EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/25/2013 4:04:01 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Alba Berlin add Cliff Hammonds - by Igor Obradovic

Alba, team from Berlin and club who will compete in Eurocup this season brings Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) from Igokea.

Clifford Hammonds signed two-year contract with German team. This is official news and was announced on Alba Berlin official website.
Guard from USA last season spent in Igokea and with avarged scoring 10 points per game with 4 rebounds and 4 asists per game in Adriatic league.
With Igokea he won Bosnia and Herzegovina championship and Cup.



Krka signs Nix just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Telemach League) signed 23-year old American center Derrick Nix (206-122kg-90). He just graduated from Michigan State University (NCAA). In 36 games he had 9.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Big Ten Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Nix is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. His college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2012.
Nix could be described: Extremely tough, wide-bodied frontcourt player Possesses great hands and very good footwork His nose for the ball benefits his rebounding ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria begin final preparation in Orlando - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria senior men national team, DTigers has begun it final preparation ahead the 27th Africa Cup of Nations Afrobasket slated for August 20-31 in Abidjan Cote dIvoire in Orlando, United States of America.

The camp which has most players that represented the FIBA Africa Zone-III nation at the London 2012 Olympic Games held in London is being supervised by head coach, Ayo Bakare.

According to a release from the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) hinted that players such as team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Alade and Al Farouk Aminu, Ike Diogu, Derrick Obasohan, Chamberlain Oguchi, Mike Umeh, Andy Ogide, Stan Okoye, Stanley Gumut and Abdulwahab Yahaya are already in camp alongside other notable players.

Coach Bakare will be joined by other home-based players and the team assistant coaches.
Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81)



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  ALBANIA   


Vanoli Cremona tabs Klaudio Ndoja - by Armando Caporaso

Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) inked 28-year old former Albanian international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-94kg-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Ndoja has played for the last two years at Enel Brindisi (SerieA), but left the team in May'13. In 27 games he averaged 6.5ppg and 2.4rpg last season. His team made it to the Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals in 2009.
Ndoja was also a member of Albanian international program for some years. He played for Albanian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2003. Ndoja represented Albania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 16.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Ndoja has played previously for seven other Italy teams: Naturhouse Ferrara, Fileni BPA Jesi, Givova Scafati, Upea Capo d'Orlando, Casalpusterlengo, Borgomanero and Upea Capo d'Orlando.
His game is described as: A swingman with a good outside touch who knows how to help his team inside, if needed. Plays with intensity, can be effective immediately coming out from the bench.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ARGENTINA   


Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal inks Facundo Madoz - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (Torneo Federal) agreed terms with 30-year old naturalized Italian guard Facundo Madoz (190-83). He has played for the last two seasons at Villa Mitre (Torneo Federal). Madoz played in the final of Argentinian Liga B in 2007.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Fontedoso Carrefour) and Argentina (Sportivo Escobar and Gimnasia Villa Del Parque).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal signs David Cabezas - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (Torneo Federal) signed 25-year old domestic power forward David Cabezas (197-88). He played last season at Ciudad de Bragado (TNA). In 24 games he had 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Cabezas played at San Martin Marcos Juarez (TNA).
He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Sport Club and Lanus) and Spain (Jerez).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda signs rookie Anthony Borden - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of American center Anthony Borden (208-98kg). Borden just graduated from Cent.Arkansas (NCAA). In 22 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.2bpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Anthony Borden joins DeAndre Coleman, Jonatan Machuca, Ariel Pau, Fernando Malara, Mariano Garcia, Christian Amicucci on the roster.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal signs David Cabezas - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (Torneo Federal) signed 25-year old domestic power forward David Cabezas (197-88). He played last season at Ciudad de Bragado (TNA). In 24 games he had 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Cabezas played at San Martin Marcos Juarez (TNA).
He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Sport Club and Lanus) and Spain (Jerez).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sigma Barcellona inks Demian Filloy - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega Due Gold) signed 31-year old Italian ex-international forward Demian Filloy (198-96kg-82, agency: Interperformances). He is a dual citizen owning also Argentinian passport. Filloy has played for the last three seasons at Grissin Bon Reggio Emila (SerieA). In 33 games he had 3.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Italian Lega Due championship title in 2012. Filloy was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team in 2011. He was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2003.
Filloy has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas) and Italy (Rimini, Banco di Srd, Sutor Montegranaro and Porto Torres).
He could be described: A quickly improving forward, who has a great basketball IQ and team mentality. Can score from the perimeter and driving to the basket, defends well even on bigger opponents, and makes it all with great hustle. Has that typical "no surrender" attitude of lots of South American players.

By Eurobasket Data Center



TNA 2013/14 - by Facundo Iatzky

After some weeks of indefinition, it was decided that next season of TNA (second division) will be played by 20 teams, with two promotions to Liga A and two teams that will go to Torneo federal, the same that last season. Teams can have 7 major players (one of them can be foreigner), 1 U23 player and 1 U21 player. The rest of the roster is completed by U19 players.
These are the teams that will play next season with their respective coaches:
Alianza Viedma : Dario Buzzo
Alvear Villa Angela: Jeronimo Trezza
Atletico Echague: Sebastian Uranga
San Isidro : Daniel Beltramo
Banda Norte: Jose Pestuggia
Barrio Parque: Osvaldo Arduh
Ciclista Juninense: Julian Pagura
Huracan Trelew: Gustavo Miravet
Instituto Cordoba: Mauro Felauto
La Union Colon: Santiago Rimoldi
Monte Hermoso: Alejandro Alvarez
Obera TC: Leandro Hiriart
San Lorenzo Chivilcoy: Alejandro Pepiche
San Martin Corrientes: Sebastian Gonzalez
Sarmiento Resistencia: Javier Bianchelli
Sport Club: Marcelo De la Fuente
9 de Julio: Gustavo Fernandez
Tomas de Rocamora: Martin Andem
Union Santa Fe: Juan siemienczuk
Union Progresista: Maximiliano Seigorman



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  AUSTRIA   


U18 European Championship: Denmark rout Austria in the start of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U18-Austria U18 68:54

Denmark rout Austria in the start of Second Stage at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side won 68:54 at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
It was the first game of Wednesday action. Denmark started the game with 12-11 lead, but Austria grabbed the halftime advantage after a 21-18 rally in the second period. The second half however was dominated by Denmark that produced two victories. They posted 17-7 rally in the third period and finished the game with 21-15.
Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) and Frederik Benzon (185-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) followed them with 9 points. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) ended up with 22 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, while Fabian Richter (192-F/G-95) chipped in with 10. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) and Georg Wolf (188-SG-95) scored 6 points in a loss.

Denmark U18: Sebastian Petersen 14, Frederik Benzon 14, Mathias Christensen 12+10 rebs, Rasmus Hansen 9
Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 22+14 rebs, Fabian Richter 10, Marvin Ogunsipe 6, Georg Wolf 6



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  BAHRAIN   


Predrag Badnjarevic is new head coach of Al Manama !! - by Ahmad Madwar

The deal of third Serbian coach in bahrain this season already done .. coach Predrag Badnjarevic agreed terms with Al Manama to be the head coach of the team for the upcoming season .. Predrag will replace Toni Vujanic who won the league and the cup tittles last season

coach Predrag worked in Romania recently and he reached the league and cup final there season 2011-2012 .. he worked in Tunisia before and he was the head coach of Egypt National team for a couple of years ..

Coach Predrag will be the 3rd Serbian coach in Bahrain this season beside Nebojsa Raicevic the new head coach of Muharraq and Sasa Nikitovic the head coach of Bahrain National team ..



Nebojsa Raicevic is the new head coach of Muharraq club - by Ahmad Madwar

The Serbian coach Nebojsa Raicevic agreed terms with Al Muharraq club to be the head coach of upcoming season .. Coach Nebojsa will replace Charlie Parker who coached the club last 2 seasons .. and won the cup and league in his first season with the club .. but he lost it last season

Nebojsa Raicevic was the head coach of Iran U18 National team in 2008 and he won FIBA asia U18 in same year ..

at the other hand Al Al Muharraq going to renew with its american player Chester Giles for upcoming season



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  BELARUS   


U18 European Championship: Belarus overcame a slow start to beat Switzerland - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Belarus U18 49:70

Belarus overcame a slow start to beat Switzerland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Trailing 4 points after the first period, Belarus pushed the tempo later in the game and won 70:49. Belarus and Switzerland are both with 1-1 record at the Classification Round for 9-16 places.
Switzerland surprised the opponents with 13-9 lead, but failed to keep the advantage. Belarus bounced back with 14-6 rally in the second frame and took 23:19 halftime advantage. They outscored Switzerland 19-18 in the third period and erupted with 28-12 surge in the last stanza.
Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Pavel Harachka (185-PG-95) 10 and Roman Rubinshteyn (193-PG-96) had 8. Vuk Damjanovic (195-F-96) brought 17 points in defeat and Patrick Bianchi (180-PG-95) scored 14. Vuk Damjanovic answered with 17 points in defeat and Patrick Bianchi scored 14.

Switzerland U18: Vuk Damjanovic 17, Patrick Bianchi 14
Belarus U18: Yauheni Beliankou 23+10 rebs, Maksim Salash 17+11 rebs, Pavel Harachka 10, Roman Rubinshteyn 8



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  BELGIUM   


U18 European Championship: Belgium hand Israel their first loss - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Belgium U18 54:65

Belgium hand Israel their first loss at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won 65:54 as both teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F.
Belgium opened the game with 16:12 lead Sam Hemeleers (180-PG-95) later scored three for 27:19. Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) closed the half at 33:24 as Belgium won the second period 17-12. Israel woke up in the third period and bounced back for 46:40. Belgium however pushed the tempo in the last period and celebrated an 11-point victory.
Vincent Kesteloot (200-F-95) and Sam Hemeleers paced all the winners with 13 points each. Ismael Bako (208-C-95) scored 12 and Romain Boxus had 10. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) and Yochai Zuckerman (183-G-95) finished the game with 12 points each in a loss. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Joaquin Szuchman (191-G-95) delivered 8 points in defeat.

Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 12, Yochai Zuckerman 12, Naor Sharon 8, Joaquin Szuchman 8
Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 13, Sam Hemeleers 13, Ismael Bako 12, Romain Boxus 10



Galil Gilboa lands Gerald Robinson, ex Leuven - by Eurobasket News

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Winner League) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-82kg-89, college: Georgia). He played most recently at Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Ethias League. In 28 games he averaged 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.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Aalstar News - by Peter Buyse

Not quite transfer news but yet something of the sort. Okapi Aalstar has invited former West Virginia standout Da'Sean Butler (201-F-88, college: W.Virginia) for a workout and a medical check.
Butler led WV to its run at the 2010 NCAA Final Four run which was cut short by an injury he suffered in the semi-final vs Duke. While driving to the basket his left knee buckled and tore his ligaments. Despite the injury and thanks to an outstanding senior year where he averaged 17.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 3.1 apg he was drafted in the 2nd round by the Miami Heat. He never actually played for the Heat or the San Antonio Spurs who signed him later in the 2010-2011 season. In the 2011-2012 season he was assigned to the Austin Toros in the D-League where in 37 games he averaged 11.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg.
In April of 2012 Butler suffered another setback and had to undergo surgery for his injured knee for the 3rd time,
Later that summer he was offered a Graduate assistant coaching job at his alma mater West Virginia by head coach Bob Huggins.
Aalstar hopes for a good workout and that Butler can join the roster. In the other case they would need to look for another player early in the pre-season.



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  BOSNIA   


U18 European Championship: Lithuania storm past Bosnia and Herzegovina, into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 78:60

Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Bosnia and Herzegovina got eliminated from the title race falling at 0-5 record.
Lithuania enjoyed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second frame. They secured a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania controlled the tempo in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points. Lithuania kept Bosnia and Herzegovina at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and marched to the victory at the end. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) had 12 points each for the winners. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 17 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 14+10 boards, Haroldas Saprykinas 12, Augustas Suliauskas 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Imran Polutak 17, Sandro Gacic 14



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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian National Team 2013 - by Greg

Brazilian National Team 2013
#s#
Alex Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Arthur Silva
Silva
Caio Silveira
Silveira
Guilherme Giovannoni
Giovannoni
Larry Taylor
Taylor
#e#5

Alex Ribeiro 191-G-80 Brasilia Brazil

Arthur Silva 198-G/F-82 Brasilia Brazil

Caio Silveira 211-C-87 S.Jose/Unimed Brazil

Guilherme Giovannoni 203-F-80 Brasilia Brazil

Larry Taylor 185-PG-80 Bauru Brazil

Marcelinho Huertas 191-PG-83 FCB Regal Spain

Marquinhos Vieira 207-SF-84 Flamengo Brazil

Paulo Prestes 210-C-88 Franca Brazil

Raul Neto 186-PG-92 Gipuzkoa Spain

Rafael Freire 188-PG-92 Blusens M. Spain

Mineiro Ferreira 208-C/F-88 Pinheiros/Sky Brazil

Rafael Hettsheimer 206-C-86 Real Madrid Spain

Scott Machado 185-PG-90 Golden St.W. USA

Vitor Benite 190-SG-90 Flamengo Brazil

Vitor Faverani 211-C-88 Boston C. USA


Ruben Magnano Head Coach

Fernando Duro Assistant Libertad S. Argentina

Jose Neto Assistant Flamengo Brazil



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  BULGARIA   


U18 European Championship: Ukraine better Bulgaria for third win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 - Bulgaria U18 66:56

Ukraine claimed the third win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bulgaria for 2-1 record in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Bulgaria led by four points after the opening frame 18:14. Ukraine picked up the tempo to cut the deficit in the second term. Ukraine trailed by three points at halftime 39:36. Bulgaria held their opponents to just 8 points in the third term to balloon the lead. They ensured a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 run to surge ahead. They held Bulgaria to only 7 points in the fourth period and snatched victory at the end. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) netted 11 points, while Pavel Lebedintsev (193-G-96) contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Nikolay Vangelov (208-C-96) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Illya Sydorov 20, Oleksandr Antypov 11, Pavel Lebedintsev 10+11 boards
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 24, Nikolay Vangelov 8



Branko Mirkovic (ex Ril.Sportlist) joins Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) agreed terms with 31-year old Bulgarian international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-85kg-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Mirkovic has played for the last two seasons at Ril.Sportlist in Bulgarian NBL league. In 37 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.8apg and 1.7spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Mirkovic also played 15 games in Balkan League where he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 15.5ppg and averaged 3.5rpg, 6.9apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Mirkovic won Bulgarian League championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League European Player of the Year in 2012. Mirkovic was called to Bulgarian Senior National Team this year.
He is quite experienced player. Mirkovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), FYR Macedonia (Pelister Bitola), Serbia (Smederevo Vizura).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Sichuan take 2-0 NBL Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu TX - Sichuan BW 85-87 (0-2)

Sichuan take 2-0 NBL Final lead. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jiangsu TX won fourth quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sichuan BW made 11 blocks. American power forward Hassan Whiteside (213-89, college: Marshall) had a triple-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Taiwanese point guard Yong-Ren Wu (176-82) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Guard ZhiYong Yan (195-86) responded with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard XianLing Sun (190-89) scored 16 points. Four Jiangsu TX players scored in double figures. Jiangsu TX's coach Qiang Xu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: S.XianLing 16+3reb+1ast, Faber 15+16reb, S.XinLei 10+2reb+1ast, Y.ZhiYong 10+5reb+5ast, S.JianYe 10+5reb+1ast, C.Shih-Nian 9+2reb+5ast
Sichuan BW: W.Hassan 30+14reb, W.Jing 17+3reb+1ast, W.Yong-Ren 14+6reb+8ast, C.XiaoDong 9+7reb+2ast, Z.ZhenHu 6+2reb+1ast, H.XiaoBin 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 244670



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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
1. Costa Rica0-0
2. El Salvador0-0
3. Honduras0-0
4. Mexico0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 26: MEX - CRC
Jul. 26: ESA - HON



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  COLOMBIA   


Guerreros de Bogota and Islanders Sopesa invited to the Liga Directv - PBD - by Victor Garcia

The Professional Basketball Division has fomally invited the Guerreros de Bogota and the Islanders Sopesa to be the 9th and 10th team in the upcoming Liga Directv, both has to send their confirmations next friday July 26.
The second edition of the PBD is schedulled to start on August 16.
Guerreros and Islanders are usually contenders in the Colombian Pro-Basketball, the team rosters will be disclosed starting August.




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  CROATIA   


Cedevita keeps Tomas for another season - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) re-signed 28-year old international guard Marko Tomas (201-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played there last season. In 10 A1 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to both league and supercup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Tomas also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by Fenerbahce Ulker (TBL) in Turkish league. In 7 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg that season. Tomas also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
Among other achievements he won Turkish League championship title in 2011. Tomas received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Newcomer of the Year award in 2011.
He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Tomas has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2003. He represented Croatia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg.
Tomas has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) and Croatia (KK Zagreb and Cibona).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good scorer, with inside and outside dimension. Has the ideal skills for a point-forward (passing, ball-handling, court vision). Uses well his hands also in defense, has an immense upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cedevita keeps Tomas for another season - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) re-signed 28-year old international guard Marko Tomas (201-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency). He played there last season. In 10 A1 games he recorded 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to both league and supercup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Tomas also played 4 games in Euroleague where he averaged 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by Fenerbahce Ulker (TBL) in Turkish league. In 7 games he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg that season. Tomas also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 3.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
Among other achievements he won Turkish League championship title in 2011. Tomas received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Newcomer of the Year award in 2011.
He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Tomas has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team between 2002 and 2003. He represented Croatia at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg.
Tomas has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) and Croatia (KK Zagreb and Cibona).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good scorer, with inside and outside dimension. Has the ideal skills for a point-forward (passing, ball-handling, court vision). Uses well his hands also in defense, has an immense upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Croatia beat Italy to catch last train to playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Italy U18 92:78

Croatia clinched a vital win over Italy in the final game of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The winners clinched the fourth position in Group F. Croatia will now take on Russia in the playoffs. Italy will play in the classification round now.
Croatia set the tone early in the game. They opened the game with seven straight points. They ensured a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-F/G-95) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Croatia maintained it to enter the second half up by 10 points 40:30. Croatia did not loosen the grasp in the third period. They boosted the margin at 16-point mark at the final intermission 71:55. Fontecchio opened the fourth frame with back-to-back triples to keep Italy hopeful. But Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with his consecutive triples midway through the fourth frame and Croatia raced to the victory at the end. Domagoj Bosnjak finished with 26 points to lead the winners. Tomislav Gabric added 17 points in the victory. Marco Spissu (181-G-95) and Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 14 points each for Italy.

Croatia U18: Domagoj Bosnjak 26, Tomislav Gabric 17, Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) 13, Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) 13
Italy U18: Marco Spissu 14, Tommaso Laquintana 14



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Dylan Page (ex Gaziantep) is a newcomer at CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) added to their roster 31-year old American forward Dylan Page (204-104kg-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). Page managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. He played last season at Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 12 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2apg. He also spent pre-season at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league that year. In 7 Euroleague games he averaged 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7apg. Page also played 14 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 8.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league. In 32 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Page also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
In 2004 Page was drafted by St. Louis Skyhawks (USBL) in second round (13th overall).
The former University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee star is in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2010. Page was also voted All-Horizon League Player of the Year and All-Horizon League 1st Team back in 2004 at his college time.
Page has played also professionally in Greece (Panellinios and MENT Vassilakis), Spain (CB Granada and Basquet Mallorca) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez).
The scouts decsribe him following way: One of those 'bulky players’ in the middle who use well their body and make huge screens. Has good post moves back-to-the basket, but can also score from outside. A smart player, with team mentality and good technical skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Serbia overwhelm Czech Republic to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Czech Republic U18 99:70

Serbia claimed the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They outmuscled Czech Republic to punch quarterfinal ticket. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) netted 20 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic got eliminated from the title race with the loss.
Serbia fired 23 points in the opening quarter to post a 7-point lead. They stayed red hot offensively in the second frame. Serbia dropped 25 points and piled up a 48:33 halftime advantage. Serbia did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to gain a 19-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Czech Republic could not slow down their opponents as Serbia cruised to the victory at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) nailed 19 points, while Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) added 10 points for the winners. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) had 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Brano Djukanovic 20, Ognjen Jaramaz 19, Milenko Veljkovic 10
Czech Republic U18: Prokop Slanina 14, Martin Peterka 13



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U18 European Championship: Denmark rout Austria in the start of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Denmark U18-Austria U18 68:54

Denmark rout Austria in the start of Second Stage at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side won 68:54 at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
It was the first game of Wednesday action. Denmark started the game with 12-11 lead, but Austria grabbed the halftime advantage after a 21-18 rally in the second period. The second half however was dominated by Denmark that produced two victories. They posted 17-7 rally in the third period and finished the game with 21-15.
Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) and Frederik Benzon (185-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) followed them with 9 points. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) ended up with 22 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, while Fabian Richter (192-F/G-95) chipped in with 10. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) and Georg Wolf (188-SG-95) scored 6 points in a loss.

Denmark U18: Sebastian Petersen 14, Frederik Benzon 14, Mathias Christensen 12+10 rebs, Rasmus Hansen 9
Austria U18: Jakob Poltl 22+14 rebs, Fabian Richter 10, Marvin Ogunsipe 6, Georg Wolf 6



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Huracanes PP 10-4 
 2. Metros STGO 10-4 
 3. Indios SFM 8-5 
 4. Reales LV 4-9 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 9-4 
 2. Leones SD 6-7 
 3. Cocolos SPM 5-9 
 4. Caneros LR 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jul. 24: Metros STGO - Leones SD 98-91
Jul. 24: Cocolos SPM - Huracanes PP 87-88
Jul. 23: Reales LV - Caneros LR 74-72
Jul. 23: Titanes DN - Metros STGO 64-79
Jul. 24: Titanes DN - Reales LV 100-76

Regular Season: Round 14

Jul. 25: Reales LV - Huracanes PP
Jul. 25: Leones SD - Cocolos SPM
Jul. 26: Caneros LR - Titanes DN
Jul. 26: Reales LV - Metros STGO



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  ESTONIA   


U18 European Championship: FYR Macedonia stun Estonia in Second Stage opener - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia U18-Estonia U18 63:49

FYR Macedonia stun Estonia in Second Stage opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts needed a 63:49 win for 1-1 record in Group E. Estonia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
FYR Macedonia opened the game with 18:12 and thanked more than 1100 fans who came to support them in Strumica. The hosts added 13-11 rally and enjoyed a 31:23 advantage at the halftime. Estonia reduced to 35:34 midway through the third period, but again the hosts grabbed 44:39 lead after 30 minutes. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) and Mitrov closed the game for FYR Macedonia as they celebrated another victory.
Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Oliver Dvojakovski (204-C-97) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) notched 12, while Andrej Magdevski had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) and Saimon Sutt (201-SG-95) produced 11 points in a loss and Karl-Martin Kask (210-C-95) brought 8. Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) delivered 6 points in the losing case.

FYR Macedonia U18: Kristijan Nikolov 13, Oliver Dvojakovski 12+13 rebs, Ljubomir Mladenovski 12, Andrej Magdevski 9+10 rebs
Estonia U18: Karl-Robin Jurjens 11, Saimon Sutt 11, Karl-Martin Kask 8, Sten Olmre 6



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  EUROCUP   


Alba Berlin add Cliff Hammonds - by Igor Obradovic

Alba, team from Berlin and club who will compete in Eurocup this season brings Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) from Igokea.

Clifford Hammonds signed two-year contract with German team. This is official news and was announced on Alba Berlin official website.
Guard from USA last season spent in Igokea and with avarged scoring 10 points per game with 4 rebounds and 4 asists per game in Adriatic league.
With Igokea he won Bosnia and Herzegovina championship and Cup.



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Ricky Minard joins Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk continued to bolster their roster. They have added Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) to the squad. The guard started the last season in Italy. He played for Bologna. His stats read 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in SeriaA. Later Ricky Minard moved to Turkey. He penned deal with Besiktas. The guard notched 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in TBL. In EuroLeague Ricky Minard averaged 11.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per appearance. Ricky Minard is not new to Ukraine. He played for Azovmash in 2011/12 season. Ricky Minard had stints in Italy, NBDL and Russia before. Ricky Minard became EuroCup winner in 2011.


Pero Antic signed with Atlanta Hawks - by Giorgos Diploidis

Pero Antic (6'11''-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) has agreed in terms with Atlanta Hawks for a (1+1) contract with the team of NBA.

The power forward/center after two seasons in Greece with the team of Olympiacos where he won two euroleague trophies in a row , one Greek Champion and one Greek cup, makes a great movement in USA. Last period in Euroleague had 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg in 31 matches.

The information was given by his agent some hours ago using twitter.




