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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Stemberger re-signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) confirmed in their roster 34-year old Croatian ex-international guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) (195-79). He played there last season. In 14 Division I games he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Stemberger also played 27 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.0apg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The most of previous (2011-12) season Stemberger spent at Astrum Levice (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 29 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg that season. He also played at Levice (Extraliga) in Slovakian league that season. In 13 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. Stemberger was a member of Croatian Senior National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Split, KK Zadar and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka).
On Stemberger: A typical SG, with a great shooting range and interesting skiulls in penetration; needs to improve his pasing and court vision;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nenad Miljenovic returns to Mega Vizura - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

One of the biggest prospects of Serbian basketball at the moment, Nenad Miljenovic (193-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) chose to return to his former club Mega Vizura, after terminating his contract with Radnicki Kragujevac. His agent Miodrag Raznatovic confirmed on Twitter, that he signed a one year deal with the club, which is owned in fact by his agency.

Nenad Miljenovic already played for Mega Vizura in 2011/12 season on a loan from BC Partizan MT:S Beograd Belgrade, where he arrived from the youth categories of FMP Zeleznik (now called Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd). After he returned to BC Partizan MT:S Beograd at the beginning of 2012/13 season, coach Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) made it quite clear that he would not get the opportunity to receive adequate playing time, so Nenad Miljenovic chose to terminate the contract with black and whites due to unfulfilled financial obligations of the club towards him.

The story repeated in Kragujevac, where he came at the beginning of previous season, was a member of the first team, but did not get the real opportunity to play, due to excellent performances by his teammate Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Interperformances), who was his rival at point guard position. So he used the reason of unfulfilled financial obligations towards him again and terminated the contract. This time with Radnicki.

He now returned to Mega Vizura,where he will get the real opportunity to show his great and undisputed talent, playing alongside another great Serbian prospect on point guard position Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket), who was selected into an all-tournament team of FIBA U19 World Championship this year. The two players were both on the all-tournament team of FIBA Europe U18 European Championship two years ago. Nenad Miljenovic was also a part of the all-tournament team at 2009 U16 European Championship. This year he was the third passer of U20 European Championship, averaging 5.1 assists per contest.




Cibona signs Martin Junakovic - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) signed 19-year old domestic point guard Martin Junakovic (185-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played last season at GKK Sibenik (A2). He helped them to win the group title. Part of previous (2011-12) season Junakovic spent at Cedevita. Junakovic also played at Mladost Zagreb (A2) that season.
Despite young age Junakovic had impressive career. He was voted All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 Honorable Mention back in 2010. He represented Croatia at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) this year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Junakovic has played previously for another Croatian team KK Sibenka 4 Sibenik.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 14-2 
 2. Waverley F. 13-4 
 3. Corio Bay S. 13-4 
 4. Ringwood H. 12-5 
 5. Diamond V.E. 9-6 
 6. Eltham W. 7-10 
 7. Werribee 6-11 
 8. Hume City 4-13 
 9. Sherbrooke S. 3-14 
 10. Melbourne 2-14 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 14-2 
 2. Woodville W. 13-3 
 3. Forestville E. 11-5 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 9-7 
 5. C.District L. 9-7 
 6. Sturt S. 8-8 
 7. Southern T. 7-9 
 8. Norwood F. 6-10 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 2-14 
 10. Eastern M. 1-15 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 11-1 
 2. Northside W. 10-2 
 3. Cairns M. 10-3 
 4. Brisbane C. 8-3 
 5. Townsville H. 8-4 
 6. Gladstone P. 8-5 
 7. Mackay M. 6-6 
 8. Gold Coast R. 4-7 
 9. Suncoast 3-7 
 10. Toowoomba 3-9 
 11. Ipswich F. 3-9 
 12. Bundaberg B. 2-10 
 13. SW Metro P. 1-11 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 22-3 
 2. Geraldton B. 17-8 
 3. Perry Lakes H. 15-8 
 4. Wanneroo W. 15-10 
 5. Perth R. 14-11 
 6. SW Slammers 14-11 
 7. East Perth E. 14-11 
 8. Mandurah M. 14-11 
 9. Willetton T. 12-13 
 10. Cockburn C. 10-15 
 11. Rockingham F. 9-16 
 12. Stirling S. 8-16 
 13. Goldfield G. 5-20 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 4-20 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 19-5 
 2. Bendigo B. 18-4 
 3. Dandenong R. 11-10 
 4. Frankston B. 11-13 
 5. Brisbane S. 9-13 
 6. Sandringham S. 9-13 
 7. Canberra G. 8-16 
SEABL-South
 1. Mt Gambier 15-7 
 2. Nunawading S. 14-8 
 3. Hobart C. 14-8 
 4. NW Tasmania 11-11 
 5. Kilsyth C. 11-12 
 6. Albury W.B. 8-15 
 7. Ballarat M. 6-17 
 8. Knox R. 6-18 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 17-3 
 2. Sydney C. 17-4 
 3. Norths Bears 15-5 
 4. Hornsby S. 12-8 
 5. Hills H. 11-9 
 6. Colonial Hotel 10-9 
 7. Cent.Coast C. 10-10 
 8. Newcastle H. 10-10 
 9. Bankstown B. 9-10 
 10. Illawarra H. 8-11 
 11. Parramatta W. 6-14 
 12. Sutherland S. 3-17 
 13. Maitland M. 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 19

BIG V

Jul. 20: Eltham W. - Waverley F. 91-104
Jul. 20: Bulleen B. - Diamond V.E. 89-80
Jul. 20: Melbourne T. - Corio Bay S. 67-92
Jul. 20: Sherbrooke S. - Ringwood H. 65-90
Jul. 20: Hume City - Werribee D. 109-76

Central ABL

Jul. 21: W.Adelaide B. - C.District L. 94-69
Jul. 20: C.District L. - Norwood F. 84-64
Jul. 20: Sturt S. - Eastern M. 76-90
Jul. 20: N.Adelaide R. - W.Adelaide B. 72-86
Jul. 20: Forestville E. - Southern T. 71-59
Jul. 21: Eastern M. - Forestville E. 68-134
Jul. 21: Southern T. - N.Adelaide R. 65-77
Jul. 20: S.Adelaide P. - Woodville W. 64-84

QBL

Jul. 19: Gladstone P. - Suncoast C. 95-84
Jul. 20: Ipswich F. - Rockhampton 95-114
Jul. 21: Gold Coast R. - Northside W. 86-103
Jul. 19: Toowoomba M. - Rockhampton 81-98
Jul. 19: Townsville H. - Cairns M. 78-70
Jul. 20: Bundaberg B. - Suncoast C. 70-88
Jul. 20: Mackay M. - Cairns M. 62-78
Jul. 20: SW Metro P. - Brisbane C. 57-98

SBL

Jul. 19: Perry Lakes H. - Wanneroo W. 85-89
Jul. 19: Stirling S. - Lakeside L. 80-97
Jul. 20: Goldfield G. - Kalamunda E.S. 78-109
Jul. 19: Rockingham F. - SW Slammers 64-105
Jul. 20: Lakeside L. - Rockingham F. 119-100
Jul. 20: SW Slammers - East Perth E. 112-89
Jul. 20: Perth R. - Geraldton B. 111-115
Jul. 20: Willetton T. - Cockburn C. 106-99
Jul. 19: Mandurah M. - Perth R. 106-84
Jul. 21: Cockburn C. - Geraldton B. 103-107
Jul. 20: Wanneroo W. - Stirling S. 102-99

SEABL

Jul. 19: Hobart C. - Canberra G. 99-74
Jul. 20: NW Tasmania - Canberra G. 94-72
Jul. 20: Sandringham S. - Geelong S. 92-93
Jul. 21: Frankston B. - Albury W.B. 86-90
Jul. 20: Kilsyth C. - Knox R. 82-76
Jul. 20: Bendigo B. - Brisbane S. 82-69
Jul. 20: Ballarat M. - Nunawading S. 77-85
Jul. 19: Mt Gambier - Frankston B. 58-81
Jul. 20: Dandenong R. - Albury W.B. 102-67
Jul. 19: Geelong S. - Brisbane S. 101-87

WARATAH

Jul. 21: Sydney C. - Parramatta W. 97-68
Jul. 20: Cent.Coast C. - Sydney C. 91-114
Jul. 21: Hornsby S. - Bankstown B. 76-70
Jul. 20: Maitland M. - Hills H. 70-94
Jul. 20: Colonial Hotel - Illawarra H. 70-76
Jul. 20: Parramatta W. - Sutherland S. 70-72
Jul. 20: Manly Warr. - Norths Bears 68-77
Jul. 20: Bankstown B. - Newcastle H. 67-78

Regular Season: Round 20

BIG V

Jul. 27: Hume City - Bulleen B.
Jul. 27: Ringwood H. - Eltham W.
Jul. 28: Werribee - Corio Bay S.
Jul. 28: Waverley F. - Melbourne
Jul. 28: Diamond V.E. - Sherbrooke S.

Central ABL

Jul. 27: N.Adelaide R. - C.District L.
Jul. 27: S.Adelaide P. - W.Adelaide B.
Jul. 27: Southern T. - Eastern M.
Jul. 27: Sturt S. - Norwood F.
Jul. 27: Forestville E. - Woodville W.

QBL

Jul. 26: Bundaberg B. - SW Metro P.
Jul. 26: Mackay M. - Northside W.
Jul. 27: Ipswich F. - Toowoomba
Jul. 27: Suncoast - Brisbane C.
Jul. 27: Rockhampton - Northside W.
Jul. 27: Gladstone P. - SW Metro P.
Jul. 28: Gold Coast R. - Suncoast

SBL

Jul. 26: East Perth E. - Kalamunda E.S.
Jul. 26: Perry Lakes H. - Perth R.
Jul. 27: Geraldton B. - Rockingham F.
Jul. 27: Goldfield G. - Stirling S.
Jul. 27: SW Slammers - Willetton T.
Jul. 27: Wanneroo W. - Lakeside L.
Jul. 27: Cockburn C. - Perry Lakes H.
Jul. 27: Kalamunda E.S. - Mandurah M.

SEABL

Jul. 26: Mt Gambier - Ballarat M.
Jul. 27: Canberra G. - Albury W.B.
Jul. 27: Brisbane S. - Frankston B.
Jul. 27: Sandringham S. - Hobart C.
Jul. 27: Knox R. - Bendigo B.
Jul. 27: Kilsyth C. - Dandenong R.
Jul. 27: Nunawading S. - NW Tasmania
Jul. 28: Bendigo B. - Hobart C.
Jul. 28: Geelong S. - NW Tasmania
Jul. 28: Ballarat M. - Sandringham S.

WARATAH

Jul. 27: Illawarra H. - Parramatta W.
Jul. 27: Cent.Coast C. - Bankstown B.
Jul. 27: Hills H. - Hornsby S.
Jul. 27: Maitland M. - Manly Warr.
Jul. 27: Sutherland S. - Colonial Hotel
Jul. 27: Norths Bears - Newcastle H.


SEABL: Frankston outclasses Pioneers - by Eurobasket News

Still holding the lead on the South East Australian Basketball Leagues southern conference, the Pioneers were outclassed by the visitors who scored 52 points in the first half to set up the 81-58 win.

With former Olympian and current Sydney Kings head coach Shane Heal looking on from the sidelines, the Pioneers were out of touch from their usual clinical display with costly errors and missed opportunities putting the home side out of contention.

First quarter

THE crowd was kept on its feet for longer than what many would have anticipated as both sides struggled to find the basket in their opening drives.

Play travelled from end to end before Titus Robinson was fouled, sinking one of his two attempts from the line.

Brad Hill was exceptional early for the Pioneers, leading the way for the home side, while Chuck Long and Mitch Champman made the play for Frankston.

The Blues managed to get a loose man under the basket on several occasions while two three pointers to Long helped the visitors to a 16-7 lead at the halfway point.

With the momentum against them, Pioneers coach Richard Hill called a timeout.

The Pioneers returned to the court with renewed vigour as Robinson produced a big block which was transferred down the court to Ben Allen who drove successfully to the basket.

A three pointer from Pioneers vice captain Erik Burdon (189-PG-85) from deep got the home side back within six points (22-16), but a turnover by captain Matt Sutton to Long edged the gap out to eight.

Sutton scored shortly after, sinking one of his shots from the line following a foul, given a repreice after missing his second shot and been awarded a third when a Frankston player infringed.

Frankston scored again as the clock wound down to lead 26-19 at the first break.

Second quarter

ROBINSON claimed an offensive rebound and scored to bring the Pioneers within five.

Sutton again went to the line as the Blues racked up their first foul of the term, shooting truly to see the Pioneers trail by three.

Frankston steadied with Long and William Walker finding the ring to see the Blues leading by eight (33-25) after four minutes of play.

Poor passing options and missed opportunities were haunting the Pioneers game, and Frankston capatalised in a fiery 90 seconds of basketball as they added eight points while holding the home side scoreless.

A missed dunk by Robinson was mopped up by Hill, but Walker responded at the other end of the court.

Three successive offensive fouls resulted in the Blues heading to the line as the Pioneers collected five for the quarter.

Michael McInnes sunk both free throws to help Frankston to a 52-27 lead at half time.

Perhaps the most telling numbers at the main break other than the 25 point margin was the difference in turnovers with the Pioneers committing 13 in the first two terms while Frankston only gave the ball up on three occasions.

Third quarter

BURDON nailed a three pointer to start the third term giving the home crowd some hope however Walker again took control to do more damage.

Unforced errors from the Pioneers continued, forcing coach Hill to make a change after just two and a half minutes, sending on a smaller line up as Robinson and Allen came to the bench.

Unfortunately for Hill, it did not have the desired effect as errors continued and shots were missed to see Frankston still well in control on 58-31 with six minutes to go.

Pioneers then hit back with Burdon sinking his third three pointer, while Sutton was fouled on a drive scoring the basket and resulting free throw.

A travel call against Chapman and a block by Hill put the Blues on the backfoot, with Jan Warbout capatalising with a three pointer.

The Pioneers were under the skin of the Blues and it showed as Walker let his frustration show on an offensive foul, however rookie SEABL coach Alan McAughtry called a timeout to give his players time to collect themselves.

With just under three minutes remaining and the Pioneers trailing 59-42, a big effort was still needed from the home side to put itself in contention for victory in the last.

Sloppy defence from the Pioneers saw the Blues successfully negate two shot clock violations, but the visitors failed to convert on the third cycle with Grant Dennis missing both attempts from the line.

Robinson sunk one shot from the line in the dying moments, before Burdon stepped up and shot both free throw attempts to see the Pioneers trail by 14 at the final change, 59-45.

It was a big term from the home side, outscoring the visitors 18-7, but there was still a big margin to whittle down.

Fourth quarter

TOM Daly scored the opening basket of the final term however from there the Blues regained control, leading 65-47 with seven minutes remaining.

The final nail was put in the coffin when Walter slammed home a massive alley-opp play, a feat appreciated by the otherwise quiet crowd.

Matt Witherden put down a three pointer in the following play to sink the spirits of the Pioneers.

A clear court foul against Hill gave Long two free throws which were sunk followed by possession on the side line.

Robinson produced a steal and dunk late in the game to give local fans one last highlight, but it was little consolation as the Blues took the points with a 81-58 victory.

The wrap up

FRANKSTONS American duo of Long and Walker proved too tough for the Pioneers to shutdown with the latter top scoring for the game with 21 points.

Long contributed 17 to the Blues final score, whilst Benjamin Louis finished on 15.

Nine rebounds to Grant Dennis eight in defence ensured the visitors made the most of any missed opportunities.

Sutton (16) and Hill (15) led the Pioneers scoring, while Robinson was the only player from the home side to get over five rebounds, finishing on nine.

The Pioneers are now gearing up for one of the biggest nights off the court in recent years with celebrations for the clubs 25th anniversary taking place this weekend, however the club will be hoping for success on court as the Pioneers host the struggling Ballarat.
Courtesy of: http://www.borderwatch.com.au



Miners' Shaun Bruce returns to SEABL action - by Eurobasket News

MINERS co-captain Shaun Bruce (192-G-91) is set to be back playing in the South East Australian Basketball League this weekend.

Ballarat Miners spokesman Jimmy Hunt confirmed yesterday the point-guard was in the mix for a Miners double, starting with a road trip to Mt Gambier on Friday night.

Bruce has missed the past eight Miners games recovering from a torn quadriceps he sustained against Dandenong on June 1.

He is expected to fly in later this week from Cairns, where he has been receiving treatment for the injury under his National Basketball League club Cairns Taipans.

Hunt said it was uncertain how many of the Miners remaining five games Bruce would play this SEABL season he would be monitored game-to-game but the Miners were hopeful to have him in action against Sandringham at the Minerdome on Sunday, on the back of the Mt Gambier road trip.

The Ballarat Subaru Miners will not play finals but Bruce will be an important inclusion as the Miners bid to break a 10-game losing streak.

It has been a rollercoaster year for the Miners, who are still yet to train with a full roster this season.

Bruces return should complete the line-up for the first time.

Ashley Constable (186-PG-93) and Kris Blicavs, both in their first SEABL season, have carried starting guard duties with Bruce sidelined and Anthony Fisher unavailable with Australian under-19 international commitments.

Each has impressed in how quickly they stepped up and adjusted their games.

Injury also cost Bruce a chance to trial for international duty.

He was forced to turn down an invitation from new Australian Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis to a selection camp of emerging basketballers for the World University Games.

The Miners and Ballarat Rush have two SEABL home games left in the regular season.

Rush prepares to also meet Sandringham on Sunday, in a renewed bid for a top-two spot and home final.
Courtesy of: http://www.thecourier.com.au



Week 19 'Kickz101 Perth' Newcomers of the Week - by Eurobasket News

The week nineteen Kickz101 Perth, Mens Newcomer of the Week has been awarded to Sunday Dech of the Peoples Choice, East Perth Eagles.

Nineteen-year-old, Dech, has been eased into his first season of SBL by head coach Adam Forde, averaging 12.86 minutes in his first nineteen games to now averaging 28.77 minutes in his last six games.

With Joe-Alan Tupaea absent from the Eagles clash with the Slammers on Saturday night, Dech was called upon to take up the roll as starting point-guard, and did not disappoint. Dech played a season high 37 minutes to score a game high 26 points which included four of eight from beyond the arc, to go with 7 rebounds and 1 assist as the short-handed Eagles went down 112-89.

Dechs strong showing for East Perth has come at an exciting time of the season with the Eagles guaranteed a finals berth, in a bid to go one better than 2012 and crown themselves, 2013 SBL Champions.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Suns fly in, and fly out with the win - by Eurobasket News

The Kalamunda Eastern Suns have snapped an eight game losing streak, and inflicted the twelfth consecutive defeat for the undermanned Goldfields Giants, with a massive 109-78 victory on Saturday night at the Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium. The Suns lead from start to finish, recording their first road victory of the season, notching their highest score of the season, and maintained hope of avoiding the wooden-spoon, improving the season record to 4-20, one game away from the Giants.

Despite only arriving at the stadium less than one hour prior to tip-off, due to flight delays, it was clear the Suns were primed for a big game, showing energy and poise, despite a slow start, to lead 30-21 at quarter time. Apart from a brief run in the second, in which the Giants were able to close the margin to 5, on the back of a 100% shooting effort from the free throw line (15 of 15 in the first half), the Suns maintained control, shooting above 50% and leading 54-47. The Suns completely controlled the first half and the third quarter was all about making a defensive statement, holding the home side to just 12 points, scoring 26 of their own, to hold an insurmountable 80-59 lead at the final break. The Suns piled on another 29 in the final quarter, and it was raining three-pointers, as the Suns completed an impressive victory.

For the Suns, fist-pumping Ben Smith had 36 points shooting 8/13 from the three point line, three more than the entire Giants effort. Luke Nevill, who had various opponents throughout the night, monstered the Giants with 34 points and 24 rebounds. Captain Joel Questel (178-G-87) and Dayo Oladejo provided excellent hustle for the Suns and had 4 steals each. Russell Hurst (200-F/C-85) was big for the Giants with 37 points and 15 rebounds whilst Lordan Franich, scored 16 and had 8 boards, after starting the game with the almost impossible task of stopping Luke Nevill.

This week, the final week of regular season action, presents a tough season-ending double header for the MSBL Suns, against two top four aspirants. Friday night the Suns are away to East Perth and then return home on Saturday night to the Furnace, for Sponsors Night, after a gruelling five game road stretch, to face the Mandurah Magic. Fresh off the bye, the WSBL Suns are looking to snap a six game losing streak, in games they are favoured to win, against the struggling Eagles and Magic. Both will be challenging contests and Craig Mansfields team will need to play significantly better than they have over the last month if they are to confirm a place in the play-offs. Both Friday and Saturday night games are WSBL tip-off at 6:30pm and MSBL at 8:30pm.

GAME NOTES

-The Suns victory is the clubs first away win since 27/7/12, a 105-100 point win at, next weeks opponent, East Perth.

-The win maintained the Suns undefeated 2013 year against the Giants, their third victory in as many games. The other two being in Round 7 (93-91 victory at the Furnace) and the other being in the Pre-Season Blitz.

-This is the third consecutive victory at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium for the Suns, following on from victories in 2012 and 2011.

-The Giants played without imports Jayson Herring (who has already home to the U.S.A after sustaining an ACL injury) and Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who sat courtside, due to a knee injury.

-Coach Daniel Fisher suited up for the Giants and played almost 6 minutes of game-time.

Article by Steve Trejeski
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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Furstenfeld keeps Rubin for another season - by Eurobasket Center

BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (A Bundesliga) re-signed 31-year old American guard Janou Rubin (193-94kg-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points). He played there last season. Rubin managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 10 A Bundesliga games he averaged 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg. He also played at Falco-Szova (A Division) in Hungarian league that season. In 5 games he had 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg. The other team Rubin played that season for was Levharti Chomutov (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 8 games he had 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Soproni (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. Great season as he was named to Hungarian League All-Star Game. The most of previous (10-11) season Rubin spent at Szedeak (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 26 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. He also spent pre-season at Albacomp (A Division) in Hungarian league that year. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Rubin's college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2006.
He has played also professionally in ABA (Clayton).
Rubin attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2006 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Made the UCLA squad as a walk on, and this tells a lot about his talent. A great all-around player, he does everything well, is very athletic and can run the court. Plays an hard defense, has a knack for loose balls. An outstanding rebounder at both ends of court and has interesting point guard skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nikola Pavlicevic inks with BC Vienna - by Stefan Prager

After signing forward Nenad Sulovic BC Zepter Vienna brought in another new import player. The Austrian Champion signed point guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) who played at KK Niksic last season. The Montenegrin guard put up 15.4 ppg along with 3.4 rpg and 2.9 apg while shooting nearly 54% from the field. Pavlicevic won the Montenegrin Cup with Niksic last season and earned a spot at the Eurobasket All Montenegrin first team. He is a member of the extended Montenegrin national team.


