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  ANDORRA   



U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra edge Monaco to claim Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18 - Monaco U18 70:50

Andorra stepped onto the pedestal at the U18 European Championship in Division C. The hosts outgunned Monaco in the consolation final. Jordi Moline (172-F-95) led balanced effort with 14 points and 7 steals.
Andorra got to a strong start. They cleared off to a 22:7 distance after ten minutes. Monaco struck right back in the second frame. The visitors cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 29:30. But Andorra were back in control in the third term. They secured a 13-point buffer before the fourth period. Andorra kept Monaco at bay throughout the final stanza and rushed to the win at the end. Sergi Jordana (182-F-96) nailed 10 points, while Marc Iserte (183-PF-95) added 9 points for the winning side. Alessandro Generale (188-F-96) answered with 27 points for Monaco. Daniel Pieper (197-C-96) posted 7 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Andorra U18: Jordi Moline 14, Sergi Jordana 10, Marc Iserte 9
Monaco U18: Alessandro Generale 27, Daniel Pieper 7+10 boards



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  AUSTRIA   


Bulgaria grabbed valuable win over Austria in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Austria-Bulgaria 95:99

Bulgaria grabbed valuable win over Austria in Oberwart in Day 2 of the 4-Nation Tournament. Trailing in the majority of the game, Bulgaria needed the final push at the end of the game and sealed a 99:95 win.
Both teams scored 32 points each in the first period and then the hosts posted a 27-19 surge to take 8-point lead at the halftime. Bulgaria reduced the gap to 4 points as they won the third period 20-16. Moreover trailing 79:86 after successful three-pointers from Austria, Bulgaria managed to push the tempo and won the game.
Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) notched 17. Schreiner produced 25 points in defeat and Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) scored 18. Richard Poiger (202-SF-87) ended up with 13 points, whilst Romed Vieider (195-SF-91) had 11.
In another game Estonia reach the second win at 4-Nation Tournament in Austria. In Day 2 Estonia overcame Hungary 80:66.

Austria: Schreiner 25, Jason Detrick 18, Richard Poiger 13, Romed Vieider 11
Bulgaria: Branko Mirkovic 22, Nikolay Varbanov 17



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  BELARUS   


Belarus continue the preparation for EuroBasket 2015 Qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

Belarus continue the preparation for EuroBasket 2015 Qualifiers and played two friendly games in Portugal.
In Game 1 Portugal overcame Belarus 81:68. The latter showed better percentage from the field (63% versus 44%) but could not win the game. For Belarus Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) scored 12 points, while Meshcharakou Nikita scored 9. Aliaksei Trastsinetski netted 8 points in a loss.
In Game 2 Belarus outscored Romania 79:66. Belarus took 20:19 lead at the end of the first period and added 14-12 rally in the second frame. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the third quarter, while Belarus closed the game with a 27-17 surge. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Maksim Shustau added 14. Adrian Tudor (182-PG-85) scored 12 points in defeat and Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 11.



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  BELGIUM   


Belgium U16 edge Portugal U16 at Caramulo Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U16 - Belgium U16 64:66

Belgian U16 National Team wrapped their Caramulo Tournament campaign with victory. They overcame hosting Portugal in a close clash. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Portugal claimed a 21:16 lead after the opening frame. Portugal opened a 27:20 lead midway through the second frame but Belgium bounced back. They erased the deficit as the teams entered the second half tied at 32. The teams stayed close throughout the second half. Belgium eked out a 58:55 lead in the fourth period. Portugal tied things up at 64 then. But Belgium were the last ones to put their names on the scoreboard and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Sigfredo Ortiz had 13 points, while Sabri Riahi (177-PG-97) had 6 points for the winners. Diogo Brito answered with 16 points for Portugal. Ricardo Monteiro (97) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Portugal U16: Diogo Brito 16, Ricardo Monteiro 14
Belgium U16: Thomas Akyazili 22, Sigfredo Ortiz 13, Sabri Riahi 6



U20 European Championship: Poland seal promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Poland U20 46:57

Poland seal promotion to Division A at the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Belgium 57:46 in the Semifinal clash and reached the Final game in Division B. Tomorrow Poland will take on United Kingdom.
Belgium entered the game undefeated, but lost the first period 13:24. Poland added also 16-7 rally in the second period for 40:20 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to recover with the victories in the second half. They won the third period 12-10 and finished the game with 14-7 burst. It was enough however to reduce to final 57:46 result.
Tomasz Gielo (206-F-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) scored 10 and Lukasz Bonarek (200-F-93) added 8. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) delivered 18 points in the losing effort and Louis Hazard (199-F-94) as well as Glenn Vlamynck (193-F-93) added 6 apiece.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 18, Louis Hazard 6, Glenn Vlamynck 6
Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 16, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13+16 rebs, Mateusz Ponitka 10, Lukasz Bonarek 8



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  BOSNIA   


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

Czech Republic U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 69:65

Czech Republic gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Both Czech Republic and Bosnia made it into the Second Stage of the competition.
Bosnia posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a narrow 28:26 halftime lead. Bosnia increased the tempo in the third term. They exploded with 23 points in the period to enter the fourth stanza up by 5 points. But Adam Pechacek nailed two triples early in the fourth term to put Czech Republic in front. Soula and Svoboda made it 60:53 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) and Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka finished with 17 points and 11 boards for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril added 14 points for the winners. Bojan Lulic (196-SF-95) answered with 13 points for Bosnia. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) netted 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Adam Pechacek 18, Martin Peterka 17+11 boards, Radovan Kouril 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Bojan Lulic 13, Stefan Lakic 12



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria grabbed valuable win over Austria in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Austria-Bulgaria 95:99

Bulgaria grabbed valuable win over Austria in Oberwart in Day 2 of the 4-Nation Tournament. Trailing in the majority of the game, Bulgaria needed the final push at the end of the game and sealed a 99:95 win.
Both teams scored 32 points each in the first period and then the hosts posted a 27-19 surge to take 8-point lead at the halftime. Bulgaria reduced the gap to 4 points as they won the third period 20-16. Moreover trailing 79:86 after successful three-pointers from Austria, Bulgaria managed to push the tempo and won the game.
Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) notched 17. Schreiner produced 25 points in defeat and Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) scored 18. Richard Poiger (202-SF-87) ended up with 13 points, whilst Romed Vieider (195-SF-91) had 11.
In another game Estonia reach the second win at 4-Nation Tournament in Austria. In Day 2 Estonia overcame Hungary 80:66.

Austria: Schreiner 25, Jason Detrick 18, Richard Poiger 13, Romed Vieider 11
Bulgaria: Branko Mirkovic 22, Nikolay Varbanov 17



U18 European Championship: Spain beat Bulgaria to punch Second Stage ticket - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18 - Spain U18 57:69

Spain advanced into the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgarian counterparts on the final day of the preliminary round. Spain improved at 2-1 record, while Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 in Group C. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) netted 19 points for the winning side.
Spain eked out just a one-point lead after ten minutes of action 19:18. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 43:29 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Spain made it 57:43 at the final break. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but came up way short of victory at the end. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) chipped in 18 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 16 points for the Spaniards. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) topscored with 28 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) had 5 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 28, Aleksandar Milov 5
Spain U18: Alberto Abalde 19, David Iriarte 18, Jose Nogues 16



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  CROATIA   


U18 European Championship: Croatia coast past England - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - England U18 89:65

Croatia clinched a comfortable win over England on the final day of the preliminary round at U18 European Championship. The victory allowed Croatia to occupy the second position in Group D. Both teams progressed into the Second Stage of the tournament.
Croatia quickly gained the lead and raced to a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes. They kept England at distance throughout the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 46:33 halftime lead. Croatia extended the margin in the third period. They established a comfortable 25-point lead at the final break. England managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 21 points for the winners. Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) added 16 points for the Croats. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 25 points for England. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (198-F/G-95) and Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) had 10 points each in the loss.

Croatia U18: Luke Nelson 25, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 10, Kingsley Okoroh 10
England U18: Tomislav Gabric 21, Dorian Jelenek 16, Andrija Coric (198-SG-95) 9



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  CYPRUS   


U20 European Championship: Slovakia edge Cyprus in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus U20-Slovakia U20 56:85

Slovakia edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia posted an 85:56 victory at the Classification Round for 9-12 places.
Slovakia erupted with 25:6 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. They added massive 22-11 rally in the second period and had 47:17 halftime advantage. Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) and Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) exchanged the successful shots early in the third period, while Slovakia managed to win the period 18-17. Cyprus replied with 22-20 run in the last stanza and reduced to final 65:56 result.
Michal Cekovsky top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 16 rebounds and Vladimir Michalek (183-G-94) added 16. Jakub Novysedlak (188-PG-93) and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) delivered 14 points each. Rafael Eleftheriou replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Dimitris Aristotelous (187-PG-94) scored 9. Panagiotis Markou (189-G-96) and Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) chipped in with 8 points each in a loss.

Cyprus U20: Rafael Eleftheriou 20, Dimitris Aristotelous 9, Panagiotis Markou 8, Stefanos Iliadis 8
Slovakia U20: Michal Cekovsky 17+16 rebs, Vladimir Michalek 16, Jakub Novysedlak 14, Vladimir Brodziansky 14



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


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

Czech Republic U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 69:65

Czech Republic gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Both Czech Republic and Bosnia made it into the Second Stage of the competition.
Bosnia posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a narrow 28:26 halftime lead. Bosnia increased the tempo in the third term. They exploded with 23 points in the period to enter the fourth stanza up by 5 points. But Adam Pechacek nailed two triples early in the fourth term to put Czech Republic in front. Soula and Svoboda made it 60:53 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) and Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka finished with 17 points and 11 boards for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril added 14 points for the winners. Bojan Lulic (196-SF-95) answered with 13 points for Bosnia. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) netted 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic U18: Adam Pechacek 18, Martin Peterka 17+11 boards, Radovan Kouril 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Bojan Lulic 13, Stefan Lakic 12



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SFM 8-4 
 2. Huracanes PP 8-4 
 3. Metros STGO 7-4 
 4. Reales LV 3-8 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 7-3 
 2. Leones SD 6-5 
 3. Cocolos SPM 5-7 
 4. Caneros LR 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jul. 20: Caneros LR - Huracanes PP 88-104
Jul. 20: Reales LV - Cocolos SPM 83-82
Jul. 21: Huracanes PP - Leones SD
Jul. 21: Titanes DN - Indios SFM
Jul. 21: Cocolos SPM - Metros STGO



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  ESTONIA   


Estonia reach the second win at 4-Nation Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Hungary-Estonia 66:80

Estonia reach the second win at 4-Nation Tournament in Austria. In Day 2 Estonia overcame Hungary 80:66.
Estonia took the lead in the first period and reached 25:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Hungary looked better in the second quarter and after an 18-16 run reduced to 11 points at the halftime. Moreover Hungary needed a 19-15 run in the third quarter to cut it to 7 points entering the final period. Estonia however closed the game with a 24-17 rally to seal the victory.
Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Janar Talts (207-PF-83) netted 14. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) brought 13, whilst Gert Dorbek (193-SG-85) netted 12 and Rain Veideman (193-G-91) as well as Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) had 11 each. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 16 points in defeat, while Adam Toth (208-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 13. Krisztian Wittmann (184-PG-85, agency: FCM) chipped in with 12 points and Simon scored 9.

Hungary: David Vojvoda 16, Adam Toth 13, Krisztian Wittmann 12, Simon 9
Estonia: Gregor Arbet 15, Janar Talts 14, Sten-Timmu Sokk 13, Gert Dorbek 12, Rain Veideman 11, Reinar Hallik 11



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   

Standings

Eurobasket S.League Standings
Atlanta
 1. England 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Germany 0-0 
 4. Greece 0-0 
 5. Ireland 0-0 
 6. Italy 0-0 
 7. Russia 0-0 
 8. Spain 0-0 
Indianapolis
 1. Rome 6-0 
 2. Madrid 3-3 
 3. Paris 3-3 
 4. Berlin 2-3 
 5. Amsterdam 0-5 
Houston
 1. Buenos Aires 0-0 
 2. Dubai 0-0 
 3. Mexico City 0-0 
 4. Okinawa 0-0 
 5. Tokyo 0-0 
Las Vegas 1
 1. Helsinki 5-1 
 2. Dublin 4-1 
 3. Brussels 3-3 
 4. Geneva 2-4 
 5. Istanbul 1-3 
 6. Kiev 1-4 
Las Vegas 2
 1. Monaco 2-0 
 2. Siena 2-0 
 3. Venice 2-0 
 4. Manchester 1-1 
 5. Moscow 1-1 
 6. Cantu 0-2 
 7. Lugano 0-2 
 8. Zurich 0-2 
Los Angeles
 1. Amsterdam 0-0 
 2. Rome 0-0 
 3. Stockholm 0-0 
 4. Vienna 0-0 
 5. Warsaw 0-0 
Madrid
 1. La Serna 5-0 
 2. La Avanzada 3-2 
 3. El Naranjo 2-3 
 4. El Arroyo 1-4 
 5. Loranca 0-5 
Phoenix
 1. Asker 0-0 
 2. Poitiers 0-0 
 3. Solna 0-0 
 4. Treviso 0-0 


Second Session games of Eurobasket Summer League Las Vegas excite a crowded UNLV rec center! - by ESL News

After a great first day of fundamental drills, team practices and evaluation games, the second session games of the Eurobasket Summer League have begun. To say the least, these games certainly did not disappoint the crowded gym at the UNLV recreational center. The fans, team personnel, scouts and agents were impressed with the gritty, organized play of the players as well as the outstanding highlight reel dunks. We look forward to another exciting day of games on the third day of the Las Vegas ESL as the playoffs should be very interesting as these teams are very, very competitive.

Day 2


Game 1: Manchester 62 - Lugano 56
The first
game of the camp saw Manchester and Lugano face off in what was a competitive game from start to finish, but saw Manchester come out on top with coach Chris Warren's fast-paced style. Manchester got off to a 10-0 start and never trailed after that, winning 62-56, although Lugano made several runs. Jack Houpt and LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) both scored 15 points, hitting a combined six threes to lead Manchester. BJ Benning and Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) both had six rebounds. Team Luganos Stan Brown (203-F-90, agency: SDJ Sports) had 12 points and four rebounds and his teammate Will Harris (198-F-86, college: Albany) had 10 points.

Game 2: Monaco 74 - Moscow 54
It was domination from start to finish for Monaco as they defeated Moscow 74-54. Simply put, Monaco was too much for Moscow to handle. They started out on a 13-4 run and led by 20+ for most of the game. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) was the star, scoring 22 points and recording 11 rebounds and three blocks. Plenty others contributed, including Cedric Ridle Jr. (188-PG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Lincoln, MO) and Garland Judkins (193-G-89) who scored 18 and 17 points, respectively. Tyrone Hanson (200-G/F-87, college: Jackson St.), who showed off his deadly three point shot, going 5-of-6 from three, finished with 20 points, doing all he could to keep Moscow in the game. Ephraim Ekanem (201-F-91) had 10 points and six rebounds. Chad July (206-C-90, college: Augusta St.) has been added to Moscows roster.

Game 3: Venice 68 - Zurich 61
The first overtime game of the camp featured Venice and Zurich, in a physical game that went back and forth. Ultimately, Venice was able to survive, defeating Zurich 68-61, dominating the entire overtime. With 10 seconds left, Venice coach Michael Stinnett smartly opted not to call a timeout and it led to a wide open layup in transition for


Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) to force overtime. Parham was the best player on the court, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Bogdan (193-G/F-91) also had a good game for Venice with 19 points, hitting three from behind the arc. Zurish fought hard all game and came up just short. Ray Mitchell (193-G-84) had 11 points and four rebounds and Bennett Shaw (179-PG-91, agency: ProSportsCareers) had 10 points and three assists for Zurich.

Game 4: Siena 72 - Cantu 63
The fourth game of the day was an up and down game throughout. It was back and forth for the majority of the game, but Siena was able to pull away in the fourth quarter winning the game 72-63. Dane Rawlings was the star, finishing with 20 points and four rebounds, including a couple flashy dunks. Stefan Welsh (190-G-87, college: Arkansas) had 16 points, Calvin Edwards had 11 points and Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: S.Florida) controlled the paint with 10 points and eight rebounds for Siena. Kyle Harvey (195-F-91) who had 16 points and a monstrous dunk that is the highlight of the camp so far, led Cantu, along with Al Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro), who had 18 points and five rebounds.

Game 5: Moscow 54 - Lugano 52
The fifth game of the day featured Moscow and Lugano in a tight game that featured several lead changes throughout. Moscow was able to narrowly escape winning 54-52 over Lugano. It gave Coach Patrick O'Herron (agency: Warren Sports International ) his first victory of the day, lifting a weight off his shoulders. It came down to the final seconds with Moscow staving off a last second shot. Moscow was lead by new addition Jay Bowdy, who had 11 points and Ephraim Ekanem, who was a physical force, and added eight points and six rebounds. Lugano had a strong all-around effort from multiple players, highlighted by Presano Bells 12 points.

Game 6: Monaco 76 - Manchester 63
The final score may not have been indicative of the way this game went. Monaco continued to impress, dominating from start to finish, beating Manchester 76-63. They started the game on a 32-9 run and credit Manchester for not giving up and fighting back to trim the lead to 66-58 with five minutes left. Monaco, once again, led by Scott VanderMeers 24 points and 12 rebounds, as well as Christie Simpson (175-F-74, college: Mt.Union) 16 points and six rebounds. Manchester received a solid effort from Jimmy Langhurst, who single handedly kept Manchester in the game, scoring eight straight to begin the second half and finishing with 12. BJ Benning also had 12 points.

