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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   



Angola, Egypt, Madagascar and Tunisia enter the semis - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16 -Gabon U16 82:37

Egypt U16 overcame Gabon U16 at the U16 AfroBasket. The favorites posted an 82:37 win and advanced to the Semifinals. Egypt controlled the entire game and rightfully clinched the victory.
In the Semifinals Egypt will take on Madagascar. The latter overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo to reach the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts of the tournament survived a 78:71 victory on Friday due to the last-minutes push.




Ivory Coast U16-Angola U16 33:68

Angola cruise past Ivory Coast to enter the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The second team of Group B overcame the third-placed squad of Group A 68:33 on Friday.
It was a slow start as both teams scored 6 points in the first five minutes. Angola led 4:2 and then grabbed a 12:9 lead at the end of the first period. The second quarter was decisive in the game as Angola reached 35:13 halftime advantage. Angola continued their dominance in the second half and posted the comfortable win.

Alexandre Joao Jungo paced all the winners with 27 points and DE SOUSA SILVIO collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Aires Braulio Goubel delivered 6 and Edmilson Daniel Miranda notched 5. N'GUESSAN ABRAHAM answered with 9 points in defeat and Joyce Belga as well as Ylane Kouassi had 6 each. N'GORAN CLAUDE brought 4 points in the losing case.

Ivory Coast U16: N'GUESSAN ABRAHAM 9,
Joyce Belga 6, Ylane Kouassi 6, N'GORAN CLAUDE 4
Angola U16:
Alexandre Joao Jungo 27, DE SOUSA SILVIO 13+10 rebs, Aires Braulio Goubel 6, Edmilson Daniel Miranda 5






Mozambique U16-Tunisia U16 55:71

Achref Gannouni leads Tunisia into the semis of the U16 AfroBasket. He nailed 43 points to help his team to beat Mozambique 71:55 in the Quarterfinal Stage.
Although Mozambique finished fourth in Group B, they won the opening tip. Trailing however 7:9 after the first five minutes, Tunisia grabbed a 27:14 lead at the end of the first period. The latter had 45:32 advantage at the halftime and never looked behind after. Tunisia increased to 16 points midway through the third frame and led 59:45 after three periods. Mozambique meanwhile reduced to 9 points with 5 minutes to go, but Tunisia grabbed a 16-point victory.

Mahmoud Hajri scored 7 points for the winners, while three other players scored 4 each. Loren Langa ended up with 29 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst OCTAVIO CHUMA and Titos Fernando poured in 11 each. GUIAMBA WAGNER delivered 4 points in the losing effort.

Mozambique U16:
Loren Langa 29+12 rebs, OCTAVIO CHUMA 11, Titos Fernando 11, GUIAMBA WAGNER 4
Tunisia U16:
Achref Gannouni 43, Mahmoud Hajri 7




DR Congo U16-Madagascar U16 71:78

Madagascar overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo to reach the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts of the tournament survived a 78:71 victory on Friday due to the last-minutes push.
Madagascar started better and won the first period 17:11. They could not however dominate the rest of the half as DR Congo tied the game at 33:33 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. DR Congo led 45:40 after 25 minutes and then closed the third period with a 5-point lead. The board showed 63:59 with 5 minutes to go, but then Madagascar went on a final push and sealed the victory.

Orlando Rahajaniaina paced all the winners with 17 points and RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY had 16. Antsa Ravelojaona delivered 14, while Eddy Ramanampisoa poured in 12. MUNANGA SHEKINA SHEKINAH erupted with 25 points and 20 rebounds in defeat, while MPOLO JEAN BERNADR netted 12. PINDI SANTU CHADRACK scored 11 and Dialembokembi Maloka delivered 10.

DR Congo U16: MUNANGA SHEKINA SHEKINAH 25+20 rebs, MPOLO JEAN BERNADR 12, PINDI SANTU CHADRACK 11,
Dialembokembi Maloka 10
Madagascar U16:
Orlando Rahajaniaina 17, RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 16, Antsa Ravelojaona 14, Eddy Ramanampisoa 12



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  ANGOLA   


U16 AfroBasket: Angola cruise past Ivory Coast - by Eurobasket News

Ivory Coast U16-Angola U16 33:68

Angola cruise past Ivory Coast to enter the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The second team of Group B overcame the third-placed squad of Group A 68:33 on Friday.
It was a slow start as both teams scored 6 points in the first five minutes. Angola led 4:2 and then grabbed a 12:9 lead at the end of the first period. The second quarter was decisive in the game as Angola reached 35:13 halftime advantage. Angola continued their dominance in the second half and posted the comfortable win.
Alexandre Joao Jungo paced all the winners with 27 points and DE SOUSA SILVIO collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Aires Braulio Goubel delivered 6 and Edmilson Daniel Miranda notched 5. N'GUESSAN ABRAHAM answered with 9 points in defeat and Joyce Belga as well as Ylane Kouassi had 6 each. N'GORAN CLAUDE brought 4 points in the losing case.

Ivory Coast U16: N'GUESSAN ABRAHAM 9, Joyce Belga 6, Ylane Kouassi 6, N'GORAN CLAUDE 4
Angola U16: Alexandre Joao Jungo 27, DE SOUSA SILVIO 13+10 rebs, Aires Braulio Goubel 6, Edmilson Daniel Miranda 5



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  ARGENTINA   


First movements of Lanus - by Facundo Iatzky

Club Atletico Lanus started to work for next season trying to repeat a great season where they reached the finals of Liga A and Liga de las Americas. It will be hard because the head coach Silvio Santander and the most important players left the team. Although they have hired an important head coach like Miguel Volcan Sanchez. They also have signed the following players: Hernando Salles (183-G-79), Julio Mazzaro (188-G-79), Federico Ferrini (194-F-83) and Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81). Also young point guard Sebastian Orresta (188-G-93) returns to the club after one season in TNA.


U19 World Championship: Russia open Classification Round with the win - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Russia U19 59:63

Russia open Classification Round with the win at the U19 World Championship. The European side overcame Argentina U19 63:59 in the start of round for 9-12 places.
Russia took control from the very beginning and enjoyed a 25:16 lead after the first 10 minutes. Argentina however was too far to give up and reduced to 34:30 at the halftime. Moreover Haag tied the score at 36:36 and Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) closed the frame at 48:47. The latter also brought 55:51 midway through the last period, but Argentina could not win the game. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) tied the game at 57:57 and then Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) brought the last points for Russia.
Mikhail Kulagin led the way with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Igor Kanygin notched 13. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) and Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) poured in 11 points each. Gonzalo Torres collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96), Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) and Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) netted 10 each.

Argentina U19: Gonzalo Torres 15+10 rebs, Juan Vaulet 10, Pedro Barral 10, Gabriel Deck 10
Russia U19: Mikhail Kulagin 20+16 rebs, Igor Kanygin 13, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 11, Serdar Annaev 11



Stankovic Cup: Argentina rally past Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Puerto Rico 72:58

Argentina opened the second stage of Stankovic Cup with victory. They outscored Puerto Rico in Guangzhou. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) scored 16 points to pace the winners.
Puerto Rico got to a slightly better start. They eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Argentina surged ahead in the second term. They secured a 40:32 halftime lead. The Argentinean team kept Puerto Rico at distance throughout the third term. They secured a 55:45 lead into the fourth frame. Argentina did not slow down in the final ten minutes and raced to the victory at the end. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) netted 12 points, while Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) added 9 points in the victory. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) answered with 21 points for Puerto Rico. Gary Browne (185-G-92) notched 15 points in the defeat.

Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 16, Adrian Boccia 12, Juan Gutierrez 9
Puerto Rico: Carlos Lopez-Sosa 21, Gary Browne 15



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U19 World Championship: Emus upset Spain to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Spain U19 87:76

Australia became the U19 World Championship semifinalists. They upset one of the big time favourites Spain in the quarterfinal battle tonight. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) exploded with 33 points to lead the charge.
The Emus gained a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Spain opened the second frame with five straight points to pull ahead. But the Emus answered with a 16:2 rally to take a comfortable lead. Australia accumulated a 45:31 halftime lead. The gap quickly at 20-point mark in the third term as Spain started to lag behind. Australia entered the fourth frame up by 18 points 66:48. Spain were able to cut the distance to just 6 points 72:78 with just 80 seconds remaining. However Emmett Naar (186-G-94) hit a couple of free throws and Australia rolled to the victory at the end. Emmett Naar netted 15 points, while Dane Pineau (203-F-94) came up with 13 points and 13 boards for the Aussies. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) answered with 19 points for Spain. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Dante Exum 33, Emmett Naar 15, Dane Pineau 13+13 boards
Spain U19: Alberto Diaz 19, Josep Perez 12



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  BRAZIL   


Marcio Andrade is the new head coach of Goiania - by Paulo Freire

The Universo/Ajax team from Goiania made their first signing for the 2013-2014 season on Thursday. This is the head coach Marcio Andrade , that was SuperCup Brazil Champion in front of the Fluminense FC team. At that tournament Marcio won the trophy of best coach of the tournament.

Although newly hired the coach is an old acquaintance of the Club. With passages by the team between 2004 and 2006 season, Mrcio won the Goiano State Tournament, Copa Joaquim de Oliveira and in 2005, and was the runner up of Liga Sudamericana.



U19 World Championship: Brazil edge Iran in Prague - by Eurobasket News

Iran U19-Brazil U19 53:63

Brazil edge Iran in Prague at the Classification Round of the U19 World Championship. Brazil posted a 63:53 victory on Friday.
Iran looked better in the opening tip of the game, but failed in the end of the quarter. Brazil closed the first period at 19:10 and then added 14-11 rally in the second frame. Iran actually played better in the second half and posted two narrow victories in the third and the last quarters. The Asian side had a 15-14 rally in the third quarter and then finished the game with a 17-16 run.
Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Deryk Ramos (185-PG-94) added 9. Eduardo Campos (204-F-95) poured in 8, while Guilherme Martins (193-F-94) notched 6. Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) delivered 14. Hossein Rahmati (203-F/C-93) ended up with 11 points in defeat and Saeid Bagheri (203-PF-94) had 4.

Iran U19: Behnam Yakhchali 17, Sajjad Mashayekhi 14, Hossein Rahmati 11, Saeid Bagheri 4
Brazil U19: Leonardo Demetrio 14, Deryk Ramos 9, Eduardo Campos 8, Guilherme Martins 6



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  BULGARIA   


Rilski Sportist drew his opponents in FIBA Eurochallenge - by Valentin Anguelov

Rilski Sportist will travel to Belarus, Hungary and Romania in the FIBA Eurochallenge tournament. Today the draw for the tournament was held and bulgarian team found his opponents in group 4 of the second conference.

2006 Minsk (Belarus), Szolnok (Hungary) and BC Mures (Romania) are the rivals in that group. They will play twice against each othera as the first two teams continue in the next phase.

Minsk 2006 is the champion of Belarus from last season. In the final series they beat Grodno 3-0. This is the fifth consecutive title for Tsmoki who is champion since 2009. The team participates in the Eurochallenge in the last four editions of the tournament, and last year reached the Top 16.

Szolnok is well known to Bulgarian community team as bulgarian Hristo Nikolov played there in 2011/2012 season. He became the champion of the country with the team, but their serious achievement was reaching the final four in the Eurochallenge, which team was hosted the same year. Last season Szolnok reached the Top 16 in the tournament, but after 3 wins and 3 losses in the group couldnt managed to get through. Hungarians participated in the Adriatic League and after 9-17 balance remained at 13th place.

Mures from Romania won the regular season championship and reached the final, losing to Oradea. The team returned to European competition after a few years of absence, for the last game in the Eurochallenge during the 2010/2011 season.




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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Chongqing FD 14-3 
 2. Jiangsu TX 13-5 
 3. Changsha Bank 12-5 
 4. Sichuan BW 12-6 
 5. Guangzhou L. 12-6 
 6. Hong Kong 11-7 
 7. Heilongjiang 7-11 
 8. Nanjin Army 4-14 
 9. Jiang Xi 4-14 
 10. Hebei S. 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jul. 5: Nanjin Army - Guangzhou L. 72-76
Jul. 5: Hong Kong - Jiang Xi 105-103
Jul. 5: Jiangsu TX - Sichuan BW 102-96
Jul. 5: Heilongjiang - Hebei S. 101-91
Jul. 5: Changsha Bank - Chongqing FD


Stankovic Cup: China outscore Nigeria in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Nigeria 58:52

China recorded the first win at the second stage of Stankovic Cup. The hosts held off Nigeria in Guangzhou. Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) came up with 16 points to lead the winning side.
The African team jumped to an 11:3 lead early in the game. China went on a 10:1 run to deny the deficit but Nigeria regained the advantage. They snatched a 20:13 lead at the first break. Nigeria maintained the lead throughout the second period. The visitors arrived at the interval up by 6 points 33:27. Nigeria were limited to just 4 points in the third term. China capitalized grabbing a 39:37 lead into the fourth frame. China kept Nigeria at distance throughout the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Zhou Peng (210-F-89) posted 8 points, while Zhang Bo (199-G/F-89) added 7 for China. Andy Ogide (204-F-87, college: Colorado St.) responded with 13 points and 11 boards for Nigeria.



Whiteside's double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old Hassan Whiteside (213-C/F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Sichuan BW and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Changsha Bank (12-5) 80-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sichuan BW is placed at 2nd position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sichuan BW will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. Whiteside has many years of experience at Sichuan BW, through which he has constantly improved. Marshall University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Whiteside is in league's top in points (5th best: 25.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 17.1rpg) and averages solid 5.2bpg and 56.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Jiang Xi. He is American forward in his first season at Jiang Xi. In the last game Davis recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Jiang Xi to edge slightly higher-ranked Heilongjiang (#7, 6-11) by 6 points 107-101. Jiang Xi's 9th position in the standings has not changed. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Jiang Xi managed to get this year. Davis is one of the most experienced players at Jiang Xi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Heilongjiang (#7). Pinkney got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for nineteen rebounds . Despite Pinkney's great performance Heilongjiang lost 101-107 to slightly lower-ranked Jiang Xi (#9, 4-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Heilongjiang not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pinkney could try to bring Heilongjiang's a little bit higher in the standings. Pinkney has individually a great season in China. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.1rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Harrellson (208-F-89) of Chongqing FD - 21 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) of Jiangsu TX - 20 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Changsha Bank - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Shawne Williams (206-F-86) of Guangzhou L. - 24 points and 9 rebounds
8. XueLin Yu (186-PG-85) of Heilongjiang - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Jiawei Liu (193-G-85) of Jiang Xi - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. ZiBo Wu (195-G-90) of Hebei S. - 17 points and 5 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



U19 World Championship: Lithuania advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-China U19 89:58

Lithuania advanced to the Semifinals of the U19 World Championship. The defending champions beat China U19 89:58 in the start of the Quarterfinal Stage.
Lithuania was the favorite of the game but could not show their ambitions in the first period. The Asian team managed to stay tough as both sides posted 18 points in the first 10 minutes. Only in the second frame Lithuania needed a 26-14 surge to get 12-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Lithuania added 27-13 surge in the third period and had 18-13 in the last stanza. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) scored the last points in the game for the final 31-point win.
Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 11 each. Lukas Lekavicius followed them with 9 points in the winning effort. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) poured in 18 points in defeat and Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) had 17. Zhao Rui (196-F-96) added 7, while Wu Qian (190-G-94) scored 5.

Lithuania U19: Jokubas Gintvainis 12, Marius Grigonis 12, Tomas Dimsa 11, Justas Tamulis 11, Lukas Lekavicius 9
China U19: Yuan Shuai 18, Zhao JiWei 17, Zhao Rui 7, Wu Qian 5



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  CROATIA   


U19 World Championship: Serbia better Croatia in Balkan derby - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Croatia U19 73:66

Serbia advanced into U19 World Championship semifinals. They overcame their archrivals Croatia in the Balkan classic in the quarterfinals. Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) posted 20 points to pace the winning side.
It was Serbia who surged ahead in the opening frame. They grabbed a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Croatia slowed their opponents in the second frame. They got within 3 points at the interval 35:38. Serbia quickly cleared off to a double-digit lead in the third term. But Croatia stuck around. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission 51:59. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) made it 66:55 for Serbia midway through the fourth frame. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) did all he could to spark the intrigue. He pulled Croatia within four points 64:68 with 31 seconds remaining. However Nikola Jankovic and Vasilije Micic sank four free throws to give Serbia a decisive lead and they marched to the victory at the end. Vasilije Micic nailed 15 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic added 13 points in the victory. Dario Saric answered with 30 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 14 points in the losing case.

Serbia U19: Mihajlo Andric 20, Vasilije Micic 15, Nikola Jankovic 13
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 30, Tomislav Gabric 14



Brooklyn Nets agree terms with Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets agree terms with Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) for the next season. He played last time at Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. In 29 TBL games he had 13.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Bosman Player of the Year, named to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Two years ago Bogdanovic was drafted by Miami Heat in second round (31st overall). He won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2010.Bogdanovic was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009. Bojan Bogdanovic represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 15.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 83.3%.
Bogdanovic has played also professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, UCAM Murcia and Real Madrid II), Croatia (Cibona) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).



Greece U16 open the International Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Greece U16-Croatia U16 83:78

Greece U16 open the International Tournament with the win against Croatia U16. The Greek side posted an 83:78 win in Day 1 of the campaign.
Croatia erupted with a 29:18 lead in the first period but managed to save only 1-point lead at the halftime. Greece dominated the second period and reduced to 44:43 at the halftime. Croatia again played better in the third period and led 68:64 as they entered the last period. Greece meanwhile needed a final push in the last stanza to seal the opening win.
Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Papayannis nailed 21. Zizic top-scored for the Croatian side with 17 points and Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) netted 14. Franko Kalpic (195-G-97) added 13, while Zubac, Toni Kumanovic (191-G-97) and Franko Kalpic had 10 each. Colak brought 8, whilst Bender netted 6.



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B Division Standings

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - District National

LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Indios SFM 3-1 
 2. Metros STGO 3-2 
 3. Huracanes PP 2-3 
 4. Reales LV 1-3 
South Division
 1. Titanes DN 4-0 
 2. Cocolos SPM 3-2 
 3. Leones SD 2-2 
 4. Caneros LR 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Jul. 4: Metros STGO - Reales LV 94-84
Jul. 4: Titanes DN - Caneros LR 75-74
Jul. 5: Leones SD - Titanes DN
Jul. 5: Huracanes PP - Leones SD



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U16 AfroBasket: Madagascar overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo - by Eurobasket News

DR Congo U16-Madagascar U16 71:78

Madagascar overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo to reach the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts of the tournament survived a 78:71 victory on Friday due to the last-minutes push.
Madagascar started better and won the first period 17:11. They could not however dominate the rest of the half as DR Congo tied the game at 33:33 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. DR Congo led 45:40 after 25 minutes and then closed the third period with a 5-point lead. The board showed 63:59 with 5 minutes to go, but then Madagascar went on a final push and sealed the victory.
Orlando Rahajaniaina paced all the winners with 17 points and RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY had 16. Antsa Ravelojaona delivered 14, while Eddy Ramanampisoa poured in 12. MUNANGA SHEKINA SHEKINAH erupted with 25 points and 20 rebounds in defeat, while MPOLO JEAN BERNADR netted 12. PINDI SANTU CHADRACK scored 11 and Dialembokembi Maloka delivered 10.

DR Congo U16: MUNANGA SHEKINA SHEKINAH 25+20 rebs, MPOLO JEAN BERNADR 12, PINDI SANTU CHADRACK 11, Dialembokembi Maloka 10
Madagascar U16: Orlando Rahajaniaina 17, RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 16, Antsa Ravelojaona 14, Eddy Ramanampisoa 12



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  EGYPT   


U16 AfroBasket: Egypt complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16 -Gabon U16 82:37

Egypt U16 overcame Gabon U16 at the U16 AfroBasket. The favorites posted an 82:37 win and advanced to the Semifinals. Egypt controlled the entire game and rightfully clinched the victory.
In the Semifinals Egypt will take on Madagascar. The latter overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo to reach the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts of the tournament survived a 78:71 victory on Friday due to the last-minutes push.



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Estonia U20 finish Rakvere tournament with overtime win over Ukraine U20 - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Ukraine U20 82:80 (OT)

Estonia claimed the second win at the Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere. The hosts outlasted Ukraine in overtime. Martin Paasoja (193-G-93) notched 17 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss in Estonia.
The hosts eked out a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine erased the deficit and pulled in front for a 35:33 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Ukraine entered the fourth period up by one point 51:50. Estonia fired 23 points in the fourth stanza and forced overtime. The hosts outscored Ukraine 9:7 in the extra period to snatch a tough win at the end. Rauno Nurger (210-C-93) provided 15 points, while Mihkel Schleicher (204-C/F-93) added 13 points for the home side. Maksym Lutsenko (186-G-93) responded with 28 points and 17 rebounds for Ukraine. Sergiy Zagreba (213-C-94) finished with 21 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 17, Rauno Nurger 15, Mihkel Schleicher 13
Ukraine U20: Maksym Lutsenko 28+17 boards, Sergiy Zagreba 21



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  EUROCUP   


Telekom Baskets Bonn in Eurocup - by Igor Obradovic

Another German team alongside Ratiopharm Ulm, Alba Berlin and Artland Dragons will be participient in Eurocup this season.

