauheni Beliankou 26+10 rebs, Kiryl Chumakou 10, Tsimafei Yeusiyevich 9, Matsiushonak 5



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  BELGIUM   


U18 European Championship: Belgium stun Luxembourg in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U18-Luxembourg U18 102:50

Belgium stun Luxembourg in Division B of the U18 European Championship. Belgium won all the quarters of the game to close Day 1 with a 102:50 win.
Belgium started the game with 22-11 and never looked behind after. They added massive 27-11 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 49:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium won the third period 27-14 and finished the game with 26-14 end. With two minutes to go Belgium managed to score three-digit number on the board.
Vincent Kesteloot (198-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Romain Boxus (198-F-96) netted 22. Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) followed them with 15, while Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) had 11. Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) scored 12, whilst Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) notched 10. Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) brought 8 points in a loss.

Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 24, Romain Boxus 22, Andy Van Vliet 15, Sami Demirtas 11
Luxembourg U18: Tim Schmit 12, Philippe Gutenkauf 10, Timothy Kauffmann 8



M.Hainaut inks Talor Battle, ex Upea CdO - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Ethias League) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Talor Battle (183-77kg-88, college: The Pennsylvania State). He played last season at Upea Capo d'Orlando in Italian Lega Due Gold. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg. The most of previous (2011-12) season Battle spent at Telekom Bsk (BBL) in German league. In 33 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg that season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Battle also played at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league that season. In 11 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had also remarkable stats: 23 points and 1 rebound.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Battle played in the final of Big Ten Tournament in 2011. He was also voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team in 2010 and 2011 at his college time. Battle represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His team won Bronze but his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Battle graduated from The Pennsylvania State in 2011 and it is his third season as a professional player.
He could be described: A good SG with the body of a point guard. Has great shooting range, but size makes him more adequate to European leagues than NBA.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   


U18 European Championship: Russia overcome Bosnia and Herzegovina in opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 68:55

Russia clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the opening day of the competition. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) stepped up with 13 points each to lead the winning team.
Bosnia and Herzegovina snatched a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Russia improved defensively in the second quarter. They held their opponents to just 7 points in the period and surged ahead for a 28:27 halftime lead. Russia outgunned the Bosnian counterparts 22:10 in the third term to take off. Bosnia and Herzegovina struggled to catch up with their opponents in the final period as Russia marched to the victory. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) netted 12 points, while Fedorchenko added 11 points in the win. Imran Polutak (205-C-96) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) and Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) provided 9 points each in the loss.

Russia U18: Mikhail Maleyko 13, Alexander Martynov 13, Alexander Gankevich 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Imran Polutak 12, Stefan Lakic 9, Bojan Lulic 9



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  BULGARIA   


U18 European Championship: Latvia leave no chance for Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Bulgaria U18 85:57

Latvia claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to gain 1-0 record in Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) provided 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Latvia got to a brisk start to the game. They poured in 24 points in the opening ten minutes and recorded a 4-point lead. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the second frame to extend the lead. They accumulated a 51:35 halftime advantage. Latvia did not loosen the grip in the third period. They held Bulgaria to 12 points in the quarter and boosted the margin to as many as 22 points. Latvia went on a 16:10 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) had 15 points and 11 boards, while Davis Geks (191-SG-95) had 11 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 17 rebounds for Bulgaria. Martin Vasiliev (176-G-96) and Angel Peychinov (201-PF-95) netted 9 points apiece in the defeat.

Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 16+11 boards, Kristaps Porzingis 15+11 boards, Davis Geks 11
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 24+17 boards, Martin Vasiliev 9, Angel Peychinov 9



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  CROATIA   


U18 European Championship: Croatia dispatch Ukraine in opener - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Ukraine U18 81:49

Croatia gained the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They fired past Ukraine in Group D opener. Karlo Zganec (206-F/C-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 19 points to lead the winning side.
Croatia gained a 16:8 lead after the opening quarter. Ukraine improved their performance in the second period. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 23:30. However Croatia stamped their authority in the third period. The Balkan team went on a 26:14 run to clear off to a 19-point lead at the final intermission. Croatia finished off their opponents with a 25:12 run in the fourth period. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points, while Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) provided 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) responded with 12 points each for Ukraine.

Croatia U18: Karlo Zganec 19, Lovro Mazalin 14, Marko Arapovic 10+12 boards
Ukraine U18: Illya Sydorov 12, Oleksandr Kobets 12



2013 EYOF: Croatia edge Germany to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Germany U16 76:70

Croatia will play in the Final of the European Youth Olympic Festival. They held off German counterparts in Utrecht yesterday. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) notched 25 points to lead the winners.
Germany entered the game undefeated and full of ambitions. They poured in 25 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. Germany stretched the gap in the second frame. They ensured a 13-point halftime advantage 41:28. But Croatia unloaded 33 points in the furious third-quarter run to claim a 6-point lead. The Balkan team protected the lead well throughout the final stanza and clinched victory at the end. Dragan Bender (205-PF-97) had 14 points and 11 boards for Croatia. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) added 12 points for the winners. Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) answered with 15 points for Germany. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

Croatia U16: Bruno Skokna 25, Dragan Bender 14+11 boards, Nik Slavica 12
Germany U16: Tibor Taras 15, Niklas Kiel 14



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U18 European Championship: Czech Republic sneak past Greece - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - Greece U18 68:67

Czech Republic claimed a narrow win at the start of the U18 European Championship. They snatched a tough one-point victory over Greece. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) scored 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge.
Czech Republic confidently opened the game. They held Greece to just 13 points in the first period and posted a 4-point lead. But the Hellenes gradually adjusted their performance. They cut the deficit to just one point 28:29 at halftime. Czech Republic maintained the lead in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by three points. Greece denied the deficit as Kouzeloglou drained a three-pointer for a 52:52 tie. But Martin Peterka answered with a triple and Czech Republic quickly cleared off to a 7-point lead. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) made it 66:58 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-SG-95) and Kouzeloglou hit two three-pointers to narrow the gap but Greece simply ran out of time and lost the clash. Radovan Kouril had 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Czech Republic. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U18: Martin Peterka 19+11 boards, Radovan Kouril 17, Marek Mares (186-G-96) 9, Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) 9
Greece U18: Alexandros Spyridonidis 15, Anastasios Spyropoulos 12



Jan Tomanec Moves from BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec to ADA Blois Basket of France - by Surujh Roopnarine

Last season's leading scorer in the entire Mattoni NBL, Jan Tomanec (205-C-85), has reportedly agreed to a new contract with French NM1 outfit ADA Blois Basket. In France's third-division behind the Pro a and Pro B levels, this will be the first overseas experience for the 27-year old. Though BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec did not fare well in the standings last season, Tomanec was a standout performer, averaging a league-leading 19.6 points to go with the second most rebounds in the league at 8.9 per game. The 6-9 center was named an All-Star and to the Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Center of the Year for his efforts last season.
The contract in France will be for one year and contingent on a three-year tryout period.
Last season Blois Basket finished with a 24-10 record (4th) in the regular season but then fell short in the NM1 playoffs, losing to Souffel 81-87 on the Finals.
During his professional career the Hradec Kralov native has played mostly with BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec as well as beginning his NBL career with Decin before continuing on to Usti nad Labem and Podebrady.



BC Kolin Signs Veteran Forwards Stefan Licartovsky and Martin Sykora; Bring Back Captain David Machac - by Surujh Roopnarine

Two new names have been announced as additions to BC Kolin for the 2013-14 NBL season. The first is former SLUNETA Usti nad Labem forward Stefan Licartovsky (196-F-84) (196-F-84). Licartovsky, 28, appeared in 30 games last season for Usti nad Labem, averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals. The 6-5 wing man came up the junior ranks with Tesla Zizkov and Sparta Praha and has played professionally abroad in Slovenia, Sweden and Italy during his career.
Martin Sykora (192-G/F-81), a 32-year old forward from Slovakia split last season playing for both Astrum Levice (NBL) and Onyx Levice (Extraliga) before finishing the season with Svitavy. The 6-4 reserve played in 14 games for Svitavy averaging 5.1 points, and 3.7 rebounds.
In addition, the club announced that captain and Prerov native David Machac (205-F-80) will return for his sixth season, renewed his contract for another two seasons. Last season the veteran power forward averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot an impressive 36.8% from three and 87.8% from the free-throw line.



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  DENMARK   


U18 European Championship: Finland wins the battle of Nordic countries - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Denmark U18 64:43

Finland wins the battle of Nordic countries at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Finnish side overcame Denmark 64:43 in Strumica.
Finland won the first period 17:10 and never looked behind after. They added 15-6 surge in the second frame as Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) closed the half at 32:16. Reinholt reduced to 11 points midway through the third period, while Hirvonen closed the third period at 44:28. Finland also won the last stanza 20-15 and earned the first victory at the tournament. Aidoo made two free throws at the very end for the final 64:43 win.
Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Thor Bjerregard (199-F-95) netted 13. Valtter Kortelainen (202-C-95) delivered 12, while Juho-Matti Henttonen scored 8. Mathias Kelly (189-G-96) ended up with 8 points in defeat, while Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) and Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) netted 7 each.

Finland U18: Oskar Michelsen 18, Thor Bjerregard 13, Valtter Kortelainen 12, Juho-Matti Henttonen 8
Denmark U18: Mathias Kelly 8, Mathias Christensen 7, Sebastian Petersen 7



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Metros STGO 7-4 
 2. Indios SFM 7-4 
 3. Huracanes PP 5-4 
 4. Reales LV 2-7 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 7-2 
 2. Leones SD 5-4 
 3. Cocolos SPM 5-6 
 4. Caneros LR 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jul. 17: Metros STGO - Caneros LR 90-86
Jul. 17: Cocolos SPM - Indios SFM 90-78
Jul. 16: Reales LV - Titanes DN 78-82
Jul. 16: Leones SD - Huracanes PP 78-72

Regular Season: Round 11

Jul. 18: Caneros LR - Huracanes PP
Jul. 18: Indios SFM - Leones SD
Jul. 19: Leones SD - Reales LV
Jul. 19: Huracanes PP - Titanes DN



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U18 European Championship: Estonia rout Georgia in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U18-Estonia U18 57:73

Estonia rout Georgia in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Estonian team managed to earn the 73:57 win for 1-0 record in Group B.
Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) and Rain Koort (194-SF-95) exchanged the baskets in the early tip and then Estonia took 18:10 lead at the end of the first period. They started the second period with a 6-0 run for 24:10 advantage. Georgia reduced to 6 points later in the half, but Rain Koort closed the period at 40:31. Estonia won the third period 16-11 and added 17-15 rally in the end of the game.
Karl-Martin Kask (206-C/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Saimon Sutt (200-SG-95) nailed 14. Rain Koort delivered 10, while Karl-Robin Jurjens (201-F-96) netted 8. Erekle Lortkipanidze (185-G-95) answered with 13 points in defeat and Archili Puluzashvili scored 8. Ucha Gamreklidze (200-C-95) followed them with 7 points.

Georgia U18: Erekle Lortkipanidze 13, Archili Puluzashvili 8, Ucha Gamreklidze 7
Estonia U18: Karl-Martin Kask 22, Saimon Sutt 14, Rain Koort 10, Karl-Robin Jurjens 8



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A great first ESL Las Vegas ends and the second ESL Las Vegas begins! - by ESL News

A plethora of coaches, gms, presidents of clubs, agents and scouts showed up for the first Las Vegas ESL and the players did not disappoint them. Every player here in Vegas played with heart and determination as they were all trying to win for their respective teams. We expect quite a few of the players from this Eurobasket Summer League to sign contracts with European or minor league clubs, including the NBDL. Eurobasket would like to thank all the players, fans and team personnel who attended Las Vegas and we look forward to another strong Las Vegas ESL which runs from July 18-20.

Day 2
Game 1: Dublin 64-Brussels 53

In the first game of Day 2 Dublin and Brussels competed in a competitive opening contest. The first 3 quarters of the contest were very competitive with Brussels clinging to a 43-40 lead. The tide of the game changed when Dublin went on a 10 to 0 run to close the game giving them a 64 to 53 victory. Brandon Beasley (196-F-88, college: William Penn) and Donald Vaughn (195-F-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) scored 16 each to give Dublin the critical opening day victory. In a losing effort Sam Dotson (186-SG-90) scored 10 points while Chad July (206-C-90) scored 16.

Game 2: Helsinki 52-Geneva 50

The 10 am contest between Geneva and Helsinki presented a close and intense battle that took two overtimes to decide a winner. Helsinki overcame an 18 point deficit to force the game into overtime. Helsinki completed the rally with a sudden death point to give them the 2 point victory. JC Mathis led all scorers with 14 points for Helsinki. Shamarr Bolden contributed 13 points in a losing effort for Geneva.

Game 3: Istanbul 76-Kiev 72

In a gritty contest Istanbul faced Kiev in their first contest in the ESL. The contest remained close throughout contest. Istanbul held a small lead throughout despite Kievs strong efforts to take the lead. Josh Gross (201-G/F-83, college: NC-Greensboro) and Osman Olol (205-F-88) both scored 10 to lead Kiev. For Istanbul 3 players scored in double figures. Cody Thurmond (182-PG-90) led all scorers with 13 points while Randy Graham (191-G-88, college: Ft.Valley St.) and Stephen Yamoah (198-G/F-84, college: Shaw) scored 11 apiece.

Game 4: Helsinki 61-Brussels 50

The 12pm game between Brussels and Geneva was a highly physical contest. Brussels fell behind early at the half 30-16. Throughout the game the lead remained in double figures as the outcome ended 61 to 50 in Helsinkis favor. Helsinki was led by Marcus Ford (187-G) whom was the leading scorer with 13 points while Courtney Tyler (189-G-87) added 12 points. JC Mathis nearly recorded a double double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Mayfield scored 11 points respectively for Brussels.

Game 5: Dublin 76-Kiev 51

Right from the beginning Dublin raced to a dominating half with a 39-25 lead. Dublin had 3 players who lead in double figures with Donald Vaughn scoring 10 points, Casey Coons scoring 11, and John Calarco with 11. Josh Gross paced the Kiev attack with 10 points in a losing effort. Dublin extended their record to 2-0.

Game 6: Geneva 54-Istanbul 51

In the first game of the night cap of the ESL Geneva and Istanbul played in a highly competitive defensive matchup. Istanbul fell behind early in the game 30-19. In the second half Istanbul was able to cut the lead 43-40 with their high defensive pressure. The game concluded with Istanbul having a chance to tie the game with a 3 pointer that lead to no avail. David Perez Led all scorers with 15 points in a losing effort for Istanbul. Geneva had a very balanced attack with Khaliq Gross (187-G-90) scoring 9 points and Shamarr Bowden also scoring 9. Both teams are 1-1 going in to their 3rd game of the ESL.

Game 7: Brussels 71-Kiev 61

A game of huge runs defined the 7th game of day 2. Kiev unfortunately got off to another slow start falling behind 36 to 18. Michael Peeples (199-F/G-85, college: Fair Dickinson), Josh Gross, Marquis Lee (191-G-87) sparked a rally cutting their lead to 4. Back to Back three pointers late helped Brussels stop the Kiev rally enabling for them to hold on to a 71-61 lead. Chad July Lead all scorers pouring in 29 for Brussels. Kiev was led by Marquis Lee with 25 points and Michaels Peeples with 25 in a losing effort.

Game 8: Dublin 64-Helsinki 62

In the final contest of day 2 Dublin and Helsinki had a physical slugfest. Dublin raced to a 10 to 0 lead to start the game. Helsinki wasted no time getting back in the game cutting into the lead ending the first quarter 23-17. The game stayed within single digits for most of the contest with no team being able to pull away from the other. Late in the game Dublin was able to hold on to a close 64-62 victory with a key defensive stop to end

Day 3
Game 9: Brussels 60 - Geneva 42

Brussels did not start out the ESL in grand fashion, however they were able to get things going and get this game 60-42 over Geneva. It was close for a moment, but Brussels was able to pull out the victory with a solid game plan led by Carl Blair (188-PG) with 17 points and 3 rebounds. Chad July supported Blair with 12 points of his own and 6 rebounds. Geneva was led by Thaddeus Varmall (191-G-91) with 12 points and 4 rebounds.

Game 10: Kiev 81 - Istanbul 55

Kiev came into the day 0-3, but coach Chris Fellos must have had quite a pep talk with his team as they demolished Istanbul 81-55. Kiev was led by Michael Peeples who had 16 points and 6 rebounds. He had support from fellow teammates Mark Waite and Kristopher Patrick who each had 12. Istanbul was led by Randy Graham who had 11 points and 2 rebounds.

Game 11: Helsinki 85 - Geneva 75

Helsinki just got back on track this morning with a big win against Geneva 85-75 after a close loss to Dublin last night. Helsinki was led by Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89)'s 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Rece Kendrid helped with 12 points in the winning effort. Geneva was led by Alex Jackson with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Game 12: Brussels 74 - Istanbul 57

Brussels is definitely back on track and trying to get into the playoffs as they beat up on Istanbul 74-57. Brussels was led by Carl Blair with 21 points and 6 rebounds. He was supported by Kenny Thomas with 18 points. Istanbul was led by Michael Chavis with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Game 13: Geneva 61-Kiev 59

A hotly contested game, Team Kiev and Team Geneva went back and forth throughout fighting for the fourth seed, and the final spot in the playoffs. Tied at 55 with less than 3 minutes remaining, Team Geneva asserted its will on the game and came out victorious 61-59 here in Las Vegas. Team Geneva was led by Amadou Mbodji, who had a dominant game, finishing with 21 points, while Team Kiev struggled to find a way to guard him. Khaliq Gross also chipped in 10 points, along with Jenard Fleming who also had 10 points. Alex Jackson had 8 rebounds and was a defensive presence. Josh Gross and Marquis Lee , who both finished with 14 points, respectively, led team Kiev. Osman Olol had 7 rebounds and Michael Peeples had 9 points. Team Kievs camp is now complete, while Team Geneva will play the number one-seeded Team Dublin.

Game 14: Dublin 55-Geneva 52

In the first game of the playoffs, Team Dublin, the top seed, and Team Geneva, the fourth seed, met. In a closer than anticipated game, scrappy Team Geneva was able to scare and nearly knock off Team Dublin. However, Team Dublin, led by 12 points and four rebounds from Brandon Beasley and 10 points from Donald Vaughan, were able to pull out the victory 61-58. Thaddeus Varmall, who had 12 points, led Team Geneva. It was great game from start to finish, and a gutsy effort from Team Geneva, who had played several games earlier in the day. With five minutes left, Team Dublin trailed 55-52, but the deficit would not hold, as Brandon Beasley and company would not be denied. It was an all-around team effort. Only one player failed to score. Team Geneva finished the camp with their heads held high, while Team Dublin advanced to the championship game.

Game 15: Helsinki 72-Brussels 55

In the second game of the playoffs Team Helsinki dominated Team Brussels from start to finish, ending a disappointing run for Team Brussels, who had championship aspirations. Simply put, Team Helsinki took it to another level, led by four players in double figured. Dermaine Crockrell has 13, Marcus Ford had 12, Courtney Tyler had 11, including going 3/3 from behind the arc, and Dana Kendrid (193-F-88) had 10, including a monstrous dunk. The leader of the team, Stefan Welsh, continued to push his teammates as he continuously set them up for easy buckets, displaying natural point guard instincts. Carl Blair, who had 12 points led Team Brussels while teammates Malik Jenkins and Chad July contributed as well, finishing with 11 points, respectively. Team Helsinki now plays Team Dublin in the championship.

Championship game: Helsinki 58-Dublin 57

The championship game was as exciting a game as you could ever hope to watch, featuring Team Dublin and Team Helsinki. Coming down to the last possession, Team Dublin, still undefeated, trailed by one point, and Coach John Spezia decided not to call a timeout with 10 seconds left. Brandon Beasley drove to the rim, missed and a slew of tips rimmed in and out to give Team Helsinki the upset championship victory, 58-57. It was back and forth throughout, with multiple lead changes and, ultimately, Team Dublin was doomed because of a poor 6-29 shooting from three. Team Helsinki showed a lot of heart and toughness, gritting out a physical victory. They were led by Dana Kendrid, who had a dominant 14 points and seven rebounds. Lorenzo McClelland (190-G-87, college: Rochester, MI) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds and J.C. Mathis controlled the boards with 11. Team Dublin was able to be competitive, despite their lack of shooting, because of 12 first-half points for Taylor Stoutner (190-G-90), who failed to score in the second half. James Devlin (183-PG-88) had 12 points.