Game 7: Venice 63 - Cantu 62
Yet another extremely close game once again came down to the final seconds of overtime. Venice was down by one with just 10 seconds on the clock and, as they did in their first game, pulled off a miraculous win when Kyle Harvey drained two free throws with seconds left, only to have Chris Teasley (191-G-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) come back down the court and drill a floater to win the game. Teasley was the star, scoring 22 points and recording six rebounds. Tim Parham had another strong game with 12 points and 10 rebounds, his second straight double-double and Ryan Bogdan finished with 17, hitting five threes. Cantu was lead by Kyle Harveys 21 points and
Orren Tims (196-F-89) 14 points and six rebounds.

Game 8: Siena 77 - Zurich 65
The final game of the day was close until Stefan Welsh happened. Trailing early in the third quarter, Welsh took over, hitting threes on four consecutive possessions, causing the crowd to go insane. Siena won 77-65 on the heels of his 26-point performance. Mohamed Esseghir had 14 points and eight rebounds and Dane Rawlings had a steady eight points, six rebounds and four assists. Zurich was lead by Bennett Shaws 16 points and Ray Mitchells 13 points and seven rebounds.



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Maccabi Haifa Ink Kervin Bristol to Two-Year Deal - by David Pick

Maccabi Haifa announced the team has inked ex-Fordham power-forward/center, Kervin Bristol, to a two-year deal, the second season being a team option.

Bristol, 24, is currently playing in the Dominican Republic for the Huracanes del Atlantico where he averages 6.6 points and 9.4 rebounds over 11 showing. During the 2012-13 season, Bristol played in Turkeys second division for Istanbulspor, where he averaged a double-double of 10.1 points and finished third in the league in rebounds with 12.2 per. In February, the 6-foot-10, 224-pounder moved to Slovenia, tallying 11.4 points and 11 boards per, finishing first in the league in rebounds.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bristol played his collegiate ball at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for two seasons where he averaged 12.4 points and a team-high 10.8 rebounds as a sophomore before transferring to NCAA Division I Fordham University, where he finished third in the Atlantic 10 in shots blocked (2.4 per game) and fifth in the conference in rebounding (8.0 per game) as a senior during the 2011-12 season.




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Iailo is back at Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) added to their roster 40-year old Ukrainian ex-international forward Leonid Iailo (206-109kg-73). It is actually his comeback to Kyiv as he played here before. He had stopped his career a year ago but decided to return. He has played for the last four seasons at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague). In 38 games he had 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 2011/12 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Iailo played in the final of Ukrainian Superleague for two years in a row (2005 and 2006). He was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Defensive Team back in 2005. Iailo was a member of Ukrainian Senior National Team between 1996 and 2003.
He is quite experienced player. Iailo has played also professionally in Italy (Reggio C. Redel), Russia (Unics Kazan), Turkey (Darussafaka) and Ukraine (BC Kyiv and Azovmash).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Budivelnyk.
On Iailo: He speaks English and lives together with his girlfriend. They have no childeren.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings Division A

Standings
Group A
1. France3-0
2. Lithuania2-1
3. Serbia1-2
4. Slovenia0-3
Group B
1. Czech Rep.2-1
2. Russia2-1
3. Greece1-2
4. Bosnia1-2
Group C
1. Spain2-1
2. Italy2-1
3. Latvia2-1
4. Bulgaria0-3
Group D
1. Croatia2-1
2. Turkey2-1
3. Ukraine1-2
4. U.Kingdom1-2

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 20: LTU - SRB 74-70 OT
Jul. 20: SLO - FRA 51-66

B

Jul. 20: GRE - RUS 74-70
Jul. 20: BIH - CZE 65-69

C

Jul. 20: ITA - LAT 70-69
Jul. 20: BUL - ESP 57-69

D

Jul. 20: UKR - TUR 89-88 OT
Jul. 20: ENG - CRO 65-89

Second Stage: Round 4

E

Jul. 22: CZE - LTU
Jul. 22: BIH - FRA
Jul. 22: SRB - RUS

F

Jul. 22: CRO - LAT
Jul. 22: ENG - ESP
Jul. 22: ITA - TUR

G

Jul. 22: SLO - UKR
Jul. 22: GRE - BUL


Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (205-SF-95)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Vezenkov, Aris24.3 
 2. Fontecchio, Oknopl.20.3 
 3. Peterka, BK Pardu.19.7 
 4. Diamantakos, Pana.19.0 
 5. Nelson, Reading R.19.0 
 6. Sipahi, Tofas18.0 
 7. Sabonis, Clinic.17.7 
 8. Martynov, N.Novgor.17.3 
 9. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.16.7 
 10. Fedorchenko, Triu.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (205-F/C-96)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Sabonis, Clinic.17.3 
 2. Diamantakos, Pana.12.3 
 3. Peterka, BK Pardu.11.0 
 4. Vezenkov, Aris10.7 
 5. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.10.7 
 6. Porzingis, Cajasol10.7 
 7. Birsen, Fener.Ulker10.0 
 8. Zganec, KK Zagreb9.3 
 9. Sakhniuk, BC Kyiv9.3 
 10. Cornelie, Le Mans8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Rebec, Helios7.7 
 2. Kouril, Lucentum5.7 
 3. Inglis, Roanne5.0 
 4. Geks, VEF Riga5.0 
 5. Sipahi, Tofas4.5 
 6. Pusica, Partizan II4.3 
 7. Ulubay, Pertevniyal4.3 
 8. Marinelli, KK Sp.3.7 
 9. Dang, Un.Olimpija3.7 
 10. Jurgutis, Klaiped.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Morayoninuoluwa SOLUADE
  ENG
  (198-F/G-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Soluade, Clinic.4.0 
 2. Rebec, Helios3.3 
 3. Sans, Prat Juvent.2.7 
 4. Martynov, N.Novgor.2.7 
 5. Boyarkin, BC Do.2.7 
 6. Sipahi, Tofas2.5 
 7. Kouril, Lucentum2.3 
 8. Ulubay, Pertevniyal2.3 
 9. Novak, Geoplin Slo.2.3 
 10. Bosnjak, Siroki W.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porzingis, Cajasol5.0 
 2. Okoroh, Derby T.4.0 
 3. Kosut, Pertevniyal2.5 
 4. Dolensek, Geopli.2.3 
 5. Guven, Karsiyaka2.0 
 6. Kottas, PAOK1.7 
 7. Davidovac, Vrsac1.7 
 8. Bigby-W., Lewisham.1.3 
 9. Kouzeloglou, Manto.1.3 
 10. Akele, Umana VE1.0 


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Poland2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. FYR Macedo.1-1
4. Denmark1-2
5. Hungary1-2
Group B
1. Estonia3-0
2. Holland3-0
3. Germany2-1
4. Austria1-2
5. Georgia0-3
6. Norway0-3
Group C
1. Israel3-0
2. Sweden3-0
3. Romania2-1
4. Switzerlan.1-2
5. Slovakia0-3
6. Scotland0-3
Group D
1. Montenegro.2-0
2. Portugal2-1
3. Belgium1-1
4. Belarus1-1
5. Luxembourg.0-3

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 4

Group A

Jul. 21: POL - MKD
Jul. 21: FIN - HUN

Group B

Jul. 21: GER - GEO
Jul. 21: NED - EST
Jul. 21: AUT - NOR

Group C

Jul. 21: ISR - SWE
Jul. 21: SVK - SCO
Jul. 21: ROM - SUI

Group D

Jul. 21: MNT - BLR
Jul. 21: BEL - POR


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Damian JESZKE
  (202-F-95)
  Avg: 21
 1. Jeszke, SMS P.21.0 
 2. Kesteloot, Sint-J.20.0 
 3. Beliankou, Tsmoki.19.5 
 4. Magdevski, Real M.19.5 
 5. Hakanson, FCB R.17.7 
 6. Goloman, Kormend17.7 
 7. Le Sann, Meyrin G.16.0 
 8. Lofberg, Montepas.15.7 
 9. Cobzaru, High S.15.7 
 10. Poltl, Vienna Tim.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob POLTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Poltl, Vienna Timb.12.3 
 2. Mladenovski, Rabot.11.5 
 3. Janicek, SVK N.9.0 
 4. Draskovic, FCB R.9.0 
 5. Dolven, Bygdoy8.7 
 6. Ferreira, Dragon F.8.3 
 7. Kesteloot, Sint-J.8.0 
 8. Ciotlaus, Craiova8.0 
 9. Salash, Cajaso.8.0 
 10. Kask, Audentese/.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gal GILINSKI
  (188-G-95)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Gilinski, Maccabi5.3 
 2. Sharon, Hapoel H.5.3 
 3. Petersen, Aarhus5.0 
 4. Hakanson, FCB R.5.0 
 5. Marques, Ginasio4.3 
 6. Velkey, Vasas4.3 
 7. Levi, ISR N.4.0 
 8. Novosel, Buducnost4.0 
 9. Magdevski, Real M.4.0 
 10. Peeters, Giants3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Itay SEGEV
  (204-SF-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Segev, Maccabi T-A3.7 
 2. Hakanson, FCB R.2.7 
 3. Le Sann, Meyrin G.2.7 
 4. Velkey, Vasas2.3 
 5. Ciordas, Oradea2.3 
 6. Olmre, Audentes.2.3 
 7. Lofberg, Montepas.2.3 
 8. Von Uthmann, BG L.2.3 
 9. Szekely, ROM N.2.3 
 10. Nymo, Skjetten2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakob POLTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Poltl, Vienna Timb.4.0 
 2. Goloman, Kormend2.3 
 3. Derval, Boncourt2.0 
 4. Mladenovski, Rabot.2.0 
 5. Salash, Cajaso.2.0 
 6. Cotture, Fribourg1.7 
 7. Jadersten, Solna1.7 
 8. Stockman, Baerum1.7 
 9. Van Caeneghe., St-.1.5 
 10. Van Vliet, Giants1.5 


Division C: San Marino clinch Gold in Andorra - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
San Marino U18 - Moldova U18 103:100 (OT)
San Marino survived an overtime drama in Andorra la Vella yesterday to clinch the European Championship in Division C Gold. They outlasted Moldova behind a fantastic performance from Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95). The guard nailed 54 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead San Marino to the historic success.
San Marino led by two points at halftime 43:41. They stretched the gap in the third term. San Marino ensured a 65:54 lead at the third break. But Moldova recovered well in the fourth stanza. They unleashed 37 points to force overtime. Moldova gained a 100:94 lead in the extra period. But Piva and Gambuti nailed four straight free throws and then Gambuti added five quick points as San Marino pulled in front for the victory. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) netted 19 points, while Andrea Giardi (192-C-95) added 12 points for the winners. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) answered with 50 points and 11 rebounds for Moldova. Piotr Liulenov (185-SG-95) chipped in 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Julian Gualtieri 54, Igor Biordi 19, Andrea Giardi 12
Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 50+11 boards, Piotr Liulenov 18+12 boards

3-4 Place
Andorra U18 - Monaco U18 70:50

Andorra stepped onto the pedestal at the U18 European Championship in Division C. The hosts outgunned Monaco in the consolation final. Jordi Moline (172-F-95) led balanced effort with 14 points and 7 steals.
Andorra got to a strong start. They cleared off to a 22:7 distance after ten minutes. Monaco struck right back in the second frame. The visitors cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 29:30. But Andorra were back in control in the third term. They secured a 13-point buffer before the fourth period. Andorra kept Monaco at bay throughout the final stanza and rushed to the win at the end. Sergi Jordana (182-F-96) nailed 10 points, while Marc Iserte (183-PF-95) added 9 points for the winning side. Alessandro Generale (188-F-96) answered with 27 points for Monaco. Daniel Pieper (197-C-96) posted 7 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Andorra U18: Jordi Moline 14, Sergi Jordana 10, Marc Iserte 9
Monaco U18: Alessandro Generale 27, Daniel Pieper 7+10 boards



Division C: Moldova and San Marino get ready for Final - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
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

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

5-6 Place
Gibraltar U18 - Wales U18 60:56

Gibraltar clinched the 5th position at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They overcame Wales in the final game at the tournament. Jake Haefner (198-G-97) posted 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners.
Gibraltar held their opponents to just 5 points in the first frame to gain a 16-point lead. Wales picked up the tempo in the second stanza. They cut the distance at 13-point mark at the interval 35:22. Wales cut the deficit by one more point in the third term. The Welsh team went on an 18:10 run in the fourth frame but stopped few steps away from the victory. Joshua Thomas (190-F-96) Yome (185-G-96) netted 15 points, while Timothy Fava (185-F-97) added 14 points for the winners. James Cameron (200-C-95) answered with 18 points for Wales. Joshua Thomas had 10 points in the loss.

Gibraltar U18: Jake Haefner 18+19 boards, Joshua Thomas Yome 15, Timothy Fava 14
Wales U18: James Cameron 18, Joshua Thomas 10



The End of Preliminary Round in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Lithuania - Serbia 74-70 OT
Lithuania outplayed Serbia for the second win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. Lithuania thus gained 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Serbia fell at 1-2 record and occupied the third position in the standings. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort for Lithuania. Serbia got to the better start. They accumulated a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second frame. Aggressive defence helped the Baltic team get within 3 points at halftime 31:34. Serbia stretched the gap in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points. But Lithuania found the way to recover. Domantas Sabonis organized a 7:0 run from Lithuania as they spurred ahead 62:60 midway through the final term. Vasilije Pusica (190-G-95) gave Serbia a 64:62 lead but Domantas Sabonis capped regulation with a layup to force overtime. Haroldas Saprykinas and Grabauskas teamed up for 8 points in the extra period to win the game for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Haroldas Saprykinas added 9 points for the winners. Vasilije Pusica answered with 19 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points in the loss.

Slovenia - France 51-66
France claimed the third consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Slovenia to claim the top position in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-G-95) led balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the defeat and would fight against relegation. France jumped to a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia bounced back in the second frame. They picked up the tempo and cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime 27:34. Slovenia got even closer in the third term. They trailed by just 5 points at the final intermission. However Les Bleus organized an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame to seal the win. William Pfister (204-PF-95) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 10 points each for France. Jan Novak (185-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop delivered 11 points in the losing effort.

Group B
Greece - Russia 74-70
Greece celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off Russia in the final game of their preliminary round campaign. Greece could not progress through into the Second Stage of the tournament. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) stepped up with 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia enjoyed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes denied the deficit in the second term. They surged ahead for a 36:31 halftime advantage. Greece maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 7 points in a row for Russia midway through the final stanza to put them within one 65:66. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) later sank three free throws to tie things up at 68. However Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) nailed four points for Greece in the final 90 seconds of the game to seal the victory. He finished with 14 points for the Hellenes. Alexandros Spyridonidis added 7 points for the winning side. Alexander Martynov and Viacheslav Fedorchenko answered with 17 points each for Russia.

Bosnia - Czech Republic 65-69
Czech Republic gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Adam Pechacek notched 18 points to lead the winners. Both Czech Republic and Bosnia made it into the Second Stage of the competition. Bosnia posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a narrow 28:26 halftime lead. Bosnia increased the tempo in the third term. They exploded with 23 points in the period to enter the fourth stanza up by 5 points. But Adam Pechacek nailed two triples early in the fourth term to put Czech Republic in front. Soula and Svoboda made it 60:53 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) and Martin Peterka went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka finished with 17 points and 11 boards for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril added 14 points for the winners. Bojan Lulic (196-SF-95) answered with 13 points for Bosnia. Stefan Lakic netted 12 points in the loss.

Group C
Italy - Latvia 70-69
Italy handed the first defeat to hosting Latvia at the U18 European Championship. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) capped the regulation with a layup to snatch the win for Azzurri. The victory propelled Italy at 2-1 record but they remained third in Group C ladder. Italy posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They fired 26 points to narrow the gap at just two-point mark at halftime 43:41. Latvia surged ahead in the third term. The hosts limited the Azzurri to only 8 points in the period and gained a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Latvia led by 9 points midway through the final stanza but Marco Spissu drained two triples and Tommaso Laquintana added another one as Italy tied things up at 66. Geks and Simone Fontecchio exchanged baskets before Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) made it 69:68 for Latvia with 57 seconds remaining. But Simone Fontecchio converted a layup to seal the win for the Azzurri. Simone Fontecchio finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marco Spissu added 12 points in the victory. Armands Ginters answered with 17 points for Latvia. Andzejs Pasecniks had 16 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Spain 57-69
Spain advanced into the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgarian counterparts on the final day of the preliminary round. Spain improved at 2-1 record, while Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 in Group C. Alberto Abalde netted 19 points for the winning side. Spain eked out just a one-point lead after ten minutes of action 19:18. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 43:29 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Spain made it 57:43 at the final break. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but came up way short of victory at the end. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) chipped in 18 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 16 points for the Spaniards. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) topscored with 28 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov had 5 points in the loss.

Group D
Ukraine - Turkey 89-88 OT
Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) nailed a late jumper in overtime and Ukraine escaped with a tough overtime victory over Turkey. The victory however did not allow Ukraine to progress into the Second Stage. Yevgen Sakhniuk delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Turkey slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat. Ukraine got a 7:2 start to the game. But Turkey quickly erased the deficit and teams went neck and neck throughout the opening frame. They entered the second stanza tied at 23. The lead changed hands throughout the second period. Ukraine had the last laugh as they snatched a 39:36 halftime advantage. Guven and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) quickly put Turkey in front in the third term. Dogukan Sanli made it 55:45 for Turkey midway through the period. They entered the final stanza up by 11 points 64:53. But Ukraine managed to erase the deficit. Shalamov drained a triple to level things up at 75 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Ozmizrak sank a free throw to give Turkey a narrow lead but Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) answered with a freebie to send the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Yevgen Sakhniuk nailed a decisive jumper and sealed the win for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin finished with 15 points, while Oleksandr Antypov added 13 points in the win. Okben Ulubay responded with 22 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Turkey. Dogukan Sanli chipped in 20 points in the loss.

