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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Tunisia2-0
2. Madagascar.2-1
3. Ivory Coas.1-2
4. Algeria0-0
5. Gabon0-2
Group B
1. Angola2-0
2. Egypt2-0
3. Mozambique.1-1
4. DRCongo1-2
5. Comoros0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Jul. 1: MAD - GAB 54-45

B

Jul. 1: ANG - COD 88-60
Jul. 1: MOZ - COM 76-39

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 2: GAB - TUN

B

Jul. 2: EGY - COM
Jul. 2: ANG - MOZ



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  ALGERIA   


Boulogne adds Cheriet to their roster - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Algerian power forward Mehdi Cheriet (204-100kg-87, college: San Diego State, agency: Fusion Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Boulazac Basket Dordogne in ProA. However his team was relegated to ProB. In 19 games he recorded just 2.9ppg and 1.7rpg last season. Cheriet played in the final of French ProB in 2012. He represented France at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) this year.
Cheriet has played previously for another French team Chorale de Roanne.
He attended San Diego State until 2011 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ARGENTINA   


U19 World Championship: Croatia opens the Second Stage with the win over Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Croatia U19 63:85

Croatia opens the Second Stage with the win over Argentina 85:63. Croatia won the first period 21-10 and added massive 28-9 in the second frame. Argentina looked better in the second half but could not catch up with the opponents. Argentina won the third quarter 19-17 and dominated the last period as well. Maric scored for 72:53 and Vaulet, Juan made one free throw for 74:52 with 3 minutes to go. Brzola and Saiz, Javier exchanged the shots for 72:54 and then JUNAKOVIC scored for 81:58. GABRIC made two free throws for 83:61, while DEMO made the final result in the game.
Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and18 rebounds, while Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 15. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) scored 13 and Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) brought 11. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) replied with 13 points in defeat and Javier Saiz (204-C-94) netted 12. Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) brought 11 and Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) added 9.

Argentina U19: Juan Vaulet 13, Javier Saiz 12, Pedro Barral 11, Gabriel Deck 9
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 19+18 rebs, Tomislav Gabric 15, Mislav Brzoja 13, Martin Junakovic 11



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 16

BIG V

Jun. 29: Ringwood H. - Diamond V.E. 93-78
Jun. 29: Corio Bay S. - Bulleen B. 75-76
Jun. 29: Melbourne T. - Sherbrooke S. 75-76
Jun. 29: Eltham W. - Werribee D. 109-62
Jun. 30: Waverley F. - Hume City 103-84

Central ABL

Jun. 29: Woodville W. - Norwood F. 77-64
Jun. 29: Sturt S. - N.Adelaide R. 70-73
Jun. 30: Eastern M. - W.Adelaide B. 67-106
Jun. 30: Southern T. - C.District L. 52-69
Jun. 29: Forestville E. - S.Adelaide P. 108-73

QBL

Jun. 30: Toowoomba M. - SW Metro P. 92-68
Jun. 29: Townsville H. - Gold Coast R. 87-63
Jun. 30: Cairns M. - Gold Coast R. 86-65
Jun. 28: Mackay M. - Bundaberg B. 74-66
Jun. 29: Mackay M. - Gladstone P. 71-46
Jun. 29: SW Metro P. - Ipswich F. 61-84
Jun. 29: Northside W. - Suncoast C. 101-84
Jun. 29: Rockhampton - Bundaberg B. 100-71

SBL

Jun. 28: Rockingham F. - Perth R. 99-81
Jun. 29: Kalamunda E.S. - Geraldton B. 93-114
Jun. 28: East Perth E. - Lakeside L. 88-107
Jun. 29: Willetton T. - Mandurah M. 81-89
Jun. 29: Goldfield G. - Cockburn C. 79-85
Jun. 28: SW Slammers - Kalamunda E.S. 113-104
Jun. 29: Wanneroo W. - Rockingham F. 105-95
Jun. 29: Lakeside L. - Perry Lakes H. 101-98
Jun. 30: Stirling S. - Geraldton B. 101-118

SEABL

Jun. 29: Canberra G. - NW Tasmania 95-94
Jun. 29: Knox R. - Hobart C. 95-112
Jun. 29: Albury W.B. - Kilsyth C. 95-100
Jun. 29: Sandringham S. - Bendigo B. 92-97
Jun. 29: Frankston B. - Nunawading S. 87-99
Jun. 29: Ballarat M. - Geelong S. 81-103
Jun. 28: Brisbane S. - NW Tasmania 79-91
Jun. 30: Nunawading S. - Hobart C. 78-61
Jun. 30: Dandenong R. - Frankston B. 69-88
Jun. 28: Mt Gambier - Hobart C. 100-85

WARATAH

Jun. 29: Colonial Hotel - Manly Warr. 98-104
Jun. 30: Illawarra H. - Hornsby S. 90-65
Jun. 29: Parramatta W. - Sydney C. 85-87
Jun. 29: Norths Bears - Cent.Coast C. 85-74
Jun. 30: Hills H. - Norths Bears 70-93
Jun. 29: Maitland M. - Newcastle H. 62-74
Jun. 29: Sutherland S. - Bankstown B. 61-76

Regular Season: Round 17

BIG V

Jul. 6: Sherbrooke S. - Corio Bay S.
Jul. 6: Hume City - Ringwood H.
Jul. 6: Eltham W. - Melbourne
Jul. 6: Bulleen B. - Waverley F.
Jul. 7: Werribee - Diamond V.E.

Central ABL

Jul. 6: N.Adelaide R. - Norwood F.
Jul. 6: S.Adelaide P. - Southern T.
Jul. 6: Sturt S. - Forestville E.
Jul. 6: Townsville H. - Woodville W.
Jul. 6: C.District L. - Eastern M.

QBL

Jul. 5: Brisbane C. - Cairns M.
Jul. 5: Bundaberg B. - Townsville H.
Jul. 6: SW Metro P. - Gold Coast R.
Jul. 6: Northside W. - Cairns M.
Jul. 6: Toowoomba - Ipswich F.
Jul. 6: Suncoast - Townsville H.
Jul. 6: Rockhampton - Gladstone P.

SBL

Jul. 5: Mandurah M. - Lakeside L.
Jul. 5: Willetton T. - Stirling S.
Jul. 6: Geraldton B. - East Perth E.
Jul. 6: Goldfield G. - SW Slammers
Jul. 6: Perth R. - Kalamunda E.S.
Jul. 6: Wanneroo W. - Mandurah M.
Jul. 6: Perry Lakes H. - Willetton T.
Jul. 6: Cockburn C. - Rockingham F.

SEABL

Jul. 4: Frankston B. - Knox R.
Jul. 5: Hobart C. - Dandenong R.
Jul. 5: Mt Gambier - Bendigo B.
Jul. 5: Brisbane S. - Canberra G.
Jul. 5: Albury W.B. - Nunawading S.
Jul. 6: Sandringham S. - Kilsyth C.
Jul. 6: Geelong S. - Frankston B.
Jul. 6: Nunawading S. - Dandenong R.
Jul. 6: Knox R. - Ballarat M.
Jul. 7: Kilsyth C. - Canberra G.
Jul. 7: Nunawading S. - Geelong S.

WARATAH

Jul. 5: Newcastle H. - Cent.Coast C.
Jul. 6: Sydney C. - Hills H.
Jul. 6: Bankstown B. - Colonial Hotel
Jul. 6: Parramatta W. - Cent.Coast C.
Jul. 6: Maitland M. - Illawarra H.
Jul. 6: Sutherland S. - Norths Bears
Jul. 7: Bankstown B. - Maitland M.
Jul. 7: Newcastle H. - Illawarra H.
Jul. 7: Hornsby S. - Manly Warr.


Stankovic Cup: Australia stay unbeaten with victory over Germany - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Germany 79:64

The Emerging Boomers recorded the fourth straight win at the Stankovic Cup in Lanzhou. They held off Germany in the latest encounter. Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Australia led by just two points after the opening frame 24:22. The Emerging Boomers extended the lead in the second frame. They used a 20:10 run to take a 12-point halftime lead. Australia stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. They held Germany to 8 points to boost the gap at 21-point lead at the final intermission. Australia allowed Germany to narrow the gap in the fourth frame but celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Matthew Andronicos (208-C/F-91) finished with 10 points each for the Emerging Boomers. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) notched 13 points for Germany. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) and Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) provided 11 points apiece in the loss.

Australia: Clint Steindl 20, Mitchell Young 10, Matthew Andronicos 10
Germany: Mathis Monninghoff 13, Anthony Canty 11, Till-Joscha Joenke 11



U19 World Championship: China prevail against Australia - by Eurobasket News

China U19 - Australia U19 88:79

China registered the first win at the Eighth-Final stage of the U19 World Championship. They outgunned Australia in Prague today to gain 3-1 record in Group F. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) nailed 27 points to lead the Asian team.
The Emus looked the better side at the start of the game. Australia gained an 18:8 lead ten minutes into the game. China slowly picked up the tempo. They fired 25 points in the second period to trail by just 4 points at halftime 33:37. China kept the pressure on their opponents in the third term. The Asian team exploded with 28 points in the period to turn the deficit into a 5-point lead before the fourth frame. China unleashed 27 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) notched 22 points, while Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) and Zhou Qi (217-C-96) had 13 points each for the winners. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) responded with 20 points each in the loss.

China U19: Yuan Shuai 27, Gao Shang 22, Zhao JiWei 13, Zhou Qi 13
Australia U19: Emmett Naar 20, Dante Exum 20



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#4
Nicolas Ellinger 188-F-97
Jakob Ernst 98
Lukas Fruhwirt 97
Benedikt Haid 97
Peter Hofbauer 98
Lukas Jandl 97
Stefan Kroif 97
Matthias Linortner 193-SF-97 Gmunden Austria
Jakob Mayerl 97
Tobias Miedler 97
Maximilian Pelz 97
Philipp Primosch 97
Elijas Rabelhofer 97
Oscar Schmit 180-PG-97 Klosterneub. Austria
Maximilian Schuecker 98
Martin Trmal 188-F-97




Austrian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Austrian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Benjamin Bernleithner
Bernleithner
Elmir Brkic
Brkic
Luka Gaspar
Gaspar
Marc Goetzinger
Goetzinger
Florian Hartenbach
Hartenbach
#e#5
Benjamin Bernleithner 185-G-95 Vienna Timb. Austria
Elmir Brkic 203-C/F-95 Gmunden Austria
Jonathan Dielacher 185-PG-95 Ulm B-ballakad. Germany
Luka Gaspar 198-PF-96 Gussing Austria
Marc Goetzinger 182-PG-96 s.Oliver Baskets Germany
Florian Hartenbach 194-PF-95 Mistelbach Austria
Imran Kambal 191-F-96
Gabriel Lehner 190-SF-96 Wels Austria
Adrian Mitchell 188-G-95 Gmunden Austria
Ian Moschik 200-F-96 Kapfenberg Austria
Stefan Neudecker 190-G/F-95 Oberwart Austria
Marvin Ogunsipe 193-F-96 Vienna Timb. Austria
Florian Pelc 175-PG-95 Arkadia Austria
Jakob Poltl 213-C-95 Vienna Timb. Austria
Fabian Richter 189-G-95 Furstenfeld Austria
Jakob Seifert 200-C-95 Doebling Austria
Marin Sliskovic 193-SG-95 Arkadia Austria
Marko Soldo 194-G/F-95 Vienna Timb. Austria
Simon Tumler 182-G-95 Dornbirn Austria
Florian Vogel 186-PG-96 Baden BJ Austria
Georg Wolf 188-SG-95 Oberwart Austria




Gussing lands coach Matthias Zollner, ex Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (A Bundesliga) tabbed German coach Matthias Zollner. He has coached for the last three years at Muenchen in German Regionalliga.
Zollner was coaching German Senior National Team last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELARUS   


Belarusian National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Kiril Sitnik
Sitnik
Dmitri Paliashchuk
Paliashchuk
Siarhei Charykau
Charykau
Artsiom Parakhouski
Parakhouski
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Pustahvar
#e#5
4Kiril Sitnik 190-G-89 Sozh Gomel Belarus
5Dmitri Paliashchuk 199-SG-85 Halychyna Ukraine
6Siarhei Charykau 185-PG-82 Sozh Gomel Belarus
7Dmitri Akulich 190-G-86 Rubon Belarus
8Vyacheslau Korzh 192-PG-86 Grodno-93 Belarus
9Artsiom Parakhouski 210-C-87 Olin Edirne Turkey
10Vitali Liutych 198-SG-92 Siauliai Lithuania
11Vladimir Krisevich 210-C-91 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus
12Aliaksandr Pustahvar 202-SF-85 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
13Yury Mishukov 205-C-85 Grodno-93 Belarus
14Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 190-SG-80 Gaziantep Turkey
15Aliaksei Trastsinetski 200-SF-86 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus

Ruslan Baidakov Head Coach Rubon Belarus



Belarusian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Belarusian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Ivan Aladka
Aladka
Yauheni Beliankou
Beliankou
Aliakseu Birich
Birich
Kiryl Chumakou
Chumakou
Pavel Giryachko
Giryachko
#e#5
Ivan Aladka 192-PG-95 Rubon Belarus
Yauheni Beliankou 197-SF-95 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus
Aliakseu Birich 193-G-95 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus
Kiryl Chumakou 197-SF-95 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus
Pavel Giryachko 180-PG-95 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus
Siarhei Kazlou 201-C-95 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus
Elisey Matshiunok 193-PG-95 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
Roman Rubinshteyn 190-PG-96 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus
Maksim Salash 203-C/F-96 Cajasol Castilleja Spain
Andrei Trofimovich 197-F-95 Impuls BGUIR Belarus
Tsimafei Yeusiyevich 197-SF-95 Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus

Tadas Stockus Head Coach Tsmoki-Minsk II Belarus



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  BOSNIA   


5 BURNING QUESTIONS FOR BOSNIA AND HERZIGOVINA BEFORE EUROBASKET! - by Chris Mathieu

5 BURNING QUESTIONS FOR BOSNIA AND HERZIGOVINA BEFORE EUROBASKET!

1) Will the team miss Ognjen Kuzmic? Kuzmic committed to BiH last season before disagreements over role and playing time caused him to leave the team. This season the same issues came up again and he decided to commit to the Golden State Warriors Summer League team in hopes of making the team. You can hardly blame him for wanting to get a jump on his NBA career. He has developed into one of the best young center prospects in Europe. In under 18 minutes a game he averaged 8.4ppg 5.5rbpg and proved to be a rim protecting young defender with tremendous upside. He would have proven to be very useful battling the big men they will face in their group of Serbia, Lithuania and Montenegro.

2) Will Zach Wright play for BiH again? Zach has gained some interest from NBA teams and worked out recently with the OKC Thunder. Zach has proven his commitment to Bosnia but it is hard to tell what will happen this summer with the Summer League. If he finds himself a guaranteed contract with an NBA team his commitment to Bosnia may not be possible in September. Bosnian KSBiH officals have said they have alternatives in such a scenario to fall back upon. It seems it would be impossible to replicate what Zach did for Bosnia with an alternative player. Zach displays everything you would want in an NBA player except the outside shooting touch. He was a revelation for BiH last year.

3) Will the team have repeat performance from last year? Many national team players had incredible offensive performances for the team last summer. Teletovic averaged 24.3ppg Dedovic 16ppg and Wright was a stat stuffing monster for BiH 14.6ppg 7rbpg 7.4aspg and 2.5stlpg. Kikanovic averaged 13.8ppg and proved to be a mismatch in transition for many teams. Ante Masic averaged 55.2% from three point shooting stretching the court and putting pressure on opposing defenses. It is hard to imagine that the team will be able to have five starters with career years again against increased competition.

4) Who will have a breakout performance? It seems likely that Muhamad Pasalic will make the team and be looked upon to relieve some of the pressure and ball handling duties at times from Zach Wright. Last season he was injured and couldnt play and the team had a hard time replacing him. The team ran through backup point guards and never found one they could trust consistently. It seems likely Pasalic will benefit from all the attention paid to his teammates by their opponents.

5) Will the big three prospects make the team again, Vrabac, Nurkic and Buza? Vrabac has a breakout camp at the Adidas Eurocamp this summer and proved himself to be an athletic agile defender with good ball skills and scoring ability. He could prove to be useful as an athletic wing defender coming off the bench. Nurkic could prove to be needed because of his size and skill as a third big man behind Kikanovic and Sinanovic. He is the player who will benefit the most due to Kuzmics absence. He will be needed to matchup against the big men who have great size and athleticism in their group. Buza would have to join the team later as he is representing BiH U18 team. His shooting and ability to create his own shot could prove useful as a role player coming off the bench for the team.




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  BRAZIL   


U19 World Championship: USA topple Brazil - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Brazil U19 91:66

USA accounted for the fourth consecutive win at the U19 World Championship. They fired past Brazil to remain undefeated. Rasheed Sulaimon (6'4''-G-94) nailed 15 points to lead balanced effort from the winners. USA improved at 4-0 record, while Brazil slipped at 1-3 in the Eighth-Final stage Group F.
Brazil tried hard not to allow the USA to run away in the first half. The Latin American team trailed by just three points at the first break 17:20. USA managed to boost the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 40:34. But the breakthrough came in the third period. The North American team went on a deadly 29:14 rally to pile up an unassailable 21-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The United States kept Brazil at bay throughout the final period and cruised to yet another win in Prague. Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Justice Winslow (6'6''-F-96) added 11 points for the winning side. Leonardo Demetrio (6'9''-F/C-94) responded with 15 points for Brazil. Danilo Fuzaro (6'4''-G-94) finished with 8 points in the loss.