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Marco Crespi named Montepaschi Siena head coach - by Eurobasket News

Marco Crespi will guide Montepaschi Siena next season. He replaces Luca Banchi on the bridge. Marco Crespi is not new to the team. He worked as assistant coach with Siena in 2012/13 season. The specialist became SeriaA champion with Montepaschi. Previously Marco Crespi worked as head coach with Monferrato, Scavolini Pesaro, Sevilla, Biella and Adecco Milan. Crespi also guided the Italian University National Team and U22 National Team. He was named Italian A2 Coach of the Year in 2001. Marco Crespi became All-Italian LegaDue Coach of the Year in 2011. He was also voted A1 3rd Best Coach back in 1999.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings Division A

Standings
Group A
1. France1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. Lithuania0-1
4. Slovenia0-1
Group B
1. Czech Rep.1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Greece0-1
4. Bosnia0-1
Group C
1. Spain1-0
2. Latvia1-0
3. Italy0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1
Group D
1. Croatia1-0
2. Turkey1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. U.Kingdom0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 18: SRB - SLO 88-56
Jul. 18: LTU - FRA 58-67

B

Jul. 18: RUS - BIH 68-55
Jul. 18: GRE - CZE 67-68

C

Jul. 18: LAT - BUL 85-57
Jul. 18: ITA - ESP 61-88

D

Jul. 18: TUR - ENG 76-58
Jul. 18: UKR - CRO 49-81

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 19: SLO - LTU
Jul. 19: FRA - SRB

B

Jul. 19: BIH - GRE
Jul. 19: CZE - RUS

C

Jul. 19: BUL - ITA
Jul. 19: ESP - LAT

D

Jul. 19: ENG - UKR
Jul. 19: CRO - TUR


Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (205-SF-95)
  Avg: 24
 1. Vezenkov, Aris24.0 
 2. Zganec, KK Zagreb19.0 
 3. Peterka, BK Pardu.19.0 
 4. Sabonis, Clinic.19.0 
 5. Pontens, Boulogne19.0 
 6. Hernangomez, Asef.18.0 
 7. Kouril, Lucentum17.0 
 8. Laquintana, Bari16.0 
 9. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.16.0 
 10. Sans, Prat Juven.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Prokop SLANINA
  CZE
  (204-C-95)
  Avg: 17
 1. Slanina, Angelico.17.0 
 2. Vezenkov, Aris17.0 
 3. Sabonis, Clinic.16.0 
 4. Birsen, Fener.Ulker14.0 
 5. Arapovic, Cibona12.0 
 6. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.11.0 
 7. Porzingis, Cajasol11.0 
 8. Diamantakos, Pana.11.0 
 9. Peterka, BK Pardu.11.0 
 10. Cornelie, Le Mans11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vasilije PUSICA
  (190-G-95)
  Avg: 9
 1. Pusica, Partizan II9.0 
 2. Inglis, Roanne7.0 
 3. Kouril, Lucentum6.0 
 4. Geks, VEF Riga6.0 
 5. Rebec, Helios6.0 
 6. Sans, Prat Juvent.5.0 
 7. Martin, Real Madrid5.0 
 8. Jurgutis, Klaipedo.5.0 
 9. Jaramaz, Mega V.4.0 
 10. Ulubay, Pertevniy.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kartal OZMIZRAK
  (186-PG-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ozmizrak, Besiktas5.0 
 2. Rebec, Helios4.0 
 3. Pusica, Partizan II3.0 
 4. Sipahi, Tofas3.0 
 5. Suliauskas, S.Maci.3.0 
 6. Ljubenkovic, Lovc.3.0 
 7. Ulubay, Pertevniyal3.0 
 8. Bouteille, Chalon3.0 
 9. Nelson, Reading R.3.0 
 10. Boyarkin, BC Do.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porzingis, Cajasol5.0 
 2. Kottas, GRE N.4.0 
 3. Dolensek, Geopli.4.0 
 4. Jaramaz, Mega V.2.0 
 5. Davidovac, Vrsac2.0 
 6. Kouzeloglou, Manto.2.0 
 7. Spyropoulos, PAOK1.0 
 8. Slanina, Angelico.1.0 
 9. Ritlop, Krka1.0 
 10. Kosut, Pertevniyal1.0 


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Finland1-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Hungary0-1
5. Denmark0-1
Group B
1. Estonia1-0
2. Germany1-0
3. Holland1-0
4. Norway0-1
5. Austria0-1
6. Georgia0-1
Group C
1. Sweden1-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Romania1-0
4. Scotland0-1
5. Switzerlan.0-1
6. Slovakia0-1
Group D
1. Belgium1-0
2. Portugal1-0
3. Montenegro.0-0
4. Belarus0-1
5. Luxembourg.0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jul. 18: HUN - MKD 64-76
Jul. 18: FIN - DEN 64-43

Group B

Jul. 18: GEO - EST 57-73
Jul. 18: NOR - GER 57-68
Jul. 18: AUT - NED 45-65

Group C

Jul. 18: SWE - SUI 98-47
Jul. 18: SVK - ROM 75-76
Jul. 18: SCO - ISR 27-86

Group D

Jul. 18: POR - BLR 74-68
Jul. 18: BEL - LUX 102-50

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Group A

Jul. 19: POL - FIN
Jul. 19: DEN - HUN

Group B

Jul. 19: NED - GEO
Jul. 19: EST - NOR
Jul. 19: GER - AUT

Group C

Jul. 19: ROM - SWE
Jul. 19: SUI - SCO
Jul. 19: ISR - SVK

Group D

Jul. 19: MNT - BEL
Jul. 19: LUX - POR


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Yauheni BELIANKOU
  (197-SF-95)
  Avg: 26
 1. Beliankou, Tsmoki.26.0 
 2. Hakanson, FCB R.25.0 
 3. Kesteloot, Sint-J.24.0 
 4. Magdevski, Real M.23.0 
 5. Cobzaru, High S.22.0 
 6. Boxus, Antibes22.0 
 7. Kask, Audentese/N.22.0 
 8. Berg, Asker Aliens21.0 
 9. Camara, Alges19.0 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob POLTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 15
 1. Poltl, Vienna Timb.15.0 
 2. Segev, Maccabi T-A12.0 
 3. Janicek, SVK N.12.0 
 4. Dolven, Bygdoy11.0 
 5. Beliankou, Tsmoki.10.0 
 6. Mladenovski, Rabot.10.0 
 7. Kesteloot, Sint-J.9.0 
 8. Magdevski, Real M.9.0 
 9. Ciordas, Oradea9.0 
 10. Berg, Asker Aliens9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe PEETERS
  (184-PG-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Peeters, Giants II7.0 
 2. Musie, Norrkoping7.0 
 3. Magdevski, Real M.7.0 
 4. Rubinshteyn, Tsmok.6.0 
 5. Levi, ISR N.6.0 
 6. Szekely, ROM N.5.0 
 7. Marques, Ginasio5.0 
 8. Salash, Cajaso.4.0 
 9. Mandic, Cedevita4.0 
 10. Hemeleers, Kango.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pedro MEIRELESS
  (184-G/F-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Meireless, Leca5.0 
 2. Segev, Maccabi T-A4.0 
 3. Gilinski, ISR N.4.0 
 4. Zinn, Brose Bask.3.0 
 5. Richter, Furstenf.3.0 
 6. Shuchman, Galil G.3.0 
 7. Eyenga, Essor C.3.0 
 8. Soldo, Vienna Timb.3.0 
 9. Johansson, Talje3.0 
 10. Szekely, ROM N.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-PF-96)
  Avg: 4
 1. Goloman, Kormend4.0 
 2. Poltl, Vienna Timb.4.0 
 3. Mladenovski, Rabot.3.0 
 4. Nacevski, Vardar2.0 
 5. Stockman, Baerum2.0 
 6. Van Caeneghe., St-.2.0 
 7. Levi, ISR N.2.0 
 8. Van Vliet, Giants2.0 
 9. Sorkin, ISR N.2.0 
 10. Christensen, Naes.2.0 


Division B: Results and Stats from Day 1 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Finland - Denmark 64-43
Finland wins the battle of Nordic countries at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Finnish side overcame Denmark 64:43 in Strumica. Finland won the first period 17:10 and never looked behind after. They added 15-6 surge in the second frame as Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) closed the half at 32:16. Reinholt reduced to 11 points midway through the third period, while Hirvonen closed the third period at 44:28. Finland also won the last stanza 20-15 and earned the first victory at the tournament. Aidoo made two free throws at the very end for the final 64:43 win. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Bjerregard netted 13. Kortelainen delivered 12, while Juho-Matti Henttonen scored 8. Kelly Mathias ended up with 8 points in defeat, while Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) and Petersen Sebastian netted 7 each.

Hungary - FYR Macedonia 64-76
Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) leads FYR Macedonia over Hungary at the start of the U18 European Championship in Division B. He collected 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a 76:64 win. FYR Macedonia started the game with 20:10 lead and added 15-12 rally in the second frame. Hungary tried to recover in the game and posted 23-19 comeback in the third period. The hosts meanwhile replied with a 22-19 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Andrej Magdevski made two free throws at the very end for the final result. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) brought 18 points and Mitrov netted 13. Nacevski Daniel delivered 12 points in the winning effort. Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) answered with 17 points in defeat, while Janos Velkey (192-G-95) had 15. Ban brought 13, whilst Boinitzer added 7.

Group B
Georgia - Estonia 57-73
Estonia rout Georgia in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Estonian team managed to earn the 73:57 win for 1-0 record in Group B. Puluzashvili Archili and Rain Koort (194-SF-95) exchanged the baskets in the early tip and then Estonia took 18:10 lead at the end of the first period. They started the second period with a 6-0 run for 24:10 advantage. Georgia reduced to 6 points later in the half, but Rain Koort closed the period at 40:31. Estonia won the third period 16-11 and added 17-15 rally in the end of the game. Kask Karl-Martin top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Saimon Sutt (200-SG-95) nailed 14. Rain Koort delivered 10, while Jurjens netted 8. Lortkipanidze Erekle answered with 13 points in defeat and Puluzashvili Archili scored 8. Gamreklidze Ucha followed them with 7 points.

Austria - Holland 45-65
Holland open the winning account in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side posted a 65:45 victory at the start of the tournament. Holland scored the first 6 points of the game and erupted for 22:3 surge at the end of the first period. Nguyen closed the run at 24:3, while Dijkhuizen scored for 29:9 midway through the second frame. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) meanwhile scored last three points in the first half for 33:12 halftime advantage. Austria managed to win the third period 18-14 and reduced to 47:30 after three quarters. Holland however needed a 18-13 rally in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Rosenmuller top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Dijkhuizen nailed 10. Jakob Poltl answered with 11 points and 15 rebounds in defeat, while Marko Soldo (194-G/F-95) notched 9. Richter Fabian scored 6 and Moschik Ian as well as Sliskovic Marin had 4 each.

Norway - Germany 57-68
Germany beat Norway in the opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side started the campaign with a 68:57. Norway surprised the opponents with 14-12 run in the first period, while both teams were tied at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the German team that managed to post two victories. Germany won the third quarter 19-17 and finished the game with 22-13 surge. Kovalev gave Germany 68:53 lead, while Berg nailed four in a row for the final result in the game. Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) paced all the winners with 17 points and Sengfelder netted 12. Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-G-96, agency: Pro One Sports) brought 11, while Akpinar Ismet had 9. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) ended up with 21 points and Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Stockman Matz followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Group C
Sweden - Switzerland 98-47
Sweden demolish Switzerland in the opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team did not leave any chances in a 98:47 win. Sweden took control from the first minutes and grabbed 24:12 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden added 21-11 surge for 45:23 halftime advantage. Moreover Sweden dominated the second half and posted two comfortable victories. They had 28-14 burst in the third period and finished the game with 25-10 rally in the last stanza. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) scored the last points for the winners as Sweden was satisfied with 98 points at the end. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) netted 15. Valter Lindstrom brought 14, while Andreas Von Uthmann added 11. Clayton Le Sann and Arnaud Cotture notched 12 points in defeat, while Noe Anabir netted 6.

Slovakia - Romania 75-76
Romania survive Division B opener at the U18 European Championship. The team grabbed a 76:75 win over Slovakia for 1-0 record in Group C. Romania started with 22-18 lead in the first period, but Slovakia replied with a 22-17 run for 1-point halftime advantage. Romania later tied the game at the end of the third period as Tanasie and Hupka exchanged the shots for 56:56. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) later closed the run for 73:66 and then his team managed to seal the victory. Vlad Cobzaru top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Ciordas Andrei nailed 16. Dragoste Mirel netted 10, while Mircea Onea (183-PG-96) had 7 and Ciotlaus Marius scored 6. Janicek Norbert replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Matych Miroslav had 13. Dalibor Hlivak (187-G-95) brought 11 points and Senohradsky Jozef notched 8.

Scotland - Israel 27-86
Israel overwhelm Scotland in the opener of the U18 European Championship. Israeli team started Division B campaign with an 86:27 victory. Israel posted a 15:10 lead but added massive storm in the rest of the game. Israel won the second period 22-5 and enjoyed a 37:15 halftime advantage after a Zuckerman shot. Israel added massive 23-7 surge in the third period and then had 26-5 burst in the last stanza. Sorkin closed the game for a 59-point victory. Zalmanson Idan top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Segev Itay collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sorkin Roman netted 12, while Ziv Iftach and Yonatan Mor (204-C) scored 8 each. Rowan Neil netted 10 points in a loss and Sim Nicholas scored 7.

Group D
Belgium - Luxembourg 102-50
Belgium stun Luxembourg in Division B of the U18 European Championship. Belgium won all the quarters of the game to close Day 1 with a 102:50 win. Belgium started the game with 22-11 and never looked behind after. They added massive 27-11 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 49:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium won the third period 27-14 and finished the game with 26-14 end. With two minutes to go Belgium managed to score three-digit number on the board. Kesteloot Vincent top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Boxus Romain netted 22. Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) followed them with 15, while Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) had 11. Schmit Tim scored 12, whilst Gutenkauf Philippe notched 10. Kauffmann Timothy brought 8 points in a loss.

Portugal - Belarus 74-68
Portugal down Belarus in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal trailed in the whole game but managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period and then did not have any problems in overtime in a 74:68 win. Portugal led 11:10 in the first quarter but the Belarus took 17:11 lead at the end of the frame. The latter closed their run at 24:11 when Beliankou made a successful shot. Belarus increased to 14 points, but closed the half at 39:27. Portugal started to catch up with the opponents and cut it to 44:41 after three quarters. Trailing 52:59 with 2 minutes to go, Meireless and Luis Camara (194-SF-96) scored for 61:61 and then took an easy win in overtime. Luis Camara top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Meireless netted 18. Ferreira scored 9, while Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) notched 8. Beliankou had high 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Chumakou delivered 10. Yeusiyevich brought 9 and Matsiushonak added 5.



Division C: San Marino and Andorra complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Gibraltar U18 76:48
San Marino advanced into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. They held off Gibraltar to stay in the title race. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) stepped up with 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
San Marino jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 23:7 lead after ten minutes. San Marino extended the margin in the second term. They accumulated a 42:15 halftime advantage. Gibraltar cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 23 points at the final intermission. But San Marino nailed 19 points in the fourth term to seal the victory. Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95) chipped in 13 points, while Lorenzo Sarti (169-PG-96) added 10 points for the winners. Timothy Fava (185-F-97) answered with 17 points and 12 boards for Gibraltar. Jake Haefner (198-G-97) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Igor Biordi 17+14 boards, Julian Gualtieri 13, Lorenzo Sarti 10
Gibraltar U18: Timothy Fava 17+12 boards, Jake Haefner 14

Andorra U18 - Wales U18 61:49
Andorra completed the semifinal picture at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) posted 14 points and 13 boards to pace the hosts. Andorra will now take on Moldova in the semis, while Wales will face Gibraltar in the classification round.
Andorra posted a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed close throughout the second term. Andorra secured a narrow 26:24 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Andorra arrived at the final break up by 4 points 43:39. The hosts held Wales to just 10 points in the final stanza and raced to the win at the end. Eduard Fernandez (187-PG-95) and Sergi Jimenez (190-F-96) had 9 points each for the winning side. Daniel Walsh (185-G-95) responded with 12 points for Wales. Samuel Roberts (186-F-95) and Joshua Thomas (190-F-96) netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

Andorra U18: Juan Bustamante 14+13 boards, Eduard Fernandez 9, Sergi Jimenez 9
Wales U18: Daniel Walsh 12, Samuel Roberts 9, Joshua Thomas 9



Division A: Results and Stats from Day 1 in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Serbia - Slovenia 88-56
Serbia claimed the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Slovenia in Group A action in Ventspils. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) netted 13 points to lead the charge. Serbia quickly cleared off in the opening frame. They posted a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia extended the lead in the second frame. They ensured a 46:21 halftime advantage. The Serbian team kept Slovenia at distance throughout the third period. They secured a comfortable 64:38 buffer heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 24 points in the final stanza to seal the win. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) and Stefan Ljubenkovic (95) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Pusica had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in the victory. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) chipped in 9 points for Slovenia. Ziga Zatezic and Janc had 7 points each in the loss.

Lithuania - France 58-67
France got to the winning start of their U18 European Championship campaign. They held off ambitious Lithuania in the opener in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) fired 19 points to lead Les Bleus. France held Lithuania to 11 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 33:22. But the Baltic team tuned in offensively in the third term. They organized a 23:16 rally in the third quarter to cut the deficit 4-point mark at the final break. France however responded with a stifling defence in the fourth frame and escaped with the win at the end. Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) netted 14 points, while Olivier Yao-Delon and Petr Cornelie had 6 points each for the winners. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) answered with 19 points and 16 boards for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas, Ricardas Verbickas and Lukas Grabauskas had 8 points each in the loss.

Group B
Russia - Bosnia 68-55
Russia clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the opening day of the competition. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) stepped up with 13 points each to lead the winning team. Bosnia and Herzegovina snatched a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Russia improved defensively in the second quarter. They held their opponents to just 7 points in the period and surged ahead for a 28:27 halftime lead. Russia outgunned the Bosnian counterparts 22:10 in the third term to take off. Bosnia and Herzegovina struggled to catch up with their opponents in the final period as Russia marched to the victory. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) netted 12 points, while Fedorchenko added 11 points in the win. Imran Polutak (205-C-96) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stefan Lakic and Bojan Lulic provided 9 points each in the loss.

Greece - Czech Republic 67-68
Czech Republic claimed a narrow win at the start of the U18 European Championship. They snatched a tough one-point victory over Greece. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) scored 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Czech Republic confidently opened the game. They held Greece to just 13 points in the first period and posted a 4-point lead. But the Hellenes gradually adjusted their performance. They cut the deficit to just one point 28:29 at halftime. Czech Republic maintained the lead in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by three points. Greece denied the deficit as Kouzeloglou drained a three-pointer for a 52:52 tie. But Martin Peterka answered with a triple and Czech Republic quickly cleared off to a 7-point lead. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) made it 66:58 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Anastasios Spyropoulos and Kouzeloglou hit two three-pointers to narrow the gap but Greece simply ran out of time and lost the clash. Radovan Kouril had 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Czech Republic. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Italy - Spain 61-88
Spain recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy in the opener in Group C. Juan Hernangomez (198-F-95) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Spain made sure they grabbed the initiative early in the game. They erupted for 28 points in the first period to build a 12-point lead. Italy slowed their opponents down in the second frame. But Spain secured a 44:32 halftime lead. Spain boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 20-point advantage before the fourth period. Spain nailed 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) posted 16 points, while Alberto Abalde added 14 points for the winners. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio and Daniel Donzelli chipped in 12 points each in the loss.

Latvia - Bulgaria 85-57
Latvia claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to gain 1-0 record in Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) provided 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts. Latvia got to a brisk start to the game. They poured in 24 points in the opening ten minutes and recorded a 4-point lead. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the second frame to extend the lead. They accumulated a 51:35 halftime advantage. Latvia did not loosen the grip in the third period. They held Bulgaria to 12 points in the quarter and boosted the margin to as many as 22 points. Latvia went on a 16:10 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) had 15 points and 11 boards, while Davis Geks had 11 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 17 rebounds for Bulgaria. Martin Vasiliev and Angel Peychinov netted 9 points apiece in the defeat.

Group D
Ukraine - Croatia 49-81
Croatia gained the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They fired past Ukraine in Group D opener. Karlo Zganec (206-F/C-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 19 points to lead the winning side. Croatia gained a 16:8 lead after the opening quarter. Ukraine improved their performance in the second period. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 23:30. However Croatia stamped their authority in the third period. The Balkan team went on a 26:14 run to clear off to a 19-point lead at the final intermission. Croatia finished off their opponents with a 25:12 run in the fourth period. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points, while Marko Arapovic provided 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Illya Sydorov and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) responded with 12 points each for Ukraine.

Turkey - United Kingdom 76-58
Turkey celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated England in their starting game. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) posted 15 points to lead the winning side. Turkey accumulated a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. But England capitalized on a sloppy offensive effort from the Turkish team to deny the deficit in the second frame. The English team grabbed a 36:34 halftime lead. Turkey regained the lead pretty quickly in the second half. They opened the half with a 7:0 run to spur in front. Turkey fired 21 points in the period to gain a 3-point lead. They exploded with a 21:6 rally in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) netted 14 points, while Metecan Birsen chipped in 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the winning side. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) answered with 12 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye delivered 11 points in the losing case.



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KORISLIIGA: Antti Kanervo wants abroad - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish NT SG Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89, agency: Blacktop Management) has re-signed with Kataja (Joensuu) a 1-year-contract, but the player still wants to change the scenery and play abroad. Kanervo has now played three seasons on Kataja roster. Last season Kanervo averaged 12,7 ppg (1 - 85,4%, 2 - 52,3%, 3 - 49,2%) - 2,6 rpg - 1,1 apg in 45 contests. Kanervo has now two months time untill September 15 to find a new team somewhere in Europe otherwise he will start his fourth season in Joensuu, Finland.


Denain signs Martin Zeno, ex Nilan Bisons - by Eurobasket News

Denain ASC Voltaire (NM1) signed 28-year old American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech). He has played for the last two seasons at Nilan Bisons in Finnish Korisliiga. In 56 games he was the best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and averaged 6.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Zeno was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in third round (34th overall).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2008 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Zeno is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Venezuela (Marinos), D-League (Erie Bay Hawks) and ABA (Louisiana U.P.).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Finland wins the battle of Nordic countries - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Denmark U18 64:43

Finland wins the battle of Nordic countries at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Finnish side overcame Denmark 64:43 in Strumica.
Finland won the first period 17:10 and never looked behind after. They added 15-6 surge in the second frame as Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) closed the half at 32:16. Reinholt reduced to 11 points midway through the third period, while Hirvonen closed the third period at 44:28. Finland also won the last stanza 20-15 and earned the first victory at the tournament. Aidoo made two free throws at the very end for the final 64:43 win.
Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Thor Bjerregard (199-F-95) netted 13. Valtter Kortelainen (202-C-95) delivered 12, while Juho-Matti Henttonen scored 8. Mathias Kelly (189-G-96) ended up with 8 points in defeat, while Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) and Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) netted 7 each.

Finland U18: Oskar Michelsen 18, Thor Bjerregard 13, Valtter Kortelainen 12, Juho-Matti Henttonen 8
Denmark U18: Mathias Kelly 8, Mathias Christensen 7, Sebastian Petersen 7



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U18 European Championship: France topple Lithuania in Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Lithuania U18 67:58

France got to the winning start of their U18 European Championship campaign. They held off ambitious Lithuania in the opener in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) fired 19 points to lead Les Bleus.
France held Lithuania to 11 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 33:22. But the Baltic team tuned in offensively in the third term. They organized a 23:16 rally in the third quarter to cut the deficit 4-point mark at the final break. France however responded with a stifling defence in the fourth frame and escaped with the win at the end. Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) netted 14 points, while Olivier Yao-Delon (196-SG-95) and Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) had 6 points each for the winners. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) answered with 19 points and 16 boards for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95), Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) and Lukas Grabauskas (193-PG-95) had 8 points each in the loss.

France U18: Charly Pontens 19, Axel Bouteille 14, Olivier Yao-Delon 6, Petr Cornelie 6
Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 19, Augustas Suliauskas 8, Ricardas Verbickas 8, Lukas Grabauskas 8



2013 EYOF: France dismantle Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Netherlands U16 60:29

France dispatched Netherlands in the classification round game at the European Youth Olympic Festival. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) nailed 10 points to lead Les Bleus to a comfortable win. They will now take on Poland for the fifth overall position. Netherlands will face Italy in the final game at the tournament.
France eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second frame. Les Bleus held the hosts to just 8 points and opened a 16-point halftime lead 36:20. The gap grew deeper in the third term. France organized an 18:4 run to enter the fourth quarter up by 30 points. The teams teamed up for just 11 points in the fourth term as France marched to the victory. Renathan Ona Embo (185-PG-98) netted 8 points, while Kevin Hangoue (198-PF-97), Amine Noua (196-PF-97) and Bathiste Tchouaffe (193-F/G-98) chipped in 7 points each for the winners. Nene Kiameso responded with 8 points for Netherlands. Menno Dijkstra (210-C-97) had 6 points in the loss.

France U16: Luc Loubaki 10, Renathan Ona Embo 8, Kevin Hangoue 7, Amine Noua 7, Bathiste Tchouaffe 7
Netherlands U16: Nene Kiameso 8, Menno Dijkstra 6



Denain signs Martin Zeno, ex Nilan Bisons - by Eurobasket News

Denain ASC Voltaire (NM1) signed 28-year old American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech). He has played for the last two seasons at Nilan Bisons in Finnish Korisliiga. In 56 games he was the best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and averaged 6.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Zeno was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in third round (34th overall).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2008 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Zeno is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Venezuela (Marinos), D-League (Erie Bay Hawks) and ABA (Louisiana U.P.).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jan Tomanec Moves from BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec to ADA Blois Basket of France - by Surujh Roopnarine

Last season's leading scorer in the entire Mattoni NBL, Jan Tomanec (205-C-85), has reportedly agreed to a new contract with French NM1 outfit ADA Blois Basket. In France's third-division behind the Pro a and Pro B levels, this will be the first overseas experience for the 27-year old. Though BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec did not fare well in the standings last season, Tomanec was a standout performer, averaging a league-leading 19.6 points to go with the second most rebounds in the league at 8.9 per game. The 6-9 center was named an All-Star and to the Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Center of the Year for his efforts last season.
The contract in France will be for one year and contingent on a three-year tryout period.
Last season Blois Basket finished with a 24-10 record (4th) in the regular season but then fell short in the NM1 playoffs, losing to Souffel 81-87 on the Finals.
During his professional career the Hradec Kralov native has played mostly with BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec as well as beginning his NBL career with Decin before continuing on to Usti nad Labem and Podebrady.



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U18 European Championship: Magdevski Andrej leads FYR Macedonia over Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U18-FYR Macedonia U18 64:76

Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) leads FYR Macedonia over Hungary at the start of the U18 European Championship in Division B. He collected 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a 76:64 win.
FYR Macedonia started the game with 20:10 lead and added 15-12 rally in the second frame. Hungary tried to recover in the game and posted 23-19 comeback in the third period. The hosts meanwhile replied with a 22-19 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Andrej Magdevski made two free throws at the very end for the final result.
Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) brought 18 points and Mitrov netted 13. Daniel Nacevski (191-F-95) delivered 12 points in the winning effort. Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) answered with 17 points in defeat, while Janos Velkey (192-G-95) had 15. Ban brought 13, whilst David Boinitzer (197-F-95) added 7.

