EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/23/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



Olimpico de La Banda tab DeAndre Coleman - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama). The forward spent the last season in Brazil. He played for Bauru. DeAndre Coleman averaged 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in Paulista League. Later the forward delivered 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance in NBB. He earned All-Paulista League Honourable Mention. Previously DeAndre Coleman had stints in Venezuela, Uruguay, Dominican Republic and Finland. He was named All-Finnish 1st Division Player of the Year in 2010. DeAndre Coleman became LNB North Division champion in 2011.


Darnell Dodson agreed terms with Atl.Echague - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (TNA) inked 24-year old American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi). He played most recently at Alexandria Avengers (APBL) in the U.S.. Dodson also played at D-Fenders in D-League that season. But in 6 games he recorded just 0.8ppg and 1.0rpg last season.
Last year he was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in fourth round (60th overall).
The former University of Southern Mississippi staris in his second season in pro basketball. His team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


U18 European Championship: Estonia misses the Quarterfinal stage with 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18-Austria U18 67:59

Estonia misses the Quarterfinal stage with 4-1 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Austria 67:59 in the last game of the group but could not make it to the next stage. Germany and Holland took the first two places with the same record. Austria finished the group with 1-4 record.
Estonia won the first period 16-9 and added 14-12 in the second frame. They also won the third period 16-15, but Austria replied with a 23-21 run in the last period.
Saimon Sutt (201-SG-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) netted 17. Karl-Martin Kask (210-C-95) brought 10 and Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) had 9. Fabian Richter (192-F/G-95) answered with 16 points in defeat, while Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) collected 15 points and 14 rebounds. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) scored 14, while Marko Soldo (196-F/G-95) had 7.

Estonia U18: Saimon Sutt 19, Karl-Robin Jurjens 17, Karl-Martin Kask 10, Sten Olmre 9
Austria U18: Fabian Richter 16, Jakob Poltl 15+14 rebs, Marvin Ogunsipe 14, Marko Soldo 7



Austria lost against Hungary - by Stefan Heinrich

Austria did also lose the third game of the 4 Nations Tournament in Oberwart and they finished the tournament on the last position.In the third game Austria lost 54:74 (30:37) against Hungary. Werner Sallomon used the game to give extended minutes to the bench players of his 14 man squad. After the game he stated that his players have been mentality tired and that his players did never find a rhythem during that game. He added that the most important thing during this tournament was to test all 14 players. The Nationalteam will continue their preparation with 2 games in Szombathely during the next weekend (Saturday against Montenegro and Sunday against Hungary).

Scorers for Austria: Thomas Klepeisz (185-PG-91) 9, Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) 8, Richard Poiger (202-SF-87) 6, Jozo Rados (203-C-93) 6



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  BAHRAIN   


Timisoara adds Johnson to their roster, ex Al Manama - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Tremayne Johnson (203-98kg-89, college: E.Washington). He played most recently at Al Manama in Bahrain Premier League. Johnson played at the Big Sky Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2012 and actually missed last season. It is his second season as a professional player.
On Johnson: He can play multiple positions and is very versatile with excellent length and motor. Tremayne is a high-level athlete who brings speed, quickness and athletic ability. He is a player who effects the game on both ends of the court. A good defender with great length, he is able to defend both on the perimeter and in the post, he is able to block shots on the perimeter and at the basket with equal skill.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELARUS   


U18 European Championship: Belgium clinched the last ticket from Group D - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U18-Belgium U18 54:68

Belgium clinched the last ticket from Group D to the Quarterfinals of U18 European Championship. The team overcame Belarus 68:54 and finished second with 3-1 record. Belarus meanwhile ended up with 1-3 record.
Belgium opened the game with 20-11 lead and managed to win also the second frame. After 19-17 rally, Vincent Kesteloot (200-F-95) made 39:28 score at the halftime. He later scored for 49:33, but Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) closed the third period at 52:42. Chumakou even reduce to 4 points, while Belgium needed a 10-0 run later in the quarter to seal the victory.
Vincent Kesteloot poured in 28 points to lead all the winners. Hans Vanwijn (205-F-95) had 9 and Sander Van Caeneghem (209-C/F-95) added 8. Maksim Salash top-scored for Belarus with 20 points and Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) nailed 17. Yelisei Matsiushonak (193-G-95) followed them with 5 points in a win.

Belarus U18: Maksim Salash 20, Yauheni Beliankou 17, Yelisei Matsiushonak 5
Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 28, Hans Vanwijn 9, Sander Van Caeneghem 8



Belarus beat Portugal at the end of the Torneio Internacional de Vila Real - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Portugal 71:67

Belarus beat Portugal at the end of the Torneio Internacional de Vila Real. The guests managed to post the final 71:67 win.
Portugal started the game with 19:18 lead and added 20-18 rally in the second frame. Moreover the hosts needed a 17-11 surge to take 56:47 at the end of the third period. Belarus however dominated the last stanza and reached the necessary win. The guests exploded with a 24-11 burst and won the game by 4 points. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) scored the last points for the winners to triumph at Torneio Internacional de Vila Real.
Artsiom Parakhouski top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) nailed 12. Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) followed them with 8 points. Joao Santos scored 12 in defeat, while Jose Silva had 10.

Belarus: Artsiom Parakhouski 16, Vitali Liutych 12, Yury Mishukov 8
Portugal: Joao Santos 12, Jose Silva 10



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  BELGIUM   


U18 European Championship: Belgium clinched the last ticket from Group D - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U18-Belgium U18 54:68

Belgium clinched the last ticket from Group D to the Quarterfinals of U18 European Championship. The team overcame Belarus 68:54 and finished second with 3-1 record. Belarus meanwhile ended up with 1-3 record.
Belgium opened the game with 20-11 lead and managed to win also the second frame. After 19-17 rally, Vincent Kesteloot (200-F-95) made 39:28 score at the halftime. He later scored for 49:33, but Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) closed the third period at 52:42. Chumakou even reduce to 4 points, while Belgium needed a 10-0 run later in the quarter to seal the victory.
Vincent Kesteloot poured in 28 points to lead all the winners. Hans Vanwijn (205-F-95) had 9 and Sander Van Caeneghem (209-C/F-95) added 8. Maksim Salash top-scored for Belarus with 20 points and Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) nailed 17. Yelisei Matsiushonak (193-G-95) followed them with 5 points in a win.

Belarus U18: Maksim Salash 20, Yauheni Beliankou 17, Yelisei Matsiushonak 5
Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 28, Hans Vanwijn 9, Sander Van Caeneghem 8



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  BOSNIA   


U18 European Championship: France keep clean slate with win over Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 60:42

France posted the fourth consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They opened the Second Stage campaign with a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dropped 18 points to lead the charge.
France spurred ahead early in the game and recorded an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. But Bosnia and Herzegovina narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within five points at halftime 26:31. Les Bleus mounted the pressure on their opponents in the third period. France jumped to a 10-point advantage at the final intermission. Les Bleus held their opponents to just 4 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 9 points, while Etienne Ory (178-PG-96), Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) and Petr Cornelie (209-F/C-95) added 6 points each for the winners. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) and Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) responded with 12 points apiece for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gacic delivered 8 points in the losing case.

France U18: Axel Bouteille 18, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 9, Etienne Ory 6, Damien Inglis 6, Petr Cornelie 6
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Stefan Lakic 12, Davor Karamatic 12



Rashaun Freeman (ex Siroki WWin) agreed terms with Netanya - by Eurobasket News

GreenTops Netanya (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-116kg-84, college: Massachusetts). He played most recently at Siroki WWin in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 7 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 5.3rpg last season. Freeman also played 11 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Albany Patroons (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
The former University of Massachusetts staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Israeli Cup Final Four in 2012. Freeman received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Honorable Mention award in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Freeman has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster), France (Gravelines-Dunkerque, Nantes and JSF Nanterre), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Puerto Rico (Brujos), Israel (B.C. Habikaa), China (Heilongjiang), Kuwait (Kazma) and IBA-PBL (Schenechtady Legends).
The scouts decsribe him following way: "Rashaun is an All-American Candidate after being on the A-10 First Team for the last two years. He is an extremely talented post player, a great one-on-one player, he's very tough to stop. I've seen more of a determination from him in our preseason workouts. He's paid more attention to his body, paid more attention to his weaknesses. So much came to him, so easily early. He was First Team All-Atlantic 10 his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. I wouldn't say he got complacent. It all just came easy to him; he didn't concentrate on his weaknesses. I've seen a determination. There have been many pro scouts watching his workouts. Ray has done really well.".

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U17 edge Uruguay U17 in Montevideo - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U17 - Brazil U17 63:71

Brazil U17 claimed victory over their Uruguayan counterparts. The teams clashed in Montevideo. Lucas Colimerio posted 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the visitors.
Brazil gained a 21:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Uruguay cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 9 points at the interval 32:23. Uruguay stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They narrowed the gap at 8-point mark 44:36. Uruguay exploded with 26 points in the fourth frame but Brazil matched the effort and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Wesley Sena notched 12 points for Brazil. Pedro de Lima added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria wins 4-Nation Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria-Estonia 94:78

Bulgaria wins 4-Nation Tournament in Oberwart. The team posted three victories and proved their ambitions. In Day 3 Bulgaria destroyed Estonia 94:78, while the latter finished second with 2-1 record.
It was the game for the first place at the tournament as both teams won their first two games. Although Estonia scored the first 5 points in the game, Bulgaria immediately grabbed 17:10 lead. The second quarter was also dominated by the favorites that however slowed down a bit and allowed the Estonian side to reduce to 37:36 at the halftime. In the third period Bulgaria scored five consecutive three-pointers and increased the lead to 18 points. Estonia tried hard to catch up with the opponents and managed to cut it to 6, but Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good and reached 16-point advantage.
Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 19 points and Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 14. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) scored 11, whilst Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 10.



Young Bulgarian to coach at the U18 All Star Game - by Maria Mitzova

Young Bulgarian coach Ludmil Hadjisotirov received the high honor to coach one of the teams during the annual U18 All Star game, during Eurobasket 2013.
Hadjisotirov graduated head of the class with FIBA Coaching certificate after three years studying course. With the other three top graduates, he will coach at the U18 All Star Game in Slovenia in September.
Hadjisotirov spoke highly of all his lecturers, and had special words for Pablo Laso, who mentored him through that process.
Couple of Bulgarians have participated in the Junior All Star in the recent years - Emil Binev (198-F-91) in 2009, and Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) in 2011. This year, an invitation seems imminent for Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95).
Ludmil Hadjisotirov started his coaching path in 2009, and spent the last season as assistant coach in Bulgarian bronze medalist Rilski sportist.



U18 European Championship: Greece cruise past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Bulgaria U18 88:65

Greece registered the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They outgunned Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Group G. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners.
Greece eked out a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second frame and did not allow the Hellenes to run away. Greece enjoyed a 35:32 halftime lead. But Greece stepped on the gas in the third period. They erupted for 28 points and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the final break. Greece fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) netted 18 points, while Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) added 12 points in the victory. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) responded with 18 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) added 13 points in the loss.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 22+10 boards, Dimitrios Stamatis 18, Alexandros Spyridonidis 12
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Milov 18, Aleksandar Vezenkov 13



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  COLOMBIA   


Liga Directv II sceduled to start August 16 with 10 teams - by Victor Garcia

The second edtion of the 2013 Profesional Baketball Division Tournament, Liga Directv has been officially scheduled to start on August 16, the organization has released a games schedule including 10 team, the name of the 9th and 10th team has not been disclosed yet, but the stronger candidate for one of the spots is the Guerreros de Bogota team, the second sport should be decided among Islanders, Nuevo Choco and a team from Cali or Jamund.


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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE   


Dwight Hardy agreed terms with Oknoplast Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Oknoplast Bologna (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American (has also Congolese passport) point guard Dwight Hardy (188-89kg-87, college: St.John's). He played most recently at Sigma Barcellona in Italian Lega Due Gold. In 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season. Hardy also played at Air Avellino that season. In 6 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Tuscany Pistoia (Lega Due Gold). In 41 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 22.2ppg and had 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Among other achievements Hardy won ICCAC championship title in 2009. He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2011 at his college time.
Hardy graduated from St.John's University in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A talented guard with great scoring skills and the typical personality of the NY players. Loves to shot and can earn lots of fouls, in his first professional season he showed a great leadership and team mentality that could grant him a bright career.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CROATIA   


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

Latvia U18 - Croatia U18 72:65

Latvia celebrated victory at the start of the U18 European Championship Second Stage. They held off Croatia for 2-1 record in Group F.
Croatia secured a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead in the second period. The hosts held their opponents to 13 points and registered a 36:33 halftime lead. Latvia boosted the gap in the third term. The Baltic team stayed aggressive defensively in the quarter as Croatia managed just 10 points. Latvia built an 11-point lead heading into the final stanza. Croatia nailed 22 points in the fourth frame but could not overcome the deficit. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 15 points, while Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95), Davis Geks (191-SG-95) and Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) dropped 10 points each for the winners. Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) answered with 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U18: Kristaps Gluditis 15, Kristaps Porzingis 10, Davis Geks 10, Rihards Lomazs 10
Croatia U18: Marko Arapovic 15, Karlo Zganec 14+12 boards



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Simmons is back at CEZ Nymburk, ex Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Chester Simmons (196-94kg-82, college: Washington). It is actually his comeback to Nymburk as he played here before. He managed to play in three leagues last year. Simmons played last season at Krasnie Krilya in Russian PBL league. In 14 games he had 14.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention. Simmons also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the EuroChallenge championship. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Simmons also played 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded also great stats: 15.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (11-12) season Simmons played at CEZ Nymburk. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 20 NBL games he recorded 12.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Simmons also played 3 games in Euroleague where he recorded also great stats: 17.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded also great stats: 15.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. And finally Simmons played 15 games in VTB United League where he recorded also great stats: 16.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.0apg. He also spent pre-season at Armani Milano (SerieA) in Italian league that year.
In 2005 Simmons was drafted by Gary Steelheads (CBA) in fourth round (29th overall).
He attended University of Washington and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Simmons was voted NABC All-NCAA District 14 2nd Team back in 2005 at his college time.
Simmons is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Czech Rep., France (Paris-Levallois), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Israel (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Holon) and Spain (Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014).
On Simmons: Tre can really score. He is a guard that is good around the basket, but can also defend. He has quick feet and being 6-foot-5 he's got real good size. He can definitely create his own shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Lithuania fire past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Czech Republic U18 96:57

Lithuania victoriously opened the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group E opener. Lithuania improved at 2-1 record, while Czech Republic fell at 1-2.
Lithuania came up with a barrage of three-pointers in the opening quarter to clear off. The Baltic team exploded with 30 points in the first ten minutes and piled up a 21-point lead. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 19-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They unloaded 26 points in the period and entered the fourth stanza up by 25 points 74:49. Lithuania did not slow down in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) and Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) nailed 17 points each for Lithuania. Lukas Grabauskas (193-PG-95) added 14 points in the winning case. Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) answered with 15 points for Czech Republic. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Ricardas Verbickas 17, Haroldas Saprykinas 17, Lukas Grabauskas 14
Czech Republic U18: Martin Peterka 15, Prokop Slanina 12



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  DENMARK   


Svendborg tabs Mads Frandsen - by Eurobasket News

Svendborg Rabbits (Ligaen) inked 23-year old former international power forward Mads Frandsen (203-110kg-90). He has played for the last two years at Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen). In 30 games he averaged 5.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Among other achievements Frandsen's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Newcomers Team award back in 2010.
Frandsen was also a member of Danish international program for some years. He played for Danish Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Frandsen represented Denmark at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.6ppg, Reb-1 (10.6rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 33.3%, FT: 44.8%.
Frandsen has played previously for three other Denmark teams: Aarhus BC, Virum and Bakken.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Svendborg tabs Mads Frandsen - by Eurobasket News

Svendborg Rabbits (Ligaen) inked 23-year old former international power forward Mads Frandsen (203-110kg-90). He has played for the last two years at Team FOG Naestved (Ligaen). In 30 games he averaged 5.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Among other achievements Frandsen's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Newcomers Team award back in 2010.
Frandsen was also a member of Danish international program for some years. He played for Danish Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Frandsen represented Denmark at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.6ppg, Reb-1(10.6rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 33.3%, FT: 44.8%.
Frandsen has played previously for three other Denmark teams: Aarhus BC, Virum and Bakken.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Randers keep Nielsen for another season - by Eurobasket News

Randers Cimbria Basketball (Ligaen) re-signed 28-year old international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-80kg-85). He was a team leader there last season. In 26 Ligaen games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention. Nielsen also spent pre-season at Bakken that year. In three games he had 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he won Danish League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Nielsen received also Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2006 and 2009. He represented Denmark at the European Championships Div.C in Malta three years ago. Nielsen's team won Gold.
He is a very experienced player.
Nielsen's game is described as: Chris is a 6"4 Shooting Guard who is capable of putting up a lot of points for his team. He is a well rounded, fast athletic player with good three point shooting ability. He can make the most of his opportunities and keeps a great attitude. Chris is a member of the Danish National team and has been one of the top leading scorers in Denmark the last few years.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Randers keep Nielsen for another season - by Eurobasket News

Randers Cimbria Basketball (Ligaen) re-signed 28-year old international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-80kg-85). He was a team leader there last season. In 26 Ligaen games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention. Nielsen also spent pre-season at Bakken that year. In three games he had 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements he won Danish League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Nielsen received also Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2006 and 2009. He represented Denmark at the European Championships Div.C in Malta three years ago. Nielsen's team won Gold.
He is a very experienced player.
Nielsen's game is described as: Chris is a 6"4 Shooting Guard who is capable of putting up a lot of points for his team. He is a well rounded, fast athletic player with good three point shooting ability. He can make the most of his opportunities and keeps a great attitude. Chris is a member of the Danish National team and has been one of the top leading scorers in Denmark the last few years.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Poland beat Denmark in Day 5 opener - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U18-Poland U18 64:74

Poland beat Denmark in Day 5 opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish team won Group A with 4-0 record and advanced to the next stage. Denmark finished the group with 1-3 record.
Poland won the first period 23-16, but saved only 3 points at the halftime. Denmark posted 17 points in the third and the last quarters and it was not enough to seal the win. Poland won the third period 21-17 and finished the game with 20-17.
Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) nailed 15. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) brought 10, whilst Adrian Krawczyk (183-PG-95) scored 9. Nielsen delivered 15 points in defeat and Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) added 12. Tobias Christensen (193-G/F-95) brought 11 points in a loss.

Denmark U18: Nielsen 15, Rasmus Hansen 12, Tobias Christensen 11
Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 16, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 15, Mikolaj Witlinski 10, Adrian Krawczyk 9



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Huracanes PP 9-4 
 2. Metros STGO 8-4 
 3. Indios SFM 8-5 
 4. Reales LV 3-8 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 8-3 
 2. Leones SD 6-6 
 3. Cocolos SPM 5-8 
 4. Caneros LR 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jul. 21: Huracanes PP - Leones SD 91-71
Jul. 20: Caneros LR - Huracanes PP 88-104
Jul. 21: Titanes DN - Indios SFM 87-67
Jul. 21: Cocolos SPM - Metros STGO 83-90
Jul. 20: Reales LV - Cocolos SPM 83-82

Regular Season: Round 13

Jul. 23: Reales LV - Caneros LR
Jul. 23: Titanes DN - Metros STGO
Jul. 24: Cocolos SPM - Huracanes PP
Jul. 24: Metros STGO - Leones SD
Jul. 24: Titanes DN - Reales LV



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  ESTONIA   


Bulgaria wins 4-Nation Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Bulgaria-Estonia 94:78

Bulgaria wins 4-Nation Tournament in Oberwart. The team posted three victories and proved their ambitions. In Day 3 Bulgaria destroyed Estonia 94:78, while the latter finished second with 2-1 record.
It was the game for the first place at the tournament as both teams won their first two games. Although Estonia scored the first 5 points in the game, Bulgaria immediately grabbed 17:10 lead. The second quarter was also dominated by the favorites that however slowed down a bit and allowed the Estonian side to reduce to 37:36 at the halftime. In the third period Bulgaria scored five consecutive three-pointers and increased the lead to 18 points. Estonia tried hard to catch up with the opponents and managed to cut it to 6, but Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good and reached 16-point advantage.
Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 19 points and Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 14. Ivan Lilov (196-SG-88) scored 11, whilst Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 10.



U18 European Championship: Estonia misses the Quarterfinal stage with 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U18-Austria U18 67:59

Estonia misses the Quarterfinal stage with 4-1 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Austria 67:59 in the last game of the group but could not make it to the next stage. Germany and Holland took the first two places with the same record. Austria finished the group with 1-4 record.
Estonia won the first period 16-9 and added 14-12 in the second frame. They also won the third period 16-15, but Austria replied with a 23-21 run in the last period.
Saimon Sutt (201-SG-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) netted 17. Karl-Martin Kask (210-C-95) brought 10 and Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) had 9. Fabian Richter (192-F/G-95) answered with 16 points in defeat, while Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) collected 15 points and 14 rebounds. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) scored 14, while Marko Soldo (196-F/G-95) had 7.

Estonia U18: Saimon Sutt 19, Karl-Robin Jurjens 17, Karl-Martin Kask 10, Sten Olmre 9
Austria U18: Fabian Richter 16, Jakob Poltl 15+14 rebs, Marvin Ogunsipe 14, Marko Soldo 7



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Second Session of Eurobasket Summer League Las Vegas All-Star team revealed! - by ESL News

MVP: Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago)

Scott VanderMeer excelled at both ends of the floor this week and was virtually unstoppable n the second session of the Las Vegas ESL. He led his team to the championship, over a gritty Siena team. Every team and big man in this ESL tried to stop Scott, but the crafty veteran was determined and in a zone all week. Scott was by far the best big man in this ESL and he showed it with his left and right hand baby hooks, shot blocking, rebounding, running the floor, shooting from inside and outside. You name it Scott delivered. Scott will most likely again be playing at a high level job somewhere overseas this season.

Kyle Harvey (195-F-91, college: Williams Baptist) is a big guard who is extremely athletic. Kyle wowed the crowd here in Las Vegas with his highlight reel dunks and spectacular play. Kyle can do everything, he can handle the ball, shoot, rebound and defend. He is a major, major match up problem for almost everyone. We see Kyle as having a great college career and signing a very good deal overseas this season.

Dane Rawlings is another player who plays extremely hard and helps his team a great deal to win. He is very athletic and this guy from St.Kitts can do it all. Dane can guard and play the 2, 3 and 4. He drew a lot of interest from teams and we look for him to get started with his career now since he just finished school this past May.

Jack Houpt (201-F-90, college: W.Illinois) shot the lights out here in Las Vegas and was without question he was the best shooter here. Jack is a 68 stretch four who is extremely cerebral and hard to guard. Jack can shoot from anywhere on the floor, rebound, run and defend. Jack will have a great career overseas and was a major reason why his team went to semis of the playoffs here in Vegas.

Stefan Welsh (190-G-87, college: Arkansas) was unstoppable here in the second session of Las Vegas. In fact, he played in the championship game and if his team had won it all, he would have been MVP of the ESL II. Stefan is a great shooting point guard who can run a team as well. But, if you want points he can go get them for you in bunches. Stefan should be a guy that goes back to the D-League to get his career back on track so he can go back overseas and make a good living for himself.

Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) is a veteran player and very gifted big man who does not need to have the ball in his hands all the time to be a great teammate. He is very good around the basket offensively and defensively and runs the floor extremely well. Tim has been all over the globe, even the NBA, so its basically up to him now on where he wants to end his career. I would expect Tim go to Asia or the Middle East and capitalize on the money being offered there with a guy with his experience.

Garland Judkins (193-G-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) is a dynamic guard who helped his team win the championship this week. He was one of the key leaders for his team Monaco in their quest for the title. He can score, defend and is lightning quick. He will be a major match up problem anywhere he goes and he just blows by people. The best place for Garland to go this season would be a team in the D-League so he could utilize his NBA athletic ability.

Ryan Bogdan (193-G/F-91, college: Limestone) is another guy here in ESL Vegas II that just shot the lights out. Ryan is an extremely gifted shooter who can run a team or play the two spot. If you are looking for a great combo guard Ryan is your man. We look for Ryan to have a good mid-level job in Europe this year and be very productive.

Jason Dawson (183-PG-88, college: Mt.Vernon Naz.) was an incredible point guard here in Vegas. He led his team with assists and on two occasions was one or two rebounds away from a triple double. Jason can run a team or score and would be a great addition to any team. We look for him to start his career in Mid-level Europe this season and have a solid year.

Pete Brown (198-F-87, college: NC-Greensboro) is another guy who had a great ESL Vegas II. He is 66 and very strong. He can do a number of things around the basket or face you up and take you off the dribble. Pete is a great rebounder and runs the floor well. We look for Pete to get a good start in a smaller league that uses undersized bigs where he will surely excel.



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

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

Day 2


Game 1: Manchester 62 - Lugano 56
The first
game of the camp saw Manchester and Lugano face off in what was a competitive game from start to finish, but saw Manchester come out on top with coach Chris Warren's fast-paced style. Manchester got off to a 10-0 start and never trailed after that, winning 62-56, although Lugano made several runs. Jack Houpt (201-F-90, college: W.Illinois) and LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) both scored 15 points, hitting a combined six threes to lead Manchester. BJ Benning and Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) both had six rebounds. Team Luganos Stan Brown (203-F-90, agency: SDJ Sports) had 12 points and four rebounds and his teammate Will Harris (198-F-86, college: Albany) had 10 points.

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

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


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

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

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

Game 6: Monaco 76 - Manchester 63
The final score may not have been indicative of the way this game went. Monaco continued to impress, dominating from start to finish, beating Manchester 76-63. They started the game on a 32-9 run and credit Manchester for not giving up and fighting back to trim the lead to 66-58 with five minutes left. Monaco, once again, led by Scott VanderMeers 24 points and 12 rebounds, as well as Christopher Sampson (201-F-87, college: Bloomfield) with 16 points and six rebounds. Manchester received a solid effort from Jimmy Langhurst, who single handedly kept Manchester in the game, scoring eight straight to begin the second half and finishing with 12. BJ Benning also had 12 points.

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

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



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Nemanja Bjelica in Fenerbahce - by Zoran Popovic

After great season in Caja Laboral Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) decides to signs three year contract deal with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and joins Serbian coach Zeljko Obradovic. Last season on 26 games in Euroleague Bjelica average scored 9.9 points, 4.8 boards, 1.3 assists, on 33 games in Spanish league average scored 9.8 points, 5.7 boards and 1.1 assists per game. Before Caja Laboral Bjelica played for Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions and Crvena Zvezda. On Draft 2010 Washington Wizards drafted Bjelica in second round as 35th pick. Nemanja Bjelica is member of Serbian National team from 2009.


FC Barcelona brings Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona brings Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) for the next season. The Forward will come from Brose Baskets Bamberg where he had an outstanding season.
In 2012-2013 for Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-BBL, starting five) he averaged 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 83.8%. In Euroleague he became the third top-scorer with 16.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Nachbar finished 2011/12 with Unics Kazan averaging 4 points and 2.4 rebounds for 7 Euroleague games. He had 3.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 10 games in Russia, plus 5.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 4 VTB United League appearances. Nachbar played for Efes Pilsen from 2009 to 2011. In 2008/09, the former NBAer was third scorer in Russian league and fourth scorer in EuroCup. He was a member of Dynamo Moscow at that time averaging 16.2 ppg in Russia and almost the same number in EuroCup. Bostjan Nachbar played in the NBA from 2002 to 2008. He spent three years with the Houston Rockets and other three with the New Jersey Nets. In his last NBA season Nachbar averaged 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for 75 games.



Jaycee Carroll re-signs with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) has extended his cooperation with Real Madrid. The guard has agreed on terms of four-year contract extension. Jaycee Carroll has been playing for Real since 2011. Last season he tallied 10.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in Liga Endesa. The guard also tallied 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per appearance in EuroLeague. He became Liga Endesa champion with Rael Madrid. Previously Jaycee Carroll had stints in Spain and Italy. He was named All-Spanish ACB Import Player of the Year in 2011. Carroll made it onto All-EuroCup 2nd Team in 2010 and 2011. Jaycee Carroll has been the member of the Azerbaijani National Team since 2012.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings Division A

Standings
Group E
1. France3-0
2. Lithuania2-1
3. Russia2-1
4. Serbia1-2
5. Czech Rep.1-2
6. Bosnia0-3
Group F
1. Turkey3-0
2. Latvia2-1
3. Croatia1-2
4. U.Kingdom1-2
5. Spain1-2
6. Italy1-2
Group G
1. Ukraine1-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Slovenia0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1

Second Stage: Round 4

E

Jul. 22: CZE - LTU 57-96
Jul. 22: BIH - FRA 42-60
Jul. 22: SRB - RUS 102-57

F

Jul. 22: ENG - ESP 75-66 OT
Jul. 22: ITA - TUR 68-75
Jul. 22: CRO - LAT 65-72

G

Jul. 22: GRE - BUL 88-65
Jul. 22: SLO - UKR 60-65

Second Stage: Round 5

E

Jul. 23: BIH - SRB
Jul. 23: FRA - CZE
Jul. 23: LTU - RUS

F

Jul. 23: ESP - CRO
Jul. 23: LAT - TUR
Jul. 23: ENG - ITA

G

Jul. 23: BUL - SLO
Jul. 23: UKR - GRE


Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Luke NELSON
  (192-G-95)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Nelson, Reading R.21.5 
 2. Vezenkov, Aris21.5 
 3. Diamantakos, Pana.19.8 
 4. Peterka, BK Pardu.18.5 
 5. Fontecchio, Oknopl.18.3 
 6. Fedorchenko, Trium.16.0 
 7. Zganec, KK Zagreb15.8 
 8. Sipahi, Tofas15.3 
 9. Martynov, N.Novgor.15.0 
 10. Sabonis, Clinic.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (205-F/C-96)
  Avg: 15
 1. Sabonis, Clinic.15.0 
 2. Diamantakos, Pana.11.8 
 3. Porzingis, Cajasol11.3 
 4. Sakhniuk, BC Kyiv10.5 
 5. Zganec, KK Zagreb10.0 
 6. Peterka, BK Pardu.9.8 
 7. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.9.8 
 8. Vezenkov, Aris9.0 
 9. Birsen, Fener.Ulker8.7 
 10. Veljkovic, Mega V.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rebec, Helios7.3 
 2. Sipahi, Tofas5.7 
 3. Kouril, Lucentum5.3 
 4. Jugovic, Partizan.4.5 
 5. Dang, Un.Olimpija4.5 
 6. Geks, VEF Riga4.5 
 7. Inglis, Roanne4.3 
 8. Martin, Real Madrid3.8 
 9. Jurgutis, Klaipedo.3.8 
 10. Pusica, Partizan3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Rebec, Helios3.8 
 2. Soluade, Clinic.3.0 
 3. Boyarkin, BC Do.3.0 
 4. Sans, Prat Juvent.2.5 
 5. Martynov, N.Novgor.2.5 
 6. Novak, Geoplin Slo.2.3 
 7. Bosnjak, Siroki W.2.0 
 8. Ulubay, Pertevniyal2.0 
 9. Ozmizrak, Besiktas2.0 
 10. Martin, Real Madr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Porzingis, Cajasol4.0 
 2. Kosut, Pertevniyal3.7 
 3. Okoroh, Derby T.3.0 
 4. Dolensek, Geopli.2.0 
 5. Guven, Karsiyaka1.5 
 6. Veljkovic, Mega V.1.5 
 7. Davidovac, Vrsac1.3 
 8. Soluade, Clinic.1.3 
 9. Kottas, PAOK1.3 
 10. Diop, Alava1.3 


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Poland4-0
2. FYR Macedo.2-2
3. Hungary2-2
4. Finland1-3
5. Denmark1-3
Group B
1. Germany4-1
2. Holland4-1
3. Estonia4-1
4. Norway2-3
5. Austria1-4
6. Georgia0-5
Group C
1. Israel5-0
2. Sweden4-1
3. Switzerlan.3-2
4. Romania2-3
5. Slovakia1-4
6. Scotland0-5
Group D
1. Montenegro.4-0
2. Belgium3-1
3. Portugal2-2
4. Belarus1-3
5. Luxembourg.0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 5

Group A

Jul. 22: MKD - FIN 68-62
Jul. 22: DEN - POL 64-74

Group B

Jul. 22: NOR - GEO 80-67
Jul. 22: EST - AUT 67-59
Jul. 22: NED - GER 48-65

Group C

Jul. 22: SUI - SVK 58-57
Jul. 22: ROM - ISR 48-75
Jul. 22: SCO - SWE 46-100

Group D

Jul. 22: BLR - BEL 54-68
Jul. 22: LUX - MNT 52-69

Second Stage: Round 1

E

Jul. 24: MKD - EST
Jul. 24: POL - NED

F

Jul. 24: ISR - BEL
Jul. 24: SWE - MNT

G

Jul. 24: HUN - NOR
Jul. 24: FIN - GER

H

Jul. 24: SUI - BEL
Jul. 24: ROM - POR

I

Jul. 24: DEN - AUT

J

Jul. 24: SCO - LUX


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Yauheni BELIANKOU
  (197-SF-95)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Beliankou, Tsmoki.19.8 
 2. Jeszke, SMS P.18.3 
 3. Hakanson, FCB R.18.0 
 4. Kesteloot, Sint-J.17.8 
 5. Magdevski, Real M.16.8 
 6. Salash, Cajaso.16.5 
 7. Goloman, Kormend16.5 
 8. Le Sann, Meyrin G.16.4 
 9. Poltl, Vienna Timb.16.0 
 10. Cobzaru, High S.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob POLTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Poltl, Vienna Timb.14.2 
 2. Dolven, Bygdoy11.6 
 3. Mladenovski, Rabot.10.5 
 4. Jeszke, SMS P.9.0 
 5. Salash, Cajaso.8.8 
 6. Draskovic, FCB R.8.8 
 7. Nikolic, Girona8.8 
 8. Goloman, Kormend8.5 
 9. Janicek, SVK N.8.4 
 10. Kazlou, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tuomas  HIRVONEN
  (179-PG-96)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Hirvonen, Kouvot5.8 
 2. Petersen, Aarhus5.5 
 3. Hakanson, FCB R.4.5 
 4. Sharon, Hapoel H.4.4 
 5. Magdevski, Real M.4.0 
 6. Marques, Ginasio3.8 
 7. Gelinski, Maccabi3.8 
 8. Musie, Norrkoping3.4 
 9. Bianchi, Lugano T.3.4 
 10. Hemeleers, Kango.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SZUCHMAN
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Szuchman, Galil G.2.6 
 2. Segev, Maccabi T-A2.6 
 3. Olmre, Audentes.2.6 
 4. Ciordas, Oradea2.6 
 5. Hakanson, FCB R.2.5 
 6. Velkey, Vasas2.5 
 7. Ziv, ISR N.2.4 
 8. Le Sann, Meyrin G.2.4 
 9. Magdevski, Real M.2.3 
 10. Stojanovic, BC Me.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakob POLTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Poltl, Vienna Timb.3.4 
 2. Goloman, Kormend3.3 
 3. Mladenovski, Rabot.2.3 
 4. Wimberg, Oldenburg1.6 
 5. Salash, Cajaso.1.5 
 6. Mor, ISR N.1.4 
 7. Derval, Boncourt1.4 
 8. Stockman, Baerum1.4 
 9. Cotture, Fribourg1.2 
 10. Van Vliet, Giants1.0 


Second Stage starts in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Serbia - Russia 102-57
Serbia celebrated a comfortable win over Russia at the start of the Second Stage at the u18 European Championship. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) nailed 23 points as Serbia jumped at 1-2 record in Group E. Russia fell at 2-1 record after the defeat. Serbia eked out a 21:18 lead after intense first quarter. The Balkan team started to get away in the second frame. They held Russia to 7 points to gain a 39:25 halftime advantage. Russia collapsed defensively in the third term. Serbia accounted for 34 points in the period and raced to a 73:41 lead at the final break. Serbia unloaded 29 points in the fourth period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) notched 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brano Djukanovic added 13 points in the victory. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Russia. Vladislav Staratelev had 9 points in the losing case.

Bosnia - France 42-60
France posted the fourth consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They opened the Second Stage campaign with a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dropped 18 points to lead the charge. France spurred ahead early in the game and recorded an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. But Bosnia and Herzegovina narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within five points at halftime 26:31. Les Bleus mounted the pressure on their opponents in the third period. France jumped to a 10-point advantage at the final intermission. Les Bleus held their opponents to just 4 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 9 points, while Etienne Ory, Damien Inglis and Petr Cornelie added 6 points each for the winners. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) and Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) responded with 12 points apiece for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gacic delivered 8 points in the losing case.

Czech Republic - Lithuania 57-96
Lithuania victoriously opened the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group E opener. Lithuania improved at 2-1 record, while Czech Republic fell at 1-2. Lithuania came up with a barrage of three-pointers in the opening quarter to clear off. The Baltic team exploded with 30 points in the first ten minutes and piled up a 21-point lead. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 19-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They unloaded 26 points in the period and entered the fourth stanza up by 25 points 74:49. Lithuania did not slow down in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) and Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) nailed 17 points each for Lithuania. Lukas Grabauskas added 14 points in the winning case. Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) answered with 15 points for Czech Republic. Prokop Slanina had 12 points in the loss.

Group F
United Kingdom - Spain 75-66 OT
England gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) scored 29 points, grabbed 6 boards and 5 assists to carry England past Spain at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. It was a close battle from start to finish. England snatched an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Spain reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the second frame. They held England to 10 points and surged ahead for a 28:33 halftime lead. Spain boosted the margin at 8-point mark at the third intermission. But England erased the deficit in the fourth frame. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) put them in front 61:59 with just over three minutes remaining. Garcia and Sans gave Spain a 63:61 lead but Isaacs sank a jumper to force overtime. England held Spain to just 3 points in the extra period and claimed a loud victory at the end. Jules Akodo and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade delivered 10 points each for the winning side. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) answered with 20 points for Spain. Alberto Martin had 17 points in the losing case.

Italy - Turkey 68-75
Turkey claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Italy fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Turkey exploded with 26 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Italy turned things around in the second stanza. They went on a 21:11 run to establish a 39:37 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by two points 46:44. But it was not enough. Turkey used a 15:5 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 71:65 lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) chipped in 12 points, while Kenan Sipahi contributed 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) answered with 15 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio chipped in 12 points in the losing case.

Croatia - Latvia 65-72
Latvia celebrated victory at the start of the U18 European Championship Second Stage. They held off Croatia for 2-1 record in Group F. Croatia secured a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead in the second period. The hosts held their opponents to 13 points and registered a 36:33 halftime lead. Latvia boosted the gap in the third term. The Baltic team stayed aggressive defensively in the quarter as Croatia managed just 10 points. Latvia built an 11-point lead heading into the final stanza. Croatia nailed 22 points in the fourth frame but could not overcome the deficit. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 15 points, while Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95), Davis Geks and Rihards Lomazs dropped 10 points each for the winners. Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) answered with 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Zganec had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Group G
Greece - Bulgaria 88-65
Greece registered the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They outgunned Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Group G. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Greece eked out a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second frame and did not allow the Hellenes to run away. Greece enjoyed a 35:32 halftime lead. But Greece stepped on the gas in the third period. They erupted for 28 points and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the final break. Greece fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) netted 18 points, while Alexandros Spyridonidis added 12 points in the victory. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) responded with 18 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Vezenkov added 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Ukraine 60-65
Ukraine registered the second consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They overcame Slovenian counterparts at the start of the classification round in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Ukraine grabbed a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia cut the deficit and eventually pulled ahead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 35:27 halftime advantage. Slovenia boosted the gap in the third term. They accounted for a 53:42 advantage before the final stanza. But Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 19:2 run to take a 61:55 lead. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Kobets sealed the win for Ukraine late in regulation. Yevgen Sakhniuk posted 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Igor Boyarkin added 11 points in the win. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 16 points in the losing effort.



The End of Preliminary Round in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Group A
FYR Macedonia - Finland 68-62
F.Y.R. of Macedonia advanced to the Quarterfinals with the 68:62 win over Finland. The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B needed the second victory to reach Last Eight Stage. Finland meanwhile finished the group with 1-3 record. Both teams scored 14 points in the first period and F.Y.R. of Macedonia repeated their result in the second frame. Finland scored 13 and trailed 1 point at the halftime. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to win the third period 11-9 and finished the game with 29-26 run. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) stepped up with 23 points for the hosts and Nikolov Kristijan netted 16. Nacevski Daniel delivered 11, while Dario Mitrov (192-SG-95) brought 9. Hirvonen Tuomas answered with 20 points in defeat and Henttonen Juho-Matti scored 11. Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) had 8, while Madsen Alexander chipped in with 7.

Denmark - Poland 64-74
Poland beat Denmark in Day 5 opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish team won Group A with 4-0 record and advanced to the next stage. Denmark finished the group with 1-3 record. Poland won the first period 23-16, but saved only 3 points at the halftime. Denmark posted 17 points in the third and the last quarters and it was not enough to seal the win. Poland won the third period 21-17 and finished the game with 20-17. Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Zolnierewicz Przemyslaw nailed 15. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) brought 10, whilst Krawczyk Adrian scored 9. Nielsen delivered 15 points in defeat and Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) added 12. Christensen Tobias brought 11 points in a loss.

Group B
Norway - Georgia 80-67
Norway keep Georgia winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway needed an 80:67 win to finish Group B with 2-3 record. Georgia meanwhile lost all five games. Georgia looked better in the first half and managed to win both periods. They started with 21-15 and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. Norway replied with a 21-19 run in the third period and dominated the last quarter. They posted a massive 25-7 surge to seal the victory. Dolven Johannes top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) nailed 21. Berg Sjur collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Even Skjellaug (190-G-95) had 8. Zakradze Luka replied with 13 points in defeat and Bolkvadze Aleksandre brought 11. Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) notched 9, whilst Revazashvili Maizer and Sanadze Sandro had 8 apiece.

Estonia - Austria 67-59
Estonia misses the Quarterfinal stage with 4-1 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Austria 67:59 in the last game of the group but could not make it to the next stage. Germany and Holland took the first two places with the same record. Austria finished the group with 1-4 record. Estonia won the first period 16-9 and added 14-12 in the second frame. They also won the third period 16-15, but Austria replied with a 23-21 run in the last period. Saimon Sutt (201-SG-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) netted 17. Kask Karl-Martin brought 10 and Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) had 9. Richter Fabian answered with 16 points in defeat, while Poltl Jakob collected 15 points and 14 rebounds. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) scored 14, while Soldo Marko had 7.

Holland - Germany 48-65
Germany beat Holland, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side finished first in the Group with 4-1 record after a 65:48 win. The Dutch side ended up with the same record on the second place. The situation was unclear in Group B. The German side needed a confident win in order to advance and grabbed 19-9 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 23-20 run in the second frame and Robert Zinn (195-SG-95) scored for 42:29 at the halftime. Germany posted a 13-9 rally in the third period and later both teams scored 10 points each in the final period. Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) led the way with 12 points and Ilzhoefer Stefan notched 10. Akpinar Ismet and Robert Zinn brought 8 points each in a win. Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Pim De Vries had 9. Dijkhuizen Jaron scored 6, whilst Robert Boezeman (198-F/C-96) collected 5 points and 10 rebounds.

Group C
Switzerland - Slovakia 58-57
Switzerland pip Slovakia in Group C to finish with 3-2 record. The Swiss side posted a 58:57 victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia ended up with 1-4 record. It was the last game of the First Stage in Strumica. Switzerland started the game with 21-17 and added 11-9 rally in the second frame. Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) gave Switzerland 34:26 lead early in the third period, while Masiar later reduced to 37:36 margin. Derval Botuna closed the frame at 49:42 advantage after three quarters. Slovakia grabbed the lead in the last period when Boris Belavy (199-SF-95) scored for 53:52. Anabir however brought the win for his side at the very end. Derval Botuna, Alessandro Verga and Bianchi Patrick scored 10 points each for the winners. Boris Belavy ended up with 13 points in the losing effort. Hlivak Dalibor notched 11, while Janicek Norbert produced 8 points in a loss.

Scotland - Sweden 46-100
Sweden posts 100 points to overwhelm Scotland at the last game of the Group Stage in Division B. The Scandinavian team won 100:46 and advanced to the Quarterfinals at the U18 European Championship. Sweden erupted with 29-12 surge in the first period and never looked behind. They delivered 20-9 burst in the second period and enjoyed a 49:20 lead after Adam Ramstedt (206-SF-95)'s shot. Musie Caleb scored two free throws for 73:26 and then Joensson Martin closed the third period at 77:31. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) brought Sweden three-digit number as he nailed a three-pointer with a minute to go. Malcolm Fraser and Sim Nicholas reduced to the final 100:46 result. Joensson Martin stepped up with 19 points and Adam Ramstedt netted 18. Andreas Von Uthmann poured in 12 points, whilst Markusson Mattias and Musie Caleb had 10 each. Sim Nicholas ended up with 15 points in defeat and Winning Malcolm scored 9. Malcolm Fraser brought 8 points for Scotland could not win any games.

Romania - Israel 48-75
Israel wins Group C of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The group-leader finished with a 75:48 win over Romania and improved to 5-0 record. Romania meanwhile finished third with 2-3 record. Israel continued their winning streak and looked great in the game. They won the first period 21-14 and had 16-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Israel posted two victories in the second half and increased the win to final 27 points. Zanzuri nailed the last three-pointer in the game for the final result. Joaquin Szuchman (191-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Sharon Naor nailed 11. Cahal Or had 9, whilst Zalmanson Idan notched 8. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) replied with 11 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Pogacean Bogdan had 9. Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Group D
Luxembourg - Montenegro 52-69
Montenegro conquer Group D of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won the group with 4-0 record after a 69:52 victory over Luxembourg. The latter ended up with 0-4 record on the bottom of the group. Montenegro was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. They started the game with 21-9 lead and had 10-point halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the third period and then Montenegro added 20-13 rally in the last stanza. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) and Gutenkauf exchanged the final shots in the end of the game. Dozic Aleksandar and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 13 points each, while Djurovic Luka, Nikolic Zoran and Petar Popovic had 9 each. Stojanovic Filip replied with 12 points in defeat and Schmit Tim nailed 10. Gruen Thomas and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) collected 7 points each in a loss.