USA U19: Rasheed Sulaimon 15, Aaron Gordon 14+10 boards, Justice Winslow 11
Brazil U19: Leonardo Demetrio 15, Danilo Fuzaro 8



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  BULGARIA   


Germany U18 cap Vonitsa Tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - Bulgaria U18 79:73

Germany finished their Vonitsa tournament campaign with victory. They held off Bulgarian counterparts. Christian Sengfelder (202-C-95) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria got to a strong start. They piled up a 26:12 lead after ten minutes. Germany picked up the tempo in the second period. They cut the distance at 10-point mark at halftime 33:43. Germany shifted the gear in the third term. They exploded with 26 points to get within a single point at the final intermission. Bulgaria conceded a 13:20 run from the German side in the final ten minutes and had to surrender at the end. Lars Schlueter (197-G/F-95) and Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Konstantin Kovalev (203-F-95) had 9 points for Germany.



Olympiacos may tab Cedric Simmons - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) is close to add to their roster 27-year old Bulgarian ex-international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-107kg-86, college: North Carolina State) who is currently linked with Enel Brindisi in Italy. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. The last season he played also at Enel Brindisi (SerieA) in Italian league. In 30 games he had 9.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2006 Simmons was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (15th overall). The former North Carolina State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Simmons' team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2005. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team in 2011. Simmons represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Simmons is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (DongGuan Leopards), Spain (Asefa Estudiantes), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala) and D-League (Idaho Stampede and Iowa Energy).
On Simmons: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Tremendous shot blocker due to his huge wingspan (7'4") and quick leaping ability ... Disruptive and active defensively ... Has the size to play center and power forward on the next level ... Uses back to the basket post moves and is showing great progress in his ability to score posting up ... Has developed an effective jump hook ... Displays solid toughness inside. Does not shy away from contact ... Plays hard, good energy ...
Lacks great range and a consistent jump shot from any distance ... Offensive game is still a work in progress ... Shows excellent flashes, but lacks any real go-to moves
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: Lithuania remains undefeated in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-Canada U19 82:76

Lithuania remains undefeated in Prague after a thriller against Canada. The defending champions trailed 13 points after the first period, but managed to win 82:76. Lithuania improved to 4-0 record, while Canada fell at 1-3.
Canada opened the game with a 21-8 surge, however could not win the game. The European side reduced to 39:29 at the halftime and then pushed the tempo in the second half. Lithuania won the third period 20-8 and finished the game with a 33-29 rally.
Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) and Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94) posted 12 points each. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) answered with 28 points in the losing effort and Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) scored 10 and Joe De Ciman (193-G-94) added 5.

Lithuania U19: Tomas Dimsa 22, Justas Tamulis 14, Marius Grigonis 12, Mantvydas Staselis 12
Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 28, Trey Lyles 18+10 rebs, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 10, Joe De Ciman 5



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  CBL   

Standings

CBL Standings
 1. St.Louis H. 6-2 
 2. M.Tennessee S. 4-3 
 3. Bowling Green H. 4-4 
 4. River City P. 3-6 
 5. Dayton A.S. 1-1 

Finals: Round 1

Jun. 29: Bowling Green H. - St.Louis H. 96-107



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  CHINA   


U19 World Championship: China prevail against Australia - by Eurobasket News

China U19 - Australia U19 88:79

China registered the first win at the Eighth-Final stage of the U19 World Championship. They outgunned Australia in Prague today to gain 3-1 record in Group F. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) nailed 27 points to lead the Asian team.
The Emus looked the better side at the start of the game. Australia gained an 18:8 lead ten minutes into the game. China slowly picked up the tempo. They fired 25 points in the second period to trail by just 4 points at halftime 33:37. China kept the pressure on their opponents in the third term. The Asian team exploded with 28 points in the period to turn the deficit into a 5-point lead before the fourth frame. China unleashed 27 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) notched 22 points, while Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) and Zhou Qi (217-C-96) had 13 points each for the winners. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) and Dante Exum (193-PG-95) responded with 20 points each in the loss.

China U19: Yuan Shuai 27, Gao Shang 22, Zhao JiWei 13, Zhou Qi 13
Australia U19: Emmett Naar 20, Dante Exum 20



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  CROATIA   


U19 World Championship: Croatia opens the Second Stage with the win over Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Croatia U19 63:85

Croatia opens the Second Stage with the win over Argentina 85:63. Croatia won the first period 21-10 and added massive 28-9 in the second frame. Argentina looked better in the second half but could not catch up with the opponents. Argentina won the third quarter 19-17 and dominated the last period as well. Maric scored for 72:53 and Vaulet, Juan made one free throw for 74:52 with 3 minutes to go. Brzola and Saiz, Javier exchanged the shots for 72:54 and then JUNAKOVIC scored for 81:58. GABRIC made two free throws for 83:61, while DEMO made the final result in the game.
Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and18 rebounds, while Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 15. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) scored 13 and Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) brought 11. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) replied with 13 points in defeat and Javier Saiz (204-C-94) netted 12. Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) brought 11 and Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) added 9.

Argentina U19: Juan Vaulet 13, Javier Saiz 12, Pedro Barral 11, Gabriel Deck 9
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 19+18 rebs, Tomislav Gabric 15, Mislav Brzoja 13, Martin Junakovic 11



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U19 World Championship: South Korea upset hosts for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - South Korea U19 95:96 (OT)

South Korea claimed the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Korean team snatched a narrow overtime victory over hosting Czech Republic in the classification round. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) notched 32 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic secured a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. The Czech team accounted for a 52:36 halftime advantage. But the Asian team turned things around in the second half. They dropped 30 points in the third term to narrow the margin at 6-point mark. Heo Hoon fired a late three-pointer to level the score at 87 at the end of regulation. Heo Hoon nailed four points in the extra period and helped the Korean team seal the victory at the end. Seongmo Choi (187-G-94) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds, while Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) added 11 points for the winners. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) answered with 24 points and 21 rebounds for Czech Republic. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) tossed in 18 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 24+21 boards, Petr Safarcik 18
South Korea U19: Heo Hoon 32, Seongmo Choi 25, Choi Jun-Yong 11



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Indios BBC sign Amaury Filion for the 2013 season - by Kerwin Abreu

S.F.M: Indios de San Francisco BBC signed Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) from Metros de Santiago for the remaining of the 2013 Scotibank Season in the LNB. Indios de San Francisco are currently in the first place tied with Huracanes in the north circuit.

Filion is a 32 years veteran, who has averaged over 17 points in a single season with 6.5 rebounds.

"I am bringing here my game, I will do what I know to do, shooting 3s and working in the post, we are going to try for the championship", said Filion.

He is an important integration to the team due to the great fisical conditions he has. He has 7 years experience in the league.



Latest victories for Leones and Metros - by Eurobasket News

Leones de Santo Domingo celebrated the first win in the new LNB season. They overcame Caneros 90:82. Manuel Guzman nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Leones used a 27:22 run in the second frame to take a 4-point lead. They went on a 22:16 rally in the third term to boost the margin. Leones withheld a comeback surge from Caneros in the final period to seal the win. Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, agency: Two Points, college: Seton Hall) and Manuel Fortuna chipped in 18 points each for the winners. Dalton Tucker responded with 23 points for Caneros as they fell at 0-3 record.
Metros de Santiago also opened win count in the new season. They thumped Reales de La Vega 99:74 for 1-2 record. Sean Ogirri (188-PG-86, college: Wyoming) stepped up with 16 points to lead the charge. Metros led from start to finish. They ensured a 51:27 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona) and Victor Liz (188-G/F-88) had 15 points each in the victory. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86, college: Northwood, FL) responded with 16 points for Reales. Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone) chipped in 12 points in the losing case.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Obradovic is done; Sipahi, Mavrokefalidis and Turkyilmaz close to Fenerbahce Ulker - by Ugur Turker

Dream came true for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul fans. One of the best coaches of basketball history, Zeljko Obradovic signed two years contract with Turkish team. After signing of Obradovic, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is looking for players to reconstruct its roster for Zeljko Obradovic . Three names have priority to sign; Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95), Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Izzet Turkyilmaz (214-F/C-90). Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul board had decided to change Turkish roster after disappointing seasons and two youngster, point guard Kenan Sipahi and power forward Izzet Turkyilmaz are first targets. Talking with Tofas for Kenan Sipahi is already done and negotiations will start soon with Banvit for Izzet Turkyilmaz. On the other hand, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is going to strengthen his backcourt with Loukas Mavrokefalidis. Greek player finished season with Barcelona after dominant performances in Spartak last two seasons. Mavrokefalidis is able to play both 4 & 5 positions and known his extraordinary efforts in defense and versatility in offense.


Olympiacos officially announced Cedric Simmons - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos officially announced Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) for the next season. He played last at Enel Brindisi in Italy. In 30 games he had 9.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2006 Simmons was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (15th overall). The former North Carolina State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Simmons' team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2005. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team in 2011. Simmons represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Simmons has played also professionally in China (DongGuan Leopards), Spain (Asefa Estudiantes), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala) and D-League (Idaho Stampede and Iowa Energy).



Gist: I knew what I wanted - by Kostas Papadopoulos

After having signed his new contract with Panathinaikos for the next two years, James Gist (205-F-86) immediately admitted at the official site of the team that he had little to think about when the team suggested extending their collaboration: "I knew well what I wanted and not after the end of the championship. I knew way before. I wanted to stay. Everything was good in Panathinaikos. I could find no reason to make me want to leave. Even before the games versus Barcelona, essentially I knew that I wanted to stay on with the team".
- So, you had little to contemplate on when you were informed about the proposition, didnt you?
"Exactly Truth is that I had little to think about. I am really glad; I am thrilled that I am going to be here for the next two years. As also, another positive is the fact that I am going to be here from the start and not as it happenned last season, where I had arrived, the teams obligations to have already begun. I believe it is something which will further aid me".
-What are your expectations for the next season?
"I expect it to be even better that this year's. I don't know how one might interpret this, but it is exactly what goes for me. I want it to be a better season, as I aspire on a personal level to be able to offer even more to the team and for all of us to experience great moments again. It is important to me, the fact that I will be in familiar surroundings starting from the very first day".
-Like the ones you experience on the bus roof top?
(he laughs) "Definitely! So many people before we left for the game but also when we returned! I haven't seen any videos, but I have watched the ones I captured numerous times! I have told some of my friends but they cannot believe it. Truth is if you haven't experienced it you can't really actually grasp the thought All this I lived through this season was special. For me to be given the opportunity to perform in one of the greatest teams throughout Europe, as I had stated already from back in my first day to come to the team, is mighty significant! The fact that I am getting to return, to stay on this team and to challenge more titles with it, makes me extremely content!"



Emporio Armani officially name Luca Banchi head coach - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani officially announced the signing of Luca Banchi . The specialist will take over the team starting from the next season. Luca Banchi worked as head coach of Montepaschi Siena last season. He led Siena to the SeriaA title. Previously Luca Banchi spent six straight seasons working as assistant coach with Montepaschi. Previously Luca Banchi guided Livorno, Trieste, Banca Nuovo and Jesi. He guided the Italian U20 National Team back in 2001. Luca Banchi was at helm of Italian B National Team in the same season. Luca Banchi replaced Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) who worked with the Milan team for two seasons. Banchi will try to improve the last seasons result for Emporio Armani as they got eliminated in SeriaA quarterfinals.


FCB Regal split ways with three players - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal announced they would not extend cooperation with Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland), Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, college: Princeton).
Sarunas Jasikevicius joined Barcelona at the start of the season. The Lithuanian veteran tallied 5.8 points and 1.8 assists per game in ACB. In Euroleague Jasikevicius notched 4.9 points and 2.0 assists per appearance.
Judson Wallace spent two seasons with FCB Regal. Last season the forward posted 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in ACB. Wallace also tallied 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in EuroLeague.
Loukas Mavrokefalidis joined the Catalan team in May. His stats read 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in ACB. The centre tipped off the season in Russia with Spartak Saint Petersburg.
In the meantime FCB Regal extended the qualifying offer to Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Estonia0-0
3. Finland0-0
4. FYR Macedon.0-0
5. Norway0-0
6. Portugal0-0
Group B
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Ireland0-0
3. Romania0-0
4. Slovenia0-0
5. Switzerland0-0
Group C
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Denmark0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Holland0-0
5. Slovakia0-0
Group D
1. Austria0-0
2. Belarus0-0
3. Czech Rep.0-0
4. Georgia0-0
5. Hungary0-0
6. Luxembourg0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Aug. 8: MKD - NOR
Aug. 8: EST - POR
Aug. 8: FIN - BUL

Group B

Aug. 8: ENG - ROM
Aug. 8: SLO - SUI

Group C

Aug. 8: ISR - DEN
Aug. 8: NED - BIH

Group D

Aug. 8: AUT - BLR
Aug. 8: GEO - CZE
Aug. 8: LUX - HUN


Div.C Standings

Standings
1. Andorra0-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. Scotland0-0
4. San Marino0-0
5. Wales0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 2: AND - SCO
Jul. 2: WAL - GIB



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M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Denmark0-0
2. Finland0-0
3. Hungary0-0
4. FYR Macedon.0-0
5. Poland0-0
Group B
1. Austria0-0
2. Estonia0-0
3. Georgia0-0
4. Germany0-0
5. Holland0-0
6. Norway0-0
Group C
1. Israel0-0
2. Romania0-0
3. Scotland0-0
4. Switzerland0-0
5. Slovakia0-0
6. Sweden0-0
Group D
1. Belgium0-0
2. Belarus0-0
3. Luxembourg0-0
4. Montenegro0-0
5. Portugal0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jul. 18: HUN - MKD
Jul. 18: FIN - DEN

Group B

Jul. 18: NOR - GER
Jul. 18: AUT - NED

Group C

Jul. 18: SCO - ISR
Jul. 18: SVK - ROM

Group D

Jul. 18: POR - BLR
Jul. 18: BEL - LUX


Div.C standings

Standings
Group A
1. Moldova0-0
2. San Marino0-0
3. Wales0-0
Group B
1. Andorra0-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. Monaco0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jul. 15: WAL - MDA

Group B

Jul. 15: MON - GIB



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

M-Standings - Division B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Hungary0-0
3. Luxembourg0-0
4. Poland0-0
5. Romania0-0
6. Slovakia0-0
Group B
1. Belgium0-0
2. Cyprus0-0
3. Finland0-0
4. Holland0-0
5. Portugal0-0
6. Switzerland0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jul. 12: SVK - ENG
Jul. 12: LUX - HUN
Jul. 12: POL - ROM

Group B

Jul. 12: BEL - SUI
Jul. 12: CYP - NED
Jul. 12: FIN - POR



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KORISLIIGA: Studying and playing basketball - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Swingman Jesse Niemi (193-F/G-90) will leave his home town Tampere and Pyrinto, when moving after his studies to Joensuu University. It's then natural, that his new Team will be Kataja. The contract is for three years. Niemi was part of Pyrinto roster for seven years. Passed season he averaged 5,3 ppg (1 - 69,8%, 2 - 63,5%, 3 - 31,8%) and 3,0 rpg in 44 contests.
Also G Joel Heinikoski (185-G/F-92) is moving, when he continues with his studies back in Helsinki. Heinikoski played last season on YMCA Lappeenranta roster averaging 2,4 ppg (1 - 72,0%, 2 - 41,7%, 3 - 31,8%) and 0,4 rpg in 9:31 mpg and 37 games. Heinikoski has signed a 1+1 -year contract with Tarmo (Porvoo) in Division 1A.



One more before the real thing - by Pekka Salminen

On my way to Rakvere, Estonia.

We (Finland U20) will play against Estonia, Lithuania and Ukraine, great preparation for the championships.

So far our preparations have been not really successful if U look at the results, but I am still happy about the development.

Our goal is in the championships and I strongly believe the classic saying that" there are no shortcuts to anyplace with going to".We have been practicing really hard, trying to give our guys the right model and the tools for the next stage.

And the results then? No wins so far, one 1-point loss to Sweden, 1 OT loss to GB, etc. close ones, but close is not good enough. have to beat that "close" and the easiest way would be rebounding the ball with a totally different attitude. Taking care of the ball is another thing we need to be better at. These are exactly the things our opponents (especially Lithuania) in Rakvere will challenge us big time. So lets see what we are made off.

After the Estonia experiment it will be time for a short rest (weekend) and then it will be off to Pitesti, Romania. We better be ready then, it will be a tough tournament.

Respect the game

P




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  FRANCE   


Rueil Athletic Club announced Frederic Bourdillon - by Eurobasket News

Rueil Athletic Club announced Frederic Bourdillon (193-G/F-91) for 2013/2014 season. The 22-year old swingman will move from Etoile Charleville-Mezieres.
In 34 games he averaged 4.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg last season. Bourdillon won French NM1 Play-Offs championship title in 2012. He represented France at the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) four years ago. Bourdillon's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg.
Early in 2007-2008 he started his career for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball (N1). In 2009-2010 moved to Olympique Antibes (ProB) and in 16 games averaged 0.9ppg. In 2010-2011 Frederic Bourdillon played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone and mostly for the junior team.