David Moss is a newcomer at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American small forward David Moss (196-94kg-83, college: Indiana State, agency: SportsTalent). He has played for the last three years at Montepaschi (SerieA). In 49 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Defensive Team. Moss also played 24 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg.
He has played previously professionally in Poland (KK Swiecie) and Italy (Fileni BPA Jesi, BancaTercas and Oknoplast Bologna).
Moss attended Indiana State until 2006 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid forward, who can score and grab rebounds. Despite being not so wide, has the toughness to play a good defense any night, and his great attitude make him a very good team player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings Division A

Standings
Group E
1. Russia4-1
2. Serbia3-2
3. France3-2
4. Lithuania3-2
5. Czech Rep.2-3
6. Bosnia0-5
Group F
1. Turkey4-1
2. Spain3-2
3. Latvia3-2
4. Italy2-3
5. Croatia2-3
6. U.Kingdom1-4
Group G
1. Greece3-0
2. Ukraine2-1
3. Slovenia1-2
4. Bulgaria0-3

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Jul. 24: LTU - BIH 78-60
Jul. 24: CZE - SRB 70-99
Jul. 24: RUS - FRA 70-60

F

Jul. 24: CRO - ITA 92-78
Jul. 24: TUR - ESP 68-76
Jul. 24: LAT - ENG 68-56

G

Jul. 24: SLO - GRE 62-76
Jul. 24: BUL - UKR 56-66

Quarter-Finals: Round 7

Jul. 26: RUS - CRO
Jul. 26: TUR - SRB
Jul. 26: FRA - ESP
Jul. 26: LAT - LTU


Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (205-SF-95)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Vezenkov, Aris23.3 
 2. Diamantakos, Pana.19.3 
 3. Nelson, Reading R.18.3 
 4. Fontecchio, Oknopl.17.5 
 5. Rebec, Helios17.0 
 6. Fedorchenko, Trium.16.8 
 7. Peterka, BK Pardu.15.3 
 8. Martynov, N.Novgor.14.5 
 9. Zganec, KK Zagreb14.3 
 10. Gabric, Jolly14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (205-F/C-96)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Sabonis, Clinic.12.8 
 2. Diamantakos, Pana.11.7 
 3. Porzingis, Cajasol11.0 
 4. Zganec, KK Zagreb9.3 
 5. Peterka, BK Pardu.9.3 
 6. Vezenkov, Aris9.2 
 7. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.9.2 
 8. Sakhniuk, BC Kyiv8.5 
 9. Veljkovic, Mega V.7.8 
 10. Birsen, Fener.Ulk.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Rebec, Helios7.5 
 2. Sipahi, Tofas5.6 
 3. Kouril, Lucentum4.8 
 4. Martin, Real Madrid4.0 
 5. Marinelli, KK Sp.3.8 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.8 
 7. Jugovic, Partizan.3.7 
 8. Dang, Un.Olimpija3.7 
 9. Inglis, Roanne3.7 
 10. Geks, VEF Riga3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Rebec, Helios3.5 
 2. Boyarkin, BC Do.2.7 
 3. Soluade, Clinic.2.5 
 4. Novak, Geoplin Slo.2.3 
 5. Sans, Prat Juvent.2.3 
 6. Martynov, N.Novgor.2.2 
 7. Ozmizrak, Besiktas2.2 
 8. Spyridonidis, Ilys.2.0 
 9. Martin, Real Madrid2.0 
 10. Ulubay, Pertevniy.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Porzingis, Cajasol4.5 
 2. Kosut, Pertevniyal3.2 
 3. Okoroh, Derby T.2.5 
 4. Guven, Karsiyaka1.7 
 5. Dolensek, Geopli.1.5 
 6. Zganec, KK Zagreb1.2 
 7. Soluade, Clinic.1.2 
 8. Bigby-W., Lewisham.1.2 
 9. Kottas, PAOK1.0 
 10. Kulikov, Girona1.0 


M-Standings - Group B

Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Poland2-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-1
3. Holland1-1
4. Estonia0-2
Group F
1. Belgium1-1
2. Israel1-1
3. Montenegro.1-1
4. Sweden1-1
Group G (9-16 places)
1. Hungary2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Germany1-1
4. Norway0-2
Group H (9-16 places)
1. Portugal2-0
2. Switzerlan.1-1
3. Belarus1-1
4. Romania0-2
Group I (17-22 places)
1. Denmark1-0
2. Austria1-1
3. Georgia0-1
Group J (17-22 places)
1. Luxembourg.1-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Scotland0-2

Second Stage: Round 1

E

Jul. 24: POL - NED 66-50
Jul. 24: MKD - EST 63-49

F

Jul. 24: SWE - MNT 74-55
Jul. 24: ISR - BEL 54-65

G

Jul. 24: FIN - GER 85-82
Jul. 24: HUN - NOR 66-56

H

Jul. 24: ROM - POR 69-74
Jul. 24: SUI - BLR 49-70

I

Jul. 24: DEN - AUT 68-54

J

Jul. 24: SCO - LUX 57-66

Second Stage: Round 2

E

Jul. 25: NED - MKD
Jul. 25: EST - POL

F

Jul. 25: BEL - SWE
Jul. 25: MNT - ISR

G

Jul. 25: GER - HUN
Jul. 25: NOR - FIN

H

Jul. 25: POR - SUI
Jul. 25: BLR - ROM

I

Jul. 25: GEO - DEN

J

Jul. 25: LUX - SVK


Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Yauheni BELIANKOU
  (197-SF-95)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Beliankou, Tsmoki.20.4 
 2. Hakanson, FCB R.18.2 
 3. Jeszke, SMS P.17.8 
 4. Poeltl, Arkadia17.0 
 5. Kesteloot, Sint-J.16.8 
 6. Salash, Cajaso.16.6 
 7. Le Sann, Meyrin G.16.4 
 8. Goloman, Kormend16.2 
 9. Magdevski, Real M.15.2 
 10. Dolven, Bygdoy14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob POELTL
  (213-C-95)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Poeltl, Arkadia14.2 
 2. Dolven, Bygdoy10.7 
 3. Mladenovski, Rabot.9.8 
 4. Witlinski, Anwil9.6 
 5. Salash, Cajaso.9.2 
 6. Berg, Asker Aliens8.7 
 7. Nikolic, Girona8.6 
 8. Goloman, Kormend8.6 
 9. Jeszke, SMS P.8.4 
 10. Janicek, SVK N.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tuomas  HIRVONEN
  (179-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Hirvonen, Kouvot6.6 
 2. Petersen, Aarhus5.6 
 3. Hakanson, FCB R.4.6 
 4. Sharon, Hapoel H.4.3 
 5. Marques, Ginasio4.2 
 6. Magdevski, Real M.3.8 
 7. Musie, Norrkoping3.8 
 8. Hemeleers, Kango.3.8 
 9. Gruen, Urspring3.2 
 10. Bianchi, Lugano T.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sten OLMRE
  (194-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Olmre, Audentes.3.5 
 2. Segev, Maccabi T-A3.0 
 3. Bianchi, Lugano T.2.7 
 4. Velkey, Vasas2.4 
 5. Magdevski, Real M.2.4 
 6. Le Sann, Meyrin G.2.4 
 7. Szuchman, Galil G.2.3 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot2.2 
 9. Ciordas, Oradea2.2 
 10. Ziv, ISR N.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-PF-96)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Goloman, Kormend3.4 
 2. Poeltl, Arkadia3.0 
 3. Mladenovski, Rabot.2.6 
 4. Bako, Leuven1.4 
 5. Wimberg, Oldenburg1.3 
 6. Stockman, Baerum1.3 
 7. Derval, Boncourt1.2 
 8. Cotture, Fribourg1.2 
 9. Witlinski, Anwil1.2 
 10. Salash, Cajaso.1.2 


Eight teams remain in title race in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Russia - France 70-60
Russia wrapped up their Second Stage campaign at U18 European Championship with victory. They fired past France to earn the top position in Group E. Russia will now take on Croatia in the playoffs. France will face Spain in the quarterfinals. Russia claimed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus turned things around in the second frame. They pulled in front for a 33:28 advantage at halftime. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within two points at the final intermission. Zhulkov and Gavrilov put Russia in front early in the fourth frame. France quickly regained the advantage but not for long. Russia used a 15:0 run to gain a 68:57 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) provided 16 points to lead Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) answered with 9 points for France. Axel Bouteille and Etienne Ory had 8 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic - Serbia 70-99
Serbia claimed the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They outmuscled Czech Republic to punch quarterfinal ticket. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) netted 20 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic got eliminated from the title race with the loss. Serbia fired 23 points in the opening quarter to post a 7-point lead. They stayed red hot offensively in the second frame. Serbia dropped 25 points and piled up a 48:33 halftime advantage. Serbia did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to gain a 19-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Czech Republic could not slow down their opponents as Serbia cruised to the victory at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) nailed 19 points, while Milenko Veljkovic added 10 points for the winners. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka had 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Bosnia 78-60
Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Bosnia and Herzegovina got eliminated from the title race falling at 0-5 record. Lithuania enjoyed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second frame. They secured a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania controlled the tempo in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points. Lithuania kept Bosnia and Herzegovina at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and marched to the victory at the end. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) had 12 points each for the winners. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 17 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sandro Gacic nailed 14 points in the loss.

Group F
Croatia - Italy 92-78
Croatia clinched a vital win over Italy in the final game of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The winners clinched the fourth position in Group F. Croatia will now take on Russia in the playoffs. Italy will play in the classification round now. Croatia set the tone early in the game. They opened the game with seven straight points. They ensured a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-F/G-95) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Croatia maintained it to enter the second half up by 10 points 40:30. Croatia did not loosen the grasp in the third period. They boosted the margin at 16-point mark at the final intermission 71:55. Fontecchio opened the fourth frame with back-to-back triples to keep Italy hopeful. But Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with his consecutive triples midway through the fourth frame and Croatia raced to the victory at the end. Domagoj Bosnjak finished with 26 points to lead the winners. Tomislav Gabric added 17 points in the victory. Marco Spissu (181-G-95) and Tommaso Laquintana answered with 14 points each for Italy.

Turkey - Spain 68-76
Spain claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship Second Stage and booked the place in the quarterfinals. They overcame Turkey for 3-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) nailed 18 points to lead the winners. Turkey slipped at 4-1 record on top of the ladder. Spain gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey quickly erased the deficit as they sank 22 points for a 36:33 halftime lead. Spain cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 54-all after thirty minutes of action. Spain used an 11:0 run early in the fourth frame to claim a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) netted 17 points, while Alberto Abalde added 14 points for Spain. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) responded with 11 points for Turkey. Akif Guven had 10 points in the losing effort.

Latvia - United Kingdom 68-56
Latvia overcame England in the final game of the U18 European Championship Second Stage for both teams. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Latvia improved at 3-2 record in Group F. England fell at 1-4 record outside the quarterfinal zone. Latvia secured a 17:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the gap in the second term. Latvia held England to 8 points and ensured a 37:21 halftime cushion. They kept England at bay throughout the third term. Latvia piled up a 56:38 advantage before the fourth quarter. England cut the distance in the final period but still finished way short of win. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) nailed 13 points, while Davis Geks added 11 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 19 points for England. Tyrell Isaacs and Jules Akodo had 10 points each in the loss.

Group G
Slovenia - Greece 62-76
Greece registered the third consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 3-0 record on top of Group G. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record in the third position in the group. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the charge. Greece claimed a 19:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia struck back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 30:32. Slovenia pulled ahead early in the third term. The Hellenes needed a strong rally late in the period to snatch a 53:52 lead at the final break. Ioannis Kouzeloglou (204-PF-95) and Chatzinikolas drained back-to-back triples early in the fourth frame to put Greece up by 9 points 61:52. Dimitrios Stamatis knocked down 5 straight points to spark a 9:0 run from Greece that gave them a comfortable 70:53 lead with just over three minutes remaining. They never looked back en route to the victory. Ioannis Kouzeloglou provided 19 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis added 17 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop had 7 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Ukraine 56-66
Ukraine claimed the third win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bulgaria for 2-1 record in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Bulgaria led by four points after the opening frame 18:14. Ukraine picked up the tempo to cut the deficit in the second term. Ukraine trailed by three points at halftime 39:36. Bulgaria held their opponents to just 8 points in the third term to balloon the lead. They ensured a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 run to surge ahead. They held Bulgaria to only 7 points in the fourth period and snatched victory at the end. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) netted 11 points, while Pavel Lebedintsev contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Nikolay Vangelov chipped in 8 points in the loss.



Division B: Second Stage starts in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Poland - Holland 66-50
Poland pip Holland at the end of Wednesday. The Polish side took 2-0 record in Group E after a 66:50 victory. Holland is meanwhile tied at 1-1. Poland appeared with a better start and took 18:13 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 22-14 rally and enjoyed a 40:27 halftime advantage. Poland also won the third period 15-7, while Holland replied with 16-11 run in the last period. Jeszke Damian pace all the winners with 16 points and Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds. Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) netted 10 and Wadowski Igor had 9. Pim De Vries finished the game with 12 points in a loss, while Witteveen Lenno had 11. Dijkhuizen Jaron scored 6 and Aarts Tom delivered 5.

FYR Macedonia - Estonia 63-49
FYR Macedonia stun Estonia in Second Stage opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts needed a 63:49 win for 1-1 record in Group E. Estonia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. FYR Macedonia opened the game with 18:12 and thanked more than 1100 fans who came to support them in Strumica. The hosts added 13-11 rally and enjoyed a 31:23 advantage at the halftime. Estonia reduced to 35:34 midway through the third period, but again the hosts grabbed 44:39 lead after 30 minutes. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) and Mitrov closed the game for FYR Macedonia as they celebrated another victory. Nikolov Kristijan top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Dvojakovski Oliver collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) notched 12, while Andrej Magdevski had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Jurjens Karl-Robin and Sutt Saimon produced 11 points in a loss and Kask Karl-Martin brought 8. Olmre Sten delivered 6 points in the losing case.

Group F
Sweden - Montenegro 74-55
Sweden closed the Day with the win over Montenegro at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Sweden won 74:55 as four teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F. The Scandinavian team won all the quarters of the game. They started with 22-15 lead and added 20-17 run in the second frame. In the third period Sweden produced 14-8 rally and finished the game with 18-15 run. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) and Radunovic exchanged the last points in the last period for the final result. Ludvig Hakanson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) had 15. Lofberg Johan delivered 14, whilst Henrik Jadersten (208-F-95) brought 8. Nikolic Zoran ended up with 12 points in defeat and Djurovic Luka had 8. Novosel Aleksandar and Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) netted 7 points each in a loss.

Israel - Belgium 54-65
Belgium hand Israel their first loss at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won 65:54 as both teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F. Belgium opened the game with 16:12 lead Hemeleers Sam later scored three for 27:19. Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) closed the half at 33:24 as Belgium won the second period 17-12. Israel woke up in the third period and bounced back for 46:40. Belgium however pushed the tempo in the last period and celebrated an 11-point victory. Kesteloot Vincent and Hemeleers Sam paced all the winners with 13 points each. Bako Ismael scored 12 and Romain Boxus had 10. Zalmanson Idan and Zuckerman Yochai finished the game with 12 points each in a loss. Sharon Naor and Szuchman Joaquin delivered 8 points in defeat.

Group G
Finland - Germany 85-82
Finland needs overtime to beat Germany at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic side tied both records at 1-1 in a newly created Group G for the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. Germany managed to post two narrow victories in the first half and took 44:42 halftime advantage. They also won the third period 18-14, but lost the game. Finland needed a 21-15 rally to tie the score after four periods. In overtime Finland took the lead from the very beginning and sealed an 85:82 victory. Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) stepped up with 19 points, while Madsen Alexander and Hopkins Shawn posted 18 each. Hirvonen Tuomas collected 12 points and 10 assists, whilst Michelsen Oskar poured in 8. Christian Sengfelder (201-F/C-95) ended up with 17 points in a loss and Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 12. Joos Johannes and Ilzhoefer Stefan followed them with 10 apiece.

Hungary - Norway 66-56
Hungary defeat Norway in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team posted a 66:56 victory at the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the first period and then Hungary grabbed an 11-point win at the halftime after a 19-8 rally in the second period. Moreover Hungary added 18-14 run in the third quarter and enjoyed a 57:42 lead after three quarters. Norway even trailed 19 points early in the fourth quarter, but managed to cut to 10. Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) made the final 66:56 result in the game. Goloman Gyorgy paced all the winners with 15 points and Szilard Benke (196-F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 10. Bazso Bruno and Ban Tibor scored 8 points each in a win. Johannes Dolven ended up with 13 points in defeat and Kolstad Mikkel scored 9. Millestad Franck brought 8, whilst Nymo Anders had 7.

Group H
Romania - Portugal 69-74
Portugal takes 2-0 record in Group H of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They outclass Romania 74:69 at the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. Romania started with 22-11 lead but could not keep the advantage later in the game. Both teams nailed 18 points in the second frame, while Portugal pushed the tempo in the second half. Portugal won the third period 20-13 and reduced to 53:49 after three quarters. Portugal added 25-16 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. Ferreira Nuno top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) nailed 14. Sergio da Silva and Marques Pedro poured in 13 each, whilst Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) had 10. Ciordas Andrei replied with 15 points in defeat as Romania fell at 0-2 record. Onea Mircea posted 12 and Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) had 10.

Switzerland - Belarus 49-70
Belarus overcame a slow start to beat Switzerland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Trailing 4 points after the first period, Belarus pushed the tempo later in the game and won 70:49. Belarus and Switzerland are both with 1-1 record at the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Switzerland surprised the opponents with 13-9 lead, but failed to keep the advantage. Belarus bounced back with 14-6 rally in the second frame and took 23:19 halftime advantage. They outscored Switzerland 19-18 in the third period and erupted with 28-12 surge in the last stanza. Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Harachka Pavel 10 and Rubinshteyn Roman had 8. Vuk Damjanovic (195-F-96) brought 17 points in defeat and Bianchi Patrick scored 14. Vuk Damjanovic answered with 17 points in defeat and Bianchi Patrick scored 14.

Group I
Denmark - Austria 68-54
Denmark rout Austria in the start of Second Stage at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side won 68:54 at the Classification Round for 17-22 places. It was the first game of Wednesday action. Denmark started the game with 12-11 lead, but Austria grabbed the halftime advantage after a 21-18 rally in the second period. The second half however was dominated by Denmark that produced two victories. They posted 17-7 rally in the third period and finished the game with 21-15. Petersen Sebastian and Frederik Benzon (185-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Hansen Rasmus followed them with 9 points. Poltl Jakob ended up with 22 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, while Richter Fabian chipped in with 10. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) and Wolf Georg scored 6 points in a loss.

Group J
Scotland - Luxembourg 57-66
Luxembourg pip Scotland on Wednesday opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg improved to 1-0 record at the Classification Round for 17-22 places. Luxembourg opened the game with 29-18 lead, but could not keep the necessary lead at the halftime. Scotland replied with an 18-11 rally in the second frame and reduced to 40:36 lead. Luxembourg however needed a 14-6 surge in the decisive third period to take control back on the game. They did not mind 12-15 margin in the last stanza to seal the victory. Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) nailed 16. Schmit Tim scored 8, whilst Stojanovic Filip had 6 points and 10 rebounds. Gray Gregor netted 14 points in defeat and Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds. Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) notched 9 and Sim Nicholas added 8.



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U18 European Championship: Finland needs overtime to beat Germany - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Germany U18 85:82 OT

Finland needs overtime to beat Germany at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic side tied both records at 1-1 in a newly created Group G for the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place.
Germany managed to post two narrow victories in the first half and took 44:42 halftime advantage. They also won the third period 18-14, but lost the game. Finland needed a 21-15 rally to tie the score after four periods. In overtime Finland took the lead from the very beginning and sealed an 85:82 victory.
Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) stepped up with 19 points, while Alexander Madsen (199-F/C-95) and Shawn Hopkins (195-G/F-95) posted 18 each. Tuomas Hirvonen (179-PG-96) collected 12 points and 10 assists, whilst Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) poured in 8. Christian Sengfelder (201-F/C-95) ended up with 17 points in a loss and Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 12. Johannes Joos (205-C/F-95) and Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) followed them with 10 apiece.

Finland U18: Juho-Matti Henttonen 19, Alexander Madsen 18, Shawn Hopkins 18, Tuomas Hirvonen 12+10 ast, Oskar Michelsen 8
Germany U18: Christian Sengfelder 17, Ismet Akpinar 12, Johannes Joos 10, Stefan Ilzhoefer 10



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Gravelines land Souleyman Diabate - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) landed 26-year old naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket). He played most recently at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA). In 30 games he averaged 13.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.7apg and 2.2spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Diabate also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.5apg (top 2) and 2.0spg (leader !!!).
The previous (11-12) season he played at Chorale de Roanne. In 27 games he had 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg that season. Diabate also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he had 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Diabate's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2010. He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. Diabate's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 68.8%.
Diabate has played previously for two other France teams: JDA Dijon and Charenton.

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Charles Mendy agreed terms with Rodez - by Eurobasket News

Stade Rodez Aveyron (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of Charles Mendy). He played most recently at Lucon (NM2).

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Charles Mendy agreed terms with Rodez - by Eurobasket News

Stade Rodez Aveyron (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of Charles Mendy). He played most recently at Lucon (NM2).

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U18 European Championship: Russia top France to win Group E - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - France U18 70:60

Russia wrapped up their Second Stage campaign at U18 European Championship with victory. They fired past France to earn the top position in Group E. Russia will now take on Croatia in the playoffs. France will face Spain in the quarterfinals.
Russia claimed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus turned things around in the second frame. They pulled in front for a 33:28 advantage at halftime. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within two points at the final intermission. Zhulkov and Gavrilov put Russia in front early in the fourth frame. France quickly regained the advantage but not for long. Russia used a 15:0 run to gain a 68:57 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) provided 16 points to lead Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) answered with 9 points for France. Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) and Etienne Ory (178-PG-96) had 8 points each in the loss.

Russia U18: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 16, Alexander Martynov 15, Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 11
France U18: Damien Inglis 9, Axel Bouteille 8, Etienne Ory 8



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U18 European Championship: FYR Macedonia stun Estonia in Second Stage opener - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia U18-Estonia U18 63:49

FYR Macedonia stun Estonia in Second Stage opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts needed a 63:49 win for 1-1 record in Group E. Estonia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
FYR Macedonia opened the game with 18:12 and thanked more than 1100 fans who came to support them in Strumica. The hosts added 13-11 rally and enjoyed a 31:23 advantage at the halftime. Estonia reduced to 35:34 midway through the third period, but again the hosts grabbed 44:39 lead after 30 minutes. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) and Mitrov closed the game for FYR Macedonia as they celebrated another victory.
Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Oliver Dvojakovski (204-C-97) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) notched 12, while Andrej Magdevski had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) and Saimon Sutt (201-SG-95) produced 11 points in a loss and Karl-Martin Kask (210-C-95) brought 8. Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) delivered 6 points in the losing case.

FYR Macedonia U18: Kristijan Nikolov 13, Oliver Dvojakovski 12+13 rebs, Ljubomir Mladenovski 12, Andrej Magdevski 9+10 rebs
Estonia U18: Karl-Robin Jurjens 11, Saimon Sutt 11, Karl-Martin Kask 8, Sten Olmre 6



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U18 European Championship: Finland needs overtime to beat Germany - by Eurobasket News

Finland U18-Germany U18 85:82 OT

Finland needs overtime to beat Germany at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic side tied both records at 1-1 in a newly created Group G for the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place.
Germany managed to post two narrow victories in the first half and took 44:42 halftime advantage. They also won the third period 18-14, but lost the game. Finland needed a 21-15 rally to tie the score after four periods. In overtime Finland took the lead from the very beginning and sealed an 85:82 victory.
Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) stepped up with 19 points, while Alexander Madsen (199-F/C-95) and Shawn Hopkins (195-G/F-95) posted 18 each. Tuomas Hirvonen (179-PG-96) collected 12 points and 10 assists, whilst Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) poured in 8. Christian Sengfelder (201-F/C-95) ended up with 17 points in a loss and Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 12. Johannes Joos (205-C/F-95) and Stefan Ilzhoefer (200-F-95) followed them with 10 apiece.

Finland U18: Juho-Matti Henttonen 19, Alexander Madsen 18, Shawn Hopkins 18, Tuomas Hirvonen 12+10 ast, Oskar Michelsen 8
Germany U18: Christian Sengfelder 17, Ismet Akpinar 12, Johannes Joos 10, Stefan Ilzhoefer 10



Giants re-sign five - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro A newcomer Leverkusen will keep five members of the 2012-13 championship squad. The Giants agreed to terms with Marc Rass (182-SG-87), Goetz Twiehoff (198-PF-85), Michael Kuczmann (193-PG-93), Kai Behrmann (180-PG-93) and Nickolai Hallmann (193-PG-94) for the upcoming season.

Twiehoff was the second leading rebounder on the team last season (7.3rpg) and also added 11.1 points a game. "Goetz has been the x-factor [last season]. His inside game created space for our perimeter players to operate. We absolutely wanted to keep him so we are happy that it worked out", head coach Achim Kuczmann said.

