EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/22/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Igokea wants Aleksandrov - by Igor Obradovic

Igokea wants to bring Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87) in their roster for new season.

First appearance in Eurocup have a high weight and roster must be strong for this competition, following that board of Igokea, champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina bringing players almost every week and today in their radar is Nemanja Aleksandrov, ex player of Crvena zvezda, Pepinster, Pesaro, Olimpija.
Aleksandrov have a great season with Pepinster in Belgium, and in 19 games he avarged scored 16.7 points with great percentage shoot (especially for free throws, almost 86 %), 5.9 rebounds and 0.6 asists with 16.1 avarged index per game.



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  AUSTRIA   


U18 European Championship: Norway beat Austria to tie both records at 1-3 - by Eurobasket News

Austria U18-Norway U18 56:59

Norway beat Austria to tie both records at 1-3 at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway celebrated the initial 59:56 win in Group B.
Austria won the first period 16-7 and led 8 points at the halftime. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) closed an 8-0 run early in the third period as Austria enjoyed a 36:20 lead. Norway however was too far to give up and won the game. They overcame the deficit immediately in the third period as Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) gave Norway 41:39 lead after three quarters. He scored another three at the end of the fourth period for 58:53 and then Anders Nymo (180-PG-96) ensured the last points.
Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) paced all the winners with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Mikkel Kolstad added 12. Anders Nymo and Sjur Berg (198-F-96) added 5 points each. Jakob Poltl erupted with 19 points and 20 rebounds in defeat, while Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) notched 12. Marko Soldo (196-F/G-95) scored 8, whilst Georg Wolf (188-SG-95) and Marc Goetzinger (184-PG-96, college: Wuerzburg) had 6 apiece.

Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 19+20 rebs, Marvin Ogunsipe 12, Marko Soldo 8, Georg Wolf 6, Marc Goetzinger 6
Norway U18: Johannes Dolven 22+17 rebs, Mikkel Kolstad 12, Anders Nymo 5, Sjur Berg 5



Austrian University National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Austrian U22 National Team 2013
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Andreas Worenz
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Martin Kohlmaier
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Paul Radakovics
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David Jandl
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David Hasenburger
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Andreas Worenz 199-F-82 St.Polten Austria
Martin Kohlmaier 218-C-84 Kapfenberg Austria
Paul Radakovics 191-G-88 St.Polten Austria
David Jandl 180-G-84 Oberwart Austria
David Hasenburger 203-F-90 Furstenfeld Austria
Christoph Astl 187-F-88 Gussing Austria
Florian Poecksteiner 191-F-91 Basket Flames Austria
Christopher Boeck 190-G-88 Basket Flames Austria
Lukas Boeck 184-G-89 Basket Flames Austria
Benjamin Mair 185-G-92 Wels Austria
Max Huebner
Johannes Brandl 198-F/C-86 Basket Flames Austria

Christian Fabian Head Coach Basket Flames Austria



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  BELARUS   


Belarus won over Portugal in the preparation for EuroBasket 2015 Qualifiers. - by Timur Tolokh

In 3 game Belarus won over Portugal 79-66. For Belarus Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford)i (210-C-87, college: Radford) scored 16 points, Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) (198-SG-92) stepped up with 12 points for the winners. In first game Belarus lost to Portugal 68-81. Belarus national team coming back to minsk after tournament where they will finish preparation for EuroBasket Qualifiers. First game will be in Minsk 1 of august against Hungary.


U18 European Championship: Montenegro earn the third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U18-Belarus U18 89:86 OT

Montenegro earn the third straight win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Belarus 89:86 to grab 3-0 record in Group D. Belarus meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
It was the second overtime loss in three games for Belarus. They started the game well and reached 22-17 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover Belarus added 20-12 rally in the second frame and grabbed 42:19 lead at the halftime. Montenegro however dominated the rest of the game and managed to win the game. Montenegro won the third period 26-14 and added 20-19 for the tie score at the fourth period. In overtime they needed a 14-11 run to win the game.
Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) nailed 12. Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) and Zoran Nikolic (208-C-96, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) brought 11 each, while Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) had 10. Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) answered with high 25 points in defeat and Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) scored 23. Siarhei Kazlou (201-F/C-95) collected 19 points and 11 boards, whilst Pavel Harachka (185-PG-95) netted 5.

Montenegro U18: Petar Popovic 18, Luka Djurovic 12, Aleksandar Dozic 11, Zoran Nikolic 11, Milovan Draskovic 10
Belarus U18: Maksim Salash 25, Yauheni Beliankou 23, Siarhei Kazlou 19+11 rebs, Pavel Harachka 5



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  BELGIUM   


Mons-Hainaut Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Dexia Mons-Hainaut has added point guard Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89, college: Clemson) to its roster for the upcoming season.
Stitt comes to Belgium after two years in the Israel where he played for Hapoel Tel Aviv, first in the National League and this past season in the Winners League after winning the National League championship in 2012.
He played college ball at Clemson in the strong ACC. As senior he averaged 14.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.3 apg.
In 29 games this past season at Hapoel Tel Aviv he averaged 14.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.1 apg.
The team is still looking for a player on the 3 spot to finalize its roster.



U18 European Championship: Belgium rout Portugal in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U18-Portugal U18 65:43

Belgium rout Portugal in Strumica at Day 4 of the U18 European Championship. Belgium grabbed a 2-1 record after a 65:43 win. Portugal meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record in Group D.
Pereira and Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) exchanged the early baskets in the start of the game and then Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) gave Portugal 11:7 advantage. Belgium answered with 11 consecutive points and grabbed 18:14 lead at the end of the first period. Belgium also won the second frame 13-9 and led 31:23 at the halftime. Portugal managed to grab 11-8 run in the third period, but Belgium pushed the tempo at the end of the game and needed a 26-9 surge to seal the victory.
Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (183-PG-96) and Hans Vanwijn (205-F-95) as well as 10 each. Romain Boxus poured in 7 points in a win. Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) replied with 11 points in defeat and Pedro Meireless brought 7.

Belgium U18: Andy Van Vliet 17, Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda 10, Hans Vanwijn 10, Romain Boxus 7
Portugal U18: Benvindo Mendes 11, Pedro Meireless 7



U20 European Championship: Hungary surprise Belgium for the third place - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Belgium U20 70:69

Hungary surprise Belgium for the third place at the U20 European Championship. The Hungarian side grabbed a 70:69 win in the game for the third place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won the first five games, but lost last two to finish 4th.
Hungary won the first period 24-13 and led 11 points at the halftime. Belgium did everything they could to win the game but managed only to reduce to 1 point. Hazard and Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) reduced to 63:58 and then the latter made two free throws for 65:62. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed three for 70:65 and Vlamynck replied with the final shot in the game.
Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) netted 18. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 13, while Laszlo Polyak netted 6. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Arno Mollekens netted 13. Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) brought 11 and Louis Hazard (199-F-94) had 7.

Hungary U20: Luka Markovic 27, Rosco Allen 18, Adam Kovacs 13, Laszlo Polyak 6
Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 20, Arno Mollekens 13, Yoeri Schoepen 11, Louis Hazard 7



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  BRAZIL   


Uruguay U17 edge Brazil U17 in Trouville - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U17 Brazil U17 48:47

Uruguayan U17 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming South American Championship. They hosted Brazilian counterparts in the friendly encounter in Trouville. The hosts claimed a narrow win at the end. Galleto netted 14 points to pace Uruguay.
Brazil jumped to an early lead. They registered an 18:9 advantage after ten minutes. Uruguay cut the deficit in the second frame to trail by 7 points at the interval 19:26. The hosts got within 6 points at the final intermission. Uruguay went on an 18:11 run in the final period to snatch the victory at the end. Grolla chipped in 11 points, while Ulery had 8 points for the winners. Wesley Sena answered with 11 points for Brazil. George dropped 7 points in the loss.

Uruguay U17: Galleto 14, Grolla 11, Ulery 8
Brazil U17: Wesley Sena 11, George 7



Uruguay U17 edge Brazil U17 in Trouville - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U17 - Brazil U17 48:47

Uruguayan U17 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming South American Championship. They hosted Brazilian counterparts in the friendly encounter in Trouville. The hosts claimed a narrow win at the end. Juan Galleto netted 14 points to pace Uruguay.
Brazil jumped to an early lead. They registered an 18:9 advantage after ten minutes. Uruguay cut the deficit in the second frame to trail by 7 points at the interval 19:26. The hosts got within 6 points at the final intermission. Uruguay went on an 18:11 run in the final period to snatch the victory at the end. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) chipped in 11 points, while Gullermo Ulery had 8 points for the winners. Wesley Sena answered with 11 points for Brazil. George dropped 7 points in the loss.

Uruguay U17: Juan Galleto 14, Facundo Grolla 11, Gullermo Ulery 8
Brazil U17: Wesley Sena 11, George 7



Brazil winless at Nike Global Challenge - by Eurobasket News

Brazil suffered four straight defeats at the Nike Global Challenge in Portland. The Latin American youngsters opened their campaign with a 55:99 loss to USA Midwest selection. James Blackmon knocked down 20 points to lead the winners. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) answered with 15 points for Brazil.
Next Brazil took on USA South. Brazil enjoyed a 26:15 lead after the opening frame but could not capitalize. USA South stepped on the gas in the next quarters and snatched an 83:75 victory. Theophilus Pinson Jr. (196-G/F-96) netted 24 points for the winners. Leonardo Demetrio answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil. Siqueira had 16 points in the losing effort.
Brazil next surrendered against Pan Africa selection 75:77 in overtime. The Latin American team came from behind in the fourth frame to force overtime but could not deliver in the extra term. Boubacar Moungoro (198-SF-94) chipped in 15 points, while Obi Enechionyia had 14 poins in the win. Maia and Lucas Dias Silva (204-C-95) had 15 points apiece for Brazil.
Brazil lost to France 62:95 on the final day of the event. Mathias Lessort (200-F-95) topscored for France once again with 26 points. Jean Christophe Catherine had 18 points in the win. Lucas Dias Silva answered with 14 points for Brazil.



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  BULGARIA   


U20 European Championship: Serbia earn come-from-behind win over Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Bulgaria U20 76:70

Serbia went on a furious 29:9 run in the fourth frame to steal the victory over Bulgaria in Tallinn today. The victory helped Serbia clinch 13th place at the U20 European Championship. Mihajlo Andric (202-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Serbia confidently opened the game. They posted a 19:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Bulgaria reacted with a 24:15 run in the second term. They erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 37:34 halftime lead. Bulgaria cleared off in the third term. Serbia managed just 13 points in the period to face a 14-point deficit with ten minutes remaining. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) opened a 16-point lead for Bulgaria early in the fourth term but Serbia reacted with a 19:5 run to narrow the gap. Mihajlo Andric scored 11 points in the final three minutes of regulation to carry Serbia to the victory. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) posted 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) and Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Aleks Simeonov answered with 22 points for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Mihajlo Andric 23, Luka Mitrovic 21+11 boards, Nemanja Krstic 12, Ivan Marinkovic 12
Bulgaria U20: Aleks Simeonov 22, Dimitar Dimitrov 13



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  CANADA   


Canada post two victories at Nike Global Challenge - by Eurobasket News

Canada recorded two wins at the Nike Global Challenge in Portland. The selection of top high school prospects earned 2-2 record at the event.
Canada lost to USA West team 77:93 in the opener. Stanley Johnson (198-SG-96) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Kelly Oubre added 14 points for the winners. Montaque Caeser-Gill answered with 23 points for Canada. Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) had 15 points in the loss.
Next Canada took on the USA East selection and suffered the second straight defeat 93:102. Chris McCullough nailed 16 points, while Dion Wiley added 15 points for the winners. Montaque Caeser-Gill had 18 points for Canada. Dillon Brooks chipped in 16 points in the losing case.
Canada grabbed the first win of the event next day. They rallied past France 88:72. Kevin-Mbezela Zabo netted 18 points, while Jamal Murray and Marial Shayok (196-SG-95) produced 15 points each for the winning side. Mathias Lessort (200-F-95) responded with 21 points for France. Romuald Morency (199-SF-95) had 13 points in the loss.
Canada wrapped up their campaign with a 104:79 victory over Pan Africa selecion. Marial Shayok topscored for the North American team with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Montaque Ceaser-Gill had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Boubacar Moungoro (198-SF-94) and Abdul Malik Abu chipped in 20 points each in the defeat.



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Sichuan wins NBL Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Sichuan BW - Jiangsu TX 92-87 (1-0)

The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) chipped in 25 points. At the losing side Taiwanese point guard Shih-Nian Chen (181-84) responded with 18 points and forward Hui Fang (198-82) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 26+20reb+2ast, C.XiaoDong 25+4reb, W.Yong-Ren 15+3reb+3ast, W.Jing 9+2reb+2ast, H.XiaoBin 9+1reb+2ast, Z.ZhenHu 6+4reb+1ast
Jiangsu TX: Faber 28+14reb, C.Shih-Nian 18+1reb+3ast, S.XianLing 9+1ast, M.Zhuang 8, F.Hui 8+5reb, Y.ZhiYong 6+2reb
gschID: 244632



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  CROATIA   


U20 European Championship: Germany beat Croatia to clinch 11th spot - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Croatia U20 76:65

Germany clinched the 11th position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia on the final day of the tournament in Tallinn. Mauricio Marin (193-SG-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) came up with 15 points to lead the winners.
Croatia led by double digits early in the game. They entered the second frame up by 13 points 24:11. The margin grew at 17-point mark late in the first half. Germany entered the second half trailing by 14 points 27:41. But they used an 11:1 run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three points 43:46. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) put Germany in front 52:51 before Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) and Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) made it 56:52 for Croatia at the end of the third term. Germany capped the regulation with ten straight points and eked out a tough win at the end. Stephan Haukohl (205-SF-93) had 12 points, while David Brembly (197-SG-93) and Bogdan Radosavljevic added 11 points each for the winners. Domagoj Samac answered with 20 points and 12 boards for Croatia. Henrik Sirko netted 15 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Mauricio Marin 15, Stephan Haukohl 12, David Brembly 11, Bogdan Radosavljevic 11
Croatia U20: Domagoj Samac 20+12 boards, Henrik Sirko 15



2013 EYOF: Serbia edge Croatia to clinch title - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Croatia U16 70:57

Serbia won the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament. They overcame Croatia in the Final in Utrecht. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) and Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) scored 14 points each to lead the winners.
Serbia jumped to a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Serbia accumulated a 38:26 halftime advantage. Croatia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 4 points at the final break. But Serbia answered with an 18:9 rally to seal the victory at the end. Stefan Kenic (198-F-97) and Nikola Rakicevic (198-SG-97) finished with 10 points each for the winners. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) answered with 12 points for Croatia. Dragan Bender (205-PF-97) dropped 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Stefan Peno 14, Vojislav Stojanovic 14, Stefan Kenic 10, Nikola Rakicevic 10
Croatia U16: Bruno Skokna 12, Dragan Bender 10



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U20 European Championship: Finland finished 10th after the win over Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Cyprus U20 66:57

Finland finished 10th after the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship. The Nordic side finished the tournament with a 66:57 win, while Cyprus ended up on the 11th spot.
Cyprus won the first period 15-12, but failed in the second frame. The Finnish side erupted with a 22-6 surge to take 3:21 lead at the halftime after a Kauppinen shot. Cyprus however was too far to give up and grabbed 41:39 lead after a massive run. Finland meanwhile closed the quarter with a 9-0 run and took 50:45 advantage. Finland added 16-12 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) as well as Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) had 9 each. Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) ended up with 17 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) had 15. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) scored 9 points and Symeon Antoniou (180-PG-94) chipped in with 6.

Finland U20: Joonas Lehtoranta 21, Topias Palmi 9, Daniel Dolenc 9
Cyprus U20: Roberto Alexander Mantovani 17+15 rebs, Viktoras Ieronymidis 15, Stefanos Iliadis 9, Symeon Antoniou 6



Ken Horton (ex Apollon) joins Huracanes - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Ken Horton (199-90kg-89, college: Central Connecticut State). He moved there from Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In two Division A games he had 12.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg this season. Horton also played at SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) in French league earlier that season. In 16 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals in 2011. Horton was also voted NABC Division I All-District 18 1st Team in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Horton graduated from Central Connecticut State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic edge Ukraine to keep Division A spot - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20 - Ukraine U20 75:68

Czech Republic clinched the vital win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the battle for Division A birth for the next season. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) finished with 21 points to lead the winners. Ukraine got relegated into Division B with the defeat.
Ukraine, who beat Czech Republic in the classification round, got to a confident start. They enjoyed a 15:5 lead in the opening frame. Ukraine entered the second frame up by five points 20:15. Czech Republic improved their defensive performance in the second quarter. They got within four points at halftime 33:29. The Czech team surged ahead in the third term. They held Ukraine to 12 points in the period and accumulated a 49:45 lead with ten minutes to go. Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) dragged Ukraine within one midway through the final stanza. But Tomas Kyzlink drained a three-pointer and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) added several points to give Czech Republic a 67:60 lead with just over two minutes to go. Fait made it a double-digit lead for the Czechs as they rallied to the victory at the end. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) and Martin Kriz had 16 points apiece for the winners. Klym Artamonov answered with 25 points and 9 assists for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) chipped in 15 points and 15 boards in the defeat.

Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 21, Samuel Faifr 16, Martin Kriz 16
Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 25, Vladyslav Koreniuk 15+15 boards



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U18 European Championship: Holland beat Estonia in the top game of Group B - by Eurobasket News

Holland U18-Estonia U18 76:67

Holland beat Estonia in the top game of Group B at the U18 European Championship. The Dutch side improved to 4-0 record after a 76:67 win. Estonia meanwhile fell at 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game with 3-0 records and desired to remain undefeated. Holland dominated the first half and won both periods. They came up with 24-16 rally in the first period and added 19-13 in the second quarter. Moreover Holland celebrated a 16-15 rally in the third period, while Estonia managed to reply with a 23-17 rally at the end.
Jaron Dijkhuizen (196-PF-95) and Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each while Robert Boezeman (198-F/C-96) netted 11. Daan Rosenmuller (193-G/F-95) and Rens Butter (188-PG-96) scored 9 points each in win. Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Maik-Kalev Kotsar (199-F/G-96) and Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) had 9 apiece. Kristofer Kurvits (197-G/F-96) followed them with 8 points.

Holland U18: Jaron Dijkhuizen 13, Julius van Sauers 13, Robert Boezeman 11, Daan Rosenmuller 9, Rens Butter 9
Estonia U18: Sten Olmre 21+11 rebs, Maik-Kalev Kotsar 9, Karl-Robin Jurjens 9, Kristofer Kurvits 8



U20 European Championship: Estonia edge Georgia to clinch 19th spot - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Georgia U20 79:70

Estonia entertained the home crowd with the victory on the final day of the U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Georgia to clinch the 19th place at the tournament. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) netted 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the home side.
Estonia dropped 23 points in the first frame to gain a 7-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the second frame. Estonia secured a 5-point lead at halftime 44:39. The hosts held Georgia to just 10 points in the third term to boost the gap at 18-point mark. Georgia went on a furious comeback rally in the fourth term but Estonia hung on to snatch victory at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) netted 18 points, while Rauno Nurger (209-C-93) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Irakli Mikeladze (182-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Georgia. Nodar Gogodze (191-PG-94) and Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-SG-93) had 12 points apiece in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 20, Rait-Riivo Laane 18, Rauno Nurger 16+10 boards
Georgia U20: Irakli Mikeladze 18, Nodar Gogodze 12, Kakhaber Jintcharadze 12



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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 4-0 
 2. Siena 4-0 
 3. Venice 3-2 
 4. Manchester 3-3 
 5. Zurich 1-2 
 6. Moscow 1-2 
 7. Cantu 0-3 
 8. Lugano 0-3 
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 


Day 3: Monaco crowned champions of the second session Las Vegas Eurobasket Summer League! - by ESL News

The third day of the Las Vegas Eurobasket Summer League continued to be exciting as the players played with enthusiasm even though the heat inside and outside the gym was unbearable. In fact, it was so hot outside that the air conditioning in most buildings throughout Las Vegas were finding it hard to keep things cool inside. However, the players battled and played hard throughout the day and this led to a very exciting championship game where Monaco held off a very strong Siena team, 60-54.

Day 3

Game 9: Manchester 70 - Moscow 58
The first game of the third day saw Manchester take down Moscow 70-58 with a solid all-around team effort. Manchester was lead by Jack Houpt (201-F-90, college: W.Illinois) with 16 points. Andre DeForimonte chipped in 15 points and Jason Dawson (183-PG-88, college: Mt.Vernon Naz.) had 12 points. Manchester was able to control the pace of the game form start to finish, while Moscow struggled from the field. Moscow was lead by Jeremy Williams (185-G-91, college: New Haven) and his 23 points. Jay Bowdy has 11 points.

Game 10: Monaco 61 - Lugano 52
Starting out on a 24-9 run to begin the game, Monaco never looked back, taking down Lugano 61-52 and staying undefeated to earn the #1 seed in the tournament. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while teammat Chris Simpson had 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time two teammates posted double-doubles in the same game. Will Harris (198-F-86, college: Albany) had 19 points and eight rebounds for Lugano, flashing a steady inside and outside game. Presano Bell (200-C-90, college: S.Carolina St.) also had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Game 11: Siena 67 - Venice 61
It was the first of four games on the day for Siena in their quest for a championship. Facing a scrappy Venice team, they were able to pull out the 67-61 victory. Quite simply, it was the Stefan Welsh (190-G-87, college: Arkansas) show, as was most of the day. Welsh had 39 points, hitting eight threes and grabbing five rebounds. Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) had 17 points and 13 rebounds and both Chris Teasley (191-G-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) and Ryan Bogdan (193-G/F-91, college: Limestone) had 12 points for Venice.