Belarus - Belgium 54-68
Belgium clinched the last ticket from Group D to the Quarterfinals of U18 European Championship. The team overcame Belarus 68:54 and finished second with 3-1 record. Belarus meanwhile ended up with 1-3 record. Belgium opened the game with 20-11 lead and managed to win also the second frame. After 19-17 rally, Vincent Kesteloot (200-F-95) made 39:28 score at the halftime. He later scored for 49:33, but Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) closed the third period at 52:42. Chumakou even reduce to 4 points, while Belgium needed a 10-0 run later in the quarter to seal the victory. Vincent Kesteloot poured in 28 points to lead all the winners. Vanwijn Hans had 9 and Sander Van Caeneghem added 8. Maksim Salash top-scored for Belarus with 20 points and Beliankou Yauheni nailed 17. Yelisei Matsiushonak (193-G-95) followed them with 5 points in a win.



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

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team 2013
Emmanuel Lecomte
Lecomte
Devon Van Oostrum
Van Oostrum
Mateusz Ponitka
Ponitka
Rosco Allen
Allen
Przemyslaw Karnowski
Karnowski

Best Player: Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) of U.Kingdom
Best Guard: Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) of
U.Kingdom
Best Forward: Rosco Allen (7'1''-PF-93) of Hungary
Best Center: Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'1''-C-93) of Poland

1st Team
PG: Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) of Belgium
G: Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) of
U.Kingdom
G/F: Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) of Poland
PF: Rosco Allen (7'1''-PF-93) of Hungary
C: Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'1''-C-93) of Poland

2nd Team
PG: Grzegorz Grochowski (180-PG-93) of Poland
SG: Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86) of Switzerland
F/G: Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) of Hungary
F: Raphell Thomas-Edwards (6'6''-F-93) of
U.Kingdom
C: Alexandru Olah (7'0''-C-93) of Romania

Honorable Mention
Michal Cekovsky (210-F-94) of Slovakia
Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) of Slovakia
Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) of Luxembourg
Bob Melcher (189-G-94) of
Luxembourg
Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) of Finland
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) of Cyprus
Kevin Bleeker (6'10''-C-93) of Holland
Miguel Cardoso (185-PG-93) of Portugal




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U18 European Championship: F.Y.R. of Macedonia advanced to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U18-Finland U18 68:62

F.Y.R. of Macedonia advanced to the Quarterfinals with the 68:62 win over Finland. The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B needed the second victory to reach Last Eight Stage. Finland meanwhile finished the group with 1-3 record.
Both teams scored 14 points in the first period and F.Y.R. of Macedonia repeated their result in the second frame. Finland scored 13 and trailed 1 point at the halftime. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to win the third period 11-9 and finished the game with 29-26 run.
Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) stepped up with 23 points for the hosts and Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) netted 16. Daniel Nacevski (194-SF-95) delivered 11, while Dario Mitrov (192-SG-95) brought 9. Tuomas Hirvonen (179-PG-96) answered with 20 points in defeat and Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) scored 11. Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) had 8, while Alexander Madsen (199-F/C-95) chipped in with 7.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U18: Andrej Magdevski 23, Kristijan Nikolov 16, Daniel Nacevski 11, Dario Mitrov 9
Finland U18: Tuomas Hirvonen 20, Juho-Matti Henttonen 11, Oskar Michelsen 8, Alexander Madsen 7



Rovinari adds Watson to their roster, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 28-year old American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85kg-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: IBS). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 53 games he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team.
The previous (11-12) season Watson played at U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 31 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 7.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
In 2010-11 season Watson played at UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 6 games he recorded also great stats: 22.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.5apg and 1.5spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Giants Noerdlingen (ProB) in German league. In 17 games he recorded also great stats: 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg (top 4) and 1.4spg.
In 2008-09 season Watson played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league. In 33 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg (top 5) and 1.1spg.
He is a very experienced player.
Watson graduated from Central Michigan University in 2008 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Watson: Unselfish player who gets others involved but also has the ability to score if needed ... sparks the team with passing and ball movement ... great defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Disappointment-a look behind the results - by Pekka Salminen

Our U20 NTs European championships did not go that well, the results U can find in Eurobasket.com. I decided not to analyze them here, instead I will take U behind the scenes and results . These stories are true, believe it..

Injuries and illness are part of the game, yes, but how can these things take place?

-my starting pg hurts himself when catching a real bad pass from his team mate. The pass was so bad the poor guard lost his balance, fell back and twisted his ankle

-a shooting guard steps on a basketball during the last practise before the games started, that magically rolled there from somewhere

-during the same session that "step-on-the-ball" injury took place another guard steps on a poster that is on the floor and pulled his groin. A poster on the floor? Yes they were finalizing the preparations in the gym and were about to put that poster to the wall.

Other things then?

-Our first game was delayed 40 minutes for Tommi Huolila broke the rim in the warm-ups

-in one game the net was destroyed and we were almost denied a 3-p basket for a ref did not see that going through the net. Finally they realized it was a made shot, that was ok, but then it took like 20 minutes to fix the net.

-went to the locker room before a game, tried to get back to the gym, found myself locked in the room. The national anthems were played and I was trying to call everybody and.. finally our trainer found out that I was missing and saved me three minutes before the game. Thanks MIkko!

-our guy, Topias Palmi, scored 60 pts in a game, 60!

I was there and I still don't believe what I saw.

-the leading (or 2nd leading?) rebounder of the tournament spoke great Finnish with a clear and thick Helsinki accent. Unfortunately he played for Cyprus, Roberto Mantovani is the name.

-our most experienced big couldn't leave the hotel room for 10 days due to serious illness. The first practise he is able to participate he, naturally, wins the traditional hal-court shoot-out.

The hotel and the arrangements were good, but the foodcan U imagine Yourself eating the same stuff twice a day for two weeks? Fortunately the nice city of Pitesti had a lot of other opportunities to go and have a meal.

Like always it was great to meet all the basketball people, old friends and new friends. Thanks for the company and basketball education!

P



Corbin Thomas is a newcomer at Oulun NMKY - by Greg

Oulun NMKY (1st Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American forward Corbin Thomas (198-100kg-91). He just graduated from Midwestern State University (NCAA2). In 31 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the LSC Tournament final. Great season indeed as he was selected All-LSC Co-Newcomer of the Year and voted to All-LSC 1st Team and to LSC All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above Thomas is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.




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Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 0-0 
 2. Boulogne 0-0 
 3. Bourg 0-0 
 4. Chalons-Reims 0-0 
 5. Denain 0-0 
 6. Evreux 0-0 
 7. Fos Ouest 0-0 
 8. Hyeres-Toulon 0-0 
 9. Le Portel 0-0 
 10. Lille 0-0 
 11. Maurienne 0-0 
 12. Nantes 0-0 
 13. Orchy 0-0 
 14. Poitiers 0-0 
 15. Rouen 0-0 
 16. Souffel 0-0 
 17. St Quentin 0-0 
 18. St Vallier 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 13: Maurienne - Le Portel
Sep. 13: Boulogne - St Vallier
Sep. 13: Chalons-Reims - Orchy
Sep. 13: Denain - Hyeres-Toulon
Sep. 13: Fos Ouest - Bourg
Sep. 13: Lille - Evreux
Sep. 13: Poitiers - Boulazac
Sep. 13: Souffel - Rouen
Sep. 13: St Quentin - Nantes


Jeremy Niflore is a newcomer at Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old point guard Jeremy Niflore (181-93). He played most recently at Fos Ouest (ProB). But in 10 games he recorded just 0.7ppg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Niflore played at Marseille (NM2). Previously he played also for Fos Ouest Provence Basket junior team. 

By Eurobasket Data Center



Florent Pietrus (ex Valencia) is a newcomer at Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old French international forward Florent Pietrus (202-103kg-81). He has played for the last three years at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 29 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final and supercup semifinals. Pietrus also played 16 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg.
Pietrus has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Laboral Kutxa, Unicaja Malaga and Asefa Estudiantes.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A forward who likes the 4 an d the 5 positions, but who is probably undersized to play at top level there; very athletic, great leaper, with great timing for the rebounds; needs to add some perimetral skills;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Florent Pietrus (ex Valencia) is a newcomer at Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old French international forward Florent Pietrus (202-103kg-81). He has played for the last three years at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 29 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final and supercup semifinals. Pietrus also played 16 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg.
Pietrus has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Laboral Kutxa, Unicaja Malaga and Asefa Estudiantes.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A forward who likes the 4 an d the 5 positions, but who is probably undersized to play at top level there; very athletic, great leaper, with great timing for the rebounds; needs to add some perimetral skills;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jeremy Niflore is a newcomer at Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old point guard Jeremy Niflore (181-93). He played most recently at Fos Ouest (ProB). But in 10 games he recorded just 0.7ppg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Niflore played at Marseille (NM2). Previously he played also for Fos Ouest Provence Basket junior team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: France keep clean slate with win over Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 60:42

France posted the fourth consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They opened the Second Stage campaign with a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dropped 18 points to lead the charge.
France spurred ahead early in the game and recorded an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. But Bosnia and Herzegovina narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within five points at halftime 26:31. Les Bleus mounted the pressure on their opponents in the third period. France jumped to a 10-point advantage at the final intermission. Les Bleus held their opponents to just 4 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 9 points, while Etienne Ory (178-PG-96), Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) and Petr Cornelie (209-F/C-95) added 6 points each for the winners. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) and Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) responded with 12 points apiece for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gacic delivered 8 points in the losing case.

France U18: Axel Bouteille 18, Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot 9, Etienne Ory 6, Damien Inglis 6, Petr Cornelie 6
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Stefan Lakic 12, Davor Karamatic 12



Terrell Stoglin (ex Ilysiakos) is a newcomer at Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-84kg-91, college: Maryland). He played last season at Ilysiakos in Greek A1 league. In 18 games he was the best scorer with impressive 19.9ppg and had 3.3rpg and 2.4apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Stoglin was voted NABC Division I All-District 2 1st Team in 2012 at his college time.
Stoglin graduated from University of Maryland in 2012 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A lefty scorer who played the point-guard spot but who seems more adequate for the 2 spot at European level. Has an immense offensive talent, can score in various ways but loves to start any game with the ball in his hands and is too much selfish to play stably at the point.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: F.Y.R. of Macedonia advanced to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U18-Finland U18 68:62

F.Y.R. of Macedonia advanced to the Quarterfinals with the 68:62 win over Finland. The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B needed the second victory to reach Last Eight Stage. Finland meanwhile finished the group with 1-3 record.
Both teams scored 14 points in the first period and F.Y.R. of Macedonia repeated their result in the second frame. Finland scored 13 and trailed 1 point at the halftime. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to win the third period 11-9 and finished the game with 29-26 run.
Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) stepped up with 23 points for the hosts and Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) netted 16. Daniel Nacevski (194-SF-95) delivered 11, while Dario Mitrov (192-SG-95) brought 9. Tuomas Hirvonen (179-PG-96) answered with 20 points in defeat and Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) scored 11. Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) had 8, while Alexander Madsen (199-F/C-95) chipped in with 7.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U18: Andrej Magdevski 23, Kristijan Nikolov 16, Daniel Nacevski 11, Dario Mitrov 9
Finland U18: Tuomas Hirvonen 20, Juho-Matti Henttonen 11, Oskar Michelsen 8, Alexander Madsen 7



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

Norway U18-Georgia U18 80:67

Norway keep Georgia winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway needed an 80:67 win to finish Group B with 2-3 record. Georgia meanwhile lost all five games.
Georgia looked better in the first half and managed to win both periods. They started with 21-15 and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. Norway replied with a 21-19 run in the third period and dominated the last quarter. They posted a massive 25-7 surge to seal the victory.
Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) nailed 21. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Even Skjellaug (190-G-95) had 8. Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) replied with 13 points in defeat and Aleksandre Bolkvadze (195-SF-95) brought 11. Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) notched 9, whilst Maizer Revazashvili (202-C-96) and Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) had 8 apiece.

Norway U18: Johannes Dolven 24+15 rebs, Mikkel Kolstad 21, Sjur Berg 12+11 rebs, Even Skjellaug 8
Georgia U18: Luka Zakradze 13, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 11, Archili Puluzashvili 9, Maizer Revazashvili 8, Sandro Sanadze 8



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U18 European Championship: Germany beat Holland, both advance to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Holland U18-Germany U18 48:65

Germany beat Holland, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side finished first in the Group with 4-1 record after a 65:48 win. The Dutch side ended up with the same record on the second place.
The situation was unclear in Group B. The German side needed a confident win in order to advance and grabbed 19-9 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 23-20 run in the second frame and Robert Zinn (195-SG-95) scored for 42:29 at the halftime. Germany posted a 13-9 rally in the third period and later both teams scored 10 points each in the final period.
Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) led the way with 12 points and Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) notched 10. Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) and Robert Zinn brought 8 points each in a win. Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Pim De Vries (193-F/G-95) had 9. Jaron Dijkhuizen (196-PF-95) scored 6, whilst Robert Boezeman (198-F/C-96) collected 5 points and 10 rebounds.

Holland U18: Julius van Sauers 14, Pim De Vries 9, Jaron Dijkhuizen 6, Robert Boezeman 5+10 rebs
Germany U18: Joschka Ferner 12, Stefan Ilzhoefer 10, Ismet Akpinar 8, Robert Zinn 8



The MLP Academics Keep Janis Heindel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team MLP Academics have kept captain Janis Heindel (199-G/F-83) for another season. Heindel is a 29 year old 199cm swing man that started his career in Heidelberg in 2003. He played four seasons in Heidelberg before making the rounds in the Pro A with Karlsruhe, Nordlingen and Freiburg. He returned back to Heidelberg last season playing 28 games: 9.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 48.2%. "I am happy that Janis will stay another year with us. He will help us with his attitude and leadership", stressed head coach Tony Garbelotto. Last season the German scored in double figures 13 times including a 21 point game against Duesseldorf and 20 points against Jena.

Source: MLP Academics Heidelberg





Heiko Schaffartzik And Alba Berlin Go Separate Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) breathed his first Beko BBL air as an 18 year old with 8 time German champion Alba Berlin in the 2002-2003 season, but after not getting a chance the season after, the German national player played for seven other team between 2004-2011 before finally retunring back in 2011. However the club announced today that Schaffartzik will not play for the team this season. The 28 year old 83cm guard who shoots first and penetrates second asked the 2013 cup winner to terminate his contract as he is seeking new challenges this season elsehwere. Last season the German played 36 games: 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 90.0%; Euroleague: 21 games: 6.2ppg, 2.6apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 91.7%. All in all he played 144 games in his econd tour of duty in Berlin. "Berlin is my home. I hav enever played as long for a team as Alba Berlin. I enjoyed my time, but after two and a half years, its time for a change. I am looking for a new challenge", stated Heiko Schaffartzik.

Source: Alba Berlin



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 the Artland Dragons that once again were able to bring back a former player with David Holston (170-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Chicago St.). Holston is a 27 year old 17cm point guard from Pontiac, Michigan that will play his second season in Germany. After three seasons in Turkey, it seems like the quaint and comfortable surroundings of Quackenbruck and the 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%. Ex head coach Stefan Koch had had the right feeling the last years bringing in top point guards like Tyrrese Rice and David Holston who really were able to grow in the Beko BBL. So why did head coach Tyrone Mccoy have to stay up countless nights scouting new potential point guards when he could bring back a player that he knew, had coached and was one time a top point guard in the German league. "David was one of the most exciting players in the league. He has a big heart, is a big fighter and is a tough guy. He also can identify with the club since he knows the city and fans and knows that he is in a good situation", stressed Dragons head coach Tyrone Mccoy. Last season in Turkey the American scored in double figures 23 times including two double doubles. "He improved on defense last season. He is still the same on offense and can creatte for himself and his teammates. We await that he is our leader. He can be that with the experience that he has playing at high levels in Europe", added Tyrone Mccoy. Holston played at Chicago St. (NCAA) from 2005-2009. In 2009-2010 as a rookie he played for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 29 games: 12.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT-2 (94.0%). He stayed there in his second season playing Turkish League: 32 games: 14.8ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT-2 (92.5%); EuroChallenge: 16 games: 14.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 84.8%. So far as a professional he ha dhis best season in Germany with Artland in 2011-2012 playing German League: 40 games: Score-4 (15.3ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-2 (5.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 88.2%; EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg; EuroChallenge: 13 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-2 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.8spg), FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 73.9%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MCC Tournament Finalist -06All-MCC 2nd Team -06, MCC All-Newcomer Team -06, All-Independent 1st Team -08, NABC Division I All-District 13 Second Team -09, Turkish League All-Star Game -10, 11, EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -11, Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Defensive Team -11, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -12, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Newcomer of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -12, and German Bundesliga Semifinals -12

Source. Artland Dragons







The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Sign Gregory Echenique - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg continue to build their roster for the new season by bringing in Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) today. Gregory Echenique is a 22 year old 206cm center that will start his professional basketball career in Germmany. He hails from Venezuela and finished his NCAA career at Creighton where also ex Beko BBL and current NBA player Anthony Tolliver played as well as current ratiopharm Ulm forward Dane Watts. Gregory Echenique is a very promising inside player who seems to be yet a quality rebounder. Thanks to his size, he takes a lot of room under the basket and can be a defensive factor at any level. Needs to improve his offensive game, but upside is huge. In his senior year he played 36 games: 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 65.7%, FT: 64.6%. The big man recently played NBA summer league with Toronto. "He played a very disciplined offense in college. He still has a lot of potential. He is a very solid defender in the low post and despite his size has quick feet. he also played at a high level with the national team", stressed head coach John Patrick. Echenique played two seasons at Rutgers before going to Creighton. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Venezuelan U16 National Team -06, Venezuelan U17 National Team -07, South American Championships U17 in Guanare (Venezuela) -07 (Finalist): 5 games: 13.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 69.4%, FT: 53.6%, Venezuelan U18 National Team -08, FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Formosa (Argentina) -08: 5 games: Score-1 (22.2ppg), Reb-2 (13.6ppg), 1.4spg, Blocks-1 (3.6bpg), FGP: 57.4%, FT: 67.2%, Venezuelan National Team -09-12, FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -09: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, MVC Tournament Semifinals -11, MVC All-Defensive Team -11, 12, 13, MVC All-Newcomers Team -11, FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata (Argentina) -11: 8 games: 6.1ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 77.8%, All-MVC Defensive Player of the Year -12, MVC All-Tournament Team -12, 13, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -12
MVC Tournament Winner -12, 13, South American Championships in Chaco (Argentina) -12 (Silver): 5 games: 5.2ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 71.4%, FT: 50.0%
Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) -12: 2 games: 7.5ppg, 7.5rpg, Blocks-3 (1.0bpg), MVC Regular Season Champion -13, and All-MVC Honorable Mention -13











The FRAPORT SKYLINERS Juniors keep Jan Novak Until 2016 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Fraport Skyliners organization continues to show their immense support of keeping young German players ling term as they announced today that Jan Novak (194-PF-92) will remain until 2016. Novak is a 21 year old 194cm forward that ha sthe German Czech citzenship. Last season for the Pro B team Novak played 21 games avergaing 5,9ppg and 2,7rpg. He also was able to play three Beko BBL games. "We were able to hold another player with long term perspective. That shows that we are going the right way in holding on to young players. I think that Jan has the potential to be an importnat player in the pro B", stressed head coach Eric Detlev. Novak will continue to have a license to play for the Beko BBL team as well as for Eintracht Frankfurt. "I am happy to be bale to remain in Frankfurt. So I can continue to combine basketball with my studies which is important. This organization is perfect for my furtehr development. This city and club has become my second home in the last 10 years so it would have been diffciult to go", stressed Jan Novak.

Source: Fraport Skyliners



TV Langen secure Benedikt Nicolay - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After four years in Frankfurt, Benedikt Nicolay (190-SF-91) will make the next step in his career with TV Langen. Nicolay is a 22 year old 190cm forward that had played in the Frankfurt Skyliners organization since 2009. Last season he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB): 19 games: 3.5ppg, 1.8rpg. "We knew him from the games against Frankfurt and remembered him with his aggressive game. We are happy that he joined us and are certain that he will give our game important impulses", stated TV Langen manager Jogi Barth. Last season he scored in double figures twice including a 12 point effort against the Bayer Giants leverkusen. In the 2010-2011 season, he played five Beko BBL games. He played a total of 69 pro B games for the FRAPORT SKYLINERS juniors.

Source: TV Langen





The BSW Sixers Keep Mathias Haut - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The BSW Sixers hold on to experience with Matthias Haut (182-G-84, college: NC-Wesleyan) Haut is a 28 year old and has been with the club since 2009. Last season he played 15 games: 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg. "He was one of the players I wanted. He convinces me with his good defense and leadership and I hope that he can lead the team with his energy even if he isnt playing", stated head coach Torsten Schierenbeck. Last season the German had a 10 point game against Leverkusen. "I am looking forward to the new season and working with the new coach. I aslo see this club going in a very professional way", stated Matthias Haut

Source: BSW Sixers



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U18 European Championship: Greece cruise past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Bulgaria U18 88:65

Greece registered the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They outgunned Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Group G. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners.
Greece eked out a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second frame and did not allow the Hellenes to run away. Greece enjoyed a 35:32 halftime lead. But Greece stepped on the gas in the third period. They erupted for 28 points and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the final break. Greece fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) netted 18 points, while Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) added 12 points in the victory. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) responded with 18 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) added 13 points in the loss.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 22+10 boards, Dimitrios Stamatis 18, Alexandros Spyridonidis 12
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Milov 18, Aleksandar Vezenkov 13



Terrell Stoglin (ex Ilysiakos) is a newcomer at Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-84kg-91, college: Maryland). He played last season at Ilysiakos in Greek A1 league. In 18 games he was the best scorer with impressive 19.9ppg and had 3.3rpg and 2.4apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention. Stoglin was voted NABC Division I All-District 2 1st Team in 2012 at his college time.
Stoglin graduated from University of Maryland in 2012 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A lefty scorer who played the point-guard spot but who seems more adequate for the 2 spot at European level. Has an immense offensive talent, can score in various ways but loves to start any game with the ball in his hands and is too much selfish to play stably at the point.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maciulis re-signs at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Lithuanian international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-105kg-85). He played there last season. In 33 A1 games he had 8.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Maciulis also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Maciulis ended the previous (2011-12) season at Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) in Italian league. In four games he recorded 7.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg that season. But the most of that year he spent at LSU-Baltai (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg. Maciulis also played 7 games in Baltic League where he recorded 11.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Armani Milano (SerieA) in Italian league. In 25 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Maciulis also played 6 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Domestic Player of the Year back in 2007.
Maciulis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2005. Maciulis also represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 2.4rpg.
Maciulis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Nevezis and Zalgiris-Sabonio.
On Maciulis: A powerful SF, with an aggressive playing style and and hard nosed defense; Also a good rebounder, but needs to add passing and dribbling skills, because his future is at 2 position;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Germany beat Holland, both advance to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Holland U18-Germany U18 48:65

Germany beat Holland, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side finished first in the Group with 4-1 record after a 65:48 win. The Dutch side ended up with the same record on the second place.
The situation was unclear in Group B. The German side needed a confident win in order to advance and grabbed 19-9 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 23-20 run in the second frame and Robert Zinn (195-SG-95) scored for 42:29 at the halftime. Germany posted a 13-9 rally in the third period and later both teams scored 10 points each in the final period.
Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) led the way with 12 points and Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) notched 10. Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) and Robert Zinn brought 8 points each in a win. Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Pim De Vries (193-F/G-95) had 9. Jaron Dijkhuizen (196-PF-95) scored 6, whilst Robert Boezeman (198-F/C-96) collected 5 points and 10 rebounds.