Rass scored 11.3 points per outing and nailed 68 treys throughout the season. "Marc is second to none as a shooter. He can catch fire anytime, anywhere and drive the other team crazy", Leverkusen executive Frank Rothweiler stated on the Giants' website.

Kuczmann contributed with 5 points a game, Behrmann averaged close to 2 points per contest, while Hallmann saw action in three games.



Brandon Shingles: Floor General and 'not your typical American player' - by Moritz Korff

"Brandon is not your typical American player who only wants to score. He makes each of his teammates better", Marco Klingberg (185-G/F-74) once said about Brandon Shingles (191-G-87, college: Morehead St.) in an articles published by local newspaper Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. Klingberg knows what he is talking about. Shingles was his teammate in Aschersleben and Magdeburg, Klingberg enjoyed a career in the BBL, 2. Bundesliga and Regionalliga that lasted more than a decade, he played with and against plenty of American athletes.

In an attempt to characterize Shingles' game, descriptions like "floor general" and "pass first point guard" come into play. In his two years at NCAA D1 school Morehead State his assist production and leadership guided the Eagles to back-to-back winning seasons. In his post-college career he was asked to take on a greater scoring load and he delivered. "It's important, but its not my main priority. Winning is the ultimate goal", Shingles said. "So far, being a true point guard throughout has gotten me to this point of my career. Scoring has never been a problem for me, and I continue to expand that aspect of my game, but my job as a point guard is to help get my teammates the ball when and where they need it."

In college many of his passes found the hands of Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.), now a workhorse for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA. "It doesnt surprise me at all", Shingles said about how quickly his former teammate has become a key player on an NBA squad, "I always knew he would be in the league. Even more, I knew once he got to show off his entire skill set that he would be a household name almost instantly."

The Albany, Georgia native joined the Aschersleben Tigers for his first season overseas in 2010, followed by stints in the British Basketball League, Magdeburg and most recently Kosovo. "I was called for the second half of the season to KB Drita", the 26-year-old said about his Kosovo spell and added: "They were on the verge of being out of the top league, and my team managed to pull them right back into it. I learned a lot from a professional aspect during my time there. I averaged a solid 13 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds a game."
The club, located in the city of Gjilan close to the Serbian border, eventually finished the season sixth in the 8-team SuperLeague. "Kosovo was not nearly as rough as the most of the US population perceives it", Shingles said. "The people there really appreciate Americans, and they are truly passionate about basketball. The fans were always screaming, jumping, and cheering: win or lose. As a player, we all thrive in that type of atmosphere."

Looking at the upcoming season, Shingles wouldn't mind heading back to Germany to pick up where he left off. In the 2011-12 campaign he averaged 16.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2 steals per game for the Magdeburg Eagles. In his first season in Germany, Shingles had led Aschersleben to the 2. Regionalliga championship title and made the transition from college to pro seamlessly. "First of all, I had a great first year in Aschersleben. I was blessed with the teammates, coaches, staff, and fans", he told Eurobasket.com. "The adjustments I had to make were minor adjustments: footwork, regulations, and most of all the pick and roll and how to use it more affectively. I give all the credit to my coach, Nandor Kovacs, for all the time and knowledge he shared in developing me." After only a couple of team practices Coach Kovavcs knew about Shingles' ability to create, his passion for the game and his scoring skills. Other coaches might not be aware, but he wants to change it. "To make my skeptics into believers", Shingles said about his plans for the 2013-14 season, "I want to prove that I am capable of competing on a high level, time and time again."

The man who fed Faried the ball for thunderous dunks and easy lay-ups at Morehead State recently returned to his alma mater to help the NBA star put on a camp. It has been only one stop during a busy summer. "I have been spending time every day polishing my skills, and expanding my all-around game. I have also been working at numerous basketball camps including 5-Star Basketball Camp. I love the game, and I have a real passion for helping the youth work on their craft."



Three Is A Charm For Kyle Visser And The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes one just cant leave an organization forever as Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest) has realized as he will return back to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig for a third time and play his fifth season there.. Visser is a 27 year old 211cm center from Grand Rapids, Michigan that played for the Phantoms from 2007-2009 and 2010 to 2012. Last season he played his first season outside Germany playing for JuveCaserta (Italy-SerieA): only pre-season, in Dec.'12 signed at Radnicki Kragujevac (Serbia-A League): Adriatic League: 10 games: 3.2ppg, 2.2rpg, "We are happy that we could get Kyle back. He knows the league, always played at a consistent level and gives us a strong presence under the basket", stressed manager Oliver Braun.

Visser started his basketball career with Wake Forest (NCAA) in 2003 and played there until 2007. He had the chance to play together with NBA super star Chris Paul for two seasons. He played a total of 127 NCAA games and in his senior year played 31 games: 17.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 58.4%, FT: 64.4%. He has played a total of 140 Beko BBL games for Braunschweig and in his other season in germany where he didn't play for Braunschweig he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 55.7%. "I am back. I am thrilled to return to Braunschweig and it is the only place besides Grand Rapids that I can call homeland. During my stay in Serbia, I noticed that the Phantoms had a tough season and could feel it with the fans. I am excited about the new coach and his philosophy. I believe that we can achieve a successful and competitive atmosphere again with Raoul Korner and hard work. I am happy to get contact with the fans again and thank you for your heartful way", added Kyle Visser.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig



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 Reel In Cliff Hammonds - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

8 Time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin have found their new point guard for the upcoming season with Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) giving him a two year deal. Hammonds is a 27 year old 191cm guard from Cairo, Georgia that will be starting his sixth professional basketball season. Hammonds is a very a dependable player; very good defensive player, he almost always gets the top assignment in guarding opposing perimeter players. Last season he played for BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Bosnia-Division I): 14 games: 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg, Steals-5 (1.7spg), FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 76.2%; Adriatic League: 27 games: 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-4 (3.9apg), Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 55.1%. Germany will be the sixth country where Hammonds has played and Alba Berlin head coach Sasa Obradovic is certain that he can do the job. "I have followed him for years and has gathered much expereince in many countries and developed. Er can organize the game that plays quick and physical. He fits to our team with his charachter and will help the team chemistry", stated sasa Obradovic.

Hammonds started his absketball career in 2004 with Clemson (NCAA) where he played until 2008 and in his senior year played 34 games: 11.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 45.9%. He played atotal of 134 NCAA games. In 2008-2009 he started his professional basketball career for Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TBL, starting five): Turkish League: 26 games: 14.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 66.1%; 8 games: 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg, 2.0spg, in Dec.'08 moved to Efes DASH Peristeri Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 26 games: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 71.3%. In 2009-2010 he played for DASH Peristeri Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 26 games: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 71.3%. In 2010-2011 he played for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 35 games: 10.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 68.8%; EuroCup: 6 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 75.0%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 4 games: 9.3ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-2 (4.8apg), Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 81.8%. In 2011-2012 he played for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-TBL, starting five): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 6pts, 4reb, 1steal; EuroCup: 11 games: 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 83.3%; Turkish League: 26 games: 5.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.0apg. "I am looking forward to being a part of such a well known team in Europe with Alba Berlin. It is a great chance for me and my family. I will work hard that our team will play a big role in the BBL and Eurocup", stressed Clifford Hammonds. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS 4A Player-of-the-Year and first-team all-state selection -04
NCAA All-American Freshmen Honorable Mention -05, ACC All-Freshman Team -05, William Jones Cup Tournament -07, ACC All-Academic Team -08
ACC All-Defensive Honorable Mention -08, All-ACC 3rd Team -08, ACC Tournament Finalist -08, NIT Finalist -07, DiGiorno College All-Star Game -08
Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Puerto Rican BSN Finalist -09, French La Semaine des AS Cup Semifinals -11, French ProA Semifinals -11
Turkish Cup Finalist -12, Turkish League Regular Season Runner-Up -12, Turkish League Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 2nd Team -13
Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team -13, Adriatic League Regular Season Champion -13, Adriatic League Semifinals -13, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Winner -13, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -13, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -13
Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Guard of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team -13
Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Imports Team -13, and Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Defensive Team -13

Source: Alba Berlin









Joe Trapani (My Energy And Motor Are My Biggest Strength On The Court) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll.) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Madison, Connecticut thatrecently finished his first season for Beko BBL team Medi Bayreuth playing 32 games: 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 18.9%, FT: 75.0%BBC Bayreuth. He started his NCAA career at Vermont (NCAA) in 2006 and played 26 games: 11.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 68.4%. He then completed his NCAA career at Boston College playing there form 2008-2011. In his senior year he played 34 games: 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.7%. In 2011, he turned professional playing at the e Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 14.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg. He then came to Europe to play for Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 3 games: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg, left in Oct.'11, in Nov.'11 try-out at Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five), then moved to MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (Italy-Lega2): 12 games: 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 78.0%; in Mar.'12 signed at Maine Red Claws (D-League): 6 games: 3.2ppg, 3.7rpg. He spoke to Eurobasket during the last season.

You played your first season for BBC Bayreuth. How did you like it?

I liked it very much. Bayreuth is small and I liked the hometown feeling and reminded me of home. The fans were great and I had a great group of guys as teammates.

Have you ever played before more emotional fans than in Bayreuth?

No I dont think that I have. The fans support us great and go to road games. I think the atmosphere is one of the best in the league. The fans were passionate in Italy, but not as positive as in Germany.

What was your nicest memory of the big win at home against Alba Berlin?

There was one play where my teammate Peter Zeis was already in the air going for the shot, but then decided to feed me an ally op pass.

You are a very versatile player. What is your biggest strength on the court?

I think my energy and motor. I play hard on offense and defense on every possession.


Why is your athletic ability on the fast break not as noticed?

I think that this season people are noticing. I have been able to showcase it more with BBC Bayreuth. I have dunked more and had the opportunity to get out on the fast break more.

How much fun is it playing with the BBC Bayreuth glue guy Beckham Wyrick?

Becks is great. He brings so much experience and wisdom to the court. He always goes hard and is a great defender. He has that killer instinct and is always capable of knocking down the big shot. His wisdom on and off the court is great.


How does Gary Mcghee make you laugh?

He doesnt really make me laugh, but he has a couple of funny one liners.


What is the most important thing that you have learned from BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg?

Just always having a positive attitude. I remember during our six game losing streak, no one felt we could ever win again, but coach kept that positive attitude and we then beat Alba Berlin. He is able to keep us upbeat in good and bad moments.


You are from Madison, Connecticut. What was your childhood like?

I had a nice childhood. I started to play basketball at age four.


Did you like more Boston or New York teams?

I liked neither. I was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic and North Carolina Tar Heels.


Who were your NBA idols?

Penny Hardaway and Tracy Mcgrady.


Was it difficult leaving Vermont (NCAA) after one season and going to Boston College and leaving the snow?

No it wasnt. I was far from home and Boston was closer so that my family could watch me play more. There was also more to do in Boston and it was always my dream to play in the ACC.

You played three years for Boston College. Why couldnt Boston College not make more noise in the NCAA tournament?

Well we had some bad luck. One year, we met USC that had a lot of NBA talent. We also had a coaching change that mixed things up at the time. We never got that chemistry and stability to make a run in the NCAA tournament.


Your ex teammate Corey Raji had a great career at Boston College, but has played in Luxemburg and now is toiling in the French third league. How surprised are you about where he has landed as a professional? Isnt he better than where he is playing?

I think he is and I have told him that. He is a big talent and was one of the best players in the ACC my last two seasons. I really am surprised that he hasnt been able to find better jobs in Europe.


How did your ex Boston College coach Steven Donahue prepare you for a professional basketball career?

He is an incredible coach. Not only in the tactical sense, but he has the ability to inspire his players and get the best out of each player. He always knew how to manage the egos on the team. I owe him a lot and always visit him when I am back in Boston. We maintain a good relationship.


Last season, you played for three Italian teams. How were you able to learn from this experience?

It was tough going to Italy coming from college where everything was comfortable and was given to you. In Italy there was a new city and culture and a lot of turmoil always moving. It was a tough transition, but I think my character grew as a result and I am proud of myself that I never gave up and it shows as I am having a good season in Bayreuth.

What was your wake up call to the D-league?

I went totally unprepared. I had been sitting around in Italy for a month and then got the job from the Maine Red Claws. I went home for a few days before to try to get into shape, but it didnt really help. I went to Texas for my first game as we played eventual D-league champion Austin Torros where there were many ex NBA players on the floor. I felt very overwhelmed, because I was unable to show my a game. It was a tough experience, but I got through it.


What were the most free throws that you have made in a row in practice without missing?

I would always take 100 shots after a work out. I once made 63 in a row and 97 out of a 100.


What was your most crazy shot in your career that went in?

In my junior year with Boston College, we played in Miami and with less than a second to play before half time, I came off a screen got the ball, made one dribble and took a fade away at the three point line at the buzzer that went it.


Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

The list is long. Ty Lawson was the fastest guy I played against. He has lightening speed and could get up and down the floor in less than three seconds. Tyler Hansborough was the hardest working guy I ever played against and Jeff Teague was also tough to play against.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Ted.

Thanks Joe for the chat.





Schwelm Brings In Thorben Haake - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B team Schwelmer Baskets have added Thorben Haake (188-PG-91) Haake is a 22 year old 188cm guard that comes from the SC Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga). Last season for the SC Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga) playing 20 games: 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3Pts: 27.8%, FT: 59.3%. "Thorben surprised me postively in the first try out. He is still a young player, but I am sure that he will get used to the Pro B level. He will help the team on and off the court", stressed Schwelm head coach Raphael Wilder. The team also announced that Simon Asbach will no longer play for the team.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets





Arthur Zaletskiy Remains With Hannover - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Hannover have announced that Arthur Zaletskiy (183-PG-94) will play another season with them. Arthur Zaletskiy is a 183cm point guard that was born in 1994. Last season for Hannover he averaged 9,4ppg being abig support for the team moving up a division as he took more responsobility. "I want to reach the best I can. If we have a strong team then I want to be apart ot that. I want to bring more routine and be more efficient", stressed Arthur Zaletskiy.

Source: Hannover



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  GREECE   


U18 European Championship: Greece topple Slovenia to win Group G - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Slovenia U18 76:62

Greece registered the third consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 3-0 record on top of Group G. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record in the third position in the group. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the charge.
Greece claimed a 19:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia struck back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 30:32. Slovenia pulled ahead early in the third term. The Hellenes needed a strong rally late in the period to snatch a 53:52 lead at the final break. Ioannis Kouzeloglou (204-PF-95) and Chatzinikolas drained back-to-back triples early in the fourth frame to put Greece up by 9 points 61:52. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) knocked down 5 straight points to spark a 9:0 run from Greece that gave them a comfortable 70:53 lead with just over three minutes remaining. They never looked back en route to the victory. Ioannis Kouzeloglou provided 19 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis added 17 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) had 7 points in the loss.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 21+15 boards, Ioannis Kouzeloglou 19, Dimitrios Stamatis 17
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 23, Jure Ritlop 7



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  HOLLAND   


U18 European Championship: Poland pip Holland at the end of the Day - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18-Holland U18 66:50

Poland pip Holland at the end of Wednesday. The Polish side took 2-0 record in Group E after a 66:50 victory. Holland is meanwhile tied at 1-1.
Poland appeared with a better start and took 18:13 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 22-14 rally and enjoyed a 40:27 halftime advantage. Poland also won the third period 15-7, while Holland replied with 16-11 run in the last period.
Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) pace all the winners with 16 points and Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds. Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) netted 10 and Igor Wadowski (190-SG-96) had 9. Pim De Vries (193-F/G-95) finished the game with 12 points in a loss, while Lenno Witteveen (198-SF-95) had 11. Jaron Dijkhuizen (196-PF-95) scored 6 and Tom Aarts (202-PF-95) delivered 5.

Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 16, Mikolaj Witlinski 11+16 rebs, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 10, Igor Wadowski 9
Holland U18: Pim De Vries 12, Lenno Witteveen 11, Jaron Dijkhuizen 6, Tom Aarts 5



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  HUNGARY   


Matera adds Jones to their roster, ex Szedeak - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Matera (Lega Due Silver) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Anthony Jones (191-84, college: Indiana Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy). He played last season at Szedeak in Hungarian A Division. In 17 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg. Jones also played at Baskent Genclik (TB2L) in Turkish league that season. In four games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He also spent pre-season at Deutsche Bank Skyliners (BBL) in German league that year.
Jones ended the previous (2011-12) season at Uhud (Premier League) in Saudi Arabia. He helped them to win the regular season. But the most of that year he spent at MBK Banik Handlova (Extraliga) in Slovakian league. In 35 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 27.7ppg and had 5.1rpg, 7.1apg (top 2) and 2.4spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Jones won WHAC championship title in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Jedinstvo) and ABA (Detroit Hoops).
Jones attended Indiana Tech until 2008 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Jones: Anthony is a 6’4” combo guard that can play the 1 and 2. He played the 3 in college also. He is a good on ball defender and has the potential to be a lockdown defender. Off the ball he has great anticipation as well. He has long arms and is athletic. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the basketball court. He can also can attack the basket and either finish or make the right play. He runs the court well and is a hard worker. He is very coachable and a student of the game. His strengths are rebounding, shooting, and passing. He is a versatile athlete who will do whatever needs to be done to help the team win.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Hungary defeat Norway in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U18-Norway U18 66:56

Hungary defeat Norway in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team posted a 66:56 victory at the Classification Round for 9-16 places.
Both teams nailed 20 points each in the first period and then Hungary grabbed an 11-point win at the halftime after a 19-8 rally in the second period. Moreover Hungary added 18-14 run in the third quarter and enjoyed a 57:42 lead after three quarters. Norway even trailed 19 points early in the fourth quarter, but managed to cut to 10. Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) made the final 66:56 result in the game.
Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) paced all the winners with 15 points and Szilard Benke (196-F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 10. Bruno Bazso (185-SF-95) and Tibor Ban (185-G-95) scored 8 points each in a win. Johannes Dolven ended up with 13 points in defeat and Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) scored 9. Franck Millestad (189-G-95) brought 8, whilst Anders Nymo (180-PG-96) had 7.

Hungary U18: Gyorgy Goloman 15, Szilard Benke 10, Bruno Bazso 8, Tibor Ban 8
Norway U18: Johannes Dolven 13, Mikkel Kolstad 9, Franck Millestad 8, Anders Nymo 7



Levy returns to Szeged - by Levente Szabo

The first import signing for Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged will be this year Jonathan Levy (193-G-82, college: CS San Bernar.). The American guard is very familiar with the organization as he was one of the key players of the club 2 years ago. In the 2011-2012 season Levy averaged 19.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg for Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged.

After such a strong season with Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged previously the he 6'4" guard stayed in Hungary and signed with Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely where he had a solid season but as the team run into loosing series in January he was a victim of that and was replaced. Levy finished the season with Atomeromu SE Paks where he helped the team to a bronz medal with 14.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.0apg.




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Antoine Proctor to Tindastoll - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Tindastoll has sign their import player for the season in Division 1
The player is 6'3" point guard Antoine Proctor (191-G-87, college: Montana St. - Billin).
Proctor played one season at Sacramento State where he average 6,5 points, 4 rebounds & 3,5 assist then moved to Montana State Billings NCAA 2. 2011-2012 where he played re to Eurobasket.com only one game season 2011-2012 and scored 16 points. Not sure if this is correct.
2012-2013 was with MBK Banik Handlova (Slovakia Extraliga) only pre season



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  IRELAND   


Mens Basketball new League organization - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

At the meeting of the Board of Basketball Ireland on 15th July unanimous approval and support was given for the new initiatives that have recently been tabled in this area of our game. The National Council and other relevant bodies within the game have yet to finally sign off on the full package but all have expressed support previously. Work is on-going to complete the details of the package and will be published in due course.

These are the key points:

1. Top divisions for the Senior Mens game will be re-branded as the Basketball League of Ireland.

2. There will be a Premier Division and a First Division, ideally with 10 members in each division.

3. A promotion and relegation system will operate

i. The bottom team in the Premier will be relegated

ii. The top team in Division One will be promoted

iii. The second bottom team in the Premier will play-off against the second team in Division One on a home and away basis to decide what divisions they play in the following season.

iv. All promotions will be provisional on the club satisfying the new Mens Senior Game Management Board (MSGMB) that its infrastructure and operational abilities will be satisfactory for the Premier Division.

4. The rules, especially player eligibility rules will be, as far as possible, uniform for both divisions.

5. There will be no financial entry seed-capital required.

6. League fees will be uniform for both Divisions.

7. National Cups will operate at Premier and Division 1 levels

8. Ancillary competitions will be organised to facilitate the involvement of teams from Area Boards in order to widen the profile of top players and clubs.

9. All registered Basketball Ireland clubs will be eligible to apply for membership of the Divisions.

10. MSGMB will be responsible for the overall policies, regulation and effective operation of the League. It will consist of 3 nominees from Basketball Ireland (2 from Council and 1 from Board); 3 nominees from clubs (through an extended Organisation of SuperLeague Clubs which will make provision for the representation of all Division 1 clubs in the League. This body will be known as the Organisation of Senior Mens Game Clubs (OSMGC).

11. The Secretary General of Basketball Ireland will undertake the role of League Commissioner with responsibility for the staffing structure to support the League and all operational matters in the context of the policies and procedures established by MSGMB.

12. A full dispute and appeal procedure will be produced in the coming weeks, building on the existing structure that has been employed by the current Senior Game Management Board (SGMB).

Before mid-August, the new rules and regulations will be produced for the information of the clubs. Also, a comprehensive marketing plan will be produced which will require clubs to play their full part in promoting this new vision for Senior Mens Basketball in Ireland.

Source: Senior Game Management Board - Basketball Ireland




Dave Baker will attend the London pro exposure camp - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

The Dublin Thunder head coach, Dave Baker , is one of the coaches that will be attending the London pro exposure camp on 3rd/4th August in the Copperbox Venue in London. Dave Baker is one of a big list of coaches that will look to close their rosters, regarding next season.

Atiba Jones, from the Sheffield Sharks, Gavin Love, from the Plymouth Riders, Paul James, from the Worchester Wolves, Creon Raftopoulus, from Surry Heat, Vince MacCauley, from the London Lions, Raphael Silva, from Lemvig BK (Denmark), Paul Douglas, from the Birmingham Knights, and Miguel Angel Zapata Perez, from Lucentum Alicante (Spain) are other names in the camp.

The London Lions are, also, one of the partners organizing the camp, which has open registration this week.




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  ISRAEL   


U18 European Championship: Belgium hand Israel their first loss - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18-Belgium U18 54:65

Belgium hand Israel their first loss at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won 65:54 as both teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F.
Belgium opened the game with 16:12 lead Sam Hemeleers (180-PG-95) later scored three for 27:19. Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) closed the half at 33:24 as Belgium won the second period 17-12. Israel woke up in the third period and bounced back for 46:40. Belgium however pushed the tempo in the last period and celebrated an 11-point victory.
Vincent Kesteloot (200-F-95) and Sam Hemeleers paced all the winners with 13 points each. Ismael Bako (208-C-95) scored 12 and Romain Boxus had 10. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) and Yochai Zuckerman (183-G-95) finished the game with 12 points each in a loss. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Joaquin Szuchman (191-G-95) delivered 8 points in defeat.

