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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Igokea add Miljan Pavkovic - by Igor Obradovic

Igokea signed another player in this week.

Champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina become stronger for Montenegrin guard, Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket).
Pavkovic played his previous season in Nymburk who won Czech championship seventh time in a row.

Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) statistic for entire season 2012/13 :

VTB League: 15 games: 3.9ppg, 2.5apg
NBL: 38 games: 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg
Euroleague QR : 2 games: 5.0ppg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg
EuroCup: 12 games: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 90.5%

After Michael Fraser and Uros Nikolic, this is third player who signed for Igokea in last few days.



Igokea tab Uros Nikolic - by Eurobasket News

Igokea continue to build their roster for the next season. Their latest addition is Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87). The centre signed a one-year deal with the Bosnian powerhouse. Uros Nikolic started the previous season with MZT Skopje. He notched 6.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. Uros Nikolic moved to Radnicki Kragujevac in March. The centre posted 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per appearance in A League. Previously Uros Nikolic had spells for Crvena Zvezda, Krka, Mega Hypo Leasing Beograd and Hemofarm. He earned All-Balkan League Honourable Mention in 2009. Uros Nikolic also earned All-Serbian League Honourable Mention in 2011. The centre was the member of the Serbian U20 National Team.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Tunisia3-0
2. Madagascar.2-1
3. Ivory Coas.1-2
4. Algeria0-0
5. Gabon0-3
Group B
1. Angola3-0
2. Egypt3-0
3. Mozambique.1-2
4. DRCongo1-2
5. Comoros0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Jul. 2: GAB - TUN 31-69

B

Jul. 2: ANG - MOZ 87-71
Jul. 2: EGY - COM 114-27

Preliminary Round: Round 6

A

Jul. 3: ALG - GAB

B

Jul. 3: EGY - ANG


Day 4 in Antananarivo, Madagascar - by Eurobasket News

Madagascar U16 - Gabon U16 54:45

Madagascar recorded the second win at the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts overcame Gabon in Antananarivu. Kiady Randrianarivelo nailed 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Madagascar improved at 2-1 record. Gabon fell at 0-2 record in Group A.
Madagascar jumped to a 16:9 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The hosts secured a 32:19 halftime lead. Gabon stopped the rot in the third term. They narrowed the margin in the next period and eventually tied things up at 38. But Madagascar ignited a 16:7 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Eddy Ramanampisoa had 11 points and 15 boards, while Orlando Rahajaniaina netted 10 points in the victory. Tgana Dinga answered with 12 points for Gabon. N'Dui Edou had 11 points in the loss.

Madagascar U16: Kiady Randrianarivelo 14+14 boards, Eddy Ramanampisoa 11+15 boards, Orlando Rahajaniaina 10
Gabon U16: Tgana Dinga 12, N'Dui Edou 11

Mozambique U16-Comoros U16 76:39
Mozambique U16 overcame Comoros U16 76:39 and improved to 1-1 record. The latter fell at 0-3 record.

Angola U16-DR Congo U16 88:60
Angola U16 outscored DR Congo U16 88:60 for 2-0 record. The latter fell at 1-2 record in Group B.



Day 5 in Antananarivo, Madagascar - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia U16-Gabon U16 69:31

Tunisia outscored Gabon in Antananarivo for a perfect 3-0 record in Group A of the U16 AfroBasket. They posted a 69:31 victory to remain undefeated at the tournament.
Tunisia started the game with a 22-16 lead and never looked behind after. They added 22-10 surge in the second frame and had 44:26 halftime advantage. Tunisia played even better in defense in the second half and limited the opponents to just 5 points. They won the third period 10-2 and finished the game with a 15-3 burst.

Achref Gannouni top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Younes Saidani notched 19. Mahmoud Hajri posted 9, while Mohamed Belkhiria had 4. Emmanuel Oyono replied with 8 points in defeat and Mahony Edou N'Dui scored 5. Stephanel Sarahn and Channick Ndong Nkoma added 4 points apiece in a loss.

Tunisia U16:
Achref Gannouni 25, Younes Saidani 19, Mahmoud Hajri 9, Mohamed Belkhiria 4
Gabon U16:
Emmanuel Oyono 8, Mahony Edou N'Dui 5, Stephanel Sarahn 4, Channick Ndong Nkoma 4





Egypt U16-Comoros U16 114:27

Mohamed Ab Salem nails 41 points in a win against Comoros at the U16 AfroBasket. Egypt improved to 3-0 record after an easy 114:27 win. Comoros meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Egypt won the opening tip with a 14-0 start. The favorites improved to 29:4 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. Egypt led 51:8 midway through the second period and enjoyed 60:19 lead at the halftime. Egypt led 85:23 after three quarters and desired to post three-digit number in the last stanza. They easily managed to do it and finished with a 114-27 win.
MUSTAFA MUHAMMED scored 21 points for the winners. EMADELDIN RAAFAT nailed 14, while ALAA AHMED poured in 12. AHMED YOUSSOUF ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst OULEID AWAD had 6. ALLAOUI ANISSE notched 4 and HASSANE ALI added 2.

Egypt U16: AB SALEM MOHAMED 41, MUSTAFA MUHAMMED 21, EMADELDIN RAAFAT 14, ALAA AHMED 12
Comoros U16: AHMED YOUSSOUF 15, OULEID AWAD 6, ALLAOUI ANISSE 4, HASSANE ALI 2



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  ANDORRA   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland claimed the first win - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - Andorra U16 80:48

Scotland claimed the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They coasted past Andorra in the opener.
Liam Mackle scored 23 points to lead the Scots.
Scotland jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 20:7 advantage after ten minutes. The Scottish team stretched the gap in the second period. They accumulated a 38:19 halftime lead. Andorra stopped the rot in the third period. They cut the deficit by one trailing 38:56 at the final break. But Scotland erupted for a 24:10 run in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome.
Ewan Lancaster (C) notched 20 points, while Thomas Skinner (186-PG-97) netted 10 points for the winners. Bruno Ribeiro responded with 14 points for Andorra. Eric Marti and Roger Curet had 9 points each in the loss.

Scotland U16:
Liam Mackle 23, Ewan Lancaster 20, Thomas Skinner 10
Andorra U16: Bruno Ribeiro 14, Eric Marti 9, Roger Curet 9



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  ARGENTINA   


Stankovic Cup: Argentina rally past China to clinch second position - by Eurobasket News

China - Argentina 59:66

Argentina posted the fourth straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup. They defeated hosting China to earn the second spot. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) nailed 14 points to lead the Latin American side. China finished third at 2-3 record.
Argentina silenced China in the opening frame. They built a 14:6 lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Argentina maintained their lead throughout the third term. The Latin American side posted a 52:44 lead heading into the fourth period. China tried hard to change the complexion of the game in the final term but came up short at the end. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) finished with 13 points, while Matias Bortolin (205-C-93, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points in the win. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) responded with 14 points for China. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) had 10 points in the loss.

China: Zhao TaiLong 14, Duan JiangPeng 10
Argentina: Adrian Boccia 14, Selem Safar 13, Matias Bortolin 9



U19 World Championship: Spain edge Argentina to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Argentina U19 74:58

Spain clinched the fifth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Argentina to secure 5-0 record on top of Group E. Argentina slipped at 1-4 record. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 17 points to pace the winners.
Argentina looked better in the opening ten minutes. The Latin American team gained a 16:12 lead after the starting period. Spain slowly adjusted their game in the second term. They got within three points at halftime 30:33. The European side capped the third term on a 14:1 run to take a 56:45 lead into the fourth period. Spain limited Argentina to 13 points in the final stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) delivered 16 points, while Javier Marin (196-SG-94) had 12 points for Spain. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) had 8 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Dario Brizuela 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 16, Javier Marin 12
Argentina U19: Matias Bernardini 18, Rodrigo Haag 8



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  AUSTRALIA   


U19 World Championship: USA easy past Australia - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-USA U19 51:94

USA easy past Australia for 5-0 record at the U19 World Championship in Group F. The team posted a 94:51 win and will face Spain for the top place in the group tomorrow. Australia fell at 2-3 record and will have a do-or-die game tomorrow against Russia. USA took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They started the game with a 24-12 lead and then added 31-8 surge before the halftime. Moreover USA won the third and the fourth periods respectively. They had 22-16 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 17-15 result. Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Montrezl Harrell (6'8''-F-94) notched 13. Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'11''-C-95) scored 12, while Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94) had 11. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (6'5''-SF-95) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Dane Pineau (6'8''-F-94) as well as Michael Rowley (6'7''-F-94) had 8 each. Dante Exum (6'4''-PG-95) ended up with 7 points in the losing effort.

Australia U19: Felix Kalau Van Hofe 17, Dane Pineau 8, Michael Rowley 8, Dante Exum 7
USA U19: Aaron Gordon 15, Montrezl Harrell 13, Jahlil Okafor-Benton 12, Marcus Smart 11



Stankovic Cup: Australia roll past Nigeria to claim title - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Nigeria 76:61

Australia celebrated the fifth straight win at the Stankovic Cup and won the tournament. They knocked down Nigeria at Lanzhou to stay perfect. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) finished with 12 points to lead the Emerging Boomers. Nigeria fell at 1-4 record after the defeat.
Australia secured a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The Emerging Boomers maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Australia accounted for a 37:30 halftime advantage. The Aussies left Nigeria far behind in the third term. The Emerging Boomers ignited a 25:15 surge to build a comfortable 17-point cushion heading into the fourth period. Nigeria slowed their opponents down in the final term but it was too late to save the game. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) nailed 11 points, while Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92) delivered 9 points for the winners. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points for Nigeria. Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 12 points in the loss.

Australia: Cameron Bairstow 12, Cody Ellis 11, Igor Hadziomerovic 9
Nigeria: Stan Okoye 15, Richard Oruche 12



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  AUSTRIA   


St. Poelten signs guard Paul Radakovic - by Stefan Prager

After signing Samo Grum a couple of weeks ago the Chin Min Dragons St. Poelten signed the next guard from the BSC Raiffeisen Fuerstenfeld Panthers. Paul Radakovics transfers from Styria to Lower Austria. Last season Radakovics played for the Panthers where he started the season as a back up point guard but moved to the starting five when the Panthers sacked their starting point guard Lorenzo O'Neal. Radakovics appeared in 30 games for the Panthers averaging 7.6ppg along with 1.9 rpg and 1.8 apg while shooting a solid 42% from the field.


St. Poelten signs guard Paul Radakovics - by Stefan Prager

After signing Samo Grum a couple of weeks ago the Chin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten signed the next guard from the BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers. Paul Radakovics (191-G-88) transfers from Styria to Lower Austria. Last season Radakovics played for the Panthers where he started the season as a back up point guard but moved to the starting five when the Panthers sacked their starting point guard Lorenzo O'Neal. Radakovics appeared in 30 games for the Panthers averaging 7.6ppg along with 1.9 rpg and 1.8 apg while shooting a solid 42% from the field.


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Manama close in on title - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA moved one victory away from clinching this year's title in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League following a thrilling 73-70 victory over Muharraq last night in game two of their best-of-five championship series.

Manama squandered a 15-point lead in the second half but did enough late in the game to hold on to the advantage and take the commanding 2-0 finals lead.

Mohammed Hassan made two pressure-packed free-throws with 7.6 seconds remaining to give Manama the three-point winning margin.

Mohammed Abdulmajeed had a chance to tie the game for Muharraq on the next possession, but his desperation three-point attempt clanged off the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

Manama can now finish things off and ensure their coronation as this year's league champions with a victory in game three on Thursday. A win for Muharraq would extend the series to a fourth game, scheduled for Sunday, while the fifth and final game, if needed, will be held on Friday next week.

Muharraq mounted a furious comeback from 10 points down beginning the fourth quarter to set up the nail-biting finish.

Naturalised Bahraini big man CJ Giles made a pair of three-throws with around five minutes left in the game to bring Muharraq to within two, 56-60.

And then after an offensive rebound and put back by Senegalese import and former NBA player Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) put Manama back up by six, 62-56, Ahmed Al Derazi buried back-to-back three-pointers to tie the scores for the first time in the game and give Muharraq new life.

But just as Muharraq had levelled the proceedings, Sow made a jump hook and then two charity shots to give them another four-point lead with under a minute remaining.

Ahead

Baskets from Al Derazi and Mohammed Hussain on either end of the floor kept Manama ahead 68-64, and then after a pair of Giles free-throws, Manama point guard Ahmed Abdulaziz drove the lane and found Sow who made a crucial basket for a 70-66 lead with 18.8 seconds remaining.

Super substitute Kadhem Majed banked in a shot for Muharraq, who then fouled Hassan Nairouz on the inbounds to stop the clock.

Nairouz made just one of two free-throws, keeping Muharraq within a single possession, and Giles scored on the other end to make it 70-71 and set the stage for Hassan's two game-clinching charity shots.

Sow top scored for the victors with 26 points. Hassan finished with 18, while Hussain chipped in with 15 for Manama. Giles paced Muharraq with a game-high 28 while Al Derazi added another 20 in the loss. Abdulmajeed scored nine points while Majed came off the bench to contribute six.

Manama came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter last night. A Hassan fast-break lay-up gave them a 10-2 lead, and then later a Sow triple made it 20-7. Another long-range bomb from beyond the arc gave Manama a commanding 23-8 advantage to end the first quarter, and then in the second, they continued their barrage and led by as many as 17 on more than one occasion.

A Hussain three-pointer late in the half helped put Manama up 38-23 heading into the locker rooms.

Muharraq did well to bounce back in the final 20 minutes, but came up short in the end although missed a couple of chances in which they could have taken control of the game.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com



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  BELARUS   


Belarus edge Holland in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Holland 82:58

Belarus edge Holland in Minsk in a friendly game between two National Teams. The host won the first game 82:58 mostly due to the first half. The teams will face each other again tonight.
Belarus won the opening tip 10-7 and led 25:13 at the halftime. The hosts improved to 35:17 early in the second frame and enjoyed a 50:23 halftime advantage. Holland managed to win the third and the last stanzas but it was not enough to recover.
Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) nailed 12. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) delivered 11, whilst Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) had 8. Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 9 points in the losing effort, whilst Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Cal-Riverside) and Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond) scored 8 points apiece. Jeroen van der List (213-C-89, agency: Court Side, college: Indian Hills CC) delivered 6 points each in a loss.

Belarus: Artsiom Parakhouski 16, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 12, Vitali Liutych 11, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 8
Holland: Dimeo Van Der Horst 9, Sean Cunningham 8, Josh Duinker 8, Jeroen van der List 6



Holland upset Belarus in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Holland 70:77

Holland upset Belarus in Minsk at the second appearance between two teams. The Dutch side grabbed a 77:70 win after a narrow loss in the first game.
Holland took 20:17 lead and dominated the first half. They went to the lockers having 41:29 halftime advantage. Belarus managed to reduce to 57:51 later in the game, but could not catch up with the opponents.
Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 18. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) notched 9, while Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan (211-F-90) brought 7. Dimeo van der Horst, Sean Cunningham and Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89) followed them with 5 points each.



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Antwerp 0-0 
 3. Brussels 0-0 
 4. Kangoeroes 0-0 
 5. Leuven 0-0 
 6. Liege 0-0 
 7. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 8. Oostende 0-0 
 9. Spirou 0-0 
 10. Verviers-Pep. 0-0 


Brussels Basketball: new logo and 2013-14 season pass offer - by Bert Larsimont

Brussels Basketball has revealed its new logo (not displayed on the Ethias League web site but to appear soon).

During the press conference of May 30th, Brussels Basketball announced a special offer for 2013-14 season passes/tickets at a price of 110.00 EUR (for all games played home, Ethias League, Belgian Cup, scrimmage, etc.). This special offer remains valid until Jul. 15th, 2013 and for the first 100 money transfers to the club's account. More information on conditions of payment can be obtained from the club (get in touch with the Mr. Felix Vandenplas, the Brussels Basketball's Marketing and Sponsoring Assistant, via fv@excelsiorbrussels.be).



Belgian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Belgian U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Glenn Vlamynck
Vlamynck
Xavier-Robert Francois
Francois
Louis Hazard
Hazard
Gerald Henrard
Henrard
Emmanuel Lecomte
Lecomte
#e#5
Glenn Vlamynck 193-F-93 M.Hainaut Belgium
Yassine El Mahsini 186-PG-93 Oostende Belgium
Xavier-Robert Francois 204-C-94 Strasbourg France
Louis Hazard 199-F-94 CEP Fleurus Belgium
Gerald Henrard 205-C-93 Liege Belgium
Emmanuel Lecomte 175-PG-95 M.Hainaut Belgium
Arno Mollekens 195-PF-94 Kangoeroes Belgium
Maxime Pretto 192-SG-94 M.Hainaut II Belgium
Yoeri Schoepen Giants II Belgium
Jimmy Stas 188-PG-93 Essor Charleroi Belgium
Kamal Tall 199-F-95 Leuven Belgium
Rik Van den Berghe 208-C-93 Aalstar Belgium

Paul Vervaeck Head Coach Antwerp Belgium
Yvan De Vreught Assistant BAVI Belgium



Liege announce Kenneth Simms and Dino Pita - by Eurobasket News

Liege completed their roster. They announced the signing of Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) and Dino Pita (192-SG-88). Both players are coming from the Swedish Sodertalje.
Kenneth Simms tallied 11.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks per game in EuroChallange. He also notched 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game in Basketligan. The centre was named All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year. He was also named All-Swedish Basketligan Defensive Player of the Year. Previously Kenneth Simms had spells in Lithuania, ABA, Romania, China. He made it into All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team in 2012.
Dino Pita played for Sodertalje since 2006. Last season his stats read 14.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists per EuroChallenge appearance. He also delivered 12.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in Basketligan. Dino Pita made it into Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team in 2012. He has been the member of the Swedish National Team since 2010.



Belgian U16 National Team 2013 - by Bert Larsimont

Belgian U16 National Team 2013
#s#
#e#5
Thomas Akyazili 180-PG-97 Antwerp Belgium
Arne Vanlaer 193-F-97
Theo Beaujean 186-SG-97 AWBB Belgium
Simon Buysse 188-G-97
Tito Leon 185-G-97
Hasan Ceylan 198-F-97
Thibo De Coessemaeker 180-G-97
Theo Dilissen 188-G-97
Bertrand Eyanga 190-G-97
Niels Foerts 178-PG-97 Topsportschool VBL Belgium
Jan Goyens 195-F-97
Christophe Hanin 197-F-97
Tom Jacobs 195-F-97
Laurent Lefever 187-G-97
Thomas Madoki 183-G-97
Maxime Pflueger 193-F-97
Sabri Riahi 177-PG-97 AWBB Belgium
Roby Rogiers 203-C-97
Leon Van Den Berghe 190-G-97
Vincent Van Den Berghe 188-G-97
Thibaut Vervoort 190-G-97

Vincent Bouffioux Head Coach
Peter Pas Assistant



Belgian U18 National Team 2013 - by Bert Larsimont

Belgian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Ismael Bako
Bako
Rochdi Benzouien
Benzouien
Jarnoe Boon
Boon
Romain Boxus
Boxus
Glen Camps
Camps
#e#5
Ismael Bako 203-C-95 Leuven Belgium
Rochdi Benzouien 180-PG-96 AWBB Belgium
Jarnoe Boon 192-F-95
Romain Boxus 198-F-96 Antibes Sharks France
Glen Camps 203-F/C-95 Topsportschool VBL Belgium
Sami Demirtas 189-G-96 AWBB Belgium
Alexandre Eyenga 186-SG-95 Essor Charleroi Belgium
Mathijs Gijbels 206-C/F-95 Lommel Belgium
Sam Hemeleers 180-PG-95 Kangoeroes Belgium
Mathieu Houdart 192-F-96 M.Hainaut Belgium
Axel Ibens 190-F-96 Soba Belgium
Mats Jouret 183-PG-95 De Pinte Belgium
Jordan Kaluanga 191-F-95 AWBB Belgium
Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda 183-G-96 Antwerp Belgium
Rayan Kayembe-Milongo 175-PG-96 AWBB Belgium
Vincent Kesteloot 198-F-95 Sint-Jan Ant. Belgium
Justin Kohajda 203-C-96 Liege Belgium
Philippe Peeters 184-PG-95 Giants II Belgium
William Robeyns 191-F-96
Thimote Traversin 176-PG-95 M.Hainaut II Belgium
Sander Van Caeneghem 209-C-95 St-Niklase Belgium
Andy Van Vliet 210-C-95 Giants II Belgium
Hans Vanwijn 203-PF-95 Houthalen Belgium
Donovan Walasiak 184-PG-95 M.Hainaut II Belgium

Steven Ibens Head Coach
Laurent Francois Assistant



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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#3
Emir Ahmedic 195-C-97 Bosna Bosnia
Djorde Aleksic 184-PG-97 Mladost Bosnia
Edin Atic 198-SG-97 Cedevita Croatia
Atif Durak 188-G-97 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Boze Galic 195-PF-97 Siroki II Bosnia
Filip Ivankovic 180-G-97 Vitez Bosnia
Faris Jahic 210-F-97 Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia
Jasmin Jakupovic 190-F-97
Fahrudin Manjgafic 208-C-97 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Emin Mavric 203-G-98
Enis Memic 205-PF-97 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Alija Piric 209-C/F-97 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Benjamin Sabic 183-G-97 Kakanj Bosnia
Amin Sijercic 185-PG-97
Ljubo Zadro 180-PG-97 Siroki II Bosnia




Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Nedim Buza
Buza
Sandro Gacic
Gacic
Ivo Garic
Garic
Davor Karamatic
Karamatic
Stefan Lakic
Lakic
#e#5
Nedim Buza 203-F/G-95 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Sandro Gacic 196-SG-96 Goierri Spain
Ivo Garic 192-PG-96 KK Split Croatia
Davor Karamatic 200-F-95 Capljina Bosnia
Stefan Lakic 196-F/G-95 Varda HE Bosnia
Aleksandar Lazic 198-F/G-96 Un.Olimpija Slovenia
Bojan Lulic 196-F-95 Maribor Messer Slovenia
Ante Mikulic 192-G-95 Siroki II Bosnia
Nedim Tunovic 206-C-95 Zlatorog Slovenia
Adi Zahiragic 188-PG-95 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Milenko Predic 198-F-96 Rookie Bosnia
Imran Polutak 205-C-96 Krka II Slovenia
Dino Alic 202-C-95 Celik Bosnia
Haris Curevac 187-G-96 Bosna Bosnia
Stefan Durasinovic 200-PF-95
Djorde Kelecevic 188-PG-96 Rookie Bosnia
Faris Smajlovic 201-F/C-96 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
Darijan Stipanovic 206-C-96 Maribor Messer Slovenia

Nenad Markovic Head Coach KAOD Greece



Igokea tab Uros Nikolic - by Eurobasket News

Igokea continue to build their roster for the next season. Their latest addition is Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87). The centre signed a one-year deal with the Bosnian powerhouse. Uros Nikolic started the previous season with MZT Skopje. He notched 6.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. Uros Nikolic moved to Radnicki Kragujevac in March. The centre posted 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per appearance in A League. Previously Uros Nikolic had spells for Crvena Zvezda, Krka, Mega Hypo Leasing Beograd and Hemofarm. He earned All-Balkan League Honourable Mention in 2009. Uros Nikolic also earned All-Serbian League Honourable Mention in 2011. The centre was the member of the Serbian U20 National Team.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil overcome France U20 in Troyes - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Brazil University NT 67:75

Brazil University National Team played an exhibition encounter with France U20 in Troyes. The Latin American side came out victorious. The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight in Nanterre. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) stepped up with 22 points to pace Brazil.
Brazil got to a strong start. They recorded a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. France however bounced back in the second period. The hosts went on a 27:12 rally to pull ahead. Les Bleus stretched the advantage at 7-point mark at the final break. But Brazil turned things around in the fourth period. They denied the deficit and snatched victory at the end. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) delivered 19 points for Brazil. Andre De Souza (202-C-90) finished with 9 points for the visitors. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) topscored for France.