Boulogne adds Cheriet to their roster - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Algerian power forward Mehdi Cheriet (204-100kg-87, college: San Diego State, agency: Fusion Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Boulazac Basket Dordogne in ProA. However his team was relegated to ProB. In 19 games he recorded just 2.9ppg and 1.7rpg last season. Cheriet played in the final of French ProB in 2012. He represented France at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) this year.
Cheriet has played previously for another French team Chorale de Roanne.
He attended San Diego State until 2011 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Kingsley Pinda officially moves to ALM Evreux Basket - by Eurobasket News

Kingsley Pinda (195-SG-92) officially moves to ALM Evreux Basket for the next season. The 21-year old French shooting guard comes from Sluc Nancy (ProA).
The last season he played mostly for U21 team. In ProA he averaged 0.6ppg. He also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 1.7ppg. Pinda's team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2012. He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. Pinda's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg.
In 2008 he was a member of the French U16 National Team. At the European Championships U16 in Italy his team reached Semifinals. In 8 games he showed 3.6ppg, 1.5rpg.



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  GABON   


U16 AfroBasket: Madagascar shoot down Gabon - by Eurobasket News

Madagascar U16 - Gabon U16 54:45

Madagascar recorded the second win at the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts overcame Gabon in Antananarivu. Kiady Randrianarivelo nailed 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Madagascar improved at 2-1 record. Gabon fell at 0-2 record in Group A.
Madagascar jumped to a 16:9 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The hosts secured a 32:19 halftime lead. Gabon stopped the rot in the third term. They narrowed the margin in the next period and eventually tied things up at 38. But Madagascar ignited a 16:7 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Eddy Ramanampisoa had 11 points and 15 boards, while Orlando Rahajaniaina netted 10 points in the victory. Tgana Dinga answered with 12 points for Gabon. N'Dui Edou had 11 points in the loss.

Madagascar U16: Kiady Randrianarivelo 14+14 boards, Eddy Ramanampisoa 11+15 boards, Orlando Rahajaniaina 10
Gabon U16: Tgana Dinga 12, N'Dui Edou 11



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  GEORGIA   


Pachulia in - by Akaki Bakradze

Zaza Pachulia, captain of the Georgian national basketball team, may continue career in Portland Trail Blazers. www.csnnw.com spreads this information. According to this internet portal, the negotiations have already started and as the interest is bilateral, the dialogue will start in the next few days.

In the previous season Blazers had one of the worst defenses in NBA. The Georgian center plays well in defense. So, Blazers plan to strengthen this line.

Pachulia does not have many block-shots but knows how to play in defense. He has tough fouls that cause good result, - Comcast Sportsnet supposes that Zaza will be a lineup center not a substitute.

The 28-year-old Pachulia spent the last 8 seasons in Hawks. His average result was 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Zaza stated many times that Atlanta is his second home. Today, on 1 July he became a free agent. So, he waits for a lot of interesting offers.

Blazers is very active. It also plans to transfer Chris Kaman. The German basketball player played for Dallas Mavericks in the previous season. Now he is a free agent too.
Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84)



Budivelnyk is considering to sign Giorgi Shermadini - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) is close to sign 24-year old Georgian international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-120kg-89) who played last time at Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in Greece. Shermadini managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 A1 games he had 3.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. Shermadini also played 17 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. Shermadini also played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel that season. In 6 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Shermadini played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 22 games he recorded 9.0ppg and 5.2rpg. He contributed in the supercup final and the cup final. A very impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA All-Star Game. He also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.5rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. Shermadini also spent pre-season at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league that year.
In 2010-11 season he played at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Shermadini was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 21 Telemach League games he recorded 8.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league final. Shermadini also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played 24 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shermadini was voted Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2008.
He was also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Shermadini played for Georgian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 91.3%.
Shermadini has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Georgia (Maccabi Tbilisi).
He could be described: Giorgi started playing basketball in January 2005, when he was 16 years old. Despite his brief playing experience, he became top international player in his age category, also ranked by DraftExpress.com in the summer of 2008. His stats on U20 European Championships 2008 all together appeared highest ever (21.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 3.7bpg, FGP 73.8%). A lot NBA scouts are considering Shermadini as a lottery pick on NBA Draft.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   


Germany U18 cap Vonitsa Tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - Bulgaria U18 79:73

Germany finished their Vonitsa tournament campaign with victory. They held off Bulgarian counterparts. Christian Sengfelder (202-C-95) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria got to a strong start. They piled up a 26:12 lead after ten minutes. Germany picked up the tempo in the second period. They cut the distance at 10-point mark at halftime 33:43. Germany shifted the gear in the third term. They exploded with 26 points to get within a single point at the final intermission. Bulgaria conceded a 13:20 run from the German side in the final ten minutes and had to surrender at the end. Lars Schlueter (197-G/F-95) and Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Konstantin Kovalev (203-F-95) had 9 points for Germany.



Stankovic Cup: Australia stay unbeaten with victory over Germany - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Germany 79:64

The Emerging Boomers recorded the fourth straight win at the Stankovic Cup in Lanzhou. They held off Germany in the latest encounter. Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Australia led by just two points after the opening frame 24:22. The Emerging Boomers extended the lead in the second frame. They used a 20:10 run to take a 12-point halftime lead. Australia stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. They held Germany to 8 points to boost the gap at 21-point lead at the final intermission. Australia allowed Germany to narrow the gap in the fourth frame but celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Mitchell Young (206-F-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Matthew Andronicos (208-C/F-91) finished with 10 points each for the Emerging Boomers. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) notched 13 points for Germany. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) and Till-Joscha Joenke (190-PG-92) provided 11 points apiece in the loss.

Australia: Clint Steindl 20, Mitchell Young 10, Matthew Andronicos 10
Germany: Mathis Monninghoff 13, Anthony Canty 11, Till-Joscha Joenke 11



Gussing lands coach Matthias Zollner, ex Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (A Bundesliga) tabbed German coach Matthias Zollner. He has coached for the last three years at Muenchen in German Regionalliga.
Zollner was coaching German Senior National Team last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



MBC signs Cuffee as Beidler leaves - by Moritz Korff

BBL team Mitteldeutscher BC has completed the signing of Michael Cuffee (195-G-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.). The 29-year-old will replace Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who did not receive contract extension with the Wolves.
Cuffee spent this past season with the Sundsvall Dragons of Sweden, averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 boards and 3.0 assists in 46 games played. He led the Dragons to the Basketligan finals was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team.
The Phila, PA, native, who graduated from NCAA D1 school Middle Tennessee in 2005, has played in Denmark, the US, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Qatar and Cyprus during his professional career.



Gotha Rockets complete roster by signing Torvoris Baker - by Moritz Korff

Torvoris Baker (203-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy) has signed a fresh one-year deal with the Gotha Rockets, the 2. Bundesliga Pro A club told today. He served as a team captain last season and averaged 12.8 points as well as 7.9 rebounds a game for the Rockets.
Baker first came to Gotha in 2011 and captured the Pro B title in his first year with BIG. According to the club's website, the Baker signing completed the Gotha roster for the 2013-14 campaign.



Maurice Pluskota taking his game to Braunschweig - by Moritz Korff

Maurice Pluskota (206-F/C-92) has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with BBL team Phantoms Braunschweig. However, the 21-year-old will most likely see more action with Braunschweig's farm team SUM Baskets in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B than in the Bundesliga, according to the club's press release. Pluskota averaged 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 33 encounters for Pro A side Cuxhaven BasCats last season.
The Phantoms have handed double-licenses to play in the BBL and in the Pro B to eight players, including Erik Land (205-C-90), Lucas Gertz (193-SG-90), Brian Wenzel (196-PF-91), Joern Wessels (205-PF-91), Dominique Johnson (194-SF-92), Ole Angerstein (205-C-95), Marc Nagora (203-SF-93) and Pluskota.



Kirchheim Knights sign pair of Regionalliga players - by Moritz Korff

The Kirchheim Knights have signed two players for the 2013-14 season, which they are expecting to spend in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. Ivan Buntic (207-C/F-91) and Michael Baumer (180-PG-90) have joined the Knights for the up and coming season.
Baumer appeared in 25 Regionalliga games for KIT SC Karlsruhe, scoring 15.1 points per contest. He ranked third in the league in assists per game (4.7apg). Buntic notched 15.2 points a game for another RLSW team, Baskets 98 Voelklingen-Warndt, and also pulled down 7.9 rebounds per outing.



Akeem Vargas Joins Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Alba Berlin have added highly talented Akeem Vargas (191-G-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) to the squad. Vargas is a 23 year old 191cm guard that has the German/American citzenship. After getting some Beko BBL experience for Igor Perovic and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, but not getting a solid spot in the rotation, he opted for a season in the Pro A last season with BG Goettingen and it paid off as he played 33 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 81.1%. The German got a two year deal. We have another young german player that is on the jump to the next level in his development. He improved in many areas last season and many teams were inetrested in him. But he made it clear quickly that he wants the biggest goals and wanted to play for us", stressed Alba Berlin head coach Sasa Obradovic.

Vargas started his basketball career in 2005 with SG Urspringschule junior team. He then played for Erdgas Ehingen from 2006-2009. he then played a year in the States with Iowa Lakes CC (JUCO): 31 games: 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.0%, FT: 94.0%. He then played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen from 2010-2012 playing a total of 22 Beko BBL games. "Alba Berlin is abig name and it is an honour to be apart of this tradition. I had a good season with Goettingen and want to make the next step. I was convinced of the cocept of Alba Berlin and am looking forward to playing with Sasa Obradovic who is known that he can work well with young talents and develop them", stressed Akeem Vargas. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -06, European Championships U16 in Jaen (Spain) -06: 8 games: 1.8ppg, 1.1rpg, German NBBL All-Tournament Team -07
German U18 National Team -08, European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) -08: 6 games: 3.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg
German U20 National Team -10, European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -11, German University National Team -11, World University Games in Shenzhen (China) -11: 7 games: 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Domestic Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Most Improved Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -13, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -13, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Runner-Up -13

Source: Alba Berlin








Joey Ney Moves To The Erdgas Ehingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Erdgas Ehingen have added Joey Ney (199-SG-92, agency: LUMANI 10.7). Ney comes from Alba Berlin where he never really was able to find a spot in the rotation. Ney started his basketball career in 2009 for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga). He played a total of 13 Beko BBL games. Last season he played for ALBA Berlin (BBL): 6 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg; Euroleague: 2 games: 0pts, played also at ALBA Berlin 2nd team (Regionalliga): 12 games: 13.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg. "Joey developed very well with us. We both came to the realization that it was time for the next step. We will continue to be in touch with him", stressed Alba Berlin sport director Mithat Demirel. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career German U16 National Team -08, European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -08 (Gold) (Gold): 9 games: 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, German U18 National Team -10, European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 1.1ppg, 2.2rpg, and German U20 National Team -11-12, and German Bundesliga Cup Winner -13.

Source: Alba Berlin





The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Sign Helge Baues - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



It is always seen as satisfaction when a young player stays with the club he got his career rolling with instead of moving on despite having many offers as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven witnessed by keeping Helge Baues (205-PF-94). Baues is a 19 year old 205cm forward got a one year deal. He led the NBBL in scoring last season and also practiced with the Beko BBL team. In the NBBL he averaged 18,8ppg and grabbed 10,6rpg and was a real monster on the glass. "Helge made a huge step forward last season despite his injury. He also developed as a person. He has all the abilities to find his way in the Beko BBL", stressed Bremerhaven assistant coach Hamed Attarbashi. Despite his young age, the German got experience playing for teams like TuS Eicklingen junior team, TSV Neustadt junior team and the Hannover Korbjaeger before coming to Bremerhaven.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven





The FRAPORT SKYLINERS Hang On To Dawan Robinson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Speculation had been high that Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island) could return to the FRAPORT SKYLINERS and today the team made it official keeping the gregarious American for another season. The 2004 Beko BBL champion showed real class sticking with the American despite his misfortune in the last year as he had had a car accident, came back played superbly for Frankfurt, but then had to miss some games in April before returning in the last game of the season in a do or die game against Ludwigsburg. Last season Robinson played 15 games: 12.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 80.3%. "I can hardly wait to return to Frankfurt. It will be a great year. . I am loking forward to seeing the fans, organization, team and team doctors again. They all supported me no matter how difficult the season was. I want to show what kind of player I can be, because I know I am better than what I showed last season. The only thing that counts for me is winning. I want to thank the Fraport Skyliners and especially Gunnar Wobke who was a good friend for me. This means alot for me", added Dawan Robinson. Last season Robinson scored in double figures in nine games including a 25 point effort against Phoenix Hagen. "Dawan brings a lot of qualities on and off the court. He can lead the team, score and make his teammates better. He can also influence the game himself. He is also tough, has leadership qualities and is a winner. I am happy that we have him on the team. He is motivated and wants to play for and in Frankfurt", added head coach Gordon Herbert.

Source:FRAPORT SKYLINERS




FC Bayern Munich Give Assistant Coaches Emir Mutapcic And Andreas Wagner Contract Extensions - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

FC Bayern Munich announced that assistant coaches Emir Mutapcic and Andreas Wagner will stay with the club. Both coaches recieved two year extensions. Mutapcic joined the team in January and has been a great fit giving his basketball expertise as he has shown in the Beko BBL his coaching talent in the past winning three championships with Alba Berlin and two cups. Andreas Wagner gives the coaching staff that youth touch and he has also had much coaching experience coaching in Munich 10 years ago and helping Nordlingen reach the Beko BBL in 2008 and also was head coach with BBC Bayreuth. "Both coaches are very experienced and we are a well rehearsed coaching staff. I am happy that we can continue our successful work, since our work has just began", stressed FC Bayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic.

Source: FC Bayern Mnchen



Jermain Raffington Returns Back To BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


After not getting much playing time with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, Jermain Raffington (205-F/C-85, college: Southeastern CC) returns back to BG Goettingen looking to play more of a role for the team. Raffington is a 28 year old 205cm power forward/center that is an active rebounder and defender. He has much Pro A experience and even played two years of college ball in the states. Last season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven he played 13 games averaging 2,7ppg. Who will forget his 11 point effort in Giessen in 11 minutes hitting two three pointers in garbadge time. "We are happy that he will join us and had played here before. He is a big man that can play inside and out. He fits good to our style as a moveable five man that is versatile", added BG Goettingen head coach Johan Roijakers. The German started his basketball career with Urspring Basketball Academy in 2003 and then played with TSG Ehingen until 2005. He then went to the States and played for Southeastern (CC) until 2007. He then played for BV Chemnitz an dthen two seasons with BBC Bayreuth. With BG Goettingen he played EuroCup: 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.1rpg; German League: 23 games: 2.5ppg, 1.2rpg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Regionalliga Champion -03
German U16 Nat. Team -01, German U18 Nat. Team -03-04, German Bundesliga Rookie All-Star Game -04, German U20 Nat. Team -04-05
German Rookie All-Stars Game -05, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05: 8 games: 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg, German A2 Nat. Team -06, 09
German University Nat. Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -10
German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -10, Eurocup Quarterfinals -11, and German 2.Regionalliga (North-North Group) Runner-Up -13

Source: BG Goettingen





Fabian Strauss Moves To SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club SC Rist Wedel have added some Pro A experience with Fabian Strauss (193-F-93) Strauss is a 20 year old 193cm forward that comes from Science City Jena. Last season in the pro A, he played 8 games: 1.0ppg, but played mostly for junior team. "After two visits to Wedel, he has decided to come here. That makes us happy and also shows that we stand behind young talented players", stressed SC Rist Wedel head coach Sebastian Gleim. Strauss started his basketball career with 12 and played for TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga) before moving to Science City Jena. "I await with this transfer that my basketball career moves a step forward. I want to be an option for SC Rist wedel on offense and defesne. I will take on that role and fulfill it when I get it", added Fabian Strauss

Source: SC Rist Wedel



Henry Dugat Moves To Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It took 2013 Beko BBL playoff team Phoenix Hagen longer than usual to know who their point guard would be since the club didnt knowt if it could hold Davin White, but they were unable and today announced the arrival of HHenry Dugat (183-G-87, college: Baylor). Phoenix Hagen now has completed their roster for the new season. Dugat is a 26 yera old 183 cm guard from Dayton, Texas that will be playing his fifth professional season. He is an NBA level PG with a 41 inch vertical Quick, athletic guard. Known for highlight-reel quality drives, dunks and blocks Praised by coaches for defensive skills. Finished seventh all-time with 158 career 3-point field goals made Finished career fourth all-time at Baylor with 152 career steals.Like White the American has had experience playing in Mexico as last season he played for Fuerza Regia Monterrey (Mexico-LNBP, starting five): (Liga Americas): 3 games: 16.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, FG-54.9%, FT-92.9%, in March moved to Frayles de Guasave (Mexico-CIBACOPA): 7 games: 12.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.3%. 2012-2013: LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 36 games: Score-2 (20.4ppg), 5.8rpg, Assists-3 (4.8apg), Steals-1 (2.0spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 82.7%. "I think that Henry fits very well to us. He is a hungry player that wants to reach something and make the next step with Hagen. He has the complete package on offense. He can shoot, play one on one, penetrate and pass. He has been good on defense as well. We will see if he can do all that in a strong league", stressed Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer.