Game 12: Zurich 85 - Cantu 83
The 12th game of the Eurobasket Summer League was perhaps the most exciting of the entire session. The lead changed multiple times throughout up until the last moments of the game. Eventually, Zurich was able to barely pull out the victory 85-83 over Cantu lead by 18 points from both Ray Mitchell and Pete Brown (198-F-87, college: NC-Greensboro). Six guys scored in double figures for Zurich, including Lawrence Tyson (188-G-88, college: CS San Bernar.) who had 16 points. Orren Tims (196-F-89, college: NW Oklahoma St.) had 19 points and six rebounds for Cantu, while Kyle Harvey (195-F-91, college: Williams Baptist) continued his impressive play with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Game 13: Siena 79 - Venice 72
The first game of the playoffs saw the two and three seeds face each other in a rematch from Game 11. It was physical battle throughout and, once again Stefan Welsh lead the way for Siena with his 26 points. Dane Rawlings also had 17 points ad five rebounds, playing great defense in helping to slow Venice low post threat Tim Parham, who still managed 13 points and seven rebounds.. Chris Teasley was the high scorer for Benice with 15 points.

Game 14: Manchester 89 - Zurich 58
The second quarterfinal game was a route form start to finish, as Manchester shot the lights out and locked down a defense. It was only an 11-point game going into the fourth quarter and Manchester exploded for 32 points, holding Zurich to only 12. Jason Dawson was the best player on the court, by far, completing controlling the pace. He nearly had a triple double, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, and a very impressive five steals. Teammate and fellow points guard Jimmy Langhurst (180-PG-88, college: Robert Morris) also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jack Houpt hit four threes, finishing with 14 points. JaVon McGee (198-F-91, agency: Stanley International, college: Pittsburg St.) had 15 points for Zurich, while Bennett Shaw added 12.

Game 15: Siena 95 - Manchester 71
With the chance to go to the championship game on the line, Siena was not going to be denied. Playing their third game of the day, they showed a lot of heart in defeating Manchester 95-71 to advance. Manchester, playing their second straight game was out of gas. Stefan Welsh was, once again, the star for Siena, scoring 28 points; while Dane Rawlings had 16 points and Mohamad Esseghir had a ridiculous 17 rebounds. Jason Dawson and Jack Houpt who scored 22 and 18 points, respectively, again led Manchester.

Championship Game: Monaco 60 - Siena 54
For the second straight Vegas Summer League session, the championship game was a great back and forth game. The top seeded team Monaco, coached by Chris Fellos, was able to escape with a 60-54 victory over Siena, who came up just short of winning a remarkable four games in one day. Monaco was led by the star of the tournament throughout, Scott VanderMeer, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds, recording a double-double in every game. He also blocked six shots and was a mathup problem in every game. Garland Judkins (193-G-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) was the leading scorer with 19 points for Monaco and Erik Buggs (180-PG-90, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Valparaiso) had 10 points, pressuring Stefan Welsh throughout, holding him to 19 points on 6-22 shooting. Welsh still almost willed his team to victory, but he just didnt have enough left. Dane Rawlings recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Siena.



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  EUROCUP   


Igokea wants Aleksandrov - by Igor Obradovic

Igokea wants to bring Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87) in their roster for new season.

First appearance in Eurocup have a high weight and roster must be strong for this competition, following that board of Igokea, champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina bringing players almost every week and today in their radar is Nemanja Aleksandrov, ex player of Crvena zvezda, Pepinster, Pesaro, Olimpija.
Aleksandrov have a great season with Pepinster in Belgium, and in 19 games he avarged scored 16.7 points with great percentage shoot (especially for free throws, almost 86 %), 5.9 rebounds and 0.6 asists with 16.1 avarged index per game.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

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. Poland3-0
2. Hungary2-2
3. FYR Macedo.1-2
4. Denmark1-2
5. Finland1-2
Group B
1. Holland4-0
2. Estonia3-1
3. Germany3-1
4. Austria1-3
5. Norway1-3
6. Georgia0-4
Group C
1. Israel4-0
2. Sweden3-1
3. Romania2-2
4. Switzerlan.2-2
5. Slovakia1-3
6. Scotland0-4
Group D
1. Montenegro.3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Portugal2-2
4. Belarus1-2
5. Luxembourg.0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 4

Group A

Jul. 21: POL - MKD 66-59
Jul. 21: FIN - HUN 55-56

Group B

Jul. 21: GER - GEO 86-62
Jul. 21: NED - EST 76-67
Jul. 21: AUT - NOR 56-59

Group C

Jul. 21: ROM - SUI 82-83
Jul. 21: ISR - SWE 79-78
Jul. 21: SVK - SCO 78-55

Group D

Jul. 21: MNT - BLR 89-86
Jul. 21: BEL - POR 65-43

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Group A

Jul. 22: DEN - POL
Jul. 22: MKD - FIN

Group B

Jul. 22: NED - GER
Jul. 22: EST - AUT
Jul. 22: NOR - GEO

Group C

Jul. 22: ROM - ISR
Jul. 22: SCO - SWE
Jul. 22: SUI - SVK

Group D

Jul. 22: BLR - BEL
Jul. 22: LUX - MNT


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Yauheni BELIANKOU
  (197-SF-95)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Beliankou, Tsmoki.20.7 
 2. Jeszke, SMS P.19.0 
 3. Le Sann, Meyrin G.18.3 
 4. Hakanson, FCB R.18.0 
 5. Goloman, Kormend16.5 
 6. Cobzaru, High S.16.5 
 7. Poltl, Vienna Timb.16.3 
 8. Salash, Cajaso.15.3 
 9. Lofberg, Montepas.15.0 
 10. Magdevski, Real M.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob POLTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Poltl, Vienna Timb.14.3 
 2. Mladenovski, Rabot.11.0 
 3. Dolven, Bygdoy10.8 
 4. Witlinski, Anwil9.7 
 5. Janicek, SVK N.9.3 
 6. Kazlou, Tsmoki-M.8.7 
 7. Jeszke, SMS P.8.7 
 8. Salash, Cajaso.8.7 
 9. Goloman, Kormend8.5 
 10. Draskovic, FCB R.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sebastian PETERSEN
  (185-G-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Petersen, Aarhus5.0 
 2. Hirvonen, Kouvot5.0 
 3. Sharon, Hapoel H.4.8 
 4. Gelinski, Maccabi4.5 
 5. Hakanson, FCB R.4.5 
 6. Magdevski, Real M.4.0 
 7. Marques, Ginasio3.8 
 8. Novosel, Buducnost3.7 
 9. Bianchi, Lugano T.3.5 
 10. Dragoste, U.Mobit.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Clayton LE SANN
  (188-SG-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Le Sann, Meyrin G.3.0 
 2. Segev, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 3. Ciordas, Oradea2.8 
 4. Olmre, Audentes.2.5 
 5. Velkey, Vasas2.5 
 6. Hakanson, FCB R.2.5 
 7. Ciotlaus, Craiova2.5 
 8. Lofberg, Montepas.2.5 
 9. Nymo, Skjetten2.3 
 10. Magdevski, Real M.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakob POLTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Poltl, Vienna Timb.3.5 
 2. Goloman, Kormend3.3 
 3. Mladenovski, Rabot.1.7 
 4. Salash, Cajaso.1.7 
 5. Stockman, Baerum1.5 
 6. Derval, Boncourt1.5 
 7. Mor, ISR N.1.3 
 8. Wimberg, Oldenburg1.3 
 9. Cotture, Fribourg1.3 
 10. Jadersten, Solna1.3 


Division B: Results and Stats from Day 4 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Finland - Hungary 55-56
Goloman Gyorgy brings the win for Hungary against Finland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He top-scored in the game and also ensured the last points for 56:55 win. Hungary improved to 2-2 record, while Finland fell at 1-2 record in Group A. Hungary erupted with a 27-14 surge in the first period, but the victory was not that easy for them. Finland replied with an 18-7 rally in the second period and added 11-9 run in the third period. Henttonen Juho-Matti gave Finland 53:49 lead with 5 minutes to go, but Hungary needed a 7-2 push to seal the victory. Bruno Bazso (185-SF-95) scored 12 points and Velkey Janos added 10. David Boinitzer (197-F-95) delivered 6 points in a win. Henttonen Juho-Matti replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Michelsen Oskar had 13. Tuomas Hirvonen (179-PG-96) collected 11 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds.

Poland - FYR Macedonia 66-59
Poland rout FYR Macedonia in Day 4 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side improved to 3-0 record after a 66:59 win. The hosts of the tournament fell at 1-2 record in Group A. Poland posted a narrow 15:14 win in the first period and added 23-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Poland won the third period 12-11, while the hosts did their best to recover at the end. FYR Macedonia closed the game with a 19-16 run and reduced to 7 final points. Witlinski Mikolaj top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 18 rebounds, while Jeszke Damian also scored 15 points and had 11 boards. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) followed them with 7 points. Nikolov Kristijan replied with 14 points in defeat and Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Andrej Cvetkovski (186-PG-96) ended up with 10 points in a loss.

Group B
Austria - Norway 56-59
Norway beat Austria to tie both records at 1-3 at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway celebrated the initial 59:56 win in Group B. Austria won the first period 16-7 and led 8 points at the halftime. Poltl Jakob closed an 8-0 run early in the third period as Austria enjoyed a 36:20 lead. Norway however was too far to give up and won the game. They overcame the deficit immediately in the third period as Kolstad Mikkel gave Norway 41:39 lead after three quarters. He scored another three at the end of the fourth period for 58:53 and then Anders Nymo (180-PG-96) ensured the last points. Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) paced all the winners with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Kolstad Mikkel added 12. Anders Nymo and Berg Sjur added 5 points each. Poltl Jakob erupted with 19 points and 20 rebounds in defeat, while Ogunsipe Marvin notched 12. Soldo Marko scored 8, whilst Wolf Georg and Marc Goetzinger (184-PG-96, college: Wuerzburg) had 6 apiece.

Holland - Estonia 76-67
Holland beat Estonia in the top game of Group B at the U18 European Championship. The Dutch side improved to 4-0 record after a 76:67 win. Estonia meanwhile fell at 3-1 record. Both teams entered the game with 3-0 records and desired to remain undefeated. Holland dominated the first half and won both periods. They came up with 24-16 rally in the first period and added 19-13 in the second quarter. Moreover Holland celebrated a 16-15 rally in the third period, while Estonia managed to reply with a 23-17 rally at the end. Dijkhuizen Jaron and Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each while Robert Boezeman (198-F/C-96) netted 11. Rosenmuller Daan and Butter Rens scored 9 points each in win. Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Maik-Kalev Kotsar (199-F/G-96) and Jurjens Karl-Robin had 9 apiece. Kurvits Kristofer followed them with 8 points.

Germany - Georgia 86-62
Germany keep Georgia winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side improved to 3-1 record after an 86:62 win. Georgia meanwhile fell at 0-4 record. Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period and then German enjoyed a 20-10 surge in the second frame. They increased to 20 points after a 25-15 burst in the third period and also posted 24-20 run in the last period. Georgia closed the game with a 5-0 run as Zakradze posted the final points in defeat. Wimberg Jan Niklas paced all the winners with 18 points, while Akpinar Ismet and Ferner Joschka had 14 each. Ilzhoefer Stefan ended up with 12 points. Aleksandre Bolkvadze (195-SF-95) answered with 19 points in defeat, while Sanadze Sandro and Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-SG-95) posted 8 each. Lortkipanidze Erekle delivered 6 points in a loss.

Group C
Romania - Switzerland 82-83
Switzerland claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They came from behind to snatch a dramatic win over Romania in Group C. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record. Clayton Le Sann notched 25 points to lead the winners. Romania unloaded 28 points in the first period to gain a 2-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Romania secured a 47:41 halftime advantage. They stretched the margin in the third term. Romania entered the final stanza up by 13 points 69:56. But Switzerland turned things around in the fourth frame. Damjanovic scored three points to trigger an 18:2 run that crowned the regulation and brought victory for Switzerland. Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) netted 14 points, while Luka Mandic and Arnaud Cotture (201-PF-95) had 10 points each for the winners. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) responded with 19 points for Romania. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) netted 18 points in the loss.

Slovakia - Scotland 78-55
Slovak Republic opened win count at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Scotland for 1-3 record in Group C. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) produced 21 points and 10 boards for the winners. Slovak Republic exploded with 27 points in the opening frame to take a 14-point lead. Slovak Republic maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They accumulated a 46:22 halftime advantage. Scotland stopped the rot in the third term. They adjusted offensively and narrowed the deficit at 21-point mark at the final intermission. But Slovak Republic held their opponents to 11 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Miroslav Matych had 16 points, while Juraj Janosik and Jakub Meress dropped 10 points apiece in the victory. Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) answered with 17 points for Scotland. Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Israel - Sweden 79-78
Israel clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of the U18 European Championship. They snatched a tough win over Sweden to remain perfect on top of Group C. Or Cahal nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Sweden got to a dreamy start to the game. They unleashed 30 points in the opening quarter to enjoy a 20-point lead after ten minutes. Israel tuned in after the break. They erupted for 28 points and cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 38:46. The Israelis narrowed the distance in the third term. They trailed by 6 points heading into the final period. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Israel spurred in front to lead by three points 76:73 with under two minutes remaining. But Loftberg and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) put Sweden up by two 78:76 with 4 seconds remaining. But Or Cahal drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game for Israel. Idan Zalmanson chipped in 16 points, while Itay Segev added 10 points in the victory. Valter Lindstrom answered with 23 points for Sweden. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Group D
Belgium - Portugal 65-43
Belgium rout Portugal in Strumica at Day 4 of the U18 European Championship. Belgium grabbed a 2-1 record after a 65:43 win. Portugal meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record in Group D. Pereira and Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) exchanged the early baskets in the start of the game and then Meireless Pedro gave Portugal 11:7 advantage. Belgium answered with 11 consecutive points and grabbed 18:14 lead at the end of the first period. Belgium also won the second frame 13-9 and led 31:23 at the halftime. Portugal managed to grab 11-8 run in the third period, but Belgium pushed the tempo at the end of the game and needed a 26-9 surge to seal the victory. Andy Van Vliet top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (183-PG-96) and Vanwijn Hans as well as 10 each. Romain Boxus poured in 7 points in a win. Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) replied with 11 points in defeat and Meireless Pedro brought 7.

Montenegro - Belarus 89-86
Montenegro earn the third straight win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Belarus 89:86 to grab 3-0 record in Group D. Belarus meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. It was the second overtime loss in three games for Belarus. They started the game well and reached 22-17 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover Belarus added 20-12 rally in the second frame and grabbed 42:19 lead at the halftime. Montenegro however dominated the rest of the game and managed to win the game. Montenegro won the third period 26-14 and added 20-19 for the tie score at the fourth period. In overtime they needed a 14-11 run to win the game. Popovic Petar top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Djurovic Luka nailed 12. Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) and Nikolic Zoran brought 11 each, while Draskovic Milovan had 10. Salash Maksim answered with high 25 points in defeat and Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) scored 23. Kazlou Siarhei collected 19 points and 11 boards, whilst Pavel Harachka (185-PG-95) netted 5.



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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 Kolin18.2 
 3. Eriksson, FCB R.17.7 
 4. Koreniuk, Dnipro17.6 
 5. Vecvagars, Lietkab.16.3 
 6. Fernandez, Asefa16.2 
 7. Artamonov, BC Od.16.1 
 8. Papapetrou, Texas15.9 
 9. Radosavljevi., B.M.15.4 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladyslav KORENIUK
  (207-C-94)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Koreniuk, Dnipro9.7 
 2. Bolcina, Krka9.7 
 3. Kriz, BC Kolin9.2 
 4. Spires, FCB R.9.0 
 5. Grazulis, Ventspils9.0 
 6. Silins, Grissin8.9 
 7. Solomon, Maccabi8.8 
 8. Diez, Gipuzkoa8.8 
 9. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.8.4 
 10. Chatkevicius, S.C.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Artamonov, BC Od.6.2 
 2. Maayan, Seton Hall5.6 
 3. Miljenovic, Radnic.5.1 
 4. Rupnik, Un.Olimpija4.3 
 5. Laane, Rapla4.1 
 6. Bochoridis, Aris4.0 
 7. Fernandez, Asefa4.0 
 8. Vrbica, Lovcen3.9 
 9. Eroglu, Erdemir3.8 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Otar PKHAKADZE
  GEO
  (190-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pkhakadze, Fairmon.2.4 
 2. Eroglu, Erdemir2.4 
 3. Hrovat, Helios2.3 
 4. Paasoja, Rapla2.2 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog2.0 
 6. Fernandez, Asefa2.0 
 7. Lagana, Angelico1.8 
 8. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.8 
 9. Mitrovic, Crv.Z.1.7 
 10. Koulechov, Wingat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo NIKOLIC
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nikolic, Buducnost2.4 
 2. Spires, FCB R.2.1 
 3. Silins, Grissin2.1 
 4. Chatkevicius, S.Ca.2.1 
 5. Nurger, Rapla1.8 
 6. Grazulis, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Antetokounmp., Fil.1.4 
 8. Marinkovic, OKK B.1.2 
 9. Agravanis, Panioni.1.2 
 10. Fait, USK Praha1.0 


Italy clinch first ever title in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Italy - Latvia 67-60
Italy clinched their first ever U20 European Championship Gold. They came from behind to outscore Latvia in the championship game in Tallinn tonight. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) scored 19 points to lead the Azzurri. Latvia jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the game. They raced to a 13:9 advantage after ten minutes. Jakovics and Krumins gave Latvia an 18:9 lead early in the second frame. The margin grew at double-digits midway through the second term. Awudu Abass capped the half with a jumper as Italy trailed by 8 points at halftime 23:31. However things changed drastically in the third term. Italy stepped on the gas to change the complexion of the encounter. The Azzurri went on a 9:1 run to take a 38:36 lead. Latvia regained the advantage moments later but not for long. Lagana, Amedeo Della Valle and Awudu Abass gave Italy a 46:42 lead at the final break. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) and Vecvagars connected for 8 points in a row as Latvia gained a 52:50 lead midway through the fourth frame. Amedeo Della Valle answered with a triple to put Italy back in charge. Amedeo Della Valle scored 8 points in a row for the Azzurri to give them a 63:54 lead with 73 seconds left in the game. Vecvagars and Janis Berzins sparked hope for Latvia but Amedeo Della Valle and Stefano Tonut sealed the win from the stripe for Italy. Aristide Landi had 13 points, while Stefano Tonut and Awudu Abass delivered 10 points each for the winners. Janis Berzins answered with 26 points and 15 rebounds for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis tossed in 10 points in the losing effort.
3-4 Place
Russia - Spain 63-70
Spain stepped onto the pedestal at the U20 European Championship. Alfonso Alonso team clinched Bronze medals after they defeated Russia in the consolation final tonight. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) came up with 19 points to lead the charge. Spain poured in 23 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. They kept Russia at distance throughout the second period. Spain accumulated a 37:28 halftime lead. The Spaniards boosted the gap in the third frame. They registered a 13-point cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Russia got within five points midway through the final frame but Spain held on to the advantage and escaped with the win at the end. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) dropped 17 points, while Sebastian Saiz added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) responded with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Denis Zakharov tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

5-6 Place
Turkey - Greece 60-74
Greece earned the 7th position at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Turkey in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) came up with 21 points to lead the charge. Turkey snatched a 13:12 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes increased the tempo in the second period. They spurred ahead for a 35:24 halftime advantage. Turkey managed to narrow the deficit in the third term. They got within 7 points at the final intermission 45:52. But the Hellenes did not allow their opponents to threaten the margin. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) helped Greece to a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and they rolled to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Agravanis netted 17 points, while Eleftherios Bochoridis added 12 points, 11 boards and 6 assists in the win. Berkay Candan (205-SF-93) answered with 17 points, while Erbil Eroglu had 10 points in the loss.

7-8 Place
Lithuania - Montenegro 84-51
Lithuania earned the 7th spot at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro on the final day of the tournament. Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) chipped in 20 points for the winning side. Lithuania set the tone early. They grabbed a 17:11 advantage after ten minutes. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second quarter. They registered a 39:20 halftime lead. Things got just worse for Montenegro in the second half. Lithuania dominated in every facet of the game and piled up a 27-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania dropped 23 points in the fourth quarter and secured a comfortable win at the end. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) netted 18 points, while Rytis Juknevicius, Laimonas Chatkevicius and Martynas Paliukenas had 11 points each for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 19 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

9-10 Place
Slovenia - France 69-78
France finished 9th at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Slovenian counterparts at the final game at the tournament. William Howard (201-SF-93) accounted for 19 points to lead the charge. Slovenia surged ahead in the starting period. They registered a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus quickly erased the deficit and spurred in front for a 42:35 halftime advantage. Slovenia did not allow their opponents to run away in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Rupnik and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) (196-SG-93) gave Slovenia a 66:63 lead midway through the final term. But William Howard, Boris Dallo and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) regained the advantage for France and Les Bleus marched to the win at the end. Mouhammadou Jaiteh finished with 16 points, while Boris Dallo added 14 points in the victory. Miha Lapornik answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec had 17 points in the loss.
11-12 Place
Croatia - Germany 65-76
Germany clinched the 11th position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia on the final day of the tournament in Tallinn. Mauricio Marin (193-SG-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Croatia led by double digits early in the game. They entered the second frame up by 13 points 24:11. The margin grew at 17-point mark late in the first half. Germany entered the second half trailing by 14 points 27:41. But they used an 11:1 run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three points 43:46. Bogdan Radosavljevic put Germany in front 52:51 before Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) and Henrik Sirko made it 56:52 for Croatia at the end of the third term. Germany capped the regulation with ten straight points and eked out a tough win at the end. Stephan Haukohl (205-SF-93) had 12 points, while David Brembly and Bogdan Radosavljevic added 11 points each for the winners. Domagoj Samac answered with 20 points and 12 boards for Croatia. Henrik Sirko netted 15 points in the loss.