Hungary U18: Gyorgy Goloman 17, Janos Velkey 15, Ban 13, David Boinitzer 7
FYR Macedonia U18: Andrej Magdevski 23+9 rebs+7 ast, Kiril Nikolovski 18, Mitrov 13, Daniel Nacevski 12



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U18 European Championship: Estonia rout Georgia in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Georgia U18-Estonia U18 57:73

Estonia rout Georgia in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Estonian team managed to earn the 73:57 win for 1-0 record in Group B.
Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) and Rain Koort (194-SF-95) exchanged the baskets in the early tip and then Estonia took 18:10 lead at the end of the first period. They started the second period with a 6-0 run for 24:10 advantage. Georgia reduced to 6 points later in the half, but Rain Koort closed the period at 40:31. Estonia won the third period 16-11 and added 17-15 rally in the end of the game.
Karl-Martin Kask (206-C/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Saimon Sutt (200-SG-95) nailed 14. Rain Koort delivered 10, while Karl-Robin Jurjens (201-F-96) netted 8. Erekle Lortkipanidze (185-G-95) answered with 13 points in defeat and Archili Puluzashvili scored 8. Ucha Gamreklidze (200-C-95) followed them with 7 points.

Georgia U18: Erekle Lortkipanidze 13, Archili Puluzashvili 8, Ucha Gamreklidze 7
Estonia U18: Karl-Martin Kask 22, Saimon Sutt 14, Rain Koort 10, Karl-Robin Jurjens 8



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2013 EYOF: Croatia edge Germany to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Germany U16 76:70

Croatia will play in the Final of the European Youth Olympic Festival. They held off German counterparts in Utrecht yesterday. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) notched 25 points to lead the winners.
Germany entered the game undefeated and full of ambitions. They poured in 25 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. Germany stretched the gap in the second frame. They ensured a 13-point halftime advantage 41:28. But Croatia unloaded 33 points in the furious third-quarter run to claim a 6-point lead. The Balkan team protected the lead well throughout the final stanza and clinched victory at the end. Dragan Bender (205-PF-97) had 14 points and 11 boards for Croatia. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) added 12 points for the winners. Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) answered with 15 points for Germany. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

Croatia U16: Bruno Skokna 25, Dragan Bender 14+11 boards, Nik Slavica 12
Germany U16: Tibor Taras 15, Niklas Kiel 14



Cuxhaven BasCats bring in power forward from Delaware State - by Moritz Korff

The Cuxhaven BasCats have landed another American import player for the 2013-14 season. Marques Oliver (201-F-91) will join the 2. Bundesliga Pro A side. The 22-year-old from Durham, North Carolina will enter his first season as a professional basketball player. He is a product of Delaware State University. Last season he appeared in 32 games for the NCAA Division One school, averaging 9.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, close to 2 blocks and 1.8 steals a contest.


Aschersleben Tigers sign Birdsong and Czekalla - by Moritz Korff

The Aschersleben Tigers (Regionalliga North) have made their final two summer signings, the club announced today. Louis Birdsong (198-F-88, college: George Mason) and Maximilian Czekalla have agreed to terms with the Tigers.
Birdsong graduated from NCAA D1 program George Mason in 2010 and has three years of pro experience under his belt. In the 2012-13 season he averaged 4.9 points and 3 rebounds through 47 games for Summerside Storm in the Canadian NBL. He has previously played in the 2. Bundesliga in Austria and in the first division in Luxembourg.
Czekalla moves from Landesliga side TSV Niederndodeleben to Aschersleben.



Dustin Mitchell Goes To The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


New Giessen 46er head coach Denis Wucherer may only be on board a short time, but one thing is certain, that he definately isnt spending any time on the cow pastures in and around Giessen when it comes to building his new roster, but he has been as busy as flies annoying cows as he has already signed the eigth new player for the upcoming season with Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C-87, college: Wisc.-Whitewater). Mitchell is a 26 year old 206cm center from Lac de Flambeau, Wisconsin. He has experience in Germany finishing last season here after having started the season with KB Bashkimi Prizren (Kosova-SuperLeague, starting five), left in Jan.'13, later that month signed at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA): 4 games: 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg, injured in Feb.'13 (torn his Achilles tendon) and was off for the rest of the season. Mitchell is a player that is a good athlete who runs the floor well but is very impressive with his footwork and skills around the basket. He is a pure shooter from deep and most big guys wont be able to guard him from the perimeter. Coach Denis Wucherer also noticed the versatility of the big man. "He was on a good way in Gotha, but his injury stood in the way. He is intelligent, robust, plays team orientated and uses his physical strength on both sides of the court. He is dangerous from outside and has the complete package", stated Denis Wucherer.


Mitchell started his basketball career in 2005 at Wisc.-Whitewater (NCAA3) where he played until 2010 and in his senior year played 29 games: 18.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 63.2%, 3Pts: 44.4%, FT: 64.3%. He played a total of 112 NCAA3 games. It wasn't easy for him as a rookie to find a team as he played for some euorbasket summer league teams and had a try out with BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga). It wasn't until the 2011-2012 season where he got a chance with KK Lirija (FYR Macedonia-Superleague, starting five): 13 games: 14.0ppg, Reb-1 (8.2rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 75.0%. Lasty ear he also gathered experience in New Zealand with the McDonalds Manawatu Jets (New Zealand-NBL, starting five): 2 games: 10.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.5spg, 1.5bpg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NABC Division III All-America 1st Team -10, NABC Division III All-West Region Player of the Year -10, NABC Division III All-West Region 1st Team -10, NABC Division III Senior All-Star Game -10, D3hoops.com's All-America 4th Team -10, Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas All-Tournament 1st Team -10, Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas Finalist -11, and Eurobasket.com Kosovo League All-Imports Team -13.

Source. Giessen 46ers





TV Langen Keep Four Players - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

TV Langen have announced that they have kept four players for the following season with Sebastian Barth (192-G-85) Maxim Schneider, Cedric Quarshie and Julian Boelke. Barth will play his 12th season for TV Langen after short stays in bavaria with Bayreuth and Nurnberg. Last season for Langen he played 23 games: 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 85.1%. Schneider will play his fourth season in Langen and last season played 27 games: 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 27.2%, FT: 73.5%. Quarshie will play his second season in Langen and last season played 24 games: 2.2ppg, 1.4rpg. Boelke will play hi second season for Langen and last year played 27 games: 2.3ppg, 1.2rpg.

Source: TV Langen



The Mitteldeutscher BC Retain Djordje Pantelic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Beko BBL team Mitteldeutscher BC announced that they will keep Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) Pantelic is a 28 year old 204cm center that doesnt shy away from shooting from outside will be playing his second season in Weissenfels. Last season he played 34 games: 7.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.4bpg), FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 68.8%. "I am happy that he will continue to play with us. He is an important puzzle piece. His personality is an enrichment for the team and he will help us on the court. I wish that he will heighten his offense more this season", stated MBC head coach Silvano Poropat. Last season he scored in double figures 10 times with two double doubles and his best game was against the Artland Dragons with 16 points. "It is nice to return. We have a new team with good players and I hope we can celebrate as much success or more as last season", stressed Djordje Pantelic

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC




Keith Waleskowski Retires (I Did Things That Didnt Always Show Up On The Stat Sheet But Had To Be Done For The Team To Win) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80, college: Dayton) is a 32 year old 204cm forward that recently announced his retirement. He played in Germany in his last season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 34 games averaging 6,7ppg and 3,9rpg while averaging 15,6 minutes per game. He played at Dayton from 2000-2004. In hiss enior year, he played 32 games: 13.2ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.9apg. He turned professional in 2004 playing for Farho Gijon (Spain-LEB1): 34 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (9.8rpg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.1%, 3FGP: 35.8%. He would play four more years in Spain for teams like Polaris World Murcia , Etosa Alicante and Caja Rural Melilla. He then played in Italy from 2009-2012 for Fileni Bpa Jesi and for Tezenis Verona (Italy-Lega2) his last two years. He spoke to Eurobasket about his career.

Keith thanks for taking time to talk to eurobasket.com. You recently decided to hang up your jersey. How tough was it making this decision?

Extremely tough. I really liked playing basketball and it was pretty cool to be able to do that for a living, but ultimately I didnt want to be away from my wife and kids for such long periods of time anymore.

Besides having three kids and wanting to spend more time with the family, were there any other reasons for wanting to retire at age 32? You still seemed to be physically in good shape or was there some wear and tear on your body in your nine year playing career?

No, it was almost entirely a mental/emotional decision. Physically I feel as though I could play for another 10 years, but my kids are growing up now and I dont want to miss anymore of that.

You played five seasons in Spain and three in Italy before coming to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. How did you enjoy your only season in Germany?

It was cool to get to play in my homeland. It was a different experience from the other countries I played in, but it was still a good experience. The people were good, the competition was good, and it was the most professional league I have been a part of.

I think form your skill level that you could still have played a few more years as you were very efficient from the bench scoring in double figures 11 times. How happy were you with your season on the court?

I was ok with it. Like any player ever I wanted a bigger role, but I was comfortable coming off the bench. I gave it best I had with the opportunities that were presented to me, and I can say that I am happy with that while still wanting more.

It was the second season in a row where the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven missed the playoffs. Besides the Beko BBL being a very competitive league why wasnt the team able to perform better? The team didnt lack talent.

We were talented, but there were times where we werent smart. And many times it came down to guys playing more for themselves than for the team. If you look at the teams that were successful this year, there were talented players that played the right way and gave up individual statistics and personal accolades for the success of the team. There were many times where we had a hard time finding that balance.

I saw two games of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in October and November and two in March and I have to say the body language and team chemistry was like night and day. It really seemed like the team werent on the same page? How can you explain an early team chemistry dissolve like that as the season continues.

Pretty much the same as above. Players playing more for themselves and trying to get their own stats than playing for the team.

What was your most fondest game on the court your 16 points in a big win against Artland or your 14 points and win against the Brose Baskets Bamberg?

I was proud of both performances, especially since they were wins. But the game against Bamberg was special. It was a good way to wrap things up in our last home game, and a good way for us to say thank you to the fans for their support throughout all the ups and down of this season.

Who was the toughest player that you faced in the Beko BBL in your last season as a professional and why?

The easy answer is John Bryant. He is big, and he is tough, and he can do it inside and outside and is a big force on defense. He is an all around, fundamental, tough, efficient player.

You seemed to get along very well with Jacob Burtschi. Besides golfing together what was your most memorable experience with him on the off the court?

Haha, he was a good guy and easy to get along with. Us two and Scott Morrison used to go to hockey games and get pretty rowdy too.

To what professional golfer would you compare the golfing style and on course character of Jacob Burtschi?

Roy McAvoy. Confident, funny, and full of crap.

AS a senior at Dayton you had Brian Gregory as head coach who was in his first season there as head coach. He was responsible for helping develop many players like current NBA player Brian Roberts. What was the most important attribute that you got from him that helped you become the professional player that you were?

He helped me develop my all around game, and got me to be more confident and take responsibility for everyone else on the court. I had to have everyone ready, and we all had to be responsible and accountable. We all pushed each other and raised each other level of play every day.


Who was the best player that you had to battle against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

David West.

You played five seasons in Spain. In the 2006-2007 season you played for Farho Gijon (Spain-LEB) where you led the league in rebounding. Were you disappointed that you never got the chance to play in the ACB?

A little bit, yeah. Obviously that would have been a privilege and an honor, but I had many other opportunities and am extremely grateful and happy for those. I was able to make a living for myself and family, and enjoyed my time in Spain very much.

In 2005-2006, you won the Leb cup with Polaris World Murcia. It was the only title that you won in Spain. What made this team so special?

We were really, really good that year. Every last player on that roster could have been somewhere else in the league playing more minutes and averaging more points, but everyone came together and accomplished a major team goal. We actually won the playoffs also, and moved up to ACB, but I didnt get a chance to play in the playoffs because I had injured my shoulder and needed surgery.


In the 2007-2008 season you played together with American Taylor Coppenrath for Etosa Alicante. You guys went at each other each day in practice. What do you remember most about him on the court and off?

Taylor is tough as nails. That kid is hard to move, and hard to play against. And then he comes down on offense and you cant relax because he is going to beat you up down low or hit jumpers all day long. And on top of all of that, he was one of the nicest guys I have played with. He is humble, easy to get along with, and fun to be around
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When you faced MBC this season and played against point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson who posted 17 points and six assists in a win in Bremerhaven did you remember that he shortly was your teammate in pre season with Caja Rural Melilla in 2008. Was it hard to believe that a player from Iceland could be so good?

It doesnt matter where a kid is from, once they are on the court we are all in the same place at that moment. He is really crafty and somehow finds a way to get the job done. It may not be the most conventional way, but he is effective.

What will you remember most from your five seasons in Spain? What team was your best experience?

There are parts from each of my stops in Spain I will remember forever. Great people, great food and drink, and solid basketball to boot.

You played for Fileni Bpa Jesi your first season in Italy together with Tommy Adams who played two seasons in Germany including Bremerhaven in 2007-2008. He once put up 40 points in a game in Germany. Where would you rate him alltime as best pure scoring teammate?

One of the best. TA could put the biscuit in the basket. You cant leave him open, and you cant think about letting him get going, or get mad because when he turns it up, he is finding a way to score.

Before coming to Bremerhaven you played two seasons for Tezenis Verona. There you played together with ex NBA player Mario West who played three seasons for the Atlanta Hawks and never averaged more than 5,2ppg at Georgia Tech, but reached the NBA. What made him such a good player at second glance?

You cant stop him once he gets a head of steam in the open court. He is athletic and rebounds well, and doesnt care if he is on or not on a given night, he is still going right at you.


You lived two seasons in Verona. What was your favorite place to chill at when you had an afternoon free?

Verona was beautiful. It was always nice to go to Piazza Erbe and people watch. There is an endless list of restaurants and cafes to hang out with, relax, and eat some incredible food.

When you look back at your nine year professional basketball career, what will you always want fans to remember you by?

I worked hard, and I played the game the right way. I wasnt the most athletic player, but I worked on the little things, and did things that dont always show up on the stat sheet but had to be done for the team to win.


What are your plans now. Do you have any ideas what you will do with your life after your playing days?

I guess I have to try and find a real job and start the daily grind. But I will definitely enjoy being home with the family every night.

How do you beat your brother Adam at fishing? Who is the better fisher?

I dont. He is by far the better fisherman. But it is good to fish with him because he knows how to put us on the fish so that we have a good day. There is a lot more than just throwing out a line and hoping something is there, and he knows how to find them and where to look.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Doc McStuffins or Sophia the First, or some other Disney deal. I dont get much of a chance to watch movies for myself anymore. And now with baseball and the Stanley Cup playoffs on I have been watching that, and a little NBA playoffs since it is finally watchable, unlike the regular season which is garbage.


Thanks Keith for the chat.




Josh Parker (MBC) I Like The MBC Style Of Play And Also The Opportunity To Come In And Make An Impact Right Away - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Adonte Parker (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that recently was a rookie for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and helped the team win the Pro B title. With Leverkusen he 33 games: Score-1 (28.5ppg), 4.5rpg, Assists-2 (7.1apg), 2.2spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 80.3%He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton (NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He scored in double figures 33 times scoring over 20 points 26 times, 30 points or more 15 times and 40 points or more four times including a 48 point explosion against Dresden. He cleaned out the Eurobasket awards as well getting Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Import Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -13, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -13. Many teams were aware of his stellar play in the pro B including the Mitteldeutscher BC who signed him for the 2013-2014 Beko BBL season. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Josh thanks for talking to Eurobasket.com Where are you currently and how have you been enjoying your summer vacation so far?

No problem thanks for the interview. I am currently home in Chicago. My summer vacation had been great just been enjoying my time with my family.


After a very successful season in Germany what was the first thing you did when you got back to Chicago? For some reason many basketball players go home craving a yummy Burrito.

The first thing I did when I arrived back in Chicago was get a pizza from Beggars Pizza it is my favorite pizza place here so I had to get it!

You were the best player in the Pro B, perhaps the best player the league has ever seen. Did it feel at times like you were a man playing with kids at a play ground in terms of the skill level?

No, not at all the competition level was very good and the Pro B really had some very skilled guys with a lot of talent. So I just was blessed to play the way that I did.

The Bayer Giants Leverkusen started the season slow at 3-4, but then got going. What was the deciding factor that got the team going?

Starting off the way we did was tough and no one would have thought that we would be Pro B champs not even me after the start we had, but we as a team stuck together, fought and worked hard every day and believed which led us to have the run that we had.

You led an underdog type of team to the Pro B title. Where did you get your leadership qualities from?

I would have to say my father. Just watching him on a day to day basis and him teaching me the ways of life as a man have really helped me translate those same qualities to the basketball court.

On many nights it was you and American Jack Eggleston that paved the way for the Leverkusen game. How important was he to the success of Leverkusen. He was in the shadow of your overwhelming success and play.

Jack was a huge part of our success if it was not for him I don't know where we would be. He played hard on both ends the whole season and always came with a will to win that rubbed off on us. He gets overlooked a lot but he was like the glue to our team that kept everything together, whatever we needed a rebound or a clutch bucket he was there. Glad I had the chance to play with him.

Besides winning the Pro B title, what was your fondest memory of this season in terms of your individual play? You scored 40 points plus four times including a 48 point explosion against Dresden.

I would have to say the Licher Baeren game right before Christmas break it was a huge game for us that really helped us to start coming together as a team!


What will you always remember from your last meeting with head coach Achim Kuczmann? You came to Leverkusen with a lot of talent, but I am sure the German head coach had some part in your dominating play.

It was tough saying goodbye to coach Achim. He definitely was a huge part of the success I had in my first year and words can't even express how much I appreciate him. He trusted in my ability and let me play the game the way I knew how. Not only on the basketball court but off the court as well he was always there for me. He is just a classy guy and a great coach! Glad I had the chance to play for him.

I never had any doubt that after such a big season that you would land at a higher level. The off season is still young, did you jump at that first good offer from MBC or what were the main reasons for taking the MBC offer?

MBC is a great club that followed me the whole season and really showed a lot of interest in me. I liked the style of play and also the opportunity to come in and make an impact right away. Just felt like they are a really great fit for me.

What do you know about the small town Weissenfels? It is very small, but the club did win a international tournament, only three German teams have ever won an international title and legend Wendell Alexis ended his career there?

I know a little bit about the town did some research on it. They have a good tradition there and I know they love their basketball there in Weissenfels so I'm excited to be a part of the family.

Head coach Silvano Poropat has you planned in as a combo guard. You obviously won't be as dominant as in the Pro B, but will it be a bit difficult having a new role and not always scoring 40 points?

I'm just looking forward to the opportunity and being able to play and compete at this next level. I'm willing to do whatever it takes for our team and anything Coach Poropat needs of me. Just going to focus on getting better everyday.

One Beko BBL club mentioned that athletic ability was lacking a bit and was one of the reasons why they didnt look at you further. Does criticism like that make you work even harder this summer? On what things will you work on most?

Of course it pushes you more just being a competitor but right now I'm just focused on getting better each and everyday and looking forward to getting to work with MBC. Being a complete player has been a focus this summer.

How does a typical Josh Parker work out day this summer look like?

A typical Josh Parker workout day consist of skill training in the morning and then weight training and playing in the evenings.

What is something that you will treat yourself to this summer? Something that you have been wanting to do but have never done before?

I have been wanting to treat myself to a little vacation somewhere. I want to go to a NBA Finals game I never been before.

Do you think that Derrick Rose will ever be the old Derrick Rose when he steps back into the NBA jungle?

Yes I believe he will be the old Derrick Rose! I know his competitive drive and believe in his ability he will be ready!

How did the Germany experience make you a better and stronger person on and off the court?

My German experience has really made me a better and stronger person on and off the court learning a new culture, experiencing a new way of life, and to overcome adversity.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Taken 2

Thanks Josh for the chat.





FC Bayern Munich Sign Yassin Idbihi - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It had been rumoured for days that Yassin Idbihi (209-C-83, college: Buffalo) was on his way to Munich and today the club finally officially made it a fact. Idbihi is a 29 year old 209cm German/Moroccan that will play his first season in Munich. He had played the last three years for 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin and last season for Alba played 36 games: 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 83.1%; Euroleague: 24 games: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.9%, FT: 77.1%. "Yassin knows the german league and has shown his qualities at the European level. Not only these experiences make him valuable for every team. He has always had a role model attitude and always gave everything on the court. We are happy to welcome him in Munich", stated FC Bayern Munich director Marko Pesic.

Idbihi started his absketball career in 2001 with Rhoendorfer TV (2.Bundesliga) where he played unril 2003. He then decided to jump ove rthe big pond and played four years of NCAA basketball with Buffalo (NCAA) playing a total of 122 NCAA games and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreMAC-3 (15.8ppg), RebMAC- 1 (9.3rpg), 1.7apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 79.9%: Finished his career as the Bulls' fourth all-time leading scorer (1,514 points) and third all-time leading rebounder (844 rebounds). He became the first player in school history to score 1,500 points and pull down 800 rebounds. In 2007 he came back to Europe to play for the Koeln 99ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ULEB Cup: 11 games: 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 64.6%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 76.7%; German Bundesliga: 24 games: 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.4%, FT: 76.5%. In 2008-2009 he played for the Koeln 99ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 6 games: 16.2ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 53.2%, FT: 86.1%; in Nov.'08 moved to Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProB): 30 games: 7.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 72.9%. In 2009-2010 he got furtehr experience for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 39 games: 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. "I have never been more excited than now to play for a team. My family can't wait to move to Munich. It is unbelievable what FC Bayern Munich has done in the last years. I have a lot of respect and am excited to help them keep going forward", stressed Yassin Idbihi. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MAC All-Freshman Team -04, MAC Regular Season (East Division) Runner-Up -05, MAC Tournament Finalist -05, All-MAC Honorable Mention -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 2 2nd Team -07, Africabasket.com All-NCAA African 1st Team -07, German University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, German National Team -08-10, 12, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -08, French ProB Finalist -09
German Bundesliga Semifinals -10, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -10, German Bundesliga Finalist -11, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11, 12, 13, and German Bundesliga Cup Winner -13

Source: FC Bayern Munich





U18 European Championship: Germany beat Norway in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Norway U18- Germany U18 57:68

Germany beat Norway in the opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side started the campaign with a 68:57.
Norway surprised the opponents with 14-12 run in the first period, while both teams were tied at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the German team that managed to post two victories. Germany won the third quarter 19-17 and finished the game with 22-13 surge. Kovalev gave Germany 68:53 lead, while Sjur Berg nailed four in a row for the final result in the game.
Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) paced all the winners with 17 points and Christian Sengfelder (202-C-95) netted 12. Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-G-96, agency: Pro One Sports) brought 11, while Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 9. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) ended up with 21 points and Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Matz Stockman (208-C/F-95) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Norway U18: Sjur Berg 21, Johannes Dolven 13+11 rebs, Matz Stockman 9
Germany U18: Joschka Ferner 17, Christian Sengfelder 12, Jan Niklas Wimberg 11, Ismet Akpinar 9



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U18 European Championship Division C: San Marino topple Gibraltar to reach semis - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Gibraltar U18 76:48

San Marino advanced into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. They held off Gibraltar to stay in the title race. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) stepped up with 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
San Marino jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 23:7 lead after ten minutes. San Marino extended the margin in the second term. They accumulated a 42:15 halftime advantage. Gibraltar cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 23 points at the final intermission. But San Marino nailed 19 points in the fourth term to seal the victory. Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95) chipped in 13 points, while Lorenzo Sarti (169-PG-96) added 10 points for the winners. Timothy Fava (185-F-97) answered with 17 points and 12 boards for Gibraltar. Jake Haefner (198-G-97) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Igor Biordi 17+14 boards, Julian Gualtieri 13, Lorenzo Sarti 10
Gibraltar U18: Timothy Fava 17+12 boards, Jake Haefner 14



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U18 European Championship: Czech Republic sneak past Greece - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - Greece U18 68:67

Czech Republic claimed a narrow win at the start of the U18 European Championship. They snatched a tough one-point victory over Greece. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) scored 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge.
Czech Republic confidently opened the game. They held Greece to just 13 points in the first period and posted a 4-point lead. But the Hellenes gradually adjusted their performance. They cut the deficit to just one point 28:29 at halftime. Czech Republic maintained the lead in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by three points. Greece denied the deficit as Kouzeloglou drained a three-pointer for a 52:52 tie. But Martin Peterka answered with a triple and Czech Republic quickly cleared off to a 7-point lead. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) made it 66:58 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-SG-95) and Kouzeloglou hit two three-pointers to narrow the gap but Greece simply ran out of time and lost the clash. Radovan Kouril had 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Czech Republic. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U18: Martin Peterka 19+11 boards, Radovan Kouril 17, Marek Mares (186-G-96) 9, Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) 9
Greece U18: Alexandros Spyridonidis 15, Anastasios Spyropoulos 12



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2013 EYOF: France dismantle Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Netherlands U16 60:29

France dispatched Netherlands in the classification round game at the European Youth Olympic Festival. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) nailed 10 points to lead Les Bleus to a comfortable win. They will now take on Poland for the fifth overall position. Netherlands will face Italy in the final game at the tournament.
France eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second frame. Les Bleus held the hosts to just 8 points and opened a 16-point halftime lead 36:20. The gap grew deeper in the third term. France organized an 18:4 run to enter the fourth quarter up by 30 points. The teams teamed up for just 11 points in the fourth term as France marched to the victory. Renathan Ona Embo (185-PG-98) netted 8 points, while Kevin Hangoue (198-PF-97), Amine Noua (196-PF-97) and Bathiste Tchouaffe (193-F/G-98) chipped in 7 points each for the winners. Nene Kiameso responded with 8 points for Netherlands. Menno Dijkstra (210-C-97) had 6 points in the loss.

