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  ANDORRA   



U18 European Championship Division C: Moldova fire past Andorra to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Moldova U18 - Andorra U18 83:67

Moldova will play in the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down hosting Andorra in the first semifinal yesterday. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) continued his impressive performance at the tournament with 32 points, 19 rebounds and 8 assists for Moldova.
The visitors posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Moldova unloaded 30 points in the second frame to gain a 50:24 halftime lead. Andorra tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They sank 26 points and cut the deficit at 15-point mark before the fourth frame. But Moldova nailed 18 points in the final stanza and escaped with the victory at the end. Vladislav Golban (195-SF-95) netted 20 points, while Vladimir Gaicean (202-C-95) added 17 points for the winners. Sergi Jordana (182-F-96) answered with 15 points for Andorra. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 32+19 boards, Vladislav Golban 20, Vladimir Gaicean 17
Andorra U18: Sergi Jordana 15, Juan Bustamante 11



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  APBL   


Bay Area shuckers new partner - by Justin Moore

Severn, MD (July 16, 2013) The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) announced they have signed a partnership agreement with The Bank of Glen Burnie for the 2013-2014 season. This will be the third season the local pro basketball team and the Bank have formed a partnership.

The Bank of Glen Burnie has supported the Shuckers since day one and were honored to have them back as a sponsor for our third season. Were glad to have their backing as we continue to grow. We also will continue to work together to help the local community while giving basketball players in the area a forum to showcase their talents, commented Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.

The Shuckers, who are members of the APBL, will be tipping off their third season playing in Anne Arundel County this fall. The APBL, now entering its fourth season of play, has teams in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City metropolitan markets, and recently announced further expansion south with a team (the Portsmouth Cavaliers) being added to the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.

Bay Areas roster has been filled with players from local universities such as the University of Maryland, Towson University, Morgan State University, and Mount Saint Marys University, as well as, local high schools such as Broadneck, North County, and Meade.

Since opening their doors in 1949, The Bank of Glen Burnie (Member FDIC) has been committed to meeting customers needs. In fact, its at the heart of everything they do! Although the banking industry continues to undergo rapid changes, they believe the best way to meet their commitment is by remaining an independent, community bank. Their business philosophy is simple we appreciate our customers! They show their appreciation by providing excellent, personalized service to everyone they are fortunate enough to serve.

The Bank of Glen Burnie offers a broad range of products and services at eight convenient locations throughout Northern Anne Arundel County.

For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers, please visit bayareashuckers.com and for information on The Bank of Glen Burnie please go to thebankofglenburnie.com.



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  AUSTRIA   


Correction: ABL FInals MVP Shawn Ray not staying in Vienna - inks with former team Kapfenberg - by Stefan Prager

ABL Finals MVP Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80, college: N.C.Central) is not staying in Vienna. In opposition to statements by BC Zepter Vienna General Manager Petar Stazic Ray sensationally inked with his former team ECE Bulls Kapfenberg. Ray had an outstanding 2012/2013 campaign as he lead BC Vienna to it's first ever ABL title. It's Rays second stint with Kapfenberg as he already played there from 2005 to 2008 winning a cup title (MVP) in 2007. Ray averaged 16.0 ppg along with 5.0 rpg while shooting 54% from the field in 43 games last season and earned spots at the Eurobasket All Austrian First, Imports and Defensive Team.


U18 European Championship: Germany stun Austria - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-Austria U18 76:35

Germany stun Austria in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German machine posted a comfortable 76:35 win for 2-0 record in Group B.
Germany started the game with 25:9 lead as Bjoern Rohwer (211-C/F-95) closed the first period from the free throw line. Zinn nailed three early in the second frame for 31:10 advantage. He gave later Germany 47:22 lead before the teams disappeared in the lockers. Germany also dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 13-7 and finished the game with 19-6 surge.
Lukas Meisner (201-SF-95) and Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Bjoern Rohwer and Christian Sengfelder (201-F/C-95) nailed 10 points in a win. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) replied with 10 points in defeat, while Fabian Richter (192-F/G-95) brought 5.

Germany U18: Lukas Meisner 13, Stefan Ilzhoefer 13, Bjoern Rohwer 10, Christian Sengfelder 10
Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 10, Fabian Richter 5



Estonia beat Austria in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Austria-Estonia 63:65

Estonia beat Austria in Oberwart at the start of the 4-Nation Tournament. The Estonian side grabbed a 65:63 win over the hosts in Day 1.
Estonia started the game with a 16:10 lead, but Austria replied with a 14-8 rally in the second frame. The board showed 24:24 when the teams disappeared in the lockers at the halftime. Estonia managed to take 2-point lead after three quarters as they won the third period 21-19. Both teams nailed 20 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
In another game Bulgaria overcame Hungary 94:81.
Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) nailed 14. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) followed them with 7 points in a win. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) nailed 14 and Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) had 9.

Austria: Davor Lamesic 15, Jason Detrick 14, Florian Trmal 9
Estonia: Siim-Sander Vene 18, Gregor Arbet 14, Janar Talts 7



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U18 European Championship: Montenegro start Division B campaign - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U18-Belgium U18 58:51

Montenegro start Division B campaign from Day 2 at the U18 European Championship. They managed to beat Belgium 58:51 for 1-0 record. The latter dropped at 1-1 record in Group D.
Montenegro erupted in the start of the game but did not look great at the end of it. Montenegro grabbed a 24:11 surge and led 11 points at the halftime. Moreover Montenegro posted a 18-7 rally in the third period as Vaso Milovic (193-F-95) closed the frame at 53:31. Belgium meanwhile shocked the opponents with a 20-5 burst in the last stanza to reduce to final 7 points.
Vaso Milovic and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) netted 11. Vincent Kesteloot (198-F-95) brought 16 points in defeat and Sam Hemeleers (180-PG-95) had 8. Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) posted 7 points, while Romain Boxus (198-F-96) ended up with 5.

Montenegro U18: Vaso Milovic 12, Milovan Draskovic 12, Luka Djurovic 11
Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 16, Sam Hemeleers 8, Sami Demirtas 7, Romain Boxus 5



U20 European Championship: Belgium beat the hosts in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Romania U20 72:68

Belgium beat the hosts in Pitesti to reach the semifinals of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The favorites overcame Romania 72:68 in a tough game.
Although Belgium entered the game undefeated from the top place in Group B, they hardly secured their Semifinal appearance. Belgium started the game with 17:9 lead and led 8 points at the halftime. Lecomte and Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) exchanged for 36:28 result on the board after two quarters played. Belgium also won the third period 24-19, but escaped with the narrow win. Trailing 15 points in the start of the last period, Romania reduced to 66:63. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) however secured the victory for Belgium as he scored the last points.
Emmanuel Lecomte top-scored for the winners with 34 points, while Louis Hazard (199-F-94) nailed 10. Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) brought 9 and Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) collected 7 points and 13 rebounds. Alexandru Olah answered with 20 points for the home side and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) poured in 14. Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) brought 13, while Victor Paun (202-SF-94) netted 8.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 34, Louis Hazard 10, Yoeri Schoepen 9, Arno Mollekens 7+13 rebs
Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 20, Andrei Damian 14, Vlad Stoicoviciu 13, Victor Paun 8



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  BOSNIA   


Nenad Markovic and his Spartans overcame Greece in a 52-51 thriller! - by Nedzad Kladusak

Nenad Markovic and his team had a hard time during the praparations for the EC and arrived to Latvia with only eleven players. Through injuries and administrative problems he has been deprived of the services of such star players like Emir Sulejmanovic, Nedim Buza, Milenko Predic, Amar Alibegovic and Ivo Garic.
However Bosnia Hercegovina Nenad Markovic has formed up a team with that kind of team spirit and defiance that will never give up.
Bosnia-Hercegovina started with Zahiragic-Lulic-Lazic-Karamatic and Polutak and it was clear that this won t be an easy one.
Neither team managed to establish a significant margin. Both teams struggled from beyond the arc which resulted in a run n gun game and tough defenses. BIH NT which had long period where it struggled to score had less turnovers than Greece thus enjoying most of the game a small lead up to 7 points in the 18 minute. However Greece dominated the boards with its big men Diamantakos and Mitoglou and kept the game tied.In the 29th minute Greece took the 32-31 lead after Papadionisoy converted two freethrows. It seemed that this would be a neckbreaker and Greece took advantage of the shaken morale in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter establishing a five point lead. However then Aleksandar Lazic (198-F/G-96) turned on the nitro mode and connected two crucial three-pointers bringing back the lead. He was simply doing everything. He scored, assisted and dominated the glasses - Lazic turned out to be man of the match. But Greece refused to give up and the last two minutes Imran Polutak (205-C-96) and Diamantakos fought a tough battle. 1:17 before the end Chatzinikolas netted a huge threepointer cutting the margin to only a single point. Greece sent Lulic to the charity line and he missed both. Stamatis who played a good game had the chance to become the man of the match but only three second before the end he missed a jumper and the Bosnian party began!

Top scorers for BIH: Aleksandar Lazic 13 (4 rebs), Imran Polutak 10 (7 rebs), Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) 8 (4 ass)
Top scorers for Greece: Diamantakos 13 (11 rebs), Stamatis 10, Chatzinikolas 8.




U18 European Championship: Bosnia and Herzegovina snatch win over Greece - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 - Greece U18 52:51

Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece for 1-1 record in Group B. Aleksandar Lazic (198-F/G-96) nailed 13 points to lead the Balkan team. The Hellenes fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Bosnia and Herzegovina limited their opponents to just 6 points in the first frame to take a 2-point lead. Bosnia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 23:19 halftime advantage. Greece cut the deficit in the third term. The Hellenes pulled ahead for a 32:31 advantage before the fourth frame. Aleksandar Lazic, Lakic and Imran Polutak (205-C-96) gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a 48:43 lead with three minutes remaining. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Chatzinikolas dragged Greece within one 51:52 with 39 seconds remaining. Lulic missed two free throws but Dimitrios Stamatis could not capitalize missing a jumper late in regulation. Imran Polutak had 10 points, while Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) added 8 points for the winning side. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Aleksandar Lazic 13, Imran Polutak 10, Sandro Gacic 8
Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 13+11 boards, Dimitrios Stamatis 10



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Big wins for BVIs U-17 & U-15 teams in Puerto Rico! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI --Competing at the Little Lads and Lasses Basketball tournament being held in Ponce, Puerto Rico, both teams from the [British] Virgin Islands had resounding wins yesterday, Thursday July 18, 2013.

First up, the U-17 team beat St. Croix 60-40 on the back of 13 points from Kimron Telemaque. He was well supported by Mackebo Fahie, who finished with 8 points, as well as Franklyn Penn Junior, Roman Minott and Nathan Rodney who all scored 7.

For St Croix, Tikoy Felix scored 16 and Kenyatta Milligan 11.

The U-15 team then had a resounding 65-36 win over St Teresita, with Neville Smith Junior top scoring with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Stephon Caul added 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals, whilst DMoi Hodge notched 9 points, 3 steals and 3 assists.

Hakeem Penn and Terrique Wattley both scored 8 with Penn adding 5 rebounds and Wattley 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 assists.

Play continues today and concludes on Saturday.

U-15s Danta Vanterpool, Akeem Nibbs, Jasin Rhymer, Terique Wattley, Jomoiri Dagou, Tahj Malone, Gianni Maduro, Rhevaun Sprauve, Stephon Caul, Neville Smith Jr, Hakeem Penn, DMoi Hodge.

Coach: Brian Bash Brewley; Asst. Coach; Jason Edwin, Manager; Bryant Thomas.

U-17s Mackebo Fahie, JMoi Liburd, Franklyn Penn Jr, Kimron Telemaque, Romain Minott Jr, Glenal Layne, Tyler Cameron Jr, Nathan Rodney, Relando Rodgers, Reiquan Fahie, Colen Corea Jr, Albert Hatchett.



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Bulgaria won the opener of the 4-Nation Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria-Hungary 94:81

Bulgaria won the opener of the 4-Nation Tournament in Oberwart. They outclass Hungary 94:81 in Day 1 of the campaign.
Bulgaria started the game with 24:13 lead and added massive 31-18 surge in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Hungary that managed to post two victories. The latter won the third period 31-22 and added 19-17 in the last period. It was enough to reduce to the final 94:81 margin.
Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 16. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) brought 13, while Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 11.
In another game Estonia beat Austria in Oberwart at the start of the 4-Nation Tournament. The Estonian side grabbed a 65:63 win over the hosts in Day 1.



U18 European Championship: Italy storm past Bulgaria in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Bulgaria U18 97:48

Italy recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. The Azzurri recovered after the starting loss and thrashed Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group C. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Italy opened the game with an aggressive defence and held Bulgaria to just 6 points in the first ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded impressive 30 points in the second period to take a 47:20 halftime lead. Italy stayed red hot in the third term. They poured in 27 points in the period to pile up a 75:36 advantage at the final intermission. Italy limited Bulgaria to just 12 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Nicola Akele (195-G-95) netted 16 points, while Pierfrancesco Oliva (202-SF-96) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 21 points for Bulgaria. Evgeni Hadzhirusev (192-PG-95) had 11 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 21, Nicola Akele 16, Pierfrancesco Oliva 12
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 21, Evgeni Hadzhirusev 11



U20 European Championship: Bulgaria beat Israel for fourth straight win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Israel U20 76:69

Bulgaria earned the fourth consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Israeli counterparts to set up the clash versus Serbia for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) netted 16 points to lead the charge.
Bulgaria registered a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Israel slowed down their opponents in the second frame. The Israelis got within 6 points at the interval 36:30. But Bulgaria stepped on the gas in the third term. They gained a 12-point lead at the final break. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) dragged Israel within five points midway through the fourth frame but Bulgaria delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with the win at the end. Dimitar Stoyanov (187-G-93) netted 15 points, while Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points for the winners. Rafael Menco replied with 17 points for Israel. Igor Mayor (198-SG-93) chipped and Egor Koulechov chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Aleks Simeonov 16, Dimitar Stoyanov 15, Pavlin Ivanov 11
Israel U20: Rafael Menco 17, Igor Mayor 10, Egor Koulechov 10



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Gonzaga adds Wiltjer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gonzaga University added to their roster 21-year old Canadian forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-108kg-92). He just graduated from Kentucky (NCAA). In 33 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southeastern Conference.
As mentioned above Wiltjer is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Despite young age Wiltjer had impressive career. He won NCAA championship title in 2012. Wiltjer was also voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U18 Championships 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time. He represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) this year.
On Wiltjer: He's a highly skilled, versatile big man who can play inside and shoot from the perimeter. If you leave him open, he's going to hit the shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Sichuan and Jiangsu reach NBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Changsha Bank - Jiangsu TX 97-106 (1-2)

The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-27 Changsha Bank's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 106-97 at the end of the game. Jiangsu TX made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Changsha Bank was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for power forward XinLei Shi (205-89) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Four Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Yan Gao (190-93) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Changsha Bank in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Changsha Bank: A.Hilton 33+10reb+3ast, S.Jian 19+7reb, G.Yan 18+5reb+4ast, R.XiaTi 9+9reb+1ast, J.JunQi 9+4reb, L.Lin 6+2reb
Jiangsu TX: %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 19+10reb, M.Zhuang 19+3reb+2ast, S.XinLei 16+8reb, F.Xin 13+2reb+3ast, C.Shih-Nian 13+4reb+5ast, Y.ZhiYong 9+1reb+1ast
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Chongqing FD - Sichuan BW 79-86 (1-2)

Chongqing FD was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Chongqing FD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) helped adding 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and point guard XueSong Li (190-91) scored 18 points. Chongqing FD's coach Dragan Raca rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Chongqing FD: H.Josh 24+18reb+2ast, L.XueSong 18+1reb+3ast, L.DaPeng 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Liang 8+3reb+1ast, Y.Peng 6+2reb, D.JunJiang 4+1reb+2ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 24+16reb, C.XiaoDong 20+8reb, W.Jing 12+2reb+1ast, H.XiaoBin 10+2reb, Z.ZhenHu 8+1reb, L.Chenyao 6+3reb
gschID: 244486



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U20 European Championship: Slovenia edge Croatia in classification round - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Croatia U20 90:78

Slovenia prevailed against Croatia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. The winners will now play for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) notched 19 points to lead Slovenia.
Croatia enjoyed a 23:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within one point at halftime 42:41. The lead changed hands throughout the third term. But Croatia secured a 61:59 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93), Miha Lapornik and Bolcina organized a 10:0 run to put Slovenia up by 8 points with three minutes remaining. They maintained the lead in the reminder of the contest and secured the winning outcome at the end. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) had 18 points and 10 assists, while Ziga Dimec added 18 points for the winners. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) and Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) answered with 18 points apiece for Croatia.

Slovenia U20: Miha Lapornik 19, Luka Rupnik 18+10 assists, Ziga Dimec 18
Croatia U20: Antonio Boban 18, Domagoj Samac 18



U18 European Championship: Turkey knock down Croatia to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Croatia U18 84:76

Turkey registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship campaign. They held off Croatia to remain on top of Group D. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) netted 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 6 assists to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Croatia looked confident start at the start of the game. They fired 27 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 5-point lead. Turkey stopped the rot in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 45:43. Turkey exploded with a 22:12 rally in the third term. They surged ahead and secured an 8-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Baykan and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) gave Turkey a 72:57 lead early in the fourth frame. Croatia sparked the intrigue as they managed to clip the deficit at 5-point mark 71:76 with just over three minutes to go. However Kenan Sipahi and Kanter netted four points and Turkey raced to the win at the end. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) and Emircan Kosut delivered 13 points each for Turkey. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 14 points in the loss.

Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 21, Cedi Osman 13, Emircan Kosut 13
Croatia U18: Domagoj Bosnjak 19, Tomislav Gabric 14



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U20 European Championship: Cyprus grab a valuable win over Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U20-Cyprus U20 63:64

Cyprus grab a valuable win over Luxembourg at the Classification Round in Division B of the U20 European Championship. Giorgos Stylianou (201-G-94) brought a 64:63 win at the end of the game.
Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period and then Cyprus took 12-point halftime advantage after a 20-8 surge. Luxembourg dominated the third period and erupted with a 24-9 burst. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) closed the period at 49:46 and then he gave his side 58:49 lead with less than 7 minutes to go. It was enough for Cyprus to recover and grabbed the victory. First they replied with a 9-0 run and then Giorgos Stylianou scored the last three points for the winners.
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) netted 16. Giorgos Stylianou and Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) poured in 7 points each. Bob Melcher ended up with 23 points in defeat and Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) as well as Tom Welter (184-G-93) added 13 each. Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) finished the game with 8 points in a loss.

Luxembourg U20: Bob Melcher 23, Alex Laurent 13, Tom Welter 13, Chris Ittenbach 8
Cyprus U20: Roberto Alexander Mantovani 21+16 rebs, Viktoras Ieronymidis 16, Giorgos Stylianou 7, Rafael Eleftheriou 7



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U18 European Championship: Russia nip Czech Republic for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Czech Republic U18 71:69

Russia eked out the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off pesky Czech Republic today to stay on top of Group B. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 22 points each to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
The Czech team was in control throughout the first half. They grabbed a 24:18 lead after the starting quarter. Czech Republic stretched the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:38 halftime advantage. Czech Republic held Russia to just 12 points in the third term to secure what seemed to be a comfortable 12-point lead before the final stanza 62:50. But Russia refused to surrender. Viacheslav Fedorchenko drained backt-to-back three-pointers midway through the final stanza to put Russia within three 63:66. Alexander Martynov, Viacheslav Fedorchenko and Maleyko gave Russia a 71:68 lead with under two minutes remaining. Pechachek nailed a free throw but missed the second one and later Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) missed a jumper as Russia got away with the win. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) netted 8 points for Russia. David Radovan Kouril answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Marek Mares (186-G-96) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Russia U18: Alexander Martynov 22, Viacheslav Fedorchenko 22, Alexander Gankevich 8
Czech Republic U18: Radovan Kouril 11, Marek Mares 9



U20 European Championship: Czech Republic send Estonia to Division B - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20 - Estonia U20 94:68

Czech Republic overcame Estonia to stay hopeful of securing Division A place for the next season. They will now face Ukraine in the decisive game in Tallinn. Estonia got relegated with the loss and would face Georgia for the 19th place at the tournament.
Czech Republic fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second period. Czech Republic accounted for a 48:39 halftime advantage. They unloaded 28 points in the third term to grab a 23-point lead before the fourth frame. Estonia could not recover from the blow scoring just 15 points in the final stanza and losing the game. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Karel Ausprunk (203-C-94) added 14 points in the victory. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 24+14 boards, Karel Ausprunk 14, Josef Prihonsky (191-PG-93) 13
Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 16, Rait-Riivo Laane 13



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  DENMARK   


U18 European Championship: Hungary tastes initial success in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U18-Hungary U18 68:72

Hungary tastes initial success in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian team improved to 1-1 record after a 72:68 win over Denmark. The latter remained winless at the tournament.
Hungary scored the first 5 points in the game and led 18:12 after the first period. They added 23-13 surge in the second frame and increased to massive 41:25 lead at the halftime. Denmark however was too far to give up and posted two victories in the second half. They won the third quarter 20-17 and came up with 23-14 rally in the last stanza. Denmark reduced to 4 points, but could not come closer.
Janos Velkey (192-G-95) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ban followed them with 11 points in a win. Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Tobias Christensen (193-G/F-95) had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) and Frederik Benzon (184-PG-96) notched 7 points each in a loss.

Denmark U18: Rasmus Hansen 22, Tobias Christensen 16+12 rebs, Sebastian Petersen 7, Frederik Benzon 7
Hungary U18: Janos Velkey 25, Gyorgy Goloman 19+10 rebs, Ban 11



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Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SFM 8-4 
 2. Metros STGO 7-4 
 3. Huracanes PP 6-4 
 4. Reales LV 2-7 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 7-2 
 2. Leones SD 5-5 
 3. Cocolos SPM 5-6 
 4. Caneros LR 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jul. 18: Indios SFM - Leones SD 83-77
Jul. 18: Caneros LR - Huracanes PP 79-95
Jul. 19: Leones SD - Reales LV
Jul. 19: Huracanes PP - Titanes DN



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U18 European Championship: Estonia secure the second straight win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18-Norway U18 59:54

Estonia secure the second straight win in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Estonians overcame Norway 59:54 and took 2-0 record in Group B. The Nordic side fell at 0-2 record.
Estonia managed to score 14 points in the first, second and third quarters. They won the first period 14-11, then added 14-12 and led 28:23 at the halftime. Fourteen points however were not enough in the third period as Norway posted 21. Only due to 17-10 rally in the last stanza Estonia won the game.
Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Saimon Sutt (200-SG-95) notched 15. Karl-Martin Kask (206-C/F-95) brought 10, while Sander Kruus (200-PF-95) added 7. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) scored 13 points for Norway and Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) collected 9 points and 12 rebounds. Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) netted 7, whilst Anders Nymo (180-PG-96) and Matz Stockman (208-C/F-95) had 6 each.

Estonia U18: Sten Olmre 17, Saimon Sutt 15, Karl-Martin Kask 10, Sander Kruus 7
Norway U18: Sjur Berg 13, Johannes Dolven 9+12 rebs, Mikkel Kolstad 7, Anders Nymo 6, Matz Stockman 6



Estonia beat Austria in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Austria-Estonia 63:65

Estonia beat Austria in Oberwart at the start of the 4-Nation Tournament. The Estonian side grabbed a 65:63 win over the hosts in Day 1.
Estonia started the game with a 16:10 lead, but Austria replied with a 14-8 rally in the second frame. The board showed 24:24 when the teams disappeared in the lockers at the halftime. Estonia managed to take 2-point lead after three quarters as they won the third period 21-19. Both teams nailed 20 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
In another game Bulgaria overcame Hungary 94:81.
Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) nailed 14. Janar Talts (207-PF-83) followed them with 7 points in a win. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) nailed 14 and Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) had 9.

Austria: Davor Lamesic 15, Jason Detrick 14, Florian Trmal 9
Estonia: Siim-Sander Vene 18, Gregor Arbet 14, Janar Talts 7



U20 European Championship: Czech Republic send Estonia to Division B - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20 - Estonia U20 94:68

Czech Republic overcame Estonia to stay hopeful of securing Division A place for the next season. They will now face Ukraine in the decisive game in Tallinn. Estonia got relegated with the loss and would face Georgia for the 19th place at the tournament.
Czech Republic fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second period. Czech Republic accounted for a 48:39 halftime advantage. They unloaded 28 points in the third term to grab a 23-point lead before the fourth frame. Estonia could not recover from the blow scoring just 15 points in the final stanza and losing the game. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Karel Ausprunk (203-C-94) added 14 points in the victory. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U20: Martin Kriz 24+14 boards, Karel Ausprunk 14, Josef Prihonsky (191-PG-93) 13
Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 16, Rait-Riivo Laane 13



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Eurbasket Summer League Las Vegas One All-Star team revealed! - by ESL News

MVP: Josh Gross (201-G/F-83, college: NC-Greensboro)

Josh Gross excelled at both ends of the floor this week in the first session of Las Vegas ESL. His team did not win the championship, but Josh always had his team in a position to win. Josh is a player with great experience who can play multiple positions and plays extremely hard. We expect Josh to be a great D-League player this season or excel overseas.

Randy Graham (191-G-88, college: Ft.Valley St.) is a decent sized combo guard who helped his Kiev team come back and wins to be a major force in the playoffs. However, it did not work out; Randy was a key factor in how well they played down the stretch. He is a strong guard, who can score the ball and play defense. We look for Randy to play in entry level position overseas this year.

Amadou Mbodji (208-F-86, college: Jacksonville St.) was probably one of the best big men here in Vegas first session. He is a versatile big man who runs the floor well, blocks shots and can score around the basket. We look for Amadou to get his career back on track most likely in Asia this season.

Dana Kendrid (193-F-88) is another player who plays extremely hard and helps his team a great deal to win. His team won the championship and he was a major reason they were able to be the number one seed and undefeated Dublin. Dana has major interest from a few teams in the PBL and NBL in Canada and we expect him to have a very good season.

Chad July (206-C-90) is a very gifted big man who does not need to have the ball in his hands all the time to be a great teammate. He helps his teams in many ways even when he is on the bench with his tremendous leadership. He is very good around the basket offensively and defensively and runs the floor extremely well. I would expect Chad to be a mid-level European player who will look to advance in the coming years.

Nick Washburn (208-C-91, agency: Duran International, college: Hillsdale) is a true center who is very long, athletic and a very smart player. The big man from the state of Illinois was one of the best players in Madrid ESL earlier this summer. Nick had a very successful college career and we expect him to have a very successful career overseas which will more than likely start in Spain this season.

Lorenzo McClelland (190-G-87, college: Rochester, MI) is a dynamic guard who helped his team wins the championship with Helsinki. He was one of the key leaders for them in their quest for the title. He can score and defend and we look for him to get on track and advance his career to another level overseas.

Carl Blair (188-PG) was a very productive college point guard who put up great numbers at Prairie View A&M. Carl still is showing how good he is as he showed that he could run a team with precision and with great leadership. Carl is going to be a very high level point guard overseas who would be better off starting out in the D-League his first season as he would establish himself right away as a very high level guard.

Donald Vaughn (195-F-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) played extremely hard here in Vegas and with great intensity. He led his team with hustle plays and transition baskets. He was outstanding on the defensive end as well and was able to draw the interest of several overseas scouts. We look to see Donald enter pro ball from an entry level position overseas this year.

Brandon Beasley (196-F-88, college: William Penn) is very gifted athlete who has a lot of tools to excel at the next level. Brandon was the MVP of Indianapolis ESL and was very good here in Vegas as well. We look for Brandon to play in the d-league or entry level Europe to get started this season.



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

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

Day 3

Game 9: Brussels 60 - Geneva 42

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

Game 10: Kiev 81 - Istanbul 55

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

Game 11: Helsinki 85 - Geneva 75

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

Game 12: Brussels 74 - Istanbul 57

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

Game 13: Geneva 61 - Kiev 59

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

Game 14: Dublin 61 - Geneva 58

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

Game 15: Helsinki 72 - Brussels 55

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

Championship game: Helsinki 58 - Dublin 57

The championship game was as exciting a game as you could ever hope to watch, featuring Team Dublin and Team Helsinki. Coming down to the last possession, Team Dublin, still undefeated, trailed by one point, and Coach John Spezia decided not to call a timeout with 10 seconds left. Brandon Beasley drove to the rim, missed and a slew of tips rimmed in and out to give Team Helsinki the upset championship victory, 58-57. It was back and forth throughout, with multiple lead changes and, ultimately, Team Dublin was doomed because of a poor 6-29 shooting from three. Team Helsinki showed a lot of heart and toughness, gritting out a physical victory. They were led by Dana Kendrid, who had a dominant 14 points and seven rebounds. Lorenzo McClelland (190-G-87, college: Rochester, MI) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds and J.C. Mathis (204-F-82, college: Michigan) (204-F-82, college: Michigan) controlled the boards with 11. Team Dublin was able to be competitive, despite their lack of shooting, because of 12 first-half points for Taylor Stoutner (190-G-90), who failed to score in the second half. James Devlin (183-PG-88) had 12 points.


Day 2
Game 1: Dublin 64 - Brussels 53

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

Game 2: Helsinki 52 - Geneva 50

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

Game 3: Istanbul 76 - Kiev 72

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

Game 4: Helsinki 61 - Brussels 50

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

Game 5: Dublin 76 - Kiev 51

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

Game 6: Geneva 54 - Istanbul 51

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

Game 7: Brussels 71 - Kiev 61

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

Game 8: Dublin 64 - Helsinki 62

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




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Rumors from European basketball market - by Dimitris Katsionis

Some interesting rumors from the European market..

