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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



MZT Skopje gets bigger with American Justin Reynolds - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje gets bigger with American Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played last time at JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket in France. In 30 NM1, starting five games he recorded 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The previous season Reynolds played at Torus Skopje (D4). In 29 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1spg that season. He also played 10 games in Balkan League where he averaged 12.4ppg, 8.0rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.3spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention. Reynolds' team made it to the Macedonian League Semifinals in 2012. He graduated from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.



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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. Egypt4-0
2. Angola3-1
3. DRCongo2-2
4. Mozambique.1-3
5. Comoros0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 6

A

Jul. 3: ANG - EGY 53-82

B

Jul. 3: COD - MOZ 57-46

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Jul. 5: MOZ - TUN
Jul. 5: IVO - ANG
Jul. 5: COD - MAD
Jul. 5: GAB - EGY



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  ANDORRA   


U16 European Championship Division C: Andorra open win count in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U16 - San Marino U16 73:61

Andorra recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down San Marino to improve at 1-1 record in Gibraltar. San Marino fell at 0-1 record. David Gomez nailed 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
San Marino led by two points after the first ten minutes 16:14. Andorra however improved defensively in the second period. They snatched a 31:29 halftime lead. The Andorran selection maintained the lead throughout the third term. They gained a 51:47 advantage heading into the fourth period. Andorra went on a 22:14 run in the final stanza to seal the win at the end. Barco and Roger Valero (190-F-97) chipped in 16 points apiece for the winners. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 22 points for San Marino. Giacomini had 13 points in the losing effort.

Andorra U16: David Gomez 17, Barco 16, Roger Valero 16
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 22, Giacomini 13



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  ARGENTINA   


Gimnasia Indalo land Diego Cavaco - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia Indalo bolstered their roster. They penned a deal with Diego Cavaco (200-F-79). The forward spent the last season with Union Progresista. He tallied 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in LigaA. Previously Diego Cavaco had stints with Regatas Corrientes, Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda, Libertad Sunchales and Quilmes. Diego Cavaco was the member of the Argentinean National Team in 2003.


Penarol keep Matias Ibarra - by Eurobasket News

Penarol announced they had agreed on terms of contract extension with Matias Ibarra (183-G/F-81). The guard joined Penarol at the start of the previous season. He notched 3.8 points per game in LigaA. In Liga Sudamericana Matias Ibarra tallied 4.6 points and 2.3 assists per appearance. Previously the guard had stints with Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda, La Union, Alicante, La Palma, Gandia Basquet, Costa Urbana, Burgos, Huelva, Mallorca, Boca Juniors and Quilmes. He was the member of the U21 Argentinean National Team.


Echague add Ivan Antoniuk - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague bolstered their roster. They announced Ivan Antoniuk (200-C-92). The centre comes from Alma Juniors Esperanza. He notched 12.4 points and 6.0 boards per game in Torneo Federal. Previously Ivan Antoniuk played for Lanus junior team.


U19 World Championship: Canada beat Argentina to clinch quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - Argentina U19 78:62

Canada outgunned Argentina in the fight for the quarterfinal place at the U19 World Championship. The North American team clinched the fourth position in Group E at 3-3 record. Argentina fell at 1-5 record after the loss. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a do-or-die battle for both sides. Canada started the game aggressively on the defensive end. They limited Argentina to 11 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. Canada kept Argentina at bay throughout the second period. The North American side accumulated a 42:23 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. Canada secured a 19-point buffer before the fourth frame. All Argentina could do was to cut the deficit in the final period as Canada marched to the win. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) nailed 17 points, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) added 16 points for the winning team. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) responded with 16 points for Argentina. Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Canada U19: Trey Lyles 21+12 boards, Tyler Ennis 17, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 16
Argentina U19: Gonzalo Torres 16, Pedro Barral 9



La Union Formosa keep Nicolas Gianella - by Eurobasket News

La Union Formosa have agreed on terms of contract extension with Nicolas Gianella (186-G-78). The guard joined La Union at the start of the previous season. He notched 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game in LigaA. Nicolas Gianella earned All-Argentinean LigaA Honourable Mention. Previously the guard played for Granada, Lleida, Plasencia, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Reggio Calabria and Estudiantes Olavarria. He was named into All-Spanish LEB 2nd Team in 2004. Nicolas Gianella was the member of the Argentinean National Team in 2008.


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  AUSTRALIA   


U19 World Championship: Australia clinch the Quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19- Australia U19 61:78

Australia clinch the Quarterfinal ticket at the U19 World Championship. The team needed a decisive 78:61 win against Russia for 3-3 record. The European side fell at 2-4 record and will miss the Quarterfinals.
Both teams needed the victory in the game. Russia started with a 14-12 lead at the end of the first period, while Australia dominated the rest of the game. They posted a 21-13 rally in the second frame for 33:27 halftime advantage. Moreover Australia won the third period 22-21 and finished the game with a 23-13 surge.
Dante Exum (193-PG-95) paced all the winners with 20 points and Dane Pineau (203-F-94) netted 16. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) delivered 15, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) scored 13. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) ended up with 17 points in defeat, whilst Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Yury Pershin (193-G-94) poured in 7 and Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) added 6.

Russia U19: Igor Kanygin 17, Mikhail Kulagin 14+10 rebs, Yury Pershin 7, Alexander Gankevich 6
Australia U19: Dante Exum 20, Dane Pineau 16, Emmett Naar 15, Nicholas Duncan 13



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  AUSTRIA   


WBC Wels inks with Skyler Bowlin - by Stefan Prager

WBC Raiffeisen Wels presented their first new addition for the upcoming season with combo guard Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.). Bowlin last played in Denmark where he appeared in 36 games for IC Horsens. The 24 year old American averaged 19.6 ppg along with 6.5 rpg and 3.1 apg while shooting 52& from the field as well as 43.3% from beyond the arc. WBC head coach Dejworek knew Bowlin from Denmark as he was coaching there last season.


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  BRAZIL   


Tigers Sign Aguirre For 2013-14 Season - by Paulo Freire

The University of the Pacific men's basketball head coach Ron Verlin has announced the signing of Gabriel Aguirre (208-C-92) for the 2013-14 season.

Aguirre is a 6-10 forward/center from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a business major at City College of San Francisco and will enter Pacific as a junior. He earned First Team All-Coast Conference and Honorable Mention All-State honors after a season in which the Rams were undefeated in the regular season (28-0). CCSF lost in the semi-finals of the state playoffs to finish the season 31-1. He played for the Brazilian National Team (V16-V19) and won a silver medal at the 2010 American Cup.

"Gabriel is a big skilled post player that will be able to play both the 4 and 5 position," said Verlin. "His size, skill and experience will help us in the West Coast Conference."



U19 World Championship: Brazil sent China to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Brazil U19 77:87

Brazil sent China to the Quarterfinals even beating them in the last game of the Second Stage. Brazil posted a 87:77 win and finished the group with 2-4 record. China managed to have 3-3 record and advanced from the fourth spot.
Brazil erupted with a 27-15 surge in the first period, but could not keep control of the game. China replied with a massive 29-15 burst in the second quarter and grabbed 44:42 lead. Brazil looked better in the second half and managed to win both quarters. They won the third period 17-13 and finished the game with 28-20.
Deryk Ramos (185-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) nailed 15. Eduardo Campos (204-F-95) poured in 12, whilst Antonio Ferreira (194-F-94) added 10. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) erupted with 30 points in the losing effort and Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) netted 16. Quan WU brought 12 and Quanxi WU scored 7.

China U19: Gao Shang 30, Yuan Shuai 16, Quan WU 12, Quanxi WU 7
Brazil U19: Deryk Ramos 17+10 rebs, Leonardo Demetrio 15, Eduardo Campos 12, Antonio Ferreira 10



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  BULGARIA   


Balkan add Noah Dahlman - by Eurobasket News

Balkan announced the new signing. They agreed on terms of contract with Noah Dahlman (199-F-89, college: Wofford). The forward started the previous season in MZT Skopje. He tallied 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds per game in Prva Liga. Later the forward moved to Banska Bystrica. Noah Dahlman tallied 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in Extraliga. Dahlman started his pro career in 2011 with MZT Skopje. He was named All-Macedonian League Forward of the Year in 2012. The forward is the produced of Wofford basketball school. He was named All-Southern Conference All-Tournament MVP in his senior season. Noah Dahlman made it into NABC Division I All-District 22 1st Team the same year.


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  CANADA   


U19 World Championship: Canada beat Argentina to clinch quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Canada U19 - Argentina U19 78:62

Canada outgunned Argentina in the fight for the quarterfinal place at the U19 World Championship. The North American team clinched the fourth position in Group E at 3-3 record. Argentina fell at 1-5 record after the loss. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a do-or-die battle for both sides. Canada started the game aggressively on the defensive end. They limited Argentina to 11 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. Canada kept Argentina at bay throughout the second period. The North American side accumulated a 42:23 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. Canada secured a 19-point buffer before the fourth frame. All Argentina could do was to cut the deficit in the final period as Canada marched to the win. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) nailed 17 points, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) added 16 points for the winning team. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) responded with 16 points for Argentina. Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) had 9 points in the loss.

Canada U19: Trey Lyles 21+12 boards, Tyler Ennis 17, Xavier Rathan-Mayes 16
Argentina U19: Gonzalo Torres 16, Pedro Barral 9



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  CHINA   


U19 World Championship: Brazil sent China to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

China U19-Brazil U19 77:87

Brazil sent China to the Quarterfinals even beating them in the last game of the Second Stage. Brazil posted a 87:77 win and finished the group with 2-4 record. China managed to have 3-3 record and advanced from the fourth spot.
Brazil erupted with a 27-15 surge in the first period, but could not keep control of the game. China replied with a massive 29-15 burst in the second quarter and grabbed 44:42 lead. Brazil looked better in the second half and managed to win both quarters. They won the third period 17-13 and finished the game with 28-20.
Deryk Ramos (185-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) nailed 15. Eduardo Campos (204-F-95) poured in 12, whilst Antonio Ferreira (194-F-94) added 10. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) erupted with 30 points in the losing effort and Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) netted 16. Quan WU brought 12 and Quanxi WU scored 7.

China U19: Gao Shang 30, Yuan Shuai 16, Quan WU 12, Quanxi WU 7
Brazil U19: Deryk Ramos 17+10 rebs, Leonardo Demetrio 15, Eduardo Campos 12, Antonio Ferreira 10



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  CROATIA   


Ceskovic moved to Sibiu! - by Dani Erceg

Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81) signed a deal with Romanian team CSU Sibiu. Last season Ceskovic had great role in Targu Mures team on their way to Romanian League finals, played 29 games averaging 14.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg. In his career so far, also played for Koper, Czarni Slupsk, Helios Domzale, KK Siroki Hercegtisak, Kolossos Rodou, I.C.B.S, Kaposvari KK, PVSK Pannonpower Pecs, Trogir ZP, Orchesien BC and KK Kvarner 2010 Rijeka. In 2006. he was Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup winner , in 2007. he won Bosnia and Herzegovina championship.


U19 World Championship: Croatia too good for Iran - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19 - Iran U19 81:60

Croatia recorded the fifth win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Iran to occupy the third place in Group E. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 27 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Iran landed the fifth place in the ladder.
Croatia earned a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. The European team maintained the advantage throughout the second term. The Croats posted a 45:30 halftime advantage. Croatia kept Iran at bay throughout the third term. They gained a 16-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Croatia went on a 19:14 run in the fourth period to seal the win at the end. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 20 points for the winners. Marin Maric (208-C-94) added 12 points for Croatia. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) chipped in 17 points for Iran. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Croatia U19: Dario Saric 27, Tomislav Gabric 20, Marin Maric 12
Iran U19: Saleh Foroutannik 17, Behnam Yakhchali 10



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  CYPRUS   


Apoel signs 1st players - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Apoel has agreed terms with Cypriots Georgios Neophytou (193-G-83) and Vassilis Kounnas.

Georgios Neophytou has been playing for Apoel the last three years and is distinguished for his passion and strong defence.

Vassilis Kounnas is coming from Enad where he averaged 10 pts and 2 assists in 18 games. Vassilis had a quick passing through MIA-Academy, Georgia, during the summer where he averaged 5 points in 11 games.




Apoel renews Tonis Konstantinides! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Antonis Konstantinides who led Etha to historical titles in the years 2008-2012 and has led Apoel to last year's finals, has renewed his contract with Apoel for next season.

The Cypriot coach, along with assistant coach Christophoros Livadiotis, have officially signed a one year contract and have started scheduling for next year.

Tonis, as we call him, is distinguished for his hard work, very good pre-season preparation and discipline. So we expect Apoel to be among next year's contenders.

We wish both of them all the best




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BC Kolin Sign Jan Koranda - by Surujh Roopnarine

BC Kolin have agreed to terms with guard Jan Koranda (187-G-88) for the 2013-14 season. Koranda, 25, spent last season split between SLUNETA Usti nad Labem of the NBL and Slavoj BK Litomerice of the 1.Liga. Koranda played sparingly in 9 NBL games, averaging 1.6 points in 8.6 minutes of action per contest.
He played a more significant role in the lower division, appearing in 18 games where he averaged 10.5 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 35.1% from the field, 33.3% from three-point range and 84.3% from the line. Koranada, 6-2, is a former member of the Czech Republic U18 and U20 National teams.



U19 World Championship: Czech Republic finished the tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19-Senegal U19 80:78

Czech Republic finished the tournament with the win at the U19 World Championship. The home side knocked down Senegal 80:78 to improve at 2-1 record in the classification round group.
Both teams struggled for the second victory at the tournament. Senegal started the game with 22-16 and led 5 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the host that needed two victories for the final result. Czech Republic posted 30-26 rally in the third period and added 18-15 in the last stanza.
Slanina Prokop top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Kouril Radovan nailed 18. Ausprunk Karel poured in 15, whilst Pechacek Adam added 6. Diatta Pape ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Ndoye Abdoulaye collected 16 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Diallo Cheikh had 15. Badiane Tidiane and Mbaye Modou brought 7 points apiece.

Czech Republic U19: Slanina Prokop 19, Kouril Radovan 18, Ausprunk Karel 15, Pechacek Adam 6
Senegal U19: Diatta Pape 20, Ndoye Abdoulaye 16+13 rebs, Diallo Cheikh 15, Badiane Tidiane 7, Mbaye Modou 7



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SFM 2-1 
 2. Huracanes PP 2-2 
 3. Metros STGO 2-2 
 4. Reales LV 1-2 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 3-0 
 2. Cocolos SPM 3-1 
 3. Leones SD 1-2 
 4. Caneros LR 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Jul. 2: Metros STGO - Huracanes PP 91-88
Jul. 2: Caneros LR - Cocolos SPM 62-83
Jul. 3: Cocolos SPM - Leones SD
Jul. 3: Huracanes PP - Indios SFM



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  EGYPT   

Superleague Standings

Superleague Standings
 1. Sporting 12-0 
 2. Al Ittihad 12-0 
 3. Al Ahly 9-0 
 4. Zamalek 9-0 
 5. Al Gezira 8-0 
 6. Somouha 8-0 



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  ESTONIA   


Estonia U20 with a confident start in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Finland U20 97:63

Estonia registered the first win at the Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere. The hosts fired past Finland in the opener. Oliver Metsalu (197-G-93) dropped 18 points for the winners.
Estonia opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the opening frame. The hosts opened a 20:8 advantage midway through the stanza. Estonia accounted for 28 points in the first ten minutes and entered the second term up by 12. Estonia extended the lead in the second period. The hosts enjoyed a 51:30 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed in the third term. Estonia arrived at the final break up by 23 points 70:47. They never looked back en route to the win. Kristen Meister (193-G-93) chipped in 14 points, while Martin Paasoja (193-G-93) had 13 points for Estonia. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) answered with 13 points for Finland. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93), Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) and Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) tossed in 8 points apiece in the loss.

Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 18, Kristen Meister 14, Martin Paasoja 13
Finland U20: Topias Palmi 13, Daniel Dolenc 8, Tommi Huolila 8, Julius Rajala 8



Tarvas set to keep Juris Umbrasko - by Eurobasket News

Rakvere Tarvas are set to extend the deal with Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79). The Latvian forward joined Rakvere back in 2011. Last season Juris Umbrasko notched 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game in KML. He also tallied 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists per appearance in Baltic League. Umrasko helped Tarvas earn Estonian Cup title. Previously Juris Umbrasko had stints in Ukraine, Latvia and Russia. He was named into All-Baltic League Challenge Cup 1st Team in 2012. Juris Umbrasko was the member of the Latvian National Team in 2000-2009 seasons. Earlier he played for the Latvian U22 National Team.
Rakvere Tarvas have reportedly been eyeing Silver Leppik (189-G-83) and Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) from TU/Rock.