Tiago Splitter will continue with San Antonio Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) will continue with San Antonio Spurs. He will start the 2013-14 season as the Spurs third-highest paid player when his representatives and the franchise put the finishing touches on a four-year deal. In 100 NBA games he had 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg last season.
The previous season he played at Valencia Basket (ACB) in Spanish league. In three games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg that season. Splitter also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Splitter was voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Honorable Mention in 2011.
He was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. Splitter played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2000. He also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 44.0%.
Splitter has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Laboral Kutxa, Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and Alava.



U19 World Championship: Russia outlast Brazil in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - Brazil U19 82:78 (OT)

Russia clinched a crucial win at the Eighth-Final Round of U19 World Championship. They held off Brazil in an overtime drama to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Brazil fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) came up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game with determination. They posted a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Russia boosted the gap to 4 points at halftime 42:38. Brazil stepped on the gas in the third term. The Latin American team fired 25 points in the next period to erase the deficit. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 63. The lead changed hands throughout the final period. Brazil led by two points but Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) sank a jumper inside the final minute to force overtime. Russia limited Brazil to just 3 points in the extra period and celebrated victory at the end. Mikhail Kulagin netted 21 points, while Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 14 pints for the winners. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) and Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) accounted for 18 points apiece for Brazil. The latter one adding also 11 rebounds.

Russia U19: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 29, Mikhail Kulagin 21, Igor Kanygin 14
Brazil U19: Daniel Bordignon 18+11 boards, Leonardo Demetrio 18



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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: Canada earn key win over Iran - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - Iran U19 95:57

Canada recorded the first win at the Eighth-Final stage of the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Iran to improve at 2-3 record in Group E. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Iran fell at 1-4 record in the ladder.
Canada did not waste much time getting to a quick start. The North American side fired 31 points in the opening ten minutes to gain an 11-point lead. Iran stiffened their defence in the second period. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 42:35. But Canada returned into the drivers seat in the third frame. They exploded with 26 points to boost the gap at 18-point mark with ten minutes remaining. Canada went on a deadly 27:7 spree in the fourth period to seal the win. Christopher Egi (203-PF-96) netted 15 points, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) added 13 points for Canada. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) and Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) had 13 points apiece in the loss.

Canada U19: Trey Lyles 18, Christopher Egi 15, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 13
Iran U19: Saleh Foroutannik 13, Sajjad Mashayekhi 13



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  CBL   

Standings

CBL Galesburg Pride* Standings
 1. St.Louis H. 5-2 
 2. Bowling Green H. 4-3 
 3. M.Tennessee S. 4-3 
 4. River City P. 3-6 
 5. Dayton A.S. 1-1 


Championship Game - by John Guy

Hawks topple Hornets for CBL title

ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Hawks led for almost the entire game Saturday to defeat the Bowling Green Hornets, 108-97, to win the Central Basketball League championship at the Wohl Center.
Corey Hill led the Hawks (6-2) with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Lonnell Johnson scored 21 points along with five steals and Dwayne Polk also netted 21 points (16 in the fourth quarter) to go with 10 assists.
The Hornets' (4-4) Boris Siakam led all scorers with 28 points.
The Hornets lone lead came in the opening quarter when they took a 9-8 advantage. From there on in, however, the Hawks took control of the game and never relinquished.
Things got worse for Bowling Green in the second half as first-team CBL guard Justin Taylor, who had 14 points in the first half, suffered a dislocated kneecap. Another first-teamer, center Tony Key, was ejected from the game in the third quarter.
The Hornets were also without head coach Otis Key, who had to miss the game for personal reasons. Assistant Coach Nathan Thompson took over the reigns of the team for the title game.

Corey Hill (6'4''-G/F)



Hawks defeat Hornets 107-96 to win League Championship - by Eurobasket News

The St. Louis Hawks led for almost the entire game Saturday to defeat the Bowling Green Hornets, 107-96, to win the Central Basketball League championship at the Wohl Center. Corey Hill (6'4''-G/F) led the Hawks (6-2) with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Lonnell Johnson scored 21 points along with five steals and Dwayne Polk (5'9''-PG-85, college: St.Louis) also netted 21 points (16 in the fourth quarter) to go with 10 assists. The Hornets' (4-4) Boris Siakam (6'7''-F-85, college: W.Kentucky) led all scorers with 28 points. The Hornets lone lead came in the opening quarter when they took a 9-8 advantage. From there on in, however, the Hawks took control of the game and never relinquished. Things got worse for Bowling Green in the second half as first-team CBL guard Justin Taylor, who had 14 points in the first half, suffered a dislocated kneecap. Another first-teamer, center Tony Key (6'10''-C-82, college: Los Angeles CC), was ejected from the game in the third quarter. The Hornets were also without head coach Otis Key, who had to miss the game for personal reasons. Assistant Coach Nathan Thompson took over the reigns of the team for the title game.
Courtesy of: centralbasketballleague.com



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  CHINA   


Stankovic Cup: Argentina rally past China to clinch second position - by Eurobasket News

China - Argentina 59:66

Argentina posted the fourth straight win at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup. They defeated hosting China to earn the second spot. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) nailed 14 points to lead the Latin American side. China finished third at 2-3 record.
Argentina silenced China in the opening frame. They built a 14:6 lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Argentina maintained their lead throughout the third term. The Latin American side posted a 52:44 lead heading into the fourth period. China tried hard to change the complexion of the game in the final term but came up short at the end. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) finished with 13 points, while Matias Bortolin (205-C-93, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points in the win. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) responded with 14 points for China. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) had 10 points in the loss.

China: Zhao TaiLong 14, Duan JiangPeng 10
Argentina: Adrian Boccia 14, Selem Safar 13, Matias Bortolin 9



U19 World Championship: Serbia improved to 5-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-China U19 76:50

Serbia improved to 5-0 record in Group F before the final game in the group against USA. The Serbian side outscored China 76:50 in Day 5 for the perfect record. China meanwhile fell at 3-2 record.
The European team started the game with a 21-10 lead and led 9 points at the halftime. They added 17-16 rally in the third period, but then pushed the tempo for good in the last stanza. Serbia erupted with a 26-10 burst to win the game by 26 points.
Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) paced all the winners with 15 points and Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) collected 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Jokic (203-C-95) and Djoko Salic (209-C-95) followed them with 8 points each. Wu Qian (190-G-94) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort and Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) had 9. Heng YiFeng (194-F-95) poured in 8, whilst Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) added 6.

Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 15, Nikola Milutinov 14+13 rebs, Nikola Jokic 8, Djoko Salic 8
China U19: Wu Qian 10, Yuan Shuai 9, Heng YiFeng 8, Gao Shang 6



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  COMOROS   


U16 AfroBasket: Mohamed Ab Salem nails 41 points in a win against Comoros - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16-Comoros U16 114:27

Mohamed Ab Salem nails 41 points in a win against Comoros at the U16 AfroBasket. Egypt improved to 3-0 record after an easy 114:27 win. Comoros meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Egypt won the opening tip with a 14-0 start. The favorites improved to 29:4 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. Egypt led 51:8 midway through the second period and enjoyed 60:19 lead at the halftime. Egypt led 85:23 after three quarters and desired to post three-digit number in the last stanza. They easily managed to do it and finished with a 114-27 win.
MUSTAFA MUHAMMED scored 21 points for the winners. EMADELDIN RAAFAT nailed 14, while ALAA AHMED poured in 12. AHMED YOUSSOUF ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst OULEID AWAD had 6. ALLAOUI ANISSE notched 4 and HASSANE ALI added 2.

Egypt U16: AB SALEM MOHAMED 41, MUSTAFA MUHAMMED 21, EMADELDIN RAAFAT 14, ALAA AHMED 12
Comoros U16: AHMED YOUSSOUF 15, OULEID AWAD 6, ALLAOUI ANISSE 4, HASSANE ALI 2



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  CROATIA   


U19 World Championship: Croatia silence the defending champions - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19-Lithuania U19 91:90

Croatia silence the defending champions at the U19 World Championship. Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed a late three-pointer for 91:90 win as both teams are with 4-1 records in Group E. Lithuania suffered their first loss.
Croatia starred the game with a 25-20 rally in the first period. They shocked the Baltic side with a 34-19 burst and led 20 points at the halftime. Lithuania however woke up in the second half and managed to catch up with the opponents. They won the third period 21-17 and posted a massive 30-15 surge in the last stanza. Lithuania took 90:88 lead in the last minute, but Martin Junakovic nailed a three-point for Croatias win.
Martin Junakovic top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) nailed 17. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 14 points each, while Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) notched 11. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) erupted with 31 points in the losing effort and Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) had 14. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) poured in 12, whilst Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94) had 8.

Croatia U19: Martin Junakovic 27, Mislav Brzoja 17, Tomislav Gabric 14, Dario Saric 14+12 rebs, Jakov Mustapic 11
Lithuania U19: Marius Grigonis 31, Augustinas Jankaitis 14, Tomas Dimsa 12, Mantvydas Staselis 8



Croatian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Croatian U16 National Team 2013
#s#
Dragan Bender
Bender
Matej Gaspert
Gaspert
Lovro Mazalin
Mazalin
Ivan Perkovic
Perkovic
Bruno Skokna
Skokna
#e#5
Roko Badzim 97 GKK Sibenik Croatia
Luka Barisic 189-F-98 Darda Croatia
Dragan Bender 205-PF-97 KK Split Croatia
Petar Dubelj 178-PG-97 Dubrovnik Croatia
Matej Gaspert 210-C-97 Cedevita Croatia
Franko Kalpic 195-G-97 GKK Sibenik Croatia
Juraj Kozic 196-G/F-95 Osjecki Sokol Croatia
Toni Kumanovic 191-G-97 Kaptol Croatia
Vuk Lazic 180-PG-98 KK Zagreb Croatia
Lovro Mazalin 203-SF-97 Cibona Croatia
Karlo Miksic 198-F/C-97 Cedevita Croatia
Ivan Perkovic 192-PF-97 Jolly Croatia
Domagoj Proleta 196-F-98 Dubrovnik Croatia
Kresimir Radovcic 97 GKK Sibenik Croatia
Ante Radulovic 97 Dubrovnik Croatia
Emil Savic 195-F-98 Rudes Croatia
Bruno Skokna 188-SG-97 Kaptol Croatia
Nik Slavica 201-F-97 Cibona Croatia
Marin Vrucinic 97 Kastela Croatia
Julijan Zadravec 186-SG-97 Cibona Croatia
Ante Zizic 201-C/F-97 KK Split Croatia




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  CYPRUS   


Cypriot National Team 2013 - by Simas

Starting five
#s#
Christopher Razis
Razis
Anthony King
King
Nikolaos Stylianou
Stylianou
Grigoris Pantouris
Pantouris
Panagiotis Trisokkas
Trisokkas
#e#5
4Iakovos Panteli 187-G-85 AEK Cyprus
5Christopher Razis 194-PG-89 ENAD Cyprus
8Anthony King 206-F/C-85 Art.Dragons Germany
9Nikolaos Stylianou 198-F-88 Kavala Greece
10Georgios Palalas 185-PG-81 AEL Cyprus
12Grigoris Pantouris 190-G/F-82 Apollon Cyprus
13Stefanos Iliadis 185-PG-94 Apollon Cyprus
14Christos Loizidis 207-C-91 AEL Cyprus
15Joseph Roundy AEK Cyprus
20Simon Michail 184-PG-92
24Panagiotis Trisokkas 206-F/C-80 Keravnos Cyprus
25George Theocharides 203-PF-85 Keravnos Cyprus

Panagiotis Yiannaras Head Coach Keravnos Cyprus
Nikos Lamprias Assistant Univ.of Cyprus Cyprus



Cypriot U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Cypriot U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Vanko Antonov
Antonov
Dimitris Aristotelous
Aristotelous
Christopher Dugan
Dugan
Rafael Eleftheriou
Eleftheriou
Dimitris Gavriel
Gavriel
#e#5
Symeon Antoniou 180-PG-94 AEL Cyprus
Vanko Antonov 193-G/F-93 S.Florida USA
Dimitris Aristotelous 187-PG-94 Etha Cyprus
Giorgos Avgoustinou 201-F/C-94 Omonia Cyprus
Orestis Christodoulidis 185-G-94 Omonia Cyprus
Aristidis Christou 177-G-96
Christopher Dugan 182-PG-95 Apoel Cyprus
Rafael Eleftheriou 200-G-94 Mantoulidis Greece
Dimitris Gavriel 189-F-94 Keravnos Cyprus
Christopher Gennadiou 180-G-93
Renos Georgiou 184-PG-94 AEL Cyprus
Viktoras Ieronymidis 200-G/F-95 Florida USA
Stefanos Iliadis 185-PG-94 Apollon Cyprus
Christoforos Leontioy 178-PG-96 AEK Cyprus
Roberto Alexander Mantovani 200-F-94 AEL Cyprus
Panagiotis Markou 189-G-96 AEL Cyprus
Merkouris Panagi 193-F/C-95 AEL Cyprus
Constantinos Papacostas 196-SG-95 Apoel Cyprus
Petros Papamichael 190-F-95 Etha Cyprus
Giorgos Stylianou 201-G-94 AEL Cyprus
Emilios Vasiliou 195-C-95
Rolandos Virardi 203-F-96 Apollon Cyprus
Georgios Zavos 190-PF-96




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U19 World Championship: Czech Republic edge Ivory Coast - by Eurobasket News

Ivory Coast U19-Czech Republic U19 59:69

Czech Republic edge Ivory Coast at the Classification Round in U19 World Championship. The hosts posted a 69:59 win for 1-1 record. All four teams have 1-1 record after the first two games.
Czech Republic opened the game with a 21-9 surge and never looked behind after. They added 16-5 burst and led 37:14 at the halftime. The African team however looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories. They came up with a 22-20 rally in the third period and finished the game with 23-12.
Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Jan Krivanek (203-PF-94) netted 11. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) poured in 10, whilst Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) added 9. Alpha Toure (187-F-94) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Dalen Traore (203-C-95), Ousmane Toure (197-F-94) and Cedric Bah (200-C-94) finished the game with 8 points apiece in a loss.

Ivory Coast U19: Alpha Toure 18, Dalen Traore 8, Ousmane Toure 8, Cedric Bah 8
Czech Republic U19: Prokop Slanina 16, Jan Krivanek 11, Petr Safarcik 10, Radovan Kouril 9



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  DENMARK   


Aalborg name James Vear head coach - by Eurobasket News

Aalborg named their new head coach. They have appointed James Vear at the position. The British specialist has previously worked with the Medway Park Crusaders in EBL. He won EBL1 promotion with the team. James Vear also has experience working as assistant coach in the Canadian college league (CIS).


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  EGYPT   


U16 AfroBasket: Mohamed Ab Salem nails 41 points in a win against Comoros - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16-Comoros U16 114:27

Mohamed Ab Salem nails 41 points in a win against Comoros at the U16 AfroBasket. Egypt improved to 3-0 record after an easy 114:27 win. Comoros meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Egypt won the opening tip with a 14-0 start. The favorites improved to 29:4 and continued their dominance in the rest of the game. Egypt led 51:8 midway through the second period and enjoyed 60:19 lead at the halftime. Egypt led 85:23 after three quarters and desired to post three-digit number in the last stanza. They easily managed to do it and finished with a 114-27 win.
MUSTAFA MUHAMMED scored 21 points for the winners. EMADELDIN RAAFAT nailed 14, while ALAA AHMED poured in 12. AHMED YOUSSOUF ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst OULEID AWAD had 6. ALLAOUI ANISSE notched 4 and HASSANE ALI added 2.

Egypt U16: AB SALEM MOHAMED 41, MUSTAFA MUHAMMED 21, EMADELDIN RAAFAT 14, ALAA AHMED 12
Comoros U16: AHMED YOUSSOUF 15, OULEID AWAD 6, ALLAOUI ANISSE 4, HASSANE ALI 2



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Thank you ESL Madrid and hello ESL Las Vegas in less than 2 weeks! - by ESL News

Eurobasket would like to thank Fuenlabrada for hosting ESL Madrid. For sure and without question ESL Madrid was the best European pro exposure showcase ever held in Europe and will continue to grow and dominate in the years to come. Eurobasket would also like to thank Julian Aranda de Marcos for making initial contact with Chris Warren, the director of Eurobasket Summer League and Jose Quintana Viar , the president of Fuenlabrada to begin talks of bringing back a summer league to Fuenlabrada. Eurobasket would also like to thank coach Jesus Sala who helped run this event very smoothly and without interruption as well as the staff of Fuenlabrada, Carlos Montero and Juan Mara. Now, with ESL Madrid over and very much a success, Eurobasket begins to focus on holding the best exposure event to take place in Las Vegas next to the NBA summer league. Eurobasket looks forward to seeing everyone for both sessions, July 15-17 and July 18-20.


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  EUROCUP   


Igokea add Miljan Pavkovic - by Igor Obradovic

Igokea signed another player in this week.

Champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina become stronger for Montenegrin guard, Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket).
Pavkovic played his previous season in Nymburk who won Czech championship seventh time in a row.

Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) statistic for entire season 2012/13 :

VTB League: 15 games: 3.9ppg, 2.5apg
NBL: 38 games: 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg
Euroleague QR : 2 games: 5.0ppg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg
EuroCup: 12 games: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 90.5%

After Michael Fraser and Uros Nikolic, this is third player who signed for Igokea in last few days.



Neptunas Klaipeda in Eurocup? - by Igor Obradovic

The Lithuanian team applied to play in Eurocup.

Lithuanian team who lost in semifinal of championship of their country is applied for Eurocup participation.
In next few days Eurocup will be made decision if they will compete in second rang competition of Europe.
Neptunas is founded in 1962 and also play in VTB league. In season 2012/13 in VTB league they finished in last posistion in group B with 3-15 score.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Zeljko Obradovic takes over Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce announced the name of their new head coach. Renowned Zeljko Obradovic will guide the Turkish powerhouse. The Serbian specialist signed a two-year deal with the Istanbul outfit. Zeljko Obradovic previously worked with Panathinaikos. He led the Athens powerhouse from 1999 until 2012. Obradovic gathered all possible trophies with Panathinaikos. He was Euroleague, A1, Greek Cup winner on numerous occasions. Zeljko Obradovic was named All-Greek League Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Obradovic was also named All-EuroLeague Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2011. The specialist was trumped All-Europe Coach of the Year in 2002, 2009 and 2011. Zeljko Obradovic also worked with Benetton Treviso, Real Madrid, Joventut and Partizan Belgrade. He guided the Serbian National Team in 2004/05 seasons.


Laboral Kutxa land Adam Hanga - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Hungarian international Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management). The guard inked a four-year deal with the team. Adam Hanga is not new to Spain. He spent the last two seasons with Assignia Manresa. Last season Adam Hanga posted 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in ACB. He earned All-Spanish ACB Honouranle Mention. Previously Adam Hanga played for Albacomp in Hungary. He was named All-Hungarian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2011. Hanga was named All-Hungarian League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010. Adam Hanga has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2009.


Real Madrid extend contract with Felipe Reyes - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid extended the contract with their charismatic leader. The prolonged the deal with Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) until 2015. The forward has been playing for Real since 2004. Last season Felipe Reyes tallied 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in ACB. In EuroLeague the forward notched 7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Reyes was named All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP. He also earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Felipe Reyes made it into All-Spanish ACB Domestic Players Team in 2004 and 2008. The forward was trumped ACB Most Improved Player of the Year in 2000. He has been the member of the Spanish National Team since 2000. He earned 2006 World Championship and 2011 EuroBasket Gold with Spain.


Serbian giant in Crvena zvezda - by Igor Obradovic

Serbian giant, Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) who last season played in Mega Vizura and become MVP of Serbian Super league, signed two year contract with Crvena zvezda Telekom.

Marjanovic plays in centar position, he is 221cm tall and have 24 years. He was born in Zajecar and his first club was Hemofarm. In Europe he played for CSKA Moscow and Zalgiris Kaunas. This is third player who came in Crvena zvezda for new season. After Jaka Blazic and Blake Schilb, Marjanovic is new player for red&whites.
Marjanovic in last season in 41 games for Mega Vizura, have 27.6 minutes per game, 16.9 points, 68.9% for 2 points, 85.4 % free throws, 11.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 27.5 index per game.



Panathinaikos keep Gaios Skordilis - by Eurobasket News

Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87) renewed his deal with Panathinaikos. The centre will stay in Athens for another season. Gaios Skordilis joined the Greek powerhouse at the start of the previous season. The centre tallied 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in A1. In EuroLeague the centre posted 0.8 points per appearance. He became Greek Cup and League winner with Pao. Previously Gaios Skordilis had spells for Ikaros, Marousi, Aris, Argonafitis and Faiakas. He was the member of U18 and U20 Greek National Teams. Gaios Skordilis played for Greece at the 2011 Mediterranean Games. Gaios Skordilis participated at the Greek League All-Star Game in 2008. He was the member of All-Rookies Team North.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Div.C Standings

Standings
1. Gibraltar1-0
2. Scotland1-0
3. San Marino.0-0
4. Wales0-1
5. Andorra0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 2: WAL - GIB 63-76
Jul. 2: AND - SCO 48-80

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Jul. 3: SMR - AND
Jul. 3: SCO - WAL


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 1 in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - Andorra U16 80:48

Scotland claimed the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They coasted past Andorra in the opener.
Liam Mackle scored 23 points to lead the Scots.
Scotland jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 20:7 advantage after ten minutes. The Scottish team stretched the gap in the second period. They accumulated a 38:19 halftime lead. Andorra stopped the rot in the third period. They cut the deficit by one trailing 38:56 at the final break. But Scotland erupted for a 24:10 run in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome.
Ewan Lancaster (C) notched 20 points, while Thomas Skinner (186-PG-97) netted 10 points for the winners. Bruno Ribeiro responded with 14 points for Andorra. Eric Marti and Roger Curet had 9 points each in the loss.

Scotland U16:
Liam Mackle 23, Ewan Lancaster 20, Thomas Skinner 10
Andorra U16: Bruno Ribeiro 14, Eric Marti 9, Roger Curet 9




Wales U16-Gibraltar U16 63:76

Gibraltar U16 won the first game at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The home side posted a 76:63 win against Gibraltar U16 and took 1-0 record.


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  FRANCE   


Bordeaux land Issife Soumahoro - by Eurobasket News

Bordeaux bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Issife Soumahoro (197-F-88). The Ivorian forward signed for the next season. Last season Issife Soumahoro spent with Fos Ouest. He tallied 2.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ProB. Previously Issife Soumahoro played for Boulazac and Strasbourg. He was the member of the Ivorian National Team in 2009-2010 seasons. The forward participated at the African Championship in 2009. Issife Soumahoro tallied 0.5 points per game in Libya. Next year he traveled to the World Championship in Turkey with Cote dIvoire. There he appeared in just one game.