-After announcing Marco Crespi as the new head coach, Montepaschi Siena is targeting to built it's roster for the next season. It's a fact that the budget will be lower this year (4-5 million euros) and the administration will make it's moves in a specific economic framework. According to rumors, the Italian powerhouse is trying to acquire the Lithuanian-duo of Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) to enhance the "wing" spots with two experienced & hard-nosed players. Both are Montepaschi's ex-players. Meanwhile, David Moss has another year in his contract but the Italian champs intend to sell him. Moss will be the front runner for Olympiakos in the case Papanikolaou will leave for Barcelona. EA7 and the Catalans are also interested for Moss, who is probably the best perimeter defender in the European basketball nowadays.

-Olympiakos is checking Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) for the center position, but the French is not the first option (Paul Davis is, but Khimki asks a lot of money in order to sell him) as the European champs are looking for a fundamental post player to base their half court offense (and give a new dimension in the team's offensive game). Ajinca is a totally different player but his length, basketball IQ and passing ability are benefits that may tempt the Reds.

-After making a clearly marketing agreement, acquiring Chinese Shang Ping (205-F-84, college: Emporia St.) , Panathinaikos is trying to complete it's backcourt and wants to invest in the 19-year old, Leuteris Bohoridis of Aris B.C.. Bohoridis is a very good raw material, considering a top prospect for the point guard spot due to his length and perception of the game.

-Anadolu Efes is close to sign Kostas Vasileiadis in order to add more perimeter-firepower in the roster (they have already sign Scotty Hopson). The Turkish want to replace Stanko Barac with Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) but that seems very difficult as both players have high-paid contacts.








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Sergey Bazarevich became the Head Coach of Russian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Sergey Bazarevich (agency: Alti Sport ) became the Head Coach of Russian National Team. The Russian Specialist took over Katsikaris that left the team unexpectedly.
Bazarevich helped Krasnie Krilya to win the cup and he won EuroChallenge championship title. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Coach of the Year in 2013. His Krasnye Kylia stole the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final.
As a Head Coach he started in year 2000 with Dynamo Moscow (B): playing coach. In 2004-2005 moved to CSKA Moscow junior team and then in 2005-2006 coached CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague). In 2006-2007 continued with Standart Samara reg. Toliatti (A Superleague) and in 2007-2008 moved to Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague).
In 2009-2011 he continued with Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague) and then moved to Samara. Bazarevich was coaching Russian U20 National Team back in 2008.



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Standings Division A

Standings
Group A
1. France2-0
2. Lithuania1-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. Slovenia0-2
Group B
1. Russia2-0
2. Bosnia1-1
3. Czech Rep.1-1
4. Greece0-2
Group C
1. Latvia2-0
2. Spain1-1
3. Italy1-1
4. Bulgaria0-2
Group D
1. Turkey2-0
2. Croatia1-1
3. U.Kingdom1-1
4. Ukraine0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 19: SLO - LTU 69-74
Jul. 19: FRA - SRB 65-62

B

Jul. 19: CZE - RUS 69-71
Jul. 19: BIH - GRE 52-51

C

Jul. 19: ESP - LAT 61-66
Jul. 19: BUL - ITA 48-97

D

Jul. 19: ENG - UKR 93-81
Jul. 19: CRO - TUR 76-84

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 20: SLO - FRA
Jul. 20: LTU - SRB

B

Jul. 20: GRE - RUS
Jul. 20: BIH - CZE

C

Jul. 20: BUL - ESP
Jul. 20: ITA - LAT

D

Jul. 20: UKR - TUR
Jul. 20: ENG - CRO


Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (205-SF-95)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Vezenkov, Aris22.5 
 2. Peterka, BK Pardu.21.0 
 3. Sipahi, Tofas18.0 
 4. Martynov, N.Novgor.17.5 
 5. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.17.0 
 6. Fedorchenko, Trium.16.5 
 7. Fontecchio, Oknopl.16.5 
 8. Nelson, Reading R.16.0 
 9. Sabonis, Clinic.15.5 
 10. Zatezic, Krka15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (205-F/C-96)
  Avg: 15
 1. Sabonis, Clinic.15.0 
 2. Porzingis, Cajasol12.5 
 3. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.12.0 
 4. Vezenkov, Aris11.5 
 5. Peterka, BK Pardu.11.0 
 6. Diamantakos, Pana.11.0 
 7. Zganec, KK Zagreb10.0 
 8. Veljkovic, Mega V.10.0 
 9. Birsen, Fener.Ulker10.0 
 10. Sakhniuk, BC Kyiv9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Damien INGLIS
  (204-PF-95)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Inglis, Roanne7.5 
 2. Rebec, Helios7.0 
 3. Kouril, Lucentum6.5 
 4. Pusica, Partizan II5.5 
 5. Geks, VEF Riga5.0 
 6. Jugovic, Partizan.5.0 
 7. Sipahi, Tofas4.5 
 8. Spissu, Banco d.4.5 
 9. Dang, Un.Olimpija4.5 
 10. Jurgutis, Klaiped.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Rebec, Helios4.5 
 2. Soluade, Clinic.3.0 
 3. Ozmizrak, Besiktas3.0 
 4. Martynov, N.Novgor.2.5 
 5. Sans, Prat Juvent.2.5 
 6. Sipahi, Tofas2.5 
 7. Fedorchenko, Trium.2.5 
 8. Kouril, Lucentum2.5 
 9. Oliva, Siena Virtus2.5 
 10. Boyarkin, BC Do.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porzingis, Cajasol5.0 
 2. Okoroh, Derby T.3.5 
 3. Dolensek, Geopli.3.0 
 4. Kottas, PAOK2.5 
 5. Kosut, Pertevniyal2.5 
 6. Davidovac, Vrsac2.0 
 7. Zvigurs, VEF Riga1.5 
 8. Jaramaz, Mega V.1.0 
 9. Prokopenko, BC Ky.1.0 
 10. Bigby-W., Lewisha.1.0 


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. FYR Macedo.1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Finland1-1
4. Hungary1-1
5. Denmark0-2
Group B
1. Germany2-0
2. Holland2-0
3. Estonia2-0
4. Georgia0-2
5. Norway0-2
6. Austria0-2
Group C
1. Israel2-0
2. Sweden2-0
3. Switzerlan.1-1
4. Romania1-1
5. Scotland0-2
6. Slovakia0-2
Group D
1. Portugal2-0
2. Montenegro.1-0
3. Belgium1-1
4. Belarus0-1
5. Luxembourg.0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Group A

Jul. 20: HUN - POL
Jul. 20: MKD - DEN

Group B

Jul. 20: GEO - AUT
Jul. 20: EST - GER
Jul. 20: NOR - NED

Group C

Jul. 20: SUI - ISR
Jul. 20: SWE - SVK
Jul. 20: SCO - ROM

Group D

Jul. 20: POR - MNT
Jul. 20: BLR - LUX


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Janos VELKEY
  (192-G-95)
  Avg: 20
 1. Velkey, Vasas20.0 
 2. Le Sann, Meyrin G.20.0 
 3. Kesteloot, Sint-J.20.0 
 4. Hakanson, FCB R.19.5 
 5. Rosenmuller, Weert18.5 
 6. Goloman, Kormend18.0 
 7. Zalmanson, Maccabi17.5 
 8. Berg, Asker Aliens17.0 
 9. Kask, Audentese/N.16.0 
 10. Cobzaru, High S.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johannes DOLVEN
  (197-PF-96)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Dolven, Bygdoy11.5 
 2. Janicek, SVK N.11.0 
 3. Poltl, Vienna Timb.10.5 
 4. Ferreira, Dragon F.10.0 
 5. Christensen, Vaerl.9.0 
 6. Berg, Asker Aliens8.5 
 7. Kesteloot, Sint-J.8.0 
 8. Sutt, TU.8.0 
 9. Goloman, Kormend8.0 
 10. Segev, Maccabi T.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gal GILINSKI
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Gilinski, ISR N.5.5 
 2. Petersen, Aarhus5.5 
 3. Sharon, Hapoel H.5.0 
 4. Velkey, Vasas5.0 
 5. Hakanson, FCB R.5.0 
 6. Musie, Norrkoping5.0 
 7. Levi, ISR N.4.0 
 8. Dragoste, U.Mobite.4.0 
 9. Marques, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Peeters, Giants3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Itay SEGEV
  (204-SF-95)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Segev, Maccabi T-A4.5 
 2. Rowan, Edinburg.3.0 
 3. Nymo, Skjetten3.0 
 4. Le Sann, Meyrin G.3.0 
 5. Velkey, Vasas2.5 
 6. Shuchman, Galil G.2.5 
 7. Sutt, TU.2.5 
 8. Hakanson, FCB R.2.5 
 9. Ciordas, Oradea2.5 
 10. Meireless, Leca2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-PF-96)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Goloman, Kormend3.5 
 2. Poltl, Vienna Timb.3.5 
 3. Larsson, Talje2.0 
 4. Stockman, Baerum2.0 
 5. Derval, Boncourt2.0 
 6. Gilinski, ISR N.2.0 
 7. Cotture, Fribourg1.5 
 8. Van Vliet, Giants1.5 
 9. Van Caeneghe., St-.1.5 
 10. Sorkin, ISR N.1.5 


Division B: Results and Stats from Day 2 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Denmark - Hungary 68-72
Hungary tastes initial success in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian team improved to 1-1 record after a 72:68 win over Denmark. The latter remained winless at the tournament. Hungary scored the first 5 points in the game and led 18:12 after the first period. They added 23-13 surge in the second frame and increased to massive 41:25 lead at the halftime. Denmark however was too far to give up and posted two victories in the second half. They won the third quarter 20-17 and came up with 23-14 rally in the last stanza. Denmark reduced to 4 points, but could not come closer. Janos Velkey (192-G-95) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Goloman Gyorgy collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ban followed them with 11 points in a win. Hansen Rasmus ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Tobias Christensen (193-G/F-95) had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) and Benzon notched 7 points each in a loss.

Poland - Finland 64-52
Poland open winning account at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side posted a 64:52 win over Finland in Day 2 of the tournament. The Nordic side fell at 1-1 record. Poland scored only after 3 minutes of the opening quarter but then managed to grab 18:9 lead. They added massive 25-9 surge and took 43:18 halftime advantage. Finland however was too far to give up and came up with two victories in the second half. Finland won the third period 15-9 and finished the game with 19-12. It was however enough only to reduce to final 64:52 score. Jeszke Damian stepped up with 19 points and Damian Szymczak (186-G-95) nailed 9. Olejniczak Dominik and Zolnierewicz Przemyslaw brought 8 points each. Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) delivered 9 points in defeat, while Ventoniemi Henri and Hopkins Shawn scored 8 apiece.

Group B
Germany - Austria 79-35
Germany stun Austria in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German machine posted a comfortable 76:35 win for 2-0 record in Group B. Germany started the game with 25:9 lead as Bjoern Rohwer (211-C/F-95) closed the first period from the free throw line. Zinn nailed three early in the second frame for 31:10 advantage. He gave later Germany 47:22 lead before the teams disappeared in the lockers. Germany also dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 13-7 and finished the game with 19-6 surge. Lukas Meisner (201-SF-95) and Ilzhoefer Stefan top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Bjoern Rohwer and Sengfelder Christian nailed 10 points in a win. Poltl Jakob replied with 10 points in defeat, while Fabian Richter (192-F/G-95) brought 5.

Estonia - Norway 59-54
Estonia secure the second straight win in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Estonians overcame Norway 59:54 and took 2-0 record in Group B. The Nordic side fell at 0-2 record. Estonia managed to score 14 points in the first, second and third quarters. They won the first period 14-11, then added 14-12 and led 28:23 at the halftime. Fourteen points however were not enough in the third period as Norway posted 21. Only due to 17-10 rally in the last stanza Estonia won the game. Olmre Sten stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Sutt Saimon notched 15. Kask Karl-Martin brought 10, while Kruus Sander added 7. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) scored 13 points for Norway and Dolven Johannes collected 9 points and 12 rebounds. Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) netted 7, whilst Nymo Anders and Stockman Matz had 6 each.

Holland - Georgia 71-60
Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship. The Dutch side posted a 71:60 victory over Georgia in Day 2. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Holland scored 19 points in the first period and added the same number of points in the second frame. It was enough to take 38:25 lead after the first two quarters. Georgia remained alive in the game after a 17-14 rally in the third period, but Holland needed a final 19-18 rally to seal the victory. Daan Rosenmuller (193-G/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Julius van Sauers collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dijkhuizen and Pim De Vries (193-F/G-95) followed them with 9 points each. Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-SG-95) scored 13 points for Georgia and Zakradze Luka notched 10. Maizer Revazashvili (202-C-96) poured in 7, whilst Bolkvadze Aleksandre and Sanadze Sandro delivered 6 apiece.

Group C
Israel - Slovakia 119-67
Israel closed Day 2 with the win over Slovakia at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They needed an easy 119:67 win for 2-0 record in the group. Slovakia meanwhile suffered their second straight loss. Israel had a fantastic game tonight. They nailed 33 points in the first period and then erupted with a 40-11 surge in the second frame. Levi Nimrod nailed three at the end of the half for 73:30 halftime advantage. Israel added 33-23 rally in the third period to reach 53-point lead. Slovakia only managed to win the last stanza 14-13 and reduced to final 119:67 result. Levi Nimrod top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) netted 19. Ziv Iftach scored 16, whilst Kahal Or and Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 10 each. Senohradsky Jozef and Meress Jakub tallied 11 points each in a loss, while Marek Masiar (183-F-96) scored 10.

Switzerland - Scotland 78-68
Clayton Le Sann leads Switzerland over Scotland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. he was unstoppable with 28 points to bring his side 78:68 win. Switzerland improved to 1-1 record while Scotland fell at 0-2. Switzerland looked better in the first period and took 17:14 lead. They added 23-18 rally in the second period and had 8-point advantage after two quarters. Both teams nailed 20 points in the third period, while the Swiss side added 2=18-16 rally in the last stanza. Verga Alessandro posted 13 points for the winners and Anabir Noe collected 10 points and 14 rebounds. Patrick Bianchi (180-PG-95) followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Malcolm Fraser replied with 17 points in defeat, whilst Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) scored 13. Sim Nicholas posted 11 and Rowan Neil chipped in with 9.

Romania - Sweden 63-81
Sweden overcame Romanian team in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team improved to 2-0 record after an 81:63 victory. Romania suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated and looked forward to achieve the second win. Sweden took 25:13 lead at the end of the first period and added 19-14 rally in the second frame. Moreover the latter needed a 23-14 surge in the third period and did not mind a 14-22 push from the opponents in the end of the game. Lofberg Johan and Larsson Alexander top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) poured in 14, while Lindstrom Valter added 11. Ciordas Andrei delivered 13 points for Romania and Adrian Oprea (193-F-95) notched 9. Cobzaru Vlad scored 8, whilst Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) and Bogdan Pogacean (197-C-95) notched 7 apiece.

Group D
Luxembourg - Portugal 46-74
Portugal leave no chances for Luxembourg at the end of the second day of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal grabbed 2-0 record in Group D after a 74:46 win. Luxembourg meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Portugal was the favorite of the game and won all four quarters. They started with 15-12 and added 19-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Portugal posted a 19-16 run in the third period and erupted with a massive 21-6 surge in the last stanza. Marques Pedro top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ferreira Nuno collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) netted 10, whilst Amiel Francisco and Camara Luis brought 8 apiece. Thomas Gruen (194-PG-95) answered with 22 points in defeat, while Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) scored 6. Stojanovic Filip, Max Hilger (187-PG-95) and Schmit Tim added 4 each.

Montenegro - Belgium 58-51
Montenegro start Division B campaign from Day 2 at the U18 European Championship. They managed to beat Belgium 58:51 for 1-0 record. The latter dropped at 1-1 record in Group D. Montenegro erupted in the start of the game but did not look great at the end of it. Montenegro grabbed a 24:11 surge and led 11 points at the halftime. Moreover Montenegro posted a 18-7 rally in the third period as Milovic Vaso closed the frame at 53:31. Belgium meanwhile shocked the opponents with a 20-5 burst in the last stanza to reduce to final 7 points. Milovic Vaso and Draskovic Milovan top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) netted 11. Kesteloot Vincent brought 16 points in defeat and Hemeleers Sam had 8. Sami Demirtas (190-SG-96) posted 7 points, while Boxus Romain ended up with 5.



Division A: Results and Stats from Day 2 in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
France - Serbia 65-62
France edged Serbia for the second straight win at the start of the U18 European Championship. Les Bleus remained on top of Group A. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) was instrumental in the victory tallying 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists. Serbia led by six points after ten minutes of action 22:16. The Balkan team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 38:32 halftime advantage. But Inglis and Etienne Ory (178-PG-96) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to erase the deficit. They also triggered a 13:0 run from Les Bleus as they gained a 45:38 lead. Serbia managed to erase it as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 52. Serbia led by two points 60:58 with just over five minutes to go in regulation. Inglis and Etienne Ory made it then 63:60 for France. Aleksa Jugovic cut the distance but Bouteille scored the final two points in the game sealing the victory for Les Bleus. Etienne Ory finished with 17 points, while Guerschon Yabusele contributed 6 points for the winners. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points and 8 assists in the loss.

Slovenia - Lithuania 69-74
Lithuania claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 1-1 record in Group A. Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Slovenia suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament. Slovenia got to a storming start to the game. They ensured a 30:12 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania found the way to bounce back. They tuned in defensively and held their opponents to just 7 points in the second term. Lithuania cut the deficit at three-point mark at halftime. Slovenia extended their lead to double digits again in the third frame. Matic Rebec made it 53:43 for the hosts. Ritlop capped the period with a layup to give Slovenia a 57:47 lead. But Lithuania went on a massive 20:3 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 69:62 lead. They did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 20 points and 8 assists in the losing effort.

Group B
Czech Republic - Russia 69-71
Russia eked out the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off pesky Czech Republic today to stay on top of Group B. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 22 points each to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. The Czech team was in control throughout the first half. They grabbed a 24:18 lead after the starting quarter. Czech Republic stretched the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:38 halftime advantage. Czech Republic held Russia to just 12 points in the third term to secure what seemed to be a comfortable 12-point lead before the final stanza 62:50. But Russia refused to surrender. Viacheslav Fedorchenko drained backt-to-back three-pointers midway through the final stanza to put Russia within three 63:66. Alexander Martynov, Viacheslav Fedorchenko and Maleyko gave Russia a 71:68 lead with under two minutes remaining. Pechachek nailed a free throw but missed the second one and later Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) missed a jumper as Russia got away with the win. Alexander Gankevich netted 8 points for Russia. David Radovan Kouril answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Marek Mares had 9 points in the losing effort.

Bosnia - Greece 52-51
Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece for 1-1 record in Group B. Aleksandar Lazic (198-F/G-96) nailed 13 points to lead the Balkan team. The Hellenes fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Bosnia and Herzegovina limited their opponents to just 6 points in the first frame to take a 2-point lead. Bosnia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 23:19 halftime advantage. Greece cut the deficit in the third term. The Hellenes pulled ahead for a 32:31 advantage before the fourth frame. Aleksandar Lazic, Lakic and Imran Polutak (205-C-96) gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a 48:43 lead with three minutes remaining. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Chatzinikolas dragged Greece within one 51:52 with 39 seconds remaining. Lulic missed two free throws but Dimitrios Stamatis could not capitalize missing a jumper late in regulation. Imran Polutak had 10 points, while Sandro Gacic added 8 points for the winning side. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Group C
Bulgaria - Italy 48-97
Italy recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. The Azzurri recovered after the starting loss and thrashed Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group C. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Italy opened the game with an aggressive defence and held Bulgaria to just 6 points in the first ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded impressive 30 points in the second period to take a 47:20 halftime lead. Italy stayed red hot in the third term. They poured in 27 points in the period to pile up a 75:36 advantage at the final intermission. Italy limited Bulgaria to just 12 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Nicola Akele netted 16 points, while Pierfrancesco Oliva (202-SF-96) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 21 points for Bulgaria. Evgeni Hadzhirusev had 11 points in the loss.

Spain - Latvia 61-66
Latvia claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. The hosts upset Spain to take 2-0 record on top of Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winning side. Latvia eked out a 13:11 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts stayed in front throughout the second frame. Latvia accumulated a 28:25 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Latvia arrived at the final intermission up by three points 47:44. Latvia went on a 10:0 run early in the fourth frame to ensure a 57:46 advantage with just over six minutes remaining. Spain responded with a furious run to level things up at 61. Davis Geks answered with a triple to silence Spain and then sank two free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 13 points, while Kristaps Porzingis and Davis Geks added 11 points each for Latvia. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Spain. Alberto Abalde delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Group D
Croatia - Turkey 76-84
Turkey registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship campaign. They held off Croatia to remain on top of Group D. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) netted 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 6 assists to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Croatia looked confident start at the start of the game. They fired 27 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 5-point lead. Turkey stopped the rot in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 45:43. Turkey exploded with a 22:12 rally in the third term. They surged ahead and secured an 8-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Baykan and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) gave Turkey a 72:57 lead early in the fourth frame. Croatia sparked the intrigue as they managed to clip the deficit at 5-point mark 71:76 with just over three minutes to go. However Kenan Sipahi and Kanter netted four points and Turkey raced to the win at the end. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) and Emircan Kosut delivered 13 points each for Turkey. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric had 14 points in the loss.

United Kingdom - Ukraine 93-81
England earned the historic victory in Liepaja today. They overcame Ukraine for the first ever success in Division A of the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) accounted for 25 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine posted 22 points in the first frame to take a one-point lead. Ukraine stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 41:34 halftime advantage. But England turned things around in the third frame. They erupted for 25 points and surged ahead for a 59:57 advantage at the final break. Luke Nelson, Isaacs and Benjamin Mead gave England a 71:61 lead midway through the fourth frame. Ukraine narrowed the margin at 5-point mark but England stayed calm as they soon opened a double-digit advantage. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) made it 91:78 for England with 27 seconds remaining and they cruised to the victory in the reminder of the contest. Kingsley Okoroh posted 14 points, while Benjamin Mead had 11 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Andrii Shalamov (96) netted 20 points each for Ukraine as they slipped at 0-2 record.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daniel DIEZ
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Diez, Gipuzkoa19.3 
 2. Vecvagars, Lietkab.19.0 
 3. Kriz, BC Kolin18.5 
 4. Koreniuk, Dnipro17.9 
 5. Eriksson, FCB R.17.6 
 6. Fernandez, Asefa16.4 
 7. Mugosa, Buducnost16.0 
 8. Radosavljevi., B.M.16.0 
 9. Larentzakis, Ikaros15.8 
 10. Artamonov, BC Od.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ojars SILINS
  LAT
  (208-PF-93)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Silins, Grissin9.6 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils9.5 
 3. Spires, FCB R.9.3 
 4. Kriz, BC Kolin9.1 
 5. Koreniuk, Dnipro9.0 
 6. Solomon, Maccabi8.9 
 7. Bolcina, Krka8.5 
 8. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.8.1 
 9. Diez, Gipuzkoa8.1 
 10. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Artamonov, BC Od.5.9 
 2. Maayan, Seton Hall5.4 
 3. Miljenovic, Radnic.4.7 
 4. Fernandez, Asefa4.1 
 5. Laane, Rapla4.0 
 6. Eroglu, Erdemir3.9 
 7. Bochoridis, Aris3.9 
 8. Vrbica, Lovcen3.9 
 9. Rupnik, Un.Olimpija3.6 
 10. Zakharov, N.Nov.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Otar PKHAKADZE
  GEO
  (190-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pkhakadze, Fairmon.2.4 
 2. Hrovat, Helios2.3 
 3. Fernandez, Asefa2.3 
 4. Eroglu, Erdemir2.3 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar2.0 
 6. Lapornik, Zlatorog2.0 
 7. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.1.9 
 8. Paasoja, Rapla1.9 
 9. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 10. Prihonsky, BK Par.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo NIKOLIC
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nikolic, Buducnost2.8 
 2. Silins, Grissin2.1 
 3. Spires, FCB R.2.0 
 4. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.1.9 
 5. Nurger, Rapla1.8 
 6. Antetokounmp., Fil.1.8 
 7. Grazulis, Ventspils1.4 
 8. Marinkovic, OKK B.1.3 
 9. Agravanis, Panioni.1.1 
 10. Fait, USK Praha1.1 


Latvia, Spain, Russia and Italy reach semifinal stage in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals
Italy - Lithuania 75-72 OT
Italy survived overtime drama to reach the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. The Azzurri overcame Lithuania in the quarterfinal thriller in Tallinn today. Eric Lombardi (200-PF-93) posted 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Italy. Lithuania nailed 23 points in the opening quarter to gain a 5-point lead. The Baltic team controlled the tempo in the second quarter. They held Italy to just 9 points in the frame to gain a 33:27 halftime advantage. But Italy turned things around in the third quarter. The Azzurri went on a 19:11 run to snatch a 46:44 lead at the third break. The lead changed hands throughout dramatic fourth frame. Kariniauskas gave Lithuania 65:61 lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) answered with a triple to put Italy within one. Paliukenas sank two free throws but Amedeo Della Valle drained a late three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Marco Lagana nailed 4 points in the extra period and Italy held their opponents to 5 points in the extra period to rally to the victory. Awudu Abass chipped in 14 points, while Marco Lagana added 9 points in the win. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) replied with 14 points for Lithuania. Laimonas Chatkevicius and Mindaugas Kacinas netted 10 points apiece in the loss.

Greece - Spain 60-82
Spain reached the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to set up the clash with Latvia in the semis. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain were up by four points after the starting quarter 20:16. Greece stuck around in the second frame. The Hellenes got within three points at halftime 37:40. But Spain took off in the third term. They ignited a massive 22:8 run to establish a 17-point advantage at the final intermission. Spain kept the Hellenes at distance throughout the fourth term. They knocked down 20 points and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) produced 21 points and 6 assists, while Alejandro Suarez added 14 points for the winning side. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) answered with 15 points for Greece. Eleftherios Bochoridis chipped in 13 points in the losing case.

Latvia - Montenegro 78-73
Latvia advanced into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They fired past Montenegro today. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) came up with 25 points to lead the Baltic team. Montenegro set their ambitions high at the tournament and surged ahead to prove it early in the encounter. The Balkan team exploded with 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Latvia stiffened defensively in the second quarter. They held Montenegro to just 10 points in the period and accumulated a 39:37 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Latvia secured a 2-point lead heading into the fourth term. Jakovics and Kaspars Vecvagars gave Latvia a double-digit lead midway through the fourth frame. The gap soon grew at 14-point mark and Latvia held on to it until the final buzzer. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) netted 15 points each for Latvia. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) answered with 18 points for Montenegro. Vukota Pavic delivered 15 points in the loss.



Turkey - Russia 70-82
Russia became the first semifinalists at the U20 European Championship in Estonia. They held off Turkey in the first quarterfinal of the day in Tallinn. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Russia grabbed the lead right from the start. They outgunned somewhat sloppy Turkish side for a 26:7 lead at the first break. Turkey picked up the tempo in the second period but Russia matched their effort. The scoreboard read 50:31 at halftime. Turkey cut the deficit by just one point in the third term. They poured in 24 points in the fourth frame but Russia easily withstood the challenge and claimed the victory. Maksim Sakharov (195-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Artem Komolov added 13 points in the win. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Ahmet Tuncer responded with 13 points for the losing side.


9-12 Place
France - Germany 71-62
France claimed the victory over Germany in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. They shot down Germany to set up the clash versus Slovenia for the 9th position. Germany will wrap up their campaign against Croatia. Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They led by two points 13:11 after ten minutes. Germany extended their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 33:30 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus spurred in front in the third frame. They netted 21 points to sneak into a 51:47 lead after three quarters of action. France did not allow Germany any closer throughout the fourth frame and marched to the win at the end. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) had 16 points to lead France. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) and William Howard (201-SF-93) contributed 15 and 14 points respectively. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Mauricio Marin had 10 points in the loss.

Croatia - Slovenia 78-90
Slovenia prevailed against Croatia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. The winners will now play for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) notched 19 points to lead Slovenia. Croatia enjoyed a 23:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within one point at halftime 42:41. The lead changed hands throughout the third term. But Croatia secured a 61:59 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Ziga Dimec, Miha Lapornik and Bolcina organized a 10:0 run to put Slovenia up by 8 points with three minutes remaining. They maintained the lead in the reminder of the contest and secured the winning outcome at the end. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) had 18 points and 10 assists, while Ziga Dimec added 18 points for the winners. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) and Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) answered with 18 points apiece for Croatia.


13-16 Place
Bulgaria - Israel 76-69
Bulgaria earned the fourth consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Israeli counterparts to set up the clash versus Serbia for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) netted 16 points to lead the charge. Bulgaria registered a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Israel slowed down their opponents in the second frame. The Israelis got within 6 points at the interval 36:30. But Bulgaria stepped on the gas in the third term. They gained a 12-point lead at the final break. Egor Koulechov and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) dragged Israel within five points midway through the fourth frame but Bulgaria delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with the win at the end. Dimitar Stoyanov (187-G-93) netted 15 points, while Pavlin Ivanov had 11 points for the winners. Rafael Menco replied with 17 points for Israel. Igor Mayor chipped and Egor Koulechov chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Serbia - Sweden 82-65
Serbia prevailed against Sweden in the classification round of the U20 European Championship today. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Serbia will now take on Bulgaria for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Sweden will wrap up their campaign against Israel. Serbia opened the game with four straight points and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. They registered a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Serbia cleared off to a 14-point distance at halftime 41:27. The Balkan team extended the lead in the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points 63:41. Sweden fired 24 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) netted 13 points and grabbed 12 boards, while Nemanja Bezbradica added 12 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 28 points for Sweden. Arvid Isaksson had 8 points in the loss.