France U16: Luc Loubaki 10, Renathan Ona Embo 8, Kevin Hangoue 7, Amine Noua 7, Bathiste Tchouaffe 7
Netherlands U16: Nene Kiameso 8, Menno Dijkstra 6



U18 European Championship: Holland open the winning account in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Austria U18-Holland U18 45:65

Holland open the winning account in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side posted a 65:45 victory at the start of the tournament.
Holland scored the first 6 points of the game and erupted for 22:3 surge at the end of the first period. Nguyen closed the run at 24:3, while Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-PF-95) scored for 29:9 midway through the second frame. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) meanwhile scored last three points in the first half for 33:12 halftime advantage. Austria managed to win the third period 18-14 and reduced to 47:30 after three quarters. Holland however needed a 18-13 rally in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
Daan Rosenmuller (193-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jaron Dijkhuizen nailed 10. Jakob Poltl answered with 11 points and 15 rebounds in defeat, while Marko Soldo (194-G/F-95) notched 9. Fabian Richter (189-G-95) scored 6 and Ian Moschik (200-F-96) as well as Marin Sliskovic (193-SG-95) had 4 each.

Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 11+15 rebs, Marko Soldo 9, Fabian Richter 6, Ian Moschik 4, Marin Sliskovic 4
Holland U18: Daan Rosenmuller 17, Jaron Dijkhuizen 10



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U18 European Championship: Magdevski Andrej leads FYR Macedonia over Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U18-FYR Macedonia U18 64:76

Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) leads FYR Macedonia over Hungary at the start of the U18 European Championship in Division B. He collected 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a 76:64 win.
FYR Macedonia started the game with 20:10 lead and added 15-12 rally in the second frame. Hungary tried to recover in the game and posted 23-19 comeback in the third period. The hosts meanwhile replied with a 22-19 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Andrej Magdevski made two free throws at the very end for the final result.
Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) brought 18 points and Mitrov netted 13. Daniel Nacevski (191-F-95) delivered 12 points in the winning effort. Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) answered with 17 points in defeat, while Janos Velkey (192-G-95) had 15. Ban brought 13, whilst David Boinitzer (197-F-95) added 7.

Hungary U18: Gyorgy Goloman 17, Janos Velkey 15, Ban 13, David Boinitzer 7
FYR Macedonia U18: Andrej Magdevski 23+9 rebs+7 ast, Kiril Nikolovski 18, Mitrov 13, Daniel Nacevski 12



Robert Crawford signed with Kaposvar - by Tamas Deri

The Hungarian First League's Kaposvari KK has just acquired its first import player for the 2013/2014 season. The 23 year-old American forward, Robert Crawford (198-G) penned his very first pro contract with KKK. The 198 cm-tall player spent his NCAA career as a member of Central Arkansas. He averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1 steal per games in 2012/2013. His career high was 39 points - including 7 made triples - against Missouri State. Crawford netted 2.9 three pointers per contest in his senior season, what is more, his 3PT percentage was pretty good (42.7).


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Blake Poole returning to Germany - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam has announced that center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) will be returning to Germany to play professionally for the third straight season.

The 6-foot-5 graduate of Saint Martin's University will be suiting up for the Hertener Lions, a team located in northwest Germany which competes in the country's third-division ProB league.

Poole has spent the two previous winters competing with the team BG Dorsten, also a member of the ProB league and located a short distance away from his new squad in Herten. Poole was a consistent double-double threat with Dorsten, averaging 15 points and 14 rebounds per game last season.

Poole recently completed his third stint with the Bellingham Slam earlier this month, helping the team to a franchise-best 18-2 record in 2013 and its second consecutive International Basketball League championship. A 21 point, 12 rebound performance in the IBL title game gave him the contest's Most Valuable Player honors.

Poole was also named the league's Center of the Year by US Basket and was a first-team All-Star the previous two seasons. He averaged 20 points and 12 boards per game for Bellingham in 2013.

Prior to joining the Slam, Poole enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career at Saint Martin's, finishing fourth in scoring and first in rebounding as a senior in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, with averages of 19 points and 12 rebounds per game. He was named the 2010-11 GNAC Player of the Year and also an NCAA Division-II All-American.

Poole will depart for Germany next month to begin training with his new team. Herten's regular season schedule begins in September and runs through April.




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Iran NT final roster for Asian Championships - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Today IRIFB published final roster of Iran NT for Asian Championships which will be hold in Manila in less than 14 days.
1- Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85)
2- Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83)
3- Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83)
4- Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82)
5- Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86)
6- Javad Davari (185-G-83)
7- Saman Veisi (189-G-82)
8- Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88)
9- Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86)
10 - Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91)
11- Aren Davoudichegani (184-PG-86)
12- Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-PF-83)
Head Coach : Mehmed Becirovic
Coach Assistant : Mehran Shahintab
Coach Assistant : Safa Ali Kamalian



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Portugal U16 edge Ireland U16 at the start of Caramulo Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U16 - Ireland U16 72:65

Portugal claimed the opening win at the Caramulo international friendly tournament. They knocked down Ireland for the initial win. Hugo Pereira (97) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Ireland got to the better start. They recorded a 25:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Portugal triggered a 21:9 run in the second frame to spur ahead. Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to stretched the lead for the hosts. Portugal ensured an 8-point lead at the end of the third term. Ireland fought bravely in the fourth period but came up short of win at the end. Carlos Salamanca netted 17 points, while Pedro Oliveira (179-PG-97) added 11 points for the winners. Jordan Blount (97) answered with 22 points for Ireland. Jack O'Mahony had 15 points in the loss.

Portugal U16: Hugo Pereira 18, Carlos Salamanca 17, Pedro Oliveira 11
Ireland U16: Jordan Blount 22, Jack O'Mahony 15



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U18 European Championship: Israel overwhelm Scotland in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18-Israel U18 27:86

Israel overwhelm Scotland in the opener of the U18 European Championship. Israeli team started Division B campaign with an 86:27 victory.
Israel posted a 15:10 lead but added massive storm in the rest of the game. Israel won the second period 22-5 and enjoyed a 37:15 halftime advantage after a Zuckerman shot. Israel added massive 23-7 surge in the third period and then had 26-5 burst in the last stanza. Sorkin closed the game for a 59-point victory.
Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Roman Sorkin (201-F-96) netted 12, while Iftach Ziv (185-G) and Yonatan Mor (204-C) scored 8 each. Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) netted 10 points in a loss and Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) scored 7.

Scotland U18: Neil Rowan 10, Nicholas Sim 7
Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 16, Itay Segev 15+12 rebs, Roman Sorkin 12, Iftach Ziv 8, Yonatan Mor 8



Hapoel Jerusalem appoint Brad Greenberg as head coach - by Idan Seggev

Brad Greenberg , who led Maccabi Bazan Haifa to win historic championship, will be Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem's coach next season. After some disagreement with team owner, Greenberg decided to take Jerusalem's offer and he will replace Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ), who will coach Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa. Greenberd was the one who picked Alan Iverson back in 1996 when he was the 76ers general manager and now he will try to lead Jerusalem to another historic championship.


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M.Hainaut inks Talor Battle, ex Upea CdO - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Ethias League) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Talor Battle (183-77kg-88, college: The Pennsylvania State). He played last season at Upea Capo d'Orlando in Italian Lega Due Gold. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg and 2.0spg. The most of previous (2011-12) season Battle spent at Telekom Bsk (BBL) in German league. In 33 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg that season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Battle also played at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league that season. In 11 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had also remarkable stats: 23 points and 1 rebound.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Battle played in the final of Big Ten Tournament in 2011. He was also voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team in 2010 and 2011 at his college time. Battle represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His team won Bronze but his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Battle graduated from The Pennsylvania State in 2011 and it is his third season as a professional player.
He could be described: A good SG with the body of a point guard. Has great shooting range, but size makes him more adequate to European leagues than NBA.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Marco Crespi named Montepaschi Siena head coach - by Eurobasket News

Marco Crespi will guide Montepaschi Siena next season. He replaces Luca Banchi on the bridge. Marco Crespi is not new to the team. He worked as assistant coach with Siena in 2012/13 season. The specialist became SeriaA champion with Montepaschi. Previously Marco Crespi worked as head coach with Monferrato, Scavolini Pesaro, Sevilla, Biella and Adecco Milan. Crespi also guided the Italian University National Team and U22 National Team. He was named Italian A2 Coach of the Year in 2001. Marco Crespi became All-Italian LegaDue Coach of the Year in 2011. He was also voted A1 3rd Best Coach back in 1999.


U18 European Championship: Spain open campaign with rout of Italy - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Italy U18 88:61

Spain recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy in the opener in Group C. Juan Hernangomez (198-F-95) scored 18 points to pace the winners.
Spain made sure they grabbed the initiative early in the game. They erupted for 28 points in the first period to build a 12-point lead. Italy slowed their opponents down in the second frame. But Spain secured a 44:32 halftime lead. Spain boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 20-point advantage before the fourth period. Spain nailed 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) posted 16 points, while Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) added 14 points for the winners. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) and Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) chipped in 12 points each in the loss.

Spain U18: Juan Hernangomez 18, Agusti Sans 16, Alberto Abalde 14
Italy U18: Tommaso Laquintana 16, Simone Fontecchio 12, Daniel Donzelli 12



2013 EYOF: Poland prevail against Italy - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 - Italy U16 66:61

Poland will play for the fifth place at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They held off Italy in the classification round yesterday. Poland will now take on France in the final game at the tournament. Italy will look for the initial win when they face Netherlands for the 7th overall position.
The Azzurri started the game confidently. They recorded a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. Poland cut the deficit at halftime 29:31. The Polish youngsters went on a 20:13 rally in the third term to pull ahead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the intense fourth frame but Poland held on to the lead and snatched a tough win at the end. Michal Kolenda (196-F-97) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Michal Kapa (178-F-97) finished with 13 points, while Szymon Kiwilsza (97) added 12 points for the winners. Lorenzo Caroti (183-PG-97) answered with 18 points for Italy. Stefano Colombo (G) tossed in 17 points in the losing effort.

Poland U16: Michal Kolenda 21, Michal Kapa 13, Szymon Kiwilsza 12
Italy U16: Lorenzo Caroti 18, Stefano Colombo 17



Acea Virtus Roma keep Phil Goss - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma and Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) have reached agreement on terms of contract extension. The guard will stay in Italy for another season. He joined Acea Virtus at the start of the previous season. Phil Goss notched 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game in SeriaA. The guard helped Roma reach SeriaA Finals. Previously Phil Goss had stints in France, Italy, Israel, Poland, Turkey and Netherlands. He participated at the Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game. Phil Goss made it into Italian LegaDue All-Defensive Team in 2009. Next season Phil Goss was named into All-Italian LegaDue 1st Team. The guard was named also into All-Italian SeriaA 2nd Team in 2011.


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Warren re-signs at Fukuoka Rizing - by Eurobasket News

Fukuoka Rizing (BJ League) confirmed in their roster 32-year old American forward Reginald Warren (204-104kg-81, college: W.Florida). He was a team leader there last season. In 56 BJ League games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 12.6rpg (#3 in the league), 2.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team.
The previous (2012) summer Warren was tested by Guaiqueries (LPB) in Venezuelan league. In 22 games he recorded 9.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg.
He is quite experienced player. Warren has played also professionally in Bahrain (Al Manama), Canada (Niagara DD), Israel (Hapoel Yarcha), Korea (LG Sakers), Turkey, UAE, Japan (Saitama Broncos and Kyoto Hannaryz), Venezuela (Marinos) and United Arab Emirates (Al Ahli).
He attended University of West Florida until 2003 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
Warren could be described: Reggie Warren is a strong power forward, very athletic that can run the floor like a guard. Can handle the ball in the open court, and a great rebounder. Good passer as well as a good finisher. Very athletic, have great post moves and quick for his size. Has a very good shot from mid range and can shoot the 3 (38% in college). Have a great feel for the game of basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Seth Tarver joins Fukuoka Rizing - by Eurobasket News

Fukuoka Rizing (BJ League) agreed terms with 25-year old American swingman Seth Tarver (196-98kg-88, college: Oregon State). He played last season at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in the U.S.. In 16 games he had 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg. Tarver also played at Idaho Stampede in D-League that season. In 30 games he recorded 7.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by EnBW Ludwigsburg (BBL) in German league. Tarver was voted All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Tarver has played also professionally in NABL (Portland S.).
He attended Oregon State until 2010 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Tarver: Physically gifted forward who was a force at the top of the 1-3-1 zone his junior year ... Became the first Oregon State player to lead the league in steals since Gary Payton led the Pac-10 in 1990.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sendai 89ers ink Wendell White - by Eurobasket News

Sendai 89ers (BJ League) agreed terms with 29-year old American guard Wendell White (198-100kg-84, college: UNLV). He played last season at Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix in Japanese BJ League. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 20.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg. White also spent part of the season at Oita Heat Devils that year. In 15 BJ League games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 13.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Japanese BJ League championship title in 2010. White was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Korea (Dongbu Promy), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
White attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2007 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On White: A strong player, who can add interior toughness to any team. He's built as a typical swingman, but his game is of a power forward. He handles it well enough to do most of his damage facing the basket, but his shooting range is limited. White can certainly gain a bit of explosiveness, but it is hard to see him ever emerging as a true SF at the top level. He seems, instead, the ideal combo forward for the European leagues.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Latvia leave no chance for Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Bulgaria U18 85:57

Latvia claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to gain 1-0 record in Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) provided 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Latvia got to a brisk start to the game. They poured in 24 points in the opening ten minutes and recorded a 4-point lead. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the second frame to extend the lead. They accumulated a 51:35 halftime advantage. Latvia did not loosen the grip in the third period. They held Bulgaria to 12 points in the quarter and boosted the margin to as many as 22 points. Latvia went on a 16:10 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) had 15 points and 11 boards, while Davis Geks (191-SG-95) had 11 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 17 rebounds for Bulgaria. Martin Vasiliev (176-G-96) and Angel Peychinov (201-PF-95) netted 9 points apiece in the defeat.

Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 16+11 boards, Kristaps Porzingis 15+11 boards, Davis Geks 11
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 24+17 boards, Martin Vasiliev 9, Angel Peychinov 9



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Its official: Lebanon suspended four years, out of 2013 FIBA Asia Championship - by Michel Saddi

The Lebanon national mens basketball team will miss the FIBA Asia Championship after the world basketball body affirmed the countrys supension from competing internationally.

FIBA has officially suspended the Lebanese Basketball Federation (FLB) because of legal troubles plaguing the local league as well as political disputes involving basketball stakeholders in the country.

According to Lebanons National News Agency, the ban will last four years.

The development comes as a big blow to Lebanon players, who flew to the Philippines this week to begin their training camp in preparation for the FIBA Asia Championship, which begins on August 1.

The team held out hope for a reversal of the suspension first reported last Friday, with FIBA Asia secretary-general Hagop Khajirian, a Lebanon national, hinting that the country may be allowed to play after all.

In a statement, the players said they regret the decision by FIBA to suspend the Lebanese basketball.

Lebanon has been tagged as a strong contender for one of the top three spots in the Asian championship, which serves as qualifier to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Taking the place of Lebanon in the competition will be United Arab Emirates, after Iraq begged off as a replacement because of lack of preparation.



Why the Lebanese Basketball Federation got suspended ?? - by Michel Saddi

Here is the letter that was sent to the Lebanese Basketball Federation by the FIBA explaining the reasons behind the suspension:

Dear Mr. President,
Dear Mr. Secretary General,

We acknowledge receipt of the documents and information requested in our email of 16 July 2013 following your request to reconsider the suspension of your federation. This information undoubtedly allows us to shed more light on the current situation in Lebanon. Thank you for your cooperation in submitting this information promptly.

At the outset, we wish to reiterate that the suspension of your federation has not been a decision taken hastily by FIBA. It was indeed approved by the FIBA Central Board due to events of the utmost gravity whereby one club has been able, with external political support, to disrupt entirely the smooth running of the Lebanese National Championship. It has also been able to obtain a decision by a state civil court cancelling technical and sporting decisions taken by your federation.

This scenario represents without any doubt the most serious violation of the FIBA General Statutes and all principles under which the Olympic sports movement is founded. Despite the financial impact or political intersts that sport generate, it is clear that it must remain at all costs a competition whereby merit, integrity and fair play prevail.

This matter demonstrates a profound dysfunction of the Lebanese Basketball Federation since one club alone has been able to stop your championship. In complete violation of the FIBA General Statutes and the obligations of all national member federations of FIBA, your federation was not and still is not properly armed to face political interferences and solve sporting disputes within its own structures.

The FIBA Central Board was therefore of the firm belief that the Lebanese Basketball family must now assume the consequences of its organizational deficiencies and actions. For as long as key governance principles are not implemented in the statutes of your federation and in the latters policies and managament, and approved/agreed to by all stakeholders it shall not be readmitted with full rights with FIBA and be allowed to participate in the most important international basketball competitions.



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U18 European Championship: France topple Lithuania in Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Lithuania U18 67:58

France got to the winning start of their U18 European Championship campaign. They held off ambitious Lithuania in the opener in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) fired 19 points to lead Les Bleus.
France held Lithuania to 11 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 33:22. But the Baltic team tuned in offensively in the third term. They organized a 23:16 rally in the third quarter to cut the deficit 4-point mark at the final break. France however responded with a stifling defence in the fourth frame and escaped with the win at the end. Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) netted 14 points, while Olivier Yao-Delon (196-SG-95) and Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) had 6 points each for the winners. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) answered with 19 points and 16 boards for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95), Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) and Lukas Grabauskas (193-PG-95) had 8 points each in the loss.

France U18: Charly Pontens 19, Axel Bouteille 14, Olivier Yao-Delon 6, Petr Cornelie 6
Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 19, Augustas Suliauskas 8, Ricardas Verbickas 8, Lukas Grabauskas 8



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U18 European Championship: Belgium stun Luxembourg in Division B - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U18-Luxembourg U18 102:50

Belgium stun Luxembourg in Division B of the U18 European Championship. Belgium won all the quarters of the game to close Day 1 with a 102:50 win.
Belgium started the game with 22-11 and never looked behind after. They added massive 27-11 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 49:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium won the third period 27-14 and finished the game with 26-14 end. With two minutes to go Belgium managed to score three-digit number on the board.
Vincent Kesteloot (198-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Romain Boxus (198-F-96) netted 22. Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) followed them with 15, while Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) had 11. Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) scored 12, whilst Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) notched 10. Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) brought 8 points in a loss.

Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 24, Romain Boxus 22, Andy Van Vliet 15, Sami Demirtas 11
Luxembourg U18: Tim Schmit 12, Philippe Gutenkauf 10, Timothy Kauffmann 8



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La Union signs Mike Williams, ex Pioneros - by Eurobasket News

La Union Formosa (LigaA) signed 28-year old American power forward Mike Williams (201-109kg-85, college: Cincinnati). He played last season at Pioneros in Mexican LNBP. In 41 games he had 11.4ppg and 5.2rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Williams played at The Storm (NBL Canada) in Canadian NBL Canada. In 36 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 9.2rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.8apg that season. Great year as he was voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Defensive 1st Team. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Rochester RazorSharks in U.S. semi-pro league IBA-PBL. In 19 games he recorded 11.6ppg and 8.9rpg. Williams also played at Vermont Frost Heaves in U.S. semi-pro league PBL that season. In 7 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.9ppg and 10.3rpg. He won Liga Americas championship title in 2012.
Williams has played previously professionally in Holland (Zwolle) and PBL (Vermont FH).
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2009 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
Williams could be described: Big strong athletic player ... has made great strides to develop his game offensively ... loves to attack the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Interview with Misko Lucic, the General Manager of Teodo Tivat - by Darko Pekic

Teodo Tivat had a succesfull season in both BIBL and Erste basketball league and one of the most meritorious people for its successes in the past decade, Misko Lucic , the General Manager of Teodo Tivat talks to eurobasket.com about basketball beginnings in Tivat, last season and ambitions for next year.

Mr. Lucic, how did Teodo story begin? Who are the most deserving people for the fact that basketball is sport number 1 in Tivat nowadays?

In June 2004, a few of us basketball enthusiasts agreed that it was time to stop a ten-year organized basketball break in Tivat and found a club for senior players . However, we did not lack players because two local basketball academies have been working very well with kids and producing many interesting players, Constituent Assembly confirmed that we had everything we needed for a solid beginning. There were eleven of us so I would not point out any individual.

In the 2009/2010 season for the first time you played in the first division led by an experienced coach Milan Rondovic and proved that you deserved a place in the highest ranks of the competition. How difficult was to organize the club and prepare the conditions for Division I requirements? How did you gain the trust of players who came to an unknown club with no great tradition?

I think the most important thing was that from very beginning we established clear goals and realistic budget for Teodo, with the support of stable and the municipality of Tivat. For us was important to show to sponsors and supporters some results and prove that we are an ambitious club willing to make progress and to honor deals. Players have recognized this and now we have no problems during negotiations with players because as people use to say- positive vibrations spread fast.

When we talk about the success of Teodo we must point out great merit of Milan Rondovic who with his big experience and basketball knowledge injected the necessary security and confidence that our team needed in Division I. He put together a good group of players and in the first season, we have secured the placed in Superleague and from that moment we have achieved that result every season. Milan Rondovic has great credit for the rise of Teodo.

As for tradition, I must note that Teodo continues the tradition of successful basketball clubs starting with Arsenal that played the first basketball game in Montenegro back in 1945 continuing with successful Partizan Tivat, and Tivat. Teodo next year celebrates ten years since its founding and I hope that this good run will no longer interrupt.