Dugat started his basketball career in 2005 with Baylor (NCAA) where he played until 2009. As a senior he played 39 games: 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 30.2%, FT: 78.6%. He started his professional basketball career in 2009 with NBA Pre-Draft Workouts: Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and then played for Toros Nuevo Laredo (Mexico-LNBP, starting five): 18 games: 15.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 80.9%. In 2010-2011 he played for Halcones UV Xalapa (Mexico-LNBP): 11 games: 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 87.5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been national top-100 recruit out of Dayton (Texas) High School -05, HS honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's prior to senior season, HS TABC 4A All-State team -05, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -08, Big 12 Tournament Finalist -09
NIT Finalist -09, Mexican LNBP Semifinals -10, and Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -13

Source: Phoenix Hagen






The LTi Giessen 46ers Pick Up TJ Dileo - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



After five years in the NCAA and playing with illustrious players like Lavoy Allen from the 76ers, Fraport Skyliners Ryan Brooks and Argentine national player Juan Fernandez, T.J. DiLeo (190-PG-90) will start his professional basketball career with the LTi Giessen 46ers getting a one year deal. Dileo is a 22 year old 190cm guard that has the German/American citzenship. He is also the son of well known coach Tony Dileo. He played at Temple from 2008-2013 and last season played 32 games: 2.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg. It isnt hard to imagine why Giessen head coach Dennis Wucherer got him, because he knew him from the German U-20 team where he was a coach. "TJ had offers from other teams including BBL teams. We had tried hard to get him the last weeks and are happy that he wants to go his way with us. He was a scorer in high school, but in college a role player. Now he should get his scoring mentality back that he has from home. He is versatile at the guard positions, but also strong enough to help out at the wing. He is also a physical player that has qualities on defense. I know him since the U20 team and am happy to be able to work together with him", stated head coach Dennis Wucherer. Dileo comes from a basketball family as his mother played the game and father was a coach in Germany before working in the 76ers organization where he was also general manager. In high school the German once scored 50 points in a game. He played atotal of 126 NCAA games at Temple.
Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runner-Up -09, 11
Atlantic 10 Tournament Winner -09, 10, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champion -10, German U20 National Team -10, European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 54.5%, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -11, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion -12, and Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team -13

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers








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Gist: I knew what I wanted - by Kostas Papadopoulos

After having signed his new contract with Panathinaikos for the next two years, James Gist (205-F-86) immediately admitted at the official site of the team that he had little to think about when the team suggested extending their collaboration: "I knew well what I wanted and not after the end of the championship. I knew way before. I wanted to stay. Everything was good in Panathinaikos. I could find no reason to make me want to leave. Even before the games versus Barcelona, essentially I knew that I wanted to stay on with the team".
- So, you had little to contemplate on when you were informed about the proposition, didnt you?
"Exactly Truth is that I had little to think about. I am really glad; I am thrilled that I am going to be here for the next two years. As also, another positive is the fact that I am going to be here from the start and not as it happenned last season, where I had arrived, the teams obligations to have already begun. I believe it is something which will further aid me".
-What are your expectations for the next season?
"I expect it to be even better that this year's. I don't know how one might interpret this, but it is exactly what goes for me. I want it to be a better season, as I aspire on a personal level to be able to offer even more to the team and for all of us to experience great moments again. It is important to me, the fact that I will be in familiar surroundings starting from the very first day".
-Like the ones you experience on the bus roof top?
(he laughs) "Definitely! So many people before we left for the game but also when we returned! I haven't seen any videos, but I have watched the ones I captured numerous times! I have told some of my friends but they cannot believe it. Truth is if you haven't experienced it you can't really actually grasp the thought All this I lived through this season was special. For me to be given the opportunity to perform in one of the greatest teams throughout Europe, as I had stated already from back in my first day to come to the team, is mighty significant! The fact that I am getting to return, to stay on this team and to challenge more titles with it, makes me extremely content!"



Olympiacos officially announced Cedric Simmons - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos officially announced Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) for the next season. He played last at Enel Brindisi in Italy. In 30 games he had 9.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2006 Simmons was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (15th overall). The former North Carolina State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Simmons' team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2005. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team in 2011. Simmons represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Simmons has played also professionally in China (DongGuan Leopards), Spain (Asefa Estudiantes), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala) and D-League (Idaho Stampede and Iowa Energy).



Olympiacos may tab Cedric Simmons - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) is close to add to their roster 27-year old Bulgarian ex-international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-107kg-86, college: North Carolina State) who is currently linked with Enel Brindisi in Italy. He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. The last season he played also at Enel Brindisi (SerieA) in Italian league. In 30 games he had 9.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2006 Simmons was drafted by New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) in first round (15th overall). The former North Carolina State staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Simmons' team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2005. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team in 2011. Simmons represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Simmons is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (DongGuan Leopards), Spain (Asefa Estudiantes), NBA (Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens and Kavala) and D-League (Idaho Stampede and Iowa Energy).
On Simmons: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Tremendous shot blocker due to his huge wingspan (7'4") and quick leaping ability ... Disruptive and active defensively ... Has the size to play center and power forward on the next level ... Uses back to the basket post moves and is showing great progress in his ability to score posting up ... Has developed an effective jump hook ... Displays solid toughness inside. Does not shy away from contact ... Plays hard, good energy ...
Lacks great range and a consistent jump shot from any distance ... Offensive game is still a work in progress ... Shows excellent flashes, but lacks any real go-to moves
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Slovenia U18 roll past Greece U18 in Vonitsa - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Slovenia U18 74:77

Slovenia gained the second victory at the international friendly tournament in Vonitsa. They defeated hosting Greece on the final day of the competition. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) exploded with impressive 35 points to lead the visitors.
Slovenia eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Greece erased the deficit in the second period. The hosts eked out a 25:23 halftime advantage. Slovenia increased the tempo in the third term. The visitors came up with 27 points in the third term to take a 4-point lead into the fourth period. Greece exploded with 28 points in the final stanza but Slovenia matched it quite well with a 27-point tally to seal the victory. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) had 14 points for the winners. Konstantinos Kefalas (196-G/F-95, agency: FCM) connected for 16 points in the loss. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) had 19 points for the Hellenes.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 19, Konstantinos Kefalas 16
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 35, Matej Kavas 14, Jan Novak (185-PG-95) 8



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Zarko Rakocevic signed with Kormend - by Tamas Deri

The Hungarian First League's Lami-Ved Kormend has just announced the arrival of the Montenegrin bigman, Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances). The former Euroleague-player signed a one year deal with the club after he left the new Austrian champion BC Vienna in the middle of last season. The 204 cm-tall center started his pro career with the Montenegrin powerhouse, Buducnost Podgorica where he became a key contributor (11.3 ppg., 5.3 rpg. in the Adriatic League in 2006/2007), what is more, he posted 8 points in the Euroleague in the following year. The 29 year-old bigman also played in the highest level of European Basketball as the member of Partizan Belgrade, after it he had stints with Bosna Sarajevo and Igokea. He started 2011/2012 in Vienna, but he was bought out by Valencia. Rakocevic spent 1 month in Spain, he scored 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had 4 blocks in his best Eurocup game against Oostende, but he had to finish that year's campaign in another team, BC Boncourt. The Montenegrin import player averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest in 2012/2013 as a member of BC Vienna before he left the team because of financial problems.


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Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 16-2 
 2. Portland C. 15-5 
 3. Vancouver V. 14-5 
 4. Salem S. 9-11 
 5. Nippon T. 1-18 
International
 1. Olympia R. 2-0 
 2. Kitsap A. 1-4 
 3. Seattle F. 1-4 
 4. East Bay PB 0-4 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 27: Nippon T. - Portland C. 94-143
Jul. 1: Salem S. - Portland C. 94-104
Jun. 26: Seattle F. - Nippon T. 136-109
Jun. 30: Nippon T. - Vancouver V. 127-154
Jun. 30: Bellingham S. - Seattle F. 117-104
Jun. 28: Nippon T. - Salem S. 114-124
Jun. 29: Salem S. - Bellingham S. 109-125

Play-Offs: Round 1

Jul. 3: Salem S. - Nippon T.


Chinooks sweep Nippon Tornadoes - by Kip Leonetti

The margin of victory was 50 or more each time the Portland Chinooks hosted the Nippon Tornadoes at Eastmoreland Courts this season, but Thursday night was a little different.
They won by 49, 143-94 for an IBL-best tenth straight win.
The home team raced out to a 12-2 lead and never looked back, holding a 31-16 advantage after the first period. The visitors fought back to get within 11 points midway through the second before Portland pushed it to 62-45 at halftime.
It didn't take long for Portland to start pulling away for good early in the second half, building a 109-70 lead going into the final period. Their lead flirted with 50 points before time expired and the Chinooks were a winner yet again.
Portland was victorious for the 13th time in their past 15 games. They sit in third place in the Continental Conference right behind Vancouver.
Germain Jordan (6'6''-F, college: Dillard) was the man of the night. He came just shy of a remarkable quadruple-double with 29 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocked shots. Jared Cunningham (6'9''-F-89, college: Cumberlands) nearly had a triple-double himself with 27 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Greg Foster (6'2''-G-89, college: Saginaw Valley) scored 12 of the first 22 for his team and finished with a Chinooks' season high of 26 points. He also had 9 assists and 8 steals. Justin Steinke (6'3''-G, college: Clackamas CC) added 19 points and Steve Shepp (6'2''-G-88, college: Fresno St.) dished for a season-high 12 assists.
Michael Harvey (6'5''-F-90) led Nippon in his IBL debut with 26 points and 10 rebounds. The league's leading scorer Marcus Bradford (6'4''-G-85, college: Columbia, MO) was good for 21. LaShawn Malloy (6'10''-C/F-84, college: New Orleans) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the IBL, while Toshino Tatsuhiko (6'1''-G-88) had 14.



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U19 World Championship: Vicedo Edgar leads Spain against Iran - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19-Spain U19 59:68

Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) leads Spain against Iran in the start of the Second Stage. He collected 21 points and 11 rebounds as European side posted a 68:59 win for 4-0 record in Group E. Iran meanwhile fell at 1-3 record.
Iran surprised Spain in the first period and grabbed 18-15 lead. The European side however replied immediately with 23-7 surge and never looked behind after. Spain also added 16-13 rally in the third period and did not mind 14-21 in the last stanza.
Josep Perez (184-PG-94) poured in 10 points and Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) netted 9. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) and Sebastian Saiz (203-F-94) delivered 8 points each in a win. Mohammad Yousof Vand (207-C-95) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) had 11. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) brought 10, whilst Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) added 6.

Iran U19: Mohammad Yousof Vand 17, Behnam Yakhchali 11, Vahid Dalirzahan 10, Sajjad Mashayekhi 6
Spain U19: Edgar Vicedo 21+11 rebs, Josep Perez 10, Dario Brizuela 9, Guillermo Hernangomez 8, Sebastian Saiz 8



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  ISRAEL   


Dallas Mavericks lockdown Israeli PG Gal Mekel - by David Pick

The Dallas Mavericks have reached a verbal agreement of a 3-year-deal with two-time Israeli-League championship-winning floor general, Gal Mekel, according to a report earlier today from ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

Stein, a Israeli-American Dallas resident, who is also loud spoken fanatic over Israeli tennis, said Mekel's deal includes a guaranteed league minimum salary which the two sides will ink once the NBA signings and trades are cleared July 10.

According to Eurobasket sources, the two-time Israeli-League Most Valuable Player's agreement with the Mavericks is worth $490 thousand during his Rookie season, $816 thousand for his second season and $947 thousand over his third year with Dallas.

Mekel arrived in the U.S. two-weeks ago, after leading Israel's Maccabi Haifa to an historic championship over longtime favorites Maccabi Tel Aviv. Mekel had a pair of workouts with the Mavericks lined up earlier last week, but could only attended one-of-two tryouts, due to unexpected flight obstacles.

Mekel, a 6-foot-4 ball handler, auditioned for the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, and Mavericks, and was interviewed by the Memphis Grizzlies. He will showcase his talents at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with Dallas. Earlier last week, after declining the option for John Lucas III, the Toronto Raptors extended a Summer League position to Mekel, but eventually ended up acquiring high-volume 6-foot-2 Russian-League playmaker, Tywaine McKee.

When he officially signs with Dallas, Mekel will become just the second Israeli player in NBA history, joining free-agent forward Omri Casspi.

The Israeli 25-year-old point guard spent two season at Wichita State before returning to this home country, playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Galil/Gilboa and Haifa. I between, he also had a stint in Italy, en route to becoming an elite international guard.



Poland U18 strike back against Israel U18 - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Israel U18 103:95

Polish U18 National Team avenged the loss in the starting game and defeated Israeli U18 selection in Gizycko. Igor Wadowski (190-SG-96), Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) and Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) knocked down 17 points each to lead the hosts to a comfortable 8-point victory.
Israel led by two points after ten minutes 24:22. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second frame. Israel secured a 44:42 halftime lead. Poland got within a single point at the third break 64:65. The hosts fired 27 points in the fourth period and managed to force overtime. Poland outscored Israel 12:4 in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) and Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 21 points each for Israel.

Poland U18: Igor Wadowski 17, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 17, Mikolaj Witlinski 17
Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 21, Itay Segev 21



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  ITALY   


Emporio Armani officially name Luca Banchi head coach - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani officially announced the signing of Luca Banchi . The specialist will take over the team starting from the next season. Luca Banchi worked as head coach of Montepaschi Siena last season. He led Siena to the SeriaA title. Previously Luca Banchi spent six straight seasons working as assistant coach with Montepaschi. Previously Luca Banchi guided Livorno, Trieste, Banca Nuovo and Jesi. He guided the Italian U20 National Team back in 2001. Luca Banchi was at helm of Italian B National Team in the same season. Luca Banchi replaced Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) who worked with the Milan team for two seasons. Banchi will try to improve the last seasons result for Emporio Armani as they got eliminated in SeriaA quarterfinals.


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  IVORY COAST   


U19 World Championship: Ivory Coast edge Senegal at the start of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-Ivory Coast U19 51:53

Ivory Coast U19 win their first game at the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team overcame Senegal U19 53:51 at the start of the Classification Round for 13-16 places.
Both teams scored 14 points each in the first period, while Ivory Coast U19 looked better in the second period. They needed a 13-6 surge to take 7-point lead at the halftime. Senegal however started to dominate the court in the second half and posted two victories. Senegal won the third period 20-17 and finished with 11-9 rally. They could only come to 1-point when Pape Diatta (204-F-94) scored for 52:51, but then Dalen Traore (203-C-95) made the final result in the game.
Cedric Bah (200-C-94) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Dalen Traore collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Alpha Toure (187-F-94) notched 11 and Cyril Adjei (188-F-95) added 6. Pape Diatta posted 13 points each in the losing effort and Khalifa Ndiaye (207-F-94) had 9. Modou Mbaye (201-F-94) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Senegal U19: Pape Diatta 13, Khalifa Ndiaye 9, Modou Mbaye 7
Ivory Coast U19: Cedric Bah 17, Dalen Traore 15+12 rebs, Alpha Toure 11, Cyril Adjei 6



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  JORDAN   


Jordan to take part in William Jones Cup - by Omar Shafaamri

Jordan NT the title holder of 2007, 2008 editions of the William Jones Cup will fly on Thursday to Taiwan to participate in it's 35th edition starting from 6th of July with the Participation of 9 teams including the "Nashama".

This Championship will serve as the main part of Jordan NT Preparations for the upcoming 27th Fiba Asia Championship in the Philippines Next August in which the first 3 ranked teams qualifies to the Fiba World Championship 2014 in Spain.