13-14 Place
Serbia - Bulgaria 76-70
Serbia went on a furious 29:9 run in the fourth frame to steal the victory over Bulgaria in Tallinn today. The victory helped Serbia clinch 13th place at the U20 European Championship. Mihajlo Andric (202-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 23 points to lead the winners. Serbia confidently opened the game. They posted a 19:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Bulgaria reacted with a 24:15 run in the second term. They erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 37:34 halftime lead. Bulgaria cleared off in the third term. Serbia managed just 13 points in the period to face a 14-point deficit with ten minutes remaining. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) opened a 16-point lead for Bulgaria early in the fourth term but Serbia reacted with a 19:5 run to narrow the gap. Mihajlo Andric scored 11 points in the final three minutes of regulation to carry Serbia to the victory. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) posted 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Nemanja Krstic and Ivan Marinkovic added 12 points apiece for the winners. Aleks Simeonov answered with 22 points for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov had 13 points in the loss.

15-16 Place
Sweden - Israel 81-82
Tom Maayan hit a jumper with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Israel past Sweden in the clash for the 15th place at the U20 European Championship. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Israel registered a 24:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the second term. The Scandinavian side trailed by four points at halftime 40:44. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Israel entered the final stanza up by four points. Tobias Borg and Spires denied the deficit early in the fourth frame. Tobias Borg gave Sweden a 79:73 lead with under four minutes remaining. But Egor Koulechov, Mayor and Tom Maayan tied things up at 79. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) put Israel in front 80:79. Tobias Borg pulled Sweden in front 81:80 with 39 seconds remaining. But Tom Maayan had the last word in the game as his jumper sealed the win for Israel. Or Solomon had 15 points, while Tomer Ginat added 13 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 18 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg tossed in 15 points in the loss.

17-18 Place
Czech Republic - Ukraine 75-68
Czech Republic clinched the vital win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the battle for Division A birth for the next season. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) finished with 21 points to lead the winners. Ukraine got relegated into Division B with the defeat. Ukraine, who beat Czech Republic in the classification round, got to a confident start. They enjoyed a 15:5 lead in the opening frame. Ukraine entered the second frame up by five points 20:15. Czech Republic improved their defensive performance in the second quarter. They got within four points at halftime 33:29. The Czech team surged ahead in the third term. They held Ukraine to 12 points in the period and accumulated a 49:45 lead with ten minutes to go. Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) dragged Ukraine within one midway through the final stanza. But Tomas Kyzlink drained a three-pointer and Martin Kriz added several points to give Czech Republic a 67:60 lead with just over two minutes to go. Fait made it a double-digit lead for the Czechs as they rallied to the victory at the end. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) and Martin Kriz had 16 points apiece for the winners. Klym Artamonov answered with 25 points and 9 assists for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk chipped in 15 points and 15 boards in the defeat.

19-20 Place
Georgia - Estonia 70-79
Estonia entertained the home crowd with the victory on the final day of the U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Georgia to clinch the 19th place at the tournament. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) netted 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the home side. Estonia dropped 23 points in the first frame to gain a 7-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the second frame. Estonia secured a 5-point lead at halftime 44:39. The hosts held Georgia to just 10 points in the third term to boost the gap at 18-point mark. Georgia went on a furious comeback rally in the fourth term but Estonia hung on to snatch victory at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) netted 18 points, while Rauno Nurger had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Irakli Mikeladze (182-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Georgia. Nodar Gogodze and Kakhaber Jintcharadze had 12 points apiece in the loss.


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Division B: Poland triumphs in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
United Kingdom - Poland 71-83
Poland clinch Division B title at the U20 European Championship. The Polish side overcame United Kingdom 83:71 in the Final game. Both teams advanced to Division A for the next year. Both teams met each other in the same group at the start of the tournament when United Kingdom posted the win. This time Poland looked better and started with 23:18 lead. United Kingdom managed to tie the score at the halftime, while the second half belonged again to Poland. The latter posted a 20-11 surge in the third period and then won the last stanza 21-18. Grochowski Grzegorz top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Ponitka Mateusz brought 13, while Michalak Michal had 12. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) erupted with 29 points in the losing effort and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) nailed 8. Graham Rowell, Stewart John and Thomas-Edwards Raphell added 7 points in a loss.

Group 3rd place
Hungary - Belgium 70-69
Hungary surprise Belgium for the third place at the U20 European Championship. The Hungarian side grabbed a 70:69 win in the game for the third place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won the first five games, but lost last two to finish 4th. Hungary won the first period 24-13 and led 11 points at the halftime. Belgium did everything they could to win the game but managed only to reduce to 1 point. Hazard and Mollekens Arno reduced to 63:58 and then the latter made two free throws for 65:62. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed three for 70:65 and Vlamynck replied with the final shot in the game. Markovic Luka top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) netted 18. Kovacs Adam delivered 13, while Laszlo Polyak netted 6. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Mollekens Arno netted 13. Schoepen Yoeri brought 11 and Hazard Louis had 7.

5-6 places
Switzerland - Portugal 68-74
Portugal clinch 5th place in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Switzerland 74:68 in Division B. Portugal grabbed 27:14 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-19 rally in the second frame. After 17-17 in the third period the board showed 65:50 for the winners. Switzerland however did not give up and responded with a late 18-9 surge. Lehmann made two free throws for the final 74:68 result. Cardoso Miguel and Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) stepped up with 15 points each, while Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) nailed 13. Correia de Sa Emanuel collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Kostic Branislav had 14. Hoxha Arben netted 10, while Affolter Christian brought 9.

7-8 places
Holland - Romania 62-71
Romania ensure the last win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts outscored Holland 71:62 in the game for 7-8 places. Holland upset the hosts with 23-12 lead in the first period, but Romania erupted with an 18-6 surge in the second frame for 30:29 halftime advantage. Again Holland won the third period 17-13, but the host needed massive 28-16 run in the last period to seal the victory. Romania produced a 14-0 run midway through the last stanza to take 57:52 lead. Stoicoviciu and Bouwknecht exchanged the free throws at the end for the final result. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Stoicoviciu Vlad added 15. Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) scored 11 and Damian Andrei had 10. Hidde Arjans Vos ended up with 13 points and Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) added 12. Bleeker Kevin collected 10 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) also scored 10.

9-12 places
Luxembourg - Slovakia 67-68
Slovakia escaped with the narrow win over Luxembourg in their last game at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Slovakian side posted a 68:67 win to finish on the 9th spot. Luxembourg dropped to the 12th position. Luxembourg surprised the opponents with 23-15 lead and managed to win also the third period 30-21. Slovakia however enjoyed a 15-8 rally in the second period and finished the game with 17-6 burst in the last stanza. Trailing 62:67 with 5 minutes to go, Slovakia did not allow Luxembourg to score in the rest of the game and created a 6-0 run to win the game. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) led the way with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Dedecek Viktor had 14. Jakub Novysedlak (188-PG-93) brought 13, while Tot Oliver had 9. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) answered with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Ittenbach Chris added 17. Melcher Bob notched 8 and Martin Raphael posted 7.

Finland - Cyprus 66-57
Finland finished 10th after the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship. The Nordic side finished the tournament with a 66:57 win, while Cyprus ended up on the 11th spot. Cyprus won the first period 15-12, but failed in the second frame. The Finnish side erupted with a 22-6 surge to take 3:21 lead at the halftime after a Kauppinen shot. Cyprus however was too far to give up and grabbed 41:39 lead after a massive run. Finland meanwhile closed the quarter with a 9-0 run and took 50:45 advantage. Finland added 16-12 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) as well as Dolenc Daniel had 9 each. Mantovani Roberto Alexander ended up with 17 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) had 15. Iliadis Stefanos scored 9 points and Antoniou Symeon chipped in with 6.



Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2013 - by Eurobasket Center


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team 2013
Kaspars Vecvagars
Vecvagars
Amedeo Della Valle
Della Valle
Awudu Abass
Abass
Janis Berzins
Berzins
Daniel Diez
Diez

Best Player: Amedeo Della Valle (6'4''-SG-93) of Ohio St.
Best Guard: Amedeo Della Valle (6'4''-SG-93) of Ohio St.
Best Forward: Janis Berzins (201-SF-93) of Valmiera
Best Center: Daniel Diez (203-F/C-93) of Gipuzkoa

1st Team
PG: Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) of Lietkabelis
SG: Amedeo Della Valle (6'4''-SG-93) of Ohio St.
SF: Awudu Abass (196-SF-93) of Cantu
SF: Janis Berzins (201-SF-93) of Valmiera
F/C: Daniel Diez (203-F/C-93) of Gipuzkoa

2nd Team
G: Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) of Asefa Estudian.
SG: Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) of FCB Regal II
SF: Ioannis Papapetrou (6'8''-SF-94) of Texas
PF: Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) of Crv.Zvezda
C: Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) of Ventspils

3rd Team
PG: Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) of BC Odessa
PG: Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) of Aris
SF: Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio
PF: Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) of Grissin Bon RE
C: Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) of Boulogne

Honorable Mention
Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) of BC Kolin
Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) of B.Muenchen
Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) of Dnipro
Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) of Zlatorog
Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) of CSKA
Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) of Mornar Bar
Berkay Candan (205-SF-93) of Olin Edirne
Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) of Le Havre
Tom Maayan (6'2''-PG-93) of Seton Hall
Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93) of Levski Sofia




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U20 European Championship: Finland finished 10th after the win over Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Finland U20-Cyprus U20 66:57

Finland finished 10th after the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship. The Nordic side finished the tournament with a 66:57 win, while Cyprus ended up on the 11th spot.
Cyprus won the first period 15-12, but failed in the second frame. The Finnish side erupted with a 22-6 surge to take 3:21 lead at the halftime after a Kauppinen shot. Cyprus however was too far to give up and grabbed 41:39 lead after a massive run. Finland meanwhile closed the quarter with a 9-0 run and took 50:45 advantage. Finland added 16-12 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) as well as Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) had 9 each. Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) ended up with 17 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) had 15. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) scored 9 points and Symeon Antoniou (180-PG-94) chipped in with 6.

Finland U20: Joonas Lehtoranta 21, Topias Palmi 9, Daniel Dolenc 9
Cyprus U20: Roberto Alexander Mantovani 17+15 rebs, Viktoras Ieronymidis 15, Stefanos Iliadis 9, Symeon Antoniou 6



U18 European Championship: Goloman brings the win for Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Hungary U18 55:56

Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) brings the win for Hungary against Finland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He top-scored in the game and also ensured the last points for 56:55 win. Hungary improved to 2-2 record, while Finland fell at 1-2 record in Group A.
Hungary erupted with a 27-14 surge in the first period, but the victory was not that easy for them. Finland replied with an 18-7 rally in the second period and added 11-9 run in the third period. Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) gave Finland 53:49 lead with 5 minutes to go, but Hungary needed a 7-2 push to seal the victory.
Bruno Bazso (185-SF-95) scored 12 points and Janos Velkey (192-G-95) added 10. David Boinitzer (197-F-95) delivered 6 points in a win. Juho-Matti Henttonen replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) had 13. Tuomas Hirvonen (179-PG-96) collected 11 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds.

Finland U18: Juho-Matti Henttonen 22, Oskar Michelsen 13, Tuomas Hirvonen 11+10 ast+8 rebs
Hungary U18: Gyorgy Goloman 13+14 rebs, Bruno Bazso 12, Janos Velkey 10, David Boinitzer 6



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Pau-Lacq-Orthez adds Nivins to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's). He played last season at Union Poitiers Basket 86 in ProA. However his team was relegated to ProB. In 30 games he recorded 14.4ppg and 6.2rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game.
The previous (11-12) season Nivins played at Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 36 games he averaged 11.1ppg and 4.9rpg that season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Nivins also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.0ppg and 6.6rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Nivins attended Saint Joseph's University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Belgian Cup in 2011. Nivins was also voted Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and All-Atlantic 10 1st Team back in 2007 and 2009 at his college time.
Nivins has played also professionally in Spain (La Bruixa d'Or).
On Nivins: (by Bobby Palumbi for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Agile forward with excellent speed running the floor ... A defensive minded player who takes great pride in his ability to defend Fundamentally sound rebounding technique with a knack for timing the ball off the glass A presence as a shot blocker, his athleticism and good lateral quickness allow him to defend out to the perimeter and be a good on-ball defender.
Lacks a midrange game at this point. He has bad positioning in the offensive paint when looking for the ball, this really hurts his chances of getting good quality entry passes to work on his low post moves
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By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: William Howards carries France past Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Slovenia U20 78:69

France finished 9th at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Slovenian counterparts at the final game at the tournament. William Howard (201-SF-93) accounted for 19 points to lead the charge.
Slovenia surged ahead in the starting period. They registered a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus quickly erased the deficit and spurred in front for a 42:35 halftime advantage. Slovenia did not allow their opponents to run away in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Rupnik and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) gave Slovenia a 66:63 lead midway through the final term. But William Howard, Boris Dallo (194-PG-94) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) regained the advantage for France and Les Bleus marched to the win at the end. Mouhammadou Jaiteh finished with 16 points, while Boris Dallo added 14 points in the victory. Miha Lapornik answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) had 17 points in the loss.

France U20: William Howard 19, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 16, Boris Dallo 14
Slovenia U20: Miha Lapornik 19, Ziga Dimec 17



France gain one win at Nike Global Challenge in Portland - by Eurobasket News

French selection earned one win in four games played at the Nike Global Challenge in Portland. Les Bleus claimed a 95:62 victory over Brazil on the final day of the event.
France opened their campaign with a heavy 77:101 defeat against USA East. Chris McCullough nailed 17 points to lead the winners. Mathias Lessort (200-F-95) delivered 13 points for France. Vincent Couzigou (196-F-94) and Mike Joseph (203-PF-94, agency: Fusion Sports) finished with 10 points each in the loss.
Next France took on USA West selection. The North American team dominated throughout the game and registered a 78:57 win. Justin Jackson had 14 points for the winners. Mathias Lessort responded with 18 points and 13 reboudns for France. Mike Joseph and Romuald Morency (199-SF-95) had 12 points each in the defeat.
Canada rallied past France 88:72 on the next day. Kevin Zabo netted 18 points, while Jamal Murray and Marial Shayok produced 15 points each for the winning side. Mathias Lessort responded with 21 points for France. Romuald Morency had 13 points in the loss.
France finally picked up the initial win at the tournament as they downed Brazil 95:62 on the final day of the event. Mathias Lessort topscored for France once again with 26 points. Jean Christophe Catherine had 18 points in the win. Lucas Dias answered with 14 points for Brazil.



Cholet signs John Cox - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 32-year old Venezuelan ex-international guard John Cox (196-81, college: USF). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Cox played last season at Paris-Levallois (ProA). In 29 games he had 9.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to win the cup. Cox also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (11-12) season Cox played at STB Le Havre. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the French Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Cox was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team back in 2008. He also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg.
Cox has played previously professionally in France (Sluc Nancy and Chalon/Saor) and Venezuela (Marinos).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2005 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Cox could be described: Athletic guard can power his way to the hoop...combines power and speed...has the ability to penetrate the defense and draw shooting fouls...

By Eurobasket Data Center



Daniel Ewing (ex Besiktas) is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Besiktas in Turkish TBL league. In 21 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. Ewing also played 11 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Azovmash (Superleague) in Ukraine. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Ewing had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 43 Superleague games he averaged 12.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Ewing also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg (in top 5).
In 2010-11 season Ewing played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 TBL games he averaged 14.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Ewing also played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 12.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. He also played 9 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.8spg.
In 2005 Ewing was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). The former Duke University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Ewing has played previously professionally in Russia (Khimky) and NBA (LA Clippers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great shooter with the ability to slash to the basket... Not a pure point guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Poland rout FYR Macedonia in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18-FYR Macedonia U18 66:59

Poland rout FYR Macedonia in Day 4 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side improved to 3-0 record after a 66:59 win. The hosts of the tournament fell at 1-2 record in Group A.
Poland posted a narrow 15:14 win in the first period and added 23-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Poland won the third period 12-11, while the hosts did their best to recover at the end. FYR Macedonia closed the game with a 19-16 run and reduced to 7 final points.
Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 18 rebounds, while Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) also scored 15 points and had 11 boards. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) followed them with 7 points. Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) replied with 14 points in defeat and Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Andrej Cvetkovski (186-PG-96) ended up with 10 points in a loss.

Poland U18: Mikolaj Witlinski 15+18 rebs, Damian Jeszke 15+11 rebs, Grzegorz Kulka 7
FYR Macedonia U18: Kristijan Nikolov 14, Ljubomir Mladenovski 13+10 rebs, Andrej Cvetkovski 10



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U18 European Championship: Germany keep Georgia winless - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-Georgia U18 86:62

Germany keep Georgia winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side improved to 3-1 record after an 86:62 win. Georgia meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period and then German enjoyed a 20-10 surge in the second frame. They increased to 20 points after a 25-15 burst in the third period and also posted 24-20 run in the last period. Georgia closed the game with a 5-0 run as Zakradze posted the final points in defeat.
Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-F-96, agency: Pro One Sports) paced all the winners with 18 points, while Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) and Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) had 14 each. Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) ended up with 12 points. Aleksandre Bolkvadze (195-SF-95) answered with 19 points in defeat, while Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) and Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-SG-95) posted 8 each. Erekle Lortkipanidze (185-G-95) delivered 6 points in a loss.

Germany U18: Jan Niklas Wimberg 18, Ismet Akpinar 14, Joschka Ferner 14, Stefan Ilzhoefer 12
Georgia U18: Aleksandre Bolkvadze 19, Sandro Sanadze 8, Kakhaber Tomaradze 8, Erekle Lortkipanidze 6



U20 European Championship: Estonia edge Georgia to clinch 19th spot - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Georgia U20 79:70

Estonia entertained the home crowd with the victory on the final day of the U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Georgia to clinch the 19th place at the tournament. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) netted 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the home side.
Estonia dropped 23 points in the first frame to gain a 7-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the second frame. Estonia secured a 5-point lead at halftime 44:39. The hosts held Georgia to just 10 points in the third term to boost the gap at 18-point mark. Georgia went on a furious comeback rally in the fourth term but Estonia hung on to snatch victory at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) netted 18 points, while Rauno Nurger (209-C-93) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Irakli Mikeladze (182-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Georgia. Nodar Gogodze (191-PG-94) and Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-SG-93) had 12 points apiece in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 20, Rait-Riivo Laane 18, Rauno Nurger 16+10 boards
Georgia U20: Irakli Mikeladze 18, Nodar Gogodze 12, Kakhaber Jintcharadze 12



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U20 European Championship: Germany beat Croatia to clinch 11th spot - by Eurobasket News

Germany U20 - Croatia U20 76:65

Germany clinched the 11th position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia on the final day of the tournament in Tallinn. Mauricio Marin (193-SG-94, agency: LUMANI 10.7) came up with 15 points to lead the winners.
Croatia led by double digits early in the game. They entered the second frame up by 13 points 24:11. The margin grew at 17-point mark late in the first half. Germany entered the second half trailing by 14 points 27:41. But they used an 11:1 run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three points 43:46. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) put Germany in front 52:51 before Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) and Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) made it 56:52 for Croatia at the end of the third term. Germany capped the regulation with ten straight points and eked out a tough win at the end. Stephan Haukohl (205-SF-93) had 12 points, while David Brembly (197-SG-93) and Bogdan Radosavljevic added 11 points each for the winners. Domagoj Samac answered with 20 points and 12 boards for Croatia. Henrik Sirko netted 15 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Mauricio Marin 15, Stephan Haukohl 12, David Brembly 11, Bogdan Radosavljevic 11
Croatia U20: Domagoj Samac 20+12 boards, Henrik Sirko 15



Thomas Glasauer appointed Langen head coach - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B team TV Langen today appointed Thomas Glasauer as head coach for the 2013-14 season. The 41-year-old Heidelberg native served as a head coach for Pro A side Paderborn from November 2010 until January 2013 and previously spent five years at the helm of Oldenburger TB. "After three years as a player in Langen in the mid-90s it's like coming home", Glasauer stated. Last season the TV team was coached by Ty Shaw who moved to Hanau earlier this summer.


David Holston Is Back Again With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Players or coaches coming back to a team again after departing is always a nice thing as Gordon herbert and Adam hess have done it three times with Frankfurt and Artland and today it was teh Artland Dragons that once again were able to bring back a former player with David Holston. Holston is a 27 year old 17cm point guard from Pontiac, Michigan that will play his second season in Germany. Afte rthree seasons in Turkey, it seems like the quaint and comfortable surroundings of Quackenbruck an dthe intensity of the Beko BBL have itched for him to return. Last season he played for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL) playing 29 games: 14.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 79.1%.


UBC Munster Grab Andrej Koenig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team UBC munster have brought in Andrej Koenig (196-F-87) He is a 25 year old 194cm forward that was born in Russia, but has the German citzenship. Last season he played for Basketball Club Rendsburg (2.Regionalliga) where he was the top scorer in the league with 22,8ppg. The german is happy to be playing for Munster this season. "I am thrilled about Munster. I like the team as the playes have a good charachter and it is a lot of fun playing with them. I am looking forward to the season", stated Andrej Koenig. "We are lucky to get him and he has starter potential. He is a defensive stopper and since he was top scorer in the second regionaliga nd had success in the Regionaliga, he fits perfect into the team", stated head coach Philipp Kappenstein.

Source: UBC Mnster e.V.