Teodo had a very successfully season. In the championship you reached the semi-finals where you were close to reach the finals but Sutjeska stopped you in a tied finish while in the Cup, which was held in Tivat, you troubled a lot the powerhouse and eternal champions of Montenegro- Buducnost. Could you give your opinion on the season in the Erste basketball league?

The season was exceptional, actually beyond expectations but we can say that for all the previous ones without any exceptions...
We finished third in the regular season, third in the Super League, reached semi-finals, participated in the top 6 of BIBL. Our organization was once again the best sports team in the city, which was not easy. We also have received public recognition for successfully organizing of the National Cup and our results in the BIBL were praised by the League Board of directors.


As you have already mentioned, besides the good results of the Club in the domestic championship, the season 2012/2013 will be remembered as a historical one because Teodo for the first time played in an international competition-Balkan League. How are you satisfied with the performance on the international scene and do you think that playing in the BIBL was the right thing for the club?

Participation in the BIBL was an excellent decision. We proved that we were good enough to participate in such a demanding competition (two continents, seven countries), to achieve good results without endangering our results in domestic league. We are the first sports club ever from Tivat that participated in any Olympic sport internationally and I hope that with the support of our sponsors we will continue to be successfull outside the borders of Montenegro.

Teodo was also in the last season recognized by its fans, Teodosi, and a packed gym. How good is your cooperation with the fans and do you expect the growing trend (number of fans) to continue?

One of the objectives clearly defined sporting goals is to primarily fight for a crowded Zupa hall. We have a full sense of responsibility towards the fans and we are trying to make them feel it. Teodosi are our great satisfaction and there no greater reward for Teodo players and myself than to see many fans in Zupa hall and hear their support songs.


Tivat, a coastal city in booming, every summer is the host of different age groups of Montenegrin national teams, and in June is organized the traditional camp for young players. Do you think the municipality of Tivat gives sufficient support to the development of basketball?

Of course, the support of our municipality to basketball development is something that we are particularly proud on. We like the attention that basketball receives is in our town and we will try to keep that trust.

Basketball federation of Montenegro (KSCG) has recognized that Tivat is an area in which our young national team members can have all the requirements for good preparations. We will try to always be a good host, especially to our national team members. In June we had our traditional camp and our coaching staff had the opportunity to review abilities of younger players from Tivat and the region, as well as to try to select some candidates for the next years squad. The goal is to keep promoting this camp.


You extended contract with coach, Slobodan Savovic after a good season and it was a proof that you were happy with his work. What are the expectations from the coaching staff in the forthcoming period?

Coach Savovic was brought to the club as a young and promising coach who proved his potential in his first season here. He has full support of the Board members and we expect from him full commitment to the results of Teodo in the upcoming period. One set of priority tasks will be more engagement in the work with youth categories so that we could have future more players from our own basketball academy. Keeping that in mind we will strengthen human resources and provide better conditions to coach Savovic to work with youth selections.

The club last season boosted its roster by bringing several experienced players from the domestic league, and the first American in the history of the club, Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.). Did they live up to the expectations do you already have plans for reinforcements for next season?

First of all we have to see who is going to stay with us next season. It is certain that we will have to face with the departure of the two leaders from last year, point guard Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) and center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84). But we are happy because both of them found good clubs and will receive more appropriate financial rewards for undeniable quality they have. We need to find replacements for them first, plus a versatile 2/3 player. Our desire is also to hire some of the young Montenegrin players who have the quality and want to develop their skills in both domestic and Balkan league. We will primarily follow players from U19 and U21 national team of Montenegro but we will wait to see them finish important international competition designed for this summer.

Finally, we have a lot of contacts, but also plenty of time to choose the best. What we pay attention the most is good character of players and loyalty to the club and Tivat. It was the reason why we extended our first American Manuel Johnson, who has gained respect of all basketball fans in Tivat.


As the next season you will compete again in the Balkan League, as well as in the Erste basketball league, could you tell us more about the club's ambitions for the future?

We will try to repeat the success we had last season. We believe that we belong among the four best teams in the domestic league. Placement in the second round of BIBL is difficult to achieve but for us is important to try again. Of course, support from the stands is a priority even next year. We will try to keep building up the brand Teodo as a stable and reliable sport club.

Thank you for the interview, Mr. Lucic, eurobasket.com congratulates you on the great season you had and wish best of luck in your future work.

Thank you for the lovely wishes. I will take this opportunity to publicly recommend your web site which helps us a lot in tracking developments in the basketball world.




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The Nets cut D.J. White - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets waived 27-year old forward D.J. White (206-114kg-86, college: Indiana).
White ended the last season at the Celtics. In 12 games he recorded just 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Shanghai Sharks (CBA) in Chinese league. In 32 games he averaged impressive 21.6ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention.
The previous (11-12) season White played at the Bobcats. In 58 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.6rpg.
In 2010-11 season he played at the Thunder. In 23 games he averaged only 2.8ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2009-10 season White played at 66ers. In 11 games he averaged remarkable 20.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
In 2008 White was drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round (29th overall). The former Indiana University staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
White has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats) and D-League (Tulsa 66ers).

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Magic signs Jason Maxiell - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic signed 30-year old forward Jason Maxiell (201-118kg-83, college: Cincinnati). He has played for the last eight seasons at Detroit Pistons. In 72 games he had 6.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3bpg last season.
Maxiell has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2005 New Jersey Flyers selected him in first round (2nd overall) in the USBL draft.
The former University of Cincinnati standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Maxiell won NBA Central Division championship title for three years in a row (between 2006 and 2008). He was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 10 1st Team and All-ConferenceUSA 2nd Team back in 2005 at his college time.
Maxiell is a very experienced player.
He could be described: He possesses the combination of good size and advanced strength. Maxiell's armspan combined with his leaping ability enable him to play much taller than his 6-7 height and he is explosive around the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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CUSTOMS WIN, AS POLICE BATON STARE RELEGATION - by Oluwafemi Adefeso

Emma Balogun had 23 points and 4 steals, and Ademola Osunbanjos added 13 points scoring 3 of 4 shots from behind the arc to give Nig. Customs a 78-69 victory over relegation bound Police Baton in Week 13 of the Dstv Premier Basketball League,

In a very explosive encounter the Police Baton took an early 12-10 the 1st quarter but could not hold on to their advantage thanks to a 10-0 response from the Cutoms that saw them take a 22-21 lead into the 2nd quarter.

By half time the scores stood at 59-49 points in favour of the Customs. Coach Mark Baloguns half time pep talk must have worked as the Police Baton Responded after the break with a number of inspiring defensive plays and managed to tie the game 62-62 setting up what what would be a frantic final quarter.

The final quarter saw both teams fight for supremacy in the 1st five minutes, but the custom to mustered a 16-7 run thanks to crucial 3 pointers from Ademola Osubanjo and Kimto Felix. Caleb Haruna of Baton lead all scorers with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Malu Williams added 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in a losing effort.

Kimto Felix , Victor Enema and Solomon all ended with double figures combining for 31 points Customs . The vIctory for the 6th placed Customs (9-16) now gives them a 3 game advantage over Police Baton (6-16) who are still bottom of the log in 8th position and a game advantage over Comets who occupy 7th position.

With less than 5 games left in the regular season for the Batons and 3 left for both Comets and Customs. Its going to be a fight to finish in the quest for survival in the Atlantic Conference of 2013 DStv Premier Basketball League



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U18 European Championship: Germany beat Norway in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Norway U18- Germany U18 57:68

Germany beat Norway in the opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side started the campaign with a 68:57.
Norway surprised the opponents with 14-12 run in the first period, while both teams were tied at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the German team that managed to post two victories. Germany won the third quarter 19-17 and finished the game with 22-13 surge. Kovalev gave Germany 68:53 lead, while Sjur Berg nailed four in a row for the final result in the game.
Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) paced all the winners with 17 points and Christian Sengfelder (202-C-95) netted 12. Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-G-96, agency: Pro One Sports) brought 11, while Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 9. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) ended up with 21 points and Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Matz Stockman (208-C/F-95) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Norway U18: Sjur Berg 21, Johannes Dolven 13+11 rebs, Matz Stockman 9
Germany U18: Joschka Ferner 17, Christian Sengfelder 12, Jan Niklas Wimberg 11, Ismet Akpinar 9



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2013 EYOF: Poland prevail against Italy - by Eurobasket News

Poland U16 - Italy U16 66:61

Poland will play for the fifth place at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They held off Italy in the classification round yesterday. Poland will now take on France in the final game at the tournament. Italy will look for the initial win when they face Netherlands for the 7th overall position.
The Azzurri started the game confidently. They recorded a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. Poland cut the deficit at halftime 29:31. The Polish youngsters went on a 20:13 rally in the third term to pull ahead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the intense fourth frame but Poland held on to the lead and snatched a tough win at the end. Michal Kolenda (196-F-97) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Michal Kapa (178-F-97) finished with 13 points, while Szymon Kiwilsza (97) added 12 points for the winners. Lorenzo Caroti (183-PG-97) answered with 18 points for Italy. Stefano Colombo (G) tossed in 17 points in the losing effort.

Poland U16: Michal Kolenda 21, Michal Kapa 13, Szymon Kiwilsza 12
Italy U16: Lorenzo Caroti 18, Stefano Colombo 17



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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 


Portugal U16 edge Ireland U16 at the start of Caramulo Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U16 - Ireland U16 72:65

Portugal claimed the opening win at the Caramulo international friendly tournament. They knocked down Ireland for the initial win. Hugo Pereira (97) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Ireland got to the better start. They recorded a 25:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Portugal triggered a 21:9 run in the second frame to spur ahead. Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to stretched the lead for the hosts. Portugal ensured an 8-point lead at the end of the third term. Ireland fought bravely in the fourth period but came up short of win at the end. Carlos Salamanca netted 17 points, while Pedro Oliveira (179-PG-97) added 11 points for the winners. Jordan Blount (97) answered with 22 points for Ireland. Jack O'Mahony had 15 points in the loss.

Portugal U16: Hugo Pereira 18, Carlos Salamanca 17, Pedro Oliveira 11
Ireland U16: Jordan Blount 22, Jack O'Mahony 15



Vitoria Guimaraes signs Joao Guerreiro - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Joao Guerreiro (205-F-90), Portuguese Under-20 international, now with 22 years old, signed for Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes. The player was formed in Barreirense and played, last season, at CAB Madeira. The Guimaraes team also announced Pedro Pinto (188-PG-88), Portuguese international, from Galitos Barreiro, and Miguel Toreia (93), from Leca.

Paulo Cunha (200-F-80), Jose Silva (194-G/F-89), Francisco Oliveira (185-G-88), Joao Fernandes and Carlos Areias all renewed their contracts with the team. Leaving the team is Andre Bessa (179-G-89), who will play, next season, for the Porto/Dragon Force, the FC Porto new team, that will play in Proliga.

Source: A Bola




U18 European Championship:Portugal down Belarus in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U18-Belarus U18 74:68

Portugal down Belarus in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal trailed in the whole game but managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period and then did not have any problems in overtime in a 74:68 win.
Portugal led 11:10 in the first quarter but the Belarus took 17:11 lead at the end of the frame. The latter closed their run at 24:11 when Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) made a successful shot. Belarus increased to 14 points, but closed the half at 39:27. Portugal started to catch up with the opponents and cut it to 44:41 after three quarters. Trailing 52:59 with 2 minutes to go, Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) and Luis Camara (194-SF-96) scored for 61:61 and then took an easy win in overtime.
Luis Camara top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Pedro Meireless netted 18. Ferreira scored 9, while Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) notched 8. Yauheni Beliankou had high 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Kiryl Chumakou (197-SF-95) delivered 10. Tsimafei Yeusiyevich (197-SF-95) brought 9 and Matsiushonak added 5.

Portugal U18: Luis Camara 19, Pedro Meireless 18, Ferreira 9, Sergio da Silva 8
Belarus U18: Yauheni Beliankou 26+10 rebs, Kiryl Chumakou 10, Tsimafei Yeusiyevich 9, Matsiushonak 5



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U18 European Championship: Romania survive Division B opener - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U18-Romania U18 75:76

Romania survive Division B opener at the U18 European Championship. The team grabbed a 76:75 win over Slovakia for 1-0 record in Group C.
Romania started with 22-18 lead in the first period, but Slovakia replied with a 22-17 run for 1-point halftime advantage. Romania later tied the game at the end of the third period as Tanasie and Hupka exchanged the shots for 56:56. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) later closed the run for 73:66 and then his team managed to seal the victory.
Vlad Cobzaru top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) nailed 16. Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) netted 10, while Mircea Onea (183-PG-96) had 7 and Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) scored 6. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Miroslav Matych (186-G-95) had 13. Dalibor Hlivak (187-G-95) brought 11 points and Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) notched 8.

Slovakia U18: Norbert Janicek 17, Miroslav Matych 13, Dalibor Hlivak 11, Jozef Senohradsky 8
Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 22, Andrei Ciordas 16, Mirel Dragoste 10, Mircea Onea 7, Marius Ciotlaus 6



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Lior Eliyahu offered to Khimky as club informed they are not interested - by Vladimir Lobanov

Israeli forward - Lior Eliyahu (206-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) was offered to BC Khimky Moscow Region but the club has informed his agent that they are not in the mix for him,Per sources from the club.
Eliyahu,who is a free agent after was released from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv,was offered to BC Khimky Moscow Region President Andrey Nechaev who moved the info to head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ),but the coach has informed that he is not interested in the Israeli.
At the Beginning of the summer,Unics Kazan were very keen on Eliyahu,but the Israeli National forward wasn't keen on joining and since then Kazan has cooled their interest.
Eliyahu has averaged 11.5ppg,4.7rpg,3apg in 32 games in the Israeli League and 7.3ppg,3.1rpg,2.1apg in 23 Euroleague games



U18 European Championship: Russia overcome Bosnia and Herzegovina in opener - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 68:55

Russia clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the opening day of the competition. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) stepped up with 13 points each to lead the winning team.
Bosnia and Herzegovina snatched a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Russia improved defensively in the second quarter. They held their opponents to just 7 points in the period and surged ahead for a 28:27 halftime lead. Russia outgunned the Bosnian counterparts 22:10 in the third term to take off. Bosnia and Herzegovina struggled to catch up with their opponents in the final period as Russia marched to the victory. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) netted 12 points, while Fedorchenko added 11 points in the win. Imran Polutak (205-C-96) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) and Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) provided 9 points each in the loss.

Russia U18: Mikhail Maleyko 13, Alexander Martynov 13, Alexander Gankevich 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Imran Polutak 12, Stefan Lakic 9, Bojan Lulic 9



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U18 European Championship Division C: San Marino topple Gibraltar to reach semis - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Gibraltar U18 76:48

San Marino advanced into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. They held off Gibraltar to stay in the title race. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) stepped up with 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge.
San Marino jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 23:7 lead after ten minutes. San Marino extended the margin in the second term. They accumulated a 42:15 halftime advantage. Gibraltar cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 23 points at the final intermission. But San Marino nailed 19 points in the fourth term to seal the victory. Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95) chipped in 13 points, while Lorenzo Sarti (169-PG-96) added 10 points for the winners. Timothy Fava (185-F-97) answered with 17 points and 12 boards for Gibraltar. Jake Haefner (198-G-97) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Igor Biordi 17+14 boards, Julian Gualtieri 13, Lorenzo Sarti 10
Gibraltar U18: Timothy Fava 17+12 boards, Jake Haefner 14



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U18 European Championship: Israel overwhelm Scotland in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18-Israel U18 27:86

Israel overwhelm Scotland in the opener of the U18 European Championship. Israeli team started Division B campaign with an 86:27 victory.
Israel posted a 15:10 lead but added massive storm in the rest of the game. Israel won the second period 22-5 and enjoyed a 37:15 halftime advantage after a Zuckerman shot. Israel added massive 23-7 surge in the third period and then had 26-5 burst in the last stanza. Sorkin closed the game for a 59-point victory.
Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Roman Sorkin (201-F-96) netted 12, while Iftach Ziv (185-G) and Yonatan Mor (204-C) scored 8 each. Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) netted 10 points in a loss and Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) scored 7.

Scotland U18: Neil Rowan 10, Nicholas Sim 7
Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 16, Itay Segev 15+12 rebs, Roman Sorkin 12, Iftach Ziv 8, Yonatan Mor 8



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2013 EYOF: Serbia hold off Turkey to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Turkey U16 73:62

Serbia will play in the Final of the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament. They knocked down Turkey to set up the clash versus Croatia for the trophy. Turkey will now take on Germany in the consolation final. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) scored 21 points to lead the Serbia team.
Serbia ensured a 19:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit by one point trailing 39:29 at halftime. Serbia deepened the distance in the third term. They went on a 24:15 run to ensure a comfortable 63:44 lead at the final break. Turkey narrowed the gap in the fourth term but came up short of win at the end. Stefan Kenic (198-F-97) netted 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Nikola Rakicevic (198-SG-97) added 10 points in the winning effort. Can Berkay (196-SF-96) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Furkam Korkmaz (193-G-97) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Vojislav Stojanovic 21, Stefan Kenic 11, Nikola Rakicevic 10
Turkey U16: Can Berkay 12, Furkam Korkmaz 11



U18 European Championship: Serbia sinks Slovenia in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Slovenia U18 88:56

Serbia claimed the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Slovenia in Group A action in Ventspils. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) netted 13 points to lead the charge.
Serbia quickly cleared off in the opening frame. They posted a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia extended the lead in the second frame. They ensured a 46:21 halftime advantage. The Serbian team kept Slovenia at distance throughout the third period. They secured a comfortable 64:38 buffer heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 24 points in the final stanza to seal the win. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) and Stefan Ljubenkovic (95) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Pusica had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in the victory. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) chipped in 9 points for Slovenia. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) and Janc had 7 points each in the loss.

Serbia U19: Rade Zagorac 13, Ognjen Jaramaz 12, Stefan Ljubenkovic 12
Slovenia U19: Jure Ritlop 9, Ziga Zatezic 7



EYOF: Serbia Vs Turkey 73-62 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian U16 National team wins semi final match against Turkey by result 73-62 (19-8, 20-21, 24-15, 10-18) and qualified for EYOF final. Serbian team opened match with 11 points advantage at the end of first quarter. After equal second period Serbian team made one more serie in the third quarter and after that routinely finish the match. The most efficient players in Serbian team were Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) with 21 scored points, Stefan Kenjic with 11 points, Rakicevic adds 10 points. For Turkey Aptai scored 17 points and Tarikan adds 12 points. Serbian team is waiting winner from the match between Germany and Croatia.


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U18 European Championship: Romania survive Division B opener - by Eurobasket News

Slovakia U18-Romania U18 75:76

Romania survive Division B opener at the U18 European Championship. The team grabbed a 76:75 win over Slovakia for 1-0 record in Group C.
Romania started with 22-18 lead in the first period, but Slovakia replied with a 22-17 run for 1-point halftime advantage. Romania later tied the game at the end of the third period as Tanasie and Hupka exchanged the shots for 56:56. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) later closed the run for 73:66 and then his team managed to seal the victory.
Vlad Cobzaru top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) nailed 16. Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) netted 10, while Mircea Onea (183-PG-96) had 7 and Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) scored 6. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Miroslav Matych (186-G-95) had 13. Dalibor Hlivak (187-G-95) brought 11 points and Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) notched 8.

Slovakia U18: Norbert Janicek 17, Miroslav Matych 13, Dalibor Hlivak 11, Jozef Senohradsky 8
Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 22, Andrei Ciordas 16, Mirel Dragoste 10, Mircea Onea 7, Marius Ciotlaus 6



Levice added first two names to their squad - by Michal Duchovic

As previously reported Levice has big financial problems, but they decided to build their squad before the upcoming season. And they turned on two of their own. Richard Klein ended his career in 2012, but hes back to help his team in his new era. Richard played last time in season 2011/2012, where he participated in two leagues. In Slovak league he played in 25 games where he averaged 8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.1 spg. Second new name is Vladimir Klar. Klar last played in Komarno also in 2011/2012 season, in february 2012 he injured and from that time he did not played anywhere. In his last season he scored in 21 games 6.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.1apg. It will be interesting, which players will player for Levice in the next season.


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U18 European Championship: Serbia sinks Slovenia in opener - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Slovenia U18 88:56

Serbia claimed the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Slovenia in Group A action in Ventspils. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) netted 13 points to lead the charge.
Serbia quickly cleared off in the opening frame. They posted a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia extended the lead in the second frame. They ensured a 46:21 halftime advantage. The Serbian team kept Slovenia at distance throughout the third period. They secured a comfortable 64:38 buffer heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 24 points in the final stanza to seal the win. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) and Stefan Ljubenkovic (95) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Pusica had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in the victory. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) chipped in 9 points for Slovenia. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) and Janc had 7 points each in the loss.

Serbia U19: Rade Zagorac 13, Ognjen Jaramaz 12, Stefan Ljubenkovic 12
Slovenia U19: Jure Ritlop 9, Ziga Zatezic 7



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U18 European Championship: Spain open campaign with rout of Italy - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Italy U18 88:61

Spain recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy in the opener in Group C. Juan Hernangomez (198-F-95) scored 18 points to pace the winners.
Spain made sure they grabbed the initiative early in the game. They erupted for 28 points in the first period to build a 12-point lead. Italy slowed their opponents down in the second frame. But Spain secured a 44:32 halftime lead. Spain boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 20-point advantage before the fourth period. Spain nailed 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) posted 16 points, while Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) added 14 points for the winners. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) and Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) chipped in 12 points each in the loss.

Spain U18: Juan Hernangomez 18, Agusti Sans 16, Alberto Abalde 14
Italy U18: Tommaso Laquintana 16, Simone Fontecchio 12, Daniel Donzelli 12



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U18 European Championship: Sweden demolish Switzerland in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Switzerland U18 98:47

Sweden demolish Switzerland in the opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team did not leave any chances in a 98:47 win.
Sweden took control from the first minutes and grabbed 24:12 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden added 21-11 surge for 45:23 halftime advantage. Moreover Sweden dominated the second half and posted two comfortable victories. They had 28-14 burst in the third period and finished the game with 25-10 rally in the last stanza. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) scored the last points for the winners as Sweden was satisfied with 98 points at the end.
Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) netted 15. Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) brought 14, while Andreas Von Uthmann added 11. Clayton Le Sann (188-SG-95) and Arnaud Cotture (201-PF-95) notched 12 points in defeat, while Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) netted 6.

Sweden U18: Ludvig Hakanson 25, Caleb Musie 15, Valter Lindstrom 14, Andreas Von Uthmann 11
Switzerland U18: Clayton Le Sann 12, Arnaud Cotture 12, Noe Anabir 6



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U18 European Championship: Sweden demolish Switzerland in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Switzerland U18 98:47

Sweden demolish Switzerland in the opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team did not leave any chances in a 98:47 win.
Sweden took control from the first minutes and grabbed 24:12 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden added 21-11 surge for 45:23 halftime advantage. Moreover Sweden dominated the second half and posted two comfortable victories. They had 28-14 burst in the third period and finished the game with 25-10 rally in the last stanza. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) scored the last points for the winners as Sweden was satisfied with 98 points at the end.
Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) netted 15. Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) brought 14, while Andreas Von Uthmann added 11. Clayton Le Sann (188-SG-95) and Arnaud Cotture (201-PF-95) notched 12 points in defeat, while Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) netted 6.

Sweden U18: Ludvig Hakanson 25, Caleb Musie 15, Valter Lindstrom 14, Andreas Von Uthmann 11
Switzerland U18: Clayton Le Sann 12, Arnaud Cotture 12, Noe Anabir 6



Emmanuel Schmitt joins Union Neuchatel - by Luca Maffioli

Emmanuel Schmitt will be the new head coach of Union Neuchatel Basket. The French specialist come back to Swiss after five years. He was the head coach of Geneve Devils and the head coach of Swiss National Team (2004-2006). Schmitt won a Swiss Cup (2004) and a Swiss League Cup (2004). He played with Mulhouse, Avignon, Racing Paris, Reims, Evreux and Chalon-sur-Sane then he started his coaching career in 1999 with Chalon-sur-Sane (young teams). In 2002 was the head coach Chalon-sur-Sane (1st team).