Darryl Bryant agreed terms with Furstenfeld - by Eurobasket News

BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (A Bundesliga) inked 23-year old American point guard Darryl Bryant (187-88kg-90, college: W.Virginia). He played most recently at Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in the U.S..
Last year Bryant was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in fourth round (56th overall).
The former West Virginia University staris in his second season in pro basketball. He received also All-Big East 3rd Team award in 2012 at his college time. Bryant's college team won Big East Tournament in 2010.
Bryant was a member of USA U19 National Team in 2009.
His game is described as: A solid bodied PG, who is very good in shooting out of screens and in defensive situations that allow him to steal the ball and to open a fast break. Has quick legs and long arms, should improve his shooting selection and 3pt shooting accuracy to become an interesting good for European market.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gaspar re-signs at Zepter Vienna - by Eurobasket News

BC Zepter Vienna (A Bundesliga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old international power forward Tomislav Gaspar (198-83). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 A Bundesliga games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the cup final. Gaspar represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg.
Gaspar has played previously for two other Austria teams: St.Polten and Redwell Gunners Oberwart.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gaspar re-signs at Zepter Vienna - by Eurobasket News

BC Zepter Vienna (A Bundesliga) confirmed in their roster 30-year old international power forward Tomislav Gaspar (198-83). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 A Bundesliga games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg last season. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the cup final. Gaspar represented Austria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.5ppg.
Gaspar has played previously for two other Austria teams: St.Polten and Redwell Gunners Oberwart.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Siauliai tabs Derek Needham and Chris Cooper - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai tabs Derek Needham and Chris Cooper for the next season. The team announced two more signings.
BC Siauliai (LKL) landed American point guard Derek Needham (180-PG, college: Fairfield) (180-82kg). He just graduated from Fairfield (NCAA). In 33 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-MAAC 2nd Team and NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team. As mentioned above Needham is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements he played in the final of MAAC Tournament in 2010 and 2012.
BC Siauliai (LKL) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Chris Cooper (205-104kg-90, college: ODU). He played last season at Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in the U.S.. In 49 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 5.6rpg. He helped them to win the West Conference title.
Last year Cooper was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in second round (31st overall). The former Old Dominion University star is in his second season in pro basketball. Cooper was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 3rd Team in 2013.



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Minsk signed Serbian pg with Bulgarian passport - by Timur Tolokh

Tsmoki-Minsk signed Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82,), last two seasons Branko spent in Rilski Sportist Samokov where he scored Score-4 (17.1ppg), 3.5rpg, Assists-2 (5.8apg), 1.7spg aslo in Balkan League 15.5ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.9apg), Steals-2 (1.8spg). Mirkovic great 3-shoot specialist he shoot with 42.3%. In february Branko received Bulgarian passport and now he trying to help bulgarian national team to qualify for EuroBasket 2015.



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Djedovic to join Bayern Munich? - by Nedzad Kladusak

Nihad Djedovic was convinced that he will stay with Alba Berlin but Alba surprisingly didn t want to keep Djedovic who had originally a 1+1 contract.
After the failure to qualify directly for the Euroleague the management decided to adapt its roster to the shrinking funds.
Alongside the expensive domestic players it decided to let Nihad Djedovic go despite he has been considered by fans as the best players of the team.
Bayern Munich one of the most intriguing projects in German but also European basketball gladly signed first Yassin Idbihi and according the trustworthy newspaper "SZ"
Heiko Schaffartzik and Nihad Djedovic will follow him. Bayern Munich signed before MVP John Bryant and rumours claim that the best PG of the BBL Anton Gavel has also been targeted by Marko Pesic.



Djedovic to join Bayern Munich? - by Nedzad Kladusak

Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) was convinced that he will stay with Alba Berlin but Alba surprisingly didn t want to keep Djedovic who had originally a 1+1 contract.
After the failure to qualify directly for the Euroleague the management decided to adapt its roster to the shrinking funds.
Alongside the expensive domestic players it decided to let Nihad Djedovic go despite he has been considered by fans as the best players of the team.
Bayern Munich one of the most intriguing projects in German but also European basketball gladly signed first Yassin Idbihi (209-C-83, college: Buffalo) and according the trustworthy newspaper "SZ"
Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Nihad Djedovic will follow him. Bayern Munich signed before MVP John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) and rumours claim that the best PG of the BBL Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) has also been targeted by Marko Pesic.



U18 European Championship: Serbia edge Bosnia and Herzegovina for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 77:51

Serbia earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They bruised Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-2 record in Group E. Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) paced balanced effort with 10 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 0-4 record in the ladder.
Serbia jumped to an early 22:9 lead. They held Bosnia to 7 points in the second period to ensure a 45:16 halftime advantage. Serbia boosted their lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 32 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not threaten Serbia at the end. Dejan Davidovac (198-F-95) and Bozidar Babovic (178-PG-95) produced 9 points each for the winning side. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Alic (202-C-95) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Vasilije Vucetic 10, Dejan Davidovac 9, Bozidar Babovic 9
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Imran Polutak 16, Dino Alic 11



Stemberger re-signs at Igokea - by Eurobasket News

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) confirmed in their roster 34-year old Croatian ex-international guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) (195-79). He played there last season. In 14 Division I games he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Stemberger also played 27 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.0apg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The most of previous (2011-12) season Stemberger spent at Astrum Levice (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 29 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg that season. He also played at Levice (Extraliga) in Slovakian league that season. In 13 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. Stemberger was a member of Croatian Senior National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Split, KK Zadar and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka).
On Stemberger: A typical SG, with a great shooting range and interesting skiulls in penetration; needs to improve his pasing and court vision;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Deyan Ivanov hopes good performances by the Bulgarian team will bring bigger crowds to the home arena in Varna - by Christomir Rackov

The power forward of the Bulgarian national team Deyan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) arrived back in Bulgaria in a good and optimistic mood after his team won an international friendly tournament in Austria against Estonia, Hungary and the host team. Here is what he said for Gong.bg after the team came back home:

"I feel good. We played with confidence. We showed we can beat the teams that will participate in the EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers. There are still some things we need to work on, but we have a few more days.

The opponents in the group can surprise us, because we don't know them that well, but I still expect us to win. After all, we want to qualify for the European championship."

For the home games in Varna, which is also Ivanov's home town, he said: "I hope the arena will be crowded. We can't expect the same interest as the national volleyball team, but I still hope there will be enough people to support us. I hope good performances by us will bring bigger crowds for the games."



U18 European Championship: Slovenia post first win in Group G - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U18 - Bulgaria U18 85:77

Slovenia celebrated the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group G. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) nailed 29 points, issued 13 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 steals to orchestrate victory. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Bulgaria and Slovenia were tied at 22-all after ten minutes. Things did not change in the second frame. The teams went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the first half. The scoreboard read 37:37 at halftime. Bulgaria pulled ahead in the third period. They erupted for 30 points and gained a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Slovenia found the way to recover. Matic Rebec nailed 10 points in the quarter triggering a 25:10 run that sealed the win for his team. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) finished with 14 points, while Domen Janc (185-PG-96) added 10 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 29+13 assists, Ziga Zatezic 14, Domen Janc 10
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 30+10 boards, Aleksandar Milov 11



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London Lightning Camp Inspires St- Thomas kids to aim high - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com Antwi Atuhene didnt get to play at many basketball camps when he was growing up in Torontos west end but he loves visiting them now. The six foot four point guard was an all-star with the National Basketball League of Canadas London lightning last season and has wisdom to share from a playing career that has taken him to a major us college and overseas. " The purest form of giving is anonymous to anoymous," Atuahene said in an interview monday in ST. Thomas. " I feel like the best thing when you are in a position of success is to give back to the kids they are our future."


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Cibona signs Martin Junakovic - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) signed 19-year old domestic point guard Martin Junakovic (185-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played last season at GKK Sibenik (A2). He helped them to win the group title. Part of previous (2011-12) season Junakovic spent at Cedevita. Junakovic also played at Mladost Zagreb (A2) that season.
Despite young age Junakovic had impressive career. He was voted All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 Honorable Mention back in 2010. He represented Croatia at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) this year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Junakovic has played previously for another Croatian team KK Sibenka 4 Sibenik.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Agusti Sans carries Spain past Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Croatia U18 64:63

Spain secured the first win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Croatia for 2-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winning team. Croatia fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The Croats opened the game with five straight points. They dominated throughout the opening quarter and raced to a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain cut the deficit in the second frame but could not pull ahead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by two points 37:35. Agusti Sans triggered a 14:0 run in the third period as Spain surged ahead for a 52:43 lead. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Mazalin erased the deficit and put team on level terms at 54. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95), Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) and Agusti Sans gave Spain a 64:56 advantage with under three minutes remaining. However Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) and Mazalin restored the intrigue trimming the deficit to a single point 63:64. Agusti Sans and Bosnjak traded misses in the dying seconds as Spain got away with a tough win. Ilimane Diop accounted for 12 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95), Juan Hernangomez (198-F-95) and Marc Garcia had 6 points each for the winners. Tomislav Gabric and Marko Arapovic answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Spain U18: Agusti Sans 25, Ilimane Diop 12, Jose Nogues 6, Juan Hernangomez 6, Marc Garcia 6
Croatia U18: Tomislav Gabric 13, Marko Arapovic 13



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Sigalas for Keravnos, Palalas stays in AEL - by Michael Aristidou

Keravnos Strovolou announces the new head coach of the team. Giorgos Sigalas will be the new coach of the team. The ex-player of Olympiakos Pireus after his retirement started coachin Greek U21National Team in 2008 and MAS Ermis Lagkada next year.

In other news champions Petrolina AEK Larnaca renew with Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85), Garcia Jo Jo and Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84, agency: Interperformances). The champion also added in their roster Tyler Laser (185-PG-88, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Illinois) who played for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia last year. Finally Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol kept in their squad captain Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) for another year





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U18 European Championship: Prokop Slanina pivotal in Czech Republic win over France - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - France U18 73:71

Czech Republic claimed a valuable victory over France at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Czech team to 2-2 record in Group E. France slipped at 3-1 record after the loss.
Czech Republic stayed dominant throughout the first half. They enjoyed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus turned things around in the third term. France stiffened defensively and spurred ahead for a narrow 56:54 lead at the final break. But Matej Svoboda (198-F-96) and Peterka connected from beyond the arc as Czech Republic quickly regained the lead in the fourth frame. Pechacek soon made it an 8-point game. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) and Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dragged France within two 71:73 late in regulation but Czech Republic held on to snatch the victory. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) finished with 13 points, while Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) and Matej Svoboda netted 11 points each for the winners. Axel Bouteille responded with 21 points for France. Damien Inglis chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U18: Prokop Slanina 18+10 boards, Jiri Soula 13, Radovan Kouril 11, Matej Svoboda 11
France U18: Axel Bouteille 21, Damien Inglis 14



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Brandon Penn completes Bakken Bears' roster - by Christian Hamborg

American forward Brandon Penn (203-F-90, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Rider)n is the latest and last player to join the 2013/2014 Bakken Bears roster. The 23 year old forward will be joining the Danish Champions in yet another season in which they are the favorites to take home the championship.

In his senior season with Rider University Brandon Penn averaged 12.0ppg and 6.4rpg, Last season Penn played for the Japanese team Takamatsu Five Arrows putting up 12.6ppg and 4.2rpg

The Bakken Bears roster will consist of the following players:

Players from last season:: Andreas Jakobsen (187-PG-83, college: Columbia, MO), Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89), Christian Lindberg (195-F-83), Soren Ege Hansen (204-C-79), Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80, college: San Jose City JC), Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) and Kristoffer Lowenstein (180-PG-94).

New players: Kenny Barker (191-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.), Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91), Brandon Pennn and Lasse Elbaek (207-C), Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95), Aladdin Barakeh (194-SG-95), Simon Neidhardt (193-G/F-95), Jacob Nielsen (200-PF-95) and Jakob Ravn (193-G-96).



Darko Jukic (ex Horsens IC) agreed terms with Fileni BPA Jesi - by Eurobasket News

ileni BPA Jesi (Lega Due Gold) inked 23-year old Danish international guard Darko Jukic (198-G-90, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 36 games he was third best scorer with impressive 21.4ppg and had 8.8rpg (#4 in the league), 3.6apg, 1.8spg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team.
Jukic has been a member of Danish international program for some years. He has been regularly called to Danish senior team since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
Jukic has played previously professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm) and Denmark (Aarhus BC and Falcon).
His game is described as: A very athletic young guard who has the technical skills to play both the guard spots and the leaping ability to make thunderous dunks.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 4-8 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 8-3 
 2. Leones SD 6-6 
 3. Cocolos SPM 5-8 
 4. Caneros LR 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jul. 23: Reales LV - Caneros LR 74-72
Jul. 23: Titanes DN - Metros STGO
Jul. 24: Cocolos SPM - Huracanes PP
Jul. 24: Metros STGO - Leones SD
Jul. 24: Titanes DN - Reales LV


Gary Flowers could join Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) is close to sign 27-year old American forward Gary Flowers (203-86, college: S.Mississippi) who plays at Titanes Del Distrito Nacional in Dominican Republic. The last season Flowers played at D-Fenders in D-League. In 46 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg and 1.6bpg. Part of previous (11-12) season he spent at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 6 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg that season. Flowers also spent pre-season at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league that year.
Among other achievements he played in the final of D-League in 2012. Flowers received also NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Flowers graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Reales add Caneros woes - by Eurobasket News

Reales de La Vega earned just the fourth win in the LNB season. They outgunned Caneros de La Romana 74:72 to improve at 4-8 record. Lavell Payne (203-F-85, college: Cent.Florida) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Caneros fell at woeful 2-12 record at the bottom of South Division ladder.
Reales unloaded 25 points in the first period to take 4-point lead. Caneros did not allow their opponents to stretch the gap. They got within one point at halftime 37:36. But Reales maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. They entered the fourth frame up by four points 54:51. Caneros worked hard to deny the deficit scoring 22 points in the fourth frame. But it did not help as Reales snatched a tough win at the end. Rigoberto Mendoza (G) netted 13 points, while Zimmy Nwogbo (201-F-91, agency: Duran International) had 10 points for the winners. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) answered with 20 points for Caneros. Sandro Encarnacion (203-C-86) had 12 points in the loss.



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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 in 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.



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Joe Ingles officially joins Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv officiated the deal with Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports). The Australian forward moves from FC Regal Barcelona to Israel. The deal is meant for two seasons. Joe Ingles tallied 6.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Liga Endesa last season. He also notched 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per EuroLeague appearance. Previously Joe Ingles had spells for CB Granada and Melbourne South Dragons. He was named All-Australian NBL Rookie of the Year in 2007. Next year Ingles earned All-Australian NBL Honourable Mention. The forward was ACB Champion in 2011 and 2012. He has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2007. Joe Ingles tallied 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game at the London Olympic Games.


Zalgiris Kaunas keep Tadas Klimavicius and Vytenis Lipkevicius - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas keep Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) for the next season.
Tadas Klimavicius has played there for the last five seasons. In first two LKL games he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Among other achievements Klimavicius won Lithuanian League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention award in 2009 and 2011. Klimavicius was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2002. Klimavicius represented Lithuania at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg.
Vytenis Lipkevicius has played there for the last two seasons. Lipkevicius managed to play in three leagues last year. In nineteen LKL games he had 5.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title. Lipkevicius also played 12 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.9ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Lipkevicius played at LSU-Baltai. In first two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg that season. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he recorded 10.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
In 2010-11 season Lipkevicius played at Rudupis. In 28 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Lipkevicius also played 24 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Lipkevicius represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) this year.



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Serhiy Lishchuk won't be able to play for Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) won't be able to play for Ukraine at EuroBasket 2013. He recovers from injuries that he aggravated last season.
The last season Lishchuk played at Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 29 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final and supercup semifinals. Lishchuk also played 13 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0bpg.
In 2004 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Lishchuk was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year back in 2005 and 2009.
He was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Lishchuk played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002. He represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.2ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT-2 (66.7%), FT: 47.1%.
Lishchuk has played previously professionally in USA and Ukraine (Azovmash, BC-93 Pulsar and Khimik).



Andris Biedrins to miss Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) to miss Eurobasket 2013 and will not help Latvian National Team. The player announced his desire not to represent his country this summer.
The last season Biedrins played at the Warriors in NBA. In 55 games he had just 0.4ppg and 2.9rpg. In 2004 he was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in first round (11th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Biedrins was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Biedrins has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004. He also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Spain six years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 15.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 0.0%, FT: 55.6%.
Biedrins has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Skonto and Kadeti.



Beno Udrih will not suit up for the hosts - by Eurobasket News

Beno Udrih (194-PG-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) will not suit up for Slovenia at EuroBasket 2013. The experienced player reverted his initial decision.
Beno Udrih played last season at Orlando Magic in NBA. In 27 games he had 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 6.1apg last season. Udrih also played at the Bucks in NBA that season. In 39 games he recorded 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg. In 2004 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Udrih won NBA championship title in 2005 and 2007. He was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Rookies Team back in 2005.
Udrih was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2010 and previously for U22 National Team in 2001. Udrih represented Slovenia at the World Championships in Japan seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51%, 3FGP: 41.2%, FT: 71.4%.



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Standings Division A

Standings
Group E
1. France3-1
2. Russia3-1
3. Serbia2-2
4. Lithuania2-2
5. Czech Rep.2-2
6. Bosnia0-4
Group F
1. Turkey4-0
2. Spain2-2
3. Italy2-2
4. Latvia2-2
5. Croatia1-3
6. U.Kingdom1-3
Group G
1. Greece2-0
2. Slovenia1-1
3. Ukraine1-1
4. Bulgaria0-2

Second Stage: Round 5

E

Jul. 23: FRA - CZE 71-73
Jul. 23: LTU - RUS 59-68
Jul. 23: BIH - SRB 51-77

F

Jul. 23: ESP - CRO 64-63
Jul. 23: LAT - TUR 62-64
Jul. 23: ENG - ITA 37-57

G

Jul. 23: BUL - SLO 77-85
Jul. 23: UKR - GRE 51-76

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Jul. 24: CZE - SRB
Jul. 24: LTU - BIH
Jul. 24: RUS - FRA

F

Jul. 24: TUR - ESP
Jul. 24: LAT - ENG
Jul. 24: CRO - ITA

G

Jul. 24: SLO - GRE
Jul. 24: BUL - UKR


Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (205-SF-95)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Vezenkov, Aris23.2 
 2. Diamantakos, Pana.19.0 
 3. Fontecchio, Oknopl.18.4 
 4. Nelson, Reading R.18.2 
 5. Fedorchenko, Trium.17.0 
 6. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.16.0 
 7. Peterka, BK Pardu.15.8 
 8. Rebec, Helios15.8 
 9. Zganec, KK Zagreb14.6 
 10. Martynov, N.Novgo.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (205-F/C-96)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Sabonis, Clinic.13.4 
 2. Porzingis, Cajasol11.4 
 3. Diamantakos, Pana.11.0 
 4. Peterka, BK Pardu.9.8 
 5. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.9.6 
 6. Zganec, KK Zagreb9.4 
 7. Sakhniuk, BC Kyiv9.2 
 8. Vezenkov, Aris9.2 
 9. Birsen, Fener.Ulker9.0 
 10. Veljkovic, Mega V.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Rebec, Helios8.4 
 2. Sipahi, Tofas5.0 
 3. Kouril, Lucentum5.0 
 4. Inglis, Roanne4.2 
 5. Dang, Un.Olimpija3.8 
 6. Geks, VEF Riga3.8 
 7. Jugovic, Partizan.3.8 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.4 
 9. Zganec, KK Zagreb3.4 
 10. Martin, Real Madr.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Rebec, Helios3.8 
 2. Soluade, Clinic.2.6 
 3. Boyarkin, BC Do.2.6 
 4. Novak, Geoplin Slo.2.4 
 5. Sans, Prat Juvent.2.4 
 6. Ozmizrak, Besiktas2.2 
 7. Martynov, N.Novgor.2.2 
 8. Spyridonidis, Ilys.2.2 
 9. Martin, Real Madrid2.0 
 10. Ulubay, Pertevniy.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Porzingis, Cajasol4.4 
 2. Kosut, Pertevniyal3.8 
 3. Okoroh, Derby T.2.6 
 4. Dolensek, Geopli.1.6 
 5. Kulikov, Girona1.3 
 6. Karamatic, Capljina1.2 
 7. Guven, Karsiyaka1.2 
 8. Veljkovic, Mega V.1.2 
 9. Kottas, PAOK1.2 
 10. Bigby-W., Lewisha.1.0 


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Holland1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Estonia0-1
4. FYR Macedon.0-1
Group F
1. Israel1-0
2. Montenegro1-0
3. Sweden0-1
4. Belgium0-1
Group G (9-16 places)
1. Germany1-0
2. Hungary1-0
3. Norway0-1
4. Finland0-1
Group H (9-16 places)
1. Switzerland1-0
2. Portugal1-0
3. Romania0-1
4. Belarus0-1
Group I (17-22 places)
1. Austria1-0
2. Denmark0-0
3. Georgia0-1
Group J (17-22 places)
1. Slovakia1-0
2. Luxembourg0-0
3. Scotland0-1

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


Day 2 of Second Stage in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Lithuania - Russia 59-68
Russia survive Lithuanian battle at the U18 European Championship. Russia posted a 68:59 win for 3-1 record in Group E. Lithuania meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record and will need a victory tomorrow in order to advance to the Quarterfinals. Russia have booked a spot in the U18 European Championship quarter-finals. They started the game with an 18-7 lead but saved 8 points advantage at the halftime. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) opened the second half for 35:25 lead and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 41:32. Gavrilov later scored three free throws for 48:34 deficit. Lithuania closed the game with a 25-20 run but managed to reduce to final 9 points. Viacheslav Fedorchenko stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Ivan Viktorov netted 14. Alexander Martynov brought 12, whilst Ilya Popov had 6. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) answered with 15 points in defeat and Domantas Sabonis had 12. Haroldas Saprykinas nailed 10 points and Augustas Suliauskas added 7.

France - Czech Republic 71-73
Czech Republic claimed a valuable victory over France at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Czech team to 2-2 record in Group E. France slipped at 3-1 record after the loss. Czech Republic stayed dominant throughout the first half. They enjoyed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus turned things around in the third term. France stiffened defensively and spurred ahead for a narrow 56:54 lead at the final break. But Matej Svoboda and Peterka connected from beyond the arc as Czech Republic quickly regained the lead in the fourth frame. Pechacek soon made it an 8-point game. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) and Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dragged France within two 71:73 late in regulation but Czech Republic held on to snatch the victory. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) finished with 13 points, while Radovan Kouril and Matej Svoboda netted 11 points each for the winners. Axel Bouteille responded with 21 points for France. Damien Inglis chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Bosnia - Serbia 51-77
Serbia earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They bruised Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-2 record in Group E. Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) paced balanced effort with 10 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 0-4 record in the ladder. Serbia jumped to an early 22:9 lead. They held Bosnia to 7 points in the second period to ensure a 45:16 halftime advantage. Serbia boosted their lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 32 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not threaten Serbia at the end. Dejan Davidovac and Bozidar Babovic produced 9 points each for the winning side. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Alic chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Group F
United Kingdom - Italy 37-57
Italy rout England on Tuesday night of the U18 European Championship in Division A. The Italian side improved to 2-2 record after a 57:37 win. England meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group F. Both teams entered the game with 1-2 records and looked forward achieving the second victory. Italy erupted with a 12-2 surge in the first period and had 8-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Italy dominated the second half as well and posted two victories. They came up with 12-8 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-13 rally. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and Nicola Akele (195-G-95) nailed 10. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) delivered 9, whilst Jacopo Vedovato had 8. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) answered with 8 points in defeat and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade had 7. Jules Dang Akodo delivered 6 points in the losing effort.

Latvia - Turkey 62-64
Turkey just prevailed over Latvia at the U18 European Championship today. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) nailed 19 points to lead Turkey as they climbed at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. The hosts surged ahead in the opening frame. Latvia ensured a 20:13 lead following ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit in the second stanza. They got within 4 points at the interval 34:30. Turkey erased the deficit in the third term. Solid defence helped them enter the fourth frame tied with Latvia at 47. The lead changed hands throughout intense fourth frame. Okben Ulubay sparked a 10:0 run for Turkey as they claimed a 64:59 lead with 31 seconds remaining. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) dropped a three-pointer to put Latvia closer but they ran out of time. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 10 points, while Kartal Ozmizrak had 9 points for the winners. Andzejs Pasecniks answered with 24 points for Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis had 13 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Spain - Croatia 64-63
Spain secured the first win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Croatia for 2-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winning team. Croatia fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. The Croats opened the game with five straight points. They dominated throughout the opening quarter and raced to a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain cut the deficit in the second frame but could not pull ahead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by two points 37:35. Agusti Sans triggered a 14:0 run in the third period as Spain surged ahead for a 52:43 lead. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Mazalin erased the deficit and put team on level terms at 54. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95), Marc Garcia and Agusti Sans gave Spain a 64:56 advantage with under three minutes remaining. However Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) and Mazalin restored the intrigue trimming the deficit to a single point 63:64. Agusti Sans and Bosnjak traded misses in the dying seconds as Spain got away with a tough win. Ilimane Diop accounted for 12 points, while Jose Nogues, Juan Hernangomez and Marc Garcia had 6 points each for the winners. Tomislav Gabric and Marko Arapovic answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Group G
Ukraine - Greece 51-76
Greece registered the second consecutive win at the classification round Group G of the U18 European Championship. They overwhelmed Ukraine for 2-0 record. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) nailed 18 points for the winners. Greece eked out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine turned things their way in the second frame. They surged ahead and snatched a 28:27 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes struck back after the big break. Greece went off the locker rooms firing from all guns. They unleashed 34 points in the third stanza to ensure a massive 24-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Ukraine could not recover from the blow as Greece marched to the victory in the fourth stanza. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) netted 16 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 13 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin had 10 points in the losing case.