United Kingdom - Croatia 65-89
Croatia clinched a comfortable win over England on the final day of the preliminary round at U18 European Championship. The victory allowed Croatia to occupy the second position in Group D. Both teams progressed into the Second Stage of the tournament. Croatia quickly gained the lead and raced to a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes. They kept England at distance throughout the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 46:33 halftime lead. Croatia extended the margin in the third period. They established a comfortable 25-point lead at the final break. England managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 21 points for the winners. Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) added 16 points for the Croats. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 25 points for England. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade and Kingsley Okoroh had 10 points each in the loss.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daniel DIEZ
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Diez, Gipuzkoa18.7 
 2. Kriz, BC Kolin18.5 
 3. Koreniuk, Dnipro17.9 
 4. Eriksson, FCB R.17.6 
 5. Vecvagars, Lietkab.17.4 
 6. Fernandez, Asefa16.4 
 7. Radosavljevi., B.M.16.0 
 8. Papapetrou, Texas15.3 
 9. Mugosa, Buducnost15.2 
 10. Artamonov, BC Od.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Spires, FCB R.9.3 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils9.3 
 3. Kriz, BC Kolin9.1 
 4. Koreniuk, Dnipro9.0 
 5. Silins, Grissin8.9 
 6. Solomon, Maccabi8.9 
 7. Diez, Gipuzkoa8.9 
 8. Bolcina, Krka8.5 
 9. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.8.1 
 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. Laane, Rapla4.0 
 5. Fernandez, Asefa4.0 
 6. Bochoridis, Aris3.8 
 7. Eroglu, Erdemir3.7 
 8. Rupnik, Un.Olimpija3.6 
 9. Vrbica, Lovcen3.6 
 10. Imbro, Oknoplas.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Erbil EROGLU
  (194-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Eroglu, Erdemir2.4 
 2. Pkhakadze, Fairmon.2.4 
 3. Hrovat, Helios2.3 
 4. Fernandez, Asefa2.1 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog2.0 
 6. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.1.9 
 7. Paasoja, Rapla1.9 
 8. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 9. Prihonsky, BK Pard.1.8 
 10. Tomic, Geoplin Sl.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo NIKOLIC
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Nikolic, Buducnost2.7 
 2. Spires, FCB R.2.0 
 3. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.2.0 
 4. Silins, Grissin2.0 
 5. Nurger, Rapla1.8 
 6. Grazulis, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Antetokounmp., Fil.1.6 
 8. Marinkovic, OKK B.1.3 
 9. Zagreba, Dnipro1.1 
 10. Fait, USK Praha1.1 


United Kingdom and Poland earn Division A promotion - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINAL
Belgium - Poland 46-57
Poland seal promotion to Division A at the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Belgium 57:46 in the Semifinal clash and reached the Final game in Division B. Tomorrow Poland will take on United Kingdom. Belgium entered the game undefeated, but lost the first period 13:24. Poland added also 16-7 rally in the second period for 40:20 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to recover with the victories in the second half. They won the third period 12-10 and finished the game with 14-7 burst. It was enough however to reduce to final 57:46 result. Gielo Tomasz paced all the winners with 16 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Ponitka Mateusz scored 10 and Bonarek Lukasz added 8. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) delivered 18 points in the losing effort and Louis Hazard (199-F-94) as well as Vlamynck Glenn added 6 apiece.

United Kingdom - Hungary 70-61
United Kingdom enter the Final game at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They remained undefeated at the tournament with the 70:61 win over Hungary at the Semifinal clash. Tomorrow United Kingdom will take on Poland in the Final game. United Kingdom started the game with 24:17 lead and enjoyed 6-point lead at the halftime. Hungary shocked the opponents with an 18-10 surge in the third period and took the lead with 10 minutes to go. United Kingdom however needed a 21-10 burst to reach the Final game. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Lewis Nick as well as Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) brought 12 each. Markovic Luka scored 20 points in the losing effort. Kovacs Adam netted 14, while Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) posted 7.

5-8 places

Romania - Portugal 59-80
Portugal beat the hosts in Pitesti at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Portugal needed an 80:59 win to face Switzerland tomorrow in the game for the 5th place. Romania meanwhile will take on Holland in the game for 7-8 places. Portugal grabbed 17:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 19-16 rally in the second frame. Romania tried hard, but failed in the second half and could not catch up with the opponents. Portugal won the third period 19-8 and finished the game with 25-19 run. Cardoso Miguel top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Joao Grosso (196-F-94) nailed 15. Correia de Sa, Emanuel scored 10, whilst Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) and Callenbach Jonah had 8 each. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) had 11. Filip Ioan and Stoicoviciu Vlad ended up with 10 points each in a loss.

Holland - Switzerland 48-59
Mladjan Dusan leads Switzerland over Holland at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. He collected 15 points and 16 rebounds as the Swiss side posted a 59:48 win. Switzerland will take on Portugal in the game for the 5th place tonight. Holland will play against Romania in the game for 7-8 places. Holland started the game with 16:11 lead but could not stay tough in the rest of the game. Switzerland replied with a 12-9 rally and finished the game with massive 26-10 surge. Lehmann Marco scored 10 points and Affolter Christian delivered 8 in a win. Patrik Hauri (195-PF-93) followed them with 7 points. Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) scored 9. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) posted 6 points in a loss.

9-12 places
Cyprus - Slovakia 56-85
Slovakia edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia posted an 85:56 victory at the Classification Round for 9-12 places. Slovakia erupted with 25:6 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. They added massive 22-11 rally in the second period and had 47:17 halftime advantage. Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) and Cekovsky Michal exchanged the successful shots early in the third period, while Slovakia managed to win the period 18-17. Cyprus replied with 22-20 run in the last stanza and reduced to final 65:56 result. Cekovsky Michal top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 16 rebounds and Michalek Vladimir added 16. Novysedlak Jakub and Brodziansky Vladimir delivered 14 points each. Rafael Eleftheriou replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Dimitris Aristotelous (187-PG-94) scored 9. Markou Panagiotis and Iliadis Stefanos chipped in with 8 points each in a loss.

Finland - Luxembourg 112-52
Palmi Topias erupted with 60 points against Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship in Division B. His Finland left no chance for the opponent in a 112:52 win. It was the show of one player. Palmi Topias scored 23 shots including 12 three-pointers. Finland won the first period 26-11 and added massive 25-16 rally in the second frame. Moreover Finland won the third period 25-14 and erupted with 36-11 surge in the last stanza. Lehtoranta Joonas scored 20 points and Rajala Julius collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) followed them with 4 points in a win. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) replied with 19 points in the losing effort. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) and Ittenbach Chris delivered 8 points each in a loss.



Latvia and Italy to clash for title in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals
Russia - Italy 68-77
Italy will play in the U20 European Championship Final. They outgunned Russia in the semifinal clash tonight. Italy will face Latvia for the title tomorrow. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) came up with 18 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy eked out an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:34 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Italy secured a 55:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Awudu Abass and Matteo Imbro gave the Azzurri a 63:49 lead early in the final term. Russia fought bravely but could not overcome a massive deficit as Italy coasted to the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) chipped in 12 points, while Marco Lagana and Matteo Imbro had 10 points each for the winners. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) answered with 19 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak had 15 points in the loss.

Latvia - Spain 64-63
Latvia claimed the ticket into the championship game of the U20 European Championship. They continued their impressive Tallinn campaign with a thrilling victory over Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia had to deal with a slow start. Spain quickly surged ahead and accumulated a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Baltic team narrowed the distance to just a single point at halftime 35:36. Latvia pulled in front in the third term. They limited Spain to just 13 points in the period to gain a 51:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain quickly surged ahead early in the fourth term. They ensured a 58:55 lead midway through the final term. Silins scored four points in a row for Latvia to give them a 62:60 lead. Vives tied things up at 62 but Andrejs Grazulis put Latvia in front again at 64:62. Vives then split free throws and Spain failed to capitalize on two missed free throws from Janis Berzins. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) and Andrejs Grazulis netted 12 points each for the winners. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) answered with 17 points for Spain. Daniel Diez had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
5-8 Place
Turkey - Lithuania 70-68
Turkey narrowly defeated Lithuania in the classification round of U20 European Championship. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) dunked the ball with second left in regulation to propel Turkey to win. Turkey will now face Greece for the 5th overall position at the tournament. Lithuania will wrap their campaign against Montenegro tomorrow. Turkey controlled the rhythm in the first half. They gained an 18:12 lead after ten minutes Turkey boosted the gap in the second quarter. They accumulated a 38:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team got within three points at the final intermission. Lithuania opened the fourth frame on a 9:0 run to pull in front. Turkey erased the deficit and grabbed the lead back but Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) gave Lithuania a 68:65 advantage with 53 seconds remaining. Altin drained a triple to level things up at 68 and then Samet Geyik dunked for the victory. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) chipped in 14 points, while Ramazan Tekin netted 12 points in the win. Ignas Vaitkus (189-SF-93) answered with 13 points for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska had 12 points in the defeat.

Montenegro - Greece 52-67
Greece will play for the fifth overall position at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Montenegro to set up the clash with Turkey on the final day of the tournament. Montenegro will face Lithuania tomorrow. The Hellenes set the tone early in this one. Greece gained a 26:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Montenegro slowly built up the tempo in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 26:37. Greece stretched the gap in the third period. They accumulated an 18-point buffer before the fourth frame. Montenegro limited Greece to 11 points in the final stanza but could not threaten the margin and surrendered at the end. Ioannis Papapetrou notched 18 points to lead the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) netted 16 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) and Vasilije Vusovic (191-SG-94) responded with 10 points each for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa had 9 points in the loss.



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U20 European Championship: Palmi Topias erupted with 60 points against Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Luxembourg U20 112:52

Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) erupted with 60 points against Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship in Division B. His Finland left no chance for the opponent in a 112:52 win.
It was the show of one player. Topias Palmi scored 23 shots including 12 three-pointers. Finland won the first period 26-11 and added massive 25-16 rally in the second frame. Moreover Finland won the third period 25-14 and erupted with 36-11 surge in the last stanza.
Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) scored 20 points and Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) followed them with 4 points in a win. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) replied with 19 points in the losing effort. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) and Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) delivered 8 points each in a loss.

Finland U20: Topias Palmi 60, Joonas Lehtoranta 20, Julius Rajala 12+12 rebs, Tommi Huolila 4
Luxembourg U20: Bob Melcher 19, Alex Laurent 8, Chris Ittenbach 8



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U18 European Championship: France edge Slovenia to win Group A - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Slovenia U18 66:51

France claimed the third consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Slovenia to claim the top position in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-G-95) led balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the defeat and would fight against relegation.
France jumped to a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia bounced back in the second frame. They picked up the tempo and cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime 27:34. Slovenia got even closer in the third term. They trailed by just 5 points at the final intermission. However Les Bleus organized an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame to seal the win. William Pfister (204-PF-95) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 10 points each for France. Jan Novak (185-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) delivered 11 points in the losing effort.

France U18: Charly Pontens 11, William Pfister 10, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 10
Slovenia U18: Jan Novak 12, Jure Ritlop 11



Austin Nichols (ex Tofas) is a newcomer at Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American small forward Austin Nichols (200-100kg-82, college: Humboldt State). He has played for the last three seasons at Tofas in Turkish TBL league. In 33 games he recorded 8.1ppg and 2.2rpg last season. Nichols also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won French Cup in 2010. Nichols was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Nichols has played also professionally in China (Beijing Ducks), France (Hyeres-Toulon and Entente Orleans 45), SEBL (Rome Rage), D-League (Florida F.) and IBL (Oakland S.).
He attended Humboldt State until 2004 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Extremely versatile player who can drive to the basket with good mid-range game, shoots the 3-pts efficiently, and can play and guard 2, 3 and 4 position. Was even used at the PG due to team's injury situation. Hard worker and unselfish player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Darius Adams On The Way To The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to sportando and three eye sports, Darius Adams (182-PG-89, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Indianapolis) will play for Beko BBL team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven this season. Adams is a 24 year old 182cm point guard from Decatur, Illinois with one season of expereince, but playing in four countries. Last season he played for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 14 games: 19.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 36.1%, FT: 79.0%, in Apr.'13 moved to Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA, starting five): 4 games: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg. During 2012, he got his first professional basketball experience for Guaiqueries de Margarita (Venezuela-LPB, starting five), left in April: 31 games: Score-4 (18.9ppg), 3.5rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-4 (2.5spg), in August moved to Reales de La Vega (Dominican Rep.-LNB, starting five): 8 games: 18.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, 3.7spg, FG: 46%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 78%. He started his absketball career at Lincoln College: 18.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.1apg. He then played at Indianapolis (NCAA2) and in his senior year played 27 games: 23.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.8apg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NJCAA D-II All-Tournament Team -09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team -10, All-GLVC 2nd Team -10, All-GLVC 1st Team -11, NABC Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team -11, Daktronics Division II All-America 2nd Team -11
NABC Division II All-Star Game -11 (MVP), Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game -12 (MVP), Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 2nd Team -12, and Latinbasket.com All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team -12



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

David West.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

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


Thanks Keith for the chat.




Marko Samanovic moves from Werne to Dorsten - by Moritz Korff

Throughout his three years playing in Germany, Marko Samanovic (206-C-85) did so under coach Ivan Rosic. That won't change in the upcoming season. The 27-year-old big man transfers from 2. Regionalliga side TV Werne to BG Dorsten (1. Regionalliga West), the club announced. Coach Rosic made the exact same move earlier this summer and knows what he gets with Samanovic. From 2010 to 2012 the Serb spent two years with Werne in the RLW and took home accolades in both seasons. Following the 2010-11 campaign he was voted to the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Second Team and made the First Team one year later.
Meanwhile, Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88) has opted to leave BG Dorsten, he is expected to sign with a team in the Leipzig area soon.



Bodfeld Baskets sign up versatile forward - by Moritz Korff

The Bodfeld Baskets (Regionalliga North) have signed Wisconsin native Mason Walters (201-F-90) as their American import player for the 2013-14 season.
Walters was a four year player at NCAA Division Two college Bemidji State and received the team's Most Improved Award following the 2012-13 season. The 22-year-old forward finished his senior year with averages of 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest.
"We are getting a very versatile forward who can dominate the boards offensively and defensively", Bodfeld GM Christian Schaefer stated. "He is also a good shooter from deep." During his college career Walters connected on 95 of 280 attempts (33.9%) from beyond the three point line.



Remekun to bolster Dragons' frontcourt - by Moritz Korff

The Dragons Rhoendorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have announced the signing of Cory Remekun (203-F, agency: SDJ Sports) for the 2013-14 season. The forward from Mesquite, Texas averaged 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shot per contest as a senior at Saint Louis University (NCAA Division 1).
He won the Atlantic 10 championship title with the Billikens and throughout his collegiate career has been praised for his defensive abilities. Rhoendorf coach Boris Kaminski expects his new recruit to be an offensive weapon for his team as well: "I have no doubt in my mind that he will be able to hold his own underneath the basket at the Pro B level. The game film have given proof not only of his ability to finish with a thunderous dunk, but also his huge repertoire of post moves", Kaminski stated.



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U18 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar roll past Wales to clinch 5th position - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U18 - Wales U18 60:56

Gibraltar clinched the 5th position at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They overcame Wales in the final game at the tournament. Jake Haefner (198-G-97) posted 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners.
Gibraltar held their opponents to just 5 points in the first frame to gain a 16-point lead. Wales picked up the tempo in the second stanza. They cut the distance at 13-point mark at the interval 35:22. Wales cut the deficit by one more point in the third term. The Welsh team went on an 18:10 run in the fourth frame but stopped few steps away from the victory. Thomas Yome (185-G-96) netted 15 points, while Timothy Fava (185-F-97) added 14 points for the winners. James Cameron (200-C-95) answered with 18 points for Wales. Joshua Thomas (190-F-96) had 10 points in the loss.

Gibraltar U18: Jake Haefner 18+19 boards, Thomas Yome 15, Timothy Fava 14
Wales U18: James Cameron 18, Joshua Thomas 10



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U18 European Championship: Greece defeat Russia for first win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Russia U18 74:70

Greece celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off Russia in the final game of their preliminary round campaign. Greece could not progress through into the Second Stage of the tournament. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) stepped up with 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia enjoyed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes denied the deficit in the second term. They surged ahead for a 36:31 halftime advantage. Greece maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 7 points in a row for Russia midway through the final stanza to put them within one 65:66. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) later sank three free throws to tie things up at 68. However Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) nailed four points for Greece in the final 90 seconds of the game to seal the victory. He finished with 14 points for the Hellenes. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) added 7 points for the winning side. Alexander Martynov and Viacheslav Fedorchenko answered with 17 points each for Russia.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 33+15 boards, Dimitrios Stamatis 14, Alexandros Spyridonidis 7
Russia U18: Alexander Martynov 17, Viacheslav Fedorchenko 17



Kostas Papanikolaou (ex Olympiacos) signs at FCB Regal - by Eurobasket News

Regal FC Barcelona (Liga Endesa) landed 23-year old Greek international forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90). The last season Papanikolaou played also at Olympiacos (A1) in Greece. In 34 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. Papanikolaou also played 31 games in Euroleague where he had 8.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team.
Last year Papanikolaou was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (48th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2012.
Papanikolaou has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Papanikolaou also represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 12.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 80.0%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Lorenzo Moretti for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Competitive lefty small forward with nice three point shot ... What he lacks in agility/fluidity, he makes up for in determination ... Aggressive defender that will block shots ... Has really long arms, which helps him in rebounding and defending/deflecting ... Very good mechanics on his shot and can shoot with range and consistency ... Strong basketball IQ/feel for the game ... Player with a high level of intensity/motor ... Hard working kid. Confident. Very strong mentally, a true competitor. Slow footed, particularly laterally will make defending athletic NBA wings a challenge for him ... First step is average making it easier for defenders to crowd him
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Olympiacos sign Mirza Begic - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) signed 28-year old Slovenian international center Mirza Begic (217-118kg-85). Begic has played for the last two seasons at Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 44 games he had 5.7ppg and 3.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Begic also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Begic was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Begic has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 7.7ppg, 6.5rpg, Blocks-1 (1.9bpg), FGP: 53.2%, FT: 65.5%.
Begic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Huy), Croatia (KK Zadar), Italy (Air Avellino and Oknoplast Bologna), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and Geoplin Slovan).
Begic could be described: Very quick center, with great timing both for rebounding and shotblocking; has good hands also, and he can pas the ball to the open man, or to shot from outside, even if he has to develop a reliable shooting to become the superstar he can;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Greece deny Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Montenegro U20 67:52

Greece will play for the fifth overall position at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Montenegro to set up the clash with Turkey on the final day of the tournament. Montenegro will face Lithuania tomorrow.
The Hellenes set the tone early in this one. Greece gained a 26:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Montenegro slowly built up the tempo in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 26:37. Greece stretched the gap in the third period. They accumulated an 18-point buffer before the fourth frame. Montenegro limited Greece to 11 points in the final stanza but could not threaten the margin and surrendered at the end. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) netted 16 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) and Vasilije Vusovic (191-SG-94) responded with 10 points each for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 18, Dimitrios Agravanis 16, Michalis Kamperidis (204-F-94, agency: FCM) 9, Konstantinos Gontikas (206-C-94) 9
Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 10, Vasilije Vusovic 10, Marko Mugosa 9



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U20 European Championship: Mladjan Dusan leads Switzerland over Holland - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20- Switzerland U20 48:59

Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) leads Switzerland over Holland at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. He collected 15 points and 16 rebounds as the Swiss side posted a 59:48 win. Switzerland will take on Portugal in the game for the 5th place tonight. Holland will play against Romania in the game for 7-8 places.
Holland started the game with 16:11 lead but could not stay tough in the rest of the game. Switzerland replied with a 12-9 rally and finished the game with massive 26-10 surge.
Marco Lehmann (185-SG-93) scored 10 points and Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) delivered 8 in a win. Patrik Hauri (195-PF-93) followed them with 7 points. Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) scored 9. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) posted 6 points in a loss.