TU/Rock keep Gert Kullamae - by Eurobasket News

Gert Kullamae will remain the head coach of TU/Rock. The specialist has agreed on terms of contract extension with the Estonian powerhouse. Gert Kullamae took over the team back in 2011. Last season the specialist led the Tartu team to the second position in the regular season. TU/Rock reached the KML Finals but were swept by Kalev/Cramo. Gert Kullamae finished his player career in 2009. He then worked as assistant coach with TU/Rock before taking over the head coach position in 2011.


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Top ex-ESL participants playing pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Emmanuel Little
Emmanuel Little
   #1. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a 1-point Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against the fifth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (15-17) 77-76 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Monday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 12 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 33 minutes. Rayos de Hermosillo (26-6) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Little has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.1apg in the 46 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Little went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

Akeem Wright
Akeem Wright
   #2. Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St., currently plays in New Zealand), who plays in the New Zealand NBL could not help Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (11-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Otago OceanaGold Nuggets were crushed 97-72 on the road by the leading Wellington Exodus Saints. Wright was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Wright's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Wright is currently fourth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Wright averages: 21.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago Wright took part in the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Kiev.

Garrius Holloman
Garrius Holloman
   #3. Garrius Holloman (198-F-89, college: Beth.-Cookman, currently plays in New Zealand), who plays in the New Zealand NBL could not help Advice First Waikato Pistons (2-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Advice First Waikato Pistons lost 85-96 on the road to the second-ranked Zero Fees Southland Sharks. Holloman was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Holloman's third season in pro basketball. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Holloman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg in the 13 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year Holloman played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Kiev.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Antwerp 0-0 
 3. Atomeromu 0-0 
 4. Bakken 0-0 
 5. BC Kyiv 0-0 
 6. BC Vienna 0-0 
 7. Cholet 0-0 
 8. Den Bosch 0-0 
 9. Dijon 0-0 
 10. Gaz Metan 0-0 
 11. Gaziantep 0-0 
 12. Grissin Bon RE 0-0 
 13. Groningen 0-0 
 14. Jaszberenyi 0-0 
 15. Kataja 0-0 
 16. Kormend 0-0 
 17. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 18. Krka 0-0 
 19. KTP 0-0 
 20. Leiden 0-0 
 21. Oradea 0-0 
 22. Rilski Sportist 0-0 
 23. Sodertalje 0-0 
 24. Szolnok 0-0 
 25. Targu Mures 0-0 
 26. Tarvas 0-0 
 27. Tofas 0-0 
 28. Triumph 0-0 
 29. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 
 30. TU/Rock 0-0 
 31. Ventspils 0-0 


EuroChallenge participants announced - by Eurobasket News

FIBA Europe announced the names of the teams to take part at the EuroChallenge competition next season. The 32 names are on the list. The teams will be divided into eight four-team groups at the preliminary round. Two top-placed teams from each group will advance into the next round of action. The Draw of the tournament is slated to be held in Munich on Friday.

EuroChallenge participants:

BC Zepter Vienna
Okapi Aalstar
Port of Antwerp Giants
Rilski Sportist
BC Minsk-2006
Bakken Bears
Rakvere Tarvas
Tartu Rock
KTP-Basket
Kataja
SASP JDA Dijon Basket
Cholet Basket
Szolnoki Olaj KK
Atomerm
Jaszberenyi Kosarlabda SE
Krmend
Pallacanestro Reggiana
BC Ventspils
Zorg & Zekerheid Leiden
SPM Shoeters Den Bosch
GasTerra Flames
BC Mures
CSM Oradea
CS Gaz Metan Medias
BC Ural Ekaterinburg
Krasnye Krylia
Triumph Lyubertsy
KK KRKA Novo Mesto
Sdertlje Kings
Tofas Sports Club
Royal Hall Gaziantep Byksehir
BC Kyiv.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Euroleague draw! - by Igor Obradovic

Today in Barcelona was held the draw for the new season 2013/14 for the most elite competition in Europe.

Qualification round :


Q1 : Cimberio Varese - Oldenburg
Q2 : Rytas - Riga
Q3 : Nymburk - Banvit
Q4 : Khimki - Oostende

Semifinal :


Q1 vs. Q2
Q3 vs. Q4

Group A : Barcelona, CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce, Budivelnik, Partizan mt:s, Nanterre.
Group B : Real Madrid, Anadolu Efes, Zalgiris, Brose Basket, Armani Milano, Strasbourg.
Group C : Olympiakos, Siena, Unicaja, Galatasaray, Stalmet Zielena Gora, Bayern Minchen.
Group D : PAO, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Laboral Kutxa, Lokomotiva Kuban, Crvena zvezda Telekom, Winner of qualification.

Final four will be played in Milano this year.



Milan, Italy to host 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will be held at the Mediolanum Forum in the historic basketball capital of Milan, Italy from May 15 to 18 next year. Milan joins a long list of the most dynamic cities in Europe that have made the Final Four one of the most recognized sports events in the world. Besides being Italy's second-biggest city and a world-renowned icon of fashion, Milan has been home to a string of basketball playing legends such as Bill Bradley, Dino Meneghin (204-C-50), Bob McAdoo, Mike D'Antoni , Dejan Bodiroga and Alexander Djordjevic . "The city of Milan, which is well known all around the world for its landmarks and will live a very important international occasion with the 2015 Expo, will be able to offer a wonderful scenario for an extraordinary event like the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four," Chiara Bisconti, Sports Deputy of the City of Milan said at Thursday's 2013-14 season draw in Barcelona. "I will personally make sure that our city, its streets and squares, will be full of people playing basketball for the event. We will provide and unforgettable experience for athletes, workers, visiting supporters and the citizens of Milan." Milan boasts a Final Four legacy that reaches back further than any city in European basketball. Almost 50 years ago, in 1966, Milan hosted the very first Final Four to decide a European club champion, with hometown club Olimpia Milano winning that year's continental title. That was the first of two consecutive seasons during which the Final Four format was tested in Europe, then put aside until it became the standard again almost two decades later. When the Final Four returned to stay in European basketball in 1988, again it was Olimpia Milano lifting the trophy, its third as kings of Europe. Mediolanum Forum is the homecourt of Turkish Airlines Euroleague club EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, the most-crowned team in Italian basketball, and a storied venue for basketball. It will be hosting the Final Four for the first time since opening in 1990. After extension work planned for August 2013, the capacity of the arena will be over 12.500. Milan comes after London hosting the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four last May, which has been evaluated by Euroleague Basketball and co-host AEG as a successful event for its common objective of growing basketball awareness in the United Kingdom. The signature event in European basketball not only was enjoyed by UK fans during games at The O2, but also among other places, such as the biggest sports event ever held in Trafalgar Square, the Final Four Fan Zone. Euroleague Basketball, together with AEG and other local organizations such as the BBL and the City of London, will continue their common efforts to keep on investing in the growth of the sport in the United Kingdom through a series of initiatives already started last May, such as One Team, One London and its collaboration with the BBL Foundation, while studying new opportunities that may bring other events to the territory and a potential Final Four in the future.
Courtesy of: euroleague.net



EuroLeague Draw takes place in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

The EuroLeague new season Draw has taken place in Barcelona today. The 24 team (one is to be decided through EuroLeague Qualifying Tournament) have been divided into four groups with six teams in each. The format remains the same with the previous season. Four top teams from each group will advance into Top 16 stage. Top 16 stage will feature two groups with eight teams in each. The top four teams from each pool advance into best-of-five playoff series.
The EuroLeague season will tip off on October 1 with the games of the Qualifying Round. The regular season is slated to tip off on October 17.

Here are the draw results:

Group A: FC Regal Barcelona, CSKA, Fenerbahce, Budivelnyk, Partizan, Nanterre
Group B: Real Madrid, Anadolu Efes, Zalgiris, Brose Baskets, Emporio Armani, Strasbourg
Group C: Olympiacos, Montepaschi, Unicaja, Galatasaray, Stelmet ZG, Bayern Munich
Group D: Panathinaikos, Maccabi, Laboral Kutxa, Lokomotiv Kuban, Crvena Zvezda, Qualifying Round winner.



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Div.C Standings

Standings
1. Scotland2-0
2. Gibraltar1-0
3. Andorra1-1
4. San Marino.0-1
5. Wales0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Jul. 3: SCO - WAL 74-40
Jul. 3: SMR - AND 61-73

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Jul. 4: WAL - SMR
Jul. 4: GIB - SCO


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 2 in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - Wales U16 74:40
Scotland claimed the second straight win at the start of the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Wales slipped at 0-2 after the loss. Brendan Mullan nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Scotland earned a comfortable 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The Scots extended their lead in the second frame. They ensured a 41:22 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Scotland secured a 19-point lead at the final intermission. The Scottish team finished off their opponents with a 21:6 run in the fourth frame. Thomas Skinner (186-PG-97) and Lancaster delivered 12 points each for the winners. Koukouravas answered with 11 points for Wales. Conor Easter (175-PG-97) chipped in 6 points in the loss.

Scotland U16: Brendan Mullan 23, Thomas Skinner 12, Lancaster 12
Wales U16: Koukouravas 11, Conor Easter 6

Andorra U16 - San Marino U16 73:61
Andorra recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down San Marino to improve at 1-1 record in Gibraltar. San Marino fell at 0-1 record. David Gomez nailed 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
San Marino led by two points after the first ten minutes 16:14. Andorra however improved defensively in the second period. They snatched a 31:29 halftime lead. The Andorran selection maintained the lead throughout the third term. They gained a 51:47 advantage heading into the fourth period. Andorra went on a 22:14 run in the final stanza to seal the win at the end. Barco and Roger Valero (190-F-97) chipped in 16 points apiece for the winners. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 22 points for San Marino. Giacomini had 13 points in the losing effort.

Andorra U16: David Gomez 17, Barco 16, Roger Valero 16
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 22, Giacomini 13



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INTERNATIONAL: Kataja and KTP among 32 EuroChallenge teams - by Rauno Hurmalainen

32 European Basketball teams from 18 countries will participate EuroChallenge 2013-14 competition. Among these teams there are two clubs from Finland: Kataja (Joensuu) and KTP Basket (Kotka). The participating teams: BC Zepter Vienna (AUT), Okapi Aalstar and Port of Antwerp Giants (BEL), Rilski Sportist (BUL), BC Minsk-2006 (BLR), Bakken Bears (DEN), Rakvere Tarvas and Tartu Rock (EST), KTP-Basket, Kotka and Kataja, Joensuu (FIN), Dijon Basket and Cholet Basket (FRA), Szolnoki KK, Atomeromy, Jaszbereny SE and Kormend (HUN), Pallacanestro Reggiana (ITA), BC Ventspils (LAT), Zorg&Zekerheid Leiden, SPM Shoeters Den Bosch and Gas Terra Flames (NED), BC Mures, CSM Oradea and CS Gaz Metan Medias (ROU), BC Ural Ekaterinburg, last season Champion Krasnye Krylia and Triumph Lyubertsy (RUS), KK KRKA Novo Mesto (SLO), Sodertalje Kings (SWE), Tofas Sports Club and Royal Hall Gaziantep Buyuksehir (TUR), BC Kyiv (UKR).
The EuroChallenge Draw will take place in Munich, Germany on Friday, July 5.



Estonia U20 with a confident start in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Finland U20 97:63

Estonia registered the first win at the Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere. The hosts fired past Finland in the opener. Oliver Metsalu (197-G-93) dropped 18 points for the winners.
Estonia opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the opening frame. The hosts opened a 20:8 advantage midway through the stanza. Estonia accounted for 28 points in the first ten minutes and entered the second term up by 12. Estonia extended the lead in the second period. The hosts enjoyed a 51:30 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed in the third term. Estonia arrived at the final break up by 23 points 70:47. They never looked back en route to the win. Kristen Meister (193-G-93) chipped in 14 points, while Martin Paasoja (193-G-93) had 13 points for Estonia. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) answered with 13 points for Finland. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93), Tommi Huolila (198-PF-93) and Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) tossed in 8 points apiece in the loss.

Estonia U20: Oliver Metsalu 18, Kristen Meister 14, Martin Paasoja 13
Finland U20: Topias Palmi 13, Daniel Dolenc 8, Tommi Huolila 8, Julius Rajala 8



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Boulogne land Deven Mitchell - by Eurobasket News

Boulogne bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances). The forward spent the last four seasons in Romania. Deven Mitchell played for Gaz Metan Medias. Last season the forward posted 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Division A. He also delivered 18.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.5 steals and 1.0 block per game in EuroChallenge. Deven Mitchell was named All-Romanian League Forward of the Year in 2012. He also made it into All-Romanian League 2nd Team in 2011. Previously he played for Arkadia Traiskirchen in Austria. He was trumped All-Austrian Bundesliga Import Player of the Year in 2009.


Limoges name Jean-Marc Dupraz head coach - by Eurobasket News

Jean-Marc Dupraz is the new head coach of Limoges. He will replace Giannakis at the bridge. Jean-Marc Dupraz signed a two-year deal with the team. He will be assisted by Bertrand Parvaud . Jean-Marc Dupras started the previous season working with Bordeaux. He left the team in November though. Previously the specialist spent three seasons guiding Paris-Levallois. He reached ProB semifinals in 2009. Jean-Marc Dupraz worked as assistant coach at the ProA All-Star Game in 2009/10 season. He also has experience working as assistant coach with Levallois for several seasons.


Fabien Ateba signs at Fos Ouest - by Eurobasket News

Fos Ouest Provence Basket (ProB) landed 22-year old forward Fabien Ateba (197-91). He played most recently at SPO Rouen Basket (ProB). In 34 games he averaged 7.3ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Ateba played at Hyeres-Toulon. In 11 games he had 4.1ppg and 1.3rpg that season. He played at U21 championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Antibes announce Boris Dallo and Nicolas de Jong - by Eurobasket News

Antibes announced two signings for the upcoming season. Boris Dallo (197-PG-94) and Nicolas de Jong (210-C-88) will join newly promoted Antibes in ProA action.
Boris Dallo spend the previous season with Poitiers. He notched 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in ProA. Previously Boris Dallo played for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. He was the member of U16, U18 French National Teams. Boris Dallo is expected to play for France at U20 European Championship this summer.
Nicolas de Jong spent the last two seasons with Strasbourg. Last season the centre tallied 1.0 points per game in ProA. Previously Nicolas de Jong played for Vichy and Tours-Joue Basket.



Gregor Beugnot officially named head coach of Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Gregor Beugnot was officially presented as the new head coach of Paris-Levallois. The specialist signed a 2+1 contract with the team. This summer Gregor Beugnot has decided to put an end to his outstanding career in Chalon-sur-Saone. The head coach has decided to leave the team after 10 seasons at helm. Gregor Beugnot has the contract until 2014 but opted to split ways with the team after rather a successful season. Chalon finished fourth in ProA regular season and made it into the playoff semifinal stage. Last season Gregor Beugnot led the team to the ProA title last season. He was trumped All-French ProA Coach of the Year. Chalon also played in EuroChallenge Final last season. Gregor Beugnot also received ProA Coach of the Year award back in 2004. He guided the teams at the Pro All-Star Games in 1998, 2001, 2006 and 2007. He also worked with Villeurbanne and Metis Varese before taking over Chalon.


Lourdes land Florian Lesca - by Eurobasket News

Lourdes-Tarbes (NM2) tabbed 24-year old forward Florian Lesca (195-89). He has played for the last three years at Pau-Lacq-Orthez in ProB. Lesca helped his team get promotion to ProA. In 28 games he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.1rpg last season. He contributed to his team winning the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Lesca won French ProB championship title in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Paris-Levallois adds Nicolas Lang - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois adds Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The 23-year old player will move from ES Chalon-Sur-Saone. In 33 games he had 6.5ppg and 2.5rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the supercup final and to the league semifinals. Lang also played 8 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.6ppg and 1.5rpg. He won French ProA championship title in 2012. Lang represented France at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg.
Early in 2007-2008 he started his career for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone. During the first season he played mostly for U21 team.



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MZT Skopje gets bigger with American Justin Reynolds - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje gets bigger with American Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played last time at JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket in France. In 30 NM1, starting five games he recorded 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
The previous season Reynolds played at Torus Skopje (D4). In 29 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1spg that season. He also played 10 games in Balkan League where he averaged 12.4ppg, 8.0rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.3spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention. Reynolds' team made it to the Macedonian League Semifinals in 2012. He graduated from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.



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The Dresden Titans Keep Robert Haas And Bring In Bryan Niessen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Dresden Titans have kept veteran Robert Haas (181-PG-88) and have also announced the arrival of Bryan Niessen. Haas may only be 24 years old, but the 181cm point guard has been with the team since 2005. Last season the German played 20 games: 5.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.2apg. "If the team wants to keep me, then of course I would stay for a ninth season", said Robert Haas. The club also announced the arrival of Bryan Niessen who is a 20 year old 182cm guard who played for Science City Jena the last three years. He played NBBL and in the Regionaliga averaging 18ppg. "Bryan is a talented German player that can create for others and is a strong defender", stressed Dresden head coach Krzywinski.