17-20 Place
Estonia - Czech Republic 68-94
Czech Republic overcame Estonia to stay hopeful of securing Division A place for the next season. They will now face Ukraine in the decisive game in Tallinn. Estonia got relegated with the loss and would face Georgia for the 19th place at the tournament. Czech Republic fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second period. Czech Republic accounted for a 48:39 halftime advantage. They unloaded 28 points in the third term to grab a 23-point lead before the fourth frame. Estonia could not recover from the blow scoring just 15 points in the final stanza and losing the game. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Karel Ausprunk (203-C-94) added 14 points in the victory. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Ukraine - Georgia 75-47
Ukraine are now step away from punching Division A ticket for the next season. They outscored Georgia to enter the fight with Czech Republic for Division A survival. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) posted 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine dominated the game. They snatched a 14:10 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine kept Georgia at bay throughout the second frame. They registered a 33:20 halftime advantage. Ukraine boosted the lead in the third term. They went on a 22:9 rally to ensure a comfortable 55:29 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine nailed 20 points in the fourth frame to seal the win at the end. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) finished with 13 points and 14 boards, while Klym Artamonov added 11 points for the winners. Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) answered with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia. Revaz Rogava chipped in 9 points in the defeat.



Division B: The Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

QUARTERFINAL
Switzerland - Hungary 61-74
Hungary took the last train to the semis at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian side overcame Switzerland to complete the Semifinal picture. Hungary managed to take 20:15 lead after the first 10 minutes and looked better in the first half. They added 22-18 rally for 9-point advantage at the halftime. Switzerland posted 14 points in the third and the last stanzas and it was not enough to catch up with the opponents. Hungary replied with 19 points in the third period and did not mind 13 points in the last quarter. Rosco Allen top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Luka Markovic nailed 17. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) poured in 9, whilst Adam Kovacs collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) answered with 15 points in defeat, while Marko Mladjan (205-F-93) had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) posted 12 and Arben Hoxha notched 9.

Belgium - Romania 72-68
Belgium beat the hosts in Pitesti to reach the semifinals of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The favorites overcame Romania 72:68 in a tough game. Although Belgium entered the game undefeated from the top place in Group B, they hardly secured their Semifinal appearance. Belgium started the game with 17:9 lead and led 8 points at the halftime. Lecomte and Olah Alexandru exchanged for 36:28 result on the board after two quarters played. Belgium also won the third period 24-19, but escaped with the narrow win. Trailing 15 points in the start of the last period, Romania reduced to 66:63. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) however secured the victory for Belgium as he scored the last points. Emmanuel Lecomte top-scored for the winners with 34 points, while Hazard Louis nailed 10. Schoepen Yoeri brought 9 and Mollekens Arno collected 7 points and 13 rebounds. Olah Alexandru answered with 20 points for the home side and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) poured in 14. Stoicoviciu Vlad brought 13, while Paun Victor netted 8.

Poland - Portugal 82-57
Poland reached Semifinals in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland needed an 82:57 win over Portugal in the Quarterfinal clash. Poland appeared stronger in the game and took 25:17 lead at the end of the first period. Both teams scored 12 points each in the second frame as Poland enjoyed an 8-pont halftime advantage. They also won the third period 26-15 and finished with 19-13 rally at the end. Callenbach and Ventura scored the last points in the game for the final result. Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) and Ponitka Mateusz paced all the winners with 22 points each, while Grzegorz Grochowski (180-PG-93) and Bonarek Lukasz nailed 7 apiece. Emanuel Correia de Sa scored 10 points for Portugal and Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) notched 9. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) and Piedade Henrique brought 8 points each in a loss.

United Kingdom - Holland 95-57
United Kingdom became the first Semifinalist at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Holland 95:57 with another masterpiece from Devon Van Oostrum. United Kingdom was the favorite of the game and started with 25:17 lead. They added 23-12 in the second frame and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. United Kingdom erupted with a 24-14 surge in the third period and finished the game with 23-14 rally. Lockwood scored for 95:57 that became the final result of the game. Devon Van Oostrum top-scored for the winners with 34 points. John Stewart (198-F-93) netted 15 and Lewis Nick had 9. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) replied with 17 points in defeat and Yannick Van Der Ark brought 12. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) and Arjans Vos Hidde followed them with 5 points each.

9-12 places

Slovakia - Finland 75-67
Slovak Republic surprise Finland at the Classification Round Day 1 in Division B. Slovak Republic posted a 75:67 win for 1-0 record. Slovak Republic erupted with a 21-12 lead in the start and led 9 points at the halftime. Both teams posted 16 points each in the second period for 37:28 on the board. Finland recovered a bit with a 21-17 rally in the third period, but failed to catch up with the opponents. Slovak Republic won the last stanza 21-18 and enjoyed a 8-point final win. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) stepped up with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tot nailed 12, whilst Viktor Juricek had 11. Palmi and Caven replied with 16 points each in defeat. Rajala and Dolenc scored 8 points each for the Nordic side.

Luxembourg - Cyprus 63-64
Cyprus grab a valuable win over Luxembourg at the Classification Round in Division B of the U20 European Championship. Giorgos Stylianou (201-G-94) brought a 64:63 win at the end of the game. Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period and then Cyprus took 12-point halftime advantage after a 20-8 surge. Luxembourg dominated the third period and erupted with a 24-9 burst. Melcher Bob closed the period at 49:46 and then he gave his side 58:49 lead with less than 7 minutes to go. It was enough for Cyprus to recover and grabbed the victory. First they replied with a 9-0 run and then Giorgos Stylianou scored the last three points for the winners. Mantovani Roberto Alexander top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Ieronymidis Viktoras netted 16. Giorgos Stylianou and Eleftheriou Rafael poured in 7 points each. Melcher Bob ended up with 23 points in defeat and Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) as well as Welter Tom added 13 each. Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) finished the game with 8 points in a loss.



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U18 European Championship: Poland open winning account - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18-Finland U18 64:52

Poland open winning account at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side posted a 64:52 win over Finland in Day 2 of the tournament. The Nordic side fell at 1-1 record.
Poland scored only after 3 minutes of the opening quarter but then managed to grab 18:9 lead. They added massive 25-9 surge and took 43:18 halftime advantage. Finland however was too far to give up and came up with two victories in the second half. Finland won the third period 15-9 and finished the game with 19-12. It was however enough only to reduce to final 64:52 score.
Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) stepped up with 19 points and Damian Szymczak (186-G-95) nailed 9. Dominik Olejniczak (206-C-96) and Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) brought 8 points each. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) delivered 9 points in defeat, while Henri Ventoniemi (201-PF-95) and Shawn Hopkins (194-G/F-95) scored 8 apiece.

Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 19, Damian Szymczak 9, Dominik Olejniczak 8, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 8
Finland U18: Oskar Michelsen 9, Henri Ventoniemi 8, Shawn Hopkins 8



U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic surprise Finland at the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20-Finland U20 75:67

Slovak Republic surprise Finland at the Classification Round Day 1 in Division B. Slovak Republic posted a 75:67 win for 1-0 record.
Slovak Republic erupted with a 21-12 lead in the start and led 9 points at the halftime. Both teams posted 16 points each in the second period for 37:28 on the board. Finland recovered a bit with a 21-17 rally in the third period, but failed to catch up with the opponents. Slovak Republic won the last stanza 21-18 and enjoyed a 8-point final win.
Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) stepped up with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) nailed 12, whilst Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) had 11. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) replied with 16 points each in defeat. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) and Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) scored 8 points each for the Nordic side.

Slovak Republic U20: Vladimir Brodziansky 21+10 rebs, Michal Cekovsky 18+11 rebs, Oliver Tot 12, Viktor Juricek 11
Finland U20: Topias Palmi 16, Joonas Caven 16, Julius Rajala 8, Daniel Dolenc 8



KORISLIIGA: Antti Kanervo wants abroad - by Rauno Hurmalainen

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


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Daviin Davis signs at Souffel - by Eurobasket News

BC Souffelweyersheim (ProB) landed 28-year old American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber State). He has played for the last two years at ADA Blois Basket (NM1). In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.2spg (in top 2) and 1.8bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Defensive Player of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (11-12) season Davis played at BK Valmiera (LBL) in Latvian league. In four games he had 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg (in top 5) that season. He also played 4 games in Baltic League where he had 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0spg.
In 2010-11 season Davis played at ALM Evreux. In 34 games he had 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Joensuun Kataja (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 7 games he was second best scorer with 13.1ppg and recorded 5.1rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg.
Among other achievements Davis' team won Big Sky Conference Regular Season in 2007 and 2009.
He is a very experienced player.
Davis graduated from Weber State in 2009 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: France topple Germany - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Germany U20 71:62

France claimed the victory over Germany in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. They shot down Germany to set up the clash versus Slovenia for the 9th position. Germany will wrap up their campaign against Croatia.
Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They led by two points 13:11 after ten minutes. Germany extended their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 33:30 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus spurred in front in the third frame. They netted 21 points to sneak into a 51:47 lead after three quarters of action. France did not allow Germany any closer throughout the fourth frame and marched to the win at the end. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) had 16 points to lead France. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) and William Howard (201-SF-93) contributed 15 and 14 points respectively. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Mauricio Marin (193-SG-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had 10 points in the loss.

France U20: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 16, Hugo Invernizzi 15, William Howard 14
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 15, Mauricio Marin 10



U18 European Championship: France edge Serbia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Serbia U18 65:62

France edged Serbia for the second straight win at the start of the U18 European Championship. Les Bleus remained on top of Group A. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) was instrumental in the victory tallying 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists.
Serbia led by six points after ten minutes of action 22:16. The Balkan team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 38:32 halftime advantage. But Inglis and Etienne Ory (178-PG-96) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to erase the deficit. They also triggered a 13:0 run from Les Bleus as they gained a 45:38 lead. Serbia managed to erase it as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 52. Serbia led by two points 60:58 with just over five minutes to go in regulation. Inglis and Etienne Ory made it then 63:60 for France. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) cut the distance but Bouteille scored the final two points in the game sealing the victory for Les Bleus. Etienne Ory finished with 17 points, while Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) contributed 6 points for the winners. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points and 8 assists in the loss.

France U18: Damien Inglis 20, Etienne Ory 17, Guerschon Yabusele 6
Serbia U18: Rade Zagorac 13, Aleksa Jugovic 11



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U18 European Championship: Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Holland U18-Georgia U18 71:60

Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship. The Dutch side posted a 71:60 victory over Georgia in Day 2. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Holland scored 19 points in the first period and added the same number of points in the second frame. It was enough to take 38:25 lead after the first two quarters. Georgia remained alive in the game after a 17-14 rally in the third period, but Holland needed a final 19-18 rally to seal the victory.
Daan Rosenmuller (193-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Julius van Sauers (196-F-95) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-PF-95) and Pim De Vries (193-G-95) followed them with 9 points each. Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-SG-95) scored 13 points for Georgia and Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) notched 10. Maizer Revazashvili (202-C-96) poured in 7, whilst Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-SF-95) and Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) delivered 6 apiece.

Holland U18: Daan Rosenmuller 20, Julius van Sauers 12+10 rebs, Jaron Dijkhuizen 9, Pim De Vries 9
Georgia U18: Kakhaber Tomaradze 13, Luka Zakradze 10, Maizer Revazashvili 7, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 6, Sandro Sanadze 6



U20 European Championship: Ukraine step closer to avoiding relegation - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Georgia U20 75:47

Ukraine are now step away from punching Division A ticket for the next season. They outscored Georgia to enter the fight with Czech Republic for Division A survival. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) posted 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners.
Ukraine dominated the game. They snatched a 14:10 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine kept Georgia at bay throughout the second frame. They registered a 33:20 halftime advantage. Ukraine boosted the lead in the third term. They went on a 22:9 rally to ensure a comfortable 55:29 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine nailed 20 points in the fourth frame to seal the win at the end. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) finished with 13 points and 14 boards, while Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) added 11 points for the winners. Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) answered with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) chipped in 9 points in the defeat.

Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Koreniuk 26+19 boards, Maksym Lutsenko 13+14 boads, Klym Artamonov 11
Georgia U20: Valeri Kvantaliani 11+12 boards, Revaz Rogava 9



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Kirchheim Knights add two to roster - by Moritz Korff

The Kirchheim Knights (2. Bundesliga Pro A) signed Max Rockmann (198-F-88, college: UMKC) and Bill Borekambi (199-F-92) for the 2013-14 season, the club announced.
Borekambi is 21 years of age and will come to Kirchheim from Visalia, California, where he attended the College of the Sequoias. "Bill has all the tools that a great basketball player needs to have", sport director Karl-Wilhelm Lenger stated on the Knights' website. Borekambi comes from Berlin and has played for IBBA, Bremerhaven and Trier before heading over the pond.
Rockmann averaged 8.1 points and 2.5 rebounds a game for the Cuxhaven BasCats last season. Kirchheim coach Branislav Ignjatovic said, he was looking for a player who will bring size and defensive stability to the wing position. The Knights will now focus on signing a frontcourt player.



BC Odessa tabs Terrell Everett, ex Bremerhaven - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa (Superleague) inked 29-year old American guard Terrell Everett (193-83kg-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices). Everett managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 10 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Everett also spent part of the season at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league that year. In 14 games he had 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.9apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 6.3apg.
Among other achievements Everett received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team award back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Everett has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Greece (Iraklis), France (JDA Dijon, Hyeres-Toulon and Chalon/Saor), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2006 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Everett's game is described as: A heady left-handed wing with solid ball skills ... Can play the point if the need arises ... Regarded as a slasher ... Excels at penetration and getting the ball to the rim ... A savvy player who boasts tremendous court awareness and is an excellent passer ... Possesses a soft touch on his jump shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: France topple Germany - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Germany U20 71:62

France claimed the victory over Germany in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. They shot down Germany to set up the clash versus Slovenia for the 9th position. Germany will wrap up their campaign against Croatia.
Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They led by two points 13:11 after ten minutes. Germany extended their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 33:30 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus spurred in front in the third frame. They netted 21 points to sneak into a 51:47 lead after three quarters of action. France did not allow Germany any closer throughout the fourth frame and marched to the win at the end. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) had 16 points to lead France. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) and William Howard (201-SF-93) contributed 15 and 14 points respectively. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Mauricio Marin (193-SG-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had 10 points in the loss.

France U20: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 16, Hugo Invernizzi 15, William Howard 14
Germany U20: Bogdan Radosavljevic 15, Mauricio Marin 10



The Licher Basket Baeren Hold On To Mathias Perl - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After playing 51 Beko BBL games from 2009-2012 for the Giessen 46ers, it seems like Mathias Perl (188-G-89) has found a home in the Pro B with the Licher Basket Baeren. The club announced today that Perl will remain with the team. Perl is a 24 year old 188cm guard and last season played 25 games: 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 70.1%. "He is very popular on the team due to his energy in his game and we are happy that he will play another season with us", stressed assistant coach Christian Knaus.Last season the German scored in double figures 12 times including 15 points agaisnt Breitengussbach. "I want to help the team with my good eye, penetration and aggressive defense", stressed Mathias Perl.

Source: Licher Basketbren



The Dragons Rhondorf Hold Sascha Tratnjek - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf have kept SSascha Tratnjek (185-G-91). SSascha Tratnjek is a 21 year old 185cm guard that started his basketball career in 2008 in Rhondorf. Last season for Rhondof he played 16 games: 1.1ppg, played also at Rhoendorfer TV II (2.Regionalliga). "He helps everyone in the program with his experienceI am happy that we have a player like him. He will give the young team in the Pro B as much as the second team. We also have an experienced player that knows the practice process", stressed Dragons head coach Boris Kaminski.

Source: Dragons Rhondorf




Benjamin Kaufhold Remains With The BIS Baskets Speyer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club BIS Baskets Speyer have held on to Benjamin Kaufhold (186-G-89). Kaufhold is a 24 year old 186cm guard that has played with Speyer since 2007. Last season for Speyer he played 26 games: 12.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. After the last three seasons in the German regionaliga, the German returns back to the pro B league where he played from 2007-2010. "He will play an important role for us this season", added BIS Baskets Speyer manager Gerd Kopf.

Source: BIS Baskets Speyer



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

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

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

Source: FC Bayern Munich





Kilian Leuteritz Stays With BV Chemnitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BV Chemnitz have held on to a young German player with Kilian Leuteritz (182-PG-94). Kilian Leuteritz is a 19 year old 182cm guard that started his basketball career in 2010 with BV TU Chemnitz II (2.Regionalliga). Last season he played for three teams with BV Chemnitz 99 (ProA): 2 games: 0pts, played also at BV Chemnitz 99 II (2.Regionalliga, starting five), played also for BV Chemnitz 99 U19 team (NBBL). "I have decided to begin my studies a year later so I can concentrate on basketball. I hope I can make a deciding step forward by always practicing with the Pro A team", stressed Kilian Leueritz

Source: BV Chemnitz 99



U18 European Championship: Germany stun Austria - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-Austria U18 76:35

Germany stun Austria in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German machine posted a comfortable 76:35 win for 2-0 record in Group B.
Germany started the game with 25:9 lead as Bjoern Rohwer (211-C/F-95) closed the first period from the free throw line. Zinn nailed three early in the second frame for 31:10 advantage. He gave later Germany 47:22 lead before the teams disappeared in the lockers. Germany also dominated the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 13-7 and finished the game with 19-6 surge.
Lukas Meisner (201-SF-95) and Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Bjoern Rohwer and Christian Sengfelder (201-F/C-95) nailed 10 points in a win. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) replied with 10 points in defeat, while Fabian Richter (192-F/G-95) brought 5.

Germany U18: Lukas Meisner 13, Stefan Ilzhoefer 13, Bjoern Rohwer 10, Christian Sengfelder 10
Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 10, Fabian Richter 5



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Rumors from European basketball market - by Dimitris Katsionis

Some interesting rumors from the European market..

-After announcing Marco Crespi as the new head coach, Montepaschi Siena is targeting to built it's roster for the next season. It's a fact that the budget will be lower this year (4-5 million euros) and the administration will make it's moves in a specific economic framework. According to rumors, the Italian powerhouse is trying to acquire the Lithuanian-duo of Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) and Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) to enhance the "wing" spots with two experienced & hard-nosed players. Both are Montepaschi's ex-players. Meanwhile, David Moss has another year in his contract but the Italian champs intend to sell him. Moss will be the front runner for Olympiakos in the case Papanikolaou will leave for Barcelona. EA7 and the Catalans are also interested for Moss, who is probably the best perimeter defender in the European basketball nowadays.

-Olympiakos is checking Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) for the center position, but the French is not the first option (Paul Davis is, but Khimki asks a lot of money in order to sell him) as the European champs are looking for a fundamental post player to base their half court offense (and give a new dimension in the team's offensive game). Ajinca is a totally different player but his length, basketball IQ and passing ability are benefits that may tempt the Reds.

-After making a clearly marketing agreement, acquiring Chinese Shang Ping (205-F-84, college: Emporia St.) , Panathinaikos is trying to complete it's backcourt and wants to invest in the 19-year old, Leuteris Bohoridis of Aris B.C.. Bohoridis is a very good raw material, considering a top prospect for the point guard spot due to his length and perception of the game.

-Anadolu Efes is close to sign Kostas Vasileiadis in order to add more perimeter-firepower in the roster (they have already sign Scotty Hopson). The Turkish want to replace Stanko Barac with Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) but that seems very difficult as both players have high-paid contacts.








Greek U18 National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

4 Toliopoulos Vasileios
5 Papadionysioy Georgios
6 Kefalas Konstantinos
*7 Spyridonidis Alexandros
8 Mitoglou Konstantinos
*9 Spyropoulos Anastasios
10 Chatzinikolas Ioannis
11 Liapis Michail
*12 Kouzeloglou Ioannis
13 Stamatis Dimitrios
*14 Diamantakos Georgios
*15 Kottas Thomas

Ilias Papatheodorou
Georgios Doxakis



U18 European Championship: Bosnia and Herzegovina snatch win over Greece - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 - Greece U18 52:51

Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece for 1-1 record in Group B. Aleksandar Lazic (198-F/G-96) nailed 13 points to lead the Balkan team. The Hellenes fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Bosnia and Herzegovina limited their opponents to just 6 points in the first frame to take a 2-point lead. Bosnia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 23:19 halftime advantage. Greece cut the deficit in the third term. The Hellenes pulled ahead for a 32:31 advantage before the fourth frame. Aleksandar Lazic, Lakic and Imran Polutak (205-C-96) gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a 48:43 lead with three minutes remaining. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Chatzinikolas dragged Greece within one 51:52 with 39 seconds remaining. Lulic missed two free throws but Dimitrios Stamatis could not capitalize missing a jumper late in regulation. Imran Polutak had 10 points, while Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) added 8 points for the winning side. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Aleksandar Lazic 13, Imran Polutak 10, Sandro Gacic 8
Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 13+11 boards, Dimitrios Stamatis 10



Kostas Vasiliadis (ex Gescrap BB) agreed terms with Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Greek international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-98kg-84, agency: FCM). He has played for the last three years at Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 31 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team. Vasiliadis also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. His team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2012.
Vasiliadis has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005. Vasiliadis represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Vasiliadis has played also professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Greece (Olympiacos and PAOK Thessaloniki) and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and Blusens Monbus).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Spain cruise past Greece, into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Greece U20 82:60

Spain reached the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to set up the clash with Latvia in the semis. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain were up by four points after the starting quarter 20:16. Greece stuck around in the second frame. The Hellenes got within three points at halftime 37:40. But Spain took off in the third term. They ignited a massive 22:8 run to establish a 17-point advantage at the final intermission. Spain kept the Hellenes at distance throughout the fourth term. They knocked down 20 points and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) produced 21 points and 6 assists, while Alejandro Suarez (205-C-93) added 14 points for the winning side. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) answered with 15 points for Greece. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) chipped in 13 points in the losing case.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 23, Jaime Fernandez 21, Alejandro Suarez 14
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 15, Eleftherios Bochoridis 13



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U18 European Championship: Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Holland U18-Georgia U18 71:60

Holland improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship. The Dutch side posted a 71:60 victory over Georgia in Day 2. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Holland scored 19 points in the first period and added the same number of points in the second frame. It was enough to take 38:25 lead after the first two quarters. Georgia remained alive in the game after a 17-14 rally in the third period, but Holland needed a final 19-18 rally to seal the victory.
Daan Rosenmuller (193-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Julius van Sauers (196-F-95) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-PF-95) and Pim De Vries (193-G-95) followed them with 9 points each. Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-SG-95) scored 13 points for Georgia and Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) notched 10. Maizer Revazashvili (202-C-96) poured in 7, whilst Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-SF-95) and Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) delivered 6 apiece.

Holland U18: Daan Rosenmuller 20, Julius van Sauers 12+10 rebs, Jaron Dijkhuizen 9, Pim De Vries 9
Georgia U18: Kakhaber Tomaradze 13, Luka Zakradze 10, Maizer Revazashvili 7, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 6, Sandro Sanadze 6



U20 European Championship: United Kingdom became the first Semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Holland U20 95:57

United Kingdom became the first Semifinalist at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Holland 95:57 with another masterpiece from Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93).
United Kingdom was the favorite of the game and started with 25:17 lead. They added 23-12 in the second frame and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. United Kingdom erupted with a 24-14 surge in the third period and finished the game with 23-14 rally. Lockwood scored for 95:57 that became the final result of the game.
Devon Van Oostrum top-scored for the winners with 34 points. John Stewart (198-F-93) netted 15 and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) had 9. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) replied with 17 points in defeat and Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) brought 12. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) and Arjans Vos Hidde followed them with 5 points each.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 34, John Stewart 15, Nick Lewis 9
Holland U20: Maarten Bouwknecht 17, Yannick Van Der Ark 12, Olaf Schaftenaar 5, Arjans Vos Hidde 5



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U20 European Championship: Hungary took the last train to the semis - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Hungary U20 61:74

Hungary took the last train to the semis at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian side overcame Switzerland to complete the Semifinal picture.
Hungary managed to take 20:15 lead after the first 10 minutes and looked better in the first half. They added 22-18 rally for 9-point advantage at the halftime. Switzerland posted 14 points in the third and the last stanzas and it was not enough to catch up with the opponents. Hungary replied with 19 points in the third period and did not mind 13 points in the last quarter.
Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) nailed 17. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) poured in 9, whilst Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) answered with 15 points in defeat, while Marko Mladjan (205-F-93) had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) posted 12 and Arben Hoxha (182-PG-94) notched 9.

Switzerland U20: Christian Affolter 15, Marko Mladjan 13+13 rebs, Branislav Kostic 12, Arben Hoxha 9
Hungary U20: Rosco Allen 22+16 rebs, Luka Markovic 17, Laszlo Polyak 9, Adam Kovacs 8+10 rebs



Bulgaria won the opener of the 4-Nation Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria-Hungary 94:81

Bulgaria won the opener of the 4-Nation Tournament in Oberwart. They outclass Hungary 94:81 in Day 1 of the campaign.
Bulgaria started the game with 24:13 lead and added massive 31-18 surge in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Hungary that managed to post two victories. The latter won the third period 31-22 and added 19-17 in the last period. It was enough to reduce to the final 94:81 margin.
Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 16. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) brought 13, while Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 11.
In another game Estonia beat Austria in Oberwart at the start of the 4-Nation Tournament. The Estonian side grabbed a 65:63 win over the hosts in Day 1.



U18 European Championship: Hungary tastes initial success in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U18-Hungary U18 68:72

Hungary tastes initial success in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian team improved to 1-1 record after a 72:68 win over Denmark. The latter remained winless at the tournament.
Hungary scored the first 5 points in the game and led 18:12 after the first period. They added 23-13 surge in the second frame and increased to massive 41:25 lead at the halftime. Denmark however was too far to give up and posted two victories in the second half. They won the third quarter 20-17 and came up with 23-14 rally in the last stanza. Denmark reduced to 4 points, but could not come closer.
Janos Velkey (192-G-95) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ban followed them with 11 points in a win. Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Tobias Christensen (193-G/F-95) had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) and Frederik Benzon (184-PG-96) notched 7 points each in a loss.

Denmark U18: Rasmus Hansen 22, Tobias Christensen 16+12 rebs, Sebastian Petersen 7, Frederik Benzon 7
Hungary U18: Janos Velkey 25, Gyorgy Goloman 19+10 rebs, Ban 11



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U20 European Championship: Bulgaria beat Israel for fourth straight win in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U20 - Israel U20 76:69

Bulgaria earned the fourth consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Israeli counterparts to set up the clash versus Serbia for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) netted 16 points to lead the charge.
Bulgaria registered a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Israel slowed down their opponents in the second frame. The Israelis got within 6 points at the interval 36:30. But Bulgaria stepped on the gas in the third term. They gained a 12-point lead at the final break. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) dragged Israel within five points midway through the fourth frame but Bulgaria delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with the win at the end. Dimitar Stoyanov (187-G-93) netted 15 points, while Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points for the winners. Rafael Menco replied with 17 points for Israel. Igor Mayor (198-SG-93) chipped and Egor Koulechov chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Aleks Simeonov 16, Dimitar Stoyanov 15, Pavlin Ivanov 11
Israel U20: Rafael Menco 17, Igor Mayor 10, Egor Koulechov 10



Interview with Israel's U18 big talent- Itay Segev - by Shai Levi

Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) is considered one off the biggest talents of Israeli basketball. The super athletic 6'9 small forward is only 18 but already played with Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Israeli Premier league last season and this days trying to bring Israeli youth national team back to division A by winning one of the first three places at the U18 European championship division B, that is taking place in Macedonia.
In the first game, Segev showed his great upside by recording a double double of 15 points and 12 rebounds in only 17 minutes on the floor, while Israel crushed Scotland 86:27.
After that easy win, Segev sat with Eurobasket for a special interview.

First off all tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started your way as a basketball player?
I'v started to play basketball at the age of 5 at a small village called Kfar Tavor, that is located at the north part of Israel, and at the age of 15 i left my parents house and moved to the academy. That was the moment i decided to be a basketball player. It was a big decision for me cause i had to give up on a lot of things and i decided to do that just because i wanted to be a professional basketball player.

Do you feel ready for the challenge this summer?
My preparation with the U18 national team was different from the rest of the team. i'v started to practice with them late and it was because i had early obligation to Maccabi but i really think that we did a good job preparing for the championship. We had less than 2 months to practice together but i think we are ready. The team is well connected and ready for every challenge that will come in our way.

What is the key for success for the Israeli national team in this tournament?
We must show our strengths as a team if we want to win one of the first places in the tournament and go to division A. I think that our biggest strength is defense and togetherness. In the last 2 months we have worked mainly on our defense and offence coordination and i think that if we will execute it right , we will succeed in our mission to qualify to division A.

Who do you think is your biggest opponent in the early group?
I don't think we have a team to beat in our group cause i don't know each and every player in each and every team but i do know that there is a lot of strong teams in our group that aim high and we must not lose any game during the first round if we want to reach our goals.

Do you see yourself as a leader of the national team?
I see myself as a leader in our national team because i have already played last year at the European championship and i think that my experience will help me and the rest of the team in crucial and close games, when such thing as experience is a thing that counts.