Bulgaria - Slovenia 77-85
Slovenia celebrated the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group G. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) nailed 29 points, issued 13 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 steals to orchestrate victory. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Bulgaria and Slovenia were tied at 22-all after ten minutes. Things did not change in the second frame. The teams went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the first half. The scoreboard read 37:37 at halftime. Bulgaria pulled ahead in the third period. They erupted for 30 points and gained a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Slovenia found the way to recover. Matic Rebec nailed 10 points in the quarter triggering a 25:10 run that sealed the win for his team. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) finished with 14 points, while Domen Janc added 10 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov chipped in 11 points in the loss.


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  FBA   

Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 10-2 
 2. Heartland P. 9-3 
 3. Florida Flight 5-7 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-12 



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Akeem Wright next to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen

American swingman Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) will continue his basketball career in Finland. Wright and Pyrinto (Tampere) have signed a 1-year-contract (2013-14). Wright has a lot of international experience when playing earlier in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Canada, Israel and three seasons in New Zealand. Pyrinto has then two American players signed as Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) has re-signed with Tampere team and will start his ninth (9) season on Pyrinto roster. Pieti Poikola will return to Tampere and act as Team's Head Coach.
Shooting Guard Aleksi Akpaso (192-SG-92) (4,8 ppg - 1,1 rpg) has signed a 1-year contract with KTP-Basket (Kotka). Akpaso played on Kouvot (Kouvola) roster the last two seasons (2011-13).



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  FRANCE   


Anthony Dobbins set to join Dijon - by Eurobasket News

Dijon bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81, college: Richmond). The guard spent the last season with Poitiers. He notched 9.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game in ProA. He was named All-French ProA Bosman Player of the Year. Anthony Dobbins was also trumped All-French ProA Defensive Player of the Year. Previously Anthony Dobbins had stints in Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, NBDL. He made it into French ProA All-Bosmans Team in 2008. Anthony Dobbins was French Cup winner in 2008 and 2010. He also played at French ProA Finals in 2009.


U18 European Championship: Prokop Slanina pivotal in Czech Republic win over France - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U18 - France U18 73:71

Czech Republic claimed a valuable victory over France at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Czech team to 2-2 record in Group E. France slipped at 3-1 record after the loss.
Czech Republic stayed dominant throughout the first half. They enjoyed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus turned things around in the third term. France stiffened defensively and spurred ahead for a narrow 56:54 lead at the final break. But Matej Svoboda (198-F-96) and Peterka connected from beyond the arc as Czech Republic quickly regained the lead in the fourth frame. Pechacek soon made it an 8-point game. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) and Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dragged France within two 71:73 late in regulation but Czech Republic held on to snatch the victory. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) finished with 13 points, while Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) and Matej Svoboda netted 11 points each for the winners. Axel Bouteille responded with 21 points for France. Damien Inglis chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Czech Republic U18: Prokop Slanina 18+10 boards, Jiri Soula 13, Radovan Kouril 11, Matej Svoboda 11
France U18: Axel Bouteille 21, Damien Inglis 14



Gerald Robinson may sign with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89, college: Georgia) (ex Leuven) could be added to Antibes roster
Sharks Antibes (ProA) is close to ink 24-year old American point guard Gerald Robinson who played last time at Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgium. In 28 Ethias League games he recorded 14.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg last season.
Among other achievements Robinson played in the final of OVC Tournament in 2008. He received also All-OVC 2nd Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Robinson graduated from University of Georgia in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.



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West Clinches Late Pa Modou Sarr Memorial Trophy - by Eurobasket News

The late Pa Modou Sarr Memorial final was played recently at the Serrekunda West Basketball Court which saw Serrekunda West emerge as winners for the first time since the start of the tournament 8 years ago.
West have already qualified after beating Serrekunda East about weeks ago and had to wait for the game between Brikama and YMCA, which was won by Brikama.
West won by 55 to 50 points against Brikama in the finals. Among the spectators were family members, Mariama Sarr, a sister to Pa Modou Sarr, as well as Ustas Loum, who led in prayers after the game and gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the family.
Andrew Jatta and Abdoulie Secka, co-organizers of the tournament, thanked all the teams that participated, referees, and the SK West Sports Development Organization for making it this year a success.
The late Pa Modou Sarr was a basketball player. He was son of Dawda Sarr and Aji Amie Mbye of Kotu East. Pa Modou was a student and first Head Boy at Methodist Senior Secondary School before he left for the United States to pursue his education at the Navarro College in Texas.
He died in 2004 in a car accident shortly after a basketball game when the team was travelling back home.
Since then a Memorial Tournament is organised in his memory.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  GERMANY   


Wayne Bernard To Strap On The NBC Jersey - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For many people around the world, San Diego belongs to the most beautiful cities in California so Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) must know something about lovely surroundings and after seeing the allurement of places like Israel, France, Greece, Finland or Sweden, the American has found a new second home in Germany since 2008 and will remain here as he signed a contract with the Nurnberger Basketball Club. Bernard is a 31 year old 190cm guard that will be starting his sixth professional season Germany and play for his fourth team here after MBC, Giessen and Ludwigsburg. Bernard is the type of player that is the Team's focal points on offense and defense. He has displayed a knack for knocking down clutch baskets in key situations, Bernard is a player that performs at his best in pressure situations. He has superb range on his jumper, and can also drive to the hoop with slashing moves. He is also a capable ball handler. Last season he played for the Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL, starting five): 34 games: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 84.3%. "It is great to have a player of his qualities. He will be a great addition for us with what he does on the court and his charachter. We will have much happiness with him", stressed NBC head coach Martin Ides.

Bernard started his basketball career in 1999 for Davidson (NCAA) where he played until 2003 and in his senior year he played 7 games: 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 83.3%. In 2003-2004 he started his basketball career for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.): 10 games: 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg: waived at the end of Dec.'03: averaged 31.7 min, 14 pts, 5.5 as, 3.3 to, 2.4 st and a VAL of 14.1 in 10 games, at the end of Jan.'04 signed at Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005 he played for Norrkoping Dolphins (Sweden-Basketligan): 30 games: 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006 he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB): 34 games: 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007 he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB): 18 games: 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; left in Jan.'07: 18 games: 10ppg 2rpg 2apg, then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 11 games: 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008 he played for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 47 games: 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. He then played three seasons in Weissenfels for the Mitteldeutscher BC helping the club recah the Beko BBL in 2009 and playing a total of 98 Beko BBL games. In 2011-2012 he played for 34 games: 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Southern Conf. North Division Regular Season Runner-Up -01Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team -01, Southern Conf. North Division Regular Season Champion -02, Southern Conf. Tournament Winner -02All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team -03, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Defensive Team -05, Swedish Basketligan Quarterfinals -05, French ProB Finalist -06, Finnish Cup Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team -08Finnish League Finalist -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Guard of the Year -09Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year -09, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -09

Source: NBC



Filmore Beck Stays In The Region And Moves To TV Langen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes one just cant depart from a region as Filmore Beck (189-SG-91) has proven as the Rhein-Main area seems to carry and keep his basketball roots as he will move to TV Langen this season. Beck has played in Frankfurt and Hanau and now will play in southern Hessen for the team of Jogi Barth. Beck is a 22 year old 189cm shooting guard that last season played for TG 1837 White Wings Hanau (ProB): 12 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 66.7%. "I am looking forward to working with Filmore. He has been a big talent for years that had to handle injuries. He will take on an important role in my system with his shooting. I also want to work much on his versatility, because I think that he still has potential", stressed TV Langen head coach Thomas Glasauer.
Beck started his basketball career in 2006 with the Eintracht Frankfurt cadet team. H econtinued to play for Eintracht Frankfurt until 2009. He then played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Beko BBL and Pro B team until 2011. Beck played one Beko BBL game for Frankfurt. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -07, German U18 National Team -09, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team -10, and German Bundesliga Finalist -10

Source: TV Langen









Alba Berlin Strike With Top Guard Duo David Logan And Vojdan Stojanovski - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It seems like Alba Berlin fans had really been suffering the last days as top German players Heiko Schaffartzik and Yassin Idbihi left the team as well as many other top players the last weeks and the 8 time Beko BBL champion was very reserved about bringing in new top players, but today they struck with a giant announcement bringing in a top guard duo with David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) and Vojdan Stojanovski. David Logan is a 30 year old 185cm guard that will be playing his ninth professional season and also has the Polish citzenship. He has played for many top addresses in Europe. Last season he played for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP-2 (65.2%), 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 80.0%; Euroleague: 27 games: 10.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 64.0%. "David is a great get. He has played for top european teams and coaches. He is in his best basketball age, hard to stop on offense and has much ambition", added Alba Berlin head coach sasa Obradovic. Logan started his basketball career at Indianapolis (NCAA2) in 2005 and in hiss enior year played 29 games: ScoreNCAA2-1 (28.6ppg), 4.4rpg, 5.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 78.8%: Finished collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in Indianapolis and GLVC history with 2,352 points. In 2005-2006, he started his basketball career with Edimes Pavia (Italy-Lega2): 12 games: 17.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 64.9%; in Dec.'05 moved to Ramat Hasharon (Israel-Premier League): 22 games: 15.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 58.3%. In 2006-2007 he played for WTK Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-DBL), but did not signed, in Nov.'06 moved to Fort Worth Flyers (D-League): 7 games: 3.6ppg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 66.7%, left next month, in Jan.'07 agreed terms with SKS Polphamra-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (Poland-DBL, starting five): 14 games: 15.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 50%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 71.9%. In 2007-2008 he played for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE, starting five): ULEB Cup: 15 games: 18.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 68.3%; Polish League: 35 games: Score-1 (18.8ppg), 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 80.2%. He stayed in Poland and played for Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Sopot from 2008-2010 playing 35 Euroleague games. In 2010-2011 he played for Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 19 games: 10.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 73.5%; Spanish League: 37 games: 7.7ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 72.0%. In 2011-2012 he played for top Greek team Panathinaikos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): Euroleague: 20 games: 6.9ppg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 70.6%; Greek League: 32 games: 9.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 82.5%. He won the polish league title in 2009, wn cups in Poland and Greece, was a three time Polish all star and won the slam dunk contest in Poland. He also palyed for the Polish national team in 2009 and played at the European Championships in Poland -09: 6 games: 15.5ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-3 (4.5apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 75.0%.

Vojdan Stojanovski is a 25 yera old 194cm guard from Macedonia that is an excellent shooter, aggressive defender and can play both guard positions. He played for Sasa Obradovic at BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague) an dlast season played VTB League: 20 games: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 84.4%; Ukrainian Superleague: 34 games: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 85.4%; EuroCup: 6 games: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 93.3%, 2reb. I know Vojdan from my team in Donetsk. He was my key player to winning teh title. he is a versatile player with agood shot and will take responsobility when needed. He is ahard worker that has shown that he fits to my philosophy", stated Sasa Obradovic. He started his basketball career in 2004 for the KK Biceri junior team. H ethen played for Vardar Osiguranje Skopje for two seasons and two seasons for AMMAK SP Ohrid. In 2009-2010 he played for : KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (Serbia-A League). In 2010-2011 he played for Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (Superleague): Balkan League: 10 games: 11.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 78.9%; FYR Macedonian League: 34 games: 11.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 84.5%. In 2011-2012 he played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 20 games: 14.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 81.9%; in Jan.'12 moved to BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): Ukrainian League: 28 games: 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT-2 (47.7%), FT: 86.1%; EuroCup: 7 games: 6.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. "I am happy to play for a big and international team liek Alba Berlin. I know Sasa from my time in Donetsk and know that he is a good coach. I like his style to defend aggressively and with intensity", stated Vojdan Stojanovski. Awards/Achievements in his baksetball career have been
FYR Macedonian U18 National Team -05, European Championships U18 Div.B in Ruzomberok -05: 7 games: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3FGP: 25%, FT: 84.2%, Macedonian League Finalist -06, Macedonian U20 National Team -06-07, European Championships U20 Division B in Lisbon (Portugal) -06 (Silver): 4 games: 1.0ppg, Macedonian Prva B Liga Champion -07, European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) -07: 6 games: 10.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 21.2%, FT: 87.5%, Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Most Improved Player of the Year -08
Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket.com Macedonian League All-Domestic Players Team -08, 11
FYR Macedonian National Team -08-13, Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 2 games: 0.0ppg, Macedonian Cup Winner -09
Macedonian League All-Star Game -09, European Championships in Poland -09: 5 games: 3.6ppg, 1.2rpg, Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 8 games: 3.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4spg, Macedonian Cup Semifinals -11, Balkan League Champion -11, Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention -11, Macedonian League Regular Season Champion -11, Macedonian League Champion -11, European Championships in Lithuania -11 (Semifinals): 11 games: 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT-1 (94.4%), Eurocup Quarterfinals -12, Ukrainian Superleague Champion -12
Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) -12: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP-1 (85.7%), 3PT: 28.6%
Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention -13.

Source: Alba Belrin





Vojdan Stojanovski: Ich bin sehr gluecklich, von einem groen und international renommierten Club wie ALBA verpflichtet worden zu sein. Ich kenne Sasa Obradovic gut aus unserer gemeinsamen Zeit in Donezk und wei, dass er ein sehr guter Trainer ist. Ich mag seinen Stil, hart zu verteidigen und intensiv zu spielen.'






Anthony King To Strap On An Artland Dragons Jersey For A Third Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) will be starting his sixth professional season soon and it will be with the Artland Dragons as they have kept him for a third season. King has never played longer for a team than with Artland besides the Miami Hurricanes in the NCAA, but as a pro, he played as a rookie in Frankfurt and then two seasons in Cyprus. King is a 28 year old 206cm center from Durham, North Carolina that improved his scoring, rebounding, assists and field goal percentage last season in comparison to his freshman campaign in Quackenbruck. Last season he played 36 games: 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 79.4%; EuroCup: 5 games: 11.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 72.2%. "Anthony is a very hard worker and has improved in his five years each season.I am sure that he will continue to develop", stressed Artland Dragons head coach Tyrone Mccoy.

Source: Artland Dragons




The Aschersleben Tigers Retain Sebastian Harke - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Regionaliga club Aschersleben Tigers have held on to Sebastian Harke (203-F/C-81). Harke is a 31 year old 203cm center that will be playing his second season with the Tigers. The German has played for teams like Freibrug, BSW Sixers, Magdeburg or Iserlohn in the past and will continue to give the Tigers that much needed experience. "We knew from the start that we would be working together again this season. We are happy that we could keep him and are happy that he will be an important part in our team", stressed Tigers manager Alexander Rolle. Last season Harke played 22 games: 12.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 55.5%, 3Pts: 25.9%, FT: 60.0%. "I am proud to play for the Tigers again and am looking forward to the new season. We have agreat team and will work hard in the pre season to get a good start into the season. The leagueis more competitive and we will have to go to the limit to be succcessful. I am convinced that our fans will see a high motivated team", added Sebastian Harke.

Source: Aschersleben Tigers



Weissenhorn Youngstars add Timo Volk - by Moritz Korff

The Weissenhorn Youngstars have landed a talented forward as Timo Volk (204-F-93) has committed to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B side.

"He has great potential. The statistics in his final NBBL season have been outstanding", Weissenhorn sport director Artur Kolodziejski stated. Volk, a 19-year-old product of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, averaged 12.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocked shots and close to 2 steals a contest for the BIS Baskets Speyer during the 2011-12 campaign of the Under 19 Bundesliga. He continued to impress after making the transition to men's basketball, producing 14.5 points, 8.9 boards and 2 blocks a game for 1. Regionalliga South-West team Baskets Voelklingen-Warndt last season.



Thomas Roijakkers to coach Citybasket Recklinghausen - by Moritz Korff

Thomas Roijakkers has been named the head coach of City Basket Recklinghausen (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 34-year-old Dutch had a short stint at DBC Houthalen's women's team in Belgium last season. In the 2005-06 season he served as a head coach of TV Bensberg in the German women's Bundesliga, followed by two years at SV Halle. He guided the team to the 2007 2. DBBL North championship. From 2009 until 2012 Roijakkers worked as a coach assistant under Herman van den Belt at Dutch Eredivisie side Landstede Zwolle. Earlier this month media sent him to the Rhein-Main Baskets (DBBL), but the deal never happened.

Recklinghausen sport director Georg Kleine told ruhrnachrichten.de Roijakkers had been chosen over a bunch of candidates, the club had received applications for the position from all over the globe. "Basketball is my passion. I am living basketball 24 hours a day", the older brother of BG Goettingen head coach Johannes Roijakkers said in the publication



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U18 European Championship: Greece fire past Ukraine for second win in Group G - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Ukraine U18 76:51

Greece registered the second consecutive win at the classification round Group G of the U18 European Championship. They overwhelmed Ukraine for 2-0 record. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) nailed 18 points for the winners.
Greece eked out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine turned things their way in the second frame. They surged ahead and snatched a 28:27 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes struck back after the big break. Greece went off the locker rooms firing from all guns. They unleashed 34 points in the third stanza to ensure a massive 24-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Ukraine could not recover from the blow as Greece marched to the victory in the fourth stanza. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) netted 16 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) had 10 points in the losing case.

Greece U18: Alexandros Spyridonidis 18, Georgios Diamantakos 16, Dimitrios Stamatis 13
Ukraine U18: Oleksandr Antypov 12, Igor Boyarkin 10



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McCann brothers set to hit the heights in Plymouth Raiders academy.. - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

The McCann brothers, Ross and Shane, are the latest signings to the Plymouth Raiders 2nd team Elite academy for the forthcoming season.

As stated by the Academy Coaching Director Jay Marriott "to take the next step in our development as an Academy, we needed to add size to the team. It couldn't just be a stereotypical big man with no mobility; we needed a player that would fit the mould of our running game. To find not just one, but two players that can run like gazelles but who also bring size and toughness was fantastic, and the fact they are brothers makes their transition that much smoother".

Both brothers play for Kubs Basketball Club in North Dublin and will be heading to the academy during August.

The Plymouth Raiders 2nd team Academy enjoyed incredible success in their maiden season, winning four competitions and losing only one game, with these exciting signings Coach Marriott can't wait to kick off pre-season training at the beginning of August "I really feel we are primed and ready to move to the next level with this group of players, the pressure is certainly on me to get the best out of the team given the talent they possess, but it's a task I relish, bring it on..."





Carroll heads to Plymouth Raiders Academy - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Oblate Basketball Club point guard, Alan Carroll Jr, heads to Plymouth Raiders Elite academy this August to join the other recent signings from Ireland.

Academy Director Jay Marriott invited Alan and his parents over to Plymouth in early May to try out with the current squad. 'We had Alan train with the team for two days, after day one I knew I wanted to to sign him up. I am looking for the complete package in terms of the players we want at the academy, we are looking for players with a high basketball IQ, Alan had this in spades'. Marriott set up the academy last year and has literally blazed a trail in terms of progress over the season, 'We competed in various leagues, both locally and nationally, and were beaten only once, it has been a phenomenal success so far and I am proud of our players and back room staff for their efforts'.

Carroll, who turned 16 in April, is a 6' point guard with a lightning first step and a high percentage shot from beyond the arc, 'I believe Alan will fit in really well with the elite team this season, he is a natural athlete with a willingness to listen and learn' Marriott remarked.

Although it has been operating for only one season, the Plymouth Raiders Academy has already scored a major success with one of it's Irish stars, Jordan Blount, being signed to the prestigous Gran Canaria academy for two years. Coach Marriott is confident that this is the first of many successes for the academy 'with athletes like Alan coming on board we are super excited for the new season'.




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Gary Flowers could join Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona (Winner League) is close to sign 27-year old American forward Gary Flowers (203-86, college: S.Mississippi) who plays at Titanes Del Distrito Nacional in Dominican Republic. The last season Flowers played at D-Fenders in D-League. In 46 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg and 1.6bpg. Part of previous (11-12) season he spent at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 6 games he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg that season. Flowers also spent pre-season at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (BBL) in German league that year.
Among other achievements he played in the final of D-League in 2012. Flowers received also NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Flowers graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maccabi Haifa inks Moran Roth - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Bazan Haifa inks PG Moran Roth (178-PG-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) for one year. Roth, who played last season in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, prefered the offer of Haifa over Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. After the signing Roth said:"I'm very exciting to play in Haifa. It's a great team with a wonderful crowd and I'm looking forward to continue the success in both Israeli league and the Eurocup". Last season Roth didn't receive too many chances in Maccabi and had an average of 2.1 ppg & 1.9 apg in the Israeli league while in the Euroleague he had 1.2 ppg & 1.2 apg. In 2008 he led Hapoel Holon to win a sensational championship over Maccabi Tel Aviv.


Joe Ingles officially joins Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv officiated the deal with Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports). The Australian forward moves from FC Regal Barcelona to Israel. The deal is meant for two seasons. Joe Ingles tallied 6.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Liga Endesa last season. He also notched 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per EuroLeague appearance. Previously Joe Ingles had spells for CB Granada and Melbourne South Dragons. He was named All-Australian NBL Rookie of the Year in 2007. Next year Ingles earned All-Australian NBL Honourable Mention. The forward was ACB Champion in 2011 and 2012. He has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2007. Joe Ingles tallied 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game at the London Olympic Games.


Ironi Ness Ziyyona added Meir Tapiro as their PG for the 2013/2014 season - by Eurobasket News

Meir Tapiro (192-PG-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) signed a 2 year deal with Ness Ziyyona. The last season Meir Tapiro played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel. In 34 games he had 6.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Meir Tapiro also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.7apg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel. In 30 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 7.2apg (top 2) and 1.5spg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Meir Tapiro's team won Israeli Cup in 2007. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2007 and 2008. Meir Tapiro represented Israel at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 50.0%. Meir Tapiro has played previously professionally in France (Sluc Nancy) and Israel (Maccabi Rishon, Maccabi Sderot, Bnei Hasharon and Haifa/Nesher BC).



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Italy National Team B wins Torneo di Jixi - by Eurobasket News

Italy National Team B wins Torneo di Jixi with 4 participating teams.
In Game 1 Italy overcame China 88:78. Marco Spanghero (186-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Marco Santiangeli (193-G-91) netted 16. Iannuzzi had 15, while Davide Pascolo (201-F-90) added 11.
In Game 2 Italy did not leave any chance to United States and posted a 95:58 win. Marco Spanghero stepped up with 23 points and Mian had 19. Fantinelli and Davide Pascolo delivered 10 points apiece.
In Game 3 Italy won over Germany 69:57. Davide Pascolo top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Sabbatino had 16. Marco Spanghero and Marco Santiangeli followed them with 9 points in a win.



U18 European Championship: Italy rout England on Tuesday night - by Eurobasket News

England U18-Italy U18 37:57

Italy rout England on Tuesday night of the U18 European Championship in Division A. The Italian side improved to 2-2 record after a 57:37 win. England meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group F.
Both teams entered the game with 1-2 records and looked forward achieving the second victory. Italy erupted with a 12-2 surge in the first period and had 8-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Italy dominated the second half as well and posted two victories. They came up with 12-8 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-13 rally.
Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and Nicola Akele (195-G-95) nailed 10. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) delivered 9, whilst Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) had 8. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) answered with 8 points in defeat and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (198-F/G-95) had 7. Jules Dang Akodo delivered 6 points in the losing effort.