Source: Dresden Titans



The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Keep Tim Koch Until 2015 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Since getting the Wild Card for the 2013-2014 Beko BBL season, John Patrick can begin to get his roster set for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg and today announced that Tim Koch (196-F-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) will remain until 2015. Koch is a 24 year old 196cm forward that likes to shoot from outside. He has witnessed many coaches through the years with Silvano Poropat, Rick Stafford and Steven Key and now will continue to battle hard to get minutes. Last season he played 17 games averaging 2,2ppg. He has been in the Ludwigsburg organization his whole career starting with their NBBL team, Regional team BSG and also spent time with their affiliate Pro A club Kirchheim Knights. He will be playing his ninth season in Ludwigsburg and has 53 Beko BBL games under his belt.

Source: Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg





Frank Robinson (Dennis Schroeder Was A Great Pick Up For The Atlanta Hawks) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: CS Fullerton) is 29 year old 193cm guard that was born in Compton, California and grew up in Los Angeles. He played at Cal Fullerton (NCAA) from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he averaged 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3Pts: 34.2%, FT: 73.8%. In 2008-2009, he started with NBA club Atlanta Hawks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga UPC, starting five): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg; Euroleague: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, in Feb.'09 signed at EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 11 games: 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 73.5%. In 2009-2010, he started with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) again, only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 12.4 Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): EuroChallenge: 14 games: 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 59.5%; Israeli League: 28 games: 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 61.1% ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 69.2%. In 2010-2011, he played for Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague, starting five): Eurochallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg, in Oct.'11 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), in Nov.'11 signed at B.C. Habikaa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 21 games: 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 25.7%, FT: 54.1%. This past season, he played with Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-TBL), left in Nov.'12: Euroleague: 7 games: 7.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 50.0%; Polish TBL: 8 games: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 23.8%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 68.8%, in Dec.'12 moved to Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Eurocup: 6 games: 3.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg; Ukrainian Superleague: 9 games: 5.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 5.9%, FT: 46.7%, left in Feb.'13, later that month signed at s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg. With Wurzburg he played 11 games: 11.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 57.1%. He talked to Eurobasket about basketball.

Frank thanks for taking time to talkt o eurobasket.com. You are currently in beautiful California, but told me you wouldnt mind be in Germany now. Was that more of kind words for me a man that has to endure the cold German weather in summer?

Hey man thanks for contacting me, it's always a pleasure. Yes I am home and I'm loving every minute of it. At the same time I wouldn't mind being in Germany either. I've grown to love Europe and have accepted it as a second home.

How is your summer going? You are very busy with your summer camp, but you do find time to work out. When your running in the California hills, do you think about certain plays on the court during the last season that could have happened differently?

This summer has had a different rhythm for me. It has been very busy with several events and projects my partners and I have put together. The first was the SWSX Inaugural Showcase. This showcase featured twenty of southern California's finest young athletes who never have had the opportunity to prove themselves as professional players. This event was put together to help those guys get the exposure we feel every player should have at least once in their careers as they strive to become professional players. There were three teams scouts that represented three very elite leagues and about four to five agents. The event was a success and five players were able to partner up with an agent after the games were finished. The second event was the International Hoop Expo (IHX). IHX was an event held in Detroit, Michigan and was put together by Jordan and Joe Crawford. Their family put together an amazing event including the Jordan Crawford Elite Camp, their very own showcase for aspiring pros and also a powerball conference that featured five great speakers. The goal of the event was to bring awareness to the city of Detroit and also to open eyes to many about what it takes to become an athlete or someone in the athletic word. The third and final event was the Frank Robinson Skills Academy, which has two sessions. One just ended and the second which starts July 9th. The skills academy features young athletes who are hungry for knowledge from ages 6-16. These athletes have come from all over the San Fernando Valley. So yes it has been very busy.

You came to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg late in the season. Besides the disappointment of not making the playoffs, was there anything positive that you could take from the season?

This season was a tough one for me, dealing with injuries and having to switch teams but once I arrived in Wurzburg, there was an immediate sigh of relief. The experience was one that rejuvenated my motor and being around that group of guys was refreshing. The only thing I would do differently is not step out of bounds with 30 seconds left in the game against Ulm. We were up and had the ball. I should have took the baseline three and at least we would have got a shot up. The playoffs was on the line and I take full responsibility for that. We worked really hard to dig ourselves out of a hole and got as high as sixth-seed, so to end it like that hurt.

What do you like most about watching the NBA Draft? Were you surprised that Anthony Bennett was picked at number one? Were you surprised how late Nerlens Noel was taken? Did it seem like NBA teams had Sam Bowie and Greg Oden disease?

I didnt really pay attention to this years draft to be honest. But from what I know about Anthony Bennett he is a beast and in my opinion should have been the first pick. Im more surprised that Nerlens Noel was still considered a number one picked or even in the top ten more than anything. An injury like that can take years to recover and if your in the top five you need some one to help now. Not a question mark

German Dennis Schroeder was chosen at #17 with the Atlanta Hawks. They have many free agents and Jeff Teague. Do you see the Hawks building around the 19 year old or bring in some free agents guards?

It was a great pick up for Atlanta. That is a team that I follow very closely because of the history I have with them. Even though everyone is gone since I was there except for Josh, Al, and Jeff I still wish them well. Dennis and Jeff can very well play together. I think it is too soon to say they will build around him but he sure has the potential to be one of the really good defenders in if he puts his mind to it. He has all the tools to do that.

After many years away from Germany, you were back last season and contributed to a big 64-60 win against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What do you remember from the game of Dennis Schroeder who played 30 minutes scored eight points, had eight rebounds and three assists? Without knowing an yof the NBA hype that was slowly developing, did Schroeder look like a first round NBA pick? What did you like most of his game and what will you remember most from it?


That game he didnt have a particularly good game so I really didnt take anything away from it. But I did remember watching him last season during my time with Artland and said that the kid would be in the league once he was eligible. Its hard to teach that kind of length and quickness. When we played him he didn't look like a first round pick I felt he would go mid second round. Then I saw his performance at the hoop summit I believe it was. I spoke with some people and thought that he probably could sneak in the first. I never envisioned him going as high as seventeen. But that is great for him and Germany as a country.


How does a normal Frank Robinson workout day look like?

Because my summer has been so busy I wake up at 5am. I work out with Mike Penberthy at 6am, we do a lot of footwork stuff and include ball handling shooting and other skill stuff. Our main focus this summer is making reads off of pick n roll situations. Which has been something that I have really paid attention to over the last six to seven months. At 10:30am I usually lift weights, do some flexibility stuff and some speed work. This is my routine Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday I play pick up games with my fellow pros out here in California. Which include Horace Wormly, Louis Darby, Paul George, Reggie Jackson, Rashad McCants, Nick Young, Jeff Adrien, Joe Crawford and a slu of really talented players that live in the Los Angeles area. Saturday we play in the Drew League which has become the top ProAm in the United States over the last three years. Im done with my workouts by 1pm and have the rest of the day with my family and working on my off the court ventures.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just finshed seeing Monsters University with my son, it was very entertaining.

Thanks Frank for the chat.




The Bayer Giants Leverkusen Sign Tony Watson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isnt everyday that one sees an alumnist from Buffalo (NCAA) play in Germany, but the announcement that Tony Watson II (188-G-90, agency: SDJ Sports) will be playing for new Pro A team Bayer Giants Leverkusen must have put a shade of a twinkle into the eyes of German national player Yassin Idbihi who played there before starting a professional basketball career. Watson is a 22 year old 188cm guard from Riviera Beach, Florida who will be starting his rookie year in Leverkusen. He played at Buffalo from 2009-2013 and in his senior year played 31 games: 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 87.5%. Coming to Leverkusen in the foot steps of 2013 pro B MVP Josh Parker wont be easy, but Giants coach Achim Kuczmann is sure that they will see good things from the American. "He will help us get landed in the new league. He has a very good shot especially out of the pick and roll. he is also a great defender", added Achim Kuczmann. Watson is excited about coming to Leverkusen. "I have had contact to Josh Parker and he told me only good things about Leverkusen, the fans, club and city. I am sure I will have an optimal start into my career. I have heard the club are real basketball maniacs and I love that. I will be in Leverkusen on September one and give my regards to the fans", stated Tony Watson II. Watson played a total of 107 NCAA games.

Source. Bayer Giants Leverkusen







Kibildis and Luzolo join BG Dorsten for 2013-14 Regionalliga season - by Moritz Korff

BG Dorsten keeps rebuilding its roster after being relegated from the 2. Bundesliga Pro B to the 1. Regionalliga West. Darius Kibildis (186-G-92) will follow coach Ivan Rosic to Dorsten, the club announced on its website. Rosic guided TV Werne to the 2. Regionalliga West championship title last season, Kibildis ran the point for the championship team, averaging 20 points a contest.
At the end of last week BG had signed Benjamin Luzolo (193-SG-87). The shooting guard transfers from Bayer Uerdingen (2. Regionalliga) to Dorsten.



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Dutch U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Dutch U20 National Team 2013
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Roel Aarts
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Kasper Averink
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Kevin Bleeker
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Sjors Bootsman
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Maarten Bouwknecht
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Roel Aarts 201-PF-93 Den Bosch Holland
Kasper Averink 183-PG-93 Leiden Holland
Rico Bakker 181-PG-93 Groningen Holland
Kevin Bleeker 208-C-93 Canisius USA
Sjors Bootsman 200-F-94 Leiden 2 Holland
Maarten Bouwknecht 185-PG-94 Groningen Holland
Yunis Eillyas 190-G-93 Giants II Belgium
Dexter Hope 185-PG-93 Leeuwarden Holland
Jito Kok 206-C-94 San Diego USA
Twan Plasmans 200-C-93 Rotterdam Holland
Olaf Schaftenaar 206-C-93 Oregon St. USA
Enzo Swart 188-G-93 Leeuwarden Holland
Kenzo Enfa 196-PF-94
Torben Tonjann 203-C-94 San Isidro Spain
Yannick Van Der Ark 193-G/F-93 Groningen Holland
Jos Van Der Laan 184-G-93 Amsterdam Holland
Mathijs Van Der Mars 194-PF-94 Rotterdam Holland
Benny van den Reijden 209-C-94 Groningen Holland
Matthew Van Tongeren 198-C-93 Amsterdam Holland
Boy Van Vliet 182-SG-94
Floris Versteeg 205-F-94
Hidde Arjans Vos 194-F-93
Bernt Waalkens 201-F-94 Leeuwarden Holland




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U19 World Championship: Croatia too good for Iran - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U19 - Iran U19 81:60

Croatia recorded the fifth win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Iran to occupy the third place in Group E. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 27 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Iran landed the fifth place in the ladder.
Croatia earned a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. The European team maintained the advantage throughout the second term. The Croats posted a 45:30 halftime advantage. Croatia kept Iran at bay throughout the third term. They gained a 16-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Croatia went on a 19:14 run in the fourth period to seal the win at the end. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 20 points for the winners. Marin Maric (208-C-94) added 12 points for Croatia. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) chipped in 17 points for Iran. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) netted 10 points in the loss.

Croatia U19: Dario Saric 27, Tomislav Gabric 20, Marin Maric 12
Iran U19: Saleh Foroutannik 17, Behnam Yakhchali 10



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Avellino confirm Francesco Vitucci - by Eurobasket News

Avellino officiated the deal with Francesco Vitucci . The specialist penned a two-year deal with the team. Vitucci is coming back to Avellino. He guided the team back in 2010/12 seasons. Last season Francesco Vitucci worked with Cimberio Varese. He led the team into the SeriaA semis. Vitucci was named All-Italian SeriaA Coach of the Year. Previously Francesco Vitucci worked with Benetton Treviso, Scafati, Imola, Reyer Venezia and Vicenza. Francesco Vitucci worked as assistant coach with the Italian National Team in 2009. Vitucci will try to improve the results of Avellino as they finished the last season at 13-17 record outside the playoff zone.


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U19 World Championship: South Korea prevail against Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 73:67

South Korea finished their U19 World Championship on a high note. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire to improve at 2-1 record in the classification round group. Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) posted 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the winners. Cote d'Ivoire fell at 1-2 record in the ladder after the loss.
The African team enjoyed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. South Korea increased the tempo in the second frame. They fired 25 points in the quarter to ensure a 40:36 halftime advantage. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Cote d'Ivoire got within 4 points with under two minutes remaining in regulation. But Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) drained back-to-back three-pointers as South Korea ran away with victory. Kang finished with 21 points, while Junghyeon Park (202-C-96) had 14 points for the winners. Dalen Traore (203-C-95) responded with 22 points for Cote d'Ivoire. Aboubakar Traore (204-C-95) chipped in 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea U19: Choi Jun-Yong 22, Sangjae Kang 21, Junghyeon Park 14
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Dalen Traore 22, Aboubakar Traore 14+12 boards



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Osaka Evessa bring in Haruyuki Ishibashi and Yosuke Sugawara - by Eurobasket News

Osaka Evessa are deepening their roster. They are bringing in Haruyuki Ishibashi (173-PG-73) and Yosuke Sugawara (187-G/F-83).
Haruyuki Ishibashi spent the last season with the Iwate Big Bulls. He notched 0.6 points per game in BJ League. The veteran guard is not new to Osaka. He played for the team back in 2005/08. Haruyuki Ishibashi was drafted by Evessa in 2005. The guard also had stints with the Aishin Sea Horses, Shiga Lakestars and Kyoto Hannaryz.
Yosuke Sugawara played for the Ryukyu Golden Kings last season. The forward posted 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for Okinawa. Yosuke Sugawara was the BJ League champion with the Golden Kings back in 2009. He also played for the Rera Kamuy Hokkaido and Shizuoka Gymrats.



Draelon Burns set to join Akita Northen Happinets - by Eurobasket News

The Akita Northern Happinets are set to bolster their roster. They have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Draelon Burns (194-G-85, college: De Paul). The guard played for the Yokohama B-Corsairs last season. He tallied 21.8 points, 6.6 boards, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game in BJ League. Draelon Burns was named All-Japanese BJ League Guard of the Year. He helped the B-Corsairs to the BJ League title. Draelon Burns participated at the BJ League All-Star Game. The guard previously played in Israel, Germany, Iceland and D-League. He earned All-Icelandic League Honourable Mention in 2010. Draelon Burns also made it onto Icelandic League All-Imports Team that season.


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Kandemir with a possible return to Turkey - by Onur Decani

The head coach of Sigal Prishtina for the last season, the turkish Ahmet Kandemir seems to leave through his motherland Turkey with a possible move to Besiktas.
According to the Turkish press there are rumors that Kandemir will join Besiktas for the upcoming season. Erman Kunter who was the head coach of the turkish side from Istanbul last season, now is the director of Basketball section of the Besiktas Sports Club and he is looking for a new coach for their team that will play in Eurocup after their wild-card application was accepted. Dusko Ivanovic, Aco Petrovic and Ufuk Sarica are another options for the Besiktas who were last champions of Turkey in 2012.