Brazil overcome France U20 in Troyes - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Brazil University NT 67:75

Brazil University National Team played an exhibition encounter with France U20 in Troyes. The Latin American side came out victorious. The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight in Nanterre. Leonardo Meindl (200-F-93) stepped up with 22 points to pace Brazil.
Brazil got to a strong start. They recorded a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. France however bounced back in the second period. The hosts went on a 27:12 rally to pull ahead. Les Bleus stretched the advantage at 7-point mark at the final break. But Brazil turned things around in the fourth period. They denied the deficit and snatched victory at the end. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) delivered 19 points for Brazil. Andre De Souza (202-C-90) finished with 9 points for the visitors. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) topscored for France.



Benjamin Obouh Fegue joins Oullins - by Eurobasket News

Oullins Ste Foy Basketball (NM2) added to their roster 26-year old small forward Benjamin Obouh Fegue (198-87). He played last season at Dax-Gamarde (NM2).
The previous (11-12) season Obouh Fegue was tested by Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket (NM1).
In 2010-11 season he played at AS Monaco Basket (NM1). He helped them to win the group title.
Obouh Fegue has played previously for three other France teams: Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Mulhouse and Denek.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Autun adds Minte to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CS Autun Basket (NM3) added to their roster 21-year old center Bacasso Minte (204-92). He played last season at the junior team of Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Frederic Adjiwanou signs with Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket - by Eurobasket News

Frederic Adjiwanou (204-C-80, college: St.Mary's, CA) signs with Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket for the next season. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket added to their roster 33-year old center. He played last at Boulazac Basket Dordogne in n ProA. In 39 ProB games he recorded 6.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg that season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Adjiwanou was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Newcomer of the Year back in 2006. He has played previously for five other France teams: Olympique Antibes, JDA Dijon, Le Mans, Chalons-Reims and Entente Orleans 45.
Adjiwanou attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2005 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.



Autun adds Minte to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CS Autun Basket (NM3) added to their roster 21-year old center Bacasso Minte (204-92). He played last season at the junior team of Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Benjamin Obouh Fegue joins Oullins - by Eurobasket News

Oullins Ste Foy Basketball (NM2) added to their roster 26-year old small forward Benjamin Obouh Fegue (198-87). He played last season at Dax-Gamarde (NM2).
The previous (11-12) season Obouh Fegue was tested by Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket (NM1).
In 2010-11 season he played at AS Monaco Basket (NM1). He helped them to win the group title.
Obouh Fegue has played previously for three other France teams: Pau-Lacq-Orthez, Mulhouse and Denek.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nantes to land Moustapha N'Diaye - by Eurobasket News

Nantes are close to landing Moustapha N'Diaye (200-F-84, agency: Fusion Sports).. The forward spent the last season with Le Portel. Moustapha N'Diaye tallied 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously the forward had stints with Boulogne, Saint-Quentin, Charleville and Nancy. Moustapha N'Diaye was the member of the U18 Senegalese National Team in 2002.


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Asia could be the next stop for Marin Dokuzovski - by Eurobasket News

Marin Dokuzovski (agency: Beo Basket ) could continue his coaching career in Asia. According to various sources, he is in talks to take over one of the top Asian teams. It would be his first deal out of Europe. Dokuzovski reached 2011 EuroBasket Semifinals with FYROM National Team. A year after that he won Bulgarian Cup and title with Lukoil Akademik. In the past, Dokuzovski very successfully worked in FYROM winning several team and personal trophies.


MZT Skopje announced Serbian center Uros Lucic - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje announced Serbian center Uros Lucic (207-C-83) for the next season. He played last at Krka Novo Mesto in Slovenia. Lucic managed to play in three leagues last year. In 16 Telemach League games he had 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg. He helped them to win the league title. Lucic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 9.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. He also played 23 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 8.3ppg and 4.0rpg.
The previous season Lucic played at Radnicki in Serbian league. In 8 Adriatic League games he recorded 3.5ppg and 1.4rpg that season.
In 2010-11 season he played at OKK Beograd (A League) in Serbia. In 23 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. Lucic also played 4 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. He also played at Steaua (Liga I) in Romanian league that season. In 11 games he recorded 11.2ppg and 5.0rpg. Lucic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0spg.



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U16 AfroBasket: Tunisia outscored Gabon in Antananarivo - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia U16-Gabon U16 69:31

Tunisia outscored Gabon in Antananarivo for a perfect 3-0 record in Group A of the U16 AfroBasket. They posted a 69:31 victory to remain undefeated at the tournament.
Tunisia started the game with a 22-16 lead and never looked behind after. They added 22-10 surge in the second frame and had 44:26 halftime advantage. Tunisia played even better in defense in the second half and limited the opponents to just 5 points. They won the third period 10-2 and finished the game with a 15-3 burst.
Achref Gannouni top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Younes Saidani notched 19. Mahmoud Hajri posted 9, while Mohamed Belkhiria had 4. Emmanuel Oyono replied with 8 points in defeat and Mahony Edou N'Dui scored 5. Stephanel Sarahn and Channick Ndong Nkoma added 4 points apiece in a loss.

Tunisia U16: Achref Gannouni 25, Younes Saidani 19, Mahmoud Hajri 9, Mohamed Belkhiria 4
Gabon U16: Emmanuel Oyono 8, Mahony Edou N'Dui 5, Stephanel Sarahn 4, Channick Ndong Nkoma 4



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Georgian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Georgian U18 National Team 2013
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Dimitri Bobilev
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Aleksandre Bolkvadze
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Beka Darakhvelidze
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Giorgi Dvali
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Ucha Gamreklidze
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Dimitri Bobilev 197-F-96
Aleksandre Bolkvadze 194-SF-95
Beka Darakhvelidze 186-SF-95
Giorgi Dvali 180-SG-95
Mikheili Dzagishvili 192-F-96
Ucha Gamreklidze 200-C-95
Levan Gorduladze 178-G-95
Giorgi Gugeshashvili 197-F-96
Nika Gurtskaia 186-G-95
Saba Jakeli 192-PG-95
Guram Kenchiashvili 190-G-95
Tornike Kitoshvili 178-PG-95 Rustavi Georgia
Erekle Lortkipanidze 185-G-95 Rustavi Georgia
Levan Maskhulia 196-SF-96
Soso Matchavariani 196-SF-96
Shota Narchomashvili 196-F-95
Archili Puluzashvili 200-C-95
Maizer Revazashvili 202-C-96
Sandro Sanadze 188-PG-95
Giorgi Tevdorashvili 180-G-96
Kakhaber Tomaradze 193-SG-95
Nikoloz Tskitishvili 188-F-95
Levan Uridia 196-F-95
Luka Zakradze 187-PG-96




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Schwelm Keep Dario Fiorentino - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Pro B team Schwelmer Baskets have announced that they will keep Dario Fiorentino (206-PF-86). Dario Fiorentino is a 26 year old 206cm forward that will play his second season there. Last season for Schwelm he played 29 games averaging 7.3ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 79.3%. Schwelm head coach Raphael Wilder is certain that the German/Italian will be able to heighten his game. "I am happy that he will stay another season in Schwelm. Despite many offers, we were always the first team he talked to. After a slow start last season, he increased his game and made himself a reliable player. He should continue to do so this season", added Raphael Wilder. He scored in double figures five times last season including a 18 point game against Nordlingen.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets




FC Bayern Munich Sign Beko BBL MVP John Bryant - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Speculation had been high for weeks that John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) would be heading to FC Bayern Munich and today the team finally made it official signing him to a two year deal. John big country Bryant is a 26 year old 208cm center from San Pablo, California and has played for ratiopharm Ulm the last three years. If there is one player that deserves this chnace then it is Bryant who played for less at Ulm despite winning the MVP twice. Last seaosn the two time Beko BBL MVP played 41 games: 15.6ppg, Reb-1 (10.1rpg), 1.5apg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 76.9%; EuroCup: 13 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1 (9.0rpg), 1.6apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 76.9%. "I have been following the development of FC Bayern Munich for a long time and ma thrilled now to be a part of the team. I can hardly wait for the new season to start", expressed John Bryant. Bryant started his basketball career in 2005 with : Santa Clara (NCAA). He played a total of 124 NCAA games. As a rookie he played for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6%. D league head coach Mike Taylor was responsible for getting Bryant to Ulm in 2010 and now his new team is more than happy to have him. "John Bryant dominated the league the last two years. His results in Eurocup were also great. Despite his success so far, he still has much potential to develop. Despite many offers, he decided for FC Bayern MUnich. I ma looking forward to seeing him play in the Audi Dome", stressed FC Bayern Munich CEO Marko Pesic.

Source: FC Bayern Munich



The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Keep 10 Players Including Jannik Freese - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg believe in keeping their team intact and have kept their tenth player with Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). Freese has played with Oldenburg since 2011 and last season played 41 games: 1.5ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 17 games: 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg. "Jannik is an important part of our concept. He also still has much potential. We will have difficult games and we will be playing at a highe rlevel internationally. So we needed continued consistent play from him. I am convinced that he will be able to do that", expressed Oldenburg CEO Herman Schuller.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg





Medi Bayreuth Add Ronald Burrell - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Speculation had been high that Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) would be landing with BBC Bayreuth and today the team announced that he will play there for two seasons. Burrell is a 29 year old 204cm forward from Montclair, New Jersey that will be playing his fifth season in Germany. He was an important force in the stellar play of the EWE Baskets Oldenburg reaching the Beko BBL final playing 44 games: 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 85.9%; EuroChallenge: 15 games: 8.2ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 82.1%. "For us it is a bang to get a player from the finalist an d that has such qualities and references. With the experience and contacts of our coach, we were able to get a player to Bayreuth that in the past may not have been interesting to him. He is the typ of player that should show in what direction Bayreuth wants to go in the next years. The long term contract shows that we want to go with a long term concept", stressed medi Bayreuth CEO Martin Piotrowski.

Burrell started his basketball career in 2001 with NC-Greensboro (NCAA) where he played until 2005. In 2005-2006 as a rookie he played for Levallois SCB (France-ProB): 33 games: 18.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 76.8% In the 2006-2007 season he arrived in Germany and right away won a title with RheinEnergie Koeln (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Euroleague: 10 games: 13.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 84.6%; German League: 29 games: 8.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 77.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for Michael Koch with the Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 45 games: 12.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 73.3%. From 2008-2011, he played for Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK) playing against the best in Europe playing 45 Euroleague games. "He is an absolute team player and fighter. His long term experience in Europe and BBL will help us", stressed head coach Predrag Krunic. The American is also happy about the new challenge in a smaller market. "I like the work ethic of coach Krunic. It is fun to play for him. I know some of the players that I played against the last years. I think that we will have a fighting team that will be capable for some surprises. Even though I have played and lived four years in Germany, I still know nothing about the Bayreuth culture and I am looking forward to get to know it", stressed Ronald Burrell. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been All-Southern Conf. 3rd Team -04, Southern Conf. Regular Season (North Division) Runner-Up -05, Southern Conf. Tournament Finalist -05, All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team -05German Bundesliga Cup Winner -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -07, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -08Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -08, German Bundesliga Finalist -08, 13, Polish Cup Finalist -09, Polish League Regular Season Champion -09, 10, 11, Polish League Champion -09, 10, 11, Euroleague Quarterfinals -10Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention -10, Polish Cup Semifinals -11, EuroChallenge Semifinals -13, and German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -13.

Source medi Bayreuth








BG Goettingen Haul In Jermaine Mallett - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team BG Goettingen have been busy in the last 24 hours getting their roster in shape for the new season as yesterday they signed Jermaine Raffington and today brought in Jermaine Mallett (190-G-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.). Mallett is a 24 year old 190cm guard from Jackson, Mississippi. BG Goettingen will be his third team after getting experience with two teams in Poland. He didnt play last season due to a knee injury, but a year before as a rookie played for LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz (Poland-PLK, starting five): 13 games: 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 83.7%; in Dec.'11 moved to Trefl Sopot (Poland-PLK, starting five): 37 games: 6.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 82.9%. "He is another great charachter with a high level of play. Even though he didnt play last season, he proved that he was a winner with Sopot reaching the final", expressed BG Goettingen head coach Johan Roijakkers. The American played at Missouri St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 35 games: 11.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 82.4%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MVC All-Newcomer Team -10, MVC Regular Season Champion -11, MVC Tournament Finalist -11, All-MVC All-Tournament MVP -11, All-MVC 2nd Team -11, MVC All-Defensive Team -11, MVC All-Tournament Team -11, NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team -11, Polish Cup Winner -12, Polish League Regular Season Runner-Up -12, and Polish League Finalist -12

Source: BG Goettingen



Steven Bennett From Down Under To The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


For most professional basketball players a basketball job is a nine month job, but for Steven Bennett (173-PG-88, college: Chaminade), he may not get a break at all this year as after he completes his season in Australia, he wont have much time to rest as he will have to report to his new team the Giessen 46ers who have signed him to a one year deal. Currently he is still playing in Australia with the Rockingham Flames averaging 19,9ppg, 7,6apg and 6,2rpg and before that played with Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (Cyprus-Division A): 3 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 100%, FT: 42.9%, in Dec.'12 moved to Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB, starting five): 10 games: 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. He played three games with current Atlanta Hawks NBA draft pick Dennis Schroeder. "We have recieved a very spectacular player that will give our fans much happiness with his playing style. He showed in the Pro B that he is comfortable in Germany and now wants to make the next step. He dominated with Braunschweig as a scorer and playmaker. He may be small, but is very quick. He is a very controlled player and will give our team security. He will be a part of our backcourt with Joshiko Saibou and T.J Dileo", stressed LTi Giessen head coach Denis Wucherer.

Bennett was born in Los Angeles and is is one of the few special players that has a tenacity and will to win that is unmatched; it is impossible to judge him based upon height alone because he can compete with anyone in the world. He has proven this in the Maui Invitational division I tournament in 2010, and was recognized as one of the top players (All-Maui Award) from a field of other top US point guards such as Kemba Walker, Kailin Lucas and Brandon Knight. Bennett is known for his great court vision and passing ability, and is able to get in the lane at will and finish against anyone with either left or right hand. Every team bases their defensive strategy around Bennett and is forced to take create his own shot and take his three point shots off the dribble. He is an excellent shooter, but wants to continue to improve his already respectable 40% three point percentage. Steven is known for having excellent leadership skills, and is highly respected by all of his peers and coaches. He started his basketball career in 2007 for Citrus JC (JUCO). He played his last two years of college in Hawaii for Chaminade (NCAA2) and in his senior year averaged 15ppg, 5apg, 4rpg,1spg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been State Championship at Citrus Community College -08, All-State Selection -09, First Team All-WSC Selection -09, Western State Conference Champion -09, All-Maui Invitational -10, All-PacWest 2nd Team -10, PacWest Co-Champion -11, All-PacWest 1st Team -11, All-Region Selection -11, and All-American Honorable Mention -11

Source: Giessen 46ers








Daniel Hain Returns To The Beko BBL With The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



It is always nice to see when a team gives a player a new chance despite not having played the season before, but 2004 Fiba cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC have done just that giving Daniel Hain (195-G/F-85, agency: LUMANI 10.7) a contract. Hain is a 27 year old 195cm guard that didnt play last season despite an offer from BG Goettingen and just sat out the season. He might best be remembered for playing tough hard nosed defense against Frankfurt Skyliner legend Pascal Roller in the 2009 Beko BBL playoffs when his team the EWE Baskets Oldenburg later became champion. He last played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn in the 2011-2012 season playing EuroChallenge: 6 games: 0.2ppg; German League: 16 games: 0.5ppg. "Daniel gets a chnace with us after a year of not playing to come back and play at a high level. He gets a back up role and I await that he will help bring the team forward with his aggressive defense and calm play", stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat. Hain started his basketball career in 2003 for
ETB Essen (2.Bundesliga). he then played for the Hertener Lowen from 2004-2007. In the 2007-2008 season he went to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (1.Bundesliga) playing a total of 115 games and nine Euroleague games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Regionalliga West Champion -05, German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Champion -09, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -10, and German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -12

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC



Germany finish Stankovic Cup with loss - by Eurobasket News

Germany suffered the fourth loss at the Stankovic Continental Champions Cup. They surrendered against Puerto Rico 56:66. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G/F-92, college: Gonzaga) nailed 11 points for the European team.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15-all at the first break. Puerto Rico increased the tempo in the second quarter. They poured in 22 points in the period to take a 37:31 halftime lead. Germany cut the deficit in the third period. The European side got within a single point at the final intermission. But Puerto Rico found the way to escape. They stiffened defensively in the fourth stanza allowing Germany to just 10 points and clinched the victory. Konstantin Klein (187-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7), Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) and Peter Zeis (196-G/F-89) had 7 points each in the losing effort.



Pro B newcomer Stade building roster for 2013-14 season - by Moritz Korff

VfL Stade, newcomer to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, is quietly building its roster for the 2013-14 season and has landed a couple of fresh players, according to local media.
Jamo Ruppert (190-SG-94) and Laimonas Kubickas (192-G-93) will join the VfL team, Stade's new coach Benka Barloschky is also considering veteran big man Holger Jacobsen (203-C-80) and guard prospect Johannes Heisig (193-PG-94).

Ruppert, a former German junior international, played for SC Rist Wedel since 2010 and appeared in 19 Pro B contests over the years. He also saw action in the club's second team and shot hoops for Piraten Hamburg in the NBBL (19 Under Bundesliga). One of his teammates was Johannes Heisig who also worked out with VfL recently.
Kubickas averaged 8.6 points per contest for the BC Hamburg Tigers (2. Regionalliga) last season, while Jacobsen has not played competitive basketball since the 2008-09 season. He won the 1. Regionalliga North championship title with SC Rist that year, averaging 9.1 points a contest. However, a decision whether the 33-year-old will join Stade's Pro B team has not been made yet, according to abendblatt.de.



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Panathinaikos keep Gaios Skordilis - by Eurobasket News

Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87) renewed his deal with Panathinaikos. The centre will stay in Athens for another season. Gaios Skordilis joined the Greek powerhouse at the start of the previous season. The centre tallied 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in A1. In EuroLeague the centre posted 0.8 points per appearance. He became Greek Cup and League winner with Pao. Previously Gaios Skordilis had spells for Ikaros, Marousi, Aris, Argonafitis and Faiakas. He was the member of U18 and U20 Greek National Teams. Gaios Skordilis played for Greece at the 2011 Mediterranean Games. Gaios Skordilis participated at the Greek League All-Star Game in 2008. He was the member of All-Rookies Team North.


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Aris Leeuwarden brings Jan van der Kooij, keeps Dexter Hope - by Eurobasket News

Aris Leeuwarden brings Jan van der Kooij (198-F-90, agency: Court Side, college: Longwood) and keeps Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) for the next season.
Jan van der Kooij played last at The Bright Kings Den Helder (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 39 games he averaged 4.6ppg and 1.9rpg. He was selected to Dutch U20 National Team in 2010.Jan van der Kooij was a member of Dutch U20 National Team in 2010. He graduated from Longwood College in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Dexter Hope recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals. Hope represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg.



Samuel Jones remains on helm of Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

Samuel Jones remains on helm of Den Bosch for the next season. The 35-year old coach will stay in Holland. The last season Jones coached also at Den Bosch (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. He helped them to make it to the supercup final.
Among other achievements Jones' team was regular season runner-up in Dutch Eredivisie in 2012. He was selected to Coach Assistant: Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game in 2012. Jones was coaching Dutch Senior National Team two years ago.
Den Bosch also announced keeping Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy). In 42 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.4apg and 2.4spg (in top 2). The list of the past achievements is quite long as Wessels won Dutch Eredivisie championship title in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2008. Wessels represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0spg.



Arvin Slagter and Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan ink with Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) and Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan (211-F-90) ink with Groningen for the next season. The last season Slagter played at Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 44 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title and the supercup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements Slagter received Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2006. He also represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 86.7%.
Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan will come from Aris Leeuwarden. In 46 games he recorded 6.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the final and cup semifinals.
The previous season Osaikhwuwuomwan played at Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. In 27 games he averaged 3.3ppg and 2.9rpg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
In 2010-11 season Osaikhwuwuomwan played at ABC Amsterdam in Dutch Eredivisie. In 34 games he averaged 3.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He also represented Holland at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 65.6%, 3PT-2 (66.7%), FT: 50.0%.



Holland upset Belarus in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Holland 70:77

Holland upset Belarus in Minsk at the second appearance between two teams. The Dutch side grabbed a 77:70 win after a narrow loss in the first game.
Holland took 20:17 lead and dominated the first half. They went to the lockers having 41:29 halftime advantage. Belarus managed to reduce to 57:51 later in the game, but could not catch up with the opponents.
Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 18. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) notched 9, while Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan (211-F-90) brought 7. Dimeo van der Horst, Sean Cunningham and Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89) followed them with 5 points each.



Belarus edge Holland in Minsk - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Holland 82:58

Belarus edge Holland in Minsk in a friendly game between two National Teams. The host won the first game 82:58 mostly due to the first half. The teams will face each other again tonight.
Belarus won the opening tip 10-7 and led 25:13 at the halftime. The hosts improved to 35:17 early in the second frame and enjoyed a 50:23 halftime advantage. Holland managed to win the third and the last stanzas but it was not enough to recover.
Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87, college: Radford) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) nailed 12. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) delivered 11, whilst Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) had 8. Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 9 points in the losing effort, whilst Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Cal-Riverside) and Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond) scored 8 points apiece. Jeroen van der List (213-C-89, agency: Court Side, college: Indian Hills CC) delivered 6 points each in a loss.

Belarus: Artsiom Parakhouski 16, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 12, Vitali Liutych 11, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 8
Holland: Dimeo Van Der Horst 9, Sean Cunningham 8, Josh Duinker 8, Jeroen van der List 6



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  HUNGARY   


Hanga will play in Euroleauge with Laboral Kutxa - by Tamas Deri

Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management) has just signed with Laboral Kutxa and will play at the highest level of European basketball as a member of the Spanish powerhouse. The 24 year-old Hungarian guard inked a four-year, guaranteed deal with the Baskonian club. Hanga played for Manresa in the last two seasons, he averaged 11.7 pts and 4.6 rebounds with 2.3 assists and ACB League's 8th best 1.3 steals per game, what is more, he had the 3rd most fouls drawn in Spain this year! The most important statistical success of Hanga was his 14th place in VAL ranking - better than Rudy Fernandez and Juan Carlos Navarro in 2012-2013 in this category! The 199 cm-tall import player was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2011 with the 59th pick and he was a key member of the Hungarian National Team in the previous 5 years. Kutxa Laboral is the 3rd pro club of the Hungarian high-flyer (Albacomp - Hungary, Manresa - Spain).


Hungary U18 claim two victories over Austria U18 - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian U18 National Team played two exhibition encounters versus their Austrian counterparts. Hungary claimed back-to-back victories.
Hungary earned an 87:45 win in the starting game. They built a 38:21 halftime lead. Hungary went on a 25:11 run in the third term and never looked back en route to the win. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 13 points for the winners. Mate Illes (186-PG-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Bence Rujak (189-PG-95) contributed 12 points each for the hosts.
Next game was once again a dominant performance from the Hungarian juniors. They exploded with 28 points in the second period to pile up a 50:30 halftime advantage. Austria went on a 20:12 run in the third term to narrow the deficit. But Hungary answered with a 25:12 rally in the fourth frame to seal the win. Janos Velkey (192-G-95) stepped up with 15 points for Hungary. Zoltan Perl and Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) delivered 14 points each in the win.