Holland U20: Yannick Van Der Ark 17, Roel Aarts 9, Maarten Bouwknecht 6
Switzerland U20: Dusan Mladjan 15+16 rebs, Marco Lehmann 10, Christian Affolter 8, Patrik Hauri 7



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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom enter the Final game - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Hungary U20 70:61

United Kingdom enter the Final game at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They remained undefeated at the tournament with the 70:61 win over Hungary at the Semifinal clash. Tomorrow United Kingdom will take on Poland in the Final game.
United Kingdom started the game with 24:17 lead and enjoyed 6-point lead at the halftime. Hungary shocked the opponents with an 18-10 surge in the third period and took the lead with 10 minutes to go. United Kingdom however needed a 21-10 burst to reach the Final game.
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) as well as Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) brought 12 each. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) scored 20 points in the losing effort. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 14, while Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) posted 7.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 22, Nick Lewis 12, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 12
Hungary U20: Luka Markovic 20, Adam Kovacs 14, Rosco Allen 7



Estonia reach the second win at 4-Nation Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Hungary-Estonia 66:80

Estonia reach the second win at 4-Nation Tournament in Austria. In Day 2 Estonia overcame Hungary 80:66.
Estonia took the lead in the first period and reached 25:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Hungary looked better in the second quarter and after an 18-16 run reduced to 11 points at the halftime. Moreover Hungary needed a 19-15 run in the third quarter to cut it to 7 points entering the final period. Estonia however closed the game with a 24-17 rally to seal the victory.
Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Janar Talts (207-PF-83) netted 14. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) brought 13, whilst Gert Dorbek (193-SG-85) netted 12 and Rain Veideman (193-G-91) as well as Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) had 11 each. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 16 points in defeat, while Adam Toth (208-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 13. Krisztian Wittmann (184-PG-85, agency: FCM) chipped in with 12 points and Simon scored 9.

Hungary: David Vojvoda 16, Adam Toth 13, Krisztian Wittmann 12, Simon 9
Estonia: Gregor Arbet 15, Janar Talts 14, Sten-Timmu Sokk 13, Gert Dorbek 12, Rain Veideman 11, Reinar Hallik 11



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Haifa Ink Kervin Bristol to Two-Year Deal - by David Pick

Maccabi Haifa announced the team has inked ex-Fordham power-forward/center, Kervin Bristol, to a two-year deal, the second season being a team option.

Bristol, 24, is currently playing in the Dominican Republic for the Huracanes del Atlantico where he averages 6.6 points and 9.4 rebounds over 11 showing. During the 2012-13 season, Bristol played in Turkeys second division for Istanbulspor, where he averaged a double-double of 10.1 points and finished third in the league in rebounds with 12.2 per. In February, the 6-foot-10, 224-pounder moved to Slovenia, tallying 11.4 points and 11 boards per, finishing first in the league in rebounds.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bristol played his collegiate ball at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for two seasons where he averaged 12.4 points and a team-high 10.8 rebounds as a sophomore before transferring to NCAA Division I Fordham University, where he finished third in the Atlantic 10 in shots blocked (2.4 per game) and fifth in the conference in rebounding (8.0 per game) as a senior during the 2011-12 season.




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U20 European Championship: Italy join Latvia in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Russia U20 77:68

Italy will play in the U20 European Championship Final. They outgunned Russia in the semifinal clash tonight. Italy will face Latvia for the title tomorrow. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) came up with 18 points to lead the Azzurri.
Italy eked out an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:34 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Italy secured a 55:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Awudu Abass and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) gave the Azzurri a 63:49 lead early in the final term. Russia fought bravely but could not overcome a massive deficit as Italy coasted to the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) chipped in 12 points, while Marco Lagana (188-SG-93) and Matteo Imbro had 10 points each for the winners. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) answered with 19 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) had 15 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Awudu Abass 18, Amedeo Della Valle 12, Marco Lagana 10, Matteo Imbro 10
Russia U20: Alexander Zakharov 19, Aleksandr Gudumak 15



Ron Lewis (ex Guayama) signs at Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) landed 29-year old American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio State). He played in the summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in July. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. The last season Lewis was tested by Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) in Turkish league. In 21 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Hapoel Holon (Winner League) in Israel. In 31 games he was fifth best scorer with great 18.2ppg and recorded 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2007 Lewis was drafted by Pittsburgh Xplosion (CBA) in fifth round (45th overall).
The former Ohio State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball. Lewis' team won Belgian Cup in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Lewis has played also professionally in Czech Rep., Belgium (Leuven Bears and Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Israel (Ironi Nahariya) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A guard with good fundamentals, who helps his team in all the parts of the game: defends well, is a good rebounder for his size, can be a factor offensively thanks to a very good 1-vs-1. He can build his shot, but, like most of the SG just out of college, should improve his shooting accuracy, now not so good.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Italy better Latvia in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Italy U18 69:70

Italy handed the first defeat to hosting Latvia at the U18 European Championship. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) capped the regulation with a layup to snatch the win for Azzurri. The victory propelled Italy at 2-1 record but they remained third in Group C ladder.
Italy posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They fired 26 points to narrow the gap at just two-point mark at halftime 43:41. Latvia surged ahead in the third term. The hosts limited the Azzurri to only 8 points in the period and gained a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Latvia led by 9 points midway through the final stanza but Marco Spissu (181-G-95) drained two triples and Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) added another one as Italy tied things up at 66. Geks and Simone Fontecchio exchanged baskets before Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) made it 69:68 for Latvia with 57 seconds remaining. But Simone Fontecchio converted a layup to seal the win for the Azzurri. Simone Fontecchio finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marco Spissu added 12 points in the victory. Armands Ginters (196-SF-95) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Andzejs Pasecniks had 16 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Armands Ginters 17, Andzejs Pasecniks 16
Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 28, Marco Spissu 12, Tommaso Laquintana 9



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Jordan's Final Lineup for the Asian Championship - by Omar Shafaamri

The Final 12 "Nashama" for the upcoming Fiba Asia Championship in the Philippines from 1-11 August, Jordan will play in Group 1 along with the hosts, Taiwan and KSA.

1- Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83)
2- Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85)
3- Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87)
4- Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida)
5- Hani Al-Faraj (194-SG-87)
6- Khaldon Abu Ruqayah (202-F-83)
7- Mohammad Hadrab (203-PF-84)
8- Ahmad Hamarsheh
9- Ahmad Al-Dwairi (209-C/F-93)
10- Abdallah AbuQoura (204-F/C-84)
11- Mohammad Shaher (212-C-90)
12-.Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88)
Coach: Vangelis Alexandris
Assistant: Ioannis Livanos
Assistant: Sameer Morcos
Fitness Coach: Ghazi Kilani



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U18 European Championship: Italy better Latvia in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - Italy U18 69:70

Italy handed the first defeat to hosting Latvia at the U18 European Championship. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) capped the regulation with a layup to snatch the win for Azzurri. The victory propelled Italy at 2-1 record but they remained third in Group C ladder.
Italy posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They fired 26 points to narrow the gap at just two-point mark at halftime 43:41. Latvia surged ahead in the third term. The hosts limited the Azzurri to only 8 points in the period and gained a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Latvia led by 9 points midway through the final stanza but Marco Spissu (181-G-95) drained two triples and Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) added another one as Italy tied things up at 66. Geks and Simone Fontecchio exchanged baskets before Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) made it 69:68 for Latvia with 57 seconds remaining. But Simone Fontecchio converted a layup to seal the win for the Azzurri. Simone Fontecchio finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marco Spissu added 12 points in the victory. Armands Ginters (196-SF-95) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Andzejs Pasecniks had 16 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Armands Ginters 17, Andzejs Pasecniks 16
Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 28, Marco Spissu 12, Tommaso Laquintana 9



Zakis re-signs at Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-105kg-87). He has played there for the last five seasons. Zakis managed to play in three leagues last year. In 23 LBL games he recorded 9.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Zakis also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 6.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He also played 20 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Zakis was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 1st Team back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Zakis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007. He represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 87.0%.
Zakis has played previously for three other Latvia teams: Ventspils Augstskola, Variants and VEF Riga.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Zakis re-signs at Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-105kg-87). He has played there for the last five seasons. Zakis managed to play in three leagues last year. In 23 LBL games he recorded 9.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Zakis also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 6.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He also played 20 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.8ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the Baltic League championship.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Zakis was voted Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 1st Team back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Zakis has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007. He represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.9ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 87.0%.
Zakis has played previously for three other Latvia teams: Ventspils Augstskola, Variants and VEF Riga.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Latvia shock Spain to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Spain U20 64:63

Latvia claimed the ticket into the championship game of the U20 European Championship. They continued their impressive Tallinn campaign with a thrilling victory over Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Latvia had to deal with a slow start. Spain quickly surged ahead and accumulated a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Baltic team narrowed the distance to just a single point at halftime 35:36. Latvia pulled in front in the third term. They limited Spain to just 13 points in the period to gain a 51:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain quickly surged ahead early in the fourth term. They ensured a 58:55 lead midway through the final term. Silins scored four points in a row for Latvia to give them a 62:60 lead. Vives tied things up at 62 but Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) put Latvia in front again at 64:62. Vives then split free throws and Spain failed to capitalize on two missed free throws from Janis Berzins. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) and Andrejs Grazulis netted 12 points each for the winners. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) answered with 17 points for Spain. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Berzins 14+12 boards, Ingus Jakovics 12, Andrejs Grazulis 12
Spain U20: Jaime Fernandez 17, Daniel Diez 14+15 boards



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U18 European Championship: Lithuania outgun Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Serbia U18 74:70 (OT)

Lithuania outplayed Serbia for the second win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. Lithuania thus gained 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Serbia fell at 1-2 record and occupied the third position in the standings. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort for Lithuania.
Serbia got to the better start. They accumulated a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second frame. Aggressive defence helped the Baltic team get within 3 points at halftime 31:34. Serbia stretched the gap in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points. But Lithuania found the way to recover. Domantas Sabonis organized a 7:0 run from Lithuania as they spurred ahead 62:60 midway through the final term. Vasilije Pusica (190-G-95) gave Serbia a 64:62 lead but Domantas Sabonis capped regulation with a layup to force overtime. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) and Grabauskas teamed up for 8 points in the extra period to win the game for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Haroldas Saprykinas added 9 points for the winners. Vasilije Pusica answered with 19 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) had 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 22+22 boards, Augustas Suliauskas 14, Haroldas Saprykinas 9
Serbia U18: Vasilije Pusica 19, Aleksa Jugovic 11



U20 European Championship: Samet Geyik steals late win for Turkey against Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Lithuania U20 70:68

Turkey narrowly defeated Lithuania in the classification round of U20 European Championship. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) dunked the ball with second left in regulation to propel Turkey to win. Turkey will now face Greece for the 5th overall position at the tournament. Lithuania will wrap their campaign against Montenegro tomorrow.
Turkey controlled the rhythm in the first half. They gained an 18:12 lead after ten minutes Turkey boosted the gap in the second quarter. They accumulated a 38:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team got within three points at the final intermission. Lithuania opened the fourth frame on a 9:0 run to pull in front. Turkey erased the deficit and grabbed the lead back but Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) gave Lithuania a 68:65 advantage with 53 seconds remaining. Altin drained a triple to level things up at 68 and then Samet Geyik dunked for the victory. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) chipped in 14 points, while Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) netted 12 points in the win. Ignas Vaitkus (189-SF-93) answered with 13 points for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska had 12 points in the defeat.

Turkey U20: Erbil Eroglu 14, Ramazan Tekin 12, Samet Geyik 11
Lithuania U20: Ignas Vaitkus 13, Paulius Semaska 12



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U20 European Championship: Palmi Topias erupted with 60 points against Luxembourg - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Luxembourg U20 112:52

Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) erupted with 60 points against Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship in Division B. His Finland left no chance for the opponent in a 112:52 win.
It was the show of one player. Topias Palmi scored 23 shots including 12 three-pointers. Finland won the first period 26-11 and added massive 25-16 rally in the second frame. Moreover Finland won the third period 25-14 and erupted with 36-11 surge in the last stanza.
Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) scored 20 points and Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) followed them with 4 points in a win. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) replied with 19 points in the losing effort. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) and Chris Ittenbach (188-G/F-87) delivered 8 points each in a loss.

Finland U20: Topias Palmi 60, Joonas Lehtoranta 20, Julius Rajala 12+12 rebs, Tommi Huolila 4
Luxembourg U20: Bob Melcher 19, Alex Laurent 8, Chris Ittenbach 8



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U18 European Championship Division C: Julian Gualtieri leads San Marino to Gold medals - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Moldova U18 103:100 (OT)

San Marino survived an overtime drama in Andorra la Vella yesterday to clinch the European Championship in Division C Gold. They outlasted Moldova behind a fantastic performance from Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95). The guard nailed 54 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead San Marino to the historic success.
San Marino led by two points at halftime 43:41. They stretched the gap in the third term. San Marino ensured a 65:54 lead at the third break. But Moldova recovered well in the fourth stanza. They unleashed 37 points to force overtime. Moldova gained a 100:94 lead in the extra period. But Piva and Gambuti nailed four straight free throws and then Gambuti added five quick points as San Marino pulled in front for the victory. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) netted 19 points, while Andrea Giardi (192-C-95) added 12 points for the winners. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) answered with 50 points and 11 rebounds for Moldova. Piotr Liulenov (185-SG-95) chipped in 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Julian Gualtieri 54, Igor Biordi 19, Andrea Giardi 12
Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 50+11 boards, Piotr Liulenov 18+12 boards



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U18 European Championship Division C: Andorra edge Monaco to claim Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18 - Monaco U18 70:50

Andorra stepped onto the pedestal at the U18 European Championship in Division C. The hosts outgunned Monaco in the consolation final. Jordi Moline (172-F-95) led balanced effort with 14 points and 7 steals.
Andorra got to a strong start. They cleared off to a 22:7 distance after ten minutes. Monaco struck right back in the second frame. The visitors cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 29:30. But Andorra were back in control in the third term. They secured a 13-point buffer before the fourth period. Andorra kept Monaco at bay throughout the final stanza and rushed to the win at the end. Sergi Jordana (182-F-96) nailed 10 points, while Marc Iserte (183-PF-95) added 9 points for the winning side. Alessandro Generale (188-F-96) answered with 27 points for Monaco. Daniel Pieper (197-C-96) posted 7 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Andorra U18: Jordi Moline 14, Sergi Jordana 10, Marc Iserte 9
Monaco U18: Alessandro Generale 27, Daniel Pieper 7+10 boards



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U20 European Championship: Greece deny Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Montenegro U20 67:52

Greece will play for the fifth overall position at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Montenegro to set up the clash with Turkey on the final day of the tournament. Montenegro will face Lithuania tomorrow.
The Hellenes set the tone early in this one. Greece gained a 26:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Montenegro slowly built up the tempo in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 26:37. Greece stretched the gap in the third period. They accumulated an 18-point buffer before the fourth frame. Montenegro limited Greece to 11 points in the final stanza but could not threaten the margin and surrendered at the end. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) netted 16 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) and Vasilije Vusovic (191-SG-94) responded with 10 points each for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 18, Dimitrios Agravanis 16, Michalis Kamperidis (204-F-94, agency: FCM) 9, Konstantinos Gontikas (206-C-94) 9
Montenegro U20: Danilo Nikolic 10, Vasilije Vusovic 10, Marko Mugosa 9



Vienna reached an agreement with Nikola Pavlicevic - by Darko Pekic

The top scorer of Erste Basketball League Regular season last year and member of Montenegro B National Team, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) signed a one year contract with Vienna, the reigning Champions of A Bundesliga (Austria). The club from Vienna has recently appointed Darko Russo , former Buducnost coach, as their new head coach and Russo selected Pavlicevic to run his offense in the upcoming season.

Pavlicevic averaged 15.4 ppg and 1.8 spg last season for Sutjeska, won the National Cup and reached the League finals. He is currently in China with the B National team of Montenegro playing in an international tournament and is expected to join his new teammates soon for the season preparations.