Telekom Baskets Bonn announced that they will play in Eurocup in season 2013/14. They announced that news on their official club site.
Telekom Baskets Bonn last season finish in seventh position but they lose in quaterfinals against Oldenburg 3-2 in series. Later in competition Oldenburg manage to go in final but they defeated against Brose Basket Bamberg.
In same season Telekom Baskets Bonn manage to forward into the Euro-challenge but in quaterfinals they was defeat by Krasnye Krylia Samara who later won the competition.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul inks Australian Nathan Jawai - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul inks Australian Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC). The player spent last season with Regal FC Barcelona in Spain. In 31 games he had 6.9ppg and 4.1rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. Jawai also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.1ppg and 4.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The previous (2012) summer Jawai played at Cairns Marlins (QBL) in Australian league. In two games he recorded 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg. The last (2012) season he played at Unics Kazan (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Jawai had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 15 PBL games he recorded 7.1ppg and 3.5rpg. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Jawai also played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
In 2010-11 season Nathan Jawai played at Partizan (A League) in Serbia. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 20 A League games he recorded 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Jawai also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.1ppg and 5.0rpg. He also played 28 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. Nathan Jawai contributed to his team winning the Adriatic League championship.
Jawai was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. Jawai represented Australia at the Oceania Championships four years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 17.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 40.0%, FT: 71.4%.



Olympiacos lock Vassilis Spanoulis until year 2016 - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos lock Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) until year 2016. The Euroleague MVP of the Finals reached three-year deal agreement with the Reds.
In 33 A1 games he had 11.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.7apg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Spanoulis also played 31 games in Euroleague where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 5.5apg (top 3). He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. The last season Spanoulis played also at Olympiacos (A1) in Greek league. In 31 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.0apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. A very good season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team. Spanoulis also played 21 games in Euroleague where he was third best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and averaged 2.0rpg and 4.0apg (top 2).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Spanoulis was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year in 2012.
He has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Vassilis Spanoulis has regularly played for since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. He represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: Score-4 (19.3ppg), 2.7rpg, Assists-3 (5.7apg), FGP: 70.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 61.9%.



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Pooh Jeter to get Ukrainian passport - by Eurobasket News

The Ukrainian Basketball Federation announced they had started the process naturalization for Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland). The guard is expected to make it onto the 2013 EuroBasket roster. Jeter Pooh played in Ukraine in 2007/08 season. He was the member of BC Kyiv roster. Jeter Pooh tallied 12.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in Superleague then. He also posted 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in ULEB Cup then. Last season Jeter Pooh spent in China. He played for the Shandong Flaming Bulls. The guard averaged 24.9 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in CBA. He made it into All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team. He also had stints in Spain, NBA, Israel and D-League before.


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Standings

FBA Standings
 1. Tampa Bay R. 9-2 
 2. Heartland P. 7-3 
 3. Florida Flight 5-6 
 4. Palm Beach T. 0-10 



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EUROCHALLENGE: Kataja and KTP are satisfied - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge 2013-14 Groups A-H have been drawn today in Munich, Germany. 32 teams are divided in eight groups. four teams in each group. Two Finnish teams Kataja (Joensuu) and KTP-Basket (Kotka) are satisfied with their groups. In the first stage both teams from Finland will meet only teams from Western Europe and EU.
Group E: Pallacan Reggiana, Reggio Emilia (ITA), Gas Terra Flames, Groningen (NED), KTP-Basket, Kotka (FIN), Okapi Aalstar (BEL).
Group G: Kataja, Joensuu (FIN), ZZ Leiden (NED), Bakken Bears (DEN), Cholet Basket (FRA).
Top-2 in each group will advance to the second round. The tip-off will be on October 24, 2013.



Sweden and Finland exchange victories before heading to Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Sweden and Finland exchange victories before heading to Kazan for 27th Summer Universiade. In Game 1 Sweden grabbed a 74:61 win. Finland started the game with a 19-13 lead but could not stay tough in the rest of the game. Sweden needed a 21-8 surge in the second frame and added 25-18 in the third period for the comfortable win. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) scored 19 points for Finland and Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90, agency: Blacktop Management) notched 10.
In Game 2 Finland posted a 77:59 win. The hosts dominated the first three periods and led 20 points after 30 minutes. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) paced all the winners with 18 points and Carl Lindbom added 14. Juho Lehtoranta scored 11, while Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) netted 8.



Lithuania U20 win Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Finland U20 88:52

Lithuania claimed trophy at the Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere. They celebrated the third straight win today beating Finnish counterparts. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-F-93), Mindaugas Kacinas (201-F-93) and Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) notched 11 points each to lead the winning side.
Lithuania exploded with 30 points in the first period to take a 14-point lead. They limited Finland at 12 points in the second frame to ensure a 38:28 halftime lead. Lithuania extended the margin in the third term. They secured a massive 18-point cushion before the fourth period. Lithuania did not slow down in the final term and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Vaitkus chipped in 10 points for the winners. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) responded with 18 points for Finland. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Osvaldas Olisevicius 11, Mindaugas Kacinas 11, Tauras Jogela 11
Finland U20: Joonas Caven 18, Topias Palmi 12



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Cognac adds Dia to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Cognac BB (NM1) added to their roster 29-year old forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC, agency: Fusion Sports). He played most recently at JSA Bordeaux Basket in ProB. However his team was relegated to NM1, but left the team in Dec.'12. In three ProB games he had just 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0apg last season. The most of previous (2011-12) season Dia spent at SPO Rouen (ProB). In 21 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 3.1rpg that season. He also played at JDA Dijon (ProA) that season. In 11 games he recorded only 2.6ppg and 1.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Dia played in the final of French ProB in 2006 and 2011.
He has played previously for three other France teams: Chalons-Reims, Chorale de Roanne and Chalon/Saor.
Dia attended MSU - West Plains JC until 2005 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fos Ouest brings back Sherman Gay - by Eurobasket News

Fos Ouest brings back Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary) for the next season. Last season he played for ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale. It is actually his comeback to Fos Ouest as he played here before. In 37 ProB games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5bpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
The previous season he played at Fos Ouest. In 40 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7bpg that season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Gay's team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup final in 2006. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011.
Gay is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK), Italy, France (Etendard de Brest, STB Le Havre, Chalon/Saor and JL Bourg) and D-League (Roanoke D.). Gay attended Loyola Marymount University until 2004 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.



Cognac adds Dia to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Cognac BB (NM1) added to their roster 29-year old forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC, agency: Fusion Sports). He played most recently at JSA Bordeaux Basket in ProB. However his team was relegated to NM1, but left the team in Dec.'12. In three ProB games he had just 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.0apg last season. The most of previous (2011-12) season Dia spent at SPO Rouen (ProB). In 21 games he recorded 10.5ppg and 3.1rpg that season. He also played at JDA Dijon (ProA) that season. In 11 games he recorded only 2.6ppg and 1.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Dia played in the final of French ProB in 2006 and 2011.
He has played previously for three other France teams: Chalons-Reims, Chorale de Roanne and Chalon/Saor.
Dia attended MSU - West Plains JC until 2005 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



France U16 cruise past Ukraine U16 in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Ukraine U16 74:52

France U16 victoriously opened their Riom international tournament campaign. They held off Ukrainian counterparts 74:52. Amine Noua (196-PF-97) nailed 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Les Bleus.
France secured a 16:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the interval 29:23. However Les Bleus shifted the gear in the third period. They went on a massive 26:13 rally in the quarter to clear off. France entered the fourth stanza up by 19 points. The hosts kept Ukraine at bay throughout the fourth frame and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) and Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) delivered 9 points each for the winners. Sergiy Pavlov (197-PF-97) answered with 11 points for Ukraine. Vitaliy Zotov (185-PG-97) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) had 10 points each in the losing effort.

France U16: Amine Noua 17, Luc Loubaki 9, Stephane Gombauld 9
Ukraine U16: Sergiy Pavlov 11, Vitaliy Zotov 10, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 10



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U16 AfroBasket: Egypt complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Egypt U16 -Gabon U16 82:37

Egypt U16 overcame Gabon U16 at the U16 AfroBasket. The favorites posted an 82:37 win and advanced to the Semifinals. Egypt controlled the entire game and rightfully clinched the victory.
In the Semifinals Egypt will take on Madagascar. The latter overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo to reach the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts of the tournament survived a 78:71 victory on Friday due to the last-minutes push.



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Red Kangaroos swoop for Alex Bazzell - by Moritz Korff

BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen has completed the signing of Alex Bazzell (188-G-90), the Red Kangaroos unveiled. Bazzell led NCAA Division 2 school Lindenwood in scoring (16.8ppg) and assists per contest (6.2apg) in this past season.
"It's exciting to get a chance to play a sport that I have loved since I was a kid for money," Bazzell said on lindenwoodlions.com. "I feel very blessed that I have been put in a position to play professionally."



Kristian Kuhn makes Jena move - by Moritz Korff

Kristian Kuhn (208-C-87, college: N.Arizona) will continue his journey through the 2. Bundesliga Pro A joining Science City Jena, his third Pro A teams in three years. The 25-year-old post player averaged 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds a contest for Heidelberg last season and played for Cuxhaven the year before. In the 2010-11 season Kuhn won the Pro B championship with the Ehingen Steeples.
"Kristian is a post player with a number of skills", Jena coach Bjoern Harmsen (agency: LUMANI 10.7) stated. "He plays at the highest intensity level and will give you the same effort in practice, which is a crucial aspect in my approach."



Stephan Voelkel appointed as Gotha's assistant coach - by Moritz Korff

The Gotha Rockets (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have announced the appointment of Stephan Voelkel as their new assistant coach. The 42-year-old Hagen native signed a two-year deal with the Rockets. Voelkel will serve as an assistant under first-year head coach Chris Ensminger. "I am considering BiG and the Rockets one of the most interesting and most ambitious projects in Germany and I am looking forward to working with Chris Ensminger again. I think we will work well together and develop the team further", Voelkel said. He was a member of Paderborn's coaching staff, when Ensminger played for the team in the 2008-09 season. Voelkel spent the past four years as an assistant coach at BBL team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.


Max Weber Moves To SC Rasta Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Another season another team could be the motto that carries Max Weber (201-G/F-85, agency: LUMANI 10.7) through his basketball life the last five years as he has gone from Frankfurt, Giessen, Kaiserslautern, Gottingen and Ludwigsburg. This season he will be more near home where he originally comes from and play for new Beko BBL team SC Rasta Vechta. Weber is a 28 year old very versatile swing man that can play many positions and started his basketball career in 1999 with SG Roterburg Cadet Team. Last season he played for Steven Key and John Patrick for the Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL): 32 games: 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg. "We have had an eye on him the last two seasons. It didnt happen then because he wanted to keep playing in the Beko BBL. We are happy that we have him now as he has much experience for 28 years. He has had good addresses in the German basketball scene. He fits good into our concept and I am looking forward to working with him", added head coach Pat Elzie.

Weber played with BBC Bayreuth (2.Bundesliga) in 2002 before moving to GHP Bamberg (1.Bundesliga) where he played three seasons. He played for the DEutsche Bank Skyliners from 2006-2009. "I am looking forward to playing for SC Rasta Vechta in the next years. I have been impressed with the development of the team in the last two seasons and hope to bring it into the Beko BBL so we can establish ourselves. I am sure that I can help the team with my experience. I dont think that it will be an easy season, but I am sure that we will be competitive", stressed Max Weber. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -00-01, German U18 National Team -03-04, German Bundesliga Rookie All-Star Game -04, German U20 National Team -04, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -05, German Bundesliga Champion -05, German A2 National Team -07, German University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -09, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -11

Source: SC Rasta Vechta





FC Bayern Keep Robin Benzing Until 2015 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

FC Bayern Munich have announced today that they want to keep the services of German national player Robin Benzing (209-SF-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) until 2015. Benzing is a 24 year old 209cm forward that has played the last two seasons there. Last season he played 42 games: 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 81.6%. "We are very happy with his development the last two seasons. Therefore it was an easy decision to keep working with him. We are convinced that he will take even more responsobility and will support us even more to help reach our goals", said FC Bayern Munich director Marko Pesic. Last season the German scored in double figures 24 times including a 21 point game against Bonn. "It is na honour to keep playing here. We have big goals and I am sure we will reach them. I am looking forward to the challenge. My goal is to keep taking responsobility and help the team as much as possible", stresed Robin Benzing.

Source: FC Bayern Munich



Michael Agyapong Remains With The Schwelmer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Pro B team Schwelmer Baskets will keep Michael Agyapong (200-PF-90). Michael Agyapong is a 23 year old 200cm forward that will play his fifth season in Schwelm. Last season for Schwelm he played 31 games: 2.1ppg, 2.1rpg. "I can only say positive things about Michael. He gives everything in each practice and game. He is always improving and does his role. It was only logical to keep him", stated Schwelm head coach Raphael Wilder. His two bests coring games were seven points against Recklingshausen and Langen.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets





The Mitteldeutscher BC Add Experience With Hrvoje Kovacevic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2004 Fiba cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC have added experience at the guard position with Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-G-86, agency: Homeland Sports Group) who will replace American Chad Timberlake getting a one year deal. Hrvoje Kovacevic is a 27 year old 190cm guard that is an extremely quick and talented point guard. Knows how to lead the team. Very dangerous long-range scorer. But loves going on the basket, challenging much taller opponents with his speed and athletic skills. He also has good penetration. Once again MBC head coach Silvano Poropat shows his desire to have versatility in his roster with players from different countries and not only from the States. Last season he played for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1): 18 games: 5.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.0%; Adriatic League: 21 games: 3.1ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroCup: 5 games: 5.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 71.4%. "I know him since more than seven years. I already wanted to get him back in Ludwigsburg. I am happy that now I could get him. He has gathered much expereince the last years playing for top croatian teams. He is very athletic with a good shot and defense. He will have much responsobility and I am sure he will do a good job", expressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat.

Hrvoje Kovacevic started his basketball career in 2001 with Kandit Olimpija Osijek where he played until 2006. he then played for KK Zagreb (A1) until 2008. He then played for Cedevita Zagreb (A1) until 2011. "I am happy that I will play for MBC. I have followed the team and I am sure that we will have a good season", expressed Hrvoje Kovacevic . Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Croatian U16 National Team -00-02
European Championships U16 in Hungary (BAM Cup) -00 (1st Team), Croatian Cadet Championships winner -02 (MVP), Croatian League All-Star Game -02, 05
Croatian U18 National Team -04, EC U18 Challenge Round -04: 5 games: 16.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.4apg, 3.0spg, Croatian U21 National Team -04
Dallas Global Games U21 -04, Croatian U20 National Team -04-06, European Championships U20 in Brno -04 (6 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, 4.3bpg), Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Newcomers Team -05, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05: 8 games: 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3FGP: 41.7%, FT: 83.3%, European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 50%, Croatian A1 League Semifinals -07, 08, 10, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -08, Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Winner -08, 13
Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals -10, 11, Eurocup Semifinals -11, Croatian A1 League Regular Season Champion -11, 12, 13, Croatian A1 League Finalist -11, Croatian B National Team -11, Croatian A1 League Champion -12, 13, and Croatian Supercup Winner -13

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC






Sebastian Betz Moves To The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After six years with ratiopharm ulm, Sebastian Betz (198-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) is taking a new step and direction and will play for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg this season. Betz is a 27 year old 198cm forward that is hardworking wing who provides energy, defensive effort and consistent three point shooting. Last season for ratiopharm Ulm he played 23 games: 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg; EuroCup: 13 games: 3.6ppg, 2.0rpg. He played a total of 199 games for ratiopharm ulm. He started his basketball career in 2002 with TSV Weilheim (Regionalliga). He then played in the Bamberg organization from 2003-2007. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Bundesliga Rookie All-Star Game -04, German U20 National Team -04, German A2 National Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South All-Domestic Players Team -07German University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -08, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -12, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -12, German Bundesliga Finalist -12, EuroCup Quarterfinals -13, and German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -13


Medi Bayreuth Add Zach Morley - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Medi Bayreuth continue to be busy forming their roster for the upcoming season and after landing Ronnie Burrell earlier this week, they have now signed their second big gun of the week with Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) giving him a two year deal. Morley is a 30 year old 203cm forward from Missouri that will be playing hiss econd season in Germany in the Beko BBL. Last season he played for Alba Berlin playing 34 games: 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 85.5%; Euroleague: 24 games: 6.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT-3 (92.9%). "I played there last season and left the floor as a loser. It is really hard to play there with this great atmosphere. The fans love their team and give them energy. I ma looking forward to playing for the fans in the next years. I think the team is put together very well from coach Krunic an I hope we will have two successful seasons", stressed Zach Morley.

He started his basketball career in 2001 a Indian Hills Community College whereheplyd unil 203.He then transere o Wiscnin (NCAA were he plye unti 2005. In his senior year he played 33 games: 7.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3Pts: 50%. In 2005 he started his professional basketball career in Spain where he played five straight seasons. In 2005-2006 he played for CB Gandia (Spain-LEB2): 30 games: 14.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT: 77.3%. In 2006-2007 he played for Gandia Basquet (Spain-LEB, starting five): 34 games: 14.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 36.0%, FT: 74.0%. In 2007-2008 he played for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold), injured in Feb.'08: 31 games: 8.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 82.0%. In 2008-2009 he played for Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 21 games: 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 84.4%. In 2009-2010 he played for Autocid Ford Burgos (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 47 games: 14.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 80.8%. he then left Spain and played for Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) from 2010-2012. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS second-team all-state -01, Third-team NJCAA All-American -03, JUCO First-team all-region choice -03, Big 10 Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -04, Big 10 Conf. Tournament Champion -04, Big Ten Tournament Finalist -05Big Ten All-Tournament Team -05, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05, Spanish LEB2 Regular Season Runner-Up -06Spanish LEB2 Finalist -06, Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Winner -08, Spanish LEB Gold Semifinals -08
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -10
Spanish LEB Gold Finalist -10, Ukrainian Superleague All-Star Game -11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11, Eurocup Quarterfinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Playoffs MVP -11Ukrainian Superleague Champion -11, Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12, Ukrainian Cup Winner -12, Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Forward of the Year -12
Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Imports Team -12
and German Bundesliga Cup Winner -13.


Source: Medi Bayreuth



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Apollona Tsochlas agreed terms with PAOK Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old point guard Apollona Tsochlas (189-83). He has played for the last four years at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1). In 35 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Tsochlas has played previously for two other Greece teams: Doukas and Kefallonias.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Olympiacos lock Vassilis Spanoulis until year 2016 - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos lock Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) until year 2016. The Euroleague MVP of the Finals reached three-year deal agreement with the Reds.
In 33 A1 games he had 11.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.7apg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Spanoulis also played 31 games in Euroleague where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 5.5apg (top 3). He contributed to his team winning the Euroleague championship. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague European Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. The last season Spanoulis played also at Olympiacos (A1) in Greek league. In 31 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.0apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. A very good season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team. Spanoulis also played 21 games in Euroleague where he was third best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and averaged 2.0rpg and 4.0apg (top 2).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Spanoulis was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year in 2012.
He has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Vassilis Spanoulis has regularly played for since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. He represented Greece at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 3 games: Score-4 (19.3ppg), 2.7rpg, Assists-3 (5.7apg), FGP: 70.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 61.9%.



Greece U16 open the International Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Greece U16-Croatia U16 83:78

Greece U16 open the International Tournament with the win against Croatia U16. The Greek side posted an 83:78 win in Day 1 of the campaign.
Croatia erupted with a 29:18 lead in the first period but managed to save only 1-point lead at the halftime. Greece dominated the second period and reduced to 44:43 at the halftime. Croatia again played better in the third period and led 68:64 as they entered the last period. Greece meanwhile needed a final push in the last stanza to seal the opening win.
Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Papayannis nailed 21. Zizic top-scored for the Croatian side with 17 points and Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) netted 14. Franko Kalpic (195-G-97) added 13, while Zubac, Toni Kumanovic (191-G-97) and Franko Kalpic had 10 each. Colak brought 8, whilst Bender netted 6.



Apollona Tsochlas agreed terms with PAOK Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old point guard Apollona Tsochlas (189-83). He has played for the last four years at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (A1). In 35 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Tsochlas has played previously for two other Greece teams: Doukas and Kefallonias.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tsairelis continues to PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis

The team of PAOK Thessaloniki after signing a new contract with Margaritis made the same with Mihalis Tsairelis (207-F/C-88) The player will sign his new deal the next week. So PAOK Thessaloniki now has in the paint the two players along with Kalles and probably Lazaros Papadopoulos who will wear the twohead shirt the forthcoming period.

At the same time the guard positions are covered because the combo guard of AGOR, Apollonas Tsochlas (189-PG-83) agreed in terms with PAOK Thessaloniki for a contract of two years and stated: I am moving to a great team and my personal aim is to make a step higher in my career. It was decisive for me the excellent basketball atmosphere in the club




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  HOLLAND   


Matrixx Magixx agreed with Dimeo Van Der Horst - by Eurobasket News

Matrixx Magixx agreed with 22-year old domestic international swingman Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy). The player will come from GasTerra Flames Groningen. It is actually his comeback to Nijmegen as he played here before. The last season he played also at Groningen. In 36 games he had 4.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous season Van Der Horst played at WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom. In 24 Eredivisie games he recorded 4.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg that season. He contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
In 2010-11 season Van Der Horst played at ABC Amsterdam. In 38 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.8apg. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Newcomer of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Rookie of the Year. He won Dutch Promotie Divisie championship title in 2010.
Dimeo Van Der Horst has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. He has regularly played for since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Van Der Horst represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.3ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 2.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 71.4%.