2013 EYOF: Turkey nip Germany to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U16 - Germany U16 58:57

Turkey snatched a narrow win over Germany in the consolation final at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) stepped up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Germany dominated the bigger part of the game. They led by as many as 8 points after ten minutes of action. Germany stretched the lead in the second frame. They registered a 27:17 halftime lead. Germany kept Turkey at distance throughout the third period. They entered the fourth frame up by 13 points. But Turkey managed to turn things around late in regulation. They used an 11:3 run to level things up at 57. Furkan Korkmaz sank a decisive free throw late in regulation to seal the win for Turkey. Can Berkay (196-SF-96) had 13 points, while Omer Faruk added 7 points in the win. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) responded with 10 points for Germany. Lucien Schmikale (194-SF-97) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

Turkey U16: Furkan Korkmaz 29, Can Berkay 13, Omer Faruk 7
Germany U16: Niklas Kiel 10, Lucien Schmikale 8



U18 European Championship: Germany keep Georgia winless - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18-Georgia U18 86:62

Germany keep Georgia winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side improved to 3-1 record after an 86:62 win. Georgia meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period and then German enjoyed a 20-10 surge in the second frame. They increased to 20 points after a 25-15 burst in the third period and also posted 24-20 run in the last period. Georgia closed the game with a 5-0 run as Zakradze posted the final points in defeat.
Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-F-96, agency: Pro One Sports) paced all the winners with 18 points, while Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) and Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) had 14 each. Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) ended up with 12 points. Aleksandre Bolkvadze (195-SF-95) answered with 19 points in defeat, while Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) and Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-SG-95) posted 8 each. Erekle Lortkipanidze (185-G-95) delivered 6 points in a loss.

Germany U18: Jan Niklas Wimberg 18, Ismet Akpinar 14, Joschka Ferner 14, Stefan Ilzhoefer 12
Georgia U18: Aleksandre Bolkvadze 19, Sandro Sanadze 8, Kakhaber Tomaradze 8, Erekle Lortkipanidze 6



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U20 European Championship: Greece roll past Turkey to claim 7th place - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Turkey U20 74:60

Greece earned the 7th position at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Turkey in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) came up with 21 points to lead the charge.
Turkey snatched a 13:12 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes increased the tempo in the second period. They spurred ahead for a 35:24 halftime advantage. Turkey managed to narrow the deficit in the third term. They got within 7 points at the final intermission 45:52. But the Hellenes did not allow their opponents to threaten the margin. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) helped Greece to a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and they rolled to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Agravanis netted 17 points, while Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) added 12 points, 11 boards and 6 assists in the win. Berkay Candan (205-SF-93) answered with 17 points, while Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) had 10 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 21, Dimitrios Agravanis 17, Eleftherios Bochoridis 12+11 boards
Turkey U20: Berkay Candan 17, Erbil Eroglu 10



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U20 European Championship: Romania ensure the last win at home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20-Romania U20 62:71

Romania ensure the last win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts outscored Holland 71:62 in the game for 7-8 places.
Holland upset the hosts with 23-12 lead in the first period, but Romania erupted with an 18-6 surge in the second frame for 30:29 halftime advantage. Again Holland won the third period 17-13, but the host needed massive 28-16 run in the last period to seal the victory. Romania produced a 14-0 run midway through the last stanza to take 57:52 lead. Stoicoviciu and Bouwknecht exchanged the free throws at the end for the final result.
Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) added 15. Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) scored 11 and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) had 10. Hidde Arjans Vos (194-F-93) ended up with 13 points and Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) added 12. Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) also scored 10.

Holland U20: Hidde Arjans Vos 13, Dexter Hope 12, Kevin Bleeker 10+13 rebs, Roel Aarts 10
Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 16+10 rebs, Vlad Stoicoviciu 15, Adrian Movileanu 11, Andrei Damian 10



U18 European Championship: Holland beat Estonia in the top game of Group B - by Eurobasket News

Holland U18-Estonia U18 76:67

Holland beat Estonia in the top game of Group B at the U18 European Championship. The Dutch side improved to 4-0 record after a 76:67 win. Estonia meanwhile fell at 3-1 record.
Both teams entered the game with 3-0 records and desired to remain undefeated. Holland dominated the first half and won both periods. They came up with 24-16 rally in the first period and added 19-13 in the second quarter. Moreover Holland celebrated a 16-15 rally in the third period, while Estonia managed to reply with a 23-17 rally at the end.
Jaron Dijkhuizen (196-PF-95) and Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each while Robert Boezeman (198-F/C-96) netted 11. Daan Rosenmuller (193-G/F-95) and Rens Butter (188-PG-96) scored 9 points each in win. Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Maik-Kalev Kotsar (199-F/G-96) and Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) had 9 apiece. Kristofer Kurvits (197-G/F-96) followed them with 8 points.

Holland U18: Jaron Dijkhuizen 13, Julius van Sauers 13, Robert Boezeman 11, Daan Rosenmuller 9, Rens Butter 9
Estonia U18: Sten Olmre 21+11 rebs, Maik-Kalev Kotsar 9, Karl-Robin Jurjens 9, Kristofer Kurvits 8



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U18 European Championship: Goloman brings the win for Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Hungary U18 55:56

Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) brings the win for Hungary against Finland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He top-scored in the game and also ensured the last points for 56:55 win. Hungary improved to 2-2 record, while Finland fell at 1-2 record in Group A.
Hungary erupted with a 27-14 surge in the first period, but the victory was not that easy for them. Finland replied with an 18-7 rally in the second period and added 11-9 run in the third period. Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) gave Finland 53:49 lead with 5 minutes to go, but Hungary needed a 7-2 push to seal the victory.
Bruno Bazso (185-SF-95) scored 12 points and Janos Velkey (192-G-95) added 10. David Boinitzer (197-F-95) delivered 6 points in a win. Juho-Matti Henttonen replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) had 13. Tuomas Hirvonen (179-PG-96) collected 11 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds.

Finland U18: Juho-Matti Henttonen 22, Oskar Michelsen 13, Tuomas Hirvonen 11+10 ast+8 rebs
Hungary U18: Gyorgy Goloman 13+14 rebs, Bruno Bazso 12, Janos Velkey 10, David Boinitzer 6



U20 European Championship: Hungary surprise Belgium for the third place - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U20-Belgium U20 70:69

Hungary surprise Belgium for the third place at the U20 European Championship. The Hungarian side grabbed a 70:69 win in the game for the third place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won the first five games, but lost last two to finish 4th.
Hungary won the first period 24-13 and led 11 points at the halftime. Belgium did everything they could to win the game but managed only to reduce to 1 point. Hazard and Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) reduced to 63:58 and then the latter made two free throws for 65:62. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed three for 70:65 and Vlamynck replied with the final shot in the game.
Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) netted 18. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 13, while Laszlo Polyak netted 6. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Arno Mollekens netted 13. Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) brought 11 and Louis Hazard (199-F-94) had 7.

Hungary U20: Luka Markovic 27, Rosco Allen 18, Adam Kovacs 13, Laszlo Polyak 6
Belgium U20: Emmanuel Lecomte 20, Arno Mollekens 13, Yoeri Schoepen 11, Louis Hazard 7



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PG Jason Smith joins KFI - by Snorri Arnaldsson

KFI has signed their import for the upcoming season, after inking a contract with Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville). Jason Smith will have the tough task of replacing scoring champion Damier Pitts (177-PG-89, agency: Two Points, college: Marshall), who had a strong season with KFI last season. KFI managed to stay up after finishing in 10th place and will look to improve on their last seasons play.

Smith is a seasoned veteran, having spent last season with CAB Madeira in Portugal and with stints in Ukraine, Germany, Bulgaria and Czech Republic.



Iceland clinch two wins in Four-Nations Tournament in China - by Eurobasket News

Icelandic National Team traveled to China to participate at the Four-Nations Tournament. They claimed two wins in three games played in Kunshan.
Iceland surrendered against hosting China 48:60 in the opener. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) scored 17 points to pace Iceland. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87) added 12 points in the losing effort.
Next Iceland faced Montenegro. The Icelandic team overcame a slow start to surge for the opening win at the tournament. They posted a 73:68 victory at the end to improve at 1-1 record.
Iceland finished their Kunshan campaign against FYR Macedonia. Iceland dominated from start to finish. They gained a comfortable 60:35 halftime lead. Iceland posted a 78:54 lead heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to a 99:83 success. Jakob Sigurdarson nailed 22 points to pace the winners. Logi Gunnarsson (192-SG-81) delivered 17 points, while Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) had 15 points for Iceland.



Pryor starts his pro career at FSU Selfoss - by Eurobasket News

FSU Selfoss (D1) added to their roster American forward Collin Pryor (198-86kg). Pryor just graduated from Northern St. University (NCAA2). In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-NSIC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Pryor is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Israel sneak past Sweden to remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18 - Sweden U18 79:78

Israel clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of the U18 European Championship. They snatched a tough win over Sweden to remain perfect on top of Group C. Or Cahal (190-F-95) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Sweden got to a dreamy start to the game. They unleashed 30 points in the opening quarter to enjoy a 20-point lead after ten minutes. Israel tuned in after the break. They erupted for 28 points and cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 38:46. The Israelis narrowed the distance in the third term. They trailed by 6 points heading into the final period. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Israel spurred in front to lead by three points 76:73 with under two minutes remaining. But Loftberg and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) put Sweden up by two 78:76 with 4 seconds remaining. But Or Cahal drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game for Israel. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) chipped in 16 points, while Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 10 points in the victory. Valter Lindstrom answered with 23 points for Sweden. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Israel U18: Or Cahal 17, Idan Zalmanson 16, Itay Segev 10
Sweden U18: Valter Lindstrom 23, Ludvig Hakanson 19



U20 European Championship: Israel sneak past Sweden to clinch 15th position in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Sweden U20 82:81

Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) hit a jumper with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Israel past Sweden in the clash for the 15th place at the U20 European Championship. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) notched 18 points to lead the winners.
Israel registered a 24:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the second term. The Scandinavian side trailed by four points at halftime 40:44. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Israel entered the final stanza up by four points. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Spires denied the deficit early in the fourth frame. Tobias Borg gave Sweden a 79:73 lead with under four minutes remaining. But Egor Koulechov, Mayor and Tom Maayan tied things up at 79. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) put Israel in front 80:79. Tobias Borg pulled Sweden in front 81:80 with 39 seconds remaining. But Tom Maayan had the last word in the game as his jumper sealed the win for Israel. Or Solomon had 15 points, while Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) added 13 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 18 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Israel U20: Egor Koulechov 18, Or Solomon 15, Tomer Ginat 13
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 18, Tobias Borg 15



Joe Ingles will join Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Idan Seggev

The Australian forward, Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports), who played in the last three years in Regal FC Barcelona, will be the last foreign player of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Still no official signing yet, but both sides already agreed terms and Ingles will sign for two years with an exit clause for the NBA after the first year. Ingles couldn't find a contract in the NBA and both sides finalized the details quickly. Last year was his weakest year in Barca, when he scored 6 ppg in both Euroleague & Spanish league but his 3pt percentage decrease to 39. Ingles will be Maccabi's sixth foreign after Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85), Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia), Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro), Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) & Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.).


Maccabi Haifa appointed Danny Franco as head coach - by Idan Seggev

The Israeli champion, Maccabi Bazan Haifa, appointed yesterday Danny Franco (agency: Avi Zilberman ), the young coach who led GreenTops Netanya to the forth place and the playoff last season. After both Haifa and Brad Greenberg (who led Haifa to their historic title) couldn't find the way to settle, Haifa decided to sign Franco, who considered last season as the best coach in the league. The 39-year-old coach, Started to coach in 2006 where he took Ironi Ramat-Gan and afterwards also coached in Hapoel Afula, Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, Hapoel Holon (led them to win the domestic cup for the first time) and Netanya. "It's a huge honor for me to receive a great opportunity from Jeff Rosen (Haifa's owners) and the rest of the management. It's a huge honor to coach the champion and I hope that we'll have an exciting season."


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U20 European Championship: Italy celebrate title with win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Latvia U20 67:60

Italy clinched their first ever U20 European Championship Gold. They came from behind to outscore Latvia in the championship game in Tallinn tonight. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) scored 19 points to lead the Azzurri.
Latvia jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the game. They raced to a 13:9 advantage after ten minutes. Jakovics and Krumins gave Latvia an 18:9 lead early in the second frame. The margin grew at double-digits midway through the second term. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) capped the half with a jumper as Italy trailed by 8 points at halftime 23:31. However things changed drastically in the third term. Italy stepped on the gas to change the complexion of the encounter. The Azzurri went on a 9:1 run to take a 38:36 lead. Latvia regained the advantage moments later but not for long. Lagana, Amedeo Della Valle and Awudu Abass gave Italy a 46:42 lead at the final break. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) and Vecvagars connected for 8 points in a row as Latvia gained a 52:50 lead midway through the fourth frame. Amedeo Della Valle answered with a triple to put Italy back in charge. Amedeo Della Valle scored 8 points in a row for the Azzurri to give them a 63:54 lead with 73 seconds left in the game. Vecvagars and Janis Berzins sparked hope for Latvia but Amedeo Della Valle and Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) sealed the win from the stripe for Italy. Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) had 13 points, while Stefano Tonut and Awudu Abass delivered 10 points each for the winners. Janis Berzins answered with 26 points and 15 rebounds for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) tossed in 10 points in the losing effort.

Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 19, Aristide Landi 13, Stefano Tonut 10, Awudu Abass 10
Latvia U20: Janis Berzins 26+15 boards, Andrejs Grazulis 10



Stefano Borsato signs at Fileni BPA Jesi - by Eurobasket News

Fileni BPA Jesi (Lega Due Gold) landed 27-year old guard Stefano Borsato (192-83kg-86, agency: Two Points). He has played for the last two years at LeGamberi Foods Forli (Lega Due Gold). In 31 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. Borsato won Italian B1 championship title in 2007.
He was a member of Italian U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004.
Borsato has played previously for six other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso, Tuscany Pistoia, Naturhouse Ferrara, Roseto, Riva del Garda and Istrana.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A skilled combo guard, with great offensive instincts and shooting. Needs to improve his decision making and court vision to play stably at the point.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Italy U16 outgun Sweden U16 in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Sweden U16 61:52

Italy U16 claimed a confident win over Swedish counterparts in the friendly encounter. Andrea La Torre scored 20 points to lead the Azzurri.
Italy got to a quick start. They poured in 25 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Italy stretched the gap in the second frame. They ensured a 40:28 halftime advantage. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the third period. The Scandinavian team got within 6 points at the final break. Italy however limited Sweden to 11 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Luca Cesana (191-G/F-97) netted 8 points, while Filippo Testa (190-G-97) knocked down 7 points for the winners. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97), Ovrebo and Henrik Sjolin (178-G-97) answered with 8 points each for Sweden.

Italy U16: Andrea La Torre 20, Luca Cesana 8, Filippo Testa 7
Sweden U16: Samuel Berkelund 8, Ovrebo 8, Henrik Sjolin 8



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U20 European Championship: Italy celebrate title with win over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Latvia U20 67:60

Italy clinched their first ever U20 European Championship Gold. They came from behind to outscore Latvia in the championship game in Tallinn tonight. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) scored 19 points to lead the Azzurri.
Latvia jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the game. They raced to a 13:9 advantage after ten minutes. Jakovics and Krumins gave Latvia an 18:9 lead early in the second frame. The margin grew at double-digits midway through the second term. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) capped the half with a jumper as Italy trailed by 8 points at halftime 23:31. However things changed drastically in the third term. Italy stepped on the gas to change the complexion of the encounter. The Azzurri went on a 9:1 run to take a 38:36 lead. Latvia regained the advantage moments later but not for long. Lagana, Amedeo Della Valle and Awudu Abass gave Italy a 46:42 lead at the final break. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) and Vecvagars connected for 8 points in a row as Latvia gained a 52:50 lead midway through the fourth frame. Amedeo Della Valle answered with a triple to put Italy back in charge. Amedeo Della Valle scored 8 points in a row for the Azzurri to give them a 63:54 lead with 73 seconds left in the game. Vecvagars and Janis Berzins sparked hope for Latvia but Amedeo Della Valle and Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) sealed the win from the stripe for Italy. Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) had 13 points, while Stefano Tonut and Awudu Abass delivered 10 points each for the winners. Janis Berzins answered with 26 points and 15 rebounds for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) tossed in 10 points in the losing effort.

Italy U20: Amedeo Della Valle 19, Aristide Landi 13, Stefano Tonut 10, Awudu Abass 10
Latvia U20: Janis Berzins 26+15 boards, Andrejs Grazulis 10



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U20 European Championship: Lithuania bruise Montenegro to earn 7th position - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Montenegro U20 84:51

Lithuania earned the 7th spot at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro on the final day of the tournament. Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) chipped in 20 points for the winning side.
Lithuania set the tone early. They grabbed a 17:11 advantage after ten minutes. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second quarter. They registered a 39:20 halftime lead. Things got just worse for Montenegro in the second half. Lithuania dominated in every facet of the game and piled up a 27-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania dropped 23 points in the fourth quarter and secured a comfortable win at the end. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) netted 18 points, while Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93), Laimonas Chatkevicius (213-C-93) and Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) had 11 points each for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 19 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Paulius Semaska 20, Mindaugas Kacinas 18, Rytis Juknevicius 11, Laimonas Chatkevicius 11, Martynas Paliukenas 11
Montenegro U20: Vukota Pavic 19, Danilo Nikolic 14+11 boards



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Mexican National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Mexican National Team 2013
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Paul Stoll
Stoll
Hector Hernandez
Hernandez
Omar Quintero
Quintero
Alejandro Zarco
Zarco
Pedro Meza Rogel
Meza Rogel
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Paul Stoll 180-PG-85 Maccabi Haifa Israel
Hector Hernandez 206-F-85 Guaymas Mexico
Omar Quintero 183-PG-81 Tijuana Mexico
Alejandro Zarco 205-F-85 Guaymas Mexico
Pedro Meza Rogel 186-G-85 Guasave Mexico
Lorenzo Mata 205-C-86 Quebradillas Puerto Rico
Orlando Mendez-Valdez 185-G-86 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
Adam Parada 213-C-81 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
Jovan Harris 191-G/F-81 Pioneros Mexico
Brody Angley 180-PG-86 Toros Mexico
Francisco Cruz 190-G-89 Nogales Mexico
Jorge Gutierrez 190-G-88 Canton C. USA
Victor Mariscal 198-F-72 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
Jose Estrada 194-G-94 High School USA
Roman Martinez 201-F-88 Soles Mexico
Steve Monreal 180-PG-86 Hermosillo Mexico
Stephen Soriano 201-F-84 Pioneros Mexico
Jaime Serna 205-F-89 Clavijo Spain
Gustavo Ayon 209-F/C-85 Milwaukee B. USA

Sergio Valdeolmillos Head Coach



Gustavo Ayon to play for Team Mexico in FIBA Americas tournament - by Carlos Chapa

The federation in charge of the Mexican National Team, ADEMEBA, announced the list of the players that will compete for a spot in the final roster that will suit up for the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament.

The preliminary list is made up of 19 players, Gustavo Ayon and Jorge Gutierrez should be highlighted for their moderate success in the NBA and on the NBA D-League.

As for the head coach, Sergio Valdeomillos will return to the Aztec squad after winning the silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.

The full list follows:
Paul Stoll
Omar Quintero
Pedro Meza Rogel
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Jovan Harris
Roman Martinez
Francisco Cruz
Victor Mariscal
Stephen Soriano
Gustavo Ayon
Hector Hernandez
Alejandro Zarco
Lorenzo Mata
Adam Parada
Steve Monreal
Jaime Serna
Jose Estrada
Brody Angley
Jorge Gutierrez





Ken Horton (ex Apollon) joins Huracanes - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Ken Horton (199-90kg-89, college: Central Connecticut State). He moved there from Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In two Division A games he had 12.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg this season. Horton also played at SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) in French league earlier that season. In 16 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the NEC Tournament Semifinals in 2011. Horton was also voted NABC Division I All-District 18 1st Team in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Horton graduated from Central Connecticut State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Montenegro B lose two in Kunshan - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin B National Team lost two out of three games at the Four-Nations Tournament in Kunshan, China.
They opened their campaign with an 82:77 victory over FYR Macedonia. Montenegro got to a 24:17 lead after the starting quarter. The Macedonian team erased the deficit and grabbed a 57:53 lead before the final frame. But Montenegro went on a 29:20 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88), Martinic, Jelenic and Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) added 12 points each for Montenegro. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) answered with 20 points for FYR Macedonia. Kostoski had 13 points in the loss.
Next Montenegro faced Iceland. The Balkan team gained a 41:34 halftime advantage. But Iceland narrowed the gap at a single-point mark at the final intermission. Iceland went on a 25:19 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) provided 20 points for Montenegro. Filip Barovic had 16 points in the defeat.
Finally Montenegro took on hosting China. Once again the Montenegrin team got to a brisk start. They piled up a 19:14 lead after the starting term. But China gradually picked up the tempo. They erased the deficit and spurred ahead for a 60:55 lead before the fourth frame. Montenegro cut the deficit but came up short of victory at the end 74:77. Nemanja Vranjes produced 18 points, while Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) added 15 for Montenegro.



U18 European Championship: Montenegro earn the third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Montenegro U18-Belarus U18 89:86 OT

Montenegro earn the third straight win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Belarus 89:86 to grab 3-0 record in Group D. Belarus meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
It was the second overtime loss in three games for Belarus. They started the game well and reached 22-17 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover Belarus added 20-12 rally in the second frame and grabbed 42:19 lead at the halftime. Montenegro however dominated the rest of the game and managed to win the game. Montenegro won the third period 26-14 and added 20-19 for the tie score at the fourth period. In overtime they needed a 14-11 run to win the game.
Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) nailed 12. Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) and Zoran Nikolic (208-C-96, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) brought 11 each, while Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) had 10. Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) answered with high 25 points in defeat and Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) scored 23. Siarhei Kazlou (201-F/C-95) collected 19 points and 11 boards, whilst Pavel Harachka (185-PG-95) netted 5.