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LA Clippers ink Byron Mullens - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) agreed terms with 24-year old center Byron Mullens (213-125kg-89, college: Ohio State). He has played for the last two seasons at Charlotte Bobcats. In 53 games he had 10.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5apg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Mullens was tested by Panionios (A1) in Greek league.
He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Thunder. In 12 games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg that season. But the most of that year Mullens spent at 66ers. In 14 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Dallas Mavericks in first round (24th overall). Mullens attended Ohio State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he played in the final of D-League in 2010. Mullens was also voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Mullens has played previously for Tulsa 66ers.
On Mullens: Has tremendous presence and a good sense of where he is on the floor with his back to the basket. Excellent finisher. Solid rebounder and shot-blocker. Fundamentally sound for his position ... Most of his points come off pick and rolls, put-backs and second shots opportunities, as well as dunks around the basket and alley-oops.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The mostly miss summer of the Milwaukee Bucks! - by Chris Mathieu

The mostly miss summer of the Milwaukee Bucks!

The Milwaukee Bucks came into the offseason with a lot of free agents and holes to fill. It appears once again they didnt spend their money wisely or well. The team has spent big money on fringe free agents ZaZa Pachulia and Carlos Delfino. Even though the team likes Luke Ridnour, he isnt a difference maker on a playoff team or a very exciting player. Both qualities the Bucks need badly to create some excitement and to move beyond hoping to be an 8th seed just so they can get swept out of the playoffs. A breakdown of the hits and misses for the Bucks this summer



Hits

OJ Mayo: The best SG the Bucks have had since Ray Allen held down that position for the team. He hasnt lived up to his advance billing coming into the NBA but is a solid outside shooter and is an ok defender when motivated. He can shoot threes; handle the ball, drive and finish.

Larry Drew: There were better candidates out there for the head coach position but the team was looking for the anti Skiles and found their man in Coach Drew. He is a solid coach and the players love him so he will be welcomed into the Bucks locker room as a leader who is respected and liked.

Giannis Antetokounmpo: A bold move by the Bucks picking up a player who may not play for the team for 2-4 seasons. He has played for the Greek U20 team this summer and had dominate moments for the team but struggled overall. He averaged 8.8ppg 7.5rbpg 2.3aspg and 1.8blks but struggled shooting the ball in the tournament shooting only 36% from the field. He needs development and support, two things I question if the Bucks can provide.

Drew Gooden: Amnestying Drew was one of the best moves the team made this offseason. Of course they never should have signed him to a 6 year 38 million dollar deal when he was coming off a season being cut by two separate teams but that is a different story. Milwaukee made a huge mistake on Drew and finally has severed ties with him.

Misses

Nate Wolters: A questionable pick when other more accomplished players were available. His lack of athleticism and small school background didnt bode well for his future and he struggled in summer league play and seems unlikely to make the team after being drafted in the 2nd round. Raul Neto, Jammal Franklin and Erik Murphy all looked like better player available when Wolters was drafted.

ZaZa Pachulia: A questionable signing for many reasons, first of all because of the years and money given to him, 3 years and at least 15 million. Then there are the questions about his age (Georgia is notorious for claiming their players are younger than they actually are from ZaZa to Ersan to Manucar Markoshvili and former NBA player Vladimir Stepanja to begin with) and his health. Spending big money and years on a fringe player coming off of an Achilles injury seems like money not well spent. Also fringe players like him are not getting the years or money that the Bucks gave him. The team could of tried to pull off a trade for Omer Asik who is one of the best centers in the NBA and seemingly available after being unhappy with the signing of Dwight Howard in Houston.

Luke Ridnour: A fringe NBA player due to lack of athleticism and limitations it appears the Bucks fell in love with people they knew in Luke, Za Za and Carlos. A puzzling situation considering the limitations all three have. Signing a player like Nate Robinson instead would have brought instant offense, scoring and excitement to a franchise that needs all three. Nate Robinson played a big role in the Bulls upset of the Nets in the playoffs last season, when is the last time the Bucks had a player capable of a similar performance?

JJ Redick trade: Redick wasnt coming back and the Bucks needed a PG, so what does the team do? Bucks swing a three way trade that nets them two second round picks and Eric Bledsoe moves onto the Suns, a puzzling situation that didnt make a lot of sense for the Bucks. Bledsoe was one of the best PGs available yet the Bucks preferred two second round picks to a quality young player?

Carlos Delfino: What do the Bucks do with a player cut by his last team? Offer him a three year contract of course! Carlos was a solid player for the Bucks but really he should be playing on one year deals at this point in his career. Alan Anderson and Terrance Williams both looked like better players available when they signed Carlos. Even Tracy McGrady could have provided spark off the bench for the team.

Brandon Jennings: the team has mishandled Jennings for years and he has been on a yo-yo ride with the team that is about to end. The team should have traded him before last years draft, when his value was still high and the return would have been better. They didnt and instead held onto him for another season of struggles and benchings. They then tried to trade him before this years draft (a weaker crop of prospects than last seasons) and found no takers for the inconsistent streak shooter who has a higher opinion of himself than the rest of the NBA does. They then claim they want to keep him and immediately try to replace him with Jeff Teague. No single situation represents the inconsistent manner in which the Bucks manage their affairs than how they have handled Brandon the last few years.

Jeff Teague: Whats the point in signing Teague to a restricted free agent contract offer unless you structure it in a way that makes it hard for the Hawks to match? No surprise that the Bucks bungled this transaction. Teague would have been a good pick up but there was no chance the Hawks wouldnt match this offer considering the way the contract was structured. Even worse this bungled transaction that had no chance of going through is that it made the situation with Brandon Jennings even worse, if that was possible.









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DStv PBL Standings

DStv Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. D.Warriors 19-7 
 2. Union Bank 16-8 
 3. Islanders 15-11 
 4. Oluyole W. 13-12 
 5. Royal Hoopers 12-10 
 6. Customs 9-17 
 7. Comets 8-17 
 8. Police Baton 7-17 
Savannah Conference
 1. Kano Pillars 25-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 20-5 
 3. Plateau Peaks 14-10 
 4. Niger Potters 13-12 
 5. Bauchi Nets 10-14 
 6. Kada Stars 9-15 
 7. Immigration 6-19 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 26

Atlantic

Jul. 20: Union Bank - Royal Hoopers 96-89
Jul. 19: Union Bank - Royal Hoopers 76-60
Jul. 19: Oluyole W. - Comets 75-63

Savannah

Jul. 20: Kada Stars - Yelwa Hawks 64-51
Jul. 21: Kano Pillars - Plateau Peaks
Jul. 21: Immigration - Niger Potters
Jul. 21: Mark Mentors - Bauchi Nets
Jul. 21: Kada Stars - Yelwa Hawks


Two Samson's are better than one - by Iwedi Ojinmah

Samson Usilo was thrilled at every scholarship offer he received, but his joy doubled when Manhattan extended the same courtesy to Samson Akilo, his good friend and teammate.

I was so very excited when I heard they offered him, Usilo, 17, said. I was like, OK, we have no time to waste.

The Nigerian born products from Nazareth High School verbally committed to Manhattan on Wednesday, just a few days after the Jaspers offered the 6-foot-8 Akilo a scholarship.

Usilo, a gifted 6-foot-4 wing one Division I coach said would be the best athlete in the MAAC this coming season, held scholarship offers from a number of mid-major programs, such as St. Bonaventure, Hofstra, Niagara and Marist. But when Manhattan began eying his good friend, coach Steve Masiellos program became his desired destination.

Its very important, theres nothing like staying with someone you can say is your brother, he said. You can encourage each other on the floor and off the floor. We understand each other very well. I feel like its going to be a good thing for us.

Usilo came to America first, initially enrolling at a North Carolina high school before moving in with his aunt on Staten Island and landing at Nazareth. Akilo came a year later, and the two, who met once in Nigeria at a basketball camp and lived six hours away from each other, became fast friends.

Theyve been inseparable since, Usilo serving as a mentor to Akilo. Together, they led Nazareth to the Catholic Class A city title in the winter -- Usilo as the teams leading scorer at 20 points per game; Akilo as a dominant inside presence averaging 11 rebounds -- and have continued to grow during the AAU season with the Riverside Hawks.

Apart from friendship, Samson is a mentor to me, Akilo said. He helped me get on the right track.

Hes more like a brother to me, Usilo said. Akilo, a raw post presence, has shown improvement on the AAU circuit, excelling at Hoop Group Elite Camp. After the tournament, Manhattan and LIU extended offers.

He started playing better and better and better, Nazareth coach Todd Jamison said. He got seen by the right people at the right time.

Neither Akilo or Usilo has gone back home since coming to America. They talk often to their families about their progress and their budding friendship. The goal is to achieve success and be able to go home and lend financial support.

Were just trying to use this opportunity we have to get a good education and to also play the game we love, Usilo said. I wouldnt say its tough, but its not easy for us, to always think of youre family. We use it as motivation. Each time we talk to them back home, they try to encourage us. In everything you do, you have to go hard, you have to put in your best. It gets us going, thats why we push in everything we do.

There are so many people out there wishing for this opportunity, he added. Here we are, we have it. This is great, were very happy. My family is very happy when I told them about the news. This is like a dream. It doesnt stop here. We have to keep working hard. *

In addition to Usilo and Akilo, Manhattan landed a verbal commitment on Wednesday from Calvin Crawford, a 6-foot-7 wing on from Middletown, N.Y.. who will attend prep powerhouse St. Thomas More in Connecticut this year. Iona Prep sharpshooter Matt Ryan received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Newark East Side forward Ismael Sanogo committed to Seton Hall, picking the Pirates over VCU and George Mason. Cardinal Hayes point guard Shavar Newkirk added a scholarship offer from St. Bonavanture while his Team SCAN teammate Terry Larrier, a Bronx native who attends The Phelps School in Philadelphia, picked up offers from Kansas State, Marquette, LSU, SMU, Arizona and UConn.

Manhattan offered Tottenville rising junior Nakye Sanders, who plays with New Heights on the AAU circuit.

Thomas Jefferson combo guard Jaquan Lynch, a former Florida International signee, signed with JUCO Wabash Valley in Chicago.

culled from RECRUITING CONFIDENTIAL:



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Polpharma active in building the roster for next season. - by Julian Grucki

Bartosz Sarzalo (197, 83), Michael Hicks (193, 83, agency: Court Side, college: Central Mo.) and Kacper Radwanski (193, 94) are players who were re-signed by Polpharma Starogard Gdanski.There are also two new faces in the club: Kacper Mlynarski (200, 92, agency: Promotex) and Ovidijus Varanauskas (187, 91) and it will be their debut in Tauron Basket Liga.


All of the three re-signed players are very versatile and can play both shooting guard and small forward position:
- Hicks averaged 23 minutes, 9.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season. It will be his fifth season in Starogard. An American proved his loyalty to the Starogard again.
- Radwanski played 14 minutes per game last year having only 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds but he is a very promising polish young talent and he was an important player in Polpharma's rotation.
- Sarzalo had 3.1 points, 1.8 rebounds (13 minutes per game) and he was well known because of his contribution to the coaching staff - he was playing assistant of Mindaugas Budzinauskas and his help will be important next season as well.

New pieces in Polpharma:
- Kacper Mlynarski is a small forward who spent last season in Sokol Lancut (1 Polish League) and averaged 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Talented young polish player will have a chance to debut in TBL.

- Ovidijus Varanauskas, Lithuanian point guard played last year in Second League in Statyba Wilno. He had impressive numbers there having 15.6 points and 4.8 assists (30 minutes per game).Coach Budzinauskas knew him well and he want to use his abilities to lead the team in Starogard.



U20 European Championship: Poland seal promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20-Poland U20 46:57

Poland seal promotion to Division A at the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Belgium 57:46 in the Semifinal clash and reached the Final game in Division B. Tomorrow Poland will take on United Kingdom.
Belgium entered the game undefeated, but lost the first period 13:24. Poland added also 16-7 rally in the second period for 40:20 halftime advantage. Belgium tried to recover with the victories in the second half. They won the third period 12-10 and finished the game with 14-7 burst. It was enough however to reduce to final 57:46 result.
Tomasz Gielo (206-F-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) scored 10 and Lukasz Bonarek (200-F-93) added 8. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) delivered 18 points in the losing effort and Louis Hazard (199-F-94) as well as Glenn Vlamynck (193-F-93) added 6 apiece.

Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 18, Louis Hazard 6, Glenn Vlamynck 6
Poland U20: Tomasz Gielo 16, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13+16 rebs, Mateusz Ponitka 10, Lukasz Bonarek 8



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Belgium U16 edge Portugal U16 at Caramulo Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Portugal U16 - Belgium U16 64:66

Belgian U16 National Team wrapped their Caramulo Tournament campaign with victory. They overcame hosting Portugal in a close clash. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Portugal claimed a 21:16 lead after the opening frame. Portugal opened a 27:20 lead midway through the second frame but Belgium bounced back. They erased the deficit as the teams entered the second half tied at 32. The teams stayed close throughout the second half. Belgium eked out a 58:55 lead in the fourth period. Portugal tied things up at 64 then. But Belgium were the last ones to put their names on the scoreboard and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Sigfredo Ortiz had 13 points, while Sabri Riahi (177-PG-97) had 6 points for the winners. Diogo Brito answered with 16 points for Portugal. Ricardo Monteiro (97) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Portugal U16: Diogo Brito 16, Ricardo Monteiro 14
Belgium U16: Thomas Akyazili 22, Sigfredo Ortiz 13, Sabri Riahi 6



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

Romania U20-Portugal U20 59:80

Portugal beat the hosts in Pitesti at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Portugal needed an 80:59 win to face Switzerland tomorrow in the game for the 5th place. Romania meanwhile will take on Holland in the game for 7-8 places.
Portugal grabbed 17:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 19-16 rally in the second frame. Romania tried hard, but failed in the second half and could not catch up with the opponents. Portugal won the third period 19-8 and finished the game with 25-19 run.
Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Joao Grosso (196-F-94) nailed 15. Correia de Sa, Emanuel scored 10, whilst Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) and Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93) had 8 each. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) had 11. Ioan Filip (200-F-93) and Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) ended up with 10 points each in a loss.

Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 16, Andrei Damian 11, Ioan Filip 10, Vlad Stoicoviciu 10
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 18, Joao Grosso 15, Correia de Sa, Emanuel 10, Diogo Ventura 8, Jonah Callenbach 8



Portugal NT posts two victories - by Eurobasket News

Portugal NT posts two victories over Belarus and Romania.
In Game 1 Portugal overcame Belarus 81:68. The latter showed better percentage from the field (63% versus 44%) but could not win the game. For Belarus Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) scored 12 points, while Meshcharakou Nikita scored 9. Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) netted 8 points in a loss.
In Game 2 Portugal beat Romania 83:77. Miguel Miranda stepped up with 14 points, while Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) and Joao Santos had 13 each. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) delivered 11 points for the home side. Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points in the losing effort and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 21. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) followed them with 11 points.



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BSN names Rookie and Defensive player of the year - by Luis Modestti


BSN announced the winners of the Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year for this season.

Javier Gonzalez (182-PG-89, college: N.Carolina St.) of Cangrejeros de Santurce won the Rookie of the Year award. Gonzalez averaged 7,85 points and 3,1 assists in 20 games. This was his third season but qualified under league rules since he did not play more than 40 minutes in each season.

The 2013 Defensive Player of the Year was Kleon Penn (213-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) of Caciques-Gigantes. Penn led the league in blocked shots averaging 2,5 per game. This is the second time he is chosen as the best defensive player in the league.

Other awards like Coach of the Year and MVP are going to be announced next week.



Leones win game one of the finals - by Luis Modestti


Leones de Ponce dominated Piratas de Quebradillas 86-74 in game one of the finals. Game two is Sunday in Quebradillas.

Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) scored 26 points, Ike Diogu 20, Chris Gaston and Eddin Santiago added 13 each for Leones.

Defensively Ponce limited Kevin Lisch and the most of the starters. Offensively they had good production from their imports and the bench chipped in with 31 points.

Ponce controlled the first quarter 26-15 as Diogu and Harris had 13 points between them. At halftime they were up 44-43, holding a run by Piratas at the end of the quarter.

In the third quarter Piratas stayed close but could not stop Harris who scored 14 points and Leones finished it with a 9-0 run to be up 65-53 and never looked back.

Shawn Redhage scored 21 points and Jonathan Garcia came from the bench to score 11.



Ron Lewis (ex Guayama) signs at Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) landed 29-year old American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio State). He played in the summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in July. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. The last season Lewis was tested by Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) in Turkish league. In 21 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Hapoel Holon (Winner League) in Israel. In 31 games he was fifth best scorer with great 18.2ppg and recorded 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2007 Lewis was drafted by Pittsburgh Xplosion (CBA) in fifth round (45th overall).
The former Ohio State standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball. Lewis' team won Belgian Cup in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Lewis has played also professionally in Czech Rep., Belgium (Leuven Bears and Belfius Mons-Hainaut), Israel (Ironi Nahariya) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A guard with good fundamentals, who helps his team in all the parts of the game: defends well, is a good rebounder for his size, can be a factor offensively thanks to a very good 1-vs-1. He can build his shot, but, like most of the SG just out of college, should improve his shooting accuracy, now not so good.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Romania play two friendly games in Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Romania play two friendly games in Portugal. The National team showed their best, however lost both games.
Portugal beat Romania 83:77. Miguel Miranda stepped up with 14 points, while Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) and Joao Santos had 13 each. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) delivered 11 points for the home side. Mihai Silvasan (200-SF-85, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points in the losing effort and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 21. Catalin Baciu (214-C-88, college: Clemson) followed them with 11 points.
Belarus outscored Romania 79:66. Belarus took 20:19 lead at the end of the first period and added 14-12 rally in the second frame. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the third quarter, while Belarus closed the game with a 27-17 surge. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Maksim Shustau added 14. Adrian Tudor scored 12 points in defeat and Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 11.