Jordan's Roster in William Jones Cup:
Fadel Najjar (192-G-85)
Ahmad Dwairi (209-F-93)
Hani Farraj (195-G-87)
Ahmad Hamarche (196-F-86)
Ibrahim Emran (207-C-87)
Khaldoun Abou Ruqayah (204-F-83)
Abdallah Abou Qoura (204-F-84)
Wissam Sous (189-G-83)
Mahmoud Abdeen (192-G-87)
Mohamad Hussein (213-C-90)
Mohamad Hadrab (203-F-84)
Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) -Naturalized -
Ali Zaghab (205-F-88)
Mohamad Zaghab (198-F-89)

William Jones Cup 2013 Schedule
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Game 1 08:00 a.m Lebanon LIB (light) - Taiwan B (dark)
Game 2 10:00 a.m South Korea KOR (light) - Egypt EGY (dark)
Game 3 12:00p.m Jordan JOR (light) - Iran IRI (dark)
14:00 p.m Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony
Game 4 14:30 p.mTaiwan A (light) - Japan JPN (dark)

Sunday, July 7, 2013
Game 5 08:00 a.m Egypt EGY (light) - Jordan JOR (dark)
Game 6 10:00 a. mJapan JPN (light) - Lebanon LIB (dark)
Game 7 12:00 p.m USA (light) - Taiwan A (dark)
Game 8 14:00 p.mTaiwan B (light) - South Korea KOR (dark)

Monday, July 8, 2013
Game 9 08:00 a.m Japan JPN (light) - Egypt EGY (dark)
Game 10 10:00 a.m Iran IRI (light) - Taiwan B (dark)
Game 11 12:00 p.m South Korea KOR (light) - USA (dark)
Game 12 14:00 p.m Taiwan A (light) - Lebanon LIB (dark)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Game 13 08:00 a.m Taiwan B (light) - USA (dark)
Game 14 10:00 a.m Egypt EGY (light) - Iran IRI (dark)
Game 15 12:00 p.m Lebanon LIB (light) - South Korea KOR (dark)
Game 16 14:00 p.m Jordan JOR (light) - Taiwan A (dark)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Game 17 08:00 a.m Egypt EGY (light) - Lebanon LIB (dark)
Game 18 10:00 a.m Taiwan B (light) - Jordan JOR (dark)
Game 19 12:00 p.m Japan JPN (light) - USA (dark)
Game 20 14:00 p.m South Korea KOR (light) - Iran IRI (dark)

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Game 21 08:00 a.m USA (light) - Egypt EGY (dark)
Game 22 10:00 a.m Jordan JOR (light) - South Korea KOR (dark)
Game 23 12:00 p.m Iran IRI (light) - Japan JPN (dark)
Game 24 14:00 p.m Taiwan B (light) - Taiwan A (dark)

Friday, July 12, 2013
Game 25 08:00 a.m Lebanon LIB (light) - Jordan JOR (dark)
Game 26 10:00 a.m USA (light) - Iran IRI (dark)
Game 27 12:00 p.m Japan JPN (light) - South Korea KOR (dark)
Game 28 14:00 p.m Taiwan A (light) - Egypt EGY (dark)

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Game 29 08:00 a.m Lebanon LIB (light) - USA (dark)
Game 30 10:00 a.m Egypt EGY (light) - Taiwan B (dark)
Game 31 12:00 p.m Jordan JOR (light) - Japan JPN (dark)
Game 32 14:00 p.m Iran IRI (light) - Taiwan A (dark)

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Game 33 08:00 a.m Iran IRI (light) - Lebanon LIB (dark)
Game 34 10:00 a.m Japan JPN (light) - Taiwan B (dark)
Game 35 12:00 p.m USA (light) - Jordan JOR (dark)
Game 36 14:00 p.m Taiwan A (light) - South Korea KOR (dark)
* Timings are as per Amman local time (GMT +3)



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Roman and Maxim Marchuk stay in BC Astana - by Eurobasket News

Roman Marchuk and Maxim Marchuk (198-F/G-94) stay in BC Astana for the next season. Roman Marchuk (198-G-93) helped them to win the league title. The previous season Marchuk played at BK Almaty (D1) in Kazakhstan league. In 16 games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.5rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the Kazakhstan Cup Semifinals.
Maxim Marchuk averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.5rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the Kazakhstan Cup Semifinals.
Despite young age Marchuk had impressive career. His received Asia-Basket.com All-Asian U18 Championships 3rd Team award in 2012. He represented Kazakhstan at the FIBA Asian Championship U16 in Johor Bahru City (Malaysia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 4.0rpg.



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U19 World Championship: Lithuania remains undefeated in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-Canada U19 82:76

Lithuania remains undefeated in Prague after a thriller against Canada. The defending champions trailed 13 points after the first period, but managed to win 82:76. Lithuania improved to 4-0 record, while Canada fell at 1-3.
Canada opened the game with a 21-8 surge, however could not win the game. The European side reduced to 39:29 at the halftime and then pushed the tempo in the second half. Lithuania won the third period 20-8 and finished the game with a 33-29 rally.
Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) and Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94) posted 12 points each. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) answered with 28 points in the losing effort and Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) scored 10 and Joe De Ciman (193-G-94) added 5.

Lithuania U19: Tomas Dimsa 22, Justas Tamulis 14, Marius Grigonis 12, Mantvydas Staselis 12
Canada U19: Tyler Ennis 28, Trey Lyles 18+10 rebs, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 10, Joe De Ciman 5



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U16 AfroBasket: Madagascar shoot down Gabon - by Eurobasket News

Madagascar U16 - Gabon U16 54:45

Madagascar recorded the second win at the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts overcame Gabon in Antananarivu. Kiady Randrianarivelo nailed 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Madagascar improved at 2-1 record. Gabon fell at 0-2 record in Group A.
Madagascar jumped to a 16:9 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The hosts secured a 32:19 halftime lead. Gabon stopped the rot in the third term. They narrowed the margin in the next period and eventually tied things up at 38. But Madagascar ignited a 16:7 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Eddy Ramanampisoa had 11 points and 15 boards, while Orlando Rahajaniaina netted 10 points in the victory. Tgana Dinga answered with 12 points for Gabon. N'Dui Edou had 11 points in the loss.

Madagascar U16: Kiady Randrianarivelo 14+14 boards, Eddy Ramanampisoa 11+15 boards, Orlando Rahajaniaina 10
Gabon U16: Tgana Dinga 12, N'Dui Edou 11



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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea23.8 
 3. Austin, Cananea23.5 
 4. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 6. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 8. Elliott, Navolato20.7 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Gastonia.9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.5 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.5 
 10. Pettigrew, Guasa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.8 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Quintero, Tijuana4.7 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.8 
 5. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
 9. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 10. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 7. Toombs, Navolato1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 6 of Finals. Hermosillo snatch home win, force decider - by Eurobasket News

Hermosillo - Navolato 77-76

Steve Monreal drained a late three-pointers to propel Hermosillo to a vital home win in the sixth game of the title series. The Rayos forced the decider on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Froylan Verdugo (196-79) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 20+7reb+2ast, S.Monreal 18+8reb+3ast, J.Lopez 10+6reb+1ast, J.Esteva Hernandez 9+3reb+1ast, J.Camacho 9+2reb+1ast, E.Little 8+12reb+6ast
Navolato: F.Verdugo 19+4reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 15+8reb+3ast, M.Elliott 12+7reb+3ast, J.Insunza 9+1reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 9, B.Toombs 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 242787



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  NBA   


Nets re-sign Blatche for $1.4 million - by Eurobasket News

The Nets continued their busy offseason on the opening day of free agency, coming to an agreement to re-sign Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) to a one-year, $1.4 million deal Monday night. Retaining Blatche, which wont be official until July 10, was crucial for the Nets, who need to retain as much depth as possible up and down their roster, and particularly behind newly acquired Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76). After the Nets signed Blatche after hed been amnestied by the Wizards last summer, the 6-foot-11 big man who is capable of playing both power forward and center had a terrific season for the Nets, proving to be one of the biggest bargain signings in the entire league last year. Blatche averaged 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds coming off the bench for much of the season and pairing with Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) to give the Nets the best 1-2 combination at center in the NBA. Of course, Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) said during his exit interview, when asked if he wanted the Nets to retain Blatche. Dray was a big part of what we did this year. Hes so talented. Hes unbelievably talented. Its just a matter of consistency and him bringing it every night. Because of the fact that Blatche is still owed over $16 million over the next two seasons by the Wizards, he said repeatedly during and after the season that he would consider taking less money from the Nets in order to stay with the team that helped him resuscitate his career. Yeah, I thought about that idea, Blatche said in his exit interview on May 5. I got my second chance here, and Im loyal to being here. We just have to see what happens. With the money situation, that makes it easier for me to stay here. I dont have to take nothing huge. I can take less. Its going to be based on whats best for me. Due to the NBAs complicated formula for players who have been amnestied, Blatche will make roughly $8.9 million dollars this year by staying with the Nets, who will also own his Early Bird rights going into next offseason.
Courtesy of: nypost.com



C.J. Watson, Indiana Pacers verbally agree on two-year deal - by Eurobasket News

There are plenty of teams swinging for the fences in free agency with the hopes of signing Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) or Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85). There's quite a bit of talent available for the right price. But there are other teams like the Indiana Pacers, who feel great about their core and just need to add some complementary pieces to round out their rotation. Some of those signings for contending teams can be just as important as bringing in a big-time talent. It looks like the Pacers might be upgrading their bench with the signing of a new backup point guard. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld and David Aldridge of NBA.com are both reporting that the Pacers have agreed to a two-year deal in principle with C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) to be the backup to George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI). It will technically be the fourth backup point guard for the Pacers in three seasons. This is a huge get for the Pacers. The Pacers had Darren Collison starting during the majority of the 2011-12 season before moving him out of the starting lineup (even after he returned from injury) in favor of Hill. Hill was signed last summer for five years and $40 million to be the starting point guard moving forward. Then the Pacers traded Collison for Ian Mahinmi and moved to D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas) as the backup point guard. However, Augustin continued to struggle, like he has throughout his NBA career, scoring and running the team. He shot a career-worst 35.0 percent from the floor and made just 35.3 percent of his 3-pointers. He had the lowest turnover rate of his career, but he also had the lowest assist rate of his career. Watson, on the other hand, continued to rise up the ranks of backup point guards. After having two solid seasons with the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11 and '11-12, the six-year veteran signed with the Brooklyn Nets to be the backup point guard to Deron Williams. He didn't shoot the ball well overall (just 41.8 percent from the field) but he was a legitimate 3-point threat out there by making 41.1 percent of his 3-s. The Pacers are going from a guy who can't make a shot to a guy who can really fill it up in a reserve role. It should really help a Pacers bench that struggled to score and make an impact on the game when the starters needed some rest.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Indiana Pacers hire Nate McMillan as associate head coach - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday that Nate McMillan has been hired as an associate head coach. McMillan replaces Brian Shaw , who became head coach at Denver. McMillan comes to the Pacers with a vast basketball background as a player and as a coach. After playing collegiately at North Carolina State, McMillan was drafted by Seattle (30th overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played his entire 12-year career with the Sonics, had his number (10) retired and became their coach in 2000 and remained in Seattle until after the 2005 season. He then went to Portland that year and coached the Trail Blazers until he was let go in March, 2012. McMillan also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. We are extremely thrilled to have Nate join our staff, said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel . To get someone with his experience as a player and a coach will be extremely valuable to our players, to our staff and to our franchise. To be able to join a respected franchise like this is a great opportunity, said McMillan. Its obvious the potential this team has to compete for a championship and to come on board at a time like this is great timing for me. I really look forward to working with this coaching staff and the players. I have heard nothing but good things about everyone involved and that made this a very easy decision to make.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



The 2012-13 Asterisk * Awards Go To: ... By Tim Shea - by Tim Shea

Try to be pure at heart
They arrest you for robbery.
Mistake your shyness for aloofness
Your silence for snobbery.
Got the message this mornin'
The one that was sent to me.
About the madness of becomin'
What one was never meant to be.
West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar
I see the turning of the page, curtain risin' on a new age
See the grooms still waitin' at the altar.

- BOB DYLAN -

2012-13 Asterisk * Awards Go To:

*Lebron James. He is the great Oscar Robertson and the great MJ all rolled up in one. He's the best. Everything he does, even his, "Im taking my talents to South Beach Show", comes with an asterisk. Its simply not fair to the rest of the league (world). So, Who's better? is not a question. MJ could never guard a PF/C.

*Coach Greg Popovic gets the * next to his great coach label for NOT using two "Bigs" simultaneously, at any moment, during the Finals. Pops was too conformist and never proactive in forcing the Miami Heat to change its M.O. SAS always played the "Miami game". The Duncan-Splitter combination, a la Robinson-Duncan, was a possible valuable tactic SAS never used and one that could have changed things around and forced Miami's hand. In addition, his sixth game, post game response to a journalists question: "Oh you mean that European tactic rule of fouling to prevent a three point shot from being made? " (which may have cost him the sixth game (and the championship). His comment demonstrated little tact and from where I sit, poor taste, a shot of ignorance and deliberate snobbery. Very uncool.

*The Refs get the * because either my eyesight is going bad (or I dont know what) but... too many playoff games were sometimes, no, often-times, no, too many times seemed to be about them and not the game or the players. I'm referring to both here in Spain ACB and in the NBA. Examples? The officials time out taken by the crew of the sixth game of the NBA Finals with 6 seconds remaining which stopped the game after Ray Allens game tying three. Whatsupwitthat? Its not allowed!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch here in the ACB, basketballs clearly bouncing off of an offensive players knee and out of bounds didn't go as a turnover. Something stinks in Denmark.

*Doc Rivers gets one just because he's The Doc. Its that simple.

*Jason Kidd gets the * because calling yourself a coach from one day to the next is just not kosher. The "Coach" entitlement is an earned, school of hard knocks title that is rooted in merit and not arbitrarily given to oneself. Just because one spends time in the company of The great masters of painting does not make a novice a master. If I run into Jason I will respectfully salute him as Mr. Kidd and not Coach ... ... at least not yet, hes gotta earn that.

*Goes to ACB Championship Winners: Like almost every year for the last I dont know how many years, there was no doubt or drama as to who was going to win the title. From Day 1 it was to be Real Madrid or Barcelona, or Barcelona or Real Madrid. Duuhhh.

*Goes to the Sub Champion San Antonio Spurs as the epitome of team basketball in this day and age of the one on five, look at me posing, screaming, shouting, fronting, individualist basketball culture. SAS - The TEAM that came "this close" to being champions while the separation between them and the champion Miami Heat is the distance between these two dots.. Three cheers for team basketball, hip hip _.

*Goes to the FIBA and the National leagues under their jurisdiction as any individual or team offensive records that were set during this past season receive the asterisk because: By allowing moving blocks (both on and off the ball)
operational man to man defense is negated 100%, making it impossible to use and therefore corrupting any individual or team offensive records that may have been set during this season. End of story.

A big * goes to 13!! NBA Coaching changes .... and counting.

*And finally, sadly an * goes to the day, June 19, 2013, the day James John Gandolfini AKA Tony Soprano left us... we will miss him.
------------------------------------------------------------------
Since I don't have the time nor mind to figure out
The nursery rhymes that helped us out in making sense of our lives.
The cruel, uneventful state of apathy releases me
I value them but I won't cry every time one's wiped out.


- The Shins -
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Tim "Doc" Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.




Dallas Mavericks lockdown Israeli PG Gal Mekel - by David Pick

The Dallas Mavericks have reached a verbal agreement of a 3-year-deal with two-time Israeli-League championship-winning floor general, Gal Mekel, according to a report earlier today from ESPN.com's senior NBA correspondent, Marc Stein.

Stein, a Israeli-American Dallas resident, who is also loud fanatic over Israeli tennis, said Mekel's deal includes a guaranteed league minimum salary which the two sides will ink once the NBA signings and trades are cleared July 10.

According to Eurobasket sources, the two-time Israeli-League Most Valuable Player's agreement with the Mavericks is worth $490 thousand during his Rookie season, $816 thousand for his second season and $947 thousand over his third year with Dallas.

Mekel arrived in the U.S. two-weeks ago, after leading Israel's Maccabi Haifa to an historic championship over longtime favorites Maccabi Tel Aviv. Mekel had a pair of workouts with the Mavericks lined up earlier last week, but could only attended one-of-two tryouts, due to unexpected flight obstacles.

Mekel, a 6-foot-4 ball handler, auditioned for the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, and Mavericks, and was interviewed by the Memphis Grizzlies. He will showcase his talents at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with Dallas. Earlier last week, after declining the option for John Lucas III, the Toronto Raptors extended a Summer League position to Mekel, but eventually ended up acquiring high-volume 6-foot-2 Russian-League playmaker, Tywaine McKee.

When he officially signs with Dallas, Mekel will become just the second Israeli player in NBA history, joining free-agent forward Omri Casspi.

The Israeli 25-year-old point guard spent two season at Wichita State before returning to this home country, playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Galil/Gilboa and Haifa. I between, he also had a stint in Italy, en route to becoming an elite international guard.



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  NCAA1   


U19 World Championship: USA topple Brazil - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Brazil U19 91:66

USA accounted for the fourth consecutive win at the U19 World Championship. They fired past Brazil to remain undefeated. Rasheed Sulaimon (6'4''-G-94) nailed 15 points to lead balanced effort from the winners. USA improved at 4-0 record, while Brazil slipped at 1-3 in the Eighth-Final stage Group F.
Brazil tried hard not to allow the USA to run away in the first half. The Latin American team trailed by just three points at the first break 17:20. USA managed to boost the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 40:34. But the breakthrough came in the third period. The North American team went on a deadly 29:14 rally to pile up an unassailable 21-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The United States kept Brazil at bay throughout the final period and cruised to yet another win in Prague. Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Justice Winslow (6'6''-F-96) added 11 points for the winning side. Leonardo Demetrio (6'9''-F/C-94) responded with 15 points for Brazil. Danilo Fuzaro (6'4''-G-94) finished with 8 points in the loss.