Torben Tonjann (ex San Isidro) joins Zwolle - by Eurobasket News

Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 19-year old Dutch center Torben Tonjann (203-94). He played last season at San Isidro in Spanish EBA league. In 14 games he had just 2.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9spg.
The previous (11-12) season Tonjann played at Caceres Ciudad del Baloncesto (1 Div.) in Spanish league. In 15 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.8rpg that season.
He is a member of Dutch U20 National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rotterdam keep Cameron Echols and Don Rigters - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam keep Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Ball St.) and Don Rigters (193-G-92, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Pensacola JC) for the next season. Cameron Echols recorded 14.7ppg and 9.0rpg (#4 in the league). Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group E in 2011. Echols received also Africabasket.com All-African Champions Cup 1st Team award back in 2010.He attended Ball State until 2004 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
Don Rigters averaged 5.7ppg and 2.2rpg. He helped his team to make it to the Dutch Promotie Divisie Semifinals 2011.He attended Pensacola State College until 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Earlier the team announced Hoessein Addow (205-F-92, agency: R.H.Consultancy). The last season he averaged 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg. Addow was called to Somalian Senior National Team this year.



Torben Tonjann (ex San Isidro) joins Zwolle - by Eurobasket News

Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Eredivisie) agreed terms with 19-year old Dutch center Torben Tonjann (203-94). He played last season at San Isidro in Spanish EBA league. In 14 games he had just 2.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9spg.
The previous (11-12) season Tonjann played at Caceres Ciudad del Baloncesto (1 Div.) in Spanish league. In 15 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.8rpg that season.
He is a member of Dutch U20 National Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Bellingham holds off Vancouver to win 2013 IBL Championship - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam held off a furious comeback from the Vancouver Volcanoes as they captured the 2013 International Basketball League championship, 117-114, on Friday at Eastmoreland Court.

The Slam opened the game on fire, bolting out to a 16-5 lead just five minutes into the game, and led 29-16 after the first quarter.

After Bellingham scored the first three baskets of the second quarter to go up 19, Vancouver went on a 15-2 run buoyed by back-to-back three-pointers by guard Paul Hafford (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Portland St.) to trim the deficit to six, at 37-31.

The long-range shooting of Hafford would be a theme of the night as his shot largely kept Vancouver in the ballgame. But the Slam went into halftime with all the momentum and a 57-40 lead after forward Chas Kok (6'5''-F) drilled a buzzer-beating shot from just inside half court.

The Slam held serve in the third quarter to take a 90-75 lead into the fourth, but aggressive play by the Volcanoes and missed opportunities at the free throw line by the Slam allowed Vancouver to creep back into the game.

With Bellingham still leading by 15, at 115-100 with 3:08 left following a Rico Wilkins (6'0''-PG-88, college: W.Washington) trey, Hafford nailed two more threes on consecutive possessions to pull the Volcanoes within 9.

Bellingham came up empty on their next two possessions and Vancouver took advantage with an and-one play by guard Garrett Sim (6'1''-PG-90, college: Oregon) to narrow the gap to 6, at 115-109 with 1:30 left.

Guard Andrew Ready (6'1''-PG, college: W.Washington) made one of two free throws the next trip down, before Sim and Hafford each hit a two and three, respectively on their next two possessions sandwiched between a pair of free throw misses by Bellingham with under a minute to play to close within two, at 116-114.

Ready connected on one more free throw to go up by three with under 30 seconds to play, before Vancouver's Josh Tarver (6'3''-G-86, college: Oregon St.) missed a game-tying three attempt that appeared to spell the end of their comeback try. But the Slam again came up empty on two free throw tries to give Vancouver a glimmer of hope with 2 seconds left. The Volcanoes drew up a great play to give Hafford a solid look as time expired but it hit the front rim.

Guard Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington) led the Slam with 28 points, while Wilkins finished with 27 on 5-of-7 shooting from downtown. But game Most Valuable Player honors went to center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) who posted a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Forward Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) led Vancouver's losing effort with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Hafford put in 21 on 6-of-9 three-point shooting.

The victory gives the Slam their second consecutive IBL title and third overall for the organization.



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Iran to fight for 11nd place - by Kazem Ghayem

after the lose against Brazil U19 team,Iranian U19 team should play against the loser of Argentina and Russia.
last night Iranian U19 team give the game by 10 points to Brazil U19 team as the game finished 53-63.
this is the first time for Iranian team to qualify for 2nd round of world championships.

Iran :

Behnam Yakhchali (191-G-95) had 17 pts and 3 reb.
Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) 14 pts and 5 reb and 5 still.
Hossein Rahmati (203-F/C-93) 11 pts and 7 reb.



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Special interview with U20 leader Egor Koulechov - by Shai Levi

Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94), Arizona State University's latest Israeli, and potentially its next NBA prospect, is setting the stage ahead of his international campaign with Israel's U20 national-team. After back-to-back seasons at Sagemont high in Florida,Koulechov , ranked among the top sixty players in the state, will embrake on his latest journey and hope to lead Israel to respectful European tourney.
Q1: How do you summarize your 2 years at Sagemont?
I think my first two years here in high school were great. I have had many fun experiences and learned a lot of things about myself. Individually I think it was even better than I expected and of course I accomplished my main goal which was to get a scholarship to a division 1 school. Team wise, I think we could do better, i was very disappointed that we couldn't win any state titles in my two years there. The loss in the state final my junior year was devastating.

Q2:You had several offers from division 1 colleges. Why did you pick Arizona State?
I chose ASU because I really liked the coaching staff and I thought that I would be a great fit in the program. The coaches really show faith in me and my future as a person and as a player and I really appreciate it.

Q3: How much time do you plan to stay in Arizona?
I plan on staying in college for 4 years, I want to spent full time there and get a degree.

Q4 : Do you think that you are ready to be the leader of Arizona State in your freshman season?
I don't think that I am ready just yet to be leading player of the team. High school to college is a big transition, and I am moving forward to bigger and greater things. I still have a lot to learn before I can step in that role. I trust my work ethic and the coaches to show me the way towards my goals.

Q5 : Are you excited to play with the Israeli national team at the U20 European championship?
I am very excited about the U20 championship, it is a great stage, but for me it is really the experience with guys on the team and to accomplish great things this year.

Q6: What can you tell about the team mentality and what is the goal for your team this year?
from the games we have played so far, i can say that we have a real team, we don't have superstars, anyone can step up at any given game and I like that about us.
My personal goal from this championship is to make it to the quarter final and pull a big upset on a team.
I always dream big. I want to make it to the NBA at the end of the process. Most importantly, I want to be the greatest player as i can be. I feel a great honor in representing Israel on a national stage, I intend to do that the best way I can. People are surprised when they realize that I am Israeli because I don't look like one and that always makes me laugh when they are surprised



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  ITALY   


England U18 wins the opener of the Torneo di Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-England U18 71:74

England U18 wins the opener of the Torneo di Cisternino. The team overcame the hosts, Italy U18 74:71 in Day 1.
Italy won the first period 19:12, but failed in the second frame. England replied with a 19-10 and grabbed 2-point advantage at the halftime. The teams again exchanged the victories in the second half, while the final 25-20 push by the guests was decisive in the game.
Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (196-G-95) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Nelson had 17. Christian poured in 9, whilst Kavell Bigby-Williams (203-F-95) added 7. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) finished the game with 16 points in defeat and Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) brought 14. Marco Spissu (181-G-95) and Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) notched 8 points each in a loss.

Italy U18: Tommaso Laquintana 16, Simone Fontecchio 14, Marco Spissu 8, Lorenzo Baldasso 8
England U18: Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 26, Nelson 17, Christian 9, Kavell Bigby-Williams 7



Italy U20 beat Kazakhstan U20 twice in Trieste - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 beat Kazakhstan U20 twice in Trieste in their last preparation games for the European Championship. The hosts won both games in showed their readiness in the upcoming journey.
In Game 1 Italy U20 celebrated an 85:65 win. The hosts started with a 20:17 and then needed a 26-12 surge in the third period for the comfortable win. Landi top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Marco Lagana (195-G-93) netted 16. Della Valle followed them with 15 points and Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) had 7.
In Game 2 Italy U20 posted an 87:81 win. They started the game with a 28-19 lead and added 28-24 in the second frame. Kazakhstan replied with a 21-8 surge in the third period and tied the game after 30 minutes. The hosts however needed a final 23-17 run to win the game. Landi stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Marco Lagana poured in 15.



Banco di Sardegna Sassari keep American Drake Diener - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari keep American Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) for the next season. He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 SerieA games he had very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team. Diener also played 6 games in Eurocup where he was fourth best scorer with remarkable 19.2ppg and averaged 4.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Italian SerieA championship title in 2008. Diener was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Import Player of the Year in 2012.
Drake Diener has played previously for six other Italy teams: Armani Milano, Montepaschi Siena, BancaTercas, Air Avellino, Upea Capo d'Orlando and Novara.



Avellino agree on terms of contract with Jaka Lakovic - by Eurobasket News

Avellino have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Jaka Lakovic (186-PG-78). The guard is expected to sign a two-year deal with the team. The Slovenian guard joined Avellino in January. He notched 15.8 points, 5.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in SeriaA. He started the season in Turkey. Jaka Lakovic played for Galatasaray. His stats read 1.6 points per game in TBL. In EuroCup the guard delivered 3.3 points and 1.3 assists per appearance. Previously Jaka Lakovic had stints in Spain, Greece and Slovenia. He was named All-Euroleague Most Improved Player of the Year in 2005. Lakovic was trumped All-Greek League Player of the Year in the same season.


Napoli land Sylvere Bryan - by Eurobasket News

Napoli bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa). The centre spent the last season with Pesaro. He notched 2.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in SeriaA. Previously Sylvere Bryan played for Umana Venezia, Enel Brindisi, Pistoia, Roseto, Avellino, Ferrara, Siemens Damme, Rimini, Rueil, Cholet and Prostejov. Sylvere Bryan was named into All-Czech Republic League 2nd Team in 2007. Sylvere Bryan made it into LegaDue All-Bosmans Team in 2010. The centre participated at the NBL All-Star Game in 2007. Sylvere Bryan played in Belgian league semis as well as Czech Republic finals. The centre became LegaDue champion in 2010.


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U16 AfroBasket: Angola cruise past Ivory Coast - by Eurobasket News

Ivory Coast U16-Angola U16 33:68

Angola cruise past Ivory Coast to enter the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The second team of Group B overcame the third-placed squad of Group A 68:33 on Friday.
It was a slow start as both teams scored 6 points in the first five minutes. Angola led 4:2 and then grabbed a 12:9 lead at the end of the first period. The second quarter was decisive in the game as Angola reached 35:13 halftime advantage. Angola continued their dominance in the second half and posted the comfortable win.
Alexandre Joao Jungo paced all the winners with 27 points and DE SOUSA SILVIO collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Aires Braulio Goubel delivered 6 and Edmilson Daniel Miranda notched 5. N'GUESSAN ABRAHAM answered with 9 points in defeat and Joyce Belga as well as Ylane Kouassi had 6 each. N'GORAN CLAUDE brought 4 points in the losing case.

Ivory Coast U16: N'GUESSAN ABRAHAM 9, Joyce Belga 6, Ylane Kouassi 6, N'GORAN CLAUDE 4
Angola U16: Alexandre Joao Jungo 27, DE SOUSA SILVIO 13+10 rebs, Aires Braulio Goubel 6, Edmilson Daniel Miranda 5



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Italy U20 beat Kazakhstan U20 twice in Trieste - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 beat Kazakhstan U20 twice in Trieste in their last preparation games for the European Championship. The hosts won both games in showed their readiness in the upcoming journey.
In Game 1 Italy U20 celebrated an 85:65 win. The hosts started with a 20:17 and then needed a 26-12 surge in the third period for the comfortable win. Landi top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Marco Lagana (195-G-93) netted 16. Della Valle followed them with 15 points and Stefano Tonut (194-SG-93) had 7.
In Game 2 Italy U20 posted an 87:81 win. They started the game with a 28-19 lead and added 28-24 in the second frame. Kazakhstan replied with a 21-8 surge in the third period and tied the game after 30 minutes. The hosts however needed a final 23-17 run to win the game. Landi stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Marco Lagana poured in 15.



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Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. BC Studenti 13-1 
 2. Kastrioti 13-1 
 3. Futura 9-5 
 4. Malisheva 7-7 
 5. Ylli 6-8 
 6. Fushe 4-10 
 7. Llapi Podujeve 3-11 
 8. Skenderaj 0-14 


Mazreku returns to Sigal Prishtina - by Onur Decani

Blerim Mazreku (206-F/C-81), former player of Sigal Prishtina who spent his last to seasons at current champions KB Peja, now has decided to return to his older club where he played for several years.
In the statement by KB Peja yesterday, is said that Mazreku didn't agree with the club's decision to have a higher number of players in center position, that Mazreku also plays. Known as one of the best centers in Kosovan Basketball, the 6'9'' big man didn't had a hard job to find a new club for himself. When leaving the last champions Peja, Mazreku stated that he spent two happy years in the club also winning a championship. He didn't forget to be thankful to the club for the support they showed to him when he was injured for a long time.
A day later, Sigal Prishtina today announced the agreement they made with their former player. It was not a hard decision for the 32-year old, as Sigal Prishtina will play in Balkan League next year, so he has the chance to add another experiences to his career.





Daniel Lutz is Pejas new coach - by Dren Shporta

Peja, champion of Kosovos BKT Superleague for the last season, has officialy notified that they have signed one year contract with the coach that made Cibona champion last season in Croatia, Daniel Lutz .

Lutz is young coach and this will be his first international spell. He was assistant to Velimir Perasovic and Jasmin Repesa in Cibona during the last three years, until he got the chance to be the first team coach.

He has surprisingly won the Croatian Cup and championship title with Cibona, while everyone was expecting something from Cedevita.




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U19 World Championship: Lithuania advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U19-China U19 89:58

Lithuania advanced to the Semifinals of the U19 World Championship. The defending champions beat China U19 89:58 in the start of the Quarterfinal Stage.
Lithuania was the favorite of the game but could not show their ambitions in the first period. The Asian team managed to stay tough as both sides posted 18 points in the first 10 minutes. Only in the second frame Lithuania needed a 26-14 surge to get 12-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Lithuania added 27-13 surge in the third period and had 18-13 in the last stanza. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) scored the last points in the game for the final 31-point win.
Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) and Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 11 each. Lukas Lekavicius followed them with 9 points in the winning effort. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) poured in 18 points in defeat and Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) had 17. Zhao Rui (196-F-96) added 7, while Wu Qian (190-G-94) scored 5.

Lithuania U19: Jokubas Gintvainis 12, Marius Grigonis 12, Tomas Dimsa 11, Justas Tamulis 11, Lukas Lekavicius 9
China U19: Yuan Shuai 18, Zhao JiWei 17, Zhao Rui 7, Wu Qian 5



Lithuania U20 win Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U20 - Finland U20 88:52

Lithuania claimed trophy at the Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere. They celebrated the third straight win today beating Finnish counterparts. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-F-93), Mindaugas Kacinas (201-F-93) and Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) notched 11 points each to lead the winning side.
Lithuania exploded with 30 points in the first period to take a 14-point lead. They limited Finland at 12 points in the second frame to ensure a 38:28 halftime lead. Lithuania extended the margin in the third term. They secured a massive 18-point cushion before the fourth period. Lithuania did not slow down in the final term and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Vaitkus chipped in 10 points for the winners. Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) responded with 18 points for Finland. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Osvaldas Olisevicius 11, Mindaugas Kacinas 11, Tauras Jogela 11
Finland U20: Joonas Caven 18, Topias Palmi 12



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U16 AfroBasket: Madagascar overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo - by Eurobasket News

DR Congo U16-Madagascar U16 71:78

Madagascar overcame DR Congo in Antananarivo to reach the Semifinals of the U16 AfroBasket. The hosts of the tournament survived a 78:71 victory on Friday due to the last-minutes push.
Madagascar started better and won the first period 17:11. They could not however dominate the rest of the half as DR Congo tied the game at 33:33 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. DR Congo led 45:40 after 25 minutes and then closed the third period with a 5-point lead. The board showed 63:59 with 5 minutes to go, but then Madagascar went on a final push and sealed the victory.
Orlando Rahajaniaina paced all the winners with 17 points and RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY had 16. Antsa Ravelojaona delivered 14, while Eddy Ramanampisoa poured in 12. MUNANGA SHEKINA SHEKINAH erupted with 25 points and 20 rebounds in defeat, while MPOLO JEAN BERNADR netted 12. PINDI SANTU CHADRACK scored 11 and Dialembokembi Maloka delivered 10.

DR Congo U16: MUNANGA SHEKINA SHEKINAH 25+20 rebs, MPOLO JEAN BERNADR 12, PINDI SANTU CHADRACK 11, Dialembokembi Maloka 10
Madagascar U16: Orlando Rahajaniaina 17, RANDRIAMAMPIONONA ELLY 16, Antsa Ravelojaona 14, Eddy Ramanampisoa 12



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U16 AfroBasket: Achref Gannouni leads Tunisia into the semis - by Eurobasket News

Mozambique U16-Tunisia U16 55:71

Achref Gannouni leads Tunisia into the semis of the U16 AfroBasket. He nailed 43 points to help his team to beat Mozambique 71:55 in the Quarterfinal Stage.
Although Mozambique finished fourth in Group B, they won the opening tip. Trailing however 7:9 after the first five minutes, Tunisia grabbed a 27:14 lead at the end of the first period. The latter had 45:32 advantage at the halftime and never looked behind after. Tunisia increased to 16 points midway through the third frame and led 59:45 after three periods. Mozambique meanwhile reduced to 9 points with 5 minutes to go, but Tunisia grabbed a 16-point victory.
Mahmoud Hajri scored 7 points for the winners, while three other players scored 4 each. Loren Langa ended up with 29 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst OCTAVIO CHUMA and Titos Fernando poured in 11 each. GUIAMBA WAGNER delivered 4 points in the losing effort.