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

Romania U20-Portugal U20 59:80

Portugal beat the hosts in Pitesti at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Portugal needed an 80:59 win to face Switzerland tomorrow in the game for the 5th place. Romania meanwhile will take on Holland in the game for 7-8 places.
Portugal grabbed 17:16 lead at the end of the first period and added 19-16 rally in the second frame. Romania tried hard, but failed in the second half and could not catch up with the opponents. Portugal won the third period 19-8 and finished the game with 25-19 run.
Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Joao Grosso (196-F-94) nailed 15. Correia de Sa, Emanuel scored 10, whilst Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) and Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93) had 8 each. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) had 11. Ioan Filip (200-F-93) and Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) ended up with 10 points each in a loss.

Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 16, Andrei Damian 11, Ioan Filip 10, Vlad Stoicoviciu 10
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 18, Joao Grosso 15, Correia de Sa, Emanuel 10, Diogo Ventura 8, Jonah Callenbach 8



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U20 European Championship: Italy join Latvia in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Russia U20 77:68

Italy will play in the U20 European Championship Final. They outgunned Russia in the semifinal clash tonight. Italy will face Latvia for the title tomorrow. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) came up with 18 points to lead the Azzurri.
Italy eked out an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:34 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Italy secured a 55:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Awudu Abass and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) gave the Azzurri a 63:49 lead early in the final term. Russia fought bravely but could not overcome a massive deficit as Italy coasted to the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) chipped in 12 points, while Marco Lagana (188-SG-93) and Matteo Imbro had 10 points each for the winners. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) answered with 19 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) had 15 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Awudu Abass 18, Amedeo Della Valle 12, Marco Lagana 10, Matteo Imbro 10
Russia U20: Alexander Zakharov 19, Aleksandr Gudumak 15



U18 European Championship: Greece defeat Russia for first win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Russia U18 74:70

Greece celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off Russia in the final game of their preliminary round campaign. Greece could not progress through into the Second Stage of the tournament. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) stepped up with 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia enjoyed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes denied the deficit in the second term. They surged ahead for a 36:31 halftime advantage. Greece maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 7 points in a row for Russia midway through the final stanza to put them within one 65:66. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) later sank three free throws to tie things up at 68. However Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) nailed four points for Greece in the final 90 seconds of the game to seal the victory. He finished with 14 points for the Hellenes. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) added 7 points for the winning side. Alexander Martynov and Viacheslav Fedorchenko answered with 17 points each for Russia.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 33+15 boards, Dimitrios Stamatis 14, Alexandros Spyridonidis 7
Russia U18: Alexander Martynov 17, Viacheslav Fedorchenko 17



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U18 European Championship Division C: Julian Gualtieri leads San Marino to Gold medals - by Eurobasket News

San Marino U18 - Moldova U18 103:100 (OT)

San Marino survived an overtime drama in Andorra la Vella yesterday to clinch the European Championship in Division C Gold. They outlasted Moldova behind a fantastic performance from Julian Gualtieri (191-G-95). The guard nailed 54 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead San Marino to the historic success.
San Marino led by two points at halftime 43:41. They stretched the gap in the third term. San Marino ensured a 65:54 lead at the third break. But Moldova recovered well in the fourth stanza. They unleashed 37 points to force overtime. Moldova gained a 100:94 lead in the extra period. But Piva and Gambuti nailed four straight free throws and then Gambuti added five quick points as San Marino pulled in front for the victory. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) netted 19 points, while Andrea Giardi (192-C-95) added 12 points for the winners. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) answered with 50 points and 11 rebounds for Moldova. Piotr Liulenov (185-SG-95) chipped in 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

San Marino U18: Julian Gualtieri 54, Igor Biordi 19, Andrea Giardi 12
Moldova U18: Vladislav Solopa 50+11 boards, Piotr Liulenov 18+12 boards



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U18 European Championship: Lithuania outgun Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Serbia U18 74:70 (OT)

Lithuania outplayed Serbia for the second win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. Lithuania thus gained 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Serbia fell at 1-2 record and occupied the third position in the standings. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort for Lithuania.
Serbia got to the better start. They accumulated a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second frame. Aggressive defence helped the Baltic team get within 3 points at halftime 31:34. Serbia stretched the gap in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points. But Lithuania found the way to recover. Domantas Sabonis organized a 7:0 run from Lithuania as they spurred ahead 62:60 midway through the final term. Vasilije Pusica (190-G-95) gave Serbia a 64:62 lead but Domantas Sabonis capped regulation with a layup to force overtime. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) and Grabauskas teamed up for 8 points in the extra period to win the game for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Haroldas Saprykinas added 9 points for the winners. Vasilije Pusica answered with 19 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) had 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 22+22 boards, Augustas Suliauskas 14, Haroldas Saprykinas 9
Serbia U18: Vasilije Pusica 19, Aleksa Jugovic 11



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U20 European Championship: Slovakia edge Cyprus in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Cyprus U20-Slovakia U20 56:85

Slovakia edge Cyprus in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia posted an 85:56 victory at the Classification Round for 9-12 places.
Slovakia erupted with 25:6 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. They added massive 22-11 rally in the second period and had 47:17 halftime advantage. Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) and Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) exchanged the successful shots early in the third period, while Slovakia managed to win the period 18-17. Cyprus replied with 22-20 run in the last stanza and reduced to final 65:56 result.
Michal Cekovsky top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 16 rebounds and Vladimir Michalek (183-G-94) added 16. Jakub Novysedlak (188-PG-93) and Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) delivered 14 points each. Rafael Eleftheriou replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Dimitris Aristotelous (187-PG-94) scored 9. Panagiotis Markou (189-G-96) and Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) chipped in with 8 points each in a loss.

Cyprus U20: Rafael Eleftheriou 20, Dimitris Aristotelous 9, Panagiotis Markou 8, Stefanos Iliadis 8
Slovakia U20: Michal Cekovsky 17+16 rebs, Vladimir Michalek 16, Jakub Novysedlak 14, Vladimir Brodziansky 14



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Sentjur finds new coach in Stanisak, Grosuple tabs Julevic, Rogaska lands Nikolic and extends four players - by Zeljko Zule

A familiar face is back to a Telemach League when the announcement that Tajfun Sentjur inked Croatian coach Ivan Stanisak to an one-year deal with an optinon for a further year. Stanisak returns to Slovenia after finishing the 2012-13 season with Swedish side Eco Orebro. Stanisak coaches Elektra in the 2007/08 season and Koper in the 2008/09 season. He also served as assistant coach of Zlatorog .
Grosuplje announced its first roster additions for the upcoming season by signing Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85) for two years. Julevic arrives from Elektra, for whom he averaged 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.8 steals in 26 league games last season.

Rogaska Crystal improved its backourt by inking Mitja Nikolic-Smrdelj (201-F-91) to an one-year deal, the club announcement today. Nikolic arrives from Zlatorog, where he averaged 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.3 steals in 30 Slovenian League games last season. Rogaska also reached a new agreements with Zeljko Jotic (185-G-89), Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87), Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) and Semir Smajlovic (209-C-87) to stay together until the end of the 2013-14 season.




U18 European Championship: France edge Slovenia to win Group A - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Slovenia U18 66:51

France claimed the third consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Slovenia to claim the top position in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-G-95) led balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the defeat and would fight against relegation.
France jumped to a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia bounced back in the second frame. They picked up the tempo and cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime 27:34. Slovenia got even closer in the third term. They trailed by just 5 points at the final intermission. However Les Bleus organized an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame to seal the win. William Pfister (204-PF-95) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 10 points each for France. Jan Novak (185-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) delivered 11 points in the losing effort.

France U18: Charly Pontens 11, William Pfister 10, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 10
Slovenia U18: Jan Novak 12, Jure Ritlop 11



Olympiacos sign Mirza Begic - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) signed 28-year old Slovenian international center Mirza Begic (217-118kg-85). Begic has played for the last two seasons at Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 44 games he had 5.7ppg and 3.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Begic also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Begic was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
He has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Begic has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 7.7ppg, 6.5rpg, Blocks-1 (1.9bpg), FGP: 53.2%, FT: 65.5%.
Begic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Huy), Croatia (KK Zadar), Italy (Air Avellino and Oknoplast Bologna), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and Geoplin Slovan).
Begic could be described: Very quick center, with great timing both for rebounding and shotblocking; has good hands also, and he can pas the ball to the open man, or to shot from outside, even if he has to develop a reliable shooting to become the superstar he can;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: Latvia shock Spain to enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U20 - Spain U20 64:63

Latvia claimed the ticket into the championship game of the U20 European Championship. They continued their impressive Tallinn campaign with a thrilling victory over Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Latvia had to deal with a slow start. Spain quickly surged ahead and accumulated a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Baltic team narrowed the distance to just a single point at halftime 35:36. Latvia pulled in front in the third term. They limited Spain to just 13 points in the period to gain a 51:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain quickly surged ahead early in the fourth term. They ensured a 58:55 lead midway through the final term. Silins scored four points in a row for Latvia to give them a 62:60 lead. Vives tied things up at 62 but Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) put Latvia in front again at 64:62. Vives then split free throws and Spain failed to capitalize on two missed free throws from Janis Berzins. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) and Andrejs Grazulis netted 12 points each for the winners. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) answered with 17 points for Spain. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U20: Janis Berzins 14+12 boards, Ingus Jakovics 12, Andrejs Grazulis 12
Spain U20: Jaime Fernandez 17, Daniel Diez 14+15 boards



Kostas Papanikolaou (ex Olympiacos) signs at FCB Regal - by Eurobasket News

Regal FC Barcelona (Liga Endesa) landed 23-year old Greek international forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90). The last season Papanikolaou played also at Olympiacos (A1) in Greece. In 34 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. Papanikolaou also played 31 games in Euroleague where he had 8.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 3rd Team.
Last year Papanikolaou was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in second round (48th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year award in 2012.
Papanikolaou has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Papanikolaou also represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 12.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 80.0%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Lorenzo Moretti for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Competitive lefty small forward with nice three point shot ... What he lacks in agility/fluidity, he makes up for in determination ... Aggressive defender that will block shots ... Has really long arms, which helps him in rebounding and defending/deflecting ... Very good mechanics on his shot and can shoot with range and consistency ... Strong basketball IQ/feel for the game ... Player with a high level of intensity/motor ... Hard working kid. Confident. Very strong mentally, a true competitor. Slow footed, particularly laterally will make defending athletic NBA wings a challenge for him ... First step is average making it easier for defenders to crowd him
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By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Spain beat Bulgaria to punch Second Stage ticket - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria U18 - Spain U18 57:69

Spain advanced into the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgarian counterparts on the final day of the preliminary round. Spain improved at 2-1 record, while Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 in Group C. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) netted 19 points for the winning side.
Spain eked out just a one-point lead after ten minutes of action 19:18. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 43:29 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Spain made it 57:43 at the final break. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but came up way short of victory at the end. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) chipped in 18 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 16 points for the Spaniards. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) topscored with 28 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) had 5 points in the loss.

Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 28, Aleksandar Milov 5
Spain U18: Alberto Abalde 19, David Iriarte 18, Jose Nogues 16



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U20 European Championship: Mladjan Dusan leads Switzerland over Holland - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20- Switzerland U20 48:59

Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) leads Switzerland over Holland at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. He collected 15 points and 16 rebounds as the Swiss side posted a 59:48 win. Switzerland will take on Portugal in the game for the 5th place tonight. Holland will play against Romania in the game for 7-8 places.
Holland started the game with 16:11 lead but could not stay tough in the rest of the game. Switzerland replied with a 12-9 rally and finished the game with massive 26-10 surge.
Marco Lehmann (185-SG-93) scored 10 points and Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) delivered 8 in a win. Patrik Hauri (195-PF-93) followed them with 7 points. Yannick Van Der Ark (193-G/F-93) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) scored 9. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) posted 6 points in a loss.

Holland U20: Yannick Van Der Ark 17, Roel Aarts 9, Maarten Bouwknecht 6
Switzerland U20: Dusan Mladjan 15+16 rebs, Marco Lehmann 10, Christian Affolter 8, Patrik Hauri 7



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U20 European Championship: Samet Geyik steals late win for Turkey against Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Lithuania U20 70:68

Turkey narrowly defeated Lithuania in the classification round of U20 European Championship. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) dunked the ball with second left in regulation to propel Turkey to win. Turkey will now face Greece for the 5th overall position at the tournament. Lithuania will wrap their campaign against Montenegro tomorrow.
Turkey controlled the rhythm in the first half. They gained an 18:12 lead after ten minutes Turkey boosted the gap in the second quarter. They accumulated a 38:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team got within three points at the final intermission. Lithuania opened the fourth frame on a 9:0 run to pull in front. Turkey erased the deficit and grabbed the lead back but Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) gave Lithuania a 68:65 advantage with 53 seconds remaining. Altin drained a triple to level things up at 68 and then Samet Geyik dunked for the victory. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) chipped in 14 points, while Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) netted 12 points in the win. Ignas Vaitkus (189-SF-93) answered with 13 points for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska had 12 points in the defeat.

Turkey U20: Erbil Eroglu 14, Ramazan Tekin 12, Samet Geyik 11
Lithuania U20: Ignas Vaitkus 13, Paulius Semaska 12



Austin Nichols (ex Tofas) is a newcomer at Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American small forward Austin Nichols (200-100kg-82, college: Humboldt State). He has played for the last three seasons at Tofas in Turkish TBL league. In 33 games he recorded 8.1ppg and 2.2rpg last season. Nichols also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won French Cup in 2010. Nichols was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Nichols has played also professionally in China (Beijing Ducks), France (Hyeres-Toulon and Entente Orleans 45), SEBL (Rome Rage), D-League (Florida F.) and IBL (Oakland S.).
He attended Humboldt State until 2004 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Extremely versatile player who can drive to the basket with good mid-range game, shoots the 3-pts efficiently, and can play and guard 2, 3 and 4 position. Was even used at the PG due to team's injury situation. Hard worker and unselfish player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Ukraine pip Turkey in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 - Turkey U18 89:88 (OT)

Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) nailed a late jumper in overtime and Ukraine escaped with a tough overtime victory over Turkey. The victory however did not allow Ukraine to progress into the Second Stage. Yevgen Sakhniuk delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Turkey slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat.
Ukraine got a 7:2 start to the game. But Turkey quickly erased the deficit and teams went neck and neck throughout the opening frame. They entered the second stanza tied at 23. The lead changed hands throughout the second period. Ukraine had the last laugh as they snatched a 39:36 halftime advantage. Guven and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) quickly put Turkey in front in the third term. Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) made it 55:45 for Turkey midway through the period. They entered the final stanza up by 11 points 64:53. But Ukraine managed to erase the deficit. Shalamov drained a triple to level things up at 75 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Ozmizrak sank a free throw to give Turkey a narrow lead but Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) answered with a freebie to send the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Yevgen Sakhniuk nailed a decisive jumper and sealed the win for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin finished with 15 points, while Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) added 13 points in the win. Okben Ulubay responded with 22 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Turkey. Dogukan Sanli chipped in 20 points in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 21+10 boards, Igor Boyarkin 15, Oleksandr Antypov 13
Turkey U18: Okben Ulubay 22, Dogukan Sanli 20



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Jake O'Brien is a newcomer at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Jake O'Brien (206-100kg-89). He just graduated from Temple (NCAA). In 34 games he recorded 9.3ppg and 3.3rpg last season.
The previous (11-12) season O'Brien played for Boston University in American East Conference in the NCAA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements O'Brien's college team won AEC Tournament in 2011. He received also All-AEC 3rd Team award back in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Ukraine pip Turkey in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 - Turkey U18 89:88 (OT)

Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) nailed a late jumper in overtime and Ukraine escaped with a tough overtime victory over Turkey. The victory however did not allow Ukraine to progress into the Second Stage. Yevgen Sakhniuk delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Turkey slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat.
Ukraine got a 7:2 start to the game. But Turkey quickly erased the deficit and teams went neck and neck throughout the opening frame. They entered the second stanza tied at 23. The lead changed hands throughout the second period. Ukraine had the last laugh as they snatched a 39:36 halftime advantage. Guven and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) quickly put Turkey in front in the third term. Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) made it 55:45 for Turkey midway through the period. They entered the final stanza up by 11 points 64:53. But Ukraine managed to erase the deficit. Shalamov drained a triple to level things up at 75 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Ozmizrak sank a free throw to give Turkey a narrow lead but Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) answered with a freebie to send the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Yevgen Sakhniuk nailed a decisive jumper and sealed the win for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin finished with 15 points, while Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) added 13 points in the win. Okben Ulubay responded with 22 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Turkey. Dogukan Sanli chipped in 20 points in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Yevgen Sakhniuk 21+10 boards, Igor Boyarkin 15, Oleksandr Antypov 13
Turkey U18: Okben Ulubay 22, Dogukan Sanli 20



Iailo is back at Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) added to their roster 40-year old Ukrainian ex-international forward Leonid Iailo (206-109kg-73). It is actually his comeback to Kyiv as he played here before. He had stopped his career a year ago but decided to return. He has played for the last four seasons at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague). In 38 games he had 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 2011/12 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Iailo played in the final of Ukrainian Superleague for two years in a row (2005 and 2006). He was also voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Defensive Team back in 2005. Iailo was a member of Ukrainian Senior National Team between 1996 and 2003.
He is quite experienced player. Iailo has played also professionally in Italy (Reggio C. Redel), Russia (Unics Kazan), Turkey (Darussafaka) and Ukraine (BC Kyiv and Azovmash).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Budivelnyk.
On Iailo: He speaks English and lives together with his girlfriend. They have no childeren.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: United Kingdom enter the Final game - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Hungary U20 70:61

United Kingdom enter the Final game at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They remained undefeated at the tournament with the 70:61 win over Hungary at the Semifinal clash. Tomorrow United Kingdom will take on Poland in the Final game.
United Kingdom started the game with 24:17 lead and enjoyed 6-point lead at the halftime. Hungary shocked the opponents with an 18-10 surge in the third period and took the lead with 10 minutes to go. United Kingdom however needed a 21-10 burst to reach the Final game.
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) as well as Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) brought 12 each. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) scored 20 points in the losing effort. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 14, while Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) posted 7.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 22, Nick Lewis 12, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 12
Hungary U20: Luka Markovic 20, Adam Kovacs 14, Rosco Allen 7



LA Clippers ink Byron Mullens - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) agreed terms with 24-year old center Byron Mullens (213-125kg-89, college: Ohio State). He has played for the last two seasons at Charlotte Bobcats. In 53 games he had 10.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5apg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Mullens was tested by Panionios (A1) in Greek league.
He ended the previous (10-11) season at the Thunder. In 12 games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg that season. But the most of that year Mullens spent at 66ers. In 14 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Dallas Mavericks in first round (24th overall). Mullens attended Ohio State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he played in the final of D-League in 2010. Mullens was also voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year back in 2009 at his college time.
Mullens has played previously for Tulsa 66ers.
On Mullens: Has tremendous presence and a good sense of where he is on the floor with his back to the basket. Excellent finisher. Solid rebounder and shot-blocker. Fundamentally sound for his position ... Most of his points come off pick and rolls, put-backs and second shots opportunities, as well as dunks around the basket and alley-oops.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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.