Montenegro U18: Petar Popovic 18, Luka Djurovic 12, Aleksandar Dozic 11, Zoran Nikolic 11, Milovan Draskovic 10
Belarus U18: Maksim Salash 25, Yauheni Beliankou 23, Siarhei Kazlou 19+11 rebs, Pavel Harachka 5



U20 European Championship: Lithuania bruise Montenegro to earn 7th position - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Montenegro U20 84:51

Lithuania earned the 7th spot at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro on the final day of the tournament. Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) chipped in 20 points for the winning side.
Lithuania set the tone early. They grabbed a 17:11 advantage after ten minutes. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second quarter. They registered a 39:20 halftime lead. Things got just worse for Montenegro in the second half. Lithuania dominated in every facet of the game and piled up a 27-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania dropped 23 points in the fourth quarter and secured a comfortable win at the end. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) netted 18 points, while Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93), Laimonas Chatkevicius (213-C-93) and Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) had 11 points each for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 19 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Paulius Semaska 20, Mindaugas Kacinas 18, Rytis Juknevicius 11, Laimonas Chatkevicius 11, Martynas Paliukenas 11
Montenegro U20: Vukota Pavic 19, Danilo Nikolic 14+11 boards



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  NBA   


Thoughts on the NBA Summer League - by Carl Berman

After watching the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for a week, we thought we'd go over some of this years rookies, how they are playing and what we think of them thus far. We don't view the Summer League as a major predictive tool. Most of the action rivals pick-up games with not a lot of offense put in and the defense questionable as well. Adding to that this year, the competition level has dropped somewhat, with many European level players with no chance of playing in the NBA on rosters. With those disclaimers, here's our analysis:

C.J. McCollum, Portland. Maybe he's just trying to get back into the swing of things after his senior season was cut short by injury, but McCollum has been hoisting them up. Hes currently leading the league in scoring at 21.0 ppg but hes only shooting 36.6%, 31% on threes. That included yesterday's 9-of-26 effort and an 8-of-25 game on Tuesday. Hes listed at 6'3 but appears to be at best 6'2. Hes been a volume scorer in Las Vegas, but not an effective scorer. He doesn't appear to be a point and playing him alongside Lillard would give the Trail Blazers a very small backcourt. So there are questions there and were not sold on McCollum yet.

Ben McLemore, Sacramento. Definitely not a good start. While there's no denying his athleticism, a two-guard has to shoot reliably and that's one thing McLemore has not done thus far. After an 0-for-8 effort on Wednesday hes shooting 28% overall including 18% on three-pointers. Hes had one good game in four, scoring 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting but also had a 4-for-23 game. For a player that many had going #1 he certainly has not impressed so far.

Cody Zeller, Charlotte. Zeller has displayed his athleticism to his advantage, coming up with three strong games in a row. Hes been active, taking his defender off the dribble and running the court very well. Hes averaged 19 points and almost 11 rebounds in his last three games while shooting 54%. It won't be that easy for him against true NBA 4s and 5s but so far so good. Zeller's been impressive.

Reggie Bullock, LA Clippers. Bullock looks like he may be a viable shooting guard down the line. He has a good physical profile at 67/210 with nice shooting range. Hes scoring at a 17.0 ppg clip and has not shot particularly well from distance (28%). But the ability and shooting range seem to be there. Bullock looks like a good pickup.

Dennis Schroder, Atlanta. Schroder has looked impressive in the way he runs and controls the offense. He really is mature for the time hes been playing the game and displays confidence. His offense has been limited thus far as he needs work on his shooting from beyond 20 feet (only 3-of-18 on three-pointers). Schroder has been getting his teammates involved (#2 in assists at 5.8 per game) and has that quick first step. With Jeff Teague returning to Atlanta, Schroder will be brought along a little slower, but hell be their point guard of the future.

Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota. Muhammad hasn't done anything to change our mind that hes a one-dimensional player and doesn't do much else. Hes shooting 44% on three-pointers but only slightly over 30% on two-pointers. He's only 4-of-13 from the foul line, has only three assists in five games and is averaging only 2.0 rebounds per game. Yesterday he had only one point until he made two late baskets. He hasn't defended very well either. Not a great start here.

Vander Blue, Memphis After four games where he didn't stand out, Blue got into the zone yesterday, scoring 24 points in 23 minutes, mostly in the second half. Blue made 5-of-8 three-pointers in helping bring the Grizzlies back from a big first half deficit. While Blue may have a low probability to make an NBA roster he has good size for an off guard and if he can score as he showed yesterday hes got a shot.

We'll cover other rookies and second-year players as the event approaches the close.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter here.





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USA West clinch Nike Global Challenge title - by Eurobasket News

USA West celebrated victory at the Nike Global Challenge event in Portland. They overcame USA South selection 98:95 in the Final. Stanley Johnson (6'6''-SG-96) fired 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the winners. USA West got to a slightly better start. They eked out a 24:22 lead after the opening frame. But USA South surged ahead to lead by three points at halftime 43:46. USA West exploded with 28 points in the third term to cut the deficit to a single point at the final break. USA West went on a 27:23 run in the fourth period to escape with the victory at the end. Justin Jackson (6'6''-G-95) nailed 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Kelly Oubre had 14 points in the win. Joel Berry answered with 21 points for USA South. Alex Owens had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.


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DStv PBL Standings

DStv Standings
Atlantic Conference
 1. D.Warriors 19-7 
 2. Union Bank 18-8 
 3. Islanders 15-11 
 4. Oluyole W. 14-12 
 5. Royal Hoopers 12-12 
 6. Customs 9-17 
 7. Comets 8-18 
 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 10-15 
 7. Immigration 6-19 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 1-24 

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. 21: Kada Stars - Yelwa Hawks 83-58
Jul. 21: Kano Pillars - Plateau Peaks 70-63
Jul. 20: Kada Stars - Yelwa Hawks 64-51
Jul. 21: Immigration - Niger Potters 59-66
Jul. 21: Mark Mentors - Bauchi Nets 102-80

Regular Season: Round 27

Atlantic

Jul. 26: Comets - Royal Hoopers
Jul. 26: D.Warriors - Police Baton
Jul. 27: Comets - Royal Hoopers
Jul. 27: D.Warriors - Police Baton

Savannah

Jul. 27: Bauchi Nets - Kano Pillars
Jul. 27: Plateau Peaks - Mark Mentors
Jul. 27: Niger Potters - Yelwa Hawks
Jul. 28: Kada Stars - Immigration
Jul. 28: Bauchi Nets - Kano Pillars
Jul. 28: Plateau Peaks - Mark Mentors
Jul. 28: Niger Potters - Yelwa Hawks
Jul. 29: Kada Stars - Immigration


Roland Akpatchi Dunks Dodan Warriors to Historic Win - by Oluwafemi Adefeso

Dodan Warriors showed why they are the best team in the Atlantic conference in Game 2 of Week 13 of the Nigerian Premier Basketball League against the Lagos Islanders with a 85-83 buzzer beater victory.

The Warriors started poorly trailing 33-16 in the 1st quarter, got into deeper water early in the 2nd quarter trailing with as much as 21 points. They eventually got going before the halftime break reducing the deficit to 10 points. Paving the way for what will be the best 20 minutes of basketball i've seen in this season.

The 2nd half started with much anticipation and the warriors didn't disappoint as they came up with 17-7 run to tie the game at 57-57 thanks to crucial points from John Oweh, Roland Apatchi and Azouma Dike. However the Islanders responded with a run of their own end the quarter with a 65-63 lead.

The game was set up for a pulsating finale. Although Islanders still looked like they had enough to take the match. With 5 minutes gone in the 4th quarter, they still lead, 72-70. However, with a series of turnovers, Dodan Warriors punished them with quick fastbreak points combined with intelligent play from Romaric Quenum and Roland Apatchi the game was tied at 83-83 into the final minute of the match..

History was however about to be made. Lagos Islanders had what seem like the final possession of the ball in the game, setting up a beautiful play for the best shooter of the team Seyi Ayodele,- a man you'll bet to make a clutch jump shot from anywhere on the court after having a clean look- only to miss a 3 point that would have sealed victory and Final 4 qualification. Perhaps a 2 point shot attempt might have changed everything...

Alas, Roland Apatchi was about change Sports headlines. The warriors picked the rebound with about 6 seconds left, Togolese born Roland Apatchi advanced the ball from mid court beating 2 players with (ankle breakers) crossover combined in between the legs and capitulated the commercial worthy act with a fantastic two hand dunk. Just as his feet hit the floor the buzzer sounded and the rest they say is history...

Roland Apatchi finish with a career high 34 points and 7 rebounds,Azuoma Dike added 23points (4 of 6 "3point shots"), 6 rebounds and 2 assists while Romaric Quenum adding a Double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors players who finished in double figures. For the losing Islanders team Ibrahim Okpe top scored finishing with 22 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds, while Hillary Aigbokhaode, Seyi Ayodele and Solomon Igho finished with 14,11 and 12 points respectively.

Dodan Warriors are topping the Atlantic Conference log and are favorite to take top seed going into the Final 4 with a 19-7 Win/Loss Record.


Culled from www.femizbasketballarena.blogspot.com



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U18 European Championship: Norway beat Austria to tie both records at 1-3 - by Eurobasket News

Austria U18-Norway U18 56:59

Norway beat Austria to tie both records at 1-3 at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway celebrated the initial 59:56 win in Group B.
Austria won the first period 16-7 and led 8 points at the halftime. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) closed an 8-0 run early in the third period as Austria enjoyed a 36:20 lead. Norway however was too far to give up and won the game. They overcame the deficit immediately in the third period as Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) gave Norway 41:39 lead after three quarters. He scored another three at the end of the fourth period for 58:53 and then Anders Nymo (180-PG-96) ensured the last points.
Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) paced all the winners with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Mikkel Kolstad added 12. Anders Nymo and Sjur Berg (198-F-96) added 5 points each. Jakob Poltl erupted with 19 points and 20 rebounds in defeat, while Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) notched 12. Marko Soldo (196-F/G-95) scored 8, whilst Georg Wolf (188-SG-95) and Marc Goetzinger (184-PG-96, college: Wuerzburg) had 6 apiece.

Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 19+20 rebs, Marvin Ogunsipe 12, Marko Soldo 8, Georg Wolf 6, Marc Goetzinger 6
Norway U18: Johannes Dolven 22+17 rebs, Mikkel Kolstad 12, Anders Nymo 5, Sjur Berg 5



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 11-3 
 2. Rain or Shine 9-5 
 3. Petron Blaze 8-6 
 4. San Mig Coffee 8-6 
 5. Barangay Ginebra 7-7 
 6. Meralco Bolts 7-7 
 7. Talk N Text 7-7 
 8. Air21 Express 6-8 
 9. Barako Bull 5-9 
 10. Global Port 2-12 


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Dawson, Meralco29.6 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.23.9 
 3. Macklin, Barang.23.3 
 4. Bowles, San M.22.7 
 5. Sundov, Al Shabab22.1 
 6. David, Global Port21.9 
 7. Dozier, Alaska Aces20.1 
 8. Canaleta, Air21 E.15.5 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.14.0 
 10. Cardona, Meralco13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.3 
 2. Dawson, Meralco16.0 
 3. Dunigan, Air21 E.15.4 
 4. Bowles, San M.15.2 
 5. Macklin, Barang.14.7 
 6. Sundov, Al Shabab12.5 
 7. Abueva, Alaska Ac.8.6 
 8. Pingris, San M.7.8 
 9. Santos, Petron B.7.1 
 10. Aguilar, Global P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ross, Meralco9.2 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.0 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.4.7 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barang.4.5 
 8. Lee, Rain or Shine4.2 
 9. Barroca, San M.3.8 
 10. Devance, San M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dawson, Meralco3.1 
 2. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.9 
 4. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.1.6 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barang.1.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.1 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.1.0 
 10. Intal, Barako Bull1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DOZIER
  Alaska Aces
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dozier, Alaska Aces2.8 
 2. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 3. Bowles, San M.2.1 
 4. Dawson, Meralco1.9 
 5. Aguilar, Global Po.1.8 
 6. Macklin, Barang.0.9 
 7. Fajardo, Petron B.0.9 
 8. Pennisi, Barako Bu.0.8 
 9. Raymundo, Barang.0.7 
 10. Devance, San M.0.7 



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U18 European Championship: Poland rout FYR Macedonia in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18-FYR Macedonia U18 66:59

Poland rout FYR Macedonia in Day 4 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side improved to 3-0 record after a 66:59 win. The hosts of the tournament fell at 1-2 record in Group A.
Poland posted a narrow 15:14 win in the first period and added 23-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover Poland won the third period 12-11, while the hosts did their best to recover at the end. FYR Macedonia closed the game with a 19-16 run and reduced to 7 final points.
Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 18 rebounds, while Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) also scored 15 points and had 11 boards. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) followed them with 7 points. Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) replied with 14 points in defeat and Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Andrej Cvetkovski (186-PG-96) ended up with 10 points in a loss.

Poland U18: Mikolaj Witlinski 15+18 rebs, Damian Jeszke 15+11 rebs, Grzegorz Kulka 7
FYR Macedonia U18: Kristijan Nikolov 14, Ljubomir Mladenovski 13+10 rebs, Andrej Cvetkovski 10



U20 European Championship: Poland clinch Division B title - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Poland U20 71:83

Poland clinch Division B title at the U20 European Championship. The Polish side overcame United Kingdom 83:71 in the Final game. Both teams advanced to Division A for the next year.
Both teams met each other in the same group at the start of the tournament when United Kingdom posted the win. This time Poland looked better and started with 23:18 lead. United Kingdom managed to tie the score at the halftime, while the second half belonged again to Poland. The latter posted a 20-11 surge in the third period and then won the last stanza 21-18.
Grzegorz Grochowski (180-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) brought 13, while Michal Michalak (196-SG-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 12. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) erupted with 29 points in the losing effort and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) nailed 8. Rowell Graham (197-F-94), John Stewart (198-F-93) and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) added 7 points in a loss.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 29, Nick Lewis 8, Rowell Graham 7, John Stewart 7, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 7
Poland U20: Grzegorz Grochowski 23, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13+16 rebs, Mateusz Ponitka 13, Michal Michalak 12



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U18 European Championship: Belgium rout Portugal in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U18-Portugal U18 65:43

Belgium rout Portugal in Strumica at Day 4 of the U18 European Championship. Belgium grabbed a 2-1 record after a 65:43 win. Portugal meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record in Group D.
Pereira and Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) exchanged the early baskets in the start of the game and then Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) gave Portugal 11:7 advantage. Belgium answered with 11 consecutive points and grabbed 18:14 lead at the end of the first period. Belgium also won the second frame 13-9 and led 31:23 at the halftime. Portugal managed to grab 11-8 run in the third period, but Belgium pushed the tempo at the end of the game and needed a 26-9 surge to seal the victory.
Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (183-PG-96) and Hans Vanwijn (205-F-95) as well as 10 each. Romain Boxus poured in 7 points in a win. Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) replied with 11 points in defeat and Pedro Meireless brought 7.

Belgium U18: Andy Van Vliet 17, Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda 10, Hans Vanwijn 10, Romain Boxus 7
Portugal U18: Benvindo Mendes 11, Pedro Meireless 7



U20 European Championship: Portugal clinch 5th place in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Portugal U20 68:74

Portugal clinch 5th place in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Switzerland 74:68 in Division B.
Portugal grabbed 27:14 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-19 rally in the second frame. After 17-17 in the third period the board showed 65:50 for the winners. Switzerland however did not give up and responded with a late 18-9 surge. Lehmann made two free throws for the final 74:68 result.
Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) and Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) stepped up with 15 points each, while Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) nailed 13. Correia de Sa Emanuel collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) had 14. Arben Hoxha (182-PG-94) netted 10, while Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) brought 9.

Switzerland U20: Dusan Mladjan 18+ 14 rebs, Branislav Kostic 14, Arben Hoxha 10, Christian Affolter 9
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 15, Pedro Bastos 15, Artur Castela 13, Correia de Sa Emanuel 10+10 rebs



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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

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



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  ROMANIA   


U20 European Championship: Romania ensure the last win at home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Holland U20-Romania U20 62:71

Romania ensure the last win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts outscored Holland 71:62 in the game for 7-8 places.
Holland upset the hosts with 23-12 lead in the first period, but Romania erupted with an 18-6 surge in the second frame for 30:29 halftime advantage. Again Holland won the third period 17-13, but the host needed massive 28-16 run in the last period to seal the victory. Romania produced a 14-0 run midway through the last stanza to take 57:52 lead. Stoicoviciu and Bouwknecht exchanged the free throws at the end for the final result.
Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) added 15. Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) scored 11 and Andrei Damian (192-SG-94) had 10. Hidde Arjans Vos (194-F-93) ended up with 13 points and Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) added 12. Kevin Bleeker (208-C-93) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) also scored 10.

Holland U20: Hidde Arjans Vos 13, Dexter Hope 12, Kevin Bleeker 10+13 rebs, Roel Aarts 10
Romania U20: Alexandru Olah 16+10 rebs, Vlad Stoicoviciu 15, Adrian Movileanu 11, Andrei Damian 10



U18 European Championship: Fierce late rally propels Switzerland past Romania - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18 - Switzerland U18 82:83

Switzerland claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They came from behind to snatch a dramatic win over Romania in Group C. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record. Clayton Le Sann (188-SG-95) notched 25 points to lead the winners.
Romania unloaded 28 points in the first period to gain a 2-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Romania secured a 47:41 halftime advantage. They stretched the margin in the third term. Romania entered the final stanza up by 13 points 69:56. But Switzerland turned things around in the fourth frame. Damjanovic scored three points to trigger an 18:2 run that crowned the regulation and brought victory for Switzerland. Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) netted 14 points, while Luka Mandic (205-C/F-96) and Arnaud Cotture (201-PF-95) had 10 points each for the winners. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) responded with 19 points for Romania. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) netted 18 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 19, Andrei Ciordas 18
Switzerland U18: Clayton Le Sann 25, Noe Anabir 14, Luka Mandic 10, Arnaud Cotture 10



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  RUSSIA   


U20 European Championship: Spain outlast Russia to step onto pedestal - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Russia U20 70:63

Spain stepped onto the pedestal at the U20 European Championship. Alfonso Alonso team clinched Bronze medals after they defeated Russia in the consolation final tonight. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) came up with 19 points to lead the charge.
Spain poured in 23 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. They kept Russia at distance throughout the second period. Spain accumulated a 37:28 halftime lead. The Spaniards boosted the gap in the third frame. They registered a 13-point cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Russia got within five points midway through the final frame but Spain held on to the advantage and escaped with the win at the end. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) dropped 17 points, while Sebastian Saiz (206-C-94) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) responded with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 19, Guillem Vives 17, Sebastian Saiz 15+13 boards
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 20+10 boards, Denis Zakharov 16+10 boards



Triumph tabs Jeremy Chappell, ex Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL) inked 26-year old American guard Jeremy Chappell (191-83kg-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm). He has played for the last two years at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye in Ukrainian Superleague. In 43 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg (in top 3) last season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Chappell received Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in France (JL Bourg), Poland (Znicz Jaroslaw).
Chappell attended Robert Morris University until 2009 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SCOTLAND   


U18 European Championship: Slovak Republic knock down Scotland for first win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U18 - Scotland U18 78:55

Slovak Republic opened win count at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Scotland for 1-3 record in Group C. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) produced 21 points and 10 boards for the winners.
Slovak Republic exploded with 27 points in the opening frame to take a 14-point lead. Slovak Republic maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They accumulated a 46:22 halftime advantage. Scotland stopped the rot in the third term. They adjusted offensively and narrowed the deficit at 21-point mark at the final intermission. But Slovak Republic held their opponents to 11 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Miroslav Matych (186-G-95) had 16 points, while Juraj Janosik (201-F/C-95) and Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) dropped 10 points apiece in the victory. Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) answered with 17 points for Scotland. Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Slovak Republic U18: Norbert Janicek 21+10 boards, Miroslav Matych 16, Juraj Janosik 10, Jakub Meress 10
Scotland U18: Malcolm Winning 17, Fraser Malcolm 9



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  SERBIA   


2013 EYOF: Serbia edge Croatia to clinch title - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Croatia U16 70:57

Serbia won the European Youth Olympic Festival tournament. They overcame Croatia in the Final in Utrecht. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) and Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) scored 14 points each to lead the winners.
Serbia jumped to a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Serbia accumulated a 38:26 halftime advantage. Croatia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 4 points at the final break. But Serbia answered with an 18:9 rally to seal the victory at the end. Stefan Kenic (198-F-97) and Nikola Rakicevic (198-SG-97) finished with 10 points each for the winners. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) answered with 12 points for Croatia. Dragan Bender (205-PF-97) dropped 10 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Stefan Peno 14, Vojislav Stojanovic 14, Stefan Kenic 10, Nikola Rakicevic 10
Croatia U16: Bruno Skokna 12, Dragan Bender 10



U20 European Championship: Serbia win 6th consecutive game and finish in 13th place - by Ivan Milenkovic

Serbia U20 national team finished European Championship in Estonia in 13th position after defeating Bulgaria in their final game of the tournament.
Serbia won thanks to great final-quarter comeback - 76-70 (19-13, 15-24, 13-24, 29-9). After 5-6 in 4th minute, they had 9-0 run to open 8-point lead (14-6). It was 19-8 soon afterwards. But Bulgarians ended first quarter with 0-5 run which announced happenings on the court in next 20 minutes. After 3 minutes and 23 seconds of second period, Bulgaria were already in the lead (23-24). Remainder of the first half passed without big runs, but Bulgarian team led 34-37 after 20 minutes. In the second half things were going from bad to worse for Serbia as their neighbours were increasing their lead. It was 38-39 when Bulgaria scored 10 points in a row to open 38-49 lead in 25th minute. Serbia answered with 6-0 run, but Bulgarians once again had huge run (0-9) which gave them 14-point lead in 29th minute (44-58). That was the difference between the teams after 30 minutes. Serbians had 16-point deficit in 31st minute when they finally started to improve their game. When the score was 50-66, Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) scored 6 points in a row (and 9 from the start of final quarter) to wake up his teammates. Bulgaria had nice lead until 35th minute, when scoreboard showed 56-68. Mihajlo Andric (202-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) scored two three-pointers in Serbia's 10-0 run and game was totally open with less than 3 minutes remaining. Partizan player then scored another shot from beyond the arc to give Serbia 71-70 lead with 79 seconds to go. He killed the game with yet another three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining for final score 76-70. Bulgarians didn't score in last 116 seconds which Serbia used to score 10 unanswered points and finally win the game.
Mihajlo Andric had amazing shooting performance, shot 6/7 from beyond the arc and led Serbia with 23 points in 23 minutes. Luka Mitrovic had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) added 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Nenad Miljenovic had 8 assists.
This was 6th win in a row for Serbia at European Championship in Tallinn, but it was disappointing tournament from them as it was expected that they will fight for the medals.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Levice in trouble, adding first players - by Thomas Kottra

Basketball in Levice is endangered. The official club website confirmed that general sponsor left the club. He supported them over the past six years filling circa 80% of the budget. This caused a huge problem for the basketball in the city. The club had to leave the Czech highest division because they are not able to fulfill the budget needed for the competiton. Now it is time for the management to obtain at least 35% of last years sponsor money to start the new season. General manager Lubos Pohanka claimed that the fate of men's basketball will be clear at end of July.
Meanwhile, the club started to collect the team. First pieces announced by the management was coach Ladislav Lutovsky who was collecting experiences over past months as an assistant to the recent coach Oleg Meleschenko . Also, there are two names on the roster. Richard Klein (198-F-77) and Vladimir Klar (191-F-86). Both of them are born and raised in Levice, both have missed the last season.
Richard Klein has announced an end of his career after the 2011/2012 season. The Club of Levice declined to prolong the contract with experienced forward so he decided to leave the country and try his luck in different sphere in France.
Vladimir Klar played his last match in jersey of MBK Rieker Komarno on 2011/2012 season. It was a quarterfinal match of Slovak Cup when he landed on floor with knee injury. He was not able to be fit for the next season. Now he claims he is 100% ready for the competition.