Israel U18: Idan Zalmanson 12, Yochai Zuckerman 12, Naor Sharon 8, Joaquin Szuchman 8
Belgium U18: Vincent Kesteloot 13, Sam Hemeleers 13, Ismael Bako 12, Romain Boxus 10



Bnei Hertzeliyya tabs Jakim Donaldson, ex CB Canarias - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) inked 30-year old American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-109kg-83, college: Edinboro, agency: Edge Sports). He has played for the last two years at CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg last season.
Among other achievements Donaldson won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year award in 2012.
Donaldson has played previously professionally in Portugal (Barreirense).
He attended Edinboro University until 2005 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Donaldson's game is described as: He dunks everything, jumps a lot, runs the floor very well. He is always a double- double threat on the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Galil Gilboa lands Gerald Robinson, ex Leuven - by Eurobasket News

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Winner League) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-82kg-89, college: Georgia). He played most recently at Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Ethias League. In 28 games he averaged 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.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   


Sigma Barcellona inks Demian Filloy - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona (Lega Due Gold) signed 31-year old Italian ex-international forward Demian Filloy (198-96kg-82, agency: Interperformances). He is a dual citizen owning also Argentinian passport. Filloy has played for the last three seasons at Grissin Bon Reggio Emila (SerieA). In 33 games he had 3.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Italian Lega Due championship title in 2012. Filloy was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team in 2011. He was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2003.
Filloy has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas) and Italy (Rimini, Banco di Srd, Sutor Montegranaro and Porto Torres).
He could be described: A quickly improving forward, who has a great basketball IQ and team mentality. Can score from the perimeter and driving to the basket, defends well even on bigger opponents, and makes it all with great hustle. Has that typical "no surrender" attitude of lots of South American players.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Enel Brindisi lands Sergii Gladyr - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) tabbed 25-year old Ukrainian ex-international shooting guard Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88). He played most recently at Mad-Croc in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 26 games he averaged 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 Spain. In 31 games he had 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg that season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
Among other achievements Gladyr received Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team award 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.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (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



Greg Brunner joins Acea Virtus - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (SerieA) agreed terms with 30-year old Swiss ex-international power forward Greg Brunner (201-102kg-83, college: Iowa). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Brunner played last season at Grissin Bon Reggio Emila (SerieA). In 36 games he had 10.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team.
The previous (11-12) season he played at FoxTown Cantu (previous name Pall. Cantu). In 22 SerieA games he recorded 9.3ppg and 6.0rpg that season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Brunner also played 6 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.2ppg and 2.5rpg. He also played at Sutor Montegranaro (previous name Fabi Shoes MGR) that season. In 15 SerieA games he recorded 10.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.
In 2010-11 season Brunner played at Benetton Treviso. In 33 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Brunner also played 18 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2006 Brunner was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in second round (13th overall).
He attended University of Iowa and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brunner's team won Belgian Cup in 2008. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention back in 2010. Brunner represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 7.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg.
Brunner has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Belgium (Base Oostende and VOO Verviers-Pepinster) and Italy (Angelico Biella and Upea Capo d'Orlando).
On Brunner: A strong-bodied forward who gives his best inside, even being undersized for the duty (true height is probably less than 6-6..). Shoots well from mid-range, however, and is very effective at the rebounding department.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Matera adds Jones to their roster, ex Szedeak - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Matera (Lega Due Silver) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Anthony Jones (191-84, college: Indiana Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy). He played last season at Szedeak in Hungarian A Division. In 17 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg. Jones also played at Baskent Genclik (TB2L) in Turkish league that season. In four games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He also spent pre-season at Deutsche Bank Skyliners (BBL) in German league that year.
Jones ended the previous (2011-12) season at Uhud (Premier League) in Saudi Arabia. He helped them to win the regular season. But the most of that year he spent at MBK Banik Handlova (Extraliga) in Slovakian league. In 35 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 27.7ppg and had 5.1rpg, 7.1apg (top 2) and 2.4spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Jones won WHAC championship title in 2008.
He has played previously professionally in Montenegro (Jedinstvo) and ABA (Detroit Hoops).
Jones attended Indiana Tech until 2008 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.
On Jones: Anthony is a 6’4” combo guard that can play the 1 and 2. He played the 3 in college also. He is a good on ball defender and has the potential to be a lockdown defender. Off the ball he has great anticipation as well. He has long arms and is athletic. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the basketball court. He can also can attack the basket and either finish or make the right play. He runs the court well and is a hard worker. He is very coachable and a student of the game. His strengths are rebounding, shooting, and passing. He is a versatile athlete who will do whatever needs to be done to help the team win.

By Eurobasket Data Center



David Moss is a newcomer at EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American small forward David Moss (196-94kg-83, college: Indiana State, agency: SportsTalent). He has played for the last three years at Montepaschi (SerieA). In 49 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Defensive Team. Moss also played 24 games in Euroleague where he averaged 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg.
He has played previously professionally in Poland (KK Swiecie) and Italy (Fileni BPA Jesi, BancaTercas and Oknoplast Bologna).
Moss attended Indiana State until 2006 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A solid forward, who can score and grab rebounds. Despite being not so wide, has the toughness to play a good defense any night, and his great attitude make him a very good team player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Samardo Samuels (ex Hapoel J-M) agreed terms with EA7 Armani - by Armando Caporaso

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA) announced via twitter the 24-year old Jamaican ex-international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville) with a 2-years contract. Samuels managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. In 13 games he recorded 12.2ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Samuels also played at Bighorns in D-League that season. In 32 games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 10.3rpg (#4 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year. In 17 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 1.6rpg (#4 in the league). The other team Samuels played shortly was Canton Charge in D-League. In two games he averaged remarkable 20.5ppg, 10.5rpg (#4 in the league), 2.5apg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg. His college team won Big East Tournament in 2009. Samuels also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels has played also professionally in D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

The first words of the coach Luca Banchi :

"Samardo Samuels is a player that, after the NBA experience, has demonstrated in Israel to have characteristics that are well adapted to European basketball. We bet on a young guy, highly motivated and willing to seize the opportunity to achieve major breakthroughs together with the Olimpia."

By Eurobasket Data Center



DNB 2013/14: all the teams! - by Armando Caporaso

This is the list of the teams, divided into 4 groups, that will take part in the next DNB season, that will assign 3 places for the Lega2 Silver (one relegation to the DNC for each group).

A

Kopa Engineering Cus Torino, Zimetal Alessandria, Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona, Edimes Pavia, Bakery Piacenza, Biancoblu Basket Bologna (now Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna 103), Computer Gross Empoli, Elettromeccanica Moderna Cecina, La Falegnami Castelfiorentino, Don Bosco Livorno, Solbat Piombino, Massardi Montecatini, Tramec Riduttori Cento, Expo Inox Mortara.

B

Urania Milano, ABC Utensili Varese, LTC Sangiorgese Bk, Royal Castellanza, Basket Lecco, Vivigas Costa Volpino, Contadi Castaldi Montichiari, Fattorie Novella Sentieri Orzinuovi, Treviso Basket 2012, G.S.A. Udine, Friuladria Credit Agricol Pordenone, Graphistudio Spilimbergo, Orva Lugo, Crabs Rimini.

C

Telematica Orvieto, Reale Mutua Val di Ceppo, Dino Bigioni Poderosa Montegranaro, Goldengas Senigallia, Ecoelpidiense Porto S.Elpidio, Linkem NPC Rieti, Oasi di Kufra Fondi, Eurobasket Roma, Stella Azzurra Roma, A.S.D. Latina Basket, City Seeing Palestrina, Tiber Roma, Bcc Valle Trigno Vasto, Globo Giulianova.

D

BLS Banca Lanciano, Pallacanestro Pescara, Ambrosia Technologies Bisceglie, Fondazione ANT Francavilla, Due Esse Martina Franca, C.U.S. Ionico Bk Taranto, Gammauto Chevrolet Molfetta, Quarta Caffe Monteroni, Mazzeo San Severo, BCC Agropoli, S. Michele Maddaloni, Givova Scafati Basket, BBC Group Bernalda, C.U.S. Messina.



Vanoli Cremona tabs Klaudio Ndoja - by Armando Caporaso

Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) inked 28-year old former Albanian international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-94kg-85). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. Ndoja has played for the last two years at Enel Brindisi (SerieA), but left the team in May'13. In 27 games he averaged 6.5ppg and 2.4rpg last season. His team made it to the Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals in 2009.
Ndoja was also a member of Albanian international program for some years. He played for Albanian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2003. Ndoja represented Albania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 16.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Ndoja has played previously for seven other Italy teams: Naturhouse Ferrara, Fileni BPA Jesi, Givova Scafati, Upea Capo d'Orlando, Casalpusterlengo, Borgomanero and Upea Capo d'Orlando.
His game is described as: A swingman with a good outside touch who knows how to help his team inside, if needed. Plays with intensity, can be effective immediately coming out from the bench.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Trapani adds Renzi to their roster - by Armando Caporaso

Lighthouse Trapani (Lega Due Gold) added to their roster 24-year old ex-international power forward Andrea Renzi (209-105kg-89, agency: Players Group), first new player for the next season strongly desired by the coach Lino Lardo. He played last year at Angelico Biella in SerieA. However his team was relegated to Lega Due Gold. In 17 SerieA games he recorded 3.6ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Renzi played at Tezenis. In 28 Lega Due Gold games he averaged 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2spg that season. He helped them to make it to the Italian Lega Due Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Renzi's team made it to the SerieA Semifinals in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team in 2011.
Renzi was also a member of Italian international program for some years (24 games and 78 total points). He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006. Renzi represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games four years ago.
He has played previously for two other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso and Livorno.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A great hustler inside, who doesn' t fear any opponent. Can score and defend, has a bright future. He's more techical than athletic, however, and his first need is to beef up to not be overwhelmed inside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Trapani adds Renzi to their roster - by Armando Caporaso

Lighthouse Trapani (Lega Due Gold) added to their roster 24-year old ex-international power forward Andrea Renzi (209-105kg-89, agency: Players Group), first new player for the next season strongly desired by the coach Lino Lardo (agency: Players Group ). He played last year at Angelico Biella in SerieA. However his team was relegated to Lega Due Gold. In 17 SerieA games he recorded 3.6ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Renzi played at Tezenis. In 28 Lega Due Gold games he averaged 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2spg that season. He helped them to make it to the Italian Lega Due Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Renzi's team made it to the SerieA Semifinals in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team in 2011. In 2010 Renzi suffered a bad injury and stayed out for the whole season playing just one game with the Benetton.
Renzi was also a member of Italian international program for some years (24 games and 78 total points). He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006. Renzi represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games four years ago.
He has played previously for two other Italy teams: Benetton Treviso and Livorno.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A great hustler inside, who doesn' t fear any opponent. Can score and defend, has a bright future. He's more techical than athletic, however, and his first need is to beef up to not be overwhelmed inside.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Firenze inks Alexander Simoncelli & Marco Pazzi - by Armando Caporaso

Affrico Basket Firenze (LegaDue Silver) signed 27-year old domestic point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86). He played last season at SBS Castelletto Ticino (Lega Due Silver). In 34 games he had 11.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.8apg (top 3) and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the cup. The most of previous (2011-12) season Simoncelli spent at Piacenza Basket Club (Promozione). In 17 games he recorded 5.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg that season. He also played at Enel Brindisi (SerieA) that season. In 11 games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 1.0rpg. Simoncelli represented Italy at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.7apg.
Simoncelli has played previously for two other Italy teams: Casalpusterlengo and Piadena.
He could be described: The classic "scoring PG" who can change a game by himself, the night he's hot. Plays with great energy and quickness, has a good shooting range and a "streak shooter" attitude. Year after year, he improved his defense and court vision, now he is ready for top level.

Moreover the team inked 34-year old center Marco Pazzi (203-79). He played most recently with Simoncelli at Castelletto. In 28 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 8.3rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg and 1.9spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Pazzi played at Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (Lega Due Gold). In 44 games he had 13.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg and 2.4spg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 2nd Team.
In 2010-11 season Pazzi played at Liomatic Perugia (Lega Due Silver). In 33 games he had 10.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8spg.
He has played previously for three other Italy teams: Roseto, Osimo and Senigallia.
Pazzi's game is described as: A powerful inside player, who can spend time as a PF and even as an undersized center, thanks to his hustle and good timing for the rebounds;.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Firenze inks Alexander Simoncelli & Marco Pazzi - by Armando Caporaso

Affrico Basket Firenze (LegaDue Silver) signed 27-year old domestic point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86). He played last season at SBS Castelletto Ticino (Lega Due Silver). In 34 games he had 11.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.8apg (top 3) and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the cup. The most of previous (2011-12) season Simoncelli spent at Piacenza Basket Club (Promozione). In 17 games he recorded 5.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg that season. He also played at Enel Brindisi (SerieA) that season. In 11 games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 1.0rpg. Simoncelli represented Italy at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.7apg.
Simoncelli has played previously for two other Italy teams: Casalpusterlengo and Piadena.
He could be described: The classic "scoring PG" who can change a game by himself, the night he's hot. Plays with great energy and quickness, has a good shooting range and a "streak shooter" attitude. Year after year, he improved his defense and court vision, now he is ready for top level.

Moreover the team inked 34-year old center Marco Pazzi (203-C-79). He played most recently with Simoncelli at Castelletto. In 28 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 8.3rpg (#5 in the league), 1.1apg and 1.9spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Pazzi played at Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (Lega Due Gold). In 44 games he had 13.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg and 2.4spg that season. He contributed to his team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Nazionale A 2nd Team.
In 2010-11 season Pazzi played at Liomatic Perugia (Lega Due Silver). In 33 games he had 10.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8spg.
He has played previously for three other Italy teams: Roseto, Osimo and Senigallia.
Pazzi's game is described as: A powerful inside player, who can spend time as a PF and even as an undersized center, thanks to his hustle and good timing for the rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jennings'pro career starts at Ferrara - by Armando Caporaso

After the confirmations of Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) - Michele Ferri (191-G-85) and the new arrivals of Vincenzo Pipitone (205-F/C-94) on loan from the Reyer Venezia, Alessandro Infanti (190-G-85, agency: Two Points) ex Avellino and Pistoia in the last seasons, Davide Andreaus (202-F-86) from Padova and Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) (ex Consum.IT Siena and third best scorer the last year with Firenze in DNA) the Pallacanestro Mobyt Ferrara, that will play in Lega2 Silver, signs the first foreign player in his history: Milton Jennings (206-F-90, agency: Court Side, college: Clemson), 23-year old American forward. He just graduated from Clemson (NCAA), the same college of two ex-Ferrara players, Terrell McIntyre & Harold Jamison. In 28 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg last season.
As mentioned above Jennings is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2011. Jennings was selected to High School McDonald's All-Star Game back in 2009 at his college time.



Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal inks Facundo Madoz - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (Torneo Federal) agreed terms with 30-year old naturalized Italian guard Facundo Madoz (190-83). He has played for the last two seasons at Villa Mitre (Torneo Federal). Madoz played in the final of Argentinian Liga B in 2007.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Fontedoso Carrefour) and Argentina (Sportivo Escobar and Gimnasia Villa Del Parque).

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Croatia beat Italy to catch last train to playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U18 - Italy U18 92:78

Croatia clinched a vital win over Italy in the final game of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The winners clinched the fourth position in Group F. Croatia will now take on Russia in the playoffs. Italy will play in the classification round now.
Croatia set the tone early in the game. They opened the game with seven straight points. They ensured a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-F/G-95) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Croatia maintained it to enter the second half up by 10 points 40:30. Croatia did not loosen the grasp in the third period. They boosted the margin at 16-point mark at the final intermission 71:55. Fontecchio opened the fourth frame with back-to-back triples to keep Italy hopeful. But Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with his consecutive triples midway through the fourth frame and Croatia raced to the victory at the end. Domagoj Bosnjak finished with 26 points to lead the winners. Tomislav Gabric added 17 points in the victory. Marco Spissu (181-G-95) and Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 14 points each for Italy.

Croatia U18: Domagoj Bosnjak 26, Tomislav Gabric 17, Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) 13, Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) 13
Italy U18: Marco Spissu 14, Tommaso Laquintana 14



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Gravelines land Souleyman Diabate - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) landed 26-year old naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket). He played most recently at Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA). In 30 games he averaged 13.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.7apg and 2.2spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Diabate also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.5apg (top 2) and 2.0spg (leader !!!).
The previous (11-12) season he played at Chorale de Roanne. In 27 games he had 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg that season. Diabate also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he had 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Diabate's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2010. He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. Diabate's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 68.8%.
Diabate has played previously for two other France teams: JDA Dijon and Charenton.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Samardo Samuels (ex Hapoel J-M) agreed terms with EA7 Armani - by Armando Caporaso

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA) announced via twitter the 24-year old Jamaican ex-international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville) with a 2-years contract. Samuels managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. In 13 games he recorded 12.2ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Samuels also played at Bighorns in D-League that season. In 32 games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 10.3rpg (#4 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention. He also spent pre-season at the Cavaliers in NBA that year. In 17 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 1.6rpg (#4 in the league). The other team Samuels played shortly was Canton Charge in D-League. In two games he averaged remarkable 20.5ppg, 10.5rpg (#4 in the league), 2.5apg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg. His college team won Big East Tournament in 2009. Samuels also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels has played also professionally in D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

The first words of the coach Luca Banchi :

"Samardo Samuels is a player that, after the NBA experience, has demonstrated in Israel to have characteristics that are well adapted to European basketball. We bet on a young guy, highly motivated and willing to seize the opportunity to achieve major breakthroughs together with the Olimpia."

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Tochigi Brex announced Darius Dimavicius as a Coach Assistant - by Eurobasket News

Link Tochigi Brex (NBL) signed 45-year old Lithuanian coach Darius Dimavicius. He coached last season at P.Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL league.
The previous (11-12) season Dimavicius coached at Raseiniai (RKL) in Lithuanian league.
He is quite experienced player. Dimavicius has coached also professionally in Austria, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Salman Ramadhan is the new head coach of Kazma !! - by Ahmad Madwar

The Bahrainian coach Salman Ramadhan agreed terms with Kazma club to be the head coach of the team for upcoming season .. coach Salman will replace the american coach Wayne Mendezona who led the team last season to the final of cup and 4th in position in GCC Clubs basketball Cup

Salman was the head coach of Kuwait SC last season and he won the cup and league titles .. but he couldnot reach a new deal with Kuwait SC to renew the contract !!

and this is not his first experience in Kazma .. he coached the team 2 years ago ..



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U18 European Championship: Latvia edge England - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - England U18 68:56

Latvia overcame England in the final game of the U18 European Championship Second Stage for both teams. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Latvia improved at 3-2 record in Group F. England fell at 1-4 record outside the quarterfinal zone.
Latvia secured a 17:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the gap in the second term. Latvia held England to 8 points and ensured a 37:21 halftime cushion. They kept England at bay throughout the third term. Latvia piled up a 56:38 advantage before the fourth quarter. England cut the distance in the final period but still finished way short of win. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) nailed 13 points, while Davis Geks (191-SG-95) added 11 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 19 points for England. Tyrell Isaacs (183-PG-95) and Jules Akodo (186-G-96) had 10 points each in the loss.

Latvia U18: Kristaps Porzingis 17, Rolands Smits 13, Davis Geks 11+10 boards
England U18: Luke Nelson 19, Tyrell Isaacs 10, Jules Akodo 10



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U18 European Championship: Lithuania storm past Bosnia and Herzegovina, into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 78:60

Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Bosnia and Herzegovina got eliminated from the title race falling at 0-5 record.
Lithuania enjoyed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second frame. They secured a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania controlled the tempo in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points. Lithuania kept Bosnia and Herzegovina at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and marched to the victory at the end. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) had 12 points each for the winners. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 17 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Domantas Sabonis 14+10 boards, Haroldas Saprykinas 12, Augustas Suliauskas 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Imran Polutak 17, Sandro Gacic 14



Milenko Tepic (ex Cajasol) joins Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) added to their roster 26-year old Serbian ex-international guard Milenko Tepic (200-97kg-87, agency: Beo Basket). He has played for the last two seasons at Cajasol in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 3.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg last season. Tepic also played 12 games in Eurocup where he recorded 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2012. Tepic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Guard of the Year back in 2009.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Tepic played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007. He represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 66.7%.
Tepic has played previously professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos) and Serbia (Partizan and Vojvodina Srbijagas).
On Tepic: Not the usual Yugo forward, because he almost doesn' t shoot from behind the arch; has great 1-on-1 offensive skills which allow him to create his own shot from the middle or to go inside after beating his opponent with a fake; great passer, terrible in fast breaks, smart in defense;
Another old time classic, a basketball player from a land which produce them more than any other European country; Milenko is an excellent point guard who can become a shooting guard too. Tepic is an excellent playmaker. He's great on the fast break and runs the floor well. Defensively, he plays the passing lanes well. He is a good athlete with good size. He can become an NBA material with some adding such us power, in his repertoire
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By Eurobasket Data Center



BC Siauliai announced Darius Pakamanis, keep Vytautas Sulskis - by Eurobasket News

BC Siauliai announced Darius Pakamanis (193-G-81), keep Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.) for the next season. Darius Pakamanis played last time at Rudupis Prienu. It is actually his comeback to Siauliai as he played here before. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 5 LKL games he averaged 5.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. Pakamanis also played 2 games in Baltic League where he had 3.0ppg and 1.5apg. He also played at Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold) in Spanish league that season. In 17 games he had 4.8ppg and 1.9rpg.
His team won Lithuanian Cup.
The previous (11-12) season Pakamanis played at Juventus. In 22 games he had 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game. Pakamanis also played 20 games in Baltic League where he had 12.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg. Pakamanis represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Izmir eight years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Pakamanis has played also professionally in Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Ukraine (BC Odessa), Spain (Blancos de Rueda) and Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas and Mazeikiai).
BC Siauliai also confirmed Vytautas Sulskis. In eighteen LKL games he had 6.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Sulskis played at Nevezis. In 23 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2apg that season. He also played 19 games in Baltic League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Sulskis also spent pre-season at Zalgiris that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the BBL Cup Final Four in 2012. Sulskis was also voted HS Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year back in 2007 at his college time.
Sulskis graduated from Youngstown State in 2011 and it is his third season as a professional player.



Vileita comes back to Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 38-year old guard Gintautas Vileita (193-92kg-75, college: Monmouth). It is actually his comeback to Panevezys as he played here before. Vileita played most recently at Brazylija-E.Forte (VMKS - A Lyga). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Vileita played at Perlas-MRU Vilnius (NKL). In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg and 2.4spg that season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian NKL All-Defensive Team.
In 2010-11 season he played at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys. In 46 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg and 2.3spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
In 2009-10 season Vileita played at Rudupis. In 26 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. He also played 13 games in Baltic League where he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention.
In 2008-09 season Vileita played at BC Siauliai. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 6 EuroChallenge games he averaged 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. Vileita also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg. He also played 21 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2007-08 season Vileita played at LSU-Baltai.
He is a very experienced player. Vileita has played also in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Hungary.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Lietkabelis.
Vileita attended Monmouth University until 1999 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Gintas is a typical combo-guard who can run both guard positions. Good floorleader who needs to improve his outside shooting percentage. Strong penetrator who always finds the open man. Good defender on both back court positions. Will be competative at any level. Plays with a strong attitude.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Vileita comes back to Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Panevezys Lietkabelis (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 38-year old guard Gintautas Vileita (193-92kg-75, college: Monmouth). It is actually his comeback to Panevezys as he played here before. Vileita played most recently at Brazylija-E.Forte (VMKS - A Lyga). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Vileita played at Perlas-MRU Vilnius (NKL). In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg and 2.4spg that season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian NKL All-Defensive Team.
In 2010-11 season he played at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys. In 46 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg and 2.3spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
In 2009-10 season Vileita played at Rudupis. In 26 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. He also played 13 games in Baltic League where he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.2spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention.
In 2008-09 season Vileita played at BC Siauliai. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 6 EuroChallenge games he averaged 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. Vileita also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg. He also played 21 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
In 2007-08 season Vileita played at LSU-Baltai.
He is a very experienced player. Vileita has played also in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Hungary.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Lietkabelis.
Vileita attended Monmouth University until 1999 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Gintas is a typical combo-guard who can run both guard positions. Good floorleader who needs to improve his outside shooting percentage. Strong penetrator who always finds the open man. Good defender on both back court positions. Will be competative at any level. Plays with a strong attitude.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tochigi Brex announced Darius Dimavicius as a Coach Assistant - by Eurobasket News

Link Tochigi Brex (NBL) signed 45-year old Lithuanian coach Darius Dimavicius. He coached last season at P.Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL league.
The previous (11-12) season Dimavicius coached at Raseiniai (RKL) in Lithuanian league.
He is quite experienced player. Dimavicius has coached also professionally in Austria, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rudupis Prienu add Martynas Linkevicius and keep Paulius Ivanauskas - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis Prienu add Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) and keep Paulius Ivanauskas (195-F-87) for the next season. Paulius Ivanauskas has played there for the last three seasons. Ivanauskas managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 25 LKL games he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Ivanauskas also played 6 games in Eurocup but he had just 0.8ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played 18 games in Baltic League where he had 5.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Ivanauskas represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 30.4%.
Ivanauskas has played previously for four other Lithuania teams: Zalgiris, Dzukija, Sakalai and Anyksciu.
Rudupis Prienu brought Martynas Linkevicius who played last time at SK Triobet Jonavos in n NKL. In 41 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.6ppg and recorded 10.5rpg (leader !!!), 2.7apg and 1.7spg 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-Lithuanian NKL Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Linkevicius has played previously for two other Lithuania teams: Bremena-Karsuva and Pagegiu V-p.



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U18 European Championship: Luxembourg pip Scotland on Wednesday opener - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18- Luxembourg U18 57:66

Luxembourg pip Scotland on Wednesday opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg improved to 1-0 record at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
Luxembourg opened the game with 29-18 lead, but could not keep the necessary lead at the halftime. Scotland replied with an 18-11 rally in the second frame and reduced to 40:36 lead. Luxembourg however needed a 14-6 surge in the decisive third period to take control back on the game. They did not mind 12-15 margin in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) nailed 16. Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) scored 8, whilst Filip Stojanovic (196-C-95) had 6 points and 10 rebounds. Gregor Gray (193-G/F-96) netted 14 points in defeat and Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds. Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) notched 9 and Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) added 8.