Mozambique U16: Loren Langa 29+12 rebs, OCTAVIO CHUMA 11, Titos Fernando 11, GUIAMBA WAGNER 4
Tunisia U16: Achref Gannouni 43, Mahmoud Hajri 7



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  NBA   


Sixers acquire Royce White from Houston Rockets via trade - by Eurobasket News

Keith Pompey of the Inquirer reports that the Sixers gave up nothing for Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) and the rights to Furkan Aldemir (6'10''-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket). With the move, the Rockets are able to clear White's contract for next season of $1.7 million so they can offer a maximum deal to Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85). The 76ers have acquired power forward Royce White from the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Wojnarowski reports that the Rockets made the move in an effort to clear more cap space for the impending signing of all-star center Dwight Howard. Keith Pompey of the Inquirer reports that the 76ers also received the rights to Furkan Aldemir out of Turkey from the Rockets as well. 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is very familiar with White as he was apart of the organization when they selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft after he had a productive career at Iowa State. Whites career never seemed to get off the ground in Houston mainly due to his anxiety disorder. White has a well-documented fear of flying, which hindered his chances of playing a lot of games with the Rockets. The Rockets sent White down to their developmental team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, as a result. In 15 games with the Vipers, he averaged 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. He scored 28 points during a game against the Austin Toros back on April 5. During his last season at Iowa State, White averaged 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He also averaged five assists per outing.
Courtesy of: philly.com



O.J. Mayo, Bucks agree to 3-year deal - by Eurobasket News

It took a few days of negotiating but the Milwaukee Bucks finally landed their man on Friday night. Unrestricted free agent O.J. Mayo agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with the Bucks, according to a league source. Milwaukee had a pressing need at the position after last season's starter, Monta Ellis, opted out of the final year of his contract and reserve guards Mike Dunleavy and J.J. Redick agreed to free-agent terms with other teams earlier this week. Dunleavy agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls and Redick agreed to a four-year, $27 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a sign-and-trade deal which netted the Bucks two future second-round picks. The 25-year-old Mayo opted out of the second year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and picked up a nice raise in the process. He was owed $4.2 million by Dallas had he opted in but now will be making $8 million per year with the Bucks. Mayo was the Mavericks' second-leading scorer last season, averaging 15.3 points while starting all 82 games. He also averaged 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds while playing 35.5 minutes per game. The market for shooting guards in free agency has been robust. In addition to Mayo and Redick, Kevin Martin agreed to a contract for four years and $28 million with Minnesota, J.R. Smith stayed with the New York Knicks for four years and $25 million and Kyle Korver agreed to a four-year, $24 million contract to stay with the Atlanta Hawks. Point guard Jose Calderon reached a four-year, $28 million deal with Dallas on Friday. Mayo and the Bucks will be able to sign the deal on Wednesday when the league's moratorium period ends. Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo played one year at Southern Cal and was the third overall pick in the 2008 draft by Minnesota. But he was traded to Memphis and spent the first four years of his NBA career with the Grizzlies. Mayo, a 6-foot-4 guard, shot 44.9%, 40.7% from three-point range (while taking 349 attempts) and 82% from the free throw line for Dallas last season. He was the only Mavericks player to appear in all 82 games. A native of Huntington, W.Va., Mayo was a distant runner-up to the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose for the league rookie of the year award during the 2008-'09 season. Mayo's brother, Todd, plays for the Marquette Golden Eagles. When Mayo has been a starter he has averaged 18.5, 17.5 and 15.3 points, respectively. He was a starter for Memphis his first two seasons before coming off the bench during his last two seasons there. Last fall the Bucks offered Ellis a two-year contract extension for $25 million, which would have meant three years for $36 million with his $11 million player option included. But Ellis, the Bucks' leading scorer at 19.2 points per game last season, declined that offer and on June 17 elected to opt out to become a free agent.
Courtesy of: jsonline.com



Bobcats, Josh McRoberts agree to two-year, $6 million deal - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats have not been a very good team over their existence in the NBA. They've made the playoffs just once in nine seasons and are a year removed from posting the worst season in NBA history. It's going to be hard for them to bring in big or even medium free agents before they can establish themselves as a team players want to join via free agency. Until then, they have to hope to find diamonds in the rough and maximize role players on the roster. They're hoping that Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) could be one of those role players they maximize. According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Bobcats and McRoberts have agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million that will keep the power forward on the roster after playing 29 games for them last season. He was traded by the Orlando Magic on the day of the trade deadline for Hakim Warrick (6'9''-F-82, college: Syracuse). McRoberts did actually play good basketball for the Bobcats after the trade. In 41 games with the Orlando Magic last season, McRoberts averaged 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.7 minutes while shooting 39.2 percent from the field. After the trade to Charlotte, he averaged 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30.8 minutes and he made 50.5 percent of his shots. He started in 19 of the 26 games he played for Charlotte.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Warriors signing Andre Iguodala, trade Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins to Jazz - by Eurobasket News

Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) has reached agreement on a four-year, $48 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The agreement came after the Warriors cleared $24 million in salary-cap room by agreeing to send the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona), Andris Biedrins (7'0''-C-86) and Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) to the Utah Jazz, league sources told Y! Sports. Golden State also will send multiple draft picks to Utah, including its 2014 first-round pick, sources told Y! Sports. Golden State general manager Bob Myers and Igoudala's agent, Rob Pelinka, SFX colleagues for six years under Arn Tellem, worked furiously over the past 48 hours to help clear the salary-cap space and execute the agreement for Iguodala. Iguodala, 29, was one of the top free agents on this year's free-agent market. He averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists last season for the Denver Nuggets. The Sacramento Kings had made Iguodala a four-year, $56 million proposal, but rescinded it after he wanted more time to decide. The Nuggets offered Iguodala a four-year, $52 million deal as well as five-year proposals before he accepted the Warriors' offer, sources said. The Warriors also are one of five teams to meet with Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), the star of this year's free-agent class. They are continuing to explore making other roster moves and the agreement with Iguodala doesn't necessarily preclude them from also landing Howard. The Warriors have $2.8 million in cap space left now. If they can move Andrew Bogut, they could offer Howard a deal starting at $14 million.
The Warriors can also pursue sign-and-trade scenarios with the Lakers, if Howard wants to join Golden State. None of the teams pursuing Howard have been informed that he's made a decision, sources said. Jefferson will make $11 million in the 2013-14 season, the last year of his deal. Biedrins, also in the last year of his contract, will make $9 million. Rush will make $4 million.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Knicks lose Copeland to Pacers - by Eurobasket News

Christopher Copeland (6'8''-F-84, college: Colorado), who became a valuable reserve for the Knicks last season, agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Indiana Pacers on Friday. The deal cannot be completed until Wednesday, when the N.B.A. lifts its annual moratorium on signings and trades. Copeland, 29, made his N.B.A. debut last season after playing five years in Belgium, Germany and Spain. In 56 games, he averaged 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds, and he shot 42.1 percent from 3-point range. The Pacers, who reached the Eastern Conference finals, were aggressive in their pursuit of Copeland after his impressive performance against them in the second round of the playoffs. He averaged 6.2 points against Indiana in that series. Copeland is expected to provide offensive support to the Pacers bench. John Spencer, Copelands agent, said the Pacers presentation was extremely impressive. Coach Frank Vogel and the front-office leaders Donnie Walsh and Larry Bird each made a pitch to Copeland. Hopefully he can be that piece that gets them over the hump, Spencer said. The Knicks will not be able to match the Pacers offer sheet even though Copeland is a restricted free agent. On Thursday, the Knicks used about half of their $3.18 million mini-midlevel exception, the only one they have, to re-sign the backup point guard Pablo Prigioni (6'3''-PG-77) to a multiyear deal, leaving them without enough money to give Copeland $3 million a year. The Knicks will use the remainder of that mini-midlevel money to sign another veteran free agent.
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



Brooklyn Nets agree terms with Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets agree terms with Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) for the next season. He played last time at Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Turkey. He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. In 29 TBL games he had 13.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to win the cup. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Bosman Player of the Year, named to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Two years ago Bogdanovic was drafted by Miami Heat in second round (31st overall). He won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2010.Bogdanovic was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009. Bojan Bogdanovic represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 15.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 48.9%, FT: 83.3%.
Bogdanovic has played also professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, UCAM Murcia and Real Madrid II), Croatia (Cibona) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).



DeMarre Carroll agrees with Atlanta Hawks - by Eurobasket News

DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) agrees with Atlanta Hawks for the next season. He played last time at Utah Jazz. In 66 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
The previous season Carroll played at the Nuggets. In four games he had 3.0ppg that season.He ended the previous season at the Rockets. But in four games he did not score anything and 2 assists. But the most of that year Carroll spent at the Grizzlies. In 7 games he had just 1.4ppg and 1.1rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies in first round (27th overall). The former University of Missouri standout is in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2009. Carroll received also Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team award back in 2009.
He has played also professionally in D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).



New Orleans Pelicans will keep Al-Farouq Aminu - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans will keep Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90, college: Wake Forest). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 76 NBA games he recorded 7.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg last season.
The previous season Aminu was tested by the Clippers.
Three years ago he was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers in first round (8th overall). Aminu attended Wake Forest University until 2010 and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2009. Aminu received also NABC Division I All-District 2 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time. Aminu represented USA at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 8.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP: 26.7%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 68.4%.



Dallas Mavericks reportedly signs Jose Manuel Calderon - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks reportedly signs Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) on four-year deal. The Spanish player last time at Detroit Pistons. In 28 games he had 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.6apg and 1.1spg last season. Calderon also played at the Raptors that season. In 45 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 7.4apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Calderon won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2007. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention in 2006,2011 and 2012.
Jose Manuel Calderon was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2001. Calderon represented Spain at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Calderon has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Laboral Kutxa, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Meridiano Alicante.



Paul Millsap leaves Utah Jazz for Atlanta Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) leaves Utah Jazz for Atlanta Hawks. The player had spent his entire career with the Utah Jazz, but has agreed to sign a two-year, $19 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
In 78 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg last season. In 2011-2012 for $8,103,435 in Utah Jazz (NBA, starting five) he showed 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 77.5%. In 2010-2011 he showed high 17.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 75.7%.
In 2006 Millsap was drafted by the Jazz in second round (47th overall). He attended Louisiana Tech University and it may be his eighth season in pro basketball. Millsap was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmores Team back in 2008.
He started his career in 2003-2004 for Louisiana Tech (NCAA, starting five). In 30 games his stats read 15.5ppg, 12.5rpg, 21ast.



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Antetokounmpo is more than a mouthful - by Iwedi Ojinmah

It's a name difficult to pronounce, even for the man who drafted the newest Milwaukee Bucks player, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"After the draft, probably 11:30," Bucks General Manager John Hammond said, "I said to (Media Relations Director) Dan Smyczek, 'can you forward that pronunciation to me?' Yeah. So...we're doing our best."

For the record, Giannis Antetokounmpo is pronounced [YAHN-is anh-teh-toe-KUHN-po], but for now , simply "Giannis" will probably suffice when addressing Antetokounmpo.

Whatever you call him, he was a virtual unknown with a lot of learning, but a ton of potential, say the scouts, in an NBA Draft from last week that was said to be short on stars. Just 18 years old, Antetokounmpo was the youngest player in the draft. And until a couple of weeks ago, had never traveled far from the homeland that his parent immigrated to, Greece.

"This is my first time in the United States," a grinning Antetokounmpo said on Friday morning after his introductory news conference at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. "I feel very excited to be in the United States, seeing New York, and I am very happy."

Antetokounmpo has only been speaking English for about one year, but is anxious to learn as much as he can about American culture. He will also have his family in Milwaukee to help him adjust.

The 18-year-old is particularly happy that he can finally provide a way for his family to escape the poor neighborhood that he and his family grew up in back home in Athens. But how can anyone be expected to handle such a radical culture shock and then go to work and do his job?

"It's difficult," Hammond admitted. "I don't want to keep saying that the basketball, the being on the floor between then lines is going to be the easy part. But to a certain extent, it will be. it's can he handle everything that goes along with getting to the floor."

And that's the big question that will need to be answered, along with the question of can someone who so little is known about turn into a star. But, just by virtue of securing a guaranteed contract, Antetokounmpo is a star provider in his heretofore poor family.

"We're going to have a better life," he concluded. "My brothers will get to go to better schools."

So while the culture and the NBA game may at this point still elude 18-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo, his mind is never far from his very close knit family.

by TMJ




Stankovic Cup: China outscore Nigeria in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News

China - Nigeria 58:52

China recorded the first win at the second stage of Stankovic Cup. The hosts held off Nigeria in Guangzhou. Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) came up with 16 points to lead the winning side.
The African team jumped to an 11:3 lead early in the game. China went on a 10:1 run to deny the deficit but Nigeria regained the advantage. They snatched a 20:13 lead at the first break. Nigeria maintained the lead throughout the second period. The visitors arrived at the interval up by 6 points 33:27. Nigeria were limited to just 4 points in the third term. China capitalized grabbing a 39:37 lead into the fourth frame. China kept Nigeria at distance throughout the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Zhou Peng (210-F-89) posted 8 points, while Zhang Bo (199-G/F-89) added 7 for China. Andy Ogide (204-F-87, college: Colorado St.) responded with 13 points and 11 boards for Nigeria.



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Final game of Pre-Season Challenge in Lublin - by Eurobasket Center

Saturday is the final day of the very first HoopLife Pre-Sesaon Challenge which takes place in Lublin. The official 5on5 game with the best players will be live streamed at 4pm at at www.hooplife.eu.

Pre-Sesaon Challenge is the first basketball camp in Poland which focuses mainly on individual aspects of the game. To develop skills of the players they decided to walk through and cover principals of the best practical and effective signature moves of the players like Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryants etc.

Post players as well as wings and guards can find something for themselves in here during this camps.
Coaches and scouts can find some Polish talent and hard working players for whom progress is a goal number one.




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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Ponce
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Harris, Ponce20.0 
 2. Ayuso, Guaynabo20.0 
 3. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 4. Diogu, Ponce19.2 
 5. Carmona, Humacao18.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon17.8 
 7. Vassallo, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Brown, Humacao17.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Mayaguez16.9 
 10. Huertas, Quebradi.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose LLOREDA
  Guaynabo
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lloreda, Guaynabo11.8 
 2. Harris, Ponce10.6 
 3. Uter, Humacao9.6 
 4. Ramos, Arecibo8.8 
 5. Siler, Ponce8.6 
 6. Phillip, San German8.6 
 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. Hinson, Guayama5.3 
 4. Lisch, Quebradillas5.0 
 5. Dalmau, Guaynabo5.0 
 6. Dentmon, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Rivera, Ponce4.6 
 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. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Pinnock, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Lisch, Quebradillas1.4 
 8. Diaz, Arecibo1.4 
 9. Williams, Santurce1.3 
 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. Siler, Ponce1.5 
 5. Harrellson, Chongq.1.5 
 6. Gates, Guayama1.2 
 7. Aubry, Mayaguez1.2 
 8. Lee, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Balkman, Guayama1.2 
 10. Scott, Humacao1.1 


Dominant performances by Capitanes and Mets force decisive games - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes de Arecibo and Mets de Guaynabo had dominant performances at home to force a decisive game tonight.

Arecibo dominated Leones de Ponce 83-66 as Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) scored 18 points and grabbed 15 boards. There were other scorers in double figures like David Cortes who netted 16, DJ Strawberry with 12, Lamayn Wilson 11 and Guillermo Diaz 10.

The first quarter ended tied at 9 but Arecibo controlled the rest of the way with consistent execution and a good defensive effort by all their players.

Ponce had Mike Harris with 11 points and 14 rebounds. No other player from Ponce scored in double digits.

Mets de Guaynabo beat Cangrejeros de Santurce 88-70 with 18 points from Christian Dalmau, 17 from Larry Ayuso and 16 by Jaime Lloreda. Guaynabo went inside early in the game and dominated the rest of the way.

Games for Friday, July 5:

Capitanes de Arecibo at Leones de Ponce
Mets de Guaynabo at Cangrejeros de Santurce
Brujos de Guayama at Indios de Mayaguez (Guayama has 3-2 lead)



Stankovic Cup: Argentina rally past Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Argentina - Puerto Rico 72:58

Argentina opened the second stage of Stankovic Cup with victory. They outscored Puerto Rico in Guangzhou. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) scored 16 points to pace the winners.
Puerto Rico got to a slightly better start. They eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Argentina surged ahead in the second term. They secured a 40:32 halftime lead. The Argentinean team kept Puerto Rico at distance throughout the third term. They secured a 55:45 lead into the fourth frame. Argentina did not slow down in the final ten minutes and raced to the victory at the end. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) netted 12 points, while Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) added 9 points in the victory. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (211-F-90) answered with 21 points for Puerto Rico. Gary Browne (185-G-92) notched 15 points in the defeat.

Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 16, Adrian Boccia 12, Juan Gutierrez 9
Puerto Rico: Carlos Lopez-Sosa 21, Gary Browne 15



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Unics wants 4th Greek as they set their seights on Schortsanitis - by Vladimir Lobanov

Unics Kazan continue to reshape their squad as they look to add another Greek -Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85).
Just on thursday Unics has added Greek playmaker Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) on a two years contract and they already have Greek duo of Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83).
Unics are now very interested in bringing Schortsanitis to their ranks,the Greek giant has been waived by Greek Champions Panathinaikos Athens after one season.Talks between Unics and Schortsanitis. were on low volume for the past two weeks,Schortsanitis. side waited to hear the decision of Panathinaikos Athens but also were in talks with Unics Kazan President Evgeny Bogachev .
Yesterday,after Schortsanitis was released the two sides will be in the negotiations table in Athens as Evgeny Bogachev will travel to the Greek capital to promote the deal.
Its reported that Unics are ready to pay Schortsanitis 900.000 euros per season on a two years deal.
According to a source from Kazan "Sofo" is keen on joining the Greek camp in Kazan:"We waited to hear if Schortsanitis will be released,and now that he is a free agent he is very interested us".its also reported in Greece that Maccabi Tel-Aviv also wants Sofo,but for now it seems that Kazan are in Pole position to land him,as Evgeny Bogachev will fly to Athens to close the deal.




Russia University Team demolish USA - by Eurobasket News

Russia University Team-USA 93:67

Russia University Team demolish USA in their last game before the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. The European side posted a comfortable 93:67 win to prove their ambitions for the home tournament.
Russia started with 27-14 run and never looked behind. They exploded with 30-20 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 57:34 halftime advantage. USA looked better in the second half and posted two narrow victories. They could not however catch up with the opponents and lost the friendly game.
Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91) and Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) added 15 each. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) followed them with 12 points. Luke Hancock (198-F-90) scored 15 points in defeat, while Tyler Haws (196-G-91) added 10.

Russia University Team: Nikita Balashov 23+12 rebs, Andrey Zubkov 15, Pavel Antipov 15, Semen Antonov 12
USA: Luke Hancock 15, Tyler Haws 10



U19 World Championship: Russia open Classification Round with the win - by Eurobasket News

Argentina U19-Russia U19 59:63

Russia open Classification Round with the win at the U19 World Championship. The European side overcame Argentina U19 63:59 in the start of round for 9-12 places.
Russia took control from the very beginning and enjoyed a 25:16 lead after the first 10 minutes. Argentina however was too far to give up and reduced to 34:30 at the halftime. Moreover Haag tied the score at 36:36 and Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) closed the frame at 48:47. The latter also brought 55:51 midway through the last period, but Argentina could not win the game. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) tied the game at 57:57 and then Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) brought the last points for Russia.
Mikhail Kulagin led the way with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Igor Kanygin notched 13. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) and Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) poured in 11 points each. Gonzalo Torres collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Juan Vaulet (198-PF-96), Pedro Barral (186-PG-94) and Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) netted 10 each.

Argentina U19: Gonzalo Torres 15+10 rebs, Juan Vaulet 10, Pedro Barral 10, Gabriel Deck 10
Russia U19: Mikhail Kulagin 20+16 rebs, Igor Kanygin 13, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 11, Serdar Annaev 11



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U19 World Championship: Serbia better Croatia in Balkan derby - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U19 - Croatia U19 73:66

Serbia advanced into U19 World Championship semifinals. They overcame their archrivals Croatia in the Balkan classic in the quarterfinals. Mihajlo Andric (200-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) posted 20 points to pace the winning side.
It was Serbia who surged ahead in the opening frame. They grabbed a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Croatia slowed their opponents in the second frame. They got within 3 points at the interval 35:38. Serbia quickly cleared off to a double-digit lead in the third term. But Croatia stuck around. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission 51:59. Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) made it 66:55 for Serbia midway through the fourth frame. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) did all he could to spark the intrigue. He pulled Croatia within four points 64:68 with 31 seconds remaining. However Nikola Jankovic and Vasilije Micic sank four free throws to give Serbia a decisive lead and they marched to the victory at the end. Vasilije Micic nailed 15 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic added 13 points in the victory. Dario Saric answered with 30 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 14 points in the losing case.

Serbia U19: Mihajlo Andric 20, Vasilije Micic 15, Nikola Jankovic 13
Croatia U19: Dario Saric 30, Tomislav Gabric 14



Serbia U18 claim first win in Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Turkey U18 71:70

Serbian U18 National Team victoriously opened the Ejea de los Caballeros international tournament in Zaragoza. They snatched a narrow win over Turkish counterparts. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) finished with 16 points to lead the winning side.
Serbia held their opponents to 9 points in the first period and grabbed a 2-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Serbia accumulated a 32:26 halftime lead. The Balkan team boosted the margin in the third quarter. Serbia arrived at the final intermission up by 7 points 52:45. Turkey unloaded 25 points in the fourth frame but stepped just short of victory at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) netted 10 points, while Stefan Ljubenkovic (95) finished with 9 points for Serbia. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) responded with 19 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95), Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) and Akif Guven (206-C-96) had 10 points apiece in the defeat.

Serbia U18: Brano Djukanovic 16, Milenko Veljkovic 10, Stefan Ljubenkovic 9
Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 19, Cedi Osman 10, Kerem Kanter 10, Akif Guven 10



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  SLOVAKIA   


Salih Nuhanovic moves from Levice to Nitra - by Michal Duchovic

BK Edymax SPU Nitra has today announced via his official site, that they have signed for the next season Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82). Nuhanovic comes to BK Edymax SPU Nitra from Onyx Levice, where he participated last season in two leagues. He played over 70 games, in both leagues he was one of the best players as evidenced by stats - over 12 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block per game. He was a member of both All-Stars games.

Nuhanovic played most of his career in Slovenia, where he was a member of Sostansj, Lasko and Esotech. He has experienced both Eurocup and Eurochallenge Cup. Before his Slovakia adventure he played only once outside of Slovenia, in season 2011/2012 in Debrecen. In next days BK Edymax SPU Nitra will announce next members of their squad before the upcoming season.



Banska Bystrica signed Ziak and Baldovsky - by Petr Marek

SKP Banska Bystrica has announced signing of Milan Ziak (190-G-88) and Stanislav Baldovsky (192-F-89) on its website. Ziak spent last season in Prievidza, where he signed as key player. Club was not satisfied with his performances and did not offer him contract extension. He averaged in 34 games 10,3 points and 1,5 assists. Stanislav Baldovsky has played only in Nova Ves and after not good season wanted to change club. He is known as good shooter from perimeter, his numbers were always closed to 40%. In last season he scored 8,5 points and added 3,7 rebounds. Banska Bystrica brings in its roster two Slovaks with experience from National Team.


Joyner continues his career at Komarno - by Eurobasket Center

Dallis Joyner (203-F-90, college: Stony Brook) is set to continue his pro-career as a member of the Slovakian First League's MBK Rieker Komarno. The 23 year-old American import player has just signed with the Slovakian silver medalist after he spent the last season with the Israeli Maccabi Kiryat Bialik, where he posted 16.2 points, 9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31 league games. The 203 cm-tall forward started as a pro in Italy and he had a 4-year NCAA career befora that. Joyner was a solid role-player for Stony Brook, his best season was 2011/2012 in which he achieved 8.8 ppg. and 6.5 rpg. with 60.3% from the field.