Adomas Drungilas joins Starwings - by Luca Maffioli

Starwings Basket Regio Basel announced the signing of Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90). The Lithuanian center played last season at Panevezys Lietkabelis. He averaged 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 14 games of LKL; He played also 11 games of Baltic League and he had 4.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Drungilas played the World Championships U19 in New Zealand 2009 and the European Championships U20 in Croatia 2010 with Lithuania.


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2013 EYOF: Serbia hold off Turkey to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Turkey U16 73:62

Serbia will play in the Final of the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament. They knocked down Turkey to set up the clash versus Croatia for the trophy. Turkey will now take on Germany in the consolation final. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) scored 21 points to lead the Serbia team.
Serbia ensured a 19:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit by one point trailing 39:29 at halftime. Serbia deepened the distance in the third term. They went on a 24:15 run to ensure a comfortable 63:44 lead at the final break. Turkey narrowed the gap in the fourth term but came up short of win at the end. Stefan Kenic (198-F-97) netted 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Nikola Rakicevic (198-SG-97) added 10 points in the winning effort. Can Berkay (196-SF-96) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Furkam Korkmaz (193-G-97) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Vojislav Stojanovic 21, Stefan Kenic 11, Nikola Rakicevic 10
Turkey U16: Can Berkay 12, Furkam Korkmaz 11



U18 European Championship: Strong second half propels Turkey past England - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - England U18 76:58

Turkey celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated England in their starting game. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) posted 15 points to lead the winning side.
Turkey accumulated a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. But England capitalized on a sloppy offensive effort from the Turkish team to deny the deficit in the second frame. The English team grabbed a 36:34 halftime lead. Turkey regained the lead pretty quickly in the second half. They opened the half with a 7:0 run to spur in front. Turkey fired 21 points in the period to gain a 3-point lead. They exploded with a 21:6 rally in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) netted 14 points, while Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the winning side. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) answered with 12 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (188-G-96) delivered 11 points in the losing case.

Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 15, Cedi Osman 14, Metecan Birsen 13+14 boards
England U18: Jules Akodo 12, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 11



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Halychyna signs Maxim Ivshyn - by Eurobasket News

Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Superleague) signed 27-year old domestic ex-international center Maxim Ivshyn (209-103kg-86, agency: Beo Basket). He played last season at SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague). In 41 games he had 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.0bpg.
The previous (11-12) season Ivshyn played at Azovmash. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 Superleague games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Ivshyn also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg. He also played 5 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2bpg.
Ivshyn was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006. Ivshyn also represented Ukraine at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0bpg.
Ivshyn has played previously for four other Ukraine teams: Budivelnyk, Poltava, BC Donetsk and KDYUSH Azovmash Mariupol.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Halychyna signs Maxim Ivshyn - by Eurobasket News

Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Superleague) signed 27-year old domestic ex-international center Maxim Ivshyn (209-103kg-86, agency: Beo Basket). He played last season at SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague). In 41 games he had 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.0bpg.
The previous (11-12) season Ivshyn played at Azovmash. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 Superleague games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Ivshyn also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg. He also played 5 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2bpg.
Ivshyn was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. He played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2006. Ivshyn also represented Ukraine at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0bpg.
Ivshyn has played previously for four other Ukraine teams: Budivelnyk, Poltava, BC Donetsk and KDYUSH Azovmash Mariupol.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Croatia dispatch Ukraine in opener - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Ukraine U18 81:49

Croatia gained the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They fired past Ukraine in Group D opener. Karlo Zganec (206-F/C-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 19 points to lead the winning side.
Croatia gained a 16:8 lead after the opening quarter. Ukraine improved their performance in the second period. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 23:30. However Croatia stamped their authority in the third period. The Balkan team went on a 26:14 run to clear off to a 19-point lead at the final intermission. Croatia finished off their opponents with a 25:12 run in the fourth period. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points, while Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) provided 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) responded with 12 points each for Ukraine.

Croatia U18: Karlo Zganec 19, Lovro Mazalin 14, Marko Arapovic 10+12 boards
Ukraine U18: Illya Sydorov 12, Oleksandr Kobets 12



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Eagles Swoop For Martin - by Jeff King

EuroBasket had exclusive access to Newcastle Eagles first import signing of the summer, a player who they hope can make the big leap from NCAA basketball in USA to professional basketball in Europe. A rookie professional he may be but Scott Martin (203-G-88, agency: Interperformances) comes with a great pedigree after spending six seasons of college eligibility before joining the professional ranks. Hailing from Indiana the 6 8 guard/forward spent one season at Purdue before switching to Notre Dame.

At Notre Dame as well as being a captain, he started for the last three years of his college career although an injury to his left knee cut short his final season and he hasnt played since January of this year. But, for The BBL to sign a player who started for a top 25 team from the Big East Conference is a real coup for Newcastle and with Scott now fully recovered from his knee injury and getting back to match fitness he gave this exclusive interview to EuroBasket.

First of all how excited are you about becoming a professional basketball player?

Its something that I have always dreamed about so I am definitely excited for the opportunity and ready to get out on the court.

How did you get the news of Newcastles interest and what did you think when told about it?

I got a call from my agent that there was a possibility of interest from Newcastle and I was excited and thankful that a team with the history like that of Newcastle's was interested in me and would give me an opportunity like this.

Did you speak with anybody at Newcastle before signing?

I was able to speak with Fab (Head Coach Fab Flournoy) before signing. It was a very productive conversation that really gave me an inside look into what to expect when playing for him and for Newcastle. It was great to have a conversation like this because it allowed me to be much more comfortable in my decision to sign on.

What persuaded you to join Newcastle?

The opportunity to play for and with a team that can truly help me improve my game was a big factor in my decision and I believe that will happen with Newcastle. Also, I wanted to be in a winning environment and there is no doubt that Newcastle is a winning environment.

Do you know much about the British Basketball League?

Honestly, I do not know a lot as of now. However, I am learning more and more everyday and am impressed and excited to be part of a league of the quality of the BBL.

What do you think you can bring to The Eagles and what are your hopes and expectations for the forthcoming season?

I'm a versatile player so I will be someone that can grind it out in the paint or step out and shoot the 3 depending on match-ups or situations. I am going to be someone that works hard and will do what it takes to win games because that is the most important thing.

You had a great High School career at Valparaiso in Indiana and as a native of Indiana you are obviously steeped in Hoosier tradition. Was it always basketball for you?

Basketball is king in Indiana. To give you an example when I was in 6th grade my AAU team played in roughly 80 games in one season, so needless to say that is all we would do when we were kids. It was always my favourite sport to play and watch and I'm truly lucky to still be able to play it today.

Your first year in college was at Purdue University where you were part of a stellar intake that included Robbie Hummel, ETwaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson. You were known together as The Baby Boilers all being Top 100 recruits. What was that like?

It was fun playing with Rob, E'Twaun and JaJuan. All three are very good players who had great college careers. We had a good team and won a game in the NCAA tournament, but we were young and got beat by a team that was older and more experienced. But I did enjoy spending that year with those guys.

You decided to transfer after one season at Purdue. Why was that and how did Notre Dame come about?

Purdue wasn't the best fit for me on the court, but more importantly my father became ill and I felt I needed to be closer to home to help out. Luckily for me Coach Brey and Notre Dame were still interested in me and it was closer to my home in Valparaiso. It turned out to be one of the decisions I've ever made and I was able to help out my family (my father is doing well now) and play basketball at a great school like Notre Dame.

Because of the transfer regulations in the NCAA you had to sit-out all of 2008/09 and then tore your left ACL in October 2009 meaning you virtually missed two seasons of ball. How tough was that and how did you cope?

Those years were tough, but I had a great support system in my family, friends, and teammates. Everyone was there for me to help me get through it and I'm thankful to all of them for their help in keeping me positive and focused on coming back ready to play at a high level again.

Once in the Notre Dame line-up you quickly became a starter and a vital part of that team. What was your Notre Dame experience like?

It was a great experience. Playing for Coach Brey was truly great and I feel like I learned a lot from him about the game of basketball. I was fortunate enough to have many great teammates and form great friendships with many of them. In addition to basketball I was able to receive a great education from a great school.

You played with some great players at Notre Dame. Last season Jack Cooley and before that Luke Harangody and Tim Abromaitis. Have they helped you in any way?

I was fortunate to play with a lot of great players while I was at Notre Dame. Guys like Jack, Luke and Tim helped me in the sense that they pushed me everyday in practice to be a better player so that we would be a better team.

Tim Abromaitis played in France Pro A with ASVEL last season. Have you spoken to him about playing in Europe?

Tim and I have spoken about playing basketball in Europe and he has given me some great advice about what to expect. The style of play is a bit different than what I am used to but I'm excited to get acclimated to the different style.

You are described as a 6 8 Guard that plays great defence and has a good shooting touch. You have been classed as a leader by team mates and coaches and having an excellent level of knowledge and sense of the game being a real team player. Would you agree with those comments?

I think any time your teammates and coaches call you a leader its a great honour and I am proud of that. But I have been lucky to be surrounded with great people that have allowed me to develop into that type of player. So to answer the question, yes I guess I would agree that is how I try to play the game.

Although you will be classed as a rookie youre coming out of college a lot later than some, do you think the extra years in college will help you adjust?

I believe it will definitely help me because of the amount of basketball I have been involved in at a high level. I've been around great coaches who have taught me a lot about the game and that knowledge will help me adjust.

Big question, hows the knee?

The knee is doing well, I am able to work out everyday and to get ready for the upcoming season and excited to get back into a game situation.

How quickly do you think you can get up to game speed considering you havent played competitively since January of this year?

Unfortunately, I have had to come back from an injury before so that experience will help me get back quicker. Also, as I said earlier the knee feels good now and I am back working out so I should be at game speed when I arrive to start the season.

The level of basketball in England often surprises US players coming in. Do you think youll be ready for it?

I believe I will be ready and I believe the Eagles expect me to be ready as well or they wouldn't have signed me. I am excited to play against the quality of competition and the challenge that comes with it.

Finally, have you a message for the fans in Newcastle?

Just that I am excited to be part of the family and look forward to seeing them often once the season starts.

And after thoughts and words like this from Martin, it would appear that The Eagles will be just as excited to have the Rookie in their ranks for the forthcoming season.



U18 European Championship: Strong second half propels Turkey past England - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - England U18 76:58

Turkey celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated England in their starting game. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) posted 15 points to lead the winning side.
Turkey accumulated a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. But England capitalized on a sloppy offensive effort from the Turkish team to deny the deficit in the second frame. The English team grabbed a 36:34 halftime lead. Turkey regained the lead pretty quickly in the second half. They opened the half with a 7:0 run to spur in front. Turkey fired 21 points in the period to gain a 3-point lead. They exploded with a 21:6 rally in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) netted 14 points, while Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the winning side. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) answered with 12 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (188-G-96) delivered 11 points in the losing case.

Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 15, Cedi Osman 14, Metecan Birsen 13+14 boards
England U18: Jules Akodo 12, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 11



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Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larre Borges 13-1 
 2. Guruyu Waston 13-3 
 3. Cader 11-5 
 4. Welcome 10-5 
 5. Verdirrojo 9-7 
 6. Urunday Univ. 9-7 
 7. Marne 8-8 
 8. Capitol 6-10 
 9. Stockholmo 5-10 
 10. Colon 4-11 
 11. 25 de Agosto 3-12 
 12. Yale 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jul. 19: Capitol - Marne
Jul. 19: Colon - Welcome
Jul. 19: Larre Borges - Yale
Jul. 19: Stockholmo - Urunday Univ.
Jul. 19: Guruyu Waston - Cader
Jul. 19: Verdirrojo - 25 de Agosto



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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela's Senior NT - Baez, Ramirez and Cazorla, happy to be a part of the team - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Even though most of them though it was a joke, once they were told they had been called up to Venezuela's Senior NT trainings, now that they working every day in Caracas under the command of coach Nestor Garcia, players Elvis Baez (189-PG-89), Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) and Harold Cazorla (175-PG-91), of Gigantes de Guayana, said that they're very happy with the opportunity they've been given.

"I was getting home because I was spending some time with my kid and, the first thing I thought, is that it was a joke", said Baez to the Senior NT's press department. "Then I realized it was true when I went to get my tickets. It was really exciting and the first person I talked to was my mom, but it was my dad who was the most happy about it, even more than me", he added. Baez is the son of former player Ramon Baez.

Meanwhile, Cazorla had to talk to the team's GM, Alberto Garcia, to realize that his dream had come true. "This changed the vacations plans of my family but it was worth it, because for me it is very important to represent the country and my family is happy because they see me happy".

Ramirez was already planning his vacations and he was surprised right at the beach with his girlfriend, but he left Puerto La Cruz inmediately to go back to Caracas. "I was shocked for like an hour", he admitted. "Then I thanked Jesus Christ and called back to confirm the news. Then I traveled right away and I can tell you I'm very happy about this".

"Being called up only shows how good we worked during the season with Gigantes, the whole team led by coach Carl Herrera has helped us to be here living this experience", added Ramirez. "For now, I've enjoyed to be able to share with the players".

Baez said that it is good "to be taken into account and to know that your work was seen and they liked it. We're learning on a daily basis because this system is different and that help us improve as players".

Cazorla called the experience something "very beautiful that allows you to grow, learn and get better". He also said that he's working "to be able to continue being a part of this preparation, but this is only my first time and it can open the doors for future presences here". Cazorla was "baptized" by Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) with a free haircut but Baez and Ramirez "have not been called up" for the haircut just yet.





Venezuela's Senior NT - Rafael Perez willing to earn his place back - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) has left behind the issues that made it impossible for him to play with Venezuela's Senior NT in the most recent tournaments and has joined the training sessions in Caracas to try and earn back his old place, as one of the most experienced assets in the group that is working under the command of Argentinian coach Nestor Garcia .

"I'm glad about being called up", he told the team's press department. "In the past I did have some problems that made me get away from the squad, but that's in the past now and I'm here to work out the best I can and try to help the team qualify for the World Cup. I'm joining the team with the greatest expectations".

He was very impressed with what he saw on court after the first practice session. "The group is very young and there's a lot of camaraderie. I think that, in the long run, that's going to give us the needed chemistry as a team. It is important for each one of us to know our role in the team, because that's what will lead us to achieve great things".

The coach was praised by Perez. "He's very successful coach, a winner that has a great relationship with the players and knows how to make himself respected on court. He knows how to demmand more of the players and I think that's one of the keys. His style is very dynamic, based on moving the ball, the way the game is being played in Europe and in Argentina. It has led the to getting great results and I think it's very good that we put that into practice here in Venezuela".

He played for the Senior NT as part of a different generation and now, with a younger core, he might be seen as a leader. "I feel glad to be here again and I think I can bring in my leadership both inside and outside of the court, the way I've done it in my entire career. I'm focused on providing whatever the team needs, even if it is a lot of just a little bit".





Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Awards 2013 - by Francisco Vega

Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team 2013
Gregory Vargas
Vargas
Kelvin Pena
Pena
Ollie Bailey
Bailey
Mykal Riley
Riley
Edward Santana
Santana

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- These are Venezuela's LPB 2013 Awards provided by your Latinbasket.com Venezuela correspondents:

Player of the Year: Edward Santana (203-F-80) of Gaiteros del Zulia
Guard of the Year: Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Forward of the Year: Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Panteras de Miranda
Center of the Year: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia
Newcomer of the Year: Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Most Improved Player of the Year: Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86) of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Imported Player of the Year: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia
Domestic Player of the Year: Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
Defensive Player of the Year: Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Coach of the Year: Carl Herrera of Gigantes de Guayana

1st Team
G: Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
SG: Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) of Toros de Aragua
SF: Ollie Bailey of Panteras de Miranda
F/C: Mykal Riley (198-F/G-85) of Bucaneros de La Guaira
C: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia

2nd Team
G: Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) of Gaiteros del Zulia
F: Robert Hornsby (201-F-82) of Bucaneros de La Guaira
SF: Leon Rodgers (201-F-80) of Marinos de Anzoategui
PF: Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
C: Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) of Guaros de Lara

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
SG: Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) of Marinos de Anzoategui
F: Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) of Marinos de Anzoategui
F/C: Luis Bethelmy of Cocodrilos de Caracas
C: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Guaiqueries de Margarita

All-Imports Team
PG: Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
SG: Kelvin Pena of Toros de Aragua
SF: Ollie Bailey of Panteras de Miranda
F/C: Mykal Riley of Bucaneros de La Guaira
C: Edward Santana of Gaiteros del Zulia

All-Defensive Team
Gregory Vargas of Marinos de Anzoategui
Kelvin Pena of Toros de Aragua
Oscar Torres of Marinos de Anzoategui
Mykal Riley of Bucaneros de La Guaira
Richard Lugo of Guaiqueries de Margarita

All-Newcomers Team
Yochuar Palacios (196-F-85) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Jhornan Zamora of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Albert Arias (194-F-89) of Gigantes de Guayana
Jose Manaure (193-F-87) of Toros de Aragua
Kelvin Caraballo (195-F-88) of Cocodrilos de Caracas



Venezuela's Senior NT - Tulio Cobos finishes in Uruguay, joins trainings - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.), who belongs to Guaiqueries de Margarita in the LPB, finished playing as a foreign reinforcement player for Verdirrojo in Uruguay to join the training sessions of Venezuela's Senior NT in Caracas, trying to gain the trust of the coaching staff and play in the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament, set to be played in Caracas from August 30th till September 11th.

"I feel great about being a part of this amazing group. The first practice was very dynamic and hard. I hope I can adapt to it so I can be selected", he said to the team's press department.

Cobos averaged 20.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in Uruguay and in his last game he scored 25 points with 8 boards and 2 passes. "I feel like I'm in great shape because I was active in Uruguay and, even though I know it is not the same thing to play for a pro team than for the National Team, I hope I can give the best of myself on court".





Venezuela's Senior NT - Jhornan Zamora ready to give it all for the country - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) is a young but experienced player who belongs to Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela's LPB but has also enjoyed a successful career in Spain, including stints in the ACB. He's a part of Venezuela's Senior NT and is currently training in Caracas under the command of Argentinian coach Nestor Garcia.

Zamora is going through one of the most exciting times of his life, as he's about to have his first daughter alongside his wife, Yelitza. Baby Ainoa is about a month away of being born and he's hoping he can play the FIBA Americas Tournament and then attend her birth.

"I'm hoping God can hold her birth till I'm back in Venezuela so I can enjoy that moment. For now, I'm taking advantage of any spare time from practice to talk to the belly", he told the team's press department.

Zamora talked about the previous process of coach Eric Musselman and Brad Greenberg in the Senior NT. "I had a great experience with Greenberg at the beginning of camp last year, but with Musselman, I wasn't so comfortable as a player, even though I was being asked to improve a lot of things. It's quite the contrary with Che Garcia. From the first training session, I feel like I have the same style that he's going for because of my previous experience in Spain, so it's a lot easier for me".

He feels that playing for Venezuela's Senior NT has helped him a lot. "It's given me international experience that I needed. When we finished playing the South American Championship last year and we had the chance to play in the FIBA Pre-Olympic Tournament, I went back to Spain to play for four months in the second division and I felt the difference, I was much more focused and disciplined, I had a more tactical role and I made less mistakes. That's what international basketball has done for me and I've been able to translate that into the teams I play for".

Zamora was named Rookie of the Year in LPB 2013 and describes the experience of the Senior NT as a wonderful time to share with his teammates. "With the philosophy that Che Garcia is trying to teach us, the most important thing is the chemistry in a team in which everyone is involved and participates. That's very good. For me this is a goal and a dream and each time that I'm called up for the NT, I'll be there giving it one hundred percent for my country".




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  WALES   


U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra better Wales - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18 - Wales U18 61:49

Andorra completed the semifinal picture at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) posted 14 points and 13 boards to pace the hosts. Andorra will now take on Moldova in the semis, while Wales will face Gibraltar in the classification round.
Andorra posted a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams stayed close throughout the second term. Andorra secured a narrow 26:24 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Andorra arrived at the final break up by 4 points 43:39. The hosts held Wales to just 10 points in the final stanza and raced to the win at the end. Eduard Fernandez (187-PG-95) and Sergi Jimenez (190-F-96) had 9 points each for the winning side. Walsh responded with 12 points for Wales. Samuel Roberts (186-F-95) and Joshua Thomas (190-F-96) netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

Andorra U18: Juan Bustamante 14+13 boards, Eduard Fernandez 9, Sergi Jimenez 9
Wales U18: Walsh 12, Samuel Roberts 9, Joshua Thomas 9



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  WBA   

Standings

WBA Standings
 1. Atlanta Blaze 5-1 
 2. Upsate Heat 3-1 
 3. Rome G. 3-6 
 4. Anderson H. 2-0 
 5. Gwinnett Majic 2-4 
 6. Conyers CK 2-5 
 7. Gastonia G. 0-0 
Playoffs Standings

Regular Season: Round 11

Jul. 19: Anderson H. - Conyers CK




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Women News


Andorra U18 National Team -13 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Christina Andres
Andres
Anna Mana
Mana
Laura Navarro
Navarro
Marta Aguilera
Aguilera
Andrea Moreno
Moreno
#e#5
4Maria Vidal 168-G-95 AND U16 NT Spain
5Christina Andres 170-F-95 AND U18 NT Spain
6Anna Mana 178-C-96 AND U16 NT Spain
7Laura Navarro 170-G-96 AND U16 NT Spain
8Marta Aguilera 170-PG-95 AND U16 NT Spain
9Maria Martin 161-G-98 AND U18 NT Spain
10Andrea Moreno 178-C-95 AND U16 NT Spain
11Anna Vidal 175-F-95 AND U16 NT Spain
12Claudia Brunet 168-PG-96 AND U16 NT Spain
13Erika Julian 175-F-97 AND U18 NT Spain
14Aina Solana 175-F-97 AND U16 NT Spain
15Anna Pla 184-C-95 AND U18 NT Spain


Manel Sanchez Head Coach

Esteve Salto Assistant AND U16 NT Spain



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  ARGENTINA   


U19 World Championship: Australia overcame Argentina in a tough start - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Australia U19 48:69

Australia overcame Argentina in a tough start at the U19 World Championship. Australia hoped for an easier win but only due to the final push managed to get 68:48 victory.
Argentina led several times in the first period, but trailed 5 points at the end of the first period. Australia added 17-11 rally in the second period and led 33:22 at the halftime. JOURDHEUIL made two free throws for 37:27, but then Australia increased to 17 points after three quarters. They added 20-16 rally in the last stanza to win their first game at the tournament.
Alex Wilson (94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) netted 10. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) brought 9, while Louise Brown (183-F-95) added 7 points and 12 rebounds. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) and Julieta Armesto (179-F-94) replied with 10 points each in the losing case. JOURDHEUIL had 6, while Sofia Chelini (168-PG-95) and Ale brought 5 each.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 10, Julieta Armesto 10, JOURDHEUIL 6, Sofia Chelini 5, Ale 5
Australia U19: Alex Wilson 16, Carley Mijovic 10, Stephanie Talbot 9, Louise Brown 7+12 rebs



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  AUSTRALIA   


U19 World Championship: Australia overcame Argentina in a tough start - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Australia U19 48:69

Australia overcame Argentina in a tough start at the U19 World Championship. Australia hoped for an easier win but only due to the final push managed to get 68:48 victory.
Argentina led several times in the first period, but trailed 5 points at the end of the first period. Australia added 17-11 rally in the second period and led 33:22 at the halftime. JOURDHEUIL made two free throws for 37:27, but then Australia increased to 17 points after three quarters. They added 20-16 rally in the last stanza to win their first game at the tournament.
Alex Wilson (94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) netted 10. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) brought 9, while Louise Brown (183-F-95) added 7 points and 12 rebounds. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) and Julieta Armesto (179-F-94) replied with 10 points each in the losing case. JOURDHEUIL had 6, while Sofia Chelini (168-PG-95) and Ale brought 5 each.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 10, Julieta Armesto 10, JOURDHEUIL 6, Sofia Chelini 5, Ale 5
Australia U19: Alex Wilson 16, Carley Mijovic 10, Stephanie Talbot 9, Louise Brown 7+12 rebs



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  BELGIUM   


Deneil re-signs at Belfius Namur - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Namur Capitale (Division I) confirmed in their roster 23-year old point guard Sarah Deneil (172-90). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 26 Division I games she recorded 4.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg last season. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Deneil also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.0apg. She represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) four years ago. Deneil's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 74.1%.
Deneil has played previously for two other Belgium teams: N.Namur and Point Chaud.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Deneil re-signs at Belfius Namur - by Eurobasket News

Belfius Namur Capitale (Division I) confirmed in their roster 23-year old point guard Sarah Deneil (172-90). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 26 Division I games she recorded 4.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg last season. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Deneil also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.0apg. She represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) four years ago. Deneil's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 74.1%.
Deneil has played previously for two other Belgium teams: N.Namur and Point Chaud.