USA U19: Rasheed Sulaimon 15, Aaron Gordon 14+10 boards, Justice Winslow 11
Brazil U19: Leonardo Demetrio 15, Danilo Fuzaro 8



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 13-2 
 2. Southland S. 11-3 
 3. OceanaGold N. 11-4 
 4. Nelson G. 11-4 
 5. Hub Jets 8-7 
 6. Taranaki MA 5-10 
 7. HBS Bank Hawks 4-11 
 8. Super City R. 2-13 
 9. Waikato P. 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 28: Hub Jets - Southland S. 89-94
Jun. 29: HBS Bank Hawks - Nelson G. 86-88
Jun. 30: Waikato P. - Southland S. 85-96
Jun. 30: OceanaGold N. - Wellington S. 72-97
Jun. 29: Taranaki MA - Super City R. 114-93
Jun. 25: Wellington S. - Super City R. 107-87
Jun. 28: Wellington S. - Nelson G. 104-99

Regular Season: Round 12

Jul. 5: Wellington S. - Southland S.
Jul. 6: Super City R. - Hub Jets
Jul. 6: Nelson G. - Southland S.
Jul. 6: HBS Bank Hawks - Waikato P.
Jul. 6: Taranaki MA - OceanaGold N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Nelson G.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Pace, Nelson G.22.8 
 2. Conklin, Southland22.5 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.21.3 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.21.1 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.20.4 
 6. Tait, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Jones, Hub Jets19.9 
 8. Greene, HBS B.19.5 
 9. Hagan, Hub Jets19.3 
 10. Braswell, Southla.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Atkinson, Waika.14.8 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets13.9 
 3. Conklin, Southland9.6 
 4. Gabriel, Taranaki.9.4 
 5. Greene, HBS B.9.4 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.8.9 
 7. Bailey, Super C.8.5 
 8. Anthony, OceanaGo.8.4 
 9. Vukona, Nelson G.8.0 
 10. Markson, Wellingt.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Tait, Wellington S.8.1 
 2. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.4 
 3. Hagan, Hub Jets6.9 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.5.3 
 5. Webster, Waika.4.4 
 6. Buck, Super City R.4.4 
 7. Martin, Southlan.4.2 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.4.1 
 9. Anderson, Taranaki.3.4 
 10. Boucher, Wellingt.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris HAGAN
  Hub Jets
  (181-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hagan, Hub Jets3.1 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.7 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.5 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 5. Boucher, Wellingt.2.1 
 6. Greene, HBS B.2.1 
 7. Webster, Waika.2.0 
 8. Martin, Southlan.2.0 
 9. Buck, Super City R.1.9 
 10. O''Riley, Super C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zack ATKINSON
  Waika.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Atkinson, Waika.3.0 
 2. Gabriel, Taranaki.1.8 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
 5. Anthony, OceanaGo.1.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets1.2 
 7. Greene, HBS B.1.1 
 8. Prewster, HBS B.0.8 
 9. Dawson, Southlan.0.8 
 10. Bolstad, Super C.0.8 



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  POLAND   


Poland U18 strike back against Israel U18 - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Israel U18 103:95

Polish U18 National Team avenged the loss in the starting game and defeated Israeli U18 selection in Gizycko. Igor Wadowski (190-SG-96), Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) and Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) knocked down 17 points each to lead the hosts to a comfortable 8-point victory.
Israel led by two points after ten minutes 24:22. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second frame. Israel secured a 44:42 halftime lead. Poland got within a single point at the third break 64:65. The hosts fired 27 points in the fourth period and managed to force overtime. Poland outscored Israel 12:4 in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) and Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 21 points each for Israel.

Poland U18: Igor Wadowski 17, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 17, Mikolaj Witlinski 17
Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 21, Itay Segev 21



Anwil Wloclawek signs Piotr Pamula - by Pawel

Anwil Wloclawek has just announced the signing of 23-year old Polish guard Piotr Pamula (194-G-90). Last season he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia. In 29 games in PLK, he averaged 3.8 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. It was also his first season on Euroleague courts in career. He played 8 games, and recorded 2.1 points and 0.4 rebounds per game. This talented guard was also member of the Polish national team on Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania. In 4 games, he notched 3.0 points and 0.3 rebounds per game. Pamula had also offers from AZS Koszalin and Energa Czarni Slupsk, but he finally chose Anwil Wloclawek.

Fourth team from PLK last season also lost one player. The team left Mateusz Bartosz (203-F-87). This 26-year old Polish forward, played in 35 games for Anwil last season. In 9.7 minutes of every game, he averaged 2.3 points and 2.7 rebounds.



Jordan Hulls and Garret Stutz signed at Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket Center

Energa Czarni Slupsk is getting ready for the upcoming season. According to our sources they have just signed two import players: point guard Jordan Hulls (183-PG) and big man Garrett Stutz (212-C-90, college: Wichita St.)

Jordan Hulls is a product of Indiana University. Last year he average 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg in 36 games as a senior. He led the Hoosiers to the Sweet 16 for the second sonsecutive season. Hulls was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and CoSIDA Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-America Team.

Garrett Stutz is a big man from
Wichita State and it will be his second year in pro basketball. Last season he spent in Maine Red Claws (D-League). In 17 games he averaged 5.5ppg and 3.8rpg. In 2012 he was a part of korean Anyang KGC team at William Jones Cup in Taiwan (histeam finished at 4th place)



Tomasz Snieg signs at Energa Czarni - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (TBL) landed talented point guard Tomasz Snieg (190-89). 24-year product of Polonia 2011 program played most recently at Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish TBL league. In 20 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg last season. Snieg also played at Start Gdynia where he started the previous season. In 9 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg.
2011-2012 season he played at Polpharma. In 35 games his stats were 7.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg.

Source: ENERGA Czarni Slupsk



Tomasz Snieg signs at Energa Czarni - by Greg

Energa Czarni Slupsk (TBL) landed talented point guard Tomasz Snieg (190-89). 24-year product of Polonia 2011 program played most recently at Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish TBL league. In 20 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg last season. Snieg also played at Start Gdynia where he started the previous season. In 9 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg.
2011-2012 season he played at Polpharma. In 35 games his stats 7.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg.

Source: ENERGA Czarni Slupsk



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Harris, Ponce20.3 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.7 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.3 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Mayaguez17.5 
 9. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.2 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.5 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo9.3 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.6 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.5 
 8. Balkman, Guayama8.3 
 9. Mata, Quebradillas8.3 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.5 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.1 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.1 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Rivera, Ponce4.6 
 8. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Ponce
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Ponce2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Diaz, Arecibo1.5 
 6. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 10. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 8. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Capitanes and Mets tie their series - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes de Arecibo and Mets de Guaynabo tied their series 2-2 at home by beating Leones and Cangrejeros, respectively.

Capitanes edged Leones 79-76 as they made a 5-0 run in the final minute. Arecibo secured from the free-throw line and Leones could not get a quality shot in their final possessions.

Leones controlled the first half with more intensity on both sides of the court; Mike Harris and Carlos Emory led the way for Ponce who had a 46-37 halftime lead.

In the third quarter Arecibo came closer and they took control early in the final quarter. Jack Michael Martinez made a basket to put them up 75-68, but Mike Harris made an 8-0 run to put Ponce up 76-75 with one minute left.

D.J. Strawberry led Arecibo with 19 points while Jack Michael Martinez had 14 points with 19 boards.

Mike Harris netted 23 points with 14 rebounds for Ponce. The series continue Tuesday in Ponce for game 5.

Mets de Guaynabo defeated Cangrejeros 78-72 with an 8-2 run in the final two minutes. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) scored 25 points and Larry Ayuso 11 for Guaynabo. They continue Tuesday in Santurce.

Games for Monday, July 1:

Piratas de Quebradillas at Caciques-Gigantes (Carolina)
Brujos de Guayama at Indios de Mayaguez



Newson comes in for Gates in Guayama - by Luis Modestti


Brujos de Guayama signed Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) and released center Yancy Gates (206-F-89, college: Cincinnati). His debut is expected to be tonight in Mayaguez.

Gates averaged 11,93 points and 6,1 rebounds in 15 games during the regular season and in the playoffs scored 7 points and grabbed 2,5 rebounds. The team said that the center is injured.

The new import comes from Hyeres-Toulon in France where he averaged 14,7 points during the season. He has experience in Germany, Australia, Poland, Finland, France and the D-League. He is known for being a good shooter and can play guard and small forward.

Guayama currently has a 2-1 series lead over defending champion Indios de Mayaguez.



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  ROMANIA   


Babybasketbal - Romanian National League - by Tiberiu Szabo

After one week of spectacular basketball, National League of babybasket finished. Over 90 teams, 1200 players, both female and male, fight to win the gold medals.
The women's standings is:

1 CSS 6 Bucuresti
2 ACS Dan Dacian Bucuresti
3 BC Olimpic Baia Mare
4 Lociul BC Heroes Cluj Napoca
5 CS Speranta For You Cluj Napoca
6 ACS KSE Tg Secuiesc
7 CS BBALL 6 Sf. Gheorghe
8 CSS Alexandru Ceusianu Reghin
9 CSS Bega Timisoara
10 CSS 1 Constanta

The males standings is:

1 CSM Slam Bucuresti
2 CS Laguna Bucuresti
3 ACS Dan Dacian Bucuresti
4 CSU Cuadripol Brasov
5 CS 4Sports Bucuresti
6 BC Olimpic Baia Mare
7 CSU Ploiesti
8 ACS Beagles Tg. Mures
9 CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca
10 ACS Viitorul Bucuresti

All participants received diplomas, medals and shirts. The competition continues with a week of girls minibaschet.




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  RUSSIA   


U19 World Championship: Serbia extend their winning run - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Russia U19 60:46

Serbia claimed the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Russia at the start of the Eighth-Final Round. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) nailed 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Serbia improved at 4-0 record on top of Group F.
Serbia quickly cleared off at the start of the game. The Balkan team gained a 21:10 lead after the opening quarter. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 35:22 halftime advantage. Serbia kept Russia at safe distance throughout the third term. The Balkan team piled up a 15-point lead before the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Serbia. Stefan Pot (195-G-94) and Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 8 points each in the victory. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) nailed 17 points for Russia. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 9 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Milutinov 14, Vasilije Micic 10, Stefan Pot 8, Mihajlo Andric 8
Russia U19: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 17, Igor Kanygin 9



Enisey keep Stevan Karadzic - by Eurobasket News

Enisey have agreed on terms of contract extension with Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ). The head coach has signed a new one-year deal with the Krasnoyarsk team. The Serbian specialist will enter the fourth straight season with Enisey. Karadzic led Enisey into Russian Cup semis in 2011. He previously worked with Hemofarm and Crvena Zvezda. Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ) was named All-EuroCup Co-Coach of the Year in 2009. The specialist worked as assistant coach at the Adriatic League All-Star Game in 2008. He guided the Yugoslavian Junior National Team back in 2001. Later he worked at helm of the Serbian U21 National Team in 2004 and U19 National Team in 2005. He also worked as assistant coach with the Yugoslavian National Team in 2002.


Kostas Kaimakoglou remains with Unics Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) remains with Unics Kazanfor the next season. In 11 PBL games he recorded 13.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.6apg. Kaimakoglou also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (11-12) season Kostas Kaimakoglou played at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league. In 34 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg that season. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Kaimakoglou also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kaimakoglou won Greek League championship title in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team award back in 2010.



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U19 World Championship: Ivory Coast edge Senegal at the start of the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-Ivory Coast U19 51:53

Ivory Coast U19 win their first game at the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team overcame Senegal U19 53:51 at the start of the Classification Round for 13-16 places.
Both teams scored 14 points each in the first period, while Ivory Coast U19 looked better in the second period. They needed a 13-6 surge to take 7-point lead at the halftime. Senegal however started to dominate the court in the second half and posted two victories. Senegal won the third period 20-17 and finished with 11-9 rally. They could only come to 1-point when Pape Diatta (204-F-94) scored for 52:51, but then Dalen Traore (203-C-95) made the final result in the game.
Cedric Bah (200-C-94) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Dalen Traore collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Alpha Toure (187-F-94) notched 11 and Cyril Adjei (188-F-95) added 6. Pape Diatta posted 13 points each in the losing effort and Khalifa Ndiaye (207-F-94) had 9. Modou Mbaye (201-F-94) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Senegal U19: Pape Diatta 13, Khalifa Ndiaye 9, Modou Mbaye 7
Ivory Coast U19: Cedric Bah 17, Dalen Traore 15+12 rebs, Alpha Toure 11, Cyril Adjei 6



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  SERBIA   


Enisey extends contract with Stevan Karadzic - by Zoran Popovic

Russian team Enisey and Serbian coach Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ) agreed terms and extends contract for next period. This is coach Karadzic second time on Enisey bench. First time Karadzic was head coach of Enisey in season 2010-2011.and that year played Russian National cup semi final. During the career Karadic was head coach of Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Hemofarm Stada and Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ) was head coach of Yugoslavian and Serbia and Montenegro youth teams and Assistant coach of Yugoslavian National team 2001.


Goran Huskic agreed to sign with Lagun Aro - by Branko Nesic

Serbian forward Goran Huskic (210-C-92, college: Howard Col. (TX)) is a new member of the spanish Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC.Last year Huskic played in the United
States for Howard College and then returned to Serbia where he played for Radnicki Obrenovac averaging 20.3 ppg.10.0 rpg and 1.7 apg
in 6 games that he played.With his great perfomances he managed to help his team stay in Serbia B league.Huskic signed a 5 years contract with the spanish team.



Zeljko Obradovic is the new head coach of Fenerbahce Ulker!!! - by Branko Nesic

Serbian coach Zeljko Obradovic agrees with turkish Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.Last year Obradovic decided to take the season off
and get to know better the NBA coaching system.He spent a certain period of time in the Detroit Pistons training camp.
In the past 13 years (1999-2012) Obradovic was the head coach of the Panathanaikos Athens.With the greek club he won
5 Euroleague titles,11 greek championships and seven greek national cups.Serbian coach signed a 2 years contract with the
turkish team



U19 World Championship: Serbia extend their winning run - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Russia U19 60:46

Serbia claimed the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Russia at the start of the Eighth-Final Round. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) nailed 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Serbia improved at 4-0 record on top of Group F.
Serbia quickly cleared off at the start of the game. The Balkan team gained a 21:10 lead after the opening quarter. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 35:22 halftime advantage. Serbia kept Russia at safe distance throughout the third term. The Balkan team piled up a 15-point lead before the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Serbia. Stefan Pot (195-G-94) and Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 8 points each in the victory. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) nailed 17 points for Russia. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 9 points in the loss.

Serbia U19: Nikola Milutinov 14, Vasilije Micic 10, Stefan Pot 8, Mihajlo Andric 8
Russia U19: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 17, Igor Kanygin 9



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  SLOVAKIA   

D2 - Standings

1.Liga Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Karlovka 10-4 
 2. Nova Ves B 9-5 
 3. Inter B 9-5 
 4. Slavia Kosice 8-6 
 5. IMC P. Bystrica 8-6 
 6. Petrzalka 8-6 
 7. B.Bystrica B 5-9 
 8. BSC Bratislava 1-13 
Places 9-16
 1. SKP Filozof 12-2 
 2. Trnava 11-3 
 3. ZA-Medik MT 10-4 
 4. Holic 9-5 
 5. Sered 4-10 
 6. Liptovsky M. 4-10 
 7. Lucenec 3-11 
 8. Roznava 3-11 
Stage One Standings


Komarno add Slovenian guard Maj Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News

Komarno add Slovenian guard Maj Kovacevic (190-G-90). He played last time at BK Edymax SPU Nitra. In 37 games he recorded 12.7ppg and 1.5rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Bosmans Team. The previous season Kovacevic played at Geoplin Slovan (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 27 games he averaged 9.0ppg and 1.6rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovenian Cup Semifinals.
In 2010-11 season Kovacevic played at Zlatorog (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 31 games he averaged 5.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2009-10 season Maj Kovacevic played at Krka (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 29 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Kovacevic represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 90.0%.



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia U18 roll past Greece U18 in Vonitsa - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Slovenia U18 74:77

Slovenia gained the second victory at the international friendly tournament in Vonitsa. They defeated hosting Greece on the final day of the competition. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) exploded with impressive 35 points to lead the visitors.
Slovenia eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Greece erased the deficit in the second period. The hosts eked out a 25:23 halftime advantage. Slovenia increased the tempo in the third term. The visitors came up with 27 points in the third term to take a 4-point lead into the fourth period. Greece exploded with 28 points in the final stanza but Slovenia matched it quite well with a 27-point tally to seal the victory. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) had 14 points for the winners. Konstantinos Kefalas (196-G/F-95, agency: FCM) connected for 16 points in the loss. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) had 19 points for the Hellenes.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 19, Konstantinos Kefalas 16
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 35, Matej Kavas 14, Jan Novak (185-PG-95) 8



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  SOUTH KOREA   


U19 World Championship: South Korea upset hosts for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19 - South Korea U19 95:96 (OT)

South Korea claimed the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Korean team snatched a narrow overtime victory over hosting Czech Republic in the classification round. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) notched 32 points to lead the winners.
Czech Republic secured a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. The Czech team accounted for a 52:36 halftime advantage. But the Asian team turned things around in the second half. They dropped 30 points in the third term to narrow the margin at 6-point mark. Heo Hoon fired a late three-pointer to level the score at 87 at the end of regulation. Heo Hoon nailed four points in the extra period and helped the Korean team seal the victory at the end. Seongmo Choi (187-G-94) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds, while Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) added 11 points for the winners. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) answered with 24 points and 21 rebounds for Czech Republic. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) tossed in 18 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U19: Martin Peterka 24+21 boards, Petr Safarcik 18
South Korea U19: Heo Hoon 32, Seongmo Choi 25, Choi Jun-Yong 11



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  SPAIN   


Lagun Aro land Goran Huskic - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro announced the signing of Goran Huskic (210-C-92, college: Howard Col. (TX)). The Serbian centre penned a five-year deal with the Spanish team. Last season Goran Huskic started overseas. He played for the Howard College in NJCAA. His stats read 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per appearance. In December the centre moved back to Serbia. Goran Huskic joined Radnicki Obrenovac in B League. The centre posted impressive 20.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game there. Goran Huskic was named into All-Serbian B League 2nd Team back in 2012. He was the member of U20 Serbian National Team in 2012.