Kovacevic is looking forward to join his new team - by Thomas Kottra

Sharp-shooter Maj Kovacevic (190-G-90) has exploded from the distance last year wearing jersey of BK Edymax SPU Nitra. He was truly unstoppable in most of matches. Slovenian born guard has landed almost half of his three-point shots into the baskets and has also converted 85% of his free-throws.
As we recently informed you, 23 years old Slovenian signed a one-year deal with former runner-up, the MBK Rieker Komarno. According to his words, the management from the Slovak-Hungarian borders was more interested in adding Kovacevic to their roster then any other team. "I decided to sign a deal with Komarno because in my opinion, it is a great organization with good coach and people in the club," he stated.
It seems to be clear, what the role of Novo Mesto born guard will be. After management of MBK Rieker Komarno has not reached any reported agreement with Slovak sniper Martin Bilik (194-G/F-87), there is a free spot for a dangerous shooter on the arc. "I can not wait to play in front of Komarno fans. I hope to make them happy about our performances and results. I will do everything to help our team win games," added Kovacevic.



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  SPAIN   


U19 World Championship: Emus upset Spain to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 - Spain U19 87:76

Australia became the U19 World Championship semifinalists. They upset one of the big time favourites Spain in the quarterfinal battle tonight. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) exploded with 33 points to lead the charge.
The Emus gained a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Spain opened the second frame with five straight points to pull ahead. But the Emus answered with a 16:2 rally to take a comfortable lead. Australia accumulated a 45:31 halftime lead. The gap quickly at 20-point mark in the third term as Spain started to lag behind. Australia entered the fourth frame up by 18 points 66:48. Spain were able to cut the distance to just 6 points 72:78 with just 80 seconds remaining. However Emmett Naar (186-G-94) hit a couple of free throws and Australia rolled to the victory at the end. Emmett Naar netted 15 points, while Dane Pineau (203-F-94) came up with 13 points and 13 boards for the Aussies. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) answered with 19 points for Spain. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Australia U19: Dante Exum 33, Emmett Naar 15, Dane Pineau 13+13 boards
Spain U19: Alberto Diaz 19, Josep Perez 12



Dallas Mavericks reportedly signs Jose Manuel Calderon - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks reportedly signs Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) on four-year deal. The Spanish player last time at Detroit Pistons. In 28 games he had 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.6apg and 1.1spg last season. Calderon also played at the Raptors that season. In 45 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 7.4apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Calderon won NBA Atlantic Division championship title in 2007. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention in 2006,2011 and 2012.
Jose Manuel Calderon was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. He played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2001. Calderon represented Spain at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%.
Calderon has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Laboral Kutxa, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Meridiano Alicante.



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  SWEDEN   


Michael Palm re-signs with Boras Basket - by Eurobasket News

Michael Palm (209-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) re-signs with Boras Basket. The last season he was third best scorer with impressive 19.2ppg and recorded 9.6rpg (#2 in the league), 2.1apg and 1.3bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team.
For a long career Michael Palm played at Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligaen, starting five). In 2003-2004 season he averaged 17.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0bpg. In his last season with the team his stats read 12.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 83.1%. Together with the team he became Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Champion -08.
Among other achievements Palm's team made it to the Basketligan Semifinals in 2007 and 2012. He was a member of Swedish Senior National Team between 2002 and 2004.
He attended Western Washington until 2003 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.



Sweden and Finland exchange victories before heading to Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Sweden and Finland exchange victories before heading to Kazan for 27th Summer Universiade. In Game 1 Sweden grabbed a 74:61 win. Finland started the game with a 19-13 lead but could not stay tough in the rest of the game. Sweden needed a 21-8 surge in the second frame and added 25-18 in the third period for the comfortable win. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) scored 19 points for Finland and Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90, agency: Blacktop Management) notched 10.
In Game 2 Finland posted a 77:59 win. The hosts dominated the first three periods and led 20 points after 30 minutes. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) paced all the winners with 18 points and Carl Lindbom added 14. Juho Lehtoranta scored 11, while Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) netted 8.



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U16 AfroBasket: Achref Gannouni leads Tunisia into the semis - by Eurobasket News

Mozambique U16-Tunisia U16 55:71

Achref Gannouni leads Tunisia into the semis of the U16 AfroBasket. He nailed 43 points to help his team to beat Mozambique 71:55 in the Quarterfinal Stage.
Although Mozambique finished fourth in Group B, they won the opening tip. Trailing however 7:9 after the first five minutes, Tunisia grabbed a 27:14 lead at the end of the first period. The latter had 45:32 advantage at the halftime and never looked behind after. Tunisia increased to 16 points midway through the third frame and led 59:45 after three periods. Mozambique meanwhile reduced to 9 points with 5 minutes to go, but Tunisia grabbed a 16-point victory.
Mahmoud Hajri scored 7 points for the winners, while three other players scored 4 each. Loren Langa ended up with 29 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst OCTAVIO CHUMA and Titos Fernando poured in 11 each. GUIAMBA WAGNER delivered 4 points in the losing effort.

Mozambique U16: Loren Langa 29+12 rebs, OCTAVIO CHUMA 11, Titos Fernando 11, GUIAMBA WAGNER 4
Tunisia U16: Achref Gannouni 43, Mahmoud Hajri 7



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  TURKEY   


Earl Rowland set to join Banvit - by Eurobasket News

Banvit have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). The US-Bulgarian guard is set to sign a deal with Banvit soon. Earl Rowland spent the last season in Latvia. He played for VEF Riga. Earl Rowland notched 16.3 points, 5.4 assists, 5.5 boards and 1.9 steals per game in VTB League. In LBL the guard averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per appearance. Earl Rowland also posted 15.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.2 boards and 1.2 steals per game in EuroCup. He was named All-Latvian League Player of the Year. He also made it into All-VTB League 2nd Team. Earl Rowland earned All-EuroCup Honourable Mention.


Serbia U18 claim first win in Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Turkey U18 71:70

Serbian U18 National Team victoriously opened the Ejea de los Caballeros international tournament in Zaragoza. They snatched a narrow win over Turkish counterparts. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) finished with 16 points to lead the winning side.
Serbia held their opponents to 9 points in the first period and grabbed a 2-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Serbia accumulated a 32:26 halftime lead. The Balkan team boosted the margin in the third quarter. Serbia arrived at the final intermission up by 7 points 52:45. Turkey unloaded 25 points in the fourth frame but stepped just short of victory at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) netted 10 points, while Stefan Ljubenkovic (95) finished with 9 points for Serbia. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) responded with 19 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95), Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) and Akif Guven (206-C-96) had 10 points apiece in the defeat.

Serbia U18: Brano Djukanovic 16, Milenko Veljkovic 10, Stefan Ljubenkovic 9
Turkey U18: Kenan Sipahi 19, Cedi Osman 10, Kerem Kanter 10, Akif Guven 10



Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul inks Australian Nathan Jawai - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul inks Australian Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC). The player spent last season with Regal FC Barcelona in Spain. In 31 games he had 6.9ppg and 4.1rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the supercup final. Jawai also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.1ppg and 4.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four.
The previous (2012) summer Jawai played at Cairns Marlins (QBL) in Australian league. In two games he recorded 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg. The last (2012) season he played at Unics Kazan (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Jawai had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 15 PBL games he recorded 7.1ppg and 3.5rpg. He also played 15 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Jawai also played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 11.5ppg and 4.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
In 2010-11 season Nathan Jawai played at Partizan (A League) in Serbia. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 20 A League games he recorded 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Jawai also played 16 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.1ppg and 5.0rpg. He also played 28 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. Nathan Jawai contributed to his team winning the Adriatic League championship.
Jawai was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. Jawai represented Australia at the Oceania Championships four years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 17.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 40.0%, FT: 71.4%.



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Estonia U20 finish Rakvere tournament with overtime win over Ukraine U20 - by Eurobasket News

Estonia U20 - Ukraine U20 82:80 (OT)

Estonia claimed the second win at the Four Nations Tournament in Rakvere. The hosts outlasted Ukraine in overtime. Martin Paasoja (193-G-93) notched 17 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss in Estonia.
The hosts eked out a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine erased the deficit and pulled in front for a 35:33 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Ukraine entered the fourth period up by one point 51:50. Estonia fired 23 points in the fourth stanza and forced overtime. The hosts outscored Ukraine 9:7 in the extra period to snatch a tough win at the end. Rauno Nurger (210-C-93) provided 15 points, while Mihkel Schleicher (204-C/F-93) added 13 points for the home side. Maksym Lutsenko (186-G-93) responded with 28 points and 17 rebounds for Ukraine. Sergiy Zagreba (213-C-94) finished with 21 points in the loss.

Estonia U20: Martin Paasoja 17, Rauno Nurger 15, Mihkel Schleicher 13
Ukraine U20: Maksym Lutsenko 28+17 boards, Sergiy Zagreba 21



Pooh Jeter to get Ukrainian passport - by Eurobasket News

The Ukrainian Basketball Federation announced they had started the process naturalization for Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland). The guard is expected to make it onto the 2013 EuroBasket roster. Jeter Pooh played in Ukraine in 2007/08 season. He was the member of BC Kyiv roster. Jeter Pooh tallied 12.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in Superleague then. He also posted 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in ULEB Cup then. Last season Jeter Pooh spent in China. He played for the Shandong Flaming Bulls. The guard averaged 24.9 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in CBA. He made it into All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team. He also had stints in Spain, NBA, Israel and D-League before.


France U16 cruise past Ukraine U16 in Riom - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Ukraine U16 74:52

France U16 victoriously opened their Riom international tournament campaign. They held off Ukrainian counterparts 74:52. Amine Noua (196-PF-97) nailed 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Les Bleus.
France secured a 16:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the interval 29:23. However Les Bleus shifted the gear in the third period. They went on a massive 26:13 rally in the quarter to clear off. France entered the fourth stanza up by 19 points. The hosts kept Ukraine at bay throughout the fourth frame and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) and Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) delivered 9 points each for the winners. Sergiy Pavlov (197-PF-97) answered with 11 points for Ukraine. Vitaliy Zotov (185-PG-97) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) had 10 points each in the losing effort.

France U16: Amine Noua 17, Luc Loubaki 9, Stephane Gombauld 9
Ukraine U16: Sergiy Pavlov 11, Vitaliy Zotov 10, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 10



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England U18 wins the opener of the Torneo di Cisternino - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-England U18 71:74

England U18 wins the opener of the Torneo di Cisternino. The team overcame the hosts, Italy U18 74:71 in Day 1.
Italy won the first period 19:12, but failed in the second frame. England replied with a 19-10 and grabbed 2-point advantage at the halftime. The teams again exchanged the victories in the second half, while the final 25-20 push by the guests was decisive in the game.
Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (196-G-95) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Nelson had 17. Christian poured in 9, whilst Kavell Bigby-Williams (203-F-95) added 7. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) finished the game with 16 points in defeat and Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) brought 14. Marco Spissu (181-G-95) and Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) notched 8 points each in a loss.

Italy U18: Tommaso Laquintana 16, Simone Fontecchio 14, Marco Spissu 8, Lorenzo Baldasso 8
England U18: Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 26, Nelson 17, Christian 9, Kavell Bigby-Williams 7



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Saric, Cibona22.7 
 2. Ennis, Syracuse19.9 
 3. Lyles, High School19.5 
 4. Sangjae, Korea U.19.2 
 5. Peterka, BK Pardu.17.8 
 6. Exum, High School16.4 
 7. Gao, Changsha Bank16.2 
 8. Yuan, CHN N.15.7 
 9. Diatta, SEN N.14.3 
 10. Brzoja, Villanova13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Saric, Cibona12.7 
 2. Peterka, BK Pardu.11.5 
 3. Traore, IVO N.10.5 
 4. Ndoye, ASC Thies10.0 
 5. Lyles, High School8.8 
 6. Pineau, Melbourn.8.6 
 7. Kulagin, Triumph8.4 
 8. Saiz, Asefa E.8.3 
 9. Zhou, Liaoning H.7.8 
 10. Mashayekhi, Mahr.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  CZE
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kouril, Lucentum5.7 
 2. Saric, Cibona5.6 
 3. Annaev, Khimky4.3 
 4. Gibeom, Yonsei U.4.0 
 5. Micic, Mega Vizura3.6 
 6. Exum, High School3.6 
 7. Zhao, Bayi R.3.4 
 8. Martin, Manly W.3.0 
 9. Whelan, Hindu Club3.0 
 10. Junakovic, GKK S.2.9 
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. Mashayekhi, Mahram2.3 
 5. Toure, IVO N.2.2 
 6. Micic, Mega Vizura2.0 
 7. Gordon, High School2.0 
 8. Robinson, Pitts.1.9 
 9. Payton, La-Lafay.1.9 
 10. Sangjae, Korea U.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Zhou, Liaoning H.4.5 
 2. Kanygin, Lok.Kuba.2.7 
 3. Foroutannik, Azad2.1 
 4. Traore, SOA1.8 
 5. Saric, Cibona1.6 
 6. Choi, Yonsei U.1.5 
 7. Egi, High School1.4 
 8. Krestininas, Sakal.1.3 
 9. Vicedo, Asefa E.1.1 
 10. Ndoye, ASC Thies1.0 


USA, Serbia, Australia and Lithuania advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

9-12 Place
Argentina - Russia 59-63
Russia open Classification Round with the win at the U19 World Championship. The European side overcame Argentina U19 63:59 in the start of round for 9-12 places. Russia took control from the very beginning and enjoyed a 25:16 lead after the first 10 minutes. Argentina however was too far to give up and reduced to 34:30 at the halftime. Moreover Haag tied the score at 36:36 and Gonzalo Torres (202-F/C-94) closed the frame at 48:47. The latter also brought 55:51 midway through the last period, but Argentina could not win the game. Kanygin Igor tied the game at 57:57 and then Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) brought the last points for Russia. Mikhail Kulagin led the way with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Kanygin Igor notched 13. Ilnitskiy Stanislav and Annaev Serdar poured in 11 points each. Gonzalo Torres collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Vaulet Juan, Barral Pedro and Deck Gabriel netted 10 each.

Iran - Brazil 53-63
Brazil edge Iran in Prague at the Classification Round of the U19 World Championship. Brazil posted a 63:53 victory on Friday. Iran looked better in the opening tip of the game, but failed in the end of the quarter. Brazil closed the first period at 19:10 and then added 14-11 rally in the second frame. Iran actually played better in the second half and posted two narrow victories in the third and the last quarters. The Asian side had a 15-14 rally in the third quarter and then finished the game with a 17-16 run. Leonardo Demetrio (204-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ramos Deryk added 9. Eduardo Campos (204-F-95) poured in 8, while Martins Guilherme notched 6. Yakhchali Behnam finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) delivered 14. Rahmati Hossein ended up with 11 points in defeat and Bagheri Saeid had 4.

Quarterfinals
Canada - USA 67-109
USA complete the Semifinal picture of the U19 World Championship. One of the favorites rolled over Canada 109:67 and remained undefeated at the tournament. In year 2011 USA could not advance to the Semifinals as Russia beat them 79:74. This year the favorites are very strong for their opponents and prove in every game. They started with 30:22 lead against Canada and led 53:38 at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to USA. The latter won the third quarter 31-12 and added 25-17 run at the end. Marcus Smart (193-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Frazier Michael, Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) and Gordon Aaron posted 12 each. Harrell Montrezl delivered 11 points in a win. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) replied with 14 points in defeat and Okolie Agunwa had 13. Tyler Ennis (188-G-94) poured in 11, while Notice Duane had 8.

Croatia - Serbia 66-73
Serbia advanced into U19 World Championship semifinals. They overcame their archrivals Croatia in the Balkan classic in the quarterfinals. Mihajlo Andric posted 20 points to pace the winning side. It was Serbia who surged ahead in the opening frame. They grabbed a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Croatia slowed their opponents in the second frame. They got within 3 points at the interval 35:38. Serbia quickly cleared off to a double-digit lead in the third term. But Croatia stuck around. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission 51:59. Vasilije Micic and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) made it 66:55 for Serbia midway through the fourth frame. Dario Saric did all he could to spark the intrigue. He pulled Croatia within four points 64:68 with 31 seconds remaining. However Nikola Jankovic and Vasilije Micic sank four free throws to give Serbia a decisive lead and they marched to the victory at the end. Vasilije Micic nailed 15 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic added 13 points in the victory. Dario Saric answered with 30 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric had 14 points in the losing case.

Spain - Australia 76-87
Australia became the U19 World Championship semifinalists. They upset one of the big time favourites Spain in the quarterfinal battle tonight. Dante Exum exploded with 33 points to lead the charge. The Emus gained a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Spain opened the second frame with five straight points to pull ahead. But the Emus answered with a 16:2 rally to take a comfortable lead. Australia accumulated a 45:31 halftime lead. The gap quickly at 20-point mark in the third term as Spain started to lag behind. Australia entered the fourth frame up by 18 points 66:48. Spain were able to cut the distance to just 6 points 72:78 with just 80 seconds remaining. However Emmett Naar (186-G-94) hit a couple of free throws and Australia rolled to the victory at the end. Emmett Naar netted 15 points, while Dane Pineau (203-F-94) came up with 13 points and 13 boards for the Aussies. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) answered with 19 points for Spain. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania - China 89-58
Lithuania advanced to the Semifinals of the U19 World Championship. The defending champions beat China U19 89:58 in the start of the Quarterfinal Stage. Lithuania was the favorite of the game but could not show their ambitions in the first period. The Asian team managed to stay tough as both sides posted 18 points in the first 10 minutes. Only in the second frame Lithuania needed a 26-14 surge to get 12-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Lithuania added 27-13 surge in the third period and had 18-13 in the last stanza. Lekavicius Lukas scored the last points in the game for the final 31-point win. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Grigonis Marius top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Dimsa Tomas and Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 11 each. Lekavicius Lukas followed them with 9 points in the winning effort. Yuan Shuai (190-PG-94) poured in 18 points in defeat and Zhao JiWei had 17. Zhao Rui added 7, while Wu Qian scored 5.




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Women News


U20 European Championship: Serbia coast past Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Belarus U20 73:53

Serbia claimed the first win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They bounced back after the starting loss to Netherlands to edge Belarus in Group A. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points to lead the winners.
Serbia held Belarus to 8 points in the first period. The Balkan team gained a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. Belarus cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 7 points at the interval. But Serbia stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Belarus to 9 points to extend the gap at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and opened win count at the tournament. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) netted 15 points, while Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 17 points for Belarus. Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) and Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 20, Dijana Stancic 15, Nevena Markovic 8+14 boards
Belarus U20: Darya Lipinskaya 17, Ksenija Voishal 12, Maryia Papova 12



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  BELGIUM   


U20 European Championship: Belgium earn the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- Czech Republic U20 73:62

Belgium earn the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 73:62 win over Czech Republic in Albena.
It was Czech Republic that started with a 21:17 lead. They also produced a 20-17 rally in the second frame and led 7 points at the halftime. Belgium however dominated the second half. They won the third period 12-10 and then pushed the tempo in the last stanza. Belgium erupted with a 27-11 run and posted an 11-point win. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) and Lien Delmulle (180-F-93) brought the last points for the winners for the final result in the game.
Julie Vanloo led the way with 24 points, while Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) collected 21 points and 14 rebounds. Lien Delmulle and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) scored 9 each. Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) answered with 16 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) netted 14. Eliska Mircova (176-PG-96) brought 12, while Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) had 7.

Belgium U20: Julie Vanloo 24, Hanne Mestdagh 21+14 rebs, Lien Delmulle 9, Sien Devliegher 9
Czech Republic U20: Monika Satoranska 16+15 rebs, Tereza Vyoralova 14, Eliska Mircova 12 Pamela-Therese Effangova 7



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  BRAZIL   


Brasil Womens national team prepares for South Americas Championships - by Mel Devonne

The Brasil womens national team getting ready for the very important South American Championships
tournament held in Las Heras, Argentina.
The participating countries include Argentina,Chile,Colombia,Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay,and Venezuela.
Games will be played at the Vincent Polimeni stadium July 31- Aug 4 in Argentina.
The South American Championship for Women will qualify four teams to the
2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women to be played on September 21-28 in Xalapa, Mexico.
Brasil is considered the favorite and Erika de Souza has left her WNBA Atlanta Dream team to
practice with the national team, which is preparing now.



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  BULGARIA   


U20 European Championship: Bulgaria outclass Great Britain in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Bulgaria U20 67:86

Bulgaria outclass Great Britain in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship. The host of the tournament improved to 1-1 record after an 86:67 win. Great Britain meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Bulgaria opened the game with 25:16 run and never looked behind after. The home side added a 28-18 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 19-point halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second half as it was clear about the winner of the game. Great Britain however stayed tough and even managed to win the last stanza 22-20.
Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) stepped up with 21 points for the hosts and Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) added 20. Iva Georgieva (175-F/G-96) brought 18, while Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) followed them with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) scored 12 points and grabbed 13 boards in defeat, whilst Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) also had 12. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) poured in 11 points in a loss.