Hungary U20 surrender again in Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian U20 National Team suffered another loss at the friendly tournament in Portugal. They yielded against Portugal 61:71. Marton Varga (205-C/F-94) nailed 11 points to lead the visitors.
The teams stayed close throughout the first period. Portugal and Hungary were tied at 14 after ten minutes. But the hosts surged ahead in the second frame. Portugal clinched a 35:28 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the margin to 8 points at the final intermission 52:44. Hungary could not recover in the final frame and suffered another defeat. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) finished with 10 points, while Luka Markovic (196-SG-93) contributed 9 points for Hungary.



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 16-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 15-4 
 3. Portland C. 14-5 
 4. Salem S. 9-10 
 5. Nippon T. 1-18 
International
 1. Olympia R. 2-0 
 2. Seattle F. 1-4 
 3. East Bay PB 0-5 
 4. Kitsap A. 0-5 
 5. LoneStar S. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jun. 27: Nippon T. - Portland C. 94-143
Jul. 1: Salem S. - Portland C. 94-104
Jun. 26: Seattle F. - Nippon T. 136-109
Jun. 30: Nippon T. - Vancouver V. 127-154
Jun. 30: Bellingham S. - Seattle F. 117-104
Jun. 28: Nippon T. - Salem S. 114-124
Jun. 29: Salem S. - Bellingham S. 109-125

Play-Offs: Round 1

Jul. 3: Salem S. - Nippon T.



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  IRAN   


Iran basketball team competing at Williams Jones Cup - by Eurobasket

Iran will travel to Chinese Taipei on Wednesday to participate in the 35th Annual Williams Jones Cup.

The 35th edition of the basketball international tournament William Jones Cup begins at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City on July 6 and will run until July 14.

We are going to prepare for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship for Men in the Philippines, Memi Becirovic told Tehran Times correspondent in a telephone interview.

The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, will be held in Manila, Philippines from August 111.

Our primary goal is to arrange the best team for the FIBA Asia Championship. Iran will also try to win the title, the Slovenian coach added.

The R. William Jones Cup (also known as the Jones Cup) is an international basketball tournament held annually since 1977 in Taipei, Taiwan. It was named after Renato William Jones, a basketball promoter and one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

By Tehran Times



U19 World Championship: Canada earn key win over Iran - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - Iran U19 95:57

Canada recorded the first win at the Eighth-Final stage of the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Iran to improve at 2-3 record in Group E. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Iran fell at 1-4 record in the ladder.
Canada did not waste much time getting to a quick start. The North American side fired 31 points in the opening ten minutes to gain an 11-point lead. Iran stiffened their defence in the second period. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 42:35. But Canada returned into the drivers seat in the third frame. They exploded with 26 points to boost the gap at 18-point mark with ten minutes remaining. Canada went on a deadly 27:7 spree in the fourth period to seal the win. Christopher Egi (203-PF-96) netted 15 points, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) added 13 points for Canada. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) and Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) had 13 points apiece in the loss.

Canada U19: Trey Lyles 18, Christopher Egi 15, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 13
Iran U19: Saleh Foroutannik 13, Sajjad Mashayekhi 13



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  ISRAEL   


Bnei Hertzeliyya appointed Effi Birenboim as head coach - by Idan Seggev

Effi Birnbaum (agency: Avi Zilberman ) returns to Bnei Hertzeliyya for the fourth time. The 59-year-old colorful coach already coached the team between 1993-1995 and led them to win the Israeli cup in 1995. He also was the coach of the team when it was called Bnei HaSharon in 2002/03, 2006/7, 2007/08. In the last three years he was the coach of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion, until he was fired on December 2012 after disagreement with chairman, Itzhak Perry. Birenboim signed for two years and his assistant may be the former PG, Erez Katz (193-PG-80, agency: Interperformances). Bnei Hertzeliyya will be the 10th club of Effi in 32 years of coaching.


Poland U18 win second game against Israel U18 - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Israel U18 65:61

Poland won the exhibition series versus Israel. They claimed the second win to claim a 2-1 victory in the series. Adam Brenk (190-PG-95) nailed 11 points to lead the hosts to the win in the third encounter.
Poland eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Poland arrived at the interval up by two points 31:29. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Poland stayed on top as they entered the fourth period up by two points 52:50. The hosts held Israel to 11 points in the final stanza and snatched a tough victory at the end. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) and Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) netted 10 points each. Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) added 7 points for the winning side.



Israeli U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#3
Harel Alon 97
Netanel Artzi 196-F-97
Shai Basis 97 Galil Gilboa Israel
Tamir Blatt 178-PG-97
Shon Gol 97
Roi Huber 184-G-97
Amit Kamari 97
Guy Mayo 97
David Mosindi 97
Yonatan Rabinowitz 98
Alon Sasson 97
Dean Zahavi 97




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  ITALY   


Varese hire Fabrizio Frates - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese announced the name of their new head coach. Fabrizio Frates will guide the team in the next season. He signed a two-year deal with Varese. The specialist worked as assistant coach with Emporio Armani over the last two seasons. He left the team back in December. Previously Fabrizio Frates worked at helm of Trenkwalder, Montegranaro, Caserta, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Udine, Siena, Cantu, Gorizia, Montecatini, Milan and Treviso. Fabrizio Frates was LegaDue Playoffs winner in 2008. He also worked as assistant coach of the Italian National Team in 2001/07 seasons. Fabrizio Frates guided the Italian U20 National Team in 2005. Cimberio Varese had quite a successful last season. They reached SeriaA semis losing to Siena in seven games.


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Bordeaux land Issife Soumahoro - by Eurobasket News

Bordeaux bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Issife Soumahoro (197-F-88). The Ivorian forward signed for the next season. Last season Issife Soumahoro spent with Fos Ouest. He tallied 2.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ProB. Previously Issife Soumahoro played for Boulazac and Strasbourg. He was the member of the Ivorian National Team in 2009-2010 seasons. The forward participated at the African Championship in 2009. Issife Soumahoro tallied 0.5 points per game in Libya. Next year he traveled to the World Championship in Turkey with Cote dIvoire. There he appeared in just one game.


U19 World Championship: Czech Republic edge Ivory Coast - by Eurobasket News

Ivory Coast U19-Czech Republic U19 59:69

Czech Republic edge Ivory Coast at the Classification Round in U19 World Championship. The hosts posted a 69:59 win for 1-1 record. All four teams have 1-1 record after the first two games.
Czech Republic opened the game with a 21-9 surge and never looked behind after. They added 16-5 burst and led 37:14 at the halftime. The African team however looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories. They came up with a 22-20 rally in the third period and finished the game with 23-12.
Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Jan Krivanek (203-PF-94) netted 11. Petr Safarcik (188-G/F-94) poured in 10, whilst Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) added 9. Alpha Toure (187-F-94) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Dalen Traore (203-C-95), Ousmane Toure (197-F-94) and Cedric Bah (200-C-94) finished the game with 8 points apiece in a loss.

Ivory Coast U19: Alpha Toure 18, Dalen Traore 8, Ousmane Toure 8, Cedric Bah 8
Czech Republic U19: Prokop Slanina 16, Jan Krivanek 11, Petr Safarcik 10, Radovan Kouril 9



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  JAPAN   


Japanese National Team for William Jones Cup 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Takahiro Kurihara
Kurihara
Kosuke Takeuchi
Takeuchi
Ryota Sakurai
Sakurai
Kosuke Kanamaru
Kanamaru
Keijuro Matsui
Matsui
#e#5
4Keijuro Matsui 188-G-85 Toyota Alvark Japan
5Daiki Tanaka 191-F-91 Tokai Univ. Japan
6Makoto Hiejima 190-G-90 Aoyama Univ. Japan
7Atsuya Ota 206-C-84
8Yuta Watanabe 201-SF-94
9Takahiro Kurihara 192-G/F-87 Toshiba BT Japan
10Kosuke Takeuchi 206-C/F-85 Toyota Alvark Japan
11Ryota Sakurai 194-G-83 Hokkaido L. Japan
12Daisuke Noguchi 196-F-83 Hokkaido L. Japan
13Naoto Tsuji 185-G/F-89 Toshiba BT Japan
14Kosuke Kanamaru 193-F/G-89 Panasonic T. Japan
16Yasutoshi Uda 190-G/F-86 Toshiba BT Japan
17Shohei Kikuchi 191-F/G-84 Toshiba BT Japan
18Sean Hinkley 200-F-91 Toyota Alvark Japan

Kimikazu Suzuki Head Coach Aishin SH Japan



Shunsuke Todo takes over Osaka Evessa - by Eurobasket News

Osaka Evessa named Shunsuke Todo their new head coach. He replaces Bill Cartwright who has decided not to return for the second season with the team. Shunsuke Todo penned a one-year deal with the team. The specialist worked as assistant coach with the Hitachi Sunrockers in the JBL. He was also assistant coach with the Japanese National Team in 2011/12 seasons. Last season Shunsuke Todo guided the Denso Iris team in the WJBL. Hirokazu Nema will serve as assistant coach on the Osaka Evessa bench. The team finished the last season on a 22-30 record in the Western Conference. They went 17-11 under the guidance of Bill Cartwright though. The reports indicate the team will not renew the contracts of Dwayne Lathan (190-G-89, college: Indiana St.), Mike Bell (202-F-67, college: Oklahoma), Nathan Walkup (200-F-88, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Texas A&M) and Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Minnesota).


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  JORDAN   


Jordanian National Team 2013 - by Omar Shafaamri

Starting five
#s#
Wesam Al-Sous
Al-Sous
Mohammad Shaher
Shaher
Jimmy Baxter
Baxter
Fadel Al-Najjar
Al-Najjar
Ahmad Al-Dwairi
Al-Dwairi
#e#5
Fadel Al-Najjar 192-G-85 Ittihad Schools Jordan
Ahmad Al-Dwairi 209-C/F-93 Al Riyadi Jordan
Hani Al-Faraj 194-SG-87 Ittihad Schools Jordan
Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 199-F-86 Kofer Yoba Jordan
Ibrahim Bassam 206-C-87 Ittihad Schools Jordan
Khaldon Abu Ruqayah 202-F-83 Ittihad Schools Jordan
Abdallah AbuQoura 204-F/C-84 ASU Jordan
Wesam Al-Sous 187-PG-83 ASU Jordan
Mahmoud Abdeen 191-PG-87 Ittihad Schools Jordan
Mohammad Shaher 212-C-90 ASU Jordan
Mohammad Hadrab 203-PF-84 ASU Jordan
Jimmy Baxter 198-G-80 Guaiqueries Venezuela
Ali Jamal 205-C/F-88 Al Riyadi Jordan
Mohammad Ali Zaghab 195-PF-89 Al Riyadi Jordan

Vangelis Alexandris Coach Greece

Ioannis Livanos Assistant

Greece
Sameer Morcos Assistant



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Astana set to sign Pat Calathes - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana are shaping up their roster for the next season. They have reportedly (David Pick was the first one to report on the deal) agreed on terms of contract with Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's). The forward is about to sign a two-year deal with the Kazakh powerhouse. Last season Pat Calathes spent in Israel. He played for Maccabi Haifa. The forward notched 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game in Premier League. He led Haifa to the Winner League title. Pat Calathes was named into All-Israeli League 2nd Team. He also made it into Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad 1st Team. Previously Pat Calathes had stints with Panathinaikos, Kolossos, Marousi. He earned All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention in 2011.


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Alban Veseli is back to Sigal Prishtina - by Dren Shporta

Peja forward Alban Veseli (200-F-90) is back to his native club Sigal Prishtina after one year spell with yellow team from Karagac.

Veseli won the championship last season with Peja under command of Rudolf Jugo, and after Sigal Prishtina wanted him, he has decided to get back to his club of origin. He had 1+1 season contract with Peja, and chose not to continue with them in coming season 2013/14.

Alban Veseli is a multiple champion of Kosovo and he had made a great impact at Peja winning their first championship since 2004.

He will compete with Sigal Prishtina in Balkan League next season and he is highly rated from Prishtinas turkish coach Ahmet Kandemir.



Rahman is new center of Sigal Prishtina - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has signed american center Hamidu Rahman (210-C-87, college: N.Mexico St.), as their next international transfer for the incoming season 2013/14, according to kosovan sports portal, borozani.com.

Rahman who played in Slovakia and Austria, is a 210 centimeter high center and is 25 year old.

Sigal Prishtina that won the Kosovan Cup last season, will play in Balkan League 2013/14.

Yesterday the Cup Winners have returned to squad their former player Alban Veseli. Before him, they have notified for two american and one lithuanian player also.




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  LEBANON   


Lebanese National Team for William Jones Cup 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Jean Abdel Nour
Abdel Nour
Ali Mahmoud
Mahmoud
Loren Woods
Woods
Fadi Khatib
Khatib
Mohammed Ibrahim
Ibrahim
#e#5
4Jean Abdel Nour 198-G/F-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
5Mohammed Ibrahim 196-G-83 Sagesse Lebanon
6Ali Mahmoud 184-G-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
7Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 186-PG-86 Champville Lebanon
8Bachir Ammouri 201-F/C-83 Moutahed Lebanon
9Elie Estephane 193-G-86 Sagesse Lebanon
10Ali Haidar 201-F-90 Al Riyadi Lebanon
11Rodrigue Akl 187-PG-88 Sagesse Lebanon
12Ali Kanaan 207-C/F-85 Champville Lebanon
13Amir Saoud 187-G-91 Al Riyadi Lebanon
14Loren Woods 218-C-78 Al Riyadi Lebanon
15Fadi Khatib 199-F-79 Champville Lebanon

Ghassan Sarkis Head Coach Champville Lebanon



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U19 World Championship: Croatia silence the defending champions - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19-Lithuania U19 91:90

Croatia silence the defending champions at the U19 World Championship. Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed a late three-pointer for 91:90 win as both teams are with 4-1 records in Group E. Lithuania suffered their first loss.
Croatia starred the game with a 25-20 rally in the first period. They shocked the Baltic side with a 34-19 burst and led 20 points at the halftime. Lithuania however woke up in the second half and managed to catch up with the opponents. They won the third period 21-17 and posted a massive 30-15 surge in the last stanza. Lithuania took 90:88 lead in the last minute, but Martin Junakovic nailed a three-point for Croatias win.
Martin Junakovic top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) nailed 17. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 14 points each, while Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) notched 11. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) erupted with 31 points in the losing effort and Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) had 14. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) poured in 12, whilst Mantvydas Staselis (190-G/F-94) had 8.

Croatia U19: Martin Junakovic 27, Mislav Brzoja 17, Tomislav Gabric 14, Dario Saric 14+12 rebs, Jakov Mustapic 11
Lithuania U19: Marius Grigonis 31, Augustinas Jankaitis 14, Tomas Dimsa 12, Mantvydas Staselis 8



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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  Obregon
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Jones, Obregon25.5 
 2. Monroe, Cananea23.8 
 3. Austin, Cananea23.5 
 4. Frederick, Guasave23.2 
 5. Shorter, Guaymas22.7 
 6. Pearson, Los M.21.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales21.0 
 8. Elliott, Navolato20.6 
 9. Sperling, Obregon19.9 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. McNeal, Gastonia.9.9 
 3. Pearson, Los M.9.7 
 4. Toombs, Navolato8.5 
 5. Penny, Tijuana8.5 
 6. Jones, Obregon8.4 
 7. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.8.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 9. Rougeau, Cananea7.5 
 10. Pettigrew, Guasa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nick STALLINGS
  Guasave
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stallings, Guasave6.9 
 2. Allen, Guaymas6.7 
 3. Gadson, Nogales5.8 
 4. Shorter, Guaymas5.3 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana4.7 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 8. Polynice, Guasave4.3 
 9. Meza Rogel, Guasa.4.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Los M.2.1 
 2. Stallings, Guasave2.0 
 3. Polynice, Guasave1.9 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.9 
 5. Thomas, Tijuana1.6 
 6. Monroe, Cananea1.6 
 7. Allen, Guaymas1.4 
 8. Rougeau, Cananea1.3 
 9. Abdul-Awwel, Nogal.1.3 
 10. Medina, Tijuana1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Cananea
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rougeau, Cananea1.6 
 2. Penny, Tijuana1.5 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 4. Moss, Nogales1.4 
 5. Toombs, Navolato1.1 
 6. Gonzalez, Cananea1.1 
 7. Monroe, Cananea1.0 
 8. Mercado, Nogales0.9 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.7 
 10. Zarco, Guaymas0.6 


Rayos de Hermosillo clinch CIBACOPA title - by Eurobasket News

Hermosillo - Navolato 79:78

Steve Monreal (180-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) stepped up for Hermosillo once again. Similar to the day before the guard came up in the dying seconds to bring win for Hermosillo over Navolato. This time in the seventh decisive game of the title series. Steve Monreal sank two free throws late in the regulation and brought the Rayos to the CIBACOPA title. Navolato seemed heading for the decisive victory when Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) gave them a 78:77 lead with 68 seconds remaining in regulation. But Steve Monreal hit two free throws with 24 seconds left to put the home side in front. Navolato could not convert in the reminder of the contest and Hermosillo defended their CIBACOPA title.
The Rayos enjoyed a 47:41 halftime lead. Navolato however limited the hosts to just 10 points in the third term. The visitors erased the deficit as the teams entered the fourth period tied at 57. It all came down to the final seconds in this exciting clash.
Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) posted 25 points to lead the home side. Steve Monreal finished with 19 points, while Kyle Spain (196-F-87, college: San Diego St.) contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Ronald Selleaze answered with 32 points and 7 rebounds for Navolato. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the loss.

Hermosillo: Patrick Sanders 25, Steve Monreal 19, Kyle Spain 13
Navolato: Ronald Selleaze 32, Marcus Elliott 17



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  MONTENEGRO   


Zarko Rakocevic moved to Kormend - by Darko Pekic

The Hungarian First League's Lami-Ved Kormend announced yesterday on its web site the arrival of the Montenegrin bigman, Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) . The former Euroleague-player signed a one year deal with the club. The 29 year old center started his career in Gorstak Kolasin and later moved to the Montenegrin powerhouse, Buducnost Podgorica where he became a key contributor (11.3 ppg., 5.3 rpg. in the Adriatic League in 2006/2007). He also played at the highest level of European Basketball as the member of Partizan Belgrade, after it he had stints with Bosna Sarajevo and Igokea and later in Austria, Spain and Switzerland.


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  NBA   


Jon Leuer Also Re-Signs With Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

The big news of tonights free agency insanity was obviously the re-signing of Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.), heart and soul of the Grizzlies, to a 4 year, $20 million dollar contract. But in the hullaballoo, another snippet of news got passed on a little more: Jon Leuer (6'10''-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) was also just re-signed by the Grizzles. Leuer was a very small part of the Grizz team last year, he only appeared in 19 games TOTAL. Not 19 games started, not 19 games of significant minutes, but 19 games appeared in. Safe to say, he wasnt a major factor to the team. The fact that he got playing time in the playoffs was perhaps a little distressing. That said, he isnt being paid like hes a major factor: the new contract adds him back to the team for 3 years at $3 million; $1 million per year. That isnt quite the minimum, so unfortunately, it will count against the cap sheet, but the Grizzlies should still have room for the Max-MLE ($5.15 million) to sign one other player this offseason after Tony Allens new $5 million-per-year deal, though it would appear that using the full exception will now put the Grizzlies over the Tax. More than anything, Leuer is just a fan favorite. Hes an awkward white guy who sees no minutes but is high-energy-good-for-a-joke Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-F-78, college: USC) or Matt Bonner (6'9''-F-80, college: Florida) style. Its possible that the Grizzlies just picked Leuer back up for the occasional crowd explosion they get when he sees the floor. However, while Leuer is certainly no Dwight Howard, he could be a really solid third (or even second) option; hes really raw and undeveloped, but hes already proven to be a monster rebounder and shot blocker in the very limited minutes he saw last season. Perhaps if given room to grow (something hed never get with Hollins) he could develop into a really solid 7-8 minutes a night, high energy bench piece, and that really shouldnt be underrated. Remember what those guys can bring to the table when the squad should, theoretically, start trailing. They can keep teams afloat.
Courtesy of: bealestreetbears.com



Mohammed to play another year with the Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Chicago native Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky) will play at least another season in his hometown. The 15-year NBA veteran, a graduate of Kenwood Academy in Hyde Park, Tweeted Tuesday morning that he will return to the Bulls next season, calling it "an easy decision." The widely-expected move won't be official until July 10, but according to a league source, the backup center and the Bulls verbally agreed to a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum. Mohammed, who Bulls general manager Gar Forman praised at a Monday press conference at the Berto Center, provided the Bulls with a strong locker-room presence and through hard work, earned a valuable spot in Tom Thibodeau's rotation in the second half of last season after a slow start to his debut campaign in Chicago. With Mohammed's return, Monday's addition of veteran swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr. and draft picks Tony Snell (6'7''-G-91) and Erik Murphy (6'10''-PF-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management), the Bulls can be expected to bring in one more free agent, likely another minimum-salary big man, to open next season with a league-mandated minimum of 13 players on the roster.
Courtesy of: csnchicago.com



Dunleavy, Bulls reach agreement on two-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Two people with direct knowledge of the discussions confirmed to CSNChicago.com that reports Monday about the Bulls agreeing to terms with veteran free agent Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) are indeed accurate. Yahoo! first reported the agreement, which is for two years and approximately $6 million, the taxpayer, or "mini," mid-level exception. Dunleavy, 32, played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 25.9 minutes a contest, mostly off the bench, shot 42.8 percent from three-point range, continuing the Bulls' trend this offseason of addressing their perimeter-shooting woes. A product of Duke, where he played alongside Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke), Dunleavy is the son of the former NBA player and coach of the same name. Capable of playing both wing positions, the 11-year veteran was pursued by a number of teams in free agency and according to a league source, he was presented with at least one offer upward of the full mid-level exception, but instead opted to agree to terms with the Bulls.
Courtesy of: csnchicago.com



Tony Allen re-upped with Memphis Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) re-upped with Memphis Grizzlies. The team have re-signed Tony Allen to a four-year contract worth $20 million.
In 94 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to NBA All-Defensive 1st Team. In 2010-2011 he appeared at Memphis Grizzlies (NBA, starting five) and averaged 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 73.5%. In 2011-2012 his stats read 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 25.8%, FT: 79.2%.
Earlier Tony Allen played four straight seasons for Boston Celtics. In his last year there he averaged 5.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 64.5%.
In 2004 Allen was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (25th overall). He attended Oklahoma State and it may be his tenth season in pro basketball. Allen received NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team award in 2011.



Kevin Martin joins Minnesota Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) agreed terms with 30-year old swingman Kevin Martin (201-84kg-83, college: W.Carolina). He played last season at Oklahoma City Thunder. In 88 games he had 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to win the Northwest Division title. Martin also spent pre-season at the Rockets that year.
In 2004 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings in first round (26th overall). The former Western Carolina University star is in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Martin was voted All-Southern Conference 1st Team back in 2003 and 2004 at his college time.
Martin is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Phoenix Suns agreed with Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns agreed with Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-PG-89, college: Kentucky) and Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) after a three-teams trade.
Eric Bledsoe played last time at Los Angeles Clippers. In 82 games he had 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg last season. He helped them to win the Pacific Division title. The previous season Bledsoe played at Bakersfield Jam. In two games he recorded 12.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 8.5apg that season.
Three years ago he was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder in first round (18th overall). The former University of Kentucky standout is in his fourth season in pro basketball. He was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Rookie Team in 2011.
Caron Butler played last time also at Los Angeles Clippers. In 84 games he recorded 10.3ppg and 2.8rpg last season. He helped them to win the Pacific Division title.
In 2002 Butler was drafted by Miami Heat in first round (10th overall). The former University of Connecticut standout is in his twelfth season in pro basketball.