FCB Regal split ways with three players - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal announced they would not extend cooperation with Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland), Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, college: Princeton).
Sarunas Jasikevicius joined Barcelona at the start of the season. The Lithuanian veteran tallied 5.8 points and 1.8 assists per game in ACB. In Euroleague Jasikevicius notched 4.9 points and 2.0 assists per appearance.
Judson Wallace spent two seasons with FCB Regal. Last season the forward posted 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in ACB. Wallace also tallied 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in EuroLeague.
Loukas Mavrokefalidis joined the Catalan team in May. His stats read 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in ACB. The centre tipped off the season in Russia with Spartak Saint Petersburg.
In the meantime FCB Regal extended the qualifying offer to Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports).



U19 World Championship: Vicedo Edgar leads Spain against Iran - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19-Spain U19 59:68

Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) leads Spain against Iran in the start of the Second Stage. He collected 21 points and 11 rebounds as European side posted a 68:59 win for 4-0 record in Group E. Iran meanwhile fell at 1-3 record.
Iran surprised Spain in the first period and grabbed 18-15 lead. The European side however replied immediately with 23-7 surge and never looked behind after. Spain also added 16-13 rally in the third period and did not mind 14-21 in the last stanza.
Josep Perez (184-PG-94) poured in 10 points and Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) netted 9. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) and Sebastian Saiz (203-F-94) delivered 8 points each in a win. Mohammad Yousof Vand (207-C-95) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) had 11. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) brought 10, whilst Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) added 6.

Iran U19: Mohammad Yousof Vand 17, Behnam Yakhchali 11, Vahid Dalirzahan 10, Sajjad Mashayekhi 6
Spain U19: Edgar Vicedo 21+11 rebs, Josep Perez 10, Dario Brizuela 9, Guillermo Hernangomez 8, Sebastian Saiz 8



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  SWITZERLAND   


Lions de Geneve keep Tony Brown - by Luca Maffioli

Tony Brown (193-G-79, college: Arkansas St.) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Lions de Geneve. The American guard will play another season with Lions. He arrived in Geneve in 2011-2012. Last season he won the Swiss LNA Championship and the Swiss League Cup. Brown averaged 14.2 points (FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 84.8%), 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Brown started his pro-career in Swiss. Graduated at Arkansas State, he played with Pully Basket, Lausanne Morges Basket and Starwings Basket Regio Basel.


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  TURKEY   


Obradovic is done; Sipahi, Mavrokefalidis and Turkyilmaz close to Fenerbahce Ulker - by Ugur Turker

Dream came true for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul fans. One of the best coaches of basketball history, Zeljko Obradovic signed two years contract with Turkish team. After signing of Obradovic, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is looking for players to reconstruct its roster for Zeljko Obradovic . Three names have priority to sign; Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95), Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Izzet Turkyilmaz (214-F/C-90). Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul board had decided to change Turkish roster after disappointing seasons and two youngster, point guard Kenan Sipahi and power forward Izzet Turkyilmaz are first targets. Talking with Tofas for Kenan Sipahi is already done and negotiations will start soon with Banvit for Izzet Turkyilmaz. On the other hand, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is going to strengthen his backcourt with Loukas Mavrokefalidis. Greek player finished season with Barcelona after dominant performances in Spartak last two seasons. Mavrokefalidis is able to play both 4 & 5 positions and known his extraordinary efforts in defense and versatility in offense.


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  UKRAINE   


Cherkasy land Ronald Moore - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy announced another signing. They officiated the deal with Ronald Moore (183-PG-88, college: Siena). The guard spent the last season in Hungary. He played for Albacomp. Ronald Moore tallied 11.5 points, 6.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in Division A. Moore made it into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. Ronald Moore helped Albacomp to the Cup and League titles. Previously the guard had stints in Poland and Slovak Republic. Moore was named into All-Slovakian League 1st Team in 2011. He was also named into Slovakian League All-Imports Team.


Budivelnyk is considering to sign Giorgi Shermadini - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) is close to sign 24-year old Georgian international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-120kg-89) who played last time at Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in Greece. Shermadini managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 17 A1 games he had 3.9ppg and 2.1rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. Shermadini also played 17 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. Shermadini also played at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel that season. In 6 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Shermadini played at FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) in Italian league. In 22 games he recorded 9.0ppg and 5.2rpg. He contributed in the supercup final and the cup final. A very impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA All-Star Game. He also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.5rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. Shermadini also spent pre-season at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league that year.
In 2010-11 season he played at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Slovenia. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Shermadini was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 21 Telemach League games he recorded 8.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league final. Shermadini also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He also played 24 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shermadini was voted Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2008.
He was also a member of Georgian international program for some years. Shermadini played for Georgian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 91.3%.
Shermadini has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Georgia (Maccabi Tbilisi).
He could be described: Giorgi started playing basketball in January 2005, when he was 16 years old. Despite his brief playing experience, he became top international player in his age category, also ranked by DraftExpress.com in the summer of 2008. His stats on U20 European Championships 2008 all together appeared highest ever (21.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 3.7bpg, FGP 73.8%). A lot NBA scouts are considering Shermadini as a lottery pick on NBA Draft.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jul. 1: Verdirrojo - Stockholmo 83-74
Jul. 1: Marne - Colon 73-64
Jul. 2: Capitol - 25 de Agosto
Jul. 2: Larre Borges - Cader
Jul. 2: Welcome - Urunday Univ.
Jul. 2: Yale - Guruyu Waston



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Final Stage
 1. Marinos 8-3 
 2. Bucaneros 7-4 
 3. Cocodrilos 5-6 
 4. Gigantes 2-9 
Places 5-6
 1. Gaiteros 3-5 
 2. Trotamundos 1-7 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
Stage Two Standings

Third Stage: Round 11

Jul. 1: Marinos - Bucaneros 80-85
Jul. 1: Cocodrilos - Gigantes 64-86

Third Stage: Round 12

Jul. 2: Marinos - Bucaneros
Jul. 2: Cocodrilos - Gigantes


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Caneros20.6 
 5. Maye, Titanes DN20.4 
 6. Miller, Gaiteros20.2 
 7. Martinez, Arecibo19.3 
 8. Bailey, Cocolos19.3 
 9. Rodgers, Marinos18.3 
 10. Flores, Titanes DN18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Arecibo
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Arecibo12.1 
 2. Santana, Caneros10.0 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Cocolos9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.7 
 8. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 9. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 10. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.1 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.8 
 6. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.4 
 7. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.4 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Titanes DN3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Bucaneros
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Riley, Bucaneros2.9 
 2. Miller, Gaiteros2.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 5. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 6. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 7. Johnson, Cocolos2.1 
 8. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.1 
 9. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 10. Rivera, Humacao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Cocolos1.2 
 6. Santana, Caneros0.9 
 7. Gadzuric, Marinos0.9 
 8. Camara, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Massie, San German0.9 
 10. Adams, Guaros0.8 



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Enisey keep Stevan Karadzic - by Eurobasket News

Enisey have agreed on terms of contract extension with Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ). The head coach has signed a new one-year deal with the Krasnoyarsk team. The Serbian specialist will enter the fourth straight season with Enisey. Karadzic led Enisey into Russian Cup semis in 2011. He previously worked with Hemofarm and Crvena Zvezda. Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ) was named All-EuroCup Co-Coach of the Year in 2009. The specialist worked as assistant coach at the Adriatic League All-Star Game in 2008. He guided the Yugoslavian Junior National Team back in 2001. Later he worked at helm of the Serbian U21 National Team in 2004 and U19 National Team in 2005. He also worked as assistant coach with the Yugoslavian National Team in 2002.


Kostas Kaimakoglou remains with Unics Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) remains with Unics Kazanfor the next season. In 11 PBL games he recorded 13.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.6apg. Kaimakoglou also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (11-12) season Kostas Kaimakoglou played at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league. In 34 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg that season. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Kaimakoglou also played 23 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kaimakoglou won Greek League championship title in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team award back in 2010.



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  WBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 29: Rome G. - Atlanta Blaze 123-138
Jun. 29: Gastonia G. - Conyers CK



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Spain4-0
2. Lithuania4-0
3. Croatia3-1
4. Iran1-3
5. Argentina1-3
6. Canada1-3
Group F
1. Serbia4-0
2. USA4-0
3. China3-1
4. Australia2-2
5. Brazil1-3
6. Russia1-3
Group Places 13-16
1. Ivory Coas.1-0
2. S.Korea1-0
3. Senegal0-1
4. Czech Rep.0-1

Second Stage: Round 1

13-16 Place

Jul. 1: KOR - CZE 96-95 OT
Jul. 1: SEN - IVO 51-53

E

Jul. 1: LTU - CAN 82-76
Jul. 1: ARG - CRO 63-85
Jul. 1: IRI - ESP 59-68

F

Jul. 1: USA - BRA 91-66
Jul. 1: CHN - AUS 88-79
Jul. 1: RUS - SRB 46-60

Second Stage: Round 2

13-16 Place

Jul. 2: SEN - KOR
Jul. 2: IVO - CZE

E

Jul. 2: CAN - IRI
Jul. 2: ESP - ARG
Jul. 2: CRO - LTU

F

Jul. 2: BRA - RUS
Jul. 2: SRB - CHN
Jul. 2: AUS - USA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler ENNIS
  CAN
  (188-G-94)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Ennis, Syracuse24.8 
 2. Saric, Cibona22.0 
 3. Lyles, High School19.5 
 4. Gao, Changsha Bank19.0 
 5. Peterka, BK Pardu.17.8 
 6. Brzoja, Villanova16.8 
 7. Yuan, CHN N.16.8 
 8. Vicedo, Asefa E.16.0 
 9. Sangjae, Korea U.15.8 
 10. Heo, KOR N.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Saric, Cibona14.8 
 2. Peterka, BK Pardu.11.5 
 3. Zhou, Liaoning H.11.3 
 4. Traore, IVO N.10.8 
 5. Lyles, High School9.5 
 6. Mashayekhi, Mahram9.5 
 7. Saiz, Asefa E.8.8 
 8. Brzoja, Villanova8.3 
 9. Pineau, Melbourn.8.3 
 10. Ndoye, ASC Thies7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Saric, Cibona6.5 
 2. Kouril, Lucentum5.0 
 3. Gibeom, Yonsei U.5.0 
 4. Annaev, Khimky4.8 
 5. Zhao, Bayi R.4.5 
 6. Whelan, Hindu Club4.3 
 7. Brizuela, Asefa E.4.3 
 8. Exum, High School3.8 
 9. Pot, Vojvodina3.5 
 10. Perez, FCB R.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SMART
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Smart, Oklahoma.3.5 
 2. Adjei, Ermess3.3 
 3. Toure, IVO N.2.8 
 4. Ennis, Syracuse2.3 
 5. Robinson, Pitts.2.3 
 6. Micic, Mega Vizura2.0 
 7. Toure, IVO N.2.0 
 8. Mashayekhi, Mahram2.0 
 9. Gordon, High School2.0 
 10. Mustapic, Zabok2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Zhou, Liaoning H.6.5 
 2. Foroutannik, Azad2.8 
 3. Traore, SOA2.0 
 4. Kanygin, Lok.Kuba.2.0 
 5. Saric, Cibona1.5 
 6. Choi, Yonsei U.1.5 
 7. Bolden, High School1.3 
 8. Milutinov, Partizan1.3 
 9. Egi, High School1.3 
 10. Fuzaro, Minas1.0 


Day 4: The Second Stage starts in in Prague - by Eurobasket News

13-16 Place
South Korea - Czech Republic 96-95 OT
South Korea claimed the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Korean team snatched a narrow overtime victory over hosting Czech Republic in the classification round. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) notched 32 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic secured a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. The Czech team accounted for a 52:36 halftime advantage. But the Asian team turned things around in the second half. They dropped 30 points in the third term to narrow the margin at 6-point mark. Heo Hoon fired a late three-pointer to level the score at 87 at the end of regulation. Heo Hoon nailed four points in the extra period and helped the Korean team seal the victory at the end. Seongmo Choi (187-G-94) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds, while Choi Jun-Yong added 11 points for the winners. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) answered with 24 points and 21 rebounds for Czech Republic. Petr Safarcik tossed in 18 points in the loss.

Senegal - Ivory Coast 51-53
Ivory Coast U19 win their first game at the FIBA U19 Championship for Men. The team overcame Senegal U19 53:51 at the start of the Classification for 13-16 places. Both teams scored 14 points each in the first period, while Ivory Coast U19 looked better in the second period. They needed a 13-6 surge to take 7-point lead at the halftime. Senegal however started to dominate the court in the second half and posted two victories. Senegal won the third period 20-17 and finished with 11-9 rally. They could only come to 1-point when DIATTA scored for 52:51, but then Traore Dalen made the final result in the game. Bah Cedric stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Traore Dalen collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Toure Alpha notched 11 and Cyril Adjei (188-F-95) added 6. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) posted 13 points each in the losing effort and Ndiaye Khalifa had 9. Modou Mbaye (201-F-94) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Group E
Iran - Spain 59-68
Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) leads Spain against Iran in the start of the Second Stage. He collected 21 points and 11 rebounds as European side posted a 68:59 win for 4-0 record in Group E. Iran meanwhile fell at 1-3 record. Iran surprised Spain in the first period and grabbed 18-15 lead. The European side however replied immediately with 23-7 surge and never looked behind after. Spain also added 16-13 rally in the third period and did not mind 14-21 in the last stanza. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) poured in 10 points and Brizuela Dario netted 9. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) and Saiz Sebastian delivered 8 points each in a win. Mohammad Yousof Vand (207-C-95) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Yakhchali Behnam had 11. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) brought 10, whilst Mashayekhi Sajjad added 6.

Lithuania - Canada 82-76
Lithuania remains undefeated in Prague after a thriller against Canada. The defending champions trailed 13 points after the first period, but managed to win 82:76. Lithuania improved to 4-0 record, while Canada fell at 1-3. Canada opened the game with a 21-8 surge, however could not win the game. The European side reduced to 39:29 at the halftime and then pushed the tempo in the second half. Lithuania won the third period 20-8 and finished the game with a 33-29 rally. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Tamulis Justas netted 14. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) and Staselis Mantvydas posted 12 points each. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) answered with 28 points in the losing effort and Lyles Trey collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) scored 10 and Joe De Ciman added 5.

Argentina - Croatia 63-85
Croatia opens the Second Stage with the win over Argentina 85:63. Croatia won the first period 21-10 and added massive 28-9 in the second frame. Argentina looked better in the second half but could not catch up with the opponents. Argentina won the third quarter 19-17 and dominated the last period as well. Maric scored for 72:53 and Vaulet, Juan made one free throw for 74:52 with 3 minutes to go. Brzola and Javier Saiz (204-C-94) exchanged the shots for 72:54 and then Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored for 81:58. GABRIC made two free throws for 83:61, while DEMO made the final result in the game. Saric Dario top-scored for the winners with 19 points and18 rebounds, while Gabric Tomislav added 15. Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) scored 13 and Junakovic Martin brought 11. Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96) replied with 13 points in defeat and Javier Saiz netted 12. Barral Pedro brought 11 and Deck Gabriel added 9.

Group F
Russia - Serbia 46-60
Serbia claimed the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Russia at the start of the Eighth-Final Round. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) nailed 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Serbia improved at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Serbia quickly cleared off at the start of the game. The Balkan team gained a 21:10 lead after the opening quarter. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 35:22 halftime advantage. Serbia kept Russia at safe distance throughout the third term. The Balkan team piled up a 15-point lead before the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Vasilije Micic had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Serbia. Stefan Pot and Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 8 points each in the victory. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) nailed 17 points for Russia. Igor Kanygin had 9 points in the loss.

USA - Brazil 91-66
USA accounted for the fourth consecutive win at the U19 World Championship. They fired past Brazil to remain undefeated. Rasheed Sulaimon nailed 15 points to lead balanced effort from the winners. USA improved at 4-0 record, while Brazil slipped at 1-3 in the Eighth-Final stage Group F. Brazil tried hard not to allow the USA to run away in the first half. The Latin American team trailed by just three points at the first break 17:20. USA managed to boost the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 40:34. But the breakthrough came in the third period. The North American team went on a deadly 29:14 rally to pile up an unassailable 21-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The United States kept Brazil at bay throughout the final period and cruised to yet another win in Prague. Aaron Gordon posted 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Justice Winslow (198-F-96) added 11 points for the winning side. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) responded with 15 points for Brazil. Danilo Fuzaro (193-G-94) finished with 8 points in the loss.