Great Britain U20: Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 12+13 rebs, Melita Emanuel 12, Claire Paxton 11
Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 21, Iva Kostova 20, Iva Georgieva 18, Radostina Dimitrova 8+12 rebs



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  CROATIA   


Croatia U16 edge Russia U16 - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Russia U16 75:72

Croatian U16 National Team opened the international tournament with victory. They defeated their Russian counterparts. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) nailed 34 points to pace the hosts.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 25:17 advantage ten minutes into the game. Croatia cut the deficit in the second frame. The hosts got within two points at the interval 36:38. Croatia finally pulled ahead in the third term. They eked out a 57:54 lead heading into the fourth period. The lead changed hands for several times before Croatia finally sneaked to a narrow win. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) notched 13 points and 11 boards, while Dora Jordanic (168-PG-97) and Dora Goles (167-PG-97) finished with 6 points each for the winners. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) answered with 24 points and 11 boards for Russia. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 20 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Croatia U16: Ivana Dojkic 34, Iva Slonjsak 13+11 boards, Dora Jordanic 6, Dora Goles 6
Russia U16: Raisa Musina 24+11 boards, Mariya Vadeeva 20+12 boards



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U20 European Championship: Belgium earn the second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Belgium U20- Czech Republic U20 73:62

Belgium earn the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 73:62 win over Czech Republic in Albena.
It was Czech Republic that started with a 21:17 lead. They also produced a 20-17 rally in the second frame and led 7 points at the halftime. Belgium however dominated the second half. They won the third period 12-10 and then pushed the tempo in the last stanza. Belgium erupted with a 27-11 run and posted an 11-point win. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) and Lien Delmulle (180-F-93) brought the last points for the winners for the final result in the game.
Julie Vanloo led the way with 24 points, while Hanne Mestdagh (178-G/F-93) collected 21 points and 14 rebounds. Lien Delmulle and Sien Devliegher (175-SF-93) scored 9 each. Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) answered with 16 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) netted 14. Eliska Mircova (176-PG-96) brought 12, while Pamela-Therese Effangova (178-SF-93) had 7.

Belgium U20: Julie Vanloo 24, Hanne Mestdagh 21+14 rebs, Lien Delmulle 9, Sien Devliegher 9
Czech Republic U20: Monika Satoranska 16+15 rebs, Tereza Vyoralova 14, Eliska Mircova 12 Pamela-Therese Effangova 7



USK Praha keep Bosman Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha keep Bosman Player of the Year for the next season. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) will remain in Czech Republic. In 25 ZBL games she averaged 11.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Bosman Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Bosmans Team.
The previous season Dubljevic played at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 8 games she had 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg that season. She also played 6 games in Euroleague where she had 10.8ppg and 3.7rpg. Dubljevic also spent pre-season at Buducnost in Montenegrin league that year. In only one Adriatic League game she recorded very impressive stats: 26 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
In 2010-11 season she played at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) in French league. In 25 games Jelena Dubljevic had also remarkable stats: 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.2apg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Bosman Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Bosmans Team. Dubljevic also played 10 games in Euroleague where she was fifth best scorer with great 16.0ppg and averaged 5.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. She represented Montenegro at the European Championships in France this year.



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USK Praha keep Bosman Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha keep Bosman Player of the Year for the next season. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) will remain in Czech Republic. In 25 ZBL games she averaged 11.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season. She helped them to make it to the cup final. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Bosman Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Bosmans Team.
The previous season Dubljevic played at Rivas Ecopolis (LFB) in Spanish league. In 8 games she had 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg that season. She also played 6 games in Euroleague where she had 10.8ppg and 3.7rpg. Dubljevic also spent pre-season at Buducnost in Montenegrin league that year. In only one Adriatic League game she recorded very impressive stats: 26 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
In 2010-11 season she played at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) in French league. In 25 games Jelena Dubljevic had also remarkable stats: 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.2apg. She contributed to her team making it to the final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Bosman Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Bosmans Team. Dubljevic also played 10 games in Euroleague where she was fifth best scorer with great 16.0ppg and averaged 5.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. She represented Montenegro at the European Championships in France this year.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

W-Standings - Group A

Standings
Group A
1. Holland2-0
2. Serbia1-1
3. Belarus1-1
4. Ukraine0-2
Group B
1. Spain2-0
2. Greece1-1
3. Slovakia1-1
4. Poland0-2
Group C
1. France2-0
2. Italy1-1
3. Russia1-1
4. Hungary0-2
Group D
1. Turkey2-0
2. Sweden1-1
3. Germany1-1
4. Lithuania0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

A

Jul. 5: NED - UKR 68-52
Jul. 5: BLR - SRB 53-73

B

Jul. 5: ESP - SVK 62-52
Jul. 5: GRE - POL 54-50

C

Jul. 5: FRA - RUS 66-51
Jul. 5: HUN - ITA 36-55

D

Jul. 5: SWE - LTU 69-47
Jul. 5: GER - TUR 48-72

Preliminary Round: Round 3

A

Jul. 6: SRB - UKR
Jul. 6: BLR - NED

B

Jul. 6: POL - SVK
Jul. 6: GRE - ESP

C

Jul. 6: ITA - RUS
Jul. 6: HUN - FRA

D

Jul. 6: GER - SWE
Jul. 6: TUR - LTU


Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Josefin VESTERBERG
  SWE
  (187-F/C-93)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Vesterberg, MBK R.23.5 
 2. Ndour, Gran Canaria20.0 
 3. Balintova, Good A.17.5 
 4. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.16.0 
 5. Spanou, Robert M.16.0 
 6. Cakir, Fenerbahce16.0 
 7. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.15.5 
 8. Essenstam, CTO15.5 
 9. Tikhonenko, Sparta.15.5 
 10. Papova, Olimpia14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loyce BETTONVIL
  (185-F-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Bettonvil, Lekdete.12.0 
 2. Tikhonenko, Sparta.10.5 
 3. Markovic, IU.10.5 
 4. Kiseleva, Spartak10.0 
 5. Nystrom, Northland9.5 
 6. Ndour, Gran Canaria9.5 
 7. Vesterberg, MBK R.9.5 
 8. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.9.0 
 9. Spanou, Robert M.9.0 
 10. Essenstam, CTO8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ellen NYSTROM
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Nystrom, Northland7.0 
 2. Adams, Saarlouis5.0 
 3. Gohlisch, Berlin4.0 
 4. Owczarzak, CCC P.4.0 
 5. Stanacev, Crvena4.0 
 6. Dzirma, Gruenberg4.0 
 7. Cerneckyte, Fortu.4.0 
 8. Bettonvil, Lekdete.4.0 
 9. Slamova, Samorin3.5 
 10. Zanoguera, Toledo3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sabrine BOUZENNA
  (169-PG-93)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bouzenna, Roche4.5 
 2. Nystrom, Northland4.5 
 3. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.3.5 
 4. Cora, Galatasaray3.0 
 5. Cakir, Fenerbahce3.0 
 6. Dzirma, Gruenberg3.0 
 7. Nystrom, Northland2.5 
 8. Aydin, Mersin2.5 
 9. Bettonvil, Lekdete.2.5 
 10. Owczarzak, CCC P.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.2.0 
 2. Janoscikova, Cass.2.0 
 3. Preskienyte, Kibir.2.0 
 4. Ndour, Gran Canaria2.0 
 5. Kalenta, Berezina1.5 
 6. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.1.5 
 7. Balintova, Good A.1.5 
 8. Sezer, Orduspor1.5 
 9. Papova, Olimpia1.5 
 10. Bellscheidt, Opla.1.0 


Standings Div.B (Women) - by *AddMe

Standings Div.B
1. Belgium2-0
2. Portugal2-0
3. Israel1-1
4. Bulgaria1-1
5. Czech Rep.1-1
6. FYR Macedo.1-1
7. Latvia0-1
8. Romania0-1
9. U.Kingdom0-2

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Jul. 5: BEL - CZE 73-62
Jul. 5: ENG - BUL 67-86
Jul. 5: ISR - MKD 66-48
Jul. 5: ROM - POR 64-67

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Jul. 6: LAT - BEL
Jul. 6: MKD - ROM
Jul. 6: BUL - ISR
Jul. 6: CZE - ENG


Division B: Day 2 in Albena - by Eurobasket News

Israel - FYR Macedonia 66-48
Israel U20 stun F.Y.R. of Macedonia to tie both records at 1-1. Israeli players celebrated a 66:48 win for their first victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. F.Y.R. of Macedonia erupted with 14-5 lead in the opening quarter, but could not stay tough in the game. Israel needed a massive 23-7 surge in the second period to take 28:21 halftime advantage. F.Y.R. of Macedonia tried to reduce in the game and posted a 16-14 rally in the third period, but Israel needed a final 24-11 surge to win the game. Stojanovska and Reichman exchanged the last shots in the end of the game for the final result. May Dayan (171-PG-94) stepped up with 16 points for the winners, while Porat Eden collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tiros Sapir also scored 14 and Mariam Hannoun (180-F-94) netted 8. Mitrasinovik Andzelika answered with 17 points and Stojanovska Aleksandra added 16. Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) brought 6 and Temelkova Lefterija delivered 4.

United Kingdom - Bulgaria 67-86
Bulgaria outclass Great Britain in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship. The host of the tournament improved to 1-1 record after an 86:67 win. Great Britain meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Bulgaria opened the game with 25:16 run and never looked behind after. The home side added a 28-18 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 19-point halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second half as it was clear about the winner of the game. Great Britain however stayed tough and even managed to win the last stanza 22-20. Hristova Borislava stepped up with 21 points for the hosts and Kostova Iva added 20. Iva Georgieva (175-F/G-96) brought 18, while Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) followed them with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) scored 12 points and grabbed 13 boards in defeat, whilst Emanuel Melita also had 12. Paxton Claire poured in 11 points in a loss.

Belgium - Czech Republic 73-62
Belgium earn the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 73:62 win over Czech Republic in Albena. It was Czech Republic that started with a 21:17 lead. They also produced a 20-17 rally in the second frame and led 7 points at the halftime. Belgium however dominated the second half. They won the third period 12-10 and then pushed the tempo in the last stanza. Belgium erupted with a 27-11 run and posted an 11-point win. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) and Delmulle Lien brought the last points for the winners for the final result in the game. Julie Vanloo led the way with 24 points, while Mestdagh Hanne collected 21 points and 14 rebounds. Delmulle Lien and Devliegher Sien scored 9 each. Monika Satoranska (188-F/C-93) answered with 16 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Tereza Vyoralova (175-SG-94) netted 14. Mircova Eliska brought 12, while Effangova Pamela-Therese had 7.

Romania - Portugal 64-67
Portugal successfully open Day 2 at the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 67:64 victory against Romania in the first day of Friday. Portugal dominated the start of the game and won the first period 21:19. They also added 21-13 run in the second period and led 42:32 at the halftime. Portugal continued their dominance in the third period and posted a 17-10 surge for 59:42 lead after three quarters. Romania however pushed the tempo in the last period and did all the best to recover. They erupted with a 19-2 run, but could not win the game. Ines Viana (166-PG-94) led the way with 18 points and Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jesus Joana notched 12, while Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) had 10. Ursu Sonia poured in 15 points in defeat and Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) notched 13. Craciun Alina scored 9 and Kirberg Selena delivered 8.



Division A: Day 2 in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Holland - Ukraine 68-52
Netherlands got to a perfect start to their U20 European Championship campaign. They fired past Ukraine tonight in Samsun to take 2-0 record on top of Group A. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) posted 18 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Netherlands gave no chance for their opponents. The Dutch team went on an aggressive 27:9 rally in the starting period. Ukraine slowed Netherland down a bit in the second frame. Ukraine got within 15 points at halftime 28:43. Ukraine cut the deficit even further in the third term. They limited Netherlands to 9 points in the quarter to get within 12 points at the final break. But the Dutch team responded with a 16:12 surge in the fourth period to seal the victory. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 boards for Netherlands. Yordi Kathmann and Jamailah Adams had 7 points each for the winners. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Darya Zavidna had 11 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

Belarus - Serbia 53-73
Serbia claimed the first win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They bounced back after the starting loss to Netherlands to edge Belarus in Group A. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Serbia held Belarus to 8 points in the first period. The Balkan team gained a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. Belarus cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 7 points at the interval. But Serbia stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Belarus to 9 points to extend the gap at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and opened win count at the tournament. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) netted 15 points, while Nevena Markovic added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 17 points for Belarus. Ksenija Voishal and Maryia Papova had 12 points each in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Poland 54-50
Greece secured the first win at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. They overcame Poland to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Poland fell at 0-2 record. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) led the winners with 16 points and 11 boards. Greece eked out a 9:8 lead after ten minutes. Poland surged ahead in the second frame. They snatched a 21:18 halftime advantage. The tempo increased in the third term. Greece unloaded 23 points in the quarter to spur ahead. They ensured a 41:37 lead heading into the fourth frame. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) put Poland within 2 points 49:51 with under four minutes to go. However the Hellenes limited their opponents to just one point in the reminder of the contest and got away with a tough win at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) netted 14 points, while Anna Stamolamprou had 9 points in the losing effort. Dominika Owczarzak and Karolina Puss responded with 10 points each in the loss.

Spain - Slovakia 62-52
Spain recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Slovak Republic to stay on top of Group B at 2-0 record. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Spain looked confident from the start. They posted a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovak Republic erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 29-all at halftime. But Spain took over in the third term. They went on a 17:7 run in the period to ensure a 10-point lead. Spain never allowed Slovak Republic within striking distance throughout the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) posted 15 points, while Yurena Diaz added 14 points for Spain. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) responded with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Sabina Oroszova had 13 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Hungary - Italy 36-55
Italy raced to the first win at the U20 European Championship. They steamrolled past Hungary for 1-1 record in Group C. The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) capped the period with a three-pointer to give the Azzurri a 17:14 lead. Hungary used a 9:0 run midway through the second term to take a 25:20 lead. But Alessandra Formica and Dotto helped Italy to level things up at 25 at halftime. The Azzurri opened the second half on a 9:0 rally to clear off. They accumulated a 39:29 lead into the fourth frame. Italy held their opponents to 7 points in the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points, while Francesca Dotto and Alessandra Formica had 12 points each for the winning side. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) responded with 11 points for Hungary. Szidonia Katona netted 6 points in the loss.

France - Russia 66-51
France recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. Les Bleus overcame Russia in Group C. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) netted 16 points to lead the winners. France eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second frame. Les Bleus fired 23 points in the period to gain a 39:29 halftime lead. France kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. Les Bleus limited their opponents to 11 points in the quarter and secured a 12-point lead heading into the fourth period. Russia managed just 22 points in the second half and surrendered at the end. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) and Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) notched 10 points each for the winners. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) replied with 9 points for Russia. Darya Namok had 7 points in the loss.

Group D
Sweden - Lithuania 69-47
Sweden recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania to gain 1-1 record in Group D. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) notched 27 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Lithuania found themselves at 0-2 record after a woeful start to the tournament. Sweden led by a single point after ten minutes of action 18:17. Lithuania erased the deficit in the second period. The Baltic team tied things up at 33 after twenty minutes. The Scandinavian team however left Lithuania far behind in the third term. Sweden went on a 19:6 rally in the period to take a comfortable 13-point cushion before the fourth frame. Sweden ignited a 17:8 rally in the fourth quarter and clinched the win at the end. Linnea Frykbo (170-SG-94) notched 17 points for the winning side. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte tossed in 10 points in the loss.

Germany - Turkey 48-72
Turkey claimed the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts coasted past Germany to stay perfect in Group D. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Germany surprised Turkey with a confident start. The visitors gained a 14:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Turkey sparked a 24:14 run in the second frame to pull ahead. They mounted the pressure in the third term. Turkey went on a 17:12 run to stretch the lead at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey left Germany far behind in the fourth frame. The hosts burst out with an 18:8 run to finish off their opponents. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 13 points, while Gizem Sezer had 11 points in the winning case. Katharina Mueller (181-F-94) responded with 16 points for Germany. Laura Hebecker netted 8 points in the loss.



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Finland and Sweden exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Finland and Sweden exchange victories before heading to Kazan for 27th Summer Universiade.
At first Finland won the first game 56:53. Sweden opened the game with a 14:10 lead and had 4-ount halftime advantage. Finland however erupted with a 23-7 and led the game to the winning end. Krista Gross (183-F-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) notched 15. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta scored 8 and Meral Bedretdin added 5.
In Game 2 Sweden enjoyed a 68:60 win. They grabbed 12-11 lead in the first period and had 22-16 in the second frame. Sweden also finished the game with a 21-15 rally for the final success. Krista Gross scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds for Finland, while Henna Salomaa posted 12. Anissa Pounds followed them with 6 points in a loss.



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  FRANCE   


Calais inks American forward Tiffany Clarke - by Eurobasket News

Calais inks American forward Tiffany Clarke (183-F-91, college: Vanderbilt) for the next season. The player was tested by Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA but left in May. The last season Clarke played at Vanderbilt University in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA. A very good season in her career as she was voted to All-SEC 1st Team and WBCA All-NCAA D1 Honorable Mention.
She just graduated from Vanderbilt University and it will be her first season in pro basketball. In 2009-2010 she joined Vanderbilt (NCAA, starting five) and averaged 7.5ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 61.6%. In her last year she showed 16.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 51.5%, FT: 64.9%. She was McDonald's All-America Nominee and then reached SEC Tournament Semifinals -10, 11. Moreover Tiffany Clarke made it into SEC All-Freshman Team -10. Among other achievements Clarke's team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).







Angers add Lizanne Murphy and Iva Sliskovic - by Eurobasket News

Angers add Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) and Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) for the next season.
Lizanne Murphy played last time at Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence in n LFB. In 26 games she had 11.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The previous (11-12) season Murphy played at Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB). In 14 games she recorded 9.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg that season. She also played 4 games in Euroleague where she recorded 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.
In 2010-11 season Murphy played at Energa Torun (PLKK) in Polish league. In 26 games she recorded 8.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg. She helped them to make it to the cup final. Murphy also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 9.3ppg and 6.1rpg.
Iva Sliskovic played last time at SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia. Sliskovic managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 12 Extraliga games she averaged 13.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg and 1.0bpg. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Sliskovic also played at Perfumerias Avenida (LFB) in Spanish league that season. In 6 games she had 4.2ppg and 4.2rpg. The other team she played shortly was ZKK Tresnjevka 2009 (A1) in Croatian league. In four games she had 13.3ppg and 7.5rpg.
The previous (11-12) season Sliskovic played at Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. But in only one Euroleague game she did not score anything and 1 block.
In 2010-11 season she played at Real Celta Vigo in Spanish league. In 26 LF2 games she had 15.0ppg, 8.2rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.8apg. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Bosman Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Bosmans Team. Sliskovic won Hungarian League championship title in 2008.



Charleville tab Ambrosia Anderson - by Eurobasket News

Charleville bolstered their roster. They secured the services of Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: BYU) for the next season. The forward spent the last season in Czech Republic. Ambrosia Anderson played for Kara Trutnov. She tallied 18.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game in ZBL. Ambrosia Anderson became the top scorer of the League. She was named into Czech Republic League All-Imports Team. Previously Ambrosia Anderson played in Israel, Portugal, Greece and WNBA. She was named All-Portuguese League Player of the Year in 2009. Next year the forward was named into All-Israeli League 1st Team. She also earned All-Israeli League Honourable Mention in 2011.


U20 European Championship: France beat Russia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 66:51

France recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. Les Bleus overcame Russia in Group C. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) netted 16 points to lead the winners.
France eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second frame. Les Bleus fired 23 points in the period to gain a 39:29 halftime lead. France kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. Les Bleus limited their opponents to 11 points in the quarter and secured a 12-point lead heading into the fourth period. Russia managed just 22 points in the second half and surrendered at the end. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) and Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) notched 10 points each for the winners. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) replied with 9 points for Russia. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) had 7 points in the loss.

France U20: Esther Niamke 16, Sara Chevaugeon 10, Christelle Diallo 10
Russia U20: Galina Kiseleva 9, Darya Namok 7



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U20 European Championship: Israel U20 stun F.Y.R. of Macedonia to tie both records - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20- F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 66:48

Israel U20 stun F.Y.R. of Macedonia to tie both records at 1-1. Israeli players celebrated a 66:48 win for their first victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia erupted with 14-5 lead in the opening quarter, but could not stay tough in the game. Israel needed a massive 23-7 surge in the second period to take 28:21 halftime advantage. F.Y.R. of Macedonia tried to reduce in the game and posted a 16-14 rally in the third period, but Israel needed a final 24-11 surge to win the game. Stojanovska and Reichman exchanged the last shots in the end of the game for the final result.
May Dayan (171-PG-94) stepped up with 16 points for the winners, while Eden Porat (176-F-96) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sapir Tirosh (174-F/G-93) also scored 14 and Mariam Hannoun (180-F-94) netted 8. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) answered with 17 points and Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) added 16. Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) brought 6 and Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) delivered 4.