You are in the middle of the busiest summer ever and Before coming to this championship, you were playing with NBA and College players. Tell us please what led you to this amazing experience?
2 years ago i participated in a basketball camp at London and a scout from Wasserman media group agency saw me and contact my parents at the U16 European championship. We stayed in close touch since than and at last November, Arn Tellem, who is the main agent of the Wasserman media group, came to Israel and met me and my father and my Israeli agent, Avi Zilberman. Mr. Tellem invited me to the summer camp that his agency is running every year and that is for NBA and other players that belongs to Wasserman. The camp was at Los Angeles and i went there in May. It was amazing camp. the basketball and the hospitality was at the highest level there is. In one week i have practiced and played with six players that was chosen in the last NBA draft, 2 of them were lottery draft picks so i just want to tank Arn Tellem and his group for amazing experience and opportunity. They also invited for next year camp and off course i would like to go there again.

You are one of the youngest guys that ever wear the Macaabi Tel Aviv game shirt. What can you tell us about last year at one of the top clubs in Europe?
It was an amazing season for me. Especially learning from Coach David Blatt and from the experienced and veteran players and off course working on my individual skills. I must say that Coach Blatt is an amazing coach and very punctual. I have learned a lot from him about the game. During the season i worked with the main scout of Maccabi, Avi Even , who is taking care of me personally and helps me a lot with everything.
I think that playing and training with Maccabi the past year has helped me very much cause i'v learned from the highest level of players in Europe how to play the game and when to shoot or when to pass and stuff like that. The player that taught me the most was Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia), who is playing my position (small forward) and proved to be one of the best in Europe in his position.

Before signing a long term contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, you played 2 years at the basketball academy of the national institute. What do you think about the Academy and did it help you improving your game?
The academy is a great institute and its a blessing for the Israeli basketball. I think that all clubs in Israel should send their best players there cause it will only contribute to the exposure of the players and will make them better players and much more ready for the pros and that will only help to Israeli basketball.

Besides your freakish athleticism, what is your advantages and disadvantages in your game at the moment?
I think that my advantages besides athleticism is my size, that is big for a small forward and helps me to deal with taller or shorter players in both sides of the court. Also i think i improved my decision making during the past year and my feel for the game.
I want to improve my outside shot because in my opinion that is the next step i will have to take if i want to play at the highest level.

Do you have any roll model?
I have no specific roll model but im trying to take the best things from each and every player that i like and i can mention the three that effected me the most- the first one is off course, Michael Jordan, that taught me how to handle crisis and stress moments. The second one is Frenchman Nikola Batum- a European player that is about my size and making a great career in the NBA and the third player is Omri Casspi, the first Israeli player in the NBA, that is more someone to look up to cause he dreamed about it,wanted it, worked hard for it and got it.

What is your next goal and your biggest dream?
My next goal is to be a legitimate player in the Israeli Premier league and my dream is definitely to play in the NBA.



U18 European Championship: Israel closed Day 2 with the win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Slovakia U18 119:67

Israel closed Day 2 with the win over Slovakia at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They needed an easy 119:67 win for 2-0 record in the group. Slovakia meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.
Israel had a fantastic game tonight. They nailed 33 points in the first period and then erupted with a 40-11 surge in the second frame. Nimrod Levi (204-C) nailed three at the end of the half for 73:30 halftime advantage. Israel added 33-23 rally in the third period to reach 53-point lead. Slovakia only managed to win the last stanza 14-13 and reduced to final 119:67 result.
Nimrod Levi top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) netted 19. Iftach Ziv (185-G) scored 16, whilst Or Kahal (190-G) and Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 10 each. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) and Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) tallied 11 points each in a loss, while Marek Masiar (183-F-96) scored 10.

Israel U18: Nimrod Levi 25, Idan Zalmanson 19, Iftach Ziv 16, Or Kahal 10, Naor Sharon 10
Slovakia U18: Jozef Senohradsky 11, Jakub Meress 11, Marek Masiar 10



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Tony Easley joins Venezia - by Antonello Varallo

Umana Venezia agreed terms with Tony Easley. The 26 years old big man will be another new piece of the upcoming, ambitious Venezia.
Easley is a player who improves season after season, and he always gives to the attendance spectacular dunks or blocks. Born in Auburn, Alabama, he attended College at Murray State, and in 2010-2011 he began his pro career in Poland, with Azbud Warszawa.
He ended the season with 10.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg, and he captured the attention of italian scouts. In fact, he signed a contract with MarcoPoloShop Forl, and after a few months in Lega2 (12 games, 14.3 ppg and 9.4 rpg), he joined Sassari, ending 2012 with 11.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He played with Sassari also 2012-2013, averaging 11.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg, with a season high of 23 points (9/9 from 2) scored against Reggio Emilia.



Shawn King (ex Nancy) is a newcomer at Virtus 1934 Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Virtus 1934 Bologna (D dilettanti) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Vincentian center Shawn King (208-100kg-82, college: ORU). He played most recently at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA, but left the team in Nov.'12. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg and 2.1bpg last season. King also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at BC Odessa (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 44 games he averaged remarkable 17.3ppg, 10.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.5apg, 1.0spg and 2.4bpg that season. He helped them to make it to the Ukrainian Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
In 2010-11 season King played at Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) in Belarus. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 38 Premier League games he averaged 14.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. A very good season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. King also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged just 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He also played 10 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.7bpg.
In 2009-10 season King played at Hopsi Polzela (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 23 games he was second best scorer with great 20.6ppg and recorded 11.3rpg (leader !!!), 1.8apg, 1.2spg and 2.4bpg. It was a very successful season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
King is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2008 and actually missed last season. It is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Matteo Tambone agreed terms with Ravenna - by Eurobasket News

Acmar Ravenna (Nazionale B) inked 19-year old guard Matteo Tambone (193-84kg-94). He has played for the last four years at Acea Virtus (SerieA). But in 16 games he recorded just 1.0ppg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
Tambone was a member of Italian U16 National Team in 2010.
His game is described as: A promising PG, who has yet the size and the basketball IQ to become an international level player. Needs to beef up and to improve defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Matteo Tambone agreed terms with Ravenna - by Eurobasket News

Acmar Ravenna (Nazionale B) inked 19-year old guard Matteo Tambone (193-84kg-94). He has played for the last four years at Acea Virtus (SerieA). But in 16 games he recorded just 1.0ppg last season. He helped them to make it to the final.
Tambone was a member of Italian U16 National Team in 2010.
His game is described as: A promising PG, who has yet the size and the basketball IQ to become an international level player. Needs to beef up and to improve defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Paffoni Omegna sign guard Mike James - by Armando Caporaso

The Paffoni Omegna, that will play the next season in Lega2 Silver, has reached an agreement with the USA guard Mike James (185-G-90, college: Lamar). This is the official announcement directly from the press office of the team:

The Paffoni Fulgor Basketball is pleased to formalize the arrival of U.S. athlete Mike James. The agreement that will bring in Italy the player from Portland was completed during the night to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.
For the fans and the the 'rossoverde' environment is the first American in more than seventy years of history.

Mike James, born in Portland, Oregon (August 18 1990) is a combo guard (185cm, 78kg) came from Lamar where it holds the record for points in a single game with 52.
Last season James started with KK Zagreb in Croatia with which he scored 19.1 points per game with 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists (leading scorer at the time of A1) and then move to Hapoel Kazrin, in Israel, where he produced 22.8 points with 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Last year was carefully observed also by other Italian teams.

Satisfied both the president Ugo Paffoni and the sporting director Michael Burlotto. "A enormous satisfaction -the words of the patron- bringing the first American in history in a glorious society such as the Fulgor."


In his senior year in NCAA (2011/2012) James played 32 games with 17.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.



U20 European Championship: Italy outlast Lithuania in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Lithuania U20 75:72 (OT)

Italy survived overtime drama to reach the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. The Azzurri overcame Lithuania in the quarterfinal thriller in Tallinn today. Eric Lombardi (200-PF-93) posted 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Italy.
Lithuania nailed 23 points in the opening quarter to gain a 5-point lead. The Baltic team controlled the tempo in the second quarter. They held Italy to just 9 points in the frame to gain a 33:27 halftime advantage. But Italy turned things around in the third quarter. The Azzurri went on a 19:11 run to snatch a 46:44 lead at the third break. The lead changed hands throughout dramatic fourth frame. Kariniauskas gave Lithuania 65:61 lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) answered with a triple to put Italy within one. Paliukenas sank two free throws but Amedeo Della Valle drained a late three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Marco Lagana (188-SG-93) nailed 4 points in the extra period and Italy held their opponents to 5 points in the extra period to rally to the victory. Awudu Abass chipped in 14 points, while Marco Lagana added 9 points in the win. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) replied with 14 points for Lithuania. Laimonas Chatkevicius (213-C-93) and Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) netted 10 points apiece in the loss.

Italy U20: Eric Lombardi 16+10 boards, Awudu Abass 14, Marco Lagana 9
Lithuania U20: Osvaldas Olisevicius 14, Laimonas Chatkevicius 10, Mindaugas Kacinas 10



U18 European Championship: Italy storm past Bulgaria in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Bulgaria U18 97:48

Italy recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. The Azzurri recovered after the starting loss and thrashed Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group C. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Italy opened the game with an aggressive defence and held Bulgaria to just 6 points in the first ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded impressive 30 points in the second period to take a 47:20 halftime lead. Italy stayed red hot in the third term. They poured in 27 points in the period to pile up a 75:36 advantage at the final intermission. Italy limited Bulgaria to just 12 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Nicola Akele (195-G-95) netted 16 points, while Pierfrancesco Oliva (202-SF-96) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 21 points for Bulgaria. Evgeni Hadzhirusev (192-PG-95) had 11 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 21, Nicola Akele 16, Pierfrancesco Oliva 12
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 21, Evgeni Hadzhirusev 11



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U20 European Championship: Latvia deny Montenegro to enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Montenegro U20 78:73

Latvia advanced into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They fired past Montenegro today. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) came up with 25 points to lead the Baltic team.
Montenegro set their ambitions high at the tournament and surged ahead to prove it early in the encounter. The Balkan team exploded with 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Latvia stiffened defensively in the second quarter. They held Montenegro to just 10 points in the period and accumulated a 39:37 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Latvia secured a 2-point lead heading into the fourth term. Jakovics and Kaspars Vecvagars gave Latvia a double-digit lead midway through the fourth frame. The gap soon grew at 14-point mark and Latvia held on to it until the final buzzer. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) netted 15 points each for Latvia. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) answered with 18 points for Montenegro. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Kaspars Vecvagars 25, Andrejs Grazulis 15, Ojars Silins 15
Montenegro U20: Milos Latkovic 18, Vukota Pavic 15



U18 European Championship: Latvia surprise Spain to gain 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Spain U18 66:61

Latvia claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. The hosts upset Spain to take 2-0 record on top of Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Latvia eked out a 13:11 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts stayed in front throughout the second frame. Latvia accumulated a 28:25 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Latvia arrived at the final intermission up by three points 47:44. Latvia went on a 10:0 run early in the fourth frame to ensure a 57:46 advantage with just over six minutes remaining. Spain responded with a furious run to level things up at 61. Davis Geks (191-SG-95) answered with a triple to silence Spain and then sank two free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 13 points, while Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) and Davis Geks added 11 points each for Latvia. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Spain. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 18+13 boards, Kristaps Gluditis 13, Kristaps Porzingis 11, Davis Geks 11
Spain U18: Alberto Martin 16, Alberto Abalde 12



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U18 European Championship: Lithuania snatch win over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Slovenia U18 74:69

Lithuania claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 1-1 record in Group A. Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Slovenia suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament.
Slovenia got to a storming start to the game. They ensured a 30:12 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania found the way to bounce back. They tuned in defensively and held their opponents to just 7 points in the second term. Lithuania cut the deficit at three-point mark at halftime. Slovenia extended their lead to double digits again in the third frame. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) made it 53:43 for the hosts. Ritlop capped the period with a layup to give Slovenia a 57:47 lead. But Lithuania went on a massive 20:3 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 69:62 lead. They did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Paulius Valinskas netted 14 points to lead Lithuania. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 20 points and 8 assists in the losing effort.

Lithuania U18: Paulius Valinskas 14, Domantas Sabonis 12+14 boards, Gediminas Zalalis 11, Ricardas Verbickas 11
Slovenia U18: Ziga Zatezic 23, Matic Rebec 20



U20 European Championship: Italy outlast Lithuania in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Lithuania U20 75:72 (OT)

Italy survived overtime drama to reach the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. The Azzurri overcame Lithuania in the quarterfinal thriller in Tallinn today. Eric Lombardi (200-PF-93) posted 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Italy.
Lithuania nailed 23 points in the opening quarter to gain a 5-point lead. The Baltic team controlled the tempo in the second quarter. They held Italy to just 9 points in the frame to gain a 33:27 halftime advantage. But Italy turned things around in the third quarter. The Azzurri went on a 19:11 run to snatch a 46:44 lead at the third break. The lead changed hands throughout dramatic fourth frame. Kariniauskas gave Lithuania 65:61 lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) answered with a triple to put Italy within one. Paliukenas sank two free throws but Amedeo Della Valle drained a late three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Marco Lagana (188-SG-93) nailed 4 points in the extra period and Italy held their opponents to 5 points in the extra period to rally to the victory. Awudu Abass chipped in 14 points, while Marco Lagana added 9 points in the win. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) replied with 14 points for Lithuania. Laimonas Chatkevicius (213-C-93) and Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) netted 10 points apiece in the loss.

Italy U20: Eric Lombardi 16+10 boards, Awudu Abass 14, Marco Lagana 9
Lithuania U20: Osvaldas Olisevicius 14, Laimonas Chatkevicius 10, Mindaugas Kacinas 10



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U18 European Championship: Portugal leave no chances for Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U18-Portugal U18 46:74

Portugal leave no chances for Luxembourg at the end of the second day of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal grabbed 2-0 record in Group D after a 74:46 win. Luxembourg meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Portugal was the favorite of the game and won all four quarters. They started with 15-12 and added 19-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Portugal posted a 19-16 run in the third period and erupted with a massive 21-6 surge in the last stanza.
Pedro Marques (173-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Nuno Ferreira (180-SG-95) collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) netted 10, whilst Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) and Luis Camara (194-SF-96) brought 8 apiece. Thomas Gruen (194-PG-95) answered with 22 points in defeat, while Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) scored 6. Filip Stojanovic (196-C-95), Max Hilger (187-PG-95) and Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) added 4 each.

Luxembourg U18: Thomas Gruen 22, Timothy Kauffmann 6, Filip Stojanovic 4, Max Hilger 4, Tim Schmit 4
Portugal U18: Pedro Marques 15, Nuno Ferreira 14+15 rebs, Pedro Meireless 10, Francisco Amiel 8, Luis Camara 8



U20 European Championship: Cyprus grab a valuable win over Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U20-Cyprus U20 63:64

Cyprus grab a valuable win over Luxembourg at the Classification Round in Division B of the U20 European Championship. Giorgos Stylianou (201-G-94) brought a 64:63 win at the end of the game.
Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period and then Cyprus took 12-point halftime advantage after a 20-8 surge. Luxembourg dominated the third period and erupted with a 24-9 burst. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) closed the period at 49:46 and then he gave his side 58:49 lead with less than 7 minutes to go. It was enough for Cyprus to recover and grabbed the victory. First they replied with a 9-0 run and then Giorgos Stylianou scored the last three points for the winners.
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) netted 16. Giorgos Stylianou and Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) poured in 7 points each. Bob Melcher ended up with 23 points in defeat and Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) as well as Tom Welter (184-G-93) added 13 each. Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) finished the game with 8 points in a loss.

Luxembourg U20: Bob Melcher 23, Alex Laurent 13, Tom Welter 13, Chris Ittenbach 8
Cyprus U20: Roberto Alexander Mantovani 21+16 rebs, Viktoras Ieronymidis 16, Giorgos Stylianou 7, Rafael Eleftheriou 7



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U18 European Championship Division C: Moldova fire past Andorra to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Moldova U18 - Andorra U18 83:67

Moldova will play in the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down hosting Andorra in the first semifinal yesterday. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) continued his impressive performance at the tournament with 32 points, 19 rebounds and 8 assists for Moldova.
The visitors posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Moldova unloaded 30 points in the second frame to gain a 50:24 halftime lead. Andorra tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They sank 26 points and cut the deficit at 15-point mark before the fourth frame. But Moldova nailed 18 points in the final stanza and escaped with the victory at the end. Vladislav Golban (195-SF-95) netted 20 points, while Vladimir Gaicean (202-C-95) added 17 points for the winners. Sergi Jordana (182-F-96) answered with 15 points for Andorra. Juan Bustamante (198-C-95) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 32+19 boards, Vladislav Golban 20, Vladimir Gaicean 17
Andorra U18: Sergi Jordana 15, Juan Bustamante 11



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U18 European Championship Division C: San Marino hold off Monaco - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Monaco U18 74:70

Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95) nailed 26 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead San Marino past Monaco in the semifinal of the U18 European Championship. San Marino will now face Moldovan counterparts in the Final. Monaco will take on Andorra for Bronze.
San Marino eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes of intense action. They stretched the gap in the second frame. San Marino ensured a 33:31 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the third term. San Marino accumulated a 51:48 advantage heading into the fourth frame. They dropped 23 points in the final stanza to win the game. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) and Luca Giannotti (170-PG-96) knocked down 11 points each for the winners. Daniel Pieper (197-C-96) responded with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Monaco. Alessandro Generale (188-F-96) had 23 points in the losing effort.

San Marino U18: Julian Gualtieri 26, Igor Biordi 11+11 boards, Luca Giannotti 11
Monaco U18: Daniel Pieper 25+10 boards, Alessandro Generale 23



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U18 European Championship: Montenegro start Division B campaign - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U18-Belgium U18 58:51

Montenegro start Division B campaign from Day 2 at the U18 European Championship. They managed to beat Belgium 58:51 for 1-0 record. The latter dropped at 1-1 record in Group D.
Montenegro erupted in the start of the game but did not look great at the end of it. Montenegro grabbed a 24:11 surge and led 11 points at the halftime. Moreover Montenegro posted a 18-7 rally in the third period as Vaso Milovic (193-F-95) closed the frame at 53:31. Belgium meanwhile shocked the opponents with a 20-5 burst in the last stanza to reduce to final 7 points.
Vaso Milovic and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) netted 11. Vincent Kesteloot (198-F-95) brought 16 points in defeat and Sam Hemeleers (180-PG-95) had 8. Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) posted 7 points, while Romain Boxus (198-F-96) ended up with 5.

Montenegro U18: Vaso Milovic 12, Milovan Draskovic 12, Luka Djurovic 11
Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 16, Sam Hemeleers 8, Sami Demirtas 7, Romain Boxus 5



U20 European Championship: Latvia deny Montenegro to enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Montenegro U20 78:73

Latvia advanced into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They fired past Montenegro today. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) came up with 25 points to lead the Baltic team.
Montenegro set their ambitions high at the tournament and surged ahead to prove it early in the encounter. The Balkan team exploded with 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Latvia stiffened defensively in the second quarter. They held Montenegro to just 10 points in the period and accumulated a 39:37 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Latvia secured a 2-point lead heading into the fourth term. Jakovics and Kaspars Vecvagars gave Latvia a double-digit lead midway through the fourth frame. The gap soon grew at 14-point mark and Latvia held on to it until the final buzzer. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) netted 15 points each for Latvia. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) answered with 18 points for Montenegro. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Kaspars Vecvagars 25, Andrejs Grazulis 15, Ojars Silins 15
Montenegro U20: Milos Latkovic 18, Vukota Pavic 15



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Brooks re-signs at The Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) confirmed in their roster 28-year old point guard Aaron Brooks (183-73kg-85, college: Oregon). He played there last season. In 13 NBA games he had 3.1ppg and 1.3apg. Brooks also played at the Kings that season. In 46 games he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by the Suns.
In 2007 Brooks was drafted by the Rockets in first round (26th overall). He attended University of Oregon and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brooks' team won Chinese CBA Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team in 2012. Brooks represented USA at the ESPN College Three Point Championships six years ago.
He has played also professionally in China (Guandong Tigers).
Brooks could be described: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Brooks is an above average athlete with great quickness. Shifty ball handler capable of getting separation with fakes and stutter steps. Perimeter shooting has improved greatly this year in consistency and confidence Is a capable three point shooter, off the dribble or with his feet set.
Despite being a point guard, Brooks lacks the qualities that most NBA teams look for in that position. Still doesnt control the tempo very well and possesses just average court vision
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Detroit Pistons tab rookie Tony Mitchell in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons inked 21-year old forward Tony Mitchell (203-107kg-92). Mitchell just graduated from N.Texas (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.7bpg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to All-Sun Belt 2nd Team and NABC Division I All-District 24 2nd Team.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Mitchell is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He played in the final of Sun Belt Tournament in 2012. Mitchell represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia two years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Detroit Pistons sign Caldwell-Pope just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons signed 20-year old guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (196-93kg-93). He just graduated from Georgia (NCAA). In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg last season. Great year as he was voted USBWA All-District IV Player of the Year, All-SEC Player of the Year and named to USBWA All-District IV 1st Team.
Caldwell-Pope has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Kings land Ray McCallum - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento Kings (NBA) tabbed 22-year old guard Ray McCallum (190-86kg-91). He just graduated from Detroit Mercy (NCAA). In 33 games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Horizon League. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded All-Horizon League Player of the Year, selected to All-Horizon League 1st Team and selected to NABC Division I All-District 12 1st Team.
McCallum has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. McCallum's college team won Horizon League Tournament in 2012. He represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Gonzaga adds Wiltjer to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gonzaga University added to their roster 21-year old Canadian forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-108kg-92). He just graduated from Kentucky (NCAA). In 33 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southeastern Conference.
As mentioned above Wiltjer is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Despite young age Wiltjer had impressive career. He won NCAA championship title in 2012. Wiltjer was also voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U18 Championships 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time. He represented Canada at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) this year.
On Wiltjer: He's a highly skilled, versatile big man who can play inside and shoot from the perimeter. If you leave him open, he's going to hit the shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Estonia secure the second straight win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18-Norway U18 59:54

Estonia secure the second straight win in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Estonians overcame Norway 59:54 and took 2-0 record in Group B. The Nordic side fell at 0-2 record.
Estonia managed to score 14 points in the first, second and third quarters. They won the first period 14-11, then added 14-12 and led 28:23 at the halftime. Fourteen points however were not enough in the third period as Norway posted 21. Only due to 17-10 rally in the last stanza Estonia won the game.
Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Saimon Sutt (200-SG-95) notched 15. Karl-Martin Kask (206-C/F-95) brought 10, while Sander Kruus (200-PF-95) added 7. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) scored 13 points for Norway and Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) collected 9 points and 12 rebounds. Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) netted 7, whilst Anders Nymo (180-PG-96) and Matz Stockman (208-C/F-95) had 6 each.

Estonia U18: Sten Olmre 17, Saimon Sutt 15, Karl-Martin Kask 10, Sander Kruus 7
Norway U18: Sjur Berg 13, Johannes Dolven 9+12 rebs, Mikkel Kolstad 7, Anders Nymo 6, Matz Stockman 6



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All Roads Lead to Manila: Asias Adopted Sons (Part 2 of 6) - by Enzo Flojo


It is July 19, 2013 here in Manila, and there are only 13 nights left before the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championship Tournament, the first ever held in these parts in four decades, kicks off at the ultramodern Mall of Asia Arena and the historic Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

An air of excitement can be felt all around the metropolis as the promotions for the event continue to ramp up each day. Various signs along highways, advertisements on radio and TV, and promo spots on YouTube have popped up, readying the rabid Filipino populace for what should be the biggest sporting event of the year.

And as the last one-time-big-time FIBA Asia Mens Championship (the format will change after the 2014 World Cup) closes in, we will take a look at the players and teams who will take part in it. I actually wanted to start with a reasonably thorough team-by-team preview (I mean, honestly, who else is going to do that here in Manila, right?), but seeing as FIBA Asia has not yet publicized the official submitted 12-man rosters of each team (despite the deadline coming and going last July 12), I am forced to look at the players from a different perspective.

In this second in a six-part series, I will put the spotlight on the naturalized players from East Asia. In parts three and four, I will focus on the veterans who are still persistently chugging along despite wobbly knees, and in the last two parts, I will write about the stars who are expected to be in peak form when the basketball version of Thrilla in Manila commences.

I hope that at the end of this series, readers of this blog and fans of Asian hoops will be more enlightened, and that FIBA Asia will finally release the official rosters.

Please lang.

Here we go.

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Parts 1 & 2 are entitled Adopted Sons because I will detail the naturalized players expected to take part in the August joust. The naturalized players, of course, are those who were born citizens of a different country and who, eventually, chose to become citizens of their new Asian homes. By virtue of this, they have also chosen to play for a flag, a nation, a culture, and a people not entirely (originally) their own, but it is the hope of this new flag, nation, and culture, and the faith of these people that are carried by these adopted sons.

Lee Seung-Jun a.k.a. Eric Sandrin (KOR)
Specs: 69 - 35 years old
College: Sattle Pacific University Falcons (2000-2002)
Latest Achievement: Led South Koreas title romp at the 2013 East Asia Basketball Championships in Incheon.
Last Tournament: Played in the 2013 William Jones Cup (Taiwan), helping Korea grab third place behind Iran and Taiwan-A. The games versus Lebanon were all nullified. Had they been retained, Korea wouldve had the second-best record at 6-2.

Seung-Jun isnt really supposed to be counted as a naturalized player, since he is technically half-Korean and has played for the Korean NT as a local in past continental tournaments. The most recent citizenship snafu (see Wuhan 2011), however, has rendered him a naturalized player.

Contrary to my own expectations, he was picked by coach Yoo Jae-Hak over another half-Korean Moon Tae-Young (a.k.a. Greg Stevenson). I expected Moon to get the nod mainly because he plays for Yoo in the KBL, but Seung-Juns great performance in the Jones Cup probably gave him the edge over Moon.

Seung-Jun will be an awesome complement to the frontcourt of Korea, especially since he can practically do anything. He is athletic despite his advanced age, he can hit the jumper with consistency, and he is exceptional in the open court. This is in contrast to his projected frontline partner veteran Kim Joo-Sung, who prefers to get the ball on the low block and operate as a traditional big man. Together with Joo-Sung and Koreas promising young and tall duo of Kim Jong-Kyu and Lee Jong-Hyun, Seung-Jun should make life really tough for the opposing bigs, especially considering Chinas Wang Zhizhi wont be around and Arsalan Kazemi doubtful to rejoin Iran after the NBA camps.

JR Sakuragi a.k.a. JR Henderson (JPN)
Specs: 69 - 37 years old
College: University of California Los Angeles Bruins (1994-1998)
Latest Achievement: Helped Japan to a second-place finish in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo.
Last Tournament: Played 47 games for the Asishin Seahorses in the 2013 Japanese Basketball League, averaging 15.5ppg, 12.4rpg, 4.4apg, and shooting 50% from the field and 34% from downtown.

Sakuragi will go to Manila as one of the oldest players to participate in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament, but dont let that fool you. This guy can still play. Japan lacked a second consistent big man in the recently concluded Jones Cup, and this is where Sakuragi comes in as he should complement the game of Kosuke Takeuchi very well. I expect Sakuragi will probably play the center position and Takeuchi will slide down to PF, which is his natural international position.

The absence of Kosukes twin brother, Joji, however, is a significant development, since only Atsuya Ota, Sean Hinkley, and youngster Yuta Watanabe will be left as relievers. They are all serviceable players, of course, but when push comes to shove, especially against the likes of Yaseen Ismail Musa (QAT), Quincy Davis (TPE), and Marcus Douthit (PHI), those guys might not be up to the task.

This means even more pressure is put on Sakuragi to not only perform well, but to play a lot of minutes, too. The name of the game for him is BOTH quality and quantity.

Quincy Davis (TPE)
Specs: 69 - 30 years old
College: Tulane University Green Wave (2002-2006)
Latest Achievement & Tournament: Led Taiwan to a second-place finish in the 2013 William Jones Cup, finishing behind Iran. He was named a member of the tournaments First Team and All-Defensive Team.

Davis changes the dynamics of Taiwan in a very big way. He plugs their donut hole and just completes the team in much the same way Marcus Douthit did for Gilas Pilipinas in 2011. Does this make Taiwan an instant title contender? I wouldnt go that far, but I believe this is their best chance to catch a podium finish ever since they finished third in 1989.

Similar to Japan, Taiwan can now afford to move Tseng Wen-Ting to his natural PF position, facing up the opposition to showcase his dangerous midrange game or his passing skills as Davis makes the seal in the paint. This was the teams bread-and-butter during the Jones Cup, and we will probably see this often in Manila, too.

This also means there are now two inside options for coach Hsu Chin-Tse, which means he can allow shooters like Lin Chih-Chieh and Lu Cheng-Ju to have more wiggle room at the wings. All in all, Davis just bumped Taiwan up the ladder in a significant way.

Marcus Douthit (PHI)
Specs: 611 - 33 years old
College: Providence College Friars (2000-2004)
Latest Achievement: Led Gilas Pilipinas to the championship in the 2012 William Jones Cup. He was named to the tournaments first team.
Latest Tournament: Helped Gilas place fourth in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup, averaging 15.2ppg, 11.3rpg, and 1.7bpg while shooting 64% from the field.

When this tournament is done, I am certain Douthit will go down as one of the best naturalized players to ever play in FIBA Asia, alongside greats like Joseph Vogel and Rasheim Wright. Over the past few years, he has been able to complement the Filipinos game really well, and in his last tour of duty for Gilas, I am sure he will not disappoint.