China - Australia 88-79
China registered the first win at the Eighth-Final stage of the U19 World Championship. They outgunned Australia in Prague today to gain 3-1 record in Group F. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) nailed 27 points to lead the Asian team. The Emus looked the better side at the start of the game. Australia gained an 18:8 lead ten minutes into the game. China slowly picked up the tempo. They fired 25 points in the second period to trail by just 4 points at halftime 33:37. China kept the pressure on their opponents in the third term. The Asian team exploded with 28 points in the period to turn the deficit into a 5-point lead before the fourth frame. China unleashed 27 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Gao Shang notched 22 points, while Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) and Zhou Qi had 13 points each for the winners. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) and Dante Exum responded with 20 points each in the loss.




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Women News


Dandenong bring in Kayla Pedersen and Natalie Novosel - by Eurobasket News

The Dandenong Rangers announced the signings for the upcoming season. The former WNBL champions landed Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) and Natalie Novosel (180-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame).
Kayla Pedersen spent the last season in Turkey. She played for Ceyhan Belediyespor. The forward notched 11.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists per game in TKBL. She is currently playing for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Her stats read 3.5 points per game. Kayla Pedersen was the member of the USA University National Team back in 2009.
Natalie Novosel played in Romania last season. She was the member of CSM Targoviste roster. The guard posted 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 assists per game in Division A. Novosel also notched 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in EuroLeague. Natalie Novosel was the member of the USA University National Team in 2011.



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Bulgaria U20 nip Portugal U20 in Varna - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Portugal U20 55:50

Bulgarian and Portuguese U20 National Teams played a friendly encounter in Varna. The hosts snatched a narrow win at the end. The teams are scheduled to meet again later tonight.
Portugal snatched a 16:15 lead after ten mintues of action. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second frame. They held Portugal at 4-point mark and grabbed a 28:20 halftime advantage. Portugal cut the deficit at 6 points at the final break 38:32. They fired 18 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) nailed 14 points to pace the hosts. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) added 10 points, while Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) delivered 9 points and 11 rebounds for Bulgaria. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) answered with 15 points for Portugal. Raquel Jamanca (176-F-94) produced 9 points in the defeat.

Bulgaria U20: Iva Kostova 14, Borislava Hristova 10, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 9+11 boards
Portugal U20: Joana Jesus 15, Raquel Jamanca 9



Portugal U20 win against Bulgaria U20 in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Portugal U20 45:53

Portuguese and Bulgarian U20 selections played the second friendly encounter in as many days. Portugal avenged the starting loss and claimed an 8-point win in Albena. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) dropped 13 points to lead the winners.
Bulgaria ensured a confident start to the game. The hosts built a 13:7 lead after ten minutes. But Portugal erased the deficit in the second period and snatched a 23:21 halftime lead. Bulgaria got closer in the third term. The hosts trailed by a single point heading into the fourth frame. But Portugal ignited a 17:10 rally in the final period to seal the victory. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) and Mafalda Guerreiro netted 9 points each for the winners. Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) answered with 13 points for Bulgaria. Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Iva Kostova 13, Gabriela Kostova 9
Portugal U20: Jessica Almeida 13, Joana Jesus 9, Mafalda Guerriero 9



Dunav land Shante Evans - by Eurobasket News

Dunav announced another signing for the next season. The NBL champions have secured the services of Shante Evans (188-F-91). The forward will start her pro career in Bulgaria. Shante Evens has just graduated from the Hofstra University. She tallied 16.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game in her senior season. She made it into All-CAA 1st Team for the third season in a row. Shante Evans also earned Associated Press NCAA All-America Honourable Mention in 2013. She participated at the New York Liberty training camp in the WNBA pre-season. Shante Evans was the member of the USA National Team. The forward took part at the 2011 Panamerican Games. Her stats read 6.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in Guadalajara.


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  CHILE   

D1 Standings

D1 Standings
North Group
 1. Los Leones 6-1 
 2. New Crusaders 6-1 
 3. Club Sergio Ceppi 3-2 
 4. Boston College 3-2 
 5. Univ.de Chile 2-6 
 6. Club Brisas 0-7 
South Group
 1. Castro 9-0 
 2. Univ. Austral 8-1 
 3. Puerto varas 7-2 
 4. Araucania 2-6 
 5. Espanol 1-8 
 6. Los Salesianos 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 29: Los Salesianos - Castro 22-91
Jun. 28: Puerto varas - Los Salesianos 20-0
Jun. 29: Univ. Austral - Espanol 101-41


Sports Castro and New Crusaders are at the top of their groups in the LNB Movistar Women, Palacios (37points) and Cejas the Top Scorer - by Eurobasket Center

In the beginning of the batch of rematches, CD C.D. Castro on the south side again showed strength to overcome for 28 points C.D. Araucania. While C.D. New Crusaders after two won remain exclusive leader in the North Central group.

In the initial jump of the second round of the Women's National Basketball League, the last Saturday playing at home quintet Sports C.D. Castro got his sixth win in as many games to keep the top of the South Group and consolidating step is the best record in the league so far in the tournament. Meanwhile, in the fight for second place in the group continues fought between C.A. Puerto Varas and Universidad Austral. C.A. Puerto Varas victories against C.D. Espanol by 87-54 and at home by the score of 74-45 to C.D. Araucania, while Universidad Austral as outsiders won by 61-47 to Colegio C.D. Los Salesianos. The last result of the date is C.D. Espanol - Colegio C.D. Los Salesianos 62-53.

Regarding the development of the North Central Group, C.D. New Crusaders is consolidated in the first position after victories in the double date. Won Saturday as visiting the Club Brisas by 66-54 and Sunday on the floor of Valparaiso did so by 88-61 against Universidad de Chile, in this game good work of Galvn Gisella scoring with 24 points. The national defending champions Colegio Los Leones Quilpe also won by 73-59 at University of Chile, superlative performance of Florencia Palacios (183-G/F-85) for the Leones scored 37 Points.



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  EUROCUP   


MBK Ruzomberok signs Katarina Ristic - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok signs Katarina Ristic (174-G-84) for the next season. She played last time at Solna Vikings in Sweden. In 16 Damligan games she averaged 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg (top 3) and 1.6spg. She helped them to make it to the final. Ristic also played at Botas (TKBL) in Turkish league that season. In 15 games she had 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. The most of previous (2011-12) season Ristic spent at Hapoel Petah Tikva (D1) in Israeli league. In 13 games she had 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.2apg. She also spent pre-season at Asteras (A1) in Greek league that year. In 11 games she had 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.6apg.
The previous season Katarina Ristic played at Szolnoki NKK (B) in Hungarian league. In 19 games she had 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team, All-Bosmans Team and All-Domestic Players Team. In 2009-10 season she played at Livorno (B) in Italian league. In 14 games she had 5.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.6spg.
Ristic was a member of Slovenian international program for some years. She was called to Slovenian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002. Ristic has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski, Basketpro Jelenia Gora and Energa Torun) and Slovenia (Athlete Celje and Odeja KED Skofja Loka).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Belarus0-0
2. Norway0-0
3. Serbia0-0
4. Switzerland0-0
5. Ukraine0-0
Group B
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Finland0-0
3. Luxembourg0-0
4. Romania0-0
Group C
1. Denmark0-0
2. Germany0-0
3. Ireland0-0
4. Portugal0-0
Group D
1. Estonia0-0
2. Israel0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Slovenia0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Aug. 1: SUI - NOR
Aug. 1: UKR - SRB

Group B

Aug. 1: ROM - ENG
Aug. 1: LUX - FIN

Group C

Aug. 1: IRL - GER
Aug. 1: DEN - POR

Group D

Aug. 1: EST - POL
Aug. 1: ISR - SLO


Div.C Standings - by Eurobasket

Standings
1. Cyprus0-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. Monaco0-0
4. Scotland0-0
5. Wales0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 2: SCO - WAL
Jul. 2: MON - CYP



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Estonia0-0
2. Israel0-0
3. Lithuania0-0
4. Norway0-0
5. Poland0-0
Group B
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Finland0-0
3. Switzerland0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group C
1. Hungary0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. Romania0-0
4. Scotland0-0
Group D
1. Austria0-0
2. Belgium0-0
3. Bosnia0-0
4. Denmark0-0
5. Germany0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Aug. 15: ISR - EST
Aug. 15: LTU - NOR

Group B

Aug. 15: FIN - SUI
Aug. 15: BUL - UKR

Group C

Aug. 15: LAT - ROM
Aug. 15: HUN - SCO

Group D

Aug. 15: GER - BIH
Aug. 15: AUT - DEN


Standings Div.C - by Eurobasket

Standings
1. Andorra0-0
2. Gibraltar0-0
3. Malta0-0
4. Wales0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 15: MLT - WAL
Jul. 15: AND - GIB



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Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket

Standings Div.B
1. Belgium0-0
2. Bulgaria0-0
3. Czech Rep.0-0
4. U.Kingdom0-0
5. Israel0-0
6. Latvia0-0
7. FYR Macedon.0-0
8. Portugal0-0
9. Romania0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 4: CZE - LAT
Jul. 4: POR - ISR
Jul. 4: BUL - BEL
Jul. 4: MKD - ENG



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  POLAND   


Joanna Czarnecka will stay with Wisla - by Eurobasket News

Joanna Czarnecka (192-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) will stay with Wisla for the next season. The Polish player will enter her third straight season with the team.
Last year she played for TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow and averaged 3.6ppg, 2.2rpg. Czarnecka played in the final of Polish PLKK. She was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game in 2011. Czarnecka was a member of Polish Senior National Team two years ago.
From 2008-2010 Joanna Czarnecka played for PKM Duda Super Pol Leszno (PLKK, starting five). In her first season there she averaged 9.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 11.5%, FT: 79.6%. In 2010-2011 her stats read 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 86.4%.
Back in 2004-2005 she started her career for Wisla Can-Pak Krakow (PLKK). In Euroleague her stats read 1.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 0.3apg, 0.8spg, while in Polish League she showed 2.9ppg, 1.4rpg.



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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal U20 win against Bulgaria U20 in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Portugal U20 45:53

Portuguese and Bulgarian U20 selections played the second friendly encounter in as many days. Portugal avenged the starting loss and claimed an 8-point win in Albena. Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) dropped 13 points to lead the winners.
Bulgaria ensured a confident start to the game. The hosts built a 13:7 lead after ten minutes. But Portugal erased the deficit in the second period and snatched a 23:21 halftime lead. Bulgaria got closer in the third term. The hosts trailed by a single point heading into the fourth frame. But Portugal ignited a 17:10 rally in the final period to seal the victory. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) and Mafalda Guerreiro netted 9 points each for the winners. Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) answered with 13 points for Bulgaria. Gabriela Kostova (191-C-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Iva Kostova 13, Gabriela Kostova 9
Portugal U20: Jessica Almeida 13, Joana Jesus 9, Mafalda Guerriero 9



Bulgaria U20 nip Portugal U20 in Varna - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Portugal U20 55:50

Bulgarian and Portuguese U20 National Teams played a friendly encounter in Varna. The hosts snatched a narrow win at the end. The teams are scheduled to meet again later tonight.
Portugal snatched a 16:15 lead after ten mintues of action. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second frame. They held Portugal at 4-point mark and grabbed a 28:20 halftime advantage. Portugal cut the deficit at 6 points at the final break 38:32. They fired 18 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) nailed 14 points to pace the hosts. Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) added 10 points, while Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) delivered 9 points and 11 rebounds for Bulgaria. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) answered with 15 points for Portugal. Raquel Jamanca (176-F-94) produced 9 points in the defeat.

Bulgaria U20: Iva Kostova 14, Borislava Hristova 10, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 9+11 boards
Portugal U20: Joana Jesus 15, Raquel Jamanca 9



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  SLOVAKIA   


MBK Ruzomberok signs Katarina Ristic - by Eurobasket News

MBK Ruzomberok signs Katarina Ristic (174-G-84) for the next season. She played last time at Solna Vikings in Sweden. In 16 Damligan games she averaged 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg (top 3) and 1.6spg. She helped them to make it to the final. Ristic also played at Botas (TKBL) in Turkish league that season. In 15 games she had 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg. She also played 6 games in Eurocup where she had 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. The most of previous (2011-12) season Ristic spent at Hapoel Petah Tikva (D1) in Israeli league. In 13 games she had 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.2apg. She also spent pre-season at Asteras (A1) in Greek league that year. In 11 games she had 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.6apg.
The previous season Katarina Ristic played at Szolnoki NKK (B) in Hungarian league. In 19 games she had 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team, All-Bosmans Team and All-Domestic Players Team. In 2009-10 season she played at Livorno (B) in Italian league. In 14 games she had 5.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.6spg.
Ristic was a member of Slovenian international program for some years. She was called to Slovenian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2002. Ristic has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski, Basketpro Jelenia Gora and Energa Torun) and Slovenia (Athlete Celje and Odeja KED Skofja Loka).



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  SWEDEN   


Frida Eldebrink has signed a contract with Rivas Ecopolis - by Tamara Ruzic

Spanish club Rivas Ecopolis has signed a contract with Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88 )will be looking to bounce back from an injury that saw her sidelined from December throughout the remainder of the season with Bourges Basket.. Before going down with injury Eldebrink was the teams leading scorer with 12.6 points (45% FG) in EuroLeague Women.Last summer she averaged 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game while helping Sweden qualify for EuroBasket Women.
Frida started her career in Telge Energi, than she moved to Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (France-LFB ), Frisco Sika Brno (Czech Rep.-ZBL), ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep), Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France-LFB). Eldebrink was member of Swedish U18, U19, U20 National Team and currently playing for Swedish National Team




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  WBCBL   


Georgia-Lina Lady Hurricanes semi-pro women's basketball team battling adversity - by Willie McCray

While the Georgia-Lina Lady Hurricanes are playing as a team for the first time, their past experiences playing with and against each other have made the transition easier.

The Lady Hurricanes, who play in the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League, had nine players from the Augusta area on the roster. While injuries and conflicting schedules dwindled the roster size, the small group has fought for a 4-6 record.

Some of us played together on different teams, said Sherika Wright, who starred at Josey before finishing her college career at Mississippi. Its taking us to dig a little deeper than we thought. Were like a family. Were all we have and we have to make it work.

Four players from the first-year, semi-professional team are averaging more than 10 points per game. The balanced scoring is the result of a team that has meshed with a small roster.
Injuries have been a big downfall, coach Mike Bennett said. I havent had a chance to have all my players at one time. With a record of 4-6, thats pretty good when youre fighting with five or six players every game.

Despite the ability to work together on the court, the Lady Hurricanes were unable to overcome the unbeaten Auburn Flyers on Saturday, losing 103-69 at Paine Colleges HEAL Complex.

Wright led the Lady Hurricanes with 16 points. Tracey Flowers, a Butler product who played at South Carolina State, had 15. Cross Creek and Georgia State product Shay Rawls had 14.

The Atlanta Lady Tarheels, also using the HEAL Complex as their home venue this season, are faring better at 6-4. They beat the South Carolina Storm 91-80 on Saturday.
Kiera Gray had 15 points to lead the Tarheels, one of five to score double digits. Jennifer Nails added 13 points. Gray entered the weekend averaging 24.2 points per game, more than twice the average of the next-highest player on the team. The guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., has a .697 shooting percentage.

Shes an awesome player, Tarheels coach Bryan Beaver said. She gives me everything I need on the floor, offense and defense. I just cant ask for a better player.

By David Lee
Staff Writer
The Augusta Chronicle



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  WNBA   


McCoughtry and Taurasi Named WNBA Players of the Month - by Eurobasket News

Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) of the Atlanta Dream and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in June.
For McCoughtry, the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month award comes after winning three of the first five Player of the Week awards of the 2013 WNBA season. McCoughtry led the Dream (10-1) to its best start in franchise history, averaging 19.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a league-leading 4.1 steals in June. The two-time WNBA All-Star is also averaging 20 points in her team's wins this season.
Taurasi, the league's leading scorer with 24.2 ppg in June, earned the Western Conference Player of the Month award after taking home two of the season's five Player of the Week awards. She led Phoenix to a 7-3 record, and her 242 points were nearly 100 more than any other player in the WNBA for the month. She also ranks fourth in the league in assists (5.3 apg) during that stretch.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Sky G/F Elena Della Donne named Rookie of the Month - by Eurobasket News

The WNBA named Chicago Sky guard/forward Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) the Rookie of the Month for games played in June. Delle Donne led all rookies in scoring (19.1 ppg), free-throw percentage (.938, 45-for-48), minutes (33.1 mpg), ranked second in blocks (2.0 bpg), third in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and assists (2.0 apg). Overall, she placed fourth in points and three-throw percentage, and fifth in blocks. Delle Donne contributed career-highs in points (26) and assists (six) to go with six rebounds and three blocks in an 87-74 win over New York on June 26. She also tied a career-best with eight rebounds on June 29, in a win against Los Angeles. The second overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, Delle Donne has posted double-digits in each of the Sky's ten games, leading the team to a 7-3 record, second-best in the East. The Sky has won five straight home games, matching a franchise record set in 2009.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com