Scotland U18: Gregor Gray 14, Fraser Malcolm 11+10 rebs, Neil Rowan 9, Nicholas Sim 8
Luxembourg U18: Philippe Gutenkauf 20, Timothy Kauffmann 16, Tim Schmit 8, Filip Stojanovic 6+10 rebs



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U18 European Championship: Sweden closed the Day with the win over Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Montenegro U18 74:55

Sweden closed the Day with the win over Montenegro at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Sweden won 74:55 as four teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F.
The Scandinavian team won all the quarters of the game. They started with 22-15 lead and added 20-17 run in the second frame. In the third period Sweden produced 14-8 rally and finished the game with 18-15 run. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) and Radunovic exchanged the last points in the last period for the final result.
Ludvig Hakanson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) had 15. Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) delivered 14, whilst Henrik Jadersten (208-F-95) brought 8. Zoran Nikolic (208-C-96, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) had 8. Aleksandar Novosel (185-PG-96) and Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) netted 7 points each in a loss.

Sweden U18: Ludvig Hakanson 19, Valter Lindstrom 15, Johan Lofberg 14, Henrik Jadersten 8
Montenegro U18: Zoran Nikolic 12, Luka Djurovic 8, Aleksandar Novosel 7, Petar Popovic 7



Endurance Creates Character! NEVER GIVE UP!!! - by Jay-R Strowbridge

Greetings From The USA,

First, I Want Thank GOD For All He Has Done For Me And Another Opportunity To Win & Continue My Pro Career. I Would Like To Thank My Wife Who Has Been My Inspiration And Held Us Down Through It All. I Would Like To Thank The STROWFam For The Love & Support Through The Sunshine & Rain. I Would Like To Thank Peter Neumann, Coach Krists Plendiskis And Everyone Who Makes Up Cuxhaven BasCats Organization. Also, I Would Like To Thank The Loyal Cuxhaven BasCats Fans That Have Welcomed Us With Open Arms. Let The Countdown Begin!!! Training Camp Is Less Than 2 1/2 Weeks Away And I'm Excited To Meet The Rest of The Squad And Get Started. This Summer I Have Been Working Extremely Hard With Coach John Newton. He's The Founder of Next Level Preps And We Have Been Putting Countless Hours In The Gym. Hardwork Definitely Pays Off! Everyone If You Want To Take Your Life To The Next Level Check Him Out At Nextlevelpreps.net Be Sure To Check Out My Blog This Upcoming Season. It's Going To Be A Unbelievable And Unforgettable Season!!!

Special Thanks To Everyone Who Made This Possible. Thank You To My Romanian & Montenegro Family And Look Forward To Special Moments In Germany.

But That's Not All. We Also Brag When We Are Suffering. We Know That Suffering Creates Endurance, Endurance Creates Character And Character Creates Confidence. We're Not Ashamed To Have This Confidence, Because GOD's Love Has Been Poured Into Our Hearts By The Holy Spirit, Who Has Been Given To Us. -Romans 5:3-5

Never Give Up!!!
Suffering Creates Endurance
Endurance Creates Character
Character Creates Confidence


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Martin re-signs at The Knicks - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks confirmed in their roster 36-year old ex-international forward Kenyon Martin (206-109kg-77, college: Cincinnati). He played there last season. In 30 NBA games he had 6.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He helped them to win the Atlantic Division title. The most of previous (2011-12) season Martin spent at the Clippers. In 53 games he recorded 5.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2bpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the conference semifinals. Martin also spent pre-season at Xinjiang Flying Tige (CBA) in Chinese league that year. In 12 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.8apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at the Nuggets. In 53 games he recorded 8.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg.
In 2000 Martin was drafted by New Jersey Nets as #1 pick overall. The former University of Cincinnati standout is in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Martin was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
He has played previously for two other NBA teams: Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets.
Martin is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at the Knicks.
Martin could be described: Martin is considered by head coach Bob Huggins as "the most athletic big man we have ever recruited here," which is quite a testimony, considering that list includes current NBA Bearcats Corie Blount and Danny Fortson. Very active on the court. Not merely a shot-rejector and rebounder, Martin has an array of offensive skills. One of his greatest assets is his understanding of offensive and defensive concepts. Needs to improve his back to the basket skills but still a solid player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pero Antic signed with Atlanta Hawks - by Giorgos Diploidis

Pero Antic (6'11''-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) has agreed in terms with Atlanta Hawks for a (1+1) contract with the team of NBA.

The power forward/center after two seasons in Greece with the team of Olympiacos where he won two euroleague trophies in a row , one Greek Champion and one Greek cup he makes a great movement in USA. Last period in Euroleague had 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg in 31 matches.

The information was given by his agent some hours ago using twitter.




The Warriors waived Kevin Murphy - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) waived 23-year old guard Kevin Murphy (198-84kg-90, college: Tenn Tech). He was acquired by the Warriors in trade with the Jazz.
The most of last season Murphy spent at the Jazz. But in 16 games he recorded just 0.9ppg. He also played at Bighorns that season. In 14 games he averaged 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg.
Last year Murphy was drafted by Drafted by? Utah Jazz in second round (47th overall). The former Tennessee Tech University standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Murphy's team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Explosive scorer that possesses a wide offensive skill-set ... Good length for either wing position ... Active runner ... Quick feet ... Gets himself squared up to the hoop almost instantly ... Volume shooter. Not a very strong finisher at the rim, due in large part to his slight frame ... Does most of his scoring outside the paint, so it's hard for him to establish a good scoring rhythm if his shot isn't falling
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Warriors let Jones go - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors (NBA) cut 30-year old center Dwayne Jones (211-113kg-83, college: St.Joseph's). He played there also last season. But in only one NBA game he did not score anything.
Jones managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). Jones also played at Texas Legends that season. In 21 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 12.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. The other team he played shortly was Champville (Division A) in Lebanese league. In four games he had 5.5ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg and 2.5bpg. Another team Jones played briefly was Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. In four games he had 5.5ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.0apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2005 Michigan Mayhem selected him in second round (12th overall) in the CBA draft.
The former Saint Joseph's University standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2009. Jones received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention award in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Jones has played also professionally in Philippines (Global Port), Puerto Rico (Indios), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Turkey, other NBA teams (Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors), China (Fujian and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions) and other D-League teams (Austin Toros).
He is described as: Excellent shot blocker... Good rebounder... No offensive game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Grizzlies welcome back Miller - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) tabbed 33-year old former international swingman Mike Miller (203-99kg-80, college: Florida). It is actually his comeback to the Grizzlies as he played here before. Miller has played for the last three years at Miami Heat. In 75 games he averaged 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg last season.
In 2000 Orlando Magic selected him as fifth overall pick in NBA draft. The former University of Florida standoutis in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball. He was a member of USA Senior National Team between 2001 and 2007.
Miller has played previously for two other NBA teams: Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Utah Jazz tabs rookie Ian Clark - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz (NBA) landed 22-year old guard Ian Clark (190-79kg-91). He just graduated from Belmont (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged impressive 18.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to win the OVC Regular Season East Division title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded All-OVC Defensive Player of the Year, All-OVC Co-Player of the Year and selected to All-OVC 1st Team.
Clark has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Clark's game is described as: A dynamic, multi-dimensional guard who could make an instant impact on both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Thunder keeps Fisher for another season - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) re-signed 39-year old point guard Derek Fisher (186-95kg-74, college: UALR). He played there last season. In 35 NBA games he averaged 5.5ppg and 1.1rpg. He helped them to win the Northwest Division title. Fisher also spent pre-season at the Mavericks that year. In 9 games he had 8.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.7apg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at the Lakers. In 43 games he had 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.3apg. He contributed to his team winning the Western Conference title.
In 1996 Fisher was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers in first round (24th overall). He attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock and it will be his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Fisher has played previously for two other NBA teams: Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at the Thunder.
Fisher is described as: Very quick point guard with good shot from various range. Has some problems defending taller opponents. But he sis able to steal the ball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ledo inks at Dallas Mavericks at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) added to their roster 20-year old shooting guard Ricky Ledo (201-88kg-93). Ledo just graduated from Providence (NCAA).
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Ledo is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Abidjan 2013 Afrobasket: Nigeria begin final preparation in Orlando - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria senior men national team, DTigers has begun it final preparation ahead the 27th Africa Cup of Nations Afrobasket slated for August 20-31 in Abidjan Cote dIvoire in Orlando, United States of America.

The camp which has most players that represented the FIBA Africa Zone-III nation at the London 2012 Olympic Games held in London is being supervised by head coach, Ayo Bakare.

According to a release from the secretariat of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) hinted that players such as team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Alade and Al Farouk Aminu, Ike Diogu, Derrick Obasohan, Chamberlain Oguchi, Mike Umeh, Andy Ogide, Stan Okoye, Stanley Gumut and Abdulwahab Yahaya are already in camp alongside other notable players.

Coach Bakare will be joined by other home-based players and the team assistant coaches.
Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81)



Umar, Mark to grace BWB screening - by Olusegun Ikuesan

President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation Tijjani Umar and board member Igoche Mark will grace the opening of the screening exercise of the 2013 edition of the FIBA/NBA Basketball Without Border (BWB).

The screening exercise which will be conducted by Coaches Emmanuel Odah, Mike Akuboh, Fubara Onyeanabo, Sani Turi and NBBF grass-root coach, Alex Uwajeh and will feature thirty (30) young players from across the country at the basketball court of Package-B of the national stadium, Abuja from 26th to 29th July, 2013.

Mark who represent the North Central zone of Nigeria on the board of the NBBF will coordinate activities of the screening exercise.



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U18 European Championship: Hungary defeat Norway in Strumica - by Eurobasket News

Hungary U18-Norway U18 66:56

Hungary defeat Norway in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team posted a 66:56 victory at the Classification Round for 9-16 places.
Both teams nailed 20 points each in the first period and then Hungary grabbed an 11-point win at the halftime after a 19-8 rally in the second period. Moreover Hungary added 18-14 run in the third quarter and enjoyed a 57:42 lead after three quarters. Norway even trailed 19 points early in the fourth quarter, but managed to cut to 10. Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) made the final 66:56 result in the game.
Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) paced all the winners with 15 points and Szilard Benke (196-F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 10. Bruno Bazso (185-SF-95) and Tibor Ban (185-G-95) scored 8 points each in a win. Johannes Dolven ended up with 13 points in defeat and Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) scored 9. Franck Millestad (189-G-95) brought 8, whilst Anders Nymo (180-PG-96) had 7.

Hungary U18: Gyorgy Goloman 15, Szilard Benke 10, Bruno Bazso 8, Tibor Ban 8
Norway U18: Johannes Dolven 13, Mikkel Kolstad 9, Franck Millestad 8, Anders Nymo 7



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Nemanja Jaramaz (ex BC Astana) agreed terms with PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Serbian ex-international shooting guard Nemanja Jaramaz (201-86kg-91, agency: Beo Basket). He played most recently at BC Astana in Kazakhstan D1 league. But in 6 VTB United League games he recorded just 1.8ppg last season. Jaramaz also spent pre-season at Angelico Biella (SerieA) in Italian league that year. In 14 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.4rpg.
He won Kazakhstan League championship title and the cup.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by Mega Vizura (A League) in Serbia. The other team Jaramaz played shortly was Partizan in Serbian league. In two Euroleague games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 steal. He also played 15 games in Adriatic League where he averaged only 2.4ppg. Another team Jaramaz played briefly was Partizan (B League) in Serbia.
Among other achievements Jaramaz received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award in 2011.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Jaramaz played for Serbian Senior National Team last year and previously for University National Team in 2013. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago.
Jaramaz has played also professionally in Serbia (BC Partizan MT:S Beograd).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very versatile wing player, he can spend time in the 2, 3 and 4 position as well. Has yet enough playing experience to help a professional team out of the bench.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Poland pip Holland at the end of the Day - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18-Holland U18 66:50

Poland pip Holland at the end of Wednesday. The Polish side took 2-0 record in Group E after a 66:50 victory. Holland is meanwhile tied at 1-1.
Poland appeared with a better start and took 18:13 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 22-14 rally and enjoyed a 40:27 halftime advantage. Poland also won the third period 15-7, while Holland replied with 16-11 run in the last period.
Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) pace all the winners with 16 points and Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds. Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) netted 10 and Igor Wadowski (190-SG-96) had 9. Pim De Vries (193-F/G-95) finished the game with 12 points in a loss, while Lenno Witteveen (198-SF-95) had 11. Jaron Dijkhuizen (196-PF-95) scored 6 and Tom Aarts (202-PF-95) delivered 5.

Poland U18: Damian Jeszke 16, Mikolaj Witlinski 11+16 rebs, Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 10, Igor Wadowski 9
Holland U18: Pim De Vries 12, Lenno Witteveen 11, Jaron Dijkhuizen 6, Tom Aarts 5



Polpharma inks Nikola Jeftic and Nathan Healy - by Greg

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) agreed terms with 26-year old Serbian forward Nikola Jeftic (205-87) and American forward Nathan Healy (201-F-90).
Jeftic played last season at OKK Beograd in Serbian A League. In 25 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg. He also played 10 games in Balkan League where he recorded 11.7ppg and 5.5rpg.
Nathan Healy has just graduated from Appalachian State University where he averaged 14.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg, 1.5bpg as a senior. nathan is well known of his defensive skills. Last season he was named All-Southern Conf. Defensive Player of the Year. He also made it to All-Southern Conf. 1st Team and Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team. Healy was also named CoSIDA Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-America Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Portugal takes 2-0 record in Group H - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Portugal U18 69:74

Portugal takes 2-0 record in Group H of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They outclass Romania 74:69 at the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place.
Romania started with 22-11 lead but could not keep the advantage later in the game. Both teams nailed 18 points in the second frame, while Portugal pushed the tempo in the second half. Portugal won the third period 20-13 and reduced to 53:49 after three quarters. Portugal added 25-16 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Nuno Ferreira (180-SG-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) nailed 14. Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) and Marques Pedro poured in 13 each, whilst Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) had 10. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) replied with 15 points in defeat as Romania fell at 0-2 record. Mircea Onea (183-PG-96) posted 12 and Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) had 10.

Romania U18: Andrei Ciordas 15, Mircea Onea 12, Vlad Cobzaru 10
Portugal U18: Nuno Ferreira 15, Isaias Insaly 14, Sergio da Silva 13, Marques Pedro 13, Pedro Meireless 10



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Harris named import of the year, Gonzalez wins another award - by Luis Modestti


Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) of Leones de Ponce was named Import of the Year after a dominant 2013.

Harris averaged 20,48 points and 10,2 rebounds in 31 games during the regular season. He has improved his production during the playoffs and is one of the favorites to win the MVP award.

Javier Gonzalez (182-PG-89, college: N.Carolina St.) of Santurce was given the Most Improved Player Award. The league added him to the eligible list for both Rookie and Most Improved Player.

The next awards to be given are Owner of the Year, BSN First Team, Coach of the Year and MVP.



Piratas take the lead thanks to Redhage - by Luis Modestti

Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) scored 36 points to lead Piratas de Quebradillas over Leones de Ponce 84-80. The series is now 2-1 in favor of Quebradillas and the series continue Thursday at Raymond Dalmau Coliseum.

Quebradillas established control early in the game by having an aggressive offensive attack led by their big men. The first quarter ended 28-16 as Redhage had 10 and Mata added 8.

Ponce reacted in the second quarter and made a 13-4 run to close out the half down 43-41. Then Leones were on top in the third quarter with another 10-3 run and finished up 60-58.

In the final quarter Redhage took control of the game by scoring 13 points and his teammates helped out in sealing this game on both sides.

Kevin Lisch added 18 points and Lorenzo Mata added 11 for Piratas.

Ike Diogu and Mike Harris scored 21 points each for Leones who lost their second playoff game at home during these playoffs.



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Southall back al Sadd - by Ali Ahmed

Al Sadd Sports Club Doha agreed terms with 31-years old American Center Michael Southall (210-C-82, college: La-Lafayette) to play with them in 2013/2014. he was the best center last year in Qatar.

Outlook:
Can play both the 4 and 5 positions, has soft hands and quick feet. His athletic skills and good lateral quickness make him an imposing shot-blocking and a player hard to beat under the boards. Runs the floor extremely well and has good attitude. Shoots well even the free throws. Needs to bulk up to play at top level.
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Awards/Achievements:
All-Sun Belt Conf. Freshman of the Year -02
Sun Belt Conf. West Division Regular Season Champion -02
Sun Belt Conf. Tournament Runner-Up -02
All-Sun Belt Conf. Team -02
Sun Belt All-Tournament Team -06
All-Sun Belt 2nd Team -06
Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Runner-Up -06
Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -06
Spanish LEB Cup (Cope Principe de Asturias) Semifinals -07
Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Finalist -09
Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Finalist -09
Qatar Emir Cup Winner -12
Qatar League Regular Season Runner-Up -12, 13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Center of the Year -12, 13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Import of the Year -12, 13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Defensive Player of the Year -12
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 1st Team -12, 13
Asia-Basket.com Qatari D1 All-Imports Team -12, 13
Qatar League Champion -13
Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Player of the Year -13
Qatar Emir Cup Finalist -13
Gulf Club Championships Winner -13



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U18 European Championship: Portugal takes 2-0 record in Group H - by Eurobasket News

Romania U18-Portugal U18 69:74

Portugal takes 2-0 record in Group H of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They outclass Romania 74:69 at the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place.
Romania started with 22-11 lead but could not keep the advantage later in the game. Both teams nailed 18 points in the second frame, while Portugal pushed the tempo in the second half. Portugal won the third period 20-13 and reduced to 53:49 after three quarters. Portugal added 25-16 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Nuno Ferreira (180-SG-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) nailed 14. Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) and Marques Pedro poured in 13 each, whilst Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) had 10. Andrei Ciordas (203-PF-95) replied with 15 points in defeat as Romania fell at 0-2 record. Mircea Onea (183-PG-96) posted 12 and Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) had 10.

Romania U18: Andrei Ciordas 15, Mircea Onea 12, Vlad Cobzaru 10
Portugal U18: Nuno Ferreira 15, Isaias Insaly 14, Sergio da Silva 13, Marques Pedro 13, Pedro Meireless 10



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Triumph welcomes back Kurtsevich - by Eurobasket News

Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL) tabbed 24-year old center Alexey Kurtsevich (209-107kg-89). It is actually his comeback to Triumph Lyubertsy as he played here before. Kurtsevich played most recently at Ataman (Superleague). In 41 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 4.8rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Kurtsevich played at Triumph Lyubertsy. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. But in 8 PBL games he had just 1.1ppg. Kurtsevich also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he had only 1.7ppg and 1.6rpg. He also played 14 games in Baltic League where he had 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in Baltic League Elite Division. Kurtsevich also played at Triumph Lyubertsy U23 (U23 Youth League) that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kurtsevich represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg.
Kurtsevich has played previously for another Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg U23.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Triumph welcomes back Kurtsevich - by Eurobasket News

Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL) tabbed 24-year old center Alexey Kurtsevich (209-107kg-89). It is actually his comeback to Triumph Lyubertsy as he played here before. Kurtsevich played most recently at Ataman (Superleague). In 41 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 4.8rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Kurtsevich played at Triumph Lyubertsy. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. But in 8 PBL games he had just 1.1ppg. Kurtsevich also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he had only 1.7ppg and 1.6rpg. He also played 14 games in Baltic League where he had 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in Baltic League Elite Division. Kurtsevich also played at Triumph Lyubertsy U23 (U23 Youth League) that season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kurtsevich represented Russia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg.
Kurtsevich has played previously for another Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg U23.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Russia top France to win Group E - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - France U18 70:60

Russia wrapped up their Second Stage campaign at U18 European Championship with victory. They fired past France to earn the top position in Group E. Russia will now take on Croatia in the playoffs. France will face Spain in the quarterfinals.
Russia claimed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus turned things around in the second frame. They pulled in front for a 33:28 advantage at halftime. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within two points at the final intermission. Zhulkov and Gavrilov put Russia in front early in the fourth frame. France quickly regained the advantage but not for long. Russia used a 15:0 run to gain a 68:57 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) provided 16 points to lead Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) answered with 9 points for France. Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) and Etienne Ory (178-PG-96) had 8 points each in the loss.

Russia U18: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 16, Alexander Martynov 15, Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) 11
France U18: Damien Inglis 9, Axel Bouteille 8, Etienne Ory 8



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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Lionel Garrett is the new head coach of Al Ahli Jeddah - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli Jeddah Club agreed terms with the american coach Lionel Garrett to be the head for the team for season 2013-2014 .. This is first experience for coach Lionel overseas .. he had experience in many local leagues in USA as assistant coach, general manager and head coach ..

This is his awards /Achievements:
SWAC Championships -79
SWAC Leading Rebounder -79
NCAA 3rd Leading Rebounder -79
All SWAC Team -78, 79
Portsmouth Invitational All Star -79
Aloha Classic All Star -79
Wilberforce University Championships HBCU -94
SEBL Summer Pro Am Metro A-League 3rd Place Finish -04
WBA League Champions -05
SEBL Summer Pro Am Metro A-League Champions -05
SEBL Summer Pro Am Metro A-League Coach of Year -05
All-WBA Head Coach Of The Year -07
All-WBA Executive Of The Year -08
WBA Finalist -08



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  SCOTLAND   


U18 European Championship: Luxembourg pip Scotland on Wednesday opener - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U18- Luxembourg U18 57:66

Luxembourg pip Scotland on Wednesday opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg improved to 1-0 record at the Classification Round for 17-22 places.
Luxembourg opened the game with 29-18 lead, but could not keep the necessary lead at the halftime. Scotland replied with an 18-11 rally in the second frame and reduced to 40:36 lead. Luxembourg however needed a 14-6 surge in the decisive third period to take control back on the game. They did not mind 12-15 margin in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) nailed 16. Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) scored 8, whilst Filip Stojanovic (196-C-95) had 6 points and 10 rebounds. Gregor Gray (193-G/F-96) netted 14 points in defeat and Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds. Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) notched 9 and Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) added 8.

Scotland U18: Gregor Gray 14, Fraser Malcolm 11+10 rebs, Neil Rowan 9, Nicholas Sim 8
Luxembourg U18: Philippe Gutenkauf 20, Timothy Kauffmann 16, Tim Schmit 8, Filip Stojanovic 6+10 rebs



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U18 European Championship: Serbia overwhelm Czech Republic to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Czech Republic U18 99:70

Serbia claimed the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They outmuscled Czech Republic to punch quarterfinal ticket. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) netted 20 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic got eliminated from the title race with the loss.
Serbia fired 23 points in the opening quarter to post a 7-point lead. They stayed red hot offensively in the second frame. Serbia dropped 25 points and piled up a 48:33 halftime advantage. Serbia did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to gain a 19-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Czech Republic could not slow down their opponents as Serbia cruised to the victory at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) nailed 19 points, while Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) added 10 points for the winners. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) had 13 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Brano Djukanovic 20, Ognjen Jaramaz 19, Milenko Veljkovic 10
Czech Republic U18: Prokop Slanina 14, Martin Peterka 13



Polpharma inks Nikola Jeftic and Nathan Healy - by Greg

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) agreed terms with 26-year old Serbian forward Nikola Jeftic (205-87) and American forward Nathan Healy (201-F-90).
Jeftic played last season at OKK Beograd in Serbian A League. In 25 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg. He also played 10 games in Balkan League where he recorded 11.7ppg and 5.5rpg.
Nathan Healy has just graduated from Appalachian State University where he averaged 14.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg, 1.5bpg as a senior. nathan is well known of his defensive skills. Last season he was named All-Southern Conf. Defensive Player of the Year. He also made it to All-Southern Conf. 1st Team and Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team. Healy was also named CoSIDA Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-America Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nemanja Jaramaz (ex BC Astana) agreed terms with PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Serbian ex-international shooting guard Nemanja Jaramaz (201-86kg-91, agency: Beo Basket). He played most recently at BC Astana in Kazakhstan D1 league. But in 6 VTB United League games he recorded just 1.8ppg last season. Jaramaz also spent pre-season at Angelico Biella (SerieA) in Italian league that year. In 14 games he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.4rpg.
He won Kazakhstan League championship title and the cup.
The previous (11-12) season he was tested by Mega Vizura (A League) in Serbia. The other team Jaramaz played shortly was Partizan in Serbian league. In two Euroleague games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 steal. He also played 15 games in Adriatic League where he averaged only 2.4ppg. Another team Jaramaz played briefly was Partizan (B League) in Serbia.
Among other achievements Jaramaz received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award in 2011.
He has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Jaramaz played for Serbian Senior National Team last year and previously for University National Team in 2013. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago.
Jaramaz has played also professionally in Serbia (BC Partizan MT:S Beograd).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very versatile wing player, he can spend time in the 2, 3 and 4 position as well. Has yet enough playing experience to help a professional team out of the bench.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Milenko Tepic (ex Cajasol) joins Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) added to their roster 26-year old Serbian ex-international guard Milenko Tepic (200-97kg-87, agency: Beo Basket). He has played for the last two seasons at Cajasol in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 3.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg last season. Tepic also played 12 games in Eurocup where he recorded 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2012. Tepic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Guard of the Year back in 2009.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Tepic played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007. He represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 66.7%.
Tepic has played previously professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos) and Serbia (Partizan and Vojvodina Srbijagas).
On Tepic: Not the usual Yugo forward, because he almost doesn' t shoot from behind the arch; has great 1-on-1 offensive skills which allow him to create his own shot from the middle or to go inside after beating his opponent with a fake; great passer, terrible in fast breaks, smart in defense;
Another old time classic, a basketball player from a land which produce them more than any other European country; Milenko is an excellent point guard who can become a shooting guard too. Tepic is an excellent playmaker. He's great on the fast break and runs the floor well. Defensively, he plays the passing lanes well. He is a good athlete with good size. He can become an NBA material with some adding such us power, in his repertoire
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Former Crvena Zvezda center Antic signs for Atlatna Hawks! - by Zoran Popovic

Former Crvena Zvezda center Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) signs contract with Atlanta Hawks! Antic signs 1+1 contract deal with NBA team. Last two seasons Antic played for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus and won two consecutive Euroleague titles. On 31 Euroleague games last season Antic average scored 6.0 points, 3.5 boards, on 29 games in Greek league average scored 6.3 points, 3.3 boards per game. During the career Antic played for Rabotnicki Skopje, AEK Athens, Crvena Zvezda, Lukoin Akademik, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, Lokomotiv Kuban, Spartak ST Petersburg and Olympiacos. Pero Antic is member of Macedonian National team. <<>><<>>


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Union Olimpija signs Alex Stepheson - by Matej Bergant

BC Union Olimpija Ljubljana signed American center Alex Stepheson (205-F-87, college: USC) on 1-year contract.