Unlike in previous tournaments, Douthit now has a young and promising big who can spell him for a few minutes or play alongside him as a PF/C. That guy, of course, is June Mar Fajardo, the 610 wonder from Cebu who has blossomed into a young star in the PBA. With Fajardo in the fold, Douthit should no longer be as worried about grabbing every rebound or being the last line of defense every single time down the floor.

Aside form that, though, Douthits main asset going into the championships is his prior experience in FIBA Asia. Unlike some of the other guys like Jimmy Baxter, Jarvis Hayes, or Quincy Davis, Douthit has been a FIBA Asia mainstay for several years now. He knows the grind, and he knows the necessary adjustments that have to be made.

In all, the expectations of Douthit are huge this year, and I have no doubt he will rise up to meet or even exceed them.

#parasabayan

Enzo Flojo is one of the closest followers of the Philippine National Basketball Team. He is a self-proclaimed Asian Basketball hoop nut, and he doubts if anyone knows as much as he does about the best players in this corner of the world. He maintains a nationally-recognized basketball blog (HoopNut.com), and he hopes you can pester him on Twitter -- @hoopnut.




All Roads Lead to Manila: Asias Adopted Sons (Part 1 of 6) - by Enzo Flojo

It is July 18, 2013 here in Manila, and there are only 14 nights left before the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championship Tournament, the first ever held in these parts in four decades, kicks off at the ultramodern Mall of Asia Arena and the historic Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

An air of excitement can be felt all around the metropolis as the promotions for the event continue to ramp up each day. Various signs along highways, advertisements on radio and TV, and promo spots on YouTube have popped up, readying the rabid Filipino populace for what should be the biggest sporting event of the year.

And as the last one-time-big-time FIBA Asia Mens Championship (the format will change after the 2014 World Cup) closes in, we will take a look at the players and teams who will take part in it. I actually wanted to start with a reasonably thorough team-by-team preview (I mean, honestly, who else is going to do that here in Manila, right?), but seeing as FIBA Asia has not yet publicized the official submitted 12-man rosters of each team (despite the deadline coming and going last July 12), I am forced to look at the players from a different perspective.

In this first in a six-part series, I will look at some key players who will undoubtedly make a great impact in the tournament. In the first two parts, I will put the spotlight on the naturalized players from West/Central Asia and East Asia. In parts three and four, I will focus on the veterans who are still persistently chugging along despite wobbly knees, and in the last two parts, I will write about the stars who are expected to be in peak form when the basketball version of Thrilla in Manila commences.

I hope that at the end of this series, readers of this blog and fans of Asian hoops will be more enlightened, and that FIBA Asia will finally release the official rosters.

Please lang.

Here we go.

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Parts 1 & 2 are entitled Adopted Sons because I will detail the naturalized players expected to take part in the August joust. The naturalized players, of course, are those who were born citizens of a different country and who, eventually, chose to become citizens of their new Asian homes. By virtue of this, they have also chosen to play for a flag, a nation, a culture, and a people not entirely (originally) their own, but it is the hope of this new flag, nation, and culture, and the faith of these people that are carried by these adopted sons.

Jimmy Baxter (JOR)
Specs: 66 - 33 years old
College: University of South Florida Bulls (2000-2004)
Latest Achievement: Led Krko Novo Mesto to the Slovenian Supercup Title, averaging 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg, and 1.3spg.
Last Tournament: Played in the 2013 William Jones Cup (Taiwan) and named to the Tournament Second-Team alongside Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (IRI), Curtis Marshall (USA), Fadi El Khatib (LIB), and Kim Sun-Hyung (KOR).

Baxter is the replacement for Jordans first-ever naturalized player, Rasheim Wright, who played for Al Nashama in three FIBA Asia tourneys (2007, 2009, and 2011). Needless to say, Baxter has big shoes to fill as Wright led the Jordanians to their best-ever finish in Wuhan two years ago. They upset the Iranians in the quarters, flipped Gilas in the semis, and lost by just 1 point to hosts China in the Finals.

Based on early returns, it seems Baxter is in an unenviable position. Despite being known as an athletic and explosive scorer, I doubt if he will be able to consistently put up the numbers Wright was able to in his tour of duty with the WABA powerhouse. For one, Baxters game isnt as well-rounded as Wrights, and he isnt known to be a player who helps his teammates get involved. Another big factor is the absence of star PG Sam Daghlas, whose uncanny ability to cut through the defense, find his teammates in good spots, and knack for hitting big shots in big moments will be sorely missed. Baxter will have to do with Wesam Al Sous and Mahmoud Abdeed helping him out at the wings, which is to say he will have to score more heavily than Wright was ever expected to, and he will have to do it with less help.

*I will feature two potential Qatari naturalized players, since Jarvis Hayes seems to be the frontrunner, but rumors of Al-Annabi considering NBA Draft pick Tanguy Ngombo have surfaced as well.

Jarvis Hayes (QAT)
Specs: 67 - 32 years old
College: University of Georgia Bulldogs (2000-2003)
Latest Achievement: Helped the Detroit Pistons to reach the East Finals in 2008, averaging 2.1ppg and 1.5rpg in the Playoffs.
Last Tournament: Played 10 games for Elizur Ashkelon in the 2013 Israel-Winner League, averaging 19.5ppg, 4.4rpg, and shooting 45% from downtown.

Perhaps Hayes is best known for being part of the same NBA Draft class as guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. Hayes was taken by the Washington Wizards at the 10th spot way before future All-Stars David West, Josh Howard, and Mo Williams. Hayes eventually moved away from the NBA and toured Europe as a journeyman player for clubs from Russia, Turkey, and, eventually, Israel.

It is no wonder a country as rich as Qatar got NBA blood as its naturalized player. Just last year, former LA Laker Trey Johnson also played for QAT in the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup, helping them place third ahead of Gilas. And though recent online reports have alleged that Hayes is no longer being considered for the Gulf powers NT, photos from their Lithuanian training camp suggest otherwise.

So how does Hayes complement the Qataris? He will probably play up front together with the legendary Yaseen Ismail Musa and other solid frontliners Mohammed Yousef and Omar Salem. Hayes is versatile enough, however, to also play at the wings alongside shooters Saad Abdulrahman and Erfan Ali Saeed. Simply put, his quickness will be an asset as a PF and his size-and-shooting combo makes him a more-than-viable swingman option. Will QAT be better with him around? Definitely. Will he make them an instant title contender? Not necessarily, since most of the Qataris star players are already in the twilight of their international careers.

Tanguy Ngombo (QAT)
Specs: 66 - 29 years old
Hails from: Congo
Latest Achievement: Led Al Rayyan to the 2013 Gulf Club Championships Semifinals.
Last Tournament: Played in the 2012- 2013 season of Qatars Division 1 Pro League, averaging 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3spg, and shooting nearly 50% from the field for Al Rayyan.

Ngombo has played as a local for Qatar on several occasions (the 2010 Asian Games, the Pan-Arab Games, and the 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup to name a few), but the citizenship snafu in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships happened, and he was tagged as a foreign player who had to go through naturalization to play.

Fast-forward to 2013 and rumors have gone around about how Qatar is working a way to put Ngombo back in the NT roster. He will definitely never be considered a local, so Qatari officials have allegedly considered making him the teams naturalized player should the Jarvis Hayes deal fall through. In case the rumors are true and Ngombo does get the nod, he will pretty much bring the same skills Hayes does to the table. Though Ngombo is not as deadly from long range, he is definitely the more explosive slasher and more aggressive defender. Perhaps his best asset, however, is his familiarity with the Qatari players and their Asian foes, making his experience invaluable.

CJ Giles (BRN)
Specs: 611 - 28 years old
College: University of Kansas Jayhawks (2004-2006) and Oregon State Beavers (2007-2008)
Latest Tournament & Achievement: Led Al-Muharraq to the Finals of the Bahraini Premier League.

Many Pinoys will be familiar with Giles, since he was the original naturalization candidate for the Gilas program. He was always a skilled big man who could control the game with his rebounding, shot-blocking, and athleticism, but he was never a vocal leader and definitely more of a distraction off the court.

For Bahrain, however, he plugs a very significant hole in the middle. When the Bahrainis hosted the 2012 Gulf Championships, he helped them beat UAE, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia and arrange a showdown with Qatar in the Finals, losing 74-64. Giles netted 13 markers in that loss, where he went up against the likes of Musa and Salem. He will, however, also go up against tough foes in Manila as Kazakhstans Anton Ponomarev and Indias Amritpal Singh await in Group D. Should BRN advance, even heavier competition will meet him in the form of Yi Jianlian, Hamed Haddadi, and Kim Joo-Sung. Nonetheless, Giles adds much-needed size and depth to the Al-Ahmar quintet, and they should not be taken lightly because of it.

Jerry Johnson (KAZ)
Specs: 60 - 31 years old
College: Rider University Broncs (2001-2005)
Latest Achievement & Tournament: He has played for Kazakhstans top club, BC Astana, ever since 2011. This past season, he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg, and 1.2spg. With Johnson, Astana copped the titles for both the Kazakhstan Cup and Kazakhstan League in 2012 AND 2013.

Despite being on the wrong side of 30, Triple J (Jerry Jamar Johnson) can still definitely burn rubber. He wont be a big time scorer for the Kazakhs in the FIBA Asia tourney because they have a bunch of other guys who can score (led by Ponomarev and Rustam Yargaliev of course). Instead, he is expected to be the primary ball distributor and the designated star-stopper for KAZ.

On paper, it seems Johnson is the perfect fit for a team known more for its size than its playmaking, but the potential downside is he hasnt played a lick of FIBA Asia hoops. He hasnt really seen or played against most of the key court generals, especially the ones he will play against in Group D play -- like Indias Vishesh Bhriguvanshi or Bahrains Bader Malabes. And if the Kazakhs do play to expectations, veteran guards Yang Dong-Geun (KOR) and Mahdi Kamrani (IRI) will definitely test Johnson.

*I no longer included Lebanons Loren Woods for the simple reason that the Cedars will probably not get into the tournament. This is, of course, based on the FIBA decision to suspend Lebanon.

In the next part of this series, I will discuss the other naturalized players. This time, we will look at the ones from East Asia.

#parasabayan

Enzo Flojo is one of the closest followers of the Philippine National Basketball Team. He is a self-proclaimed Asian Basketball hoop nut, and he doubts if anyone knows as much as he does about the best players in this corner of the world. He maintains a nationally-recognized basketball blog (HoopNut.com), and he hopes you can pester him on Twitter -- @hoopnut.




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U20 European Championship: Poland reached Semifinals in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20-Portugal U20 82:57

Poland reached Semifinals in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland needed an 82:57 win over Portugal in the Quarterfinal clash.
Poland appeared stronger in the game and took 25:17 lead at the end of the first period. Both teams scored 12 points each in the second frame as Poland enjoyed an 8-pont halftime advantage. They also won the third period 26-15 and finished with 19-13 rally at the end. Callenbach and Ventura scored the last points in the game for the final result.
Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) and Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) paced all the winners with 22 points each, while Grzegorz Grochowski (180-PG-93) and Lukasz Bonarek (200-F-93) nailed 7 apiece. Emanuel Correia de Sa (199-F-93) scored 10 points for Portugal and Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) notched 9. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) and Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) brought 8 points each in a loss.

Poland U20: Przemyslaw Karnowski 22, Mateusz Ponitka 22, Grzegorz Grochowski 7, Lukasz Bonarek 7
Portugal U20: Emanuel Correia de Sa 10, Diogo Ventura 9, Artur Castela 8, Henrique Piedade 8



U18 European Championship: Poland open winning account - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18-Finland U18 64:52

Poland open winning account at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side posted a 64:52 win over Finland in Day 2 of the tournament. The Nordic side fell at 1-1 record.
Poland scored only after 3 minutes of the opening quarter but then managed to grab 18:9 lead. They added massive 25-9 surge and took 43:18 halftime advantage. Finland however was too far to give up and came up with two victories in the second half. Finland won the third period 15-9 and finished the game with 19-12. It was however enough only to reduce to final 64:52 score.
Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) stepped up with 19 points and Damian Szymczak (186-G-95) nailed 9. Dominik Olejniczak (206-C-96) and Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) brought 8 points each. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) delivered 9 points in defeat, while Henri Ventoniemi (201-PF-95) and Shawn Hopkins (194-G/F-95) scored 8 apiece.

Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 19, Damian Szymczak 9, Dominik Olejniczak 8, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 8
Finland U18: Oskar Michelsen 9, Henri Ventoniemi 8, Shawn Hopkins 8



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U20 European Championship: Poland reached Semifinals in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Poland U20-Portugal U20 82:57

Poland reached Semifinals in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland needed an 82:57 win over Portugal in the Quarterfinal clash.
Poland appeared stronger in the game and took 25:17 lead at the end of the first period. Both teams scored 12 points each in the second frame as Poland enjoyed an 8-pont halftime advantage. They also won the third period 26-15 and finished with 19-13 rally at the end. Callenbach and Ventura scored the last points in the game for the final result.
Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) and Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) paced all the winners with 22 points each, while Grzegorz Grochowski (180-PG-93) and Lukasz Bonarek (200-F-93) nailed 7 apiece. Emanuel Correia de Sa (199-F-93) scored 10 points for Portugal and Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) notched 9. Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) and Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) brought 8 points each in a loss.

Poland U20: Przemyslaw Karnowski 22, Mateusz Ponitka 22, Grzegorz Grochowski 7, Lukasz Bonarek 7
Portugal U20: Emanuel Correia de Sa 10, Diogo Ventura 9, Artur Castela 8, Henrique Piedade 8



U18 European Championship: Portugal leave no chances for Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U18-Portugal U18 46:74

Portugal leave no chances for Luxembourg at the end of the second day of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal grabbed 2-0 record in Group D after a 74:46 win. Luxembourg meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Portugal was the favorite of the game and won all four quarters. They started with 15-12 and added 19-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Portugal posted a 19-16 run in the third period and erupted with a massive 21-6 surge in the last stanza.
Pedro Marques (173-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Nuno Ferreira (180-SG-95) collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) netted 10, whilst Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) and Luis Camara (194-SF-96) brought 8 apiece. Thomas Gruen (194-PG-95) answered with 22 points in defeat, while Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) scored 6. Filip Stojanovic (196-C-95), Max Hilger (187-PG-95) and Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) added 4 each.

Luxembourg U18: Thomas Gruen 22, Timothy Kauffmann 6, Filip Stojanovic 4, Max Hilger 4, Tim Schmit 4
Portugal U18: Pedro Marques 15, Nuno Ferreira 14+15 rebs, Pedro Meireless 10, Francisco Amiel 8, Luis Camara 8



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Harris, Ponce20.6 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.3 
 5. Carmona, Caner.18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama17.0 
 10. Wilkinson, Mayagu.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.4 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas8.9 
 5. Balkman, Guayama8.8 
 6. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 7. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 8. Diogu, Ponce8.6 
 9. Phillip, San German8.6 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.3 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.2 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas4.7 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce4.4 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.7 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas1.6 
 4. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 10. Williams, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.7 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 7. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 9. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Piratas dominate Brujos to get into the finals - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas dominated Brujos de Guayama 107-83 to reach the finals. They will face Leones de Ponce for the title starting on Friday.

Six scorers were in double figures for Piratas led by Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) who netted 20 points, Shawn Redhage added 18, Lorenzo Mata 16, Carmelo Lee 14 and David Huertas 13.

Quebradillas won the first quarter 32-23 and at halftime they had a 55-35 lead and never looked back.

Renaldo Balkman led Guayama once again with 28 points and 12 rebounds.

This is the third final for Quebradillas in the last five years. Their last BSN championship was in 1979, since then they have lost in six final series.



Paco Olmos replaces Flor Melendez as National team head coach - by Luis Modestti


The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation announced that Paco Olmos replaced Flor Melendez as the head coach of the Puerto Rican National Team.

Melendez recently coached the Puerto Rican Team in the Stankovic Cup and was already working for the World Cup Qualifier but was notified yesterday that he was relieved of his duties. He coached the national team since 2011 and had a contract until the next Central American and Caribbean Games.

Olmos made his debut in Puerto Rican basketball by coaching Cangrejeros de Santurce. He had a 20-16 record and lost in the semifinals to Leones de Ponce. He now takes his job as the biggest challenge of his life.

His main assistant in the national team will be Rolando Hourruitiner and the Federation is going to evaluate the coaching staff that Melendez had to see who stays.

The national team is expected to begin their practices next week at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.



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U20 European Championship: Belgium beat the hosts in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Romania U20 72:68

Belgium beat the hosts in Pitesti to reach the semifinals of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The favorites overcame Romania 72:68 in a tough game.
Although Belgium entered the game undefeated from the top place in Group B, they hardly secured their Semifinal appearance. Belgium started the game with 17:9 lead and led 8 points at the halftime. Lecomte and Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) exchanged for 36:28 result on the board after two quarters played. Belgium also won the third period 24-19, but escaped with the narrow win. Trailing 15 points in the start of the last period, Romania reduced to 66:63. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) however secured the victory for Belgium as he scored the last points.
Emmanuel Lecomte top-scored for the winners with 34 points, while Louis Hazard (199-F-94) nailed 10. Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) brought 9 and Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) collected 7 points and 13 rebounds. Alexandru Olah answered with 20 points for the home side and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) poured in 14. Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) brought 13, while Victor Paun (202-SF-94) netted 8.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 34, Louis Hazard 10, Yoeri Schoepen 9, Arno Mollekens 7+13 rebs
Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 20, Andrei Damian 14, Vlad Stoicoviciu 13, Victor Paun 8



U18 European Championship: Romania - Sweden 63:81 - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Sweden U18 63:81

Sweden overcame Romania in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team improved to 2-0 record after an 81:63 victory. Romania suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and looked forward to achieve the second win. Sweden took 25:13 lead at the end of the first period and added 19-14 rally in the second frame. Moreover the latter needed a 23-14 surge in the third period and did not mind a 14-22 push from the opponents in the end of the game.
Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) and Alexander Larsson (205-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) poured in 14, while Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) added 11. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) delivered 13 points for Romania and Adrian Oprea (193-F-95) notched 9. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) scored 8, whilst Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) and Bogdan Pogacean (197-C-95) notched 7 apiece.

Romania U18: Andrei Ciordas 13, Adrian Oprea 9, Vlad Cobzaru 8, Mirel Dragoste 7, Bogdan Pogacean 7
Sweden U18: Johan Lofberg 16, Alexander Larsson 16, Ludvig Hakanson 14, Valter Lindstrom 11



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Sergey Bazarevich became the Head Coach of Russian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Sergey Bazarevich (agency: Alti Sport ) became the Head Coach of Russian National Team. The Russian Specialist took over Katsikaris that left the team unexpectedly.
Bazarevich helped Krasnie Krilya to win the cup and he won EuroChallenge championship title. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Coach of the Year in 2013. His Krasnye Kylia stole the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final.
As a Head Coach he started in year 2000 with Dynamo Moscow (B): playing coach. In 2004-2005 moved to CSKA Moscow junior team and then in 2005-2006 coached CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague). In 2006-2007 continued with Standart Samara reg. Toliatti (A Superleague) and in 2007-2008 moved to Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague).
In 2009-2011 he continued with Dynamo Moscow (A Superleague) and then moved to Samara. Bazarevich was coaching Russian U20 National Team back in 2008.



Fotis Katsikaris left the forces of Russian NT - by Eurobasket News

Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) left the forces of Russian NT without a single game. The Greek specialist will continue only with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao in Spain.
In late December Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) officially took Russian National Team under control. The Greek specialist signed a contract in Russia and agreed also with his Spanish team and will coach them as well. He will pause the contract with Bilbao in June 30th.
The Greek specialist was the main candidate for head coach job. The federation was looking for the specialist to take helm at the National Team after the departure of David Blatt. Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) worked in Russia back in 2005/2007 seasons. The Greek coach guided Dynamo Saint Petersburg. Most recently Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) (agency: FCM ) has been working with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao in Spain. He also was at helm in AEK Athens, Pamesa Valencia and Aris.
Over the last few years he became Spanish ACB Finalist -11 and Spanish ACB Supercup Semifinals -12.
The main reason of his departure was a new staff of the Russian Office. The latter fired the General Manager Ushakov and Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) refused to come to Russia because of that.



Russian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Alexander Martynov
Martynov
Sergey Zhulkov
Zhulkov
Viacheslav Fedorchenko
Fedorchenko
Mikhail Maleyko
Maleyko
Alexander Gankevich
Gankevich
#e#5
4Alexander Gavrilov 193-G-96 CSKA-2 Russia
5Sergey Khrustalev 187-PG-95 Triumph Russia
6Alexander Martynov 195-G/F-95 N.Novgorod-2 Russia
7Vladislav Staratelev 194-F/G-96 Trinta Moscow Russia
8Ivan Viktorov 196-F-95 Spartak SP Russia
9Sergey Zhulkov 203-F/C-95 CSKA Russia
10Viacheslav Fedorchenko 190-G-95 Triumph-2 Russia
11Mikhail Maleyko 206-PF-96 CSKA Russia
12Alexander Gankevich 201-PF-95 CSKA-2 Russia
13Konstantin Kulikov 207-C-95 Girona Spain
14Alexander Antonikovskii 200-F-95 Spartak SP Russia
15Ilia Popov 206-C-95 Spartak SP-2 Russia

Aleksandr Afanasaev Head Coach Dynamo MO Russia
Vasiliy Egorov Assistant Dynamo MO Russia



U18 European Championship: Russia nip Czech Republic for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - Czech Republic U18 71:69

Russia eked out the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off pesky Czech Republic today to stay on top of Group B. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 22 points each to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
The Czech team was in control throughout the first half. They grabbed a 24:18 lead after the starting quarter. Czech Republic stretched the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:38 halftime advantage. Czech Republic held Russia to just 12 points in the third term to secure what seemed to be a comfortable 12-point lead before the final stanza 62:50. But Russia refused to surrender. Viacheslav Fedorchenko drained backt-to-back three-pointers midway through the final stanza to put Russia within three 63:66. Alexander Martynov, Viacheslav Fedorchenko and Maleyko gave Russia a 71:68 lead with under two minutes remaining. Pechachek nailed a free throw but missed the second one and later Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) missed a jumper as Russia got away with the win. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) netted 8 points for Russia. David Radovan Kouril answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Marek Mares (186-G-96) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Russia U18: Alexander Martynov 22, Viacheslav Fedorchenko 22, Alexander Gankevich 8
Czech Republic U18: Radovan Kouril 11, Marek Mares 9



U20 European Championship: Denis Zakharov leads Russia past Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Turkey U20 82:70

Russia became the first semifinalists at the U20 European Championship in Estonia. They held off Turkey in the first quarterfinal of the day in Tallinn. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the winners.
Russia grabbed the lead right from the start. They outgunned somewhat sloppy Turkish side for a 26:7 lead at the first break. Turkey picked up the tempo in the second period but Russia matched their effort. The scoreboard read 50:31 at halftime. Turkey cut the deficit by just one point in the third term. They poured in 24 points in the fourth frame but Russia easily withstood the challenge and claimed the victory. Maksim Sakharov (195-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Artem Komolov (195-SG-93) added 13 points in the win. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 13 points for the losing side.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 24, Maksim Sakharov 14, Artem Komolov 13
Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 15, Ahmet Tuncer 13



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Shawn King (ex Nancy) is a newcomer at Virtus 1934 Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Virtus 1934 Bologna (D dilettanti) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Vincentian center Shawn King (208-100kg-82, college: ORU). He played most recently at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in French ProA, but left the team in Nov.'12. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg and 2.1bpg last season. King also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at BC Odessa (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 44 games he averaged remarkable 17.3ppg, 10.2rpg (#2 in the league), 2.5apg, 1.0spg and 2.4bpg that season. He helped them to make it to the Ukrainian Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
In 2010-11 season King played at Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) in Belarus. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 38 Premier League games he averaged 14.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. A very good season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year. King also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged just 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He also played 10 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.7bpg.
In 2009-10 season King played at Hopsi Polzela (Telemach League) in Slovenia. In 23 games he was second best scorer with great 20.6ppg and recorded 11.3rpg (leader !!!), 1.8apg, 1.2spg and 2.4bpg. It was a very successful season as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
King is a very experienced player.
He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2008 and actually missed last season. It is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship Division C: San Marino hold off Monaco - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Monaco U18 74:70

Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95) nailed 26 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead San Marino past Monaco in the semifinal of the U18 European Championship. San Marino will now face Moldovan counterparts in the Final. Monaco will take on Andorra for Bronze.
San Marino eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes of intense action. They stretched the gap in the second frame. San Marino ensured a 33:31 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the third term. San Marino accumulated a 51:48 advantage heading into the fourth frame. They dropped 23 points in the final stanza to win the game. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) and Luca Giannotti (170-PG-96) knocked down 11 points each for the winners. Daniel Pieper (197-C-96) responded with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Monaco. Alessandro Generale (188-F-96) had 23 points in the losing effort.

San Marino U18: Julian Gualtieri 26, Igor Biordi 11+11 boards, Luca Giannotti 11
Monaco U18: Daniel Pieper 25+10 boards, Alessandro Generale 23



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U18 European Championship: Clayton Le Sann leads Switzerland over Scotland - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Scotland U18 78:68

Clayton Le Sann (188-SG-95) leads Switzerland over Scotland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. he was unstoppable with 28 points to bring his side 78:68 win. Switzerland improved to 1-1 record while Scotland fell at 0-2.
Switzerland looked better in the first period and took 17:14 lead. They added 23-18 rally in the second period and had 8-point advantage after two quarters. Both teams nailed 20 points in the third period, while the Swiss side added 2=18-16 rally in the last stanza.
Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) posted 13 points for the winners and Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) collected 10 points and 14 rebounds. Patrick Bianchi (180-PG-95) followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) replied with 17 points in defeat, whilst Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) scored 13. Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) posted 11 and Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) chipped in with 9.

Switzerland U18: Clayton Le Sann 28, Alessandro Verga 13, Noe Anabir 10+14 rebs, Patrick Bianchi 11
Scotland U18: Fraser Malcolm 17, Malcolm Winning 13, Nicholas Sim 11, Neil Rowan 9



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U18 European Championship: France edge Serbia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Serbia U18 65:62

France edged Serbia for the second straight win at the start of the U18 European Championship. Les Bleus remained on top of Group A. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) was instrumental in the victory tallying 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists.
Serbia led by six points after ten minutes of action 22:16. The Balkan team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 38:32 halftime advantage. But Inglis and Etienne Ory (178-PG-96) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to erase the deficit. They also triggered a 13:0 run from Les Bleus as they gained a 45:38 lead. Serbia managed to erase it as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 52. Serbia led by two points 60:58 with just over five minutes to go in regulation. Inglis and Etienne Ory made it then 63:60 for France. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) cut the distance but Bouteille scored the final two points in the game sealing the victory for Les Bleus. Etienne Ory finished with 17 points, while Guerschon Yabusele (200-F-95) contributed 6 points for the winners. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points and 8 assists in the loss.

France U18: Damien Inglis 20, Etienne Ory 17, Guerschon Yabusele 6
Serbia U18: Rade Zagorac 13, Aleksa Jugovic 11



U20 European Championship: Serbia outgun Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Sweden U20 82:65

Serbia prevailed against Sweden in the classification round of the U20 European Championship today. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Serbia will now take on Bulgaria for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Sweden will wrap up their campaign against Israel.
Serbia opened the game with four straight points and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. They registered a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Serbia cleared off to a 14-point distance at halftime 41:27. The Balkan team extended the lead in the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points 63:41. Sweden fired 24 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) netted 13 points and grabbed 12 boards, while Nemanja Bezbradica (207-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 28 points for Sweden. Arvid Isaksson (205-C-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Krstic 22, Ivan Marinkovic 13+12 boards, Nemanja Bezbradica 12
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 28, Arvid Isaksson 8



Serbian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
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Ognjen Jaramaz
Jaramaz
Rade Zagorac
Zagorac
Vasilije Pusica
Pusica
Aleksa Jugovic
Jugovic
Dejan Davidovac
Davidovac
#e#5
4Ognjen Jaramaz 191-PG-95 Mega Vizura Serbia
5Rade Zagorac 201-G/F-95 Mega Vizura Serbia
6Vasilije Pusica 190-G-95 Partizan II Serbia
7Aleksa Jugovic 190-G-95 Partizan II Serbia
8Dragan Apic 203-C-95 Vrsac Serbia
9Bozidar Babovic 178-PG-95 Partizan II Serbia
10Brano Djukanovic 194-SG-95 Radnicki Basket Serbia
11Milenko Veljkovic 216-C-95 Mega Vizura Serbia
12Aleksandar Bursac 202-F-95 Vrsac Serbia
13Stefan Ljubenkovic 197-F-95 Lovcen Montenegro
14Vasilije Vucetic 206-C/F-96 Un.Olimpija Slovenia
15Dejan Davidovac 198-F-95 Vrsac Serbia

Aleksandar Bucan Head Coach Partizan Serbia
Marko Simonovic Assistant Eagles Sweden



U20 European Championship: Serbia defeat Sweden and secure 13th or 14th position - by Ivan Milenkovic

Serbian U20 national team are finishing the European Championship in Estonia in good form. After poor start, they have 5 wins in a row, but against weak rivals in fight for 13th position. In classification games for 13th to 16th place, Serbia defeated Sweden 82-65 (23-12, 18-15, 22-14, 19-24).
Serbia dominated from the start of the game and led during all 40 minutes. Sweden had only three-point deficit in 6th minute (12-9), but they scored only three points until the end of first quarter, which Serbians used to open 23-12 lead after 10 minutes. They had 10-0 run during final minutes of first and opening minutes of second period to extend their lead to 27-12. Serbia's biggest lead in the first half was 41-23 in 19th minute, but they allowed Sweds to end first 20 minutes with 0-4 run. Serbia continued to play well in third quarter, it was 41-29 when their 9-2 run gave them +19 (50-31). After another run, this time 7-0, Serbians had 57-34 lead in 25th minute. Sweden started to reduce the deficit in final period when Vladimir Jovanovic's players relaxed. After 65-44 in 32nd minute, Sweds had 4-15 run and score was 69-59 in 38th minute. Of course, it was too little too late from them. Serbia ended the game with 9-2 run to win with 17-point difference in the end.
Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) led Serbia with 22 points and 4 rebounds, Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) had double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Nemanja Bezbradica (207-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points. Nenad Miljenovic had 9 assists.
In their final game in Tallinn, Serbia U20 national team will play against Bulgaria (which defeated Israel 76-69), winner will finish in 13th place.