Los Angeles Clippers add J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers add J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) and Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) after a three-team trade. J.J. Redick played last time at Milwaukee Bucks. In 32 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.5apg last season. Redick also played at the Magic that season. In 50 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.4apg. In 2006 he was drafted by Orlando Magic in first round (11th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won NBA Southeast Division championship title for three years in a row (between 2008 and 2010). Redick was also voted USBWA All-NCAA District III Player of the Year, USBWA All-NCAA 1st Team and All-ACC Rookie of the Year back in 2006 at his college time. Redick represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Argentina eight years ago.
Jared Dudley played last time at Phoenix Suns. In 79 games he had 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.6apg last season.In 2007 Dudley was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats in first round (22nd overall). The former Boston standout is in his seventh season in pro basketball.



Indiana Pacers keep David West - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers keep David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) for the next seasons. West agreed to three-year deal with Pacers. He has played there for the last two seasons. In 92 NBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.7apg last season. He helped them to win the Central Division title.
In 2003 West was drafted by New Orleans Hornets in first round (18th overall). The former Xavier University star is in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Among other achievements West was selected to NBA All-Star Game back in 2008 and 2009. He was a member of USA U22 National Team in 2001. West has played previously for New Orleans Pelicans.



Tiago Splitter will continue with San Antonio Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) will continue with San Antonio Spurs. He will start the 2013-14 season as the Spurs third-highest paid player when his representatives and the franchise put the finishing touches on a four-year deal. In 100 NBA games he had 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg last season.
The previous season he played at Valencia Basket (ACB) in Spanish league. In three games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg that season. Splitter also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in first round (28th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Splitter was voted Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Honorable Mention in 2011.
He was also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. Splitter played for Brazilian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2000. He also represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 44.0%.
Splitter has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Laboral Kutxa, Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and Alava.



Wizards reach agreement with free agent Martell Webster - by Eurobasket News

Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) arrived in Washington on a bargain basement deal, in need of career resuscitation after he had been discarded and dismissed from his previous employer. In one season, Webster far exceeded the value of his $1.75 million contract, established himself as a part of the teams hard-working, selfless core and became one of the NBAs most accurate long range shooters. When the season ended, Webster didnt hide his desire to return, believing that he had found a fit with the Wizards. The Wizards also wanted him back, as president Ernie Grunfeld, owner Ted Leonsis and even John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) all spoke of the need to make sure that he didnt get away. With the full mid-level exception at its disposal, Washington used the entire amount to get Webster to agree to terms on a four-year deal worth $22 million, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Webster averaged career-highs of 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and shot 42 percent from beyond the three-point line and also served as vocal locker room presence. He also suited for 76 games, including 62 starts, after two injury-plagued seasons in Minnesota, where he never played more than 47 games in either campaign for the Timberwolves because of two back operations that had him contemplating retirement. Grunfeld repeatedly stated his intentions to bring back Webster, even though the team is already stocked at small forward with Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA), Chris Singleton (6'8''-F-89, college: Florida St.) and recent No. 3 overall draft pick, Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93). Websters offseason sports hernia surgery also wasnt a deterrent for a sizable commitment. The Wizards plan to use the 6-foot-6 Webster at multiple positions, as they did last season, when he received heavy minutes at shooting guard. Websters agreement comes a day after the team received an oral commitment from free agent point guard Eric Maynor. The team currently has 12 players under contract for roughly $68 million, with second-round pick Glen Rice Jr. possibly putting the roster at 13. A league source said the Wizards expect to add Garrett Temple, which would leave the team with one remaining roster spot. Yahoo! Sports was first to report the deal.
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



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U19 World Championship: USA easy past Australia - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19-USA U19 51:94

USA easy past Australia for 5-0 record at the U19 World Championship in Group F. The team posted a 94:51 win and will face Spain for the top place in the group tomorrow. Australia fell at 2-3 record and will have a do-or-die game tomorrow against Russia. USA took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They started the game with a 24-12 lead and then added 31-8 surge before the halftime. Moreover USA won the third and the fourth periods respectively. They had 22-16 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 17-15 result. Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Montrezl Harrell (6'8''-F-94) notched 13. Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'11''-C-95) scored 12, while Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94) had 11. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (6'5''-SF-95) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Dane Pineau (6'8''-F-94) as well as Michael Rowley (6'7''-F-94) had 8 each. Dante Exum (6'4''-PG-95) ended up with 7 points in the losing effort.

Australia U19: Felix Kalau Van Hofe 17, Dane Pineau 8, Michael Rowley 8, Dante Exum 7
USA U19: Aaron Gordon 15, Montrezl Harrell 13, Jahlil Okafor-Benton 12, Marcus Smart 11



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SABA U16 Qualifiers >> Nepali Boys are ready to roar - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepali U16 team is ready to roar at Dhaka in the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifiers for the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men which is all set to start today at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Four teams Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and India will compete in the qualifying round to be held in round robin format. The winner of this qualifying event will be qualified to participate in the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Tehran, Iran from 25 September to 4 October 2013.

Keshang Thokya Thakuri is the captain of the Nepal team while Saugat Singh Baniya is the vice-captain. Ajay Kunwar, Anish Magar, Sohrat Shah, Suraj Lama, Sujan Century, Denjo Gurung, Prayus Shrestha, Chhewang Jhankri, Sandesh Tamang and Sudip Acharya are the other members of the squad. Subrat Rajopadhaya is the Manager of the Nepali team while Biku Maharjan and Prem Sundar Hona are the coach and assistant coach. FIBA referee Raj Kumar Maharjan will referee matches during the qualifiers.

Game Schedule


July 3, 2013: India vs Maldives (6 PM) / Nepal vs Bangladesh (7:30 PM)

July 4, 2013: Nepal vs India (4 PM) / Bangladesh vs Maldives (5:30 PM)

July 5, 2013: Nepal vs Maldives (4 PM) / India vs Bangladesh (5:30 PM)



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DStv PBL Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Atlantic

Jun. 29: Union Bank - D.Warriors 94-80
Jun. 29: Oluyole W. - Islanders 68-71
Jun. 29: Customs - Comets 65-68
Jun. 29: Police Baton - Royal Hoopers 63-54

Savannah

Jun. 30: Kano Pillars - Kada Stars 93-69
Jun. 29: Kano Pillars - Kada Stars 87-56
Jul. 2: Bauchi Nets - Yelwa Hawks 86-59
Jul. 1: Bauchi Nets - Yelwa Hawks 80-65
Jun. 30: Plateau Peaks - Immigration 67-56
Jun. 29: Plateau Peaks - Immigration 67-53
Jun. 29: Mark Mentors - Niger Potters 20-00
Jun. 30: Mark Mentors - Niger Potters 20-00

Regular Season: Round 21

Atlantic

Jul. 5: Comets - D.Warriors
Jul. 5: Islanders - Customs
Jul. 6: Comets - D.Warriors
Jul. 6: Islanders - Customs
Jul. 6: Oluyole W. - Union Bank

Savannah

Jul. 6: Niger Potters - Kano Pillars
Jul. 6: Immigration - Bauchi Nets
Jul. 6: Yelwa Hawks - Plateau Peaks


Stankovic Cup: Australia roll past Nigeria to claim title - by Eurobasket News

Australia - Nigeria 76:61

Australia celebrated the fifth straight win at the Stankovic Cup and won the tournament. They knocked down Nigeria at Lanzhou to stay perfect. Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) finished with 12 points to lead the Emerging Boomers. Nigeria fell at 1-4 record after the defeat.
Australia secured a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The Emerging Boomers maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Australia accounted for a 37:30 halftime advantage. The Aussies left Nigeria far behind in the third term. The Emerging Boomers ignited a 25:15 surge to build a comfortable 17-point cushion heading into the fourth period. Nigeria slowed their opponents down in the final term but it was too late to save the game. Cody Ellis (203-F-90) nailed 11 points, while Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92) delivered 9 points for the winners. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points for Nigeria. Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 12 points in the loss.

Australia: Cameron Bairstow 12, Cody Ellis 11, Igor Hadziomerovic 9
Nigeria: Stan Okoye 15, Richard Oruche 12



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Poland U18 win second game against Israel U18 - by Eurobasket News

Poland U18 - Israel U18 65:61

Poland won the exhibition series versus Israel. They claimed the second win to claim a 2-1 victory in the series. Adam Brenk (190-PG-95) nailed 11 points to lead the hosts to the win in the third encounter.
Poland eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Poland arrived at the interval up by two points 31:29. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Poland stayed on top as they entered the fourth period up by two points 52:50. The hosts held Israel to 11 points in the final stanza and snatched a tough victory at the end. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) and Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) netted 10 points each. Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) added 7 points for the winning side.



Darrell Harris inks another deal with AZS Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84, college: Rhode Island) inks another deal with AZS Koszalin and will enter 2013/2014 season again with them. In 36 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention. The most of previous (2011-12) season Harris spent at Kotwica (TBL) in Polish league. In 38 games he had 12.4ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6bpg that season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Polish League All-Star Game. He also spent pre-season at Ironi Ashkelon (Winner League) in Israel that year.
Among other achievements Harris' team made it to the Portuguese Champions Cup final in 2008. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011.
Harris played also professionally in Germany (Schalke), Spain (CB Canarias), Uruguay (Malvin) and Portugal (Barreirense).Harris attended Rhode Island University until 2007 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.



Pawel Leonczyk joins Trefl Sopot - by Pawel

Trefl Sopot strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Polish forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex). Last season was one of bests in his professional career. He played for AZS Koszalin, and helped them earn a bronze medal. In 41 games in PLK, he had relatively good stats with 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Leonczyk signed two-year deal with Trefl.

He was also member of Polish national team on Eurobasket 2011 at Lithuania. He played 5 games on this tournament, and recorded 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1
assists per game.



Slask Wroclaw interested in Milivoje Lazic - by Eurobasket Center

WKS Slask Wroclaw is almost ready to make the choice for the new head coach. According to the sources the club is in talks with Milivoje Lazic . The promissing Serbian coach spent last two seasons in Crvena Zvezda Beograd (left in October 2012).

Slask Wrocilaw is the newcomer in Polish TBL as they won promotion last year under Tomasz Jankowski .



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Harris, Ponce20.4 
 2. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 3. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.5 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Mayaguez17.5 
 9. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo12.1 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.5 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo9.1 
 5. Phillip, San German8.6 
 6. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 7. Diogu, Ponce8.4 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas8.3 
 9. Balkman, Guayama8.3 
 10. Harrellson, Chong.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao7.1 
 2. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.5 
 3. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.2 
 4. Hinson, Guayama5.1 
 5. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 6. Rivera, Ponce4.7 
 7. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Clemente, Humacao4.5 
 9. Huertas, Quebradil.4.0 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.9 
 3. Coronado, Guayama1.6 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Rivera, Ponce1.4 
 8. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 9. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 10. Santiago, Ponce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 2. Mata, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao1.6 
 4. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 5. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 6. Aubry, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 8. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Piratas sweep Caciques-Gigantes to reach semifinals - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas defeated Caciques-Gigantes 78-75 to reach the semifinals after sweeping the quarterfinals in four games.

Quebradillas reacted in the second half by winning the third quarter 23-12 and playing consistently during the final quarter to stay on top and close the series.

Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) scored 17 points, David Huertas 14 and Kevin Lisch 12 for Piratas who now wait for the winner of the Indios and Brujos series.

Richard Roby scored 19 points for Caciques-Gigantes who finished the regular season with an 18-18 record and got an early exit.

Indios de Mayaguez tied the series 2-2 by dominating Brujos de Guayama 90-75. Gary Wilkinson scored 19 points while Jeff Aubry added 17 points with 11 boards for the winners.

The series continue on Wednesday in Guayama.

Games for Tuesday, July 2:

Capitanes de Arecibo at Leones de Ponce
Mets de Guaynabo at Cangrejeros de Santurce



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Gaz Metan Medias keep Tudor Dumitrescu - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias keep Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) for the next season. In 19 Liga Nationala games he had 2.7ppg last season. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Dumitrescu also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded only 1.0ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2005,2008 and 2010. Dumitrescu also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 16.7%, 3PT: 55.6%, FT: 50.0%.
Dumitrescu has played previously professionally in Germany (Nuernberger) and Romania (CSU Sibiu and U-Mobitelco).


The team earlier announced EuroChallenge participation. They hope to represent the country in a high level.



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Kaliu Korstin to help Zoran Lukic in Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Kaliu Korstin to help Zoran Lukic in Nizhny Novgorod for the next season. The Specialist worked with Spartak St.Petersburg U23 (U23 Youth League) and will head now to the new team.
Earlier Nizhny Novgorod have agreed on terms of contract extension with head coach Zoran Lukic . They reached VTB League QF's after winning series against Spartak St. Petersburg, then managed to beat Zalgris in one but could not escape elimination eventually. Serbian coach Lukic, led the team, without very big names on the roster, famous wins against CSKA, Khimky, UNICS. Lukic came to Novgorod at 2008 and brought the club to the top Russian league from the second division as well as Russia Cup silver medal (2011). The specialist joined the team back in 2008. Previously he worked as assistant coach with Indian National Team. Eurobasket.com named Zoran Lukic All-Russian B Superleague Coach of the Year in 2010.
Kaliu Korstin has coached previously another Russian team Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and Dynamo Moscow.



Andrei Komarovskiy re-signs with Enisey Krasnoyarsk - by Eurobasket News

Andrei Komarovskiy (196-F-85) re-signs with Enisey Krasnoyarsk for the next season. In 14 games he had 7.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Komarovskiy also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2007 and 2011. Komarovskiy represented Russia at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
He has played previously professionally in Poland (Anwil) and Russia (Arsenal, Krasnie Krilya, Universitet-Yugra, Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and Dynamo Moscow Region).
Early in 2001-2002 he started his career for Arsenal Tula junior team. In 2002-2003 moved to BK Samara (A) and showed 7,3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg/



Nizhny Novgorod tab Dmitry Khvostov - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novogorod reinforced their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dmitry Khvostov (190-G-89). The guard penned a 1+1 deal with the team. Last two seasons Dmitry Khvostov spent with Khimky. Last season the guard tallied 2.2 points and 2.5 assists per game in PBL. In VTB League Khovtov posted 1.4 points and 2.2 assists per appearance. He also tallied 0.6 points per appearance in EuroLeague. Previously Dmitry Khvostov played for Dynamo Moscow. He was named All-Russian A Superleague Newcomer of the Year in 2007. Dmitry Khvostov has been the member of the Russian National Team since 2007.


U19 World Championship: Russia outlast Brazil in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19 - Brazil U19 82:78 (OT)

Russia clinched a crucial win at the Eighth-Final Round of U19 World Championship. They held off Brazil in an overtime drama to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Brazil fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) came up with 29 points to lead the winners.
Russia opened the game with determination. They posted a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Russia boosted the gap to 4 points at halftime 42:38. Brazil stepped on the gas in the third term. The Latin American team fired 25 points in the next period to erase the deficit. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 63. The lead changed hands throughout the final period. Brazil led by two points but Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) sank a jumper inside the final minute to force overtime. Russia limited Brazil to just 3 points in the extra period and celebrated victory at the end. Mikhail Kulagin netted 21 points, while Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 14 pints for the winners. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) and Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) accounted for 18 points apiece for Brazil. The latter one adding also 11 rebounds.

Russia U19: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 29, Mikhail Kulagin 21, Igor Kanygin 14
Brazil U19: Daniel Bordignon 18+11 boards, Leonardo Demetrio 18



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U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland claimed the first win - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - Andorra U16 80:48

Scotland claimed the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They coasted past Andorra in the opener.
Liam Mackle scored 23 points to lead the Scots.
Scotland jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 20:7 advantage after ten minutes. The Scottish team stretched the gap in the second period. They accumulated a 38:19 halftime lead. Andorra stopped the rot in the third period. They cut the deficit by one trailing 38:56 at the final break. But Scotland erupted for a 24:10 run in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome.
Ewan Lancaster (C) notched 20 points, while Thomas Skinner (186-PG-97) netted 10 points for the winners. Bruno Ribeiro responded with 14 points for Andorra. Eric Marti and Roger Curet had 9 points each in the loss.

Scotland U16:
Liam Mackle 23, Ewan Lancaster 20, Thomas Skinner 10
Andorra U16: Bruno Ribeiro 14, Eric Marti 9, Roger Curet 9



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  SENEGAL   


U19 World Championship: Senegal beat South Korea for first win - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19 - South Korea U19 88:79

Senegalese U19 National Team opened win count at the World Championship in Czech Republic. They held off South Korea in classification round. Abdoulaye Ndoye (210-C-95) posted 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners.
South Korea earned a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the second period. South Korea ensured a 48:43 halftime lead. But Senegal slowly came back to life after the big break. The African team cut the deficit at 3-point mark with one quarter remaining. Senegal used a 7:0 run at the start of the fourth frame to surge ahead. Abdoulaye Ndoye helped Senegal to a 79:69 lead midway through the fourth frame. The African team stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) and Ibrahima Sankare (201-F-96) finished with 12 points each for the winners. Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) responded with game-high 31 points for South Korea. Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) had 18 points in the losing effort.

Senegal U19: Abdoulaye Ndoye 27+16 boards, Pape Diatta 12, Ibrahima Sankare 12
South Korea U19: Sangjae Kang 31, Choi Jun-Yong 18



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  SERBIA   


Serbian giant in Crvena zvezda - by Igor Obradovic

Serbian giant, Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) who last season played in Mega Vizura and become MVP of Serbian Super league, signed two year contract with Crvena zvezda Telekom.

Marjanovic plays in centar posistion, he is 221cm tall and have 24 years. He was born in Zajecar and his first club was Hemofarm. In Europe he played for CSKA Moscow and Zalgiris Kaunas. This is third player who came in Crvena zvezda for new season. After Jaka Blazic and Blake Schilb, Marjanovic is new player for red&whites.
Marjanovic in last season in 41 games for Mega Vizura, have 27.6 minutes per game, 16.9 points, 68.9% for 2 points, 85.4 % free throws, 11.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 27.5 index per game.



U19 World Championship: Serbia improved to 5-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19-China U19 76:50

Serbia improved to 5-0 record in Group F before the final game in the group against USA. The Serbian side outscored China 76:50 in Day 5 for the perfect record. China meanwhile fell at 3-2 record.
The European team started the game with a 21-10 lead and led 9 points at the halftime. They added 17-16 rally in the third period, but then pushed the tempo for good in the last stanza. Serbia erupted with a 26-10 burst to win the game by 26 points.
Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) paced all the winners with 15 points and Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) collected 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Jokic (203-C-95) and Djoko Salic (209-C-95) followed them with 8 points each. Wu Qian (190-G-94) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort and Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) had 9. Heng YiFeng (194-F-95) poured in 8, whilst Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) added 6.

Serbia U19: Nikola Jankovic 15, Nikola Milutinov 14+13 rebs, Nikola Jokic 8, Djoko Salic 8
China U19: Wu Qian 10, Yuan Shuai 9, Heng YiFeng 8, Gao Shang 6



Uros Nikolic in Igokea - by Ivan Milenkovic

Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) is new player of Igokea from Aleksandrovac, who will participate in ABA League and Eurocup next season. 26-year-old power forward/center played last season for MZT Skopje Aerodrom and Radnicki Kragujevac. In ABA League, with Macedonian team, he averaged 6.4 points (FG 42.9%, FT 56.1%) and 3.9 rebounds (16.0 minutes). In Serbian League, with Radnicki, big man averaged 11.7 points (FG 53.8%, FT 74.5%) and 4.8 rebounds (21.7 minutes). Previously, Uros Nikolic played for Crvena zvezda, Krka, Mega Vizura and Hemofarm.
Before experienced Serbian, Igokea signed Canadian big guy Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist).



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  SLOVAKIA   

1.Liga Stats

1.Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lechman Peter 26.9
2 Podhorsky Michal 21.4
3 Galovic Stanislav 20.0
4 Snopko Dusan 19.2
5 Hanusek Marek 18.6
5 Mlynek Matus 18.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Strasko Martin 14.6
2 Hasan Juraj 11.8
3 Odnoga Richard 11.4
4 Kirchner Adrian 10.9
5 Lichvar Miroslav 10.1
Assists Per Game
1 Jackuliak Simeon 7.9
2 Ivan Roman 5.1
3 Becarik Robert 4.9
4 Kucsa Richard 4.2
4 Matejcik Martin 4.2
4 Fabry Martin 4.2



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Korean senior NT for William Jones cup 2013 - by JungHwan Seo



Korean senior national team will participate in William Jones cup 2013 in Taipei. Coach Yoo JaeHak decided to make Moon Seong-gon, Lee Seung-hyun and Ki Seung-ho out of the final roster. Now Korea has 13 players in their roster including Lee Seung-jun and Moon Tae-young.

According to FIBA rules, only one ethnic Korean can make to the final roster for Asian Basketball Championship 2013 in Philippines. That is why Coach Yoo has to make a choice soon between Lee Seung-jun and Moon Tae-young. Coach Yoo thinks that William Jones Cup can give him an opportunity to make that decision.

Strong Guards are lethal weapons of Korea. They have 2012-2013 Korean Basketball League regular season MVP Kim Sun-hyung and Finals MVP Yang dong-geun. Kim Tae-sool is definitely the best point guard in Korea. Kim Min-goo and Park Chan-hee are incredible scorers.

On the other hand, team Korea's biggest weakness is low post. Former NBA player Ha Seung-jin (221cm), the biggest player in Korea, cannot play this year because of the military duty. Also, No.1 power forward Oh Se-Keun who was finals MVP for 2011-2012 season of KBL is out due to ankle and foot injuries.

Talented forwards, Choi Jin-soo and Yang Hee-jong are also out for some major injuries. Veteran big man Kim Joo-sung who already retired from Korean national team two years ago is rejoining for his country.

"We got a confidence to compete with any Asian team like Asian champ Iran and rival China. Our goal is to get at least 3rd place in ABC. Then, we can get a ticket for world championship in Spain next year" Coach Yoo said.