Holland U18: Julius van Sauers 14, Pim De Vries 9, Jaron Dijkhuizen 6, Robert Boezeman 5+10 rebs
Germany U18: Joschka Ferner 12, Stefan Ilzhoefer 10, Ismet Akpinar 8, Robert Zinn 8



Lucca tabs Kelvin Martin, ex M.Magixx - by Eurobasket News

Arca Impresa Lucca (Nazionale A) inked 24-year old American forward Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston Southern). He played most recently at M.Magixx in Dutch Eredivisie, but left the team in March'13. In 18 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg last season.
Among other achievements Martin's team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012. He received also All-Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Martin graduated from Charleston Southern in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Hungary posts the initial win in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

Austria-Hungary 54:74

Hungary posts the initial win in Oberwart at 4 Nations Tournament. The team overcame the hosts, Austria 74:54 and finished third with 1-2 record.
Hungary started with 23-14 lead and had 7-point advantage at the halftime. They dominated the whole second half and added two narrow victories. Hungary posted 20-14 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 14-10 run.
David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Toth A netted 16. Wittmann and N.Toth posted 12 each. Thomas Klepeisz (185-PG-91, agency: TSS Management) posted 9, while Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) had 8. Richard Poiger (202-SF-87) and Jozo Rados scored 6 apiece.
Bulgaria wins 4-Nation Tournament in Oberwart. The team posted three victories and proved their ambitions. In Day 3 Bulgaria destroyed Estonia 94:78, while the latter finished second with 2-1 record.



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Rashaun Freeman (ex Siroki WWin) agreed terms with Netanya - by Eurobasket News

GreenTops Netanya (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-116kg-84, college: Massachusetts). He played most recently at Siroki WWin in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 7 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 5.3rpg last season. Freeman also played 11 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Albany Patroons (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
The former University of Massachusetts staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Israeli Cup Final Four in 2012. Freeman received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Honorable Mention award in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Freeman has played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster), France (Gravelines-Dunkerque, Nantes and JSF Nanterre), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Puerto Rico (Brujos), Israel (B.C. Habikaa), China (Heilongjiang), Kuwait (Kazma) and IBA-PBL (Schenechtady Legends).
The scouts decsribe him following way: "Rashaun is an All-American Candidate after being on the A-10 First Team for the last two years. He is an extremely talented post player, a great one-on-one player, he's very tough to stop. I've seen more of a determination from him in our preseason workouts. He's paid more attention to his body, paid more attention to his weaknesses. So much came to him, so easily early. He was First Team All-Atlantic 10 his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. I wouldn't say he got complacent. It all just came easy to him; he didn't concentrate on his weaknesses. I've seen a determination. There have been many pro scouts watching his workouts. Ray has done really well.".

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Israel wins Group C - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Israel U18 48:75

Israel wins Group C of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The group-leader finished with a 75:48 win over Romania and improved to 5-0 record. Romania meanwhile finished third with 2-3 record.
Israel continued their winning streak and looked great in the game. They won the first period 21-14 and had 16-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Israel posted two victories in the second half and increased the win to final 27 points. Zanzuri nailed the last three-pointer in the game for the final result.
Joaquin Szuchman (191-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) nailed 11. Or Cahal (190-G-95) had 9, whilst Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) notched 8. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) replied with 11 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Bogdan Pogacean (197-C-95) had 9. Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 11+12 rebs, Bogdan Pogacean 9, Marius Ciotlaus 9
Israel U18: Joaquin Szuchman 14, Naor Sharon 11, Or Cahal 9, Idan Zalmanson 8



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JuveCaserta signs Cameron Moore, ex Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

JuveCaserta Basket (SerieA) signed 23-year old American forward Cameron Moore (208-104kg-90, college: UAB). He played last season at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye in Ukrainian Superleague. In 52 games he had 13.2ppg, 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Moore was voted All-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 at his college time.
Moore graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Adrian Uter agreed terms with Cantu - by Eurobasket News

FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) power forward Adrian Uter (200-102kg-84, college: Hofstra). He was about to sign at Arca Impresa Lucca (Nazionale A), but the plans were changed. The last summer Uter played at Caciques (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 14 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6bpg. The last (2013) season he played at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League) in Israel. In 32 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg (#3 in the league), 2.2apg, 1.4spg and 1.6bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team.
In 2006 Uter was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) in third round (22nd overall).
He attended Hofstra University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Uter's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2009.
Uter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), France (Saint Vallier), Portugal (Illiabum) and Israel (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Lev Hasharon and B.C. Habikaa).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cantu keeps Ragland for another season - by Eurobasket News

FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) re-signed 24-year old American guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita State). He played there last season. In 15 SerieA games he recorded 14.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Ragland also played at UCAM Murcia (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league that season. In 25 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements his team won MVC Regular Season in 2012. Ragland received also All-MVC 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Ragland graduated from Wichita State in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A super quick and energic combo guard player. He's a very good outside shooter and scorer, his powerful body enables him to be very effective at the defensive side too. Great upside, even at Euroleage level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jesi renews with Maggioli and bring back in Italy Leemire Goldwire - by Armando Caporaso

Two announcements in the last days for the Aurora Jesi that will play the next season in the new Lega2 Gold.
The Fileni has renewed the contract of the captain Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) for other 2 seasons and the Italian center, that will play for the ninth year with Jesi, decided to reduce his salary by 30% to help his team! Maggioli has grown in the young team of the Scavolini Pesaro and with the first team, after also an year on loan played with Avellino, he made his debut also in Euroleague. In his long career he dressed also the shirt of the Italian National Team and of Siena, Reggio Emilia and Virtus Bologna (2009/2010) before the return at Jesi where he won for 3 times the trophy like best Italian player of the Lega2. Maggioli closed the last season with 21.0 points (best scorer of the league), 9.0 rebounds, 1,3 blocks and 24.5 of ranking (first also in this specialty).

Jesi signed for the next season an old acquaintance of the Lega2, the point guard Leemire Goldwire (182-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Charlotte) that will play with the number 12. Goldwire played in Europe with the Egaleo (Greece), Lukoil (Bulgaria) and in Italy with Forli' and Brescia after an experience in D-League with Sioux Falls. In 2011 was decisive for the salvation of the MarcoPoloShop.it (arrived in January he played 16 games with 19.1 ppg). In the last season only 7 games in FYR Macedonia with the KK Fersped-Rabotnicki (13.0 ppg and 3.1 apg) leaving the team after 3 months. These the words of Federico Manzotti , DS of the team::

"Player of great personality and leadership, as well as skilled in one on one and in the pick 'n' Roll, GoldWire was immediately enthusiastic about the team, already known in its previous experiences in our country. This knowledge has led him to accept the program 'arancioblu' with desire and enthusiasm "



Ravenna brings Adam Sollazzo - by Armando Caporaso

For the new season in Lega2 Silver the Acmar Ravenna signed the first American in his history, the guard Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90, agency: Edge Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) native of Tampa Bay, Florida. After the years at East Tennessee State college (14.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.4 apg in his senior year) he played his first pro-season in Germany, in ProA with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (he started the season in Romania with the BC Timisoara without playing official game), arriving in January and closing the experience with 14 games and excellent results: 19.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 4.5 apg with a good 46% by 3 and a season high of 27 points (two times against the NBC and Kirchheim).

The words of the president Roberto Vianello:
"I am proud and happy to be the first president to bring a foreign player in the history of basketball Ravenna. I am convinced that Sollazzo can write important pages of our sporting course and that will help us achieve the goal we have set for the next season. I am equally sure that the arrival of Adam further galvanize our supporters and will give more thrust to those who want to help us to complete the search of resources that enable us to make a championship as we imagine."

The first words of the player after the agreement:
"I am very happy to debut in the Italian league and are excited about the idea to measure with a good name tournament that can open me good career prospects. Italy, the country of origin of my grandparents (born in the province of Potenza, Basilicata), who moved to the United States in the twenties, is always a special place in my heart: the idea of being able to play in a nation that has a special meaning has impressed me from the beginning. I immediately informed via the internet about the team and the city and I found interesting ideas, such as proximity to the sea and the ability of fans to create a feeling very similar to what you breathe in the university American league.
In the summer of 2012 I sustained two workout with the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks, who have not turned into a contract, and then I took the opportunity to play in Germany, championship which allowed me to get to know Europe and to become aware of what is waiting for me in my near future: in Ravenna I would like to take another step forward."



VEF Riga tabs Antywane Robinson, ex Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) inked 29-year old American forward Antywane Robinson (203-100kg-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports). He played most recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian SerieA. In 30 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game. Robinson also spent pre-season at Erdemirspor Eregli (TBL) in Turkish league that year.
In 2006 he was drafted by Utah Eagles (CBA) in sixth round (59th overall).
Robinson attended Temple University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won French Supercup in 2011. Robinson received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Cholet).
Robinson's game is described as: An athletic forwarxd who can spend time in the 3 and 4 positions. Has 3-pt shooting range and good ball handling. Defends well on every size opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lucca tabs Kelvin Martin, ex M.Magixx - by Eurobasket News

Arca Impresa Lucca (Nazionale A) inked 24-year old American forward Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston Southern). He played most recently at M.Magixx in Dutch Eredivisie, but left the team in March'13. In 18 games he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg last season.
Among other achievements Martin's team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012. He received also All-Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Martin graduated from Charleston Southern in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Alex Young is a newcomer at Sigma Barcellona - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega Due Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American swingman Alex Young (198-96kg-89, college: IUPUI). He played last season at Upea Capo d'Orlando (Lega Due Gold). In 16 games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.5ppg and had 5.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Young's team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2011. He was also voted Summit League All-Summit League 1st Team in 2012 at his college time.
Young graduated from Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis in 2012 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very techincally skilled player, he knows how to move on the court and how to defend. Can score a lot, he's very athletic and has a solid body. Great upside, could become a star at European level.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

Turkey U18 - Italy U18 75:68

Turkey claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Italy fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners.
Turkey exploded with 26 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Italy turned things around in the second stanza. They went on a 21:11 run to establish a 39:37 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by two points 46:44. But it was not enough. Turkey used a 15:5 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 71:65 lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) chipped in 12 points, while Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) contributed 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) answered with 15 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) chipped in 12 points in the losing case.

Turkey U18: Metecan Birsen 17, Emircan Kosut 12, Kenan Sipahi 10
Italy U18: Daniel Donzelli 15, Simone Fontecchio 12



Dwight Hardy agreed terms with Oknoplast Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Oknoplast Bologna (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American (has also Congolese passport) point guard Dwight Hardy (188-89kg-87, college: St.John's). He played most recently at Sigma Barcellona in Italian Lega Due Gold. In 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg last season. He helped them to win the regular season. Hardy also played at Air Avellino that season. In 6 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Tuscany Pistoia (Lega Due Gold). In 41 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 22.2ppg and had 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Among other achievements Hardy won ICCAC championship title in 2009. He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award in 2011 at his college time.
Hardy graduated from St.John's University in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A talented guard with great scoring skills and the typical personality of the NY players. Loves to shot and can earn lots of fouls, in his first professional season he showed a great leadership and team mentality that could grant him a bright career.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Adrian Uter agreed terms with Cantu - by Eurobasket News

FoxTown Cantu (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) power forward Adrian Uter (200-102kg-84, college: Hofstra). He was about to sign at Arca Impresa Lucca (Nazionale A), but the plans were changed. The last summer Uter played at Caciques (BSN) in Puerto Rican league. In 14 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6bpg. The last (2013) season he played at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League) in Israel. In 32 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg (#3 in the league), 2.2apg, 1.4spg and 1.6bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team.
In 2006 Uter was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) in third round (22nd overall).
He attended Hofstra University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Uter's team made it to the Israeli Cup final in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2009.
Uter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), France (Saint Vallier), Portugal (Illiabum) and Israel (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Lev Hasharon and B.C. Habikaa).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Kyoto set to join NBL for 2014-15 season - by Emeka Eke

The Kyoto Hannaryzs history will mark a landmark change in 2014.

Thats when the team will officially become a member of the NBL, the renamed JBL, departing the bj-league after its fifth season of existence, three more than the Chiba Jets, who bowed out for a spot in the Japan Basketball Association-backed circuit.

No official announcement has been made by the league or the team. But a source close to the situation told The Japan Times on Thursday morning that Kyoto will stay one more year in the bj-league.

The Hannaryz joined the bj-league in 2009, giving the upstart circuit a third franchise in the Kansai area along with the Osaka Evessa and Shiga Lakestars. (And the Bambitious Nara join the fold for 2013-14 as a first-year club.)Kyoto is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances under coach Honoo Hamaguchi.

League spokesman Kentaro Umehara told The Japan Times on Thursday that he hadnt heard details about the Hannaryzs future plans.

Also Thursday, team spokesman Jun Takeda said by phone the Hannaryz havent made plans to defect.

For the bj-league, the loss of the Hannaryz would be a major blow to its dwindling credibility. For starters, the team makes a commitment each year to field a competitive team, and also has gone above and beyond most teams in promotions and business-side operations.

The Hannaryz even paid naming rights for 10 years for Hannaryz Arena, located near Nishi-Kyogoku Station.

In addition, a league with nearly no continuity in the coaching ranks only seven of 21 teams will start the coming campaign with the same bench boss who was in that position to usher in the 2012-13 season will lose Hamaguchi, one of the top coaches in league history, if he remains with the Hannaryz.

Hamaguchi is entering the final season of a three-year deal.

Evessa plans: Rebuilding and tweaking a teams roster are natural acts for a team with a new head coach.

The Osaka Evessa, however, appear to be taking that approach to the extreme.

All reports indicate the team may have a roster that features zero returning players from the 2012-13 squad. New team president Motofumi Iguchi spoke recently about the desire to build a unified team that rebounds from an up-and-down 2012-13 campaign, one that started with Zoran Kreckovic on the bench (0-4 record), followed by Takao Furuya (5-15) and Bill Cartwright (17-11).

Is that a realistic goal?

Will massive roster turnover guarantee a second straight losing season for the three-time champion franchise that was a perennial title contender for the leagues first seven seasons?

Days after guard Shota Konno was picked up by the Shinshu Brave Warriors, the Evessa, who protected no players from last seasons roster, lost guard Shun Watanuki to the rival Kyoto Hannaryz.

Watanuki averaged 8.4 points in 52 contests and by seasons end had become one of the leagues most improved players. Cartwright, a former Chicago Bulls head coach, had a positive influence on Watanuki, helping him run the offense with greater efficiency and confidence.

Meanwhile, forward Taizo Kawabe, who chipped in with 5.6 ppg in 2012-13, joined the Shimane Susanoo Magic after one season in an Evessa uniform. Guard Masashi Obuchi also left the Evessa to play for the Gunma Crane Thunders, reuniting with ex-coach Ryan Blackwell.

The offseason exodus of Evessa players will continue at a slow pace as they resurface with other teams. Mike Bell, Rick Rickert, Dwayne Lathan and Nathan Walkup could be strong acquisitions for other clubs if they return to Japan.

The addition of veteran guards Yosuke Sugawara, Haruyuki Ishibashi and Naoto Nakamura will give the team experienced leaders, the latter two who have had success competing for championships with Osaka in the past.

Ishibashi will turn 40 on Dec. 3. Hes officially served as an assistant coach with the Shiga Lakestars (2008-10), while still filling his role a backup guard, so an added voice, a consigliere of sorts, for new coach Shunsuke Todo will be an important addition.

Cinq Reves update: Former Saitama Broncos head coach Kenji Yamane was named the Tokyo Cinq Reves new general manager, it was announced earlier this week. Hes spent the past several seasons as a head coach for the bj-league academy while also serving as a TV analyst.

The move reunites Yamane with Motofumi Aoki, the Tokyo bench boss, who worked as an academy coach during the 2010-11 season.

Yamane guided Saitama during the bj-leagues second season, 2006-07. The Broncos went 15-25. He was replaced by former NBA forward David Benoit on the bench.

HeatDevils add pair: Post player Devonne Giles and forward Gabriel McCulley have agreed to basis contractual terms for next season, the Kyushu-based club announced on Tuesday.

Giles, a Texas Tech product, played 55 games last season for KTP Basket Kotka in Finland, averaging 16.3 points and 9.4 rebounds His pro career has included stops in France, the Netherlands, and the CBA (for the Dakota Wizards).

While at Texas Tech, Giles competed in the Sweet 16 in March 2005. He played under Bob Knight, who also coached a pair of former HeatDevils, Mikey Marshall and Andy Ellis. Gilles turns 30 on July 21.

McCulley, 24, attended UTEP, where Tim Hardaway starred before a long NBA career.

The 201-cm forward competed in the Lithuanian League with Juventus in 2011-12 and for a short stint in 2012-13. He averaged 11.1 points in 28 games in 2011-12.

Phoenix aim high: The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix held their first summer training session on Monday, and Tomoya Coach Crusher Higashino told local media that he has high aspirations for his club.

Higashino told the Shizuoka Shimbun the team wants to finish on top again. Hamamatsu slipped to sixth last season (its first in the Western Conference) after back-to-back championships.

Our goal is to recapture the championship and work together, guard Shinnosuke Oishi was quoted as saying in the Shizuoka Shimbun

In the paint: Yosuke Maeda, Kenji Yamada and Seiji Kono of the Yokohama B-Corsairs participated in the Adidas-sponsored 33 tournament last weekend in Yokohama. . . . The Kumamoto Volters, an NBL expansion squad, has hired former Jets head coach Shinji Tomiyama as an assistant coach. The Volters also named American Norm deSilva, who has worked for the NBA Development Leagues Utah Flash as an assistant coach, as the teams bench boss. DeSilva worked for the Foshan Dralions in the Chinese Basketball Association in 2012-13 as an assistant before being promoted to acting head coach. . . . Daisuke Tamura, a veteran guard who averaged 5.9 points in 52 games for the Takamatsu Five Arrows last season, has joined the NBLs Levanga Hokkaido. The Hannaryz and NBL squad Link Tochigi Brex will square off on Sept. 10 in an exhibition game.



Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach - by Emeka Eke

According to the Japan Times, a familiar face will be on the sideline for the Yokohama B-Corsairs next season. Multiple league insiders have told The Japan Times that Michael Katsuhisa will be named the second coach in team history.

Katsuhisa served as assistant coach under Reggie Geary during the teams first two seasons, including Yokohamas 2012-13 championship.

Geary and cash-strapped Yokohama could not agree to terms on a new contract. He was appointed as Chiba Jets head coach the franchises third in as many seasons on Friday, a move that was expected for weeks and first reported by this newspaper.

The Jets jump to the National Basketball League (the renamed JBL) begins with a coach who guided the B-Corsairs to back-to-back bj-league Final Fours and a 66-38 record in the regular season. A former NBA guard, Geary will turn 40 on Aug. 31.

Katsuhisa, 30, played as a reserve guard for the Osaka Evessa from 2009-11 before joining the Yokohama staff for its inaugural season. He attended Nishimachi International School in Tokyo (where his father, Hikojiro, was the headmaster) and Bellevue (Washington) High School.

Geary will now work with Geoffrey Katsuhisa, Michaels older brother, who has served as team interpreter for head coaches Bob Hill (Tokyo Apache, 2010-11), Eric Gardow (Chiba Jets (2011-12) and Shinji Tomiyama (2012-13).

Im very happy and appreciative of the Chiba Jets organization for honoring me with this great opportunity to be the teams first head coach in their move to the NBL, Geary said in a statement released on Friday.

The organization has a long-term plan to build a championship level team, and Im excited to set the foundation for this process on the basketball court. Everyone involved knows this process will not be easy and may take time, but we will face all challenges head on.

Geary, who starred at the University of Arizona and was known for his demonic defensive presence on the court, said the Jets are committed to put in the work needed to build a strong foundation club.



Anthony Myles signs at Niigata Albirex - by Greg

Niigata Albirex (BJ League) landed 31-year old American power forward Anthony Myles (208-111kg-82, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management). He has played for the last two years at Malvin in Uruguayan LUB league. In 43 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Myles played in the final of Uruguay LUB in 2012. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention award in 2012.
Myles is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (Liaoning Hunters, Heilongjiang and DongGuan Leopards), France (Hyeres-Toulon), Greece (Ilysiakos), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Romania (Steaua), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Spain and Turkey (Banvit Basketbol Kulubu).
Myles attended Xavier University until 2004 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Has a great body and is very good on the low block; does a nice job of finishing around the basket; has the ability to score in the post or spin and drive; possesses a soft touch on his shot which gives him a deadly mid-range game; excellent rebounder who knows how to position his body; compliments his skills with a high level of intelligence that allows him to understand the game better than most players his age; very mature and coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Bambitious Nara strengthened their roster - by Greg

Bambitious Nara (BJ League) strengthened their roster with addition of two American players: 27-year old forward Anthony Brown (203-102kg-86, college: Oklahoma State, agency: KMG Sports Management) and Jamar Abrams (201-G/F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: E.Carolina).
Anthony Brown played most recently at Pertevniyal in Turkish TB2L. In 34 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Brown played at Kouvot (Korisliiga) in Finnish league. In 40 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.5apg that season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention.
Jamar Abrams is a product of E.Carolina University. The last club he played for was Richmond Elite in American ABA League. Before joining Richmond Elite he played at London Lightning in Canadian NBL. In 12 games he averaged 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg

By Eurobasket Data Center



Yokohama B-Corsairs ink coach Michael Katsuhisa - by Eurobasket News

Yokohama B-Corsairs (BJ League) confirmed in their roster 30-year old coach Michael Katsuhisa. The specialist spent the last season as assistant coach with the team. He helped Reggie Geary to guide the B-Corsairs. However Yokohama did not agree on terms of contract with Geary and opted to promote Michael Katsuhisa. Katsuhisa has become just the second coach in the B-Corsairs short history. Michael Katsuhisa finished his player's career in 2011. 