He skipped last season due to the fact that he wanted to fully recover from the knee injury which occurred in Greece during playoffs of 2011/2012 season.

Stepheson played for University of North Carolina and University of Southern Carolina in his NCAA basketball career. In 2011/2012, he signed with Greek team Panionios, where he averaged 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Union Olimpija and Alex Stepheson agreed on a clause in the contract that allows Stepheson to leave the club until August 1st if he receives an offer from NBA League. Stepheson will need to pass the full medical examination in order for his contract with BC Union Olimpija Ljubljana to be valid.



U18 European Championship: Greece topple Slovenia to win Group G - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18 - Slovenia U18 76:62

Greece registered the third consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 3-0 record on top of Group G. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record in the third position in the group. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the charge.
Greece claimed a 19:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia struck back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 30:32. Slovenia pulled ahead early in the third term. The Hellenes needed a strong rally late in the period to snatch a 53:52 lead at the final break. Ioannis Kouzeloglou (204-PF-95) and Chatzinikolas drained back-to-back triples early in the fourth frame to put Greece up by 9 points 61:52. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) knocked down 5 straight points to spark a 9:0 run from Greece that gave them a comfortable 70:53 lead with just over three minutes remaining. They never looked back en route to the victory. Ioannis Kouzeloglou provided 19 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis added 17 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) had 7 points in the loss.

Greece U18: Georgios Diamantakos 21+15 boards, Ioannis Kouzeloglou 19, Dimitrios Stamatis 17
Slovenia U18: Matic Rebec 23, Jure Ritlop 7



Krka signs Nix just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Telemach League) signed 23-year old American center Derrick Nix (206-122kg-90). He just graduated from Michigan State University (NCAA). In 36 games he had 9.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Big Ten Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above Nix is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. His college team won Big Ten Tournament in 2012.
Nix could be described: Extremely tough, wide-bodied frontcourt player Possesses great hands and very good footwork His nose for the ball benefits his rebounding ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SPAIN   


U18 European Championship: Spain outgun Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Turkey U18 76:68

Spain claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship Second Stage and booked the place in the quarterfinals. They overcame Turkey for 3-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) nailed 18 points to lead the winners. Turkey slipped at 4-1 record on top of the ladder.
Spain gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey quickly erased the deficit as they sank 22 points for a 36:33 halftime lead. Spain cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 54-all after thirty minutes of action. Spain used an 11:0 run early in the fourth frame to claim a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) netted 17 points, while Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) added 14 points for Spain. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) responded with 11 points for Turkey. Akif Guven (206-C-96) had 10 points in the losing effort.

Spain U18: Agusti Sans 18, David Iriarte 17, Alberto Abalde 14
Turkey U18: Kerem Kanter 11, Akif Guven 10



Bnei Hertzeliyya tabs Jakim Donaldson, ex CB Canarias - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) inked 30-year old American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-109kg-83, college: Edinboro, agency: Edge Sports). He has played for the last two years at CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 34 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg last season.
Among other achievements Donaldson won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year award in 2012.
Donaldson has played previously professionally in Portugal (Barreirense).
He attended Edinboro University until 2005 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Donaldson's game is described as: He dunks everything, jumps a lot, runs the floor very well. He is always a double- double threat on the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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U18 European Championship: Sweden closed the Day with the win over Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Montenegro U18 74:55

Sweden closed the Day with the win over Montenegro at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Sweden won 74:55 as four teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F.
The Scandinavian team won all the quarters of the game. They started with 22-15 lead and added 20-17 run in the second frame. In the third period Sweden produced 14-8 rally and finished the game with 18-15 run. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) and Radunovic exchanged the last points in the last period for the final result.
Ludvig Hakanson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) had 15. Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) delivered 14, whilst Henrik Jadersten (208-F-95) brought 8. Zoran Nikolic (208-C-96, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) had 8. Aleksandar Novosel (185-PG-96) and Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) netted 7 points each in a loss.

Sweden U18: Ludvig Hakanson 19, Valter Lindstrom 15, Johan Lofberg 14, Henrik Jadersten 8
Montenegro U18: Zoran Nikolic 12, Luka Djurovic 8, Aleksandar Novosel 7, Petar Popovic 7



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Greg Brunner joins Acea Virtus - by Eurobasket News

Acea Virtus Roma (SerieA) agreed terms with 30-year old Swiss ex-international power forward Greg Brunner (201-102kg-83, college: Iowa). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Brunner played last season at Grissin Bon Reggio Emila (SerieA). In 36 games he had 10.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team.
The previous (11-12) season he played at FoxTown Cantu (previous name Pall. Cantu). In 22 SerieA games he recorded 9.3ppg and 6.0rpg that season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Brunner also played 6 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.2ppg and 2.5rpg. He also played at Sutor Montegranaro (previous name Fabi Shoes MGR) that season. In 15 SerieA games he recorded 10.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.
In 2010-11 season Brunner played at Benetton Treviso. In 33 games he recorded 7.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Brunner also played 18 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2006 Brunner was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in second round (13th overall).
He attended University of Iowa and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brunner's team won Belgian Cup in 2008. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention back in 2010. Brunner represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 7.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg.
Brunner has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Belgium (Base Oostende and VOO Verviers-Pepinster) and Italy (Angelico Biella and Upea Capo d'Orlando).
On Brunner: A strong-bodied forward who gives his best inside, even being undersized for the duty (true height is probably less than 6-6..). Shoots well from mid-range, however, and is very effective at the rebounding department.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Belarus overcame a slow start to beat Switzerland - by Eurobasket News

Switzerland U18-Belarus U18 49:70

Belarus overcame a slow start to beat Switzerland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Trailing 4 points after the first period, Belarus pushed the tempo later in the game and won 70:49. Belarus and Switzerland are both with 1-1 record at the Classification Round for 9-16 places.
Switzerland surprised the opponents with 13-9 lead, but failed to keep the advantage. Belarus bounced back with 14-6 rally in the second frame and took 23:19 halftime advantage. They outscored Switzerland 19-18 in the third period and erupted with 28-12 surge in the last stanza.
Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Pavel Harachka (185-PG-95) 10 and Roman Rubinshteyn (193-PG-96) had 8. Vuk Damjanovic (195-F-96) brought 17 points in defeat and Patrick Bianchi (180-PG-95) scored 14. Vuk Damjanovic answered with 17 points in defeat and Patrick Bianchi scored 14.

Switzerland U18: Vuk Damjanovic 17, Patrick Bianchi 14
Belarus U18: Yauheni Beliankou 23+10 rebs, Maksim Salash 17+11 rebs, Pavel Harachka 10, Roman Rubinshteyn 8



SAM Massagno sign Cory Johnson - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno announced the deal with Cory Johnson (200-F-88, college: Valparaiso). The 25 years-old American forward moves from Spain to Swiss. He spent his last season in Spain-LEB Gold with Leyma Basquet Coruna and he had 4.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.4 steals in 27 games. Johnson moved to Europe after graduation at Valparaiso University. He played his first European season in Finland with UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki. He averaged 16.8 points (FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 69.5%), 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals.


Neuchatel renew Jules Aw and Pape Badji - by Eurobasket News

Neuchatel have renewed the contracts of Jules Aw (200-F-86) and Pape Badji (206-F/C-92).
Jules Aw will enter the second straight season with Neuchatel. Last season the forward notched 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in LNA. He earned All-Swiss LNA Honourable Mention. Jules Aw made it into Swiss LNA All-Domestic Players Team. Previously Jules Aw had stints with Lions de Geneve, Monthey, Nyon and Herens Basket. Jules Aw was the member of the Senegalese National Team in 2005/07 seasons.
Pape Badji will also enter the second consecutive season with Neuchatel. Last season the centre posted 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per appearance. He played for Vacallo and DUC Dakar before. Pape Badji was the member of the Senegalese National Team in 2010/11 seasons.



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Dylan Page (ex Gaziantep) is a newcomer at CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) added to their roster 31-year old American forward Dylan Page (204-104kg-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). Page managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. He played last season at Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 12 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2apg. He also spent pre-season at Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league that year. In 7 Euroleague games he averaged 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7apg. Page also played 14 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 8.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (11-12) season he played at Chorale de Roanne (ProA) in French league. In 32 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Page also played 14 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 13.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
In 2004 Page was drafted by St. Louis Skyhawks (USBL) in second round (13th overall).
The former University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee star is in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2010. Page was also voted All-Horizon League Player of the Year and All-Horizon League 1st Team back in 2004 at his college time.
Page has played also professionally in Greece (Panellinios and MENT Vassilakis), Spain (CB Granada and Basquet Mallorca) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez).
The scouts decsribe him following way: One of those 'bulky players’ in the middle who use well their body and make huge screens. Has good post moves back-to-the basket, but can also score from outside. A smart player, with team mentality and good technical skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Melih Mahmutoglu joins Fener.Ulker - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (TBL) agreed terms with 23-year old domestic international guard Melih Mahmutoglu (193-90). He played last season at Erdemirspor Eregli (TBL). In 29 games he had 11.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game Three-Point Contest.
The previous (11-12) season Mahmutoglu played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye. In 30 games he recorded 11.8ppg and 1.9rpg that season.
In 2010-11 season he played at Galatasaray. In 14 games he recorded 3.3ppg. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. Mahmutoglu also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded just 2.3ppg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Darussafaka (TB2L). In 28 games he recorded 5.9ppg and 1.3rpg.
In 2008-09 season Mahmutoglu played at Pertevniyal (TB2L). In 17 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 23.9ppg and averaged 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Newcomer of the Year and named to All-Newcomers Team.
He has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Mahmutoglu played for Turkish senior team this year and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2010. He represented Turkey at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) this year.
Mahmutoglu has played previously for another Turkish team Anadolu Efes.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Melih Mahmutoglu joins Fener.Ulker - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (TBL) agreed terms with 23-year old domestic international guard Melih Mahmutoglu (193-90). He played last season at Erdemirspor Eregli (TBL). In 29 games he had 11.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game Three-Point Contest.
The previous (11-12) season Mahmutoglu played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye. In 30 games he recorded 11.8ppg and 1.9rpg that season.
In 2010-11 season he played at Galatasaray. In 14 games he recorded 3.3ppg. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. Mahmutoglu also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded just 2.3ppg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Darussafaka (TB2L). In 28 games he recorded 5.9ppg and 1.3rpg.
In 2008-09 season Mahmutoglu played at Pertevniyal (TB2L). In 17 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 23.9ppg and averaged 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Newcomer of the Year and named to All-Newcomers Team.
He has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Mahmutoglu played for Turkish senior team this year and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2010. He represented Turkey at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) this year.
Mahmutoglu has played previously for another Turkish team Anadolu Efes.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U18 European Championship: Spain outgun Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - Turkey U18 76:68

Spain claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship Second Stage and booked the place in the quarterfinals. They overcame Turkey for 3-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) nailed 18 points to lead the winners. Turkey slipped at 4-1 record on top of the ladder.
Spain gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey quickly erased the deficit as they sank 22 points for a 36:33 halftime lead. Spain cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 54-all after thirty minutes of action. Spain used an 11:0 run early in the fourth frame to claim a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) netted 17 points, while Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) added 14 points for Spain. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) responded with 11 points for Turkey. Akif Guven (206-C-96) had 10 points in the losing effort.

Spain U18: Agusti Sans 18, David Iriarte 17, Alberto Abalde 14
Turkey U18: Kerem Kanter 11, Akif Guven 10



Carter re-signs at Usak - by Eurobasket Center

Mackolik.com Usak Universitesi (TBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He was a team leader there last season. In 40 TB2L games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 20.5ppg and had 6.7rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg (in top 5). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. The most of previous (2011-12) season Carter spent at Tire Gucu (TB2L, starting five). In 25 games he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 18.4ppg and recorded 5.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg (in top 5) that season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention. He also played at Vestel (TB2L) that season. In 12 games he was fourth best scorer with 14.0ppg and recorded 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2.0spg (in top 5) and 1.1bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention.
The previous (10-11) season Carter played at Vahostav-Zilina (Extraliga) in Slovakian league. In 38 games he was third best scorer with great 20.9ppg and recorded 8.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2.5spg (leader !!!) and 1.0bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Carter graduated from Creighton University in 2010 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Rockers Stun Hoyas in NBBA Playoff Opener; Legacy Rolls Over Lakers - by David Edole

By Dave Davis

The Rockers, the New Breed Basketball Associations new kids on the block, pulled off a stunning victory in the opening game of the 2013 summer league playoff when they the beat perennial powerhouse, the Hoyas, 66-62, Monday night at the Ronald Charles gymnasium on the Central High Campus.

Easily the youngest team in the league, the Rockers showed a lot of poise in erasing a 10-point halftime deficit to pull out the upset victory.

In the late game Legacy dominated the Lakers from the opening on their way to an easy 80-67 victory.

Rockers 66, Hoyas 62


The five-time champions Hoyas got off to a good start in the opening period and led by seven points from Omari Applewaite.

A balanced attack and a stingy defense allowed the Hoyas to win the second quarter as well and they went into the locker room at the half with a 10 point advantage at 38-28.

Things would change quickly in the second half, however, as the youthful Rockers opened the third quarter on fire. Riding the hot hand of Ray Canton who netted 10 points in the period, they outscored the Hoyas 21-10 and ended the quarter ahead by one at 49-48.

The Rockers momentum would continue in the fourth quarter and, despite a valiant effort by the former champs, the youngsters would not be denied on Monday. They turned back every Hoyas charge and held on for the 66-62 upset.

Canton led the Rockers with a game-high 18 points and Amari Krigger finished with 17. One Rocker finished with eight points and three others netted seven points apiece in a balanced attack. Warren Christian led four Hoyas in double figures with 15 points, Eddie Castillo netted 12, Applewaite had 10 and Karl John finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Legacy 80, Lakers 67


In game two, Legacy dominated from start to finish, taking the opening game of their best-of-three series against the Laker, 80-67. The victory avenged a loss to the Lakers in the teams final regular season matchup.

Legacy was led offensively by Sean Tutein who finished with a game-high 28 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. He got good support from sharp shooter Chris Floyd who scorched the nets with five 3-pointers to finish with 18, and Kaief Newton finished with 13. For the Lakers, Charles Moorehead netted 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Rashawn Williams had 12 points and 11 assists.



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U18 European Championship: Ukraine better Bulgaria for third win in Latvia - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine U18 - Bulgaria U18 66:56

Ukraine claimed the third win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bulgaria for 2-1 record in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Bulgaria led by four points after the opening frame 18:14. Ukraine picked up the tempo to cut the deficit in the second term. Ukraine trailed by three points at halftime 39:36. Bulgaria held their opponents to just 8 points in the third term to balloon the lead. They ensured a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 run to surge ahead. They held Bulgaria to only 7 points in the fourth period and snatched victory at the end. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) netted 11 points, while Pavel Lebedintsev (193-G-96) contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Nikolay Vangelov (208-C-96) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Ukraine U18: Illya Sydorov 20, Oleksandr Antypov 11, Pavel Lebedintsev 10+11 boards
Bulgaria U18: Aleksandar Vezenkov 24, Nikolay Vangelov 8



Anthony Marshall starts pro career in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Anthony Marshall (190-G-91) will start his pro career in Ukraine. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Ferro-ZNTU. Anthony Marshall has just graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He notched 10.3 points, 5.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season. Anthony Marshall made it into All-MWC 2nd Team for the second season in a row. He also made it into MWC All-Defensive Team. Anthony Marshall was named into NABC Division I All-District 17 2nd Team for the second consecutive season. The guard also made it into USBWA All-District VIII 1st Team. Anthony Marshall is the third import newcomer for Ferro-ZNTU. They have previously agreed to terms with Marshawn Powell (201-F-90, college: Arkansas) and Jake O'Brien (206-F-89, college: Temple).


Enel Brindisi lands Sergii Gladyr - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi (SerieA) tabbed 25-year old Ukrainian ex-international shooting guard Sergii Gladyr (196-94kg-88). He played most recently at Mad-Croc in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 26 games he averaged 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 Spain. In 31 games he had 8.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg that season.
In 2009 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (49th overall).
Among other achievements Gladyr received Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team award 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.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (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



Ricky Minard joins Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk continued to bolster their roster. They have added Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) to the squad. The guard started the last season in Italy. He played for Bologna. His stats read 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in SeriaA. Later Ricky Minard moved to Turkey. He penned deal with Besiktas. The guard notched 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in TBL. In EuroLeague Ricky Minard averaged 11.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per appearance. Ricky Minard is not new to Ukraine. He played for Azovmash in 2011/12 season. Ricky Minard had stints in Italy, NBDL and Russia before. Ricky Minard became EuroCup winner in 2011.


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U18 European Championship: Latvia edge England - by Eurobasket News

Latvia U18 - England U18 68:56

Latvia overcame England in the final game of the U18 European Championship Second Stage for both teams. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Latvia improved at 3-2 record in Group F. England fell at 1-4 record outside the quarterfinal zone.
Latvia secured a 17:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the gap in the second term. Latvia held England to 8 points and ensured a 37:21 halftime cushion. They kept England at bay throughout the third term. Latvia piled up a 56:38 advantage before the fourth quarter. England cut the distance in the final period but still finished way short of win. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) nailed 13 points, while Davis Geks (191-SG-95) added 11 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 19 points for England. Tyrell Isaacs (183-PG-95) and Jules Akodo (186-G-96) had 10 points each in the loss.

Latvia U18: Kristaps Porzingis 17, Rolands Smits 13, Davis Geks 11+10 boards
England U18: Luke Nelson 19, Tyrell Isaacs 10, Jules Akodo 10



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Results for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league 18th round
Guruyu Waston 78 - Thiago Labbate (208-C-83) 17 pts. 10 reb., Brian Garcia (180-G-90) 21 pts 6 reb.
Welcome 68 - Alejandro Perez (200-F-78) 17 pts. 8 reb., Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) 6 pts. 15 reb 3 blocks
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Urunday Universitario 89 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 26 pts. 15 reb. 4 assists
Cader 85 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 18 pts. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 9 pts 19 reb. 2 blocks 8 assists
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Larre Borges 81 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 27 pts. 11 reb. 5 blocks
25 de Agosto 70 - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 24 pts. 12 reb.
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Yale 76 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 15 pts. 7 reb.
Verdirrojo 71- Nicolas Delgado (198-F-87) 28 pts. 14 reb.



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Venezuelan National Team 2013 - by Simas

Venezuelan National Team 2013
#s#
Carlos Cedeno
Cedeno
David Cubillan
Cubillan
Heissler Guillent
Guillent
Gregory Vargas
Vargas
Jhornan Zamora
Zamora
#e#5
Carlos Cedeno 193-G/F-85 Bucaneros Venezuela
David Cubillan 181-PG-87 Trotamundos Venezuela
Heissler Guillent 186-PG-86 Guaros Venezuela
Gregory Vargas 180-PG-86 Marinos Venezuela
Jhornan Zamora 196-G-89 Trotamundos Venezuela
Rafael Perez 193-G/F-82 Guaiqueries Venezuela
Cesar Silva 190-G/F-81 Gaiteros Venezuela
Jose Vargas 195-G/F-82 Marinos Venezuela
Derwin Ramirez 191-F-82 Gigantes Venezuela
Hector Romero 202-F/C-80 Trotamundos Venezuela
Axiers Sucre 199-F-78 Marinos Venezuela
Windi Graterol 204-C-86 Cocodrilos Venezuela
Nestor Colmenares 203-PF-87 Cocodrilos Venezuela
Luis Bethelmy 200-F/C-86 Cocodrilos Venezuela
Juan Coronado 203-F-90 Liberty USA
Gregory Echenique 206-C-90 Neckar L'burg Germany
Heberto Guanipa 206-F-90 St.Thomas, FL USA

Nestor Garcia Head Coach Boca Jrs Argentina



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Branko Mirkovic (ex Ril.Sportlist) joins Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) agreed terms with 31-year old Bulgarian international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-85kg-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Mirkovic has played for the last two seasons at Ril.Sportlist in Bulgarian NBL league. In 37 games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.8apg and 1.7spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Mirkovic also played 15 games in Balkan League where he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 15.5ppg and averaged 3.5rpg, 6.9apg (leader !!!) and 1.8spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Guard of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Mirkovic won Bulgarian League championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League European Player of the Year in 2012. Mirkovic was called to Bulgarian Senior National Team this year.
He is quite experienced player. Mirkovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), FYR Macedonia (Pelister Bitola), Serbia (Smederevo Vizura).

By Eurobasket Data Center




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U19 World Championship: Argentina end the campaign with the win over Senegal - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Senegal U19 62:40

Argentina end the campaign with the win over Senegal at the U19 World Championship. The team from Latin America posted a final 62:40 to finish on 14th place. Senegal ended up on the last position.
Both teams scored 13 points in the first period. Argentina later took control of the game and won the half by 6 points. They added 13-9 rally in the third period and ended up with massive 22-10 surge. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) brought the last points for the winners in the game as both teams farewell to U19 World Championship.
Victoria Llorente top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Sofia Aispura (185-C-95) nailed 13. Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) delivered 10, while Magali Armesto (170-PG-95) had 7. Yaye Irma Dieme (F-95) answered with 13 points in the losing effort. Couna Ndao (F-96) had 9, whilst Mame Borso Diallo (C-94) collected 5 points and 13 rebounds.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 22, Sofia Aispura 13, Micaela Sancisi 10, Magali Armesto 7
Senegal U19: Yaye Irma Dieme 13, Couna Ndao 9, Mame Borso Diallo 5+13 rebs



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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. Wanneroo W. 16-5 
 2. Willetton T. 16-5 
 3. Rockingham 16-6 
 4. Lakeside L. 12-9 
 5. SW Slammers 11-10 
 6. Stirling S. 11-11 
 7. Kalamunda E.S. 10-10 
 8. Cockburn C. 10-11 
 9. Perry Lakes H. 9-11 
 10. Perth R. 9-12 
 11. Mandurah M. 5-16 
 12. East Perth E. 1-20 
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. 16-0 
 2. Bankstown B. 14-3 
 3. Illawarra H. 12-4 
 4. Hills H. 12-5 
 5. Norths Bears 10-6 
 6. Sydney C. 10-7 
 7. Newcastle H. 8-8 
 8. Sutherland S. 5-12 
 9. Penrith P. 3-13 
 10. Maitland M. 1-16 
 11. Parramatta W. 0-17 


U19 World Championship: Australia keep Serbia out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Serbia U19 89:53

Australia keep Serbia out of the Quarterfinals of the U19 World Championship. The Australian team finished Group E with 5-1 record and advanced to the next stage.
Australia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions. They started the game with 20-14 lead and added 22-10 in the second period. The third period became decisive in the game as Australia needed a 30-12 surge to increased to 36 points. Both teams posted 17 points each in the last period for the final result.
Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) led the way with 15 points and Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tahlia Tupaea (174-G-97) nailed 9, whilst Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Alex Wilson (174-G-94) had 8 apiece. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Kristina Topuzovic (183-F/G-94) brought 11. Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) and Sanja Mandic (178-SG-95) scored 5 points each.

Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 15, Darcy Garbin 14+11 rebs, Tahlia Tupaea 9, Vanessa Panousis 8, Alex Wilson 8
Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 13, Kristina Topuzovic 11, Katarina Vuckovic 5, Sanja Mandic 5



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U19 World Championship: Irene Gari leads Spain past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Brazil U19 71:62

Spain victoriously capped their Eighth-Final Round campaign at the U19 World Championship. They held off Brazil to set up the clash versus Canada in the quarterfinals. Brazil will face France in the playoffs. Irene Gari (185-F-94) pace Spain past Brazil scoring 19 points.
Brazil eked out a 15:13 lead after ten minutes. Spain increased the tempo and erased the deficit in the second frame. The teams were tied at 32 after twenty minutes. Spain surged ahead in the third period. They fired 25 points and pulled ahead for a 57:47 advantage. Brazil cut the deficit but could not threaten Spain in the dying minutes as the European side marched to the win. Leticia Romero (176-G-95) posted 13 points, while Astou Ndour (198-C-94) added 12 points for the Spaniards. Isabela Ramona (179-F-94) answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds for Brazil. Maria Ferreira (192-C-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Irene Gari 19, Leticia Romero 13, Astou Ndour 12
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 24+13 boards, Maria Ferreira 12



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U19 World Championship: Canada beat Lithuania to enter quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - Lithuania U19 68:47

Canada registered a key win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down hosting Lithuania to reach the quarterfinal stage. Emily Potter (195-C-95) posted 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Canada opened an 8-point lead after the opening quarter. They stayed in control throughout the second frame. The North American team piled up a 14-point advantage at halftime 34:20. Things got just worse for the hosts in the third term. Canada held Lithuania to 10 points once again and boosted the margin at 27-point mark. Lithuania went on a 17:11 run in the final period but it was not enough to threaten Canada. Shaylisha Colley (172-PG-96) netted 10 points, while Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) chipped in 9 points in the victory. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) had 8 points in the defeat.

Canada U19: Emily Potter 15, Shaylisha Colley 10, Jamie Weisner 9
Lithuania U19: Dalia Belickaite 14, Laura Zelnyte 8



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U19 World Championship: China advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over Holland - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Holland U19 73:61

China advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over Holland. The Asian powerhouse needed a 73:61 to grab 4-2 record and finished third. Holland ended up with 2-4 record in Group F.
China took 17:15 lead at the end of the first period and added narrow 18-16 rally in the second frame. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) and Emese Hof (190-C-96) exchanged the late baskets in the first half for 35:31 on the board. China also managed to win the third period 18-13 and ensured a 9-point lead after three quarters. They also posted a 20-17 rally in the last stanza for the final triumph.
Yang Hengyu top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Zhang Jiahe (182-F-94) and Gong Li (187-F-95) had 12 each. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) and Zhang Liting (199-C-94) delivered 9 points each in a loss. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) answered with 18 points in defeat and Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) posted 10. Emese Hof and Janiek van Veen (173-PG-95) added 8 points apiece.

China U19: Yang Hengyu 19+11 rebs, Zhang Jiahe 12, Gong Li 12, Yang LiWei 9, Zhang Liting 9
Holland U19: Laura Cornelius 18, Kourtney Treffers 10, Emese Hof 8, Janiek van Veen 8



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  DENMARK   


Ida Pretzmann (ex SISU) agreed terms with Conquero - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Danish guard Ida Pretzmann (174-90, college: TCU). She was about to sign at SISU Copenhagen in Danish Dameligaen, but the plans were changed. The last season Pretzmann played also at SISU Copenhagen (Dameligaen) in Denmark. In 27 games she recorded 13.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen Domestic Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Pretzmann also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 12.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg (top 5). She represented Denmark at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje(FYR Macedonia) five years ago.
Pretzmann has played previously professionally in France (Le Havre).
She attended Texas Christian University until 2010 and it is her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FRANCE   


U19 World Championship: USA overcome French challenge to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - France U19 69:63

The USA gained the sixth straight win at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They survived a tough French challenge to enter the quarterfinal stage with no losses. The USA will now face Japan, while France will take on Brazil in the quarterfinals.
The USA eked out a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. They held Les Bleus to just 9 points in the second frame to accumulate a 30:24 halftime lead. The USA poured in 24 points in the third term. They ensured an 8-point lead before the fourth period. France outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but came up short of win at the end. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) notched 22 points to lead the North American team. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) added 16 points in the victory. Aby Gaye (6'4''-C-95) responded with 18 points for France. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (6'0''-F-95) had 13 points in the defeat.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 22, Morgan Tuck 16, Alexis Jones (5'8''-G-94) 9
France U19: Aby Gaye 18, Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi 13



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  HOLLAND   


U19 World Championship: China advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over Holland - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Holland U19 73:61

China advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over Holland. The Asian powerhouse needed a 73:61 to grab 4-2 record and finished third. Holland ended up with 2-4 record in Group F.
China took 17:15 lead at the end of the first period and added narrow 18-16 rally in the second frame. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) and Emese Hof (190-C-96) exchanged the late baskets in the first half for 35:31 on the board. China also managed to win the third period 18-13 and ensured a 9-point lead after three quarters. They also posted a 20-17 rally in the last stanza for the final triumph.
Yang Hengyu top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Zhang Jiahe (182-F-94) and Gong Li (187-F-95) had 12 each. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) and Zhang Liting (199-C-94) delivered 9 points each in a loss. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) answered with 18 points in defeat and Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) posted 10. Emese Hof and Janiek van Veen (173-PG-95) added 8 points apiece.

China U19: Yang Hengyu 19+11 rebs, Zhang Jiahe 12, Gong Li 12, Yang LiWei 9, Zhang Liting 9
Holland U19: Laura Cornelius 18, Kourtney Treffers 10, Emese Hof 8, Janiek van Veen 8



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  HUNGARY   


Janka Mincikova (ex MBK Ruzomb.) is a newcomer at PINKK-Pecsi - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) added to their roster 24-year old Slovakian international point guard Janka Mincikova (172-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Mincikova managed to play in three leagues last year. She played last season at MBK Ruzomberok in Slovakian A Division. In 33 games she recorded 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention. Mincikova also played 4 games in Hungarian A Division where she averaged 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (11-12) season Mincikova played at Hondarribia-Irun (LFB) in Spanish league. In 26 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 1.5rpg that season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she won Slovakian Extraliga championship title for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
Mincikova was also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She played for Slovakian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Mincikova also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.0ppg.
Mincikova has played previously professionally in Slovakia (Good Angels and BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice) and Spain (ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles and Mencey Uni).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  IRELAND   


Bembibre adds O'Reilly to their roster - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Bembibre PDM (LFB) added to their roster 23-year old Irish guard Orla O'Reilly (182-90, college: Binghamton). She played last season at Lokomotiva in ZBL league in Czech Republic, but left the team in Jan.'13. In 15 ZBL games she recorded 13.1ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.0spg. O'Reilly played at the AEC Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
She graduated from Binghamton University in 2012 and it is her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   

Standings A1 (W)

A1 Standings
 1. Cagliari CUS 0-0 
 2. Chieti 0-0 
 3. Familia Schio 0-0 
 4. La Spezia 0-0 
 5. Lucca 0-0 
 6. Orvieto 0-0 
 7. Parma 0-0 
 8. Priolo 0-0 
 9. Ragusa 0-0 
 10. San Martino 0-0 
 11. Umbertide 0-0 
 12. Venezia 0-0 


Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Ancona 0-0 
 2. Bologna 0-0 
 3. Broni 0-0 
 4. Civitanova 0-0 
 5. Crema 0-0 
 6. Ferrara 0-0 
 7. Vigarano 0-0 
Center-South
 1. Brindisi 0-0 
 2. Catania 0-0 
 3. Irpino 0-0 
 4. Min.Battipaglia 0-0 
 5. Napoli S.Dike 0-0 
 6. Salerno 0-0 
 7. Viterbo 0-0 
North-East
 1. Alghero 0-0 
 2. Muggia 0-0 
 3. San Salvatore 0-0 
 4. Triestina 0-0 
 5. Udine 0-0 
 6. Valmadrera 0-0 
 7. Vicenza 0-0 
North-West
 1. Biassono 0-0 
 2. Cagliari 0-0 
 3. Cagliari V. 0-0 
 4. Genova 0-0 
 5. Milano 0-0 
 6. San Giovanni 0-0 
 7. Torino 0-0 


Ragusa lands Ashley Walker - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Eirene Ragusa (A1) tabbed 26-year old American power forward Ashley Walker (187-91kg-87, college: California). She played in the summer at Connecticut Sun (WNBA), but released. But in 7 games she averaged just 1.9ppg and 2.3rpg. The most of last season Walker spent at CSM Targoviste (Liga Nationala) in Romanian league. In 17 games she had 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. Walker also spent pre-season at Elitzur Ramla (D1) in Israeli league that year. She contributed to her team winning the cup.
The previous (11-12) season Walker played at Ceyhan Bld (TKBL) in Turkish league. In 21 games she had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3apg and 2.0spg (in top 5). It was a great season in her career as she was selected to Turkish TKBL All-Star Game.
In 202011 summer she was tested by San Antonio Silver Stars in WNBA. The last (2011) season Walker played at Maccabi Ramat Hen (D1) in Israeli league. In 23 games she had also remarkable stats: 15.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg. She contributed to her team making it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team and Honorable Mention.
In 2009 she was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in first round (12th overall).
The former University of California star is in her fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Walker received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Import Player of the Year award back in 2010.
She has played also professionally in Ukraine (Dynamo), WNBA (Tulsa Shock) and Israel (Maccabi Ashdod).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Parma signs Monique Ngo Ndjock - by Eurobasket News

Lavezzini Parma (A1) signed 28-year old domestic forward Monique Ngo Ndjock (187-85). She played last season at Free Woman Ancona (A2). In 25 games she had 14.0ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.6spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ngo Ndjock was named to Eurobasket.com All- A2 Honorable Mention in 2013.
She has played previously for another Italian team Pomezia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Orvieto inks Elisa Buccianti - by Eurobasket News

Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old domestic guard Elisa Buccianti (174-86, agency: Two Points). She played last season at Liomatic Umbertide (A1). But in 22 games she had just 0.9ppg and 1.0spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Buccianti played at Trogylos Priolo. In 24 games she recorded 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg that season. She represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Sopron seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg.
Buccianti has played previously for another Italian team Livorno.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Parma signs Monique Ngo Ndjock - by Eurobasket News

Lavezzini Parma (A1) signed 28-year old domestic forward Monique Ngo Ndjock (187-85). She played last season at Free Woman Ancona (A2). In 25 games she had 14.0ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.6spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Ngo Ndjock was named to Eurobasket.com All- A2 Honorable Mention in 2013.
She has played previously for another Italian team Pomezia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Orvieto inks Elisa Buccianti - by Eurobasket News

Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old domestic guard Elisa Buccianti (174-86, agency: Two Points). She played last season at Liomatic Umbertide (A1). But in 22 games she had just 0.9ppg and 1.0spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (11-12) season Buccianti played at Trogylos Priolo. In 24 games she recorded 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg that season. She represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Sopron seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg.
Buccianti has played previously for another Italian team Livorno.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JAPAN   


U19 World Championship: Japan beat Russia to punch quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Japan U19 - Russia U19 88:78

Japan punched the final quarterfinal ticket from Group E of U19 World Championship. They defeated Russia in the clash for the fourth position in the pool. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) posted 26 points to carry Japan to a vital win.
Japan stormed into the game. They posted 27 points in the first period to ensure a 4-point lead. Russia responded with 24:12 rally in the second term. They surged ahead and secured a 47:39 halftime lead. Japan recovered well and spurred in front in the third term. The Asian team exploded with 27 points to secure a 2-point advantage before the fourth frame. Japan held their opponents to 14 points in the final term to seal the win. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) added 19 points and 9 assists for the winners. Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) answered with 22 points for Russia. Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 26, Mirai Tamura 22, Kanako Masuoka 19
Russia U19: Albina Razheva 22, Julia Gladkova 13+10 boards



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  LITHUANIA   


U19 World Championship: Canada beat Lithuania to enter quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - Lithuania U19 68:47

Canada registered a key win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down hosting Lithuania to reach the quarterfinal stage. Emily Potter (195-C-95) posted 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Canada opened an 8-point lead after the opening quarter. They stayed in control throughout the second frame. The North American team piled up a 14-point advantage at halftime 34:20. Things got just worse for the hosts in the third term. Canada held Lithuania to 10 points once again and boosted the margin at 27-point mark. Lithuania went on a 17:11 run in the final period but it was not enough to threaten Canada. Shaylisha Colley (172-PG-96) netted 10 points, while Jamie Weisner (178-G-94) chipped in 9 points in the victory. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) had 8 points in the defeat.

Canada U19: Emily Potter 15, Shaylisha Colley 10, Jamie Weisner 9
Lithuania U19: Dalia Belickaite 14, Laura Zelnyte 8



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  MALI   


U19 World Championship: South Korea finished the campaign the win over Mali - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Mali U19 76:57

South Korea finished the campaign the win over Mali at the U19 World Championship. The Asian powerhouse won 76:57 and ended up with Classification Round with a 3-0 record for the total 13th place. Mali finished the campaign on the 15th place.
Mali started the game better and grabbed 16:14 lead at the end of the first period. South Korea however did not allow the African side to post another win in three other quarters. The Asian side won the second frame 20-18 and tied the score at the halftime. Moreover South Korea posted 18-10 rally in the third period and finished the game with 24-13 surge.
Shin Jihyun (173-SG-95) stepped up with 21 points and Ku Seul (183-C-94) netted 13. Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) had 10, whilst Lee Seonyoung (171-PG-95) notched 6. M'Bamakan Kanoute (160-G-94) ended up with 25 points in a loss, whilst Christine Dakouo (190-PF-96) had 13. Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) followed them with 5 points.

South Korea U19: Shin Jihyun 21, Ku Seul 13, Kim Minjeong 10, Lee Seonyoung 6
Mali U19: M'Bamakan Kanoute 25, Christine Dakouo 13, Mariam Maiga 5



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  NCAA1   


U19 World Championship: USA overcome French challenge to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

USA U19 - France U19 69:63

The USA gained the sixth straight win at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They survived a tough French challenge to enter the quarterfinal stage with no losses. The USA will now face Japan, while France will take on Brazil in the quarterfinals.
The USA eked out a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. They held Les Bleus to just 9 points in the second frame to accumulate a 30:24 halftime lead. The USA poured in 24 points in the third term. They ensured an 8-point lead before the fourth period. France outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but came up short of win at the end. Breanna Stewart (6'4''-F-94) notched 22 points to lead the North American team. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) added 16 points in the victory. Aby Gaye (6'4''-C-95) responded with 18 points for France. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (6'0''-F-95) had 13 points in the defeat.

USA U19: Breanna Stewart 22, Morgan Tuck 16, Alexis Jones (5'8''-G-94) 9
France U19: Aby Gaye 18, Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi 13



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  POLAND   


Wisla Can-Pack and CCC Polkowice will participate in the Trutnov Cup - by Grzegorz Ozog

During the preparatory period before the season 2013/14 Polish Champion CCC Polkowice and Polish championship silver medalists TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow will take a part in the International Cup in Trutnov.

In addition to the Polish clubs participating in the tournament will take the following clubs: Dynamo Kursk, Nadezhda Orenburg, ZVVZ USK Praha, MBK Ruzomberok, Kara Trutnov, Uni Gyor and TSV Wasserburg.

The tournament will be held on 12-15 September 2013.



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  RUSSIA   


U19 World Championship: Japan beat Russia to punch quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Japan U19 - Russia U19 88:78

Japan punched the final quarterfinal ticket from Group E of U19 World Championship. They defeated Russia in the clash for the fourth position in the pool. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) posted 26 points to carry Japan to a vital win.
Japan stormed into the game. They posted 27 points in the first period to ensure a 4-point lead. Russia responded with 24:12 rally in the second term. They surged ahead and secured a 47:39 halftime lead. Japan recovered well and spurred in front in the third term. The Asian team exploded with 27 points to secure a 2-point advantage before the fourth frame. Japan held their opponents to 14 points in the final term to seal the win. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) added 19 points and 9 assists for the winners. Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) answered with 22 points for Russia. Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

Japan U19: Miyuki Kawamura 26, Mirai Tamura 22, Kanako Masuoka 19
Russia U19: Albina Razheva 22, Julia Gladkova 13+10 boards



Arxil Pontevedra keeps Fedorova for another season - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Arxil Pontevedra (LF2) re-signed 35-year old Russian center Olga Fedorova (189-78). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 19 LF2 games she averaged 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg (#5 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.8spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Bosman Player of the Year, selected to Honorable Mention and selected to All-Bosmans Team.
Fedorova has played previously for another Spanish team Pabellon Ourense.
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Arxil Pontevedra.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SENEGAL   


U19 World Championship: Argentina end the campaign with the win over Senegal - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Senegal U19 62:40

Argentina end the campaign with the win over Senegal at the U19 World Championship. The team from Latin America posted a final 62:40 to finish on 14th place. Senegal ended up on the last position.
Both teams scored 13 points in the first period. Argentina later took control of the game and won the half by 6 points. They added 13-9 rally in the third period and ended up with massive 22-10 surge. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) brought the last points for the winners in the game as both teams farewell to U19 World Championship.
Victoria Llorente top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Sofia Aispura (185-C-95) nailed 13. Micaela Sancisi (157-G-94) delivered 10, while Magali Armesto (170-PG-95) had 7. Yaye Irma Dieme (F-95) answered with 13 points in the losing effort. Couna Ndao (F-96) had 9, whilst Mame Borso Diallo (C-94) collected 5 points and 13 rebounds.

Argentina U19: Victoria Llorente 22, Sofia Aispura 13, Micaela Sancisi 10, Magali Armesto 7
Senegal U19: Yaye Irma Dieme 13, Couna Ndao 9, Mame Borso Diallo 5+13 rebs



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  SERBIA   


U19 World Championship: Australia keep Serbia out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-Serbia U19 89:53

Australia keep Serbia out of the Quarterfinals of the U19 World Championship. The Australian team finished Group E with 5-1 record and advanced to the next stage.
Australia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions. They started the game with 20-14 lead and added 22-10 in the second period. The third period became decisive in the game as Australia needed a 30-12 surge to increased to 36 points. Both teams posted 17 points each in the last period for the final result.
Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) led the way with 15 points and Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tahlia Tupaea (174-G-97) nailed 9, whilst Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Alex Wilson (174-G-94) had 8 apiece. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Kristina Topuzovic (183-F/G-94) brought 11. Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) and Sanja Mandic (178-SG-95) scored 5 points each.

Australia U19: Carley Mijovic 15, Darcy Garbin 14+11 rebs, Tahlia Tupaea 9, Vanessa Panousis 8, Alex Wilson 8
Serbia U19: Aleksandra Crvendakic 13, Kristina Topuzovic 11, Katarina Vuckovic 5, Sanja Mandic 5



Turkey U18 beat Serbia U18 in Ivanjica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Turkey U18 65:70

Turkey U18 claimed a narrow win over Serbian counterparts in the test game in Ivanjica. Tilbe Sensurek posted 17 points to lead the winners. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Thursday.
Serbia grabbed a 14:13 lead after ten minutes of action. But Turkey exploded with 26 points in the second frame to spur ahead. They registered a 39:29 halftime lead. Serbia trimmed the deficit in the third term. They got within 6 points at the final break. Serbia sank 20 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) netted 12 points, while Melis Gulcan (185-SF-96) chipped in 11 points for the winning side. Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95, agency: IPSA) answered with 19 points for Serbia. Bogdana Rodic (179-C-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Dragana Stankovic 19, Bogdana Rodic 12
Turkey U18: Tilbe Sensurek 17, Busra Akbas 12, Melis Gulcan 11



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  SLOVAKIA   


Janka Mincikova (ex MBK Ruzomb.) is a newcomer at PINKK-Pecsi - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (A Division) added to their roster 24-year old Slovakian international point guard Janka Mincikova (172-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Mincikova managed to play in three leagues last year. She played last season at MBK Ruzomberok in Slovakian A Division. In 33 games she recorded 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. She helped them to make it to both league and cup finals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Honorable Mention. Mincikova also played 4 games in Hungarian A Division where she averaged 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (11-12) season Mincikova played at Hondarribia-Irun (LFB) in Spanish league. In 26 games she averaged 3.2ppg and 1.5rpg that season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she won Slovakian Extraliga championship title for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
Mincikova was also a member of Slovakian international program for some years. She played for Slovakian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Mincikova also represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 2.0ppg.
Mincikova has played previously professionally in Slovakia (Good Angels and BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice) and Spain (ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles and Mencey Uni).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SOUTH KOREA   


U19 World Championship: South Korea finished the campaign the win over Mali - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19-Mali U19 76:57

South Korea finished the campaign the win over Mali at the U19 World Championship. The Asian powerhouse won 76:57 and ended up with Classification Round with a 3-0 record for the total 13th place. Mali finished the campaign on the 15th place.
Mali started the game better and grabbed 16:14 lead at the end of the first period. South Korea however did not allow the African side to post another win in three other quarters. The Asian side won the second frame 20-18 and tied the score at the halftime. Moreover South Korea posted 18-10 rally in the third period and finished the game with 24-13 surge.
Shin Jihyun (173-SG-95) stepped up with 21 points and Ku Seul (183-C-94) netted 13. Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) had 10, whilst Lee Seonyoung (171-PG-95) notched 6. M'Bamakan Kanoute (160-G-94) ended up with 25 points in a loss, whilst Christine Dakouo (190-PF-96) had 13. Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) followed them with 5 points.

South Korea U19: Shin Jihyun 21, Ku Seul 13, Kim Minjeong 10, Lee Seonyoung 6
Mali U19: M'Bamakan Kanoute 25, Christine Dakouo 13, Mariam Maiga 5



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  SPAIN   


Arxil Pontevedra keeps Fedorova for another season - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Arxil Pontevedra (LF2) re-signed 35-year old Russian center Olga Fedorova (189-78). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 19 LF2 games she averaged 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg (#5 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.8spg last season. She can count that year as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Bosman Player of the Year, selected to Honorable Mention and selected to All-Bosmans Team.
Fedorova has played previously for another Spanish team Pabellon Ourense.
It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Arxil Pontevedra.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fundal Alcobendas bolster the roster - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas bolster the roster and announced three first signings.
Fundal Alcobendas landed 23-year old point guard Laura Velasco (175-PG-90) who played last time at Centros Unicos Real Canoe Madrid. In 25 LF2 games she averaged 4.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg last season. Velasco's team was regular season runner-up in Spanish LF2 Group B in 2011.
She has played previously for another Spanish team CBF Sarria.
Fundal Alcobendas confirmed Sheila Mangada (183-F-85) who played last time at Centros Unicos Real Canoe Madrid. It is actually her comeback to Fundal Alcobendas as she played here before. In 25 LF2 games she recorded 7.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (11-12) season she played at Fundal Alcobendas. In 24 games she averaged 11.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg that season.
In 2010-11 season Mangada played at Aros Leon. In 51 games she averaged 8.9ppg and 4.6rpg. She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Brno eight years ago.
Aitana Cuevas (187-C-86) will join the team from Jopisa Ciudad de Burgos in n LFB. In 22 games she had 6.1ppg and 4.2rpg last season. A very impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention. The most of previous (2011-12) season Cuevas spent at Cortegada. In 20 games she recorded 10.3ppg and 6.0rpg that season. She also played at ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles that season. In 9 LF2 games she recorded 13.2ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.8apg.
The previous (10-11) season Cuevas played at Caja Rural (LFB). In 30 games she recorded 12.4ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2apg. She helped them to win the group title.
In 2010 summer Cuevas played at Union Florida (Liga Nacional) in Argentinian league. She represented Spain at the World Championships U21 in Moscow Region (Russia) six years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0spg.