By Eurobasket Data Center



2013 EYOF: Netherlands outscore Belgium in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U16 - Belgium U16 48:39

Netherlands earned victory over Belgium at the classification round at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. The hosts will now take on Italy in the clash for the 5th overall position. Belgium will wrap up their campaign with the game versus Slovak Republic.
Netherlands set the tone early in this one. They limited Belgium to just 6 points in the first term and gained a 9-point lead at the first break. Belgium cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime 17:25. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. The Dutch entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points and never looked back en route to the win. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) posted 13 points and 23 boards to lead the hosts. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Serena-Lynn Geldof (192-C-97) answered with 9 points and 7 rebounds for Belgium. Laura Henket (183-C-98) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Netherlands U16: Janis Ndiba 13+23 boards, Laura Westerik 12, Mirte Scheper (191-C-97) 9
Belgium U16: Serena-Lynn Geldof 9, Laura Henket 7



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  BRAZIL   


U19 World Championship: Brazil beat Russia in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19-Russia U19 66:63

Brazil beat Russia in the opener of the U19 World Championship. Brazil posted a thrilling 66:63 victory in welcoming Klaipeda Arena.
Russia enjoyed a 13-5 run in the first period, but Brazil took the lead in the second frame. The team from Latin America needed a 22-12 surge to take 27:25 halftime advantage. Olga Novikova (179-G-94) gave Russia 32:30 lead and Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) scored for 42:33, however they could not win the game. Alana Goncalo (162-G-95) closed the third period and 44:43 and then Brazil needed a 23-19 rally at the end of the game to seal the victory.
Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Alana Goncalo nailed 11. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) brought 9, while Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) added 7. Olga Novikova replied with 17 points in defeat and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) notched 14. Polina Sych (183-SF-94) poured in 11, whilst Anna Shchetina had 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Brazil U19: Vanessa Goncalves 16, Alana Goncalo 11, Isabela Ramona 9, Carla Lucchini 7
Russia U19: Olga Novikova 17, Albina Razheva 14, Polina Sych 11, Anna Shchetina 9+13 rebs



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  CHINA   


U19 World Championship: China cruise past Mali - by Eurobasket News

China U19 - Mali U18 97:44

China opened win count at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They breezed past Mali in Group D at the start of the tournament. Six players scored in double digits for China. Gong Li (187-F-95) had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side.
China stunned their opponents early in the game. The Asian team went on a 27:5 rally in the first ten minutes. China maintained the lead throughout the second term. They accumulated a 54:19 halftime lead. China kept Mali at safe distance throughout the third term. The Asian team ensured a 40-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. China unloaded 26 points in the final quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Li Meng (185-F-95) had 16 points, while Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) added 13 points for the winners. Aminata Traore (186-C-95) answered with 13 points for Mali. Penda Toure (95) had 7 points in the losing effort.

China U19: Gong Li 16, Li Meng 16, Yang Hengyu 13
Mali U19: Aminata Traore 13, Penda Toure 7



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


2013 EYOF: Czech Republic stop Hungary, enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16 - Hungary U16 68:57

Czech Republic advanced into the title game at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. They overcame Hungary in the semifinal clash. Petra Holesinska (167-G-97) chipped in 16 points to pace the winners.
Czech Republic gained a 19:12 lead after ten minutes of action. They dominated throughout the second period. The Czech team accumulated a 35:21 halftime lead. They quickly stretched the gap at 18-point mark midway through the third term. Czech Republic entered the fourth period up by 20 points 54:34. Hungary capped the regulation on a massive 17:4 run but could not avoid the loss at the end. Michaela Matuskova (166-G-97) and Michaela Gaislerova (179-F-97) banked 9 points each for the winning side. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) and Dominika Borondy (165-G-97) had 12 points each for Hungary.

Czech Republic U16: Petra Holesinska 16, Michaela Matuskova 9, Michaela Gaislerova 9
Hungary U16: Debora Dubei 12, Dominika Borondy 12



IMOS Brno bolster the roster - by Eurobasket News

IMOS Brno bolster the roster for the next season. The team agreed terms with 30-year old Slovakian ex-international guard Ivana Jalcova (183-G-83) who played last time at SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia. In 13 Extraliga games she had 11.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.4apg and 2.2spg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Jalcova also spent pre-season at CCC Polkowice (PLKK) in Polish league that year.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Familia Schio (A1) in Italian league. In 12 games she recorded 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg. She contributed to her team making it to both league and cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Jalcova also played 6 games in Euroleague where she recorded just 2.3ppg and 1.7rpg. The other team she played that season for was BI SSA Gdynia (PLKK) in Polish league. In 19 games she recorded 6.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.5apg. Jalcova also played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. In 2010-11 season she played at Good Angels (A Division) in Slovakian league. In 30 games she recorded 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. Jalcova also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 5.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg.
IMOS Brno also re-signed Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85). She played there last season. In 36 ZBL games she had 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Jurcenkova also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 6.0ppg and 4.4rpg.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Good Angels (A Division) in Slovakian league. In 24 games she recorded 7.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. Jurcenkova also played 11 games in Euroleague where she recorded 4.3ppg and 2.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com Slovakian Extraliga All-Domestic Players Team in 2011.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Antakya 0-0 
 2. Botas 0-0 
 3. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 
Group B
 1. Chevakata 0-0 
 2. Dunav 8806 0-0 
 3. Mersin 0-0 
 4. Norrkoping 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dyn.-GUVD 0-0 
 2. Gorizont 0-0 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
 4. Tarsus Bld 0-0 
Group D
 1. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 2. Istanbul Univ. 0-0 
 3. Olimpia 0-0 
 4. Spartak N. 0-0 
Group E
 1. Landes 0-0 
 2. Wasserburg 0-0 
 3. Work Force 0-0 
 4. Young Cats 0-0 
Group F
 1. Belfius Namur 0-0 
 2. Nantes 0-0 
 3. PEAC-Pecs 0-0 
 4. Villeneuve 0-0 
Group G
 1. MBK Ruzomb. 0-0 
 2. PINKK-Pecsi 424 0-0 
 3. Tarbes 0-0 
 4. Walloon 3T 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

A

Nov. 7: Dynamo K. - Tsmoki-Minsk
Nov. 7: Antakya - Botas

B

Nov. 7: Chevakata - Norrkoping
Nov. 7: Dunav 8806 - Mersin

C

Nov. 6: Sf.Gheorghe - Tarsus Bld
Nov. 7: Dyn.-GUVD - Gorizont

D

Nov. 7: Spartak N. - Istanbul Univ.
Nov. 7: Dynamo M. - Olimpia

E

Nov. 6: Landes - Work Force
Nov. 6: Young Cats - Wasserburg

F

Nov. 6: Nantes - PEAC-Pecs
Nov. 6: Belfius Namur - Villeneuve

G

Nov. 6: Tarbes - PINKK-Pecsi
Nov. 6: Walloon 3T - MBK Ruzomb.



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Good Angels Kosice keep American Plenette Pierson - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels Kosice keep American Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) for the next season. In 2012-2013 for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) she averaged 12.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 6.7%, FT: 82.2%. In Euroleague after 19 games her stats read 15.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 83.1%.
Right now the player is with New York Liberty. In 12 WNBA games she had 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0bpg last season. She won Middle European League championship title and the cup. Pierson was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Forward of the Year in 2013.
She is quite experienced player. Pierson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ashdod and Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Maddaloni), Poland, Russia (BC Moscow), Turkey (Tarsus Bld) and WNBA (Tulsa Shock).
She attended Texas Tech University until 2003 and it will be her eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.



Good Angels Kosice bolster the roster - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels Kosice bolster the roster as the team announced some more changes in the roster. Good Angels Kosice added A'Dia Mathies (175-G, college: Kentucky) who is currently playing at Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. In 15 games she had 3.6ppg and 1.2apg. The last season Mathies was tested by the University of Kentucky in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as she was voted All-SEC Co-Player of the Year, named to All-SEC 1st Team and named to Associated Press NCAA All-America 2nd Team.
This summer Mathies was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in first round (10th overall). The former University of Kentucky standout is in her first season in pro basketball. she was also WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention in 2013 at her college time. Mathies' team won SEC Regular Season in 2012.
The team also re-signed Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94), Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95), Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) and Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88).



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  FRANCE   


U19 World Championship: France leave no chance for the Dutch side - by Eurobasket News

France U19-Holland U19 81:58

France leave no chance for the Dutch side in their first game at the U19 World Championship. The French team posted an 81:58 win in Day 1 of the tournament.
France started the campaign with an 18-12 lead. GUIJT however tied the game at 21:21 and then Holland tasted 29:28 lead. The Dutch side grabbed 35:32 halftime advantage, but could not compete with the opponent in the second half. France needed a 26-14 rally in the third period to take the lead back and then finished the game with a 23-9 surge. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) brought the final points for the winning side.
Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) paced all the winners with 14 points and Aby Gaye (193-C-95) netted 13. Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) delivered 12, while Valeriane Ayayi added 11. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) scored 7.

France U19: Olivia Epoupa 14, Aby Gaye 13, Lidija Turcinovic 12, Valeriane Ayayi 11
Holland U19: Kourtney Treffers 9+10 rebs, Lisanne de Jonge 7



Villeneuve D'Ascq sign Lorraine Lokoka and Laetitia Kamba - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve D'Ascq sign Lorraine Lokoka (184-F-89) and Laetitia Kamba (187-F-87) for the next season. Lorraine Lokoka played last time at Toulouse Metropole Basket. In 25 games she averaged 5.7ppg and 2.6rpg last season.Among other achievements Lokoka played in the final of French LF2 for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). She represented France at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) five years ago. Lokoka has played previously for four other France teams: Bourges, Reims, Rennes and Bourges Basket 2nd team.
Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole signed also Laetitia Kamba who played last time at USO Mondeville. In 23 games she recorded 8.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6spg last season. She helped them to make it to the French Cup Semifinals. Kamba also played 12 games in Euroleague where she averaged 7.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2012. Kamba was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French NF1 1st Team back in 2010. She represented France at the 3x3 Mixed World Championships in Greece last year.
Kamba has played previously for two other France teams: Union Hainaut and Wasquehal.



France win opener after troublesome first half - by Bas Hendriks

European champions u18 France had a difficult first half versus the Netherlands, trailing at the break 32-35 but after three minutes in the third quarter they found their way and cruised to 81-58 victory.

France looked confident starting on a right foot. Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) hit her first drive for the first advantage of the game and Britt Zappeij answered for the Dutch. After both teams went on to go up to 9-8 for France it was Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) who scored for a little advantage: 11-8 in favour of Jerome Fourniers troupes. Pauline Lithard extended the lead to 13-8 and with just under a minute to play Awa Sissoko (178-SG-94) hit a trey for 18-12, the maximum difference and the first periods final score.

Esther Fokke en Janine Guijt combined to close the gap back to 18-17. France held on to the lead, with a lead as big as three points before Janiek van Veen (172-PG-95) hit a three to give the Dutch a lead. They held on to the lead arriving at the break leading 32-35.

The Dutch managed to extend their lead to 36-41 on a rainbow by Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) before France took over, using a 8-0 run to regain the lead for good. It was Mamignan Tour who hit a threy with 1.43 to go for the first double digit lead of the game. In the final stanza France managed to put away the game early, scoring four points within the first 30 seconds. France shut down the Dutch offense for nearly four minutes before Emese Hof split two freethrows for 67-50. The game was decided, and the final minutes were used to give minutes to the bench. Fournier had 10 players in the rotation, with Elise Fagnez for 5 minutes, and Epoupa for 31. The Dutch used all twelve players with Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) making 31 minutes, and Elske Heerschop making three.

Leading scores:
France: Marieme Badiane 10 pnt 17 boards, Lidija Turcinovic 12 points, Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) 14 points, Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) 11 points. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) 13 pnts 7 rebounds;
Netherlands: Kourtney Treffers 9 pnt 10 rebounds; Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) 7 pnts 7 rebounds;




2013 EYOF: France sneak past Russia, into Final - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Russia U16 73:70 (OT)

France registered an overtime win against Russia and entered the Final at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They will now take on Czech Republic for the title.
Russia gained a 19:9 lead after the opening frame. But France cut the deficit in the second term. Les Bleus got within 6 points at halftime 23:29. Russia maintained the lead throughout the third term. They accumulated an 8-point advantage before the fourth period. However France refused to give up. They went on a 21:13 run in the fourth stanza and forced overtime. Les Bleus nailed 13 points in the extra period and snatched victory at the end. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) netted 16 points to pace the winners. Camille Lenglet (167-G) added 14 points, while Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Olga Frolkina (180-F-97) answered with 17 points for Russia. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 15 points and 15 boards in the loss.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 16, Camille Lenglet 14, Ornella Bankole 13+10 boards
Russia U16: Olga Frolkina 17, Mariya Vadeeva 15+15 boards



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Chrissy Givens (ex ICIM Arad) signs at Athinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Sony Athinaikos (A1) landed 28-year old American (has also FYR Macedonian passport) forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tennessee State). She played most recently at ICIM Arad in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 37 games she averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.3spg last season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
The previous (11-12) season Givens played at CSM Targoviste (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 29 games she had very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg and 2.7spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the cup and end the regular season at the top position.
In 2010-11 season Givens played at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league. In 6 Eurocup games she had also great stats: 17.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg. She also played 19 games in Baltic League where she had also great stats: 15.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg.
In 2007 Givens was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (31st overall).
She attended Middle Tennessee State and it will be her seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Givens received All-Sun Belt Player of the Year award back in 2006 and 2007 at her college time.
Givens has played previously professionally in Turkey (Botas) and WNBA (Tulsa Shock).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GREECE   


Chrissy Givens (ex ICIM Arad) signs at Athinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Sony Athinaikos (A1) landed 28-year old American (has also FYR Macedonian passport) forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tennessee State). She played most recently at ICIM Arad in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 37 games she averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.3spg last season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
The previous (11-12) season Givens played at CSM Targoviste (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 29 games she had very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg and 2.7spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the cup and end the regular season at the top position.
In 2010-11 season Givens played at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian league. In 6 Eurocup games she had also great stats: 17.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg. She also played 19 games in Baltic League where she had also great stats: 15.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg.
In 2007 Givens was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (31st overall).
She attended Middle Tennessee State and it will be her seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Givens received All-Sun Belt Player of the Year award back in 2006 and 2007 at her college time.
Givens has played previously professionally in Turkey (Botas) and WNBA (Tulsa Shock).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   


France win opener after troublesome first half - by Bas Hendriks

European champions u18 France had a difficult first half versus the Netherlands, trailing at the break 32-35 but after three minutes in the third quarter they found their way and cruised to 81-58 victory.

France looked confident starting on a right foot. Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) hit her first drive for the first advantage of the game and Britt Zappeij answered for the Dutch. After both teams went on to go up to 9-8 for France it was Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) who scored for a little advantage: 11-8 in favour of Jerome Fourniers troupes. Pauline Lithard extended the lead to 13-8 and with just under a minute to play Awa Sissoko (178-SG-94) hit a trey for 18-12, the maximum difference and the first periods final score.

Esther Fokke en Janine Guijt combined to close the gap back to 18-17. France held on to the lead, with a lead as big as three points before Janiek van Veen (172-PG-95) hit a three to give the Dutch a lead. They held on to the lead arriving at the break leading 32-35.

The Dutch managed to extend their lead to 36-41 on a rainbow by Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) before France took over, using a 8-0 run to regain the lead for good. It was Mamignan Tour who hit a threy with 1.43 to go for the first double digit lead of the game. In the final stanza France managed to put away the game early, scoring four points within the first 30 seconds. France shut down the Dutch offense for nearly four minutes before Emese Hof split two freethrows for 67-50. The game was decided, and the final minutes were used to give minutes to the bench. Fournier had 10 players in the rotation, with Elise Fagnez for 5 minutes, and Epoupa for 31. The Dutch used all twelve players with Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) making 31 minutes, and Elske Heerschop making three.

Leading scores:
France: Marieme Badiane 10 pnt 17 boards, Lidija Turcinovic 12 points, Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) 14 points, Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) 11 points. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) 13 pnts 7 rebounds;
Netherlands: Kourtney Treffers 9 pnt 10 rebounds; Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) 7 pnts 7 rebounds;




U19 World Championship: France leave no chance for the Dutch side - by Eurobasket News

France U19-Holland U19 81:58

France leave no chance for the Dutch side in their first game at the U19 World Championship. The French team posted an 81:58 win in Day 1 of the tournament.
France started the campaign with an 18-12 lead. GUIJT however tied the game at 21:21 and then Holland tasted 29:28 lead. The Dutch side grabbed 35:32 halftime advantage, but could not compete with the opponent in the second half. France needed a 26-14 rally in the third period to take the lead back and then finished the game with a 23-9 surge. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) brought the final points for the winning side.
Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) paced all the winners with 14 points and Aby Gaye (193-C-95) netted 13. Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) delivered 12, while Valeriane Ayayi added 11. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) scored 7.

France U19: Olivia Epoupa 14, Aby Gaye 13, Lidija Turcinovic 12, Valeriane Ayayi 11
Holland U19: Kourtney Treffers 9+10 rebs, Lisanne de Jonge 7



2013 EYOF: Netherlands outscore Belgium in Utrecht - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U16 - Belgium U16 48:39

Netherlands earned victory over Belgium at the classification round at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. The hosts will now take on Italy in the clash for the 5th overall position. Belgium will wrap up their campaign with the game versus Slovak Republic.
Netherlands set the tone early in this one. They limited Belgium to just 6 points in the first term and gained a 9-point lead at the first break. Belgium cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime 17:25. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. The Dutch entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points and never looked back en route to the win. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) posted 13 points and 23 boards to lead the hosts. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Serena-Lynn Geldof (192-C-97) answered with 9 points and 7 rebounds for Belgium. Laura Henket (183-C-98) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Netherlands U16: Janis Ndiba 13+23 boards, Laura Westerik 12, Mirte Scheper (191-C-97) 9
Belgium U16: Serena-Lynn Geldof 9, Laura Henket 7



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  HUNGARY   


2013 EYOF: Czech Republic stop Hungary, enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U16 - Hungary U16 68:57

Czech Republic advanced into the title game at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. They overcame Hungary in the semifinal clash. Petra Holesinska (167-G-97) chipped in 16 points to pace the winners.
Czech Republic gained a 19:12 lead after ten minutes of action. They dominated throughout the second period. The Czech team accumulated a 35:21 halftime lead. They quickly stretched the gap at 18-point mark midway through the third term. Czech Republic entered the fourth period up by 20 points 54:34. Hungary capped the regulation on a massive 17:4 run but could not avoid the loss at the end. Michaela Matuskova (166-G-97) and Michaela Gaislerova (179-F-97) banked 9 points each for the winning side. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) and Dominika Borondy (165-G-97) had 12 points each for Hungary.

Czech Republic U16: Petra Holesinska 16, Michaela Matuskova 9, Michaela Gaislerova 9
Hungary U16: Debora Dubei 12, Dominika Borondy 12



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  ISRAEL   


Elitzur Holon signs Elite Cohen - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) signed 21-year old domestic forward Elite Cohen (181-92). She played last season at Galil Elion in D1. However her team was relegated to D2. But in 11 games she had just 1.4ppg. She helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. Cohen represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Elitzur Holon signs Elite Cohen - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1) signed 21-year old domestic forward Elite Cohen (181-92). She played last season at Galil Elion in D1. However her team was relegated to D2. But in 11 games she had just 1.4ppg. She helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. Cohen represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   


Ragusa tabs Alice Richter - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Eirene Ragusa (A1) inked 22-year old forward Alice Richter (184-91). She played most recently at Pallacanestro Pozzuoli in Italian A1 league. In 19 games she averaged 6.2ppg and 4.0rpg last season. Richter also spent pre-season at Interclub Muggia (A2) that year.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Defensor Viterbo (A2). In 25 games she had 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.9spg. Richter represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Slovak Rep. five years ago.
She has played previously for two other Italy teams: Meccanica NB and Leonesse.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ragusa tabs Alice Richter - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Eirene Ragusa (A1) inked 22-year old forward Alice Richter (184-91). She played most recently at Pallacanestro Pozzuoli in Italian A1 league. In 19 games she averaged 6.2ppg and 4.0rpg last season. Richter also spent pre-season at Interclub Muggia (A2) that year.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Defensor Viterbo (A2). In 25 games she had 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.9spg. Richter represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Slovak Rep. five years ago.
She has played previously for two other Italy teams: Meccanica NB and Leonesse.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gloria Vian is a newcomer at Parma - by Eurobasket News

Lavezzini Parma (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old center Gloria Vian (190-89). She played last season at Umana Reyer (A2). In 26 games she recorded 7.3ppg and 4.9rpg. She helped them to win the cup and end the regular season at the top position.
The previous (11-12) season Vian played at Vassalli 2G Vigarano (B). In 33 games she averaged 8.9ppg and 5.4rpg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title.
In 2010-11 season Vian played at Marghera (A2). In 24 games she averaged 10.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1spg.
She was a member of Italian U18 National Team back in 2006.
Vian has played previously for another Italian team Reggio Emilia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gloria Vian is a newcomer at Parma - by Eurobasket News

Lavezzini Parma (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old center Gloria Vian (190-89). She played last season at Umana Reyer (A2). In 26 games she recorded 7.3ppg and 4.9rpg. She helped them to win the cup and end the regular season at the top position.
The previous (11-12) season Vian played at Vassalli 2G Vigarano (B). In 33 games she averaged 8.9ppg and 5.4rpg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title.
In 2010-11 season Vian played at Marghera (A2). In 24 games she averaged 10.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1spg.
She was a member of Italian U18 National Team back in 2006.
Vian has played previously for another Italian team Reggio Emilia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



2013 EYOF: Italy snatch narrow win over Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Slovak Republic U16 58:57

Italy will play for the fifth place at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. They defeated Slovak Republic to set up the clash versus Netherlands. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) accounted for 18 points to lead the winning side.
Slovak Republic enjoyed a 15:10 lead after the opening quarter. But Italy scored 21 points in the second frame to take a 31:27 halftime lead. Slovak Republic regained the lead in the third term. They pulled in front for a 43:40 advantage at the final intermission. Italy managed to erased the deficit and eventually snatched a narrow win at the end. Giulia Ciavarella (182-PF-97) produced 9 points for the Azzurri. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) answered with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

Italy U16: Francesca Pan 18, Giulia Ciavarella 9, Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) 6
Slovak Republic U16: Lucia Striesova 16, Veronika Remenarova 15+12 boards



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  JAPAN   


U19 World Championship: Spain outlast Japan in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Japan U19 84:70

Spain clinched the opening win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Japanese counterparts in the opener. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain eked out a 15:14 lead after the starting quarter. They ballooned the lead in the second quarter. The European side scored 23 points to take a 38:25 halftime advantage. Japan answered with a 28-point outburst in the third term. They cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the final break. But Spain controlled the tempo in the fourth stanza. They poured in 20 points and secured the winning outcome. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) had 15 points, while Irene Gari (185-F-94) and Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 13 points each for the winning side. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) answered with 21 points for Japan. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 20+11 boards, Ariadna Pujol 15, Irene Gari 13, Belen Arrojo 13
Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 21, Mirai Tamura 15



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  LITHUANIA   


U19 World Championship: USA cruise past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Lithuania U19 113:47

The four-times defending champions USA got to a flying start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They knocked down hosting Lithuania in the opener. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) scored 26 points to lead the North American team.
The hosts could not contend furious rally from the USA in the opening quarter. The reigning champions erupted for 38 points to take a 23-point lead. They added 29 points in the second frame to boost their lead to 36 point at halftime. Lithuania struggled to match impressive performance from the visitors. The USA gained a 98:40 lead at the final break. They slowed down in the fourth frame but still claimed a comprehensive win at the end. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) had 18 points, 6 assists and 5 boards, while Bashaara Graves (6'2''-F-94, college: USA NT U16) added 13 points in the victory. Ieva Kazlauskaite (5'10''-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Roberta Mizgeryte (6'2''-PF-95) and Dalia Belickaite (5'9''-F-96) had 8 points each in the loss.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 26, Morgan Tuck 18, Bashaara Graves 13
Lithuania U19: Ieva Kazlauskaite 14, Roberta Mizgeryte 8, Dalia Belickaite 8



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  MALI   


U19 World Championship: China cruise past Mali - by Eurobasket News

China U19 - Mali U18 97:44

China opened win count at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They breezed past Mali in Group D at the start of the tournament. Six players scored in double digits for China. Gong Li (187-F-95) had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side.
China stunned their opponents early in the game. The Asian team went on a 27:5 rally in the first ten minutes. China maintained the lead throughout the second term. They accumulated a 54:19 halftime lead. China kept Mali at safe distance throughout the third term. The Asian team ensured a 40-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. China unloaded 26 points in the final quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Li Meng (185-F-95) had 16 points, while Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) added 13 points for the winners. Aminata Traore (186-C-95) answered with 13 points for Mali. Penda Toure (95) had 7 points in the losing effort.