U18 European Championship: Croatia coast past England - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - England U18 89:65

Croatia clinched a comfortable win over England on the final day of the preliminary round at U18 European Championship. The victory allowed Croatia to occupy the second position in Group D. Both teams progressed into the Second Stage of the tournament.
Croatia quickly gained the lead and raced to a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes. They kept England at distance throughout the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 46:33 halftime lead. Croatia extended the margin in the third period. They established a comfortable 25-point lead at the final break. England managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 21 points for the winners. Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) added 16 points for the Croats. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 25 points for England. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (198-F/G-95) and Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) had 10 points each in the loss.

Croatia U18: Luke Nelson 25, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 10, Kingsley Okoroh 10
England U18: Tomislav Gabric 21, Dorian Jelenek 16, Andrija Coric (198-SG-95) 9



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Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larre Borges 15-1 
 2. Guruyu Waston 13-3 
 3. Cader 11-5 
 4. Welcome 10-6 
 5. Verdirrojo 9-7 
 6. Urunday Univ. 9-7 
 7. Marne 8-8 
 8. Capitol 6-10 
 9. Stockholmo 5-11 
 10. Colon 4-12 
 11. 25 de Agosto 4-12 
 12. Yale 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jul. 22: 25 de Agosto - Marne
Jul. 22: Cader - Stockholmo
Jul. 22: Capitol - Guruyu Waston
Jul. 22: Welcome - Verdirrojo
Jul. 22: Urunday Univ. - Larre Borges
Jul. 22: Yale - Colon


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) netted four free throws in the last 30 seconds during an overtime leading Larre Borges to beat Verdirrojo 85-84 (OT 75-75), for the Metro 17th round. Dobbins netted 1/1 three point shots. 7/18 two points 11/13 free throws, and grabbed 12 rebounds, whille Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) netted 36 points for Verdirrojo (5/15, 4/12, 13/17) with 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Thiago Labbate (208-C-83), in his first game for Guruyu Waston netted 21 points with 18 rebounds to beat Marne 75-54. For Marne, Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 15 points , 7 rebounds, 4 assists.
Larre Borges is the Metro leader with a 16/1 record while Guruyu Waston is in the second position with 14/3.



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U18 European Championship Division C: Gibraltar roll past Wales to clinch 5th position - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U18 - Wales U18 60:56

Gibraltar clinched the 5th position at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They overcame Wales in the final game at the tournament. Jake Haefner (198-G-97) posted 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners.
Gibraltar held their opponents to just 5 points in the first frame to gain a 16-point lead. Wales picked up the tempo in the second stanza. They cut the distance at 13-point mark at the interval 35:22. Wales cut the deficit by one more point in the third term. The Welsh team went on an 18:10 run in the fourth frame but stopped few steps away from the victory. Thomas Yome (185-G-96) netted 15 points, while Timothy Fava (185-F-97) added 14 points for the winners. James Cameron (200-C-95) answered with 18 points for Wales. Joshua Thomas (190-F-96) had 10 points in the loss.

Gibraltar U18: Jake Haefner 18+19 boards, Thomas Yome 15, Timothy Fava 14
Wales U18: James Cameron 18, Joshua Thomas 10




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Women News


Korac inks Maksimovic, Stancic, Mihailovic, promotes Spasojevic - by Zeljko Zule

Adriatic League runner-up Radivoj Korac added depth to its roster by bringing in former national team member Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82), U-20 national team member Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) and U-16 national team member IsidoIsidora Mihailovic (187-C-98). Korac also has added U-18 national team member Anja Spasojevic (180-SG-96) to its roster.
Maksimovic arrives from Energa Torun, where she averaged 14.4 points, 7.rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 28 Polish League games. Dijana Stancic spent last season on loan at Stara Pazova for whom she poured in 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 12 Serbian League games. Stancic spent the summer representing the Serbian national team at U-20 European Championship, where she averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 asists in 9 games. Mihailovic arrives from Palanka 2012, a Serbian second division champion.




Celik tabs coach Hamzic, Rahmanovic's sisters and Dzinic, brings back Iriskic, Halimic - by Zeljko Zule

Celik added depth to its roster by bringing in coach Almir Hamzic, sisters Irma Rahmanovic (185-F-91) and Maida Rahmanovic (174-G-89), its former players Aldijana Iriskic (172-G-85) and Sedina Halimic (195-C-83) and Marina Dzinic (187-F-92).
Rahmanovic's sisters arrives from Jedinstvo Tuzla. Aldijana Iriskic last season started with Vrsac. She played just one Adriatic League game, scoring 7 points, pulling 2 rebounds and notching 4 assists. Sedina Halimic arrives from Vojvodina, from whom she averaged 2.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 13 Adriatic League games last season. Those numbers dropped to 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in 6 Serbian League games. Marina Dzinic the 2012-13 season with Hope GBA Bernex in Switzerland and later moved to Mladi Krajisnik, where she averaged 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 10 Bosnian League games, helping her team to win the Championship.




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U19 World Championship: Japan edge Argentina to reach Eighth Final round - by Eurobasket News

Japan U19 - Argentina U19 76:68

Japan punched the ticket into the Eighth Final Round at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Argentina in the decisive game for both sides in Group B. Misato Kuma (169-G-94) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Japan posted a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They stayed aggressive defensively in the second frame. The Asian team ensured a 27:21 halftime advantage. Japan unloaded 26 points in the third term to boost their lead. They recorded a 53:44 advantage at the final break. Argentina tried hard to save the game in the fourth frame scoring 24 points but fell short of victory at the end. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) netted 15 points, while Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) added 12 points in the victory. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) answered with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Argentina. Sofia Chelini (168-PG-95) had 15 points in the loss.

Japan U19: Misato Kuma 16, Mirai Tamura 15, Kanako Masuoka 12
Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 21+12 boards, Sofia Chelini 15



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U19 World Championship: Spain stun Australia to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19-Australia U19 81:63

Spain stun Australia to win Group B at the U19 World Championship. The European titans posted an easy 81:63 win for 3-0 record. Australia finished second in the group with 2-1 record.
Australia started the game with 20-12, but failed in the rest of the game. Spain replied with a 27-22 and reduced to 3 points at the halftime. Moreover the European side won the third period 27-12 and easily added 15-9 in the last stanza.
Astou Ndour (196-C-94) erupted with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) collected 22 points and 10 boards. Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) scored 13 and Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) notched 7. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) answered with 16 points in defeat and Alex Wilson (174-G-94) brought 14. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) followed them with 13 points in a loss.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 24+10 rebs, Belen Arrojo 22+10 rebs, Leticia Romero 13, Ariadna Pujol 7
Australia U19: Casey Samuels 16, Alex Wilson 14, Carley Mijovic 13



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  BRAZIL   


U19 World Championship: Brazil edge Serbia to win Group A - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19 - Serbia U19 80:66

Brazil claimed the third consecutive win at the U19 World Championship. They held off Serbia to win Group A with a perfect record. Serbia slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) nailed 20 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 boards to pace the winners.
Serbia accumulated an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at halftime 27:31. The Latin American team increased the tempo after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third term to ensure a 6-point lead before the final stanza. Brazil poured in 26 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Maria Ferreira (192-C-94) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) added 14 points for the winners. Vuckovic answered with 16 points for Serbia. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) and Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 20, Maria Ferreira 15, Izabella Sangalli 14
Serbia U19: Natasa Kovacevic 13, Aleksandra Stanacev 13



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: France wins Group C - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19-France U19 60:65

France wins Group C of the U19 World Championship. The French side overcame Canada 65:60 in a real thriller to remain undefeated. Canada meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and showed different quarters results. At first Canada started with 25-8 surge, while France erupted with a 29-7 burst in the second frame. The teams exchanged the narrow victories in the second half and it brought 65:60 win for the European side.
Mamignan Toure (184-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) netted 12. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) notched 9. Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) replied with 14 points in a loss, whilst Daneesha Provo (178-PG-96) and Emily Potter (195-C-95) notched 10 points each. Samantha Cooper (185-G/F-95) and Shaylisha Colley (172-PG-96) brought 8 points apiece.

Canada U19: Jamie Weisner 14, Daneesha Provo 10, Emily Potter 10, Samantha Cooper 8, Shaylisha Colley 8
France U19: Mamignan Toure 16, Olivia Epoupa 12, Valeriane Ayayi 11+13 rebs, Lidija Turcinovic 9



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  CHINA   


U19 World Championship: China rally past Lithuania to claim second position in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - China U19 65:78

China celebrated the second win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame hosting Lithuania in Panevezys tonight to secure the second position in Group D. Both teams advanced into the Eighth Final round. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) notched 20 points, 8 assists and 7 boards for the winners.
China knocked down 26 points in the first frame to gain a 9-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. The Asian powerhouse recorded a 45:30 halftime buffer. Lithuania narrowed the distance in the third term. The Baltic team stiffened defensively and narrowed the distance to just 13 points at the final intermission. But China stayed calm throughout the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Gong Li (187-F-95) had 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) added 13 points in the win Roberta Mizgeryte (188-PF-95) responded with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) and Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat.

Lithuania U19: Roberta Mizgeryte 23+15 boards, Greta Tamasauskaite 12, Ieva Kazlauskaite 12
China U19: Yang LiWei 20, Gong Li 16, Yang Hengyu 13



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  FRANCE   


U19 World Championship: France wins Group C - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19-France U19 60:65

France wins Group C of the U19 World Championship. The French side overcame Canada 65:60 in a real thriller to remain undefeated. Canada meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and showed different quarters results. At first Canada started with 25-8 surge, while France erupted with a 29-7 burst in the second frame. The teams exchanged the narrow victories in the second half and it brought 65:60 win for the European side.
Mamignan Toure (184-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) netted 12. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) notched 9. Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) replied with 14 points in a loss, whilst Daneesha Provo (178-PG-96) and Emily Potter (195-C-95) notched 10 points each. Samantha Cooper (185-G/F-95) and Shaylisha Colley (172-PG-96) brought 8 points apiece.

Canada U19: Jamie Weisner 14, Daneesha Provo 10, Emily Potter 10, Samantha Cooper 8, Shaylisha Colley 8
France U19: Mamignan Toure 16, Olivia Epoupa 12, Valeriane Ayayi 11+13 rebs, Lidija Turcinovic 9



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  HOLLAND   


U19 World Championship: Netherlands coast past Senegal in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U19 - Senegal U19 84:51

Netherlands recorded the first win at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Senegal to secure the Second Stage birth. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) posted 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Dutch side. Senegal fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of Group C ladder.
Netherlands quickly cleared off in this one. They recorded a 26:11 lead after ten minutes of action. The Dutch team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They enjoyed a 45:20 halftime advantage. The Dutch team kept Senegal at distance throughout the third term. They registered a 26-point lead heading into the final quarter. Netherlands went on a 20:13 run in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Klaziena Guijt (172-SG-95) and Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) chipped in 15 points apiece for the winning side. Ndao answered with 19 points for Senegal. Irma Dieme Yaye, Ndeye Awa Kebe (95) and Fatou Ndiaye (186-F, college: S.Nazarene) finished with 6 points each in the loss.

Netherlands U19: Kourtney Treffers 16+13 boards, Klaziena Guijt 15, Isabella Slim 15
Senegal U19: Ndao 19, Irma Dieme Yaye 6, Ndeye Awa Kebe 6, Fatou Ndiaye 6



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  JAPAN   


U19 World Championship: Japan edge Argentina to reach Eighth Final round - by Eurobasket News

Japan U19 - Argentina U19 76:68

Japan punched the ticket into the Eighth Final Round at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Argentina in the decisive game for both sides in Group B. Misato Kuma (169-G-94) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Japan posted a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They stayed aggressive defensively in the second frame. The Asian team ensured a 27:21 halftime advantage. Japan unloaded 26 points in the third term to boost their lead. They recorded a 53:44 advantage at the final break. Argentina tried hard to save the game in the fourth frame scoring 24 points but fell short of victory at the end. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) netted 15 points, while Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) added 12 points in the victory. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) answered with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Argentina. Sofia Chelini (168-PG-95) had 15 points in the loss.

Japan U19: Misato Kuma 16, Mirai Tamura 15, Kanako Masuoka 12
Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 21+12 boards, Sofia Chelini 15



Japanese U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Mirai Tamura
Tamura
Miyuki Kawamura
Kawamura
Kanako Masuoka
Masuoka
Yunika Nakamura
Nakamura
Haruka Hatakenaka
Hatakenaka
#e#5
4Manami Fujioka 168-G-94 Tsukuba Univ. Japan
5Akie Hayasaka 175-G-94 Tsukuba Univ. Japan
6Yuki Kitamura 170-G-94 Osaka Univ. Japan
7Mirai Tamura 164-PG-94 Wasada Un. Japan
8Misato Kuma 169-G-94 Hiroshima Un. Japan
9Nozomi Kato 175-F-94 Wasada Un. Japan
10Maria Kawakami 172-G-94 JX Sunflowers Japan
11Miyuki Kawamura 183-C-94 Chanson V-M Japan
12Kanako Masuoka 173-G-94 Chanson V-M Japan
13Yunika Nakamura 177-PF-95 JX Sunflowers Japan
14Haruka Hatakenaka 194-PF-95 Osaka Univ. Japan
15Risa Nishioka 184-C-97

Tasusii Isshiki Head Coach



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  LITHUANIA   


U19 World Championship: China rally past Lithuania to claim second position in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - China U19 65:78

China celebrated the second win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame hosting Lithuania in Panevezys tonight to secure the second position in Group D. Both teams advanced into the Eighth Final round. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) notched 20 points, 8 assists and 7 boards for the winners.
China knocked down 26 points in the first frame to gain a 9-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. The Asian powerhouse recorded a 45:30 halftime buffer. Lithuania narrowed the distance in the third term. The Baltic team stiffened defensively and narrowed the distance to just 13 points at the final intermission. But China stayed calm throughout the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Gong Li (187-F-95) had 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) added 13 points in the win Roberta Mizgeryte (188-PF-95) responded with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) and Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat.

Lithuania U19: Roberta Mizgeryte 23+15 boards, Greta Tamasauskaite 12, Ieva Kazlauskaite 12
China U19: Yang LiWei 20, Gong Li 16, Yang Hengyu 13



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  MALI   


Mali U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Mariam Kone
Kone
Hawa Dougo Traore
Traore
Mariam Maiga
Maiga
Aminata Traore
Traore
Christine Dakouo
Dakouo
#e#5
4M'Bamakan Kanoute 160-G-94 Real Mali
5Mariam Kone 172-SF-97 AS C III Mali
6Hawa Dougo Traore 172-F-95 AS C I Mali
7Mariam Maiga 167-SG-96 CAT Mali
8Penda Kone 170-G-95 DAC Mali
9Sira Camara 170-SG-95 Stade Malien Mali
10Fanta Guindo 168-F/G-94 DAC Mali
11Penda Toure 174-C-95 CAT Mali
12Madjan Camara 185-C-95 USFAS Mali
13Aminata Traore 186-C-95 DAC Mali
14Fatoumata Dembele 170-SF-94 DAC Mali
15Christine Dakouo 178-PF-96 AS C III Mali

Mohamed Maiga Head Coach



U19 World Championship: USA smashes Mali in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Mali U19-USA U19 26:103

USA smashes Mali in Day 3 at the U19 World Championship. The defending champions won their third straight game as they rout the African side 103:26. USA won the group with 3-0 record, while Mali finished the group winless with 0-3 record.
USA erupted with a 36:6 surge in the opening period and never looked behind. The favorites added 26-4 in the second frame and enjoyed a 61:10 halftime advantage. Moreover USA won the third period 25-7 and finished the game with a 17-9 run.
Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Alexis Jones (5'8''-G-94), Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96), A'Ja Wilson (6'4''-F-96) and Linnae Harper (5'7''-SG-95) netted 11 each. Fanta Guindo (5'6''-F/G-94) replied with 7 points in the losing effort. Aminata Traore (6'1''-C-95) nailed 5 and Christine Dakouo (5'10''-PF-96) had 4.

Mali U19: Fanta Guindo 7, Aminata Traore 5, Christine Dakouo 4
USA U19: Breanna Stewart 17, Alexis Jones 11, Brianna Turner 11, A'Ja Wilson 11, Linnae Harper 11



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  NCAA1   


U19 World Championship: USA smashes Mali in Day 3 - by Eurobasket News

Mali U19-USA U19 26:103

USA smashes Mali in Day 3 at the U19 World Championship. The defending champions won their third straight game as they rout the African side 103:26. USA won the group with 3-0 record, while Mali finished the group winless with 0-3 record.
USA erupted with a 36:6 surge in the opening period and never looked behind. The favorites added 26-4 in the second frame and enjoyed a 61:10 halftime advantage. Moreover USA won the third period 25-7 and finished the game with a 17-9 run.
Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Alexis Jones (5'8''-G-94), Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96), A'Ja Wilson (6'4''-F-96) and Linnae Harper (5'7''-SG-95) netted 11 each. Fanta Guindo (5'6''-F/G-94) replied with 7 points in the losing effort. Aminata Traore (6'1''-C-95) nailed 5 and Christine Dakouo (5'10''-PF-96) had 4.