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Lithuanian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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Matas Andruskevicius 185-PG-97 Neringos Lithuania
Laurynas Beliauskas 97 Neptunas Lithuania
Arnas Berucka 97
Laurynas Birutis 97
Mykolas Dieninis 97 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
Jonas Dumasius 184-G-97
Martynas Echodas 97 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
Rokas Grabliauskas 97 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
Justas Klimavicius 190-G-97 KM Tornado Lithuania
Lukas Kvedaravicius 200-F-97 Sakalai Lithuania
Nedas Matulionis 97
Augustas Meskauskas 196-F-97
Dainius Ozelis 97
Martynas Pacevicius 97 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
Mantas Pigaga 97
Tadas Sedekerskis 178-PG-98 Laboral Kutxa Spain
Kristijonas Simsonas 97 Vilniaus KM-Perlas Lithuania
Jonas Stakeliunas 200-F-97 Nafta Universitetas Lithuania
Julius Stoma 97
Jokubas Svambaris 188-PF-97
Karolis Tamosauskis 207-C-97 Neptunas Lithuania
Arnas Tilinde 97 KM Tornado Lithuania
Martynas Varnas 191-SF-97




Lithuania U20 edge Ukraine U20 in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Ukraine U20 71:65

Lithuanian U20 National Team victoriously opened the Four Nations tournament in Estonia. They shot down Ukrainian counterparts in the opener. Vaidas Kariniauskas (200-PG-93) exploded with 31 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine opened the game on a massive 22:3 run. Lithuania cut the deficit at 10-point mark at the first break 13:23. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 37:30 halftime lead. Lithuania went on an 8:1 run in the third term to surge ahead 53:52. However Zagreba allowed Ukraine to lead by three 56:53 heading into the fourth frame. But Lithuania capped the regulation on a 12:0 run and sealed the victory. Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) and Martynas Paliukenas (195-G-93) chipped in 9 points apiece for the winning side. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) responded with 16 points for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Vaidas Kariniauskas 31, Zygimantas Riauka 8, Martynas Paliukenas 9
Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 16, Vladyslav Koreniuk 12



U19 World Championship: Lithuania nip Spain in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Spain U19 61:59

Lithuania earned a narrow victory over Spain to wrap up their Eight-Final stage campaign at the U19 World Championship. The victory however did not allow Lithuania to finish on top of Group E. They occupied the second place, while Spain remained on top at 5-1 record. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) nailed 13 points to lead the Baltic team.
Lithuania spurred ahead in the opening quarter. They registered a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. The Baltic team stretched the lead in the second quarter. Lithuania accumulated a 36:26 halftime lead. Spain changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark with one quarter remaining. Spain needed to win or lose by less then five points to remain the top position. They succeeded staying within the limit and lost by just two at the end. Martin Geben (206-C-94) and Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) nailed 10 points each for the winners. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) answered with 13 points for Spain. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U19: Marius Grigonis 13, Martin Geben 10, Augustinas Jankaitis 10
Spain U19: Guillermo Hernangomez 13, Edgar Vicedo 11



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Luxembourg U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Luxembourg U18 National Team 2013
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Thomas Grun
Grun
Philippe Gutenkauf
Gutenkauf
Timothy Kauffmann
Kauffmann
Max Hilger
Hilger
Vic Heuschling
Heuschling
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Thomas Grun 194-PG-95 Urspring Germany
Philippe Gutenkauf 181-PG-95 Etzella Luxembourg
Filip Stojanovic 196-C-95
Timothy Kauffmann 195-SF-96 T71 Luxembourg
Max Hilger 187-PG-95 Racing Luxembourg
Vic Heuschling 196-F-96
Joshua Wirtz 180-PG-95 Heffingen Luxembourg
Sven Ehmann 187-G/F-95 Heffingen Luxembourg
Tim Schmit 195-F/G-95 Heffingen Luxembourg
Eric Wagner 203-F-95
Pit Elcheroth 193-F-95 Etzella Luxembourg
Alexandre Tschiderer 200-F-95
Malik Wilson 182-G-95 Etzella Luxembourg

Jerome Altmann Head Coach Musel Pikes Luxembourg
Christophe Flammang Assistant Bascharage Luxembourg



Luxembourg U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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4Max Sinner 178-G-97
5Yannick Hudson
6Philippe Arendt
7Tom Schomer
8Tom Martin 178-G-97
9Raphael Peffer 175-G-97
10Yorick Melchior
11Pol Schwartz
12Maxime Weyrich
13Bob Lessure
14Nicolas Hittelet 195-F-95
15Luca Lombardelli

Carmen Nastor Head Coach Racing Luxembourg
Christian Nittler Assistant Amicale Luxembourg



Luxembourg U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Luxembourg U20 National Team 2013
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Bob Melcher
Melcher
Alex Laurent
Laurent
Chris Ittenbach
Ittenbach
Ben Goergen
Goergen
Tom Welter
Welter
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Bob Melcher 189-G-94 Amicale Luxembourg
Alex Laurent 196-PF-93 Amicale Luxembourg
Chris Ittenbach 188-G/F-87 Etzella Luxembourg
Ben Goergen 190-SG-94 Contern Luxembourg
Raphael Martin 190-F-94 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
Tom Welter 184-G-93 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
Tom Steffen 195-F-93 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
Steven Mersch 188-F-94 Mondorf Luxembourg
Max Schroeder 195-PF-95 T71 Luxembourg
Max Kreutz 184-PG-95 Contern Luxembourg
Tom Kohnen 183-G-96 Amicale Luxembourg

Rainer Kloss Head Coach Sparta Luxembourg
Mike Smith Assistant Soleuvre Luxembourg



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Standings - Lower Leagues

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



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Moldovan U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Oleg Adamov 176-PG-96
Gabriel Boboc 190-G-95 Ribnita Moldova
Oleg Boev 186-F-96
Anatolie Caraus 185-F-95
Vladislav Croitoru 183-F-95
Vladimir Gaicean 202-C-95
Vladislav Golban 195-F-95
Alexandr Guboglo 173-PG-95
Egor Guzun 204-C-94 Ribnita Moldova
Artur Istrate 182-PG-97
Iulian Lisi 195-F-95
Piotr Liulenov 185-G-95
Serghei Liulenov 185-G-95
Alexandru Marjin 178-PG-95
Andrei Mursa 182-F-95
Vladislav Solopa 202-F-95 Ribnita Moldova
Casian Statnic 190-F-95
Vasilii Suleac 196-PF-95
Maxim Tacu 185-SG-95
Junior Ugbo 177-G-95 Ribnita Moldova
Maxim Zaslavschi 193-SF-95
Evgheni Zimovski 196-F-96




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Montenegrin U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Montenegrin U18 National Team 2013
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Nikola Agramovic
Agramovic
Milos Andjelic
Andjelic
Vasilije Bacovic
Bacovic
Zdravko Boskovic
Boskovic
Igor Cvorovic
Cvorovic
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Nikola Agramovic 189-G-95 Sutjeska Montenegro
Milos Andjelic 171-PG-96 Buducnost II Montenegro
Vasilije Bacovic 201-C-96 Buducnost II Montenegro
Zdravko Boskovic 198-F-96 Anagastum Montenegro
Igor Cvorovic 202-PF-96 Sutjeska Montenegro
Luka Djurovic 190-G-95 Sutjeska Montenegro
Aleksandar Dozic 199-F-96 Buducnost II Montenegro
Milovan Draskovic 211-C-95 FCB Regal Spain
Feda Durisic 192-G-96 Mornar Bar Montenegro
Emir Hadzibegovic 200-C-96 Centar BP Montenegro
Aleksa Ilic 199-F-96 Sutjeska Montenegro
Vasilije Knezevic 200-C-96 Rudar Montenegro
Goran Loncar 200-F-95 Sutjeska Montenegro
Vaso Milovic 193-F-95 Mornar Bar Montenegro
Zoran Nikolic 208-C-96 Girona Spain
Aleksandar Novosel 185-PG-96 Buducnost Montenegro
Lazar Pavicevic 184-G-96 Mornar Bar Montenegro
Milan Pesic 198-F-95 KK Junior Montenegro
Petar Popovic 188-PG-96 Lovcen Montenegro
Mihailo Radunovic 199-SF-96 Buducnost II Montenegro
Marko Raicevic 187-G-95 S.Centar Montenegro
Luka Savic 199-F-95 ABS Primorje Montenegro
Nemanja Sekularac 200-F/C-95 Centar BP Montenegro




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Brad Stevens hired by Celtics as Head Coach on $22M Deal - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics have hired Brad Stevens as head coach on a six-year contract worth $22 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Stevens became one of basketball's most coveted coaches during his two consecutive runs to the Final Four with Butler. "Brad and I share a lot of the same values," said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. "Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18." Stevens is still just 36 and is a big proponent of advanced statistics. Stevens will replace Doc Rivers, who the Celtics parted ways with this offseason in exchange for a first round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Korver agrees to multiyear deal with Hawks - by Eurobasket News

The Hawks landed their first free agent Wednesday night and it was one of their own. Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) reached an agreement to re-sign with the Hawks on a multiyear deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. Per NBA rules, the contract cannot be signed until July 10. The sharp-shooting Korver was a hot commodity during free agency and sought by several teams. The Hawks met with Korver this week in California, where he makes his offseason home, while in Los Angeles to speak to free-agent center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85). Even with Korvers contract, the Hawks still have enough room to sign Howard to a maximum deal. Korver, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, played in 74 regular-season games for the Hawks last season after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Bulls. The 3-point specialist averaged 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.5 minutes per game last season. Korver ranked second in the NBA last season in 3-point field-goal percentage at .457. His 189 3-point makes were fourth in the league and his 414 attempts tied for 15th. He can continue his streak of 73 consecutive regular-season games with a 3-pointer, the longest active streak and fourth longest in league history, in a Hawks uniform. His run trails only Dana Barros (89), Michael Adams (79) and Dennis Scott (78). Korver fits the mold of players the Hawks are trying to assemble as they rebuild their roster. He drew praise from general manager Danny Ferry and former coach Larry Drew last season for his professionalism, character and competitiveness. Korver said he was told during his exit interview that the team wanted him back. I really enjoyed my year here in Atlanta, Korver said in April after the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs. I enjoyed the team. I enjoyed the organization. I believe Danny Ferry is going to do some great things here. I really think he is. I think its a great opportunity to bring in guys who are going to play fun basketball. I know the vision that he has, you know the kind of basketball that he likes to watch. I think he is going to bring in those types of guys. I like the same basketball that he likes. Im very open to coming back here. Korver ranked fourth on the Hawks in points scored with 810. He had a streak of 13 consecutive 10-plus point games from Jan. 16 to Feb. 11, the longest of his 10-year career.
Courtesy of: ajc.com



Manu Ginobili agrees to two-year deal with Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he will stay with the San Antonio Spurs for two more years. The 35-year-old Emanuel Ginobili is one of the Spurs' staple players and has won three titles alongside Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) and Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82). The group nearly collected another when it lost to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. In that effort, Emanuel Ginobili struggled to averages of 11.6 points, 4.3 assists and 3.1 turnovers. He was rarely healthy throughout the regular season, in which he put of numbers of 11.8 points and 4.6 assists in 60 games. It is the second straight season of injury trouble for Emanuel Ginobili, who played only 34 games in 2011-12. Emanuel Ginobili's announcement comes on the heels of the Spurs' reportedly finalizing a four-year, $36 million deal for center Tiago Splitter. Splitter, 28, played a integral role in the Spurs' defense, spelling Duncan and allowing the team's best post option to focus on offense. With Emanuel Ginobili and Splitter in the fold, the Spurs retain their sixth man and keep the starting five intact. The Spurs do now have four key players with contracts expiring in 2014-15, however. Emanuel Ginobili, Parker, Duncan and Danny Green all have deals that are up in two years.
Courtesy of: sportingnews.com



Indiana Pacers Sign Donald Sloan - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers have a wealth of talent at the point guard position including George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI), C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) and D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas), but that has not stopped the Pacers from using NBA free agency to add another point guard by the name of Sloan Donald (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M). Sloan has spent time in China, but also played a small role with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season in which he tallied four points and two assists per game. Its a multi-year contract for sloan, but other details at the moment are scarce. The Pacers may be thinking to moving Hill to the shooting guard position at this point with the way they are stockpiling talent at the point. That, or you should never truly expect to see Sloan take the court in any kind of capacity. Indiana has been searching for an answer at point guard for a few years. Were not sure Sloan is that answer, but its a step in the right direction.
Courtesy of: fansided.com



Tyreke Evans agrees to New Orleans Pelicans' offer sheet - by Eurobasket News

Restricted free agent and former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) has given the New Orleans Pelicans a verbal agreement that he will sign their four-year, $44 million offer sheet, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. The Sacramento Kings, Evans' former team, will now have until three days after the free agency moratorium is lifted on July 10 to decide whether to match the offer. With the Kings under new ownership and with a new general manager in former Denver Nuggets executive Pete D'Alessandro, Evans had been hopeful that the new management team would show more of a desire to keep him in town. But they instead pursued free agent small forward Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) in what led to a bizarre and brief courting. Iguodala was given a four-year offer for $52 million by the Kings, but the offer was rescinded late Tuesday night when he didn't give an answer quickly enough for their liking. It remains to be seen if the Kings will match the Pelicans' offer, but they will likely explore sign and trade possibilities in which they may be able to net New Orleans point guard Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, college: Maryland). Because the Pelicans recently traded for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) from Philadelphia in a deal that can't be formalized until July 10, Vasquez who was a Most Improved Player candidate last season is far more expendable than before. The Kings went just 28-54 last season, with Evans averaging 15.2 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while the uncertainty about how he would be used continued. It was all part of a decline that has certainly worn on Evans, who was dynamic in his debut campaign as a point guard but later played shooting guard and small forward. Yet the Pelicans see him as a versatile threat who would take their young core to the next level. New Orleans, which was just 27-55 last season, has Eric Gordon as a major threat at shooting guard and 2012 No. 1 pick Anthony Davis down low with stretch forward Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California). ESPN.com first reported that Evans intended to agree to sign the offer sheet.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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U19 World Championship: USA wins Group F in O2 Arena Prague - by Eurobasket News

USA U19-Serbia U19 71:62

USA wins Group F in O2 Arena Prague with a 6-0 record. The favorites overcame Serbia U19 71:62 as the latter suffered their first loss and dropped at 5-1 record. Both teams will continue their battles at the Quarterfinals.
USA opened the game with a 19-15 lead and added 16-11 rally in the second frame. Serbia was too far to give up and replied with a 21-15 burst in the third quarter. Vasilije Micic (6'3''-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 56:52 with 8 minutes to go, but then USA pushed the tempo for good and won the game by 9 points.
Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'11''-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Rasheed Sulaimon (6'4''-G-94) nailed 15. Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) poured in 11, whilst Montrezl Harrell (6'8''-F-94) had 9. Vasilije Micic answered with 24 points in defeat and Jovan Novak (6'0''-PG-94) had 13. Nikola Jokic (6'8''-C-95) scored 10 points for the European titans and Nikola Milutinov (7'0''-C-94) had 7.

USA U19: Jahlil Okafor-Benton 16, Rasheed Sulaimon 15, Aaron Gordon 11, Montrezl Harrell 9
Serbia U19: Vasilije Micic 24, Jovan Novak 13, Nikola Jokic 10, Nikola Milutinov 7



5 Questions With: UNC Ashville Asst Coach Jared Ronai! - by Lucius Jones

Jared Ronai initially was a top tier player in Ohio who was so successful he gained 1st Team status in Ohio H.S. Basketball along with being his Conference Player of the Year. Ronai went on to ironically sign and attend UNC Ashville where he was a part of the 2003 NCAA Tournament team before finishing up his career at Georgia Southwestern. He has assisted at Dayton and also Ashland where he had become the Associate Head Coach. Coach Ronai brings the same intense, hard working attitude he displayed as a player to his coaching profession and demands it of anyone he works with at the game. It is even evident in his answers to the new "5 Questions With" series he has graciously answered in detail with that same Ronai passion. Enjoy:

Q - What is your immediate impression of your new surroundings and thoughts on your decision?

I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the UNC Asheville community. Asheville is a beautiful place to live (one of the top small cities to live in the United States!), the campus and facilities are top of the line, and the staff here is great to work with. I just got married this past May to the former Kristin Daugherty, and we are excited to start our lives together in Asheville.

Q - What is the main difference between working for an NCAA D2 school & a NCAA D1 school?

UNC Asheville is focused on the development of the student athlete. That area is no change from my time at Ashland University. I think the biggest difference is well be preparing for Kentucky and Duke our first two games of the season.

Q - How do you envision the near future of UNC Ashville Basketball?

I think the future is extremely bright with the new leadership of Head Coach Nick McDevitt. I am looking forward to working with our very talented staff including coaches Brett Carey, Kevin Easley, and Madison Davis. Every guy brings energy and great work ethic to the office every day. We have some veterans returning along with a talented freshman class. This upcoming season should be very exciting inside Kimmel Arena (our home facility).

Q - What do you feel is the biggest misconception about College Basketball?

Playing collegiate basketball is a privilege, not a right. I think young players expect they should be able to play at the next level. I think there is an entitled attitude to the game these days and it is the complete opposite! You have to WORK! It is HARD to play at this level and you have to commit yourself every single day to improving your skills on the floor and in the classroom. Also, college basketball you see on National television is a very small percentage of the entire spectrum of what the game represents. We open up on November 8th against Kentucky in Rupp arena on TV, but there will be 100s of other low major to mid major D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and junior college programs opening up that weekend as well. Young players need to be more open and realistic on what level they can actually be successful at. Very few players move on to play in the NBA and overseas, so college basketball is an experience you need to treasure if you are fortunate enough to be able to play at this level.

Q - What advice do you have for aspiring collegiate coaches?

I think one piece of advice is to get to know young and hungry assistant coaches. They are the ones that will be getting coaching jobs in the next 5-10 years. This business, like most businesses, is about relationships. Build strong relationships with those guys, because they will be the ones hiring soon. And lastly, WORK your tail off and show loyalty to the ones who have helped you along the way.




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Nepal lost to Bangladesh in SABA U16 Qualifiers - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepal U16 team lost to Bangladesh 45 63 in the ongoing South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifiers for for the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men.