England U18: Kingsley Okoroh 8, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 7, Jules Dang Akodo 6
Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 19, Nicola Akele 10, Tommaso Laquintana 9, Jacopo Vedovato 8



Darko Jukic (ex Horsens IC) agreed terms with Fileni BPA Jesi - by Eurobasket News

ileni BPA Jesi (Lega Due Gold) inked 23-year old Danish international guard Darko Jukic (198-G-90, agency: Two Points). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 36 games he was third best scorer with impressive 21.4ppg and had 8.8rpg (#4 in the league), 3.6apg, 1.8spg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team.
Jukic has been a member of Danish international program for some years. He has been regularly called to Danish senior team since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
Jukic has played previously professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm) and Denmark (Aarhus BC and Falcon).
His game is described as: A very athletic young guard who has the technical skills to play both the guard spots and the leaping ability to make thunderous dunks.

By Eurobasket Data Center



New Lega2: official teams list - by Armando Caporaso

These are the official lists with all the teams that will play the next season in Lega2 Gold (the old Lega2) and Lega2 Silver (the old DNA).

Lega2 Gold

Centrale del Latte Brescia
Upea Capo d'Orlando
Novipiu Casale Monferrato
Sigma Barcellona
Lighthouse Trapani
Aget Service Imola
Fileni BPA Jesi
Tezenis Verona
FMC Ferentino
PMS Torino
Angelico Biella
Prima Veroli
Azzurro Napoli Basket
LeGamberi Foods Forli
Acegas Aps Trieste
Pallacanestro Trento 2009

Lega2 Silver

Mobyt Ferrara
Arca Impresa Lucca
Affrico Basket Firenze
Bawer Matera
Madogas Natural Energy BNB
Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria
Liomatic Group Bari
Primavera Mirandola
Moncada Solar Agrigento
Assigeco Casalpusterlengo
Acmar Ravenna
Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio
BLS Chieti
La Fortezza Recanati
Mec-Energy Roseto
Paffoni Omegna

The first seven teams at the end of the regular season in Lega2 Gold + the first team of the Lega2 Silver will play the promotion playoffs for a place in Serie A.



Four new players for Venezia: D.Taylor, Peric, Linhart & A.Smith! - by Armando Caporaso

In the day of yesterday, with great surprise, the Reyer Venezia has completed his roster for the new season with the the announcement at the same time of four new foreign players: Donnel Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB), Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85), Nate Linhart (201-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Akron) and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.)!

Taylar left Reggio Emilia after a long negotiation failed for the renew of the contract and especially after a great season closed with 18.6 ppg (best scorer of the Serie A), 4.4 rpg and 1.9 spg leading the newly promoted team until the sixth place in regular season, the elimination in the quarterfinals against Roma (3-4 the series) and the qualification obtained for the next Eurochallegne. For the ex NBA (98 games with the Wizards) will be the fourth season in Italy with 2 promotions from the Lega2 obtained with Casale Monferrato (2011) and own Reggio Emilia (2012).

Peric started the 2012/13 season at home with the KK Zagreb before to come back in Italy signing with the Vanoli Cremona helping the team to remain in A1 (with a great second part of season for all the players) closing with 14.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg in 23 games. The native of Dubrovnik played in Croatia with different teams and out of his country with Malaga (playing also in Euroleague) and Treviso in 2011.

Linhart is an American forward, come out from The University of Akron, that has played the last season in Germany with the TBB Trier resulting one of the best defenders of all the BBL. In his second year with the German team scored 11.6 points adding 6.5 rpg in 34 games improving the performances of the previous season. Before the Germany there are 50 games in D-League (Erie Bay Hawks) and a season in Austria with the BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld.

Smith, also followed by the EA7 Milan during this summer, comes from the Krasnie Krilya Samara where played in three different competitions for 43 total games: PBL (winning the national cup), VTB (until the quarterfinals) and Eurochallenge where was decisive for the victory against Karsiyaka (his ex team where he played 2 years getting the trophy for the best foreign player of the TBL). In the final game (77-76 the result) has closed the match with 14 points and 7 rebounds while in the entire cup the forward scored 14.0 ppg with 6.6 rpg and 16.9 of ranking. In his recent past also a really good season in Italy with Caserta (2011/12) like best scorer and fourth for rebounds in the league (18.4 ppg and 7.7 rpg) and experiences also in Switzerland, Japan and UK (with the Everton Tigers 26.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg in 2009 with 49% by 3).

Moreover Federico Casarin announced that will complete the team for the 2013/14 season also the Italian center Daniele Magro (208-C-87) and the young Francesco Candussi (211-PF-94).



Enel Brindisi may land Sergii Gladyr - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old Ukrainian international shooting guard Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88) who played last time at Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada in Spain. In 26 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Gladyr played at La Bruixa d'Or Manresa (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 31 games he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg that season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Gladyr was voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 76.3%.
Gladyr has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2.
On Gladyr: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Giuliano Maresca is a newcomer at Sigma Barcellona - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega Due Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old former international guard Giuliano Maresca (192-86kg-81). The last season Maresca played at Juvecaserta (SerieA). In 30 games he recorded 5.8ppg and 1.9rpg.
Among other achievements he won Italian Lega Due championship title in 2010. Maresca received also Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2005 and 2010. He represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games four years ago.
Maresca has played previously for seven other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso, Enel Brindisi, Imola, Napoli J.News, Roseto, Sutor Montegranaro and Napoli J.News.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Giuliano Maresca is a newcomer at Sigma Barcellona - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega Due Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old former international guard Giuliano Maresca (192-86kg-81). The last season Maresca played at Juvecaserta (SerieA). In 30 games he recorded 5.8ppg and 1.9rpg.
Among other achievements he won Italian Lega Due championship title in 2010. Maresca received also Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2005 and 2010. He represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games four years ago.
Maresca has played previously for seven other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso, Enel Brindisi, Imola, Napoli J.News, Roseto, Sutor Montegranaro and Napoli J.News.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mordente re-signs at JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

JuveCaserta Basket (SerieA) confirmed in their roster 34-year old domestic ex-international shooting guard Marco Mordente (192-92kg-79). He played there last season. In 30 SerieA games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season Mordente played at Lottomatica Roma. In 25 games he recorded 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg that season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the SerieA Semifinals in 2003 and 2011. Mordente was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game in 2011. He also represented Italy at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 1.0apg.
Mordente has played previously for three other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso, Trenkwalder RE and Montepaschi Siena.
He could be described: Very promising player, great dribbling and passing skills, very good shooter from behind the 3 pts arch, knows also how to penetrate; defends well on the opposite guards too, the problem is that he had too few playing time in last two seasons, and he is yet lacking of the right timing and of the quarterbacking skills that could make him one of the best Italian point guards.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Recanati signs Daman Starring - by Eurobasket News

La Fortezza Recanati (Lega Due Silver) signed 25-year old American guard Daman Starring (190-87kg-88). He just graduated from Cal-Irvine (NCAA). In 34 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to All-Big West 2nd Team and Big West All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above Starring is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mordente re-signs at JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

JuveCaserta Basket (SerieA) confirmed in their roster 34-year old domestic ex-international shooting guard Marco Mordente (192-92kg-79). He played there last season. In 30 SerieA games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (11-12) season Mordente played at Lottomatica Roma. In 25 games he recorded 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg that season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the SerieA Semifinals in 2003 and 2011. Mordente was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game in 2011. He also represented Italy at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 1.0apg.
Mordente has played previously for three other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso, Trenkwalder RE and Montepaschi Siena.
He could be described: Very promising player, great dribbling and passing skills, very good shooter from behind the 3 pts arch, knows also how to penetrate; defends well on the opposite guards too, the problem is that he had too few playing time in last two seasons, and he is yet lacking of the right timing and of the quarterbacking skills that could make him one of the best Italian point guards.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Sendai 89ers land James Hughes, ex B.Bystrica - by Eurobasket Center

Sendai 89ers (BJ League) tabbed 30-year old American center James Hughes (211-98kg-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law). Hughes managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at B.Bystrica in Slovakian Extraliga. In 12 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4bpg. He also spent pre-season at Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) in Swedish league that year. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Hughes was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 17 Basketligan games he had 7.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6bpg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 4.7ppg and 6.5rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Hughes played at NH Ostrava (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 42 games he had 14.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention.
In 2010-11 season he played at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 53 games he had 8.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1bpg.
In 2009-10 season Hughes played at Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 32 games he had 8.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2008-09 season he played at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League) in Israel. In 20 games he had 7.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2007 Hughes was drafted by Gary Steelheads (USBL) in second round (11th overall).
He attended Northern Illinois University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hughes' team won MAC West Division Regular Season in 2006. He received also All-MAC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2006 at his college time.
Hughes has played also professionally in Poland (Energa Czarni), Turkey (Trabzonspor) and Holland (M.Magixx).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: James Hughes is a very long and athletic post player. His biggest attributes are his ability to defend the paint, rebound and run the floor. A raw big man, James broke NIU's block record this past season with 208 blocks. As he is raw, he possesses a tremendous basketball IQ and his upside is limitless. His team won the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament championship, in which he had 10 pts, 8 rebounds and 3 blks. James is a legitimate NBA Prospect at the center position and can change any game with his defensive prowess.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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BC Astana lands Mikhail Evstigneev - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) tabbed 29-year old power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (201-110kg-84). He has played for the last four years at Barsy Atyrau (D1). In 11 Baltic League games he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg last season. Evstigneev played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com Kazakhstan League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2012. Evstigneev represented Kazakhstan at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
He has played previously for three other Kazakhstan teams: BK Almaty, Tobol and BK Bars.
Evstigneev is described as: A tough, experienced inside player, who can spend time in the 4 and 5 positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BC Astana lands Mikhail Evstigneev - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) tabbed 29-year old power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (201-110kg-84). He has played for the last four years at Barsy Atyrau (D1). In 11 Baltic League games he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg last season. Evstigneev played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com Kazakhstan League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2012. Evstigneev represented Kazakhstan at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
He has played previously for three other Kazakhstan teams: BK Almaty, Tobol and BK Bars.
Evstigneev is described as: A tough, experienced inside player, who can spend time in the 4 and 5 positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BC Astana inks Timur Sultanov - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old domestic point guard Timur Sultanov (178-72kg-81). He has played for the last nine seasons at Tobol (D1). He helped them to make it to the Kazakhstan Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Sultanov's team made it to the Kazakhstan Cup final in 2009 and 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Honorable Mention in 2012.
Sultanov is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BC Astana inks Timur Sultanov - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old domestic point guard Timur Sultanov (178-72kg-81). He has played for the last nine seasons at Tobol (D1). He helped them to make it to the Kazakhstan Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Sultanov's team made it to the Kazakhstan Cup final in 2009 and 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Honorable Mention in 2012.
Sultanov is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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The team had faith in me -Ligare - by Eurobasket News

Thunder basketball team captain Griffin Ligare (174-G-85) believes that the last second 3 point shot that he made to give his team a 64-63 win over KPA was a result of the confidence that the team had in him.
Ligare crushed KPAs hope of winning the KBF Classic League clash despite leading most of the time with only 2 seconds to go, the coach had called for a time out and the plan was to go for the 3 point shot at the resume of play of which the team left the responsibility to me. I am also grateful to God because it was not an assured shot but at the end it got in.
The win sees Thunder bounce back after last weekends loss to Strathmore University. The team is currently placed 3rd with 20 points after eleven matches of which they have won 9.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Ulinzi cry foul after loss to Co-op Bank - by Eurobasket News

Co-operative Bank, the mens Kenya Basketball Federation defending champion narrowly beat Ulinzi Warriors 57-53 in a national classic league match played at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on Saturday amid claims of tanking games in favour of the bankers.
The match was supposed to be a second leg fixture for the two teams but was drafted into the first leg roster.
Ulinzi had requested the Kenya Basketball Federation to reschedule of their matches because of their pending engagament in the regional military games in August.
This could have triggered the change in their fixtures but the clubs management and players wondered why it was the game against Co-op and not the others.
In their first leg fixtures, the soldiers are yet to play United States International University- Africa, USIU-A, and the match is slated for next weekend.
The teams assistant manager Steve Bartiloi accused the league organizers of conspiring with Co-op Bank to their disadvantage which was unacceptable.
Our opponents knew very well that we were a weakened side owing to the ejections when they called for the match to be played today, he lamented. We are yet to play USIU in our first leg match and what has happened today is unfair.
As the home team, the bankers are guilty of influencing the fixture change behind Ulinzis back. However, officials from the team and the federation denied the allegations wondering why they (Ulinzi) never complained before the match kicked off.
Ulinzi was missing four of their key players, three of whom were ejected in their last match against Mennonite. William Ochieng, Mike Tanui and Vincent Ambani all sat out of the Saturday match while Dita Okoth had other commitments thus could not play.
KPA tame Lions
Cliff Ochieng and Joseph Ngoshi top scored for the bankers and soldiers respectively with 15 points each. Co-op Bank was leading 28-21 at halftime.
The first quarter went to Ulinzi 15-13 and the second to Co-op Bank 15-6. Ulinzi started off the second half stronger of the two sides winning the third quarter 17-12 but the bankers inked their victory with a 17-15 win in the fourth quarter.
Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, capitalized on Lions repeated mistakes to register a vital 84-73 away win at the same venue.
The Dockers dominated their opponents throughout in a match that Lions saw luck run away from their hands. The Maurice Shitsama boys could rarely hold onto possession and their free shots missed target severally.
To the contrary, KPA was well organized with good passes while their shots were accurate. The teams tied 37-37 at halftime after KPA won the first quarter 22-20 and Lions the second 17-15.
Upon resumption, KPA showed no mercy for their host winning the remaining quarters 20-17 and 27-19 respectively. Tony Okello had 16 points for KPA with Samuel Ocholla adding 15. Tobias Onyango was Lions top scorer with a game high of 24.
Strathmore beat Storms
23 points from Abel Nson could not spare the brushes for Blazers as they lost 41-73 to Strathmore University. Joseph Owino led the students to victory with 17 points while Geoffrey Oteki accounted for 11 points. Strathmore was leading 38-29 at halftime.
In the women premier, Sprite Storms found the going tough losing 38-55 to Strathmore University. The students were leading 23-13 at the breather. Grace wanjiku hit 22 points for Strathmore while Susan Akinyi had 13 for Storms.
Red-hot Taudenciah Peter scored a game high of 30 points to help NYTA-Shimba beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, 57-42 after leading 25-19 at halftime.
Rebecca Nkatha top scored for KCA with 9 points.
Collated Results: KAA 55 KU Pirates 61, KCA-U 42 NYTA-Shimba 57, Strathmore University 55 Storms 38, Co-op Bank 57 Ulinzi 53, Strathmore University 73 Blazers 41, Lions 73 KPA 84. By Francis Marangu
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Andris Biedrins to miss Eurobasket 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) to miss Eurobasket 2013 and will not help Latvian National Team. The player announced his desire not to represent his country this summer.
The last season Biedrins played at the Warriors in NBA. In 55 games he had just 0.4ppg and 2.9rpg. In 2004 he was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in first round (11th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Biedrins was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention back in 2008.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Biedrins has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2007 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2004. He also represented Latvia at the European Championships in Spain six years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 15.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 0.0%, FT: 55.6%.
Biedrins has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Skonto and Kadeti.



Kaspars Kambala is a newcomer at Ankara DSI Era - by Eurobasket News

Ankara D.S.I. Era (TB3L) strengthened their roster with addition of 35-year old Latvian ex-international center Kaspars Kambala (206-113kg-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Pi Koleji (TB2L). In 17 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.4ppg, 12.2rpg and 1.4apg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (11-12) season Kambala played at Turk Telekom (TBL). In 30 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 4.6rpg that season. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 11.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
In 2010-11 season Kambala was tested by Mahram (Superleague) in Iran. He also played at Aliaga Petkim (TBL) that season. In 17 games he averaged remarkable 20.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.1apg. The other team Kambala played that season for was Lukoil Academik Sofia (NBL) in Bulgarian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 10 NBL games he averaged 14.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg. Kambala also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he was second best scorer with 14.8ppg and had 7.8rpg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2009-10 season Kambala played at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league. In 11 games he averaged 14.5ppg and 6.1rpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. He also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 12.5ppg and 5.6rpg. Kambala won Turkish League championship title in 2007. He represented Latvia at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Kambala has played also professionally in Spain (Real Madrid), Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce Ulker) and Russia (Unics Kazan).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ankara DSI Era.
Kambala attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2001 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He is the consummate banger who has a tremendous work ethic. He sacrifices his body on both sides of the court. Offensively, he can run the floor and has the soft touch with great hands. One of the strongest players in the country. Still learning to play and has potential to be a much better player. Not a true 6-9, but is as strong.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Turkey win ugly over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Latvia U18 64:62

Turkey just prevailed over Latvia at the U18 European Championship today. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) nailed 19 points to lead Turkey as they climbed at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat.
The hosts surged ahead in the opening frame. Latvia ensured a 20:13 lead following ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit in the second stanza. They got within 4 points at the interval 34:30. Turkey erased the deficit in the third term. Solid defence helped them enter the fourth frame tied with Latvia at 47. The lead changed hands throughout intense fourth frame. Okben Ulubay sparked a 10:0 run for Turkey as they claimed a 64:59 lead with 31 seconds remaining. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) dropped a three-pointer to put Latvia closer but they ran out of time. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 10 points, while Kartal Ozmizrak (186-PG-95) had 9 points for the winners. Andzejs Pasecniks answered with 24 points for Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) had 13 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Turkey U18: Okben Ulubay 19, Metecan Birsen 10, Kartal Ozmizrak 9
Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 24, Kristaps Porzingis 13+12 boards



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Golden Image Awards Ends Basketball Tournament in Monrovia - by Eurobasket News

The sensational LPRC Oilers are the new champions of the Golden Image Awards (GIAs) basketball tournament, replacing NPA deadly Pythons.
But the Oil Boys won it in an unconventional fashion at the Sports Commission on Broad Street on July 13.
Having beaten Monrovia Sky Force by 53 to 25 points in the semi-finals, they were set to meet Pythons in what should have been a cracker but droplets of rainfall spoiled the party.
With the cash prize of US$400 at stake and with both teams unwilling to play the final on July 15, five free throws a side were used to decide the winner after the rain ceased at 10:00PM.
Pythons narrowly beat Mighty Barrolle by 47 to 45 points to advance to the finals.
In the female category, the shower of blessing also affected the C-Delta versus Destiny Queens match with C-Delta leading by 18 to seven points after 10 minutes into the first half.
And they were declared the winners after both teams agreed that the team in the lead will win the tournament should there be a rainfall. Juli Endee, Crusaders for Peace executive director, is the brain behind the GIAs.
And despite the rainfall, Endee was grateful to God for a successful end to yet another tournament.
"The turnout was very good except we had a little problem with the rain but in Liberia, we will always shine.
"All of the teams exhibited wonderful skills. We are grateful to God and we will continue to engage the basketball federation," Endee stated.
There were free raffle draws at the football and basketball events with prizes coming from Lion Stationery Store, Sethi Brothers, UN Drive Supermarket, Super Sound and RK Enterprise.
The GIAs is named in honor of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and serves as a prelude to the July 26 celebration with sponsorship from private and public institutions. Government is the patron of sponsors for this year's jamboree, which also
included an art and culture competition for children on July 10 and a peace and reconciliation forum for traditional leaders from July 16-17 to be followed by a grand gala on July 20.
The corporate sponsors are Lonestar Cell/MTN,Central Bank of Liberia, National Oil Company of Liberia, Liberia Business Association, National Port Authority, Putu Iron Ore Mining Incorporated, Eco bank and Afriland First Bank.
The bronze sponsors are Carter Center, Mike Mueller charity foundation, International Organization for the Advancement of the Humanity, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company and Alveno Hotel in Nimba County.
The technical sponsors are the Ministries of Information, Culture Affairs & Tourism, Youth & Sports, Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Education and Gender & Development; Liberia Volleyball Federation, Liberia Basketball Association and Liberia Football Association
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Osvaldas Olisevicius signs at Traku Trakai - by Eurobasket News

Traku KK Trakai (NKL) landed 20-year old power forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93). He has played for the last two years at S.Marciulionio (NKL). In 31 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg last season. Olisevicius represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) this year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Olisevicius has played previously for two other Lithuania teams: Akademija and S.M.K.A. - Lietuvos draudimas.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Siauliai signs Rokas Giedraitis - by Eurobasket News

BC Siauliai (LKL) signed 21-year old domestic small forward Rokas Giedraitis (198-92). He played last season at Mazeikiai (NKL). In 41 games he had very impressive stats: 17.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg. He helped them to win the league title. Great season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Most Improved Player of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (11-12) season Giedraitis played at ABRO-Universitetas (NKL). In 44 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg that season.
In 2010-11 season he played at Siauliu (RKL). Giedraitis represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia last year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.2ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Siauliai tabs Derek Needham and Chris Cooper - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai tabs Derek Needham and Chris Cooper for the next season. The team announced two more signings.
BC Siauliai (LKL) landed American point guard Derek Needham (180-PG, college: Fairfield) (180-82kg). He just graduated from Fairfield (NCAA). In 33 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-MAAC 2nd Team and NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team. As mentioned above Needham is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements he played in the final of MAAC Tournament in 2010 and 2012.
BC Siauliai (LKL) added to their roster 23-year old American forward Chris Cooper (205-104kg-90, college: ODU). He played last season at Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in the U.S.. In 49 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 5.6rpg. He helped them to win the West Conference title.
Last year Cooper was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in second round (31st overall). The former Old Dominion University star is in his second season in pro basketball. Cooper was voted USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 3rd Team in 2013.



Zalgiris Kaunas keep Tadas Klimavicius and Vytenis Lipkevicius - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas keep Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Vytenis Lipkevicius (197-F-89) for the next season.
Tadas Klimavicius has played there for the last five seasons. In first two LKL games he averaged 5.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg last season. Among other achievements Klimavicius won Lithuanian League championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention award in 2009 and 2011. Klimavicius was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He played for Lithuanian Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2002. Klimavicius represented Lithuania at the World Championships in Turkey three years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg.
Vytenis Lipkevicius has played there for the last two seasons. Lipkevicius managed to play in three leagues last year. In nineteen LKL games he had 5.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title. Lipkevicius also played 12 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 1.9ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Lipkevicius played at LSU-Baltai. In first two games he recorded 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.0apg that season. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he recorded 10.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
In 2010-11 season Lipkevicius played at Rudupis. In 28 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Lipkevicius also played 24 games in Baltic League where he recorded 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Lipkevicius represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) this year.



U18 European Championship: Russia survive Lithuanian battle - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18-Russia U18 59:68

Russia survive Lithuanian battle at the U18 European Championship. Russia posted a 68:59 win for 3-1 record in Group E. Lithuania meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record and will need a victory tomorrow in order to advance to the Quarterfinals.
Russia have booked a spot in the U18 European Championship quarter-finals. They started the game with an 18-7 lead but saved 8 points advantage at the halftime. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) opened the second half for 35:25 lead and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 41:32. Gavrilov later scored three free throws for 48:34 deficit. Lithuania closed the game with a 25-20 run but managed to reduce to final 9 points.
Viacheslav Fedorchenko stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 14. Alexander Martynov brought 12, whilst Ilya Popov had 6. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) answered with 15 points in defeat and Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) had 12. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) nailed 10 points and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) added 7.