Israel U20: May Dayan 16, Eden Porat 14+10 rebs, Sapir Tirosh 14, Mariam Hannoun 8
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 17, Aleksandra Stojanovska 16, Nena Trajchevska 6, Lefterija Temelkova 4



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  GERMANY   


Kimberly Pohlmann is a newcomer at Saarlouis - by Eurobasket News

TV Saarlouis Royals (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 21-year old guard Kimberly Pohlmann (180-92). She has played for the last four seasons at Hagen Phoenix (2.Bundesliga). In 17 games she recorded 9.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg last season.
Despite young age Pohlmann had impressive career. Her was voted Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team in 2012.
She was a member of German U18 National Team in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Kimberly Pohlmann is a newcomer at Saarlouis - by Eurobasket News

TV Saarlouis Royals (2.Bundesliga) added to their roster 21-year old guard Kimberly Pohlmann (180-92). She has played for the last four seasons at Hagen Phoenix (2.Bundesliga). In 17 games she recorded 9.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg last season.
Despite young age Pohlmann had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team in 2012.
She was a member of German U18 National Team in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



U20 European Championship: Turkey cruise to the second straight in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Germany U20 72:48

Turkey claimed the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts coasted past Germany to stay perfect in Group D. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds in the victory.
Germany surprised Turkey with a confident start. The visitors gained a 14:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Turkey sparked a 24:14 run in the second frame to pull ahead. They mounted the pressure in the third term. Turkey went on a 17:12 run to stretch the lead at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey left Germany far behind in the fourth frame. The hosts burst out with an 18:8 run to finish off their opponents. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 13 points, while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 11 points in the winning case. Katharina Mueller (181-F-94) responded with 16 points for Germany. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) netted 8 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 16, Ayse Cora 13, Gizem Sezer 11
Germany U20: Katharina Mueller 16, Laura Hebecker 8



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  GREECE   


U20 European Championship: Greece nip Poland - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Poland U20 54:50

Greece secured the first win at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. They overcame Poland to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Poland fell at 0-2 record. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) led the winners with 16 points and 11 boards.
Greece eked out a 9:8 lead after ten minutes. Poland surged ahead in the second frame. They snatched a 21:18 halftime advantage. The tempo increased in the third term. Greece unloaded 23 points in the quarter to spur ahead. They ensured a 41:37 lead heading into the fourth frame. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) put Poland within 2 points 49:51 with under four minutes to go. However the Hellenes limited their opponents to just one point in the reminder of the contest and got away with a tough win at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) netted 14 points, while Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) had 9 points in the losing effort. Dominika Owczarzak and Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) responded with 10 points each in the loss.

Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 16+11 boards, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 14, Anna Stamolamprou 9
Poland U20: Dominika Owczarzak 10, Karolina Puss 10



Greek U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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Alexiou Alexandra 175-G-98 PAOK Greece
Maria Dandoulaki 181-PF-98
Maria Fasoula 190-C-97
Marilena Gerostergiou 185-C-98 Iraklis Greece
Zafeirenia Karlafti 180-F-98
Panagiota-Evangelia Kastrenopoulou 178-F-97
Chrysoula Katsimardou 185-C-97
Chrysoula Kilazidou 172-SG-97 Aris Greece
Evgenia Kollatou 172-PG-98 Ikaros Kalitheas Greece
Maria Kontogeorgou 178-F-99
Efthalia Lykoudi 174-G-98
Anna-Maria Manta 170-PG-97 Kronos AD Greece
Garyfallia-Paraskevi Ntanou 176-F-97
Konstantina Poulou 166-PG-97 Panionios Greece
Eleni Routsi 173-G-97 Kronos AD Greece
Anna-Maria Stefanou 173-G/F-97 Ikaros Kalitheas Greece
Christina Theodorou 97
Evangelia Tzougkraki 168-PG-98
Iro Vasilopoulou 166-PG-97




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U20 European Championship: Netherlands march to second straight win in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20 - Ukraine U20 68:52

Netherlands got to a perfect start to their U20 European Championship campaign. They fired past Ukraine tonight in Samsun to take 2-0 record on top of Group A. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) posted 18 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Netherlands gave no chance for their opponents. The Dutch team went on an aggressive 27:9 rally in the starting period. Ukraine slowed Netherland down a bit in the second frame. Ukraine got within 15 points at halftime 28:43. Ukraine cut the deficit even further in the third term. They limited Netherlands to 9 points in the quarter to get within 12 points at the final break. But the Dutch team responded with a 16:12 surge in the fourth period to seal the victory. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 boards for Netherlands. Yordi Kathmann (176-F-94) and Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) had 7 points each for the winners. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Darya Zavidna (185-F-93) had 11 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 18, Loyce Bettonvil 13+12 boards, Yordi Kathmann 7, Jamailah Adams 7
Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Chek 17, Darya Zavidna 11+11 boards



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U20 European Championship: Italy shut down Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Hungary U20 55:36

Italy raced to the first win at the U20 European Championship. They steamrolled past Hungary for 1-1 record in Group C.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) capped the period with a three-pointer to give the Azzurri a 17:14 lead. Hungary used a 9:0 run midway through the second term to take a 25:20 lead. But Alessandra Formica and Dotto helped Italy to level things up at 25 at halftime. The Azzurri opened the second half on a 9:0 rally to clear off. They accumulated a 39:29 lead into the fourth frame. Italy held their opponents to 7 points in the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Alessandra Formica had 12 points each for the winning side. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) responded with 11 points for Hungary. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) netted 6 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Caterina Dotto 13, Francesca Dotto 12, Alessandra Formica 12
Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 11, Szidonia Katona 6



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Israeli U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Israeli U16 National Team 2013
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Yarden Danan
Danan
Yael Galili
Galili
Yuli Grossman
Grossman
Lev Tal
Tal
Shir Levy
Levy
#e#5
Shachar Abergel 174-F-98
Vladislava Abramov 97
Noga Amit 165-G-97
Yarden Danan 177-SG-97 Elitzur Ramla Israel
Yael Galili 175-SG-97
Yuli Grossman 171-PG-97
Tal Holzman 181-F-97
Ofir Lavy 160-PG-97
Lev Tal 179-PF-97
Shir Levy 174-SF-97
Inbal Michel 178-SF-98
Eden Rotberg 167-G-98
Michal Sasson 170-SG-97
Shira Sasson 170-SG-97
Noa Shabat 165-PG-97
Mary Silberman 164-PG-97
Amit Tulman 164-PG-97
Yaara Yizchaki 168-PG-98




U20 European Championship: Israel U20 stun F.Y.R. of Macedonia to tie both records - by Eurobasket News

Israel U20- F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20 66:48

Israel U20 stun F.Y.R. of Macedonia to tie both records at 1-1. Israeli players celebrated a 66:48 win for their first victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia erupted with 14-5 lead in the opening quarter, but could not stay tough in the game. Israel needed a massive 23-7 surge in the second period to take 28:21 halftime advantage. F.Y.R. of Macedonia tried to reduce in the game and posted a 16-14 rally in the third period, but Israel needed a final 24-11 surge to win the game. Stojanovska and Reichman exchanged the last shots in the end of the game for the final result.
May Dayan (171-PG-94) stepped up with 16 points for the winners, while Eden Porat (176-F-96) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sapir Tirosh (174-F/G-93) also scored 14 and Mariam Hannoun (180-F-94) netted 8. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-PG-93) answered with 17 points and Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) added 16. Nena Trajchevska (178-F/G-94) brought 6 and Lefterija Temelkova (170-PG-93) delivered 4.

Israel U20: May Dayan 16, Eden Porat 14+10 rebs, Sapir Tirosh 14, Mariam Hannoun 8
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Andzelika Mitrasinovik 17, Aleksandra Stojanovska 16, Nena Trajchevska 6, Lefterija Temelkova 4



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  ITALY   


Agnese Soli re-upped with Ragusa - by Eurobasket News

Agnese Soli (168-PG-87) re-upped with Ragusa in Italy. In 23 A2 games she averaged 4.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the cup final. The most of previous season Soli spent at Termocarispe La Spezia (A2) in Italian league. In 29 games she had 4.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Soli also played at Umana Reyer (A2) in Italian league that season. In 29 games she had 4.1ppg and 3.6rpg.
The previous season she played at Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (A1) in Italian league. In 22 games she had 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.8spg. Soli won Italian A2 South championship title in 2010.



Slovenian Lea Jagodic re-signs with San Martino - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian Lea Jagodic (182-F-91) re-signs with San Martino in Italy. In 30 A2 games she recorded 13.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg last season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The previous season Jagodic played at Athlete Celje (SKL) in Slovenian league. In 27 games she averaged 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. Jagodic also played 17 games in Adriatic League where she averaged 6.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4spg. She also played at Sentjur (1B) in Slovenian league that season. Jagodic was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2011.
She has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Jagodic has regularly played for since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Lea Jagodic represented Slovenia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 1.1ppg, 1.9rpg.



Italian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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#e#4
Federica Alesiani 168-PG-97
Giulia Arioni 167-G-99
Benedetta Bonomi 180-PF-97
Manuela Brusa 180-PF-97
Elena Castello 183-PF-98
Elisa Chiabotto 176-G-97 College Italia Italy
Giulia Ciavarella 182-PF-97
Lucrezia Costa 182-F-97 College Italia Italy
Martina Fassina 182-G/F-88 Orvieto Italy
Federica Franceschelli 178-PG-97
Delia Gagliano 180-F-97
Carlotta Gianolla 182-F-97
Jasmine Keys 97
Francesca Pan 180-SG-97
Elisa Policari 183-G-97
Rachele Porcu 165-PG-97
Giulia Prosperi 176-PG-97
Anita Russo 175-F-97 College Italia Italy
Mariella Santucci 167-PG-97
Irene Tosi 182-PF-97 College Italia Italy
Giulia Vincenzi 188-C-98
Sara Zavagnini 183-C-97
Giulia Zecchin 178-PG-97




U20 European Championship: Italy shut down Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Italy U20 - Hungary U20 55:36

Italy raced to the first win at the U20 European Championship. They steamrolled past Hungary for 1-1 record in Group C.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) capped the period with a three-pointer to give the Azzurri a 17:14 lead. Hungary used a 9:0 run midway through the second term to take a 25:20 lead. But Alessandra Formica and Dotto helped Italy to level things up at 25 at halftime. The Azzurri opened the second half on a 9:0 rally to clear off. They accumulated a 39:29 lead into the fourth frame. Italy held their opponents to 7 points in the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points, while Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Alessandra Formica had 12 points each for the winning side. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) responded with 11 points for Hungary. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) netted 6 points in the loss.

Italy U20: Caterina Dotto 13, Francesca Dotto 12, Alessandra Formica 12
Hungary U20: Amadea Szamosi 11, Szidonia Katona 6



Italy U16 and Turkey U16 trade wins in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Italian and Turkish U16 National Team exchanged victories in the friendly series in Pesaro.
Italy gained a 79:72 success in the opening game of three-game series. The hosts gained a 40:29 halftime lead and held on to the lead in the second half. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) netted 12 points for the hosts. Giulia Zecchin (178-PG-97) topscored with 14 points for the Azzurri. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) responded with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Turkey. Seda Deniz (172-PG-97) chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Turkey bounced back in the second game of the series. The visitors snatched a 59:56 win to level the series at 1-1. The Azzurri led throughout the first half. But Turkey were able to pick up the tempo after the long break and snatched a tough win at the end. Selale Kepenc notched 18 points for the visitors. Melisa Korkmaz (172-PG-97) had 9 points in the victory. Francesca Pan came up with 11 points for Italy. Roald Cubaj (187-G-84) and Rachele Porcu (165-PG-97) had 8 points each in the defeat.



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Lithuanian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Lithuanian U16 National Team 2013
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Karolina Aidukaite
Aidukaite
Laurita Jurciute
Jurciute
Laura Juskaite
Juskaite
Martyna Petrenaite
Petrenaite
Odeta Samukaite
Samukaite
#e#5
Karolina Aidukaite 172-G/F-97 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Agne Bobinaite 182-PF-97
Ugne Dragunaite 180-F-97 Ruta Siauliai Lithuania
Ieva Gerulaityte 179-F-97
Brigita Gudelionyte 180-F-98
Dovile Jonikaityte 173-G-97
Laurita Jurciute 170-PG-96
Laura Juskaite 187-PF-97 Jaunieji Talentai Lithuania
Lina Kavaliauskaite 180-F-98
Karolina Kazociunaite 180-F-99
Rasa Knyzaite 170-PG-98 Suduva Lithuania
Martyna Kravcenkaite 173-G-97
Laurita Markeviciute 185-PF-97
Grete Patumsyte 170-G-97
Martyna Petrenaite 177-F-98 Birzu SM Lithuania
Odeta Samukaite 180-C-97 Birzu SM Lithuania
Klaudija Serkeviciute 99
Urte Slavickaite 176-F-97
Dovile Strimaityte 187-PF-98
Ramune Vainoraite 190-C-97
Karolina Visockaite 175-F-98




U20 European Championship: Sweden hand second straight loss to Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Lithuania U20 69:47

Sweden recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania to gain 1-1 record in Group D. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) notched 27 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Lithuania found themselves at 0-2 record after a woeful start to the tournament.
Sweden led by a single point after ten minutes of action 18:17. Lithuania erased the deficit in the second period. The Baltic team tied things up at 33 after twenty minutes. The Scandinavian team however left Lithuania far behind in the third term. Sweden went on a 19:6 rally in the period to take a comfortable 13-point cushion before the fourth frame. Sweden ignited a 17:8 rally in the fourth quarter and clinched the win at the end. Linnea Frykbo (170-SG-94) notched 17 points for the winning side. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) tossed in 10 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 27+13 boards, Linnea Frykbo 17, Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) 8
Lithuania U20: Laura Zelnyte 14, Ieva Preskienyte 10



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Luxembourg U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Luxembourg U16 National Team 2013
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Michelle Dittgen
Dittgen
Hannah Pauly
Pauly
Jessy Goergen
Goergen
Jil Baum
Baum
Lisa Jablonowski
Jablonowski
#e#5
Michelle Dittgen 168-F-97
Hannah Pauly 163-PG-97
Jessy Goergen 173-PG-97
Jil Baum 171-G-97
Lisa Jablonowski 186-C-97
Claire Nilles 178-C-97
Anne Slunecko 180-SF-97
Michelle Slunecko 180-SF-97
Lea Jemming 169-G-98
Jackie Ries 174-G-98
Sarah Gruskovnjak 98
Catherine Max 178-F-99

Thierry Kremer Head Coach



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  MALTA   


Maltese U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Maltese U18 National Team 2013
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Nicole Agius
Agius
Christina Curmi
Curmi
Francesca Mifsud
Mifsud
Kimberly Portanier
Portanier
Cristina Sollami
Sollami
#e#5
Nicole Agius 158-G-98
Maria Bonett 174-C-95
Monique Caruana 146-PG-96
Claire Ciantar 172-C-95 Athleta Malta
Christina Curmi 165-G/F-96
Martina Darmanin 170-F-95 Luxol Malta
Gabriella Mifsud 167-F-95 Depiro Malta
Francesca Mifsud 169-F-96 Hibs MG Malta
Martina Mifsud 147-PG-95 Depiro Malta
Kimberly Portanier 167-F-97
Martina Scicluna 164-G-95 Depiro Malta
Cristina Sollami 172-F/C-97
Julia Xerri 167-G-96




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Polish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Polish U16 National Team 2013
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Katarzyna Bogucka
Bogucka
Katarzyna Joks
Joks
Kinga Piedel
Piedel
Karolina Stawinska
Stawinska
Agnieszka Wolny
Wolny
#e#5
Ewa Bacik 181-C-98
Kinga Banach 172-SG-97
Katarzyna Bogucka 181-F-97 GTK Poland
Klaudia Budkiewicz 166-PG-97
Magdalena Buksinska 174-SF-97
Pola Dmochewicz 182-F-97
Katarzyna Joks 168-G-97 Ostrovia Poland
Paulina Kossowska 180-PF-97
Martyna Kotula 165-PG-97
Martyna Maczka 172-G-97
Klaudia Niedzwiedzka 182-PF-98
Julia Niemojewska 164-PG-98
Weronika Nowakowska 167-G-98
Angelika Ostasiewicz 170-PG-98
Aleksandra Parzenska 180-C-97
Kinga Piedel 171-PG-97 SMS Lomianki Poland
Dominika Poleszak 183-C-97
Zuzanna Puc 182-PF-97
Karolina Stawinska 185-SF-97 SMS Lomianki Poland
Alicja Szloser 179-F-97
Marta Wdowiuk 179-SF-98 Odra Brzeg Poland
Agnieszka Wolny 180-PF-97 Sosnowiec Poland
Paulina Zajac 168-PG-97
Paulina Zukowska 97




U20 European Championship: Greece nip Poland - by Eurobasket News

Greece U20 - Poland U20 54:50

Greece secured the first win at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. They overcame Poland to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Poland fell at 0-2 record. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) led the winners with 16 points and 11 boards.
Greece eked out a 9:8 lead after ten minutes. Poland surged ahead in the second frame. They snatched a 21:18 halftime advantage. The tempo increased in the third term. Greece unloaded 23 points in the quarter to spur ahead. They ensured a 41:37 lead heading into the fourth frame. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) put Poland within 2 points 49:51 with under four minutes to go. However the Hellenes limited their opponents to just one point in the reminder of the contest and got away with a tough win at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) netted 14 points, while Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) had 9 points in the losing effort. Dominika Owczarzak and Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) responded with 10 points each in the loss.

Greece U20: Artemis Spanou 16+11 boards, Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 14, Anna Stamolamprou 9
Poland U20: Dominika Owczarzak 10, Karolina Puss 10



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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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#e#4
Carolina Bernardeco 163-PG-97
Constanca Neto 98
Isabel Costa 180-PF-97
Sofia De Almeida 175-PF-97
Maria Brandao 97
Beatriz Jordao 99
Leonor Serralheiro 164-PG-97
Chelsea Guimaraes 185-PF-97 GDESSA Portugal
Maria Kostourkova 188-C-97 Lombos Quinta Portugal
Catarina Rolo 167-PG-97




U20 European Championship: Portugal successfully open Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Portugal U20 64:67

Portugal successfully open Day 2 at the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 67:64 victory against Romania in the first day of Friday.
Portugal dominated the start of the game and won the first period 21:19. They also added 21-13 run in the second period and led 42:32 at the halftime. Portugal continued their dominance in the third period and posted a 17-10 surge for 59:42 lead after three quarters. Romania however pushed the tempo in the last period and did all the best to recover. They erupted with a 19-2 run, but could not win the game.
Ines Viana (166-PG-94) led the way with 18 points and Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) notched 12, while Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) had 10. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) poured in 15 points in defeat and Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) notched 13. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) scored 9 and Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) delivered 8.

Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 15, Alexandra Dumitrache 13, Alina Craciun 9, Selena Kirberg 8
Portugal U20: Ines Viana 18, Laura Ferreira 14+10 rebs, Joana Jesus 12, Jessica Almeida 10



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U20 European Championship: Portugal successfully open Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Romania U20-Portugal U20 64:67

Portugal successfully open Day 2 at the U20 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record after a 67:64 victory against Romania in the first day of Friday.
Portugal dominated the start of the game and won the first period 21:19. They also added 21-13 run in the second period and led 42:32 at the halftime. Portugal continued their dominance in the third period and posted a 17-10 surge for 59:42 lead after three quarters. Romania however pushed the tempo in the last period and did all the best to recover. They erupted with a 19-2 run, but could not win the game.
Ines Viana (166-PG-94) led the way with 18 points and Laura Ferreira (179-SG-95) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) notched 12, while Jessica Almeida (174-PG-93) had 10. Ursu Sonia (175-SG-93) poured in 15 points in defeat and Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) notched 13. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) scored 9 and Selena Kirberg (176-PG-95) delivered 8.

Romania U20: Ursu Sonia 15, Alexandra Dumitrache 13, Alina Craciun 9, Selena Kirberg 8
Portugal U20: Ines Viana 18, Laura Ferreira 14+10 rebs, Joana Jesus 12, Jessica Almeida 10



Romanian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Romanian U16 National Team 2013
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Andreea Arsulesei
Arsulesei
Andreea Cretu
Cretu
Nora Demeter
Demeter
Alexandra Moldovenau
Moldovenau
Ana-Raluca Neculache
Neculache
#e#5
Andreea Arsulesei 181-SF-97 Botosani Romania
Maria Ciordas 183-PF-97
Andreea Cretu 178-SG-98 Galati Romania
Nora Demeter 187-C-98 Targu Secuiesc Romania
Alexandra Dobrea 162-PG-97
Ana Ferariu 174-PG-97 Brasov Romania
Maria Funieru 177-F-97
Anett Karsai 181-F-97
Raluca Matei 97
Daniela Minculeasa 172-F-97
Alexandra Moldovenau 170-G-97 Satu Mare Romania
Ana-Raluca Neculache 177-SF-97
Andra Neste 173-G-97
Andreea Olteanu
Beatrice Peter 171-PG-97
Maria Pirnea 181-PF-97
Alina Pop 178-G-97
Ioanna-Andreea Popescu 173-G-97
Adelina Serb 176-G-97
Florina Vultur 170-PG-97




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Russian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

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#e#1
Sabina Abaidullina 180-G-97
Mariya Bardeeva 184-F/C-97 Spartak V MR Russia
Alina Bespaltseva 179-G-98
Anna Burovaya 172-PG-97 GS Moscow Russia
Evgeniya Frolkina 183-F-97 GS Moscow Russia
Olga Frolkina 180-F-97 GS Moscow Russia
Nina Glonti 188-C-97 MBA Moscow Russia
Svetlana Gorshkova 176-F-97
Tatiana Kazakova 190-C-98
Julia Kozik 176-PG-97
Daria Kurilchuk 179-F-98
Anna Lennikova 179-PF-97
Anastasia Matveeva 180-PF-97
Raisa Musina 189-F/C-98 Spartak V MR Russia
Kristina Safonova 169-PG-97 GS Moscow Russia
Elena Shataeva 177-G-97
Mariya Vadeeva 190-C-98 Spartak V MR Russia
Anastasia Vnukova 184-PF-97
Viktoriia Zavialova 166-PG-98
Anastasia Zaytseva 180-SF-97




Russia University Team closed preparation for Universiade with the win over USA - by Eurobasket News

Russia University Team-USA 83:78

Russia University Team closed preparation for Universiade with the win over USA. The hosts of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan overcame the opponents 82:78.
Russia grabbed 15:13 lead at the end of the first period and had 3-point advantage at the halftime. USA came back from the lockers with more passion and needed a 21-17 rally to get the lead. Russia however replied with a final 27-21 run in the last stanza and won the game.
Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) paced all the winners with 14 points and Mayorova netted 13. Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) delivered 12, whilst Liubov Paskalenko (205-C-90) had 11. Theresa Plaisance (196-F-92) replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Bria Hartley (170-G-92) added 12. Aaryn Ellenberg (170-G), Crystal Bradford (183-G-93) and Tricia Liston (185-G-92) poured in 9 points apiece.