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dzaflo Larkai signs at Sendai 89ers - by Eurobasket News

Sendai 89ers (BJ League) landed 32-year old British ex-international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-111kg-81, college: Bellarmine). He has played for the last two years at Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (BJ League). In 54 games he averaged 9.2ppg and 6.2rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season.
Among other achievements Larkai won Japanese BJ League championship title for three years in a row (between 2010 and 2012). He received also All-GLVC 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time. Larkai was a member of British Senior National Team back in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Spain (L'Hospitalet) and United Kingdom (Liverpool Mersey Tigers).
Larkai attended Bellarmine College until 2008 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Chiba Jets sign coach Reggie Geary - by Eurobasket News

Chiba Jets (NBL) signed 40-year old American coach Reggie Geary. He has coached for the last two seasons at Yokohama B-Corsairs (BJ League). A very impressive season as he was named to be the Coach Assistant at the Japanese BJ-League All-Star Game.
Reggie Geary has worked in D-League and NCAA before. Reggie Geary will try to improve the Jets results as they debuted in the BJ-League playoffs last season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Yokohama B-Corsairs ink coach Michael Katsuhisa - by Eurobasket News

Yokohama B-Corsairs (BJ League) confirmed in their roster 30-year old coach Michael Katsuhisa. The specialist spent the last season as assistant coach with the team. He helped Reggie Geary to guide the B-Corsairs. However Yokohama did not agree on terms of contract with Geary and opted to promote Michael Katsuhisa. Katsuhisa has become just the second coach in the B-Corsairs short history. Michael Katsuhisa finished his player's career in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Lutz with high expectations - by Onur Decani

The new coach of current Kosovan champions KB Peja, Daniel Lutz gave his first interview to Kosovan media. On his interview to a local television, Lutz told : "We are the current title holders, so every team will be extra motivated while playing against us, which should make us train hard to win." The ex-coach of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb will join KB KB Peja by the middle of August when they will start the pre-season training. The 35-year old coach also mentioned that he is expecting that after the championship, now his new team should be prepared to join the Adriatic League and that he will do his best to achieve this.
On the other side there are rumors that KB Peja are willing to put on paper another deal with Ersid Luca (212-C-81), who was also part of the team last year.



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VEF Riga tabs Antywane Robinson, ex Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga (LBL) inked 29-year old American forward Antywane Robinson (203-100kg-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports). He played most recently at Enel Brindisi in Italian SerieA. In 30 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game. Robinson also spent pre-season at Erdemirspor Eregli (TBL) in Turkish league that year.
In 2006 he was drafted by Utah Eagles (CBA) in sixth round (59th overall).
Robinson attended Temple University and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won French Supercup in 2011. Robinson received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team award back in 2010.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Cholet).
Robinson's game is described as: An athletic forwarxd who can spend time in the 3 and 4 positions. Has 3-pt shooting range and good ball handling. Defends well on every size opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

Latvia U18 - Croatia U18 72:65

Latvia celebrated victory at the start of the U18 European Championship Second Stage. They held off Croatia for 2-1 record in Group F.
Croatia secured a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead in the second period. The hosts held their opponents to 13 points and registered a 36:33 halftime lead. Latvia boosted the gap in the third term. The Baltic team stayed aggressive defensively in the quarter as Croatia managed just 10 points. Latvia built an 11-point lead heading into the final stanza. Croatia nailed 22 points in the fourth frame but could not overcome the deficit. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 15 points, while Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95), Davis Geks (191-SG-95) and Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) dropped 10 points each for the winners. Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) answered with 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia U18: Kristaps Gluditis 15, Kristaps Porzingis 10, Davis Geks 10, Rihards Lomazs 10
Croatia U18: Marko Arapovic 15, Karlo Zganec 14+12 boards



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Lithuania U16 exchange victories with Ukraine U16 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian and Ukrainian U16 National Teams played two exhibition encounters in Druskininkai.
The first game ended with the visitors claiming a 70:63 victory. Ukraine jumped to a 37:30 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to catch up with their opponents in the second half but failed losing the battle. Matas Andruskevicius (185-PG-97) posted 16 points for Lithuania. Jokubas Svambaris (188-PF-97) added 15 points, while Martynas Echodas (97) had 11 points in the loss.
But the hosts rebounded in the second game. Lithuania started the game strongly. They registered a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. They secured a 41:31 halftime lead. Ukraine got within 4 points at the final break but Lithuania held on to the advantage and sealed a 69:66 victory at the end. Matas Andruskevicius nailed 18 points to pace the hosts. Justas Klimavicius (190-G-97) added 14 points, while Martynas Pacevicius (97) and Martynas Echodas added 8 points apiece for the winners.



U18 European Championship: Lithuania fire past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Czech Republic U18 96:57

Lithuania victoriously opened the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group E opener. Lithuania improved at 2-1 record, while Czech Republic fell at 1-2.
Lithuania came up with a barrage of three-pointers in the opening quarter to clear off. The Baltic team exploded with 30 points in the first ten minutes and piled up a 21-point lead. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 19-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They unloaded 26 points in the period and entered the fourth stanza up by 25 points 74:49. Lithuania did not slow down in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) and Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) nailed 17 points each for Lithuania. Lukas Grabauskas (193-PG-95) added 14 points in the winning case. Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) answered with 15 points for Czech Republic. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Ricardas Verbickas 17, Haroldas Saprykinas 17, Lukas Grabauskas 14
Czech Republic U18: Martin Peterka 15, Prokop Slanina 12



Maciulis re-signs at Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Lithuanian international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-105kg-85). He played there last season. In 33 A1 games he had 8.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Maciulis also played 29 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Maciulis ended the previous (2011-12) season at Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) in Italian league. In four games he recorded 7.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg that season. But the most of that year he spent at LSU-Baltai (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg. Maciulis also played 7 games in Baltic League where he recorded 11.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Armani Milano (SerieA) in Italian league. In 25 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Maciulis also played 6 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Domestic Player of the Year back in 2007.
Maciulis has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2003 and 2005. Maciulis also represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg, 2.4rpg.
Maciulis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, Nevezis and Zalgiris-Sabonio.
On Maciulis: A powerful SF, with an aggressive playing style and and hard nosed defense; Also a good rebounder, but needs to add passing and dribbling skills, because his future is at 2 position;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Montenegro conquer Group D - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U18-Montenegro U18 52:69

Montenegro conquer Group D of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won the group with 4-0 record after a 69:52 victory over Luxembourg. The latter ended up with 0-4 record on the bottom of the group.
Montenegro was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. They started the game with 21-9 lead and had 10-point halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the third period and then Montenegro added 20-13 rally in the last stanza. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) and Gutenkauf exchanged the final shots in the end of the game.
Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 13 points each, while Luka Djurovic (190-G-95), Zoran Nikolic (208-C-96, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Petar Popovic had 9 each. Filip Stojanovic (196-C-95) replied with 12 points in defeat and Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) nailed 10. Thomas Gruen (194-PG-95) and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) collected 7 points each in a loss.

Luxembourg U18: Filip Stojanovic 12, Tim Schmit 10, Thomas Gruen 7, Timothy Kauffmann 7+11 rebs
Montenegro U18: Aleksandar Dozic 13, Milovan Draskovic 13, Luka Djurovic 9, Zoran Nikolic 9+17 rebs, Petar Popovic 9



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Standings - Lower Leagues

Regional Standings
Chihuahua Vive
 1. Manzaneros 19-3 
 2. Choriceros 18-4 
 3. Dorados 17-5 
 4. Soles 14-8 
 5. Cerveceros 14-8 
 6. Indios S. 13-9 
 7. Pavos NCG 11-11 
 8. Pioneros 9-13 
 9. Mineros P. 8-14 
 10. Nogaleros 7-15 
 11. Chipotleros 2-20 
 12. Indios J. 0-22 
CIBANE
 1. Tuzos UAZ 11-2 
 2. Madereros 9-2 
 3. Caktus 4-7 
 4. Mineros F. 4-9 
 5. Monclova 1-9 
LNB
 1. Caudillos 8-4 
 2. Freseros 7-5 
 3. Tejones 6-2 
 4. Cimarrones 6-2 
 5. Brujos 6-4 
 6. Guitarreros 6-6 
 7. Santos 4-8 
 8. Industriales 3-11 



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U18 European Championship: Montenegro conquer Group D - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U18-Montenegro U18 52:69

Montenegro conquer Group D of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won the group with 4-0 record after a 69:52 victory over Luxembourg. The latter ended up with 0-4 record on the bottom of the group.
Montenegro was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. They started the game with 21-9 lead and had 10-point halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the third period and then Montenegro added 20-13 rally in the last stanza. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) and Gutenkauf exchanged the final shots in the end of the game.
Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 13 points each, while Luka Djurovic (190-G-95), Zoran Nikolic (208-C-96, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Petar Popovic had 9 each. Filip Stojanovic (196-C-95) replied with 12 points in defeat and Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) nailed 10. Thomas Gruen (194-PG-95) and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) collected 7 points each in a loss.

Luxembourg U18: Filip Stojanovic 12, Tim Schmit 10, Thomas Gruen 7, Timothy Kauffmann 7+11 rebs
Montenegro U18: Aleksandar Dozic 13, Milovan Draskovic 13, Luka Djurovic 9, Zoran Nikolic 9+17 rebs, Petar Popovic 9



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  NBA   


Mavericks trade Nick Calathes draft rights to Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have traded the draft rights to guard Nick Calathes (6'6''-PG-89, college: Florida) to Memphis in exchange for a 2016 second round draft pick. Calathes (6-6, 213) posted 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists on .547 shooting in 14 games for Lokomotiv Kuban of the Russian Professional Basketball League (PBL) and averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists on .555 shooting in 30 games in the VTB United League. Calathes was named the 2012-13 EuroCup MVP after recording 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists on .521 shooting in 17 games during the EuroCup competition. The 24-year-old played his first three professional seasons in Greece for Panathinaikos Athens, helping guide the club to back-to-back Greek League Championships in 2010 and 2011 as well as a Greek League Finals appearance in 2012. Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (45th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft, Calathes draft rights were traded to Dallas on draft night for a 2010 second round draft pick. A two-time Florida Mr. Basketball, the Winter Park, Fla. native played two seasons at the University of Florida, where he was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2008 and selected First Team All-SEC as a sophomore in 2009. Memphis originally traded a protected 2016 second round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for Steven Hunter and a 2010 first round draft pick on Aug. 7, 2009. Denver later sent the pick to Dallas as part of a trade for Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) and Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-SF-85) on Dec. 13, 2011.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Six Players of Note from the Las Vegas NBA Summer League - by Carl Berman


The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas winds up tonight with a championship game. It was an interesting event and although the level of play was down a bit, several players really helped themselves out.

Top of the list is Dwight Buycks. The 63 guard played in the D-League and in France the two seasons after he finished up at Marquette. He impressed enough at the Orlando Summer League while playing for Oklahoma City to be offered a two-year contract by the Toronto Raptors. He then came to Las Vegas and played two games for the Raptors, ending up leading the event in scoring (23.0 ppg) and assists (7.0 apg). Yesterday he came up with 28 points, four rebounds and four assists showing athleticism and the ability to score from mid-range and after penetration. Hell likely see time for the Raptors next season.

His teammate with Toronto, Quincy Acy had an excellent game scoring 28 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and showing more shooting range in hitting two three-pointers. The 67 Acy split time between Toronto and the D-League last season and looks ready to stick with Toronto next season.

Archie Goodwin (6'4''-G-94) had a generally impressive showing for Phoenix in his five games. Goodwin's athleticism seems like it will translate to the NBA. Hes shown the ability to get out in transition and to penetrate to draw fouls. He had 10 or more free throw attempts in his last three games and scored 20 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting yesterday which included two three-pointers. He shot 7-of-9 on three-pointers in his five games, Goodwin is still a project but his future looks bright.

Kent Bazemore spent most of last season with Golden State and based on his performance this week, hell see more time with the Warriors next year. His long-distance shooting is still suspect but Bazemore is athletic, long, can rebound and score from 20 feet in. Hes averaged 19.6 ppg while scoring 51 points in his last two games.

67 Jeffery Taylor of Charlotte was one of the most impressive players at the event. The 67 Swede was one of the most consistent scorers with 24, 19, 20 and 18 points in his four games. He can shoot from distance and has the athleticism to get out in transition. Hes a nice player who will get increasing time as his career evolves.

Toronto's 70 center Jonas Valanciunas sat out yesterday but showed very well in his four games. Hes developed more moves around the hoop and he is getting stronger. He averaged 18.8 ppg and 10 rebounds over four games. He also got to the foul line 33 times and made 88% of his foul shots, an important skill for a big man. Hell continue to improve as he enters his second year in the NBA.

A note on Ben McLemore. After our note yesterday McLemore started off with a 2-of-9 half on Friday. He then went on a tear, scoring 19 points in the third quarter en route to a 27-point effort. McLemore's shooting still needs more consistency but he did show his upside with his third quarter play on Friday.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. NetScouts Basketball can be followed on twitter here.




The Nuggets add Robinson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets (NBA) added to their roster 29-year old point guard Nate Robinson (175-82kg-84, college: Washington). He played last season at Chicago Bulls. In 94 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.4apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals. The most of previous (2011-12) season Robinson spent at the Warriors. In 51 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg that season. He also spent pre-season at the Thunder that year. The most of previous (10-11) season Robinson spent at the Celtics. In 55 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg. He was tried-out by the Knicks that season. He contributed to his team winning the Northwest Division title.
In 2005 Robinson was drafted by Phoenix Suns in first round (21st overall). The former University of Washington star is in his ninth season in pro basketball. Robinson was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Rookies Team back in 2006.
He has played previously for two other NBA teams: Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.
On Robinson: A phenomenal athlete. If you are not sure you can win the game going into it, just watching him out there with you kind of convinces you that you might have a chance. Nate’s got a swagger about him that just rubs off on everyone else. It’s contagious. Not to mention his ability to go up and dunk the ball at 5-9. He can do some things that electrify a crowd. The best way to describe him is as a hard-nosed winner.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL 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 26-0 
 2. Mark Mentors 21-5 
 3. Plateau Peaks 14-11 
 4. Niger Potters 14-12 
 5. Kada Stars 11-15 
 6. Bauchi Nets 10-15 
 7. Immigration 6-20 
 8. Yelwa Hawks 1-25 

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



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

Norway U18-Georgia U18 80:67

Norway keep Georgia winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway needed an 80:67 win to finish Group B with 2-3 record. Georgia meanwhile lost all five games.
Georgia looked better in the first half and managed to win both periods. They started with 21-15 and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. Norway replied with a 21-19 run in the third period and dominated the last quarter. They posted a massive 25-7 surge to seal the victory.
Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) nailed 21. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Even Skjellaug (190-G-95) had 8. Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) replied with 13 points in defeat and Aleksandre Bolkvadze (195-SF-95) brought 11. Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) notched 9, whilst Maizer Revazashvili (202-C-96) and Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) had 8 apiece.

Norway U18: Johannes Dolven 24+15 rebs, Mikkel Kolstad 21, Sjur Berg 12+11 rebs, Even Skjellaug 8
Georgia U18: Luka Zakradze 13, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 11, Archili Puluzashvili 9, Maizer Revazashvili 8, Sandro Sanadze 8



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The National U-19 High School Tournament got started with the right step - by Robert OConnell

The National U-19 High School tournament just started with strong day view, with the US Ambassador in Panama as the main speaker who got an standing ovation. The National Tournament is directed by Grupo Unidos Por El Baloncesto leaded by former international point guard Jair Peralta who is running for president of the Panamanian Basketball Federation (FEPABA). The tournament had two groups of 6 teams in the men division and 5 teams in women division. The male's group with play each other within the group, and then the top two of each group will advance to the finals, the number one of Group A will play the number two of Group B and vice versa. The winners will advance to the Championship game and the losers will play for the third and fourth place. This tournament will show what we have in the country at this level and will provide the players for further internationals tournaments. This is how the groups were set up:
MEN
GROUP A

AIP
IJA
STELLA SIERRA
LA SALLE
YSYS
INSTITUTO COMERCIAL PANAMA
GROUP B
IPA
GASTON FARAUDO P
COLEGIO BRADER
ESCUELA AMERICANA
COLEGIO EPISCOPAL
COLEGIO ARTES Y OFICIOS
WOMEN

AIP
ENRICO FERMI
YSYS
COLEGIO JAVIER
STELLA SIERRA









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U18 European Championship: Poland beat Denmark in Day 5 opener - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U18-Poland U18 64:74

Poland beat Denmark in Day 5 opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish team won Group A with 4-0 record and advanced to the next stage. Denmark finished the group with 1-3 record.
Poland won the first period 23-16, but saved only 3 points at the halftime. Denmark posted 17 points in the third and the last quarters and it was not enough to seal the win. Poland won the third period 21-17 and finished the game with 20-17.
Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) nailed 15. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) brought 10, whilst Adrian Krawczyk (183-PG-95) scored 9. Nielsen delivered 15 points in defeat and Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) added 12. Tobias Christensen (193-G/F-95) brought 11 points in a loss.

Denmark U18: Nielsen 15, Rasmus Hansen 12, Tobias Christensen 11
Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 16, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 15, Mikolaj Witlinski 10, Adrian Krawczyk 9



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Belarus beat Portugal at the end of the Torneio Internacional de Vila Real - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Portugal 71:67

Belarus beat Portugal at the end of the Torneio Internacional de Vila Real. The guests managed to post the final 71:67 win.
Portugal started the game with 19:18 lead and added 20-18 rally in the second frame. Moreover the hosts needed a 17-11 surge to take 56:47 at the end of the third period. Belarus however dominated the last stanza and reached the necessary win. The guests exploded with a 24-11 burst and won the game by 4 points. Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) scored the last points for the winners to triumph at Torneio Internacional de Vila Real.
Artsiom Parakhouski top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) nailed 12. Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) followed them with 8 points. Joao Santos scored 12 in defeat, while Jose Silva had 10.

Belarus: Artsiom Parakhouski 16, Vitali Liutych 12, Yury Mishukov 8
Portugal: Joao Santos 12, Jose Silva 10



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Rovinari adds Watson to their roster, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 28-year old American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85kg-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: IBS). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 53 games he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team.
The previous (11-12) season Watson played at U.M.F. Grindavik (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 31 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 7.2apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as he was named to Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
In 2010-11 season Watson played at UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) in Iceland. In 6 games he recorded also great stats: 22.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.5apg and 1.5spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Giants Noerdlingen (ProB) in German league. In 17 games he recorded also great stats: 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg (top 4) and 1.4spg.
In 2008-09 season Watson played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league. In 33 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg (top 5) and 1.1spg.
He is a very experienced player.
Watson graduated from Central Michigan University in 2008 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Watson: Unselfish player who gets others involved but also has the ability to score if needed ... sparks the team with passing and ball movement ... great defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pitesti signs coach Hristu Sapera - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) signed 33-year old coach Hristu Sapera. He has coached for the last two seasons at CSM Bucuresti (Liga Nationala). Sapera's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2012.
He was coaching Romanian U20 National Team in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Israel wins Group C - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Israel U18 48:75

Israel wins Group C of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The group-leader finished with a 75:48 win over Romania and improved to 5-0 record. Romania meanwhile finished third with 2-3 record.
Israel continued their winning streak and looked great in the game. They won the first period 21-14 and had 16-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Israel posted two victories in the second half and increased the win to final 27 points. Zanzuri nailed the last three-pointer in the game for the final result.
Joaquin Szuchman (191-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) nailed 11. Or Cahal (190-G-95) had 9, whilst Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) notched 8. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) replied with 11 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Bogdan Pogacean (197-C-95) had 9. Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Romania U18: Vlad Cobzaru 11+12 rebs, Bogdan Pogacean 9, Marius Ciotlaus 9
Israel U18: Joaquin Szuchman 14, Naor Sharon 11, Or Cahal 9, Idan Zalmanson 8



Timisoara adds Johnson to their roster, ex Al Manama - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Tremayne Johnson (203-98kg-89, college: E.Washington). He played most recently at Al Manama in Bahrain Premier League. Johnson played at the Big Sky Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2012 and actually missed last season. It is his second season as a professional player.
On Johnson: He can play multiple positions and is very versatile with excellent length and motor. Tremayne is a high-level athlete who brings speed, quickness and athletic ability. He is a player who effects the game on both ends of the court. A good defender with great length, he is able to defend both on the perimeter and in the post, he is able to block shots on the perimeter and at the basket with equal skill.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Spartak St.Petersburg in talks with Israeli Yuval Naimi - by Vladimir Lobanov

Israeli guard Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) is in talks with Spartak St.Petersburg according to reports from the northern city.
Naimy,who played last season in Triumph Lyubertsy is in advanced talks with Spartak,according to the report ,and a deal is close to being completed.
Naimy has averaged 8ppg,1.3pg,2apg in13 Russian league games,10.1ppg,1.5rpg,2apg in 12 Eurocup games and 9,2ppg,1.7rpg.3apg in 20 VTB games.
Its reported that the deal is 1+1 and rumored of 350,000 Euros per season.




Simmons is back at CEZ Nymburk, ex Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Chester Simmons (196-94kg-82, college: Washington). It is actually his comeback to Nymburk as he played here before. He managed to play in three leagues last year. Simmons played last season at Krasnie Krilya in Russian PBL league. In 14 games he had 14.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention. Simmons also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the EuroChallenge championship. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Simmons also played 24 games in VTB United League where he recorded also great stats: 15.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (11-12) season Simmons played at CEZ Nymburk. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 20 NBL games he recorded 12.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Simmons also played 3 games in Euroleague where he recorded also great stats: 17.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. He also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded also great stats: 15.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. And finally Simmons played 15 games in VTB United League where he recorded also great stats: 16.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.0apg. He also spent pre-season at Armani Milano (SerieA) in Italian league that year.
In 2005 Simmons was drafted by Gary Steelheads (CBA) in fourth round (29th overall).
He attended University of Washington and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Simmons was voted NABC All-NCAA District 14 2nd Team back in 2005 at his college time.
Simmons is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Czech Rep., France (Paris-Levallois), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Israel (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Holon) and Spain (Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014).
On Simmons: Tre can really score. He is a guard that is good around the basket, but can also defend. He has quick feet and being 6-foot-5 he's got real good size. He can definitely create his own shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Triumph land Obie Trotter - by Eurobasket News

Triumph continued to bolster their roster for the upcoming season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, college: Alabama A&M). The deal is meant for one season. The guard is not new to Russia. Obie Trotter spent the last season with Nizhny Novgorod. He tallied 10.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds per game in PBL. In VTB League Obie Trotter posted 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per appearance. Previously the guard had stints in Hungary, France, Germany and Finland. He was named All-Hungarian League Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was also trumped All-Finnish Korisliiga Guard of the Year in 2010. Obie Trotter has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2011.


U18 European Championship: Serbia coast past Russia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Russia U18 102:57

Serbia celebrated a comfortable win over Russia at the start of the Second Stage at the u18 European Championship. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) nailed 23 points as Serbia jumped at 1-2 record in Group E. Russia fell at 2-1 record after the defeat.
Serbia eked out a 21:18 lead after intense first quarter. The Balkan team started to get away in the second frame. They held Russia to 7 points to gain a 39:25 halftime advantage. Russia collapsed defensively in the third term. Serbia accounted for 34 points in the period and raced to a 73:41 lead at the final break. Serbia unloaded 29 points in the fourth period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) notched 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) added 13 points in the victory. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Russia. Vladislav Staratelev (194-F/G-96) had 9 points in the losing case.