Lithuania U18: Ricardas Verbickas 15, Domantas Sabonis 12, Haroldas Saprykinas 10, Augustas Suliauskas 7
Russia U18: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 21, Ivan Viktorov 14, Alexander Martynov 12, Ilya Popov 6



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Mexican National Team 2013 - by Ernest

Mexican National Team 2013
#s#
Paul Stoll
Stoll
Hector Hernandez
Hernandez
Omar Quintero
Quintero
Alejandro Zarco
Zarco
Pedro Meza Rogel
Meza Rogel
#e#5
Paul Stoll 180-PG-85 Maccabi Haifa Israel
Hector Hernandez 206-F-85 Guaymas Mexico
Omar Quintero 183-PG-81 Tijuana Mexico
Alejandro Zarco 205-F-85 Guaymas Mexico
Pedro Meza Rogel 186-G-85 Guasave Mexico
Lorenzo Mata 205-C-86 Quebradillas Puerto Rico
Orlando Mendez-Valdez 185-G-86 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
Adam Parada 213-C-81 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
Jovan Harris 191-G/F-81 Pioneros Mexico
Brody Angley 180-PG-86 Toros Mexico
Francisco Cruz 190-G-89 Nogales Mexico
Jorge Gutierrez 190-G-88 Canton C. USA
Victor Mariscal 198-F-72 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
Jose Estrada 194-G-94 High School USA
Roman Martinez 201-F-88 Soles Mexico
Steve Monreal 180-PG-86 Hermosillo Mexico
Stephen Soriano 201-F-84 Pioneros Mexico
Jaime Serna 205-F-89 Clavijo Spain
Gustavo Ayon 209-F/C-85 Milwaukee B. USA

Sergio Valdeolmillos Head Coach



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  NBA   


Wright re-signs at The Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) confirmed in their roster 26-year old forward Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) (206-100kg-87, college: N.Carolina). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 63 NBA games he had 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2bpg last season.
In 2007 Wright was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats in first round (8th overall). He attended University of North Carolina and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Wright's college team won ACC Tournament in 2007. He was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 5 1st Team and All-ACC Rookie of the Year back in 2007.
Wright has played previously for two other NBA teams: Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets.
On Wright: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Extremely mobile for his size, Wright runs the court with great fluidity. Excellent help defender thanks to his long arms and lateral quickness. Does a great job of getting his body wide and establishing position in the low post. Emerging as a very good post passer. Possesses great shooting touch around the basket, he converts on hook shots and short jumpers with a soft touch. Great rebounder who uses his athleticism and long arms to obtain rebounds.
Must gain more upper body strength to withstand the physical play at the next level. Lacks the upper body strength to consistently finish after contact occurs.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Bulls waive Malcolm Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Bulls waive Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.) as the player will not re-join the team next season. Thomas managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year. But in 8 NBA games he recorded just 1.9ppg and 1.9rpg. He also spent pre-season at the Warriors in NBA that year. In 5 games he averaged only 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg. Thomas was tried-out by Warriors in D-League that season. He was tried-out by D-Fenders in D-League that season. In only one game he had 13 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Thomas was tried-out by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel that season. In 13 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg. e played in the final of NBA Eastern Conference -13.
The previous season Thomas played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League. In two games he averaged impressive 19.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 4.0bpg.
Among other achievements Thomas received USBasket.com All-D-League Forward of the Year award in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Korea, NBA (Houston Rockets, LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs) and D-League (Austin Toros and Los Angeles D-Fenders).



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Nebraska suspends Deverell Biggs for one regular-season game - by Eurobasket News

The start of the regular season is still more than three months away, but that didn't stop Nebraska coach Tim Miles from doling out a punishment. On Friday afternoon, Miles announced that junior guard Deverell Biggs (6'0''-G) would miss the first three games next season to suspension, citing a violation of team rules dating back to last season. In reality, Biggs will miss two exhibition games and the regular-season opener, against Florida Gulf Coast, on Nov. 8. We are obviously disappointed in Deverell's actions, Miles said in a statement. It's inexcusable. I know he has learned from it, and he will proceed accordingly to improve all areas of his life. Biggs did not play last season because of a redshirt year. On Dec. 26, 2012, Biggs was cited "on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident in Omaha." His blood-alcohol content checked in at .134, over the legal limit of .08. Biggs was 20 at the time. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and fans for my actions, Biggs said in a statement. I understand the seriousness and the consequences of my actions, have learned from the situation and worked hard to move forward. I look forward to representing Nebraska in a positive manner on and off the court.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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Minister, NSC, NBBF to appear in court Oct. 17 - by Eurobasket

DISENCHANTED by the manner petitions over elections into the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation were handled (NBBF), Col Sam Ahmedu (rtd) and five others including Osita Nwachukwu representing South East, have dragged the sports ministry, National Sports Commission (NSC) and the NBBF to court.
According to documents made available to the press, the Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Sport Commission, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Tijani Umar, Muktar Kaleh and Patrick Omorodion are to appear at the Federal High Court in Abuja on October 17, 2013.
The plaintiffs, according to the writ of summon, are praying the court to declare that the exclusion of the Col Ahmedu retd on the board of the NBBF is unlawful, that an order of perpetual injunction retraining the 4th defendant (Tijani Umar) from parading himself as President of the NBBF board and the 5th defendant (Muktar Kaleh) as the vice president of the board.
They are also praying that the court grants an order nullifying the elections held on the May 14 on grounds of non compliance with the electoral guidelines, an order of the court directing the first, second and third defendants to conduct fresh elections into the NBBF board in strict compliance with the electoral guidelines and asking that the sum of N100, 000, 000. 00 are granted them for general damages against the defendants jointly and severally.
Aside these, the plaintiffs are requesting an order of perpetual injunction retraining the 6th defendant (Patrick Omorodion) from parading himself as a member of the NBBF, 2013 to 2017 term of office.
It was gathered that the four delegates representing 24 states out of the 36 states of the federation, who worked out of the election had taken their petition to the 7-man elections appeals panel and the recommendation was that there was a burning zeal of all the petitioners and their desire to take the game to the next level, hence the committee chaired by Bar. A. U. Mustapha Esq., appealled to the minister to use his good offices to reconcile the petitioners with the other board members of NBBF with a view of fostering healthy working relations among all the parties.
Contacted on this latest development, Col Ahmedu, said after he and the five other stakeholders had painstakingly waited for a response from all the parties they petitioned but got no positive response hence their choice of a law court.
Col Ahmedu stated that on May 27, 2013, he submitted a petition to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and got a response on June 5 in a letter signed by the Secretary General, Tunde Popoola to that effect.
The NOC in their letter had stated that the matter was being looked into without any prejudice and that it would undergo due process. It stated, however, that the process it is undergoing is not inhibiting my rights reserved to progress the issue to other appellate body if I so desire. It is based on their advice that we have taken this option of the court, he stated.

Courtesy of The Guardian Nigeria



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Harris, Ponce20.6 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.1 
 5. Carmona, Caner.18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama17.0 
 10. Wilkinson, Mayagu.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.4 
 3. Uter, Cantu9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 5. Mata, Quebradillas8.8 
 6. Balkman, Guayama8.8 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.7 
 8. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 9. Phillip, San German8.6 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.3 
 3. Hinson, Guayama5.2 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 5. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 6. Lisch, Quebradillas4.7 
 7. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 8. Rivera, Ponce4.3 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.1 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.7 
 3. Lisch, Quebradillas1.6 
 4. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Rivera, Ponce1.3 
 10. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.7 
 3. Uter, Cantu1.6 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 6. Balkman, Guayama1.3 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Piratas defended their home and tied the finals - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas defeated Leones de Ponce 85-75 to tie the series 1-1. Both teams continue Tuesday in Ponce.

Five scorers were in double figures for Quebradillas as David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) led the way with 20 points.

After a high scoring first half, Quebradillas limited Ponce offensively in the second half to get the win.

Quebradillas had a 29-27 first quarter lead, and during the whole game they attacked the basket consistently to have an efficient attack. Ponce took control at halftime 46-45 after a 13-0 run in the final minutes.

In the third quarter Quebradillas edged Ponce 66-59 and continued on top by limiting Mike Harris to just two points in the second half.

Harris finished the game with 20 points and Romel Beck added 13.



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  ROMANIA   


CSU Sibiu keeps Cristian Craciun and Attila Vajda - by Eurobasket News

CSU Sibiu keeps Cristian Craciun and Attila Vajda. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) re-signed 32-year old naturalized Hungarian center Attila Vajda (204-C-81). He played there last season. In 6 Liga Nationala games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 1.2rpg.
Among other achievements Vajda's team made it to the Romanian Division B Semifinals in 2010. He was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game back in 2006.
Vajda has played previously professionally in Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK) and Romania (Targu Mures, Gaz Metan and Miercurea Ciuc).
CSU Atlassib Sibiu also confirmed Cristian Craciun. He has played there for the last three seasons. In 31 Liga Nationala games he recorded 6.5ppg and 3.7rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Craciun's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was selected to Romanian League All-Star Game back in 2009. Craciun was a member of Romanian Senior National Team back in 2008.
He has played previously for two other Romania teams: Gaz Metan and Otopeni.



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Enisey keeps Krivosheev for another season - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) re-signed 25-year old power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-100kg-88). He played there last season. In 12 PBL games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.9rpg. Krivosheev also played 8 games in VTB United League where he had just 2.1ppg and 1.8rpg. The most of previous (2011-12) season he spent at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok. In 13 games he had 3.8ppg and 2.4rpg that season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Krivosheev also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv that year. He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 47.4%.
Krivosheev has played previously for four other Russia teams: Novosybirsk, NGU Novosybirsk, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and Spartak-VGUES Primore Vladivostok U23.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An inside player who plays yet like a veteran. Can grab unexpected rebounds and is very smart to steal the ball inside. Despite being undersized, he can play succesfully at center and also score well from that position.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Russia survive Lithuanian battle - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18-Russia U18 59:68

Russia survive Lithuanian battle at the U18 European Championship. Russia posted a 68:59 win for 3-1 record in Group E. Lithuania meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record and will need a victory tomorrow in order to advance to the Quarterfinals.
Russia have booked a spot in the U18 European Championship quarter-finals. They started the game with an 18-7 lead but saved 8 points advantage at the halftime. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) opened the second half for 35:25 lead and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 41:32. Gavrilov later scored three free throws for 48:34 deficit. Lithuania closed the game with a 25-20 run but managed to reduce to final 9 points.
Viacheslav Fedorchenko stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 14. Alexander Martynov brought 12, whilst Ilya Popov had 6. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) answered with 15 points in defeat and Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) had 12. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) nailed 10 points and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) added 7.

Lithuania U18: Ricardas Verbickas 15, Domantas Sabonis 12, Haroldas Saprykinas 10, Augustas Suliauskas 7
Russia U18: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 21, Ivan Viktorov 14, Alexander Martynov 12, Ilya Popov 6



Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd officially gets Wild Card - by Eurobasket News

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd officially gets Wild Card of VTB League. The Russian team was chosen in the tournament for the next year. Lithuanian Siauliai and Prenay could not make it for 2013/2014 season appearance.
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd continue hard work to bolster the roster for the next year. The President of the team promised to bring 3-4 loud names to the roster. The Russian Superleague 2012 debutant is ready for another debut. In year 2012/2013 the team finished Superleague with 10-18 record, but looks very confident before the start of the new season. The sources sent Lavrinovic brothers to the teams as well as some more loud transfers.
Krasny Oktyabr can get a wild card because of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas absence. The latter will not participate in the next season of VTB League. The Kaunas team has withdrawn from the League citing a tight schedule as the main reason for the move. Last season B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas won the VTB League regular season. They finished at 16-2 record. The Kaunas team lost to Lokomotiv Kuban in the semifinal series then.



Enisey keeps Krivosheev for another season - by Eurobasket News

Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) re-signed 25-year old power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-100kg-88). He played there last season. In 12 PBL games he averaged 5.3ppg and 2.9rpg. Krivosheev also played 8 games in VTB United League where he had just 2.1ppg and 1.8rpg. The most of previous (2011-12) season he spent at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok. In 13 games he had 3.8ppg and 2.4rpg that season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Krivosheev also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv that year. He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 47.4%.
Krivosheev has played previously for four other Russia teams: Novosybirsk, NGU Novosybirsk, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and Spartak-VGUES Primore Vladivostok U23.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: An inside player who plays yet like a veteran. Can grab unexpected rebounds and is very smart to steal the ball inside. Despite being undersized, he can play succesfully at center and also score well from that position.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RWANDA   


Cameron boosts Hoops Afro-basket preps - by Eurobasket News

USA-BASED professional basketballer Bradley Cameron is expected to join the mens basketball team camp tonight as the team gears up for the Fiba Afrobasket championship set to be held in Cote dIvoire next month.
The 22-year-old Cameron who plays for Mississippi Gulf Coast College has been a regular member of the hoops team since 2009 when he first made his debut.
He is the second professional player to join the team following the arrival of Thierry Sukusuku who arrived in the country on Sunday night from France.
Canada-based Hamza Ruhezamihigo who was snubbed for the regional championships earlier this year is set to land in the country on June 29, according to Rwanda basketball federations (Ferwaba) technical director Didier Shema Maboko.
Cedrick Isom (Primiero do Agosto, Angola), Brannon Darrius (Thailand), Dan Manzi (204-F-95) and Adonis Rwabigwi (201-F) (Tampa Bay, Florida USA), Daniel Primo Rugamba (Seattle University, USA) and Keneth Gasana (S. Plaza Moroc) are yet to confirm their arrival.

Rwanda is drawn in Group C of the Afro-basket championship alongside defending champions Tunisia, Morocco and debutants Burkina Faso.

The national team starts her quest against Burkina Faso on August 21, take on Morocco on 23 before winding up with defending champions Tunisia on August 25.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Espoir finish first leg unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

Saturday, Men
KBC 91-58 30-Plus
Rusizi 48-38 CSK
Espoir 52-35 APR
Women
Ubumwe 48-34 APR
Sunday, Men
Espoir 71-66 Rusizi
APR 54-61 KBC
Women
APR 47-44 Ubumwe

REIGNING champions Espoir basketball club has edged closer to retaining the national basketball league title after winding up the first round unbeaten.
The Nyamirambo-based club climaxed the first leg with a 52-35 victory over APR on Saturday and a 71-66 win over Rusizi on Sunday at NPC gymnasium in Remera.
New signing Lionnel Hakizimana played a vital role against Rusizi on Sunday as he earned the win for the defending champions in the dying seconds of the game when he powered in five points to hand victory to his team.
Pascal Karekezi, Bienvenue Ngandu and Arstide Mugabe were also influential as they helped Espoir set pace for the league title this season.
Espoir who won the previous league title unbeaten are on verge to repeat the 2012 feat where they finished the season in both the league and the play-offs as well. They now lead the standings with 12 points in six matches played so far ahead of the second round which begins on August 11.
We had a tough weekend playing two tough matches against our serious archrivals (APR and Rusizi) but we are very happy for the victories. The first round is over, so eyes will be set on the second round as we seek to retain the title, Head coach Jean Bahufite said.
In other matches played over the weekend, Rusizi beat hosts Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) 48-38 while KBC overcame 30-Plus 91-58 in the mens category on Saturday.
In the other match played on Sunday, APR lost to Kigali Basketball Club 61-54.

In the women category, this years genocide memorial tourney winners Ubumwe beat league title holders APR 48-34 on Saturday but a day after the military side secured a 47-44 win over Ubumwe respectively.

APR women side leads the women standings with 7 points in four matches.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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A New Wave of Basketball Players Has Big Plans for the NBA - by Eurobasket News

Former Senegalese basketball player Makhtar N'Diaye (206-C/F-72, college: N.Carolina) is a sport agent and mentor to Louisville college basketball star Gorgui Dieng (pronounced GOR-gee Jeng), one of the 30 players picked in the first round of the 2013 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft held in June. Originally selected by the Utah Jazz as the 21st pick in the draft, Ndiaye saw Dieng traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves where he will start his professional basketball career when the 2013-2014 NBA season begins on October 29. Ndiaye and Dieng are following in the footsteps of African basketball legends such as Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo (218-C-66, college: Georgetown) and Manute Bol. They are also changing the face of Senegalese basketball as they lead a new wave of African talent into the NBA.
Born and raised in Senegal, Ndiaye played a season with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1999 after finishing school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dieng also was born and raised in Senegal and is the second product of the Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal ("SEEDS" Academy) to be drafted by an NBA team. Located in This, the SEEDS Academy is a college-preparatory boarding school (grades 9-12) created in 2003 to provide Senegalese boys with a year-round, rigorous academic, athletic and leadership development curriculum. The first SEEDS alumni to make it all the way to the NBA was Mouhamed Saer Sene, who was drafted in 2006 by the Seattle SuperSonics and now plays professionally in France.
Dieng's selection in the first round of the draft is indicative of Africa's growing presence in the NBA and, conversely, basketball's growing presence in Africa. In addition to Dieng, the 2013 NBA Draft saw three other players with direct ties to Africa Victor Oladipo (Nigeria), Dennis Schroeder (The Gambia) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Nigeria) drafted in the first round. "It was just bigger than the kid getting drafted and just shaking the commissioner's hand," said Ndiaye. "It was like a symbol."
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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U18 European Championship: Serbia edge Bosnia and Herzegovina for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 77:51

Serbia earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They bruised Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-2 record in Group E. Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) paced balanced effort with 10 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 0-4 record in the ladder.
Serbia jumped to an early 22:9 lead. They held Bosnia to 7 points in the second period to ensure a 45:16 halftime advantage. Serbia boosted their lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 32 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not threaten Serbia at the end. Dejan Davidovac (198-F-95) and Bozidar Babovic (178-PG-95) produced 9 points each for the winning side. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Alic (202-C-95) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Vasilije Vucetic 10, Dejan Davidovac 9, Bozidar Babovic 9
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Imran Polutak 16, Dino Alic 11



Nenad Miljenovic returns to Mega Vizura - by Ivan Milenkovic

Nenad Miljenovic (193-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) signed one-year contract with Mega Vizura, whose owner is his agent Misko Raznatovic.
As expected, talented point guard returned to only team which gave him chance to play senior basketball. 20-year-old signed his first professional contract with Partizan in 2011, but after only couple of months he was loaned to Mega Vizura, where he averaged 16.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in Serbian League.
Before the start of 2012/2013 season, Nenad Miljenovic decided to leave Partizan and signed for Radnicki Kragujevac as their coach Muta Nikolic promised him a lot of minutes on the court. However, it never happened, he played only 12 games in Adriatic League, mostly in garbage time, and averaged 1.6 points in 7.7 minutes. His minutes on the court increased in Serbian League, but only thanks to injuries of other players and rule that only four foreign players are allowed to play. It wasn't surprising that Nenad decided to terminate his contract again and he is now back to Mega.



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Cobras stop Dawgz, Heat bounce back - by Eurobasket News

Premium Cobras prevented Mont Fleuri Dawgz from getting a third win on the trot in the first division at the weekend at Victoria Gymnasium, while Beau Vallon bounced back from defeat with a landslide victory over RC Dynamics.
Amadou Sylla led Premium Cobras to a 57-42 win over Mont Fleuri Dawgz with 20 points on Sunday. Dawgz came into the game in confident mood after collecting two successive wins, one of those against league leaders Beau Vallon Heat.
The game started at a very slow pace, with both sides shooting letting them down. The score after the first 10 minutes of play was 8-2 in favour of Premium Cobras. The intensity of the game picked up a little in the second and third quarters, but Premium Cobras had opened a 10-point lead over their opponents. The fourth quarter produced some very good actions and even though there were a few heated moments in the match among some players, Premium Cobras went on to win the fourth quarter 21-16 to win the game.
Cyril Agrippine led the scores for Dawgz with 17 points.
Beau Vallon Heat returned to winning ways with a victory against RC Dynamics. Robert Leon (196-C) scored a game-high 40 points to lead all scores in a 96-68 win for the Heat.
It was in the third quarter that Beau Vallon Heat managed to break away from their opponents when they opened up a 22-point lead which proved too much for Dynamics to chase.
Mamadou Diallo led the scoring for Dynamics with 18 points, while Kenneth Domingue added 11.
Defending champions PLS Hawks had a tough time against Angels but managed to get the win in an 82-73 victory.
Alao Solomon was the top scorer with 24 points for the Hawks, who also had a 15-point contribution from Rodney Loz. Eddy Armand was the top scorer for Angels with 14 points.
In the mens second division, Praslin Warriors trounced AAP Brothers 84-33, with Jackson Auguste getting 36 points to lead the scoring. Theodore Marguerite and Michel Marie contributed eight points each for AAP.
In the other bottom division match, Cascade Bullets beat Anse Etoile 84-65 with Kenneth Sophie leading the scoring with 35 points for Bullets. Christian Toulon was close behind for Anse Etoile with 32 points.
In the womens league, 29 points from Simone Malbrook earned Anse Etoile Stars an easy 90-23 win over Juniors. Laura Franoise scored 12 points to lead Juniors.
S. N.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Sendai 89ers land James Hughes, ex B.Bystrica - by Eurobasket Center

Sendai 89ers (BJ League) tabbed 30-year old American center James Hughes (211-98kg-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law). Hughes managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at B.Bystrica in Slovakian Extraliga. In 12 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4bpg. He also spent pre-season at Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) in Swedish league that year. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Hughes was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 17 Basketligan games he had 7.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6bpg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 4.7ppg and 6.5rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Hughes played at NH Ostrava (NBL) in Czech Republic league. In 42 games he had 14.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention.
In 2010-11 season he played at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 53 games he had 8.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1bpg.
In 2009-10 season Hughes played at Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 32 games he had 8.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2008-09 season he played at Maccabi Rishon (Winner League) in Israel. In 20 games he had 7.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8bpg.
In 2007 Hughes was drafted by Gary Steelheads (USBL) in second round (11th overall).
He attended Northern Illinois University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hughes' team won MAC West Division Regular Season in 2006. He received also All-MAC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2006 at his college time.
Hughes has played also professionally in Poland (Energa Czarni), Turkey (Trabzonspor) and Holland (M.Magixx).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: James Hughes is a very long and athletic post player. His biggest attributes are his ability to defend the paint, rebound and run the floor. A raw big man, James broke NIU's block record this past season with 208 blocks. As he is raw, he possesses a tremendous basketball IQ and his upside is limitless. His team won the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament championship, in which he had 10 pts, 8 rebounds and 3 blks. James is a legitimate NBA Prospect at the center position and can change any game with his defensive prowess.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Graham re-signs at Inter Bratislava - by Eurobasket News

BK Inter Bratislava (Extraliga) confirmed in their roster 25-year old American guard Justin Graham (193-88kg-88, college: San Jose State). He played there last season. In 43 Extraliga games he had 10.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. Part of previous (2011-12) season Graham spent at Bakersfield Jam in D-League. In 5 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg that season. He also spent pre-season at Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) in Italian league that year.
Two years ago Graham was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in third round (8th overall).
The former San Jose State standoutis in his third season in pro basketball. He was voted WAC All-Defensive Team in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Beno Udrih will not suit up for the hosts - by Eurobasket News

Beno Udrih (194-PG-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) will not suit up for Slovenia at EuroBasket 2013. The experienced player reverted his initial decision.
Beno Udrih played last season at Orlando Magic in NBA. In 27 games he had 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 6.1apg last season. Udrih also played at the Bucks in NBA that season. In 39 games he recorded 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg. In 2004 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Udrih won NBA championship title in 2005 and 2007. He was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Rookies Team back in 2005.
Udrih was also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. He played for Slovenian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2010 and previously for U22 National Team in 2001. Udrih represented Slovenia at the World Championships in Japan seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51%, 3FGP: 41.2%, FT: 71.4%.