In other match of the day India beat Maldives 95 50.

Four teams Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and India is competing in the qualifying round to be held in round robin format to qualify one team from SABA for the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Tehran, Iran from 25 Sept to 4 Oct 2013.

Nepal will India on 3 July 2013 and Maldives in the last game on 5 July 2013.



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  NIGERIA   


Upsets fill Day 2 of Nestle Milo Sec. Sch. Basketball Championship - by Oluwafemi Adefeso

Today marked Day 2 of the National Finals in the Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship. Amongst all pomp and pageantry was a host of unexpected victories from the underdogs in both the male and female category.

The First upset of the day was in the female category where Western conference power house Yejide Girls Grammer School, Ibadan lost to relatively unknown Government Day Girls Secondary, Samaru, Zamfara 29-23 in a fiesty encounter, the Ibadan girls were touted to make a light work into the Semi-final haven blown out Ahmadiyya College,Kano 34-11 in their opening game only to be shocked by the spirited Zamfara girls who made a bold statement about their willingness to compete and win the tournament.

The other upset of the day was in the Boys event where Adedokun International School, Otta, Ogun State- a perennial strong force in the Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship was defeated by 5 man International School RSUST, Port Harcourt, River State 51-42 in a spirited encounter.

The desperate Boys from Rivers State were in devastating form, especially from behind the arc, four inspiring 3 point shots sealed victory in where a win or go home situation. The Ogun State Warlords must now muster a win to against the impressive Government Day School, Minna tomorrow who took the Rivers boys to the cleaners in the first group match on tuesday.

The other results of Day 2 saw defending champion St Judes Girls Secondary School, Bayelsa maintain their course to defending their title with a convincing 34-18 whitewash over the south-south neighbours Westend Mixed Secondary School,Asaba Delta State while International School University of Lagos, Akoka also secured a semi-final berth in this year's competition with a 30-25 victory over Benue State representatives St Joseph Secondary School, Markudi.

The battle for semi final places will continue in Today, as Westend Mixed Secondary School,Asaba Delta State play against Government Secondary School, Gboko, Beune and Government Day Girls Secondary, Samaru, Zamfara battling Ahmadiyya College,Kano in the female category.

While Government Secondary School, Funtua, Katsina take on St Joseph Secondary School, Markudi for the final qualification spot for the boys



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  POLAND   


Stelmet Zielona Gora eyeing Michal Ignerski and Olek Czyz - by Eurobasket Center

The new TBL champion is targeting Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) and Aleksander Czyz (200-F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nevada). It is said that the club would like to sign one of these players.

Michal Ignerski spent last year in Italy playing for Banco di Sardegna Sassari. In 29 SerieA games he averaged 12.2ppg, 4.7rpg. He also played 6 EuroCup games - 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg. 32-yerar old forward is currently preparing with Polish National Team for the Eurobasket in Slovenia.
Ignerski was also on the wish list of Slask Wroclaw, but the club is still not sure about the budget for the upcoming season.

Olek Czyz also spent last season in Italy - Acea Virtus Roma. He helped them to make it to SerieA Finals (Roma lost to Montepaschi Siena). in 48 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 3.7rpg shooting 53.8% from behind the arch. Polish forward is now in the USA playing for the Portland Trailblazers at NBA Summer League. Czyz has graduated from University of Nevada in 2012 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.



Sokol Lancut signs Lukasz Pacocha - by Pawel

Sokol Lancut have agreed on terms of contract with Lukasz Pacocha (182-PG-82, agency: Promotex). 31-year old Polish point guard penned a one-year deal with the team. It is actually his comeback to Lancut. He played for the team back in 2007/08 season. Last season Pacocha spent with AZS Radex Szczecin in Polish 1 Liga, and played for them 29 games. He had very impressive stats with 16.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.


AZS Koszalin land Dabrowski - by Pawel

AZS Koszalin has just announced the signing of 27-year old Polish swingman Piotr Dabrowski (192-F/G-86). He signed one-year deal with the team. Dabrowski last season spent in Trefl Sopot. In 36 games in PLK, he averaged 2.6 points and 2 rebounds per game. He also played with the team in Eurocup, where he notched 1.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in every game. Previously, he played for other Polish teams like Polpharma Starogard Gdanski, PBG Basket Poznan and Basket Kwidzyn.

Dabrowski is the third player of AZS Koszalin current roster. Few days ago contracts with the team re-signed Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-F-86, agency: AB Agency) and Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84, college: Rhode Island).



Start Lublin re-signed with three players - by Pawel

Start Lublin re-signed with three players. 22-year old Polish guard Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) played for Lublin in last season. In 23 games of Polish 1 Liga, he averaged 9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. Szymanski most of his career spent in PGE Turow Zgorzelec. Second player, who will play for Start Lublin in upcoming season is 33-year old point guard Michal Sikora (182-PG-80). Experienced player recorded 3.5 points, 3.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 30 games for Start in last season. The team also keep Alan Czujkowski (198-C-90, agency: Promotex). 23-year old center started last season in Legia Warszawa. He played there only three games, averaging 14.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. In November 2012, he moved to Start Lublin. In 22 games, he notched 4.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

According to our sources, the team is also close to sign
Wojciech Szawarski (195-F-76).



Polish U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Polish U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Adam Brenk
Brenk
Kamil Czosnowski
Czosnowski
Pawel Dzierzak
Dzierzak
Mateusz Fatz
Fatz
Jakub Fiszer
Fiszer
#e#5
Adam Brenk 190-PG-95 Trefl II Sopot Poland
Kamil Czosnowski 180-PG-95 Znicz Basket Poland
Pawel Dzierzak 186-PG-95 Trefl II Sopot Poland
Mateusz Fatz 204-C-96 SMS PZKosz Poland
Jakub Fiszer 185-SG-95 Suchy Las Poland
Wojciech Jakubiak 184-SG-96 Energa Czarni Poland
Damian Jeszke 202-F-95 SMS PZKosz Poland
Mariusz Konopatzki 165-PG-96 Basket Kw. Poland
Adrian Krawczyk 183-PG-95 SMS PZKosz Poland
Grzegorz Kulka 203-PF-96 Trefl II Sopot Poland
Piotr Lucka 194-SG-96 LKS Lodz Poland
Wojciech Majchrzak 198-PF-96 SMS PZKosz Poland
Michal Marek 205-C-96 Suchy Las Poland
Jakub Niziol 183-PG-96 Slask II Wroclaw Poland
Dominik Olejniczak 206-C-96 SMS PZKosz Poland
Filip Pruefer 208-C-96 Suchy Las Poland
Adam Siewruk 196-G-95 SMS PZKosz Poland
Mateusz Stawiak 199-PF-96 Elblag Poland
Damian Szymczak 186-G-95 Suchy Las Poland
Igor Wadowski 190-SG-96 WKK Wroclaw Poland
Mikolaj Witlinski 207-F/C-95 SMS PZKosz Poland
Artur Wlodarczyk 174-PG-96 GTK Gdynia Poland
Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz 194-G/F-95 GTK Gdynia Poland
Kamil Zywert 188-PG-96 SMS PZKosz Poland




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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#4
Tiago Alves 97
Diogo Araujo 189-SG-97 Ginasio Portugal
Guilherme Oliveira 97
Sergio Brito 190-PG-97 Povoa Portugal
Nuno Camacho 97
Jorge Cardoso 97
Duarte Coelho 97
Hugo Pereira 97
Ricardo Monteiro 97 Carnide Portugal
Luis Caetano 97
Simao Martins 97
Rui Saraiva 97
Diogo Lima 98
Carlos Medeiros 97
Pedro Oliveira 179-PG-97
Joaquim Soras 97
Carlos Salamanca 187-G-97 Benfica B Portugal
Hugo Antunes 97
Pedro Sobral 98
Guilherme Machado 97




Portuguese U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Portuguese U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Francisco Amiel
Amiel
Diogo Araujo
Araujo
Sergio Brito
Brito
Luis Camara
Camara
Sergio da Silva
da Silva
#e#5
Francisco Amiel 186-PG-96 BAC Portugal
Diogo Araujo 189-SG-97 Ginasio Portugal
Daniel Relvao 190-C-96
Sergio Brito 190-PG-97 Povoa Portugal
Luis Camara 194-SF-96 Alges Portugal
Miguel Soares 165-PG-96
Sergio da Silva 191-SG-96 Benfica B Portugal
Diogo Gameiro 184-G-95 Benfica B Portugal
Krasimir Pereira 95
Joao Guimaraes 193-C-95
Isaias Insaly 197-F/C-95
Joao Lucas 195-PF-96 Porto Ferpinta Portugal
Pedro Marques 173-PG-95 Ginasio Portugal
Nuno Martins 180-G-95
Pedro Meireless 184-G/F-95 Leca Portugal
Benvindo Mendes 200-C-96 Seixal Portugal
Antonio Moreira 195-C-95
Rui Nery 190-SG-96 Estoril Basket Portugal
Joao Oliveira 183-PG-96 Maia Basket Portugal
Rafael Pereira 185-PF-96
Francisco Rodrigues 170-PG-96
Agenor Rolo 193-F-95
Pedro Teixeira 193-C-95




Portuguese U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Portuguese U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Pedro Bastos
Bastos
Bruno Cabanas
Cabanas
Andre Calabote
Calabote
Jonah Callenbach
Callenbach
Miguel Cardoso
Cardoso
#e#5
Pedro Bastos 186-PG-94 Petroleos Angola
Bruno Cabanas 200-C-93 Barreirense Portugal
Andre Calabote 178-PG-93 Sampaense Portugal
Jonah Callenbach 194-F/G-93 Avila Spain
Miguel Cardoso 185-PG-93 Nanterre France
Artur Castela 200-C/F-93 Benfica Portugal
Emanuel Correia de Sa 199-F-93 Ovarense Portugal
Pedro Costa 188-PG-93 Sampaense Portugal
Valdemar Costa 201-C-93 Alges Portugal
Ruben Da Silva 192-F-93 Benfica Portugal
Fernando Ferreira 198-F-94 Terceira Portugal
Joao Gallina 192-SF-94 Benfica Portugal
Joao Grosso 196-F-94 Coruna II Spain
Andre Miguens 184-SF-94 Benfica B Portugal
Jose Miranda Exbau El Salvador
Goncalo Stringfellow 193-F-94
Henrique Piedade 189-SF-94
Joao Ribeiro 201-PF-93 Benfica B Portugal
Julio Silva 183-PG-93 Ovarense Portugal
Pedro Soares 198-F-93 Ovarense Portugal
Hugo Sota 199-F-93
Diogo Ventura 189-PG-94 Alges Portugal




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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Harris, Ponce20.4 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo19.8 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.5 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.6 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Mayaguez16.9 
 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. Balkman, Guayama8.3 
 9. Mata, Quebradillas8.3 
 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. Dentmon, Arecibo1.3 
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. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 9. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Cangrejeros and Leones one step away from the semifinals - by Luis Modestti


Cangrejeros de Santurce and Leones de Ponce are one win away from the semifinals after winning games at home.

Cangrejeros defeated Mets de Guaynabo 96-90 as Ricky Sanchez netted 24 points, David Jackson 20 and Joseph Jones 17. It was a great collective effort on both sides for Santurce and at the end held a run by Guaynabo.

Christian Dalmau scored 25 points and Larry Ayuso 20 for Mets who have a must win on Thursday in Guaynabo.

Leones de Ponce dominated Capitanes de Arecibo 86-75 led by Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) who scored 25 points and Mike Harris who added 24. Ponce had control from the start and held the shooters from Arecibo. This series continues Thursday in Arecibo.

The only game on schedule is Indios de Mayaguez at Brujos de Guayama. The series is tied 2-2.



Puerto Rico finished fourth in the first leg of Stankovic Cup - by Luis Modestti


Puerto Rico finished in fourth place in the first leg of the Stankovic Cup with a 2-3 record after dominating Germany 66-56.

There are no stats available from that game but the Puerto Rican team has been led by Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) who has produced consistently during this tournament. Derrick Beltran and Carlos Strong have also done their job for Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico had losses against China, Australia and Argentina and their other win was against Nigeria.

Now the national team moves to Guangzhou where they have their final three games in the tournament.

Their schedule for the games in Guangzhou is:

July 5: 10:30 a.m. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico
July 6: 7:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico
July 7: 10:30 a.m. Nigeria vs. Puerto Rico

*Local time of Puerto Rico.



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  ROMANIA   


Romanian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

#s#
#e#3
Ionut-Dragos Bercenau 98
Tamas Boloni 97
Tudor Gheorghe 97
Tim Ghita Urmanczy 98
Andrei Iliescu 97
Sebastian Ionescu 97
Nandor Kuti 194-SG-97 U.Mobitel.CN Romania
Horia-Marian Lazar 97
Nicolae-Bogdan Nicolescu 97
Ionel-Victor Petrache 97
Vlad Petrea 97
Titus Pirjolescu 97
Bogdan Popa 205-C-97
Rares-Bogdan Tonea 97
Rares Uta 206-C-97
Radu Virna 97




Romanian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Romanian U18 National Team 2013
#s#
Wilhelm Brosser
Brosser
Aurel Chiriac
Chiriac
Andrei Ciordas
Ciordas
Marius Ciotlaus
Ciotlaus
Vlad Cobzaru
Cobzaru
#e#5
Wilhelm Brosser 196-SF-96 Rapid B. Romania
Aurel Chiriac 197-F-95 Brasov Romania
Andrei Ciordas 203-PF-95 Oradea Romania
Marius Ciotlaus 196-SF-96 Craiova Romania
Vlad Cobzaru 201-C-95 High School USA
Raul Covaciu 201-C-95 Timisoara Romania
Caius-Gabriel Covrig 179-PG-96
Mirel Dragoste 180-PG-95 U.Mobitel II Romania
Andrei Ene 202-C-95 Ploiesti II Romania
Mehmet Hortoglu 192-SG-95 Dinamo B. Romania
Stefan Neagu 186-PG-96 Ploiesti Romania
Alin Olaru 188-PG-95
Mircea Onea 183-PG-96
Adrian Oprea 193-F-95 Targu Mures Romania
Bogdan Pogacean 197-C-95 U.Mobitel.CN Romania
Nenad Popov 199-F-95
Dimitris Rasty 198-PF-95 CSM Bucuresti Romania
Catalin Staicu 199-SF-95 A.Vlaicu Buc. Romania
Norbert Steff 192-F-95 Targu Mures Romania
Vlad Szekely 189-F-96
Robert Tanasie 182-PG-96
Casian Todorov 177-G-95




Romanian U20 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Romanian U20 National Team 2013
#s#
Balasz Baczo
Baczo
Cezar Baragau
Baragau
George Bolobita
Bolobita
Vlad Cobzaru
Cobzaru
Horia Cristiean
Cristiean
#e#5
Balasz Baczo 193-PG-93 Targu Mures Romania
Cezar Baragau 200-F-93 Steaua Romania
George Bolobita 182-PG-93
Vlad Cobzaru 201-C-95 High School USA
Horia Cristiean 183-PG-93 Politehnica Romania
Andrei Damian 192-SG-94 Craiova Romania
Florin Dascalescu 207-C-94 Politehnica Romania
Mihai Dragusanu 189-G-94 Brasov Romania
Leonard Filip 200-F-93 Dinamo B. Romania
Mehmet Hortoglu 192-SG-95 Dinamo B. Romania
Mircea Ianuli 204-C-93
Mario Lazar 201-PF-94 U.Mobitel.CN Romania
Adrian Movileanu 195-F-93 Ploiesti Romania
Alexandru Olah 213-C-93 Northwestern USA
Victor Paun 202-SF-94
Andrei Petica 192-F-93 Dinamo B. Romania
Vlad Popovici 200-PF-94 Politehnica Romania
Liviu Rotariu 192-PG-93 Politehnica Romania
Vlad Stoicoviciu 190-SG-94 A.Vlaicu Buc. Romania
Vlad Tincu 188-SG-94 CSU Sibiu Romania
Mihail Ursuleanu 205-C-94 Farul Const. Romania




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  RUSSIA   


U19 World Championship: Australia clinch the Quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News

Russia U19- Australia U19 61:78

Australia clinch the Quarterfinal ticket at the U19 World Championship. The team needed a decisive 78:61 win against Russia for 3-3 record. The European side fell at 2-4 record and will miss the Quarterfinals.
Both teams needed the victory in the game. Russia started with a 14-12 lead at the end of the first period, while Australia dominated the rest of the game. They posted a 21-13 rally in the second frame for 33:27 halftime advantage. Moreover Australia won the third period 22-21 and finished the game with a 23-13 surge.
Dante Exum (193-PG-95) paced all the winners with 20 points and Dane Pineau (203-F-94) netted 16. Emmett Naar (186-G-94) delivered 15, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) scored 13. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) ended up with 17 points in defeat, whilst Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Yury Pershin (193-G-94) poured in 7 and Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) added 6.