Serbia U18: Aleksa Jugovic 23, Milenko Veljkovic 20+10 boards, Brano Djukanovic 13
Russia U18: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 14+12 boards, Vladislav Staratelev 9



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  SCOTLAND   


U18 European Championship: Sweden posts 100 points to overwhelm Scotland - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18-Sweden U18 46:100

Sweden posts 100 points to overwhelm Scotland at the last game of the Group Stage in Division B. The Scandinavian team won 100:46 and advanced to the Quarterfinals at the U18 European Championship.
Sweden erupted with 29-12 surge in the first period and never looked behind. They delivered 20-9 burst in the second period and enjoyed a 49:20 lead after Adam Ramstedt (206-SF-95)s shot. Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) scored two free throws for 73:26 and then Martin Joensson (206-C-95) closed the third period at 77:31. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) brought Sweden three-digit number as he nailed a three-pointer with a minute to go. Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) and Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) reduced to the final 100:46 result.
Martin Joensson stepped up with 19 points and Adam Ramstedt netted 18. Andreas Von Uthmann poured in 12 points, whilst Mattias Markusson (210-C-96) and Caleb Musie had 10 each. Nicholas Sim ended up with 15 points in defeat and Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) scored 9. Fraser Malcolm brought 8 points for Scotland could not win any games.

Scotland U18: Nicholas Sim 15, Malcolm Winning 9, Fraser Malcolm 8
Sweden U18: Martin Joensson 19, Adam Ramstedt 18, Andreas Von Uthmann 12, Mattias Markusson 10+12 rebs, Caleb Musie 10



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  SERBIA   


U18 European Championship: Serbia coast past Russia - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Russia U18 102:57

Serbia celebrated a comfortable win over Russia at the start of the Second Stage at the u18 European Championship. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) nailed 23 points as Serbia jumped at 1-2 record in Group E. Russia fell at 2-1 record after the defeat.
Serbia eked out a 21:18 lead after intense first quarter. The Balkan team started to get away in the second frame. They held Russia to 7 points to gain a 39:25 halftime advantage. Russia collapsed defensively in the third term. Serbia accounted for 34 points in the period and raced to a 73:41 lead at the final break. Serbia unloaded 29 points in the fourth period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) notched 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) added 13 points in the victory. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Russia. Vladislav Staratelev (194-F/G-96) had 9 points in the losing case.

Serbia U18: Aleksa Jugovic 23, Milenko Veljkovic 20+10 boards, Brano Djukanovic 13
Russia U18: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 14+12 boards, Vladislav Staratelev 9



BKK Radnicki resigned from KLS league? - by Zoran Popovic

According to rumors and information from Serbian Sports news, BKK Radnicki resigned from KLS league. Due to financial problems Management of former Serbian champion decides to starts again from Serbian 1st league, two levels below KLS league. BKK Radnicki was established 1945. And in their history win Yugoslavian Championship 1973 and Yugoslavian National cup 1976. BKK Radnicki played semi final of European Champion cup 1973-74.and lost from Italian Varese and 1977. Played final match of Europena Cup winners and lost against Italian Forst Cantu. In BKK Radnicki growth basketball names like Slobodan Piva Ivkovic, Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ), Milun Marovic, Srecko Jaric, Miroljub Dugi Damnjanovic, Dragan Vucinic, Dragoslav Raznatovic, Sladjan Stojkovic and others.


Nemanja Bjelica in Fenerbahce - by Zoran Popovic

According to Serbian Sports news, after great season in Caja Laboral Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) decides to signs three year contract deal with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and joins Serbian coach Zeljko Obradovic. Last season on 26 games in Euroleague Bjelica average scored 9.9 points, 4.8 boards, 1.3 assists, on 33 games in Spanish league average scored 9.8 points, 5.7 boards and 1.1 assists per game. Before Caja Laboral Bjelica played for Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions and Crvena Zvezda. On Draft 2010 Washington Wizards drafted Bjelica in second round as 35th pick. Nemanja Bjelica is member of Serbian National team from 2009.


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  SLOVAKIA   


U18 European Championship: Switzerland pip Slovakia in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Slovakia U18 58:57

Switzerland pip Slovakia in Group C to finish with 3-2 record. The Swiss side posted a 58:57 victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia ended up with 1-4 record.
It was the last game of the First Stage in Strumica. Switzerland started the game with 21-17 and added 11-9 rally in the second frame. Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) gave Switzerland 34:26 lead early in the third period, while Masiar later reduced to 37:36 margin. Botuna Derval (200-F/C-95) closed the frame at 49:42 advantage after three quarters. Slovakia grabbed the lead in the last period when Boris Belavy (199-SF-95) scored for 53:52. Anabir however brought the win for his side at the very end.
Botuna Derval, Alessandro Verga and Patrick Bianchi (180-PG-95) scored 10 points each for the winners. Boris Belavy ended up with 13 points in the losing effort. Dalibor Hlivak (187-G-95) notched 11, while Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) produced 8 points in a loss.

Switzerland U18: Botuna Derval 10, Alessandro Verga 10, Patrick Bianchi 10
Slovakia U18: Boris Belavy 13, Dalibor Hlivak 11, Norbert Janicek 8



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Union Olimpija extends power forward Drazen Bubnic - by Matej Bergant

Union Olimpija Ljubljana extended the contract with Croatian-Slovenian power forward Drazen Bubnic (206-F-86) for the upcoming 2013/2014 season. He was already part of Union Olimpija in the last season, when he averaged 4 points and 2 rebounds per game in Euroleague and Adriatic League. Draen Bubnic arrived to Ljubljana from Helios Domale, where he was averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. Before that, he was part of Hermes Analitica Zagreb, Elektra Esotech, Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana, Luka Koper and Zlatorog Lako. He already worked with current coach Ales Pipan in Zlatorog Lasko during 2009/2010 season.


U18 European Championship: Ukraine post second straight win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 - Slovenia U18 65:60

Ukraine registered the second consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They overcame Slovenian counterparts at the start of the classification round in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) nailed 19 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine grabbed a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia cut the deficit and eventually pulled ahead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 35:27 halftime advantage. Slovenia boosted the gap in the third term. They accounted for a 53:42 advantage before the final stanza. But Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 19:2 run to take a 61:55 lead. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Kobets sealed the win for Ukraine late in regulation. Yevgen Sakhniuk posted 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) added 11 points in the win. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) had 16 points in the losing effort.

Ukraine U18: Illya Sydorov 19, Yevgen Sakhniuk 12+14 boards, Igor Boyarkin 11
Slovenia U18: Ziga Zatezic 19, Matic Rebec 16



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  SPAIN   


U18 European Championship: England continue to impress - by Eurobasket News

England U18 - Spain U18 75:66 (OT)

England gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) scored 29 points, grabbed 6 boards and 5 assists to carry England past Spain at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament.
It was a close battle from start to finish. England snatched an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Spain reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the second frame. They held England to 10 points and surged ahead for a 28:33 halftime lead. Spain boosted the margin at 8-point mark at the third intermission. But England erased the deficit in the fourth frame. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) put them in front 61:59 with just over three minutes remaining. Garcia and Sans gave Spain a 63:61 lead but Isaacs sank a jumper to force overtime. England held Spain to just 3 points in the extra period and claimed a loud victory at the end. Jules Akodo and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (198-F/G-95) delivered 10 points each for the winning side. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) answered with 20 points for Spain. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) had 17 points in the losing case.

England U18: Luke Nelson 29, Jules Akodo 10, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 10
Spain U18: Ilimane Diop 20, Alberto Martin 17



Jaycee Carroll re-signs with Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) has extended his cooperation with Real Madrid. The guard has agreed on terms of four-year contract extension. Jaycee Carroll has been playing for Real since 2011. Last season he tallied 10.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in Liga Endesa. The guard also tallied 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per appearance in EuroLeague. He became Liga Endesa champion with Rael Madrid. Previously Jaycee Carroll had stints in Spain and Italy. He was named All-Spanish ACB Import Player of the Year in 2011. Carroll made it onto All-EuroCup 2nd Team in 2010 and 2011. Jaycee Carroll has been the member of the Azerbaijani National Team since 2012.


FC Barcelona brings Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona brings Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) for the next season. The Forward will come from Brose Baskets Bamberg where he had an outstanding season.
In 2012-2013 for Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-BBL, starting five) he averaged 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 83.8%. In Euroleague he became the third top-scorer with 16.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Nachbar finished 2011/12 with Unics Kazan averaging 4 points and 2.4 rebounds for 7 Euroleague games. He had 3.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 10 games in Russia, plus 5.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 4 VTB United League appearances. Nachbar played for Efes Pilsen from 2009 to 2011. In 2008/09, the former NBAer was third scorer in Russian league and fourth scorer in EuroCup. He was a member of Dynamo Moscow at that time averaging 16.2 ppg in Russia and almost the same number in EuroCup. Bostjan Nachbar played in the NBA from 2002 to 2008. He spent three years with the Houston Rockets and other three with the New Jersey Nets. In his last NBA season Nachbar averaged 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for 75 games.



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U18 European Championship: Sweden posts 100 points to overwhelm Scotland - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18-Sweden U18 46:100

Sweden posts 100 points to overwhelm Scotland at the last game of the Group Stage in Division B. The Scandinavian team won 100:46 and advanced to the Quarterfinals at the U18 European Championship.
Sweden erupted with 29-12 surge in the first period and never looked behind. They delivered 20-9 burst in the second period and enjoyed a 49:20 lead after Adam Ramstedt (206-SF-95)s shot. Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) scored two free throws for 73:26 and then Martin Joensson (206-C-95) closed the third period at 77:31. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) brought Sweden three-digit number as he nailed a three-pointer with a minute to go. Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) and Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) reduced to the final 100:46 result.
Martin Joensson stepped up with 19 points and Adam Ramstedt netted 18. Andreas Von Uthmann poured in 12 points, whilst Mattias Markusson (210-C-96) and Caleb Musie had 10 each. Nicholas Sim ended up with 15 points in defeat and Malcolm Winning (186-SG-96) scored 9. Fraser Malcolm brought 8 points for Scotland could not win any games.

Scotland U18: Nicholas Sim 15, Malcolm Winning 9, Fraser Malcolm 8
Sweden U18: Martin Joensson 19, Adam Ramstedt 18, Andreas Von Uthmann 12, Mattias Markusson 10+12 rebs, Caleb Musie 10



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U18 European Championship: Switzerland pip Slovakia in Group C - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Slovakia U18 58:57

Switzerland pip Slovakia in Group C to finish with 3-2 record. The Swiss side posted a 58:57 victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia ended up with 1-4 record.
It was the last game of the First Stage in Strumica. Switzerland started the game with 21-17 and added 11-9 rally in the second frame. Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) gave Switzerland 34:26 lead early in the third period, while Masiar later reduced to 37:36 margin. Botuna Derval (200-F/C-95) closed the frame at 49:42 advantage after three quarters. Slovakia grabbed the lead in the last period when Boris Belavy (199-SF-95) scored for 53:52. Anabir however brought the win for his side at the very end.
Botuna Derval, Alessandro Verga and Patrick Bianchi (180-PG-95) scored 10 points each for the winners. Boris Belavy ended up with 13 points in the losing effort. Dalibor Hlivak (187-G-95) notched 11, while Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) produced 8 points in a loss.

Switzerland U18: Botuna Derval 10, Alessandro Verga 10, Patrick Bianchi 10
Slovakia U18: Boris Belavy 13, Dalibor Hlivak 11, Norbert Janicek 8



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  TURKEY   


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

Turkey U18 - Italy U18 75:68

Turkey claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Italy fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners.
Turkey exploded with 26 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Italy turned things around in the second stanza. They went on a 21:11 run to establish a 39:37 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by two points 46:44. But it was not enough. Turkey used a 15:5 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 71:65 lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) chipped in 12 points, while Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) contributed 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) answered with 15 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) chipped in 12 points in the losing case.

Turkey U18: Metecan Birsen 17, Emircan Kosut 12, Kenan Sipahi 10
Italy U18: Daniel Donzelli 15, Simone Fontecchio 12



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Christmas to Estonia to rep America in the Four Nations Cup - by David Edole

by Jake Fischer

Todays basketball world is full of well-documented stepping stones. Kids are starting to get nationally ranked and recruited in fourth grade. Type in any amateur ballers name into YouTube and youll probably find an array of highlights and candid videos. Essentially, if youre good at putting an orange ball with four spherical black lines into an iron hoop, you can no longer have any secrets.

Yet yesterday, 12 legitimately talented college basketball players fled this American basketball society for an off-the grid, week-long voyage through the hardwoods and streets of Estonia.

The team, and program, is called the East Coast All-Stars and opportunity, experience and basketball is their motto. Guy Rancourt, the head coach of D-III Lycoming who previously made stops at Stony Brook and Florida State, has been heading the ECAs since the summer of 2006. But, the program didnt quite have the allure it does today.

Although were called the East Coast All-Stars, there wasnt much All-Star about it, Rancourt says. It was more a culmination of college kids that wanted to experience kind of a semester abroad opportunity that they cant do during the season. As Ive continued with it, weve started to get better and better players.

Over the years, the teams players have started to emulate the name on the front of their jersey.

Former Illinois guard Chester Frazier, who played pro in Europe and now is on Bruce Webers staff at Kansas State once headlined Rancourts team overseas. In 2011, former Notre Dame big man and now NBA Summer League phenom, Jack Cooley, participated. Last season, former Syracuse guard Brandon Trische and Rodney McGruder, then of K-State, starred for the squad, just to name a few.

This year, Rancourt hasnt stopped added big names and star talent. The biggest is none other than Louisville Cardinal and National Champ, Russ Smith. One of the NCAAs biggest stars last season, Smith will be joined by Eron Harris (West Virginia), Mike Gbinije (Syracuse), Jarrodd Uthoff (Iowa), Jabrille Williams (Binghamton), Phillip Nolan (UConn), Kadeem Batts (Providence), Tate Unruh (Northern Colorado), Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91) (Syracuse), Tom Knight (Notre Dame), Mike Rudy (Lycoming) and Justin Miller (Lycoming).

Were pretty athletic. The guys all have an all-in mindset, Smith said of his teammates. I dont know how the competition is, so I cant say were going to go there and do this or do that. But what I can say is that were going to play hard and try our best to win some games.

For Smith, hes using this opportunitywhich he chose to partake in over visiting the White House with his Cardinal teammates on Tuesdayto work on ironing out wrinkles of his game. One of those wrinkles, he says, is getting his teammates involved.

Rancourt says Christmas could be a player who takes a big step forward playing with a guy of Smiths caliber. Christmas is looking forward to the experience.

Being invited to this is an honor to be able to represent our country over there, Christmas said. To go over there and play international ball, its like a whole different game. Im just going over there to have fun, work on my game and take everything Ive been working on this summer and do it in a game setting.

Smith, Christmas and the rest of the team will represent America in the Four Nations Cup in Tallinn, Estonia from July 25-27, where they will compete against top FIBA National Teams of Belarus, Estonia, and the Slovak Republic. They will also have an exhibition against an Estonian Club on July 23. The team departed from New York City on Sunday after a two-day training camp at Fordham University.

Its been good. We went over the plays and did a lot of stuff that the USA team did, Christmas said. The team looks pretty good. I think we put in a lot of hard work [during camp].

The Cup has presented the ECAs with plenty of competition in previous years. Last summer, Rancourt and company beat a Republic of Georgia team in overtime that had Zaza Pachulia and Tornike Shengelia, along with former Villanova guard Corey Fisher and former K-State guard Jacob Pullen. Each team is allowed two non-passport players.

We certainly compete against some of the top talent that Europe has to offer, Rancourt says of the Cup. Im not anticipating much American flavor this year, but our guys will be tested in each game, thats for sure.

Overall, the ECA program provides collegiate players that could explore international playing careers with a chance to get acquainted with FIBA basketball.

This is a great opportunity for a great group of young man, Rancourt says. Its a chance for some of these guys to get their feet wet in the International game and an opportunity for them to be exposed to foreign cultures before they get a chance to play over there professionally.

The program also serves as an alternative to the summer USA Basketball program for certain players.

We just like to be kind of a secondary option for some young men that want to go over and have an opportunity to represent their country, Rancourt says. The people at USA basketball have been really good to us. We are not USA Basketball, but the relationship we have with them is great and we try and format and structure stuff very similarly. We have a brief training camp, theirs is a little longer than what we do.

Estonia may not be the golden path of amateur basketball. Its not the Final Four in Atlanta or a USA basketball minicamp. But sometimes taking a different route, or running on a different court, might just help build an alternate path.



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  UKRAINE   


U18 European Championship: Ukraine post second straight win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 - Slovenia U18 65:60

Ukraine registered the second consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They overcame Slovenian counterparts at the start of the classification round in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) nailed 19 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine grabbed a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia cut the deficit and eventually pulled ahead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 35:27 halftime advantage. Slovenia boosted the gap in the third term. They accounted for a 53:42 advantage before the final stanza. But Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 19:2 run to take a 61:55 lead. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Kobets sealed the win for Ukraine late in regulation. Yevgen Sakhniuk posted 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) added 11 points in the win. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) had 16 points in the losing effort.

Ukraine U18: Illya Sydorov 19, Yevgen Sakhniuk 12+14 boards, Igor Boyarkin 11
Slovenia U18: Ziga Zatezic 19, Matic Rebec 16



JuveCaserta signs Cameron Moore, ex Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

JuveCaserta Basket (SerieA) signed 23-year old American forward Cameron Moore (208-104kg-90, college: UAB). He played last season at Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye in Ukrainian Superleague. In 52 games he had 13.2ppg, 9.0rpg (#2 in the league), 1.6apg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Moore was voted All-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 at his college time.
Moore graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Haskins Heads To Raiders - by Paul Nilsen

The Plymouth University Raiders have signed 5'11" Gabe Haskins (178-PG-85, college: Huston-Tillotson), the American Italian point guard who last season played with the Cheshire Phoenix in the BBL.

Gabe Haskins averaged 15.5 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds per game and shot at an average of 53% from the floor and 73% from the free throw line.

The 28 year old will be the Raiders 4th signing this season, following Andreas Schreiber, Donald Robinson, and Ben Eaves.

"Gabe proved himself to be a quality point guard in this league," said Raiders head coach Gavin Love. "He has speed and an ability to create for others, as he has shown by being one of the BBL League Leaders in assists. I look forward to having him as part of the Raiders and I'm sure he will have a good year."

Gabe Haskins joined the Phoenix from Hutson-Tillotson College in the states, and as a first year professional, established a good reputation around the league. His 35 minutes per game average for the Phoenix suggest he has stamina and the ability to lead a team.



U18 European Championship: England continue to impress - by Eurobasket News

England U18 - Spain U18 75:66 (OT)

England gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) scored 29 points, grabbed 6 boards and 5 assists to carry England past Spain at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament.
It was a close battle from start to finish. England snatched an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Spain reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the second frame. They held England to 10 points and surged ahead for a 28:33 halftime lead. Spain boosted the margin at 8-point mark at the third intermission. But England erased the deficit in the fourth frame. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) put them in front 61:59 with just over three minutes remaining. Garcia and Sans gave Spain a 63:61 lead but Isaacs sank a jumper to force overtime. England held Spain to just 3 points in the extra period and claimed a loud victory at the end. Jules Akodo and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (198-F/G-95) delivered 10 points each for the winning side. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) answered with 20 points for Spain. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) had 17 points in the losing case.

England U18: Luke Nelson 29, Jules Akodo 10, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 10
Spain U18: Ilimane Diop 20, Alberto Martin 17



Dzaflo Larkai signs at Sendai 89ers - by Eurobasket News

Sendai 89ers (BJ League) landed 32-year old British ex-international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-111kg-81, college: Bellarmine). He has played for the last two years at Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (BJ League). In 54 games he averaged 9.2ppg and 6.2rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season.
Among other achievements Larkai won Japanese BJ League championship title for three years in a row (between 2010 and 2012). He received also All-GLVC 2nd Team award back in 2008 at his college time. Larkai was a member of British Senior National Team back in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Spain (L'Hospitalet) and United Kingdom (Liverpool Mersey Tigers).
Larkai attended Bellarmine College until 2008 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larre Borges 16-1 
 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 4-13 
 12. Yale 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jul. 22: Larre Borges - 25 de Agosto 81-70
Jul. 24: Marne - Stockholmo
Jul. 23: Welcome - Guruyu Waston
Jul. 23: Urunday Univ. - Cader
Jul. 23: Yale - Verdirrojo


Anthony Myles signs at Niigata Albirex - by Greg

Niigata Albirex (BJ League) landed 31-year old American power forward Anthony Myles (208-111kg-82, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management). He has played for the last two years at Malvin in Uruguayan LUB league. In 43 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Myles played in the final of Uruguay LUB in 2012. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention award in 2012.
Myles is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (Liaoning Hunters, Heilongjiang and DongGuan Leopards), France (Hyeres-Toulon), Greece (Ilysiakos), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Romania (Steaua), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Spain and Turkey (Banvit Basketbol Kulubu).
Myles attended Xavier University until 2004 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Has a great body and is very good on the low block; does a nice job of finishing around the basket; has the ability to score in the post or spin and drive; possesses a soft touch on his shot which gives him a deadly mid-range game; excellent rebounder who knows how to position his body; compliments his skills with a high level of intelligence that allows him to understand the game better than most players his age; very mature and coachable player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Brazil U17 edge Uruguay U17 in Montevideo - by Eurobasket News

Uruguay U17 - Brazil U17 63:71

Brazil U17 claimed victory over their Uruguayan counterparts. The teams clashed in Montevideo. Lucas Colimerio posted 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the visitors.
Brazil gained a 21:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Uruguay cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 9 points at the interval 32:23. Uruguay stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They narrowed the gap at 8-point mark 44:36. Uruguay exploded with 26 points in the fourth frame but Brazil matched the effort and ensured the winning outcome at the end. Wesley Sena notched 12 points for Brazil. Pedro de Lima added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners.



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Triumph land Obie Trotter - by Eurobasket News

Triumph continued to bolster their roster for the upcoming season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, college: Alabama A&M). The deal is meant for one season. The guard is not new to Russia. Obie Trotter spent the last season with Nizhny Novgorod. He tallied 10.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds per game in PBL. In VTB League Obie Trotter posted 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per appearance. Previously the guard had stints in Hungary, France, Germany and Finland. He was named All-Hungarian League Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was also trumped All-Finnish Korisliiga Guard of the Year in 2010. Obie Trotter has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2011.



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U19 World Championship: South Korea outscore Argentina in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Argentina U19 87:60

South Korea outscore Argentina in Lithuania at the start of the Classification Round for 13-16 places. The Asian side posted an 87:60 win for 1-0 record.
South Korea took 25:19 lead in the first period and added 17-7 rally in the second frame. Kim Leeseul (170-G-94) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:26 as South Korea deserved a 16-point advantage. Moreover the Asian team won the third period 22-10 and did not mind 23-24 in the last stanza. Armesto scored the last points in the game to reduce to final 87:60 result.
Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) and Park Ji Su (188-C-98) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Kim Leeseul nailed 13. Kim Sion (173-PF-95) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Seul Ki also scored 10. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) ended up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Sofia Chelini (168-PG-95) notched 14. Armesto brought 7 and Garcia nailed 6.