< Korean NT 13 men roster for William Jones Cup 2013>

Guards: Kim Sung-hyung, Yang Dong-geun. Park Chan-hee, Kim Min-goo, Kin Tae-sool

Forwards: Moon Tae-young, Cho Sung-min, Yoon Ho-young, Choi Bu-kyung

Centers: Kim Joo-sung, Kim Jong-kyu, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Seung-jun




South Korean National Team for William Jones Cup 2013 - by Eurobasket

South Korean National Team 2013
#s#
Jong-Hyun Lee
Lee
Mingoo Kim
Kim
Sun-Hyung Kim
Kim
Dong-Geun Yang
Yang
Tae-Sool Kim
Kim
#e#5
Lee Jong-Hyun 206-C-94 Anyang KGC South Korea
4Kim Mingoo 189-G-91 Kyong Hee Univ. South Korea
5Kim Sun-Hyung 187-G-88 SK Knights South Korea
6Yang Dong-Geun 181-G-81 Mobis Phoebus South Korea
7Kim Tae-Sool 180-PG-84 Anyang KGC South Korea
8Park Chan-Hee 190-G-87 Anyang KGC South Korea
9Yoon Ho-Young 198-F-84 Dongbu Promy South Korea
10Cho Sung-Min 197-F-83 Sonic Boom KT South Korea
11Kim Joo-Sung 205-F/C-79 Dongbu Promy South Korea
12Kim Jong-Kyu 207-C-91 Kyong Hee Univ. South Korea
13Choi Bu Kyung 200-F-89 SK Knights South Korea
14Sandrin Eric 205-C/F-78 Dongbu Promy South Korea
15Stevenson Gregory 197-F-78 Mobis Phoebus South Korea

Yoo JaeHak Head Coach



U19 World Championship: Senegal beat South Korea for first win - by Eurobasket News

Senegal U19 - South Korea U19 88:79

Senegalese U19 National Team opened win count at the World Championship in Czech Republic. They held off South Korea in classification round. Abdoulaye Ndoye (210-C-95) posted 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners.
South Korea earned a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the second period. South Korea ensured a 48:43 halftime lead. But Senegal slowly came back to life after the big break. The African team cut the deficit at 3-point mark with one quarter remaining. Senegal used a 7:0 run at the start of the fourth frame to surge ahead. Abdoulaye Ndoye helped Senegal to a 79:69 lead midway through the fourth frame. The African team stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) and Ibrahima Sankare (201-F-96) finished with 12 points each for the winners. Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) responded with game-high 31 points for South Korea. Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) had 18 points in the losing effort.

Senegal U19: Abdoulaye Ndoye 27+16 boards, Pape Diatta 12, Ibrahima Sankare 12
South Korea U19: Sangjae Kang 31, Choi Jun-Yong 18



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  SPAIN   


U19 World Championship: Spain edge Argentina to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Spain U19 - Argentina U19 74:58

Spain clinched the fifth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Argentina to secure 5-0 record on top of Group E. Argentina slipped at 1-4 record. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 17 points to pace the winners.
Argentina looked better in the opening ten minutes. The Latin American team gained a 16:12 lead after the starting period. Spain slowly adjusted their game in the second term. They got within three points at halftime 30:33. The European side capped the third term on a 14:1 run to take a 56:45 lead into the fourth period. Spain limited Argentina to 13 points in the final stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) delivered 16 points, while Javier Marin (196-SG-94) had 12 points for Spain. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) had 8 points in the loss.

Spain U19: Dario Brizuela 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 16, Javier Marin 12
Argentina U19: Matias Bernardini 18, Rodrigo Haag 8



Valencia announce Pablo Aguilar - by Eurobasket News

Valencia bolstered their frontcourt. They announced the signing of Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89). The deal is meant for three seasons. Pablo Aguilar spent the last three seasons with CAI Zaragoza. The centre notched 9.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists per game last season. Previously Pablo Aguilar played for CB Granada and Real Madrid. He was the member of U18 and U20 Spanish National Teams. Pablo Aguilar was named Spanish U20 championship MVP in 2008.


Real Madrid extend contract with Felipe Reyes - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid extended the contract with their charismatic leader. The prolonged the deal with Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) until 2015. The forward has been playing for Real since 2004. Last season Felipe Reyes tallied 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in ACB. In EuroLeague the forward notched 7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Reyes was named All-Spanish ACB Finals MVP. He also earned All-Spanish ACB Honourable Mention. Felipe Reyes made it into All-Spanish ACB Domestic Players Team in 2004 and 2008. The forward was trumped ACB Most Improved Player of the Year in 2000. He has been the member of the Spanish National Team since 2000. He earned 2006 World Championship and 2011 EuroBasket Gold with Spain.


Laboral Kutxa land Adam Hanga - by Eurobasket News

Laboral Kutxa bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Hungarian international Adam Hanga (200-SG-89, agency: TSS Management). The guard inked a four-year deal with the team. Adam Hanga is not new to Spain. He spent the last two seasons with Assignia Manresa. Last season Adam Hanga posted 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in ACB. He earned All-Spanish ACB Honouranle Mention. Previously Adam Hanga played for Albacomp in Hungary. He was named All-Hungarian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2011. Hanga was named All-Hungarian League Most Improved Player of the Year in 2010. Adam Hanga has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2009.


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  SWEDEN   


Johan Ronstrom re-signs with Jamtland - by Eurobasket News

Jamtland have reached agreement on terms of contract extension with Johan Ronstrom (204-PF-89). The forward will enter the fourth straight season with the team. Last season Johan Ronstrom tallied 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in Basketligan. Previously he played for Sundsvall and Sanda BG. Johan Ronstrom was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Swedish National Teams.


Sodertalje keep John Roberson - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje kept one of their key players on the roster. They agreed on terms of contract extension with John Roberson (180-PG-88, college: Texas Tech). The point guard started the previous season in Switzerland. He played for Monthey. John Roberson tallied 17.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.0 steals per game in LNA. He moved to Sweden in November. His stats read 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.0 steals per game in Basketligan. John Roberson also notched 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per EuroChallenge appearance. The guard helped the Kings to the Basketligan title. Previously John Roberson played in Slovenia and ABA. He was the ABA finalist in 2012.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Starwings sign Miroslav Petkovic and Rokas Uzas - by Luca Maffioli

Starwings Basket Regio Basel announced the signing of Miroslav Petkovic (183-PG-88) and Rokas Uzas (202-F-88). Petkovic comes back to Basel after one season at SAV Vacallo. The Swiss point guard averaged 4.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals in 18 LNA games but the team folded during the season. Uzas comes back to Swiss. Last season he played in Kosovo with KB Bashkimi Prizren after one season at SAV Vacallo. The Lithuanian forward, in 2011-2012 season, averaged 14.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals. Starwings Basket Regio Basel also keeps Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94), Joel Fuchs (189-PG-89), Robert Devcic (192-F-92) and Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95).


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  TUNISIA   


U16 AfroBasket: Tunisia outscored Gabon in Antananarivo - by Eurobasket News

Tunisia U16-Gabon U16 69:31

Tunisia outscored Gabon in Antananarivo for a perfect 3-0 record in Group A of the U16 AfroBasket. They posted a 69:31 victory to remain undefeated at the tournament.
Tunisia started the game with a 22-16 lead and never looked behind after. They added 22-10 surge in the second frame and had 44:26 halftime advantage. Tunisia played even better in defense in the second half and limited the opponents to just 5 points. They won the third period 10-2 and finished the game with a 15-3 burst.
Achref Gannouni top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Younes Saidani notched 19. Mahmoud Hajri posted 9, while Mohamed Belkhiria had 4. Emmanuel Oyono replied with 8 points in defeat and Mahony Edou N'Dui scored 5. Stephanel Sarahn and Channick Ndong Nkoma added 4 points apiece in a loss.

Tunisia U16: Achref Gannouni 25, Younes Saidani 19, Mahmoud Hajri 9, Mohamed Belkhiria 4
Gabon U16: Emmanuel Oyono 8, Mahony Edou N'Dui 5, Stephanel Sarahn 4, Channick Ndong Nkoma 4



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 13-15 TOP PERFORMERS" - by David Edole

"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 13-15 DIVISION"

POOL A
TEAM WINS LOSES
Jah Youths 3-1
Blazers 1-2
JESS03

POOL B
Defend Ours 5-0
Brothers 2-2
Young Ballers 0-3

"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 13-15 TOP PERFORMERS"

SCORING

NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 TECOY MARTIN Blazers 12.7
2 MARCEL HODGE Brothers 11.8
3 NAKOTA LIBURD Defend Ours 11.5
4 JAHMIAH SIMMONS Defend Ours 10.7
5 JB BRODIE Jah Youths 10.3
6 PAUL SMITH Defend Ours 9.7
7 JEMOI GIBBS Young Ballers 9.5
8 COLLINS JOSEPH JESS 8.0
9 AKEEM APOLLON Young Ballers 8.0
10 JOSEPH GOMEZ Defend Ours 8.0
11 ASEAN LAWRENCE Brothers 7.5
12 ROBELTO JAMES Jah Youths 7.0
13 JAHMALIKI RICHARDSON Defend Ours 6.0
14 LAQUAN GEORGE Blazers 6.0
15 DESHAUN FELICIAN Defend Ours 5.5
16 CALEEM SERRANT Jah Youths 5.5
17 ZIMEEL ST HILAIRE Defend Ours 5.3
18 TREVORN SIMMONDS Brothers 5.0
19 SHAMAL GLASFORD Blazers 4.8
20 JARRED LEBLANC JESS 4.7

REBOUNDING
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 JB BRODIE Jah Youths 9.3
2 MARCEL HODGE Brothers 9.3
3 TEJOHN ROPER Young Ballers 9.0
4 NAKOTA LIBURD Defend Ours 8.3
5 ZIMEEL ST HAIRE Defend Ours 7.0
6 BRYAN CHRISTOPHER JR. JESS 6.7
7 JAHMIAH SIMMONS Defend Ours 6.5
8 DERON HARROW Blazers 6.0
9 JARRED LEBLANC JESS 6.0
10 JAHMALIKI RICHARDSON Defend Ours 5.5
11 DEVAUGHN TODMAN Jah Youths 5.0
12 SHA'RIK MORGAN Young Ballers 5.0
13 BYRON EVANS JR. Brothers 4.8
14 TREVORN SIMMONDS 4.5
16 KEMO RILEY Young Ballers 4.0
17 ROBELTO JAMES Jah Youths 3.7
18 AKEL GRIEG Blazers 3.5
19 SHAMAL GLASFORD Blazers 3.3
20 PAUL SMITH Defend Ours 3.3

ASSISTS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 ZIMEEL ST HILAIRE Defend Ours 3.8
2 PAUL SMITH Defend Ours 1.8
3 ROBELTO JAMES Jah Youths 1.3
4 JOSEPH GOMES Defend Ours 1.0
5 JAHMIAH SIMMONS Defend Ours 1.0
6 MARCEL HODGE Brothers1.0
7 JB BRODIE Jah Youths1.0
8 SHAMAL GLASFORD Blazers 1.0
9 JAHMALIKI RICHARDSON Defend Ours 1.0
10 LAQUAN GEORGE Blazers 1.0

STEALS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 ROBELTO JAMES Jah Youths 4.3
2 LAQUAN GEORGE Jah Youths 4.0
3 COLLINS JOSEPH JESS 3.5
4 DEVAUGHN TODMAN Jah Youths 3.0
5 JAHMALIKI RICHARDSON Defend Ours 3.0
6 JOSEPH GOMEZ Defend Ours 2.7
7 ZIMEEL ST. HILAIRE Defend Ours 2.7
8 TECOY MARTIN Blazers 2.7
9 JEMOI GIBBS Young Ballers 2.5
10 KIANIE JOSEPH Young Ballers 2.5

BLOCKS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 DEVAUGHN TODMAN Jah Youths 2.3
2 TEJOHN ROPER Young Ballers 2.0
3 JAHMIAH SIMMONS Defend Ours 1.8
4 MARCEL HODGE Brothers 1.5
KEMO RILEY Young Ballers 1.5




"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 9-12 DIVISION" - by David Edole

"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 9-12 DIVISION"

POOL A
TEAM WINS LOSES
Nuff Respect 6-0
Jah Youths 4-2
Brothers 1-3
More Youths 0-4

POOL B
Come 2 Defend 4-1
JESS 3-2
Blazers 1-3
Respect We 0-4

"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 9-12 TOP PERFORMERS"

SCORING
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 JERIMIAH JAMES Jah Youths 8.4
2 J'WAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 7.6
3 ALIYAH BOSTON Nuff Respect 7.4
4 KOBE VALMOND JESS 7.2
5 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 7.0
6 KESHOR CHARLES Brothers 6.0
7 JOVAUGHN DOUGLAS Jah Youths 5.6
8 SHAQUAN JOHN CHARLES Come 2 Defend 5.0
9 BRUCELY CHARLES Blazers 5.0
10 JEMAL DAVIS Nuff Respect 4.8
11 HIMOI ANDREWS Come 2 Defend 4.8
12 TERREL LAKE Nuff Respect 4.6
13 JAKOI LOUISON Respect We 4.5
14 NAJI MERCER Brothers 4.5
15 JOSEPH SIBILLY Respect We 4.5
16 TRAMOI MARTIN Nuff Respect 4.4
17 KYODE WALTERS Come 2 Defend 4.3
18 JOURDYN RAWLINS Nuff Respect 4.0
19 PATRICK HENDRICKSON JESS 4.0
20 JALEN FRANCIS Blazers 4.0

REBOUNDING
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 SHAWN EVANS Respect We 10.0
2 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 9.4
3 ALIYAH BOSTON Nuff Respect 8.4
4 JOVAUGHN DOUGLAS Jah Youths 8.4
5 HIMOI ANDREW Come 2 Defend 8.0
6 J'WAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 7.6
7 JEMAL DAVIS Nuff Respect 6.6
8 PATRICK HENDRICKSON JESS 6.4
9 JELBASIO SACARIA Blazers 5.5
10 JOHN HEYLIGER Brothers 5.5
11 JOHN GRIFFITH JESS 5.3
12 JAKOI LOUISON Respect We 5.3
13 JOURDYN RAWLINS Respect We 5.0
14 JALEN FRANCIS Blazers 5.0
15 AHLANEE COOK Blazers 4.8
16 K'SHARD CALLENDAR Come 2 Defend 4.5
17 JEMOI DAVIS Nuff Respect 4.4
18 UNIQUE MEYERS Come 2 Defend 4.3
19 DEVON FREEMAN Blazers 4.0
20 NAJI MERCER Brothers 3.5

ASSISTS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 JOURDN RAWLINS Nuff Respect 1.6
2 KYODE WALTERS Come 2 Defend 1.3
3 SHAQUAN JOHN CHARLES Come 2 Defend 1.3
4 JELBASIO SACARIA Blazers 1.0
5 NAJI MERCER Brothers 1.0
6 JOSEPH SIBILLY Respect We 1.0
7 KOBE VALMOND JESS 0.8
8 ANTONIO ORTIZ Brothers 0.7
9 MEKOI MALONE Brothers 0.7
10 JERIMIAH JAMES Jah Youths 0.6

STEALS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 KOBE VALMOND JESS 4.6
2 JELBASIO SACARIA Blazers 4.5
3 JOURDYN RAWLINS Nuff Respect 4.0
4 AKIM GREY Blazers 4.0
5 TERREL LAKE Nuff Respect 3.6
6 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 3.4
7 JOSEPH SIBILLY Respect We 3.2
8 IVAN VAN BEVERHOUDT JR Jah Youths 3.0
9 JEICO LEWIS JESS 2.7
10 JOVAUGHN DOUGLAS Jah Youths 2.6

BLOCKS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 SHAKIOU SPRAUVE JESS 1.6
2 NAJI MERCER Brothers 1.5
3 SHAWN EVANS Respect We 1.3
4 J'WAN ROBERTS Jah Youths 1.2
JOVAUGHN DOUGLAS Jah Youths 1.2




"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 16-18 TOP PERFORMERS" - by David Edole

"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 16-18 DIVISION"

TEAM WINS LOSES

JUSTICE 3-1
AGSUF 3-1
JAH YOUTHS 1-2
ST JOHN 0-3

"2013 ZERO TOLERANCE SUMMER LEAGUE 16-18 TOP PERFORMERS"

SCORING
NAME TEAM AVERAGE

1 MARQUIS PILGRIM St. John 18.3
2 JAHNAJADE HODGE AGSUF 13.3
3 SEKAYI PETERSON Justice 10.7
4 ME'SHAUN WILKINSON Justice 9.7
5 AKIYO NEILLE Justice 9.0
6 ROWHAAN DAVID Justice 9.0
7 MUTA ABIFF Jah Youths 8.5
8 KYU MATTHEWS Justice 8.3
9 JAHGAMBA FELIX AGSUF 7.8
10 BAHAMNI HEYWOOD AGSUF 7.7
11 DOMINICK PAPURA AGSUF 7.3
12 JEVON PHILPOTT Jah Youths 7.0
13 KWAME MCBEAN Jah Youths 6.3
14 ROMEO JOSEPH Justice 6.0
15 AQUAN RENAULT Jah Youths 5.7
16 SHAKEEM MEADE St. John 5.7
17 JABARI MATTHEWS Jah Youths 5.5
18 THAMEO FRANCIS Jah Youths 5.3
19 TQUAN REGISTE AGSUF 5.0
20 ASHLEY RITTER St. John 4.3

REBOUNDING
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 MUTA ABIFF Jah Youths 11.0
2 MARQUIS PILGRIM St. John 9.7
3 KYU MATTHEW Justice 8.5
4 JEVON PHILPOTT Jah Youths 8.3
5 ANDRE WILKINSON St. John 8.0
6 SEKAYI PETERSEN Justice 7.0
7 TQUAN REGISTE AGSUF 5.7
8 ROMEO JOSEPH Justice 5.3
9 ASHLEY RITTER St. John 5.3
10 DOMINICK PAPURA AGSUF 5.3
11 AQUAN RENAULT Jah Youths 5.0
12 KERRAL LARENT St. John 5.0
13 JAHNAJADE HODGE AGSUF 4.7
14 KWAME MCBEAN Jah Youths 4.7
15 ROWHAAN DAVID Justice 4.3
16 JAHGAMBA FELIX AGSUF 4.3
17 ALLANY PETERSEN AGSUF 4.0
18 MALIK RICHARDS St. John 3.7
19 CAREEM ALBERT St. John 3.3
20 BAHAMNI HEYWOOD AGSUF 3.0

ASSISTS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 AQUAN RENAULT Jah Youths 3.3
2 MESHAUN WILKINSON St John 2.3
3 JAHNAJADE HODGE AGSUF 2.3
4 CAREEM ALBERT St John 2.0
5 MALACI FRANCIS St John 2.0
6 DEVONTEE ANTHONY Jah Youths 2.0
7 MALIK RICHARDS St John 2.0
8 SEKAYI PETERSEN Justice 1.7
9 AKIYO NEILLE Justice 1.5
10 JABARI ALEXANDER Jah Youths 1.5

STEALS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 AQUAN RENAULT Jah Youths 3.3
2 DOMINICK PAPURA AGSUF 3.0
3 MALIK RICHARDS St John 3.0
4 AKIYO NEILLE Justice 2.7
5 SEKAYI PETERSEN Justice 2.7
6 JAHNAJADE HODGE AGSUF 2.5
7 JABARI ALEXANDER Jah Youths 2.5
8 MALACAY FRANCIS St John 2.5
9 ASHLEY RITTER St John 2.3
10 AKITO AMARO AGSUF 2.2

BLOCKS
NAME TEAM AVERAGE
1 KWAME MCBEAN Jah Youth 3.0
2 JEVON PHILPOTT Jah Youth 2.3
3 DEKWANI NORFORD AGSUF 2.0
4 JAHGAMBA FELIX AGSUF 1.5
5 MARQUIS PILGRIM St. John 1.3





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  UBL   

Standings

UBL Standings Standings
Northern Division
 1. Arkansas B. 4-0 
 2. Arkansas W. 4-1 
 3. Metro L. 3-1 
 4. Springfield T. 2-2 
Southern Division
 1. St.Louis S. 4-0 
 2. Round Rock 2-1 
 3. Texas W. 2-1 
 4. Missouri T. 1-1 



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  UKRAINE   


Hoverla sign Seamus Boxley - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla announced the name of another newcomer. They agreed on terms of contract with Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.). The forward spent the last season in Austria. Seamus Boxley played for Oberwart. The forward notched 18.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Gunners. He helped Oberwart into A Bundesliga Final. Seamus Boxley was named All-Austrian League Player of the Year. Previously the forward had stints in Netherlands, Germany, D-League, Portugal and China. Boxley was trumped All-Dutch Eredivisie Forward of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He was also named All-Dutch Eredivisie Player of the Year in 2012.
Hoverla have previously announced Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90), Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-C-86), Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) and Andre Young (175-G-90, college: Clemson).



Budivelnyk bring back Alexandr Nerush - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk are bringing back Alexandr Nerush (192-G-83). The Ukrainian champions announced the signing of the veteran guard. Alexandr Nerush had played for Budivelnyk in 2001/08 seasons. Later he had stints in Pulsar Rivne, DniproAzot and Cherkasy. Last season Nerush spent with Cherkasy. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.1 boards per game in Superleague. Alexandr Nerush was the UBL Cup winner back in 2009. He was the member of the Ukrainian U20 National Team. Alexandr Nerush was also the member of the Ukrainian University National Team in 2003 and 2007. He participated at the Universiades in South Korea and Thailand.


BC Donetsk land Maxym Korniyenko - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket). The centre played for Dnipro throughout his career. Last season Maxym Korniyenko tallied 10.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. He was named into Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team. Maxym Korniyenko was trumped All-Ukrainian Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2008. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The centre was the member of U18, U20 and University National Teams. He made it into All-World University Games 3rd Team in 2009. Maxym Korniyenko has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2008.