U18 European Championship: Slovenia post first win in Group G - by Eurobasket News

Slovenia U18 - Bulgaria U18 85:77

Slovenia celebrated the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group G. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) nailed 29 points, issued 13 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 steals to orchestrate victory. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Bulgaria and Slovenia were tied at 22-all after ten minutes. Things did not change in the second frame. The teams went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the first half. The scoreboard read 37:37 at halftime. Bulgaria pulled ahead in the third period. They erupted for 30 points and gained a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Slovenia found the way to recover. Matic Rebec nailed 10 points in the quarter triggering a 25:10 run that sealed the win for his team. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) finished with 14 points, while Domen Janc (185-PG-96) added 10 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 29+13 assists, Ziga Zatezic 14, Domen Janc 10
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 30+10 boards, Aleksandar Milov 11



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U18 European Championship: Agusti Sans carries Spain past Croatia - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Croatia U18 64:63

Spain secured the first win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Croatia for 2-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winning team. Croatia fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The Croats opened the game with five straight points. They dominated throughout the opening quarter and raced to a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain cut the deficit in the second frame but could not pull ahead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by two points 37:35. Agusti Sans triggered a 14:0 run in the third period as Spain surged ahead for a 52:43 lead. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Mazalin erased the deficit and put team on level terms at 54. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95), Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) and Agusti Sans gave Spain a 64:56 advantage with under three minutes remaining. However Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) and Mazalin restored the intrigue trimming the deficit to a single point 63:64. Agusti Sans and Bosnjak traded misses in the dying seconds as Spain got away with a tough win. Ilimane Diop accounted for 12 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95), Juan Hernangomez (198-F-95) and Marc Garcia had 6 points each for the winners. Tomislav Gabric and Marko Arapovic answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Spain U18: Agusti Sans 25, Ilimane Diop 12, Jose Nogues 6, Juan Hernangomez 6, Marc Garcia 6
Croatia U18: Tomislav Gabric 13, Marko Arapovic 13



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Kaspars Kambala is a newcomer at Ankara DSI Era - by Eurobasket News

Ankara D.S.I. Era (TB3L) strengthened their roster with addition of 35-year old Latvian ex-international center Kaspars Kambala (206-113kg-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport). He played most recently at Pi Koleji (TB2L). In 17 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.4ppg, 12.2rpg and 1.4apg last season. Great year indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
The previous (11-12) season Kambala played at Turk Telekom (TBL). In 30 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 4.6rpg that season. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 11.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
In 2010-11 season Kambala was tested by Mahram (Superleague) in Iran. He also played at Aliaga Petkim (TBL) that season. In 17 games he averaged remarkable 20.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.1apg. The other team Kambala played that season for was Lukoil Academik Sofia (NBL) in Bulgarian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 10 NBL games he averaged 14.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg. Kambala also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he was second best scorer with 14.8ppg and had 7.8rpg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2009-10 season Kambala played at Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL) in Russian league. In 11 games he averaged 14.5ppg and 6.1rpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. He also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 12.5ppg and 5.6rpg. Kambala won Turkish League championship title in 2007. He represented Latvia at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Kambala has played also professionally in Spain (Real Madrid), Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce Ulker) and Russia (Unics Kazan).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Ankara DSI Era.
Kambala attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2001 and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He is the consummate banger who has a tremendous work ethic. He sacrifices his body on both sides of the court. Offensively, he can run the floor and has the soft touch with great hands. One of the strongest players in the country. Still learning to play and has potential to be a much better player. Not a true 6-9, but is as strong.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Turkey win ugly over Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18 - Latvia U18 64:62

Turkey just prevailed over Latvia at the U18 European Championship today. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) nailed 19 points to lead Turkey as they climbed at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat.
The hosts surged ahead in the opening frame. Latvia ensured a 20:13 lead following ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit in the second stanza. They got within 4 points at the interval 34:30. Turkey erased the deficit in the third term. Solid defence helped them enter the fourth frame tied with Latvia at 47. The lead changed hands throughout intense fourth frame. Okben Ulubay sparked a 10:0 run for Turkey as they claimed a 64:59 lead with 31 seconds remaining. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) dropped a three-pointer to put Latvia closer but they ran out of time. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 10 points, while Kartal Ozmizrak (186-PG-95) had 9 points for the winners. Andzejs Pasecniks answered with 24 points for Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) had 13 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Turkey U18: Okben Ulubay 19, Metecan Birsen 10, Kartal Ozmizrak 9
Latvia U18: Andzejs Pasecniks 24, Kristaps Porzingis 13+12 boards



Diebler re-signs at Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News

Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (TBL) confirmed in their roster 25-year old American guard Jon Diebler (198-93kg-88, college: Ohio State). He played there last season. In 30 TBL games he recorded 11.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game Three-Point Contest. Diebler also played 13 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The previous (11-12) season Diebler played at Panionios (A1) in Greek league. In 34 games he averaged 10.8ppg and 3.5rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Two years ago Diebler was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Ohio State staris in his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Diebler's college team won Big Ten Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was also voted HS Division II Player of the Year back in 2007.
The scouts decsribe him following way: At 6'6' Diebler is big for his position, but his skinny frame presents a hole in his physical stature. He possesses the ability to hit shots from all ranges when coming off the dribble or spotting up, even with a hand in his face. Diebler lacks the true athleticism and explosiveness that has come to be expected of his position. This fact affects his defensive capabilities as well, where he struggles to cover some of the more athletic players that he faces due to his lack of lateral quickness and athleticism. His ability to finish when driving is one of his offensive weaknesses and can largely be attributed to his lack of size/strength as well.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Barnes named All-Defensive Team (Team USA Select) - by David Walls


UBA standout Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) was named to the All-Williams Jones Cup All-Defensive Team. Barnes averaged a team best 2.7 steals per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds. He has made it clear that he will be signing this season rather it's Europe or South America. "I spent this season in the UBA to get healthy and spend time with my family", said Barnes. At this time I'm ready to get back overseas and Improve my game and chances at willing the William Jones Cup next summer. Below were the award winners of the WJC..........

Best Player: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran
Best Guard: Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) of Taiwan
Best Forward: Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of USA
Best Center: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran

1st Team
PG: Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) of Iran
C: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran
F/C: Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Taiwan
G: Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) of Taiwan
F: Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of USA

2nd Team
F: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) of Iran
G/F: Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83) of USA
F: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Iran
G: Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of S.Korea
G: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of Jordan

Honorable Mention
Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) of Egypt
Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Japan
Mychal Kearse (195-G-83) of USA
Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of S.Korea
Haywood Owens (204-F-79) of USA
Wen-Ting Tseng (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan

All-Defensive Team
G: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of USA
F/C: Wen-Ting Tseng (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan
F/C: Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Taiwan
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (194-F/G-83) of USA
C: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran



Barnes' 29 points edge GIE pass the Titans - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
5/6/2013

GIE Maile Matrix- Atlanta Titans 109-90
Atlanta, GA -- GIE wrap up their regular season in a big way with a win over the Atlanta Titans. Their now 13-7 behind the play of Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Point, GA). Saturday Barnes scored 29 points of 12-18 shooting from the field. Along with a big scoring night Barnes racked up 10 assists with 6 rebounds. Cervante Burrell (5'10''-PG-89, college: Seattle) was also big for GIE scoring 20 points and dissing out 10 assists in the win. Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.) continued his red out shooting finishing with 17 points (3-6 (3PFG)). The Matrix have now locked down the 4th spot in the UBA playoff seeding. Depending on the finish of the Western Conference will determine rather the Matrix will have a big with the Georgia PRIME. Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) led all scores with 32 points in a losing effort. The Titans will finish up there season next weekend to wrap up there season.




2013 UBA Playoff Picture - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
5/22/2013

With the UBA playoffs here the stage is now set for the week. The Georgia PRIME lock up the top playoff spot with a 20-1 record in the regular season. The PRIME are led by UBA Coach of the Year Michael Davis and DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.). The Houston Express hold the next best record in the league at 17-3. Of course there led by MVP candidate Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland). The PRIME and the Express will await the winners of the first round.

In the first round we have the defending champion GIE Maile Matrix vs. the North Texas Fresh. Reigning MVP Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Point, GA) has been in prime form as of late averaging over 32.4ppg this month along with 6.5 assist per game. For the Fresh it has to be Rookie of the Year candidate Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F/G-83, college: W.Georgia). Bowdy is ranked 4th in the league in scoring and looks to knock off the champs. In the final game should hold the best matchup as the Ohio Hidden Gems will face off against the Georgia Spartans. The Gems are led by Issac Jefferson who is a walking triple double. The Spartans were a late addition to the playoffs led by All-Star Ransom Antonio.

UBA Playoffs will be played at Andrew Young YMCA May 23-24. The UBA finals will be held at Philips Arena at 1:00pm before the Atlanta Dream play the Tulsa Shock. Below you will find Playoff Schedule and matchups.

UBA Playoff Picture:

1. Georgia PRIME
Record: 20-1
Top Player: DeAndre Bray: Top Assistsman in the UBA (11.3apg)
Potential Starters: (PG): DeAndre Bray, (SG): Mike Crain, (SF): Richard Lusane, (SF): Derrick Allen, (C): Miguel Morton
X-Factor: Jon Rogers
(First Round bye)

2. Houston Express
Record: 17-3
Top Player: Terence Morris
Potential Starters: (PG): Wendell Mardis, (SG): Brayon Brown, (SF): Anthony Allison, (PF): Jeremiah Pojah, (C): Terence Morris
X-Factor: Mike Lawson
(First Round Bye)

3. GIE Maile Matrix
Record: 14-7
Top Player: Jermaine Barnes: 3x UBA MVP (Top Scorer (27.9ppg)
Potential Starters: (PG): Freddie Williams, (SG): Quin Humphrey, (SF): Jermaine Barnes, (SF): Jeremy Atkinson, (C): Evan Ravenel
X-Factor: Cervante Burrell

4. Ohio Hidden Gems
Record: 16-4
Top Player: Issac Jefferson
Potential Starters: (PG): Issac Jefferson, (SG) Zach Sowers, (SF): Cordary Ballard, (SF): Sharif Muhammad, (C):
X-Factor: Issac Jefferson

5. North Texas Fresh
Record: 12-8
Top Player: Jay Bowdy
Potential Starters: (PG): Solomon Humphrey, (SG): Brandon Perry, (SF): Jay Bowdy, (PF): A'Daeron Duncan, (C): Damian Lewis
X-Factor: Jay Bowdy

6. Georgia Spartans
Record: 12-8
Top Player: Ransom Antoine
Potential Starters: (PG): Antonio Webb, (SG): Ransom Antoine, (SF): Chad Eichelberger, (SF): Parysh Munroe, (C): Frank Bennett
X-Factor: Antonio Byrd

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Will Richard (6'3''-G-84, agency: Gamble Sports Management)




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Warriors rout Power in National Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

KCCA Leopards 54-70 UCU Lady Canons

Riham Warriors 91-65 Dmark Power

Riham Warriors turned a meeting of the NBL giants into a mismatch. Behind crisp ball movement and valorous attacking of the hoop, Warriors put an end to Dmark Powers unbeaten run with a 91-65 blowout victory.

Our aim was to kill their pace and we managed to do that Warriors coach, Emmanuel Samanya said

Henry Malinga (193-F) dropped season high 28 points and picked 6 rebounds as Warriors (8-2) pinned a 26 point loss to Power - the worst in recent history. Point guard, Ivan Enabu added 19 points, 7 rebounds, swiped 5 steals and swatted 4 shots.

We stuck to our game plan to work as a team both defensively and offensively and thank God we got the win Enabu said.

Warriors started slow and trailed through the first half. With Power leading 34-32 going into the third quarter, guard, Mark Opio (13 points) opened the period with back-to-back 3-pointers to take Warriors into the lead and the defending champions did not trail again. Warriors pushed their lead into double figures with 2:17 in the third and did not relinquish it.

Norman Blick led Power (10-1) with 16 points and Joseph Ikong added 11 points. Isaac Afidra was a contrast of who he was a week ago. The forward scored 8 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. They needed it more - that is all he said

Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) picked game high 11 rebounds to go with 9 points as Warriors won the battle on the glass 50-42 with a whooping 19 on the offensive glass. Warriors complete their first round schedule on Wednesday against Ndejje Angels.

In the womens division, UCU Lady Canons used an overwhelming second half to beat KCCA Leopards 70-54. Shooting guard, Moreen Amoding turned in a third consecutive big performance with co-game high 24 points. Purity Adhiambo added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Lady Canons snapped KCCAs winning streak to stay unbeaten. Francis Nabulobi contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds

Flavia Oketcho did everything for Leopards (10-1) in a losing effort as she received little help from her teammates. The guard scored 24 points and picked 7 rebounds. KCCAs leading scorer, Claire Lamunu had a poor night missing many mostly easy field goal attempts. The forward picked 12 rebounds and scored 10 points going 4-for-17 from the field.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Falcons, Canons close first round with losses - by Eurobasket News

Magic Stormers 70-52 MUK Sparks

City Oilers 66-40 Charging Rhinos


Ndejje Angels 57-56 UCU Canons

KIUTitans 61-59 Galaxy Falcons

Steven Omonys hook shot at the buzzer drew steel and elicited no joy for fans that wanted overtime. The miss also meant Falcons lost their fifth game of the season, dropped to sixth place and are yet to beat a team above it.

Trailing by 10 points going into the fourth quarter, Falcons (6-5) rallied back to go ahead as KIU went through a nearly 5 minutes scoring drought. The teams matched nearly shot for shot and with 19 seconds Chris Omanyes lay-up took Titans (7-4) up 60-59. Former Falcon, Julius Lutwama who was fired up for the game sunk one of the two throws with a second on the clock to take KIU up by 2.

Edwin Katerega scored game high 16 points and picked 10 rebounds to lead KIU, Francis Kasekende added 10 points and Omanye had 9. Peter Elungat led Falcons with 15 points, Abdulahi Ramadhan had 11 while Steven Omony and Philip Ameny contributed 10 points apiece.

Ndejje University Angels meanwhile held on for a 57-56 edge of UCU Canons. Steven Okias scored game high 18 points and picked 6 rebounds off the bench to pace Angels (7-3). Geoffrey Soro (F) added 12 points and Brian Sentongo chipped in with 10 points. It was Canons second and successive loss. Syrus kiviiri scored 14 points to lead Canons (9-2), Ivan Lumanyika added 11 points and 13 boards. Desmond Owili (198-C/F) picked 15 rebounds to go with 5 points while Sudi Ulanga had another poor game going 1-for-11 from the field scoring 3 points.

City Oilers beat charging rhinos 66-40. Jimmy Enabu and Kami Kabange who have been City Oilers offensive emperors scored 18 and 16 points respectively and James Okello added 11 points.

Meanwhile in the womens division, guard, Sylvia Twesigye scored game high 21 points (15 off 3-pointers) to lead Magic Stormers to a 70-52 win over MUK Sparks. Belinda Feni and Nasra Uwamahoro contributed 11 points each for Stormers (6-4). Winnie Anyango scored 15 points and picked 8 rebounds for Sparks (3-8). Forward, Norah Namutosi added 10 points and 17 boards as Parks crossed the points mark for the second time this season.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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U18 European Championship: Greece fire past Ukraine for second win in Group G - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Ukraine U18 76:51

Greece registered the second consecutive win at the classification round Group G of the U18 European Championship. They overwhelmed Ukraine for 2-0 record. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) nailed 18 points for the winners.
Greece eked out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine turned things their way in the second frame. They surged ahead and snatched a 28:27 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes struck back after the big break. Greece went off the locker rooms firing from all guns. They unleashed 34 points in the third stanza to ensure a massive 24-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Ukraine could not recover from the blow as Greece marched to the victory in the fourth stanza. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) netted 16 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) had 10 points in the losing case.

Greece U18: Alexandros Spyridonidis 18, Georgios Diamantakos 16, Dimitrios Stamatis 13
Ukraine U18: Oleksandr Antypov 12, Igor Boyarkin 10



Enel Brindisi may land Sergii Gladyr - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) is close to add to their roster 25-year old Ukrainian international shooting guard Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88) who played last time at Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada in Spain. In 26 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Gladyr played at La Bruixa d'Or Manresa (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 31 games he averaged 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg that season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Gladyr was voted Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Gladyr played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 76.3%.
Gladyr has played also professionally for other Ukrainian teams like Mykolaiv and MBC Mykolaiv-2.
On Gladyr: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a very good shooter and he proved that he can comfortably knock down shots out to the NBA 3 He shoots with good balance and gets his feet set quickly, and as a result he can convert on a variety of shots Knows how to use his shot to set up his drives, he can read closeouts and then attack accordingly.
Does not have the quickest first step that will allow him to get by next level defenders When attacking the hoop he relies on his body to create space, but against stronger players that advantage will be minimised
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Serhiy Lishchuk won't be able to play for Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) won't be able to play for Ukraine at EuroBasket 2013. He recovers from injuries that he aggravated last season.
The last season Lishchuk played at Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 29 games he recorded 6.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final and supercup semifinals. Lishchuk also played 13 games in Eurocup where he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0bpg.
In 2004 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Lishchuk was voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Domestic Player of the Year back in 2005 and 2009.
He was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Lishchuk played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002. He represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.2ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT-2 (66.7%), FT: 47.1%.
Lishchuk has played previously professionally in USA and Ukraine (Azovmash, BC-93 Pulsar and Khimik).



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Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Birmingham K. 0-0 
 2. Cheshire P. 0-0 
 3. Durham W. 0-0 
 4. Glasgow Rocks 0-0 
 5. Leicester R. 0-0 
 6. London Lions 0-0 
 7. Manchester G. 0-0 
 8. Newcastle E. 0-0 
 9. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 10. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 11. Surrey Heat 0-0 
 12. Worcester W. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 27: London Lions - Manchester G.
Sep. 27: Sheffield S. - Cheshire P.
Sep. 27: Newcastle E. - Durham W.
Sep. 28: Surrey Heat - Worcester W.
Sep. 28: Leicester R. - Birmingham K.


U18 European Championship: Italy rout England on Tuesday night - by Eurobasket News

England U18-Italy U18 37:57

Italy rout England on Tuesday night of the U18 European Championship in Division A. The Italian side improved to 2-2 record after a 57:37 win. England meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group F.
Both teams entered the game with 1-2 records and looked forward achieving the second victory. Italy erupted with a 12-2 surge in the first period and had 8-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Italy dominated the second half as well and posted two victories. They came up with 12-8 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-13 rally.
Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and Nicola Akele (195-G-95) nailed 10. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) delivered 9, whilst Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) had 8. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) answered with 8 points in defeat and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (198-F/G-95) had 7. Jules Dang Akodo delivered 6 points in the losing effort.

England U18: Kingsley Okoroh 8, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 7, Jules Dang Akodo 6
Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 19, Nicola Akele 10, Tommaso Laquintana 9, Jacopo Vedovato 8



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Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd officially gets Wild Card - by Eurobasket News

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd officially gets Wild Card of VTB League. The Russian team was chosen in the tournament for the next year. Lithuanian Siauliai and Prenay could not make it for 2013/2014 season appearance.
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd continue hard work to bolster the roster for the next year. The President of the team promised to bring 3-4 loud names to the roster. The Russian Superleague 2012 debutant is ready for another debut. In year 2012/2013 the team finished Superleague with 10-18 record, but looks very confident before the start of the new season. The sources sent Lavrinovic brothers to the teams as well as some more loud transfers.
Krasny Oktyabr can get a wild card because of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas absence. The latter will not participate in the next season of VTB League. The Kaunas team has withdrawn from the League citing a tight schedule as the main reason for the move. Last season B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas won the VTB League regular season. They finished at 16-2 record. The Kaunas team lost to Lokomotiv Kuban in the semifinal series then.



BC Astana inks Timur Sultanov - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) agreed terms with 32-year old domestic point guard Timur Sultanov (178-72kg-81). He has played for the last nine seasons at Tobol (D1). He helped them to make it to the Kazakhstan Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Sultanov's team made it to the Kazakhstan Cup final in 2009 and 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Honorable Mention in 2012.
Sultanov is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BC Astana lands Mikhail Evstigneev - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana (D1) tabbed 29-year old power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (201-110kg-84). He has played for the last four years at Barsy Atyrau (D1). In 11 Baltic League games he averaged 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg last season. Evstigneev played in the final of Kazakhstan League in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com Kazakhstan League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2012. Evstigneev represented Kazakhstan at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
He has played previously for three other Kazakhstan teams: BK Almaty, Tobol and BK Bars.
Evstigneev is described as: A tough, experienced inside player, who can spend time in the 4 and 5 positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Pacers Beat Legends - by Eurobasket News

UNZA Pacers kicked off their 2013 Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) league title bid on a high, beating Kabwe Legends in the Week One matches played at the National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) in Lusaka.
The other A league matches played at the weekend saw LCC Looters on the winning side, thumping Assumption Comets 92-79 as Matero Magic posted a 69-44 baskets win past Heroes Play United.
In the men's B league matches played, Hone Denvers beat China United 72-54 with Intrepid Bulls edging ZCAS Blazers 69-50 as Earthrow Bulldogs narrowly overcame Nkwazi with a 75-73 win.
The Looters Junior side posted an emphatic 72-30 win over Hurricanes Junior, while UNZA Pacers beat Magic 62-54.
LCC Lootersses beat Napsa Breeze 67-50 in the ladies league fixtures that also saw Shells beating Hotspurs 69-34, while ZNS Green Eagles battled to an 82-all draw with NAPSA Hurricances before winning the tie 96-92 in extra-time.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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HBA Clubs Converge At National Sports Stadium - by Eurobasket News

CLUBS from the Harare Basketball Association will this weekend converge at the National Sports Stadium for their general meeting at which elections for a new executive should be the main item on the agenda.
The meeting will be at the Sports Commission's offices on Saturday morning where the clubs will also review the just-ended season that was characterised by a number of challenges in trying to run the league along the NBA's conference system.
Outgoing president Gilchrest Mangeza is not seeking re-election as Tendai "T-Burns" Zhakata from Jammerz and Ngoni Mukhukula (Raiderz) have been nominated for the top provincial post.
The rest of the members who were elected along with Mangezah four years ago quit their posts along the way, leaving the HBL to co-opt other officials to complete the tenure.
Charmaine Chamboko, who is the incumbent secretary, is seeking to retain the post and will face a challenge from Itayi Chafota and Andrew Chiaturo. Harmony Ndlovu from Mablazo will square off against Raiderz's Martin Mukweva to lead the technical portfolio while Brighton Navaya and Forbes Shuva are seeking to lead the referees committee.
Simba Mungomezi from Mbare Heats is hoping to lead the competitions' committee while Fungai Zinatsa, Freeman Mutada, Kelvin Ben and Sandra Satumba have thrown in their names for the women and youth commission.
Carlos Munda, the HBL spokesperson, yesterday challenged the clubs to elect candidates who should be able to restore the sport of basketball to its glory days just before the turn of the millennium.
"I would say I was disappointed with a number of things during the just-ended season, especially on the technical side of the game. As a league, we need to improve the way we run our fixtures and programmes so that we restore basketball to its glory days during the Mashonaland Basketball Association.
"The challenge now is on the clubs to elect people who have the zeal and should take basketball to another level," said Munda.
Cameo Sigauke won the 2012/2013 men's league while Dzivaresekwa Raiderz were crowned the champions in the women's section with Black Rhinos winning promotion from the men's B League.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com




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Women News

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
Group A
 1. Grosuplje 0-0 
 2. Medvescak 0-0 
 3. Mladi Krajisnik 0-0 
 4. Partizan 0-0 
 5. Triglav 0-0 
 6. Vojvodina 0-0 
Group B
 1. Athlete Celje 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 4. Radivoj Korac 0-0 
 5. Sloboda 0-0 



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U19 World Championship: Argentina outscore Mali for first win in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19 - Mali U19 70:51

Argentina finally celebrated the first win at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Mali in the classification round game today. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Latin American side. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record.
Argentina surged ahead early in the game. They went on a 24:10 run to take a comfortable lead. Mali slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The African side held their opponents to 8 points to cut the deficit at 13-point mark at halftime. But Argentina were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They unloaded 24 points and registered a 21-point buffer before the fourth term. Mali outscore Argentina in the final stanza but came up short of victory at the end. Magali Armesto (170-PG-95) netted 11 points, while Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) added 9 points for the winners. Christine Dakouo (190-PF-96) answered with 16 points for Mali. Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) had 7 points in the loss.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 13, Magali Armesto 11, Micaela Sancisi 9
Mali U19: Christine Dakouo 16, Mariam Maiga 7



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  AUSTRALIA   

ABA Standings - by Eurobasket News

State League Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 15-2 
 2. Hume City B. 13-4 
 3. McKinnon C. 12-5 
 4. Waverley F. 10-7 
 5. Diamond VE 9-8 
 6. Eltham W. 7-10 
 7. Bulleen B. 6-12 
 8. Melbourne T. 3-14 
 9. Sherbrooke S. 2-15 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 16-0 
 2. Sturt S. 12-4 
 3. Eastern M. 11-5 
 4. Forestville E. 11-5 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 11-5 
 6. Woodville W. 7-9 
 7. W.Adelaide B. 6-10 
 8. Southern T. 4-12 
 9. C.Districts L. 1-15 
 10. S.Adelaide P. 1-15 
QBL
 1. Gladstone PCP 12-1 
 2. Mackay M. 11-1 
 3. Brisbane C. 9-2 
 4. Ipswich F. 9-3 
 5. Northside W. 7-5 
 6. Townsville F. 7-5 
 7. Bundaberg B. 5-7 
 8. Cairns D. 5-8 
 9. Rockhampton 4-8 
 10. Toowoomba M. 4-8 
 11. Gold Coast R. 2-9 
 12. SW Metro P. 2-10 
 13. Suncoast C. 0-10 
SBL
 1. Rockingham 10-4 
 2. Wanneroo W. 10-4 
 3. Willetton T. 10-4 
 4. Kalamunda E.S. 10-5 
 5. Cockburn C. 9-7 
 6. Perry Lakes H. 8-6 
 7. Lakeside L. 7-7 
 8. SW Slammers 6-8 
 9. Perth R. 6-9 
 10. Stirling S. 6-9 
 11. Mandurah M. 4-10 
 12. East Perth E. 1-14 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo LB 17-4 
 2. Dandenong 15-6 
 3. Frankston B. 14-9 
 4. Sandringham S. 13-8 
 5. Geelong S. 13-9 
 6. Canberra N. 7-15 
 7. Brisbane S. 4-18 
SEABL-South
 1. Knox R. 13-1 
 2. Ballarat R. 9-5 
 3. Hobart C. 7-7 
 4. Kilsyth LC 6-6 
 5. Nunawading S. 5-6 
 6. Albury LB 1-12 
 7. Launceston T. 0-13 
WARATAH
 1. Hornsby S. 12-0 
 2. Illawarra H. 8-2 
 3. Bankstown B. 7-2 
 4. Hills H. 7-4 
 5. Norths Bears 7-4 
 6. Newcastle H. 6-4 
 7. Sydney C. 4-6 
 8. Sutherland S. 4-7 
 9. Penrith P. 3-8 
 10. Maitland M. 0-10 
 11. Parramatta W. 0-11 


SBL: Redbacks women beat Mandurah - by Eurobasket News

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks womens State Basketball League team had a strong 46 to 60 away-game win over Mandurah Magic.