U18 European Championship: Slovak Republic knock down Scotland for first win in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic U18 - Scotland U18 78:55

Slovak Republic opened win count at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Scotland for 1-3 record in Group C. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) produced 21 points and 10 boards for the winners.
Slovak Republic exploded with 27 points in the opening frame to take a 14-point lead. Slovak Republic maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They accumulated a 46:22 halftime advantage. Scotland stopped the rot in the third term. They adjusted offensively and narrowed the deficit at 21-point mark at the final intermission. But Slovak Republic held their opponents to 11 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Miroslav Matych (186-G-95) had 16 points, while Juraj Janosik (201-F/C-95) and Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) dropped 10 points apiece in the victory. Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) answered with 17 points for Scotland. Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Slovak Republic U18: Norbert Janicek 21+10 boards, Miroslav Matych 16, Juraj Janosik 10, Jakub Meress 10
Scotland U18: Malcolm Winning 17, Fraser Malcolm 9



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  SLOVENIA   


U20 European Championship: William Howards carries France past Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Slovenia U20 78:69

France finished 9th at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Slovenian counterparts at the final game at the tournament. William Howard (201-SF-93) accounted for 19 points to lead the charge.
Slovenia surged ahead in the starting period. They registered a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus quickly erased the deficit and spurred in front for a 42:35 halftime advantage. Slovenia did not allow their opponents to run away in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Rupnik and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) gave Slovenia a 66:63 lead midway through the final term. But William Howard, Boris Dallo (194-PG-94) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) regained the advantage for France and Les Bleus marched to the win at the end. Mouhammadou Jaiteh finished with 16 points, while Boris Dallo added 14 points in the victory. Miha Lapornik answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) had 17 points in the loss.

France U20: William Howard 19, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 16, Boris Dallo 14
Slovenia U20: Miha Lapornik 19, Ziga Dimec 17



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U17   

Standings (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. Bolivia0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Colombia0-0
4. Ecuador0-0
5. Venezuela0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Paraguay0-0
3. Peru0-0
4. Uruguay0-0



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

Liga Endesa Standings
 1. Asefa Estudian. 0-0 
 2. Blancos de R. 0-0 
 3. Blusens M. 0-0 
 4. CAI Zaragoza 0-0 
 5. Cajasol 0-0 
 6. CB Canarias 0-0 
 7. FCB Regal 0-0 
 8. FIATC Joventut 0-0 
 9. G.Canaria 2014 0-0 
 10. Gescrap BB 0-0 
 11. Gipuzkoa 0-0 
 12. La Bruixa dOr 0-0 
 13. Laboral Kutxa 0-0 
 14. Mad-Croc 0-0 
 15. Real Madrid 0-0 
 16. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
 17. Unicaja 0-0 
 18. Valencia 0-0 


Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. A.Ford Burgos 0-0 
 2. Andorra 0-0 
 3. Breogan 0-0 
 4. Caceres 0-0 
 5. Clavijo 0-0 
 6. Coruna 0-0 
 7. FCB Regal II 0-0 
 8. Forca Lleida 0-0 
 9. Lobe Huesca 0-0 
 10. Lucentum 0-0 
 11. Melilla 0-0 
 12. Ourense 0-0 
 13. Palencia 0-0 
 14. Planasa NV 0-0 


U20 European Championship: Spain outlast Russia to step onto pedestal - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Russia U20 70:63

Spain stepped onto the pedestal at the U20 European Championship. Alfonso Alonso team clinched Bronze medals after they defeated Russia in the consolation final tonight. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) came up with 19 points to lead the charge.
Spain poured in 23 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. They kept Russia at distance throughout the second period. Spain accumulated a 37:28 halftime lead. The Spaniards boosted the gap in the third frame. They registered a 13-point cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Russia got within five points midway through the final frame but Spain held on to the advantage and escaped with the win at the end. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) dropped 17 points, while Sebastian Saiz (206-C-94) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) responded with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U20: Daniel Diez 19, Guillem Vives 17, Sebastian Saiz 15+13 boards
Russia U20: Aleksandr Gudumak 20+10 boards, Denis Zakharov 16+10 boards



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  SWEDEN   


U20 European Championship: Israel sneak past Sweden to clinch 15th position in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20 - Sweden U20 82:81

Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) hit a jumper with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Israel past Sweden in the clash for the 15th place at the U20 European Championship. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) notched 18 points to lead the winners.
Israel registered a 24:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the second term. The Scandinavian side trailed by four points at halftime 40:44. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Israel entered the final stanza up by four points. Tobias Borg (184-PG-93) and Spires denied the deficit early in the fourth frame. Tobias Borg gave Sweden a 79:73 lead with under four minutes remaining. But Egor Koulechov, Mayor and Tom Maayan tied things up at 79. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) put Israel in front 80:79. Tobias Borg pulled Sweden in front 81:80 with 39 seconds remaining. But Tom Maayan had the last word in the game as his jumper sealed the win for Israel. Or Solomon had 15 points, while Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) added 13 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 18 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Israel U20: Egor Koulechov 18, Or Solomon 15, Tomer Ginat 13
Sweden U20: Marcus Eriksson 18, Tobias Borg 15



U18 European Championship: Israel sneak past Sweden to remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18 - Sweden U18 79:78

Israel clinched the fourth consecutive win at the start of the U18 European Championship. They snatched a tough win over Sweden to remain perfect on top of Group C. Or Cahal (190-F-95) nailed 17 points to lead the winners.
Sweden got to a dreamy start to the game. They unleashed 30 points in the opening quarter to enjoy a 20-point lead after ten minutes. Israel tuned in after the break. They erupted for 28 points and cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 38:46. The Israelis narrowed the distance in the third term. They trailed by 6 points heading into the final period. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Israel spurred in front to lead by three points 76:73 with under two minutes remaining. But Loftberg and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) put Sweden up by two 78:76 with 4 seconds remaining. But Or Cahal drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game for Israel. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) chipped in 16 points, while Itay Segev (204-SF-95, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 10 points in the victory. Valter Lindstrom answered with 23 points for Sweden. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Israel U18: Or Cahal 17, Idan Zalmanson 16, Itay Segev 10
Sweden U18: Valter Lindstrom 23, Ludvig Hakanson 19



Italy U16 outgun Sweden U16 in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Italy U16 - Sweden U16 61:52

Italy U16 claimed a confident win over Swedish counterparts in the friendly encounter. Andrea La Torre scored 20 points to lead the Azzurri.
Italy got to a quick start. They poured in 25 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Italy stretched the gap in the second frame. They ensured a 40:28 halftime advantage. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the third period. The Scandinavian team got within 6 points at the final break. Italy however limited Sweden to 11 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Luca Cesana (191-G/F-97) netted 8 points, while Filippo Testa (190-G-97) knocked down 7 points for the winners. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97), Ovrebo and Henrik Sjolin (178-G-97) answered with 8 points each for Sweden.

Italy U16: Andrea La Torre 20, Luca Cesana 8, Filippo Testa 7
Sweden U16: Samuel Berkelund 8, Ovrebo 8, Henrik Sjolin 8



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  SWITZERLAND   


U18 European Championship: Fierce late rally propels Switzerland past Romania - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18 - Switzerland U18 82:83

Switzerland claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They came from behind to snatch a dramatic win over Romania in Group C. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record. Clayton Le Sann (188-SG-95) notched 25 points to lead the winners.
Romania unloaded 28 points in the first period to gain a 2-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Romania secured a 47:41 halftime advantage. They stretched the margin in the third term. Romania entered the final stanza up by 13 points 69:56. But Switzerland turned things around in the fourth frame. Damjanovic scored three points to trigger an 18:2 run that crowned the regulation and brought victory for Switzerland. Noe Anabir (198-F/C-95) netted 14 points, while Luka Mandic (205-C/F-96) and Arnaud Cotture (201-PF-95) had 10 points each for the winners. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) responded with 19 points for Romania. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) netted 18 points in the loss.

Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 19, Andrei Ciordas 18
Switzerland U18: Clayton Le Sann 25, Noe Anabir 14, Luka Mandic 10, Arnaud Cotture 10



U20 European Championship: Portugal clinch 5th place in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U20-Portugal U20 68:74

Portugal clinch 5th place in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Switzerland 74:68 in Division B.
Portugal grabbed 27:14 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-19 rally in the second frame. After 17-17 in the third period the board showed 65:50 for the winners. Switzerland however did not give up and responded with a late 18-9 surge. Lehmann made two free throws for the final 74:68 result.
Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) and Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) stepped up with 15 points each, while Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) nailed 13. Correia de Sa Emanuel collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) had 14. Arben Hoxha (182-PG-94) netted 10, while Christian Affolter (198-SF-93) brought 9.

Switzerland U20: Dusan Mladjan 18+ 14 rebs, Branislav Kostic 14, Arben Hoxha 10, Christian Affolter 9
Portugal U20: Miguel Cardoso 15, Pedro Bastos 15, Artur Castela 13, Correia de Sa Emanuel 10+10 rebs



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  TURKEY   


Daniel Ewing (ex Besiktas) is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Besiktas in Turkish TBL league. In 21 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. Ewing also played 11 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Azovmash (Superleague) in Ukraine. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Ewing had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 43 Superleague games he averaged 12.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Ewing also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg (in top 5).
In 2010-11 season Ewing played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Polish league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 TBL games he averaged 14.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Ewing also played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 12.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. He also played 9 games in VTB United League where he averaged 12.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.8spg.
In 2005 Ewing was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). The former Duke University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Ewing has played previously professionally in Russia (Khimky) and NBA (LA Clippers).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great shooter with the ability to slash to the basket... Not a pure point guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center



2013 EYOF: Turkey nip Germany to clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U16 - Germany U16 58:57

Turkey snatched a narrow win over Germany in the consolation final at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) stepped up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Germany dominated the bigger part of the game. They led by as many as 8 points after ten minutes of action. Germany stretched the lead in the second frame. They registered a 27:17 halftime lead. Germany kept Turkey at distance throughout the third period. They entered the fourth frame up by 13 points. But Turkey managed to turn things around late in regulation. They used an 11:3 run to level things up at 57. Furkan Korkmaz sank a decisive free throw late in regulation to seal the win for Turkey. Can Berkay (196-SF-96) had 13 points, while Omer Faruk added 7 points in the win. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) responded with 10 points for Germany. Lucien Schmikale (194-SF-97) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

Turkey U16: Furkan Korkmaz 29, Can Berkay 13, Omer Faruk 7
Germany U16: Niklas Kiel 10, Lucien Schmikale 8



U20 European Championship: Greece roll past Turkey to claim 7th place - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Turkey U20 74:60

Greece earned the 7th position at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Turkey in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) came up with 21 points to lead the charge.
Turkey snatched a 13:12 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes increased the tempo in the second period. They spurred ahead for a 35:24 halftime advantage. Turkey managed to narrow the deficit in the third term. They got within 7 points at the final intermission 45:52. But the Hellenes did not allow their opponents to threaten the margin. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) helped Greece to a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and they rolled to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Agravanis netted 17 points, while Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) added 12 points, 11 boards and 6 assists in the win. Berkay Candan (205-SF-93) answered with 17 points, while Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) had 10 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Ioannis Papapetrou 21, Dimitrios Agravanis 17, Eleftherios Bochoridis 12+11 boards
Turkey U20: Berkay Candan 17, Erbil Eroglu 10



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Kemba Walker Soars In, Scores 31 At Pro-Am - by David Edole

By DOM AMORE
WATERBURY In this state, Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) left no doubt about what he could do for a team, a program, a franchise. How would his unique blend of skills and charisma translate in the NBA?

Just two seasons in, Walker's stamp is on the Charlotte franchise, which is rebuilding and rebranding as the Hornets. He's all-in and determined to lift the team toward respectability.

"Of course, I'm more of a leader now," said Walker, who suited up for the Greater Hartford Pro-Am on Saturday night and scored 31 points. "I'm more mature, I'm older. I have a different role. At first, I was just a role player coming off the bench. Last season, I kind of established myself as a point guard, as the leader of that team. Now, I've got to keep on establishing myself and taking on that leadership."

Walker, 23, started all 82 games, averaging 17.7 points and 5.7 assists to lead the team. The Bobcats, as they were still known, were 21-61 an improvement over Walker's rookie season, when they were 7-59. The franchise has changed coaches twice during Walker's young career, firing Paul Silas in 2012 and Mike Dunlap after this past season. Steve Clifford will coach next season. One of his assistants, Mark Price, the former Cavs guard who gets credit for helping Rajon Rondo improve his jump shot, was the perfect kind of player to help Walker, who has now been with the team as long as anyone on the roster, take it up to another level.

Getting off on the right foot with new staff, Walker went to Charlotte on his own earlier this month to work with the franchise's summer league team.

"Just want to get to know my coaching staff," Walker said, "and get used to the other younger guys, Cody [Zeller], Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bis[mark Biyambo]. We're going to have a whole new system, and I want to spend as much time with them as possible. The future is something I'm looking forward to."

Walker's optimism, despite Charlotte's two rough seasons, is catching on. He played a role in convincing free agent Al Jefferson, the veteran center, to sign with the Bobcats/Hornets, for three years and $41 million, on July 10.

"We have the same agent [Jeff Schwartz]," Walker said, "I asked him about his options, and I told him we needed him bad and we wanted him. He just wanted to feel wanted. And we wanted him more than anyone else."

The team also included former Huskies Ben Gordon and Jeff Adrien last season. In returning to Connecticut, two years after leading the Huskies to one of the most memorable championship runs in NCAA history, Walker let loose and had some fun on a steamy Saturday at Crosby High.

He fed incoming UConn big man Amida Brimah for a basket, he no-looked one to former UConn teammate A.J. Price for a game-clinching throwdown, and he displayed all his offensive moves with a smile as Team Kirks, also known as Kemba's All-Stars, beat Cambyland, 92-86.

"It was great to see Kemba, let alone play with him," said Price, who scored 23 points and, finishing last season with the Wizards, is an NBA free agent. "He's a great teammate. I'll always love him and enjoy seeing him."



St. Croix teams find tough love in Puerto Rico - by David Edole

Paradise Shoot Out International Tournament for teams from the Virgin Islands came to an end Saturday night. 13U Soldiers (4-1) had hopes of making it to the semi finals but in a point system they came up short and saw their dreams go down the drain. Soldiers 13 and under team consists of Earl Baker, Gyrez Gaspard, Zion Jones, Amari Krigger, Kydjana Lewis, Miguel Lopez, Dante Molloy, Christian Rasmussen, Adante Steven, and Rahkeem Swanston.
15U Soldiers had a tough tournament and won one contest in six games played. Positive Guidance (1-3) 11U knocked off Molina Basket, 35-34, for their only win in the Ponce tournament Saturday morning. Positive Guidance 13U dropped all six contests played and the Allen Burke Foundation team (0-5) could not get over the hump in the 17 and under division. Scores and Video of some games below.

Friday Scores
11anos 27 G.B.A. 20 Positive Guidance
13anos 24 Soldiers 40 Toa Baja Spartans
13anos 37 Bucaplaaa 38 Soldiers
13anos 40 Carolina Balom 33 Positive Guidance
13anos 28 Positive Guidance 41 Villalba Avancinos
15anos 34 Soldiers 40 Ponce Lomas
17anos 43 Allen Burke Foundation 50 Camuy A
17anos 35 S. Teresita Ponce 33 Allen Burke Foundation

Saturday Scores that were posted

13anos 61 Soldiers 30 Rep. Dominicana
13anos 64 Aguadilla 25 Soldiers
11anos 35 Posiitve Guidance 34 Molina Basket

VIDEOS

15U Soldier 37 Aguadilla 32
http://www.ihigh.com/prlittlelads/broadcast_303761.html?silverlight=1

13U Soldiers 38 Bucalpa 37
http://www.ihigh.com/prlittlelads/broadcast_303762.html?silverlight=1

13U Soldiers 64 Aguadilla 25
http://www.ihigh.com/prlittlelads/broadcast_303861.html?silverlight=1

G.B.A. B 49 15U Soldiers 44
http://www.ihigh.com/prlittlelads/broadcast_303864.html?silverlight=1




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U20 European Championship: Czech Republic edge Ukraine to keep Division A spot - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U20 - Ukraine U20 75:68

Czech Republic clinched the vital win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the battle for Division A birth for the next season. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) finished with 21 points to lead the winners. Ukraine got relegated into Division B with the defeat.
Ukraine, who beat Czech Republic in the classification round, got to a confident start. They enjoyed a 15:5 lead in the opening frame. Ukraine entered the second frame up by five points 20:15. Czech Republic improved their defensive performance in the second quarter. They got within four points at halftime 33:29. The Czech team surged ahead in the third term. They held Ukraine to 12 points in the period and accumulated a 49:45 lead with ten minutes to go. Klym Artamonov (186-PG-93) dragged Ukraine within one midway through the final stanza. But Tomas Kyzlink drained a three-pointer and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) added several points to give Czech Republic a 67:60 lead with just over two minutes to go. Fait made it a double-digit lead for the Czechs as they rallied to the victory at the end. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) and Martin Kriz had 16 points apiece for the winners. Klym Artamonov answered with 25 points and 9 assists for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) chipped in 15 points and 15 boards in the defeat.

Czech Republic U20: Tomas Kyzlink 21, Samuel Faifr 16, Martin Kriz 16
Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 25, Vladyslav Koreniuk 15+15 boards



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U20 European Championship: Poland clinch Division B title - by Eurobasket News

United Kingdom U20-Poland U20 71:83

Poland clinch Division B title at the U20 European Championship. The Polish side overcame United Kingdom 83:71 in the Final game. Both teams advanced to Division A for the next year.
Both teams met each other in the same group at the start of the tournament when United Kingdom posted the win. This time Poland looked better and started with 23:18 lead. United Kingdom managed to tie the score at the halftime, while the second half belonged again to Poland. The latter posted a 20-11 surge in the third period and then won the last stanza 21-18.
Grzegorz Grochowski (180-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) brought 13, while Michal Michalak (196-SG-93, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 12. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) erupted with 29 points in the losing effort and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) nailed 8. Rowell Graham (197-F-94), John Stewart (198-F-93) and Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-F-93) added 7 points in a loss.

United Kingdom U20: Devon Van Oostrum 29, Nick Lewis 8, Rowell Graham 7, John Stewart 7, Raphell Thomas-Edwards 7
Poland U20: Grzegorz Grochowski 23, Przemyslaw Karnowski 13+16 rebs, Mateusz Ponitka 13, Michal Michalak 12



Rocks Take Veteran Scorer Marks - by Paul Nilsen

Wily veteran Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.) becomes the latest signing for the Glasgow Rocks organization. Chez, who hails from the state of Kentucky, will return to the British Basketball League with a climb north from Cheshire up to Scotland and is thrilled to be given the opportunity of playing for the franchise.

'I am very blessed and so excited to be a piece of the Glasgow Rocks. Over my years in the BBL, I have played against Coach Davis numerous times in Glasgow. The city was beautiful, the people were very respectful, the fans were incredible and the organization was very professional. That is what drew my interest in becoming a Rock. My expectations this season are very high as well as Coach Davis, and I want to be a part of helping him meet those expectations.'

The 6'3" shooting guard has spent the majority of his professional career here in the BBL for clubs such as the London Towers, Plymouth University Raiders and the aforementioned Cheshire Phoenix. He has also experienced playing in top leagues such as France-ProB and Hungary on a two year sabbatical before returning to the league.

Since Marks return, he has established a reputation as a dynamic scorer culminating numbers of 22.8 points per contest which was enough to lead the entire league in this statistical category for the 2012/13 season. Marks became a legitimate target on coach Sterling Davis' radar when he showed that he was not only a scorer but that he was also a genuine leader as he took on a player-coach role within the Cheshire organization.

"It is always good to have a guy who will be a players leader on the court and Chez showed that leadership last season taking on a huge task for his teammates."

"That is an attribute any successful team needs; a teammate to be that voice when the coaches is not enough and sometimes that voice is just by leading by example."