EYOF 2013: Final match, Serbia Vs Croatia 70-57 - by Zoran Popovic

In the final match of EYOF 2013 Serbia wins the match against Croatia 70-57 (20-12, 18-14, 14-22, 18-9). Serbian U16 team wins gold medal after great match for both team. Serbian team better opened the match in the first quarter and continued in second, but after halftime Croatian team made break and decrease previous advantage of Serbian team. In the last period Serbian team again showed game from the first two quarters and wins final match. The most efficient players in Serbian team were Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) and Vojislav Stojanovic per 14 scored points each, Slobodan Jovanovic with 11 points, Rakicevic and Kenjic per 10 scored points. In Croatian team the most efficient players were Skokna with 12 points and Bender adds 10 points.


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U20 European Championship: Slovak Republic surprise Finland at the Classification Round - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U20-Finland U20 75:67

Slovak Republic surprise Finland at the Classification Round Day 1 in Division B. Slovak Republic posted a 75:67 win for 1-0 record.
Slovak Republic erupted with a 21-12 lead in the start and led 9 points at the halftime. Both teams posted 16 points each in the second period for 37:28 on the board. Finland recovered a bit with a 21-17 rally in the third period, but failed to catch up with the opponents. Slovak Republic won the last stanza 21-18 and enjoyed a 8-point final win.
Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) stepped up with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) nailed 12, whilst Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) had 11. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) and Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) replied with 16 points each in defeat. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) and Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) scored 8 points each for the Nordic side.

Slovak Republic U20: Vladimir Brodziansky 21+10 rebs, Michal Cekovsky 18+11 rebs, Oliver Tot 12, Viktor Juricek 11
Finland U20: Topias Palmi 16, Joonas Caven 16, Julius Rajala 8, Daniel Dolenc 8



U18 European Championship: Israel closed Day 2 with the win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Slovakia U18 119:67

Israel closed Day 2 with the win over Slovakia at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They needed an easy 119:67 win for 2-0 record in the group. Slovakia meanwhile suffered their second straight loss.
Israel had a fantastic game tonight. They nailed 33 points in the first period and then erupted with a 40-11 surge in the second frame. Nimrod Levi (204-C) nailed three at the end of the half for 73:30 halftime advantage. Israel added 33-23 rally in the third period to reach 53-point lead. Slovakia only managed to win the last stanza 14-13 and reduced to final 119:67 result.
Nimrod Levi top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) netted 19. Iftach Ziv (185-G) scored 16, whilst Or Kahal (190-G) and Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 10 each. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) and Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) tallied 11 points each in a loss, while Marek Masiar (183-F-96) scored 10.

Israel U18: Nimrod Levi 25, Idan Zalmanson 19, Iftach Ziv 16, Or Kahal 10, Naor Sharon 10
Slovakia U18: Jozef Senohradsky 11, Jakub Meress 11, Marek Masiar 10



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U18 European Championship: Lithuania snatch win over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Slovenia U18 74:69

Lithuania claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 1-1 record in Group A. Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Slovenia suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament.
Slovenia got to a storming start to the game. They ensured a 30:12 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania found the way to bounce back. They tuned in defensively and held their opponents to just 7 points in the second term. Lithuania cut the deficit at three-point mark at halftime. Slovenia extended their lead to double digits again in the third frame. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) made it 53:43 for the hosts. Ritlop capped the period with a layup to give Slovenia a 57:47 lead. But Lithuania went on a massive 20:3 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 69:62 lead. They did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Paulius Valinskas netted 14 points to lead Lithuania. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 20 points and 8 assists in the losing effort.

Lithuania U18: Paulius Valinskas 14, Domantas Sabonis 12+14 boards, Gediminas Zalalis 11, Ricardas Verbickas 11
Slovenia U18: Ziga Zatezic 23, Matic Rebec 20



U20 European Championship: Slovenia edge Croatia in classification round - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U20 - Croatia U20 90:78

Slovenia prevailed against Croatia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. The winners will now play for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) notched 19 points to lead Slovenia.
Croatia enjoyed a 23:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within one point at halftime 42:41. The lead changed hands throughout the third term. But Croatia secured a 61:59 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93), Miha Lapornik and Bolcina organized a 10:0 run to put Slovenia up by 8 points with three minutes remaining. They maintained the lead in the reminder of the contest and secured the winning outcome at the end. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) had 18 points and 10 assists, while Ziga Dimec added 18 points for the winners. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) and Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) answered with 18 points apiece for Croatia.

Slovenia U20: Miha Lapornik 19, Luka Rupnik 18+10 assists, Ziga Dimec 18
Croatia U20: Antonio Boban 18, Domagoj Samac 18



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Matt Gatens (ex UCAM Murcia) agreed terms with Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Superleague) inked 24-year old American guard Matt Gatens (195-96kg-89, college: Iowa). He played most recently at UCAM Murcia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he recorded 9.6ppg and 1.8rpg last season. Gatens received All-Big Ten 3rd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Gatens graduated from University of Iowa in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: An outside shooting specialist, has an excellent range, even from behind the 3pts arch. Also, he defends very well on the perimeter and is a good rebounder for his size. Was one of the main players in evey team ha played, so he's also expected to show leadership and clutch shooting ability very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Latvia surprise Spain to gain 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Spain U18 66:61

Latvia claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. The hosts upset Spain to take 2-0 record on top of Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Latvia eked out a 13:11 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts stayed in front throughout the second frame. Latvia accumulated a 28:25 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Latvia arrived at the final intermission up by three points 47:44. Latvia went on a 10:0 run early in the fourth frame to ensure a 57:46 advantage with just over six minutes remaining. Spain responded with a furious run to level things up at 61. Davis Geks (191-SG-95) answered with a triple to silence Spain and then sank two free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 13 points, while Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) and Davis Geks added 11 points each for Latvia. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Spain. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 18+13 boards, Kristaps Gluditis 13, Kristaps Porzingis 11, Davis Geks 11
Spain U18: Alberto Martin 16, Alberto Abalde 12



Spanish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
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Alberto Martin
Martin
Alberto Abalde
Abalde
Agusti Sans
Sans
Ilimane Diop
Diop
Marc Rubin De Celis
Rubin De Celis
#e#5
4Marc Rubin De Celis 188-G-95 Forca Lleida Spain
5Alberto Martin 185-PG-95 Real Madrid Spain
6Alberto Abalde 200-F/G-95 Prat Juventud Spain
7Agusti Sans 195-SG-95 Prat Juventud Spain
8Marc Garcia 197-SF-96 FCB Regal Spain
9Xavier Assalit 188-PG-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
10Ruben Guerrero 208-F-95 Clinicas Rincon Spain
11Gerard Gomila 194-SF-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
12David Iriarte 206-F/C-95 Prat Juventud Spain
13Jose Nogues 204-PF-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
14Juan Hernangomez 198-F-95 Asefa Estud. II Spain
15Ilimane Diop 209-C-95 Alava Spain

Ramon Jose Head Coach Real Madrid Spain
Manuel Pena Assistant
Javier Zamora Assistant



U20 European Championship: Spain cruise past Greece, into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Greece U20 82:60

Spain reached the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to set up the clash with Latvia in the semis. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Spain were up by four points after the starting quarter 20:16. Greece stuck around in the second frame. The Hellenes got within three points at halftime 37:40. But Spain took off in the third term. They ignited a massive 22:8 run to establish a 17-point advantage at the final intermission. Spain kept the Hellenes at distance throughout the fourth term. They knocked down 20 points and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) produced 21 points and 6 assists, while Alejandro Suarez (205-C-93) added 14 points for the winning side. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) answered with 15 points for Greece. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) chipped in 13 points in the losing case.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 23, Jaime Fernandez 21, Alejandro Suarez 14
Greece U20: Giannoulis Larentzakis 15, Eleftherios Bochoridis 13



Valencia lands Juan Triguero - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) landed 30-year old center Juan Triguero (208-113kg-83). He has played for the last five years at Cajasol (Liga Endesa), but left the team in Jun.'13. In 32 games he averaged 5.1ppg and 5.0rpg last season. Triguero also played 10 games in Eurocup where he had 4.3ppg and 4.1rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2012. Triguero received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB1 All-Defensive Team award back in 2006.
He was a member of Spanish U20 National Team in 2002.
Triguero has played previously for four other Spain teams: UCAM Murcia, Gandia Basquet, La Palma and Plasencia Extremadura.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A solid inside player who who is finally reaching the performing level he was expected to, considering his physical and athletic skills. A late bloomer who can surprise again.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Valencia lands Juan Triguero - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) landed 30-year old center Juan Triguero (208-113kg-83). He has played for the last five years at Cajasol (Liga Endesa), but left the team in Jun.'13. In 32 games he averaged 5.1ppg and 5.0rpg last season. Triguero also played 10 games in Eurocup where he had 4.3ppg and 4.1rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2012. Triguero received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB1 All-Defensive Team award back in 2006.
He was a member of Spanish U20 National Team in 2002.
Triguero has played previously for four other Spain teams: UCAM Murcia, Gandia Basquet, La Palma and Plasencia Extremadura.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A solid inside player who who is finally reaching the performing level he was expected to, considering his physical and athletic skills. A late bloomer who can surprise again.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Romania - Sweden 63:81 - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Sweden U18 63:81

Sweden overcame Romania in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team improved to 2-0 record after an 81:63 victory. Romania suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and looked forward to achieve the second win. Sweden took 25:13 lead at the end of the first period and added 19-14 rally in the second frame. Moreover the latter needed a 23-14 surge in the third period and did not mind a 14-22 push from the opponents in the end of the game.
Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) and Alexander Larsson (205-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) poured in 14, while Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) added 11. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) delivered 13 points for Romania and Adrian Oprea (193-F-95) notched 9. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) scored 8, whilst Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) and Bogdan Pogacean (197-C-95) notched 7 apiece.

Romania U18: Andrei Ciordas 13, Adrian Oprea 9, Vlad Cobzaru 8, Mirel Dragoste 7, Bogdan Pogacean 7
Sweden U18: Johan Lofberg 16, Alexander Larsson 16, Ludvig Hakanson 14, Valter Lindstrom 11



U20 European Championship: Serbia outgun Sweden - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Sweden U20 82:65

Serbia prevailed against Sweden in the classification round of the U20 European Championship today. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Serbia will now take on Bulgaria for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Sweden will wrap up their campaign against Israel.
Serbia opened the game with four straight points and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. They registered a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Serbia cleared off to a 14-point distance at halftime 41:27. The Balkan team extended the lead in the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points 63:41. Sweden fired 24 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) netted 13 points and grabbed 12 boards, while Nemanja Bezbradica (207-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 28 points for Sweden. Arvid Isaksson (205-C-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Krstic 22, Ivan Marinkovic 13+12 boards, Nemanja Bezbradica 12
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 28, Arvid Isaksson 8



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U18 European Championship: Clayton Le Sann leads Switzerland over Scotland - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Scotland U18 78:68

Clayton Le Sann (188-SG-95) leads Switzerland over Scotland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. he was unstoppable with 28 points to bring his side 78:68 win. Switzerland improved to 1-1 record while Scotland fell at 0-2.
Switzerland looked better in the first period and took 17:14 lead. They added 23-18 rally in the second period and had 8-point advantage after two quarters. Both teams nailed 20 points in the third period, while the Swiss side added 2=18-16 rally in the last stanza.
Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) posted 13 points for the winners and Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) collected 10 points and 14 rebounds. Patrick Bianchi (180-PG-95) followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) replied with 17 points in defeat, whilst Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) scored 13. Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) posted 11 and Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) chipped in with 9.

Switzerland U18: Clayton Le Sann 28, Alessandro Verga 13, Noe Anabir 10+14 rebs, Patrick Bianchi 11
Scotland U18: Fraser Malcolm 17, Malcolm Winning 13, Nicholas Sim 11, Neil Rowan 9



U20 European Championship: Hungary took the last train to the semis - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Hungary U20 61:74

Hungary took the last train to the semis at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian side overcame Switzerland to complete the Semifinal picture.
Hungary managed to take 20:15 lead after the first 10 minutes and looked better in the first half. They added 22-18 rally for 9-point advantage at the halftime. Switzerland posted 14 points in the third and the last stanzas and it was not enough to catch up with the opponents. Hungary replied with 19 points in the third period and did not mind 13 points in the last quarter.
Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) nailed 17. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) poured in 9, whilst Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) answered with 15 points in defeat, while Marko Mladjan (205-F-93) had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) posted 12 and Arben Hoxha (182-PG-94) notched 9.

Switzerland U20: Christian Affolter 15, Marko Mladjan 13+13 rebs, Branislav Kostic 12, Arben Hoxha 9
Hungary U20: Rosco Allen 22+16 rebs, Luka Markovic 17, Laszlo Polyak 9, Adam Kovacs 8+10 rebs



SAM Massagno lands Jeremy Kendle - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno inked Jeremy Kendle (185-G, college: Bellarmine). The American point guard last season played in Morocco. He won the Morocco League D1 with Wydad Athletic Club. Kendle spend three seasons in NCAA2 at Bellarmine College. He was nominated GLVC All-Tournament MVP 2010, GLVC All-Tournament Team 2010 and 2012, All-GLVC Player of the Year 2011, All-GLVC 1st Team 2011 and 12, NABC Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team 2011 and 2012, NCAA D2 All-Tournament Team 2011, Daktronics Division II All-America 3rd Team 2011, NABC Division II All-America Team 2011 and 2012. He won also the GLVC Tournament 2010 and 2011 and he was NCAA D2 Champion 2011.


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  TURKEY   


Kostas Vasiliadis (ex Gescrap BB) agreed terms with Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Greek international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-98kg-84, agency: FCM). He has played for the last three years at Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 31 games he recorded 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team. Vasiliadis also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. His team made it to the Spanish ACB Supercup Final Four in 2012.
Vasiliadis has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2005. Vasiliadis represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Vasiliadis has played also professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Greece (Olympiacos and PAOK Thessaloniki) and Spain (Unicaja Malaga and Blusens Monbus).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Turkey knock down Croatia to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Croatia U18 84:76

Turkey registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship campaign. They held off Croatia to remain on top of Group D. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) netted 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 6 assists to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
Croatia looked confident start at the start of the game. They fired 27 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 5-point lead. Turkey stopped the rot in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 45:43. Turkey exploded with a 22:12 rally in the third term. They surged ahead and secured an 8-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Baykan and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) gave Turkey a 72:57 lead early in the fourth frame. Croatia sparked the intrigue as they managed to clip the deficit at 5-point mark 71:76 with just over three minutes to go. However Kenan Sipahi and Kanter netted four points and Turkey raced to the win at the end. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) and Emircan Kosut delivered 13 points each for Turkey. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 14 points in the loss.

Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 21, Cedi Osman 13, Emircan Kosut 13
Croatia U18: Domagoj Bosnjak 19, Tomislav Gabric 14



U20 European Championship: Denis Zakharov leads Russia past Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Russia U20 - Turkey U20 82:70

Russia became the first semifinalists at the U20 European Championship in Estonia. They held off Turkey in the first quarterfinal of the day in Tallinn. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the winners.
Russia grabbed the lead right from the start. They outgunned somewhat sloppy Turkish side for a 26:7 lead at the first break. Turkey picked up the tempo in the second period but Russia matched their effort. The scoreboard read 50:31 at halftime. Turkey cut the deficit by just one point in the third term. They poured in 24 points in the fourth frame but Russia easily withstood the challenge and claimed the victory. Maksim Sakharov (195-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Artem Komolov (195-SG-93) added 13 points in the win. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 13 points for the losing side.

Russia U20: Denis Zakharov 24, Maksim Sakharov 14, Artem Komolov 13
Turkey U20: Ramazan Tekin 15, Ahmet Tuncer 13



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Paradise Shoot Out International Tournament Day One Results - by David Edole

Soldiers 13U team was the only team from the Virgin Islands victorious on Day one of the 2013 Paradise Shoot Out International Tournament that is being held in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The Soldiers blew out Camuy II, 47-15 in Group B play. Positive Guidance 11U dropped a 54-25 decision to All Star Bayamon. Positive Guidance U13 dropped both of their games to Camuy AA, 30-25, and Bayamon ABB, 59-31. Soldiers U15 were no match for Arecibo Maxi, 41-18, and Allen Burke Foundation All Stars were outlasted by BVI, 60-40. Some of the games a visible on http://www.ihigh.com/prlittlelads/.

Full slates of games are scheduled for Friday and pool play concludes Saturday evening.

Positive Guidance 11 and under (Group B) Schedule
Thursday: All Star Bayamon 54-25
Friday: G.B.A. 10:00am
Saturday: Molina Basket 10:00am, Esc. Formacion Ponce 3:20pm

Positive Guidance 11 and Under members are Leandr Harris, Parissa Terrell, Kmani Bruce, NKosi Benjamin, Tariq Molloy, Saiedi Milligan, Rayjon Ali, DAndre Ballantine, Inslee Carroll, III and Dont Morgan.

Positive Guidance 13and under
Thursday: Camuy AA 30-25, Bayamon ABB 59-31
Friday: Carolina Balom 2:00pm, Villalba Avancinos 4:40pm
Saturday: Ponce Lomas 4:40pm, Ponceos 4:40pm

Positive Guidance 13 and under team member
s are ZedyKayah Lake, Noah Trotman, Micah Flemming, Felix Denis, Jr., Daunt McFarlande, James Bates, Jr., Linval Bailey, Jr., Diant Brooks, Ronald Schjang, III and Christopher Ramcharan.

Soldiers 13 and under (Group A) Schedule
Thursday: Camuy II 47-15
Friday: Toa Baja Spartans 11:20am, Bucaplaa 3:20pm
Saturday: Rep. Dominicana 11:20am, Aguadilla 2:00pm

Soldiers 13 and under team consist
s of Earl Baker, Gyrez Gaspard, Zion Jones, Amari Krigger, Kydjana Lewis, Miguel Lopez, Dante Molloy, Christian Rasmussen, Adante Steven, Rahkeem Swanston.

Soldiers 15 and under (Group B) Schedule
Thursday: Arecibo Maxi 41-18
Friday: Aguadilla 2:00pm, Ponce Lomas 6:00 pm
Saturday: Arecibo Basket 3:20 pm, G.B.A. B 6:00 pm

Soldiers 15 and under team a
re Jahni Adolphe, Treyjon Ali, Devante Bailey, Harold Browne, Kalahari Bryan, Joshua Charlery, Shayquan Grant, Mark Gray, Khari Jones, Ijah Juien, Arnando Mercer and Deondre Simmonds.

Allen Burke Foundation 17 and under (Group A) Schedule
Thursday: B.V.I. 60-40
Friday: Camuy 9:40am, S. Teresita Ponce 3:00pm
Saturday: C. Toa Baja AA 1:30pm, Republica Dominicana A 7:20pm

Allen Burke Foundation Basketball Tea
m members are Kareem Felix, Tyrek Guadeloupe, Kenyatta Milligan, Gregory Emmanuel, Yauncey Milligan Jr., Dejani Sweeney, Deshawn Malone and Tikoy Felix.





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  UBA   


The Matrix sign Cervante Burrell - by David Walls


GIE Maile Matrix (UBA) sign 23-year old guard Cervante Burrell (5'10''-PG-89, college: Seattle) who recently played for Maine Red Claws in NBA Dleague.

In 2012 he was drafted by the Maine Red Claws in fourth round (59th overall). Burrell only played in one game this season. In only one game he recorded 6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assist and 1 steal this season. The former Seattle University star averaged 11.3 points per game and over five assists. He was voted All-Independent 2nd Team. Also led his team to the Independent League Championship in 2010.

Burrell will suit up this weekend for the Matrix and look to help them in a much needed area.

Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA)



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BC Odessa tabs Terrell Everett, ex Bremerhaven - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa (Superleague) inked 29-year old American guard Terrell Everett (193-83kg-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices). Everett managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 10 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Everett also spent part of the season at Cholet Basket (ProA) in French league that year. In 14 games he had 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.9apg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 6.3apg.
Among other achievements Everett received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team award back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Everett has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Greece (Iraklis), France (JDA Dijon, Hyeres-Toulon and Chalon/Saor), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2006 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Everett's game is described as: A heady left-handed wing with solid ball skills ... Can play the point if the need arises ... Regarded as a slasher ... Excels at penetration and getting the ball to the rim ... A savvy player who boasts tremendous court awareness and is an excellent passer ... Possesses a soft touch on his jump shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: England post historic win in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

England U18 - Ukraine U18 93:81

England earned the historic victory in Liepaja today. They overcame Ukraine for the first ever success in Division A of the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) accounted for 25 points to lead the winning side.
Ukraine posted 22 points in the first frame to take a one-point lead. Ukraine stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 41:34 halftime advantage. But England turned things around in the third frame. They erupted for 25 points and surged ahead for a 59:57 advantage at the final break. Luke Nelson, Isaacs and Benjamin Mead (201-PF-95) gave England a 71:61 lead midway through the fourth frame. Ukraine narrowed the margin at 5-point mark but England stayed calm as they soon opened a double-digit advantage. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) made it 91:78 for England with 27 seconds remaining and they cruised to the victory in the reminder of the contest. Kingsley Okoroh posted 14 points, while Benjamin Mead had 11 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Andrii Shalamov (96) netted 20 points each for Ukraine as they slipped at 0-2 record.

England U18: Luke Nelson 25, Kingsley Okoroh 14, Benjamin Mead 11
Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 20, Andrii Shalamov 20



Matt Gatens (ex UCAM Murcia) agreed terms with Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Superleague) inked 24-year old American guard Matt Gatens (195-96kg-89, college: Iowa). He played most recently at UCAM Murcia in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he recorded 9.6ppg and 1.8rpg last season. Gatens received All-Big Ten 3rd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Gatens graduated from University of Iowa in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: An outside shooting specialist, has an excellent range, even from behind the 3pts arch. Also, he defends very well on the perimeter and is a good rebounder for his size. Was one of the main players in evey team ha played, so he's also expected to show leadership and clutch shooting ability very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Ukraine step closer to avoiding relegation - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U20 - Georgia U20 75:47

Ukraine are now step away from punching Division A ticket for the next season. They outscored Georgia to enter the fight with Czech Republic for Division A survival. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) posted 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners.
Ukraine dominated the game. They snatched a 14:10 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine kept Georgia at bay throughout the second frame. They registered a 33:20 halftime advantage. Ukraine boosted the lead in the third term. They went on a 22:9 rally to ensure a comfortable 55:29 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine nailed 20 points in the fourth frame to seal the win at the end. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) finished with 13 points and 14 boards, while Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) added 11 points for the winners. Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) answered with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) chipped in 9 points in the defeat.

Ukraine U20: Vladyslav Koreniuk 26+19 boards, Maksym Lutsenko 13+14 boads, Klym Artamonov 11
Georgia U20: Valeri Kvantaliani 11+12 boards, Revaz Rogava 9



Ukrainian NT squad - by Alexander Muzyka

There was a full list of National team candidates named. 24 players were called by Mike Fratello to prepare for the Eurobasket 2013 games this summer. The majority of candidates are the players of Azovmash, BC Donetsk and Dnipro while Budivelbyk is performed only by Artur Drozdov. Note the absence of Serhiy Lishchuk, Artem Butskyi and injured Oleksii Len.

Guards
Pavlo Burenko (184-PG-90) (BC Donetsk)
Denys Lukashov (190-PG-89) (Azovmash)
Artem Slipenchuk (193-G-89) (Azovmash)
Oleksandr Lypovyi (200-G-91) (BC Donetsk)
Oleksandr Mishula (192-SG-92) (Dnipro)
Oleksii Shchepkin (191-G-89) (Dnipro)
Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-PG-84) (Azovmash)
Ruslan Otverchenko (192-SG-90) (BC Kyiv)
Oleksandr Kolchenko (194-F-88) (free agent)
Serhii Gladyr (196-SG-88) (Manresa)

Forwards
Viacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) (BC Kyiv)
Dmytro Gliebov (198-G/F-88) (BC Donetsk)
Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87) (Azovmash)
Leonid Stefanishyn (199-F-85) (Politekhnika)
Volodymyr Koniev (201-F-89) (Kryvbasbasket)
Denys Yakovlev (201-SF-86) (BC Donetsk)
Artur Drozdov (Budivelnyk)
Stanislav Tymofeienko (202-F-89) (Dnipro)
Maksym Kornienko (204-F/C-87) (BC Donetsk)

Centers
Ihor Zaitsev (Azovmash)
Kyrylo Natiazhko (207-F-90) (Azovmash)
Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92) (Khimik)
Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) (Detroit Pistons)
Kyrylo Fesenko (213-C-86) (free agent)




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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom became the first Semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Holland U20 95:57

United Kingdom became the first Semifinalist at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Holland 95:57 with another masterpiece from Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93).
United Kingdom was the favorite of the game and started with 25:17 lead. They added 23-12 in the second frame and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. United Kingdom erupted with a 24-14 surge in the third period and finished the game with 23-14 rally. Lockwood scored for 95:57 that became the final result of the game.
Devon Van Oostrum top-scored for the winners with 34 points. John Stewart (198-F-93) netted 15 and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) had 9. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) replied with 17 points in defeat and Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) brought 12. Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) and Arjans Vos Hidde followed them with 5 points each.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 34, John Stewart 15, Nick Lewis 9
Holland U20: Maarten Bouwknecht 17, Yannick Van Der Ark 12, Olaf Schaftenaar 5, Arjans Vos Hidde 5



U18 European Championship: England post historic win in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

England U18 - Ukraine U18 93:81

England earned the historic victory in Liepaja today. They overcame Ukraine for the first ever success in Division A of the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) accounted for 25 points to lead the winning side.
Ukraine posted 22 points in the first frame to take a one-point lead. Ukraine stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 41:34 halftime advantage. But England turned things around in the third frame. They erupted for 25 points and surged ahead for a 59:57 advantage at the final break. Luke Nelson, Isaacs and Benjamin Mead (201-PF-95) gave England a 71:61 lead midway through the fourth frame. Ukraine narrowed the margin at 5-point mark but England stayed calm as they soon opened a double-digit advantage. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) made it 91:78 for England with 27 seconds remaining and they cruised to the victory in the reminder of the contest. Kingsley Okoroh posted 14 points, while Benjamin Mead had 11 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Andrii Shalamov (96) netted 20 points each for Ukraine as they slipped at 0-2 record.

England U18: Luke Nelson 25, Kingsley Okoroh 14, Benjamin Mead 11
Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 20, Andrii Shalamov 20



Downing To Pull Strings For BBL Champs - by Paul Nilsen

BBL Champions Leicester Riders have taken a further step to completing their playing roster for the 2013-14 BBL season, following the announcement of the signing of American point guard, Anthony Downing (185-PG-89).

The 23-year-old point guard is the fourth overseas signing for Leicester this summer, with Riders already acquiring Spaniard Jorge Calvo and Americans Jay Couisnard and Rashad Hassan.

A graduate of Missouri State University, Downing strengthens head coach Rob Paternostro's backcourt positions. A hugely versatile player, Downing electrified Bears fans whilst playing college basketball, averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals a game last season, making him the team leader in all four statistical categories.

Ahead of his rookie season in the United Kingdom, Downing expressed his delight at linking up with the reigning BBL league, cup and play-off champions.

"I'm really excited," said Downing.

"I feel blessed and lucky to be a part of the Riders. I know they are an up-and-coming club, coming off a championship season and nothing feels better than going into a club built with winners!

"I'm just eager to get over there and start working and practice with the team and getting used to working with a new set of guys and Coach Rob."

Riders head coach, Rob Paternostro, was also pleased to be able to add Downing to his roster next season.

"Watching Anthony, what stood out was his ability to play in many different ways," revealed Paternostro.

"He can play with the ball and he can play without the ball. He played in a programme where he was required to make a lot of big plays and he was able to do so.

"Anthony is a good young talent who we feel has his best basketball days ahead of him and we think he can be a player that can help us in many ways."



Freer To Rock The Box With Lions - by Paul Nilsen

London Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay has added US forward Nick Freer (198-G/F-85, college: Grand Valley St.) to the London Lion's roster ahead of the 2013/14 season.

The 6'6" American is an athletic player who attended Eastern Michigan University for three years before transferring to Grand Valley State where he graduated from in 2008. At Grand Valley Freer averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds whilst shooting over 30% from the three point line and 60% from the floor. Freer helped Grand Valley win 36 games in a row before losing in the NCAA Division II National Finals

Freer's professional career didn't quite go to plan after college as a number of let downs saw him without a team. However on holiday in Australia, he walked into a session with Newcastle Hunters and was promptly signed up and won Player of the Year averaging 26 points and 9 rebounds a game.