South Korea U19: Kim Minjeong 16, Park Ji Su 16+15 rebs, Kim Leeseul 13, Kim Sion 10+10 rebs, Seul Ki 10
Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 21+11 rebs, Sofia Chelini 14, Armesto 7, Garcia 6



Argentinian National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Argentinian National Team 2013
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Agostina Burani
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Diana Cabrera
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Nadia Flores
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Debora Gonzalez
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Melisa Gretter
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Agostina Burani 188-F/C-91 Lanus Argentina
Diana Cabrera 187-C-93 Union Florida Argentina
Nadia Flores 172-PG-90 Lanus Argentina
Debora Gonzalez 170-PG-90 Chieti Italy
Melisa Gretter 169-PG-93 Union Florida Argentina
Cecilia Lineira 181-F/G-86 Orion-GDKO Spain
Natacha Perez 179-G/F-91 Lanus Argentina
Paula Reggiardo 178-F-84 Lima-Horta Spain
Macarena Rosset 178-G/F-90 Velez S. Argentina
Carolina Sanchez 182-F/C-76 Petroleros Argentina
Ornella Santana 183-F/C-90 Berazategui Argentina
Gisela Vega 187-C-82 UTE Ecuador

Cristian Santander Head Coach San Fernando Chile



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  AUSTRALIA   


U19 World Championship: Australia demolish Russia in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Russia U19 96:72

Australia demolish Russia in Klaipeda in Group E at the start of the Second Stage of the U19 World Championship. The Australian side grabbed 96:72 win for 3-1 record. Russia meanwhile fell at 2-2 record.
Australia scored the first 16 points in the game to shock the opponents. They took 25-10 lead in the first period and dominated the whole game. They also scored 25 points in the second frame for 15-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Australia added 27-16 rally in the third period when Alex Wilson (174-G-94) closed the frame at 77:51. Russia replied with a 21-19 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Wilson netted 18. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) scored 15, whilst Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) had 13. Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) answered with 19 points in defeat, whilst Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) and Ekaterina Safonova (165-PG-95) brought 11 points apiece. Yuliya Chaykovskaya (173-SG-95) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 19+10 rebs, Alex Wilson 18, Casey Samuels 15, Vanessa Panousis 13
Russia U19: Albina Razheva 19, Julia Gladkova 11, Ekaterina Safonova 11, Yuliya Chaykovskaya 7



Boomers tab Chelsea Poppens - by Eurobasket News

Bulleen Boomers (Big V) inked 22-year old American forward Chelsea Poppens (188-91, college: Iowa State). She moved there from Seattle Storm (WNBA), but was not approved after all. This season Poppens was tested by Iowa State University in Big 12 Conference in the NCAA. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in her career as she was selected to All-Big 12 1st Team, Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team and Associated Press NCAA All-America Honorable Mention.
This summer Poppens was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in second round (18th overall).
She just graduated from Iowa State and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELARUS   


Ceyhan Bld tabs Alexandra Tarasava - by Eurobasket News

Ceyhan Belediyespor (TKBL) inked 25-year old Belarusian international point guard Alexandra Tarasava (170-88). She has played for the last two years at VS Praha in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 30 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the Czech Rep. Cup Semifinals. Tarasava also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg (top 5) and 1.5spg. Tarasava received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2013.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Czech Rep. D1 Semifinals in 2012.
She has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Tarasava has regularly played for Belarusian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006. She represented Belarus at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 26.7%.
Tarasava has played previously professionally in Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok and Dannax Sport) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   


Brasov adds Kovacevic to their roster, ex Jedinstvo - by Eurobasket News

BC Olimpia Brasov (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 26-year old Bosnian point guard Zdenka Kovacevic (170-87). She has played for the last five seasons at Jedinstvo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 19 games she recorded 10.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.6apg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kovacevic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team in 2012. She represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.3apg.
Kovacevic has played previously professionally in Croatia (Jolly) and Bosnia (Mladi Krajisnik and Celik).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


U19 World Championship: Brazil edge Japan to remain perfect - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19 - Japan U19 70:66

Brazil clinched the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American powerhouse held off pesky Japan to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Japan fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
It was never an easy affair for the Brazilian side. The teams were tied at 15 after ten minutes. Brazil managed to pull their noses in front in the second quarter. They snatched a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. The Latin American team spurred ahead in the third term. They held Japan to 12 points in the quarter and recorded a 53:46 lead at the final intermission. The Asian team tried hard to deny the deficit in the fourth period. Kato drained a three-pointer to put Japan in front 58:57 with just over five minutes remaining. It all came down to the final seconds when Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) and Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) scored quick four points for Argentina and sealed the win. Isabela Ramona posted 23 points and 11 rebounds for Brazil. Vanessa Goncalves added 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) answered with 20 points and 16 boards for Japan. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) tossed in 9 points in the losing case.

Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 23+11 boards, Vanessa Goncalves 23, Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) 9
Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 20+16 boards, Mirai Tamura 9



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  BULGARIA   


Neftochimic lands Lauren Bell, ex Lokomotiva - by Eurobasket News

Neftochimic 2010 Burgas (NBL) landed 23-year old American guard Lauren Bell (172-90, college: Pepperdine). She played most recently at Lokomotiva in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 12 games she averaged 13.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.3apg and 2.6spg last season. Bell also played at Energa Torun (PLKK) in Polish league that season. In 10 games she had 3.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements she played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2010. Bell received also All-WCC Honorable Mention award in 2012 at her college time.
Bell graduated from Pepperdine University in 2012 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: Can shoot the ball very well from behind the arc and is an excellent free throw shooter. She is very athletic, a good defender and a player of great overall attitude.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: China pip Canada in F opener - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Canada U19 79:64

China pip Canada in F opener at the U19 World Championship. The Chinese team produced a 79:64 win for 3-1 record. Canada fell at 2-2 record at the start of the Second Stage.
China opened the game with 19-13 lead and added 18-14 rally in the second frame. Zhang and Daneesha Provo (178-PG-96) exchanged the late baskets for 37:27 at the halftime. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) increased the lead to 20 points when she brought 55:35 lead midway through the third period. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) closed the third period at 63:44 when made two points inside the paint. Canada managed to win the last period 20-16 and reduced to 15 points at the end.
Li Meng (185-F-95) paced all the winners with 22 points and Yang LiWei nailed 17. Zhang Liting (199-C-94) delivered 11 and Yang Hengyu had 10. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) answered with 14 points in defeat and Potter netted 9. Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) and Daneesha Provo delivered 7 points each in a loss.

China U19: Li Meng 22, Yang LiWei 17, Zhang Liting 11, Yang Hengyu 10
Canada U19: Emma Wolfram 14, Potter 9, Jamie Weisner 7, Daneesha Provo 7



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  CHINA   


U19 World Championship: China pip Canada in F opener - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Canada U19 79:64

China pip Canada in F opener at the U19 World Championship. The Chinese team produced a 79:64 win for 3-1 record. Canada fell at 2-2 record at the start of the Second Stage.
China opened the game with 19-13 lead and added 18-14 rally in the second frame. Zhang and Daneesha Provo (178-PG-96) exchanged the late baskets for 37:27 at the halftime. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) increased the lead to 20 points when she brought 55:35 lead midway through the third period. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) closed the third period at 63:44 when made two points inside the paint. Canada managed to win the last period 20-16 and reduced to 15 points at the end.
Li Meng (185-F-95) paced all the winners with 22 points and Yang LiWei nailed 17. Zhang Liting (199-C-94) delivered 11 and Yang Hengyu had 10. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) answered with 14 points in defeat and Potter netted 9. Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) and Daneesha Provo delivered 7 points each in a loss.

China U19: Li Meng 22, Yang LiWei 17, Zhang Liting 11, Yang Hengyu 10
Canada U19: Emma Wolfram 14, Potter 9, Jamie Weisner 7, Daneesha Provo 7



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Neftochimic lands Lauren Bell, ex Lokomotiva - by Eurobasket News

Neftochimic 2010 Burgas (NBL) landed 23-year old American guard Lauren Bell (172-90, college: Pepperdine). She played most recently at Lokomotiva in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 12 games she averaged 13.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.3apg and 2.6spg last season. Bell also played at Energa Torun (PLKK) in Polish league that season. In 10 games she had 3.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements she played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2010. Bell received also All-WCC Honorable Mention award in 2012 at her college time.
Bell graduated from Pepperdine University in 2012 and it is her second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: Can shoot the ball very well from behind the arc and is an excellent free throw shooter. She is very athletic, a good defender and a player of great overall attitude.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Angers tab Romana Hejdova, ex IMOS Brno - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LF2) inked 25-year old Czech forward Romana Hejdova (184-88). She has played for the last five years at IMOS Brno in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 37 games she recorded 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Hejdova also played 10 games in Euroleague where she averaged 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012. Hejdova represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Hejdova has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Valosun Brno).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FRANCE   


Angers tab Romana Hejdova, ex IMOS Brno - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LF2) inked 25-year old Czech forward Romana Hejdova (184-88). She has played for the last five years at IMOS Brno in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 37 games she recorded 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Hejdova also played 10 games in Euroleague where she averaged 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012. Hejdova represented Czech Republic at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg, 1.0rpg.
Hejdova has played also professionally in Czech Republic (Valosun Brno).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U19 World Championship: France overpower Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - France U19 53:65

France claimed the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Lithuania to stay on top of Group F with 4-0 record. Lithuania slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 after ten minutes. But Les Bleus pulled ahead in the second stanza. They ignited a 22:10 run to ensure a 34:22 halftime lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 15 points 51:36. Lithuania were able to trim the deficit in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-F-95) chipped in 16 points for France. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) added 10 points each for the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the losing side.

Lithuania U19: Greta Tamasauskaite 14, Dalia Belickaite 13
France U19: Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi 16, Olivia Epoupa 10, Valeriane Ayayi 10



France U18 cruise past Slovenia U18 in Troyes - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Slovenia U18 82:38

French U18 National Team victoriously finished their Troyes international tournament campaign. They outgunned Slovenian counterparts to clinch the second position. Marine Johannes (177-G-95) nailed 15 points to lead Les Bleus.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. France jumped to a 15:9 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the gap in the second frame. France accumulated a comfortable 39:17 halftime advantage. France dominated throughout the third term. They registered a 65:26 advantage heading into the fourth frame. France did not slow down in the final stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) and Sarah Martineau netted 13 points each for the winners. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Sara Vujacic (175-G-96) had 7 points in the loss.

France U18: Marine Johannes 15, Louise Dambach 13, Sarah Martineau 13
Slovenia U18: Eva Lisec 12, Sara Vujacic 7



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  HOLLAND   


U19 World Championship: USA breeze past Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Netherlands U19 102:42

The USA raced to the fourth consecutive victory at the U19 World Championship. They drubbed Netherlands to clinch 4-0 record on top of Group F of the Eighth Final round. Netherlands slipped at 1-3 record in the ladder. A'Ja Wilson (6'4''-F-96) posted 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
The North American side fired 30 points in the starting quarter and ensured a 15-point advantage. The USA stayed in charge throughout the second frame. They held the Dutch side to 4 points to pile up a 56:19 halftime lead. The USA dropped 25 points in the third term as the margin grew at 50-point mark. The USA did not slow down in the fourth frame and cruised to yet another convincing win at the tournament. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) produced 18 points, while Alexis Jones (5'8''-G-94) added 12 points for the winners. Britt Zappeij (6'0''-PF-95) and Kourtney Treffers (6'1''-PF-94) responded with 11 points each for Netherlands.

USA U19: A'Ja Wilson 20, Morgan Tuck 18, Alexis Jones 12
Netherlands U19: Britt Zappeij 11, Kourtney Treffers 11



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Tzairi re-signs at Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (D1) confirmed in their roster 27-year old ex-international point guard Shiran Tzairi (166-86, agency: Data Plus Group). She played there last season. In 26 D1 games she had 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The previous (11-12) season Tzairi played at Maccabi Ramat Hen. In 17 games she recorded 6.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals.
In 2010-11 season Tzairi played at Elitzur Ramla. In 41 games she recorded just 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.1apg. She contributed to her team winning the league title. Tzairi also played 14 games in Eurocup where she recorded only 1.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg.
She was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Tzairi played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2005 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. She also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg.
Tzairi has played previously for two other Israel teams: Bnot Hasharon and Elitzur Holon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tzairi re-signs at Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (D1) confirmed in their roster 27-year old ex-international point guard Shiran Tzairi (166-86, agency: Data Plus Group). She played there last season. In 26 D1 games she had 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The previous (11-12) season Tzairi played at Maccabi Ramat Hen. In 17 games she recorded 6.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals.
In 2010-11 season Tzairi played at Elitzur Ramla. In 41 games she recorded just 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.1apg. She contributed to her team winning the league title. Tzairi also played 14 games in Eurocup where she recorded only 1.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg.
She was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Tzairi played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2005 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. She also represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg.
Tzairi has played previously for two other Israel teams: Bnot Hasharon and Elitzur Holon.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U19 World Championship: Brazil edge Japan to remain perfect - by Eurobasket News

Brazil U19 - Japan U19 70:66

Brazil clinched the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American powerhouse held off pesky Japan to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Japan fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
It was never an easy affair for the Brazilian side. The teams were tied at 15 after ten minutes. Brazil managed to pull their noses in front in the second quarter. They snatched a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. The Latin American team spurred ahead in the third term. They held Japan to 12 points in the quarter and recorded a 53:46 lead at the final intermission. The Asian team tried hard to deny the deficit in the fourth period. Kato drained a three-pointer to put Japan in front 58:57 with just over five minutes remaining. It all came down to the final seconds when Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) and Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) scored quick four points for Argentina and sealed the win. Isabela Ramona posted 23 points and 11 rebounds for Brazil. Vanessa Goncalves added 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) answered with 20 points and 16 boards for Japan. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) tossed in 9 points in the losing case.

Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 23+11 boards, Vanessa Goncalves 23, Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) 9
Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 20+16 boards, Mirai Tamura 9



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  LATVIA   


Suduva keeps Dukate for another season - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) re-signed 20-year old Latvian forward Sabine Dukate (174-93). She played there last season. In 29 LMKL games she averaged 7.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (11-12) season Dukate played at TTT Riga in Latvian league. In 13 Baltic League games she had 6.8ppg and 1.4rpg that season.
Despite young age she had impressive career. Her team won Latvian LSBL Regular Season in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Dukate received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 3rd Team award back in 2009. Dukate represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Albena (Bulgaria) this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 23.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Dukate has played previously for two other Latvian teams: Ventspils and 47.vsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U19 World Championship: France overpower Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - France U19 53:65

France claimed the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Lithuania to stay on top of Group F with 4-0 record. Lithuania slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 after ten minutes. But Les Bleus pulled ahead in the second stanza. They ignited a 22:10 run to ensure a 34:22 halftime lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 15 points 51:36. Lithuania were able to trim the deficit in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-F-95) chipped in 16 points for France. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) added 10 points each for the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the losing side.

Lithuania U19: Greta Tamasauskaite 14, Dalia Belickaite 13
France U19: Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi 16, Olivia Epoupa 10, Valeriane Ayayi 10



Suduva keeps Dukate for another season - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (LMKL) re-signed 20-year old Latvian forward Sabine Dukate (174-93). She played there last season. In 29 LMKL games she averaged 7.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (11-12) season Dukate played at TTT Riga in Latvian league. In 13 Baltic League games she had 6.8ppg and 1.4rpg that season.
Despite young age she had impressive career. Her team won Latvian LSBL Regular Season in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Dukate received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B 3rd Team award back in 2009. Dukate represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Albena (Bulgaria) this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 23.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 50.0%.
Dukate has played previously for two other Latvian teams: Ventspils and 47.vsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U19 World Championship: Mali wins Classification Round opener - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-Mali U19 29:47

Mali wins Classification Round opener at the U19 World Championship. The Malian team posted the initial win over Senegal 47:29 in Day 4 opener.
Both teams entered the game without victories and hoped for the first W in their account. Mali won the first period 17-10 and never looked behind after. They both scored 8 points each in the second frame for 25:18 on the board. Mali also dominated the second half and posted two victories. Mali needed a 9-8 run in the third quarter to take 8-point lead after 30 minutes and then erupted with 13-3 surge in the last stanza.
Aminata Traore (186-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 19 rebounds, while Fanta Guindo (168-F/G-94) netted 11. Maiga posted 7 and Madjan Camara (185-C-95) had 6. Ndeye Awa Kebe (F-95) replied with 8 points in defeat and Yaye Irma Dieme (F-95) collected 7 points and 14 rebounds. Diagne followed them with 6 points in a loss.

Senegal U19: Ndeye Awa Kebe 8, Yaye Irma Dieme 7+14 rebs, Diagne 6
Mali U19: Aminata Traore 13+19 rebs, Fanta Guindo 11, Maiga 7, Madjan Camara 6



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  NCAA1   


U19 World Championship: USA breeze past Netherlands - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - Netherlands U19 102:42

The USA raced to the fourth consecutive victory at the U19 World Championship. They drubbed Netherlands to clinch 4-0 record on top of Group F of the Eighth Final round. Netherlands slipped at 1-3 record in the ladder. A'Ja Wilson (6'4''-F-96) posted 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
The North American side fired 30 points in the starting quarter and ensured a 15-point advantage. The USA stayed in charge throughout the second frame. They held the Dutch side to 4 points to pile up a 56:19 halftime lead. The USA dropped 25 points in the third term as the margin grew at 50-point mark. The USA did not slow down in the fourth frame and cruised to yet another convincing win at the tournament. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) produced 18 points, while Alexis Jones (5'8''-G-94) added 12 points for the winners. Britt Zappeij (6'0''-PF-95) and Kourtney Treffers (6'1''-PF-94) responded with 11 points each for Netherlands.

USA U19: A'Ja Wilson 20, Morgan Tuck 18, Alexis Jones 12
Netherlands U19: Britt Zappeij 11, Kourtney Treffers 11



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Paraguayan National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Paraguayan National Team 2013
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Ilda Pena
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Paola Ferrari
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Tamara Insfran
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Claudia Aponte
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Maria Mercado
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Ilda Pena 180-F/C-84 Libertad Paraguay
Paola Ferrari 178-G/F-85 L.Angeles S. USA
Tamara Insfran 175-G/F-89 Gernika Spain
Claudia Aponte 173-G-91 Real Canoe Spain
Maria Mercado 163-PG-89 Sol de Amer. Paraguay
Viviana Aponte F-82 Felix Perez Paraguay
Johana Ghiringhelli 168-PG-86 Felix Perez Paraguay
Carolina Caraves 177-F/C-92 Libertad Paraguay
Marta Peralta 171-G-93 Sol de Amer. Paraguay
Ana Escauriza 175-F-89 Libertad Paraguay
Astrid Huttemann 180-F-92 Union (TN) USA
Karina Vega 179-F/G-89 Libertad Paraguay

Luis Orono Head Coach Cerro Porteno Paraguay
Santiago Ochipintti Assistant



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  POLAND   


Widzew inks Olivia Tomialowicz - by Eurobasket News

Widzew Lodz (PLKK) signed 23-year old domestic ex-international guard Olivia Tomialowicz (184-90). She played last season at Artego Bydgoszcz (PLKK). In 26 games she had 3.8ppg. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Tomialowicz played at Lider Pruszkow. In 32 games she recorded 3.4ppg that season. The most of previous (10-11) season she spent at BI SSA Gdynia. In 33 games she recorded 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg. She contributed to her team winning the cup. Tomialowicz also spent pre-season at GTK Wejcherowo (2Liga) that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she won Polish PLKK championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Tomialowicz was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game back in 2010.
She was also a member of Polish international program for some years. Tomialowicz played for Polish Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. She also represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 11.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 34.5%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 60.0%.
Tomialowicz has played previously for two other Poland teams: SMS Lomianki and GTK Gdynia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Widzew inks Olivia Tomialowicz - by Eurobasket News

Widzew Lodz (PLKK) signed 23-year old domestic ex-international guard Olivia Tomialowicz (184-90). She played last season at Artego Bydgoszcz (PLKK). In 26 games she had 3.8ppg. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Tomialowicz played at Lider Pruszkow. In 32 games she recorded 3.4ppg that season. The most of previous (10-11) season she spent at BI SSA Gdynia. In 33 games she recorded 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg. She contributed to her team winning the cup. Tomialowicz also spent pre-season at GTK Wejcherowo (2Liga) that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she won Polish PLKK championship title for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Tomialowicz was selected to Polish PLKK All-Star Game back in 2010.
She was also a member of Polish international program for some years. Tomialowicz played for Polish Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. She also represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 11.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 34.5%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 60.0%.
Tomialowicz has played previously for two other Poland teams: SMS Lomianki and GTK Gdynia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ROMANIA   


Stefanie Gilbreath joins Alba Iulia - by Eurobasket News

CSU Alba Iulia (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Stefanie Gilbreath (185-89). She just graduated from New Mexico State University (NCAA). In 29 games she had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was selected All-WAC Newcomer of the Year and named to All-WAC 2nd Team.
The previous (11-12) season Gilbreath played at the University of Southern California in Pacific-12 Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games she recorded 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg that season.
As mentioned above she is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro. Gilbreath played in the final of NIT in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Brasov adds Kovacevic to their roster, ex Jedinstvo - by Eurobasket News

BC Olimpia Brasov (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 26-year old Bosnian point guard Zdenka Kovacevic (170-87). She has played for the last five seasons at Jedinstvo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 19 games she recorded 10.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.6apg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kovacevic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team in 2012. She represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.3apg.
Kovacevic has played previously professionally in Croatia (Jolly) and Bosnia (Mladi Krajisnik and Celik).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   


U19 World Championship: Australia demolish Russia in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Russia U19 96:72

Australia demolish Russia in Klaipeda in Group E at the start of the Second Stage of the U19 World Championship. The Australian side grabbed 96:72 win for 3-1 record. Russia meanwhile fell at 2-2 record.
Australia scored the first 16 points in the game to shock the opponents. They took 25-10 lead in the first period and dominated the whole game. They also scored 25 points in the second frame for 15-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Australia added 27-16 rally in the third period when Alex Wilson (174-G-94) closed the frame at 77:51. Russia replied with a 21-19 rally in the last stanza for the final result.
Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Wilson netted 18. Casey Samuels (180-G-94) scored 15, whilst Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) had 13. Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) answered with 19 points in defeat, whilst Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) and Ekaterina Safonova (165-PG-95) brought 11 points apiece. Yuliya Chaykovskaya (173-SG-95) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 19+10 rebs, Alex Wilson 18, Casey Samuels 15, Vanessa Panousis 13
Russia U19: Albina Razheva 19, Julia Gladkova 11, Ekaterina Safonova 11, Yuliya Chaykovskaya 7



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U19 World Championship: Mali wins Classification Round opener - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19-Mali U19 29:47

Mali wins Classification Round opener at the U19 World Championship. The Malian team posted the initial win over Senegal 47:29 in Day 4 opener.
Both teams entered the game without victories and hoped for the first W in their account. Mali won the first period 17-10 and never looked behind after. They both scored 8 points each in the second frame for 25:18 on the board. Mali also dominated the second half and posted two victories. Mali needed a 9-8 run in the third quarter to take 8-point lead after 30 minutes and then erupted with 13-3 surge in the last stanza.
Aminata Traore (186-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 19 rebounds, while Fanta Guindo (168-F/G-94) netted 11. Maiga posted 7 and Madjan Camara (185-C-95) had 6. Ndeye Awa Kebe (F-95) replied with 8 points in defeat and Yaye Irma Dieme (F-95) collected 7 points and 14 rebounds. Diagne followed them with 6 points in a loss.