Russia U19: Igor Kanygin 17, Mikhail Kulagin 14+10 rebs, Yury Pershin 7, Alexander Gankevich 6
Australia U19: Dante Exum 20, Dane Pineau 16, Emmett Naar 15, Nicholas Duncan 13



Lokomotiv Kuban sign new contract with Nick Kalathes - by Athanasios Ntinas

Lokomotiv Kuban sign new contract with Nick Kalathes. According to Israeli media reports, Locomotiv Kuban in an attempt to strengthen their squad for their maiden appearence in the Euroleague decided to improve the terms of Nick Kalathes contract. The Krasnodar team signed the new contract with the player and the agreement will last until 2016. Recall that Kalathes, earlier had declared his desire to try find a contract in the NBA.


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  SAN MARINO   


U16 European Championship Division C: Andorra open win count in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Andorra U16 - San Marino U16 73:61

Andorra recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down San Marino to improve at 1-1 record in Gibraltar. San Marino fell at 0-1 record. David Gomez nailed 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
San Marino led by two points after the first ten minutes 16:14. Andorra however improved defensively in the second period. They snatched a 31:29 halftime lead. The Andorran selection maintained the lead throughout the third term. They gained a 51:47 advantage heading into the fourth period. Andorra went on a 22:14 run in the final stanza to seal the win at the end. Barco and Roger Valero (190-F-97) chipped in 16 points apiece for the winners. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 22 points for San Marino. Giacomini had 13 points in the losing effort.

Andorra U16: David Gomez 17, Barco 16, Roger Valero 16
San Marino U16: Pierluigi Berardi 22, Giacomini 13



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  SCOTLAND   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland post second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - Wales U16 74:40

Scotland claimed the second straight win at the start of the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Wales slipped at 0-2 after the loss. Brendan Mullan nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Scotland earned a comfortable 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The Scots extended their lead in the second frame. They ensured a 41:22 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Scotland secured a 19-point lead at the final intermission. The Scottish team finished off their opponents with a 21:6 run in the fourth frame. Thomas Skinner (186-PG-97) and Lancaster delivered 12 points each for the winners. Koukouravas answered with 11 points for Wales. Conor Easter (175-PG-97) chipped in 6 points in the loss.

Scotland U16: Brendan Mullan 23, Thomas Skinner 12, Lancaster 12
Wales U16: Koukouravas 11, Conor Easter 6



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  SEABA   

Standings

Standings
1. Malaysia2-1
2. Thailand2-1
3. Indonesia1-2
4. Singapore1-2


Asia-Basket.com All-SEABA Games Awards 2013 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-SEABA Games 1st Team 2013
Darongpan Apiromvilaichai
Apiromvilaichai
Ban Sin Ooi
Ooi
Xaverius Prawiro
Prawiro
Yeo Seng John Ng
John Ng
Sukhdave Ghogar
Ghogar

Best Player: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) of Thailand S.
Best Guard: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) of Thailand S.
Best Forward: Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) of KL Dragons
Best Center: Sukhdave Ghogar (F/C) of Thailand S.

1st Team
G: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) of Thailand S.
G/F: Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) of KL Dragons
G/F: Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) of Dell Aspac
F: Yeo Seng John Ng (190-F-81) of KL Dragons
F/C: Sukhdave Ghogar (F/C) of Thailand S.

2nd Team
: Suttisin Wattana of Thailand S.
: Attaporn Lertmalaiporn of Thailand S.
G: Bima Risky Ardiansyah (174-G-81) of Bogor Raya
SF: Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) of Dell Aspac
G: Wei Long Wong (172-G-88) of Singapore S.



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  SENEGAL   


U19 World Championship: Czech Republic finished the tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Czech Republic U19-Senegal U19 80:78

Czech Republic finished the tournament with the win at the U19 World Championship. The home side knocked down Senegal 80:78 to improve at 2-1 record in the classification round group.
Both teams struggled for the second victory at the tournament. Senegal started the game with 22-16 and led 5 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the host that needed two victories for the final result. Czech Republic posted 30-26 rally in the third period and added 18-15 in the last stanza.
Slanina Prokop top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Kouril Radovan nailed 18. Ausprunk Karel poured in 15, whilst Pechacek Adam added 6. Diatta Pape ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Ndoye Abdoulaye collected 16 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Diallo Cheikh had 15. Badiane Tidiane and Mbaye Modou brought 7 points apiece.

Czech Republic U19: Slanina Prokop 19, Kouril Radovan 18, Ausprunk Karel 15, Pechacek Adam 6
Senegal U19: Diatta Pape 20, Ndoye Abdoulaye 16+13 rebs, Diallo Cheikh 15, Badiane Tidiane 7, Mbaye Modou 7



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  SERBIA   


U19 World Championship: USA wins Group F in O2 Arena Prague - by Eurobasket News

USA U19-Serbia U19 71:62

USA wins Group F in O2 Arena Prague with a 6-0 record. The favorites overcame Serbia U19 71:62 as the latter suffered their first loss and dropped at 5-1 record. Both teams will continue their battles at the Quarterfinals.
USA opened the game with a 19-15 lead and added 16-11 rally in the second frame. Serbia was too far to give up and replied with a 21-15 burst in the third quarter. Vasilije Micic (6'3''-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 56:52 with 8 minutes to go, but then USA pushed the tempo for good and won the game by 9 points.
Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'11''-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Rasheed Sulaimon (6'4''-G-94) nailed 15. Aaron Gordon (6'9''-PF-95) poured in 11, whilst Montrezl Harrell (6'8''-F-94) had 9. Vasilije Micic answered with 24 points in defeat and Jovan Novak (6'0''-PG-94) had 13. Nikola Jokic (6'8''-C-95) scored 10 points for the European titans and Nikola Milutinov (7'0''-C-94) had 7.

USA U19: Jahlil Okafor-Benton 16, Rasheed Sulaimon 15, Aaron Gordon 11, Montrezl Harrell 9
Serbia U19: Vasilije Micic 24, Jovan Novak 13, Nikola Jokic 10, Nikola Milutinov 7



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  SOUTH KOREA   


U19 World Championship: South Korea prevail against Cote d'Ivoire - by Eurobasket News

South Korea U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 73:67

South Korea finished their U19 World Championship on a high note. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire to improve at 2-1 record in the classification round group. Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) posted 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the winners. Cote d'Ivoire fell at 1-2 record in the ladder after the loss.
The African team enjoyed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. South Korea increased the tempo in the second frame. They fired 25 points in the quarter to ensure a 40:36 halftime advantage. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Cote d'Ivoire got within 4 points with under two minutes remaining in regulation. But Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) drained back-to-back three-pointers as South Korea ran away with victory. Kang finished with 21 points, while Junghyeon Park (202-C-96) had 14 points for the winners. Dalen Traore (203-C-95) responded with 22 points for Cote d'Ivoire. Aboubakar Traore (204-C-95) chipped in 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea U19: Choi Jun-Yong 22, Sangjae Kang 21, Junghyeon Park 14
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Dalen Traore 22, Aboubakar Traore 14+12 boards



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  SPAIN   


Melilla sign Pelayo Larraona - by Eurobasket News

Melilla Baloncesto have agreed on terms of contract with Pelayo Larraona (170-PG-90). The guard penned a one-year deal with the team. It is actually his comeback to Melilla. He played for the team back in 2010/12 seasons. Last season Pelayo Larraona spent with Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler. He notched 5.5 points, 3.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 rebounds per game in EBA.


U19 World Championship: Lithuania nip Spain in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19 - Spain U19 61:59

Lithuania earned a narrow victory over Spain to wrap up their Eight-Final stage campaign at the U19 World Championship. The victory however did not allow Lithuania to finish on top of Group E. They occupied the second place, while Spain remained on top at 5-1 record. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) nailed 13 points to lead the Baltic team.
Lithuania spurred ahead in the opening quarter. They registered a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. The Baltic team stretched the lead in the second quarter. Lithuania accumulated a 36:26 halftime lead. Spain changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark with one quarter remaining. Spain needed to win or lose by less then five points to remain the top position. They succeeded staying within the limit and lost by just two at the end. Martin Geben (206-C-94) and Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) nailed 10 points each for the winners. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) answered with 13 points for Spain. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) had 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U19: Marius Grigonis 13, Martin Geben 10, Augustinas Jankaitis 10
Spain U19: Guillermo Hernangomez 13, Edgar Vicedo 11



Assignia Manresa name Borja Comenge head coach - by Eurobasket News

Manresa announced the name their new head coach. Borja Comenge will take over the team in the next season. The specialist signed a three-year deal with Manresa. Comenge worked as head coach of Regal FC Barcelona II. He led the team into LEB Gold. Previously Borja Comenge guided Sant Josep Girona.


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  TURKEY   


My name is Zeljko Obradovic - by Efe Gorkem

Legendary coach started his quote factory early in his Istanbul days.

"My name is Zeljko Obradovic , and I'm happy with that."

This was the answer of a question, which was seeking the respond of Obradovic's thoughts about being "Mourinho of basketball."

During the press conference in Fenerbahce Ulker Arena, Zeljko Obradovic was very happy and friendly. He even joked "This is not the real signature. I signed the contract earlier."

Obradovic was very keen on success. He said "I'm not here for the second place." then he paused... Until opening his mouth for this hopeful sentence: "In any competition."

However Obradovic's only promise was "I will make this arena my home."



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  UGANDA   


Power overcome Titanic resilience in the National Basketball League - by Joel Nature

KIU Rangers 46-33 MUK Sparks
KIU Titans 64-67 Dmark Power

It wasnt certain that KIU Titans would put up a strong performance against Dmark Power. Power played their guts out for a 67-64 win over Titans Friday night at the MTN Arena. Paul Odong scored 11 points including a pair of throws that took Power up 65-64 with 1:01 to the final horn.

Titans (5-3) started the game strong both defensively and offensively. They held power (9-0) to season low 9 points in the first quarter as they built a double digit lead that was nearly maintained through the first half. KIU held on to the lead and went into the fourth quarter leading by 5. Power opened the final quarter with a 12-2 run on four successive 3-pointers in two minutes to lead for the first time (55-50).

Titans responded with a 6-0 run spurred by Francis Kasekende (16 points) to go up 56-55 with just over four minutes. The teams matched shot for short till Odong was sent to the line to hit the go-ahead throws for Power. Mickeal Makiadi missed a possible game winning lay-up after a coast-to-coast drive. Power called for a time out and on return Norman Blick (8 points, 8 rebounds) drew a foul and sunk both resultant throws with 3 seconds closing the scoring for the night.

Chris Omanye had 10 points for KIU and Edwin Katerega added 9 points and 9 rebounds. KIU were edged on the glass 56-52. Ben Komakech and Isaac Afidra also scored 11 points for Power, Joseph Ikong had 9.

KIU Rangers meanwhile beat MUK Sparks 46-32 in the womens game. Susan Amito scored game high 15 points and picked 11 rebounds to lead Rangers (5-2) and Judith Nansobya contributed 10. Margie Ashaba led sparks (2-6) and Norah Namutosi chipped in with 8 points and 11 rebounds.



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  UKRAINE   


Marco Killingsworth set to join BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk is close to landing Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82, college: Indiana). The centre has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the Ukrainian team. Last season Marco Killingsworth spent in Israel. He played for Netanya. The centre averaged 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in the Winner League. Previously Marco Killingsworth had stints in Israel, Puerto Rico, Italy, South Korea and Turkey. He earned All-Italian LegaDue Honourable Mention in 2009. Marco Killingsworth made it into All-Israeli League 1st Team in 2010. He also earned All-Israeli League Honourable Mention in 2011 and 2012.
BC Donetsk have previously announced the signing of Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Denis Ikovlev (201-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Nevada).



Lithuania U20 edge Ukraine U20 in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Ukraine U20 71:65

Lithuanian U20 National Team victoriously opened the Four Nations tournament in Estonia. They shot down Ukrainian counterparts in the opener. Vaidas Kariniauskas (200-PG-93) exploded with 31 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine opened the game on a massive 22:3 run. Lithuania cut the deficit at 10-point mark at the first break 13:23. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 37:30 halftime lead. Lithuania went on an 8:1 run in the third term to surge ahead 53:52. However Zagreba allowed Ukraine to lead by three 56:53 heading into the fourth frame. But Lithuania capped the regulation on a 12:0 run and sealed the victory. Zygimantas Riauka (203-F-93) and Martynas Paliukenas (195-G-93) chipped in 9 points apiece for the winning side. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) responded with 16 points for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Vaidas Kariniauskas 31, Zygimantas Riauka 8, Martynas Paliukenas 9
Ukraine U20: Klym Artamonov 16, Vladyslav Koreniuk 12



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Couisnard Back With Champs - by Paul Nilsen

Leicester Riders have added another name to their roster, as preparations to defend their silverware next season continues.

The BBL Champions, Cup winners and BBL Play-Off winners have announced that guard Jay Couisnard (198-F-88, college: UMKC) has re-signed for another year for the East Midlands organisation, following a hugely successful rookie season in the United Kingdom.

A graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City, Couisnard's charisma both on and off the court led to the 6'6'' guard becoming a huge fans favourite at the John Sandford Sports Centre.

Couisnard was the centre-point of some monumental games last year, which saw Leicester Riders reach all three competition finals, in addition to finishing the campaign at the top of the BBL Championship.

Averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per-game, Couisnard's confidence offensively often became a focal point of the team's performances, whilst his solid defensive abilty further strengthened Riders' position as the best defensive team in the league.

A 17 point, 3 assist, 4 rebound and 3 steal display over Newcastle Eagles in last January's BBL Cup Final victory led to Jay being named the game's MVP, whilst over the course of the season, Couisnard finished second only to team-mate Drew Sullivan as the Molten BBL Player of the Season.

However, Couisnard will arguably be remembered more for his shooting heroics in March's trip to Manchester Giants.

The 25-year-old hit a huge three-pointer on the stroke of regulation time to force the contest into overtime, and went on to hit another big shot from deep at the end of the extra period to seal the win for the Riders. That win set up the home game over Durham Wildcats, which Leicester won to clinch their first-ever BBL Championship.

Couisnard admitted that the opportunity to re-join Riders was one that he could not turn down.

"Last season was one of the most successful in my career, and I am delighted to be joining up with the team again for a second season," he said. "I couldn't resist the opportunity to be playing at the best team in Britain and building on the success of last season. I have been working hard on my fitness and I am pumped about signing, and ready to go. Last season I adapted to life in England really well and I really enjoyed my time in Leicester. I spoke to (head coach) Rob Paternostro and (general manager) Russell Levenston about where the club is going, and I want to be a part of that future."

Paternostro is delighted that Couisnard is returning, and said: "I look forward to working with Jay again.

"He played very well last season and was able to contribute to our team in many ways. His versatility on the basketball court is extremely valuable - he can do so many things on both ends of the floor. Couisnard's ability to make winning plays was instrumental to our success last season. Time and time again he was able to come up with big plays for us in critical situations. I think anyone who watched him play last season was able to see how talented he is, but behind the scenes he is a great team-mate who is intelligent, and has excellent leadership skills. Jay is a young player who we believe can continue to develop his game, and we are very happy that he will be back in a Riders uniform."



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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro League (14th. round)

Larre Borges 81 - Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: E.Michigan) 26 pts. 20 reb. 2 blocks, Andres San Miguel (198-PF-82) 24 pts. 6 reb.
Cader 69 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 15 pts. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 12 pts. 10 reb. 1 block
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Urunday Universitario 61 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 18 pts. 10 reb. 3 blocks, Agustin Iglesias (180-G-86) 13 pts. 4 assists
Welcome 56 - Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: Two Points, college: Cumberland) 14 pts. 17 reb. 1 block, Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 10 pts. 3 reb.
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Capitol 78 - Gabe Blair (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wichita St.) 31 pts. 12 reb. 4 blocks, Juan Wenzel (190-G-89) 15 pts. 6 assists
25 de Agosto - Eric Freeman (205-C-79, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Ky Wesleyan) 21 pts. 14 reb. Emiliano Suarez (182-PG-91) 18 pts.



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Stage Three Standings
Final Stage
 1. Marinos 9-3 
 2. Cocodrilos 7-5 
 3. Bucaneros 7-5 
 4. Gigantes 1-11 
Places 5-6
 1. Gaiteros 3-5 
 2. Trotamundos 1-7 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 25-29 
 2. Guaiqueries 21-32 
 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



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Marco Killingsworth set to join BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk is close to landing Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82, college: Indiana). The centre has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the Ukrainian team. Last season Marco Killingsworth spent in Israel. He played for Netanya. The centre averaged 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in the Winner League. Previously Marco Killingsworth had stints in Israel, Puerto Rico, Italy, South Korea and Turkey. He earned All-Italian LegaDue Honourable Mention in 2009. Marco Killingsworth made it into All-Israeli League 1st Team in 2010. He also earned All-Israeli League Honourable Mention in 2011 and 2012.
BC Donetsk have previously announced the signing of Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Denis Ikovlev (201-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Nevada).