Vitaliy Kovalenko re-upped with Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84) re-upped with Khimik. In 43 Superleague games he averaged 7.6ppg and 3.2rpg last season. He also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he had 6.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous season Kovalenko played at BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukraine. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 37 Superleague games he had just 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Kovalenko also played 1 game in Euroleague where he recorded 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 block. He also played 6 games in Eurocup but he had only 0.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
In 2010-11 season Vitaliy Kovalenko played at BC Kyiv (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 46 games he had 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game. Kovalenko also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he had 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Hoverla (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 16 games he had 4.8ppg and 2.1rpg.
In 2008-09 season Kovalenko played at Znicz Jaroslaw (3Liga) in Polish league. In 16 games he had 5.9ppg and 3.6rpg.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


British U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

British U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Kavell Bigby-Williams
Bigby-Williams
Nicholas Bohling
Bohling
Jules Dang
Dang
Tyrell Isaacs
Isaacs
Myles Laurent-Smart
Laurent-Smart
#e#5
Kavell Bigby-Williams 203-F-95 Lewisham T. United Kingdom
Nicholas Bohling 186-G-95 Gravelines France
Jules Dang 195-PG-96 Un.Olimpija Slovenia
Tyrell Isaacs 183-PG-95 Westminster W. United Kingdom
George Ivens 206-C-95 Solent K. United Kingdom
Myles Laurent-Smart 182-PG-96 Newham Nept. United Kingdom
Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 188-G-96 Bristol AF United Kingdom
Benjamin Lawson 209-F-95 Oaklands United Kingdom
Terrel Martin-Garcia 198-F-95 Westminster W. United Kingdom
Daniel McSwiggan 199-G-95
Benjamin Mead 201-PF-95 Ipswich T. United Kingdom
Joe Mvuezolo 199-SF-96 Newham Nept. United Kingdom
Luke Nelson 190-G-95 Reading R. United Kingdom
Kingsley Okoroh 216-C-95 Derby T. United Kingdom
Tamas Okros 200-SF-95 Bristol AF United Kingdom
Dwayne Orija 194-SG-95 Westminster W. United Kingdom
Johathan Orrells 202-F-95
Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 196-G-95 Clinicas Rincon Spain
Jamal Tahraoui 185-G-95 Cheshire P. United Kingdom




British U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

British U20 National Team 2013
#s#
David Akibo
Akibo
Lewis Champion-Alleyne
Champion-Alleyne
Matthew Don
Don
Elvisi Dusha
Dusha
Rowell Graham
Graham
#e#5
David Akibo 195-F-94 Barking / Dagenh. United Kingdom
Lewis Champion-Alleyne 185-PG-93 Reading R. United Kingdom
Matthew Don 200-F-93 N.Iowa Area CC USA
Elvisi Dusha G-94 London Utd United Kingdom
Rowell Graham 197-F-94 Leopards United Kingdom
Joe Hart 194-G/F-93 Lakehead Canada
Nick Lewis 190-G-93 Sheffield S. United Kingdom
Joe Lockwood 203-F-94 Leopards United Kingdom
Grant Mackay 195-F-94 High School USA
Jordan Spencer 183-PG-94 London Lions United Kingdom
John Stewart 198-F-93 Leicester R. United Kingdom
Raphell Thomas-Edwards 198-F-93 Buffalo USA
Devon Van Oostrum 190-G-93 Laboral Kutxa Spain
Zak Wells 213-C-93 Girona Spain

Douglas Leichner Head Coach Maine USA



British U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#2
Marko Backovic 193-PF-97 Sheffield S. United Kingdom
George Calvey 204-C-97 Northants United Kingdom
Danny Evans 189-PG-97 Leeds Carnegie United Kingdom
Josh Foulds 197-F-97 Birmingham M. United Kingdom
Aidan Gastaldi-Davies 193-G-97 Hertfordshire United Kingdom
Raheem Idris 183-G-97 Manchester M. United Kingdom
Sam Jephat-Mathias C-98
Calvin Kintu Univ.E.London United Kingdom
Ryan Knowles 197-F-97 Cheshire P. United Kingdom
Luke Mitchell 180-G-98 Nottingham H. United Kingdom
Freddie Ratliff 205-C-98 Ipswich T. United Kingdom
Alex Roberts 185-PG-97 Cheshire P. United Kingdom
Joshua Steel 183-SF-97 Barking / Dagenh. United Kingdom
Denzel Ubiaro 188-F-97 Westminster W. United Kingdom
Carl Wheatle 193-F-98 London P. United Kingdom
Jason Witter 188-G-97 Lewisham T. United Kingdom
Akwasi Yeboah 193-F-97 Newham Nept. United Kingdom

Andreas Kapoulas Head Coach Bristol AF United Kingdom
Alan Keane Assistant



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jul. 1: Verdirrojo - Stockholmo 83-74
Jul. 2: Larre Borges - Cader 81-69
Jul. 2: Capitol - 25 de Agosto 78-72
Jul. 1: Marne - Colon 73-64
Jul. 2: Welcome - Urunday Univ. 56-61
Jul. 2: Yale - Guruyu Waston


Uruguay named 21 players for the FIBA AmericaS Championship - by Hector Lopez

Uruguay named 21 players to prepare the team to play the FIBA Ameriucas Championship, from Aug. 30th in Caracas, Venezuela. The HC will be Pablo Lopez and his assistants Mateo Rubio Diaz and Alejandro Glick:
The players are:
Guards
Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89), Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91), Jayson Granger (186-G-89), Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne), Luciano Parodi (182-PG-94), Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M), Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group),
Formard
Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group), Martin Aguilera (195-F-87), Federico Alvarez (194-F-88), Emilio Taboada (191-F-82), Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85), Rodrigo Brause (194-F-95), Ignacio Guerra
Centers
Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86), Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International), Hernando Caceres (201-C-94), Mathias Calfani (202-C-92), Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85), Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana), Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona)





Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League (14th round)
Verdirrojo 83 - Tulio Cobos (197-PF-86, college: Northeastern St.) 17 pts. 9 reb, 4 assists, Maximiliano Cervi (198-F-92) 20 pts. 4 reb. Nicolas Delgado (198-F-87) 12 pts. 4 reb.
Stockolmo 74 - Alex Lopez (184-G-93) 21 pts. 5 reb. 5 assists, Christopher Moore (205-F-82, college: Virginia Union) 17 pts 10 reb. Rogelio De Leon (205-C-89) 12 pts., 6 reb.
- - -
Marne 73 - Fernando Ferreira (204-C-87) 21 pts. 12 reb. Andre Stephens (202-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) 8 pts. 14 reb.
Colon 64 - Jose Moure (185-G-89) 23 pts. 4 reb. Myles Walker (203-C-90, college: India
na St.) 8 pts. 3 reb. 2 blocks



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Final Stage
 1. Marinos 9-3 
 2. Bucaneros 7-5 
 3. Cocodrilos 6-6 
 4. Gigantes 2-10 
Places 5-6
 1. Gaiteros 3-5 
 2. Trotamundos 1-7 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-28 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-23 
 3. Panteras 19-35 
 4. Toros 18-36 
Stage Two Standings

Third Stage: Round 12

Jul. 2: Cocodrilos - Gigantes 78-66
Jul. 2: Marinos - Bucaneros 75-69

Finals: Round 1

Jul. 5: Marinos - Cocodrilos


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Humacao
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Carmona, Humacao23.2 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP21.9 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.21.5 
 4. Santana, Caneros20.6 
 5. Maye, Titanes DN20.4 
 6. Miller, Gaiteros20.2 
 7. Bailey, Cocolos19.3 
 8. Martinez, Arecibo19.3 
 9. Rodgers, Marinos18.3 
 10. Flores, Titanes DN18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Arecibo
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Martinez, Arecibo12.1 
 2. Santana, Caneros10.0 
 3. Massie, San German9.9 
 4. Johnson, Cocolos9.2 
 5. Miller, Toros8.2 
 6. Urbina, Toros8.1 
 7. Carmona, Humacao7.7 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.7 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodril.7.6 
 10. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  Humacao
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Rivera, Humacao6.1 
 2. Pena, Huracanes PP6.1 
 3. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos5.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamun.4.8 
 6. Centeno, Cocodrilos4.4 
 7. Cedeno, Bucaneros4.3 
 8. Fortson, Trotamun.4.1 
 9. Guillent, Guaros3.9 
 10. Flores, Titanes DN3.3 
Steals Per Game
 James MILLER
  Gaiteros
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Gaiteros2.9 
 2. Riley, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Fortson, Trotamun.2.5 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.4 
 5. Guillent, Guaros2.2 
 6. Carmona, Humacao2.2 
 7. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.1 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.1 
 9. Johnson, Cocolos2.1 
 10. Pena, Huracanes2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  Toros
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Miller, Toros2.2 
 2. Lang, Cocodrilos1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Johnson, Cocolos1.2 
 6. Camara, Gaiteros0.9 
 7. Santana, Caneros0.9 
 8. Massie, San German0.9 
 9. Gadzuric, Marinos0.8 
 10. Bayona, Bucaneros0.8 


Marinos and Cocodrilos enter LBP Finals - by Eurobasket News

Marinos outgunned Bucaneros 75:69 to clinch the top spot in the third round of LPB action. They thus advanced into the championship series. Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) nailed 20 points to lead the defending champions to the victory. Marinos led by a single point at halftime 32:31. They used a 24:20 run in the third period to take a 56:51 lead into the fourth frame. Marinos did not allow Bucaneros any closer throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) netted 15 points for the hosts. Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) posted 20 points for Bucaneros. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
The victory of Marinos also meant Cocodrilos needed to beat Gigantes to reach the Finals. And they did right so. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace Cocodrilos to a 78:66 victory. Cocodrilos used a 23:9 run in the second frame to accumulate a 41:35 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 12-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) dropped 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Gigantes.


The start of the championship series is scheduled for Friday.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


BC Donetsk land Maxym Korniyenko - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket). The centre played for Dnipro throughout his career. Last season Maxym Korniyenko tallied 10.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. He was named into Ukrainian Superleague All-Domestic Players Team. Maxym Korniyenko was trumped All-Ukrainian Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2008. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The centre was the member of U18, U20 and University National Teams. He made it into All-World University Games 3rd Team in 2009. Maxym Korniyenko has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2008.


Astana set to sign Pat Calathes - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana are shaping up their roster for the next season. They have reportedly (David Pick was the first one to report on the deal) agreed on terms of contract with Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's). The forward is about to sign a two-year deal with the Kazakh powerhouse. Last season Pat Calathes spent in Israel. He played for Maccabi Haifa. The forward notched 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game in Premier League. He led Haifa to the Winner League title. Pat Calathes was named into All-Israeli League 2nd Team. He also made it into Eurobasket.com All-Greeks Abroad 1st Team. Previously Pat Calathes had stints with Panathinaikos, Kolossos, Marousi. He earned All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention in 2011.


Andrei Komarovskiy re-signs with Enisey Krasnoyarsk - by Eurobasket News

Andrei Komarovskiy (196-F-85) re-signs with Enisey Krasnoyarsk for the next season. In 14 games he had 7.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg last season. Komarovskiy also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Russian Cup Final Four in 2007 and 2011. Komarovskiy represented Russia at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago.
He has played previously professionally in Poland (Anwil) and Russia (Arsenal, Krasnie Krilya, Universitet-Yugra, Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and Dynamo Moscow Region).
Early in 2001-2002 he started his career for Arsenal Tula junior team. In 2002-2003 moved to BK Samara (A) and showed 7,3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg/



Kaliu Korstin to help Zoran Lukic in Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Kaliu Korstin to help Zoran Lukic in Nizhny Novgorod for the next season. The Specialist worked with Spartak St.Petersburg U23 (U23 Youth League) and will head now to the new team.
Earlier Nizhny Novgorod have agreed on terms of contract extension with head coach Zoran Lukic . They reached VTB League QF's after winning series against Spartak St. Petersburg, then managed to beat Zalgris in one but could not escape elimination eventually. Serbian coach Lukic, led the team, without very big names on the roster, famous wins against CSKA, Khimky, UNICS. Lukic came to Novgorod at 2008 and brought the club to the top Russian league from the second division as well as Russia Cup silver medal (2011). The specialist joined the team back in 2008. Previously he worked as assistant coach with Indian National Team. Eurobasket.com named Zoran Lukic All-Russian B Superleague Coach of the Year in 2010.
Kaliu Korstin has coached previously another Russian team Krasnye Krylya Toliatti U23 and Dynamo Moscow.



Nizhny Novgorod tab Dmitry Khvostov - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novogorod reinforced their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dmitry Khvostov (190-G-89). The guard penned a 1+1 deal with the team. Last two seasons Dmitry Khvostov spent with Khimky. Last season the guard tallied 2.2 points and 2.5 assists per game in PBL. In VTB League Khovtov posted 1.4 points and 2.2 assists per appearance. He also tallied 0.6 points per appearance in EuroLeague. Previously Dmitry Khvostov played for Dynamo Moscow. He was named All-Russian A Superleague Newcomer of the Year in 2007. Dmitry Khvostov has been the member of the Russian National Team since 2007.


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   

Standings

Standings
1. Egypt0-0
2. Iran0-0
3. Jordan0-0
4. Japan0-0
5. S.Korea0-0
6. Lebanon0-0
7. Taiwan B0-0
8. Taiwan0-0
9. USA0-0

Regular Season: Round 1

Jul. 6: LEB - TAB
Jul. 6: KOR - EGY
Jul. 6: JOR - IRI
Jul. 6: TAI - JPN


South Korean National Team for William Jones Cup 2013 - by Eurobasket

South Korean National Team 2013
#s#
Jong-Hyun Lee
Lee
Mingoo Kim
Kim
Sun-Hyung Kim
Kim
Dong-Geun Yang
Yang
Tae-Sool Kim
Kim
#e#5
Lee Jong-Hyun 206-C-94 Anyang KGC South Korea
4Kim Mingoo 189-G-91 Kyong Hee Univ. South Korea
5Kim Sun-Hyung 187-G-88 SK Knights South Korea
6Yang Dong-Geun 181-G-81 Mobis Phoebus South Korea
7Kim Tae-Sool 180-PG-84 Anyang KGC South Korea
8Park Chan-Hee 190-G-87 Anyang KGC South Korea
9Yoon Ho-Young 198-F-84 Dongbu Promy South Korea
10Cho Sung-Min 197-F-83 Sonic Boom KT South Korea
11Kim Joo-Sung 205-F/C-79 Dongbu Promy South Korea
12Kim Jong-Kyu 207-C-91 Kyong Hee Univ. South Korea
13Choi Bu Kyung 200-F-89 SK Knights South Korea
14Sandrin Eric 205-C/F-78 Dongbu Promy South Korea
15Stevenson Gregory 197-F-78 Mobis Phoebus South Korea

Yoo JaeHak Head Coach



Lebanese National Team for William Jones Cup 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Jean Abdel Nour
Abdel Nour
Ali Mahmoud
Mahmoud
Loren Woods
Woods
Fadi Khatib
Khatib
Mohammed Ibrahim
Ibrahim
#e#5
4Jean Abdel Nour 198-G/F-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
5Mohammed Ibrahim 196-G-83 Sagesse Lebanon
6Ali Mahmoud 184-G-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
7Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 186-PG-86 Champville Lebanon
8Bachir Ammouri 201-F/C-83 Moutahed Lebanon
9Elie Estephane 193-G-86 Sagesse Lebanon
10Ali Haidar 201-F-90 Al Riyadi Lebanon
11Rodrigue Akl 187-PG-88 Sagesse Lebanon
12Ali Kanaan 207-C/F-85 Champville Lebanon
13Amir Saoud 187-G-91 Al Riyadi Lebanon
14Loren Woods 218-C-78 Al Riyadi Lebanon
15Fadi Khatib 199-F-79 Champville Lebanon

Ghassan Sarkis Head Coach Champville Lebanon



Japanese National Team for William Jones Cup 2013 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Takahiro Kurihara
Kurihara
Kosuke Takeuchi
Takeuchi
Ryota Sakurai
Sakurai
Kosuke Kanamaru
Kanamaru
Keijuro Matsui
Matsui
#e#5
4Keijuro Matsui 188-G-85 Toyota Alvark Japan
5Daiki Tanaka 191-F-91 Tokai Univ. Japan
6Makoto Hiejima 190-G-90 Aoyama Univ. Japan
7Atsuya Ota 206-C-84
8Yuta Watanabe 201-SF-94
9Takahiro Kurihara 192-G/F-87 Toshiba BT Japan
10Kosuke Takeuchi 206-C/F-85 Toyota Alvark Japan
11Ryota Sakurai 194-G-83 Hokkaido L. Japan
12Daisuke Noguchi 196-F-83 Hokkaido L. Japan
13Naoto Tsuji 185-G/F-89 Toshiba BT Japan
14Kosuke Kanamaru 193-F/G-89 Panasonic T. Japan
16Yasutoshi Uda 190-G/F-86 Toshiba BT Japan
17Shohei Kikuchi 191-F/G-84 Toshiba BT Japan
18Sean Hinkley 200-F-91 Toyota Alvark Japan

Kimikazu Suzuki Head Coach Aishin SH Japan



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Lithuania4-1
3. Croatia4-1
4. Canada2-3
5. Argentina1-4
6. Iran1-4
Group F
1. Serbia5-0
2. USA5-0
3. China3-2
4. Russia2-3
5. Australia2-3
6. Brazil1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Czech Rep.1-1
2. Ivory Coas.1-1
3. S.Korea1-1
4. Senegal1-1

Second Stage: Round 2

13-16 Place

Jul. 2: SEN - KOR 88-79
Jul. 2: IVO - CZE 59-69

E

Jul. 2: CAN - IRI 95-57
Jul. 2: CRO - LTU 91-90
Jul. 2: ESP - ARG 74-58

F

Jul. 2: BRA - RUS 78-82 OT
Jul. 2: SRB - CHN 76-50
Jul. 2: AUS - USA 51-94

Second Stage: Round 3

13-16 Place

Jul. 3: KOR - IVO
Jul. 3: CZE - SEN

E

Jul. 3: ARG - CAN
Jul. 3: IRI - CRO
Jul. 3: LTU - ESP

F

Jul. 3: CHN - BRA
Jul. 3: RUS - AUS
Jul. 3: USA - SRB


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler ENNIS
  CAN
  (188-G-94)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Ennis, Syracuse22.2 
 2. Saric, Cibona20.4 
 3. Lyles, High School19.2 
 4. Sangjae, Korea U.18.8 
 5. Peterka, BK Pardu.17.8 
 6. Brzoja, Villanova16.8 
 7. Gao, Changsha Bank15.8 
 8. Yuan, CHN N.15.2 
 9. Mashayekhi, Mahram14.0 
 10. Gordon, High Scho.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Saric, Cibona14.2 
 2. Traore, IVO N.11.6 
 3. Peterka, BK Pardu.11.5 
 4. Zhou, Liaoning H.11.3 
 5. Ndoye, ASC Thies9.4 
 6. Mashayekhi, Mahram8.6 
 7. Brzoja, Villanova8.4 
 8. Lyles, High School8.2 
 9. Pineau, Melbourn.8.2 
 10. Saiz, Asefa E.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Saric, Cibona6.2 
 2. Kouril, Lucentum5.4 
 3. Annaev, Khimky5.0 
 4. Gibeom, Yonsei U.4.6 
 5. Zhao, Bayi R.4.2 
 6. Whelan, Hindu Club4.0 
 7. Brizuela, Asefa E.3.6 
 8. Perez, FCB R.3.6 
 9. Mavra, KK Split3.5 
 10. Ennis, Syracuse3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SMART
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smart, Oklahoma.3.2 
 2. Toure, IVO N.2.6 
 3. Adjei, Ermess2.6 
 4. Robinson, Pitts.2.4 
 5. Micic, Mega Vizura2.2 
 6. Gordon, High School2.2 
 7. Toure, IVO N.2.2 
 8. Pecos, Paulistano2.0 
 9. Diatta, SEN N.2.0 
 10. Bernardini, Sport.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Zhou, Liaoning H.6.5 
 2. Foroutannik, Azad2.4 
 3. Kanygin, Lok.Kuba.2.2 
 4. Traore, SOA1.8 
 5. Saric, Cibona1.8 
 6. Egi, High School1.6 
 7. Choi, Yonsei U.1.4 
 8. Krestininas, Sakal.1.2 
 9. Milutinov, Partizan1.2 
 10. Ndoye, ASC Thies1.2 


Day 5: The Second Stage continues in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Group 13-16 Place
Ivory Coast - Czech Republic 59-69
Czech Republic edge Ivory Coast at the Classification Round in U19 World Championship. The hosts posted a 69:59 win for 1-1 record. All four teams have 1-1 record after the first two games. Czech Republic opened the game with a 21-9 surge and never looked behind after. They added 16-5 burst and led 37:14 at the halftime. The African team however looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories. They came up with a 22-20 rally in the third period and finished the game with 23-12. Slanina Prokop top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Krivanek Jan netted 11. Safarcik Petr poured in 10, whilst Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) added 9. Alpha Toure (187-F-94) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Traore Dalen, Toure Ousmane and Cedric Bah (200-C-94) finished the game with 8 points apiece in a loss.

Senegal - South Korea 88-79
Senegalese U19 National Team opened win count at the World Championship in Czech Republic. They held off South Korea in classification round. Abdoulaye Ndoye posted 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners. South Korea earned a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the second period. South Korea ensured a 48:43 halftime lead. But Senegal slowly came back to life after the big break. The African team cut the deficit at 3-point mark with one quarter remaining. Senegal used a 7:0 run at the start of the fourth frame to surge ahead. Abdoulaye Ndoye helped Senegal to a 79:69 lead midway through the fourth frame. The African team stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) and Ibrahima Sankare finished with 12 points each for the winners. Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) responded with game-high 31 points for South Korea. Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) had 18 points in the losing effort.

Group E
Croatia - Lithuania 91-90
Croatia silence the defending champions at the U19 World Championship. Martin Junakovic (185-PG-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed a late three-pointer for 91:90 win as both teams are with 4-1 records in Group E. Lithuania suffered their first loss. Croatia starred the game with a 25-20 rally in the first period. They shocked the Baltic side with a 34-19 burst and led 20 points at the halftime. Lithuania however woke up in the second half and managed to catch up with the opponents. They won the third period 21-17 and posted a massive 30-15 surge in the last stanza. Lithuania took 90:88 lead in the last minute, but Martin Junakovic nailed a three-point for Croatia's win. Martin Junakovic top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Mislav Brzoja (193-F/G-94) nailed 17. Gabric Tomislav and Saric Dario scored 14 points each, while Mustapic Jakov notched 11. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) erupted with 31 points in the losing effort and Jankaitis Augustinas had 14. Dimsa Tomas poured in 12, whilst Staselis Mantvydas had 8.

Spain - Argentina 74-58
Spain clinched the fifth straight win at the U19 World Championship. They overcame Argentina to secure 5-0 record on top of Group E. Argentina slipped at 1-4 record. Dario Brizuela (188-PG-94) nailed 17 points to pace the winners. Argentina looked better in the opening ten minutes. The Latin American team gained a 16:12 lead after the starting period. Spain slowly adjusted their game in the second term. They got within three points at halftime 30:33. The European side capped the third term on a 14:1 run to take a 56:45 lead into the fourth period. Spain limited Argentina to 13 points in the final stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) delivered 16 points, while Javier Marin had 12 points for Spain. Matias Bernardini (190-G-94) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) had 8 points in the loss.

Canada - Iran 95-57
Canada recorded the first win at the Eighth-Final stage of the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Iran to improve at 2-3 record in Group E. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Iran fell at 1-4 record in the ladder. Canada did not waste much time getting to a quick start. The North American side fired 31 points in the opening ten minutes to gain an 11-point lead. Iran stiffened their defence in the second period. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 42:35. But Canada returned into the drivers seat in the third frame. They exploded with 26 points to boost the gap at 18-point mark with ten minutes remaining. Canada went on a deadly 27:7 spree in the fourth period to seal the win. Christopher Egi (203-PF-96) netted 15 points, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) added 13 points for Canada. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) and Sajjad Mashayekhi had 13 points apiece in the loss.

Group F
Australia - USA 51-94
USA easy past Australia for 5-0 record at the U19 World Championship in Group F. The team posted a 94:51 win and will face Spain for the top place in the group tomorrow. Australia fell at 2-3 record and will have a do-or-die game tomorrow against Russia. USA took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They started the game with a 24-12 lead and then added 31-8 surge before the halftime. Moreover USA won the third and the fourth periods respectively. They had 22-16 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with a 17-15 result. Aaron Gordon (206-PF-95) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Montrezl Harrell (203-F-94) notched 13. Okafor-Benton Jahlil scored 12, while Smart Marcus had 11. Felix Kalau Van Hofe (195-SF-95) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Dane Pineau (203-F-94) as well as Rowley Michael had 8 each. Exum Dante ended up with 7 points in the losing effort.

Serbia - China 76-50
Serbia improved to 5-0 record in Group F before the final game in the group against USA. The Serbian side outscored China 76:50 in Day 5 for the perfect record. China meanwhile fell at 3-2 record. The European team started the game with a 21-10 lead and led 9 points at the halftime. They added 17-16 rally in the third period, but then pushed the tempo for good in the last stanza. Serbia erupted with a 26-10 burst to win the game by 26 points. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) paced all the winners with 15 points and Milutinov Nikola collected 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jokic Nikola and Djoko Salic (209-C-95) followed them with 8 points each. Wu Qian ended up with 10 points in the losing effort and Yuan Shuai had 9. Heng YiFeng poured in 8, whilst Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) added 6.