China U19: Gong Li 16, Li Meng 16, Yang Hengyu 13
Mali U19: Aminata Traore 13, Penda Toure 7



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  MALTA   


Maltese U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Julia Xerri
Xerri
Maria Bonett
Bonett
Gabriella Mifsud
Mifsud
Martina Mifsud
Mifsud
Martina Darmanin
Darmanin
#e#5
4Monique Caruana 145-PG-96
5Julia Xerri 167-SG-96
6Nicole Agius 155-PG-98
7Francesca Mifsud 167-SG-96 Hibs MG Malta
8Maria Bonett 174-C-95
9Gabriella Mifsud 167-F-95 Depiro Malta
10Martina Mifsud 147-PG-95 Depiro Malta
11Martina Scicluna 164-SF-95 Depiro Malta
12Martina Darmanin 170-PF-95 Luxol Malta
13Cristina Sollami 174-C-97
14Claire Ciantar 172-C-95 Athleta Malta
15Christina Curmi 172-C-96


Sandro Farrugia Head Coach

Maria Caruana Assistant



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  NCAA1   


U19 World Championship: USA cruise past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Lithuania U19 113:47

The four-times defending champions USA got to a flying start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They knocked down hosting Lithuania in the opener. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) scored 26 points to lead the North American team.
The hosts could not contend furious rally from the USA in the opening quarter. The reigning champions erupted for 38 points to take a 23-point lead. They added 29 points in the second frame to boost their lead to 36 point at halftime. Lithuania struggled to match impressive performance from the visitors. The USA gained a 98:40 lead at the final break. They slowed down in the fourth frame but still claimed a comprehensive win at the end. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) had 18 points, 6 assists and 5 boards, while Bashaara Graves (6'2''-F-94, college: USA NT U16) added 13 points in the victory. Ieva Kazlauskaite (5'10''-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Roberta Mizgeryte (6'2''-PF-95) and Dalia Belickaite (5'9''-F-96) had 8 points each in the loss.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 26, Morgan Tuck 18, Bashaara Graves 13
Lithuania U19: Ieva Kazlauskaite 14, Roberta Mizgeryte 8, Dalia Belickaite 8



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  POLAND   


Basket ROW Rybnik finished building roster - by Grzegorz Ozog

Aldona Morawiec (182-G/F-92) is the last player who signed a contract with Basket ROW Rybnik.

Latest season Aldona Morawiec starded in Rybnik and in November moved to MON-POL Plock. In season 2012/13 she total player in 18 games average 8.5ppg, 3.5ppg and 1.8apg.

Basket ROW Rybnik roster: Markel Walker, Agnieszka Kulaga, Agata Gajda, Aldona Morawiec, Rebecca Harris, Agnieszka Makowska, Anna Kuncewicz, Justyna Zielonka, Joanna Labuz, Martyna Stelmach.

Polish Basket League Women (BLK) will start in September 27.



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  RUSSIA   


2013 EYOF: France sneak past Russia, into Final - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Russia U16 73:70 (OT)

France registered an overtime win against Russia and entered the Final at the European Youth Olympic Festival. They will now take on Czech Republic for the title.
Russia gained a 19:9 lead after the opening frame. But France cut the deficit in the second term. Les Bleus got within 6 points at halftime 23:29. Russia maintained the lead throughout the third term. They accumulated an 8-point advantage before the fourth period. However France refused to give up. They went on a 21:13 run in the fourth stanza and forced overtime. Les Bleus nailed 13 points in the extra period and snatched victory at the end. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) netted 16 points to pace the winners. Camille Lenglet (167-G) added 14 points, while Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Olga Frolkina (180-F-97) answered with 17 points for Russia. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 15 points and 15 boards in the loss.

France U16: Lisa Berkani 16, Camille Lenglet 14, Ornella Bankole 13+10 boards
Russia U16: Olga Frolkina 17, Mariya Vadeeva 15+15 boards



U19 World Championship: Brazil beat Russia in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19-Russia U19 66:63

Brazil beat Russia in the opener of the U19 World Championship. Brazil posted a thrilling 66:63 victory in welcoming Klaipeda Arena.
Russia enjoyed a 13-5 run in the first period, but Brazil took the lead in the second frame. The team from Latin America needed a 22-12 surge to take 27:25 halftime advantage. Olga Novikova (179-G-94) gave Russia 32:30 lead and Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) scored for 42:33, however they could not win the game. Alana Goncalo (162-G-95) closed the third period and 44:43 and then Brazil needed a 23-19 rally at the end of the game to seal the victory.
Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Alana Goncalo nailed 11. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) brought 9, while Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) added 7. Olga Novikova replied with 17 points in defeat and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) notched 14. Polina Sych (183-SF-94) poured in 11, whilst Anna Shchetina had 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Brazil U19: Vanessa Goncalves 16, Alana Goncalo 11, Isabela Ramona 9, Carla Lucchini 7
Russia U19: Olga Novikova 17, Albina Razheva 14, Polina Sych 11, Anna Shchetina 9+13 rebs



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  SERBIA   


U19 World Championship: Serbia outscore South Korea in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-South Korea U19 88:79

Serbia outscore South Korea in Klaipeda at the start of the U19 World Championship. The Balkan side started with 88:79 victory in Group A campaign.
South Korea surprised the opponents in the first period with a 20-19 start, but the Serbia managed to take control of the game. They replied with a 24-17 rally in the second period and took 6-point halftime advantage. South Korea scored 21 points in the third and the last stanzas and it was not enough to catch up with the opponents. Serbia posted 23 points in the third quarter and then added 22 points in the last period.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 25 points and Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) nailed 18. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Park Ji Su (188-C-98) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) netted 14. Ku Seul (183-C-94) scored 12, while Kim Sion (173-PF-95) posted 9.

Serbia U19: Natasa Kovacevic 25, Aleksandra Crvendakic 18, Kristina Topuzovic 15+11 rebs, Katarina Vuckovic 13+10 rebs
South Korea U19: Park Ji Su 19+13 rebs, Kim Minjeong 14, Ku Seul 12, Kim Sion 9



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  SLOVAKIA   


Good Angels Kosice keep American Plenette Pierson - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels Kosice keep American Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) for the next season. In 2012-2013 for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five) she averaged 12.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 6.7%, FT: 82.2%. In Euroleague after 19 games her stats read 15.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 83.1%.
Right now the player is with New York Liberty. In 12 WNBA games she had 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0bpg last season. She won Middle European League championship title and the cup. Pierson was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Forward of the Year in 2013.
She is quite experienced player. Pierson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ashdod and Elitzur Ramla), Italy (Maddaloni), Poland, Russia (BC Moscow), Turkey (Tarsus Bld) and WNBA (Tulsa Shock).
She attended Texas Tech University until 2003 and it will be her eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.



Good Angels Kosice bolster the roster - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels Kosice bolster the roster as the team announced some more changes in the roster. Good Angels Kosice added A'Dia Mathies (175-G, college: Kentucky) who is currently playing at Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. In 15 games she had 3.6ppg and 1.2apg. The last season Mathies was tested by the University of Kentucky in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very impressive season as she was voted All-SEC Co-Player of the Year, named to All-SEC 1st Team and named to Associated Press NCAA All-America 2nd Team.
This summer Mathies was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in first round (10th overall). The former University of Kentucky standout is in her first season in pro basketball. she was also WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention in 2013 at her college time. Mathies' team won SEC Regular Season in 2012.
The team also re-signed Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94), Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95), Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) and Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88).



2013 EYOF: Italy snatch narrow win over Slovak Republic - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Slovak Republic U16 58:57

Italy will play for the fifth place at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. They defeated Slovak Republic to set up the clash versus Netherlands. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) accounted for 18 points to lead the winning side.
Slovak Republic enjoyed a 15:10 lead after the opening quarter. But Italy scored 21 points in the second frame to take a 31:27 halftime lead. Slovak Republic regained the lead in the third term. They pulled in front for a 43:40 advantage at the final intermission. Italy managed to erased the deficit and eventually snatched a narrow win at the end. Giulia Ciavarella (182-PF-97) produced 9 points for the Azzurri. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) answered with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

Italy U16: Francesca Pan 18, Giulia Ciavarella 9, Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) 6
Slovak Republic U16: Lucia Striesova 16, Veronika Remenarova 15+12 boards



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Venezuela's Senior NT getting ready to play the South American Championship - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Women's Senior NT is training in Barquisimeto, Lara, to get ready for the South American Championship, to be played in Mendoza, Argentina, from July 31st till August 4th.

The team coached by Oscar Silva and assistant coach Silverio Leal wants to advance to the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy, to be played in Mexico from September 21st till the 28th. Venezuela played in the 2009 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy in Matto Grosso, Brazil, but didn't make it past the first round.

There are four players with experience in the United States, including Cleyder Blanco (C-90) and Waleska Perez, of Weatherford College in Texas as stars of the Lady Coyotes, Daniela Wallen (95), who plays for Independence CC in Kansas and PG Roselis Silva (167-G-91), a player with a bright future who plays for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns in the NCAA and has had two amazing seasons (2011-2012 and 2012-2013).

Aside of that, the team is waiting for PF-C Ana Roman (192-C-82), who plays in Spain's second division pro basketball and will bring both height and experience to a very young core.

Other players in the list are Amanda Torres, Mariangel Mendoza (F-95), Kiancy Barragan (F-90), Jhurney Reverol, Mariana Duran, Ivaney Marquez (83, college: Grayson County CC), Jofranny Guerra (88), Yasmily Accent (96), Siuly Marcano (96), Luisana Ortega, Yosimar Corrales (G-90), Maria Requena (G-90), Marielka Garate (95), Yolimar Martinez (95) and Fanny Diaz (82).

Some other players such as Sonia Rodriguez (90), Maholy Lovera (96), Raymar Garcia and Dianora Rivas (90) couldn't attend trainings due to injury and/or personal reasons.

Venezuela will face Uruguay, Paraguay and the host Argentina in Group B, while Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru will play in Group A.

Coach Silva said that the team is "well balanced" even though "it is kind of small in size, but we're working offensively with screens and getting the ball to the perimeter, rotating the ball as much as we can, working on our long range shooting and, the most important thing, we're working on our defense, because that's our identity and that's what we talk about the most".




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U19 World Championship: Serbia outscore South Korea in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-South Korea U19 88:79

Serbia outscore South Korea in Klaipeda at the start of the U19 World Championship. The Balkan side started with 88:79 victory in Group A campaign.
South Korea surprised the opponents in the first period with a 20-19 start, but the Serbia managed to take control of the game. They replied with a 24-17 rally in the second period and took 6-point halftime advantage. South Korea scored 21 points in the third and the last stanzas and it was not enough to catch up with the opponents. Serbia posted 23 points in the third quarter and then added 22 points in the last period.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 25 points and Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) nailed 18. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Park Ji Su (188-C-98) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) netted 14. Ku Seul (183-C-94) scored 12, while Kim Sion (173-PF-95) posted 9.

Serbia U19: Natasa Kovacevic 25, Aleksandra Crvendakic 18, Kristina Topuzovic 15+11 rebs, Katarina Vuckovic 13+10 rebs
South Korea U19: Park Ji Su 19+13 rebs, Kim Minjeong 14, Ku Seul 12, Kim Sion 9



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  SPAIN   


U19 World Championship: Spain outlast Japan in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Japan U19 84:70

Spain clinched the opening win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Japanese counterparts in the opener. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain eked out a 15:14 lead after the starting quarter. They ballooned the lead in the second quarter. The European side scored 23 points to take a 38:25 halftime advantage. Japan answered with a 28-point outburst in the third term. They cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the final break. But Spain controlled the tempo in the fourth stanza. They poured in 20 points and secured the winning outcome. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) had 15 points, while Irene Gari (185-F-94) and Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 13 points each for the winning side. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) answered with 21 points for Japan. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 20+11 boards, Ariadna Pujol 15, Irene Gari 13, Belen Arrojo 13
Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 21, Mirai Tamura 15



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  TURKEY   


Constance Jinks agreed terms with TED Ankara - by Eurobasket News

TED Ankara Kolejliler (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American point guard Constance Jinks (170-81, college: UNLV, agency: Merit Management Group). She played most recently at Edremit (TKBL). In 19 games she recorded 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg last season. The most of previous (2011-12) season Jinks spent at BI SSA Gdynia (PLKK) in Polish league. In 22 games she averaged 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg that season. She helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Jinks also played at Elitzur Netanya (D1) in Israeli league that season. In three games she averaged 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Mersin BSH Bld. In 24 games she averaged 13.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.
In 2009-10 season Jinks played at Lattes Montpellier (LFB) in French league. In 20 games she averaged 11.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. She also played 9 games in Eurocup where she averaged 12.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg.
In 2008-09 season Jinks played at Jolly in Croatian league. In 10 Euroleague games she averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.5apg and 2.1spg.
Among other achievements she won Adriatic League championship title in 2009. Jinks received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
She is a very experienced player. Jinks has played also professionally in NWBL (San Jose S.), Israel (M.Tel Kabir) and Poland (Tecza Leszno).
She attended University of Nevada -Las Vegas until 2003 and it will be her eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela's Senior NT getting ready to play the South American Championship - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Women's Senior NT is training in Barquisimeto, Lara, to get ready for the South American Championship, to be played in Mendoza, Argentina, from July 31st till August 4th.

The team coached by Oscar Silva and assistant coach Silverio Leal wants to advance to the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy, to be played in Mexico from September 21st till the 28th. Venezuela played in the 2009 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy in Matto Grosso, Brazil, but didn't make it past the first round.

There are four players with experience in the United States, including Cleyder Blanco (C-90) and Waleska Perez, of Weatherford College in Texas as stars of the Lady Coyotes, Daniela Wallen (95), who plays for Independence CC in Kansas and PG Roselis Silva (167-G-91), a player with a bright future who plays for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns in the NCAA and has had two amazing seasons (2011-2012 and 2012-2013).

Aside of that, the team is waiting for PF-C Ana Roman (192-C-82), who plays in Spain's second division pro basketball and will bring both height and experience to a very young core.

Other players in the list are Amanda Torres, Mariangel Mendoza (F-95), Kiancy Barragan (F-90), Jhurney Reverol, Mariana Duran, Ivaney Marquez (83, college: Grayson County CC), Jofranny Guerra (88), Yasmily Accent (96), Siuly Marcano (96), Luisana Ortega, Yosimar Corrales (G-90), Maria Requena (G-90), Marielka Garate (95), Yolimar Martinez (95) and Fanny Diaz (82).

Some other players such as Sonia Rodriguez (90), Maholy Lovera (96), Raymar Garcia and Dianora Rivas (90) couldn't attend trainings due to injury and/or personal reasons.

Venezuela will face Uruguay, Paraguay and the host Argentina in Group B, while Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru will play in Group A.

Coach Silva said that the team is "well balanced" even though "it is kind of small in size, but we're working offensively with screens and getting the ball to the perimeter, rotating the ball as much as we can, working on our long range shooting and, the most important thing, we're working on our defense, because that's our identity and that's what we talk about the most".




Cleyder Blanco willing to take Venezuela to the World Cup - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Cleyder Blanco (C-90), a player of Weatherford College in Texas (NJCAA) and currently working on her move to Saint Thomas University (NCAA), is part of Venezuela's Senior NT and is training in Barquisimeto to play the South American Championship of Mendoza, Argentina (July 31st-August 4th), as she attempts to help her team get to the FIBA Americas Tournament and then advance to the FIBA World Cup for the first time.

Blanco, 23 years old and 1.84m tall, was born in Caracas and has been playing for the Senior NT since 2004, when she was only 14 years old. She was part of Venezuela's U17 gold medalist team in Ecuador in 2007. In Venezuela, she played amateur tournaments for Distrito Capital and Lara State.

She's one of the team's references after the departure of former star Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma), who retired from the NT a couple of years ago and left a career in Switzerland to pursue personal goals, get married and become a mother.

"I'm happy to be back in Venezuela, to play in an international tournament again and bring in my experience to the team", said Blanco to Latinbasket.com Venezuela in Barquisimeto, after a training session at the UCLA Arena. "I think we are going to qualify for the FIBA Americas tournament. We have a few players abroad like Daniela Wallen (95), Waleska Perez and Roselis Silva (167-G-91) and those are the experiences that will help us improve and be good".

"At the beginning, going to the United States was a very drastic change for me", she shared about her first days in Texas. "You notice the change in the pace of the game, you change both your lifestyle and your mentality. Change helps you grow up a lot. I'm thankful for the opportunity that they gave me".

She also showed respect for the legacy of Maria Villarroel. "I had the chance to share with her in the Senior NT and the experience that she left us will guide us and help us play even better than she did in this upcoming tournament".

Blanco remembers having played the tournament of Matto Grosso, Brazil, back in 2009. "We have played a FIBA Americas tournament before and we didn't do so well, but we made it there. We want to live that experience again and I think we have a great chance to advance this time, because four teams have a chance and I think we can be at the top three".

She acknowledges that it is a young team trying to pursue a very important goal. "It's going to be a great challenge, but not an impossible one. We have to use our quickness and our Venezuelan basketball style, which the other teams don't have. Our basketball is too different and people tend to envy our style. My coach in Weatherford once told me that he had never seen our style and pace. I hope we can compensate the lack of height with quickness and a mature approach".

She also expressed she was "happy" about the fact that the coach is Oscar Silva . "I'm thankful for that, because he's got a lot of experience and I think he's going to help us believe in ourselves and achieve our goals this year".



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  WALES   


Welsh U18 National Team 2013 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Imogen Youd
Youd
Elizabeth Jones
Jones
Joanna Thomas
Thomas
Jessica Ross
Ross
Tanisha Walker
Walker
#e#5
5Sophie Evans 156-PG-99
6Chloe Richards 160-G-97
7Imogen Youd 170-G-95 WAL U18 NT Wales
8Cerys Sharples 169-G-96
9Elizabeth Jones 170-G-95
10Carys Allen 172-G-99
11Joanna Thomas 179-F-96
12Jessica Ross 172-PG-95 WAL U18 NT Wales
13Tanisha Walker 180-C-97
14Bethany Taylor 176-SF-96 WAL U18 NT Wales
15Elizabeth Birch-Hurst 178-C-98


Lee Walker Head Coach

Lee Coulson Assistant



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Jul. 18: L.Angeles S. - Phoenix M. 84-90
Jul. 18: New York L. - Chicago S. 55-75
Jul. 19: Indiana F. - Washington M.
Jul. 19: S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L.
Jul. 19: Tulsa S. - Connecticut S.


New York Liberty released Avery Warley - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty released 26-year old ex-international forward Avery Warley (190-95kg-87, college: Liberty). In 8 WNBA games she had 3.0ppg and 4.9rpg this season. Warley also spent pre-season at Washington that year.
This season she played at Elitzur Holon (D1) in Israeli league. In 22 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.5ppg and 9.5rpg (#5 in the league). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention.
The last (2012) summer Warley played at Phoenix. In 29 games she recorded 3.0ppg and 5.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as her college team won Big South Conference Tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Warley was also voted All-Big South Conference 1st Team in 2010,2011 and 2012. She represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Warley has played previously for Phoenix Mercury.
She attended Liberty University until 2012 and it is her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Phoenix Mercury waives Samantha Prahalis - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Mercury released 23-year old point guard Samantha Prahalis (170-90, college: Ohio State). In 8 WNBA games she had just 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.0apg this season.
This season Prahalis was tested by Maccabi Ramat Hen (D1) in Israeli league.
Last year Prahalis was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Prahalis' team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2012. She was also voted All-Big Ten Player of the Year and All-Big Ten 1st Team in 2010 and 2012 at her college time. Prahalis represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Thailand four years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-2 (3.8apg), Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 62.5%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Seattle Storm waives Sanford - by Eurobasket News

Seattle Storm waived 37-year old center Nakia Sanford (194-91kg-76, college: Kansas, agency: LBM Management). But in 15 WNBA games she recorded just 1.7ppg and 2.0rpg this season.
The most of this season Sanford spent at One (WKBL) in South Korean league. In 25 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.3ppg and had 12.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.4apg and 1.5spg (in top 3). She also spent pre-season at Woori Hansae (WKBL) in South Korean league that year.
The last (2012-13) season Sanford played at Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 28 games she averaged 12.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.6apg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Sanford also played 11 games in Eurocup where she averaged 10.4ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg.
The last (2012-13) summer she played at Phoenix. In 31 games she averaged 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg. Sanford was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Korean WKBL 2nd Team in 2013.
She is quite experienced player. Sanford has played also in Belgium, Israel, Italy, Russia, Spain (Ibiza) and other WNBA teams (Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury).
She attended University of Kansas until 1999 and it is her 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Brazil1-0
2. Serbia1-0
3. S.Korea0-1
4. Russia0-1
Group B
1. Australia1-0
2. Spain1-0
3. Japan0-1
4. Argentina0-1
Group C
1. Canada1-0
2. France1-0
3. Holland0-1
4. Senegal0-1
Group D
1. China1-0
2. USA1-0
3. Lithuania0-1
4. Mali0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 18: SRB - KOR 88-79
Jul. 18: BRA - RUS 66-63

B

Jul. 18: JPN - ESP 70-84
Jul. 18: ARG - AUS 48-69

C

Jul. 18: FRA - NED 81-58
Jul. 18: CAN - SEN 20-0

D

Jul. 18: MLI - CHN 44-97
Jul. 18: USA - LTU 113-47

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 19: KOR - BRA
Jul. 19: RUS - SRB

B

Jul. 19: ESP - ARG
Jul. 19: AUS - JPN

C

Jul. 19: NED - CAN
Jul. 19: SEN - FRA

D

Jul. 19: LTU - MLI
Jul. 19: CHN - USA