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  WALES   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland post second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Scotland U16 - Wales U16 74:40

Scotland claimed the second straight win at the start of the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Wales for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Wales slipped at 0-2 after the loss. Brendan Mullan nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Scotland earned a comfortable 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The Scots extended their lead in the second frame. They ensured a 41:22 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Scotland secured a 19-point lead at the final intermission. The Scottish team finished off their opponents with a 21:6 run in the fourth frame. Thomas Skinner (186-PG-97) and Lancaster delivered 12 points each for the winners. Koukouravas answered with 11 points for Wales. Conor Easter (175-PG-97) chipped in 6 points in the loss.

Scotland U16: Brendan Mullan 23, Thomas Skinner 12, Lancaster 12
Wales U16: Koukouravas 11, Conor Easter 6



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Standings

Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-1
2. Lithuania5-1
3. Croatia5-1
4. Canada3-3
5. Iran1-5
6. Argentina1-5
Group F
1. USA6-0
2. Serbia5-1
3. China3-3
4. Australia3-3
5. Russia2-4
6. Brazil2-4
Group Places 13-16
1. S.Korea2-1
2. Czech Rep.2-1
3. Ivory Coast1-2
4. Senegal1-2

Second Stage: Round 3

13-16 Place

Jul. 3: CZE - SEN 80-78
Jul. 3: KOR - IVO 73-67

E

Jul. 3: ARG - CAN 62-78
Jul. 3: LTU - ESP 61-59
Jul. 3: IRI - CRO 60-81

F

Jul. 3: CHN - BRA 77-87
Jul. 3: USA - SRB 71-62
Jul. 3: RUS - AUS 61-78

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

9-12 Place

Jul. 5: IRI - BRA
Jul. 5: ARG - RUS

Quarterfinal

Jul. 5: LTU - CHN
Jul. 5: ESP - AUS
Jul. 5: CRO - SRB
Jul. 5: CAN - USA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Saric, Cibona21.5 
 2. Ennis, Syracuse21.3 
 3. Lyles, High School19.5 
 4. Sangjae, Korea U.19.2 
 5. Gao, Changsha Bank18.6 
 6. Peterka, BK Pardu.17.8 
 7. Yuan, CHN N.15.3 
 8. Brzoja, Villanova14.8 
 9. Diatta, SEN N.14.3 
 10. Vicedo, Asefa E.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Saric, Cibona13.3 
 2. Peterka, BK Pardu.11.5 
 3. Traore, IVO N.10.5 
 4. Ndoye, ASC Thies10.0 
 5. Zhou, Liaoning H.9.0 
 6. Lyles, High School8.8 
 7. Brzoja, Villanova8.0 
 8. Saiz, Asefa E.8.0 
 9. Pineau, Melbourn.7.8 
 10. Mashayekhi, Mahr.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Saric, Cibona5.8 
 2. Kouril, Lucentum5.7 
 3. Annaev, Khimky4.7 
 4. Gibeom, Yonsei U.4.0 
 5. Zhao, Bayi R.3.8 
 6. Perez, FCB R.3.6 
 7. Brizuela, Asefa E.3.6 
 8. Exum, High School3.5 
 9. Whelan, Hindu Club3.5 
 10. Mavra, KK Split3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SMART
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Smart, Oklahoma.2.7 
 2. Toure, IVO N.2.3 
 3. Adjei, Ermess2.3 
 4. Robinson, Pitts.2.2 
 5. Gordon, High School2.2 
 6. Toure, IVO N.2.2 
 7. Micic, Mega Vizura2.0 
 8. Payton, La-Lafay.1.8 
 9. Wu, Zhejiang CB1.8 
 10. Diatta, SEN N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Zhou, Liaoning H.5.2 
 2. Kanygin, Lok.Kuba.2.5 
 3. Foroutannik, Azad2.3 
 4. Traore, SOA1.8 
 5. Saric, Cibona1.7 
 6. Choi, Yonsei U.1.5 
 7. Egi, High School1.3 
 8. Gordon, High School1.2 
 9. Krestininas, Sakal.1.2 
 10. Lai, CHN N.1.0 


Quarterfinalists are set in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Iran - Croatia 60-81
Croatia recorded the fifth win at the U19 World Championship. They knocked down Iran to occupy the third place in Group E. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 27 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Iran landed the fifth place in the ladder. Croatia earned a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. The European team maintained the advantage throughout the second term. The Croats posted a 45:30 halftime advantage. Croatia kept Iran at bay throughout the third term. They gained a 16-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Croatia went on a 19:14 run in the fourth period to seal the win at the end. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 20 points for the winners. Marin Maric added 12 points for Croatia. Saleh Foroutannik (203-F/C-94) chipped in 17 points for Iran. Behnam Yakhchali netted 10 points in the loss.

Argentina - Canada 62-78
Canada outgunned Argentina in the fight for the quarterfinal place at the U19 World Championship. The North American team clinched the fourth position in Group E at 3-3 record. Argentina fell at 1-5 record after the loss. Trey Lyles (206-F/C-95) led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was a do-or-die battle for both sides. Canada started the game aggressively on the defensive end. They limited Argentina to 11 points in the first period to gain a 6-point lead. Canada kept Argentina at bay throughout the second period. The North American side accumulated a 42:23 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. Canada secured a 19-point buffer before the fourth frame. All Argentina could do was to cut the deficit in the final period as Canada marched to the win. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) nailed 17 points, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 16 points for the winning team. Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) responded with 16 points for Argentina. Pedro Barral had 9 points in the loss.

Group F
USA - Serbia 71-62
USA wins Group F in O2 Arena Prague with a 6-0 record. The favorites overcame Serbia U19 71:62 as the latter suffered their first loss and dropped at 5-1 record. Both teams will continue their battles at the Quarterfinals. USA opened the game with a 19-15 lead and added 16-11 rally in the second frame. Serbia was too far to give up and replied with a 21-15 burst in the third quarter. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 56:52 with 8 minutes to go, but then USA pushed the tempo for good and won the game by 9 points. Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94) nailed 15. Gordon Aaron poured in 11, whilst Harrell Montrezl had 9. Vasilije Micic answered with 24 points in defeat and Jovan Novak (183-PG-94) had 13. Jokic Nikola scored 10 points for the European titans and Milutinov Nikola had 7.

Russia - Australia 61-78
Australia clinch the Quarterfinal ticket at the U19 World Championship. The team needed a decisive 78:61 win against Russia for 3-3 record. The European side fell at 2-4 record and will miss the Quarterfinals. Both teams needed the victory in the game. Russia started with a 14-12 lead at the end of the first period, while Australia dominated the rest of the game. They posted a 21-13 rally in the second frame for 33:27 halftime advantage. Moreover Australia won the third period 22-21 and finished the game with a 23-13 surge. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) paced all the winners with 20 points and Dane Pineau (203-F-94) netted 16. Naar Emmett delivered 15, while Duncan Nicholas scored 13. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) ended up with 17 points in defeat, whilst Kulagin Mikhail collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Pershin Yury poured in 7 and Gankevich Alexander added 6.

China - Brazil 77-87
Brazil sent China to the Quarterfinals even beating them in the last game of the Second Stage. Brazil posted a 87:77 win and finished the group with 2-4 record. China managed to have 3-3 record and advanced from the fourth spot. Brazil erupted with a 27-15 surge in the first period, but could not keep control of the game. China replied with a massive 29-15 burst in the second quarter and grabbed 44:42 lead. Brazil looked better in the second half and managed to win both quarters. They won the third period 17-13 and finished the game with 28-20. Deryk Ramos (185-PG-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) nailed 15. Campos Eduardo poured in 12, whilst Ferreira Antonio added 10. Gao Shang (198-F/G-94) erupted with 30 points in the losing effort and Yuan Shuai netted 16. Quan WU brought 12 and Quanxi WU scored 7.



13-16 Place
South Korea - Ivory Coast 73-67
South Korea finished their U19 World Championship on a high note. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire to improve at 2-1 record in the classification round group. Choi Jun-Yong (200-SG-94) posted 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the winners. Cote d'Ivoire fell at 1-2 record in the ladder after the loss. The African team enjoyed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. South Korea increased the tempo in the second frame. They fired 25 points in the quarter to ensure a 40:36 halftime advantage. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Cote d'Ivoire got within 4 points with under two minutes remaining in regulation. But Sangjae Kang (202-F-94) drained back-to-back three-pointers as South Korea ran away with victory. Kang finished with 21 points, while Junghyeon Park had 14 points for the winners. Dalen Traore (203-C-95) responded with 22 points for Cote d'Ivoire. Aboubakar Traore chipped in 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.

Czech Republic - Senegal 80-78
Czech Republic finished the tournament with the win at the U19 World Championship. The home side knocked down Senegal 80:78 to improve at 2-1 record in the classification round group. Both teams struggled for the second victory at the tournament. Senegal started the game with 22-16 and led 5 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the host that needed two victories for the final result. Czech Republic posted 30-26 rally in the third period and added 18-15 in the last stanza. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Kouril Radovan nailed 18. Karel Ausprunk (202-F/C-94) poured in 15, whilst Pechacek Adam added 6. Pape Diatta (204-F-94) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Ndoye Abdoulaye collected 16 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Diallo Cheikh had 15. Badiane Tidiane and Mbaye Modou brought 7 points apiece.




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Women News

Standings

Eurocup Standings
 1. Antakya 0-0 
 2. Belfius Namur 0-0 
 3. Botas 0-0 
 4. Chevakata 0-0 
 5. Dunav 8806 0-0 
 6. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 7. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 8. Dynamo-GUVD 0-0 
 9. Gorizont 0-0 
 10. Istanbul Univ. 0-0 
 11. Landes 0-0 
 12. MBK Ruzomb. 0-0 
 13. Mersin 0-0 
 14. Nantes 0-0 
 15. Norrkoping 0-0 
 16. Novi Zagreb 0-0 
 17. Olimpia 0-0 
 18. PEAC-Pecs 0-0 
 19. PINKK-Pecsi 424 0-0 
 20. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
 21. Spartak N. 0-0 
 22. Tarbes 0-0 
 23. Tarsus Bld 0-0 
 24. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 
 25. Villeneuve 0-0 
 26. Wasserburg 0-0 
 27. Work Force 0-0 
 28. Young Cats 0-0 


EuroLeague and EuroCup participants announced - by Eurobasket News

EuroLeague and EuroCup participants announced

FIBA Europe announced the participants of the EuroLeague and EuroCup tournaments next season. EuroLeague will see 20 teams to start the next season. Three new names will appear on the list. Lattes Montpellier, Kayseri and Kibirkstis-VICI will join the last seasons participants.

EuroCup will enjoy the participation of 28 squads. The Draw for both tournaments is scheduled to take place on Friday in Munich.

EuroLeague participants:

Novi Zagreb
USK Praha

BK Imos Brno
Bourges Basket
BLMA

Uniqa Euroleasing Sopron
Uni Gyr
Famila Schio
Kibirkstis VICI-IKI
CCC Polkowice
Wisla Krakow
UMMC Ekaterinburg
Sparta&K MR Vidnoje
Nadezhda
Perfumerias Avenida
Rivas Ecpolis
Good Angels Kosice
Fenerbahce SK
Galatasaray
Kayseri Kaski

EuroCup participants:

Belfius Namur Capitale
Lotto Young Cats
Walloon Teams Association
SBC Olimpia
BC Minsk-2006
BC Horizont
Dunav 8806
Tarbes GB
Basket Landes
Nantes Reze Basket
Villeneuve d'Ascq ESB
TSV 1880 Wasserburg
PINKK Pcsi 424
Work Force DVTK Miskolc
PEAC-Pcs
ACS Sepsi-SIC SF. Gheorghe
Dynamo Kursk
Dynamo Moscow
Chevakata
Spartak Noginsk
Dynamo GUVD
MBK Ruzomberok
Norrkping Dolphins
Istanbul Universitesi BGD S.K.
Mersin Byksehir Belediyesi
Tarsus Belediyesi
Homend Antakya Belediyesi
Botas Spor.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings (Women)

Euroleague Standings
 1. Bourges 0-0 
 2. CCC Polkowice 0-0 
 3. Familia Schio 0-0 
 4. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 5. Galatasaray 0-0 
 6. Good Angels 0-0 
 7. IMOS Brno 0-0 
 8. Kayseri 0-0 
 9. Kibirkstis-Tiche 0-0 
 10. Lattes Montp. 0-0 
 11. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 12. Perfumerias 0-0 
 13. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 14. Spartak V MR 0-0 
 15. UMMC 0-0 
 16. UNI Gyor 0-0 
 17. UNIQA Eurol. 0-0 
 18. USK Praha 0-0 
 19. Wisla Can-Pak 0-0 


EuroLeague and EuroCup participants announced - by Eurobasket News

EuroLeague and EuroCup participants announced

FIBA Europe announced the participants of the EuroLeague and EuroCup tournaments next season. EuroLeague will see 20 teams to start the next season. Three new names will appear on the list. Lattes Montpellier, Kayseri and Kibirkstis-VICI will join the last seasons participants.

EuroCup will enjoy the participation of 28 squads. The Draw for both tournaments is scheduled to take place on Friday in Munich.

EuroLeague participants:

Novi Zagreb
USK Praha

BK Imos Brno
Bourges Basket
BLMA

Uniqa Euroleasing Sopron
Uni Gyr
Famila Schio
Kibirkstis VICI-IKI
CCC Polkowice
Wisla Krakow
UMMC Ekaterinburg
Sparta&K MR Vidnoje
Nadezhda
Perfumerias Avenida
Rivas Ecpolis
Good Angels Kosice
Fenerbahce SK
Galatasaray
Kayseri Kaski

EuroCup participants:

Belfius Namur Capitale
Lotto Young Cats
Walloon Teams Association
SBC Olimpia
BC Minsk-2006
BC Horizont
Dunav 8806
Tarbes GB
Basket Landes
Nantes Reze Basket
Villeneuve d'Ascq ESB
TSV 1880 Wasserburg
PINKK Pcsi 424
Work Force DVTK Miskolc
PEAC-Pcs
ACS Sepsi-SIC SF. Gheorghe
Dynamo Kursk
Dynamo Moscow
Chevakata
Spartak Noginsk
Dynamo GUVD
MBK Ruzomberok
Norrkping Dolphins
Istanbul Universitesi BGD S.K.
Mersin Byksehir Belediyesi
Tarsus Belediyesi
Homend Antakya Belediyesi
Botas Spor.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Div.C Standings - by Eurobasket News

Standings
1. Scotland2-0
2. Cyprus1-0
3. Monaco1-1
4. Gibraltar0-1
5. Wales0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Jul. 3: WAL - MON 45-57
Jul. 3: GIB - SCO 41-74

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Jul. 4: CYP - WAL
Jul. 4: MON - GIB


Division C: Results and Stats from Day 2 in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16-Scotland U16 41:74

Scotland remains perfect in Gibraltar at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame the hosts 74:61 and improved to 2-0 record. Gibraltar meanwhile started with 0-1 record as the team did not play in Day 1.
Scotland opened the game with a 23-9 lead and dominated the whole court. They added 12-10 rally in the second frame and led 16 points at the halftime. Moreover Scotland won the third and the last quarters for the final easy win.

Eleanor Jones (C) paced all the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Forde added 14. Davidson notched 10, whilst Lamb had 8. Grech brought 15 points for the hosts, but made 18 turnovers and showed only 5/29 field shots. Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) netted 10, while Ward collected 9 points and 12 rebounds.
Tomorrow Gibraltar will take on Principality of Monaco, while Cyprus will meet Wales.

Gibraltar U16: Grech 15+18 TO,
Danielle Bensadon 10, Ward 9+12 rebs, Ferrer 6
Scotland U16:
Eleanor Jones 17+12 rebs, Forde 14, Davidson 10, Lamb 8
'Wales U16-Principality of Monaco U16 45:57

Principality of Monaco beat Wales in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Division C. The team improved to 1-1 record after a 57:45 win over Wales. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Both teams lost the opener of their campaign and desired to win the initial game. Principality of Monaco started the game with 19-9 and never looked behind after. They added 13-9 rally in the second frame and led 32:18 at the halftime. Wales looked better in the second half and managed to win the third period 15-12. Principality of Monaco ended up with 13-12 in the last stanza for the final result.
Lisa Paje-Rius (163-F-99) and Varvells stepped up with 13 points each for the winners. Lepers nailed 11 and Nahas added 8. Chloe Richards (160-G-97) finished the game with 13 points in defeat, while Carys Allen (162-F-99) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) also scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds, while Rees poured in 4.