Despite the win and there being one qualifying round game still remaining, they are unable to reach a top-eight playoff spot as other results did not go their way.

They are in 10th place in the 12-team competition with nine wins and 12 losses.

Point-guard Gabby OSullivan was the Redbacks highest scorer with 16 along with 12 rebounds and two assists.

Centre Marita Payne (196-C-81, college: Auburn) had 15 along with 17 rebounds while forward Tarsha Fletcher (185-G/F-85) had 13 and seven rebounds.

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks Mens team had two disappointing losses over the weekend.

This sees them slip from fourth to sixth place in the 14-team competition with 14 wins and 11 losses.

They lost their away-game fixture against the Mandurah Magic 84 to 106.

Redbacks forward Bennie Lewis scored 21 while power-forward Michael Vigor also had 21 along with nine rebounds.

Point-guard Joel Wagner had 10 points and eight assists while shooting guard Jarrad Prior scored 12.

The Redbacks men also had a nail-biting 111 to 115 home-game loss to the third-placed Geraldton Buccaneers.

Lewis was the Redbacks highest scorer with 29 along with nine rebounds.

Prior scored 24, including eight from 16 successful three-point shots and Vigor scored 16 along with 11 rebounds.

The top-eight playoff positions in the mens State Basketball League competition have been set.

Depending upon the results of next weeks final qualifying round games the Redbacks men could finish anywhere between fourth and eighth place.

The last qualifying round game for the Bank of Queensland Redbacks is Friday at the Western Australian Basketball Centre against the Perry Lakes Hawks, with the womens game starting at 6.30PM and the mens game at 8.30PM.

Article courtesy of Redbacks Media



Week 19 'Kickz101 Perth' Newcomers of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Bank of Queensland, Perth Redbacks guard Gabby O'Sullivan (G-94) has been announced the Kickz101 Perth Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season, after a strong showing in week nineteen.

OSullivan, one of the leagues most improved players, was outstanding on Friday night when the Redbacks took on the Magic at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Nineteen-year-old, OSullivan, top scored for the Redbacks with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal as Perth defeated Mandurah 60-46.

With Perths loss of WNBL West Coast Waves player, Rachel Lisch, halfway through the season, Gabby OSullivan was given the opportunity to step up in her absence and she has done just that, much to the delight of Redbacks fans.

Dech and OSullivan are now in contention for the monthly award where the winner of a facebook poll receives a pair of shoes of their choice thanks to Kickz101 Perth.

Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



U19 World Championship: Australia stop Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Brazil U19 69:51

Australia handed the first defeat to Brazil at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. The Gems came up strong in the second half of the clash to stop winning streak of the Latin American powerhouse. Both teams are now tied at 4-1 record in Group E. Casey Samuels (182-G-94) scored 21 points to lead Australia.
Brazil led by a single point after ten minutes of action 12:11. They Gems surged ahead in the second frame. Australia accumulated a 30:22 halftime advantage. Australia boosted the gap in the third period. The Gems dominated in the quarter to take a 14-point lead into the fourth frame. The Aussies held Brazil to 13 points in the final stanza and registered victory at the end. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) posted 15 points, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Maria Ferreira (192-C-94) answered with 16 points for Brazil. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Casey Samuels 21, Stephanie Talbot 15, Carley Mijovic 14
Brazil U19: Maria Ferreira 16, Izabella Sangalli 10



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  BELARUS   


Belarus U16 wins Malgorzata Dydek Memorial - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U16 wins Malgorzata Dydek Memorial at their preparation campaign for U16 European Championship. The team overcame Poland U16 three times.
In Game 1 Belarus U16 overcame Poland U16 79:60. Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Valeriya Smarshko (170-SG-97) netted 14. Anna Lappo (187-C-97) scored 13 and Yanina Inkina (183-PF-97) brought 12.
In Game 2 Belarus U16 wins over Poland U16 66:63. Valeriya Smarshko top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Anna Lappo had 14. Yanina Inkina nailed 12 points, while Anastasiya Sushchyk scored 11.
In Game 3 Belarus U16 posted a 76:70 victory. Anna Lappo top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while scored for the winners with 17 points and Valeriya Smarshko netted 14. Anna Lappo scored 13 and Yanina Inkina scored 12.
Valeriya Smarshko became the MVP of the tournament.



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Namur transfer - by Peter Buyse

Belfius Namur Capitale pulled off a real coup in their latest transfer. They added one of their former player Kathy Wambe (176-G-81) to their 2013-2014 roster.
Kathy left Namur in 2002 and headed to France where she played for Villeneuve d'Ascq. After 6 seasons of Villeneuve she moved to another French team Hainaut Basket.
Next up was Tarranto in Italy from 2009 till 2011. With Tarranto she also played in the Euroleague. After those two year in Italy she went back to her first French team Villeneuve. Next up was Italy again where she led Schio to the Italian Cup and the Italian league title.
Kathy was voted to the Eurobasket All Import team in France and Italy a combined 6 times.



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U19 World Championship: Australia stop Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Brazil U19 69:51

Australia handed the first defeat to Brazil at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. The Gems came up strong in the second half of the clash to stop winning streak of the Latin American powerhouse. Both teams are now tied at 4-1 record in Group E. Casey Samuels (182-G-94) scored 21 points to lead Australia.
Brazil led by a single point after ten minutes of action 12:11. They Gems surged ahead in the second frame. Australia accumulated a 30:22 halftime advantage. Australia boosted the gap in the third period. The Gems dominated in the quarter to take a 14-point lead into the fourth frame. The Aussies held Brazil to 13 points in the final stanza and registered victory at the end. Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) posted 15 points, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Maria Ferreira (192-C-94) answered with 16 points for Brazil. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Casey Samuels 21, Stephanie Talbot 15, Carley Mijovic 14
Brazil U19: Maria Ferreira 16, Izabella Sangalli 10



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U19 World Championship: France stay on winning path - by Eurobasket News

France U19 - China U19 62:43

France keep on winning at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They overcame China today to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group F. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. China slipped at 3-2 record after the defeat.
France dominated the game right from the start. Les Bleus stayed aggressive defensively and held their opponents to just 12 points in the opening quarter. China managed just 7 points in the second term to face a 27:19 halftime deficit. France maintained the lead throughout the third term. They recorded a 47:32 advantage heading into the fourth period. Les Bleus held China to 11 points in the final stanza and clinched a well-deserved win at the end. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) added 11 points for the winners. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) answered with 12 points for China. Li Meng (185-F-95) had 7 points in the losing case.

France U19: Valeriane Ayayi 13, Aby Gaye 11+11 boards, Lidija Turcinovic 11
China U19: Yang LiWei 12, Li Meng 7



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  EUROCUP   


Dynamo Moscow announced Tina Charles - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow announced Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) for the next season. She is currently playing at Connecticut Sun in WNBA. In 15 WNBA games she averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg. The last season she played at Wisla Can-Pak (PLKK) in Polish league. In 22 games she was the best scorer with remarkable 15.6ppg and recorded 8.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.4apg. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Charles also played 13 games in Euroleague where she had very great stats: 24.0ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. The last (12-13) summer she played at Connecticut in WNBA. In 15 games she had very great stats: 18.6ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg.
Three years ago Connecticut Sun selected her as first overall pick in WNBA draft.
Charles was also a member of USA international program for some years. She played for USA Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for University National Team in 2009. Charles represented USA at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.5ppg, Reb-5 (7.3rpg), 1.8apg, FGP: 43.9%, FT: 66.7%.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


PEAC-Pecs add American center Latoya Williams - by Eurobasket News

PEAC-Pecs add American center Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC). She is playing currently at Connecticut Sun in WNBA. Williams managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First she played at Lupa Promotion (A1) in Croatian league. In 25 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.8ppg and had 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Williams also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 12.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3spg.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Ikaros Kalitheas (A1) in Greek league. In 24 games she averaged remarkable 23.0ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2.4spg and 1.3bpg that season. She contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also played in the cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Defensive Player of the Year.
Latoya Williams ended the previous (10-11) season at Partizan (1 ZLS) in Serbian league. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. Indeed an impressive season as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team. But the most of that year she spent at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (D2) in Israeli league. In three games she averaged 12.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7spg and 1.7bpg.
In 2009-10 season Williams played at MUKS Poznan (2Liga) in Polish league. In 11 games she averaged 10.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg and 1.1bpg.
She graduated from Chipola College in 2009 and it is her fifth season in pro basketball.



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  FRANCE   


U19 World Championship: France stay on winning path - by Eurobasket News

France U19 - China U19 62:43

France keep on winning at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They overcame China today to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group F. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. China slipped at 3-2 record after the defeat.
France dominated the game right from the start. Les Bleus stayed aggressive defensively and held their opponents to just 12 points in the opening quarter. China managed just 7 points in the second term to face a 27:19 halftime deficit. France maintained the lead throughout the third term. They recorded a 47:32 advantage heading into the fourth period. Les Bleus held China to 11 points in the final stanza and clinched a well-deserved win at the end. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) added 11 points for the winners. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) answered with 12 points for China. Li Meng (185-F-95) had 7 points in the losing case.

France U19: Valeriane Ayayi 13, Aby Gaye 11+11 boards, Lidija Turcinovic 11
China U19: Yang LiWei 12, Li Meng 7



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  GERMANY   


Stephanie Wagner is a newcomer at Wasserburg - by Eurobasket News

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old international forward Stephanie Wagner (182-90). She has played for the last five years at Rhein Main Baskets (DBBL). In 32 games she recorded 10.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the final.
Wagner has been also a member of German international program for some years. She has regularly played for German senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Wagner represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.8ppg.
Wagner has played previously for another German team Langen.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Stephanie Wagner is a newcomer at Wasserburg - by Eurobasket News

TSV 1880 Wasserburg (DBBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old international forward Stephanie Wagner (182-90). She has played for the last five years at Rhein Main Baskets (DBBL). In 32 games she recorded 10.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the final.
Wagner has been also a member of German international program for some years. She has regularly played for German senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Wagner represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 1.8ppg.
Wagner has played previously for another German team Langen.

By Eurobasket Data Center



New Basket Oberhausen announced some changes - by Eurobasket News

evo New Basket Oberhausen announced some changes for the next season. The team added 19-year old center Marie Gulich (192-C-94) who played last time at SG BBZ Opladen in n 2.Bundesliga. In 21 games she recorded 13.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8bpg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Despite young age she had impressive career. Gulich received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Domestic Player of the Year award in 2012. Gulich represented Germany at the European Championships U18 Division B in Miskolc (Hungary) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 3.6ppg, 3.0rpg.
evo New Basket Oberhausen (DBBL) re-signed 24-year old forward Leonie Prudent (181-F-89). She has played there for the last three seasons. In seventeen DBBL games she averaged 3.2ppg and 3.1rpg last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final. Prudent's team won German DBBL Cup in 2012. She represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg.
evo New Basket Oberhausen (DBBL) also confirmed 31-year old guard Renee Hoefels (170-G-82). She has played there for the last three seasons.



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PEAC-Pecs add American center Latoya Williams - by Eurobasket News

PEAC-Pecs add American center Latoya Williams (190-C-87, college: Chipola JC). She is playing currently at Connecticut Sun in WNBA. Williams managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First she played at Lupa Promotion (A1) in Croatian league. In 25 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 16.8ppg and had 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Williams also played 12 games in Euroleague where she recorded 12.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3spg.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Ikaros Kalitheas (A1) in Greek league. In 24 games she averaged remarkable 23.0ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2.4spg and 1.3bpg that season. She contributed to her team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also played in the cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Defensive Player of the Year.
Latoya Williams ended the previous (10-11) season at Partizan (1 ZLS) in Serbian league. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. Indeed an impressive season as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team. But the most of that year she spent at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (D2) in Israeli league. In three games she averaged 12.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7spg and 1.7bpg.
In 2009-10 season Williams played at MUKS Poznan (2Liga) in Polish league. In 11 games she averaged 10.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg and 1.1bpg.
She graduated from Chipola College in 2009 and it is her fifth season in pro basketball.



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Lele Hardy back to Iceland - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Lele Hardy (182-F-88, college: Clemson) last years player of the year in Dominos league will come back to play in Iceland.
The former Clemson standout has sign with Haukar Basketball Club.
This is a big signing for Haukar since Hardy has been dominating player for 2 season at Njardvik

Helga Einarsdottir (186-F-88) has sign again with KR for next 2 season. Einarsdottir is team Captain for KR

More signing will come up in next few days the rumour is.



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  ITALY   


Ragusa lands Giulia Gatti - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Eirene Ragusa (A1) tabbed 24-year old international guard Giulia Gatti (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Goldbet Taranto (A1). In 21 games she averaged 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Gatti played at Comense. In 29 games she had 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg that season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Italian League All-Star Game.
In 2010-11 season Gatti played at Pall.Pozzuoli. In 22 games she had 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8spg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Pomezia (B).
In 2008-09 season Gatti played at Napoli BK Women (B). In 25 games she had 4.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Newcomers Team award back in 2008.
Gatti has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Gatti represented Italy at the European Championships in France this year. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 5.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 90.9%.
Gatti has played previously for two other Italy teams: Bracco Geas and Leonesse.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sabrina Cinili moves to Kayseri - by Eurobasket News

Kayseri bolstered their roster. They added Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) to the squad. The forward spent the last four seasons with Liomatic Umbertide. Last season Sabrina Cinili tallied 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in A1. Previously Sarbina Cinili had stints with Fortitudo Pomezia and San Raffaele Roma. She was named into A1 All-Defensive Team in 2012. Sabrina Cinili participated at the A1 All-Star Game in 2012. She was the member of U18 and U20 Italian National Teams. Sabrina Cinili has been the member of the Italian National Team since 2010. She participated at the 2013 EuroBasket. Her stats read 3.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in France.


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U19 World Championship: Japan edge Serbia in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-Japan U19 67:87

Japan edge Serbia in Klaipeda at the second day of the Second Stage at the U19 World Championship. The Asian team needed an 87:67 win for 2-3 record in Group E. The Balkan side dropped at 1-4 record.
Both teams entered the game with the same 1-3 record and looked forward achieving the second win. Japan posted a 23-17 lead and then allowed the opponents to score another 17 points for 6-point advantage at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Japan erupted with a 29-12 surge to seal the victory. Serbia replied with 21-18 rally in the last stanza but could not come closer than 20 points.
Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) nailed 15. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Haruka Hatakenaka (194-PF-95) had 10. Natasa Kovacevic (188-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 15 points for the Serbian side and Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) netted 10. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96), Ivana Boskovic (185-PF-94) and Anita Bosnjak (174-G-94) posted 8 points each.

Serbia U19: Natasa Kovacevic 15, Aleksandra Stanacev 10, Aleksandra Crvendakic 8+10 rebs, Ivana Boskovic 8, Anita Bosnjak 8
Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 22, Kanako Masuoka 15, Mirai Tamura 14+10 rebs, Haruka Hatakenaka 10



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  KENYA   


Tricky matches for top teams in weekend action - by Eurobasket News

There will be significant changes in the log this weekend as top teams in the national classic leagues men and women premier have tricky matches lined up.
Ladies defending champion Eagle Wings will play United States International University- Africa, USIU-A, on Sunday in a rematch of last years playoff final.
Their male counterparts Co-operative Bank have a date with Ulinzi Warriors on Saturday. At 19 points, the bankers could forfeit the leagues leadership to second placed Lions who are on 17 points and will play two matches this weekend.
If they beat Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, on Saturday and USIU-A on Sunday and Co-op Bank lose then Lions will take a one point lead. If both Lions and Co-op Bank win their matches, they will be joint leaders on 21 points.
Wings could go joint top with KPA if they beat USIU. KPA, top of the table with 21 points, will not be in action this weekend. Consequently, a win for Wings, who have 19 points, will mean they share the summit but the Dockers will have played one match less.
This will be Wings last match before heading to Burundi for the Zone V East and Central Club Championships slated for August 5-11 where they will seek to defend their title.
USIU will also be travelling for the tournament by the virtue of finishing runners up last season. In last years playoffs final, Wings beat USIU 2-0 to retain their title and this match could be a tough one as well.
Wings have been consistent this season despite losing some of its key players to NBA side Ulinzi. International players Silalei Shani, Samba Mjomba and Angela Akoth are some of the big names set to line up against USIU.
The experience and exposure of Annerose Atieno, Lucy Machuma and Linda Nyikuli will also count a lot in swaying the match their side. USIU, who failed to show up for their match against NYTA-Shimba last weekend, is third on the log with 16 points.
Captain Hilda Indasi will be the key player expected to lead the students to victory. Linda Mfuchi, Sudanese import Sarah Chan (191-C/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Union (TN)), Zipporah Odhiambo as well as Burundian duo of Ghyslaine Uwimama and Magniffique Ndayikengurutse are other players who can turn the game for the students.
Co-operative Bank, another team on 15 points, will host NYTA-Shimba as they hope to consolidate their grip on the top four.
Storms, also on 15 points, play Strathmore University on Saturday. The students are on 14 points.
KPA double header in Nairobi
In the men premier, KPA will have a double header in their tour of Nairobi playing Lions on Saturday and Thunder on Sunday. With three losses behind their back so far, KPA will have a mountain to climb as they face two of the best teams this season.
Lions have only lost once while Thunder has only two losses so far and began the season on a high. Against Thunder, they will be facing their old boy Dan Okwiri for the first time since he left the club at the beginning of the season.
The tie pitting defending champion Co-operative Bank and Ulinzi Warriors is a potentially tight match. It will be very crucial for both teams in varied ways.
The bankers are preparing for the regional championship in Burundi while the soldiers are gearing up for the regional military games all in August.
With last season's most valuable player Bobby Okwako missing out in action, Coach Carey Odhiambo will have to depend on the likes of Tony Abondo, James Mwangi, Brian Busu and Salim Ali, arguably the best point guard in the league, to tame the soldiers. All-time leading scorer William Ochieng will be the main player for Ulinzi.
Other matches will see University of Nairobi's Terrorist travel to Nakuru to play host Nakuru Club on Saturday and Strathmore University play tail holders Blazers on Sunday.
Collated Fixtures: Saturday- Western Delight vs K.U.Oryx (12pm, Kakamega), Nakuru Club vs Terror (12pm, Nakuru), KAA vs KU Pirates (9am, Nyayo), Strathmore University vs Storms (10:30am), KCA-U vs NYTA-Shimba (12pm), Co-op Bank vs Ulinzi (1:30pm), Strathmore University vs Blazers (3pm), Lions vs KPA (4:30pm); Sunday- Mennonite vs Safe Spaces (9am), Co-op Bank vs NYTA-Shimba (10:30am), Little Prince vs Upperhill (12pm), Thunder vs KPA (1:30pm), Eagle Wings vs USIU (3pm), USIU vs Lions (4:30pm).
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Lithuania U16 beat Belarus U16 twice in Birzai - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian U16 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They took on Belarusian counterparts in two friendly games in Birzai. The hosts claimed back-to-back victories.
Lithuania opened the series with an 84:54 victory. Laurita Jurciute (170-PG-96) and Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) delivered 15 points each for the winners. Lithuania grabbed a 33:27 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 24-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory at the end. Karolina Visockaite (175-F-98) chipped in 13 points for the winners.
Lithuania celebrated a 55:46 victory in the second game. It was much closer battle. Belarus led by one point 13:12 after ten minutes. Lithuania gained a 4-point lead before the fourth frame. They went on a 15:10 run in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Laura Juskaite delivered 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace the hosts. Laurita Jurciute added 16 points for the winning team.



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U19 World Championship: Argentina outscore Mali for first win in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19 - Mali U19 70:51

Argentina finally celebrated the first win at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Mali in the classification round game today. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Latin American side. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record.
Argentina surged ahead early in the game. They went on a 24:10 run to take a comfortable lead. Mali slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The African side held their opponents to 8 points to cut the deficit at 13-point mark at halftime. But Argentina were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They unloaded 24 points and registered a 21-point buffer before the fourth term. Mali outscore Argentina in the final stanza but came up short of victory at the end. Magali Armesto (170-PG-95) netted 11 points, while Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) added 9 points for the winners. Christine Dakouo (190-PF-96) answered with 16 points for Mali. Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) had 7 points in the loss.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 13, Magali Armesto 11, Micaela Sancisi 9
Mali U19: Christine Dakouo 16, Mariam Maiga 7



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  POLAND   


Belarus U16 wins Malgorzata Dydek Memorial - by Eurobasket News

Belarus U16 wins Malgorzata Dydek Memorial at their preparation campaign for U16 European Championship. The team overcame Poland U16 three times.
In Game 1 Belarus U16 overcame Poland U16 79:60. Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Valeriya Smarshko (170-SG-97) netted 14. Anna Lappo (187-C-97) scored 13 and Yanina Inkina (183-PF-97) brought 12.
In Game 2 Belarus U16 wins over Poland U16 66:63. Valeriya Smarshko top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Anna Lappo had 14. Yanina Inkina nailed 12 points, while Anastasiya Sushchyk scored 11.
In Game 3 Belarus U16 posted a 76:70 victory. Anna Lappo top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while scored for the winners with 17 points and Valeriya Smarshko netted 14. Anna Lappo scored 13 and Yanina Inkina scored 12.
Valeriya Smarshko became the MVP of the tournament.