An incredibly high jumper and noted for his physical play, Freer then played in Germany initially in the Regional league but last season in Germany's Pro A with Leipzig where he averaged 12 points and 4 rebounds per game.

Lions' Head Coach Vince Macaulay had this to say: "I'm delighted to have signed a consummate Pro such as Nick, he has experience at a high level but also is a great team mate, his style is exciting and will make us a very athletic team indeed."

The 27 year old, 180lbs forward is also looking forward to the British Basketball League. "I'm excited about this opportunity, I love to have fun on the floor and fans love to see me play, I like to put on a bit of a show but I also am very much about sound fundamental basketball."

Freer joins Rod Brown on the Lions roster as they rebuild for their first season in the Copper Box Arena. Player sponsorship is now available for Nick Freer on a first come first served basis. The Lions have announced Early Bird Season ticket offers for the Copper Box, these will remain on sale for another two weeks, and include admittance to watch the Lions play against Iowa University from the USA on the 14th of August. There is also a first opportunity to go to the Copper Box and pick your seats in Seat Selection Sunday, the 4th August. If you're interested in any of these please just email lolly@londonlionsbasketball.com



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

Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team 2013
Sergey Karasev
Karasev
Daniel Mullings
Mullings
Andrey Zubkov
Zubkov
Cameron Bairstow
Bairstow
Djordje Gagic
Gagic

Finals MVP: Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) of Russia
Best Player: Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) of Russia
Best Guard: Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) of Russia
Best Forward: Cameron Bairstow (6'9''-F-90) of Australia
Best Center: Djordje Gagic (210-C-90) of Serbia

1st Team
SG: Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) of Russia
G: Daniel Mullings (6'2''-G-91) of Canada
F: Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) of Russia
F: Cameron Bairstow (6'9''-F-90) of Australia
C: Djordje Gagic (210-C-90) of Russia

2nd Team
SG: Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) of Lithuania
F: Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) of Finland
F: Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) of Estonia
C: Cristiano Felicio (6'9''-C-92) of Brazil
C: Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) of Romania

Honorable Mention
Will Sheehey (6'7''-F-92) of USA
Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) of USA
Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90) of Germany
Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) of Mexico
Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) of Norway
Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) of Mongolia
Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) of Czech Rep.
Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) of Czech Rep.
Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) of Sweden
Chris Czerapowicz (6'7''-G-91) of Sweden
Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) of Ukraine
Camilo Bustamante (187-F-89) of Chile
Meng Wei (210-C-89) of China





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Women News


U18 European Championship: Andorra beat Wales and advance to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18-Wales U18 47:34

Andorra beat Wales and advance to the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament overcame the opponents 47:34 in Andorra la Vella. Tomorrow Malta will take on Andorra in the game for the top place, while Gibraltar will face Wales in the game for 3-4 places.
Andorra started the game with a 4-0 run and then grabbed massive 16:3 lead. Wales replied with a 7-0 run in the start of the second frame, while Marta Aguilera (170-PG-95) nailed three for 22:12. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) sent the teams to the lockers for 22:14 score and then Christina Andres (170-F-95) nailed three for 27:16 lead early in the third period. Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) later scored a three-pointer for 35:23 advantage at the end of the third period. Andorra managed to win the last stanza 12-11 and sealed a 13-point victory.
Laura Navarro (170-G-96) and Marta Aguilera stepped up with 11 points for the winners, while Claudia Brunet and Christina Andres netted 9 each. Chloe Richrads replied with 12 points in a loss, whilst Tanisha Walker collected 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Andorra U18: Laura Navarro 11, Marta Aguilera 11, Claudia Brunet 9, Christina Andres 9
Wales U18: Chloe Richrads 12, Tanisha Walker 9+10 rebs



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U19 World Championship: Spain cruise past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Argentina U19 68:32

Spain clinched the second consecutive win at the start of the U19 World Championship. They defeated Argentina to stay undefeated on top of Group B. Argentina slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Spain held their opponents to just 4 points in the first frame. The European team gained a 17-point lead. They controlled the tempo in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 39:16 halftime lead. Argentina managed woeful three points in the third term to face a massive 35-point deficit at the final break. Spain cruised to the victory in the fourth frame. Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) posted 9 points each for Spain. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) topscored with 12 points in the victory. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) answered with 8 points for Argentina. Agustina Jourthevil (175-F-94) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 12, Belen Arrojo 9, Elena De Alfredo 9
Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 8, Agustina Jourthevil 7



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U19 World Championship: Stephanie Talbot posts triple-double as Australia edge Japan - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Japan U19 96:82

Australia claimed the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Japan in Group B tonight. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) posted 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the first triple-double of the tournament.
Japan raced to a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Australia denied the deficit in the second frame. The Gems tied things up at 36 heading into the second half. Australia tried to clear off in the third period. They erupted for 31 points but Japan stuck around. They trailed by just four points at the final intermission. Australia added 29 points in the fourth frame and escaped with a tough win at the end. Alex Wilson (94) topscored with 22 points for the Gems. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) added 17 points in the victory. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) answered with 19 points and 15 assists for Japan. Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) tossed in 18 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Alex Wilson 22, Casey Samuels 17, Stephanie Talbot 16+12 boards+12 assists
Japan U19: Mirai Tamura 19+15 assists, Kanako Masuoka 18



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  BRAZIL   


U19 World Championship: Brazil beat South Korea in Day 2 opener - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Brazil U19 81:96

Brazil beat South Korea in Day 2 opener of the U19 World Championship. Brazil improved to 2-0 record after a 96:81 victory. South Korea meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
South Korea surprised Brazil with 21:19 lead in the first period, but the second period was decisive in the game. Brazil needed a 27-7 surge to take 46:28 advantage at the halftime. Moreover Brazil added a 30-20 rally in the third period and did not mind 20-33 in the last stanza.
Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Maria Carolina DE OLIVEIRA netted 12 and Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) scored 11. You Seunghee (178-G-94) answered with 25 points in defeat. Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) netted 19 and Park Ji Su (188-C-98) had 8.

South Korea U19: You Seunghee 25, Kim Minjeong 19, Park Ji Su 8
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 22, Vanessa Goncalves 15+11 rebs, Maria Carolina DE OLIVEIRA 12, Izabella Sangalli 11



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: Canada beat Holland in a real thriller - by Eurobasket News

Holland U19-Canada U19 67:69

Canada beat Holland in a real thriller at Day 2 of the U19 World Championship. Canada improved to 2-0 record after a 69:67 win. Holland meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
Holland managed to grab 18:17 lead after the first period, but could not compete with the opponents in the second frame. Canada needed an 18-7 surge to take 35:25 halftime advantage. No matter how hard the Dutch team tried to recover, they could not win the game. Holland won the third period 17-14 and added 25-20 rally in the last period. Slim reduced for 69:67 but those points were the last in the game.
Jamie Weisner (178-G) top-scored for the winners with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Saicha Grant-Allen (193-PF-95) netted 10. COOPER scored 8 and Emily Potter (195-C-95) notched 6. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) ended up with 17 points for the Dutch side and Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) had 16. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) posted 12, while Hof added 8.

Holland U19: Kourtney Treffers 17, Isabella Slim 16, Laura Cornelius 12, Hof 8
Canada U19: Jamie Weisner 33+10 rebs, Saicha Grant-Allen 10, COOPER 8, Emily Potter 6



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  CHINA   


U19 World Championship: USA ease to second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - China U19 103:59

The four-time defending champions USA claimed the second straight win at the start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They fired past China on the second day of action in Klaipeda. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) chipped in 20 points to lead the North American team.
China fought bravely with their opponents in the opening frame. The USA gained just a 5-point lead after ten minutes 23:18. But the North Americans stepped on the gas in the second frame. They triggered a 21:9 run to accumulate a 44:27 halftime advantage. The USA unloaded 29 points in the third term as China started to lag behind. There was no stopping for the American offence in the second half. They added 30 points in the final period and cruised to another comfortable victory. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) chipped in 18 points, while Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) and A'Ja Wilson (6'4''-F-96) contributed 16 points each for the winners. Hu Yaoming (6'3''-F/C-95) answered with 11 points for China. Zhang Jiahe (6'0''-F-94) had 10 points in the loss.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 20, Morgan Tuck 18, Brianna Turner 16, A'Ja Wilson 16+10 boards
China U19: Hu Yaoming 11, Zhang Jiahe 10



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Division C: Andorra and Malta advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18-Wales U18 47:34

Andorra beat Wales and advance to the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament overcame the opponents 47:34 in Andorra la Vella. Tomorrow Malta will take on Andorra in the game for the top place, while Gibraltar will face Wales in the game for 3-4 places.
Andorra started the game with a 4-0 run and then grabbed massive 16:3 lead. Wales replied with a 7-0 run in the start of the second frame, while Marta Aguilera (170-PG-95) nailed three for 22:12. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) sent the teams to the lockers for 22:14 score and then Christina Andres (170-F-95) nailed three for 27:16 lead early in the third period. Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) later scored a three-pointer for 35:23 advantage at the end of the third period. Andorra managed to win the last stanza 12-11 and sealed a 13-point victory.
Laura Navarro (170-G-96) and Marta Aguilera stepped up with 11 points for the winners, while Claudia Brunet and Christina Andres netted 9 each. Chloe Richrads replied with 12 points in a loss, whilst Tanisha Walker collected 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Andorra U18: Laura Navarro 11, Marta Aguilera 11, Claudia Brunet 9, Christina Andres 9
Wales U18: Chloe Richrads 12, Tanisha Walker 9+10 rebs


Malta-Gibraltar 38:33

Malta reaches the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. The team overcame Gibraltar 38:33 in the Semifinal clash and advanced to the Final. Tomorrow Malta will take on Andorra in the game for the top place, while Gibraltar will face Wales in the game for 3-4 places.
It was a slow started in the game as both teams posted 6 points each in the first period. Malta grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime when they added 10-9 rally in the second frame. Moreover Malta needed a 13-10 run to get 29:25 lead after three quarters when
Julia Xerri (167-SG-96) closed the frame with a jump shot. Malta finished the game with 9-8 rally to seal the victory.
Julia Xerri top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) notched 7. Natalie Rodriguez (173-F-96) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamie Prescott (174-C-96) collected 8 points and 10 boards. Joelle Grech (169-G-97) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Malta:
Julia Xerri 9, Gabriella Mifsud 7
Gibraltar:
Natalie Rodriguez 15+10 rebs, Jamie Prescott 8+10 rebs, Joelle Grech 7



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  FRANCE   


U19 World Championship: France secure the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-France U19 23:77

France secure the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. The French side smashed Senegal 77:23 in their opener for 2-0 record.
France opened the game with a 16-0 run and allowed the opponents to score only 2 points in the first period. France added 26-6 massive run in the second frame and enjoyed a 42:8 halftime advantage. Moreover the European side did not slow down and managed to post two victories in the third and the last stanzas. France won the third period 18-12 and finished the game with 17-3 surge.
Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Pauline Lithard (168-PG-94) added 11. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) and Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) netted 8 points each, while the latter also grabbed 14 rebounds. Mame Borso Niang Mame Borso Diallo answered with 7 points in the losing effort, whilst Aida Ndiaye and Ndeye Awa Kebe (95) had 4 each.

Senegal U19: Mame Borso Diallo 7, Aida Ndiaye 4, Ndeye Awa Kebe 4
France U19: Olivia Epoupa 13, Valeriane Ayayi 13, Pauline Lithard 11, Aby Gaye 8, Marieme Badiane 8+14 rebs



France clinches second round - by Bas Hendriks

Senegal arrived late in Lithaunia. At least a day late and France wasnt the best opponed they could wish for. The Bleuettes of headcoach Jerome Fournier divided minutes between eachother and still managed to set a serious gap: 23-77;

The game was quickly finished for Senegal who played a 2-3 zone and didnt seem to have any tactical plan to confront their European counterparts. At the halftime mark Senegal had managed 8 points, and France already topped 42 so they knew it was one of those days where everybody could make minutes and touch the ball. Starters like Lidija Turcinovic only were on court for four minutes and everybody was happy. Everybody except coach Fournier who saw Senegal shake off their jitters in the third stanza, going for a 12-18 quarter loss. The coach who will part ways with his team adjusted the mindset of his squad, going for only 3 points allowed in the final frame, thus clinching a second round birth.

Leading scorers:
Senegal: Diallo 7 pnt 7 rebounds;
Frankrijk: Marieme Badiane 8 pnt 14 rebounds; Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) 13 pnt 5 ass; Pauline Lithard 11; Valeriane Ayayi 13 pnt 6 rebounds;




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  GIBRALTAR   


U18 European Championship: Malta reaches the Final - by Eurobasket News

Malta-Gibraltar 38:33

Malta reaches the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. The team overcame Gibraltar 38:33 in the Semifinal clash and advanced to the Final. Tomorrow Malta will take on Andorra in the game for the top place, while Gibraltar will face Wales in the game for 3-4 places.
It was a slow started in the game as both teams posted 6 points each in the first period. Malta grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime when they added 10-9 rally in the second frame. Moreover Malta needed a 13-10 run to get 29:25 lead after three quarters when Julia Xerri (167-SG-96) closed the frame with a jump shot. Malta finished the game with 9-8 rally to seal the victory.
Julia Xerri top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) notched 7. Natalie Rodriguez (173-F-96) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamie Prescott (174-C-96) collected 8 points and 10 boards. Joelle Grech (169-G-97) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Malta: Julia Xerri 9, Gabriella Mifsud 7
Gibraltar: Natalie Rodriguez 15+10 rebs, Jamie Prescott 8+10 rebs, Joelle Grech 7



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  HOLLAND   


Dutch suffer yet another heartbreaking loss at the hands of Canada - by Bas Hendriks

After the heartbreaking quarter final loss at Worldcup U17 in Amsterdam last year there was some business to be taken care off in the eyes of the Dutch team who were looking to bounce back after a little more lopsided than expected loss to France on day one .

Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) opened the score for the Dutch who saw Canada take over the lead but not walking away early on. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) scored her seventh point of the game for the 16-14 lead and nothing seemed to be of any trouble for the Dutch who lead after ten minutes: 18-17.

After a little more than two scoreless minutes in the second stanza Jamie Weisner hit a drive for 18-19 and that ignited the Canadian guard who followed up with back to back baskets for 24-29. She hit double digits converting an offensive board with little more over a minute to go in the first half to put Canada up 25-35 at the break.

The Dutch did not panic and kept on looking for solid open shots , and as Treffers and Deborah vos hit back to back jumpers in the paint the Dutch seemed to be able to make a run and come back in the game. Jamie Weisner decided otherwise. She had six points in the final two minutes of the quarter to withhold a Dutch Rally fuelled by Emese Hof and Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) who made up for 42-49 at the break.

Kourtney Treffers connected on back to back shots in the paint for 46-49 and there you had it sportfans: The Dutch team was back in the game. They kept on following Canada at four or five points even closing the gap to 52-54 on a Isabella Slim score with 6.23 on the clock. The Dutch had plenty opportunities to tie the score but with little under five minutes to play there she was again: Jamie Weisner connecting on a jumper for 52-56. Treffers split a pair of freethrows for 53-56 and connected on the next offense making it a one point game. Weisner and Isabella Slim exchanged freethrows before Weisner widened the gap to 57-62 on 2.48 before the final buzzer. Again the Dutch rallied after Laura Cornelius made it 60-62 but Weisner was on fire now, connecting on a threepointplay with1.49 to go to reach 30 points and give her side a 60-65 advantage. Cornelius and Guijt answered to bring the score to 64-67. A threy by Isabella Slim got hope back in the Dutch hearts because with seventeen seconds to go and two points down there was a small window to overtime or even a win perhaps? Jamie Weisner missed both freethrows with 12 seconds to play but got her own offensive board, driving the nail on the coffin for the Dutch who like last year were pretty close, but were left with a loss. Now we have to beat Senegal to advance to second round was the logical explanation of headcoach Remy de Wit who warned Dutch followers to take take game very lightly.

Leading scores:
Netherlands: Kourtney Treffers 17; Isabella Slim 12 pnt 8 rebounds; Laura Cornelius 12 pnt 6 assists;
Canada: Jamie Weisner 33 pnts 10 rebounds (on 14 for 17 shooting from the field!) Shaisha Grant-Allen 10 pnt 7 boards.




U19 World Championship: Canada beat Holland in a real thriller - by Eurobasket News

Holland U19-Canada U19 67:69

Canada beat Holland in a real thriller at Day 2 of the U19 World Championship. Canada improved to 2-0 record after a 69:67 win. Holland meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 0-2 record.
Holland managed to grab 18:17 lead after the first period, but could not compete with the opponents in the second frame. Canada needed an 18-7 surge to take 35:25 halftime advantage. No matter how hard the Dutch team tried to recover, they could not win the game. Holland won the third period 17-14 and added 25-20 rally in the last period. Slim reduced for 69:67 but those points were the last in the game.
Jamie Weisner (178-G) top-scored for the winners with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Saicha Grant-Allen (193-PF-95) netted 10. COOPER scored 8 and Emily Potter (195-C-95) notched 6. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) ended up with 17 points for the Dutch side and Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) had 16. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) posted 12, while Hof added 8.

Holland U19: Kourtney Treffers 17, Isabella Slim 16, Laura Cornelius 12, Hof 8
Canada U19: Jamie Weisner 33+10 rebs, Saicha Grant-Allen 10, COOPER 8, Emily Potter 6



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  IRELAND   


De Ciman re-signs at Cadi ICG Software - by Eurobasket News

Cadi ICG Software (LFB) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Canadian-Irish center Margaret De Ciman (200-84, college: Louisiana Tech). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 LFB games she had 7.2ppg and 3.8rpg that season.
The previous (10-11) season De Ciman played at CBF Sarria (1a). In 50 games she recorded 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4spg. Her team made it to the Spanish LFB Cup final in 2009.
De Ciman has played previously professionally in Portugal (Boa Viagem).
She attended Louisiana Tech University until 2006 and it will be her eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JAPAN   


U19 World Championship: Stephanie Talbot posts triple-double as Australia edge Japan - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Japan U19 96:82

Australia claimed the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Japan in Group B tonight. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) posted 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the first triple-double of the tournament.
Japan raced to a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Australia denied the deficit in the second frame. The Gems tied things up at 36 heading into the second half. Australia tried to clear off in the third period. They erupted for 31 points but Japan stuck around. They trailed by just four points at the final intermission. Australia added 29 points in the fourth frame and escaped with a tough win at the end. Alex Wilson (94) topscored with 22 points for the Gems. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) added 17 points in the victory. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) answered with 19 points and 15 assists for Japan. Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) tossed in 18 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Alex Wilson 22, Casey Samuels 17, Stephanie Talbot 16+12 boards+12 assists
Japan U19: Mirai Tamura 19+15 assists, Kanako Masuoka 18



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  LITHUANIA   


U19 World Championship: Hosts open win count in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Mali U19 84:50

Lithuania celebrated the opening win at the U19 World Championship. The hosts fired past Mali for 1-1 record in Group D. Roberta Mizgeryte (188-PF-95) tallied 25 points and 16 rebounds to pace Lithuania.
The hosts desperately needed victory after a stunning loss to the USA in the opening round. They spurred ahead right from the start. Lithuania ensured a 24:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Mali managed to slow the home team down in the second frame but failed to cut the deficit. Lithuania enjoyed a 37:22 halftime lead. The hosts fired 25 points in the third term to boost their lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 23 points and never looked back en route to the win. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95), Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91), Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) and Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) chipped in 10 points each for the hosts. Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) answered with 14 points for Mali. Aminata Traore (186-C-95) had 11 points in the defeat.

Lithuania U19: Roberta Mizgeryte 25+16 boards, Daugile Sarauskaite 12+10 boards
Mali U19: Mariam Maiga 14, Aminata Traore 11



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  MALI   


U19 World Championship: Hosts open win count in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Mali U19 84:50

Lithuania celebrated the opening win at the U19 World Championship. The hosts fired past Mali for 1-1 record in Group D. Roberta Mizgeryte (188-PF-95) tallied 25 points and 16 rebounds to pace Lithuania.
The hosts desperately needed victory after a stunning loss to the USA in the opening round. They spurred ahead right from the start. Lithuania ensured a 24:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Mali managed to slow the home team down in the second frame but failed to cut the deficit. Lithuania enjoyed a 37:22 halftime lead. The hosts fired 25 points in the third term to boost their lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 23 points and never looked back en route to the win. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95), Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91), Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) and Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) chipped in 10 points each for the hosts. Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) answered with 14 points for Mali. Aminata Traore (186-C-95) had 11 points in the defeat.

Lithuania U19: Roberta Mizgeryte 25+16 boards, Daugile Sarauskaite 12+10 boards
Mali U19: Mariam Maiga 14, Aminata Traore 11



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  MALTA   


U18 European Championship: Malta reaches the Final - by Eurobasket News

Malta-Gibraltar 38:33

Malta reaches the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. The team overcame Gibraltar 38:33 in the Semifinal clash and advanced to the Final. Tomorrow Malta will take on Andorra in the game for the top place, while Gibraltar will face Wales in the game for 3-4 places.
It was a slow started in the game as both teams posted 6 points each in the first period. Malta grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime when they added 10-9 rally in the second frame. Moreover Malta needed a 13-10 run to get 29:25 lead after three quarters when Julia Xerri (167-SG-96) closed the frame with a jump shot. Malta finished the game with 9-8 rally to seal the victory.
Julia Xerri top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) notched 7. Natalie Rodriguez (173-F-96) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamie Prescott (174-C-96) collected 8 points and 10 boards. Joelle Grech (169-G-97) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Malta: Julia Xerri 9, Gabriella Mifsud 7
Gibraltar: Natalie Rodriguez 15+10 rebs, Jamie Prescott 8+10 rebs, Joelle Grech 7



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  NCAA1   


U19 World Championship: USA ease to second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - China U19 103:59

The four-time defending champions USA claimed the second straight win at the start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They fired past China on the second day of action in Klaipeda. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) chipped in 20 points to lead the North American team.
China fought bravely with their opponents in the opening frame. The USA gained just a 5-point lead after ten minutes 23:18. But the North Americans stepped on the gas in the second frame. They triggered a 21:9 run to accumulate a 44:27 halftime advantage. The USA unloaded 29 points in the third term as China started to lag behind. There was no stopping for the American offence in the second half. They added 30 points in the final period and cruised to another comfortable victory. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) chipped in 18 points, while Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) and A'Ja Wilson (6'4''-F-96) contributed 16 points each for the winners. Hu Yaoming (6'3''-F/C-95) answered with 11 points for China. Zhang Jiahe (6'0''-F-94) had 10 points in the loss.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 20, Morgan Tuck 18, Brianna Turner 16, A'Ja Wilson 16+10 boards
China U19: Hu Yaoming 11, Zhang Jiahe 10



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  PORTUGAL   


Cadi ICG Software adds Silva to their roster, ex Alges - by Eurobasket News

Cadi ICG Software (LFB) added to their roster 23-year old Portuguese international center Sofia Silva (187-90). She played most recently at Sport Alges Dafundo in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 27 games she had 8.6ppg and 6.9rpg that season. She helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Newcomer of the Year and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (10-11) season Silva played at Olivais (Liga Feminina) in Portugal. In 20 games she recorded 8.6ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Most Improved Player of the Year. She also played 5 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Silva has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Silva also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.5ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 35.4%, FT: 88.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   


U19 World Championship: Russia stun Serbia, tie both records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Serbia U19 73:51

Russia stun Serbia, tie both records at 1-1 at the U19 World Championship. The Russian side needed a 73:51 win in Day 2 to celebrate the initial victory.
Serbia started better and reached 21:17 lead at the end of the first period. Russia however dominated the rest of the game and won the rest of the quarters. Russia replied with an 18-9 surge in the second frame and reached 35:28 halftime advantage. Russia also added 25-12 burst in the third period and won the last stanza 13-9.
Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) as well as Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) netted 16 each. Olga Novikova (179-G-94) posted 10 points in the winning effort. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) brought 13 points in defeat and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) scored 11. MANDIC ended up with 8 points in defeat and Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had 7.

Russia U19: Anna Shchetina 21, Yuliya Gladkova 16, Alexandra Marchenkova 16, Olga Novikova 10
Serbia U19: Kristina Topuzovic 13, Natasa Kovacevic 11, MANDIC 8, Aleksandra Stanacev 7



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  SENEGAL   


U19 World Championship: France secure the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-France U19 23:77

France secure the second straight win at the U19 World Championship. The French side smashed Senegal 77:23 in their opener for 2-0 record.
France opened the game with a 16-0 run and allowed the opponents to score only 2 points in the first period. France added 26-6 massive run in the second frame and enjoyed a 42:8 halftime advantage. Moreover the European side did not slow down and managed to post two victories in the third and the last stanzas. France won the third period 18-12 and finished the game with 17-3 surge.
Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Pauline Lithard (168-PG-94) added 11. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) and Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) netted 8 points each, while the latter also grabbed 14 rebounds. Mame Borso Niang Mame Borso Diallo answered with 7 points in the losing effort, whilst Aida Ndiaye and Ndeye Awa Kebe (95) had 4 each.

Senegal U19: Mame Borso Diallo 7, Aida Ndiaye 4, Ndeye Awa Kebe 4
France U19: Olivia Epoupa 13, Valeriane Ayayi 13, Pauline Lithard 11, Aby Gaye 8, Marieme Badiane 8+14 rebs



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  SERBIA   


U19 World Championship: Russia stun Serbia, tie both records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Serbia U19 73:51

Russia stun Serbia, tie both records at 1-1 at the U19 World Championship. The Russian side needed a 73:51 win in Day 2 to celebrate the initial victory.
Serbia started better and reached 21:17 lead at the end of the first period. Russia however dominated the rest of the game and won the rest of the quarters. Russia replied with an 18-9 surge in the second frame and reached 35:28 halftime advantage. Russia also added 25-12 burst in the third period and won the last stanza 13-9.
Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) as well as Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) netted 16 each. Olga Novikova (179-G-94) posted 10 points in the winning effort. Kristina Topuzovic (182-G/F-94) brought 13 points in defeat and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) scored 11. MANDIC ended up with 8 points in defeat and Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had 7.

Russia U19: Anna Shchetina 21, Yuliya Gladkova 16, Alexandra Marchenkova 16, Olga Novikova 10
Serbia U19: Kristina Topuzovic 13, Natasa Kovacevic 11, MANDIC 8, Aleksandra Stanacev 7



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  SOUTH KOREA   


U19 World Championship: Brazil beat South Korea in Day 2 opener - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Brazil U19 81:96

Brazil beat South Korea in Day 2 opener of the U19 World Championship. Brazil improved to 2-0 record after a 96:81 victory. South Korea meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
South Korea surprised Brazil with 21:19 lead in the first period, but the second period was decisive in the game. Brazil needed a 27-7 surge to take 46:28 advantage at the halftime. Moreover Brazil added a 30-20 rally in the third period and did not mind 20-33 in the last stanza.
Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Maria Carolina DE OLIVEIRA netted 12 and Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) scored 11. You Seunghee (178-G-94) answered with 25 points in defeat. Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) netted 19 and Park Ji Su (188-C-98) had 8.

South Korea U19: You Seunghee 25, Kim Minjeong 19, Park Ji Su 8
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 22, Vanessa Goncalves 15+11 rebs, Maria Carolina DE OLIVEIRA 12, Izabella Sangalli 11



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  SPAIN   


U19 World Championship: Spain cruise past Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Argentina U19 68:32

Spain clinched the second consecutive win at the start of the U19 World Championship. They defeated Argentina to stay undefeated on top of Group B. Argentina slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Spain held their opponents to just 4 points in the first frame. The European team gained a 17-point lead. They controlled the tempo in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 39:16 halftime lead. Argentina managed woeful three points in the third term to face a massive 35-point deficit at the final break. Spain cruised to the victory in the fourth frame. Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) posted 9 points each for Spain. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) topscored with 12 points in the victory. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) answered with 8 points for Argentina. Agustina Jourthevil (175-F-94) chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 12, Belen Arrojo 9, Elena De Alfredo 9
Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 8, Agustina Jourthevil 7



De Ciman re-signs at Cadi ICG Software - by Eurobasket News

Cadi ICG Software (LFB) confirmed in their roster 29-year old Canadian-Irish center Margaret De Ciman (200-84, college: Louisiana Tech). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 LFB games she had 7.2ppg and 3.8rpg that season.
The previous (10-11) season De Ciman played at CBF Sarria (1a). In 50 games she recorded 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4spg. Her team made it to the Spanish LFB Cup final in 2009.
De Ciman has played previously professionally in Portugal (Boa Viagem).
She attended Louisiana Tech University until 2006 and it will be her eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cadi ICG Software adds Silva to their roster, ex Alges - by Eurobasket News

Cadi ICG Software (LFB) added to their roster 23-year old Portuguese international center Sofia Silva (187-90). She played most recently at Sport Alges Dafundo in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 27 games she had 8.6ppg and 6.9rpg that season. She helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Newcomer of the Year and named to All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (10-11) season Silva played at Olivais (Liga Feminina) in Portugal. In 20 games she recorded 8.6ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Most Improved Player of the Year. She also played 5 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
Silva has been also a member of Portuguese international program for some years. She has regularly played for Portuguese senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Silva also represented Portugal at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 8.5ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 35.4%, FT: 88.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Antakya takes Ozge Kavurmacioglu on loan - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya Belediyesi (TKBL) signed 20-year old domestic ex-international forward Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-93). She played last season at Besiktas in Turkish TKBL. In 26 games she had 12.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. Kavurmacioglu also spent pre-season at Fenerbahce that year.
Despite young age she had impressive career. She won Turkish TKBL championship title in 2012. Kavurmacioglu was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 3rd Team in 2011.
Kavurmacioglu was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. She played for Turkish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011. Kavurmacioglu also represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) this year. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 73.3%.
Kavurmacioglu has played previously for another Turkish team Pamukspor.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Terrific 12 players for next year in HS hoops - by David Edole

Girls basketball has consistently produced college talent in the Virgin Islands. This year we sent Edidiong Utibe to San Diego University and Kadesha Barry and Germequa Bell signed with Panola College. The top two players in the 2014 class should receive Division I offers. Akia Fret' s speed should be too much to ignore and Ranai Evans should help some mid major. Frett's play in the all star game of 19 points and 11 assists have the likes of George Mason, Florida Atlantic, and FAMU salivating (VIDEO). Evans scored 31 points in nine minutes versus Educational Complex (VIDEO) and 23 in district championship (VIDEO). I know it is hard to believe but I saw the video. Those two are the creme of the senior class but several other players seem to have grown hungry over the break.