Wales U16: Chloe Richards 13, Carys Allen 11+16 rebs, Tanisha Walker 11+11 rebs, Rees 4
Principality of Monaco U16: Lisa Paje-Rius 13, Varvells 13, Lepers 11, Nahas 8



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  FRANCE   


Villeneuve D'Ascq brings in Swedish Elin Eldebrink - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve D'Ascq brings in Swedish Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for 2013/2014 season. She played last at C.U.S. Cagliari in Italy. In 19 games she recorded 13.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg and 2.3spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous season Elin Eldebrink played at USK Praha (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 31 games she averaged 5.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg that season. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Eldebrink also played 15 games in Euroleague where she averaged just 2.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. The most of previous (10-11) season she spent at Telge Basketball (Damligan) in Swedish league. In 14 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg and 2.1spg. She contributed to her team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Eldebrink also spent pre-season at Charleville-Mezieres that year.
In 2009-10 season she played at Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish league. In 21 games she averaged 3.1ppg. Eldebrink also played 13 games in Euroleague where she averaged only 1.6ppg.
She has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Eldebrink has regularly played for since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. She represented Sweden at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.1apg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT-1 (61.5%), FT: 85.7%.



Calais tab Dominique Allen - by Eurobasket News

Calais reinforced their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dominique Allen (192-C-89, college: ORU). The centre spent the last season in Italy. She played for Meccanica Nova Bologna. Dominique Allen posted 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 steals per game in A2. It was the first pro season for the player. Dominique Allen graduated from the Oral Roberts University in 2012. The centre posted 4.3 points, 4.1 boards and 1.5 steals per game in her senior season. Dominique Allen was the member of U16, U18 and University British National Teams. She has been the member of the British National Team since 2012. The centre has just participated at the 2013 EuroBasket. She notched 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in France.


Nice bring in Christelle Diallo - by Eurobasket News

Nice reinforced their squad. They brought in Christelle Diallo (190-C-93). The centre spent the last season with Bourges. She notched 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in LFB. In EuroLeague her stats read 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per appearance. Previously Christelle Diallo played for Centre Federal BB. She was the member of U16, U17, U18 and U20 French National Teams. Christelle Diallo debuted for the French National Team in 2007. The centre participated at the Francophone Games in Lebanon. Diallo made it into All-World Championship U17 3rd Team in 2010.


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  GIBRALTAR   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland remains perfect in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16-Scotland U16 41:74

Scotland remains perfect in Gibraltar at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame the hosts 74:61 and improved to 2-0 record. Gibraltar meanwhile started with 0-1 record as the team did not play in Day 1.
Scotland opened the game with a 23-9 lead and dominated the whole court. They added 12-10 rally in the second frame and led 16 points at the halftime. Moreover Scotland won the third and the last quarters for the final easy win.
Eleanor Jones (C) paced all the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Forde added 14. Davidson notched 10, whilst Lamb had 8. Grech brought 15 points for the hosts, but made 18 turnovers and showed only 5/29 field shots. Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) netted 10, while Ward collected 9 points and 12 rebounds.
Tomorrow Gibraltar will take on Principality of Monaco, while Cyprus will meet Wales.

Gibraltar U16: Grech 15+18 TO, Danielle Bensadon 10, Ward 9+12 rebs, Ferrer 6
Scotland U16: Eleanor Jones 17+12 rebs, Forde 14, Davidson 10, Lamb 8



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  ICELAND   

Division I standings - by Greg

D1 Standings
 1. Hamar 15-1 
 2. Stjarnan 12-4 
 3. KFI 11-5 
 4. Fjolnir 2 8-8 
 5. Breidablik 8-8 
 6. Skallagrimur 8-8 
 7. Thor AK 7-9 
 8. Grindavik 2 3-13 
 9. Laugdaelir 0-16 



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  ISRAEL   


Elitzur Holon add Violet Alama - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Holon bolstered their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Violet Alama (185-F-91). The forward will tip off her pro career in Israel. Violet Alama has just graduated from CS Northridge. She tallied 6.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in her senior season. Violet Alama earned All-Big West Honourable Mention in 2012.


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  ITALY   


C.U.S. Cagliari land Martina Fassina - by Eurobasket News

C.U.S. Cagliari bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Martina Fassina (182-G/F-88, agency: Two Points). The guard spent the last season with Orvieto. She notched 6.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in A1. Previously Martina Fassina played for Alcamo, Umana Reyer, Pool Commense. She was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Italian National Teams. Fassina has been the member of the Italian National Team since 2011.


C.U.S. Cagliari signs Masha Maiorano - by Eurobasket News

C.U.S. Cagliari signs Masha Maiorano (190-F-82, agency: Two Points) for the next season. The player will come from Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto. In 19 games she averaged 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg last season.
The previous season Maiorano played at Comense. In 29 games she had 4.3ppg and 1.3rpg that season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2010-11 season Maiorano played at Umana Reyer (B). In 24 games she had 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.1spg. She contributed to her team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. Maiorano also played 8 games in Eurocup where she had 5.6ppg and 1.1rpg.
In 2009-10 season she played at Napoli BK Women (B). In 28 games she had 4.6ppg and 1.0spg.
Maiorano ended the previous (08-09) season at Liomatic Umbertide. In 14 games she had 7.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9spg. But the most of that year she spent at Familia Schio. But in 23 games she had just 1.8ppg and 1.1rpg. Maiorano also played 10 games in Euroleague where she had only 1.4ppg and 1.4rpg.



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  MONACO   


U16 European Championship Division C: Principality of Monaco beat Wales in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Wales U16-Principality of Monaco U16 45:57

Principality of Monaco beat Wales in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Division C. The team improved to 1-1 record after a 57:45 win over Wales. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Both teams lost the opener of their campaign and desired to win the initial game. Principality of Monaco started the game with 19-9 and never looked behind after. They added 13-9 rally in the second frame and led 32:18 at the halftime. Wales looked better in the second half and managed to win the third period 15-12. Principality of Monaco ended up with 13-12 in the last stanza for the final result.
Lisa Paje-Rius (163-F-99) and Varvells stepped up with 13 points each for the winners. Lepers nailed 11 and Nahas added 8. Chloe Richards (160-G-97) finished the game with 13 points in defeat, while Carys Allen (162-F-99) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) also scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds, while Rees poured in 4.

Wales U16: Chloe Richards 13, Carys Allen 11+16 rebs, Tanisha Walker 11+11 rebs, Rees 4
Principality of Monaco U16: Lisa Paje-Rius 13, Varvells 13, Lepers 11, Nahas 8



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  NIGERIA   


Upsets fill Day 2 of Nestle Milo Sec. Sch. Basketball Championship - by Oluwafemi Adefeso

Today marked Day 2 of the National Finals in the Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship. Amongst all pomp and pageantry was a host of unexpected victories from the underdogs in both the male and female category.

The First upset of the day was in the female category where Western conference power house Yejide Girls Grammer School, Ibadan lost to relatively unknown Government Day Girls Secondary, Samaru, Zamfara 29-23 in a fiesty encounter, the Ibadan girls were touted to make a light work into the Semi-final haven blown out Ahmadiyya College,Kano 34-11 in their opening game only to be shocked by the spirited Zamfara girls who made a bold statement about their willingness to compete and win the tournament.

The other upset of the day was in the Boys event where Adedokun International School, Otta, Ogun State- a perennial strong force in the Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship was defeated by 5 man International School RSUST, Port Harcourt, River State 51-42 in a spirited encounter.

The desperate Boys from Rivers State were in devastating form, especially from behind the arc, four inspiring 3 point shots sealed victory in where a win or go home situation. The Ogun State Warlords must now muster a win to against the impressive Government Day School, Minna tomorrow who took the Rivers boys to the cleaners in the first group match on tuesday.

The other results of Day 2 saw defending champion St Judes Girls Secondary School, Bayelsa maintain their course to defending their title with a convincing 34-18 whitewash over the south-south neighbours Westend Mixed Secondary School,Asaba Delta State while International School University of Lagos, Akoka also secured a semi-final berth in this year's competition with a 30-25 victory over Benue State representatives St Joseph Secondary School, Markudi.

The battle for semi final places will continue in Today, as Westend Mixed Secondary School,Asaba Delta State play against Government Secondary School, Gboko, Beune and Government Day Girls Secondary, Samaru, Zamfara battling Ahmadiyya College,Kano in the female category.

While Government Secondary School, Funtua, Katsina take on St Joseph Secondary School, Markudi for the final qualification spot for the boys



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  POLAND   


CW Gdynia bolster the roster - by Eurobasket News

CW Gdynia bolster the roster for the next season. The team announced four players for the next season.
Anna Jakubiuk (180-G-94) ended the last season at BI SSA Gdynia (PLKK) in Polish league. But the most of that year she spent at GTK Gdynia (2Liga) in Polish league. In 8 games she recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg.
Karolina Szlachta (172-G-92) played last time at GTK Wejcherowo in n 2Liga. In 10 games she recorded 6.4ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2spg that season.
Joanna Szymczak-Gorzynska (185-F/C-82) will come from EKO Energy Hit Kobylnica in n 2Liga. In 7 games she recorded 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg last season.The previous season Szymczak-Gorzynska played at Artego Bydgoszcz. In 34 games she averaged 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.3apg that season.
In 2010-11 season she played at Widzew. In 23 games she averaged 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg.
Natalia Malaszewska (178-G-84, agency: Promotex) will stay with Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia in Poland. Malaszewska has played also professionally for other Polish teams like CCC Polkowice, Odra Brzeg, Basketpro Jelenia Gora, Energa Torun and Widzew.



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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal U20W Roster - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Portugal will start tomorrow playing in the U20 European Championship Women Division B, after a disappointing presence in the Division A, last season, due to health problems with a majority of players in their team.

The Roster lead by Eugenio Rodrigues has the following players:

Ines Pinto (179-SF-93)
Ines Viana (166-PG-94)
Jessica Da Costa (177-PF-95)
Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93)
Joana Alves (185-C-96)
Joana Canastra (174-F-94)
Joana Jesus (173-G-93)
Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95)
Leonor Cruz (176-F-94)
Mafalda Guerreiro (180-SF-95)
Nadia Fernandes (176-SF-94)
Raquel Jamanca (178-F/G-94)




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  SCOTLAND   


U16 European Championship Division C: Scotland remains perfect in Gibraltar - by Eurobasket News

Gibraltar U16-Scotland U16 41:74

Scotland remains perfect in Gibraltar at the U16 European Championship Division C. The team overcame the hosts 74:61 and improved to 2-0 record. Gibraltar meanwhile started with 0-1 record as the team did not play in Day 1.
Scotland opened the game with a 23-9 lead and dominated the whole court. They added 12-10 rally in the second frame and led 16 points at the halftime. Moreover Scotland won the third and the last quarters for the final easy win.
Eleanor Jones (C) paced all the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Forde added 14. Davidson notched 10, whilst Lamb had 8. Grech brought 15 points for the hosts, but made 18 turnovers and showed only 5/29 field shots. Danielle Bensadon (166-G-97) netted 10, while Ward collected 9 points and 12 rebounds.
Tomorrow Gibraltar will take on Principality of Monaco, while Cyprus will meet Wales.

Gibraltar U16: Grech 15+18 TO, Danielle Bensadon 10, Ward 9+12 rebs, Ferrer 6
Scotland U16: Eleanor Jones 17+12 rebs, Forde 14, Davidson 10, Lamb 8



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  SPAIN   


Cadi ICG Software shape up for the next season - by Eurobasket News

Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.), Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports), Tania Perez (183-G-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Marles Balart (185-F/C-94) will enter another season with the Spanish side.
Aja Parham recorded 11.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 3rd Team. The previous season Parham played at Caja Rural (LF2). In 25 games she averaged 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg that season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
Marlou De Kleijn had 3.7ppg and 1.4rpg last season. The most of previous season De Kleijn spent at Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza (LFB, starting five) in Spanish league. In 15 games she recorded 9.9ppg and 4.1rpg that season. She also played at CTO Amsterdam (Eredivisie) in Dutch league that season. In 9 games she recorded 12.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg and 2.1spg.
Tania Perez averaged 3.9ppg and 1.5rpg last season. Perez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Serbia two years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg.
Marles Balart recorded just 0.9ppg and 1.0rpg last season.The previous season Balart played at Ros Casares (LFB) in Spanish league. In 10 games she did not score anything and had only 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. She helped them to win the regular season.



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  SWEDEN   

Bastekettan stats leaders - by Greg

BasketEtean Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Baresso Nina 21.7
2 Lundstrom Johanna 18.5
3 Iderstal Erica 18.0
4 Gornik Jelena 17.9
5 Klackenberg Helena 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Tivenius Amanda 12.4
2 Ivaskeviciute Ieva 11.8
3 Ljunggren Elin 11.5
4 Goransson Line 11.0
5 Engstrom Linda 10.4
Assists Per Game
1 Baresso Nina 6.5
2 Norlander Sara 6.3
3 Hoglund Anna 4.9
4 Janjic Vera 4.3
5 Sjostrom Mikaela 4.3


Villeneuve D'Ascq brings in Swedish Elin Eldebrink - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve D'Ascq brings in Swedish Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for 2013/2014 season. She played last at C.U.S. Cagliari in Italy. In 19 games she recorded 13.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg and 2.3spg last season. Great year indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous season Elin Eldebrink played at USK Praha (ZBL) in Czech Republic league. In 31 games she averaged 5.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg that season. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. Eldebrink also played 15 games in Euroleague where she averaged just 2.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg. The most of previous (10-11) season she spent at Telge Basketball (Damligan) in Swedish league. In 14 games she averaged 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg and 2.1spg. She contributed to her team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Eldebrink also spent pre-season at Charleville-Mezieres that year.
In 2009-10 season she played at Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish league. In 21 games she averaged 3.1ppg. Eldebrink also played 13 games in Euroleague where she averaged only 1.6ppg.
She has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Eldebrink has regularly played for since 2006 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. She represented Sweden at the European Championships in France this year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.1apg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT-1 (61.5%), FT: 85.7%.



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  TURKEY   


Safiye Karaman remains with Orduspor - by Eurobasket News

Safiye Karaman (182-F-91) remains with Orduspor for 2013/2014 season. In 30 games she averaged 12.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKB2L 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous season Karaman was tested by Istanbul Universitesi (TKBL) in Turkish league. She represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.4ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.2%.
Safiye Karaman started her career in 2007-2008 for Istanbul Universitesi SK (TBBL). In her debut season she averaged 8 games: 0.6ppg, 1.1rpg.



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  WALES   


U16 European Championship Division C: Principality of Monaco beat Wales in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Wales U16-Principality of Monaco U16 45:57

Principality of Monaco beat Wales in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Division C. The team improved to 1-1 record after a 57:45 win over Wales. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Both teams lost the opener of their campaign and desired to win the initial game. Principality of Monaco started the game with 19-9 and never looked behind after. They added 13-9 rally in the second frame and led 32:18 at the halftime. Wales looked better in the second half and managed to win the third period 15-12. Principality of Monaco ended up with 13-12 in the last stanza for the final result.
Lisa Paje-Rius (163-F-99) and Varvells stepped up with 13 points each for the winners. Lepers nailed 11 and Nahas added 8. Chloe Richards (160-G-97) finished the game with 13 points in defeat, while Carys Allen (162-F-99) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds. Tanisha Walker (180-C-97) also scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds, while Rees poured in 4.

Wales U16: Chloe Richards 13, Carys Allen 11+16 rebs, Tanisha Walker 11+11 rebs, Rees 4
Principality of Monaco U16: Lisa Paje-Rius 13, Varvells 13, Lepers 11, Nahas 8



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  WBCBL   


Auburn Flyers' Kari Koch Break WBCBL 3-Point Record - by Willie McCray

Auburn Flyers completed an undefeated region schedule (6-0) and a perfect 7-0 on the season by defeating the Georgia-Lina Hurricanes on the road in Augusta, GA.

After leading by the score of 41-26 at half time, the Flyers outscored the Hurricanes 33-20 in the third quarter! From there they maintained the lead and completed the win by outscoring the Hurricanes by 6 (29-23) in the final period.

The Hurricanes were lead in scoring by Shay Rawls (21 pts), Sherika Wright (15 pts) Crystal Davis (15 pts).The Flyers had four players score in double digits. Morgan Jennings (12 pts), Whitney Houston (24 pts), Reneisha Hobbs (11 pts).

The Flyers Kari Koch made 10 three-point baskets (10-11), setting a new WBCBL record for most 3 pointers made in a single game! The previous WBCBL record (9) was held be the Dallas Diesels Jill Duffey. Koch finished the game with 38 points in a 103-69 win over the Georgia-Lina Hurricanes..