Chez has solidified a very good reputation within the league both on and off the floor as far as professionalism and loyalty goes, which is something Rocks GM Daniel Bajwoluk is always keen on bringing in.

"Chez Marks is a born leader and I believe he is a perfect fit for our organisation. He is a true professional on and off the court with a contagious hunger to win. I look forward to seeing Chez take the court in a Rocks jersey this season."

Rocks will be looking to strengthen their backcourt alongside Marks in the coming weeks as things move in a positive direction for the organization.





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Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jul. 22: Larre Borges - 25 de Agosto
Jul. 22: Marne - Stockholmo
Jul. 23: Welcome - Guruyu Waston
Jul. 23: Urunday Univ. - Cader
Jul. 23: Yale - Verdirrojo


Results for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez

Results for the 17th round Metro league
Capitol 80 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 27 pts. 13 reb. 5 blocks, Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) 13 pts. 8 reb.
Urunday Universitario 79 - Jose Mackiewicz (201-F-79) 15 pts. 6 reb. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 12 pts. 17 reb.
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Cader 86 - Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 17 pts. 10 reb. 3 assists, Andres Aristimuno (187-G-92) 14 pts. 3 reb. 5 assists.
Yale 65 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 13 pts. 4 reb.
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Welcome 80 - Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) 15 pts. 13 reb. 3 blocks Alejandro Perez (200-F-78) 18 pts. 4 reb.
Stockolmo 73 - Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 16 pts, 3 assists.



Uruguay U17 edge Brazil U17 in Trouville - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U17 - Brazil U17 48:47

Uruguayan U17 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming South American Championship. They hosted Brazilian counterparts in the friendly encounter in Trouville. The hosts claimed a narrow win at the end. Juan Galleto netted 14 points to pace Uruguay.
Brazil jumped to an early lead. They registered an 18:9 advantage after ten minutes. Uruguay cut the deficit in the second frame to trail by 7 points at the interval 19:26. The hosts got within 6 points at the final intermission. Uruguay went on an 18:11 run in the final period to snatch the victory at the end. Facundo Grolla (193-C-97) chipped in 11 points, while Gullermo Ulery had 8 points for the winners. Wesley Sena answered with 11 points for Brazil. George dropped 7 points in the loss.

Uruguay U17: Juan Galleto 14, Facundo Grolla 11, Gullermo Ulery 8
Brazil U17: Wesley Sena 11, George 7



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Cholet signs John Cox - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 32-year old Venezuelan ex-international guard John Cox (196-81, college: USF). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Cox played last season at Paris-Levallois (ProA). In 29 games he had 9.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to win the cup. Cox also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (11-12) season Cox played at STB Le Havre. In 30 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the French Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Cox was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team back in 2008. He also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg.
Cox has played previously professionally in France (Sluc Nancy and Chalon/Saor) and Venezuela (Marinos).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2005 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Cox could be described: Athletic guard can power his way to the hoop...combines power and speed...has the ability to penetrate the defense and draw shooting fouls...

By Eurobasket Data Center



Venezuela's U17 NT to play in Group A of South American Championship - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Men U17 NT will play in Group A of the 2013 South American Championship, to be played in Salto, Uruguay, from August 4th till the 10th, and which will qualify three teams to the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Tournament.

The team is coached by Nestor Salazar, who's assistant coaches are Israel Sarmiento and Jairo Torrealba, while his physical trainer is Jose Dos Santos. Venezuela will face Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia in Group A, while Group B will include Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru, as Chile withdrew from the tournament, citing finantial issues.

Salazar, who recently won his third title in Venezuela's Liga Profesional (LPB) as the head coach of Cocodrilos de Caracas, is a former Senior NT head coach and has led the best generations of Venezuelan players to FIBA World Cups between the 1990's and the beginning of the 2000 decade.

This time, he's got a team that includes talents such as Salvador Torres, Angel Cubillan and Daniel Hernandez, who played in the 2011 South American Championship of Cucuta, Colombia, and Luis Guerra Rubiani and Daniel Garmendia, whom are playing high school basketball in the United States.

The team also includes Adrian Espinoza, invited to a Basketball Without Borders camp in Argentina, and players Jose Materan, Evert Bernal, Leunan Diaz, Edwings Santo, Jose Luces, Diego Martinez, Aaron Espinoza, Audy Morales, Jesus Quintero, Angel Sequeira, Jorge Rebolledo, Angel Blanco, Jose Sojo, Sergio Mijares, Jose Medina, Jose Ascanio, Giovanni Briceno, Yaiker Pacheco, Williams Leal, Efrain Cordoba, Wilfren Vargas, Christian Cedeno, Roswil Paraqueima and Dani Arias.

Venezuela's top achievements in the last decade include Silver Medals in the Pan American Championship of Margarita in 2002 and the South American Championship of Guanare in 2007.



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Triumph tabs Jeremy Chappell, ex Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL) inked 26-year old American guard Jeremy Chappell (191-83kg-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm). He has played for the last two years at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye in Ukrainian Superleague. In 43 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg (in top 3) last season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
Among other achievements Chappell received Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in France (JL Bourg), Poland (Znicz Jaroslaw).
Chappell attended Robert Morris University until 2009 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center




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Women News


2013-14 season Fixtures/Schedule - by Zeljko Zule

Macedonian champions Krosing officially canceled the participation in 2013-14 MZRKL Adriatica League.
Shedule - Regular Season:
Group A: Partizan, Vojvodina, Triglav, Mladi Krajisnik, Grosuplje, Medvescak.
Round 1 (10/10) & Round 6 (05/12): Partizan-Medvescak, Vojvodina-Grosuplje, Triglav-Mladi Krajisnik.
Round 2 (17/10) & Round 7 (19/12) : Medvescak-Mladi Krajisnik, Grosuplje-Triglav, Partizan-Vojvodina
Round 3 (31/10) & Round 8 (16/01): Vojvodina-Medvescak, Triglav-Partizan, Mladi Krajisnik-Grosuplje.
Round 4 (14/11) & Round 9 (30/01): Medvescak-Grosuplje, Partizan-Mladi Krajisnik, Vojvodina-Triglav.
Round 5 (28/11) & Round 10 (06/02): Triglav-Medvescak, Mladi Krajisnik-Vojvodina, Grosuplje-Partizan.
Group B: Radivoj Korac, Crvena zvezda, Athlete Celje, Sloboda, Buducnost.
Round 1 (10/10) & Round 6 (05/12): Radivoj Korac-Buducnost, Crvena zvezda-Sloboda, Athlete Celje-Celik.
Round 2 (17/10) & Round 7 (19/12): Buducnost-Celik, Sloboda-Athlete Celje, Radivoj Korac-Crvena zvezda.
Round 3 (31/10) & Round 8 (16/01): Crvena zvezda-Buducnost, Athlete Celje-Radivoj Korac, Celik-Sloboda.
Round 4 (14/11) & Round 9 (30/01): Buducnost-Sloboda, Radivoj Korac-Celik, Crvena zvezda-Athlete Celje.
Round 5 (28/11) & Round 10 (06/02): Athlete Celje-Buducnost, Celik-Crvena zvezda, Sloboda-Radivoj Korac.
Quarterfinals (best of three - A1-B4, A2-B3, B1-A4, B2-A3): 13/02, 20/02, 27/02.
Final-Four: 05-06/03




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U18 European Championship: Andorra clinch Division C title - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18-Malta U18 51:41

Andorra clinch Division C title at the U18 European Championship. The team overcame Malta 51:41 in the Final game and landed historic gold medal.
Malta started the game with a 10-8 lead, but Andorra managed to tie the score at the halftime. Andorra needed a 23-21 rally and Marta Aguilera (170-PG-95) nailed two three-pointers for 31:31 at the halftime. Andorra dominated the second half and posted two victories. Andorra won the third period 14-7 and finished the game with 6-3 run.
Christina Andres (170-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Navarro nailed 13. Marta Aguilera brought 11, while Andrea Moreno (178-C-95) added 4. Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) replied with 15 points and Scicluna added 9. Martina Mifsud (147-PG-95) scored 8, while Maria Bonett (174-C-95) had 5.

Andorra U18: Christina Andres 18, Navarro 13, Marta Aguilera 11, Andrea Moreno 4
Malta U18: Gabriella Mifsud 15, Scicluna 9, Martina Mifsud 8, Maria Bonett 5



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Division C: Andorra wins the historic title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL

Andorra U18-Malta U18 51:41

Andorra clinch Division C title at the U18 European Championship. The team overcame Malta 51:41 in the Final game and landed historic gold medal.
Malta started the game with a 10-8 lead, but Andorra managed to tie the score at the halftime. Andorra needed a 23-21 rally and
Marta Aguilera (170-PG-95) nailed two three-pointers for 31:31 at the halftime. Andorra dominated the second half and posted two victories. Andorra won the third period 14-7 and finished the game with 6-3 run.
Christina Andres (170-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Navarro nailed 13. Marta Aguilera brought 11, while Andrea Moreno (178-C-95) added 4. Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) replied with 15 points and Scicluna added 9. Martina Mifsud (147-PG-95) scored 8, while Maria Bonett (174-C-95) had 5.

Andorra U18: Christina Andres 18, Navarro 13, Marta Aguilera 11, Andrea Moreno 4
Malta U18:
Gabriella Mifsud 15, Scicluna 9, Martina Mifsud 8, Maria Bonett 5

3rd place
Wales U18-Gibraltar U18 66:39

Wales clinched third place at the U18 European Championship in Division C. The Welsh side overcame Gibraltar 66:39 in the game for the bronze medals.
Both teams scored 11 points each in the first period and then Wales erupted with a 20-10 surge. Wales added 16-11 rally in the third period and finished with the massive 19-7 burst. Taylor scored the last points in the game to finish third with her Wales. She brought 27-point victory and closed a 6-0 run.

Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) had 11. Ross poured in 9, whilst Elizabeth Jones (170-G-95) had 8. Jamie Prescott (174-C-96) answered with 13 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Joelle Grech (169-G-97) had 11. Courtney Ferrer (173-C-97) posted 7, whilst Sara Chipolina (171-C-96) had 6.

Wales U18:
Tanisha Walker 13+14 rebs, Chloe Richards 11, Ross 9, Elizabeth Jones 8
Gibraltar U18:
Jamie Prescott 13+12 rebs, Joelle Grech 11, Courtney Ferrer 7, Sara Chipolina 6



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France U18 with win and loss in Troyes - by Eurobasket News

French U18 National Team split their starting games at the Troyes international friendly tournament. They fired past England 85:55 in the opener. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. France recorded a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts boosted the gap to 6 points at the interval 43:37. However Les Bleus increased the tempo in the third term and England could not match. France cleared off to an 18-point lead at the final intermission. They unloaded 22 points in the fourth frame to seal the win. Marine Johannes (177-G-95) netted 22 points, while Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) added 20 points for France. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for England. Megan Lewis (180-G-95) chipped in 8 points in the loss.
Next France took on Poland. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Poland dropped 25 points in the opening frame to gain a 7-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second period. Poland enjoyed a 38:27 halftime advantage. But France answered with a stifling defence in the second half. They held the visitors to 6 points in the third term cutting the deficit at 7-point mark. Marie Mane (183-F-95) tied things up at 53 with 46 seconds remaining in regulation. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) sank a free throw with two seconds left to seal the victory for Poland. Naczk had 14 points for Poland. Jowita Ossowska (180-SF-96) had 10 points for the winners. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) answered with 14 points for France. Marie Mane had 11 points in the defeat.



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U18 European Championship: Wales clinched third place - by Eurobasket News

Wales U18-Gibraltar U18 66:39

Wales clinched third place at the U18 European Championship in Division C. The Welsh side overcame Gibraltar 66:39 in the game for the bronze medals.
Both teams scored 11 points each in the first period and then Wales erupted with a 20-10 surge. Wales added 16-11 rally in the third period and finished with the massive 19-7 burst. Taylor scored the last points in the game to finish third with her Wales. She brought 27-point victory and closed a 6-0 run.
Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) had 11. Ross poured in 9, whilst Elizabeth Jones (170-G-95) had 8. Jamie Prescott (174-C-96) answered with 13 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Joelle Grech (169-G-97) had 11. Courtney Ferrer (173-C-97) posted 7, whilst Sara Chipolina (171-C-96) had 6.

Wales U18: Tanisha Walker 13+14 rebs, Chloe Richards 11, Ross 9, Elizabeth Jones 8
Gibraltar U18: Jamie Prescott 13+12 rebs, Joelle Grech 11, Courtney Ferrer 7, Sara Chipolina 6



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Maccabi Ramat Hen announced American forward Toni Young - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ramat Hen announced American forward Toni Young (188-F-91, college: Oklahoma St.) for the next season. She is currently playing at New York Liberty in WNBA. In 15 games she averaged 4.3ppg and 1.7rpg . The last season Young played at Oklahoma State University in Big 12 Conference in the NCAA. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. In 2012-2013 for Oklahoma St. her stats read 16.0ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.6spg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 59.0%. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-Big 12 1st Team, Associated Press NCAA All-America Honorable Mention and WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention.
This summer Young was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in first round (7th overall).
She just graduated from Oklahoma State and it is her first season in pro basketball. Young won NIT championship title in 2012.



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  MALTA   


U18 European Championship: Andorra clinch Division C title - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U18-Malta U18 51:41

Andorra clinch Division C title at the U18 European Championship. The team overcame Malta 51:41 in the Final game and landed historic gold medal.
Malta started the game with a 10-8 lead, but Andorra managed to tie the score at the halftime. Andorra needed a 23-21 rally and Marta Aguilera (170-PG-95) nailed two three-pointers for 31:31 at the halftime. Andorra dominated the second half and posted two victories. Andorra won the third period 14-7 and finished the game with 6-3 run.
Christina Andres (170-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Navarro nailed 13. Marta Aguilera brought 11, while Andrea Moreno (178-C-95) added 4. Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) replied with 15 points and Scicluna added 9. Martina Mifsud (147-PG-95) scored 8, while Maria Bonett (174-C-95) had 5.

Andorra U18: Christina Andres 18, Navarro 13, Marta Aguilera 11, Andrea Moreno 4
Malta U18: Gabriella Mifsud 15, Scicluna 9, Martina Mifsud 8, Maria Bonett 5



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  POLAND   


Poland U18 claim two wins in Troyes - by Eurobasket News

Polish U18 National Team opened their Troyes international tournament campaign with back-to-back victories. They defeated Slovenia 75:62 in the opener. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) nailed 12 points for the winners. Poland started off strong. They ensured a 25:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 8 points at halftime. But Poland held their opponents to just 8 points in the third term to open a 13-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Poland coasted to the victory. Jowita Ossowska (180-SF-96) and Weronika Telenga (192-C-95) chipped in 10 points each for Poland. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Slovenia. Ziva Macura (190-F/C-95) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Next Poland took on hosting France. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Poland dropped 25 points in the opening frame to gain a 7-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second period. Poland enjoyed a 38:27 halftime advantage. But France answered with a stifling defence in the second half. They held the visitors to 6 points in the third term cutting the deficit at 7-point mark. Marie Mane (183-F-95) tied things up at 53 with 46 seconds remaining in regulation. Angelika Stankiewicz sank a free throw with two seconds left to seal the victory for Poland. Monika Naczk (167-PG-95) had 14 points for Poland. Jowita Ossowska had 10 points for the winners. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) answered with 14 points for France. Marie Mane had 11 points in the defeat.



Poland U18 beat England U18 to win Troyes Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - England U18 70:58

Polish U18 National Team triumphed at the Troyes international friendly tournament in France. They claimed three wins in as many games played. Poland finished their campaign with a comfortable win over England. Amalia Rembiszewska (190-F-96) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
Poland and England traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Poland pulled ahead in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:27 halftime lead. Poland did not slow in the third period. They kept England at distance and ensured a 13-point lead before the fourth frame. England narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but could not threaten the deficit. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) posted 15 points, while Sylwia Bujniak (173-PG-96) and Weronika Telenga (192-C-95) had 8 points each for Poland. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for England. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) had 10 points in the loss.

Poland U18: Amalia Rembiszewska 21, Angelika Stankiewicz 15, Sylwia Bujniak 8, Weronika Telenga 8
England U18: Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott 17, Janice Monakana 10



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Spain U16 rally past Serbia U16 to win Monzon Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U16 - Serbia U16 70:52

Spanish U16 National Team clinched the title at the Monzon international tournament. They outgunned Serbia for the third win in as many games. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) knocked down 21 points to lead the winners.
Spain jumped to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The hosts accumulated a 39:27 halftime advantage. Spain dominated in the third term. They opened a 17-point lead heading into the final stanza. The hosts did not slow down in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Cecilia Muhate Pena (183-F/C-97) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Maite Cazorla contributed 9 points for the winners. Marija Stojiljkovic (98) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Aleksandra Katanic (172-PG-97), Jovana Subasic (187-PF-96) and Snezana Bogicevic (176-PG-97) delivered 7 points each in the loss.

Spain U16: Angela Salvadores 21, Cecilia Muhate Pena 13, Maite Cazorla 9
Serbia U16: Marija Stojiljkovic 15, Aleksandra Katanic 7, Snezana Bogicevic 7, Jovana Subasic 7



Serbia U16 edge Turkey U16 at Monzon Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Turkey U16 69:57

Serbian U16 National Team earned the first win at the Monzon international tournament in Spain. They outgunned Turkish counterparts for 1-1 record. Katarina Zec (178-G-97) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Serbia got to a confident start. They knocked down 23 points and posted a 4-point lead after ten minutes. Serbia extended their lead in the second frame. They ensured a 36:28 halftime advantage. Serbia maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The Balkan team entered the fourth frame up by 18 points and never looked back en route to the win. Ivana Katanic (174-PG-99) and Jovana Subasic (187-PF-96) finished with 14 points each for Serbia. Selale Kepeng answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Turkey. Guglu had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Katarina Zec 16, Ivana Katanic 14, Jovana Subasic 14
Turkey U16: Selale Kepeng 14+10 boards, Guglu 11



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia U18 lose two in a row in Troyes - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian U18 National Team traveled to France to participate at the Troyes international friendly tournament. They lost opening two games at the tourney.
Slovenia opened their campaign with a 62:75 loss to Poland. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) nailed 12 points for the winners. Poland started off strong. They ensured a 25:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 8 points at halftime. But Poland held their opponents to just 8 points in the third term to open a 13-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Poland coasted to the victory. Jowita Ossowska (180-SF-96) and Weronika Telenga (192-C-95) chipped in 10 points each for Poland. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Slovenia. Ziva Macura (190-F/C-95) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Next Slovenia took on England. They led by two points after ten minutes of action 20:18. But England surged ahead in the second frame. They snatched a 42:38 halftime lead. England boosted their lead in the third term. They held Slovenia to 11 points in the quarter and ensured a 14-point lead at the final break 63:49. England dropped 20 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Joseph knocked down 30 points for England. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) added 14 points in the victory. Eva Lisec answered with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Slovenia. Manca Jelenc (175-PG-96) chipped in 13 points in the defeat.



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Spain U16 claim second straight win at Monzon Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U16 - Sweden U16 81:48

Spain U16 celebrated the second straight win at the Monzon international tournament. The hosts fired past Sweden to improve at 2-0 record. Cecilia Muhate Pena (183-F/C-97) came up with 18 points to lead the hosts.
Spain stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 26:7 run in the starting ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Spain arrived at halftime up by 17 points 41:24. The gap kept on growing in the third term. Spain arrived at the final break up by 22 points 59:37. They did not slow down in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Aida Santana (180-F-97) chipped in 12 points, while Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) added 10 points in the victory. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Adriana Camber (174-F-97), Sofia Hagg (168-PG-97) and Hakansson chipped in 7 points each in the loss.

Spain U16: Cecilia Muhate Pena 18, Aida Santana 12, Angela Salvadores 10
Sweden U16: Kristin Seman 16, Adriana Camber 7, Sofia Hagg 7, Hakansson 7



Spain U16 rally past Serbia U16 to win Monzon Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U16 - Serbia U16 70:52

Spanish U16 National Team clinched the title at the Monzon international tournament. They outgunned Serbia for the third win in as many games. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) knocked down 21 points to lead the winners.
Spain jumped to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The hosts accumulated a 39:27 halftime advantage. Spain dominated in the third term. They opened a 17-point lead heading into the final stanza. The hosts did not slow down in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Cecilia Muhate Pena (183-F/C-97) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Maite Cazorla contributed 9 points for the winners. Marija Stojiljkovic (98) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Aleksandra Katanic (172-PG-97), Jovana Subasic (187-PF-96) and Snezana Bogicevic (176-PG-97) delivered 7 points each in the loss.

Spain U16: Angela Salvadores 21, Cecilia Muhate Pena 13, Maite Cazorla 9
Serbia U16: Marija Stojiljkovic 15, Aleksandra Katanic 7, Snezana Bogicevic 7, Jovana Subasic 7



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Spain U16 claim second straight win at Monzon Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Spain U16 - Sweden U16 81:48

Spain U16 celebrated the second straight win at the Monzon international tournament. The hosts fired past Sweden to improve at 2-0 record. Cecilia Muhate Pena (183-F/C-97) came up with 18 points to lead the hosts.
Spain stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 26:7 run in the starting ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Spain arrived at halftime up by 17 points 41:24. The gap kept on growing in the third term. Spain arrived at the final break up by 22 points 59:37. They did not slow down in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Aida Santana (180-F-97) chipped in 12 points, while Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) added 10 points in the victory. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Adriana Camber (174-F-97), Sofia Hagg (168-PG-97) and Hakansson chipped in 7 points each in the loss.