Senegal U19: Ndeye Awa Kebe 8, Yaye Irma Dieme 7+14 rebs, Diagne 6
Mali U19: Aminata Traore 13+19 rebs, Fanta Guindo 11, Maiga 7, Madjan Camara 6



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U19 World Championship: Astou Ndour leads Spain past Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Serbia U19 73:55

Astou Ndour (198-C-94) scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Spain to the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Serbia to stay perfect. Spain climbed at 4-0 record, while Serbia fell at 1-3 record in Eighth Final stage Group E.
Spain set the tone early in this one. They sparked with a 22:9 run in the opening frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. Spain ensured a 35:22 halftime lead. Serbia narrowed the distance in the third term. The Balkan team trailed by 12 points heading into the fourth period. But Spain fired 21 points in the fourth frame and marched to the win at the end. Leticia Romero (176-G-95) finished with 11 points, while Marta Montoliu (182-F/G-94) added 9 points in the victory. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had 13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the defeat.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 23+13 boards, Leticia Romero 11, Marta Montoliu 9
Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 16+10 boards, Aleksandra Stanacev 13



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France U18 cruise past Slovenia U18 in Troyes - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Slovenia U18 82:38

French U18 National Team victoriously finished their Troyes international tournament campaign. They outgunned Slovenian counterparts to clinch the second position. Marine Johannes (177-G-95) nailed 15 points to lead Les Bleus.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. France jumped to a 15:9 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the gap in the second frame. France accumulated a comfortable 39:17 halftime advantage. France dominated throughout the third term. They registered a 65:26 advantage heading into the fourth frame. France did not slow down in the final stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) and Sarah Martineau netted 13 points each for the winners. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Sara Vujacic (175-G-96) had 7 points in the loss.

France U18: Marine Johannes 15, Louise Dambach 13, Sarah Martineau 13
Slovenia U18: Eva Lisec 12, Sara Vujacic 7



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Brazil0-0
2. Chile0-0
3. Colombia0-0
4. Peru0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Paraguay0-0
3. Uruguay0-0
4. Venezuela0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

A

Jul. 31: BRA - CHI
Jul. 31: COL - PER

B

Jul. 31: URU - VEN
Jul. 31: ARG - PAR



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  SOUTH KOREA   


U19 World Championship: South Korea outscore Argentina in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Argentina U19 87:60

South Korea outscore Argentina in Lithuania at the start of the Classification Round for 13-16 places. The Asian side posted an 87:60 win for 1-0 record.
South Korea took 25:19 lead in the first period and added 17-7 rally in the second frame. Kim Leeseul (170-G-94) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:26 as South Korea deserved a 16-point advantage. Moreover the Asian team won the third period 22-10 and did not mind 23-24 in the last stanza. Armesto scored the last points in the game to reduce to final 87:60 result.
Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) and Park Ji Su (188-C-98) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Kim Leeseul nailed 13. Kim Sion (173-PF-95) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Seul Ki also scored 10. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) ended up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Sofia Chelini (168-PG-95) notched 14. Armesto brought 7 and Garcia nailed 6.

South Korea U19: Kim Minjeong 16, Park Ji Su 16+15 rebs, Kim Leeseul 13, Kim Sion 10+10 rebs, Seul Ki 10
Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 21+11 rebs, Sofia Chelini 14, Armesto 7, Garcia 6



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  SPAIN   


U19 World Championship: Astou Ndour leads Spain past Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Serbia U19 73:55

Astou Ndour (198-C-94) scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Spain to the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Serbia to stay perfect. Spain climbed at 4-0 record, while Serbia fell at 1-3 record in Eighth Final stage Group E.
Spain set the tone early in this one. They sparked with a 22:9 run in the opening frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. Spain ensured a 35:22 halftime lead. Serbia narrowed the distance in the third term. The Balkan team trailed by 12 points heading into the fourth period. But Spain fired 21 points in the fourth frame and marched to the win at the end. Leticia Romero (176-G-95) finished with 11 points, while Marta Montoliu (182-F/G-94) added 9 points in the victory. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had 13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the defeat.

Spain U19: Astou Ndour 23+13 boards, Leticia Romero 11, Marta Montoliu 9
Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 16+10 boards, Aleksandra Stanacev 13



Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao signs Juana Molina-Prados - by Eurobasket News

Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao (LF2) signed 22-year old domestic point guard Juana Molina-Prados (174-91). She played last season at Caja Rural (LFB). In 20 games she had 3.1ppg and 1.3rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Molina-Prados played at Space Tanit Eivissa. In 28 games she recorded 10.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg that season. She won LFB Cup Semifinals2013.
Molina-Prados has played previously for another Spanish team Alvargomez Guadalajara.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Burgos sign Belen Arrojo - by Eurobasket News

Jopisa Ciudad de Burgos (LFB) signed 18-year old domestic forward Belen Arrojo (188-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports). She has played for the last three seasons at Segle XXI Bercelona (LF2). In 22 games she had 12.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg last season.
Despite young age Arrojo had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team in 2012. She represented Spain at the World Championships U17 in Amsterdam (Holland) last year. She averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. In the semifinals she had 21 points in 17 minutes and in the final game Belen recorded 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists against USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Ceyhan Bld tabs Alexandra Tarasava - by Eurobasket News

Ceyhan Belediyespor (TKBL) inked 25-year old Belarusian international point guard Alexandra Tarasava (170-88). She has played for the last two years at VS Praha in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 30 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the Czech Rep. Cup Semifinals. Tarasava also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 12.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg (top 5) and 1.5spg. Tarasava received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2013.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Czech Rep. D1 Semifinals in 2012.
She has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Tarasava has regularly played for Belarusian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006. She represented Belarus at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 26.7%.
Tarasava has played previously professionally in Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok and Dannax Sport) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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DESMA THOMAS BATEAST NAMED STU HEAD WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH - by David Edole

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla--. Desma Thomas-Bateast has been named Head Women's Basketball Coach at St. Thomas University, announced Laura Courtley-Todd, Director of Athletics. Thomas Bateast comes to St. Thomas from nearby Florida International University where she served as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the past seven seasons.

"I am extremely excited and blessed to be a part of the St. Thomas University family," said Thomas Bateast. "This is a wonderful opportunity to lead the STU Women's Basketball program to the next level of success.

"It is my goal to have our student-athletes competing at the highest level both on the court and in the classroom. I would like to thank Dr. Beatriz Robinson, Vice-President of Planning & Enrollment, Laura Courtley-Todd and the Search Committee members for putting their faith in me to be their next head coach."

A native of Miami, Thomas Bateast has deep local ties playing high school basketball at Miami American High School followed by a Hall of Fame career as a player at the University of Miami. She reinforced her South Florida ties during her coaching career at FIU and will now lead a Bobcat program that has relied heavily on local student-athletes.

"Coach Thomas Bateast is known for her recruitment and coaching skills. With this experience, we know she will be able to pick up where Coach Harmony left off and it will be a seamless transition," said Courtley-Todd. "As an alum of American High School and the University of Miami, along with her years of coaching at FIU, we feel she has a pulse on our community which will lend to her ability to recruit quality student-athletes."

Thomas Bateast takes over for Robin Harmony, the first women's basketball coach at STU when the program was revived in 2007. Harmony, now Head Coach for NCAA Division I Lamar University, led the Bobcats to a 131-46 (.732) overall record over the past six seasons and three trips to the NAIA National Championships. Ironically, Harmony was an assistant coach at Miami when Thomas Bateast played for the Hurricanes from 1992-97.

At FIU, Thomas Bateast was an integral part of Head Coach Cindy Russo's staff, helping guide the Panthers to three-consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinal appearances (2011-13) and two-straight Postseason WNIT bids (2012-13).

During Thomas Bateast's tenure, FIU amassed over 100 victories, including 62 Sun Belt Conference wins. Thomas Bateast coached six FIU student-athletes to a total of 10 All-SBC selections, including two-time All-American guard Jerica Coley who was the nation's leading scorer last season with an average of 26.3 points-per-game.

Prior to her arrival at FIU, Thomas Bateast served as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island for two seasons. During her time at URI, she helped guide the Rams to a second-place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference East Division in 2004-05, the program's best finish since 1995-96.

Before joining the URI women's basketball staff, Thomas Bateast began her coaching career at Dillard University, an NAIA school in New Orleans, La. As Assistant Coach for Dillard for two seasons, she helped lead the Lady Blue Devins to back-to-back Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament crowns.

A two-time All-BIG EAST Third Team selection at the University of Miami, Thomas Bateast scored 1,284 points over her four seasons (1992-97) to rank 11th on the school's all-time list. The Hurricanes' all-time leader in both three-point field goals made and three-point field goals attempted, Thomas Bateast also holds UM's single-game record for most free throws made (18) and attempted (22). In 2012, she was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

Upon graduating from Miami in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in business administration for sport management, Thomas Bateast joined the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA in 1997 and went on to play in Italy, Sweden and Turkey before returning to the United States to play for the Birmingham Power of the NWBL in 2002.

Thomas Bateast resides in Miami with her husband Wil, daughter Kayla Lee, and son Keion.



La'Keshia Frett Meredith Named Assistant Basketball Coach at Virginia - by David Edole

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia women's basketball head coach Joanne Boyle has announced the hiring of La'Keshia Frett (191-F-75, college: Georgia)< Meredith as an assistant coach. Frett Meredith, a former All-American and four-time All-SEC honoree at Georgia, will work primarily with the Cavalier post players.

As a professional basketball player, Frett Meredith played seven seasons in the WNBA, including making four appearances in the Western Conference Finals, after a two-year stint in the American Basketball League. Frett Meredith retired from the WNBA to take a full-time coaching position at her alma mater, serving as an assistant coach for Georgia from 2005-11. For the past two seasons, she has served as the Lady Bulldog's director of basketball operations.

"We are very excited to have La'Keshia join the Cavalier staff," Boyle said. "With a young post group, it is going to be a great asset to have someone with her vast levels of experience and knowledge to mentor, guide and transform our team. La'Keisha was a dominant player who had tremendous success in both the collegiate and professional ranks and she has maintained that same passionate desire and ability to win in her coaching career. I cannot wait to see the positive impact she is going to have on the Virginia basketball program."

In 1997, Frett Meredith was a first-round draft pick in the ABL, where she played two seasons for the Philadelphia Rage. After the ABL folded, she was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks, beginning a seven-year WNBA career that included playing for the Sparks (1999-00), the Sacramento Monarchs (2001-03), the Charlotte Sting (2004) and the New York Liberty (2004-05). All but one of the teams reached the playoffs, including trips to the Western Conference Finals in 1999, 2000 and 2003. She also played overseas in Hungary, Israel, South Korea and Spain.

As a player, Frett Meredith enjoyed remarkable success at the prep, collegiate and professional levels. She was the 1993 National Prep Player of the Year and then helped lead Georgia to back-to-back Final Four appearances and consecutive SEC titles. Within the professional ranks, her teams advanced to the WNBA playoffs in six of her seven seasons in the league.
While at Georgia, Frett Meredith was the 1994 SEC Freshman of the Year and was named All-SEC by league coaches each of her four years, earning first-team recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was a Naismith All-America pick as a junior and earned All-America recognition from Naismith, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press (third team) as a senior in 1997. All told, Frett Meredith helped lead Georgia to a combined 98-27 (.784) record from 1993-97. Frett Meredith scored 1,980 points in her Bulldog career, ranking sixth on the career scoring list, and ranked eighth with 842 rebounds.

Frett Meredith was a three-time All-American at Phoebus High School and then headlined one of the most celebrated recruiting classes in women's hoops history that featured five of USA Today's top-20 prospects in the nation. Frett Meredith and her classmates Kedra Holland-Corn and Tracy Henderson went on to become three of the top-15 overall picks in the 1997 ABL Draft, the first draft conducted when professional women's basketball emerged in the U.S. following the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Frett Meredith received her bachelor's degree in consumer economics from Georgia in 1997.

Frett Meredith replaces former assistant Ashley Earley on the staff. In June, Earley, who spent one season on the Cavalier coaching staff, accepted a position as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Vanderbilt.



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  URUGUAY   


Uruguayan National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket


Fiorella Martinelli 85 Malvin Uruguay
Daniela Tovagliari 89 Malvin Uruguay
Lucia Guadalupe 90 Malvin Uruguay
Florencia Sergio 96 Malvin Uruguay
Florencia Somma 88 Malvin Uruguay
Juliana Dibarboure 89 Malvin Uruguay
Leonor Dall'Orto Aguada Uruguay
Sabina Bello 89 Malvin Uruguay
Paula Sosa 97 Verdirrojo Uruguay
Maria Pereyra 172-G-86 Guarulhos Brazil
Rossana Dagnino 89 Verdirrojo Uruguay
Jessica Lopez 91 Aguada Uruguay

Daniel Alvarez Head Coach



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Venezuelan National Team 2013 - by Eurobasket

Venezuelan National Team 2013
#s#
Roselis Silva
Silva
Cleyder Blanco
Blanco
Waleska Perez
Perez
Jofranny Guerra
Guerra
Ivaney Marquez
Marquez
#e#5
Roselis Silva 167-G-91 Arkansas Tech USA
Cleyder Blanco C-90 Weatherford JC USA
Daniela Wallen 95 Independence CC USA
Waleska Perez Weatherford JC USA
Mariana Duran Yaracuyanas Venezuela
Jofranny Guerra 88 Carabobo Venezuela
Maholy Lovera 96 Districto Capital Venezuela
Marielka Garate 95 Osas Venezuela
Siuly Marcano 96 Monagas Venezuela
Mariangel Mendoza F-95 Tachira Venezuela
Yolimar Martinez 95 Falcon Venezuela
Yasmily Accent 96 Monagas Venezuela
Raymar Garcia Merida Venezuela
Dianora Rivas 90 Anzoategui Venezuela
Ivaney Marquez 83 Carabobo Venezuela
Sonia Rodriguez 90 Carabobo Venezuela
Luisana Ortega Llaneras Venezuela
Fanny Diaz 82 Sirenas Venezuela

Oscar Silva Head Coach Generales Venezuela
Silverio Leal Assistant Guaros Venezuela



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Brazil4-0
2. Spain4-0
3. Australia3-1
4. Russia2-2
5. Serbia1-3
6. Japan1-3
Group F
1. France4-0
2. USA4-0
3. China3-1
4. Canada2-2
5. Lithuania1-3
6. Holland1-3
Group Places 13-16
1. S.Korea1-0
2. Mali1-0
3. Senegal0-1
4. Argentina0-1

Second Stage: Round 1

13-16 places

Jul. 22: KOR - ARG 87-60
Jul. 22: SEN - MLI 29-47

E

Jul. 22: AUS - RUS 96-72
Jul. 22: ESP - SRB 73-55
Jul. 22: JPN - BRA 66-70

F

Jul. 22: CHN - CAN 79-64
Jul. 22: LTU - FRA 53-65
Jul. 22: USA - NED 102-42

Second Stage: Round 2

13-16 Place

Jul. 23: SEN - KOR
Jul. 23: MLI - ARG

E

Jul. 23: BRA - AUS
Jul. 23: SRB - JPN
Jul. 23: RUS - ESP

F

Jul. 23: FRA - CHN
Jul. 23: LTU - NED
Jul. 23: CAN - USA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  SEN
  (198-C-94)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria19.8 
 2. Ramona, Guarulhos18.5 
 3. Stewart, Connecti.18.3 
 4. Weisner, Oregon S.18.0 
 5. Wilson, Eastern M.17.5 
 6. Goncalves, Santo16.0 
 7. Kawamura, Chanson16.0 
 8. Tuck, Connecticut15.8 
 9. Mizgeryte, Fortuna15.5 
 10. Park, KOR N.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ji Su PARK
  (188-C-98)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Park, KOR N.14.3 
 2. Badiane, Reims12.3 
 3. Ndour, Gran Canaria10.0 
 4. Shchetina, Spart.9.8 
 5. Mizgeryte, Fortuna9.5 
 6. Wilson, High School9.3 
 7. Diallo, Pikine9.3 
 8. Talbot, Adelaide9.0 
 9. Llorente, Lanus8.0 
 10. Treffers, Min.Ba.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mirai TAMURA
  (164-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Tamura, Wasada Un.6.5 
 2. Talbot, Adelaide6.0 
 3. Yang, Guangdong5.5 
 4. Epoupa, Landes4.8 
 5. Belickaite, Jaunie.4.5 
 6. Ramona, Guarulhos4.5 
 7. Stanacev, Crvena4.3 
 8. Novikova, Dynamo4.3 
 9. Sancisi, American4.3 
 10. Samuels, Hills H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Epoupa, Landes4.8 
 2. Novikova, Dynamo3.5 
 3. Goncalves, Santo3.5 
 4. Traore, AS C I2.8 
 5. Romero, Gran C.2.8 
 6. Harper, Kentucky2.8 
 7. Tamura, Wasada Un.2.5 
 8. Stewart, Connecti.2.5 
 9. Chaykovskaya, Dyn.2.3 
 10. Samuels, Hills H.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daugile SARAUSKAITE
  (196-C-96)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sarauskaite, Jauni.3.0 
 2. Shchetina, Spart.2.5 
 3. Wilson, High School2.0 
 4. Ndour, Gran Canaria2.0 
 5. Park, KOR N.2.0 
 6. Potter, CAN N.1.7 
 7. Agee, Penn St.1.3 
 8. Gaye, CFBB1.3 
 9. Badiane, Reims1.3 
 10. Mijovic, Canberra.1.0 


Eighth-Final Round starts in Panevezys and Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Spain - Serbia 73-55
Astou Ndour (198-C-94) scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Spain to the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Serbia to stay perfect. Spain climbed at 4-0 record, while Serbia fell at 1-3 record in Eighth Final stage Group E. Spain set the tone early in this one. They sparked with a 22:9 run in the opening frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. Spain ensured a 35:22 halftime lead. Serbia narrowed the distance in the third term. The Balkan team trailed by 12 points heading into the fourth period. But Spain fired 21 points in the fourth frame and marched to the win at the end. Leticia Romero (176-G-95) finished with 11 points, while Marta Montoliu added 9 points in the victory. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev had 13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the defeat.

Japan - Brazil 66-70
Brazil clinched the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American powerhouse held off pesky Japan to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Japan fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. It was never an easy affair for the Brazilian side. The teams were tied at 15 after ten minutes. Brazil managed to pull their noses in front in the second quarter. They snatched a narrow 35:34 halftime lead. The Latin American team spurred ahead in the third term. They held Japan to 12 points in the quarter and recorded a 53:46 lead at the final intermission. The Asian team tried hard to deny the deficit in the fourth period. Kato drained a three-pointer to put Japan in front 58:57 with just over five minutes remaining. It all came down to the final seconds when Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) and Vanessa Goncalves (185-F-94) scored quick four points for Argentina and sealed the win. Isabela Ramona posted 23 points and 11 rebounds for Brazil. Vanessa Goncalves added 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) answered with 20 points and 16 boards for Japan. Mirai Tamura tossed in 9 points in the losing case.

Australia - Russia 96-72
Australia demolish Russia in Klaipeda in Group E at the start of the Second Stage of the U19 World Championship. The Australian side grabbed 96:72 win for 3-1 record. Russia meanwhile fell at 2-2 record. Australia scored the first 16 points in the game to shock the opponents. They took 25-10 lead in the first period and dominated the whole game. They also scored 25 points in the second frame for 15-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Australia added 27-16 rally in the third period when Alex Wilson (174-G-94) closed the frame at 77:51. Russia replied with a 21-19 rally in the last stanza for the final result. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Wilson netted 18. Samuels Casey scored 15, whilst Panousis Vanessa had 13. Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) answered with 19 points in defeat, whilst Gladkova Julia and Safonova Ekaterina brought 11 points apiece. Chaykovskaya Yuliya followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Group F
Lithuania - France 53-65
France claimed the fourth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Lithuania to stay on top of Group F with 4-0 record. Lithuania slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 12:12 after ten minutes. But Les Bleus pulled ahead in the second stanza. They ignited a 22:10 run to ensure a 34:22 halftime lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 15 points 51:36. Lithuania were able to trim the deficit in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (183-F-95) chipped in 16 points for France. Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) and Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) added 10 points each for the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Dalia Belickaite had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the losing side.

USA - Holland 102-42
The USA raced to the fourth consecutive victory at the U19 World Championship. They drubbed Netherlands to clinch 4-0 record on top of Group F of the Eighth Final round. Netherlands slipped at 1-3 record in the ladder. A'Ja Wilson (193-F-96) posted 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. The North American side fired 30 points in the starting quarter and ensured a 15-point advantage. The USA stayed in charge throughout the second frame. They held the Dutch side to 4 points to pile up a 56:19 halftime lead. The USA dropped 25 points in the third term as the margin grew at 50-point mark. The USA did not slow down in the fourth frame and cruised to yet another convincing win at the tournament. Morgan Tuck (188-F-94) produced 18 points, while Alexis Jones added 12 points for the winners. Britt Zappeij (182-PF-95) and Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) responded with 11 points each for Netherlands.

China - Canada 79-64
China pip Canada in F opener at the U19 World Championship. The Chinese team produced a 79:64 win for 3-1 record. Canada fell at 2-2 record at the start of the Second Stage. China opened the game with 19-13 lead and added 18-14 rally in the second frame. Zhang and Provo Daneesha exchanged the late baskets for 37:27 at the halftime. Yang Hengyu increased the lead to 20 points when she brought 55:35 lead midway through the third period. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) closed the third period at 63:44 when made two points inside the paint. Canada managed to win the last period 20-16 and reduced to 15 points at the end. Li Meng (185-F-95) paced all the winners with 22 points and Yang LiWei nailed 17. Zhang Liting delivered 11 and Yang Hengyu had 10. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) answered with 14 points in defeat and Potter netted 9. Weisner Jamie and Provo Daneesha delivered 7 points each in a loss.
13-16 places
South Korea - Argentina 87-60
South Korea outscore Argentina in Lithuania at the start of the Classification Round for 13-16 places. The Asian side posted an 87:60 win for 1-0 record. South Korea took 25:19 lead in the first period and added 17-7 rally in the second frame. Leeseul Kim sent the teams to the lockers for 42:26 as South Korea deserved a 16-point advantage. Moreover the Asian team won the third period 22-10 and did not mind 23-24 in the last stanza. Armesto scored the last points in the game to reduce to final 87:60 result. Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) and Park Ji Su (188-C-98) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Leeseul Kim nailed 13. Sion Kim collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Seul Ki also scored 10. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) ended up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Chelini notched 14. Armesto brought 7 and Garcia nailed 6.

Senegal - Mali 29-47
Mali wins Classification Round opener at the U19 World Championship. The Malian team posted the initial win over Senegal 47:29 in Day 4 opener. Both teams entered the game without victories and hoped for the first W in their account. Mali won the first period 17-10 and never looked behind after. They both scored 8 points each in the second frame for 25:18 on the board. Mali also dominated the second half and posted two victories. Mali needed a 9-8 run in the third quarter to take 8-point lead after 30 minutes and then erupted with 13-3 surge in the last stanza. Aminata Traore (186-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 19 rebounds, while Fanta Guindo (168-F/G-94) netted 11. Maiga posted 7 and Camara Madjan had 6. Ndeye Awa Kebe (F-95) replied with 8 points in defeat and Dieme collected 7 points and 14 rebounds. Diagne followed them with 6 points in a loss.