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BSNF Draft to be held on Wednesday - by Luis Modestti


The BSNF Draft is Wednesday in Carolina at 6:00 p.m. local time. There will be a rookie draft, native player draft and import draft.

Some of the players available for the draft are national team centers Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (191-C-81, college: Emporia St.) and Sandra Garcia (190-C-90).

Leonas de Ponce has the first pick in all drafts since they finished winless last season.

The 2013 BSNF season begins on August 29 as Piratas de Quebradillas visit Gigantes de Carolina.



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Claudia Pop (ex Targoviste) signs at Conquero - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB) landed 24-year old Romanian international forward Claudia Pop (182-89). She played most recently at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 28 games she averaged 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team. Pop also played 8 games in Euroleague where she had 4.1ppg and 2.4rpg.
The previous (11-12) season she played at CSM Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 27 games she had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.9spg that season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Domestic Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team.
In 2010-11 season Pop played at Olesa Espanyol (1a). In 11 games she had 6.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Pop was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. She played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2009. Pop also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg.
Pop has played previously professionally in Italy (Elite V.La Spezia).
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: Claudia is working hard on each practice. She may play both hands.. and she also can play very well under the ring with back. Very nice shot from semi distance. Great stealer of balls. Very talented player, will continue to improve on European scene. Her natural position is 2/3 but she can also play on positions 1 and 4.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Dynamo Moscow keeps Grishaeva for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) re-signed 24-year old international center Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-89). She played there last season. In 21 PBL games she recorded 10.0ppg and 6.9rpg. She helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. Grishaeva also played 14 games in Eurocup where she averaged 9.5ppg and 5.9rpg.
She won EuroCup championship title.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (LFB) in French league. In 26 games she averaged 8.4ppg and 6.6rpg that season. She contributed to her team winning the cup. Grishaeva also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged 11.1ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2010-11 season she played at Spartak Vidnoye. In 16 games she averaged 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Grishaeva also played 6 games in Euroleague where she averaged just 2.5ppg.
In 2009-10 season she was tested by Vologda-Chevakata. In 17 games she averaged 11.1ppg and 6.5rpg. Grishaeva also played 5 games in Eurocup where she averaged 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Grishaeva received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team award back in 2009.
She has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Grishaeva was a member of both Senior and University National Teams this year and previously for U20 National Team in 2009. She also represented Russia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) this year. Grishaeva's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 31.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Grishaeva has played previously for two other Russia teams: BC Moscow and BC Moscow-2.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dynamo Moscow keeps Grishaeva for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) re-signed 24-year old international center Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-89). She played there last season. In 21 PBL games she recorded 10.0ppg and 6.9rpg. She helped them to make it to the Russian Cup Semifinals. Grishaeva also played 14 games in Eurocup where she averaged 9.5ppg and 5.9rpg.
She won EuroCup championship title.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (LFB) in French league. In 26 games she averaged 8.4ppg and 6.6rpg that season. She contributed to her team winning the cup. Grishaeva also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged 11.1ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2010-11 season she played at Spartak Vidnoye. In 16 games she averaged 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Grishaeva also played 6 games in Euroleague where she averaged just 2.5ppg.
In 2009-10 season she was tested by Vologda-Chevakata. In 17 games she averaged 11.1ppg and 6.5rpg. Grishaeva also played 5 games in Eurocup where she averaged 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Grishaeva received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team award back in 2009.
She has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Grishaeva was a member of both Senior and University National Teams this year and previously for U20 National Team in 2009. She also represented Russia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) this year. Grishaeva's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 3 games: 6.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 31.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Grishaeva has played previously for two other Russia teams: BC Moscow and BC Moscow-2.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dynamo Moscow announced Tina Charles - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow announced Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) for the next season. She is currently playing at Connecticut Sun in WNBA. In 15 WNBA games she averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg. The last season she played at Wisla Can-Pak (PLKK) in Polish league. In 22 games she was the best scorer with remarkable 15.6ppg and recorded 8.3rpg (leader !!!) and 1.4apg. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Charles also played 13 games in Euroleague where she had very great stats: 24.0ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. The last (12-13) summer she played at Connecticut in WNBA. In 15 games she had very great stats: 18.6ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg.
Three years ago Connecticut Sun selected her as first overall pick in WNBA draft.
Charles was also a member of USA international program for some years. She played for USA Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for University National Team in 2009. Charles represented USA at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 8 games: 10.5ppg, Reb-5 (7.3rpg), 1.8apg, FGP: 43.9%, FT: 66.7%.



U19 World Championship: Spain remain undefeated in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Spain U19 72:80

Spain remain undefeated in Klaipeda at the U19 World Championship. Trailing 5 points at the halftime to Russian squad, the Spanish outfit managed to push the tempo in the last period and grabbed 5-0 record due to 80:72 win. Russia meanwhile fell at 2-3 record in Group E.
Russia won the first period 22-15 and surprised the opponents with a 39:24 halftime advantage. Spain managed to cut it to 1 point as they entered the last stanza due to 17-13 in the third period. The last quarter was fully dominated by the favorites that needed a 29-20 burst to get 5-0 record on top.
Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) brought 19 points to lead the pace, while Leticia Romero (176-G-95) nailed 14. Astou Ndour (198-C-94) added 13 and Marta Montoliu (182-F/G-94) poured in 10. Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Olga Novikova (179-SG-94) as well as Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) had 14 each. Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Russia U19: Julia Gladkova 18, Olga Novikova 14, Albina Razheva 14, Anna Shchetina 12
Spain U19: Belen Arrojo 19, Leticia Romero 14, Astou Ndour 13, Marta Montoliu 10



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U19 World Championship: South Korea thump Senegal for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19 - Senegal U19 97:64

South Korea registered the second straight win at the classification round of U19 World Championship. They outgunned Senegalese counterparts in Klaipeda today. Six players scored in double digits for the Korean team. Lee Seonyoung (171-PG-95) provided 16 points to lead the winners.
South Korea earned a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They erupted for 29 points in the second frame to boost the lead. The Korean side enjoyed a 51:29 halftime advantage. South Korea stretched the gap even further in the third term. The Asian team ensured a comfortable 31-point lead heading into the fourth term. South Korea dropped 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Shin Jihyun (173-SG-95) and Lee Min Ji (175-SF-95) added 15 points each for the winners. Aida Ndiaye (F-94) responded with 21 points and 9 boards for Senegal. Mame Coumba Sy (C-95) had 15 points in the loss.

South Korea U19: Lee Seonyoung 16, Shin Jihyun 15, Lee Min Ji 15
Senegal U19: Aida Ndiaye 21, Mame Coumba Sy 15



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  SERBIA   


U19 World Championship: Japan edge Serbia in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-Japan U19 67:87

Japan edge Serbia in Klaipeda at the second day of the Second Stage at the U19 World Championship. The Asian team needed an 87:67 win for 2-3 record in Group E. The Balkan side dropped at 1-4 record.
Both teams entered the game with the same 1-3 record and looked forward achieving the second win. Japan posted a 23-17 lead and then allowed the opponents to score another 17 points for 6-point advantage at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Japan erupted with a 29-12 surge to seal the victory. Serbia replied with 21-18 rally in the last stanza but could not come closer than 20 points.
Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) nailed 15. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Haruka Hatakenaka (194-PF-95) had 10. Natasa Kovacevic (188-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 15 points for the Serbian side and Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) netted 10. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96), Ivana Boskovic (185-PF-94) and Anita Bosnjak (174-G-94) posted 8 points each.

Serbia U19: Natasa Kovacevic 15, Aleksandra Stanacev 10, Aleksandra Crvendakic 8+10 rebs, Ivana Boskovic 8, Anita Bosnjak 8
Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 22, Kanako Masuoka 15, Mirai Tamura 14+10 rebs, Haruka Hatakenaka 10



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  SOUTH KOREA   


U19 World Championship: South Korea thump Senegal for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19 - Senegal U19 97:64

South Korea registered the second straight win at the classification round of U19 World Championship. They outgunned Senegalese counterparts in Klaipeda today. Six players scored in double digits for the Korean team. Lee Seonyoung (171-PG-95) provided 16 points to lead the winners.
South Korea earned a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They erupted for 29 points in the second frame to boost the lead. The Korean side enjoyed a 51:29 halftime advantage. South Korea stretched the gap even further in the third term. The Asian team ensured a comfortable 31-point lead heading into the fourth term. South Korea dropped 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Shin Jihyun (173-SG-95) and Lee Min Ji (175-SF-95) added 15 points each for the winners. Aida Ndiaye (F-94) responded with 21 points and 9 boards for Senegal. Mame Coumba Sy (C-95) had 15 points in the loss.

South Korea U19: Lee Seonyoung 16, Shin Jihyun 15, Lee Min Ji 15
Senegal U19: Aida Ndiaye 21, Mame Coumba Sy 15



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U19 World Championship: Spain remain undefeated in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19-Spain U19 72:80

Spain remain undefeated in Klaipeda at the U19 World Championship. Trailing 5 points at the halftime to Russian squad, the Spanish outfit managed to push the tempo in the last period and grabbed 5-0 record due to 80:72 win. Russia meanwhile fell at 2-3 record in Group E.
Russia won the first period 22-15 and surprised the opponents with a 39:24 halftime advantage. Spain managed to cut it to 1 point as they entered the last stanza due to 17-13 in the third period. The last quarter was fully dominated by the favorites that needed a 29-20 burst to get 5-0 record on top.
Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) brought 19 points to lead the pace, while Leticia Romero (176-G-95) nailed 14. Astou Ndour (198-C-94) added 13 and Marta Montoliu (182-F/G-94) poured in 10. Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Olga Novikova (179-SG-94) as well as Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) had 14 each. Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Russia U19: Julia Gladkova 18, Olga Novikova 14, Albina Razheva 14, Anna Shchetina 12
Spain U19: Belen Arrojo 19, Leticia Romero 14, Astou Ndour 13, Marta Montoliu 10



Claudia Pop (ex Targoviste) signs at Conquero - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB) landed 24-year old Romanian international forward Claudia Pop (182-89). She played most recently at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 28 games she averaged 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg last season. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team. Pop also played 8 games in Euroleague where she had 4.1ppg and 2.4rpg.
The previous (11-12) season she played at CSM Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 27 games she had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.9spg that season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Domestic Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team.
In 2010-11 season Pop played at Olesa Espanyol (1a). In 11 games she had 6.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Pop was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. She played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2009. Pop also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg.
Pop has played previously professionally in Italy (Elite V.La Spezia).
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: Claudia is working hard on each practice. She may play both hands.. and she also can play very well under the ring with back. Very nice shot from semi distance. Great stealer of balls. Very talented player, will continue to improve on European scene. Her natural position is 2/3 but she can also play on positions 1 and 4.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Sabrina Cinili moves to Kayseri - by Eurobasket News

Kayseri bolstered their roster. They added Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) to the squad. The forward spent the last four seasons with Liomatic Umbertide. Last season Sabrina Cinili tallied 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in A1. Previously Sarbina Cinili had stints with Fortitudo Pomezia and San Raffaele Roma. She was named into A1 All-Defensive Team in 2012. Sabrina Cinili participated at the A1 All-Star Game in 2012. She was the member of U18 and U20 Italian National Teams. Sabrina Cinili has been the member of the Italian National Team since 2010. She participated at the 2013 EuroBasket. Her stats read 3.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in France.


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Leeds Carnegie Re-Sign Katie Bergeron for 2013/14 - by Eurobasket News

Leeds Carnegie Head Womens Basketball Coach Mark Gunn has quickly started to rebuild the 2013/14 womens programme in re-signing American playmaker Katie Bergeron (165-PG-88).

Prior to joining Leeds Carnegie in 2012, Katie thrived at Bowdoin College 2007/11 (New England Small College Athletic Conference, NCAA D3 North East Region) captaining the squad in her senior year. Katie led the Polar Bears to a NESCAC Championship in 2009 and to two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances. Katie still holds several Bowdoin College Womens Basketball career records including 1st place 3 point shots attempted (424); 2nd place 3 point shots made (160); 4 place free throw percentage (.788); 6th place points scored (1180) plus 10th place 3 point shot percentage (.331).

After graduating, Katie joined the Emmanuel College (Boston) Womens Basketball coaching staff assisting Coach Andrew Yosinoff during one of the greatest campaigns in the programmes history, compiling a 25-7 overall record en route to the second ever appearance in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

In 2012 Katie joined Leeds Carnegie, returning to the court as a student athlete impacting upon the VCARS.co.uk Division 1 Women 2012/13 season stats leading the way with the highest 3 point percentage (55.1%) plus 3rd place in 3 points made at an average of just over 30 minutes playing time per game.

Leeds Carnegie Head Womens Coach Mark Gunn commented; In being appointed I was assigned with taking the programme in a new direction and in getting to know Katie on and off the court over the past month it was clear she wanted the opportunity to utilise her experience, leadership qualities plus winning attitude in this time of transition.

Coach Gunn continued; After assessing Katie during pre-season workouts, whilst working hard to build upon her individual offense skill set, I firmly agree with Coach Adrienne Shibles (Bowdoin College) that she has a great ability to get to the rim, possesses the mind of an excellent playmaker and is also a consistent shooting threat. Im sure she will thrive during 2013/14 as a player, mentor and role model to Leeds Carnegie junior girls.

Katie Bergeron commented; Im really thankful for the opportunity to play for Leeds Carnegie again for the 2013/14 season. Even after a few weeks of scrimmaging and workouts its very clear the potential we have as a team and its very exciting to be a part of this. Im so grateful for not only another year of basketball for myself, but also for the chance to help develop some of the younger players to really strengthen the womens program here in Leeds!

Couresy of leedscarnegiebasketball.co.uk



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Jul. 23: Indiana F. - New York L. 72-77
Jul. 24: Washington M. - Chicago S.
Jul. 24: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M.
Jul. 24: Atlanta D. - Connecticut S.


Toliver, Nneka Ogwumike headline WNBA All-Star reserves - by Eurobasket News

Reigning Most Improved Player Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) of the Los Angeles Sparks, and teammate Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford), the 2012 Rookie of the Year, headlined a list of 12 players named as reserves for the All-Star Game. Connecticut will host the game on Saturday afternoon. Other reserves for the Western Conference will be Tulsa's Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) and Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) in the frontcourt, along with guards Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) of the Lynx and Danielle Marie Robinson (5'10''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) of the San Antonio Silver Stars.
The host team Connecticut Sun placed a pair of reserves on the East squad in guard Allison Hightower (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) and center Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut). Chicago's Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) and Washington's Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) are reserves in the frontcourt, while Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) of the Mystics and Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) of the Indiana Fever are All-Star reserves in the backcourt for the East.
Courtesy of: foxnews.com



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Standings (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Australia4-1
3. Brazil4-1
4. Japan2-3
5. Russia2-3
6. Serbia1-4
Group F
1. France5-0
2. USA5-0
3. China3-2
4. Holland2-3
5. Canada2-3
6. Lithuania1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. S.Korea2-0
2. Mali1-1
3. Argentina1-1
4. Senegal0-2

Second Stage: Round 2

13-16 Place

Jul. 23: SEN - KOR 64-97
Jul. 23: MLI - ARG 51-70

E

Jul. 23: RUS - ESP 72-80
Jul. 23: SRB - JPN 67-87
Jul. 23: BRA - AUS 51-69

F

Jul. 23: LTU - NED 65-72
Jul. 23: FRA - CHN 62-43
Jul. 23: CAN - USA 54-88

Second Stage: Round 3

13-16 Place

Jul. 24: ARG - SEN
Jul. 24: MLI - KOR

E

Jul. 24: AUS - SRB
Jul. 24: JPN - RUS
Jul. 24: ESP - BRA

F

Jul. 24: USA - FRA
Jul. 24: LTU - CAN
Jul. 24: CHN - NED


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  SEN
  (198-C-94)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria18.4 
 2. Stewart, Connecti.17.4 
 3. Kawamura, Chanson17.2 
 4. Weisner, Oregon S.17.0 
 5. Wilson, Eastern M.16.6 
 6. Ramona, Guarulhos16.4 
 7. Mizgeryte, Fortuna15.4 
 8. Tuck, Connecticut15.2 
 9. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.15.0 
 10. Samuels, Hills H.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ji Su PARK
  (188-C-98)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Park, KOR N.13.2 
 2. Badiane, Reims11.0 
 3. Ndour, Gran Canaria10.0 
 4. Mizgeryte, Fortuna9.4 
 5. Shchetina, Spart.9.2 
 6. Wilson, High School9.2 
 7. Treffers, Min.Ba.8.6 
 8. Talbot, Adelaide8.0 
 9. Diallo, Pikine7.8 
 10. Llorente, Lanus7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mirai TAMURA
  (164-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Tamura, Wasada Un.7.2 
 2. Talbot, Adelaide5.8 
 3. Yang, Guangdong4.6 
 4. Belickaite, Jaunie.4.4 
 5. Jones, Duke4.4 
 6. Ramona, Guarulhos4.2 
 7. Stanacev, Crvena4.2 
 8. Epoupa, Landes4.2 
 9. Novikova, Dynamo4.2 
 10. Cornelius, CTO4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Epoupa, Landes4.4 
 2. Romero, Gran C.3.2 
 3. Traore, AS C I2.8 
 4. Novikova, Dynamo2.8 
 5. Goncalves, Santo2.8 
 6. Tuck, Connecticut2.6 
 7. Harper, Kentucky2.6 
 8. Kim, KOR N.2.4 
 9. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.2.2 
 10. Stewart, Connecti.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daugile SARAUSKAITE
  (196-C-96)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sarauskaite, Jauni.3.6 
 2. Shchetina, Spart.2.8 
 3. Wilson, High School2.2 
 4. Park, KOR N.2.0 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.8 
 6. Badiane, Reims1.4 
 7. Gaye, CFBB1.4 
 8. Mijovic, Canberra.1.4 
 9. Potter, CAN N.1.3 
 10. Djaldi-Tabdi, CF.1.2 


Second Stage. Day 2 in Panevezys and Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Russia - Spain 72-80
Spain remain undefeated in Klaipeda at the U19 World Championship. Trailing 5 points at the halftime to Russian squad, the Spanish outfit managed to push the tempo in the last period and grabbed 5-0 record due to 80:72 win. Russia meanwhile fell at 2-3 record in Group E. Russia won the first period 22-15 and surprised the opponents with a 39:24 halftime advantage. Spain managed to cut it to 1 point as they entered the last stanza due to 17-13 in the third period. The last quarter was fully dominated by the favorites that needed a 29-20 burst to get 5-0 record on top. Belen Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) brought 19 points to lead the pace, while Romero Leticia nailed 14. Ndour Astou added 13 and Montoliu Marta poured in 10. Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Olga Novikova (179-SG-94) as well as Razheva Albina had 14 each. Shchetina Anna followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Serbia - Japan 67-87
Japan edge Serbia in Klaipeda at the second day of the Second Stage at the U19 World Championship. The Asian team needed an 87:67 win for 2-3 record in Group E. The Balkan side dropped at 1-4 record. Both teams entered the game with the same 1-3 record and looked forward achieving the second win. Japan posted a 23-17 lead and then allowed the opponents to score another 17 points for 6-point advantage at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as Japan erupted with a 29-12 surge to seal the victory. Serbia replied with 21-18 rally in the last stanza but could not come closer than 20 points. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) nailed 15. Tamura Mirai collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Hatakenaka Haruka had 10. Natasa Kovacevic (188-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 15 points for the Serbian side and Stanacev Aleksandra netted 10. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96), Boskovic Ivana and Bosnjak Anita posted 8 points each.

Brazil - Australia 51-69
Australia handed the first defeat to Brazil at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. The Gems came up strong in the second half of the clash to stop winning streak of the Latin American powerhouse. Both teams are now tied at 4-1 record in Group E. Casey Samuels (182-G-94) scored 21 points to lead Australia. Brazil led by a single point after ten minutes of action 12:11. They Gems surged ahead in the second frame. Australia accumulated a 30:22 halftime advantage. Australia boosted the gap in the third period. The Gems dominated in the quarter to take a 14-point lead into the fourth frame. The Aussies held Brazil to 13 points in the final stanza and registered victory at the end. Stephanie Talbot posted 15 points, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Maria Ferreira answered with 16 points for Brazil. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Group F
Canada - USA 54-88
USA successfully closed Day 2 of the Second Stage at the U19 World Championship. The defending Champions left no chances for Canada in an 88:54 win for 5-0 record. Canada meanwhile fell at 2-3 record in Group F. USA won the opening tip 10:3 and grabbed 25:16 lead at the end of the first period. The favorites added 22-15 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 47:31 halftime advantage. Moreover USA exploded with 31-11 surge in the third period and did not mind 10-12 in the last stanza. Plum and Green scored the last points for the winners to ensure 88:54 victory. Alexis Jones (173-G-94) paced all the winners with 17 points and Breanna Stewart (193-F-94) nailed 14. Tuck Morgan scored 13, whilst Bashaara Graves (188-PF-94, college: USA NT U16) and Harper Linnae had 10 apiece. Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Colley Shaylisha added 11. Cooper Samantha delivered 10 points in a loss.

Lithuania - Holland 65-72
Holland beat the hosts in a real thriller at the U19 World Championship. The Dutch side grabbed a 2-3 record after a 72:65 win. Lithuania meanwhile fell at 1-4 record in Group F. Both teams scored 15 points each in the first period, while Holland took 3-point lead at the halftime after an 18-15 rally in the second period. Lithuania bounced back with a 17-15 run and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. Holland however needed a final 24-18 push to seal the victory. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Isabella Slim (182-F/G-95) netted 18. Cornelius Laura collected 12 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, while Lisanne de Jonge also scored 12. Belickaite Dalia replied with 16 points in defeat and Mizgeryte Roberta scored 15. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) notched 12, whilst Tamasauskaite Greta poured in 10.

France - China 62-43
France keep on winning at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They overcame China today to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group F. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. China slipped at 3-2 record after the defeat. France dominated the game right from the start. Les Bleus stayed aggressive defensively and held their opponents to just 12 points in the opening quarter. China managed just 7 points in the second term to face a 27:19 halftime deficit. France maintained the lead throughout the third term. They recorded a 47:32 advantage heading into the fourth period. Les Bleus held China to 11 points in the final stanza and clinched a well-deserved win at the end. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Lidija Turcinovic (184-SG-94) added 11 points for the winners. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) answered with 12 points for China. Li Meng had 7 points in the losing case.



Group 13-16 Place
Mali - Argentina 51-70
Argentina finally celebrated the first win at the U19 World Championship. They defeated Mali in the classification round game today. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Latin American side. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record. Argentina surged ahead early in the game. They went on a 24:10 run to take a comfortable lead. Mali slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The African side held their opponents to 8 points to cut the deficit at 13-point mark at halftime. But Argentina were back in the drivers seat in the third period. They unloaded 24 points and registered a 21-point buffer before the fourth term. Mali outscore Argentina in the final stanza but came up short of victory at the end. Magali Armesto (170-PG-95) netted 11 points, while Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) added 9 points for the winners. Christine Dakouo answered with 16 points for Mali. Mariam Maiga had 7 points in the loss.

Senegal - South Korea 64-97
South Korea registered the second straight win at the classification round of U19 World Championship. They outgunned Senegalese counterparts in Klaipeda today. Six players scored in double digits for the Korean team. Lee Seonyoung (171-PG-95) provided 16 points to lead the winners. South Korea earned a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They erupted for 29 points in the second frame to boost the lead. The Korean side enjoyed a 51:29 halftime advantage. South Korea stretched the gap even further in the third term. The Asian team ensured a comfortable 31-point lead heading into the fourth term. South Korea dropped 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Shin Jihyun and Lee Min Ji added 15 points each for the winners. Aida Ndiaye (F-94) responded with 21 points and 9 boards for Senegal. Mame Coumba Sy had 15 points in the loss.