Spain U16: Cecilia Muhate Pena 18, Aida Santana 12, Angela Salvadores 10
Sweden U16: Kristin Seman 16, Adriana Camber 7, Sofia Hagg 7, Hakansson 7



Sweden U16 cap Mondon Tournament campaign with victory - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 - Turkey U16 60:59

Sweden victoriously finished their Monzon Tournament campaign in Spain. They narrowly defeated Turkey on the final day of the competition. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners.
Turkey stunned their opponents in the first period. They went on a 20:4 run in the opening ten minutes. But Sweden slowly came back to life. They organized a 21:12 run in the third term to narrow the gap at 6-point mark. Sweden went on a 19:12 rally in the fourth frame to snatch a tough win at the end. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) posted 15 points, while Fanny Hakanson (172-SG-97) added 10 points in the win. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) answered with 17 points for Turkey. Inci Guclu (200-C-99) had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Sweden U16: Kristin Seman 20, Adriana Camber 15, Fanny Hakanson 10
Turkey U16: Selale Kepenc 17, Inci Guclu 10+14 boards



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  TURKEY   


Sweden U16 cap Mondon Tournament campaign with victory - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U16 - Turkey U16 60:59

Sweden victoriously finished their Monzon Tournament campaign in Spain. They narrowly defeated Turkey on the final day of the competition. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners.
Turkey stunned their opponents in the first period. They went on a 20:4 run in the opening ten minutes. But Sweden slowly came back to life. They organized a 21:12 run in the third term to narrow the gap at 6-point mark. Sweden went on a 19:12 rally in the fourth frame to snatch a tough win at the end. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) posted 15 points, while Fanny Hakanson (172-SG-97) added 10 points in the win. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) answered with 17 points for Turkey. Inci Guclu (200-C-99) had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Sweden U16: Kristin Seman 20, Adriana Camber 15, Fanny Hakanson 10
Turkey U16: Selale Kepenc 17, Inci Guclu 10+14 boards



Serbia U16 edge Turkey U16 at Monzon Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U16 - Turkey U16 69:57

Serbian U16 National Team earned the first win at the Monzon international tournament in Spain. They outgunned Turkish counterparts for 1-1 record. Katarina Zec (178-G-97) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Serbia got to a confident start. They knocked down 23 points and posted a 4-point lead after ten minutes. Serbia extended their lead in the second frame. They ensured a 36:28 halftime advantage. Serbia maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The Balkan team entered the fourth frame up by 18 points and never looked back en route to the win. Ivana Katanic (174-PG-99) and Jovana Subasic (187-PF-96) finished with 14 points each for Serbia. Selale Kepeng answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Turkey. Guglu had 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U16: Katarina Zec 16, Ivana Katanic 14, Jovana Subasic 14
Turkey U16: Selale Kepeng 14+10 boards, Guglu 11



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England U18 split starting games at Troyes Tournament - by Eurobasket News

English U18 National Team split the starting games at the international friendly tournament in Troyes. They lost to France 55:85 in the opener. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. France recorded a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts boosted the gap to 6 points at the interval 43:37. However Les Bleus increased the tempo in the third term and England could not match. France cleared off to an 18-point lead at the final intermission. They unloaded 22 points in the fourth frame to seal the win. Marine Johannes (177-G-95) netted 22 points, while Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) added 20 points for France. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for England. Megan Lewis (180-G-95) chipped in 8 points in the loss.
Next England faced Slovenia. England trailed by two points after ten minutes of action 18:20. But they surged ahead in the second frame. They snatched a 42:38 halftime lead. England boosted their lead in the third term. They held Slovenia to 11 points in the quarter and ensured a 14-point lead at the final break 63:49. England dropped 20 points in the fourth period and sealed an 83:64 win at the end. Joseph knocked down 30 points for England. Janice Monakana added 14 points in the victory. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Slovenia. Manca Jelenc (175-PG-96) chipped in 13 points in the defeat.



Poland U18 beat England U18 to win Troyes Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - England U18 70:58

Polish U18 National Team triumphed at the Troyes international friendly tournament in France. They claimed three wins in as many games played. Poland finished their campaign with a comfortable win over England. Amalia Rembiszewska (190-F-96) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
Poland and England traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Poland pulled ahead in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:27 halftime lead. Poland did not slow in the third period. They kept England at distance and ensured a 13-point lead before the fourth frame. England narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but could not threaten the deficit. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) posted 15 points, while Sylwia Bujniak (173-PG-96) and Weronika Telenga (192-C-95) had 8 points each for Poland. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for England. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) had 10 points in the loss.

Poland U18: Amalia Rembiszewska 21, Angelika Stankiewicz 15, Sylwia Bujniak 8, Weronika Telenga 8
England U18: Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott 17, Janice Monakana 10



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Roselis Silva is confident about Venezuela's chances in Argentina - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan young PG Roselis Silva (167-G-91), a star for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns in the United States's NCAA, is confident about the chances of Venezuela's Senior NT in the upcoming South American Championship, to be played in Mendoza, Argentina, from August 31st till August 4th.

The tournament's top 4 teams will advance to the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament. "This is a work that has been done for the long term and we already have four players overseas and we're trying to bring in new players to the Senior NT, so that we can do things well", said Silva after a practice session at UCLA Arena in Barquisimeto, Lara, in an interview for Latinbasket.com Venezuela.

She's referring to teammates Cleyder Blanco (C-90) and Waleska Perez, of Weatherford College in Texas, and Daniela Wallen (95), of Independence CC in Kansas. The team coached by Oscar Silva and assistant coaches Silverio Leal and Hugo Calvette , is also expecting to hear from center Ana Roman (192-C-82), who plays pro basketball in Spain.

"The opportunity to play in the South American Championship against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina is a big one, because most of our girls are young and we want them to get the experience, play with no fear so we can advance to the FIBA Americas Tournament", added Silva. Venezuela played in the 2009 edition of the FIBA Americas Tournament in Matto Grosso, Brazil. Group A includes Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia, though Colombia might have to be replaced by Ecuador in the tournament.

Silva averaged 15.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.1 steals per game in 30 games for Arkansas Tech in the 2012-2013 season and in the 2011-2012, her averages were 13.4 points, 5.5 boards, 6.7 assists and 4.8 steals in 26 games, including a triple double effort on January of 2012 with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 steals in a single game. Her stats have garnered her attention from WNBA teams and organizations in Europe.

"To earn your minutes, you've got to gain the confidence of your coach. Nothing comes easy, specially when you're from a foreign country, no one knows you and they don't know what you can do", she explained about playing in the United States, where she's studying Journalism. "We have lots of girls that can get the job done and throw herselves after every ball on court if they have to. It's the difference between having a young group and a veteran group".



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  WALES   


U18 European Championship: Wales clinched third place - by Eurobasket News

Wales U18-Gibraltar U18 66:39

Wales clinched third place at the U18 European Championship in Division C. The Welsh side overcame Gibraltar 66:39 in the game for the bronze medals.
Both teams scored 11 points each in the first period and then Wales erupted with a 20-10 surge. Wales added 16-11 rally in the third period and finished with the massive 19-7 burst. Taylor scored the last points in the game to finish third with her Wales. She brought 27-point victory and closed a 6-0 run.
Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) had 11. Ross poured in 9, whilst Elizabeth Jones (170-G-95) had 8. Jamie Prescott (174-C-96) answered with 13 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Joelle Grech (169-G-97) had 11. Courtney Ferrer (173-C-97) posted 7, whilst Sara Chipolina (171-C-96) had 6.

Wales U18: Tanisha Walker 13+14 rebs, Chloe Richards 11, Ross 9, Elizabeth Jones 8
Gibraltar U18: Jamie Prescott 13+12 rebs, Joelle Grech 11, Courtney Ferrer 7, Sara Chipolina 6



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Jul. 21: Tulsa S. - Atlanta D. 90-63
Jul. 20: Chicago S. - New York L. 80-69
Jul. 21: Phoenix M. - Minnesota L. 77-82
Jul. 20: Seattle S. - L.Angeles S. 64-65
Jul. 20: S.Antonio SS - Connecticut S. 60-52
Jul. 21: Washington M. - Indiana F. 52-65

Regular Season: Round 24

Jul. 23: Indiana F. - New York L.
Jul. 24: Washington M. - Chicago S.
Jul. 24: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M.
Jul. 24: Atlanta D. - Connecticut S.


Phoenix Mercury inks Jasmine James - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Mercury agreed terms with 22-year old guard Jasmine James (175-91, college: Georgia). She moved there from Seattle Storm (WNBA), but was not approved after all. Last season James played for the University of Georgia. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. And they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight. Quite impressive season as she was named to All-SEC 2nd Team.
This summer James was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former University of Georgia standoutis in her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Results and Stats from over the weekend - by Eurobasket News

S.Antonio SS - Connecticut S. 60-52
One night after absorbing a difficult loss at Tulsa, the Connecticut Sun staggered to defeat at San Antonio, falling 60-52 at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The Sun (4-11) made just seven made field goals in the second half, and were held below 60 points for the second consecutive night, the first time that has happened since May 22 and 25 of 2004. "I thought it was not a very good looking basketball game tonight," Sun coach Anne Donovan said. "We just could not put the ball in the basket." Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but that was not nearly enough as San Antonio broke open a hard-fought game that had featured nine ties and seven lead changes, opening the second half with a 9-2 run. "We've got to have more than Tina Charles," Donovan said. "We have to have three people in double figures at minimum. We can't have just Tina in double figures and expect to win too many games." Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Management Group, college: Texas Tech), who lit the Sun up for 23 points in the first meeting between the teams, was limited to six points in the first half. But Perkins (15 points) got untracked quickly to start the third quarter, going 3-for-3 for seven points during that 9-2 outburst. Connecticut was just 2 of 17 in the third quarter, getting outscored 13-4 as the Silver Stars built their lead back to 48-39 after three quarters. The four points were a new franchise low for a quarter. Asked whether playing two games in a row was the problem, Charles said: "We both had back-to-back games. We are both out there grinding it out doing as well as we could. You're not going to win any games with the way we shot." The Sun trailed by as many as nine, 24-15, with 8:53 left in the half. But Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored seven points during a 9-0 run that tied the game. The game was still tied, 35-35, at the half. The Sun's Kara Lawson didn't play Saturday night because of a sore knee. "I liked our toughness today," Silver Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. "... We talked about ball movement and the things we could do better on the floor and they did a lot of that. They put multiple actions together which helped us move the ball much better. Jayne Appel was just outstanding rebounding-wise." Appel had 18 rebounds for the Silver Stars. Courtesy of: courant.com

Chicago S. - New York L. 80-69
It's a long time coming. But it does, in fact, seem to be coming for the Chicago Sky.It, of course, is a playoff berth. The Sky has never once qualified for the postseason over its eight-year existence in the WNBA. But the current team is doing everything in its power to put that dubious distinction on ice. On Saturday night, the Sky yet again handled the New York Liberty. An 80-69 victory over New York in front of 6,037 at the Allstate Arena moved the Sky to 12-4 and kept the team atop the Eastern Conference standings. With just a game left before the all-star break, this is the latest into the season that the Sky, 4-0 against the Liberty and 7-1 at home, has been in first place. "There have been some testing times (over the years)," said Sky center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), who has spent her entire six-year WNBA career in Chicago. "But, with that said, even though the Sky has been unsuccessful in the past this season just makes up for all those other seasons. "I'm happy with the position that we're in. We're playing well, and I feel like we're not even playing our best basketball yet. We can even step it up a notch." Fowles stepped up her own game, fighting through a nagging right-ankle injury that kept her out of a game against New York on Thursday in Newark. After a week of intense rehab and multiple workouts in the pool, Fowles was able to notch her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. "She was huge," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said of Fowles. "We don't win if she doesn't play. It changes the play calls and you're able to do different things defensively." Speaking of defense, the Sky turned in another stingy effort, forcing New York (6-10) into 36 percent shooting from the floor. The Sky also scored 17 points off the Liberty's 14 turnovers and set a team record with a whopping 13 blocked shots. Chicago native and star guard Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) finished with a game-high 22 points for New York, but she was hounded into an 8-for-20 shooting effort by Sky defensive stopper Tamera Young. Young had her offense going, too. She came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points and went off for 12 of those points when the Sky needed offense in a sluggish second quarter. Young's outburst was well-timed as the Sky got a season-low 7 points (on 2-of-8 shooting) from leading scorer and newly minted all-star starter Elena Delle Donne, who is averaging 19.4 points in her rookie season. "I don't know what exactly New York's scheme was to just shut down Elena," Fowles said. "I'm just glad that everyone else stepped up and completed the puzzle because it shows that we're more than just Elena. "She's basically the head of the snake, but we have other pieces." The Sky, which goes to Washington on Wednesday, also got 13 points from forward Swin Cash (6'1''-SF-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) and 11 points apiece out of guards Epiphanny Prince and Courtney Vandersloot. Courtesy of: dailyherald.com

Seattle S. - L.Angeles S. 64-65
Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) made a shot with 10.2 seconds left to lift the Sparks over the host Seattle Storm, 65-64, on Saturday at KeyArena. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford), who blocked layup attempts by Seattle's Temeka Johnson and Tina Thompson in the last second, led the Sparks with 24 points and nine rebounds. The Sparks (12-5) trailed 39-31 at halftime and were down 64-61 with 37.9 seconds left. But point guard Lindsey Harding got a quick layup with 30.9 seconds left to cut Seattle's lead to 64-63, and the Storm's Shekinna Stricklen missed a three-point shot with 22.9 seconds left, setting up Beard's game-deciding pull-up jump shot that gave the Sparks their first lead of the fourth quarter. The Storm (6-10), which is playing without injured Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, was led by Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina)'s 22 points. Lindsey Harding had 10 points and eight assists for the Sparks. Candace Parker, who entered the game with an 18.4-point average, was limited to seven points. The Sparks extended their winning streak over Seattle to eight games. Seattle last beat the Sparks in 2011. Courtesy of: latimes.com

Phoenix M. - Minnesota L. 77-82
Having an off night offensively, Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) still found a way to help her team win. Moore was 3 of 12 from the floor when she hit a 3-pointer, stole an inbounds pass and made a layup in the final minute to lift the Minnesota Lynx to their sixth straight victory, an 82-77 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. "I'm always trying to find a way to stay involved and help my team win," Moore said. "I never give up, I don't like to give up on my team and I could have easily just let it get to my head and gotten frustrated. But our team has done such a good job of picking each other up." Moore finished with 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting, Rebecca Brunson added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) scored 15 points for the Lynx, who have won eight of their last nine. Minnesota hit four of six free throws in the final 19 seconds to secure the victory, the Lynx' ninth straight against Phoenix, including all four this season. "Tough, gritty, not hanging our heads when we got down double figures," Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeves said. "We had been down previously and we weren't able to recover from it in the past games, so I think we learned from those experiences." Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) had 26 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Mercury, who led much of the game, and had a 64-59 advantage going into the final period and a 74-73 lead with 1:35 left. "We just said that with five minutes to go we wanted to be in the game," Augustus said. "Be able to put some stretches together where we consistently defended and then offensively we knew where we were going to be able to get shots where we wanted to." DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix. The Mercury played their fourth straight game without No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner, who injured her left knee June 6 against Minnesota. "We just didn't have enough at the end," Bonner said. "That's where their veteran leadership comes in, they have a full roster. They can make a couple of subs and we can't." After Bonner hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key with 2:03 left, Moore missed on a drive to the baseline. Taurasi then finished a fast break with a layup at the 1:35 mark to put the Mercury up 74-73. Taurasi missed a 3-pointer with 1:07 left and Moore made her second 3-pointer of the game from the right corner to put Minnesota up for good. "You make your own luck," Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said. "They earned it. They are the No. 1 team." Gaines acknowledged that with only eight healthy players to work with - one signed to a seven-day contract on Sunday - his team was at a disadvantage and showed some fatigue late. The teams traded turnovers and Taurasi was inbounding the ball with 37.9 seconds left when Moore stepped in front and went for an easy basket. Minnesota's only two losses since June 8 have been to Los Angeles. After trailing by eight at the break, Minnesota got within 58-57 on Augustus' 3-pointer with 3:14 left in the third quarter, but Bonner scored the Mercury's final six points to give Phoenix a 64-59 advantage going into the fourth. "We had to just hang in there," Moore said. "Unfortunately we were not as comfortable getting into the flow of our offense at times, but in the second half we just fell into it, made shots and stayed active." Phoenix took advantage of Minnesota's poor shooting in the first half to lead 44-36 at the break. The Lynx made just 40 percent from the field, including 2 of 10 from beyond the arc after making their first three shots of the half. Seemingly sparked by a technical foul on Taurasi early in the second quarter, the Mercury opened up a 29-21 lead with 5:50 left in the half. Taurasi scored seven of her 13 first-half points during a 100-second stretch after getting the technical, her seventh of the season. Phoenix led 18-17 after the first quarter, and held Moore, the league's seventh-leading scorer, to three points on 1-for-6 shooting in the first half. Augustus had six points by halftime in her second game back after spraining her left ankle July 7 against Phoenix. Courtesy of: twincities.com

Tulsa S. - Atlanta D. 90-63
Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Elizabeth Cambage (6'8''-C-91) added 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Tulsa Shock to a 90-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. The victory extended Tulsa's winning streak to a season-high three games, the team's longest winning streak since the final weeks of the 2012 season. Atlanta lost its fourth straight game, all on the road, after having won six in a row. Johnson and Elizabeth Cambage scored 11 points each and combined for 13 rebounds in helping Tulsa take a 44-35 lead at halftime. "Glory and Liz were tremendous," Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "Both are power players offensively and are great at getting rebounds, particularly offensive boards." Johnson earned her ninth double-double of the season, while Elizabeth Cambage had her third. Each had four offensive boards. Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville) had 21 points for the Dream, but was only 8 of 24 from the field, misfiring on all seven of her 3-point attempts. "Angel tried to get to the lane to get things to happen offensively, but Tulsa collapsed on her and then she didn't get some of the calls she should have got," said Atlanta coach Fred Williams, who was sent to the locker room with 1:05 to play in the third quarter after receiving back-to-back technical fouls. Tulsa was 33 of 63 (52 percent) from the field, with Elizabeth Cambage making 8 of 10 from the floor and Johnson 9 of 14. Candace Wiggins added 14 points. "We are finally getting some chemistry on offense," Kloppenburg said. Tulsa's 90 points were its second best offensive output of the season and followed an 86-point effort in a victory Wednesday at Seattle. Buoyed by 61 percent shooting (11 of 18), Tulsa bolted to a 25-16 lead after one quarter. Elizabeth Cambage and Candace Wiggins combined for 11 points to send the Shock in front, 13-6. A layup by Tiffany Jackson-Jones put Tulsa in front 23-13, before the Shock settled for a 25-16 advantage after one period. McCoughtry had 11 points in the opening quarter for Atlanta, which hit 6 of 18 (33 percent) from the field. Tulsa guard Riquna Williams opened the second period with a 3-pointer, but six unanswered points by Atlanta got the Dream within 28-22. Atlanta closed to 33-29 on a drive by de Souza, but Tulsa finished the half on an 11-6 spurt to take a 44-35 lead at the break, getting its final seven points from the free throw line. After her big first quarter, McCoughtry had only two points in the second period. Courtesy of: accessnorthga.com

Washington M. - Indiana F. 52-65
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) scored 23 points on her 34th birthday and the Indiana Fever rebounded from a sluggish start to earn a 65-52 victory over the Washington Mystics. It was the Indiana's sixth win in its last seven games. Catchings finished with the 84th double-double of her storied career, adding 10 rebounds with six assists, three steals and a pair of blocks - but not before leaving the game briefly in the second half with a bloodied nose and mouth. During her absence, Washington cut into an 18-point margin Indiana had built during the second and third quarters, forcing turnovers and taking advantage of a heavy rebounding edge. A pair of free throws by Matee Ajavon cut the lead to 7, 55-48, with 4:46 remaining. But the Mystics never got closer. After Catchings' bleeding was stopped with help from trainer Todd Champlin, she returned with 4:18 to go and Indiana leading 56-48. On the ensuing possession, a Catchings steal resulted in a Catchings bank shot and a free throw. Her old-fashioned three-point play pushed the lead back to 11 as the Fever outscored the Mystics 9-4 down the stretch. "I thought we weathered their rally," said Fever coach Lin Dunn. "We knew they would come back. They're coached far too well not to come back." Indiana trailed 9-8 after an opening quarter that matched the lowest-scoring first period in league history. Indiana and Washington combined for 1 of 21 shooting to begin the contest. Indiana missed its first 12 shots, in fact, before a 3-pointer by Briann January with 4:05 remaining ended the drought. "We were both awfully ragged in the beginning," said Fever coach Lin Dunn, "but then it became a defensive battle. We won the boards and in crunch time, we got stops when we needed them." The Fever outscored Washington 22-7 in the second quarter, to command a 14-point advantage at intermission. It was the second-lowest scoring half by an opponent in Fever history with the Mystics narrowly eclipsing their own 14-point first half in 2008. Indiana finished the game with 35 percent shooting, compared to 31 percent for Washington. The Fever enjoyed a large rebounding edge, 38-29, and had the benefit of 10 more shots from the floor. Indiana also forced 17 Mystics turnovers that resulted in 17 points. Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) joined Catchings in double figures, scoring 12 and reaching double digits for the 15th straight game. Erlana Larkins (6'1''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) contributed seven points and 10 rebounds, while Karima Christmas pitched in nine points and eight boards. Monique Currie led the Mystics with 15 points. It was the Fever's second win over Washington in three days as Indiana downed the Mystics 77-70 on Friday in Indianapolis. With the pair of wins, Indiana (7-8) drew within percentage points of the Mystics (8-9) in the Eastern Conference standings. Hampered by a slew of injuries, Indiana began the season 1-7 while missing several members of its 2012 championship squad. Saturday, though, the injury bug returned, if just temporarily, as the Fever played without Erin Phillips due to recent knee pain. She underwent knee surgery on May 22, but returned for the Fever's past three games. "We may need to take it slowly with her," added Dunn. "We may miss a game or two, to be sure not to damage anything further." Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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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