Mali U19: Fanta Guindo 7, Aminata Traore 5, Christine Dakouo 4
USA U19: Breanna Stewart 17, Alexis Jones 11, Brianna Turner 11, A'Ja Wilson 11, Linnae Harper 11



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  PORTUGAL   


Eugenio Rodrigues and Jose Araujo - by Joao Santos

Vaerlose BBK brought in Portuguese head coach. The team Vaerlose BBK has agreed on terms of contract with Eugenio Rodrigues . The specialist worked with Juvemaia basketball team in Portugal last season. Previously he guided CPN and Academico. He also has been working with the Portuguese U20 National Team since 2007. Eugenio Rodrigues has been the member of the Portuguese National Team since 2012.
The team BC ICIM Arad has agreed on terms of contract with Jose Araujo . Jose Araujo in Portugal won 4 national championships, serving the Olivais and Alges.Jose Araujo has been the member of the Portuguese National Team.



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  RUSSIA   


U19 World Championship: Russia outscore South Korea at Klaipeda Arena - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Russia U19 78:89

Russia outscore South Korea at Klaipeda Arena to finish Group A with 2-1 record. Russia needed a 89:78 win to clinch the second place in the group. South Korea meanwhile suffered their third straight loss and dropped at 0-3 record.
South Korea surprised Russia with 19-14 rally in the first period, but the latter managed to win three other periods. Russia replied with a 30-25 run in the second frame and tied the score at the halftime. Moreover Russia added 23-18 rally in the third period and finished the game with a 22-16 surge.
Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Polina Sych (183-SF-94) notched 16. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) and Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) followed her with 12 points apiece. Park Ji Su (188-C-98) answered with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Kim Sion (173-PF-95) scored 16. Choi Eunsil (183-F-94) and Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) had 10 points apiece in a loss.

South Korea U19: Park Ji Su 18+18 rebs, Kim Sion 16, Choi Eunsil 10, Kim Minjeong 10
Russia U19: Albina Razheva 20, Polina Sych 16, Alexandra Marchenkova 12, Yuliya Gladkova 12



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  SENEGAL   


U19 World Championship: Netherlands coast past Senegal in Panevezys - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U19 - Senegal U19 84:51

Netherlands recorded the first win at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Senegal to secure the Second Stage birth. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) posted 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Dutch side. Senegal fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of Group C ladder.
Netherlands quickly cleared off in this one. They recorded a 26:11 lead after ten minutes of action. The Dutch team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They enjoyed a 45:20 halftime advantage. The Dutch team kept Senegal at distance throughout the third term. They registered a 26-point lead heading into the final quarter. Netherlands went on a 20:13 run in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Klaziena Guijt (172-SG-95) and Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) chipped in 15 points apiece for the winning side. Ndao answered with 19 points for Senegal. Irma Dieme Yaye, Ndeye Awa Kebe (95) and Fatou Ndiaye (186-F, college: S.Nazarene) finished with 6 points each in the loss.

Netherlands U19: Kourtney Treffers 16+13 boards, Klaziena Guijt 15, Isabella Slim 15
Senegal U19: Ndao 19, Irma Dieme Yaye 6, Ndeye Awa Kebe 6, Fatou Ndiaye 6



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  SERBIA   


U19 World Championship: Brazil edge Serbia to win Group A - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19 - Serbia U19 80:66

Brazil claimed the third consecutive win at the U19 World Championship. They held off Serbia to win Group A with a perfect record. Serbia slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) nailed 20 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 boards to pace the winners.
Serbia accumulated an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at halftime 27:31. The Latin American team increased the tempo after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third term to ensure a 6-point lead before the final stanza. Brazil poured in 26 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Maria Ferreira (192-C-94) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) added 14 points for the winners. Vuckovic answered with 16 points for Serbia. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) and Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 20, Maria Ferreira 15, Izabella Sangalli 14
Serbia U19: Natasa Kovacevic 13, Aleksandra Stanacev 13



Sweden U16 open Monzon Tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 - Serbia U16 70:68

Sweden got to the winning start of their Monzon international tournament campaign. They snatched a narrow win over the Serbian counterparts. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) scored 17 points to lead the charge.
Serbia opened a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 5 points at halftime 28:33. The Scandinavian team went on a full throttle after the big break. They unloaded 26 points in the third term to gain a 5-point lead at the final break. Serbia outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but came up short of victory at the end. Fanny Wadling (186-F-97) netted 15 points, while Adriana Camber (174-F-97) chipped in 13 points for Sweden. Isidora Tasovic (97) answered with 23 points for Serbia. Jovana Subasic (187-PF-96) had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Sweden U16: Kristin Seman 17, Fanny Wadling 15, Adriana Camber 13
Serbia U16: Isidora Tasovic 23, Jovana Subasic 19+10 boards



Jelena Maksimovic signed for Radivoj Korac - by Dragana Vukovic

Today management of Radivoj Korac Beograd announced their first signing for the upcoming season. They made a one year deal with Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82). Last season she didn't play due to pregnancy. In the season 2011/12 she was playing for Polish team Energa Torun where she was averaging 14.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. Last summer she was the member of Serbian NT during the Qualifications for European Championship 2013 and she was averaging 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


South Korean U19 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Sion Kim
Kim
Seul Ku
Ku
Seunghee You
You
Minjeong Kim
Kim
Ji Su Park
Park
#e#5
4Shin Jihyun 173-SG-95
5Lee Seonyoung 171-PG-95
6Kim Sion 173-PF-95
7Kim Leeseul 170-G-94
8Ku Seul 183-C-94
9You Seunghee 178-G-94 Bichumi South Korea
10Kim Minjeong 180-C-94
11Kim Hanbi 180-C-94
12Lee Min Ji 175-SF-95
13Choi Eunsil 183-F-94 Woori Hansae South Korea
14Park Hyemi 182-C-95 KB Stars South Korea
15Park Ji Su 188-C-98

Wanki No Head Coach



U19 World Championship: Russia outscore South Korea at Klaipeda Arena - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Russia U19 78:89

Russia outscore South Korea at Klaipeda Arena to finish Group A with 2-1 record. Russia needed a 89:78 win to clinch the second place in the group. South Korea meanwhile suffered their third straight loss and dropped at 0-3 record.
South Korea surprised Russia with 19-14 rally in the first period, but the latter managed to win three other periods. Russia replied with a 30-25 run in the second frame and tied the score at the halftime. Moreover Russia added 23-18 rally in the third period and finished the game with a 22-16 surge.
Albina Razheva (188-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Polina Sych (183-SF-94) notched 16. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) and Yuliya Gladkova (185-F-94) followed her with 12 points apiece. Park Ji Su (188-C-98) answered with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Kim Sion (173-PF-95) scored 16. Choi Eunsil (183-F-94) and Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) had 10 points apiece in a loss.

South Korea U19: Park Ji Su 18+18 rebs, Kim Sion 16, Choi Eunsil 10, Kim Minjeong 10
Russia U19: Albina Razheva 20, Polina Sych 16, Alexandra Marchenkova 12, Yuliya Gladkova 12



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  SPAIN   


U19 World Championship: Spain stun Australia to win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19-Australia U19 81:63

Spain stun Australia to win Group B at the U19 World Championship. The European titans posted an easy 81:63 win for 3-0 record. Australia finished second in the group with 2-1 record.
Australia started the game with 20-12, but failed in the rest of the game. Spain replied with a 27-22 and reduced to 3 points at the halftime. Moreover the European side won the third period 27-12 and easily added 15-9 in the last stanza.
Astou Ndour (196-C-94) erupted with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) collected 22 points and 10 boards. Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) scored 13 and Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) notched 7. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) answered with 16 points in defeat and Alex Wilson (174-G-94) brought 14. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) followed them with 13 points in a loss.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 24+10 rebs, Belen Arrojo 22+10 rebs, Leticia Romero 13, Ariadna Pujol 7
Australia U19: Casey Samuels 16, Alex Wilson 14, Carley Mijovic 13



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  SWEDEN   


Sweden U16 open Monzon Tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 - Serbia U16 70:68

Sweden got to the winning start of their Monzon international tournament campaign. They snatched a narrow win over the Serbian counterparts. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) scored 17 points to lead the charge.
Serbia opened a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 5 points at halftime 28:33. The Scandinavian team went on a full throttle after the big break. They unloaded 26 points in the third term to gain a 5-point lead at the final break. Serbia outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but came up short of victory at the end. Fanny Wadling (186-F-97) netted 15 points, while Adriana Camber (174-F-97) chipped in 13 points for Sweden. Isidora Tasovic (97) answered with 23 points for Serbia. Jovana Subasic (187-PF-96) had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Sweden U16: Kristin Seman 17, Fanny Wadling 15, Adriana Camber 13
Serbia U16: Isidora Tasovic 23, Jovana Subasic 19+10 boards



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Brazil3-0
2. Spain3-0
3. Russia2-1
4. Australia2-1
5. Serbia1-2
6. Japan1-2
Group F
1. France3-0
2. USA3-0
3. Canada2-1
4. China2-1
5. Lithuania1-2
6. Holland1-2
Group Places 13-16
1. Argentina0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Mali0-0
4. Senegal0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 20: BRA - SRB 80-66
Jul. 20: KOR - RUS 78-89

B

Jul. 20: ESP - AUS 81-63
Jul. 20: ARG - JPN 68-76

C

Jul. 20: NED - SEN 84-51
Jul. 20: CAN - FRA 60-65

D

Jul. 20: LTU - CHN 65-78
Jul. 20: MLI - USA 26-103

Second Stage: Round 1

13-16 places

Jul. 22: SEN - MLI
Jul. 22: KOR - ARG

E

Jul. 22: AUS - RUS
Jul. 22: JPN - BRA
Jul. 22: ESP - SRB

F

Jul. 22: CHN - CAN
Jul. 22: LTU - FRA
Jul. 22: USA - NED


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamie WEISNER
  (178-G-94)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Weisner, Oregon S.23.5 
 2. Stewart, Connecti.21.0 
 3. Ndour, Gran Canaria18.7 
 4. Mizgeryte, Fortuna18.7 
 5. Wilson, Eastern M.17.3 
 6. Ramona, Guarulhos17.0 
 7. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.16.3 
 8. Tamura, Wasada Un.16.3 
 9. Park, KOR N.15.0 
 10. Tuck, Connecticut15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ji Su PARK
  (188-C-98)
  Avg: 14
 1. Park, KOR N.14.0 
 2. Badiane, Reims13.0 
 3. Mizgeryte, Fortuna11.3 
 4. Wilson, High School9.7 
 5. Diallo, Pikine9.5 
 6. Talbot, Adelaide9.3 
 7. Shchetina, Spart.9.3 
 8. Ndour, Gran Canaria9.0 
 9. Treffers, Min.Ba.8.0 
 10. Goncalves, Santo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mirai TAMURA
  (164-PG-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Tamura, Wasada Un.8.3 
 2. Yang, Guangdong6.7 
 3. Talbot, Adelaide6.3 
 4. Ramona, Guarulhos5.0 
 5. Novikova, Dynamo5.0 
 6. Kim, KOR N.5.0 
 7. Epoupa, Landes4.7 
 8. Belickaite, Jaunie.4.7 
 9. Sancisi, American4.0 
 10. Jones, Duke3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Epoupa, Landes4.7 
 2. Novikova, Dynamo3.7 
 3. Goncalves, Santo3.7 
 4. Harper, Kentucky3.3 
 5. Stewart, Connecti.3.0 
 6. Romero, Gran C.3.0 
 7. Gladkova, Spartak2.7 
 8. Weisner, Oregon S.2.5 
 9. Gong, CHN N.2.3 
 10. Samuels, Hills H.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daugile SARAUSKAITE
  (196-C-96)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sarauskaite, Jauni.3.0 
 2. Ndour, Gran Canaria2.7 
 3. Wilson, High School2.0 
 4. Park, KOR N.2.0 
 5. Badiane, Reims1.7 
 6. Shchetina, Spart.1.7 
 7. Potter, CAN N.1.5 
 8. Diallo, Pikine1.5 
 9. Agee, Penn St.1.5 
 10. Arrojo, Segle XXI1.3 


Day 3 in Panevezys and Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Group A
South Korea - Russia 78-89
Russia outscore South Korea at Klaipeda Arena to finish Group A with 2-1 record. Russia needed a 89:78 win to clinch the second place in the group. South Korea meanwhile suffered their third straight loss and dropped at 0-3 record. South Korea surprised Russia with 19-14 rally in the first period, but the latter managed to win three other periods. Russia replied with a 30-25 run in the second frame and tied the score at the halftime. Moreover Russia added 23-18 rally in the third period and finished the game with a 22-16 surge. Razheva top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Polina Sych (183-SF-94) notched 16. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) and Gladkova followed her with 12 points apiece. Park Ji Su (188-C-98) answered with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Kim Sion scored 16. Choi Eunsil and Kim Minjeong had 10 points apiece in a loss.

Brazil - Serbia 80-66
Brazil claimed the third consecutive win at the U19 World Championship. They held off Serbia to win Group A with a perfect record. Serbia slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Isabela Ramona nailed 20 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 boards to pace the winners. Serbia accumulated an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at halftime 27:31. The Latin American team increased the tempo after the big break. They erupted for 27 points in the third term to ensure a 6-point lead before the final stanza. Brazil poured in 26 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Maria Ferreira contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) added 14 points for the winners. Vuckovic answered with 16 points for Serbia. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) and Aleksandra Stanacev chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Group B
Argentina - Japan 68-76
Japan punched the ticket into the Eighth Final Round at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Argentina in the decisive game for both sides in Group B. Misato Kuma (169-G-94) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Japan posted a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They stayed aggressive defensively in the second frame. The Asian team ensured a 27:21 halftime advantage. Japan unloaded 26 points in the third term to boost their lead. They recorded a 53:44 advantage at the final break. Argentina tried hard to save the game in the fourth frame scoring 24 points but fell short of victory at the end. Mirai Tamura netted 15 points, while Kanako Masuoka added 12 points in the victory. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) answered with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Argentina. Sofia Chelini (168-PG-95) had 15 points in the loss.

Spain - Australia 81-63
Spain stun Australia to win Group B at the U19 World Championship. The European titans posted an easy 81:63 win for 3-0 record. Australia finished second in the group with 2-1 record. Australia started the game with 20-12, but failed in the rest of the game. Spain replied with a 27-22 and reduced to 3 points at the halftime. Moreover the European side won the third period 27-12 and easily added 15-9 in the last stanza. Astou Ndour (198-C-94) erupted with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Arrojo Belen collected 22 points and 10 boards. Romero Leticia scored 13 and Ariadna Pujol (183-SG-95) notched 7. Samuels Casey answered with 16 points in defeat and Wilson Alex brought 14. Mijovic Carley followed them with 13 points in a loss.

Group C
Holland - Senegal 84-51
Netherlands recorded the first win at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Senegal to secure the Second Stage birth. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) posted 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Dutch side. Senegal fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of Group C ladder. Netherlands quickly cleared off in this one. They recorded a 26:11 lead after ten minutes of action. The Dutch team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They enjoyed a 45:20 halftime advantage. The Dutch team kept Senegal at distance throughout the third term. They registered a 26-point lead heading into the final quarter. Netherlands went on a 20:13 run in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Klaziena Guijt (173-SG-95) and Isabella Slim chipped in 15 points apiece for the winning side. Ndao answered with 19 points for Senegal. Irma Dieme Yaye, Ndeye Awa Kebe and Fatou Ndiaye finished with 6 points each in the loss.

Canada - France 60-65
France wins Group C of the U19 World Championship. The French side overcame Canada 65:60 in a real thriller to remain undefeated. Canada meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated and showed different quarter's results. At first Canada started with 25-8 surge, while France erupted with a 29-7 burst in the second frame. The teams exchanged the narrow victories in the second half and it brought 65:60 win for the European side. Toure Mamignan top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Epoupa Olivia netted 12. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) notched 9. Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) replied with 14 points in a loss, whilst Daneesha Provo (178-PG-96) and Potter Emily notched 10 points each. Cooper Samantha and Colley Shaylisha brought 8 points apiece.

Group D
Lithuania - China 65-78
China celebrated the second win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame hosting Lithuania in Panevezys tonight to secure the second position in Group D. Both teams advanced into the Eighth Final round. Yang LiWei notched 20 points, 8 assists and 7 boards for the winners. China knocked down 26 points in the first frame to gain a 9-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. The Asian powerhouse recorded a 45:30 halftime buffer. Lithuania narrowed the distance in the third term. The Baltic team stiffened defensively and narrowed the distance to just 13 points at the final intermission. But China stayed calm throughout the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Gong Li had 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) added 13 points in the win Roberta Mizgeryte (188-PF-95) responded with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) and Ieva Kazlauskaite finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat.

Mali - USA 26-103
USA smashes Mali in Day 3 at the U19 World Championship. The defending champions won their third straight game as they rout the African side 103:26. USA won the group with 3-0 record, while Mali finished the group winless with 0-3 record. USA erupted with a 36:6 surge in the opening period and never looked behind. The favorites added 26-4 in the second frame and enjoyed a 61:10 halftime advantage. Moreover USA won the third period 25-7 and finished the game with a 17-9 run. Stewart Breanna top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jones Alexis, Brianna Turner (190-PF-96), Wilson A'Ja and Harper Linnae netted 11 each. Fanta Guindo (168-F/G-94) replied with 7 points in the losing effort. Aminata Traore (186-C-95) nailed 5 and Dakouo Christine had 4.