Brazil - Russia 78-82 OT
Russia clinched a crucial win at the Eighth-Final Round of U19 World Championship. They held off Brazil in an overtime drama to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Brazil fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Stanislav Ilnitskiy came up with 29 points to lead the winners. Russia opened the game with determination. They posted a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Russia boosted the gap to 4 points at halftime 42:38. Brazil stepped on the gas in the third term. The Latin American team fired 25 points in the next period to erase the deficit. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 63. The lead changed hands throughout the final period. Brazil led by two points but Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) sank a jumper inside the final minute to force overtime. Russia limited Brazil to just 3 points in the extra period and celebrated victory at the end. Mikhail Kulagin netted 21 points, while Igor Kanygin added 14 pints for the winners. Leonardo Demetrio and Daniel Bordignon (197-F/C-96) accounted for 18 points apiece for Brazil. The latter one adding also 11 rebounds.




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Women News


U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus rolled over Principality of Monaco - by Eurobasket News

Principality of Monaco U16- Cyprus U16 36:79

Cyprus rolled over Principality of Monaco at the U16 European Championship Division C opener. They won all the quarters of the game for the final 79:36 win.
Cyprus started the game with a 22-10 lead and added 10-9 in the second period. Principality of Monaco tried hard in the third period but also allowed the opponents to take a 16-point advantage. The last period was a nightmare for Monaco that scored only 2 points. Cyprus created a 29-2 surge to seal an easy victory.
Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) led the way with 21 points and Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) notched 16. Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) poured in 14, whilst Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) added 8. Margaux Varvello (166-G-97) answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Camia had 7. Paloma Paje-Rius (165-F-96) and Lepers produced 6 points each in a loss.

Principality of Monaco U16: Margaux Varvello 12, Camia 7, Paloma Paje-Rius 6, Lepers 6
Cyprus U16: Stefanie Foukaris 21, Eleni Oikonomidou 16, Tijana Raca 14, Andriana Antoniou 8



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Div.C Standings - by Eurobasket News

Standings
1. Cyprus1-0
2. Scotland1-0
3. Gibraltar0-0
4. Monaco0-1
5. Wales0-1

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Jul. 2: SCO - WAL 73-34
Jul. 2: MON - CYP 36-79

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Jul. 3: WAL - MON
Jul. 3: GIB - SCO


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 1 in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Principality of Monaco U16- Cyprus U16 36:79

Cyprus rolled over Principality of Monaco at the U16 European Championship Division C opener. They won all the quarters of the game for the final 79:36 win.
Cyprus started the game with a 22-10 lead and added 10-9 in the second period. Principality of Monaco tried hard in the third period but also allowed the opponents to take a 16-point advantage. The last period was a nightmare for Monaco that scored only 2 points. Cyprus created a 29-2 surge to seal an easy victory.

Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) led the way with 21 points and Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) notched 16. Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) poured in 14, whilst Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) added 8. Margaux Varvello (166-G-97) answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Camia had 7. Paloma Paje-Rius (165-F-96) and Lepers produced 6 points each in a loss.

Principality of Monaco U16:
Margaux Varvello 12, Camia 7, Paloma Paje-Rius 6, Lepers 6
Cyprus U16:
Stefanie Foukaris 21, Eleni Oikonomidou 16, Tijana Raca 14, Andriana Antoniou 8
Scotland U16-Wales U16 73:34

Scotland rout Wales in the opener of the U16 European Championship Division C. The Scottish side posted a 73:34 win for 1-0 record.
Scotland grabbed 20-6 lead at the end of the first period and never looked behind. They added 25-8 surge in the second frame for 45:14 at the halftime. Wales surprised with a 17-12 rally in the third period, but failed at the end of the game. Scotland needed a massive 16-3 burst to seal the victory.

Lauren Forde (178-SF-98) and Lamb top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Eleanor Jones (C) and McAuley had 8 each. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) replied with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) nailed 8. Stradling and Rees followed them with 4 points each.
Tomorrow Scotland will face Gibraltar, while Wales will take on Principality of Monaco.

Scotland U16:
Lauren Forde 13, Lamb 13, Eleanor Jones 8, McAuley 8
Wales U16:
Tanisha Walker 14+16 rebs, Chloe Richards 8, Stradling 4, Rees 4



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  FRANCE   


Union Hainaut add Adja Konteh - by Eurobasket News

Union Hainaut strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Adja Konteh (178-G-92). The guard spent the previous season with Aix-en-Provence. She tallied 7.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in LFB. Adja Konteh was the member of U16, U18 and U20 French National Teams. She earned All-European Championship U16 Honourable Mention in 2008. Next season Adja Konteh earned All-European Championship U18 Honourable Mention.


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  GERMANY   


Klaudia Grudzien stays with BG 74 Goettingen - by Eurobasket News

Klaudia Grudzien (183-F-90) stays with BG 74 Goettingen for another season. The 23-year old Polish forward will remain in Germany. In 19 2.Bundesliga games she had 14.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 3.6apg (top 4) last season. She helped them to make it to the group semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North 2nd Team.
In 2008-2009 she started for Trinos Goettingen (Germany-DBBL) and in 2009-2010 moved to Osnabrucker SC Panthers (Germany-2.Bundesliga). In 2010-2011 for Osnabrucker SC Panthers (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five) her stats read 5.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 0.7spg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 35.5%. Together with the team she became German 2.Bundesliga Group North Champion -10, 11. Also they were German 2.Bundesliga Group North Regular Season Runner-Up -11.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Grudzien played in the final of German 2.Bundesliga Group North in 2012.



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Hungary U16 with two wins in Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian U16 National Team recorded back-to-back victories over Romanian counterparts in Szolnok.
The first game ended with the hosts claiming a 77:42 victory. The hosts jumped to a 44:26 halftime lead. They used a 24:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Weininger delivered 16 points for Hungary. Kiss topscored with 22 points for the home side.
The second game was once again a one-way traffic. Hungary dominated from start to finish. The hosts built a 22:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Hungary extended the lead at 23-point mark at halftime 40:17. Romania scored just 2 points in the third term to face an unassailable 38-point deficit before the fourth period. Eniko Kuttor (183-F-97) connected for 18 points to lead the hosts. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) added 14 points, while Horvath and Bach had 9 points each in the win.



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Luxembourg U16 lose in Liege - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg U16 National Team traveled to Liege to play an exhibition clash with their Belgian counterparts. Luxembourg surrendered at the end 40:52. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) nailed 18 points to pace the winners.
Luxembourg recorded a 15:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Belgium however bounced back in the second frame. The hosts eked out a 26:25 halftime lead. Belgium held the visitors to 8 points in the third period to gain a 3-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Belgium went on a 16:8 run in the final term to seal the victory. Jessy Goergen (173-PG-97) netted 6 points, while Claire Nilles (178-C-97) had 4 points in the loss. Luxembourg will now move to Vittel for the training camp.



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U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus rolled over Principality of Monaco - by Eurobasket News

Principality of Monaco U16- Cyprus U16 36:79

Cyprus rolled over Principality of Monaco at the U16 European Championship Division C opener. They won all the quarters of the game for the final 79:36 win.
Cyprus started the game with a 22-10 lead and added 10-9 in the second period. Principality of Monaco tried hard in the third period but also allowed the opponents to take a 16-point advantage. The last period was a nightmare for Monaco that scored only 2 points. Cyprus created a 29-2 surge to seal an easy victory.
Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) led the way with 21 points and Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) notched 16. Tijana Raca (184-SG-97) poured in 14, whilst Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) added 8. Margaux Varvello (166-G-97) answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Camia had 7. Paloma Paje-Rius (165-F-96) and Lepers produced 6 points each in a loss.

Principality of Monaco U16: Margaux Varvello 12, Camia 7, Paloma Paje-Rius 6, Lepers 6
Cyprus U16: Stefanie Foukaris 21, Eleni Oikonomidou 16, Tijana Raca 14, Andriana Antoniou 8



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  MONTENEGRO   


Anna De Forge will not be returning to the Montenegrin National Team - by Eurobasket News

Anna De Forge will not be returning to the Montenegro as the player retires from the National team. In EuroBasket Women 2013 she averaged 6.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1 assist.
Last year Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) became a new member of USK Praha. De Forge played for the club as a Bosman due to her Montenegrin citizenship. In 2012-2013 for ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.-ZBL, starting five) she averaged 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 76.5%, while in Euroleague her stats read 3.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1spg.
Anna De Forge spent the earlier season with Turkish team Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor. She had 8.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.6 apg in 14 EuroCup games, while Kayseri reached the Finals. In TKBL, De Forge added 10.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Before Kayseri, Anna De Forge spent two years with Hondarribia-Irun. She also has experience from Besiktas, Wisla Can-Pak Krakow and WNBA. In 2006, De Forge was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Player of The Year -06. She won two Polish league titles with Wisla Can-Pack. Anna De Forge played for the Montenegrin National Team last summer in Poland. She had 13.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 2.6 apg for 8 games.



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  POLAND   


Losi is back at Gorzow - by Eurobasket News

AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. (PLKK) signed 33-year old Polish ex-international forward Magdalena Losi (173-80, agency: Promotex). It is actually her comeback to AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski as she played here before. Losi played last season at TEC-MAR Crema in Italian B league. In 25 games she was second best scorer with impressive 17.5ppg and averaged 4.1rpg, 2.6apg (top 4) and 2.0spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (11-12) season Losi played at Vassalli 2G Vigarano (B) in Italy. In 30 games she had very remarkable stats: 15.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title.
In 2010-11 season Losi played at LKS Siemens (PLKK, starting five). In 24 games she recorded 12.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg. She also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Losi has played previously professionally in Hungary (Szolnok).

By Eurobasket Data Center



ROW Rybnik bring in Markel Walker - by Eurobasket News

ROW Rybnik continued to shape up roster for the next season. They announced the signing of Markel Walker (185-F-90, agency: LBM Management). The forward is about to start her pro career in Poland. Markel Walker has just graduated from UCLA. She averaged 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game in her senior season. Markel Walker was named into All-Pac-12 1st Team for the second season in a row. She also made it into Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Marek Walker earned Associated Press NCAA All-America Honourable Mention.
ROW Rybnik made three signings over the last two weeks. They have previously landed Agata Gajda (175-PG-80, agency: Promotex) and Agnieszka Kulaga (170-G-86, college: Valparaiso).



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  SCOTLAND   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland rout Wales in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16-Wales U16 73:34

Scotland rout Wales in the opener of the U16 European Championship Division C. The Scottish side posted a 73:34 win for 1-0 record.
Scotland grabbed 20-6 lead at the end of the first period and never looked behind. They added 25-8 surge in the second frame for 45:14 at the halftime. Wales surprised with a 17-12 rally in the third period, but failed at the end of the game. Scotland needed a massive 16-3 burst to seal the victory.
Lauren Forde (178-SF-98) and Lamb top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Eleanor Jones (C) and McAuley had 8 each. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) replied with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) nailed 8. Stradling and Rees followed them with 4 points each.
Tomorrow Scotland will face Gibraltar, while Wales will take on Principality of Monaco.

Scotland U16: Lauren Forde 13, Lamb 13, Eleanor Jones 8, McAuley 8
Wales U16: Tanisha Walker 14+16 rebs, Chloe Richards 8, Stradling 4, Rees 4



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  SWEDEN   

Basketettan standings - by Greg

BasketEttan Standings
North
 1. Sundsvall 20-2 
 2. Akropol 18-4 
 3. KFUM Central 13-9 
 4. Alvik Basket 12-10 
 5. Uppsala 12-10 
 6. Lulea Stars 12-10 
 7. BG Lulea 10-12 
 8. Fryshuset 9-13 
 9. Blackeberg 8-14 
 10. Jamtland 7-15 
 11. Jarva 6-16 
 12. Lidingo 5-17 
South
 1. Eskinstuna 20-2 
 2. Mark 17-5 
 3. Kringlan 15-7 
 4. Sanda 14-8 
 5. Helsingborg 11-11 
 6. Malbas 11-11 
 7. Hogsbo 10-12 
 8. West BK 9-13 
 9. Lobas 7-15 
 10. Vasteras 7-15 
 11. Lerums 7-15 
 12. Arvika 1-18 



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U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland rout Wales in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16-Wales U16 73:34

Scotland rout Wales in the opener of the U16 European Championship Division C. The Scottish side posted a 73:34 win for 1-0 record.
Scotland grabbed 20-6 lead at the end of the first period and never looked behind. They added 25-8 surge in the second frame for 45:14 at the halftime. Wales surprised with a 17-12 rally in the third period, but failed at the end of the game. Scotland needed a massive 16-3 burst to seal the victory.
Lauren Forde (178-SF-98) and Lamb top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Eleanor Jones (C) and McAuley had 8 each. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) replied with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Chloe Richards (160-G-97) nailed 8. Stradling and Rees followed them with 4 points each.
Tomorrow Scotland will face Gibraltar, while Wales will take on Principality of Monaco.

Scotland U16: Lauren Forde 13, Lamb 13, Eleanor Jones 8, McAuley 8
Wales U16: Tanisha Walker 14+16 rebs, Chloe Richards 8, Stradling 4, Rees 4



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  WNBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jul. 2: L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L. 96-66
Jul. 2: Phoenix M. - New York L. 94-87
Jul. 2: Connecticut S. - Tulsa S. 88-69
Jul. 2: Chicago S. - Seattle S. 60-69

Regular Season: Round 18

Jul. 4: L.Angeles S. - New York L.
Jul. 6: L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS
Jul. 6: Washington M. - Seattle S.
Jul. 6: Indiana F. - Connecticut S.
Jul. 7: New York L. - Chicago S.
Jul. 7: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M.


Sparks, Sun, Mercury and Storm post wins on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News

L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L. 96-66
Los Angeles Sparks coach Carol Ross thinks she might know a way to stop her team's home-and-road personality disorder. "Right now I'd say stay at the Staples Center," Ross joked. "But hopefully we're better than just that." The Sparks are the only team in the WNBA without a road victory this season, but they continued to click at home with a 96-66 win Tuesday night against the Minnesota Lynx. Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) scored 27 points and Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 14 as the Sparks remained undefeated at home. Parker scored 21 points in the first half and matched her season high in points. She also had eight rebounds. Toliver matched a career high with nine assists and Nneka Ogwumike added 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Sparks (6-4) snapped a two-game losing streak. The victory came four days after the Sparks lost by 24 points in Minnesota. Parker was pleased with her team's performance, but there was a tinge of dissatisfaction at the home/road disparity. Los Angeles has won 16 straight regular-season home games dating to last season. "We want to (continue) playing well at home and building on that," Parker said. "But we've got to figure out what's wrong with the way we play on the road, because it's like two different teams." Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) scored 19 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 18 for the Lynx (7-3), who were blown out in LA for the second time in 11 days. Minnesota, which lost by 28 points here on June 21, did not get closer than 19 points in the second half. Minnesota's two worst shooting games this season have been in Los Angeles. The Lynx went 1 for 10 from 3-point range and are 7 for 39 from beyond the arc the past three games. "It's no surprise that that's why we're giving up so many the other way," Whalen said. "Whether it's execution or turnovers or whatever it is, we're not able to make it happen. I don't know what it is, but we need to figure it out on the road in general. It's about executing and taking care of the ball. You give up 94 points, it's going to be hard to win any game." Parker's 21 first-half points came on 6-for-9 shooting as the Sparks closed on a 16-4 run for a 60-39 lead at the break. Parker took a slick pass from Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) and finished a fast break with a basket and a foul before Harding fed her again for an uncontested layup to push the lead to 60-38. Parker matched her career high with three 3-pointers in the first quarter, including the final two baskets of the period that gave L.A. the lead for good at 22-21. Marissa Coleman helped highlight the late first-half run with a three-point play off Parker's missed free throw, a layup to finish a break and a finger roll. "I think with the way we moved the ball today - it's going to happen a lot more," Parker said. "We've just got to be ready to take it and be confident. "The last two games I wasn't necessarily confident. I wasn't sure. When I caught it I was looking to pass first, looking to dribble. Today I was just like I've got to catch-and-shoot. That's what I worked on yesterday in the gym." The Sparks opened the second half on a 10-4 run, capped by Ogwumike's basket on Parker's no-look pass to make it 70-43. Minnesota responded with an 8-0 run to make it 70-51 but couldn't rally. "It's frustrating," Brunson said. "Once we take care of the ball, and go through our offense and get a good shot, it works out for us. But we're not taking care of the ball. We're turning the ball over or we're not getting a good shot and not going through our offense. That's how the stuff is disrupting us. "We just need to be persistent with what we're trying to do and accomplish, and be tougher." Minnesota shot 52 percent in the first half but was held to one field goal in the final three minutes, while Los Angeles shot 59 percent. The 60 points were the most in the first half this season by the Sparks. The Sparks have won 10 of the past 11 meetings against Minnesota in L.A. New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon and Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix were in attendance. Courtesy of: utsandiego.com

Phoenix M. - New York L. 94-87
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 20 points, including six straight in a key third-quarter sequence, and grabbed seven rebounds, leading the Phoenix Mercury past the New York Liberty 94-87 Tuesday night for the Mercury's fifth straight win. DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) went 5 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc and also had 20 points for the Mercury, who have won eight of nine since losing their first three games of the season. Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty with 17 points and six rebounds. New York has lost three of its last four. Diana Taurasi, just chosen WNBA Western Conference player of the month, added 16 points and 10 assists on an off-shooting night (5 of 14). Top overall draft pick Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) had 18 points and five rebounds for the Mercury. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) had 13 points and Leilani Mitchell 11 points for New York, which turned over the ball 14 times, leading to 21 Mercury points. The Liberty had nine first-half turnovers and trailed 46-41 at the break. Bonner hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to pace the Mercury. Dupree hit two jumpers and a put-back during a 55-second stretch of the third quarter to cap a 16-4 run that put the Mercury in control. Phoenix opened a 77-62 lead going into the final period after Penny Taylor's 3-pointer late. The Liberty did close within six in the final minute. The Liberty rebounded from a slow start to score seven straight points and were tied at 20 after one period. But Bonner hit two long shots early to give the Mercury the lead for good. Taylor, who missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, had five points and four assists in 12 minutes for Phoenix. Courtesy of: mycentraljersey.com

Chicago S. - Seattle S. 60-69
When the Seattle Storm couldn't find the basket early Tina Thompson knew her team's defense could partly compensate. The Storm shook off poor early shooting and a 14-point deficit to eventually catch and pass the Chicago Sky on the way to a 69-60 victory Wednesday night. "That was our lull in the beginning, we couldn't put anything in," said Thompson, who scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds. "But we played pretty well defensively. So once we got our rhythm offensively and our defense was as good as it was, that allowed us to build the lead." Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) and Temeka Johnson (5'3''-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) led a balanced attack with 16 points apiece as the Storm (5-6) snapped a three-game losing streak. Seattle caught Chicago just before halftime for a 34-31 lead, built a 54-45 advantage after three quarters and maintained a double-digit lead through most of the fourth quarter as Shekinna Stricklen added 14 points. Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) and Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) each scored 12 points for Chicago, Swin Cash had 14 rebounds and Delle Donne added 12 as the Sky had their lowest offensive production of the season. "Players like Epiphanny and Elena, they're so talented offensively, so our goal was just to not allow them to get too comfortable," Thompson said. "And I think we did a pretty good job of that." Chicago (7-4) went 20 for 67 (29.9 percent) from the field and 4 for 22 (18.2 percent) on 3-pointers. Seattle was 23 for 63 from the field (36.5 percent). "At times it seemed there was a lid on the basket," Delle Donne said. "Other times they were running double teams, just trying to get the ball out of certain people's hand. After the first quarter we just played on our heels, not only offensively but defensively, too." Chicago was without WNBA rebounding leader Sylvia Fowles, sidelined with a right ankle sprain suffered in last Saturday's home win over Los Angeles. She's listed as day to day. Cash broke a 7-7 tie with a layup at 6:44 of the opening period as the Sky scored 14 consecutive points for a 21-7 lead by quarter's end. The Storm managed just 3 for 18 (16.7 percent) from the field. Seattle turned it around in the second quarter, shooting 8 for 15 from the field while closing the period with a 15-2 run. The Storm grabbed a 32-31 lead on Tanisha Wright's free throw with 26 seconds showing and extended to 34-31 at halftime after Stricklen's steal and layup. Chicago shot just 3 for 17 and had five turnovers in the period. Seattle led by as many as 16 points with four minutes to play before Chicago made a late run to cut the final margin to single digits. The Sky's previous low came in an 81-69 loss to San Antonio on June 7. Seattle is at Washington on Saturday, while Chicago travels to New York on Sunday. Courtesy of: seattlepi.com

Connecticut S. - Tulsa S. 88-69
Success hit the Connecticut Sun like a virus on Tuesday night, running unchecked through the roster, from Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) right through emergency hardship player, Sydney Carter. The Sun let out a collective sigh of relief. 'Sigh of relief?,' Kalana Greene (5'10''-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) laughed, 'it was more like a yell.' The Sun put an end to the bleeding, ending a four-game losing streak that had seen them fall five games under .500, with an 88-69 win over the Tulsa Shock Tuesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. 'There are not words to describe how badly we needed a win,' Connecticut coach Anne Donovan said. 'This is a good one where everybody is contributing, our bench stepping up and doing a great job. It wasn't just a win, it was a feel-good win.' How could a team that shot just 27 percent against Phoenix suddenly come out and shoot almost 51 percent from the floor including 57 percent from beyond the 3-point line on Tuesday? Donovan had a feeling things were coming around in practice on Monday. 'We had a super practice where we shot the ball well, we had an extra video session with some of our guards to really try and button down defensively and just regain our confidence again,' Donovan said. It showed immediately in the play of Iziane Castro Marques, who scored six points in the first four minutes and was one of four players in double figures for the Sun (3-7) with a season-high. 'I've been struggling a little bit and I just needed to get it right from the beginning and get my game going, get my confidence back, and to be helpful to the team especially in the transition game,' Castro Marques said. That transition game was sparked from an unlikely source - emergency replacement player Sydney Carter. You get the idea that Carter may be hanging around the Mohegan Sun Arena a little while longer if Donovan has anything to say about it. Carter came off the bench and spelled Allison Hightower (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) (18 points on 7-for-10 shooting including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc) at the point. The second-year player contributed a 3-pointer, three rebounds and two beautiful assists to Tina Charles (17 points, 13 rebounds for her 71st career double-double) in just a four-minute span. 'Sydney has done a great job getting better every day, every practice getting more comfortable, the players trust her,' Donovan said. 'She's just been biding her time and going slowly, but running our team. That's tough to do when you're just a replacement player and she knows that's what she is. How comfortable and how confident do you make yourself?' Carter finished with seven points, eight assists, five rebounds and a stat that was the talk of the locker room, two blocked shots. One of those came against the third-pick in the WNBA draft as Carter knocked down a Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) (1-for-8 shooting, 4 points) 3-point attempt for Tulsa, much to the delight of the crowd, late in the third quarter. 'I wasn't expecting to block it, it was just a basketball play,' Carter said. Earlier in the quarter, Greene scored half of her point output on the night, seven, in just over a three-minute span to put Connecticut up by 11. Tulsa (3-8) never got closer than eight the rest of the way. A momentum-builder? Greene said the Sun can only hope that's the case. 'You always try to build off of what you did well in the previous game. None of our games have been blowouts, but we've been up, then down, and then you lose a game and the next game is even harder - it's so easy to get in a hole. But as you saw last year, it's so easy to keep winning games, too. I feel like it goes both ways,' Greene said. The only possible negative from Tuesday's game was Hightower took a bump to the head with four minutes to play and left the game. Donovan said she hoped that Hightower only would get a headache from it. Courtesy of: norwichbulletin.com