Russia University Team: Anastasia Logunova 14, Mayorova 13, Natalia Vieru 12, Liubov Paskalenko 11
USA: Theresa Plaisance 17, Bria Hartley 12, Aaryn Ellenberg 9, Crystal Bradford 9, Tricia Liston 9



U20 European Championship: France beat Russia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

France U20 - Russia U20 66:51

France recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. Les Bleus overcame Russia in Group C. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) netted 16 points to lead the winners.
France eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second frame. Les Bleus fired 23 points in the period to gain a 39:29 halftime lead. France kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. Les Bleus limited their opponents to 11 points in the quarter and secured a 12-point lead heading into the fourth period. Russia managed just 22 points in the second half and surrendered at the end. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) and Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) notched 10 points each for the winners. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) replied with 9 points for Russia. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) had 7 points in the loss.

France U20: Esther Niamke 16, Sara Chevaugeon 10, Christelle Diallo 10
Russia U20: Galina Kiseleva 9, Darya Namok 7



Croatia U16 edge Russia U16 - by Eurobasket News

Croatia U16 - Russia U16 75:72

Croatian U16 National Team opened the international tournament with victory. They defeated their Russian counterparts. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) nailed 34 points to pace the hosts.
Russia jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 25:17 advantage ten minutes into the game. Croatia cut the deficit in the second frame. The hosts got within two points at the interval 36:38. Croatia finally pulled ahead in the third term. They eked out a 57:54 lead heading into the fourth period. The lead changed hands for several times before Croatia finally sneaked to a narrow win. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) notched 13 points and 11 boards, while Dora Jordanic (168-PG-97) and Dora Goles (167-PG-97) finished with 6 points each for the winners. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) answered with 24 points and 11 boards for Russia. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) had 20 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Croatia U16: Ivana Dojkic 34, Iva Slonjsak 13+11 boards, Dora Jordanic 6, Dora Goles 6
Russia U16: Raisa Musina 24+11 boards, Mariya Vadeeva 20+12 boards



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U20 European Championship: Serbia coast past Belarus - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U20 - Belarus U20 73:53

Serbia claimed the first win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They bounced back after the starting loss to Netherlands to edge Belarus in Group A. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points to lead the winners.
Serbia held Belarus to 8 points in the first period. The Balkan team gained a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. Belarus cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 7 points at the interval. But Serbia stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Belarus to 9 points to extend the gap at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and opened win count at the tournament. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) netted 15 points, while Nevena Markovic (193-F-93) added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 17 points for Belarus. Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) and Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had 12 points each in the loss.

Serbia U20: Natasa Kovacevic 20, Dijana Stancic 15, Nevena Markovic 8+14 boards
Belarus U20: Darya Lipinskaya 17, Ksenija Voishal 12, Maryia Papova 12



Serbian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Serbian U16 National Team 2013
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Kristina Arsenic
Arsenic
Snezana Bogicevic
Bogicevic
Sanja Dunderski
Dunderski
Jovana Jovovic
Jovovic
Aleksandra Katanic
Katanic
#e#5
Kristina Arsenic 193-C-97 Zicer Vajlevo Serbia
Snezana Bogicevic 176-PG-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Milica Bojovic 98
Sanja Dunderski 178-F-97 Srbobran Serbia
Tamara Jovancevic 186-PF-98
Jovana Jovovic 184-F-97 Vrbas Medela Serbia
Aleksandra Katanic 172-PG-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Ivana Katanic 174-PG-99
Dajana Lukic 98
Isidora Mihailovic 187-C-98
Jovana Nogic 178-G-97 Benfica Portugal
Ivana Petrovic 182-C-97 Vozdovac Serbia
Anastasija Podunavac 184-C-97 Vrsac Serbia
Minja Ranisavljevic 182-F-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Natalija Spaic 168-PG-97 Vozdovac Serbia
Marija Stojanovic 186-F-98
Marija Stojiljkovic 98
Jovana Subasic 187-PF-96 Sabac Serbia
Isidora Tasovic 97 Radnicki KG Serbia
Jovana Vavan 98
Jovana Vucetic 183-PF-97 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Nevena Vuckovic 176-G-98
Katarina Zec 178-G-97 Ruma 92 Serbia
Milica Zeljkovic 98




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U20 European Championship: Spain register second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Slovak Republic U20 62:52

Spain recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Slovak Republic to stay on top of Group B at 2-0 record. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Spain looked confident from the start. They posted a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovak Republic erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 29-all at halftime. But Spain took over in the third term. They went on a 17:7 run in the period to ensure a 10-point lead. Spain never allowed Slovak Republic within striking distance throughout the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) posted 15 points, while Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 14 points for Spain. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) responded with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 17+10 boards, Elena De Alfredo 15, Yurena Diaz 14
Slovak Republic U20: Barbora Balintova 16, Sabina Oroszova 13



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Slovenian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Slovenian U16 National Team 2013
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Teja Dimec
Dimec
Spela Hatunsek
Hatunsek
Maja Jakobcic
Jakobcic
Petja Krupenko
Krupenko
Zala Lesek
Lesek
#e#5
Teja Dimec 193-C-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Aneja Einfalt 177-G-98
Zala Friskovec 176-G-99
Spela Hatunsek 163-97 GVT Konjice Slovenia
Maja Jakobcic 184-PF-97 Triglav Slovenia
Aleksandra Kroselj 169-PG-99
Petja Krupenko 168-PG-97 Jezica Slovenia
Zala Lesek 187-F-97 Grosuplje Slovenia
Ela Micunovic 181-G-97 Ilrija Slovenia
Neza Murn 186-C-98
Larisa Ocvirk 184-F-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Alma Potocnik 173-PG-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Pia Prasnikar 178-PF-97 Odeja KED Slovenia
Anamaria Prezelj 177-F-97 Domzale Slovenia
Zala Pucko 172-G-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Marusa Senicar 181-SF-97




Slovenian Lea Jagodic re-signs with San Martino - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian Lea Jagodic (182-F-91) re-signs with San Martino in Italy. In 30 A2 games she recorded 13.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg last season. She helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The previous season Jagodic played at Athlete Celje (SKL) in Slovenian league. In 27 games she averaged 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg that season. She contributed to her team winning the league title and the cup. Jagodic also played 17 games in Adriatic League where she averaged 6.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4spg. She also played at Sentjur (1B) in Slovenian league that season. Jagodic was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game in 2011.
She has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Jagodic has regularly played for since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Lea Jagodic represented Slovenia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 1.1ppg, 1.9rpg.



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Clara Bermejo continue in Rivas Ecopolis - by Lino Lopez


Clara Bermejo, will play for the sixth consecutive season in Rivas Ecopolis. This is a major renovation, as experience and knowledge of the club that has the player will be important to maintain the group's competitiveness. Club and player thus maintain a successful relationship.

Rivas Ecopolis has completed the renovation of its captain, Clara Bermejo.play this way for the sixth consecutive season in Rivas Ecopolis, a record in the history of the club. It is the player with most appearances with the red shirt in domestic competitions, with 122 in addition to their matches in European competitions.

Clara Bermejo (Madrid, February 13, 1981) repeated as captain, one of the players on a team reference, saving a couple of players, known for his youth. The experience and knowledge base to be Madrid will play a key role at the time of running the team on the court. Moreover, beyond the confidence the club has in it, has the backing of the next coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez, with whom he worked in Salamanca. Both were part of the template, along with the pivot Kelly Schumacher of Perfumerias Avenida that won the League and Cup in 2006.

That Clara Bermejo will remain part of Rivas Ecopolis project responds to a strong commitment by both parties. The club was aware that player have the next season may be critical to maintaining competitiveness and cohesion of the group so that, within the narrow margin that allow economic opportunities, has made ​​an effort to close the renewal of a player who, meanwhile, has also shown a greater willingness to reach an agreement.


Rafa Gallego
Rivas Ecopolis BASKET



U20 European Championship: Spain register second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Spain U20 - Slovak Republic U20 62:52

Spain recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Slovak Republic to stay on top of Group B at 2-0 record. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Spain looked confident from the start. They posted a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovak Republic erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 29-all at halftime. But Spain took over in the third term. They went on a 17:7 run in the period to ensure a 10-point lead. Spain never allowed Slovak Republic within striking distance throughout the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) posted 15 points, while Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 14 points for Spain. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) responded with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Astou Ndour 17+10 boards, Elena De Alfredo 15, Yurena Diaz 14
Slovak Republic U20: Barbora Balintova 16, Sabina Oroszova 13



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U20 European Championship: Sweden hand second straight loss to Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U20 - Lithuania U20 69:47

Sweden recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania to gain 1-1 record in Group D. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) notched 27 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Lithuania found themselves at 0-2 record after a woeful start to the tournament.
Sweden led by a single point after ten minutes of action 18:17. Lithuania erased the deficit in the second period. The Baltic team tied things up at 33 after twenty minutes. The Scandinavian team however left Lithuania far behind in the third term. Sweden went on a 19:6 rally in the period to take a comfortable 13-point cushion before the fourth frame. Sweden ignited a 17:8 rally in the fourth quarter and clinched the win at the end. Linnea Frykbo (170-SG-94) notched 17 points for the winning side. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) tossed in 10 points in the loss.

Sweden U20: Josefin Vesterberg 27+13 boards, Linnea Frykbo 17, Helena Kurt (165-PG-93) 8
Lithuania U20: Laura Zelnyte 14, Ieva Preskienyte 10



Lulea announced Cleopatra Forsman-Goga - by Eurobasket News

Lulea announced Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-SG-91) for 2013/2014 season.She played last time at Telge Basketball. In 14 games she recorded 9.8ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Forsman-Goga won Swedish Damligan championship title in 2011.
She has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. Forsman-Goga played for Swedish Senior National Team in 2010 and previously for University National Team in 2013. She represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Forsman-Goga's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, Assists-4 (2.9apg), 1.0spg, FGP-2 (55.6%), FT: 80.0%.



Solna Vikings sign coach Tommie Hansson - by Eurobasket News

Solna Vikings (Damligan) signed 42-year old coach Tommie Hansson. He has coached for the last two seasons at 08 Stockholm (D2).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hansson's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish Basketligan for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Coach of the Year back in 2006.
Hansson was coaching Swedish U20 National Team in 2013 and coached also U18 National Team in 2008.
He has coached previously two other Sweden teams: LF Basket and Lidingo.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Solna Vikings sign coach Tommie Hansson - by Eurobasket News

Solna Vikings (Damligan) signed 42-year old coach Tommie Hansson. She has coached for the last two seasons at 08 Stockholm (D2).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hansson's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish Basketligan for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Coach of the Year back in 2006.
Hansson was coaching Swedish U20 National Team in 2013 and coached also U18 National Team in 2008.
She has coached previously two other Sweden teams: LF Basket and Lidingo.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Finland and Sweden exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Finland and Sweden exchange victories before heading to Kazan for 27th Summer Universiade.
At first Finland won the first game 56:53. Sweden opened the game with a 14:10 lead and had 4-ount halftime advantage. Finland however erupted with a 23-7 and led the game to the winning end. Krista Gross (183-F-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) notched 15. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta scored 8 and Meral Bedretdin added 5.
In Game 2 Sweden enjoyed a 68:60 win. They grabbed 12-11 lead in the first period and had 22-16 in the second frame. Sweden also finished the game with a 21-15 rally for the final success. Krista Gross scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds for Finland, while Henna Salomaa posted 12. Anissa Pounds followed them with 6 points in a loss.



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Turkish U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Turkish U16 National Team 2013
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Selale Kepenc
Kepenc
Irem Kikiler
Kikiler
Melisa Korkmaz
Korkmaz
Betul Kutlu
Kutlu
Yaren Uslular
Uslular
#e#5
Beril Albayrak 180-F-97
Merve Ari 175-F-98
Meltem Avci 185-F-97
Zeynep Canbaz 172-G-97
Billur Cosun 175-F-97
Deniz Dalkiran 188-C-98
Seda Deniz 172-PG-97
Muzeyyen Elidemir 186-C-97
Gulsun Esit 182-PF-98
Melisa Gokhan 97
Inci Guclu 200-C-99
Ilayda Guner 186-C-99
Selale Kepenc 186-SF-98
Irem Kikiler 173-G/F-97
Melisa Korkmaz 172-PG-97
Dila Kurt 185-F-88
Manolya Kurtulmus 187-PF-98
Betul Kutlu 170-SG-97
Irem Naz Topuz 176-F-97
Yaren Uslular 167-PG-97
Sevgi Uzun 170-PG-97
Derin Yaya 174-C-97
Elif Yildirim 187-C-97
Meltem Yildizhan 186-PF-99




U20 European Championship: Turkey cruise to the second straight in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U20 - Germany U20 72:48

Turkey claimed the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts coasted past Germany to stay perfect in Group D. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds in the victory.
Germany surprised Turkey with a confident start. The visitors gained a 14:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Turkey sparked a 24:14 run in the second frame to pull ahead. They mounted the pressure in the third term. Turkey went on a 17:12 run to stretch the lead at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey left Germany far behind in the fourth frame. The hosts burst out with an 18:8 run to finish off their opponents. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 13 points, while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 11 points in the winning case. Katharina Mueller (181-F-94) responded with 16 points for Germany. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) netted 8 points in the loss.

Turkey U20: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 16, Ayse Cora 13, Gizem Sezer 11
Germany U20: Katharina Mueller 16, Laura Hebecker 8



Italy U16 and Turkey U16 trade wins in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Italian and Turkish U16 National Team exchanged victories in the friendly series in Pesaro.
Italy gained a 79:72 success in the opening game of three-game series. The hosts gained a 40:29 halftime lead and held on to the lead in the second half. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) netted 12 points for the hosts. Giulia Zecchin (178-PG-97) topscored with 14 points for the Azzurri. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) responded with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Turkey. Seda Deniz (172-PG-97) chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Turkey bounced back in the second game of the series. The visitors snatched a 59:56 win to level the series at 1-1. The Azzurri led throughout the first half. But Turkey were able to pick up the tempo after the long break and snatched a tough win at the end. Selale Kepenc notched 18 points for the visitors. Melisa Korkmaz (172-PG-97) had 9 points in the victory. Francesca Pan came up with 11 points for Italy. Roald Cubaj (187-G-84) and Rachele Porcu (165-PG-97) had 8 points each in the defeat.



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U20 European Championship: Netherlands march to second straight win in Samsun - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands U20 - Ukraine U20 68:52

Netherlands got to a perfect start to their U20 European Championship campaign. They fired past Ukraine tonight in Samsun to take 2-0 record on top of Group A. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) posted 18 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Netherlands gave no chance for their opponents. The Dutch team went on an aggressive 27:9 rally in the starting period. Ukraine slowed Netherland down a bit in the second frame. Ukraine got within 15 points at halftime 28:43. Ukraine cut the deficit even further in the third term. They limited Netherlands to 9 points in the quarter to get within 12 points at the final break. But the Dutch team responded with a 16:12 surge in the fourth period to seal the victory. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 boards for Netherlands. Yordi Kathmann (176-F-94) and Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) had 7 points each for the winners. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Darya Zavidna (185-F-93) had 11 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

Netherlands U20: Maxime Essenstam 18, Loyce Bettonvil 13+12 boards, Yordi Kathmann 7, Jamailah Adams 7
Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Chek 17, Darya Zavidna 11+11 boards



Ukrainian U18 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Ukrainian U18 National Team 2013
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Tetyana Antonyuk
Antonyuk
Alina Batkovska
Batkovska
Oksana Batrakova
Batrakova
Anastasiya Bondarenko
Bondarenko
Alina Bondarenko
Bondarenko
#e#5
Tetyana Antonyuk 184-C-95 Pereyaslav Ukraine
Anastasiya Archakova 170-PG-96
Alina Batkovska 171-PG-96
Oksana Batrakova 186-C-95 Tavriyska Zivka Ukraine
Anastasiya Bondarenko 180-F-95 Chaika Ukraine
Alina Bondarenko 186-PF-95 Mykolaiv Ukraine
Viktoriya Byelitska 190-C-95
Lydia Da Konseysalo 180-F-96 DVUFK-Dnipro Ukraine
Vita Gorobets 180-SG-96 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
Marharyta Hliebova 186-C-96 DVUFK-Dnipro Ukraine
Anna Golovkova 175-G-95 Bar Regina-B. Ukraine
Yana Holubosh 180-SF-96 Suzirja Ukraine
Viktoriia Khomiak 170-PG-95 Blyskavky Ukraine
Svitlana Kyrychok 183-F-95
Sofiya Miloserdna 178-F-95 DVUFK-Dnipro Ukraine
Anastasiya Polovynka 176-G-96 Chaika Ukraine
Nataliya Skorbatyuk 183-F-95 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
Daria Stepaniuk 173-G-96 Suzirja Ukraine
Oksana Stepanyuk 190-C-95
Lolita Sysoeva 172-F-95 Tavriyska Zivka Ukraine
Olga Yatskovets 183-C-97 Chaika Ukraine
Iryna Zhmurko 184-F-96
Veronika Zvolyak 175-G/F-96 ONMU-Vodnik Ukraine




Ukrainian U16 National Team 2013 - by Simas

Ukrainian U16 National Team 2013
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Olena Boiko
Boiko
Natalia Bulavytska
Bulavytska
Kristina Karp
Karp
Viktoriya Kondus
Kondus
Svitlana Radionova
Radionova
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Yulia Bohatyuk 184-F/C-97 Mykolaiv Ukraine
Olena Boiko 181-SF-97 Suzirja Ukraine
Natalia Bulavytska 169-PG-98 SDYUSHOR-2 Ukraine
Iryna Ishchenko 178-F-97
Kristina Karp 193-C-98 SDYUSHOR-2 Ukraine
Viktoriya Kondus 170-SF-97
Alina Lakh 164-PG-98
Anastasia Lochmanchuk 182-F-97 Bar Regina-B. Ukraine
Karina Lyevashova 174-G-97 Chaika Ukraine
Yulia Musienko 178-G/F-97 SDYUSHOR-2 Ukraine
Irina Ovsyannikova 176-F/G-97 Mykolaiv Ukraine
Marina Pushkarenko 184-C/F-97 DVUFK-Dnipro Ukraine
Svitlana Radionova 185-C-97 Chaika Ukraine
Nadia Savka 170-PG-97
Yulia Sergeyeva 175-G-99
Kateryna Skakalina 185-C-97
Natalia Tsiubyk 176-G-98
Kateryna Tykhonova 174-G-97
Natalia Veselova 172-G-97 Mykolaiv Ukraine
Marina Voronchykhina 172-G-98
Olga Yatskovets 183-C-97 Chaika Ukraine
Olena Zhukova 162-PG-98




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U20 European Championship: Bulgaria outclass Great Britain in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain U20-Bulgaria U20 67:86

Bulgaria outclass Great Britain in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship. The host of the tournament improved to 1-1 record after an 86:67 win. Great Britain meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Bulgaria opened the game with 25:16 run and never looked behind after. The home side added a 28-18 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 19-point halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the second half as it was clear about the winner of the game. Great Britain however stayed tough and even managed to win the last stanza 22-20.
Borislava Hristova (180-G-96) stepped up with 21 points for the hosts and Iva Kostova (177-SG-94) added 20. Iva Georgieva (175-F/G-96) brought 18, while Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) followed them with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) scored 12 points and grabbed 13 boards in defeat, whilst Melita Emanuel (173-PG-94) also had 12. Claire Paxton (188-PF-94) poured in 11 points in a loss.

Great Britain U20: Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 12+13 rebs, Melita Emanuel 12, Claire Paxton 11
Bulgaria U20: Borislava Hristova 21, Iva Kostova 20, Iva Georgieva 18, Radostina Dimitrova 8+12 rebs



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Atlanta Dream cut Anne Marie Armstrong - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Dream waived 22-year old swingman Anne Marie Armstrong (190-91, college: Georgia). But in 7 WNBA games she recorded just 0.4ppg this season.
This season Armstrong played at the University of Georgia. She helped them to make it to the SEC Tournament semifinals. And they also made it to the NCAA Elite Eight.
This summer Armstrong was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in third round (31st overall).
The former University of Georgia staris in her first season in pro basketball. Armstrong received All-SEC 1st Team award in 2012 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center