12) RENIQUE FRANCIS, 5-8, FORWARD, EUDORA KEAN, CLASS 2014

COMMENT: "The other" Renique Franis is very aggressive and owns a nice jump shot. Her problem is confidence. Overall, if she works on her weaknesses she can become a better all around player and Kean possibly could challenge CAHS for supremacy.
NEEDS: Renique needs to handle the ball better, learn to catch the ball in traffic and hold on to it. Learn to rebound, learn to get open, improve her work ethic and defensively she needs to become more active.

11) KEANNA MILLS, 5-5, GUARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: The best defensive player the Lady Hawks have. She is left with the job of defending Akia Frett most of the time and she does it well. Her offensive game is a work in progress but I think if she gets more aggressive she could put up more points on the scoreboard.
NEEDS: Keanna needs to improve her ball handling by going left. Work on her outside shot and just stay in good shape.

10) MISAH EDWARDS, 5-5, GUARD, EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX, CLASS 2016

COMMENT: Edwards looked like an all world beater when she knocked down two three pointers in the all star game, then she was nowhere to be seen. Edwards is a capable three point shooter and a good finisher. She is strong with the ball on the push.
NEEDS: She is a right hand dribbler with the ball being allergic to her left hand. Understanding offensive sets, this goes with being young. Needs to improve her conditioning which will lead to better defensive play. Her on the ball and off the ball defensive skills are nonexistent.

9) GABRIELLE SPENCELEY, 6-1, FORWARD, ANTILLES, CLASS 2016
COMMENT: Raw, just learning, needs to play are statements that one hears thrown about to describe Spenceley. As a sudden replacement at the all star game, Spenceley looked loss. She was out of position time and time again. However to her credit, she did manage to rebound and use her size to dissuade others from driving to the basket. On the bright side, she is young and very eager to learn basketball. She has time to develop offensively and could develop into yet another Division I player from the Virgin Islands.
NEEDS: Simply to play basketball, tons of it. She needs to get serious and put in the work to become a threat. Conditioning and getting an outside shot is a must.

8) VINIQUA DAVID, 5-9, FORWARD, GIFFT SCHOOL, CLASS 2014
COMMENT: Viniqua was everything for Gifft School. She was the best rebounder, scorer, passer and defender. She had to play all five positions and usually ran out of gas by halftime. Put her with other capable players and she gets lost. In the all star game, she usually waited for the ball, something she did not need to do with Akia Frett on your team. She scored a whopping 123 points last season and averaged 17.5 points per game.
NEEDS: She needs to practice with better players so that she can get pushed. She is still right hand dominant; the ball has never been introduced to her left hand. She needs to get into better shape if she wants to play at the next level. Trying out with the national team should solve a lot of her ills this summer.

7) SHIRVEL LUKE, 6-0, FORWARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2015
COMMENT: Did not play basketball last season, she focused solely on track and field. However with her track coach's blessing, Luke is scheduled to make her debut in varsity action this December. Long, athletic and super fast will lead to easy buckets for Luke. She is not as rugged as Jahrima Simmons, but will rebound and is a way better scorer. Look for Luke to use her athleticism and length to her advantage.
NEEDS: To get stronger, dribbling, work on her jump shot.

6) SHERELLE GEORGE, 5-5, GUARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2016

COMMENT: The enigma that is BeBe! George is only second to her cousin, Akia Frett, in creating her own shot. The speedster could get a shot anytime she wants to going to the basket. Her talent level is high and her athleticism is out of this world. She had 14 points, nine rebounds in a win over Eudora Kean at their tournament.
NEEDS: The left hand is extremely weak and her mid range game is just bad. She needs to become a better on ball defender as she always loses sight of the person she is guarding. These are some of the same things her cousin had to do and look at her now.

5) JERUSHA CORBETT, 5-9, GUARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2014

COMMENT: Did not play in the all-star game because of an illness but is one of the premier players in the territory. Corbett is a good two guard that could complement a great point guard. She is kind of like Byron Scott to Magic. Her outside shot is her money maker and she is a decent rebounder and ball handler for her size. Her length helps her block or alter shots.
NEEDS: Still needs to improve on conditioning, ball handling and improve explosiveness. Her court awareness could get better and her ball defensive skills could improve. Corbett needs to do speed drills.

4) RENIQUE FRANCIS, 6-4, CENTER, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2015
COMMENT: The All-Star game was her coming out party. The 6-foot-4 beast showed off her impressive hands by catching everything that was passed her way. She was unstoppable on out of bound plays and almost had a double-double. Francis has a chance of becoming a real good player; she has the size and the body. She needs to focus on basketball and she would easily be a Division 1 basketball player. She could be upper tier or lower tier, it is up to her.
NEEDS: To work on offensive moves around the basket and become aggressive. An aggressive Francis with skills would be too much for anyone in the territory.

THE TOP THREE PLAYERS EVALS WERE WRITTEN BY COKE WHIITWORTH OF WASATCH ACADEMY. HE ATTENDED THE
ALL-STAR GAME IN APRIL AND THIS TO SAY.

3) DANIELLE CHRISTIAN, 6-0, FORWARD, EUCATIONAL COMPLEX, CLASS 2015

- STRENGTHS - Good length. Strong for her size but could definitely benefit from some added weight/muscle. Really plays tough and strong around the rim despite her frame. Has a real nose for the ball...always seems to be around the ball and more often than not comes up with the 50/50 ball. She defends very well around the rim regardless if the opponents are bigger than her. Finishes and draws fouls around the rim very well. Offensive and defensive rebounding are definitely strengths. (see 50/50 ball).

If I was coaching AGAINST Danielle - I would force Danielle to play with her back to the basket down low, or monster her down low. If she played the high post, I would play off of her taking away the drive and make her beat me with the midrange/ foul line area shot.

For Danielle moving to the next level - Danielle should work on the facing the basket part of her game. She should be working on her ball handling and jump shooting off the pass ( beyond arc and midrange) and off the dribble (mostly midrange and at the rim). Could be a very strong 2 or 3 if she develops her ability to shoot off the pass and dribble facing basket. Her length will cause a LOT of problems for opposing teams if she does develop her outside and midrange game. (see Syracuse) Should be shooting 500 game speed shots a day split evenly between off the pass and off the one/two dribble midrange.

OVERALL - Easily one of the top players I saw this past weekend as far as possible upside. Her athletic ability is such that I think she would have no problem moving to a 2 or definitely a 3 position as long as she works on her ball handling and shooting off the pass and dribble. Loved her work ethic during a game where score was a little lopsided. She never gave up and actually worked harder as the game went on. Would be very fun to work with someone like this.

1) RANAI EVANS, 5-7, GUARD, CHARLOTTE AMALIE, CLASS 2014
Ranai Evans - STRENGTHS - good strong finisher and passer around the rim from either side. Has a nice stroke from beyond arc off the pass (standing still). Runs the court very well. Gets out on the break very well. Very unselfish. Sees court very well in half court and transition. Good rebounder both defensively and offensively. Pretty good help side defender. Did not see her play much on the ball defense mainly due to the fact that this was an All Star game and that situation rarely presented itself. Ranai seems like a very good quiet leader.

If I was coaching AGAINST Ranai - I would force Ranai to beat me off of the dribble. She looks a little unsure of her ball handling, but to be fair, had few opportunities in the All Star game situation. I would close out on her aggressively but have active help side to force her into a one/two dribble decision situation to either hit a midrange jumper or make a pass back to wing.

For Ranai moving to the next level - Should work daily on her ball handling as she will more than likely need to play an off-guard at next level. Needs to work to speed up her catch and shoot. Should DEFINITELY work on her one/two dribble to midrange jumper ability. The midrange game is a lost art at the high school level and the best players at the college and pro level are those that have mastered this ability. Ranai should be shooting 500 game speed shots per day with 300 of those coming off one/two dribble to the midrange (i.e. elbow, short wing, and short corner)

OVERALL - Ranai is a really good strong athlete who seems to have only begun to realize her own potential. One of the most attractive strengths of Ranai's is that she seems to really 'think the game' very well. Meaning she learns as she goes and gets better every possession. Would love to see her be a little more verbal, but LOVE that she leads by example already.

1) AKIA FRETT, 5-4, GUARD, IVANNA EUDORA KEAN, CLASS 2014

STRENGTHS: GREAT energy. tremendous speed and ability to change directions with/without the ball. Sees the court very well, both in transition and in the half court set. Excellent off of primary fast break situations. Great penetrator, and can dish or finish off penetration very well (going left). Tenacious on-ball defender. Never takes a possession off. Always looking to score off of her defense. What I like to call an "offensive defender".

If I was coaching AGAINST Akia - Defending, I would make her go to her right. I would clog the middle in a half court set with a zone or pack line/full help side style of defense. Switching on every screen involving other guards/wings, and aggressive hedging when screen comes from a big. I would force Akia to beat me with her outside shot...which she seems a little unsure of at the moment.

For Akia moving to the next level - Offensively, Akia should work daily on her midrange and three point shooting. In particular, off one (maybe two) dribble. Pull up jumpers at the elbows, and off screen and roll, etc.. She should be shooting at least 500 jumpers a day (all at game speed). Needs to work on her right hand, and her ability to penetrate to the right and finish on the right with the right hand. (See Peyton Siva).
Defensively, the only thing I think she could work on is her off-the-ball and help side defense.

Overall, Akia is a real talent. She has obviously worked very hard to be the player she is. My one suggestion for her would be to work on her own weaknesses before her opponents find them (see above). If she could knock down an outside shot consistently both from a stand still and off dribble (confidently) then she could take herself and her own team to another level. I really enjoyed watching her play.




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Raiders Snap Up Eaves - by Paul Nilsen

The Plymouth University Raiders have announced the second player this week to join the team will be Ben Eaves (200-F-87, college: Rhode Island) who averaged 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Manchester Giants last season.

The 6'7" English forward joins the Raiders after his first season as a professional player following his graduation from Rhode Island College in the USA.

Unusually for a player in the power forward position, he can also step outside and hit the three point shot, which he did at 34% last season, adding some versatility and flexibility to the Raiders front line. He also shot just above 50% from inside the three point line and 74% from the free throw line.

"I'm excited to have Ben join us," said Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love. "He is another player coming in to his second year in the league and I know this will be a big year in his career. He is an explosive athlete who can play inside the paint, he can block shots and rebound the ball and also face up and attack the basket and knock down the outside jumper. His versatility is going to be huge for us and he is going to have a big role on this team."

The 26 year old will join up with his new teammates on the 7th September when the rest of the squad will arrive in Plymouth.



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U18 European Championship: Andorra beat Wales and advance to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18-Wales U18 47:34

Andorra beat Wales and advance to the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament overcame the opponents 47:34 in Andorra la Vella. Tomorrow Malta will take on Andorra in the game for the top place, while Gibraltar will face Wales in the game for 3-4 places.
Andorra started the game with a 4-0 run and then grabbed massive 16:3 lead. Wales replied with a 7-0 run in the start of the second frame, while Marta Aguilera (170-PG-95) nailed three for 22:12. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) sent the teams to the lockers for 22:14 score and then Christina Andres (170-F-95) nailed three for 27:16 lead early in the third period. Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) later scored a three-pointer for 35:23 advantage at the end of the third period. Andorra managed to win the last stanza 12-11 and sealed a 13-point victory.
Laura Navarro (170-G-96) and Marta Aguilera stepped up with 11 points for the winners, while Claudia Brunet and Christina Andres netted 9 each. Chloe Richrads replied with 12 points in a loss, whilst Tanisha Walker collected 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Andorra U18: Laura Navarro 11, Marta Aguilera 11, Claudia Brunet 9, Christina Andres 9
Wales U18: Chloe Richrads 12, Tanisha Walker 9+10 rebs



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Chicago S. 11-4 
 2. Atlanta D. 10-4 
 3. Washington M. 8-8 
 4. Indiana F. 6-8 
 5. New York L. 6-9 
 6. Connecticut S. 4-10 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 12-3 
 2. L.Angeles S. 11-5 
 3. Phoenix M. 9-7 
 4. Seattle S. 6-9 
 5. Tulsa S. 5-13 
 6. S.Antonio SS 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jul. 18: L.Angeles S. - Phoenix M. 84-90
Jul. 19: Indiana F. - Washington M. 77-70
Jul. 19: S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L. 71-87
Jul. 19: Tulsa S. - Connecticut S. 64-58
Jul. 18: New York L. - Chicago S. 55-75

Regular Season: Round 23

Jul. 20: S.Antonio SS - Connecticut S.
Jul. 20: Chicago S. - New York L.
Jul. 20: Seattle S. - L.Angeles S.
Jul. 21: Washington M. - Indiana F.
Jul. 21: Tulsa S. - Atlanta D.
Jul. 21: Phoenix M. - Minnesota L.


Latest wins for Mercury, Lynx, Fever, Shock and Sky - by Eurobasket News

New York L. - Chicago S. 55-75
The culture is changing around the Sky and rookie Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) is a big reason why. Delle Donne scored 23 points and the Sky routed the New York Liberty 75-55 in a matinee game on Thursday. She's leading the team in scoring, averaging 19 points, and has helped Chicago take over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. It's the latest in the season that the Sky (11-4) have been in first since the team came into the WNBA in 2006. Chicago is still looking for its first trip to the postseason after missing by one game last year. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) and Kelsey Bone (6'4''-C-91, college: Texas A&M) each scored 11 points to lead New York (6-9), which has dropped five of its last six games. The Sky don't have much playoff experience on the roster. Only Swin Cash, Shay Murphy and Allie Quigley have even been in the playoffs. Of the three, only Cash has gotten meaningful time in the postseason. "Last year the focus was we have to make the playoffs," said Cash, who has won three WNBA titles. "This year it's 'We're making the playoffs and we'll see what happens after that.' We know what we want at the end. "All I can do I share my experiences with my teammates. This team really listens and takes to heart some of the things I try to tell them. We're a hungry bunch." The Sky won Thursday without starting center Sylvia Fowles, who missed the game after aggravating a right ankle sprain in Chicago's win over Connecticut last week. Chicago jumped all over the Liberty, building a 13-0 lead early in the game and never looked back. "That was huge," Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said. "I always talk about punching first. We say that as a coach. Nice to see us do that in Connecticut. It says something when you're on the road. People are comfortable at home, it was an early game. They make it easy when they come out with a start like that. Sylvia's not here but it's OK, now the monkey's off everyone's back." It was the second straight game that Chicago got off to a strong start. The Sky scored the first 12 points against Connecticut last Friday before cruising in that game. The Sky's early run started with a 3-pointer by Delle Donne. Chicago made five of its six 3-pointers in the quarter and led 34-11. "That always helps when everyone is hitting and is on fire," Delle Donne said. Chicago, which has five straight wins against New York, cooled off in the second quarter. The Sky missed 12 of its first 13 shots, but New York could only close to 41-25 at halftime. The Sky put the game away in the third quarter as Delle Donne had seven points in a 13-3 burst to open the period. Her deep 3-pointer from the wing made it 54-28 with 6:23 left in the quarter. The Liberty couldn't get within 19 the rest of the game. Shay Murphy scored 12 points for Chicago and Carolyn Swords, who started in place of Fowles, added a season-high 12 points. She also had five steals. "We told her if you screen and roll, you get to play one on one," Chatman said. "We gave her the game ball, she did a good job. She had five steals. Here's someone 6-foot-6 who doesn't have quick feet but has a quick mind." It's been a disappointing four-game homestand for the Liberty. They were blown out in three of their games, including twice by Chicago. New York heads on the road for a pivotal four-game stretch that begins against the Sky on Saturday and sits tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with a rapidly improving Indiana team. The Liberty have played well in stretches, but coach Bill Laimbeer has been concerned about his team giving up one really bad quarter each game. On Thursday, it came in the first and they never recovered. "We have an issue where we have a quarter where we blank out," Laimbeer said. "Same thing that's happened to us the last five games." Despite the morning tipoff, the game had a boisterous atmosphere with thousands of local camp kids waving and pounding thundersticks. The kids cheered even with the home team down by nearly 30 points in the fourth quarter. "Kids are great. They are always cheering and yelling no matter what's going on," Delle Donne said. Courtesy of: dailyherald.com

L.Angeles S. - Phoenix M. 84-90
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) and her Phoenix Mercury teammates said they were unaware of the Los Angeles Sparks' home dominance. They were too concerned about ending their own streak. Playing in her home city in a nationally televised game, Taurasi scored 32 points and DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Mercury snapped the Sparks' 19-game regular-season home winning streak Thursday night with a 90-84 win. Phoenix (9-7) played a third straight game without injured Brittney Griner, but became the first team to defeat Los Angeles at home this season. Penny Taylor scored 16 points and Candice Dupree added 15 points and nine rebounds as the Mercury snapped a three-game slide. 'I think it was more important to break our streak of three in a row,' Taurasi said. 'They're a really, really good team, especially at home . I think it was more of a big thing for us.' Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) led the Sparks (11-5) with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 16 points. Los Angeles last lost a regular-season home game on June 24, 2012, to San Antonio. It was the second-longest home winning string in WNBA history behind L.A.'s 28-game streak from 2000-02. 'I think that we just didn't come ready to play on this day,' Nneka Ogwumike said. 'We didn't even play well (Wednesday) and we won. We still feel good about how well we play here. Before the game, coach (Carol Ross) mentioned that we established that we were road warriors. Now we have to be warriors.' Taurasi made 15 of 17 free throws and had six assists. It was her second-highest point total this season. Phoenix, which was dominated in the paint in a loss last Sunday to L.A., had a 50-38 edge in points in the paint. The Sparks, who lead the WNBA in field goal percentage, shot 38 percent. Parker and Toliver combined to go 12 for 37 from the field. The Sparks were playing the second of back-to-back games, but Ross didn't cite fatigue as a factor. 'Phoenix was a better team tonight,' Ross said. 'Taurasi was a handful again, and we just didn't do enough things to slow them down and get them out a rhythm.' Taurasi scored 18 points in a highly charged first half in which she was given a technical foul for arguing an offensive foul and had to be separated from Alana Beard during a loose ball tussle. Taurasi converted on a spin move at the top of the key, while Bonner and Taylor each made 3-pointers during a 30-13 run to close the first half and give Phoenix a 46-38 halftime lead. Taurasi said she fed off the atmosphere. 'This is my home city,' she said. 'I grew up out there. I grew up going to Staples and watching Lisa (Leslie). This is where I played my basketball for 18 years. I still live here. My parents live here. All my family lives here. When I come here, it feels good.' Jenna O' Hea made a 3-pointer to cap a 10-2 run that got the Sparks within 73-72, but Phoenix ran off the next nine points. Taylor, in her first start of the season, converted on two drives during the run. Bonner made a 3-pointer and a layup as Phoenix opened the third quarter on a 9-2 run and took its biggest lead at 55-40 on Alexis Hornbuckle's reverse layup. The Sparks took a 10-0 lead to start the game before the Mercury called time out and climbed back behind Taurasi's eight points and Dupree's six points in the first quarter. Courtesy of: azcentral.com

Tulsa S. - Connecticut S. 64-58
The Connecticut Sun faded in the final seven minutes at Tulsa on Friday night, falling 64-58 to the Shock at BOK Arena. The Sun were leading 50-46 on a Tan White (5'7''-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Mississippi St.) layup with seven minutes remaining when Tulsa came out of a timeout and reeled off a 13-4 run over the next five minutes, 18 seconds. That was more than enough to give the Shock (5-13) consecutive victories for the first time this season. The Sun (4-10) will try to bounce back tonight in San Antonio. Connecticut struggled all night from the field, tying a franchise record low with just two made field goals in the first quarter on the way to hitting 21 of 72 (29.2 percent) from the field. The Sun were also hammered on the boards, 60-37. The 60 rebounds was a franchise record for an opponent. Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) (14 points, 16 rebounds) and Liz Cambage (11 points, 17 rebounds) led the Shock. Allison Hightower (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) (14 points) was the only player in double figures for Connecticut. The return of White and Renee Montgomery from lengthy absences due to injury - Montgomery was out 11 games with a high ankle sprain while White sat 10 games with a broken finger - gave the Sun experienced depth it badly missed. White supplied six points, three assists and her usual tenacious defense while Montgomery had a big three at the end of the third quarter to put Connecticut up 44-43 going into the final quarter. But after a promising first three minutes, the Sun fell apart offensively, making just three field goals int he final seven minutes. Courtesy of: norwichbulletin.com

S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L. 71-87
Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) was not selected to start in the WNBA All-Star Game, but she demonstrated Friday night that she is the spark behind the league-leading Minnesota Lynx. Whalen had 21 points and seven assists, and the Lynx rolled past the San Antonio Silver Stars 87-71 for their fifth straight victory. "She's one of the greatest leaders I've ever coached," Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. "If you look at each of these games, Lindsay Whalen is just coming out and setting the tone for us." Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) added 14 points, Devereaux Peters had 13 points, and Janel McCarville scored 10 points for Minnesota (12-3), which has won seven of eight. Shenise Johnson (5'11''-G-90, college: Miami, FL), Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, agency: Ronsport, college: Texas A&M) and Jia Perkins each had 13 points for San Antonio, which has lost four straight. Already without Sophia Young and Becky Hammon, who suffered season-ending knee injuries, San Antonio lost DeLisha Milton-Jones to an injured right knee late in the first half. Moore and Seimone Augustus, who had four points, were chosen Western Conference all-star starters earlier in the day through fan voting. Whalen is expected to be selected when reserves are announced Tuesday for the July 27 game in Connecticut. The West's starting lineup will be without one of the league's most intense players in Whalen, as the Silver Stars found out. "Pushing the ball was definitely big for us," said Whalen, who was 5 for 6 from the field. "I thought that's what we tried to do the whole night." Whalen's only miss was a near full-court shot that hit the side of the rim at the buzzer to her dismay. "That's how good she was feeling," Reeve said. "A three-quarter court shot had a chance to go in." Courtesy of: twincities.com

Indiana F. - Washington M. 77-70
The Indiana Fever have had their share of heartbreak this season, but Friday night was time for late-game heroics for the red-hot Fever. Indiana (6-8) rode a 22-8 fourth-quarter swing to muscle past the Washington Mystics 77-70 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The win was the Fever's fifth in the past six games and pulls them within one game of the Mystics in the Eastern Conference standings. Third place will be within reach for Indiana on Sunday when the teams wrap up the second game of their home-and-home series in Washington. 'Well, it wasn't pretty,' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. 'The good news is anytime you can shoot 33 percent from the field and then figure out a way to win, you've done something special.' The Fever couldn't break within six points of the Mystics until All-Star forward Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) drilled a 20-foot jumper with 4:24 remaining in the game. It was a shot of adrenaline for a cold Indiana squad. Less than a minute later, after a steal and three quick Washington turnovers, Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) capped the comeback by making a 15-footer to tie the score. Indiana used an offensive set focused on attacking the basket, penetrating the paint and dishing to the wings, Dunn said, and it played to perfection. 'You can pretty much say we milked it to the hilt,' Dunn said with a smile. The Fever, who made 22-of-23 from the free throw line, locked down at the line in the closing minutes to seal the victory. 'It was just that grit, that determination and that not- gonna-lose attitude,' said Catchings, who was voted an All-Star starter for the eighth time Thursday. 'We just rode that wave.' Zellous made another strong bid for a reserve spot in the All-Star Game with a game-high 16 points despite sitting out nearly half of the fourth quarter after taking a knee to the thigh. She and Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne are the only WNBA players to have double-digit points in every game this season. 'No matter what knocks us down, we're going to get back up, unless it's something that requires a doctor or a trip to the hospital,' Catchings said with a laugh as she held an ice pack to her swollen nose and eyebrow, a result of the physical play. 'But (Zellous) will feel it tonight.' Courtesy of: indystar.com



Delle Donne sets all-star vote record - by Eurobasket News

For the first time ever, a rookie has stolen the WNBA's all-star spotlight. Sky forward Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) has done nothing but impress over the first few months of her professional career, and WNBA fans have noticed. They voted for her more than any other WNBA player during the all-star balloting process, and on Thursday the league announced that with 35,646 votes Delle Donne will lead the Eastern Conference squad as an all-star starter for the July 27 game in Connecticut. Delle Donne, who is averaging 19.1 points per game and becomes the first rookie in WNBA history to finish with the most all-star votes, will be accompanied in the East's starting lineup by Sky teammate and star guard Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) (17 ppg). This is Prince's first start but second trip to the all-star game. She first made it in 2011. Rounding out the East's starters are New York Liberty guard and Chicago native Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), former Stevenson star and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville)ughtry.
Leading the Western Conference starters and ranking second overall with 33,810 votes is former Naperville star and Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee). She'll be joined in the West's starting lineup by guard Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) and rookie center Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) of the Phoenix Mercury, and guard Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) and forward Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) of the Minnesota Lynx. Griner and Delle Donne were the first and second picks respectively in April's WNBA draft. Their selection as all-star starters marks the first time in league history that the top two picks of the draft earned spots in the all-star starting lineup as rookies. Meanwhile, Catchings and Taurasi have been voted all-star starters every year that they have been in the league. The all-star teams will be filled out by the 12 WNBA head coaches, who will select reserves by voting for six players within their own conference. By virtue of winning their respective conferences last season, Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn will coach the East all-stars while Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve will coach the West all-stars.
Courtesy of: dailyherald.com



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings (Women)

Standings
Group A
1. Brazil2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. Serbia1-1
4. S.Korea0-2
Group B
1. Australia2-0
2. Spain2-0
3. Japan0-2
4. Argentina0-2
Group C
1. Canada2-0
2. France2-0
3. Holland0-2
4. Senegal0-2
Group D
1. USA2-0
2. China1-1
3. Lithuania1-1
4. Mali0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 19: KOR - BRA 81-96
Jul. 19: RUS - SRB 73-51

B

Jul. 19: AUS - JPN 96-82
Jul. 19: ESP - ARG 68-32

C

Jul. 19: NED - CAN 67-69
Jul. 19: SEN - FRA 23-77

D

Jul. 19: LTU - MLI 84-50
Jul. 19: CHN - USA 56-103

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 20: BRA - SRB
Jul. 20: KOR - RUS

B

Jul. 20: ARG - JPN
Jul. 20: ESP - AUS

C

Jul. 20: CAN - FRA
Jul. 20: NED - SEN

D

Jul. 20: LTU - CHN
Jul. 20: MLI - USA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Olga NOVIKOVA
  (179-G-94)
  Avg: 17
 1. Novikova, Dynamo17.0 
 2. Goncalves, Santo16.0 
 3. Razheva, Yunost PO14.0 
 4. Sych, Spartak SP11.0 
 5. Goncalo, Sao B.11.0 
 6. Shchetina, Spart.9.0 
 7. Ramona, Guarulhos9.0 
 8. Lucchini, Di.7.0 
 9. Sangalli, Americana4.0 
 10. Safonova, Enis.3.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anna SHCHETINA
  (195-C-95)
  Avg: 13
 1. Shchetina, Spart.13.0 
 2. Razheva, Yunost PO8.0 
 3. Ramona, Guarulhos6.0 
 4. Novikova, Dynamo5.0 
 5. Goncalves, Santo5.0 
 6. Sych, Spartak SP3.0 
 7. Sangalli, Americana2.0 
 8. Lucchini, Di.2.0 
 9. Safonova, Enisey1.0 
 10. Chaykovskaya,.1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Isabela RAMONA
  (178-F-94)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ramona, Guarulhos6.0 
 2. Sych, Spartak SP5.0 
 3. Shchetina, Spart.4.0 
 4. Novikova, Dynamo3.0 
 5. Goncalo, Sao B.2.0 
 6. Razheva, Yunost PO2.0 
 7. Goncalves, Santo1.0 
 8. Byazrova, Enisey0.0 
 9. Rodrigues, Ourinhos0.0 
 10. Chaykovskaya,.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olga NOVIKOVA
  (179-G-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Novikova, Dynamo7.0 
 2. Goncalo, Sao B.4.0 
 3. Goncalves, Santo3.0 
 4. Shchetina, Spart.2.0 
 5. Sych, Spartak SP1.0 
 6. Ramona, Guarulhos1.0 
 7. Grishkevich, Enisey1.0 
 8. Sangalli, Americana1.0 
 9. Fedorova, Gloria M.0.0 
 10. Razheva, Yunost0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carla LUCCHINI
  (165-PG-95)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lucchini, Di.0.0 
 2. Byazrova, Enisey0.0 
 3. Levchenko, UMMC-20.0 
 4. Shchetina, Spart.0.0 
 5. Grishkevich, Enisey0.0 
 6. Safonova, Enisey0.0 
 7. Goncalves, Santo0.0 
 8. Razheva, Yunost PO0.0 
 9. Goncalo, Sao B.0.0 
 10. Novikova, Dyna.0.0