Arxil Pontevedra lands Maria Quiroga - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Arxil Pontevedra (LF2) landed 19-year old Maria Quiroga (94). She played most recently at Pabellon Ourense (LF2). In 14 games she averaged just 2.3ppg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Quiroga played at Codigalco Carmelitas. In only one game she had 5 points and 1 steal that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Arxil Pontevedra lands Maria Quiroga - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Arxil Pontevedra (LF2) landed 19-year old Maria Quiroga (94). She played most recently at Pabellon Ourense (LF2). In 14 games she averaged just 2.3ppg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Quiroga played at Codigalco Carmelitas. In only one game she had 5 points and 1 steal that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ida Pretzmann (ex SISU) agreed terms with Conquero - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Danish guard Ida Pretzmann (174-90, college: TCU). She was about to sign at SISU Copenhagen in Danish Dameligaen, but the plans were changed. The last season Pretzmann played also at SISU Copenhagen (Dameligaen) in Denmark. In 27 games she recorded 13.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen Domestic Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team. Pretzmann also played 6 games in Eurocup where she averaged 12.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg (top 5). She represented Denmark at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje(FYR Macedonia) five years ago.
Pretzmann has played previously professionally in France (Le Havre).
She attended Texas Christian University until 2010 and it is her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U19 World Championship: Irene Gari leads Spain past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Brazil U19 71:62

Spain victoriously capped their Eighth-Final Round campaign at the U19 World Championship. They held off Brazil to set up the clash versus Canada in the quarterfinals. Brazil will face France in the playoffs. Irene Gari (185-F-94) pace Spain past Brazil scoring 19 points.
Brazil eked out a 15:13 lead after ten minutes. Spain increased the tempo and erased the deficit in the second frame. The teams were tied at 32 after twenty minutes. Spain surged ahead in the third period. They fired 25 points and pulled ahead for a 57:47 advantage. Brazil cut the deficit but could not threaten Spain in the dying minutes as the European side marched to the win. Leticia Romero (176-G-95) posted 13 points, while Astou Ndour (198-C-94) added 12 points for the Spaniards. Isabela Ramona (179-F-94) answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds for Brazil. Maria Ferreira (192-C-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Irene Gari 19, Leticia Romero 13, Astou Ndour 12
Brazil U19: Isabela Ramona 24+13 boards, Maria Ferreira 12



Bembibre adds O'Reilly to their roster - by Eurobasket News

C.B. Bembibre PDM (LFB) added to their roster 23-year old Irish guard Orla O'Reilly (182-90, college: Binghamton). She played last season at Lokomotiva in ZBL league in Czech Republic, but left the team in Jan.'13. In 15 ZBL games she recorded 13.1ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.0spg. O'Reilly played at the AEC Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
She graduated from Binghamton University in 2012 and it is her second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  TURKEY   


Turkey U18 beat Serbia U18 in Ivanjica - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Turkey U18 65:70

Turkey U18 claimed a narrow win over Serbian counterparts in the test game in Ivanjica. Tilbe Sensurek posted 17 points to lead the winners. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Thursday.
Serbia grabbed a 14:13 lead after ten minutes of action. But Turkey exploded with 26 points in the second frame to spur ahead. They registered a 39:29 halftime lead. Serbia trimmed the deficit in the third term. They got within 6 points at the final break. Serbia sank 20 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) netted 12 points, while Melis Gulcan (185-SF-96) chipped in 11 points for the winning side. Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95, agency: IPSA) answered with 19 points for Serbia. Bogdana Rodic (179-C-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Dragana Stankovic 19, Bogdana Rodic 12
Turkey U18: Tilbe Sensurek 17, Busra Akbas 12, Melis Gulcan 11



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  WBCBL   


St. Louis Surge to Host 2013 WBCBL National Tournament - by Willie McCray

St. Louis, Mo July 24, 2013
- The St. Louis Surge Womans Semi-Professional Basketball Team will host the 2013 Womens Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) National Tournament on Saturday, August 3, 2013, and Sunday, August 4, 2013. The National Tournament will be held at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) Mark Twain Center located at One University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo 63121. The tournament will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 3, and will consist of eight teams who will be vying for the 2013 WBCBL National Championship title. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 3. Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at the door: Adults - $10 for a day pass (Saturday, August 4) or $12 for a weekend pass; Kids - $5 weekend pass and children under age five are free. Tickets can also be purchased on Eventbrite. The 2013 National Championship is the first womens national tournament to be held in St. Louis.

We are very excited to host the first womens professional basketball tournament in our home city. This is an opportunity for the Surge to take home the 2013 championship with our community, said Khalia Collier, Owner and General Manager of the St. Louis Surge.

2013 WBCBL NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Game 1 10:00 AM - Auburn Flyers vs. Winston-Salem Lady Warcats

Game 2 11:45 AM - Fayetteville Lady Rush vs. Flint Lady Monarchs

Game 3 1:30 PM - St. Louis Surge vs. Miami Rain

Game 4 3:15 PM - Louisiana Bayou Angels vs. Dallas Lady Diesel

Game 5 6:30 PM - Semi-finals

Game 6 8:30 PM - Semi-finals

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Championship Game 2:00 PM

About St. Louis Surge

The Saint Louis Surge is a member of the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL), which is a semi-professional womans league that consists of 50 member teams from major cities across the United States. The mission of the St. Louis Surge Womens Semi-Professional Basketball Team is to become role models and act as mentors in the St. Louis region while fostering a culture of sportsmanship, teamwork and excellence. The other major focus of the program is to promote sport participation and provide players the opportunity to meet with recruiters and scouts from various colleges, universities, and professional teams world-wide.

About Womens Blue Chip Basketball League

The mission of the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) is to provide highly competitive basketball for women age 20 and older. The competition level ranges from former college players to former National Womens Basketball League (NWBL), Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) and current international players. In addition, the WBCBL has built a networking relationship with professional international basketball scouts and agents to broaden the possibility of higher-level professional jobs being offered. The WBCBL acts as a primary farm recruiting league for Professional International teams. To date, there are over 200 WBCBL players that have debuted on FIBA rosters.



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Chicago S. 12-5 
 2. Atlanta D. 11-5 
 3. Washington M. 9-9 
 4. Indiana F. 7-9 
 5. New York L. 7-10 
 6. Connecticut S. 4-12 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 14-3 
 2. L.Angeles S. 12-5 
 3. Phoenix M. 9-9 
 4. Seattle S. 6-10 
 5. Tulsa S. 6-13 
 6. S.Antonio SS 5-12 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jul. 24: Washington M. - Chicago S. 82-78
Jul. 24: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 81-69
Jul. 24: Atlanta D. - Connecticut S. 74-65
Jul. 23: Indiana F. - New York L. 72-77

Regular Season: Round 25

Jul. 25: S.Antonio SS - New York L.
Jul. 25: Tulsa S. - Indiana F.
Jul. 25: L.Angeles S. - Seattle S.


Latest wins for Lynx, Liberty, Mystics and Dream - by Eurobasket News

Indiana F. - New York L. 72-77
The Indiana Fever's hot streak flamed out midway through the third quarter Tuesday night. The Fever, who had won six of their previous seven games, saw a 16-point lead vanish in a 77-72 loss to the New York Liberty before 7,577 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Needless to say, Fever coach Lin Dunn was disappointed in the home loss. 'We got outrebounded. We missed wide-open shots,' Dunn said. 'We did not respond to the fact that his team is desperate to get into the playoffs just like we are. I think they outworked us in the second half. They were just tougher than we were.' This was third game in five days for the Fever (7-9), who play at Tulsa on Thursday afternoon. 'It's been a lot of games, but this is our profession. This is what we do,' Fever forward Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) said. 'Whether you are tired or not, it's your job to perform.' Catchings was 5-of-17 from the field, hitting two 3-pointers in 5-second stretch. Her second one sliced the Liberty's lead to 74-71 with 21 seconds left. After the teams traded single free throws, New York's Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) sealed it with two free throws with 8.4 seconds left. Dunn said Catchings, 34, appeared to be tired. 'She's playing as hard as she can play, but she is not 25 years old,' Dunn said. 'It's very physical out there. They had two or three (post players) on her.' Catchings scored 16 points to lift her career total to 6,001, becoming the WNBA's fifth player to reach the 6,000-point mark. The Fever shot 33.8 percent for the game. Indiana made just 2-of-6 free throws in the final quarter. Indiana, which led 49-33, was ahead 53-38 with 5:14 left in the third quarter. New York scored 12 consecutive points before Briann January finally hit a 3-pointer with 9:42 remaining in the game. 'In this league with 3s and (New York's) Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), a 20-point lead is not safe,' Dunn said. Pondexter led the Liberty (7-10) with 24 points. Dunn said Indiana didn't defend well in the post as New York outscored Indiana 36-28 in the paint. 'It was a struggle all night to play tough like we've been playing,' Dunn said. 'Our subs came in the second half and didn't do the job they've been doing.' The five bench players were 4-for-18 from the field. January led the Fever with a season-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. But that was little consolation after losing the big lead. 'We went away from what was working for us,' January said. 'We stopped attacking them, putting them on their heels and really pushing it in transition. That's what got us our lead.' Fever center Erlana Larkins had a regular-season career-high 16 rebounds. 'We didn't do a good job getting her the basketball,' Dunn said. 'While we were jacking up shots, she was 2-for-2. We have to do a better job of attacking their paint.' Courtesy of: indystar.com

Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 81-69
With everyone on a deep team playing well, things couldn't be much rosier right now for the Minnesota Lynx. The Phoenix Mercury are just hanging on until they get some key bodies back. Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) had 18 points and seven assists to lead Minnesota past Phoenix 81-69 on Wednesday afternoon. Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) added 16 and Monica Wright 14 for Minnesota, winners of seven straight. The Lynx have beaten Phoenix 10 straight times, including all five meetings this season. "We didn't play the perfect game, but we came out with the win," said forward Rebekkah Brunson, who had just three points but added seven rebounds. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 17 points for Phoenix (9-9), which played without injured Brittney Griner, rehabbing Penny Taylor and suspended Diana Taurasi. DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) added 15 points for the Mercury, and Charde Houston had 13. Griner missed her fifth straight game with a left knee sprain. Taurasi, the WNBA's leading scorer at 22.4 points per game, had a league-mandated one-game suspension after picking up her seventh technical foul of the season on Sunday. Taylor, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL and is being eased back into the lineup, missed her second straight game to get some rest. "If you take Seimone, Maya (Moore) and Whalen off that team right now," said coach Corey Gaines, his voice trailing off. "I think it's going to come down to us and them. I think we will come back with my big (Griner) healthy and ready to play and Diana with a fresh mind. It will be interesting." The schedule also gets easier for the Mercury, whose nine losses have come against teams with a combined record of 101-46. Of its past six games, three were against Minnesota and two against Los Angeles. Minnesota led by 14 late in the second quarter, but Bonner scored five points in a 9-2 Mercury run to close the half and get within 41-34. "We just wanted to stay aggressive," Bonner said. "I think my team did a good job of hanging in there." However, Augustus and Whalen had six points each during a 14-4 run to open the third quarter and push the lead to 53-38. The spurt included a fast-break layup by Brunson, an Augustus layup after long pass from Janel McCarville and a driving layup by Whalen in 51-second span. Minnesota held a 28-4 advantage in fast-break points. "We're always looking to be a transition team, especially at home," Moore said. "It's fun to get out and run. We got great motors on this team and great finishers as well. ... It's really, really tough to stop us when our wheels are going in transition." The game was played in front of a franchise-record 16,404 fans, the majority of them pre-teens as part of the team's annual Camp Day. "I heard it a lot. It looked like a lot of dancing, singing and a lot of fun," Whalen said. "I know every time the 'NOISE' thing went up there for Phoenix's free throws it just went crazy in there. It was a really cool day." Much like the majority of the season. At 14-3, Minnesota has reached the season's halfway point with the league's best record. It has four players -- Augustus, Moore, Whalen and Brunson -- and its coaching staff heading to Saturday's All-Star Game. "I really like how we've improved as a team at the rate we've improved at," said coach Cheryl Reeve. "I think with this team the light bulb has really gone on for us about the physical toughness, the mental toughness, the defensive toughness, things that we know in order for us to accomplish our goals we have to get done. "The consistency that this team plays with is something that I think people take for granted. You just expect it from these players. ... For me one of the best things you can say about a team is you're consistent. We've done that and I think we've reached a pretty high level of play, but we still have more to do. From the start of the season until now we've become a very good basketball team." Courtesy of: foxsportsarizona.com

Washington M. - Chicago S. 82-78
Three days after Coach Mike Thibault apologized to fans for an abysmal showing against the Indiana Fever, the Washington Mystics appeared to be headed for a repeat performance Wednesday afternoon against the visiting Chicago Sky. But after falling behind by 21 points in the first half, the Mystics stormed back to take an 82-78 win, taking advantage of the fourth-quarter absence of Sky rookie phenom Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware), who left the game in the third quarter with concussion-like symptoms. 'That's a heck of a win for a lot of reasons,' Thibault said. 'When you're down 21 and you're kind of wavering about your own individual and team pride, to step up and make a stand like we did was really good.' After whittling their deficit to nine at halftime, the Mystics (9-9) bolted to an 8-0 run out of the break, with guard Ivory Latta scoring seven of those points. Rookie Tayler Hill (5'10''-G-90, college: Ohio St.) then hit a three-pointer with about four minutes left in the third to give Washington its first lead since 2-0, and the teams ended the quarter tied at 56. Then an unlikely fourth-quarter hero emerged for the Mystics in center Emma Meesseman, who has been inconsistent in limited action of late. The rookie from Belgium hit two jumpers in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, then forced a steal and took it the length of the court for a layup and a 64-60 Mystics lead. 'We ran a play for her at the start of the fourth quarter, and sometimes in practice she'll shoot it or pass it up. I told her at the timeout she had to shoot it,' Thibault said. 'She stepped up and made it with confidence and I think it got her going.' Latta, who was named a reserve this week for Eastern Conference all-star team, followed Meesseman's play with a three-pointer, and all of a sudden Washington found itself with a seven-point lead it wouldn't relinquish. Meesseman was a big reason why, scoring all of her career-high 12 points in the fourth quarter. 'It felt good. I'm happy to bring something to the game,' said Meesseman, who received extended playing time with Crystal Langhorne limited by back spasms. 'The team gave me confidence, they kept saying, Shoot the ball, shoot the ball!' So I did.' Delle Donne, the first WNBA rookie to be the all-star game's top vote-getter, left the game with a minute to go in the third quarter, leaving Chicago's offense in the hands of Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) (21 points) and Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) (18), who couldn't do enough to overcome the recently empowered Washington attack. The Mystics had four players score in double figures, led by Latta's 18 points. Hill (11) and Monique Currie (14) also tallied double digits, with Currie leading Washington with nine rebounds. The win snapped the Mystics' two-game losing streak and avenged an 89-85 loss to the Sky in Chicago (12-5) earlier this month. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Atlanta D. - Connecticut S. 74-65
The Connecticut Sun battled back from huge deficits all night long, but could never quite get over the top, falling 74-65 to the Atlanta Dream at Philips Arena on Wednesday night. A 3-pointer by Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) capped a 9-0 run that pulled the Sun within 66-61 with 59.9 seconds remaining in the game. But Atlanta made its free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win, snapping a four-game losing streak. Connecticut (4-12) dropped its third straight game. The Sun have lost five of its last six and nine of its last 11. 'Halftime was really just about relaxing and shooting the ball,' coach Anne Donovan said when asked about what was said during intermission. 'We were able to take care of the ball. We didn't turn it over as much.' Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) picked up her 11th double-double of the season (14 points, 16 rebounds), and Kalana Greene had 14 points, matching her season-high, to go with four steals. Allison Hightower, who was named to her first All-Star team on Tuesday, was held to seven points on 2-for-11 shooting. Angel McCoughtry led four Dream players in double figures with 19 points and the Dream also scored 25 points off 17 Connecticut turnovers. Former Sun Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Dream snapped a four-game losing streak. Thanks largely to another sluggish start - Connecticut was 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) from the field in the first quarter - the Sun fell behind by as many 22 points during the first half. Connecticut trailed 21-11 after one quarter and 40-20 at the half, but climbed to within 46-40 with 3:12 left in the third quarter. Atlanta (11-5) responded with a 12-2 run to extend its lead back to 16, but Charles scored six straight points as the Sun crept back within 10. It was back to 14 points before Connecticut made its last push. The WNBA All-Star Game is Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Courtesy of: norwichbulletin.com



Elena Delle Donne suffers concussion in Skys loss; All-Star game in doubt - by Eurobasket News

Top All-Star vote-getter Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) has suffered a concussion and is questionable for the game on Saturday. The Sky star sustained the concussion in the third quarter of the 82-78 loss Wednesday to the Washington Mystics. Delle Donne fell to the court during a tussle for the ball. She left the game with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter and did not return. Sky coach Pokey Chatman confirmed the concussion after the Mystics team doctor examined Delle Donne. Chatman says the rookie is groggy, with a headache and moving gingerly. Hopefully, shell be OK. But Chatman says WNBA rules mean shell probably miss 4 to 5 days. Its unfortunate, obviously for her, for us and also for Saturday. We have to make sure she gets back to healthy. Mystics coach Mike Thibault thought Delle Donnes head hit the knee of a Mystics player while going for loose ball. Delle Donne, the WNBAs third leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, is the first rookie to lead the All-Star voting.
Courtesy of: suntimes.com



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings (Women)

Standings
Group E
1. Spain6-0
2. Australia5-1
3. Brazil4-2
4. Japan3-3
5. Russia2-4
6. Serbia1-5
Group F
1. USA6-0
2. France5-1
3. China4-2
4. Canada3-3
5. Holland2-4
6. Lithuania1-5
Group Places 13-16
1. S.Korea3-0
2. Argentina2-1
3. Mali1-2
4. Senegal0-3

Second Stage: Round 3

13-16 Place

Jul. 24: ARG - SEN 62-40
Jul. 24: MLI - KOR 57-76

E

Jul. 24: AUS - SRB 89-53
Jul. 24: JPN - RUS 88-78
Jul. 24: ESP - BRA 71-62

F

Jul. 24: CHN - NED 73-61
Jul. 24: USA - FRA 69-63
Jul. 24: LTU - CAN 47-68

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

9-12 Place

Jul. 26: SRB - NED
Jul. 26: RUS - LTU

Quarterfinal

Jul. 26: ESP - CAN
Jul. 26: BRA - FRA
Jul. 26: AUS - CHN
Jul. 26: JPN - USA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Miyuki KAWAMURA
  (183-C-94)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Kawamura, Chanson18.7 
 2. Stewart, Connecti.18.2 
 3. Ramona, Guarulhos17.7 
 4. Ndour, Gran Canaria17.3 
 5. Llorente, Lanus15.8 
 6. Razheva, Yunost PO15.7 
 7. Tamura, Wasada Un.15.7 
 8. Weisner, Oregon S.15.4 
 9. Mizgeryte, Fortuna15.4 
 10. Tuck, Connecticut15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ji Su PARK
  (188-C-98)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Park, KOR N.13.2 
 2. Shchetina, Spart.9.8 
 3. Ndour, Gran Canaria9.5 
 4. Badiane, Reims9.5 
 5. Mizgeryte, Fortuna9.4 
 6. Wilson, High School9.2 
 7. Diallo, Pikine8.8 
 8. Treffers, Min.Ba.8.0 
 9. Ramona, Guarulhos7.8 
 10. Talbot, Adelaide7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Mirai TAMURA
  (164-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Tamura, Wasada Un.6.7 
 2. Talbot, Adelaide5.8 
 3. Novikova, Dynamo4.7 
 4. Yang, Guangdong4.5 
 5. Jones, Duke4.5 
 6. Kim, KOR N.4.3 
 7. Sancisi, American4.2 
 8. Ramona, Guarulhos4.0 
 9. Epoupa, Landes4.0 
 10. Belickaite, Jauni.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Epoupa, Landes3.8 
 2. Romero, Gran C.3.2 
 3. Novikova, Dynamo2.8 
 4. Tuck, Connecticut2.7 
 5. Traore, AS C I2.5 
 6. Goncalves, Santo2.3 
 7. Kim, KOR N.2.2 
 8. Harper, Kentucky2.2 
 9. Treffers, Min.Ba.2.2 
 10. Stewart, Connecti.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Daugile SARAUSKAITE
  (196-C-96)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sarauskaite, Jauni.3.6 
 2. Shchetina, Spart.2.7 
 3. Wilson, High School2.2 
 4. Park, KOR N.1.8 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.8 
 6. Wolfram, Gonzaga1.5 
 7. Gaye, CFBB1.3 
 8. Kawamura, Chanson1.2 
 9. Djaldi-Tabdi, CF.1.2 
 10. Badiane, Reims1.2 


Quarterfinals are set in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Spain - Brazil 71-62
Spain victoriously capped their Eighth-Final Round campaign at the U19 World Championship. They held off Brazil to set up the clash versus Canada in the quarterfinals. Brazil will face France in the playoffs. Irene Gari (185-F-94) pace Spain past Brazil scoring 19 points. Brazil eked out a 15:13 lead after ten minutes. Spain increased the tempo and erased the deficit in the second frame. The teams were tied at 32 after twenty minutes. Spain surged ahead in the third period. They fired 25 points and pulled ahead for a 57:47 advantage. Brazil cut the deficit but could not threaten Spain in the dying minutes as the European side marched to the win. Leticia Romero (176-G-95) posted 13 points, while Astou Ndour added 12 points for the Spaniards. Isabela Ramona (179-F-94) answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds for Brazil. Maria Ferreira had 12 points in the loss.

Japan - Russia 88-78
Japan punched the final quarterfinal ticket from Group E of U19 World Championship. They defeated Russia in the clash for the fourth position in the pool. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) posted 26 points to carry Japan to a vital win. Japan stormed into the game. They posted 27 points in the first period to ensure a 4-point lead. Russia responded with 24:12 rally in the second term. They surged ahead and secured a 47:39 halftime lead. Japan recovered well and spurred in front in the third term. The Asian team exploded with 27 points to secure a 2-point advantage before the fourth frame. Japan held their opponents to 14 points in the final term to seal the win. Mirai Tamura (164-PG-94) recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Kanako Masuoka added 19 points and 9 assists for the winners. Albina Razheva (190-PF-94, agency: LBM Management) answered with 22 points for Russia. Julia Gladkova had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

Australia - Serbia 89-53
Australia keep Serbia out of the Quarterfinals of the U19 World Championship. The Australian team finished Group E with 5-1 record and advanced to the next stage. Australia was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions. They started the game with 20-14 lead and added 22-10 in the second period. The third period became decisive in the game as Australia needed a 30-12 surge to increased to 36 points. Both teams posted 17 points each in the last period for the final result. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) led the way with 15 points and Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tupaea Tahlia nailed 9, whilst Panousis Vanessa and Wilson Alex had 8 apiece. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Topuzovic Kristina brought 11. Vuckovic Katarina and Mandic Sanja scored 5 points each.

Group F
Lithuania - Canada 47-68
Canada registered a key win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down hosting Lithuania to reach the quarterfinal stage. Emily Potter (195-C-95) posted 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada opened an 8-point lead after the opening quarter. They stayed in control throughout the second frame. The North American team piled up a 14-point advantage at halftime 34:20. Things got just worse for the hosts in the third term. Canada held Lithuania to 10 points once again and boosted the margin at 27-point mark. Lithuania went on a 17:11 run in the final period but it was not enough to threaten Canada. Shaylisha Colley (172-PG-96) netted 10 points, while Jamie Weisner chipped in 9 points in the victory. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Laura Zelnyte had 8 points in the defeat.

USA - France 69-63
The USA gained the sixth straight win at the U19 World Championship in Lithuania. They survived a tough French challenge to enter the quarterfinal stage with no losses. The USA will now face Japan, while France will take on Brazil in the quarterfinals. The USA eked out a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. They held Les Bleus to just 9 points in the second frame to accumulate a 30:24 halftime lead. The USA poured in 24 points in the third term. They ensured an 8-point lead before the fourth period. France outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but came up short of win at the end. Breanna Stewart (193-F-94) notched 22 points to lead the North American team. Morgan Tuck (188-F-94) added 16 points in the victory. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) responded with 18 points for France. Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi had 13 points in the defeat.

China - Holland 73-61
China advanced to the Quarterfinals with the win over Holland. The Asian powerhouse needed a 73:61 to grab 4-2 record and finished third. Holland ended up with 2-4 record in Group F. China took 17:15 lead at the end of the first period and added narrow 18-16 rally in the second frame. Yang Hengyu (194-F/C-95) and Hof Emese exchanged the late baskets in the first half for 35:31 on the board. China also managed to win the third period 18-13 and ensured a 9-point lead after three quarters. They also posted a 20-17 rally in the last stanza for the final triumph. Yang Hengyu top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Zhang Jiahe (182-F-94) and Gong Li (187-F-95) had 12 each. Yang LiWei and Zhang Liting delivered 9 points each in a loss. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) answered with 18 points in defeat and Treffers Kourtney posted 10. Hof Emese and Janiek van Veen added 8 points apiece.
13-16 Place
Mali - South Korea 57-76
South Korea finished the campaign the win over Mali at the U19 World Championship. The Asian powerhouse won 76:57 and ended up with Classification Round with a 3-0 record for the total 13th place. Mali finished the campaign on the 15th place. Mali started the game better and grabbed 16:14 lead at the end of the first period. South Korea however did not allow the African side to post another win in three other quarters. The Asian side won the second frame 20-18 and tied the score at the halftime. Moreover South Korea posted 18-10 rally in the third period and finished the game with 24-13 surge. Shin Jihyun (173-SG-95) stepped up with 21 points and Ku Seul (183-C-94) netted 13. Kim Minjeong had 10, whilst Lee Seonyoung notched 6. M'Bamakan Kanoute (160-G-94) ended up with 25 points in a loss, whilst Dakouo Christine had 13. Maiga Mariam followed them with 5 points.

Argentina - Senegal 62-40
Argentina end the campaign with the win over Senegal at the U19 World Championship. The team from Latin America posted a final 62:40 to finish on 14th place. Senegal ended up on the last position. Both teams scored 13 points in the first period. Argentina later took control of the game and won the half by 6 points. They added 13-9 rally in the third period and ended up with massive 22-10 surge. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) brought the last points for the winners in the game as both teams farewell to U19 World Championship. Victoria Llorente top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Aispura Sofia nailed 13. Sancisi Micaela delivered 10, while Armesto Magali had 7. Yaye Irma Dieme (F-95) answered with 13 points in the losing effort. Ndao Couna had 9, whilst Diallo Mame Borso collected 5 points and 13 rebounds.